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Actor’s performance opportunity

By Jamie Lowe

Budding Deniliquin actor Tallulah McKenzie has been invited to participate in a one-time only event in Melbourne this month.
The former Deniliquin High School captain will showcase her theatre skills at the Darebin Arts Speakeasy’s Let’s Take Over event to be held at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre on Saturday, February 22.
Let’s Take Over is a free arts festival produced by 10 multidisciplinary young artists aged 16 to 25.
Miss McKenzie, 19, will present a performance about anger in young women.
‘‘Without revealing too much, the central idea was gathering stories of young women’s anger they had and giving them power to share it,’’ she said.
‘‘Originally I was going to do a theatre piece where I would have actors perform these interviews verbatim, but after artistic meetings we turned it into a performance.’’
Miss McKenzie has had a passion for theatre from a young age, spending many years with Deniliquin’s Outback Theatre Company.
It was through former director Alex Walker that Miss McKenzie was able to contact the organiser of Let’s Take Over.
‘‘Alex runs her own theatre company now and I actually did my work experience with her,’’ she said.
‘‘She works with the organisers of Let’s Take Over and encouraged me to apply.
‘‘I had to put in my application with a creative writing piece and managed to get selected for an interview in Melbourne.’’
Miss McKenzie has been working on her theatre piece since November.
This has involved weekly trips to Melbourne to attend meetings and workshops.
‘‘The idea is that we have a group meeting on a Wednesday afternoon,’’ she said. 
‘‘Because I still live in Deni, I’ve had to travel each Wednesday, where we get together as a team and talk about our ideas and help each other out.
‘‘While we have our own projects we all wanted to collaborate with one another.
‘‘We’ve had 20 different guest speakers at our meetings who have helped us out with the planning of such a big event.’’
Just weeks after the performance, Miss McKenzie will be relocating to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Arts for Theatre & Performance degree.