Sprung!! is … a platform in which to lose myself and to live a completely real life. 

I remember watching ‘dwell’… there was a humanity about it, the boundary between disability and non-disability was blurred, this really strongly resonated with me … these are people I want to spend time with… There was a magical theatrical moment with Jacob, [a blind man] … you could feel [the audience] taking a breath in and not being able to breathe out as this man was standing in the middle of the stage- lost and yet completely found… I got the incredible passion that was with Sprung!!, how much the people there cared about what was happening…

When I joined [initially as General Manager in February 2013], I said I had a five year plan to help make Sprung!! a professional arts company that employs and supports artists, and that the moment I felt that we would have achieved the inevitability of that, then I would feel like I could leave it. Now I cant imagine life without Sprung!! It brings me life, oxygen, breathing space… [Tara,…] her clockwork nature, her discipline, she’s my rock. It is an inevitability that you don’t think about as a duty or a responsibility … it’s a given, like Fiddler on the roof says in response to ‘do you love me… ?’ … ‘Do I what???? For 25 years Ive … etc’, so its that sort of thing I feel like I have with Sprung!…

Im absolutely open to a fatalistic journey where I don’t know the future. Sprung!!’s ultimate success will also be its ultimate demise, because if we break down all those barriers, there will be no need for Sprung!!… a civil rights movement occurs because there is a need for it, and when there is no need for it, you can just get on with being civil!…

Moments… Letting Go (in ‘A Day in the Life’)… The [actual] dream I had of [Robyn] letting go on a hill, Tara running as much as she can run down a hill [and then catching herself and looking back] I shared the dream and then we shot it, two takes all the way through – 3:50 seconds – that intense sense of being in the flow of it… and then how that developed into multiple images of [Robyn] and Tara and letting go, and into Max letting go, and that inner culture of Sprung!! [of simultaneously holding and letting go] … It’s a magnification of what happens when a parent has to let go of a child, its the only relationship that should grow into separation, that of a child and a parent… and yet its doubly painful… here we are in Northern Rivers in Australia exploring themes that other people can’t stand… the bravery of A Day in the Life is that it is exploring ordinary moments, and yet on the other hand, nothing is ordinary.

Then our Encounters project with the Byron Youth Theatre: Sometimes we worry about how the two worlds are going to mix, [the high school drama students and our dancers with disability]… in the planning it seems like everything is going to fold, nobody is willing to commit, etc… and the moment the Encounter happened- I remember it so clearly when we started, and the whole thing went bang!!, there was like an instant hug, an instant, “yes” , the speed with which things happened makes me laugh that we had so much concern over it…

With Exodus- the world that we created with the white screen and the magic of tying everything together, the exits and entrances from light or into light as a reflection of just how that encounter occurred, and if you look back over the footage and all of Katrina’s photos, quite often I’ve said, how does that woman take so many good photos.. . the look on the [dancers’] faces was that those moments were deep meaningful moments that they will take away forever… The performance was a real collaboration between people, between Byron Youth Theatre, Sprung!!, management, Board, Gay Bilson [Board member who created the ‘afters’ spread], it just bound us all and showed that over the past 3 years something special had grown…

I laugh again about the incredible technical apocalypse that was there at the last minute, the chaos that was on backstage so much so that we were all a bit piqued, it was all a bit too much and yet stress, really good stress, [somehow created] that incredible moment that summed up two weeks and everyone wanted to do their very best and pulled out their best…

And Portals- [our new webisode project launching in January] – The poster started a long time ago- that image of Tara looking out of a window, pressing against it…, does she want to get out or have others come in?…. Portals between our world and the larger world …. If it is truly going to be interactive, (and I want it to be such) then its going first of all in the direction that the artists of Sprung!! want to take it… beginning of course with that [poster]… the latest of that is that its going to Luna Park, and later it will go to places that someone from Ecuador might bring us… When we have given birth to it properly, it will very quickly develop its own pulse, it will always be the Portals to Sprung!.. it needs to continue to listen and open doors for people, and to create a new portal. If you imagine Sprung!! as a sphere that is solid, the Portals create little holes for people to see out and people to see in, until there are an endless series of Portals … until there are no more borders …

We have a commitment in Sprung!! to keep going… even if we had no money we would keep going… its impossible, I can’t imagine not raising awareness and to make it happen. I remember spending a night at the Seymour Centre with the great South African playwright Athol Fugard. He was talking about the fundamental reasons for theatre and its existence: “In the face of a total devastation from nuclear holocaust, on the first night people would gather around a fire and tell stories of what happened to their immediate families…their wives, mothers, children, brothers, sisters…. and then on the second night everybody would be gathering around different fires and the stories would expand as people told not only their own stories but stories they heard the night before. That is what theatre is…and that is what the pillars of Sprung!! are, and if we keep going then this will get bigger [organically just like that]…”

Interview with Robyn Brady December 2015. Photo by Katrina Folkwell