Mama Stitch

Whiskey & Boots

Mama Stitch Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb Midland Junction Arts Centre Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb Midland Junction Arts Centre $25 - $29
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Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb at Midland Junction Arts Centre, from $25 - $29

Like threads of yarn woven through a needle, stitching us together, our mother’s advice, stories and memories shape us as we curve, bend and braid to find our place in the world. Using storytelling, and music Whiskey & Boots invite audiences to listen and reflect on their maternal line.

Stories about mums are collected by Whiskey & Boots from the people of Midland, distilled and brought to life as headphone verbatim performance (where the actor wears headphones and delivers the text as they hear it, live, without embellishment). Each story is underscored with an original and bespoke musical response inspired by the stories shared.

Come and have a hot cup of tea and a slice of toast with homemade jam while listening to the reflections of people from this community about their mums. At the end of the performance audiences are invited to contribute to the project by writing an anonymous 'Dear Mum' letter to be displayed in the space.

Mama Stitch is a project unique to the place it is created and each show features a different combination of stories. Part performance, part installation it celebrates the mothers of Midland in all their variations. Discover amazing stories and in them recognise what is common in the human experience of motherhood.  

Presented by
Whiskey & Boots
Created by
Georgia King & Mark Storen
Voiced by
Georgia King & Mark Storen
Music Composition & Performance
Mark Storen, Holly Garvey, Tom Garvey

Whiskey & Boots
Whiskey & Boots is a Perth-based performance company housing the work of Mark Storen and Georgia King. The pair make headphone verbatim performance work that examines the challenges and contradictions of the human condition. Using storytelling with music they take real stories gathered from a community and share them publicly, illuminating moments that are familiar and expose common challenges and secret fears, reminding audiences that we are all complex, ugly, beautiful, brave, funny, flawed and vulnerable. Their work is low-fi, stripped back and welcoming, the fourth wall doesn’t exist. Through the sharing of honest moments in intimate spaces we can try to understand each other better, boldly, honestly, playfully. Previous shows include Mama Stitch – Bunbury, Albany and Joondalup, Bystander – Margaret River and Beverly, The Loneliest Number, THE ONE by Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Benjamin & Me.


Georgia King – Creator & Performer
Georgia King is an actor, theatremaker, producer and educator. She is a member of Whiskey & Boots and with the company performed and produced Mama Stitch – Joondalup, Albany, Bunbury, The Loneliest Number, Bystander – Beverly and THE ONE by Jeffrey Jay Fowler for Summer Nights, Fringe World, 2017, the Subiaco Theatre Season and Melbourne Fringe (winner of the Melbourne Tour Ready, Blaz and WA Arts Editors Awards FW, 2017). In 2015 she produced Benjamin & Me for Whiskey & Boots, which debuted at The Blue Room before touring with Queensland Music Festival and regional Western Australia. She co- founded Little y Theatre Company in 2010 and produced/performed in their shows Scent Tales (winner, Best Production, Blue Room 2011) including its 2013 regional tour with Circuit West, Slut, Glengarry Glen Ross (winner, Audience Development Award, Blue Room, 2012), Public Space (winner, FW Best WA Performance, 2013), Second Hands (nominated for Best New Play, PAWA Awards 2015, runner up, Martin Sims Awards, 2014) and RabbitHead.

Georgia has also produced for Ribs (Interrupting A Crisis), The Lost Boys (Moving On Inc., Latitudes) and was assistant producer on the 2014 and 2015 Proximity Festival. Other acting roles include The Little Mermaid, Fat Pig and Giving Up The Ghosts. She has been nominated for Equity Guild/PAWA Awards four times and Best Individual Performance The Blue Room Theatre Awards twice.


Mark Storen – Creator, Composer & Performer
Mark Storen is a performer, musician, writer, director and educator from Perth. A founding Member of Whiskey & Boots he most recently worked on their shows, Mama Stitch – Joondalup, Albany and Bunbury, The Loneliest Number, Bystander – Beverly, THE ONE by Jeffrey Jay Fowler (winner of three Fringe World Awards), Benjamin & Me (nominated best performance Blue Room Awards) and Bystander – Margaret River (in Oct 2020). Directing credits include Ruben Guthrie and Teeth 2 Tail for Curtin University, The Man and The Moon (Variegated Productions), The Dirty Cowboy (Assistant Director – Steamworks) and Tim Solly and Glengarry Glen Ross for Little y Theatre Company. He has travelled his work nationally and internationally, his most popular works include The Polite Gentleman (nominated for five Blue Room Awards, winner best production team), A Drunken Cabaret and Cut to The Quick. Mark was the creative director of Propel Youth Arts WA from 2015 – 17. He has worked with Barking Gecko Theatre, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Perth Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company.


Holly Garvey – Composer & Musician
Holly Garvey is a singer, songwriter, photographer and performer and is currently completing her postgraduate studies in Community Development at Murdoch University. She has worked extensively within the Perth theatre scene as an actor/performer with shows such as When We Wake, HOME, Glengarry Glenn Ross, RabbitHead, La Maria (Perth Festival), Public Space and Second Hands. As a musician she writes and performs her own songs under her own name as well as collaborating with Whiskey & Boots as a musician with their most recent shows Mama Stitch – Joondalup, Albany, Bunbury, The Loneliest Number and Bystander – Beverley. As a photographer she has exhibited her photos as a part of the Bystander – Beverley project and will continue to collaborate with Whiskey & Boots for their upcoming Bystander project in Margaret River in 2020.

Holly has worked with The Blue Room Theatre, Fremantle Arts Centre and Barking Gecko Theatre and continues to play within the Perth music scene in venues such as Mojo’s, Beaufort Street Songwriters Club (Flying Scotsman), The Rosemount and The Aardvark under her own name Holly Garvey.


Tom Garvey – Composer & Musician
Tom Garvey is a multi-instrumentalist and arts graduate of UWA (Literature, Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage). He has been involved in several projects with Whiskey & Boots including Bystander – Beverley, The Loneliest Number, Mama Stitch – Joondalup and more recently toured Mama Stitch in Albany and Bunbury and was part of the team again in October 2020 for Bystander – Margaret River. Tom is passionate about community engagement and sees the arts as an integral feature of community vibrancy. He has been involved in local art projects in the past and has worked with the Fremantle Arts Centre in several music and visual events. Within his community of music he is a well-respected and continually working musician.

Time & Location

Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb

Thu – Sat 6.30pm Sun 5.30pm

Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland (Entrance Old School Lane)

Duration

60mins

Pricing
    • Adult: $29
    • Concession: $27
    • Friend: $26
    • Student: $25

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Accessibility
  • Tactile tour available before the show on Sat 20 Feb 6.30pm
  • Auslan interpreted performance Fri 19 Feb 6.30pm
Notes

Toast & Tea 
Arrive 30 minutes before the performance start time for a cup of tea, toast with homemade jam and a chat with the creators. After the show, read Dear Mum letters written by audience members and even write your own to add to the installation.

Latecomers not admitted
Contains
coarse language and adult themes

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