Mudlark Theatre Company have given their best and brightest the opportunity to learn from national experts in their fields, before sharing the results at Junction Arts Festival.
One of the experts is head of design at NIDA Dr Julie Lynch, who has designed costumes, set, and lighting for companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Belvoir St, and Bell Shakespeare.
She will be 'In Conversation' with Mudlark artistic director Cheyne Mitchell on Saturday night.
All are welcome to the talk, which starts at at 6.30pm at the Launceston College Drama Room.
Mitchell said Dr Lynch's work was unparalleled.
"I saw her design for a production of the Tempest that was done through Bell Shakespeare at the Opera House a few years ago - that's when Launceston College was producing the Tempest," he said.
"Just seeing her command of costume design especially is just extraordinary - these huge, awe-inspiring winged beasts that she was creating were just, really special."
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Dr Lynch is one of several mentors signed up to participate in It Happened One Day, a polishing and re-imagining of four previous works created by the Mudlark team.
As well as working closely with the creatives, each mentor will give a public talk.
"[We'll talk] about her career in design, and we'll talk specifically about design in Tasmania and how people can move into careers; move into training," Mitchell said.
"She's really interested in developing relationships between NIDA, and young designers in Tasmania."
The four teams have worked with script doctor Peter Matheson; and after Dr Lynch a to-be-confirmed director will give their projects a workout.
The result will be a a run of performances of the twenty-minute plays, after the intensive process of refining, editing, tweaking and transforming under the guiding eye of the mentors is complete.
"The project itself came about when we identified a shortage of training that we've had in three areas: dramaturgy (script development), design, and directing," Mitchell said.
Out of the 68 plays produced through Mudlark's One Day program, that four selected for revisiting fit the theme, 'Conversations That We Have to Have'.
"They're four short works around contemporary themes that range from agoraphobia and early onset dementia through to environmental apocalypse," Mitchell said.
"There's outrage culture between the left and the right and not dealing with each other's arguments, and one about an ... enigmatic ageing actor who was quite the charmer in his day."
- It Happened One Day will play at the Workers Club at 8pm September 5, 6, and 7, and 2pm September 7 and 8, $27 adult, $22 concession, through junctionartsfestival.com.au.