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WHAT YOU FIND IN THE FOREST…

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When Alice and her support worker Kate venture into the forest for the night – the shapeshifting Dingo is ready for them. Into the Forest is a magical theatre experience performed and devised by dancer Alice Misty Boscheinen with writer and performer Kate McDowell, who is also Alice’s support worker off the stage. Directed and devised by NORPA’s Artistic Director, Julian Louis, Into the Forest explores themes of caring, independence, friendship and fantasy. Why have you chosen to go into the forest? Alice: It’s fun. Kate: The forest is so close, it’s all around us, and yet it is so full of mystery – a universe of ancient cultures intersecting with one another, with which we can’t directly connect. As a great unknown, when we enter the forest, we are out of known comforts, often out of sight from others, and out of the kind of comprehension we are used to in human-made environments. The way each of us exists in that place of unknown and obscurity might tell us something about who we are, so it’s a great place to begin. How did you come up with the story? Alice: Red Riding Hood. Fall in love. We just dance, and do acting, to find the story.  Kate: I collected a whole bunch of research on forests in literature, trees, forests and folklore in Australia, news stories, following leads that were exciting. I brought it to the rehearsal room to share it with Alice and the team and together we did things like drawing, creating sound with objects, playing out scene ideas that came up, and visiting classic stories and fairy tales, and the story began to find it’s way. Then we kept playing with the story synopsis in the studio to find the ways we

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wanted to tell it. What scary things live in the forest? Alice: Dingo. And Firestarter. Hyenas, wild dogs, snakes, crocodile... Kate: Myself. Alice, how does this story talk about you? Alice: Red Riding Hood, fall in love with person in audience, scenes with Kate are funny and fun and fantastic. I get curious about love relationships and friend relationships too. About fighting with Kate – it’s fun and scary and good, but it’s fake. Also, don’t judge, treat other people, like me, like a normal person. And how does it show who Kate is in your life? Alice: A normal person. A support worker – come save my life for me. Up and downs in our relationship. Have fun together. Kate is very frustrated and worried and expressing feelings…  Tell me more about Dingo? Alice: Good mask. Kate just pretending. It’s like what happens with Dingo come true in my life, scary stuff. I wanna express my feelings in that. Just act and dance. And let it go. What should we expect for your show? Alice: To have fun, to have a laugh. Me and Kate acting and dancing. One personal thing – violent stuff in there, me and Kate, don’t take that too seriously. Just come and enjoy it.  Into the Forest, a NORPA Premiere. Thursday 10, and Friday 11 June, 6pm. Bar open from 5pm. NORPA at Lismore City Hall. Tickets: $20 – $36 www.norpa.org.au.

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Combustible Mars in Leo, the fiery planet in a fire sign, torches a dramatic gala week of show-stopping performances… ARIES: Attention-getting Mars striding into the sign of pumped-up passion unleashes your wild side, declaring boldness your friend in the bedroom, on the boardwalk and beyond. But buyer beware because tempers can flare, so keep it entertaining rather than argumentative. Take a creative approach to working out differences of opinion. TAURUS: Current planetary patterns make it easy to let sensitive information (oops!) slip through the cracks, so check before pressing send or firing off a feisty reply. If in doubt, save to draft s and wait it out. Good use of this week would be checking where your life is so settled it’s become stuck. GEMINI: Also known as Hermes the Greek god of travellers, Mercury stimulates movement, though at present that’s likely to be more the mental sort than physically freeranging. 10 June is Gemini new moon so celebrate your astrological new year with inspirations, epiphanies and a personal growth spurt – though best wait till late June before getting others on board. CANCER: Like their zodiac totem, Cancerians are famous for a tenacious ability to hold on. And you’re also deeply in tune with the moon, which makes healing available through letting something go during this week’s lunar eclipse portal. Most helpful mantra? To hold on is strength, to let go is wisdom. LEO: June’s power point sparks when hot-blooded Mars hits Leo this week to restore your roar. And maybe ignite a romantic renaissance, even if that’s just with your own selfesteem. The red planet only sashays down your catwalk every couple of years and it’s here till the end of July, so carpe diem, majesties. VIRGO: With Mercury backtracking in effusive Gemini fuses are shorter than usual, so keep communications simple. Too much information can be confusing from people not being intentionally misleading, just forming judgments without background checks. That said, with supercharged new moon sparking an expressive outpouring of brainstorming conversations, keep a notebook handy.

LIBRA: Libra’s astrological gift is the ability to see opposite sides of a situation while standing in the centre. It might help this week’s balancing act to view this week’s push/pull dynamic less as a tug of war between head and heart, duty and booty, your public and private personas, and more as a constantly moving cosmic seesaw. SCORPIO: As the retrograde planetary brigade brings Zoom fatigue, communication chaos and travel restrictions, remember to confirm reservations, check the latest updates and keep hitting ‘save’. What’s this week good for? Well, from Earth’s perspective an eclipse looks like two planets making love, and new moon eclipse on 10 June looks set to get your romantic radar vibrating. SAGITTARIUS: Jupiter and a slew of other planets in hibernation stations this week could see people moody and grouchy as friction and unpredictability ramp up misunderstandings. If it’s you feeling furious, acknowledge fluctuating feelings without acting on them. Vent to a friend rather than go public. Excuse yourself from conversations that push your buttons. CAPRICORN: As internal reprogramming continues, this week suggests a lifestyle overhaul towards a healthy balance of productivity and playtime. And asks you to check in on yourself; have workaholic tendencies escalated to the point where they’re stifling creativity, exploration, experimentation? On difficult days, and there’ll be some, go with the flow rather than trying to push the river. AQUARIUS: This week’s one step forward, two steps back planetary tango probably won’t provide the kind of momentum that suits your futuristic style. But Saturn in Aquarius is an astral opportunity that doesn’t come often, and crafting positive responses to unforeseen setbacks and frustrating delays will set the tone for the rest of your year. PISCES: The celestial gift in Mercury retrograde? A chance to revisit the past for course correction, because you know by now if old issues aren’t resolved they just keep replaying. If this all feels like the too hard basket, check out quintessential Piscean documentary My Octopus Teacher on Netflix for some inspirational instruction.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 35.52 – June 9, 2021  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire, on the Far North Coast of NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 35.52 – June 9, 2021  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire, on the Far North Coast of NSW, Australia.

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