A 30 minute rehearsed reading of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Olwen Steel will open the inaugural HotHouse HotSpot Talk – The Brink tomorrow night at Cafe Grove, Wodonga from 6pm.
Olwen was born in South London in the mid-50’s, and arrived in Australia in October 1974. She has been living in Albury-Wodonga since 1987, and since making the Border her home, Olwen has explored music theatre and singing as a chorister, mostly at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Albury, and also in various a capella groups. She has spent the past decade or so as a schoolteacher on both sides of the river in primary, special ed and high schools. She is currently studying Visual Art full time at Albury TAFE. Her hobbies include singing and leading small study tours to the Mediterranean.
The reading will be introduced by La Trobe University’s Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, Dr Susan Lawler.
It will be followed by supper and a panel discussion with Dr Lawler and Head of La Trobe University’s School of Life Sciences, Professor Michael Clarke. The panel will also include a local wildlife rescuer and carer and will discuss what the Mariner’s tale means for us today.
Dr Lawler said she had read the poem to her ecology students every year for 15 years and felt it articulated that special connection with nature and the high stakes of conservation in a deeply personal and emotional way.
‘We have a responsibility to protect and even love our fellow creatures even if they are not cute and cuddly. A spiritual connection with nature is inevitable if we allow ourselves to spend sufficient time outdoors.
‘I am looking forward to inflicting the same confronting experience on the public and giving them a chance to discuss their reactions,’ Dr Lawler said.
HotHouse Theatre Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis said the HotSpot Talk series, supported by La Trobe University, had been scheduled to complement the season’s shows.
‘The talks will be held in surprising locations and in partnership with local restaurants, wineries and food-growers. ‘They will be cross art-form and highly social exploring interesting ideas and dynamics that resonate with our subscription season, but mostly they’re about getting into some really meaty topics while enjoying some fabulous food and drinks,’ Ms Wallis said.
Tickets are $30 and $25 concession and for HotHouse Subscribers. All tickets include supper and a glass of wine. Please note the venue for The Brink is Cafe Grove and not The Butter Factory Theatre.