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The Right Amount of Worry

12 June

The Right Amount of Worry


7 - 9 July 2021


Terrapin Loft, Salamanca Arts Centre


Terrapin Puppet Theatre



Terrapin is inviting 8-to-12-year-olds to a week of big thinking.

What fills the hearts and minds of young people? We’re interested in that vital space that exists after awareness and before anxiety – the space of fierce passion and action.

Over three days of theatre games, workshops and discussion, we will explore heady and contemporary topics from the personal to the political, the micro to the macro. These ideas will help shape Terrapin’s projects for 2022 and beyond, making sure we’re engaging in the conversations that matter to young people.

If you are – or if you know – a young person who delights in all the thoughts and feelings and finding ways to express them, then this week could be for you.

This workshop is run by Alex Walker from House of Muchness and Davina Wright from Gold Satino in collaboration with Terrapin.


Dates: Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 July 2021

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Terrapin Loft, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place Hobart



8 – 12 year-olds of all backgrounds, genders, experiences and ideas are warmly welcome.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the form linked below. This includes a few short questions about you, and asks you to submit a short video that responds to this idea: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” What does this mean to you?

Applications close 7pm Sunday 20 June.

We’ll be in touch by Friday 25 June to confirm your place in the workshop.

Alex Walker & House of Muchness

Alex Walker is an inclusive youth arts practitioner making live art with a cross-section of young people at the point where the spheres of children, arts, culture, and politics intersect. With an outstanding ability to celebrate and curate their artistic contribution, Alex has a profound impact on the young people she works with. She is heavily invested in carving out a place for the voice and position of the young person to have an impact on their environment and community. She insists that young people are armed with cultural agency and demands that their work, framed by excellent contemporary art practice, occupies a pivotal place in the theatre landscape.

In 2016 Alex founded House of Muchness (HOM) which is a centre of artistic practices for the creative wellbeing of young people. At HOM, she has established a culture which breeds safe, creative risk-taking and artistic experimentation. She uses arts processes to arrive at new material which reveals the contemporary condition of young people and their complex relationship with the world.

Alex has held key artistic roles at St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Outback Theatre for Young People and Australian Theatre for Young People. In her roles to date, she has prepared young people to perform and participate as part of Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Wheeler Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, NGV, BIFEM, MPavilion, State Library Victoria, Testing Grounds, ArtsHouse, Theatreworks, Dark Mofo, Ten Days on the Island and Castlemaine Festival. She has presented at state, regional and international conferences about the capacity of young people within the arts.

Davina Wright & Gold Satino

Davina Wright is a site-specific artist currently living and working in nipaluna/Hobart. She is interested in making site specific, nonlinear and immersive theatre that looks at loneliness, suburbia, violence and feminism.

Recently she wrote and directed This is Grayson; a performance for audience 8+ with her collective Gold Satino. This is Grayson explored death, loneliness and family and was an immersive experience. This is Grayson received four Green Room Award Nominations in the Contemporary and Experimental Performance panel and received the awards for Innovation in Site Responsive Performance and Performance for Young Audiences.

Davina is interested in creating thoughtful and reactive work for young people that leaves space for them to imagine a diverse range of futures for themselves.

Images: The Children’s Party, Melbourne Fringe 2017. Photo by Sarah Walker.

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