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 […]

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