Inspiring the imagination
This is proven by the fact that The Drama Merchant, formally known as Nathan Schulz presents, owes its origin to entering into the Brisbane Anywhere Festival in 2015, and taking to the festivals premise that "theatre can be performed in any space".
Since then intimate, immersive, interactive shows relying on location and the audiences imagination have been performed in Antique Stores, Basements, Sound studios, Garages, Haunted Houses, Cafes, Parks, Heritage Houses and even on board a 1960's Tram!
The Drama Merchant has also had sold out shows in the Melbourne & Adelaide Fringe Festivals in 2016 - 2017.
In 2019 a new show called The Radioplay Hour has been performed in heritage locations, giving the audience a retro audio storytelling experience.
Inspiring self belief
Everybody is blessed with a vivid imagination! But just as a muscle grows flabby with disuse, so does the bright imagination of a person pale if they cease to exercise it.
Since 2016 The Drama Merchant has been working with vacation care establishments, kindergartens and home-school communities in developing creative play classes/workshops, that work just like a gymnasium, with the aim to deliver and establish a creative, emotional and empowering experience using theatre & play.
"Watching the reactions from the children when they saw their friends dress up was priceless, the laughter and comments shared with them all made for a memorable experience. I would defiantly recommend this performance to other child care centres, schools as we felt it was a really rewardable experience."
Tammie-Lee Harris, Director / Educator, Small World Child Care Centre
The Drama Merchant likes to support local creative artists, whether they are writers, storytellers, poets or artists and has created "The Imaginasium" as a platform to hold a “workshop performance” of their work in its modest form. Using “Live feeds” on social media or audio formats, like a podcasts or radio plays, The Imaginasium is a testing ground for playwrights & storytellers to gauge audience reaction.