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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 out there to give you tips on making a buck or losing a kilo. Ailsa will inspire you to find your own road and to stay on it. By turns practical and philosophical, Ailsa knows what it is to set a course by the call of the heart and find ways to stay on it through any weather.
You could say “goal setting” – but why bore yourself rigid? Ailsa aims to make open roads to new possibilities.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]