PACT, Sydney’s home of exper­i­men­tal and emerg­ing the­ater, is gear­ing up for the sec­ond in its series of Salon events, this time with actress, writer, activist and all-round inspir­ing gem Emi­ly Dash at the helm. Dash is a well-regard­ed Aus­tralian cre­ative force already well known for her col­lab­o­ra­tions with the Aus­tralian Cham­ber Orches­tra and the Syd­ney Opera House. She’s also a Tropfest final­ist respon­si­ble for The Milky Pop Kid, a fun­ny but telling short that she co-wrote and co-starred in, with the film explor­ing the shit­ty but wide­spread phe­nom­e­non of able-bod­ied actors play­ing char­ac­ters with dis­abil­i­ties. For PACT 2, Dash has pulled togeth­er a four hour mini-fes­ti­val, one fea­tur­ing a range of female artists who spe­cial­ize in works that explore our col­lec­tive sense of self and the clash of our dif­fer­ing per­cep­tions. The pro­gram also draws to the fore oft-ignored voic­es, fea­tur­ing old­er artists and those with dis­abil­i­ties (Dash her­self has cere­bral pal­sy) and men­tal ill­ness. Just like Dash, the pro­gram is wit­ty, inspir­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing. This is not Dash’s first dance with PACT either. Her ini­tial involve­ment with the out­fit was through its cre­ative pro­gram for emerg­ing artists, a think tank designed to devel­op art and give young […]