How Did You Hear About Visible Ink?

Word of Mouth

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?

Comprising of Brisbane based artists, Jennifer Goulding, Allison Manson and Chiara Lagana De-Love-La is a Brisbane based all-female theatre collective attempting to create new and exciting work. Having graduated from the Advanced Diploma of Arts [Acting] course at Southbank Institute of Technology in 2010 they went on to form De-Love-La in 2011 after previous successful collaborations.

The company aims to showcase the level of discipline and grit now evident in independent theatre being created by young emerging performing arts graduates all around Brisbane.

De-Love-La appeals to an audience who enjoys a playful night at the theatre but never hesitates to embrace the dark.

The ladies of De-Love-La aspire to reawaken Brisbane’s artistic scene with a deliciously dark banquet of yesterday’s mistakes.

What are you currently working on project-wise?

De-Love-La is currently devising and rehearsing a piece entitiled Well, It Was All Very Hush Hush to be performed as part of the Gold Coast Short n Sweet Festival. The aim of this ten minute tidbit is to act as a teaser trailer for the full length production to be developed after Short n Sweet.

The WELCOME mat is out and gossip is rife, for in this street nothing is ever what it seems. Join the ladies of De-Love-La in a brief encounter of the ‘suburban variety.’

Well, It Was All Very Hush Hush.. friends like vultures gather for the eating to devour what he said she said.

What’s that, a blood curdling scream in the distance?..

What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?

The ladies of De-Love-La attended Southbank Institute of Technology and studied the same Advanced Diploma of Arts together. This formed a strong bond but also worked to the advantage of the group with strong cohesion of ideas. Collaboration has always come easy to De-Love-La as the women seem to be on the same wave length in terms of creating and devising theatre.

De-Love-La aims to push the envelope in theatre and showcase the discipline and training they were taught by Norman Price and Lisa O’Neill.

What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?

Currently the women of De-Love-La have hobbies and outside interestes including; writing, adapting novels for stage play, jewelry making, jazz singing, op-shopping, going to the theatre, speech pathology and linguistics, reading, playwrighting, dramaturgy, playing piano, bass, ukulele, guitar… and many more.

What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?

Being a young independent theatre company in Brisbane means De-Love-La faces many struggles. There is a large number of opportunities for smaller companies and in Brisbane we are blessed to be recognized as independent artists more so than larger cities in other states where it is harder to be seen.

However, an increase in free/cheap rehearsal spaces and venues would be highly desirable. Visible Ink and SBIT provide the best quality spaces for free and are extremely supportive of De-Love-La in all their endeavours.

What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?

Continue to be creative. Don’t ever feel like you can’t do something. Take what others say about ‘not being able to complete it!’ and COMPLETE IT. Do it for yourself and continue to make incredible art that you are proud to say is yours.

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