FANGIRLS How to Write a Musical!
Performance Making workshop with Yve Blake
Term 1, 15 & 17 February and Term 4, 1 November
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
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Program runs in Term 1 on 15 & 17 February and Term 4 on 1 November
Wednesday 15 February 2023, 10am and 12.30pm
Friday 17 February 2023, 10am and 12.30pm
1 November 2023, 10am and 12.30pm
Standard tickets from $15
Minimum 25 students per workshop
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.
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
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 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.
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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?
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I have access needs. How can the Opera House support me?
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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.
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What safety measures have you implemented?
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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.
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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?
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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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