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Celebrating Mount Alexander’s Shire’s creative allure

Kavisha Mazzella and Pete Dawson next to one another.

Learn how our shire became home to so many talented creatives at How The Hell Did We Get Here???

Tuesday 23 October 2018

The stories behind how our shire became home to so many talented creatives will be shared in November in the latest Phee Broadway Theatre residency project How The Hell Did We Get Here???

How The Hell Did We Get Here??? brings together a wide group of creatives to tell their account of settling down in Mount Alexander Shire on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

Renowned singer-songwriter Kavisha Mazzella, and broadcaster and writer Pete Dawson, are leading the local history project which weaves storytelling, art, song and visual displays for the live performances.

Designed as a two-part, live radio experience, each performance will also be a self-contained show.

On Saturday 3 November at 8pm, the audience will hear from Aboriginal elder Julie McHale, musician, storyteller and writer Jan Wositzky, actor Meg Clancy, and playwright and director John Romeril.

On Sunday 4 November at 3pm, the storytellers include yum cha king Cho Wai Lam, music teacher Raziel with Nikki Gutierrez, restaurateur Luca Sartori, and performers Madeleine and Mark Hudson.

The performances feature music from Kavisha Mazzella, Jack Norton, Nic Lyon, Jan Wositzky, Raziel Gutierrez Soto, Luca Sartori, Elizabeth Scanlon, Cate Mercer and Gil Ransikhe.

Photographer Robbie Noakes will project images of local people and places, and Eliza Tree’s artwork depicting our pre-gold rush environment has been installed in the foyer at the theatre.

ARIA Award winner and Order of Australia recipient Kavisha Mazzella said she is looking forward to bringing our collective history to life.

“I find the migration stories of how we all came to live here fascinating,” said Kavisha.

“The sum of their parts provides the colour for the Bruegel painting that is our home,” she said.

Co-director and Main FM colleague Pete Dawson brings more than 45 years experience working in community arts, music and radio. The idea for How The Hell Did We Get Here??? was triggered in his mind over two years ago.

“Starting with a one-off radio show with Kavisha back in 2016, the idea has developed into a true local history project,” said Pete.

“We’ve had a wonderful time leading up to the performances with interviews on Main FM and exploring what the live shows can be,” he said.

Mount Alexander Shire’s Cultural Development Officer Vicki Anderson is sure the performances will be a highlight for the Phee Broadway Theatre At Home residency program.

“How The Hell Did We Get Here??? is a great example of what has been brought to life through support from the Regional Centre for Culture program,” said Vicki.

“Celebrating local stories is one of the key aims of the year long project,” she said.

Tickets to How The Hell Did We Get Here??? are $20 ($15 concession) or $35 ($25 concession) for both shows. Tickets are available on the door or at www.trybooking.com/YTBO.

The Phee Broadway Theatre’s 22 week At Home residency program supports local creatives to develop and perform their work during two or four week blocks.

The Regional Centre for Culture is an initiative of the Victorian Government in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation, City of Greater Bendigo, and the Shires of Central Goldfields, Hepburn and Mount Alexander.

For more information visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

Image: Join Kavisha Mazzella and Pete Dawson at the Phee Broadway in early November.

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