Basil Eliades worked with us at our school to produce Dr Seuss’ ‘The Cat in the Hat’. It was going to be fun but also a lot of hard work.
The practise started on a Saturday afternoon, though it seemed like fun and games. The serious stuff started when we began making the props, which were made from bamboo poles (for handles), Cold Power (washing detergent) for making the props glow in the dark, and black and white paint.
The flourescent UV lights were up the front and in the darkened theatre the Cold Powered Props looked awesome. ‘’Sally and I’’ were dressed in white, with black painted faces, and everyone else was dressed in black, so that the audience could not see the people holding the HUGE props up on the bamboo poles. We were nervous wondering if we were going to get all the words right. We worked hard to make this performance one of our best.
Basil was great at helping us with the script, teaching us how to move around, and all those things that we needed to know. Basil is a great person to work with, it was so much fun.
Andrew and Hayley
St. Peters Lutheran Primary School, Dimboola
2006 WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE, CASTLEMAINE SECONDARY COLLEGE
This project involved hundreds of students across junior and senior secondary campuses of Castlemaine Secondary College writing thousands of poems and stories in many writing workshops. These were edited, reworked, and complied. The stories and poems were then illustrated by other students working with Basil, Rhyll Plant, and Ken Killeen, and selected works were produced as ‘Show, don’t Tell’, an illustrated anthology of teenage writings.
2005 CO-ORDINATING ARTIST, RURAL ACCESS SNAKES AND LADDERS PROJECT
Launched at Parliament House, Dec 7, on time and under budget. This $50 000 Community Arts project used 350 students and adults across the Moorabool and Hepburn Shires to create two huge embroidered ‘Snakes and Ladders’ games. These games educate professional and community groups about issues of inclusion and exclusion facing people with disabilities. The games challenge values systems and paradigms through a unique set of situations and questions. Created with Jane Knight.
Hepburn Health Service
2005 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, ‘RELATIVITY’ HEPBURN PRIMARY SCHOOL
Arts Victoria Grant, (April – May). Turning theoretical maths and physics into performance art. Big project, very classy DVD produced.
2005 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, BUNDANON NSW
(February – March). Six weeks of intensive painting. Lectures and workshops for university and TAFE students throughout the period.