2018 Small Voices Louder Regional Tour Wrap Up

After more than six weeks on the road, our regional tour of Maybe (  ) Together’s Small Voices Louder has come to an end with the final curtain call in Mullewa this week. All up, the team delivered 55 performances and recorded more than 43 hours of kids voices across the tour.


It’s been a pretty amazing experience sharing this work from Broome to Carnamah to Esperance. The kids, venues and landscape have been remarkable. What’s been so special is transforming the town halls and arts centres with our installation and then hearing the “Woah & Wows!” as they entered or their bravery as they stepped up and yelled to the world.
said Alex Desebrock

 


In the next few weeks, sound designer Mei Saraswati and lead artist Alex Desebrock will delve into the rich materials collected along the way to unearth some of the most compelling answers and meticulously craft them into soundtracks.

The tour was an amazing journey that took us through the insights of children all over WA. The unscripted and totally honest 43 hours of audio we captured contains life philosophies and observations that range from funny and playful to serious and wistful. I love how this work respects and elevates the noble sentiments of children, and encourages thoughtfulness and discernment.

said Mei Saraswati

In total, eight soundtracks will be released starting mid-October. Tune into iTunes or Podbean and subscribe to our Small Voices Louder  podcast to hear what regional kids have to say about some of life’s big questions.

Children spoke about a range of topics from environmental issues, their moral framework, Indigenous rights, their expectation of adults as parents and more. Listening back to their voices, I’m not only astounded by their brave idealism and insightfulness (as thought provoking and entertaining as they are) but the voices also serve as a strong reminder that we are leaving this world to them, and we would learn a lot from hearkening their strong sense of justice.

shared Mei

A big shout out to Alex, Mei, Jess and Allan for a very successful tour, and to all the venues who leapt at the opportunity to present Small Voices Louder, including the Red Earth Arts Precinct in Karratha, Nintirri Centre in Tom Price, Broome Civic Centre, Albany Entertainment Centre, Esperance Civic Centre, Mullewa and Carnamah via North Midland Projects, and Geraldton’s Queens Park Theatre.

To all those who came to the show: thank you.
To all those who couldn’t make it: follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
The rest? Expect us soon.

Our kids attended your production yesterday in Karratha and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for coming to our regional town

said Karratha mother-of-two, Marcia Coelho

What’s next?

Over the next few months, Alex Desebrock will be working with local artists in each town to develop different creative ways to share the sound works with the community as part of our community engagement program. Stay tuned to see what the next interpretations of this beautiful work will be.

Where next?

We are currently in discussion with a few potential presenters in national centres for next year. If you would like to be part of that conversation, email Jen Leys at jen@performinglineswa.org.au or give us a call on (08) 9200 6212.

This regional tour was made possible through the Regional and Remote Touring Fund through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.