The Red Room Company at Oolong House


Recently, The Red Room Company Founder and Artistic Director Johanna Featherstone, along with poet and hip hop artist Nick Bryant Smith AKA Solo held workshops at Oolong House in Nowra. 

Oolong House is a residential facility offering programs for the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions. The program fosters strong long term community connections and guides men to regain control of their lives. 

During the day long poetry workshop, the participants worked on a group poem, inspired by their thoughts, impressions, emotions and reactions to a painting (copied below). 



Out in the Cold

1943 is definitely not the place for me;

babies in strollers like little black ships,

crowded place, old gas streetlights

and fountains - back in the movies.


The house has the fire on.

Memories of childhood how much things

have changed.


One small boy looking at me:

I hope to see the unlit light in the background

grow bright - that way I'll be right.


There's people all bunched

up looking in the same direction.


Where has all the sound vanished to?


Babies reassurance, loneliness, despair.

Curiosity we all share.


Everyone has warm clothes on.


(hell, yeah!)


From The Brothers at Oolong House. 



Workshop participants wrote their group poem in response to the picture below.