Small Voices Louder

Maybe ( ) Together

Little people have big ideas.

Imagine a space for thinking. For musing over life’s big questions. What is love? What is important to remember in life? What is a big idea?

Small Voices Louder is a child-only space for playing and pondering. It’s a magical world of tents and teepees where kids lie under clouds, talk to an alien, discover a dinosaur egg and step into a portal to the future. It’s a space for dreaming, wondering and talking about the bigger things in life.

It is also a recording space, where kids’ answers are turned into soundtracks for adult ears to stop and listen to.  We believe that children, sometimes, are exactly what the world needs to hear. And adults don’t listen enough.

Part 1 – This is a kids-only event | Only for children aged 7–12. It is not suitable for children aged 6 and under, or children who cannot read.
Part 2 – For adults in unsuspecting places.

I would rate Small Voices Louder a stunning 9 and a 1/2 out of 10.

Michelle Loh, 10yrs, 2017 Perth International Arts Festival

Credits

Performer/Creator
  • Alex Desebrock
Designer (Part 1)
  • Ben Landau
Sound Design
  • Thom Browning
  • Sharyn Brand
Dramaturgy
  • Dan Koop
Developing artists
  • Conor Fox
  • Ed Gould
  • Ryan Granger
  • Robert Jordan
Mentor
  • Sara Topsøe-Jensen
Video
  • Emma Fishwick
Produced by
  • Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

We are currently looking for national and international opportunities.

  • For national, please contact Jen Leys
  • For international, please contact Rachael Whitworth

Age Recommendation
Only for children aged 7-12yrs.
It is not suitable for children aged 6 and under, or children who cannot read.

Audience size
16 children per show (96 per day).

Duration
Schools: 30-35mins per show
General Public: 45mins per show (includes 10 min at the end for parents to see the set)

Schedule
Up to 6 shows per day

Touring requirements
Touring party: 3 (Lead Artist/Performer, Sound Artist & Stage Manager)
Bump in: 4-6 hours (2 crew)
Bump out: 4 hours (2 crew)

Performance requirement
1 x Tech
1 x FOH to greet arriving children, hand out info sheet to parents, invite parents to return for conclusion of performance and child guided tour of the installation.

Space
Requires a minimum 110msq x 3.5m high in an indoor space.
Ideally at least a 70-80% blackout capability within the space.
Even and clean flooring suitable for children to crawl along.
Recordings will take place in the space, so low noise bleed is required.

Rachael Whitworth Senior Producer
Jen Leys Producer

Presentation History

2018
Red Earth Arts Precinct
Karratha, WA
Nintirri Regional Arts Centre
Tom Price, WA
Broome Civic Centre
Broome, WA
Albany Entertainment Centre
Albany, WA
Esperance Civic Centre
Esperance, WA
Carnamah Town Hall
Carnamah, WA
Queens Park Theatre
Geraldton, WA
Mullewa Town Hall
Mullewa, WA
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Full Presentation History for Small Voices Louder

2017
Beverley Station Arts
Beverley, WA
Cummins Theatre
Merredin, WA
Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council
Ravensthorpe , WA
Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre
Harvey, WA
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA
Perth International Arts Festival
Perth, WA
2018
Red Earth Arts Precinct
Karratha, WA
Nintirri Regional Arts Centre
Tom Price, WA
Broome Civic Centre
Broome, WA
Albany Entertainment Centre
Albany, WA
Esperance Civic Centre
Esperance, WA
Carnamah Town Hall
Carnamah, WA
Queens Park Theatre
Geraldton, WA
Mullewa Town Hall
Mullewa, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival.

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.