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performance Workshops with Leah Shelton

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This workshop series will focus on devising a short cabaret act or performance piece; physical training; and making politically subversive work.

Come spend some time training and devising with psycho-siren and performance artist Leah Shelton. Get a taste of Leah’s performance style (a mash of contemporary dance, Suzuki actor training method, lip-sync, puppetry, physical comedy and drag), in a rigorous, structured training session that will involve sweat, guts and glory. Unpack how to structure an act; experiment with performance styles; devise new material; and explore how to simultaneously entertain and provoke your audience.

This workshop series is suitable for performance artists, theatre-makers, directors, circus performers, singers, drag artistes, actors; and anyone with performance experience interested in devising a new act; ages 18+. All welcome - including people of colour, non-cisgendered, mixed ability artists.

If the student is ready to become the master, Backbone runs a suite of programs (such as Backbone Festival and Candy Social Club) where participants of Bitch Dojo will be encouraged to take their act to an audience.  

DATES: Thursday 11th July
Thursday 18th July
Thursday 25th July
Thursday 1st August (4 sessions)
TIME: 5pm - 8pm (3 hrs)
VENUE: Backbone on 38 Lytton Road, East Brisbane
COST: $250.00

Please note: This is a group workshop program and therefore will only run if minimum participation numbers are reached.

Once your workshop registration is received, Backbone will be in touch to confirm the program dates and to provide an invoice. Flexible payment options are available upon request.


About Leah Shelton

Psycho-siren Leah Shelton creates stylized, guttural, renegade feminist work soaked in cult references and dark humour. Her work has taken her from the glamour of Las Vegas to the back streets of Kings Cross, from rigorous training in Japan to live art festivals in New York. 

She is Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, one of the most prominent contemporary Pacific theatre companies in Australia. As a solo artist, she has graced the cabaret stages of La Clique, Club Briefs, Little Death Club and Vegas Nocturne. Leah’s premiere solo work ‘Terror Australis’ has received numerous awards and in 2019 will tour throughout France.

Leah’s most recent work, ‘Bitch On Heat’, directed by UK Performance Art luminary Ursula Martinez, premiered to critical acclaim. The Age, in a rare 4.5 star review, said of the work: “doesn’t waste a single moment - a transfixing combination of fierce intellect, intense presence and bold physical comedy.”


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