Archive for September, 2013



I have always thought the greatest currency I have in my life is not money, nor what I look like- but my time. Time is one of the major artistic challenges in theatre. We are bound by a timeline to make, then show work – and our work lives only for as long as it lives in the hearts and memories of others. Read more

WHAT ARTISTS NEED: a morning thought/rant/reckoning before breakfast by Augusta Supple.


When I wake up every morning I think about the problems and struggles of the Australian creative industries. I think about what I can do to help, what are the structues and systems that keep us making the same mistakes, inventing the wheel, culturally stagnant, infantilizing artists. I wonder if our current system, through its tough and difficult financial terrain misses out on having artists from economically depressed background… Every morning I feel this urge and urgency not to capitulate to a system I have often felt broken or at least lacking confidence (and sometimes this manifests as arrogance or cockiness). Every morning I wake up and start making a personal “to do” list of what I can do to help/change or at least provide opportunity in my patch of the arts: performing arts.

This morning, in my usual “in bed reading reviews, catching up on social media, reading the newspapers” routine, I saw another fantastic provocation in regards to the question of “training artists” on Facebook by Wesley Enoch: Read more

David Cunningham’s A History of Now | Factory Theatre & Sydney Fringe


Evening of petty procrastination (laundry avoidance) and JUST NOT being near a computer nor any sort of text obligations (script reading, play assessments, rehearsal preparation) coupled with the fact that I don’t own a television, propelled me towards the Factory Theatre for a spot of comic relief. Read more

Why Magic Is | AV Union & Sydney Fringe


After a fairly long day of being me… which these days seems to be fairly long and full (and yes I must admit interesting) there is a part of me that desires to be delighted by something new. And I must admit that when scrolling through the list of options I rarely think “Hey! I might go hang out at a mainstage theatre company!” Instead I’ll spontaneously turn up to somewhere weird, or dark or hard to find – for the mere thrill of it. Tonight was one such night. Propelled by procrastination (yes my laundry ever looms) I hit the street in search of a conversation or a distraction. Read more

Jude the Obscure | Pact Sydney Fringe


A small postscript on Jude the Obscure at PACT as a part of the Sydney Fringe.

OK first up – this show has NOTHING TO DO WITH THOMAS HARDY. Which I personally think is a good thing.
Secondly this show has A LOT TO DO WITH JUDITH LUCY. Which personally I think is also a good thing. Read more

The Defence | PACT & Sydney Fringe


I just need to get this out of my system right now. And I do have a system. A system of thinking, of speaking, writing, digesting – a system of being in the world and seeing the world, interpreting the world and oftentimes shaking my tiny fists at the world. I am in many ways, a squirming audience member – often shifting in my seat because of opportunities missed or larger symbolic cultural gestures squandered in favour of “fashion” or perhaps a desire to ingratiate oneself to the all seeing all knowing “other” (that is whomever the artist thinks is seeing their work.) Read more

Casula Powerhouse | No Freight Terminal Rally


Many of Australia’s key arts buildings are converted spaces: Sydney Theatre Company’s home is at the Wharf… the Griffin Theatre Company’s home is in an old horse stables… The Pram Factory Theatre… Belvoir… (the list goes on an on…) and one of the key buidlings in South West Sydney is Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Read more

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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.