Museum Residency Project | The Beast
- Bathurst Senior Citizens Centre
- Wednesday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
- Friday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
- Saturday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
The Museum Residency Projects
As a part of Artstate Bathurst, three projects were commissioned from artists-in-residence at three of Bathurst’s museums; the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, the Chifley Home and the National Motor Racing Museum. Artists were asked to create new work in response to these museums and their collections. As part of Artstate Bathurst, all registered delegates will have free entry to participating museums on presentation of their delegate’s lanyard.
Penelope Kentish & Ben Rodwell (National Motor Racing Museum)
Hidden amongst a suburban block is a museum of curiosities that only the young can see. You must leave your “grown up” intentions at the door. There is no middle ground here; you have to pick a side. Inside the museum you will see a number of galleries – there’s the Psychology Exhibition, where two sides of the human brain battle for success. There’s the Fine Cuisine Exhibition, where you will be asked to choose between “sweet” and “tasty”. And then there’s The Beast. The Beast looks different to every set of eyes, and it could be behind any of the gallery doors. We hope you’ll survive long enough to validate your parking. Good luck.
Directed by Penelope Kentish and Ben Rodwell, The Beast is a new immersive performance experience created by an ensemble of 15 to 17 year olds. Stimulated by the idea of rivals, this intimate and interactive show asks the audience to dob in their rivals to The Beast and hope that snitches don’t, in fact, get stitches.
Bathurst is known to most Australians as the “home of the V8s”; the week-long car race in October, which attracts tens of thousands of car enthusiasts to Bathurst every year. But what is Bathurst to the adolescents of its town? What rivalries exist during race week that the punters don’t see? As part of their residency with the National Motor Racing Museum, the directors are excited to present this immersive theatrical show; part puzzle, part sensory experience, part story telling.
Created and performed by Mike Arrow, Abby Dinger, Jade Newham, Rory Peters, Ron Shead and Daniel Van Klooster.
NOTE: 40 Seat Capacity – First Come, First Served
Penelope Kentish is a Bathurst-based theatre maker who works frequently with young people. Since 2011 she has made work with her award-winning performance company Big One Little One, as a writer, director and performer. Last year she directed 17 things the government doesn’t want you to know about the internet, a co-production with ATYP and BMEC, devised and performed by 13 to 16 year olds. She teaches drama with her youth theatre company Beloved Monster, and is a sessional academic in Communication at Charles Sturt University.
Ben Rodwell is a graduate of Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media) from Charles Sturt University in 2016. His third-year major work, The Glass System won the Blair Milan Touring Scholarship, where the company toured the work to the Sydney Comedy Festival and Anywhere Festival Wollongong in 2017. As well as being involved in local and student theatre productions, Ben has a focus towards working with and creating work for young audiences. For the past 12 months, Ben has been involved in Fun Theatre for the Very Young, which performs shows for children aged 2-5. Ben was recently awarded a Young Regional Artist Scholarship and will continue his artistic practice with a week-long internship with Arena Theatre in Melbourne and a week-long directing workshop at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.