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The Act-Belong-Commit Loungeroom Project is for Western Australians aged between 13 and 26 who are interested in theatre and performance. Previous experience and training are welcomed but not essential. Detailed descriptions of the project and requirements can be found in the Project Guidelines on the resources page.

LEARN

Each week the Loungeroom Project will publish two free tutorials by professional artists who will unpack some of their creative practice for you. They will take you through activities that allow you to explore and learn these techniques. On Fridays and Saturdays there will be scheduled Zoom sessions where you can talk to the artist about their techniques – the links to Zoom sessions will be sent to participants who have signed up. Loungeroom Project tutors and content can be found in the program.

REHEARSE

Practice the techniques and skill you have learnt and use them to assist in making your own loungeroom project performance. You can use whoever and whatever you have with you at home. Your voice, your story, whatever way you want.

PERFORM

Whatever you make will need to be performed in your loungeroom (or other household space or spaces) and filmed on your mobile device. You can film it as many times as you need to get it right and you will learn how to edit it ready for submission. When you are done you can submit your work to the Loungeroom Project. You can submit just ONE entry per registered participant.

Entries will open on 1 August 2020 and will close 15 August 2020.
You must be a WA resident and between 13-26 years old on the date of 1 August 2020 to be eligible to submit an entry.

WHAT YOU NEED TO PARTICIPATE

All you need to participate in the Act-Belong-Commit Loungeroom Project is:

  • Internet access – to access tutorials and content online
  • A mobile device with a camera – to record your performance
  • A loungeroom (or similar) to perform in – you don’t have to make and perform exclusively in your lounge room. You can use other rooms and spaces at home, a balcony or garden if you have one. Bedrooms and bathrooms are not permitted if you are in the Junior Category (13-17 years-old)
  • A WAYTCo membership – a 12 month membership is is free when you sign up for the project you are also registered as a member.

YOUR WORK, JUDGING & AWARDS

This project celebrates original creative work by young Western Australians. It challenges you to create a theatre/performance work your loungeroom. The performance should demonstrate excellence in concept, performance skill and creativity. You can use whoever and whatever you have with you at home. But if you are the registered participant you must be the principal creative. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to appear in the final filmed performance. You could be the writer and or director. You might be a puppeteer or a narrator. It is up to you – it is about your ideas, stories and creativity.

Once you have submitted your short work the Loungeroom Project Preselection Panel will select 20 finalists for each category, Junior and Senior.

The finalists’ work will be shared by WAYTCo online and on social media. The guest Loungeroom Project Jury will then vote for the Lounge Room Hero Awards. Also, the general public will be able to vote for a People’s Choice award. The Awards are:

  • Loungeroom Hero Award – Junior: three awards valued at $300 each Loungeroom Hero Award – Senior: three awards valued at $600 each
  • Loungeroom People’s Choice Award – Junior: one award valued at $300 Loungeroom People’s Choice Award – Senior: one award valued at $600

The Loungeroom Project Jury will assess your work based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of concept
  • Creative use of your domestic environment and household elements
  • Excellence of performative outcome

Before you create and submit your work please read through the Project Guidelines, this includes important information about your performance, submission requirements, online etiquette and important distribution information.