Creating confidence

Conor O'Keefe said “They’re like my family… I like to come here every Tuesday.” (Damjan Janevski). 347806_02

Members from the Sunbury-based inclusive performance company, BoilOver, have been hard at work building their confidence and practising for the upcoming Melbourne Fringe Festival.

BoilOver is a program from Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health with eight members and is led by creative staff Carmen Maddison, Karen Cleur, Jacquelyn Hughes.

Ms Hughes said the company is a supportive environment and everyone leans on each to build confidence.

“They talk about being in the BoilOver family and that’s very true, they’re always leaning on each other,” she said. “There’s not one [performer] that hasn’t shone, [everyone has] benefited.

“Everyone in all honesty doesn’t want to leave, I’ve been here almost 10 years and I don’t want to leave… because it’s just such a pleasure.”

Group member Savannah Coots agreed and said she likes coming to BoilOver and having the opportunity to put on performances and show people what the company is made of.

“I’ve been coming here since 2016… I feel great to be here,” she said. “It helps me to be myself and express how I’m feeling… it’s my happy place.”

Zoe Moffatt