Home Turf

Home Turf is a special series of school holiday workshops in the outer Riverland, Mid Murray and Mallee during 2023.

Every child and young person in South Australia deserves fun and creative opportunities no matter how small their town is.  Home Turf is possible thanks to the Department for Human Services through Grants SA and with the support of Variety SA.

Contact alysha@ryt.org.au with any questions or suggestions. 

October Dates TBC


Home Turf January 2023 Summary 

Morgan | Blanchetown | Waikerie | Lameroo | Pinnaroo 

Ages: Teens & Tweens 

Cardboard Creatures with Mitch Hearn 

Learn how to draw monsters and design creature characters on paper, and then turn that design into a 3D cardboard monster! Master some character design tips and tricks to help create an original, fantastical creature. 

Zine-Making Hangout with Mitch & Alysha 

Draw, make and self-publish your own comics, drawings or poetry by learning how to make a Zine. Learn some comic basics, and then turn that comic (or whatever written or visual artform you’d like) into a Zine (self-published DIY book) that you can photocopy for your friends or family! 

Dungeons & Dragons with Mitch Hearn 

Ever wanted to learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons? This short campaign with Dungeon Master Mitch will walk you through the basics, so you can join in if you’re a seasoned explorer or a total beginner to the world of D&D. 

Home Turf April 2023 Summary 

Swan Reach | Blanchetown | Lameroo

Ages: 5-10

Take It Apart Club  

Learn how to become a tech wiz! From phones to large computers and everything in between! 
Pull them apart safely and put them back together again (without damage). 

With RYT Tech Wizard Melanie Donkin & helpers.  

Pinnaroo | Lameroo | Waikerie | Morgan

Ages: 13+

Filmmaking Workshop 

Explore the art of filmmaking in this 4hour practical session with Laura Franklin and Nic Tubb. Bring your own devices and stretch what you already know or come along as a total beginner to listen and learn. Each session will be tailored to the skills and interests of participants (including opportunity to start working on submissions to short film festivals for those who want to).   

With Laura Franklin & Nic Tub.

Creative Club

Bring along whatever you’re working on and drop-in for a chat and self-organised creativity. RYT’s Community & Digital Artist Alysha Herrmann will be available for mentoring chats, skills sharing and ideas. This is a drop-in session meaning you can stay as long or as little as you like.  

With Alysha Herrmann. 

Morgan | Renmark

Ages: 12+

Guthrak: Behind the Scenes

Join the creative team of Guthrak for a special behind the scenes experience. See the raw version of Guthrak in development as the creative team tests ideas, script and design ready for the world premiere of Guthrak at the dreamBIG Festival in May 2023. 
Guthrak is an interactive theatrical experience for ages 12+ inspired by the tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons. Guthrak combines live music, interactive storytelling, a luscious hand-crafted tabletop map and gameplay mechanics to question what it takes to heal our hurts and remake the future. Each performance is limited to 32 audience members and the story is based on the real-life experiences (and Dungeons and Dragons adventures) of Natalie Hockley. Guthrak explores racism, sexism, mental illness, growing up and the power of making our own choices. 
Take your place at the table, roll the dice and join Guthrak’s adventure. 

With Under the Microscope Theatre 

Home Turf July 2023 Summary 

Pinnaroo | Waikerie | Morgan

Ages: 13+

Special FX Workshop

Explore the art of special effects make-up with Ashleigh from Shark FX. Participants will design a character of choice (fantasy, sci-fi, apocalyptic etc) and then learn to apply, paint, and remove silicone prosthetics to bring their character to life. Ashleigh will also share other SFX tips and tricks and discuss what it’s like working as a SFX/makeup artist in the industry.

With Ashleigh Richardson.


Artist bios  

Mitch Hearn is a queer animator, illustrator and avid snack eater living on Kaurna Country (Adelaide) who uses all kinds of mediums in his practice. He has made work for Adult Swim, CityMag and TED-Ed, and when he isn’t making art he enjoys Dungeons and Dragons and cheese flavoured foods.  

Insta: @mitchopgrapher 

Melanie Donkin is the IT Wizard of the Riverland Youth Theatre office and loves integrating tech into anything and everything. Melanie is the co-founder & co-owner of Packin I.T. and always experimenting with new ways to make technology fun and engaging. She also is a passionate member of the LGBTQIA+ community and wants to make RYT a fun and safe space for all children to be themselves. Melanie also comes up with new ideas all the time for things to do, so don’t be surprised if new things get added to the events list! 

Laura Franklin is a Media Arts teacher, award winning filmmaker and entrepreneur working in multiple creative fields. Laura has taught multimedia subjects within schools for several years and continues to mentor students in the art of filmmaking through projects and workshops. She is a co-producer for the Adelaide 48 Hour Film Project and runs a co-working space for filmmakers, which has provided opportunities for emerging and established filmmakers and artists to network and collaborate. Laura is also currently building her business in videography and photography which focuses on capturing moments and providing content for small businesses and creative industries. Insta: @laurafranklin.creative  

Alysha Herrmann lives, loves and makes from regional South Australia. She makes fantasy stories, projection art, zines, performances, installations, experiences, presentations, poetry, digital exchanges and small moments of connection in all kinds of strange places. She was the recipient of the 2017 Arts South Australia Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award, 2015 Australia Council Kirk Robson Award, and a 2021 Regional Arts Australia Fellow. She loves the colour yellow and has an annoying phobia of live birds.   

Insta: @lylyeeoftheriver 

Under The Microscope is an award-winning Adelaide-based theatre company that was established in 2017 by Matthew Briggs. Under the Microscope aims to: 

1. Educate emerging artists by providing them with mentorship opportunities. 

2. Experiment with artistic form & content by creating cross-disciplinary art. 

3. Engage curious audiences by introducing them to innovative & intimate theatrical spaces. 

Insta: @utmtheatre 

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Home Turf

Home Turf

Home Turf is a special series of school holiday workshops in the outer Riverland, Mid Murray and Mallee during 2023. Every child and young person


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