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Hilarious, Heartbreaking Fringe Debut by Adelaide Theatre Group Actually Acting

Featuring performers aged from 7 to 74, Actually Acting’s multi-generational Fringe debut double bill Know Your Place promises to be, in turn, hilarious and heartbreaking.

Know Your Place is two one-act plays: “Know your Role” by Brandi Owensby and “Our Place” by Terry Gabbard.

Winner of several awards at last year’s national one act-play Festival in Victoria, including Best Youth Play, Best Youth Performer Male, Best Youth Performer Female and Best Director, Know Your Role is often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking – always intriguing and entertaining.

It’s a vignette play with scenes and monologues exploring young people’s responses to the way society bombards them with restrictive gender expectations.

In Our Place, the dock on a quiet lake becomes a special place in the lives of five small groups of people, five different stories – comic, poignant, sometimes devastating.

Director and Actually Acting founder Alicia Zorkovic says: “Audiences will love the energy and the incredible mix of generations in these pieces.

The actors range from 7 to 74, some are first-timers and some have years of acting experience and stage craft behind them, but each of them brings their passion and their unique voice to the show.”

Sat: 17 Feb – Wed: 21 Feb

Star Theatre Two at Star Theatres, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton
Book at HERE

Actually Acting: Young Actors Finding Their Voice and Their People

Actually Acting is the brainchild of director Alicia Zorkovic.

In 2008 she started providing speech and drama classes at numerous schools across Adelaide.

In 2017 Alicia co-founded wings2fly Theatre, which operated for five years as a training ground in theatre for young actors, undertaking an intensive rehearsal period which culminated in a performance.

In 2022, she created Actually Acting Youth Theatre, which offers short theatre workshops and intensive holiday productions.

“The philosophy across both companies is about being connected and part of a nurturing team,” Alicia says.

“We cultivate an inclusive and nurturing space for young people aged seven up to 18.”

The actors learn personal skills which go way beyond just performance.

“They find their voice and their people,” Alicia says.

 The company works with very experienced actors as well as complete beginners.

“Everyone learns at a different pace,” Alicia says.

 “They need to feel safe to let their walls down, become vulnerable and trust in each other as well as the work.”

This year, the company will be moving to Goodwood Theatre & Studios to produce their intensive school holiday productions in April, July and October.

There is a Mini four-day program for younger actors (ages 7-10). Junior and Senior casts do a seven-day program, with everyone performing on the final day.

Recently Actually Acting also started adult classes. There are daytime classes for retirees called The Mature Edition and evening improvisation classes for anyone aged over 18.

As well as weekly classes at Devon Park, Glenunga, Glen Osmond and Kent Town, there are school holiday programs at Fullarton Park Community Centre and Bower Cottages.

Know your Place at Star Theatres is Actually Acting’s inaugural Fringe show.

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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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