Mighty – Lingua Franca

Drawing on physical theatre, dance, circus and verbatim theatre, Mighty is an exploration of strength in our modern times. In a world of aggression, brutality and intolerance, where is the space for grace, vulnerability and empathy in the way we lead, and the ways we relate to each other and our world? Made with a diverse company of performers and creatives, the first stage development showing exposed two weeks of exciting creative collaboration with steel sculptor Harrie Fasher in 2016 (see below).

We will be further developing this work in December 2018, looking to a complete performance in February 2019 – launching the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre’s official season. we will be assisting with production management, lighting design and documentation.

Golden Women (Sunday November 4, 11.30am & 2pm)

In collaboration with Kim Deacon and the Hill End Arts Council and the National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW , this multimedia presentation , using live music, soundscape, text, light and moving image explores the powerful contribution women made to the harsh, frontier gold rush landscapes, with each story presented in a different space  within the exquisite gold mining town of Hill End.

Using music and storytelling, Kim takes you on a journey through historical Hill End properties, sharing the little known tales of the complex and diverse journeys of some amazing women travelling to lands unknown;

Scottish girl, Mary Maclean crossed the seas on the Africana in 1865, writing a shipboard diary that was found in 1960 in Hill End where she had lived out her life with a large family.

Elizabeth Hawkins, wife of newly appointed Governor of Supplies travelling to Bathurst across the treacherous Blue Mountains, the first free immigrant women to do so, travelling with her 7 children, husband and mother, Elizabeth wrote a detailed journal of the 18 day trip in 1822.

Harriet Beard, successful businesswoman who set up shop in Tambaroora in 1852 who approached her life with shrewd business savvy and ardent belief in humankind which saw her rise from an inexperienced spinster to one of the most esteemed business women in New South Wales.

The Golding sisters from Tambaroora, Annie, Katherine and Isabella, daughters of Anne and Joseph Golding. All three girls were destined to take leading roles in the progressive and humanitarian movements from the 1890’s onwards and went on to write their names indelibly in the social and industrial history of the State.

Free entry. Places limited. Contact us to book yourself and your party.

Sessions run  at 11.30am and 2pm  on Sunday November 4, 2018

1 hours drive from Bathurst.

Holtermann photos courtesy of Mitchell Library, NSW

This project supported by;





Central West Short Play Festival

Central West Short Play Festival Founder / Artistic Director / Co-ordinator / Mentor (since February 2011)

Organising & coordinating playwriting and directing workshops for the community. Overseeing all performances, technically and artistically, to maximise the quality of the work while supporting (and sometime mentoring) directors as well as other creatives in the projects.


2018 – One year Residency Program with 10 participants as a part of the Local Stages @ BMEC program (supported by Regional Arts NSW through CASP funding).

2017 – Mentorship of two emerging regional writers and directors as a part of the Local Stages @ BMEC program.

2015 – SnapShorts regional touring production of locally written and directed work as a part of the Local Stages @ BMEC program.

2014 – Supporting short play seasons around Central West NSW with development workshops and technical support (our partners Local Stages @ BMEC, Orana Arts, Arts Out West, Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival, Bathurst Theatre Company, Mudgee Performing Arts Society, Western Plains Theatre Company.

2013 – Writing workshops and touring short plays around the Central West developed for the inaugural shorts season in Bathurst.

2012 – Regular writing and directing workshops (supported by Regional Arts NSW through CASP funding).

2018 Productions & Events

Winter Festival, Bathurst Fossil & Mineral Museum– artwork and consultancy for outdoor projection.


Tremain’s Mill Heritage Art Prize Exhibition, Tremain’s Mill – Lighting the for inaugural art prize exhibition in the found space of an old mill.

Tremain’s Mill Light Bazaar, Tremain’s Mill – Technical design, production and operation of the one night event.



Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival, Local Stages @ BMEC & Books Plus – Technical support and documentation of local content sessions.

Royal Hall @ The End Festival, NSW National Parks & Wildlife – Providing and operating all technical requirements for the evening ticketed music and cabaret venue.

Central West Short Play Festival, Local Stages @ BMEC – Co-ordination and direction of the year long residency program and regular weekend events.


2017 Productions and Events

Our Town, MacKillop College Bathurst – Technical support, lighting & projection design, documentation.

four, Lingua Franca Solos Development Project – Providing technical direction, mentorship and support for the 4 solo artists to explore themes of their own choosing through a 3week process, culminating in a public performance.

CSU Game Show Extravaganza, FirstDegree Program CSU – Providing technical direction and design for the live streamed event including video content creation, set design and construction, venue and lighting design. Event technical operation.

River Arts Festival, Forbes Shire Council & Kalari Lachlan River Arts Festival – Festival event planning, budgeting and marketing, Site/Technical/Production Management of the Lakeside Celebration day.

Making It Alone Development, Adam Deusien – Production technical support and documentation.

Condobolin Military Tattoo, Tattoo Committee –  Technical Support and Documentation including live feed video, sound and supplementary set lighting.

Mr CSU Talent Show, Charles Sturt University ResLife –  Providing technical direction, operation and design for the event including light design.

Artshed’s Invincible Exhibition, Arts out West – Providing  technical support for an all abilities art exhibition and performances in the found space of an old mill.

Whispers in the Grass Development for Cementa 17, Annemaree Dalziel  – Lighting and documenting the first development/exploration performance.

Dementia & Palliative Care Tour, Health Western NSW  – Technical Direction and Stage Management for a one week tour discussing the dementia journey including verbatim theatre readings alongside specialist geriatrician, Jane Tolman to discuss the ways dementia can present, how to respond and how to care for the Carer.

The Hill End Table Exhibition @ Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Lino Alvarez and Kim Deacon – Filming and editing the artist talk and exhibition to be used at future launches of the accompanying book to the exhibition.

Royal Hall @ The End Festival, NSW National Parks & Wildlife – Providing and operating all technical requirements for the evening ticketed music and cabaret venue.

The Cancer Journey, Health Western NSW – Event/Technical Management and Video Production for an information day held to discuss the Cancer Journey including verbatim theatre readings alongside clinical explanations of the process of cancer treatment by healthcare specialists. We documented the presentations and edited the footage to be used as a resource for Daffodil Cottage, Bathurst.


2016 Productions and Events

Mighty Development 1, Lingua Franca – Production management, lighting design, documentation


Dags by Debra Oswald, MacKillop College Bathurst – Technical management, lighting design, documentation, student mentorship

Unsustainable Behaviour,  for the 2016 Artlands Festival Lingua Franca / Local Stages @ BMEC – Production management, lighting design, documentation

Mystique, Cowra United Fusion (collaborating with Mitchell & Orange Conservatoriums and Canberra Youth Theatre) – Technical design and management, video content creation


We Always Wanted to Be Professional Dancers, Big One Little One  – Bathurst season lighting design, event production management, documentation

Burlesque Cabaret with Imogen Kelly, Hill End Arts Council – Production and technical management and design



Other collaborations have included;

Kim Deacon’s Home Sweet Home – the Women of Lawson’s Life (Independent music and multimedia touring theatre production 2015/16) Technical direction, operation and documentation.

 Kalari Lachlan River Arts Festival (Forbes 2015) Liaising with the community and Council to create a large biennial community festival. Focused mostly on gathering and planning and implementation of all the infrastructure within budget, event lighting design, mentorship for programming and general festival organisation.

Snapshorts (touring production of local short plays to Bathurst, Mudgee and Dubbo, 2015) Artistic direction and Tour co-ordination. Below is one of the 9 plays that toured with Snapshorts;

Clique (youth physical theatre and dance project in Bathurst and Cowra, 2014) Production management, Technical design and operation.



The Death of Kings (Sydney – Mardi Gras, Bathurst – Mardi Gras Outreach program, Melbourne – World HIV Conference, 2014) Technical direction and operation.