George Fairfax was a leading light in the Australian and International theatre scenes. He grew up in Nangiloc, a small town in the Mallee Region of Victoria. George’s career was highlighted by theatre that combined his skills in acting, directing, design, music, choreography and writing. He had a gift for bringing ensembles of creative artists together to produce performances that had as much meaning for their creators as they did for their audiences.George was well known for his support and encouragement of activities that involved young people in developing their theatre skills and broadening their understanding of the creative arts, especially through places like Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts and St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre. George played a major role in establishing the Arts Centre, Melbourne especially in drawing together the creative team responsible for the Centre’s innovative and diverse programming which acknowledges every member of the community.
George believed that the Arts Centre was for all Victorians.
Vicki Fairfax – Patron
Vicki was married to George Fairfax. His daughters, Jessica and Kaarin, are now also involved in the Fairfax Festival. Jessica is a project officer with Multicultural Arts Victoria, a music producer, band manager and singer and Kaarin is a highly respected theatre director and actor and mother of Madeleine and Memphis Kelly, founding members of the group Wishful. The Fairfax family are proud to be associated with this Festival. Over its twenty years it has achieved remarkable things most of which we will never know about because it is mostly in the hearts and part of the memories of those who have participated.
Asking for Trouble – Fairfax Artistic Directors
Asking for Trouble are Christy Flaws and Luke O’Connor. They have been involved in a number of community projects through Westside circus, The Womens Circus and other community organisations as well as independent projects over the last 10 years. These projects have ranged from a project at Swifts Creek where Asking for Trouble worked with 20 year 8 students over 4 days to create a 40 minute circus performance which the young people performed for their families and local community, to an Arts Victoria extended residency in 2014at Truganina South Primary School where Luke O’Connor and Christy created an hour long performance with 160 primary school students. In 2015 they worked with young people from Barham to create a piece of physical theare/circus for Fairfax Festival.