SHIT

by Patricia Cornelius

12 – 28 March 2021

When a woman swears, or spits, or screams, or shouts, laughs too loudly, or fights, really fights, or fucks too much and wears too much lipstick or none at all, all we want to do is lock her up or cross the street. 

Out of control women are a sight to behold. They’re terrifying, electrifying, and everything that women shouldn’t be or so we’re told. This is the story about three such women. Their names are Billy, Bobby and Sam, and you will never forget them. 

After a sell-out season in 2019, Patricia Cornelius’s multi-award-winning play SHIT returns to the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre by public demand on 1228 March 2021. Staring Claire Atkins, Kate Foster and Kate Horsley. Reimagined and directed by Liz Chance, with sound design by Paul Pilsneniks, choreography by Kate Holmes and lighting design by Tone Wand.

Video clip thanks to Brett Stephens of Six-Sixty Productions


PLAYWRIGHT


Patricia Cornelius

Patricia Cornelius is an Australian playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

Her play, SHIT was presented at the 2017 Sydney Festival, following its Melbourne premiere with the Melbourne Theatre Company, and is a four-time Green Room Award winner, including Best Writer.

Her play Savages won the Victorian Premiers Award for Drama in 2014 and the Green Room Award for Writing, and was nominated for an AWGIE and the Griffin Prize. Over her career Patricia has written more than 30 plays including Big Heart, Do Not Go Gentle, The Call, Slut, Love, Fever, Boy Overboard, and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (co-written with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas, and Irene Vela.)  Her most recent plays have been, The House of Bernarda Alba, produced in June 2018 at the Melbourne Theatre Company and In the Club, which premiered in 2018 at the Adelaide Arts Festival.

Other playwriting awards include the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards (2011), Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, Richard Wherrett Prize, Wal Cherry Prize and nine AWGIES for stage, community theatre and theatre for young people. She won the Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting Award (2015), a Patrick White Fellowship (2012), a Fellowship from the Australia Council’s Theatre Board, as well as the AWGIE Major Award three times.  In 2018 she was the winner of the Mona Brand Award.  She is a founding member of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre.

Patricia co-wrote the feature film adaptation, Blessed, based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, (for which she also won an AWGIE) and she is currently developing a feature film.

Her novel My Sister Jill, was published by Random House.

On the 14th March 2019, Cornelius was among eight international writers to win the Windham-Campbell prize, worth $165,000 awarded by Yale University in the USA. The judges’ notes say her work “channels the power of resisting received literary tradition in order to open up a space where the lives of characters on the margins can become vessels of universal truths.”


DIRECTOR

Liz Chance

Liz Chance is a veteran of stage and screen and recalls her first big break into theatre when she was discovered in an acting class with the great Stella Adler. With more than 30 years’ experience as an actor, Liz has appeared on just about every Australian stage and in more television than she can remember, including A Country Practice, Home & Away, Water Rats, Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules, G.P, and admits her first stage kiss was with Mel Gibson with the Sydney Theatre Company. 

For more than a decade, Liz also directed and taught at NIDA, teaching Australian luminaries including Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington, Jeremy Simms, and Damon Gameau. In 2020 Liz came out of retirement and was appointed Artistic Director of the Drill Hall Theatre Company, and she is thrilled to be teaching and directing again.


CAST

Claire Atkins

Claire Atkins is a multi-disciplinary artist with a keen interest in screen and theatre production.

She has written, directed and produced a number of short films and documentaries including, One Little Room, The Adventures of Max & Lil, The Super Fantastical Delicious and Magical Illustrated World of Tamsin Ainslie, and No Bloody Way. Acting highlights for stage include SHIT and The Call by Patricia Cornelius, and Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson. Most recently she appeared in EDEN on Stan and Deadlock for ABCTV. In 2020 she released her debut album Eternal Return produced by Paul Pilsneniks.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Art Education from The UNSW College of Fine Arts, and in addition to her own studio practice, has worked for many years in a range of arts related fields as a planner for major cultural events and venues, an editor on arts magazines, a publicist, and as a casting assistant for film and television.

Claire is thrilled to be playing the role of Sam in The Drill Hall’s second season of SHIT.


Kate Horsley

Kate Horsley trained at The University of London (Goldsmiths College), where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English Literature, and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts.

She worked as a professional actor in the UK, working largely in repertory theatre, where more often than not, two Shakespeare plays were rehearsed over two weeks and performed over the next four weeks! Only for the young and brave…

Favourite roles included Viola in Twelfth Night, Rosalind in As you like it, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

On moving to Sydney, Kate played Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Toinette in Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, and directed a production of Twelfth Night to critical acclaim.

On relocating to the Northern Rivers in 2003, Kate took on the most challenging role to date, raising three children under three whilst studying for a Bachelor of Psychology which she completed in 2016.

In 2007 Kate performed in two separate Hot Shorts for Drill Hall Theatre and was enticed back in the 2011 Hot Shorts when she performed in Buy Robot which won the Peg Gloor prize and Best Actor.

Most recently she performed in Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT, and The Call. She is delighted to be performing in The Drill Hall’s second season of SHIT as Bobby.


Kate Foster

Kate Foster’s first acting class with the Basin Theatre Company at the tender age of four, inspired a love of all things theatrical.

17 years of competitive dance saw her as a regular on the stage and lead to a slate of musical theatre credits including The Pirates of Penzance, Oliver, Pippin, Guys and Dolls, Merrily We Roll Along and The Little Prince. An experienced and talented choreographer, she has worked on Rent, Lifes a Circus, and as director/choreographer for A Slice of Saturday Night, Bring Down the House and Avenue Who?

Some of Kate’s performance highlights include SHIT, Dr Faustus, White Paper Flowers, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth. And her short film credits include Four Past Friday and Axis of Evil.

Kate has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and for many years worked as a talent agent for film, television and circus. In 2014, Kate returned to the stage after a sixteen-year hiatus, performing in 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress and Becky Shaw for Drill Hall Theatre Company. In 2019 and 2017 she directed Calamity Jane, and Little Shop of Horrors for the Bangalow Theatre Company, winning Best Director for a Community Theatre Musical at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.

Kate is excited to be back on the stage in the challenging and liberating role of Billy.


CREW

Stage Manager:  Cathy McDouall
Sound:  David Steward
Lighting:  Geoffrey Moon

 


CREATIVE TEAM

Production Design:  Claire Atkins
Sound Design:  Paul Pilsneniks
Lighting Design:  Tone Wand
Choreography:  Kate Holmes
Photography:  Kate Holmes
Set Construction:  Luke Atkins & Arien Breeze

 

Photos by Kate Holmes

Interview with Liz Chance and Joanne Shoebridge – 05 March 2021

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/northcoast/programs/breakfast/drill-hall/13215480


Interview with Liz Chance with Karena Wynn-Moylan – 25 February 2021

Byron Shire Echo – 04 March 2021


Byron Shire Echo – 10 February 2021


AUSTRALIAN STAGE REVIEW OF THE 2019 DRILL HALL THEATRE PRODUCTION 

12 May 2019


Photos by Kate Holmes


Production History of the Drill Hall Theatre Company & The Pacific Players

2021
 
March
Shit
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
All performances cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic
 
 
 
 
2019
 
November
Hot Shorts 2019
2019
 
August
Extinction
2019
 
May
Shit
 
 
 
 
2018
 
September
Mark Colvin’s Kidney
2018
 
June
The Call
2018
 
April
The Northern Rivers Impro School’s Challenge
 
 
 
 
2017
 
November
Hot Shorts 2017
2017
 
October
Do Not Go Gentle
2017
 
June
The Drill Bits Show #2
2017
 
January
The Incorruptible
 
 
 
 
2016
 
October
12th Night
2016
 
October
Encounters (A sponsored production by Sprung! Integrated Dance)
2016
 
September
‘night, Mother (Co-production with White Swan Productions
2016
 
April
The Drill Bits Show
       
2015
 
December
New Wave Martinis (Co-production)
2015
 
November
Hot Shorts
2015
 
October
The Ballad of Edgar and Mary
2015
 
June
Becky Shaw
2015
 
May
Honour
2015
 
April
Alistair & Alice present …
2015
 
February
An Evening with Dylan Thomas
       
2014
 
July
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
2014
 
April
Midsummer Night’s Dream
       
2013
 
October
Hot Shorts 2013
2013
 
May
Pig Iron People
       
2012
 
September
Honk If You Are Jesus
2012
 
May
Rod Gibson Retrospective
       
2011
 
October
Hot Shorts 2011
2011
 
June
Who Nose
2011
 
May
Caldera
       
2010
 
September
The Open Couple
2010
 
June
Uncle Vanya
2010
 
May
Chatroom
       
2009
 
September
Bold Girls
2009
 
May
Competitive Tenderness
2009
 
April
A Pint of Pinter
       
2008
 
September
Impro Olympics
       
2006
 
August
Winter Impro Olympics
       
2002
 
February
All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten
       
1999
 
March
Diving for Pearls
       
1998
 
May
The Deep Blue Sea
       
1997
 
October
High Wages for SIn
1997
 
May
Same Time Next Year
       
1996
 
July
Dial M for Murder
1996
 
February
The Right Man
       
1995
 
November
Arsenic and Old Lace (under the Drill Hall Theatre banner)
1995
 
September
Blithe Spirit
1995
 
June
Jigsaws
1995
 
May
Breaker Morant
1995
 
March
A Kind of Love
       
1994
 
November
Androcles and the Lion
1994
 
September
La Mandragola
1994
 
July
Crossfire
1994
 
March
One for the Road
       
1993
 
December
The Last Temptation
1993
 
September
The Tenth Muse
1993
 
June
Keeping Mum (3 one act plays from Baylab)
1993
 
April
Popular Mechanicals (in conjunction with E.T.C.)
1993
 
March
Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean (in conjunction with Byron Theatre Company)
       
1992
 
December
Harvey
1992
 
September
Wanted One Body
1992
 
June
The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
1992
 
March
Gaslight
       
1991
 
December
Murder at The Music Hall
1991
 
September
The Odd Couple
1991
 
June
The Maintenance Man
1991
 
March
Our Town
       
1990
 
November
Lucinda
1990
 
September
Rattle of a Simple Man
1990
 
July
The Neighbours/The Man in the Bowler Hat/The Browning Version
1990
 
April
The One Day of the Year
       
1989
 
November
The Great Coarse Acting Show (A Disaster in Four Parts)
1989
 
September
The Crimson Stain/Busy Bodies (performance for Chincogan Fiesta)
1989
 
July
They Had to Go/Busy Bodies (first play under Old Drill Hall Theatre Co banner)
1989
 
April
They Came to a City
       
1988
 
December
Purity Prevails on the Rails (Matchless Mistakes in Melodrama)
1988
 
September
Blue Heaven
1988
 
July
Silver Sails in the Sunset (First performance back in Drill Hall after Public Hall Licence)
1988
 
April
Once a Jolly Jumbuck/A Good Ripoff
       
1987
 
December
The Pitfalls of Marriage (From Erection to Resurrection)
1987
 
October
The Killing of Sister George
1987
 
July
Confusions
       
1986
 
November
Travelling North
1986
 
July
From Earth to Heaven – Dark Out There/The Education of Meg/Four Queens Wait for Henry
1986
 
April
Inherit The Wind
       
1985
 
November
Trap for a Lonely Man
1985
 
August
Come Blow Your Horn
1985
 
June
Toad of Toad Hall
1985
 
April
No Room for Dreamers
1985
 
January
Snow White (Production for Australia Day)
       
1984
 
October
Pyjama Game (Civic Hall) with the Music Makers
1984
 
July
All My Sons
1984
 
May
The Male of the Species
       
1983
 
October
Brigadoon (Drill Hall) with the Music Makers
1983
 
June
The Rose and Crown (UNE drama course conducted Audrey Hoving @the Drill)
1983
 
April
Plaza Suite (Drill Hall)
       
1982
 
October
The Sentimental Bloke (Drill Hall)
1982
 
May
Man Alive (Drill Hall)
       
1981
 
September
Reedy River (Drill Hall)
1981
 
May
For His Brother’s Crime (Virtue Has Its Just Rewards) (Drill Hall)
       
1980
 
December
Ali’s Barbara – An Arabian Nightmare (first performance at the Drill Hall)
1980
 
June
Fumed Oak/Art for Arts Sake (St Martin’s Hall)
       
1979
 
June
The Walrus and the Carpenters (St Martin’s Hall)
       
 
In recess, until resurrected in 1979
       
1970
   
Eden House
1970    
The Mocking Bird
1970    
Arsenic and Old Lace
       
 
In recess, until briefly resurrected in 1970
       
1964
 
June
The Happiest Days of Your Life
       
1962
 
July
Tons of Money (Civic Hall)
1962
   
Dark Brown/The Browning Story/In Camera
       
1958
   
Pool’s Paradise
1958
 
July
Sailor Beware
1958
   
The Hollow
1958
 
April
The Blue Goose
       
1957
 
July
Serious Charge
1957
 
July
Among Those Present/The Old Bull and Bash
1957
 
April
One Wild Oat
       
     
To Kill A Cat (unknown when performed)
       
1956
 
October
See How They Run
1956
 
June
Love’s a Luxury (Civic Hall)

 
This Production History has been compiled by Alex Benham with the help of records kept over the years by members of the company. In particular, the efforts of Joanne Llewellyn and Audrey Hoving are recognised.

 

Unfortunately, there are some gaps. If anyone reading this has programs, photos or clippings that can fill any of those gaps, a loan of that material would be greatly appreciated.

 

Hot Shorts 2019

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 November

Once again we have come up with a season of strong, locally written short plays, each with something to say and to interest a wide audience. As usual, the eight plays chosen for performance from the thirty-six entries include comedy, drama and farce and the topics are personal, political and social.

In keeping with the Drill Hall Theatre Company’s commitment to community involvement, the plays are being produced by people from across the Northern Rivers region and HOT SHORTS 2019 will be a showcase of some of the best theatrical talent the region has to offer.

As in the past, audience members will get to vote for their favourite plays and prizes will be awarded at the final performance.

HOT SHORTS 2019 opens on Friday, November 1st and runs for two weekends to November 10th

Friday 1st November @ 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd November @ 7:30pm 
Sunday 3rd November @ 2:00 pm
Friday 8th November @ 7:30pm
Saturday 9th November @ 7:30pm 
Sunday 10th November @ 2:00 pm

 


THE 2019 PLAYS

THE PERFECT PROFILE by Mechelle Anderson who is a finalist for the first time. Her play is about Leesa who is accustomed to going under the knife in her efforts to find that perfect somebody. With no date in over a year, is it really just down to the Perfect Profile?

SEVEN MINUTES by Prue Clark who was a finalist last time. Her play shows us that seven minutes may not seem like a long time, but for some, it’s a lifetime.

FLIGHT by Michael Lill who has been a finalist and Hot Shorts winner a number of times. Flight explores the themes of choice and responsibility and what it means to be a moral and ethical citizen within a society that is driven more and more by self-indulgence, intolerance and overt rage.

TERTIARY by Lisa Walmsley, who was a prize winner last time, is an absurdist political satire set in a local fictional university about funding, politics and climate change. It is a comedy with a sting in the tail.

PARTY IN A PORT-A-LOO is by Kelly O’Meara who was a finalist last time. Midnight approaches on New Years Eve 1999. Karma is snaking up the S-bend. One man – one port a loo – one hell of a way to start the new millennium.

THE LAST PARTY by Bette Guy, who has been a finalist many times, explores how two ex-lovers react to, and resolve, the mistakes of the past.

GROUNDED SPA & RETREAT is by Caroline Brandelius who is a first-time finalist. The peace and happiness industry gives people retreats to relax and, perhaps, a place for employees to stress out.

TURNING is by Victoria King who is a first-time finalist. Beth’s internet date with Al isn’t quite as she’d imagined. How will they manage to navigate their shared experiences and their differences to find some mutual understanding?

THE WINNERS

Audience Appeal

1st – Seven Minutes by Prudence Clark

 

2nd – Flight by Michael Lill

 

3rd – Tertiary by Lisa Walmsley

 

Best Written Play

Flight by Michael Lill




THE HOT SHORTS PROCESS

The Drill Hall Theatre Company runs the Hot Shorts program every two years.  Writers are invited to submit their plays, which must be original, not previously performed, no longer than 10 minutes and with minimal staging difficulties to a selection committee by 30 June. 

Up to 10 plays are selected for performance at The Drill Hall in November and are eligible for prizes. The DHTC assists playwrights with production of the plays that are chosen for performance.

Four cash prizes totalling $1,500 are awarded and DHTC hopes to encourage young writers by offering a $100 prize to each play selected for performance that has been written by a high school student.

Once the selection panel has selected the plays, Directors are chosen, casts are selected and plays rehearsed, ready for the November performance.
HOT SHORTS is a great opportunity for new writers, new directors and new actors to make their dream a reality.

 

 

Extinction

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2nd ~ 18th August

 

The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents

A play by award winning playwright

Hannie Rayson

directed by

Richard Vinycomb

First weekend in association with Byron Writers Festival

Australian theatre at its best’

The New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club commissioned prestigious Australian playwright Hannie Rayson’s most recent play, “EXTINCTION” in 2010. Hannie has received many literary awards including the first play ever to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Award for “Life after George”.

Hannie is a true dialogue diva!

Hannie weaves her words with wit, intelligence and a great understanding of the human condition. In this play she delves deep into the heart of our moral values. The narrative wraps an important conservation message around a unique and personal human story that materialises from a wild, rainy night, a twist of fate and an injured Australian native animal, bringing together four interesting and diverse characters.  

Human drama is at the forefront of the narrative, the Tiger Quoll being the catalyst that unfolds the working relationships of this collective of people.

Extinction is edgy, provocative and funny!

Richard Vinycomb, Director of Byron Region Community College, has extensive theatre and touring work, and worked in this area before moving to our Shire 23 years ago. Richard says it is so good to be back working with a talented theatre crew in Mullumbimby in this most collaborative artform.

Following the performance on Sunday 4 August, a Q&A session with playwright Hannie Rayson will take place. 

Four actors star in this production, including Cate Feldmann, James Grant, Diva Cory and Avikal (Steven Browning), with renowned local artist, James Guppy (https://www.jamesguppy.com), providing artwork and set design.

This Drill Hall production promises to be compelling and relevant, particularly in our current political environment.

 

PERFORMANCES
Friday 2nd August @ 7:30 pm, Tickets $30/$22
Saturday 3rd August @ 7:30 pm, Tickets $30/$22
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Sunday 4th August @ 5:30 pm
followed by a Q&A with Hannie Rayson
(including wonderful snacks and drink), Tickets $40/$32
Friday 9th August @ 7:30 pm, Tickets $30/$22
Saturday 10th August @ 7:30 pm, Tickets $30/$22

Sunday 11th August @ 2:00 pm, Tickets $30/$22
Friday 16th August @ 7:30 pm, Tickets $30/$22
Saturday 17th August @ 7:30 pm, Tickets $30/$22
Sunday 18th August @ 2:00 pm, Tickets $30/$22

 

 

 
 
The Q&A with Playwright, Hannie Rayson, Director, Richard Vinycomb and Michael Cathcart
from the ABCs THE STAGESHOW
at the DRILL after the performance on Sunday 4th August 2019

 
In Rehearsal

PLAYWRIGHT

Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University. Rayson was a cofounder of Theatreworks, and has served as writer-in-residence at the Mill Theatre, Playbox Theatre, La Trobe University, Monash University, VCA and New Writing North (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK).

Her plays have been performed extensively around Australia and several have been produced overseas. They include PLEASE RETURN TO SENDER, MARY, LEAVE IT TILL MONDAY, ROOM TO MOVE, HOTEL SORRENTO, FALLING FROM GRACE, SCENES FROM A SEPARATION (co-written with Andrew Bovell), COMPETITIVE TENDERNESS, LIFE AFTER GEORGE, INHERITANCE, TWO BROTHERS, THE GLASS SOLDIER, and THE SWIMMING CLUB. The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York through the Alfred P Sloan Foundation commissioned Hannie’s most recent play, EXTINCTION. Hannie’s plays have won AWGIE Awards; Green Room Awards; Helpmann Awards; NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Age Performing Arts Award. LIFE AFTER GEORGE was the first play ever to be nominated for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award.

Hannie’s memoir, HELLO, BEAUTIFUL! was published by Text Publishing in February 2015. She adapted the story for a one-woman show, also called  HELLO, BEAUTIFUL!  which opened at The Malthouse Theatre in May 2016 and toured Victoria. Hannie continued to tour HELLO, BEAUTIFUL! nationally in 2018.

Hannie also writes for newspapers and magazines and in 1999 she won the Magazine Publishers’ Society of Australia, Columnist of the Year Award for her column in HQ Magazine

Her television scripts include SLOTH (ABC, Seven Deadly Sins) and she co-wrote two episodes of the award-winning series SEACHANGE (ABC/Artists Services). A feature film of Hotel Sorrento (1995) was nominated for ten Australian Film Institute Awards, winning two, including Best Screenplay adaptation.


DIRECTOR

Richard Vinycomb

As a young Victorian College of the Art drama graduate I first worked, as artistic director of Crosswinds a regional professional touring company in the eighties. Works we researched and performed further sparked my interest in contemporary Australian playwrights – new plays often by young women who had a passionate voice. I later performed at the Adelaide Fringe, at La Boite in Brisbane, developed and directed new Australia Council funded shows exploring well researched issues such as the future of the family farm (Hanrahan Be Damned, 1996).  I loved working across artforms, teaching drama and also got strongly involved in starting local playback theatre in Byron in the nineties.  

As for some special scripts, in 2003, I directed “Strange Fruit” by Juliet Lamont, fondly remembered by some, as part of opening the Byron Community Theatre. (We were so proud that Juliet was awarded best Australian emerging playwright that year!).  Later an old community theatre mate showed me his play that won a green room award in 1988 (On Shifting Sandshoes). And so 21 years on, and still current, we re-staged it as the first play at the renovated  Mullum Civic Hall – such fun to see his camping holiday comedy/tragedy come to life again!…

So after a break and several encouraging nudges from friends, I was recently looking at stories that I thought were relevant and challenging for our times. I was so thrilled to read this play from Hannie. We had crossed paths at the VCA and I had always admired her work. And even though the theme of “extinction” on many levels seems to have some inevitability, there are always the glimpses of hope, and wonderfully, there have been many co-incidences and parallels even during this casting and rehearsal period. One such example is the rise of the global movement “Extinction Rebellion”. 

It is so good to be with such a talented theatre crew in Mullumbimby – in this most collaborative artform.


CAST

James Grant

I am so grateful to be able to work with this team and explore the character of Andy. The rehearsal process has been really supportive and the freedom that Richard provides has been exciting.  The journey of researching and developing Andy as a character has expanded my perspective on a wide range of topics, from ethics to genetics to what it means to love and be loved. 

Hannie’s characters are each complex and flawed, honest and real.  Delving into this project has coincided with my introduction to parenthood which, underscored by the thrum (and aftermath) of what was deemed ‘The Climate Change Election’, has magnified my appreciation for this precious, rare Earth we all call home.

Cate Feldmann

My character, Heather Dixon Brown, claims that she uses her head not her heart. So, I am definitely playing against  type!

Acting and various roles for The Drill Hall Theatre Company and other roles on stage and film are what nourishes me. After being in ‘Hotel Sorrento’ , another Hannie Rayson play, the opportunity to be in ‘Extinction’ was too good to refuse. It is enriching to be a part of a wonderful ensemble in a play with such a complex, but unfortunately extremely  relevant topic in today’s frightening gallop towards ….Extinction.

My recent forays in the acting world include ‘Genoveva’ in the Netflix series ‘Tidelands’ and a wonderful stint on horseback with the ‘Australian Outback Spectacular’.   My most recent appearance at The Drill Hall was in the joint Welsh production of ‘Do Not Go Gentle’.

Steven Browning  aka Avikal

I lost my virginity in the old Drill Hall Theatre. My on stage acting virginity that is. After opening my salon Mullum Madness in 1992 I started doing or styling hair for local theatre productions. Cast and crew continually suggested that I should be on stage not backstage. After participating in my first acting workshop the fire was ignited.

With multiple Productions under my belt, I was persuaded to go to the big smoke and make money from my art. Arrived in Melbourne in 2002 assisted Penelope Chater in teaching the Yar/Laban technique for four years also landed roles in film and television. Auditioning for roles in theatre, where my heart lies, was my main focus, and I was thankfully successful.

Since being home in the shire I have fostered Byron Bay Theatre Company and have won a best leading actors Award at the Gold Coast theatre awards for my role in ‘Art’. I have worked also with a number of different theatre companies, have really enjoyed the process, so it’s lovely to be back wearing somebody else’s shoes again!

Diva Corey

Originally from Canada I grew up watching famous musicals and theatre in Toronto where I developed a love for the Stage and Film. 

I studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and took short courses in Acting at Humber College and acted in several short films.

I have now been living in Australia for the last ten years. After building a business and raising kids, I reignited my passion for acting and have spent the last couple years studying Stanford Meisner Technique and on screen acting with Rob Horton and Mark Piper at the Byron Bay Film and Television School. Working on short films, tv and commercials.

I love the process of finding my character, exploring a script and forming something from words on a page into real life is such a creative, transcending and exciting process. I am so thrilled to be a part of the cast of Extinction.


CREW
Music composition and performance:  Ken Naughton
Lighting:  Odin Runga-Covington & Dan Redgrave
Sound:  Alex Benham
Stage Management: Josh Moyes, Louis Bell, Jill Benham, Seth Freeman


PRODUCTION TEAM
Promotion:  Suzie Mylecharane
Design: James Guppy
Production: Peter Gough
Set Construction:  Mike Russo
Social Media: Margaret Robertson
Website Management:  Alex Benham
Front of House:  Michael Borenstein & The Drill Hall Team

 


 
Interview with Hannie Rayson on Bay FM
Arts Canvass with Karena Wynn-Moylan

Interview with Hannie Rayson and Richard Vinycomb
on ABC North Coast Breakfast with Joanne Shoebridge
 

 
July 17 2019
Interview with Richard Vinycomb about the play ‘Extinction’


August 8 2019
Byron Shire News


PROGRAM



AND SOME COMMENTS FROM PLAYWRIGHT HANNIE RAYSON
Arts Centre Melbourne 16 May 2016

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Hannie Rayson’s Speech at the GPAC’s 2016 Theatre Season Launch
3 December 2015

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1 August 2016


PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN MCCORMICK

Performance rights for EXTINCTION exclusively licensed by
HLA Management Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 1536, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 (hla@hlamgt.com.au)

 

Shit

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10 ~ 26 May 2019

The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents an important Australian play

S H I T

by PATRICIA CORNELIUS

Under the direction of Georgia Martin, local actors Kate Foster, Kate Horsley and Claire Atkins will bring the foul-mouthed, violent and darkly funny characters of Billy, Bobby and Sam to life at The Drill Hall.

Written by Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius, SHIT is electrifying; the characters pull no punches (literally) as their story explores themes of class, violence and misogyny in Australia.

The play is provocative and bitterly funny theatre. Billy, Bobby and Sam have been in and out of foster homes and institutional care all their lives. They have been neglected and abused sexually and physically, but they are survivors.

In spite of their situation, a peculiar optimism surges through the play. The language might be confronting for some, but it’s never gratuitous. Words are their weapons, and give them agency.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

SHIT is a Green Room Award winner (Best Production and Best Writer) and was shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Award for Drama. It enjoyed five sold-out seasons for 45 Downstairs, NEON Festival for Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Festival and Darwin Festival.

In March this year Patricia Cornelius won the lucrative Windham-Campbell Prize for drama, and her plays SHIT and LOVE will be the first Australian plays ever to be performed at the Venice Biennale this July.

Bookings online and at the Bookshop, Mullumbimby

Tickets $25/$22

DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE EACH SHOW
Please be early as seating is not allocated
Bar (Beer/Wine) and Kitchen (Tea/Coffee/Cakes) opens 45 minutes before each show.
Please note that online bookings close 2 hours before each performance.
There is a 50c booking fee for online bookings.
Duration approx 65 minutes.
There is no interval.
General enquiries: 0420986570.
WARNING
This play contains adult themes and offensive language.
For mature audiences only.

REVIEWS

12 May 2019

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16 May 2019

https://www.facebook.com/drillhalltheatre/videos/417159459104171/



PLAYWRIGHT


Patricia Cornelius

Patricia Cornelius is an Australian playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

Her play, SHIT was presented at the 2017 Sydney Festival, following its Melbourne premiere with the Melbourne Theatre Company, and is a four-time Green Room Award winner, including Best Writer.

Her play Savages won the Victorian Premiers Award for Drama in 2014 and the Green Room Award for Writing, and was nominated for an AWGIE and the Griffin Prize. Over her career Patricia has written more than 30 plays including Big Heart, Do Not Go Gentle, The Call, Slut, Love, Fever, Boy Overboard, and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (co-written with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas, and Irene Vela.)  Her most recent plays have been, The House of Bernarda Alba, produced in June 2018 at the Melbourne Theatre Company and In the Club, which premiered in 2018 at the Adelaide Arts Festival.

Other playwriting awards include the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards (2011), Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, Richard Wherrett Prize, Wal Cherry Prize and nine AWGIES for stage, community theatre and theatre for young people. She won the Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting Award (2015), a Patrick White Fellowship (2012), a Fellowship from the Australia Council’s Theatre Board, as well as the AWGIE Major Award three times.  In 2018 she was the winner of the Mona Brand Award.  She is a founding member of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre.

Patricia co-wrote the feature film adaptation, Blessed, based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, (for which she also won an AWGIE) and she is currently developing a feature film.

Her novel My Sister Jill, was published by Random House.


THE DRILL HALL THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION

DIRECTOR


Georgia Martin

Georgia Martin is a director, actor, voice coach, and long-term member of the Drill Hall Theatre Company. For the past ten years she has been directing plays, including the award winning Buy Robot and The Waters Edge.

She is particularly drawn to directing plays with strong female roles, and include Waitresses for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of the Arts, Becky Shaw and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress which she co-directed with Mike Russo. In 2018 she co-directed, with Mike Russo in Patricia Cornelius’s The Call.

As an actor she has performed in North Coast theatre productions including Competitive Tenderness, The Threepenny Opera, Clarke in Sarajevo, Barmaids, Steel Magnolias, Lend Me a Tenor, Hotel Sorrento, No Sugar, Metamorphosis, The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Jumpers and An Othello. Sydney productions include, Tales From Hollywood at the New Theatre, California Suite, The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, The Water Engine, Agamemnon, The Devils and The Trojan Women for The Arts Council of NSW.

CAST

Kate Foster

Kate attended her first acting class with the Basin Theatre Company at age four, spawning a love of all things theatrical. 17 years of competitive dance saw her as a regular on the stage and lead to a slate of musical theatre credits including The Pirates of Penzance’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Pippin’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ and The Little Prince’, Choreographer for Rent’ and ‘Life’s a Circus’ and Director/Choreographer of ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’, ‘Bring Down the House’ and Avenue Who?’

Some of her performance highlights include Dr Faustus’, White Paper Flowers’, ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ and ‘Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth.’ Her short film credits include ‘Four Past Friday’ and ‘Axis of Evil.’

Kate has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and worked as a Talent Agent for film, television and circus from 2003 – 2017. In 2014, Kate returned to the stage after a sixteen-year hiatus, playing Trisha in ‘5 Women Wearing the Same Dress’ and Suzanna in Becky Shaw’ with Drill Hall Theatre Company. In 2017 she Directed Little Shop of Horrors’ for Bangalow Theatre Company, winning Best Director of a Community Theatre Musical at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.

Kate is excited to be back on the stage in 2019, portraying the challenging and liberating role of Billy.

Kate Horsley

Kate Horsley trained at The University of London (Goldsmiths College), where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English Literature, and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts.

She worked as a professional actor in the UK, working largely in repertory theatre, where more often than not, two Shakespeare plays were rehearsed over two weeks and performed over the next four weeks. Only for the young and brave…

Favourite roles included Viola in Twelfth Night, Rosalind in As you like it, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

On moving to Sydney, Kate played Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Toinette in Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, and directed a production of Twelfth Night to critical acclaim.

On relocating to the Northern Rivers in 2003, Kate took on the most challenging role to date, raising three children under three whilst studying for a Bachelor of Psychology which she completed in 2016.

In 2007 Kate performed in two separate Hot Shorts for Drill Hall Theatre and was enticed back in the 2011 Hot Shorts when she performed in Buy Robot which won the Peg Gloor prize and best actor. Last year she made a cameo appearance in Patricia CorneliusThe Call and became so engaged with Corneliuswork, that she is back, delighted to be performing in Shit. It’s Shit, but its anything but.

Claire Atkins

Claire Atkins is a diverse visual artist with a keen interest in performance, screen production and writing.

She has written, directed, produced and performed in a number of short films and documentaries including: One Little Room, Brillig’s Island, The Adventures of Max & Lil, The Superfantastical, Delicious and Magical Illustrated World of Tamsin Ainslie, No Bloody Way, The Bridge, and Deadlock for ABCIview.

In 2018 she performed as Liddy and Billy in Patricia Cornelius’ The Call with The Drill Hall Theatre Company, and she has played Rose Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa for Pavillion Theatre, and the fiery Arts journalist Meg Moynihan in Hotel Sorrento for The Pittwater Arts Festival.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Art Education from The UNSW College of Fine Arts, and for the last twenty years she has enjoyed working in the Arts in events, public relations, as a magazine editor and studio artist. Claire will also record her first album of original songs at Rocking Horse Studios in July.

Claire is thrilled to be bringing Patricia Cornelius’ words to life at The Drill Hall in the role of Sam.



Photos by Kate Holmes


ABC North Coast – 8 May 2019
https://www.facebook.com/ABCNorthCoast/videos/1073140759543190/

Report by ABC Journalist Leah White

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Common Ground – 13th March 2019

Face it. You’re SHIT, alright?

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Regional Arts NSW – 1st April 2019

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Byron Shire Echo – 4 April 2019
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Byron Shire Echo – 26 April 2019

Interview with Georgia Martin, Director of SHIT

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Byron Shire Echo – 26 April 2019

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ABC RN Drive – 7 May 2019

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drawingroom/love-&-shit/11088406

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ABC Radio National – 7 May 2019

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-stage-show/best-advice-patricia-cornelius/11086456

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The Sydney Morning Herald – 14 March 2019

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/it-s-fabulous-playwright-patricia-cornelius-wins-lucrative-drama-prize-20190314-p5149t.html?fbclid=IwAR3e3J5_js4Mhgp-K6BXN6TgJi2E_Bgvr2ta51HDuruuNxSCDL7-ALAOasI

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ABC Radio National – 19 January 2016
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/shit/6969586

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Sydney Morning Herald – 21 July 2017

Patricia Cornelius: theatre’s most unapologetic playwright – written by Elissa Blake 

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/patricia-cornelius-theatres-most-unapologetic-playwright-20170710-gx8383.html

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The Guardian – 3rd January 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jan/03/patricia-cornelius-a-courageous-australian-playwright-neglected?CMP=share_btn_fb

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