This one-day course will provide a safe, supportive and rigorous environment for writers and performers who are interesting in using autobiographical material to create storytelling shows or solo performance works for the stage. It will be a hands-on workshop with practical exercises, writing tasks, industry examples and peer-led discussions. Focusing on the way memoir, testimony, family history, personal stories and lived experiences can be channeled to tell powerful, comedic and theatrical stories.

The aim of the workshop is to spark ideas for participants at the early stages of a project and the session is aimed at participants with general experience in writing and/or performing for the stage. Be you an emerging artist, an actor wanting to write something for the first time, or a writer considering stepping onto the stage.

What to Bring
  • A personal story (max 500 words) to share
  • Your own utensils/food (we have a fridge and microwave)

Phil is a writer, comedian, theatre-maker & creative producer. He is festival director for the annual Bondi Festival, a regular contributor to the Radio National Fictions podcast and a long-time friend of the popular Story Club podcast.

Phil was the recipient of the Peggy Ramsey Foundation Award for Writers and has been shortlisted for the Philip Parsons Playwright Award not once, not twice, but thrice (but still hasn’t won it. He’s pretty sure it’s rigged).

Over the past 15 years, Phil has performed in lounge rooms across Sydney, arts festivals across Australia and in shitty rooms above pubs the world over.

His most recent show credits include; The Smallest Hour (Griffin Theatre Company), No Standing. No Dancing. (Giant Dwarf, ABC Radio National), Hooting & Howling (Melbourne Fringe, NSW Tour, Lorne Arts Festival) and tour director for the award-winning one-man show Since Ali Died by Omar Musa.

People have said these sorts of things about Phil’s work:

“Sweet and riotously funny.” ★★★★ (Time Out)

"Phil Spencer, the Dave Allen of modern storytelling, sans the scotch and half finger." (ABC 702)

“Spencer’s charm and winning on-stage charisma is simply delightful.”  ★★★★ (The Brag)

“Phil Spencer is as sassy and twinkly as his quiff.” (StageNoise)


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Brand X is happy to refund your booking if you are no longer able to attend (minus transaction fees of 1.75% + 30c) within 72 hours of the Artist 2 Artist session commencing. Please contact us via email on your receipt to arrange it.

Please stay home if you feel unwell or have been in any hotspots in last 14 days (no cancellation fees apply). Email [email protected] to advise.

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