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FANGIRLS How to Write a Musical!

Performance Making workshop with Yve Blake

Term 1, 15 - 17 February

Join the writer, lyricist, and composer of the award-winning musical Fangirls, Yve Blake, and discover how to shape ideas to build your own subversive musical comedy!

In the Centre for Creativity | Schools

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Program runs in Term 1 on 15-17 February

Wednesday 15 February 2023, 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday 16 February 2023, 10am and 12.30pm
Friday 17 February 2023, 10am and 12.30pm

Suitable for Stages 5 -6

This workshop is recommended for Years 10 - 12.

Standard tickets from $15
Minimum 25 students per workshop

Ticket description Price
Standard $15

This workshop is $15 per student. Minimum group rates may apply for classes with less than 25 students. Ratio required for supervision is 1 teacher per 15 students. The only authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. 

The duration of this event is 90 minutes

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

What to bring on the day

Your best creative self! All materials will be provided on the day.

Teacher Resource Pack

A teacher resource pack will be available from February 2023.

Learning areas and curriculum links

Exploring musical theatre, song and script writing, impact of technology, the internet and forms of popular culture, ensembles in theatre and music, concepts of duration, tone colour and structure in Music, English, Dance and Drama

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Create your own FANGIRLS

Join the writer, lyricist, and composer of the award-winning musical Fangirls, Yve Blake, and discover how you too can turn your ideas from scratch into your own subversive musical comedy!

Fangirls is one of the most exciting Australian musicals of recent years, gathering critical acclaim, and the 2020 AWGIE Award for Music Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Award’s Best Mainstage Musical for 2019 award.

In this workshop, Yve will show you how to get rid of your creative inner critic, cherish your ideas, give you a range of activities to grow your spark of an idea, and that anything is possible when dreaming up your very own musical.

This workshop is suitable for students studying Drama, Music and English in Years 10–12; covering themes such as writing for theatre, ensemble performance, song writing, creative writing, popular culture, and musical theatre.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Meet the Artist...

Yve Blake

Yve Blake is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and songwriter. She's best known for writing the Book, Music, and Lyrics of the hit musical FANGIRLS, which has been awarded the 2019 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Mainstage Musical, the Matilda Award for Best Musical or Cabaret, and the 2020 AWGIE award for Music Theatre. After premiering to five-star reviews and sell-out crowds in 2019, 2021 FANGIRLS returned in 2021 for a national tour and will return again in 2022 to play the Sydney Opera House. Yve's songwriting on FANGIRLS scored her an Aria award nomination for Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album, and currently, Yve is developing a screen adaptation of FANGIRLS with Fremantle.

As a theatremaker, Yve has developed and presented her work at Belvoir, Griffin Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Soho Theatre, Southbank Centre, Old Vic New Voices, the National Theatre Studio, and The Barbican. She is an alumni of the Royal Court Writers’ Programme, was the inaugural recipient of the ATYP Rebel Wilson Theatre-maker scholarship, and has also been a visiting artist at Princeton University.  Yve’s 2019 TEDxSydney talk “For the love of Fangirls” has been promoted to an official TED talk on TED.com, where it has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.

Her current projects under commission include a co-written feature film about Rock Eisteddfods for Aquarius films and a family movie musical for Mark Gordon Productions.

Yve Blake

Venue Information

The Centre for Creativity will adhere to a maximum capacity of 1 person per two square metres, in line with the current NSW Public Health Order. 

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Workshops

Who is this workshop suited to?

 

This class is for beginners, aged 15+ 

What should I wear on the day?

Please wear comfortable clothes.

What should I bring on the day?

All materials will be provided.

Where is the workshop located? 

The workshop is in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre.

What if I am late for the workshop?

We will start promptly at the workshop time, however if you are running late, please make your way to the Centre of Creativity where you can join the activity. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance & Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the event. Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts.

I have access needs. How can the Opera House support me?

Please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

Where does this event/workshop/installation happen?

The workshop happens in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre

What if I can't come to the event?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be food and beverages available to be purchased in the venue?

Food and beverages will not be allowed in the Centre for Creativity unless specified in the event. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available to purchase food before your event. Please bring a credit or debit card for any on-site purchases to enable contactless payment.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend the Opera House? 

Yes. Patrons and visitors aged 16 years and over entering the Opera House building are required to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless medically exempt (under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult). This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements do not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse, including Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome Centre. Check-in processes will be in place for verifying proof of vaccination upon entry. 

Am I required to wear a mask?

Yes, please bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

Some members of the community may have issues wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Will my temperature be taken? 

In line with current NSW Health advice, we will not be carrying out temperature checks.

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