Performance – Raspberry Ripple Reads: Love Child

We are so excited to be working again with the fabulous team at Raspberry Ripple Productions on their new work, Raspberry Ripple Reads: Love Child. Read more details here and make sure to visit Raspberry Ripple website for bookings!

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Press release from Raspberry Ripple Productions and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Raspberry Ripple Reads is a play-reading event designed to add the dimension of difference to plays which are known within the theatre in Australia. It will also bring new work to the stage. The readings will see disabled and mainstream actors together on stage.

We are excited to announce our first Reading will be ‘Love Child’ by Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.

These readings will be a regular inclusion in the yearly schedule of Raspberry Ripple – one play per year to start with – and are a way of developing new work in an atmosphere of inclusion. We will try out new ideas with script in hand, and work out how disability can add new dimension in the context of established theatre practices.

We want to discover ways of finding new relationships within text – how new themes emerge between the characters.

At Raspberry Ripple this is gold to us. We are intrigued by the human condition, and for us, the addition of disability offers new provocation and possibility for interpretation that would not be in a reading where disability is absent.

Love Child is part of the Australian canon, by playwright Joanna Murray-Smith.

An adopted daughter comes to find her biological mother. In this reading of the work, the mother is a wheelchair user. Without altering the text, we will discover what is underneath the lines. What will happen?

Footscray Community Arts Centre
Performance Space
Cast: Alisha Eddy, Kate Hood – Director: Alice Darling
October 8th 2pm
Tickets: Full, $15 Concession,$10


Help us Launch Raspberry Ripple Productions

Raspberry Ripple Productions, a disability led theatre company, is calling on the Australian public to help them create an accessible website and officially launch. The Pozible campaign launched on 05 May, 2017, aiming to raise $9,500 or more to help the organisation achieve its mission.

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As a new entrant to the theatre scene, the organization relies on community and government funding. The Pozible campaign will help Raspberry Ripple build an accessible website to host information about its events, workshops and advocacy work. The website will be accessible to all people, no matter their disability. An important aspect that many websites overlook.


The funds will also be used for marketing and promotional services to get the word out there and advocate for disability in the arts. Finally, they will launch Raspberry Ripple Productions officially to the world, with a party and event to be hosted at Footscray Community Arts Centre on Saturday 3 June, 2017.


Raspberry Ripple’s remit is to create compelling theatre of a professional standard, using disabled and mainstream performers, writers and technical artists to tell stories of living in the world together.


Critical acclaim and opportunities followed the new disability led theatre company’s first official performance, ‘Enunciations’, at Footscray Community Arts Centre in 2016. Raspberry Ripple Productions is coming into its stride as a theatre company making a difference in the arts.


Kate Hood, Artistic Director and Founder of Raspberry Ripple Productions is the driving force behind the campaign. She’s passionate about making an inclusive and level playing field in the arts. Kate says:


“After being diagnosed with a neurological disease, I became a full time wheelchair user and struggled to keep my place as an actor in the mainstream performing arts.

Then I began to work with my new tribe of disabled artists – and realised that there is a rich seam of material that has never been explored in the mainstream. The dimension that could be created by performers with disability has been ignored for too long.  

That’s why I started Raspberry Ripple Productions. I want to see a pathway made for performers, writers, directors, and any disabled artist who has the talent and desire to work professionally in the performing arts.”

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The Pozible campaign will run for four weeks and offers rewards from as small as a thanks on Facebook to tickets to the company’s productions, or being a named sponsor on the website.

Visit the campaign here:

Hood adds “We want the mainstream industry to celebrate the deliciousness of diversity!”


To learn more, visit the Raspberry Ripple Productions Facebook page.  For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Lovelly Communications at or 0413 955 970.

Don’t be afraid of sad.

What a wise man. YES! We are afraid of sad. As soon as someone is sad, we try to stop it in its tracks and stop those feelings.

Let yourself feel. Let someone else feel. Ride the wave. Really feel it. Experience emotions as they are meant to be. Not blocking it and putting it away for it to come back more powerfully and punch you later on.

If you’re sad be sad, move on. If you’re happy, feel it and enjoy it.

Ahhhh I loved his explanation of this!

Watch here:

And enjoy this picture of a puppy I met in Bhutan

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This puppy is excellent company when you’re sad – after a little while, you won’t be!

Written by Emma Lovell, Director of Lovelly Communications

The Mosul article in The Australian that you must read TODAY.

Recently I read this incredible article in The Australian newspaper written by a former colleague of mine, Stuart Rintoul, from when I worked on the World Vision Australia media team. I was cast into a sphere of silence and my body felt numb. I totally escaped my own reality as I was immersed into the surreal world these people are now living in. A tent city in the desert, escaping from the ISIL hold on their city of Mosul.

Read the article here.

Photo taken from video shot by World Vision Australia in Iraq. Full video in article.

It’s really easy to see the news alerts come up and click “delete” or “mark as unread” to read later. I knew this wasn’t an article I could just leave sitting there. Lately I’ve felt a little lost. What will I do next year, what clients are coming up, who do I want to work with? But my vague sense of self in the past few weeks has nothing on these people who have had to abandon their lives. This is after being in a state of limbo in their city – waiting for a time when it’s safe to resume life as “normal”.

The harsh reality is that for these people, there is no longer a normal. There is no consistency or routine. Each day will come and they will prepare for it in the best way they can. Can you imagine leaving your home and not knowing what’s next? Some of us call this an adventure – taking a leap of faith. That’s true! If it was choice. If you had any other option.

The video attached with the article, although showing a terrible humanitarian crisis and one of which we are yet to know its limit, it also shows a sense of hope. The reason these people left was in the hope of a safer life. Children have had no access to education or even been able to play during the ISIL hold on their city. Now, World Vision has set up Child Safe areas where kids can be kids. They are playing games, singing songs and laughing. This is what a childhood should be. This is their time to grow and enjoy being carefree – not worrying for their safety.

I feel a little silly talking about my existential crisis after relocating states. But my move and life change was a choice. I wasn’t leaving a violent and scary situation, only to enter the complete unknown. I cannot for one second put myself in these people’s place. I can cry. I can feel sadness. But I cannot empathise. I can, however, use my voice and share their story.

“Do what you can” – And what we can do is give money to organisations who know what these people need. Their most basic needs to be met – food, clean water, shelter and a safe environment for their family. We can give them that by giving to the emergency appeal.

I urge you to take a minute out of your day – put your day to day in perspective, and for a moment have some compassion for those in need.

Support World Vision Australia in responding to humanitarian crises such as Mosul by donating here.

You can also hear a wonderful interview Erin Joyce, the Humanitarian Portfolio Manager for the Middle East at World Vision Australia on ABC Radio National. Listen here. 

Written by Emma Lovell.

Emma Lovell is the director of Lovelly Communications. Emma is a Blog Ambassador for World Vision Australia. She is also currently undertaking a contract with World Vision Australia on the Run India campaign.

Australia, who the bloody hell are we? Comedy Event in Sydney

An incredible comedy event on in Sydney tonight! Don’t miss this chance to see some amazing acts as well as open the discussion about Australian Aid. We can do more.

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The campaign for Australian Aid has been a force to be reckoned with – creating amazing and unique ways to get Australian Aid back on the agenda. We have so much in this country – I know you may feel you are struggling, but on a World scale, you have no ideas. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to travel and to see upon reflection how fortunate we really are.

What we don’t understand, is that by helping others, we in turn reduce the risks to Australia both financially and often in the health sector. I.e. by working to reduce instances of disease and prevent the spread, the cost is less and there is a lower chance that it would reach Australia.

Anywho, this post is about an incredible comedy event on TONIGHT (sorry for the late notice) in Sydney. Here’s the details and I hope you can get…

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APACHETA: pop-up art exhibition by Melbourne artist, Ross Miller, partnering with World Vision Australia

We love getting involved in wonderful events like this. We are proud to be helping World Vision to promote this event in support of the Peruvian cook stove project.

Adventures of the Traveller Em

Travelling to Peru in 2012 was such an epic adventure and bucket list item. I trekked to Machu Picchu and raised funds for Black Dog Institute. I’ve always loved the latino culture and quickly embraced the Peruvian cultures and their vast history of stories and traditions. I loved learning about the Quechuan people and seeing their marks left across the land. The thing that stood out the most was the apacheta. A series of stones in a sculpture like structure.  I left one of these on a high pass, 4400m along the Lares Valley route in memory of my grandmother and the adventure we took on.
It’s so wonderful to see another organisation that I care so much about showcasing the apachetas and supporting the people of Peru. World Vision Australia (WVA) is partnering with Melbourne artist, Ross Miller, on a pop-up art exhibition of Peruvian inspired sculptures at…

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Win tickets to Nicole Kidman’s new movie “Queen of the Desert”

The wonderful people at Transmission Films have given us 8x Double Passes to giveaway to see “Queen of the Desert” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson. A true story based on the life of British explorer and adventurer Gertrude Bell, Queen of the Desert chronicles her journey of love and loss in the Middle East during the early 20th century.


We’re thrilled to share this exciting  film with breathtaking cinematography with the Lovelly Communications audience.


A curious and adventurous young woman eager to explore the world outside of England, Gertrude Bell (Kidman) goes to the British embassy in Tehran where she quickly falls in love with a secretary of the embassy, Henry Cadogan (Franco). This sparks the beginning of a life-long adventure among the beautiful but misunderstood peoples and cultures of the Middle East. Along the way, her path intersects with archaeologist T.E. Lawrence (Pattinson) also known as Lawrence of Arabia, and Major Charles Doughty-Wylie (Damian Lewis), the British Consul General in the Ottoman Empire.


The film will be out in Australian cinemas June 2nd. You can view the trailer here:

Answer this question in the comments below for your chance to win!!

When have you taken a short journey that’s turned into a life changing experience or epic adventure?


MANFLU: Kirsty Mac at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016

Following sold-out shows as the cigar smoking Feminazi, Kirsty Mac brings her new show, Manflu, to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Running from Thursday 31st March to Sunday 17th April, Thursdays to Sundays at 7pm.



What is MANFLU? Have you had it? Is it contagious? But most importantly, could it be messing with your mojo…

MANFLU is all about the history of the patriarchy and the systemic history of oppression for all genders. Stories and jokes about domestic violence, pick-up artists, mens rights activists and how Kirsty Mac is beating them all at their own game. ‘But if you’re expecting a man-hating diatribe that’s only after smiles of solidarity from sisters in the audience, you’re going to be disappointed.

‘Raucous and rude, sweary and sexy. ★★★★’ Sunday Herald (UK)

‘Mac succeeds in taking on the world. ★★★★’ Herald Sun

Venue: Speakeasy HQ, 522 Flinders Street

Dates: 31st March & 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th of April

Time: 7.00pm

Tickets: Trybooking and at the door


We have 2x double passes to giveaway for Kirsty’s show!

What is the worst case of Manflu you have ever experienced or seen? Write your answer in the comments below to win!

You can join the Facebook event here!


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Swing along to MICF 2016 and see Damian Callinan in new show, Swing Man

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Damian Callinan’s new show, Swing Man, at the Malthouse Theatre as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can’t help but walk out of this light hearted and uplifting show with a smile on your dial!

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Damian learnt how to dance in 4 months! After procrastinating a goal of learning to do the swing style of dance for 35 years, he forced  himself into doing it with a deadline of an international comedy festival. Impressive! Procrastination is such a killer for me, perhaps I need the drive of performing to hundreds a night to get me going!

There’s dance, theatre, laughs and even audience participation. My feet were tapping and I was grinning like a cheshire cat. Genuinely heart warming to see someone learn a new skill and share it with a crowd. Damian is clearly passionate about the dancing, but also his dedication to Australian comedy and theatre.

Get along and see this show! Can’t wait for it to get to Sydney so I can see it again!

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More about the show:

Damo set himself one goal to achieve before he turned 50: learn to Swing Dance! Result: he owns professional dance shoes but still can’t swing dance. As far as unfulfilled life goals go, it’s no modern day tragedy, but when you selectively narrow your life goals down to one thing and you don’t do it, it’s time for revision.

What else has Damo left off his list of goals? Can he meet his revised target of learning to swing dance by 51? Are his dance shoes tax deductible? ‘Lindy hop’ on down to watch the 3 time Barry nominee ‘Shag’ his way through his mid­life ‘Boogie Woogie’ crisis.

SWING MAN Damian Callinan
8.15pm, 24 March – 16 April
(no mondays, 7.15 Sundays)
The Coopers Malthouse


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