Centre Stage Scripts was officially launched in 2009. Founded by playwright Megan Rigoni and supported by the Helen La Nauze Fund, Centre Stage Scripts was created to promote an Arts and Health program for primary aged children called The Eat and Go Theatre Show. Additionally it provided a library for Megan’s plays and commissions.
Megan began writing for Theatre in Education in 2000. As a teacher she understood its’ benefits; since a child’s greatest instinct is to play, explore, imitate and create, theatre becomes an effective teaching tool. While facilitating learning, it develops a range of skills, attitudes and behaviours. Each of the plays promotes social, health and environmental issues.
In 2001 Megan received funding from Regional Arts Victoria to complete a mentorship program with leading playwright and dramaturge Chris Thompson.The program produced a full-length play for children and a lasting mentoring relationship.
In 2006 she formed a partnership with NT drama teacher-director Tarn Ham, producing four full-scale musicals. With casts of up to 100 and large audiences, the shows created lasting memories and value as a tool for personal growth and development.
Since it’s inception, Centre Stage Scripts has grown to embrace Arts and Health in the Community. Whilst bringing awareness, empathy and understanding of the issues portrayed, the plays nurture acceptance and empathy to those who are suffering. Illness can be very isolating and projects of this nature support the survivors and sufferers in their journey. They generate public awareness and highlight the creative initiative shown by associated groups. As well, providing a platform for professional artists to collaborate on original community projects that address major health issues.
In 2012 The Symphony of Life was performed at the Butter Factory, Wodonga; paying tribute to leading cancer support group Bravehearts on the Murray. Heroes followed in 2014, at the Cube Theatre, Wodonga, focusing on men’s health and mental health. In 2015, Centre Stage Scripts is touring Carpe Diem, addressing mental health and healthier work places.
Throughout, Centre Stage Scripts has been honoured to work with talented artists including acclaimed tv and theatre actor John Wood, directors Chris Pidd and Miguel de Oliveira, leading choreographer Penny Cleary, designer Alicia Marshall, choir leader Simone Worsnop and musicians Kate Vigo, Paul Gibbs, Peter Cominos, Rudi Katterl and Joe Davis.
It has been a privilege to work with community groups and agencies including Bravehearts on the Murray, The Other Theatre Company, Wodonga Calistenics Academy, Gateway Health, Intereach, Albury Men’s Shed, The RUOK? Foundation, City of Wodonga, Albury City, Hot House Theatre and The Cube Theatre Wodonga.
Centre Stage Scripts look forward to continued engagement in Theatre in Education and Arts and Health, producing plays that address major social and health issues. In turn, inspiring audiences to engage with the people in their lives and live active, healthy lives.