A new workshop for creative-minded students begins in January. Organisers Zoe Abbott (left) and Clare Mason-Binns (right) are taking bookings.
A new workshop for creative-minded students begins in January. Organisers Zoe Abbott (left) and Clare Mason-Binns (right) are taking bookings. Contributed

Performing arts workshop to nurture creative young minds

CREATIVE youth can get some performing arts experience these school holidays at a four-day workshop in Lismore next month.

Local women Zoe Abbott and Clare Mason-Binns collaborated to create the Fourteenth Apple School Holiday Performance Lab.

"We really want it to be guided by a sense of adventurous exploration," Ms Abbott said.

"It's coming from the idea that humans are innately creative and imaginative.

"Sometimes as adults you get busy and you forget about the magic of storytelling.

"We want to set up a space where we can guide and facilitate participants to explore that inner way ... and to bring in the disciplines of the performing arts to tell stories an audience will be enthralled by."

Ms Abbott has taught dance in schools and to adults, and she is also a flute teacher for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore.

Ms Mason-Binns, whose background is in acting, is passionate about the possibilities of wardrobe and make-up.

Ms Abbott said the benefits of nurturing creativity were endless.

"This is an age group where if you have strategies to help you remember there's more to life than cramming for a test ... you're going to be better set up to have good mental health through those years," she said.

The workshop is aimed at students in years 5 to 10.

It costs $160 and starts on January 11.

For more information or to book, visit the website or phone 0406 787 847.

The cut-off date for bookings is January 7, however Ms Abbott urged bookings be made early to avoid disappointment.



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