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Friday, 1 March 2013

Beyond the Square: Gerard's wrap up of 'See in Me'

  • Congratulations to Gerard O'Dwyer, who was named yesterday as one of twelve recipients of funding under Year 1 of Amplify your art, who will undertake their professional development programs between March and December 2013. Gerard has been awarded $10,000 for skills development in digital media, voice and film production. We wish you all the very best for 2013.
The list of all the grant recipients is here.
    Amplify your art is a professional development grant program for NSW artists with disability. The Amplify program is designed to assist individual artists in all art forms to further their practice through undertaking professional development. 
Source: AArts News 28/2/2013
Beyond the Square's first performance at Riverside for 2013 was See in Me, staged 14th - 16th February, with a cast of seven actors, all of whom have Down syndrome. This is Gerard O'Dwyer's reflection on his preparation and performance:

Gerard O'Dwyer in See in Me, Riverside Theatres,
Parramatta, February 2013

Photo: Heidrun Lohr
My favourite in the See In Me Production was doing my Maccas piece and my piece with Audrey and working with Alison Richardson in the show and made me home at Riverside.

We met every Monday since July last year. We did movement with Dean Walsh. We also did video with Morgan Newall we did sound with Peter Kennard here at Riverside or Connect Studios. I love being in the production in the See In Me.

We had to come up with a story About Natalie Wood who died in her Surry Hills home she wasn’t found for 8 years. It’s about invisibility and invisibility, not being seen or heard and giving them a voice. We want to be seen and heard and giving a voice in the Arts.

I would like to keep going and do I what I love and keep going at it. I poured my heart in it and for me the show it touched me, it moved me, I cried during the show. I am hoping to doing it again.

I will miss doing my Maccas piece and my piece with Audrey that’s what I will miss the most and the show. I will miss that show See In Me, it is what I do Best.

Reposted from Beyond the Square, 27th February 2013, with kind permission.

More  photos and information about this production and other projects can be found on the Beyond the Square website, and Facebook page.

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