A Woman's Place is an original and innovative mini-festival celebrating local women's stories through theatre, music and dance. It was established in 2015 with a focus to connect, strengthen and nurture the creative spirit of women who live and work on the Mornington Peninsula.

A Woman's Place 2017 has expanded its program and we are thrilled to offer a range of workshops, performances and a film screening as part of our International Women's Day celebrations. We have also focused on developing a teen component, The Full Noise, to showcase and nurture the creative aspirations of young peninsulites. Details for this event can be found in our Youth section.

Throughout the weekend you can fill your creative cup to the brim with a series of workshops including, singing with Ling Marra, contemporary dance with Dianne Reid and autobiographical writing with Andrea Louise Thomas.

Making its premiere on Sunday March 5th, Right Here, is a new theatre work created by Carole Patullo and Jane Bayly from stories shared by women who live on the Mornington Peninsula. Reflections and stories told during A Woman's Place 2015 have been woven into a memorable and unique theatre experience, bringing our local stories to life, on stage. This is an event not to be missed, so make sure you book your ticket early!

There will be a morning tea with a difference where women will be invited to bring a plate and a story to share. The stories shared will then be performed in a verbatim style reading prior to the screening of Embrace on International Women's Day .

Embrace, a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image, had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it made it into the festival directors’ top 5 picks, and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Documentary. There will also be a Q&A session about the film after the screening.

Prior to the screening of Embrace, we will welcome the Peninsula Writers' Club to the stage, where the work of local writers will be shared to kick start the evening. The PWC is an engaging, supportive forum for Mornington Peninsula writers to network, share ideas and learn insights from guest speakers and we are delighted to have them onboard this year.

All this will take place at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, which will be transformed into a collection of pop-up op shops. 

 

A Woman's Place is a not-for-profit community initiative with a strong focus on connecting with other community arts organisations. We would like to thank the Peninsula Writers Club, Dreamhouse Youth Theatre, Rotary Warehouse Op Shop and Rosebud Secondary College for their involvement and support of A Woman's Place 2017.

This event has been supported By a Mornington Peninsula Shire grant.