Small business, motherhood and theatre; Jenny has picked 3 taxing and tricky endeavours to master, but despite the challenges she might face she is making her dream of making her passion for theatre her job!FAM Events & Productions is a based in Bright in the beautiful Alpine Shire of North East Victoria and NSW Border region Australia. “Business owner Jenny Packham (Dip Events) is endeavouring to fulfil her dream of working in an area she loves – Arts and Culture and more specifically the Performing Arts. Jenny believes “it’s important communities have a variety of ways to connect, they become stronger and more resilient for these shared experiences – and we have a ball doing it!” FAM is currently providing opportunities for local country people to meet, engage, share and support each other while building community connectedness within the creative realm of the performing arts. Drawing on a a network of highly skilled local & metropolitan creative professionals FAM will bring something unique and original to each event. Come to FAM or we will come to you! FAM tours in the NE & Border region and coach travel to shows in Bright & Harrietville is so easy from Albury/Wodonga, Yackhandandah, Myrtleford & Wangaratta with Alpine Spirit High Country Coaches for group bookings.”
What are you talking DIY Itchy Kitschy about today?
Frustrated Artistic Mothers – FAM Events & Productions
What is FAM?
FAM is a new micro business in Bright NE Victoria
How did FAM start?
A Friend describes me as a frustrated thespian. I’d always wanted to be a performer ever since I was little. When I was leaving school in the ‘70s I said I wanted to be an actor but the career advisor said “you can’t make a living from that, go be a secretary!” so I did. Years passed I found myself working, traveling and finally settling in Bright, falling in love, getting married, working office jobs, taking time out to raise two children and volunteering for community events and amateur theatre.
Then in January 2011 my darling husband Roger died suddenly and our lives changed forever. When everything in your life falls apart you look at things very differently. You realize life is short and begin to think “what have I got to lose if I follow the dream doing what I love?” “A steady income” I hear Rog saying but I need to have a go at making the dream a reality. That’s how FAM really started.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Being a sole parent and sole trader now means finding enough hours in the day to do all that needs to be done. Staying optimistic that I can make FAM a viable touring events business and still live in North East Victoria is a challenge.
What has been the highlight?
Confirmation from audiences that what FAM has produced thus far is different, unique, entertaining even “brilliant.”
What is the most exciting thing you have learnt?
The most exciting thing I have learnt is if you have a dream and like-minded people gather around you we can create magic!
What sort of projects do you love the most?
I love all sorts of projects as long as I can create and work with my FAM team. Children’s shows are fun because our imaginations can run wild and we love it when their faces light up. Cabaret style with audiences up close and personal are always unpredictable and surprising, usually the audience is the star of these shows. We do really enjoy projects for a local real estate group because we create something unique and special for their Christmas party each year and we all have a ball.
Do you think that arts and creative pursuits are particularly important for mothers?
Yes creative pursuits are important for mothers but I believe everyone can benefit from having a creative outlet. FAM doesn’t discriminate, we do have male FAM performers, creatives and set builders, and FAM just happens to role of the tongue better than FAMF.
Who if, anyone, inspires you?
I met Noni Hazelhurst at a Master Class at Benalla’s GRADA. WOW she’s an inspiration from the performing arts world, not just as an actor but as a person, her work ethic is one to aspire to. My fellow FAMs inspire me. We have so much fun and we all bring different skills but no one gets precious. We learn from each other and support each other, especially through the adrenalin filled pre show nerves.
Where can people go for more information?
Do you have any events coming ups?
is FAM’s destination cabaret style show at historical Avalon House Harrietville.
Be Amazed! Be Entertained! Intriguing characters reveal their stories against the colorful backdrop of the sideshow.
CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPCOMING DATES
Woodfired pizzas ($14) available before the show
IDEAL FOR GROUPS (min 40 max 50) birthdays, celebrations and social clubs.
(Coach travel available from Albury/Wodonga/Wangaratta – ask for details)
Bright Spring Festival 31 Oct – 3 Nov.
The Function Room @ HIGH COUNTRY MOTOR INN Bright.
AN EVENING WITH FAM (M) $25pp will take a modern Australian look at the classical Greek comedy The Birds by Aristophanes – Two ordinary people escape the city to live a more simple life. Will the reality live up to the dream or is it all for the birds?
Interval followed by “5 Shorts” Everyday people in five everyday situations.
Albury/Wodonga/Yackhandandah/Myrtleford audiences can choose to book return coach travel to the shows $25pp. They can relax, have a drink on arrival and not have to worry about avoiding wildlife on the drive home.
Mon 3 Nov FAM premiers our new children’s show!
SNIFF FLUFF & CLARA – 3 lands 1 big adventure (G)
Proudly sponsored by Bright Rotary Market
Tickets are reduced to $10ea (children 0-2yrs free)
11am at Bright Uniting Church Hall Burke St Bright.
THE MUDDLING MAGICIAN (G) $15pp (children 0-2yrs free)Thu 11 Dec
An old fashioned tale about a wicked King who believes magic and lies will keep him in power. But his selfish plans are being ruined by his muddling magician. A lively fun filled romp in the best panto tradition.
Myrtleford Savoy Club 7pm
ON THE HOME FRONT 2015 ANZAC Centenary Theatre Radio Play Project
Inspired by letters and experiences of actual men and women from NE Victoria who served and lived through the Great War. Depicts how war impacted families and in particular women at home. FAM welcomes sponsorship and support to enable access for this touring production for RSLs, schools and communities.
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