One River commissioned well-known Adelaide-based writer and theatre director, Sean Riley, to develop a radio play called This River. Sean has collaborated with community groups throughout the Murray-Darling Basin to create a new work based on secret, forgotten and never-before-told stories of river life.
A multi-award winner, Sean Riley is a much sought-after workshop leader for young people and emerging artists. He works regularly with Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and has been artist in residency at a wide variety of schools, most recently at Adelaide Secondary School of English, devising performance works with African and Middle Eastern immigrants. Sean’s work is frequently adapted for broadcast on ABC Radio. He has written and directed new work for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, Come Out Festival and the Australian National Playwrights Conference.
This project asked participant communities to think about their own story and consider what it means to live where they live today, how this influences the way they live and think, and what their aspirations are for the next generation. Through locally delivered workshops with these groups, Sean uncovered rich stories full of the sort of detail you could never invent, and crafted this material into a 50 minute play.
Participants from Canberra Youth Theatre’s program The Seed, which provides an opportunity for playwrights to actively engage with emerging theatre artists, performed the premier live reading of the This River on Tue 4 June 2103.
The play was post-produced and broadcast on community radio. A radio program is currently being put together by ArtSoundFM in Canberra, for broadcast probably in Nov 2013, with the view to having this show broadcast nationally on the community radio network before the end of 2013. After this, an MP3 recording of the play will be accessible from the Radio Play page of the website.
Adelaide-based playwright Sean Riley’s radio play This River, written especially for the One River project, is now online. Simply follow this link: This River Radio Program One River is the vision of Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Robyn Archer AO. “The characters in Sean Riley’s new play for voices, written specifically for the One […]
[Pictured: This River Designer Remy Graham with writer Sean Riley, One River Production Co-ordinator Nicole Gaff and Executive Producer Lindy Allen] Last Tuesday 4 June, a small but dedicated cohort of Canberra theatre-goers braved the first real night-time chills of winter to see and hear the first public reading of Sean Riley’s new play for […]
One River Radio Play writer, Sean Riley, has just finished a tour of discovery through the Murray Darling Basin, commencing in mid-February in Mildura where he met with several community-based cultural groups. The One River Radio Play, ‘My River, Our River, One River’, is a creative collaboration between Sean and a number of community groups […]
Late last year One River announced that script writer Sean Riley had been appointed to collaborate with community-based cultural groups throughout the Murray Darling Basin to create a ten-episode radio play with the working title, My River, Our River, One River. Following a call for registrations, we now have a number of diverse regional groups […]