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NEIL CAMERON gained a reputation as coordinator and director of large scale community events which frequently involved thousands of people and spectacular effects with fire, music, water and fireworks. He has worked mainly in England, Scotland and Australia, but also in Japan, Holland, Germany, Canada, USA and New Zealand. Two of his productions won the Event of the Year in the Northern Territory and he was also the director of the Melbourne Peace Vigil Festival which won a United Nations Peace Award for Australia. In recent years he has focused on teaching, writing and consultancy. In 2005 he published the book The Art Makers on cultural development. He runs courses for theatre students, arts practitioners, community groups and festival administrators; and developed the inaugural Festival of Voices (a choral festival in Tasmania). He is also an honorary research associate at the University of Tasmania and consults on a range of government and private projects.

Fire on the Water
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Fire on the Water

A Personal View of Theatre in the Community

Neil Cameron


Neil Cameron is known as a co-ordinator and director of large-scale community events which frequently involve thousands of people and spectacular effects with fire, music, water and fireworks.

Fire on the Water is his own view of the importance of theatre in the community and describes his own experience of over twenty years of working this way.

The book is divided into three parts: street theatre and open-air performance, on moving out of the theatre building; community theatre, giving case studies and planning strategies; and celebratory theatre, covering festivals, parades and rituals.

The book contains detailed examples of events from Australia, the USA and Scotland, and much useful information on the pitfalls to be avoided as well as the paths to success.


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-307-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB