Archive for January, 2009

Week 3 Newtown Theatre | Short & Sweet Festival

A short play season is an easy way for an audience to experience a variety of theatrical styles in one night and Short and Sweet certainly offers variety. A variety of subjects, themes, styles (to varying degrees of aptitude in their execution) and the practitioners involved are from various backgrounds, with a varied expectation of why they are participating and what they hope to get out of it. For some it is the delight of striving for a prize, for some the allure of a being able to practise. For some it’s a hobby which challenges them beyond the patterns of their everyday lives… and for some it’s a networking opportunity.
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Week 2 Seymour | Short & Sweet Festival

Short and Sweet Festival always attracts attention. The sheer quantity of people involved is impressive. A multitude of people, writers, directors, actors and crew dedicate their precious time, talents and resources: begging, borrowing and stealing in order to present their best possible works: to vie for the audience’s attention… to make someone proud… to convey a message… to try to attract an agent… to prove someone wrong… to win a prize.. to pursue art.. whatever their motivation is, one thing is certain: many people are involved.. and many will attend as supportive friends, families or colleagues.

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The Yalta Game | Gate/Friel

Brian Friel, Ireland’s “greatest living playwright” is being celebrated during the 2009 Sydney Festival through a presentation of three works: Faith Healer, Afterplay and The Yalta Game. In association with the Gate Theatre of Dublin (who previously presented the Beckett Festival 2007), this production is a rare opportunity to view contemporary Irish theatre by and with Irish theatre practitioners at the helm.

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Tuesdays with Morrie | Ensemble Theatre

It’s a pretty impressive acheivement: over 11 million copies of “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, exist world wide and it is currently the best-selling memoir of all time. So, not surprising that many of you may have read it: or have seen the book promoted on TV, (book-clubbed by Oprah)? Or perhaps the film starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria (produced by Oprah)? And now, the stage production written by Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher, makes its Australian Premiere at the Ensemble Theatre.

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The Comfort of Old Slippers

A short play written for performance at This Is Not Art 2003, in Newcastle, Australia with John Kachoyan as “Mervin”. Later performed at PACT Theatre Sydney as a part of  December “Zing” 2003, this short play explores the invisibility of Sue, a woman of indeterminable age: as her offers to Mervin go un-noticed, her conversations go un-heard and her iced vo-vos are uneaten. Published in 2008 by Affirm Press in an Anthology celebrating Australian Writing called “Herding Kites.”

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Brand Spanking New 2008: Program Blurb

Brand Spanking New: Program Blurb 2008

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Morphoses | The Wheeldon Company

There is one dance production included in the Sydney Festival’s 2009 program and it is a must see: not because it’s the only production: because it is spectacular.

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The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy | Slingsby (Sydney Festival 2009)

After an exciting first night opening party of the Sydney Festival, full of aural gluttony, as sounds spilled onto the Sydney CBD and a rainbow of multiple choice adventures to be decided upon: I opted to start my festival experience with The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy written by Finegan Kruckemeyer.

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Little Shop of Horrors | New Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, is a standard favourite among botanists and theatre practitioners alike offering a good dose of black comedy, toe tapping tunes and a hearty dose of moral excavation. Nurtured in the strong and skilled hands (and feet) of Stephen Colyer this beautifully presented cult classic of Music Theatre has it all: song, dance, an astounding array of talent and even a bloody thirsty plant!

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For the Love of God | Tripod

Sweetly irreverent, injected with innuendo and at times surreptitiously clever, Tripod are one of Australia’s premiere comedy acts, having performed all over the world in Fringe/comedy festivals and now in The world famous Speigletent in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.

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Augusta Supple

Sydney-based theatre director, producer and writer. This site is about my long, deep, bright-eyed, ever-hopeful, sometimes difficult, always invigorating, rambunctious, rebellious, dynamic and very personal relationship with Australian Arts and Culture... I reflect on shows, talks, essays, writing, artists that inspire me to say something, and you'll find out what I'm working on, who I'm working with and what inspires me.