Posted by KB on November 28, 2010
Natalia Ladyko is our kind of girl. Not content with being great at just one thing, she’s turned her attention to a whole raft of rather impressive skills, adding things like “stilt-walker” and “aerial artist” to her resume. Now she’s teamed up with some other talented folk to create Umbrella Theatre, which will reveal itself to the masses as part of Peats Ridge 2010. We caught up with Natalia as she prepares for her first big festival performance.
Covered: Theatre magic, The Dark Crystal, video games and world domination.
KB: The name Umbrella Theatre conjures up quite a few images, but what’s it really all about?
Natalia Ladyko: Umbrella Theatre is an intimate travelling venue where you’ll never know what performance you’re going to get. We have a growing number of shows we perform in Umbrella Theatre, with duration never exceeding 10 minutes. As you queue outside the red curtains, you’ll hear laughter, screaming and God knows what else. But you can never assume you’re going to have the same experience as the people before you, or the people after you! We rotate between performances and most of our pieces have alternate endings. Or do they? To be more precise, it is a three-metre tall, custom-made umbrella where magic happens.More...
Posted by Penny Cropper on November 4, 2010
The Peats Ridge festival, which has already announced two rounds of a fairly awesome line-up and was already promising to be the best way to ring in the new year by far, has just announced its arts and theatre program and children’s festival for this year.
The arts program will be a mix of installations and multimedia, theatre, dance, cabaret, comedy, and (get this) a giant trapeze, acrobatics and plenty more. Winding along the riverbank and dotted through the lovely valley in which this pretty-as-a-picture festival is set, it’ll be darn picturesque too.
And as this is of course a family-friendly festival, the children’s festival means there is plenty for the young ‘uns to see and do. With specially dedicated areas with names like the Chill Out Lounge/Space, The Rainbow Garden and the Wet Zone, it sounds like the under 18s have got it made, to be honest.
The Peats Ridge Festival takes place at Glenworth Valley, NSW from December 29 until January 1. Family tickets are available. Check the website for more details.