Dan Daw – Interview started his performing career as a young artist in Whyalla at D’faces


Dan Daw is an Australian-born artist, currently based in the UK. He collaborates with a growing network of companies and artists to develop new dance work for UK and international audiences. Among his most recent works are Beast and On One Condition. Beast is a 2015 Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Compass Commission, created in […]

via It’s important for me to make work that I want audiences to see rather than making work that audiences want to see: Interview with Dan Daw — Gaele Sobott

Drama Camp January 2017


As I write this the sound of 16 kids echoes around the foyer as they are having mock auditions. This is the energy that excited people have at the end of six weeks holiday. I bet their parents are glad to have them out of the house.


‘pose nicely for a photo?’

They have been working hard over the last couple of days to come up with ideas – mostly crazy ones, characters – ditto, and scenarios – yep still mad, for the performance they will put on at the end of the week.

So if you haven’t had a sufficient dose of crazy this summer, you are encouraged to come to D’faces for a 5 pm performance on Saturday the 28th (yes this week) of “The Chthonic Circus” – nah, I don’t know what that word means either. I had to google it.

It involves a circus, a hero, an evil ringmaster, acrobats, dingbats and a ventriloquist and is there a happy ending …. well you will have to come and see.

Whyalla Cosplay

Community Projects, Visual Art

The Whyalla Cosplay group started its journey as an online Facebook community on the 16th of April 2015. As the group’s membership expanded, so did its local presence. The group went from having an online only presence, to having a physical one a year later in April 2016, when the group had its first crafting session at D’faces!

What is Cosplay? Cosplay is short for costume play. It is a performance art where a person dresses up and masquerades as a character. The characters most commonly cosplayed are fictional characters from Cartoons, Anime, T.V Series, Movies, Video Games, Manga and Comics. Costuming as non-fictional characters (such as historical figures) is also considered cosplaying. Other cosplays focus their costumes around a particular look, rather than on a character. Some of these styles include, but not limited to, Fur-suiting, Steampunk fashion, Lolita fashion and Medieval Reenactment costumes.




The Whyalla Cosplay group doesn’t just wear costumes, they make them too! A big aspect of cosplay is the creative process that goes into creating costumes and props. One reason cosplayers make their own costumes comes down to lack of options available to purchase specific characters outfits. Limited purchase options have left many in the community to be resourceful by making their own. Another reason many people choose to make their own costumes is because it’s more affordable. Costumes can also be made to be better fitting when you make them yourself. Buying costumes online is always a gamble, especially with snug fitting costumes and accessories.

Why do people cosplay? The ultimate answer is because it’s fun! Getting dressed up as a favourite character or into a fashionable outfit is an enjoyable experience where people can express themselves and their admiration as a fan. The cosplay community is extremely supportive and encourages people to step outside of their comfort zones. The community supports one’s ability to express themselves in a way that brings them the most enjoyment. Because of this incredibly supportive community, many people find cosplay to be a great escape from the social norms of society. Cosplaying can boost one’s confidence by making someone feel comfortable wearing something they would not normally be comfortable wearing. It can help people who have social anxiety by letting them go to large gatherings in a ‘mask’ that hides their identity, relieving some of the pressure. Cosplaying can make one feel more comfortable with their body image because of how encouraging the cosplay community is with people being happy wearing what brings them happiness. Cosplayers have fun in costume because they are made to feel comfortable in whatever they choose to wear to express themselves; this is what makes cosplay such an amazing experience.

The best cosplay experiences are those received at pop culture conventions, where thousands of like-minded people gather. The largest pop culture conventions in South Australia include Oz Comic-Con, AVCon and Supanova. Conventions are magnets for cosplayers, and there is no better place to dress up and fit in! People going to conventions can buy costumes and accessories, there are panels for costume making by famous cosplayers and all conventions hold some sort of cosplay competition. Competitions give those who craft their costumes a chance to challenge themselves and compete. Oz Comic-Con sends winners from each state to battle it out for the prize of best cosplayer of Australia, sending the champion overseas to compete on a global scale!

We would like to hold cosplay events in Whyalla to bring some of the excitement from the city into the country. The Whyalla Cosplay group attends local events such as Tanderra, the Whyalla Show, the Whyalla Zombie Walk and the Whyalla Christmas Pageant. The Whyalla Cosplay group would like to hold their own costumed-themed events once the group is more developed.

The Whyalla Cosplay group would like to share the amazing experience one can have with cosplay. Whether its getting started making that first costume, or getting knowledge for entering a cosplay competition, the Whyalla Cosplay group is here to help!

Whyalla has some incredible costume and prop makers – we aim to get them all into the one group! We hope to collaborate the costume and prop makers of Whyalla so we can make a grand resource of local knowledge and crafting experience. The group holds crafting and tutorial sessions at the D’faces building, where members can come and learn how to make costumes and props. Members are also welcomed to bring any of their projects to work on, cosplay related or not. We have a wide range of skills in the group including tailoring, armour making, fur-suiting, moulding & casting, foam-smithing and prop making! Anyone from the public is welcomed to join the Whyalla Cosplay group to learn, or to add their knowledge to our talent pool!

If you are interested in bringing a fictional character to life, interested in helping others learn crafting techniques or if you just want to keep updated with the costume and prop makers of Whyalla, come join us on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/groups/WhyallaCosplay/

where to? from here!

Community Projects, Drama


This amazing project ably led by the awesome Claire Glenn and assisted by Anthony Kelly explored life in Whyalla for the young people involved. What they love, hate, their hopes and dreams for the future and fears about their lives. They played games, explored their insides and outsides, became a gang and were themselves. They interviewed locals about their lives and generally had a great time whilst also creating a moving and enlightening piece of theatre.


They also came up with some ace ideas for “saving Whyalla”! Look forward to the next instalment.


Multi award winning theatre maker Claire Glenn is coming to D’faces to engage young people in the creation of a verbatim theatre piece exploring the theme of how place influences who you are.

Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre which is based on the spoken words of real people. In its strictest form, verbatim theatre-makers use real people’s words exclusively, and take this testimony from recorded interviews. However, the form is more malleable than this, and writers have frequently combined interview material with invented scenes, or used reported and remembered speech rather than recorded testimony. There is an overlap between verbatim theatre and documentary theatre, and other kinds of fact-based drama, such as testimonial theatre (in which an individual works with a writer to tell their own story) and tribunal theatre (edited from court transcripts).


This project requires all sorts of skills and will engage the participants in thinking about their own development, talking to a variety of locals about their lives and then creating something meaningful out of all that thinking and talking. There is opportunity to the use of other media and for involvement of  people who might not be comfortable getting on stage but have other skills, filming, editing, songwriters and musicians to be part of the process.

Contact deb at art@dfaces.net for further information or to book in.

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Realitising the Digital

Community Projects, Guerrilla Arts, Visual Art

Yes I know realitising isn’t actually a word. I made it up – artistic licence.

SO one of things that I’ve noticed running a teenager over the past few years and working in youth arts and if I’m to be honest at any public event anywhere – it’s the amount of time we spend interacting with those little electronic rectangles.

I hear all sorts of explanations: I’m more connected, it’s the way we communicate now, we need to be part of the digital age …..   but when you come home to a room full of teenagers hanging on the couch, movie on, what are they all doing, watching? eating popcorn? discussing plot flaws? No!!! Every last one of them is tapping at their phone. Weirdness.

So anyway, the point of this was that we have decided to tap into that digital ethos too, but we are old fashioned and quite like actual interaction with a actual other, three dimensional human, in real  time – I know, bit weird. So we are out and about at community events getting young and old to create these cute little 3-d emoji (with kindly messages on their non smiley sides). We are only making nice ones though, not the grumpy, angry ones, or the smiley poo ’cause he doesn’t really work on a ping pong ball. Then we give them away. Yes an actually real time interaction with another human being that almost always makes them smile.

Thank you, you are welcome and you are beautiful.



Don’t forget that all this fun is funded by


Guerrilla Arts

Community Projects, Guerrilla Arts, Visual Art

Gorilla art?

Funny Gorilla

Nah – not that….

noun: guerilla
  1. a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces.
    “this town fell to the guerrillas”
    synonyms: freedom fighter, underground fighter, irregular soldier, irregular, resistance fighter, member of the resistance, partisanMore

    • referring to actions or activities performed in an impromptu way, often without authorization.
      adjective: guerrilla
      “guerrilla gigs”

    Definitely the second – but with art.

    Keep an eye out this year you might find art sneaking up on you. On second thoughts maybe it is a little of the first “this town fell to the guerrillas

    Funded by

    South Australia


    Eyebombing is the art of sticking “googly eyes” onto an inanimate object in the public sphere, in a way that cleverly lends the object the appearance of a living creature. Ultimately the goal is to humanize the streets, and bring sunshine to people passing by.


    1. Only images of inanimate objects with wiggle eyes NOT stickers.

    2. Only images taken in the public space.

    3. No eyes on eyes.




21st birthday


Getting ready for our celebration of 21 years of youth arts in Whyalla this Saturday.

Thanks to all the ‘originals’ who came along, especially Phillipa Sutherland our founding mother who left her husband in Adelaide after heart surgery and a bout of pneumonia. It would not have been the same without you.


the ‘originals’ and deb

Thanks to the Board who worked hard to organise a great night of fun and festivity. Special thanks to Joanne who has been a stalwart for many years now, she never failed to show up to assist, rustled up a whole gang of crazy friends to come and celebrate and managed to get Noel to crawl around stage on his hands and knees doing, I don’t know what. But I have video footage. Also thanks to Olivia who did a fabulous job with the visual identity, made all those fantastic drawings of the wonderland characters and then went on holiday the week before the party and Pearce who spent the night outside cooking dinner and getting covered in soot. Nice work. A special thanks to Vicki who always turns up to run the kitchen whenever we have something on xxx.


Olivia White and Ryan Cowling at our decorations workshop

A big shout out to the tutors, Rob, Jaimie, Sarah who whipped those kids into shape to provide entertainment and the kids themselves who did a great job.

Finally thanks to all of you that came along and had a great family night out. It was heartwarming to see the kids getting involved and it was a great night.




Where to from here

Community Projects, Drama

We are excited to announce that we have a new project up and running as part of our drama activities.

Country Arts South Australia via the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund are enabling us to bring Adelaide based theatre facilitator Claire Glenn to Whyalla to produce an original theatre piece. Here in Whyalla we face an uncertain future, it is a difficult time for everyone, our town is changing, the people around us are changing, friends are leaving!  As we grow our sense of self is moulded by the place and people around us, how do these sudden changes effect our developing sense of self? These are questions we hope to address with our youth, enabling them to express their ideas, opinions and feelings about life in Whyalla right here, right now and where do we go…


Claire Glenn | Co-director of Undead Adelaide

Claire Glenn

Claire Glenn is an award winning actor and theatre maker, currently specialising in the development and presentation of Theatre for Young People.

After completing her performance training in New Zealand, Claire moved to Australia where she has worked as an Actor and Producer with some of the country’s leading performing arts companies including Malthouse Theatre, Sixxters Grimm, five.point.one, White Whale Theatre and On Invisible Wings.

From 2006-2011, Claire was the Creative Producer for Mebourne-based theatre company, Three To A Room, which she also founded and performed with around Australia and the UK.

From 2008-2014, Claire was the Artistic Director of the Fairfax Festival, an Arts Festival for Young People living in regional and remote areas of Victoria and New South Wales. Following on from this role, Claire became Producer for Open Space Contemporary Arts.

Now based in Adelaide, Claire is an independent theatre maker, working with some of South Australia’s leading Youth and Social Change arts companies including Expressway Arts, Act Now, SAYarts, Riverland Youth Theatre and No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability.

Most recent award wins and nominations include: 2015 Ruby Award (finalist) for Community Impact Under $100,000 – Run Zombie Run and The Zombie Gauntlet for Expressway Arts and Carclew; 2015 Adelaide Theatre Guide Award (finalist) for Best Female Performance (Professional) for Late Night Story; 2014 Critics Circle Award for Best Innovation (win) for Notoriously Yours; 2014 Adelaide Theatre Guide Award for Best Ensemble (win) for Notoriously Yours; 2014 Adelaide Theatre Guide Award for Best Technical (win) for Notoriously Yours; 2014 Adelaide Theatre Guide Award for Best Show (win) for Notoriously Yours; 2014 inSpace Award (win) for Notoriously Yours; 2014 Fringe Award for Innovation (win), for Notoriously Yours; 2014 Fringe Award for Best Show (win) for Notoriously Yours; 2013 Adelaide Theatre Guide Award (finalist) for Best Female Performance (Professional) for Muff.


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Visual Art

We have had a couple of workshops already putting together some great images using collage.

Its such a fantastic medium to practice use of colour and composition and a huge bonus to anyone who finds the lure of glossy magazines to great to ignore. As simple as scrolling through old mags and books to find things you just like, painstakingly cutting them out – not always so fun – but then shifting, arranging, inverting, altering, anything you like to make them fit your narrative. Such fun!  So we are thinking we want to do more of this – so we are setting up a collage club. Oh yeah – WITH BADGES!!! yes. If you are keen to join us drop us a line or call in.

Anyway aside from that I wanted to share some of the great images our workshop participants have created.