Former Whyalla resident Laura Desmond will be channeling her previous work with the D’Faces of Youth when she takes her theatre piece “socially (un)acceptable” to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
The show is a raw stage performance which details one woman’s personal experience of sexual assault through a series of autobiographical vignettes.
Ms Desmond, who performs the show solo, said she was inspired by her own experiences along with the stories of many people who had been through minor sexual assaults.
She was born and raised in Whyalla, and was given the opportunity to work with award-winning Adelaide playwright Stephen House and Portuguese-born Paolo Castro during her time with D’Faces.
“Working with someone of that calibre was important for my progression as an actor, especially since I didn’t do theatre until Year 12,” she said.
“The training helped me learn about projection techniques and positioning on stage so D’Faces was a huge motivation to improve myself.”
Ms Desmond also received funding from Carclew Youth Arts in North Adelaide to support her show.
“That was validating for me as they saw the artistic merit of the show and were willing to support it,” she said.
Before Ms Desmond takes “socially (un)acceptable” to the UK, the world premiere will be in Adelaide at The Producer’s Hotel on July 7.
Ms Desmond has already enlisted the help of local Brady Kawcyzk to film the show and encourages locals to make the trip.
“I wouldn’t rule out a rural tour that includes Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta – being involved with the UneARTh Festival would be powerful,” she said.
“I appreciate the opportunities I was given while I lived in Whyalla and am happy to represent South Australia as well as Whyalla.”
Ms Desmond will be taking her show to Melbourne for the Fringe Festival in September with plans to go to Perth in January and Adelaide in February.