Unley Publications : Unley Life Spring 2018
UNLEYLIFE 41 Behind the doors of the historic Parkside and Eastwood Institute on Glen Osmond Road, there is a group of creative minds producing world-class theatre. Award-winning company Slingbsy Theatre, founded in 2007, recently moved into the building’s rear hall. The company is fondly referring to its new home as ‘Slingsby’s Hall of Possibility’, according to Artistic Director Andy Packer. “It’s a place where we can create theatrical worlds, invite the local community to share in those worlds and also make the space available to independent artists and emerging companies,” Mr Packer says. The company, which creates theatre for audiences aged 8 and up, recently won the 2018 Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children. “ We were very honoured to receive this national recognition – it’s a great milestone for our young company,” Mr Packer says. “It is impor tant that we integrate multiple generations in the sharing and enjoyment of ar t and culture.” Slingsby Theatre also runs residencies in schools, whereby the company’s creative team collaborate with students to craft small theatre pieces. “ Theatre is a very social art form – it involves the sharing of time and space between the audience and the artists. This community building is becoming increasingly rare and all the more precious as screens, big and small, proliferate in our lives,” Mr Packer says. The company’s adaptation of Erich Kastner’s Emil and the Detectives will tour China, India and Europe, while its international award-wining production of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King will also tour the UK and Ireland in late 2018. For more information, visit slingsby.net.au A dose of drama for Parkside “It is important that we integrate multiple generations in the sharing and enjoyment of art and culture.” Andy Packer.
Unley Life Winter 2018