When Opportunity Knocks, I Answer.

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I was right when I said that everything changes. I know I’d sworn never again to work with community theatre after being burnt twice. It seems I wasn’t the only one who had negative experiences and with a new broom comes sweeping changes. The new board of Ballarat National Theatre are open to creative risk, actively seeking new blood, and have a longer-term outlook. I’m excited to be a part of that. The opportunities to build more networks, to work with new people, to try new things as a director, to forge a reputation for professionalism and quality seem to now outweigh any potential conflict that might arise from working in community theatre.

This month, I will be directing Act Like A Girl, a monologue series which sees speeches for male characters transformed by the female voice. I’ve got my work cut out for me with 20 actors to coordinate individual rehearsals for! And later this year, I will direct for BNT’s September/October season.

I’ve also been asked to present a guest segment on The Arts Program on 99.9 Voice FM. Every now and again, I’ll be joining Lydnen & POD on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm, to chat about happenings in theatre and spoken word around Ballarat.

2019 is going to be a VERY busy year for me, with new spoken word projects, and my other theatre projects already on the calendar. It’s an exciting time because I never know where the next project will take me or who I might meet, and each opportunity is a brick in the wall that is my career in the arts. And it’s not going to build itself, so when opportunity knocks, I answer.

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What I’ll be up to in 2019

It’s mid-February and I’ve got a full year of exciting projects which I’m really pleased to share with you.

I’ve co-written a play with Jacob Honeychurch called The Belly Dancer. Tripwire Theatre Inc. are presenting the world premiere season in Bendigo from 15-18 March. I’m producing the season so I’m really busy getting everything organised before opening night. I’m also super excited to see what the cast and director Alise Amarant have made of the writing. You can book tickets here.

Mid-year, I have my auto-biographical play The Let-Down Reflex premiering in Ballarat. I had two days of development in January with my actor Kate Suter and stage-manager Katrina Hill and we showcased some of our work in progress. We got great feedback from the audience about how we can improve the show and also a lot of love for Kate and the stories in the script. So we’ll be heading into rehearsals for that in the next few months with a view to a season in June. Stay tuned to my website and facebook for announcements about LDR.

I have a series of workshops lined up for 2019. The first two I have secured are thanks to Art In Dereel. I’ll be heading down to Dereel to run a Spoken Word workshop in May and my Short Play In A Day workshop in July. If you’re interested in joining me or if you’d like to book me for another one of my workshops, you can send me a message on my workshops page.

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be directing for Hobo Playhouse, based in Maldon. I’ll be directing Jeffrey Bryant-Jones in a one man show called The Carer, by Alan Hopgood. The Carer will tour to three locations in Central Victoria in November.

It’s going to be a busy year, which is just the way I like it.

 

The Sum of Them – a thank you note to my parents on closing night.

I am currently sitting at my desk, drafting thank you notes to the cast of The Sum of Us – the fab four – in preparation for tonight. Being closing night, I have the equally awesome and awkward task of accepting thanks and accolades for a production well done and showering the cast and crew with the praise they deserve.

But the two people that enable this entire production to happen, and dedicated hours towards this show – the two people I most want to thank – never even stepped foot inside the theatre.

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That Feeling – Why I Direct Theatre

Many people – like my new hairdresser – wonder why anyone would put in so much effort to create a piece of theatre and not get paid for it. Many directors bouncing around amateur theatre have been doing it for a while, and most do it for the love of it. Some are retired professionals looking to keep their hand in and their heart alight. And some, like me, are emerging professionals looking for experiences to add to a portfolio of work. That’s the easy answer – I’m building a career. The other answer – the real reason – is a lot harder to explain unless you’ve sat in a theatre and felt “that” feeling. Continue reading

A time for sadness – reflecting on the Hollow project.

It will be over three months since Tripwire Theatre Inc. transformed the Daylesford Town Hall for the world premiere of Hollow when the production returns – this time as a full-length screening of the footage from the show.

As the playwright and director, the Hollow project has sat with me for over 2 years – since I first came across the story in around April 2015. It took every ounce of my creative being and my managerial nounce to make it a reality.

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Theatre is the Ultimate Mindfulness Exercise.

I saw Bakersfield Mist at Ballarat’s Her Majesty’s Theatre the other night. I spent a few hours cosied up in a trailer-park with Maude (Julie Nihill), who was trying to convince New York art connoisseur Lionel (John Wood) that she owned a long lost Jackson Pollock. It was a decent show, if you’re into naturalism by numbers. But as I left the theatre I had a revelation – that theatre is the ultimate mindfulness exercise.

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