All-female troupe get physical for Fringe

Ellenbrook’s Courtney Turner will perform  in this year’s Fringe World Festival.
Ellenbrook’s Courtney Turner will perform in this year’s Fringe World Festival.

After immigrating from Zimbabwe in 2007, Courtney lived and attended school in Ellenbrook before completing a BA in Contemporary Performance and Theatre Studies at WA Academy of Performing Arts.

Last year, she mounted her adaptation of The Happy Prince, which was performed both in Ellenbrook and Brisbane.

Her new theatre collective is interested in stories about women.

The ensemble members have fallen in love with the language of movement and the body and through this medium they tell important stories that engage, challenge and excite.

“I first came into contact with physical theatre whilst at uni and then fell head over heels in love with it after doing a week-long workshop with Brisbane-based company Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre,” Courtney said.

“I knew on the first day I wanted to learn more and was fortunate enough to be offered an internship with Zen Zen Zo in 2013.

“Last year, I was even more excited when I was able to train with the SITI Company, who also work extensively with the body, in New York for a month.

“This will be my debut fringe performance and I am thrilled it’s going to be in a physical theatre show.”

Halina is the debut production from the Open Lid Ensemble and is a rough-and-tumble physical exploration of the balance between rigidity and fluidity, clay and stone.

Halina is all about learning to cope with change and how just when you think everything is going to plan a spanner is thrown in the works and you have to figure out what to do,” she said.

The performance will run from Wednesday, January 27 to Sunday, January 31 at The Laneway Lounge in Perth.