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This workshop focuses on writing in the first person. It was the biggest challenge Ailsa faced in writing Sinning Across Spain, but was just as pressing when she wrote the characters in her award-winning play Small Mercies. How to locate that authentic voice, and not censor it? How to find the “I” of a character, even when the character is…I?
Whether as writer, director, workshop-leader or actor, Ailsa has spent a lifetime dealing with the twin challenges of authenticity and self-criticism, and she has many practical techniques at her fingertips to help others find a pain-free way through the woods of locating character and writing freely from it.
Come and explore.
This monologue performance celebrates words, stories, rhymes and rhythms. It grew from Ailsa’s 1300 kilometre walk across Spain, and herPoetica programme on ABC Radio. It celebrates the songs of the road and the call of the heart, and brings together Ailsa’s triple-threat skills of actress, director and writer. It is funny, tender, uplifting – and proof […]
Ailsa Piper has worked for thirty years as an actress, writer and director. She has stared down financial insecurity and Neighbours fans, and when she walked 1300 kilometres across Spain, she stared down snakes, blisters, fatigue and sins. Every day of her life she has stared down doubt. There are any number of motivators and life coaches […]
We’ve all heard it: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Not many can lay claim to intimate knowledge of how that feels, but Ailsa Piper can. In 2010, she walked alone across 1300 kilometres from Granada to Galicia, and she carried a swag full of the donated sins of others […]
In 2010, Ailsa Piper walked 1300 kilometres from Granada to Galicia in Spain, and she carried a swag full of the sins of others along the way. Each day she pondered and plodded—and tried not to sin herself. She failed a lot—and learned a lot! She returned convinced of one thing—that the real journey, the […]