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One of Australia’s favourite performers and writers, Fiona Harris (Skithouse, The Librarians & Comedy Inc) explores the notion of what it means to have aspirations in life and how best to go about achieving them. Through storytelling and multimedia this award-winning performer shares her struggles as a teenager, from her disastrous attempts to fit in to ultimately finding herself. Fiona has come a long way from the nerdy kid whose best friend was a tree and who wanted to live in an Enid Blyton book. Follow your passion is a heartfelt and motivational talk, which is hugely inspiring for students of all ages. By sharing her own awkward and embarrassing childhood and teenage stories, Fiona proves that everyone faces feelings of self-doubt and isolation. She highlights the importance of setting goals, collaborating with others, friendship and positive thinking. Fiona grew up in the Western suburb of Altona North, and knows what it’s like to come from an area where the odds are stacked against you when you want to go down a creative path. She knew from a young age that she wanted to do something creative with her life but had no one in her life to support or inform her on her quest. Fiona is very passionate about getting the message across to kids that they have the potential to do anything that they set out to achieve, especially those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Q&A session follows the talk where the students have the opportunity to share their own passions and/or ask questions.
Fiona presents a 20-minute talk on the process of writing comedy scripts for television shows, Skithouse, Comedy Inc and Prank Patrol. She covers where ideas come from, how we get them from inside our heads on to the computer and how to develop story, characters and plot. This interactive discussion is followed by a 40-minute […]
Fiona presents a 20-minute talk on the process of writing children’s books and the children’s television show, Prank Patrol. She covers where ideas come from, how we get them from inside our heads on to the computer and how to develop story, characters and plot. This interactive discussion is followed by a 40-minute comedy-writing workshop […]
In her workshop, Fiona takes the students through a range of improvisational role-playing games and exercises as a way of getting the students to explore characterization. Fiona then takes the students through the process of how a program is rehearsed, blocked and filmed, giving students an insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of a television program. […]
In this workshop, Fiona uses games, exercises and improvisation to help students hone their comedy writing and performance skills. The skills and tips learnt by students in this workshop can be used and applied to numerous situations in students’ lives, building their self-esteem and giving them the confidence to deal with a range of everyday […]
Two of Melbourne’s favourite comic actresses Fiona Harris (Skithouse, The Librarians & Comedy Inc) and Kate McLennan (The Mansion & Debutante Diaries) take a very funny and inspiring look at their dreams, and explore the notion of what it means to have dreams and aspirations in life. Through stand-up, story-telling and multimedia this award-winning pair […]