Barking Gecko Theatre is proud to partner with Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) to bring Fresh Ink to WA. Fresh Ink is ATYP’s national mentoring program that has supported more than 50 playwrights over the last four years. Fresh Ink is the only program of its kind in Australia. The program is designed to create opportunities for committed and talented playwrights to help bridge the gap into professional practice. The program pairs emerging playwrights with a mentor for a series of workshops that will result in a 15 minute three person script delivered for rehearsal with professional actors and a 30 minute script that will be rehearsed with a professional cast.
Throughout the program participants:
Fresh Ink will have a 30-minute final reading with writers and professional actors.
This year we have Perth playwright Will O’Mahony mentoring four emerging writers. Will O’Mahony is a multi award-winning actor and writer who began directing in 2012. Directing credits include Body Farm (Blue Room Theatre), Tonsils + Tweezers (BSSTC), The Mars Project (WAAPA), Great White (Blue Room Theatre), Punk Rock (WAAPA), The Boys (WAAPA) and Fire (WAYTCO). Founder of the critically acclaimed independent theatre company The Skeletal System, Will has written seven plays – Great White, Coma Land, Marshmallow Men, Tonsils + Tweezers, Helium, The Mars Project and Overnight. Great White was awarded Best Script at the PAWA awards and its debut production received three 2013 Blue Room Theatre awards. Tonsils + Tweezers won the 2014 Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Best New Play Award and received production in January of 2016.