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April school holiday workshop

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VENUE:         MacGillivray Hall, 132 McCrae Street, Bendigo

DATES:         Monday 8 - Thursday 11 April

TIME:            9:30am to 4:00pm
(Presentation of the week's work 6:00 to 7:00pm Thursday)

COST:          $100

NUMBERS:   Capped at 15

AGES:           12-15 years

Lachlan Woods

Meet your tutor

Lachlan Woods

Lachlan Woods is an actor, voice over artist, photographer and writer. He is also a drama coach, most recently working with hundreds of young people at the 2023 Fairfax Youth Festival in Swan Hill.

Lachlan is currently in an artistic residence at the Gold Coast Home of the Arts (HOTA), creating an immersive short story in audiobook form.

If you think he looks familiar, he does! You may have seen Lachlan on the stage, performing the role of Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, or on television in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Underbelly, Neighbours, or as Freddie Mercury in the Molly miniseries.


Across this 4-day school holiday workshop we will be working with a book called Finnegan the Fart Detective.

During the course, participants will experiment with ways to use their voice to create characters, contrast, and variation. They will create sound effects to enhance the audio. 


The course concludes with the group presenting their work to an audience of family and friends.

To take this course to an even more interesting level, the audience  will watch the live performance and listen to it through headphones to enjoy the full effect.

James Shaw

Sound Designer

James Shaw

Working with us to deliver this course is James Shaw. James is a voice actor and sound designer based in Bendigo. He studied performance at the Actors Centre and has an Advanced Diploma in Sound Production from RMIT.
James is passionate about audio drama and comedy as a medium, working on various projects as a producer and sound designer. Recent works include the sketch comedy show That's Classic and the Modern Follies and the suspense thriller Yowie, the latter of which was a finalist in Outstanding Production at the Australian Podcast Awards.

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Photo Source: True Touch Lifestyle/Shutterstock

Probably one or the most famous audio dramas of all time is Orson Wells' fantasy drama War of the Worlds (a 1938 version of the H.G. Wells novel) which convinced many listeners that an alien invasion was taking place.


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