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.

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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 “That Feeling – Why I Direct Theatre”

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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