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SummerPlay 2019 Report


Fantastic play in the heat


This year SummerPlay was held in Brunswick Heads, Canberra and Adelaide for three days at each venue.  All three SummerPlays went well and smoothly and were well attended, in spite of the heat that accompanied all three.  There were more than 30 people at Brunswick Heads and more than 40 for Canberrra and nearly 50 in Adelaide. All events were attended by some new people and by people from other states, and also New Zealand for Brunswick Heads. Adelaide reported that 3 new people learnt of the event from the website or Facebook. Each event was very ably managed by local coordinators who organised the venue, catering, hosting and billetting and generally ensured that SummerPlay went well and was enjoyed by all.

The leaders for Brunswick Heads and Canberra were Phil Porter and Trish Watts and participants unanimously expressed deep appreciation of their leadership!  Many felt that it was inspirational and enjoyed ‘the way Phil & Trish hold space in a way that is safe, inclusive and open to possibility.’

Other feedback included appreciation of:  

‘Pacing, clear instructions, humour, focus ..’ 
The way the activities were well designed and ‘built on each other and pushed boundaries’.
‘The balanced variety and sense of feeling unpressured’
‘Some fresh complexity in the way the forms were developed’

Many also felt that the clear way that Phil in particular framed the activities and their purpose, for new players, was very helpful and inspirational.

Trish Watts unfortunately could not go to Adelaide at the last minute. The local coordinator reported that: “Of course it was very disappointing but understandable that Trish Watts was not one of our leaders this year.  Trish’s leadership and musical talent and experience always add immensely to a SummerPlay experience.  Nevertheless, the void was filled very well by Susanna Pain, assisted by a few of Adelaide’s vast pool of talented leaders and by Phil Porter’s skill and flexibility.”

All venues worked well this year, and the catering provided was well appreciated by participants. In Canberra there was a team to oversee set up and clean up each day, and that worked well.  All participants were asked to include themselves in these teams in the welcoming email prior to the event, and many did.  

Participants at the Community/Performance Night remarked on the quality of the performances this year, which they felt reflected in part the ‘depth of play’achieved due to the ‘space offered for incrementally as well as the support and guidance from our leaders’.  Others were struck by Phil’s beautiful framing of the night for non-players. A Brunswick Heads participant wrote” Being reminded how special the performance night is, that Trish & Phil perform & shine together- and everyone participates in creative gems…”

SummerPlay 2020 - Some things to ponder.........

  • Summerplay 2020 will be held in Canberra, Sale and Adelaide
  • Who will be the National Coordinator? (see separate news item)
  • Who will lead SummerPlay 2020?
  • What will the theme be?
  • How can particular diets be best catered for, ensuring that people can receive their particular food?
  • How can we ensure that all participants can hear all that is said in large venues? 

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