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 who will work alongside Sean, gathering secret, forgotten and never-before-told stories of river life.
“There is nothing more terrifying and exciting than beginning a project with absolutely NO idea as to the story that you’re about to tell,” Sean said. “The communities involved in this project will be the pulse and lifeblood of the final script, feeding me with their ideas and concerns which will inform the final work.”
Three groups in Murray Bridge, Edwards Crossing Writers Group, Murray Bridge Players and Singers Theatre Group will work together. Also in South Australia are Finniss Catchment Group, Riverland Youth Theatre and Riverland Creative Writing Group. In Victoria Sean will work with Mildura Theatre Company and the ‘Art of Ageing’ Writing Together group in Avoca. In NSW he will work with Griffith Regional Association of the Performing Arts (GRAPA) in Griffith.
Sean will conduct workshops with the participants groups during February. “My workshops will unlock the collective imaginations of the participants and the result will be a wealth of stories that could fill several books. My role is to shape it into a fire-cracker fifty minutes of entertainment,” he said.
The work will be completed by mid-May and over June and July, it will be delivered as a live reading by three Murray-Darling Basin theatre companies, Riverland Youth Theatre in Renmark, Hothouse Theatre in Albury-Wodonga and Canberra Youth Theatre Company.