Urban Theatre Projects (c)
Initiated in 2013, B-Side is an Urban Theatre Projects initiative for First Nations artists to seed and develop new writing and paving the way for new work. B-Side is like a fire-starter, giving artists the opportunity to tease out an idea on the page in a professional, supported and culturally safe environment with a direct and immediate outcome.
During B-Side, First Nations artists work in close collaboration with one another and industry professionals to develop a short fictional essay/monologue, which is then recorded, post-produced, published on iTunes and programmed for radio.
B-Side builds sector relationships through peer exchange and promotes First Peoples perspectives, knowledge and points of view. B-Side alumni include Kate Beckett whose work Dad & Me (2013) was further developed as Which Way Home by Ilbijerri and premiered in Melbourne's Northcote Townhall as part of the Speak Easy Program 2016. Billy McPherson's Cuz (2014) was recently presented in Canada and is now being further developed by Mooghalin Performing Arts at Carriageworks.
Now in its fifth year, Urban Theatre Projects are partnering with Bundanon Trust to commission four Aboriginal artists from the South Coast to write short works for digital broadcast.