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?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 CanvasswithKarena Wynn-Moylan
Interview with Hannie Rayson and Richard Vinycomb
on ABC North Coast Breakfast with Joanne Shoebridge
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
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.
This play contains adult themes and offensive language.
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
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 Water’s 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.
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 Musicalat 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 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 Nightto 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 Cornelius’ The Call and became so engaged with Cornelius’ work, that she is back, delighted to be performing in Shit. It’s Shit, but it’s anything but.
Claire Atkins is a diverse visual artist with a keen interest in performance, screen production and writing.
She has written, directed, producedand 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 Sorrentofor 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.
“Excellent. Professional. Well worth getting to see” – Linda.
“Excellent. I cried it was so touching” – Marilyn
“Brilliant. Fabulous. Good as the Belvoir St production” – Felix
“Excellent production – the script, the acting, the set design – all superb – worthy of an off-Broadway run. Amazing quality, especially for the small town of Mullumbimby” – Lissa
“This fabulous Drill Hall production reveals not only the awful impact of brute institutional power to wreck human lives but also the remarkable creative ability of humans to reach out and save each other” – Mary
“Incredibly impressed. Great performances, stage set and direction. Things like this make me love the Northern Rivers. Such talent is here. We were all buzzing when we got home. Many many Thanks” – Lyndall
“Grapples compellingly with some of the key ethical issues of our time… a brilliant local production that deserves our full support… and besides, it’s fun!” – Tony
“What a script! It tells the true story swiftly and it’s enthralling. I learnt so much and I cried. The production is 1st rate” – Peter Lehner (Fierce FM)
“The play sparkles with great writing, acting and direction. Be prepared for laugh out loud humour, interpersonal conflicts and personal dilemmas.
This production is another step forward for this ambitious company. Tommy Murphy’s clever script is very sophisticated, deserving of its Australian theatre successes. The Drill Hall set, an inspired multipurpose design by noted Sydney designer Tom Bannerman is a bonus. The many scene changes shift effortlessly across the set with no need to repeatedly dim the lights.” – Jim Beatson (The Byron Echo)
“As Mark Colvin, Greg Aitken gave a powerful performance and was strongly supported by Liz Chance as Mary-Ellen Field, half a world away, who felt the need to help a man she admired. The clever use of news vision and surtitles brought the facts of the scandal back to one’s memory as though it only happened last week and gave the production authenticity. Director John Rado and his well-disciplined supporting cast have crafted a wonderful telling of this true life drama with a touch of humour. The Drill Hall Theatre’s intimate venue and the rear-projected scenery made for the audience to be front and centre and involved in this inspiring presentation.” Roger McKenzie (Stage Whispers).
Peter Gough – Producer.
Peter trained at the Independent Theatre and graduated from Deacon University in Drama and Media Arts. Since being a founding High School Drama teacher in NSW he has taught Drama, Acting and Film Production at numerous High Schools, Open University programs and Acting Training schools.
He has produced and directed dozens of theatre productions, some of his favourites being: The Who’s Tommy, Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Show, Bugsy Malone, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Spring Awakening, The Insect Play, The Front Page, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Good Doctor, Biloxi Blues, Noises Off, To Be or Not To Be, A Clockwork Orange, The Pope and the Witch, Cosi, Lord of the Flies and Two Weeks With the Queen.
John Rado – Director.
John has been involved in theatre, film & television since 1979. He graduated from NIDA’s Directors Course. He was the Artistic Director of New Theatre and Voices Theatre, Associate Director at The State Theatre Company of South Australia and acted, directed and designed lighting for over 60 theatre productions. He appeared in TV series such as Silent Witness and Robin Hood for the BBC, The Borgias, World Without End, Napoleon and The Pillars of the Earth for Showtime, and feature films such as Machotaildrop for Film Canada, Treasure Island for BCA, Max, Game of Swords and Magic Boys and recently in the Australian film Burns Point.
John returned to Australia in December 2012 and has made documentaries and short films. He was the General Manager for Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre. He appeared as Gabo in Louis Nowra’s The Incorruptible at the Drill Hall in 2017 and in the same year ran The Directors Lab, a six week intensive workshop which explored the role of the director in theatre. He played Nathan Jessep in A Few Good Men at the Ballina players earlier this year. John is a founding member of The Campfire Collective.
Tom Bannerman – Set Designer
Tom is a Sydney-based set-designer. His body-of-work is considerable: well over 200 productions. Recents works include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, HIV Monologues, The Little Dog Laughed, Marat/Sade, When the Rain Stops Falling, Jerusalem and That Eye, the Sky (New Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (Newcastle Civic Playhouse), three different designs for Bondi Dreaming (Belvoir Downstairs. Bondi Pavilion and Seymour Downstairs), Penelope (TAP Gallery) and The New Electric Ballroom (Stables).
Chris Wesley – Sound & Technical Director
Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer originally from Adelaide and has lived in the Northern Rivers for the past 6 years. He is currently nearing the end of a 2-year degree in audio engineering at SAE. Chris has played music with different bands in a range of musical styles including Reggae, Rock, Country, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Fusion, and others. With a keen interest in sound design, he hopes to create an immersive world by which the audience will be enveloped with the integrations of technology. Chris’s background in performing has lead him to enjoy entertaining in many forms be it dance, acting or music.
Having worked for a few years in Adelaide in amateur theatre, he looks forward to returning to theatre and bringing his ideas and skills for multimedia and performance to this show.
Sue Rado – Costumes and Publicity
Sue began working in theatre in 1991 after meeting John Rado who introduced her to the joys of the theatre family. Sue designed set and costumes for many productions at the New Theatre during the nineties including A Chapel Perilous, Sons of Cain,The Legend of King O’Malley, Hamlet,King Lear & at the Zenith Theatre, Sydney Six Degrees of Separation .
After a long absence Sue found herself back in the theatre designing the set and costumes for The Incorruptible at the Drill Hall in 2017 and for a short play later that year – The Same Page by local writer Michael Lill.
Livi Rado – Production Assistant
Livi has come to this production to expand her theatre knowledge and experience. As a musician and singer, Livi was involved in musical productions as a high school student at Southern Cross High in 2014/15. Her love of music took her to SAE for a short time studying Music Production. Livi is still not sure where her interests and passions will take her and is looking forward to discovering more about theatre in her role as production Assistant.
Mike Sheehan – Stage Manager
Mike has been involved in Community theatre for over 80 productions as director, set designer, stage manager and performer, and is currently secretary of Ballina Players. He is married to Jaime who is currently choreographing The Boy From Oz for Ballina Players. Mike has appeared as Valjean from Les Mis, Professor Higgins from My Fair Lady, Max Bialystock from the Producers, and, many years ago, as Pippin from Pippin and Matthew in Godspell for Miranda Musical Society. He has directed many Youth Musicals for Ballina Players and It’s a Wonderful Life and A Few Good Men in recent years. Mike is a retired Maths Teacher from Alstonville High School and has 5 beautiful children.
Geoff Harrison– Publicity
Geoff spent the 1980s carrying out administration, management and media for theatre including Circus Oz, Los Trios Ringbarkus, Handspan/Triffitt’s Secrets, and festivals – Melbourne Comedy, Aust Bicentennial, Melbourne Fringe, Midsumma, Melbourne City Council Entertainment in Public Places, and foreign festivals including London, Edinburgh, New York, Amsterdam, and Vancouver. Then over 20 years in community health, aged care and disability support. Tipping toes back into Australian theatre.
Alex Benham – Lighting
Alex has been a part of the Drill Hall Theatre Company since 1985 when he joined the cast of Inherit the Wind, another play about injustice, the media and the courts. Since then he has been involved with most Drill Hall Theatre productions in one capacity or another – Stage Management; Acting and even a little Directing. These days he usually confines his involvement to light and sound where he no longer needs to learn lines.
Alex is also Treasurer of the company and part of the Building Committee, whose responsibility is to further develop the theatre, while managing the complexity of use by the Drill Hall Theatre Company and the general public.
Liz Chance has performed in plays at Nimrod, The Old Tote, The Stables, The Seymour Centre, Marion St Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Old Fitzroy, Darlinghurst Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre and the Opera House. She produced and co-starred with Max Cullen in the Australian Premiere of Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes. Liz has also appeared in various Television productions including Home and Away, Big Sky,Rafferty’s Rules, Mike Willisee’s Australians, G.P., Water Rats, A Country Practice, Blue Heelers and Stingers. She has also directed Cosi by Louis Nowra, Face to Face by David Williamson, (both at NIDA), Glengarry Glenross by David Mamet for Babylon Productions, The Disposal by William Inge at the Old Fitzroy and Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter at the Cat and Fiddle in Balmain. Liz taught at NIDA for twelve years. Most recently she appeared in the role of Honour in the play of the same name by Joanna Murray-Smith at The Drill Hall.
Throughout her extensive career Liz appeared in the lead role of Nora in The Plough and the Stars directed by Hugh Hunt, Artistic Director of the Dublin Theatre, Gwendoline in the Importance of Being Ernest at Marion St Theatre, Nicholas Nickleby and Way of the World for the STC, Pauline in Willy Russell’s One For the Road and Alarms and Excursions (incidentally designed by Tom Bannerman) both for the Ensemble Theatre, the lead role of Ruth in Vertigo and the Virginia at the Old Fitzroy Theatre directed by Sarah Goodes (currently an associate director with the MTC and until 2016 Resident Director for the STC) and in Portia Coughlan directed by Maeliosa Stafford Co-Director of O’Punksky’s Theatre Company at Darlinghurst Theatre.
Liz is playing the role of Mary-Ellen Field.
Gregory Aitken began his professional acting career in 1974 with an Arts Council of NSW tour, Hot Line, Cool Image. After moving to the Northern Rivers he toured the region in NORPA’s first production, Lilies of The Paddock in 1993. Then followed a series of roles with NORPA in TheCars That Ate Paris (Perth Festival 1995), Metamorphosis, No Sugar and Too Young For Ghosts. With Theatre North he toured with Deluge (Adelaide Fringe Festival 1994). He acted opposite Derren Nesbitt in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at Lismore City Hall.
When Northern Rivers professional acting work dried up, Gregory began nineteen years in creative arts administration at NORPA, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, the Byron Community Centre and the Byron Bay International Film Festival which he began in 2005. The Drill Hall Theatre Company provided an opportunity for Gregory to return to acting in 2009. He has appeared in Competitive Tenderness, UncleVanya, Honk If You are Jesus, Pig Iron People and A Rod Gibson Retrospective. Gregory adapted and acted in Caldera and was the supervising director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He co-wrote and co-directed The Ballad of Edgar and Mary (with Claude Gonzalez) for the Drill Hall’s Centenary and directed and acted in Louis Nowra’s TheIncorruptible in February 2017. Later in that year he was a production manager and actor in the international co-production and tour to Cardiff, Wales, of Do Not Go Gentle. Gregory is a founding member of The Campfire Collective.
Film: Journey Among Women, Breakup.
ABC Television: Flash Nick from Jindavick, Peaches Gold, Flashesfrom the Front.
Greg is playing the role of Mark Colvin.
Owen Trevor-Jones began acting with Theatre North in Lismore in 1981 performing Shakespeare, Shaffer, Marowitz and others. Owen has also worked with Ballina Players, Bay Write, Drill Hall and Bangalow Theatre Co. Owen was part of the collaboration with Everyman Theatre from Cardiff, Wales and with others of Drill Hall toured the production here and in Wales.
Owen is playing the role of Bruce, Mary Ellen’s husband.
Kasadevi Curtis first stepped on the stage at the tender age of 12 right here at the Drill Hall Theatre. Since then she has appeared in productions for the Pacific Players, The Drill Hall Theatre Company, The Byron Theatre Company, The Lismore Theatre Company, Fourth Wall Productions, Mongrel Arts, Halpin Productions and Splinters Theatre of Spectacle. She has also performed in various short films & television commercials but definitely prefers the stage!! Her most recent performances in Mullumbimby were as Titania in the 2014 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Louise Porter in the hugely successful 2017 production of The Incorruptible.
Kasadevi is enjoying the challenge of playing multiple roles in this production as it’s not something she has done before. She loves being involved in any production that asks the audience to think critically about the world around them – and this one certainly does that!
Amongst others Kasadevi is playing the role of Elle Macpherson
Georgia Martin is an actor, voice coach, director and long-term member of the Drill Hall Theatre Company. For the past ten years she has been directing plays, including the award winning By Robot and The Water’s Edge. She is attracted to directing strong female roles with a comedic bent. These productions 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. Most recently she co-directed, again with Mike Russo, The Call.
As an actor she performed in North Coast theatre productions of 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. The Sydney productions were Tales From Hollywood at the New Theatre, California Suite, The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, The Water Engine, Agamemnon, The Devils and the for the Arts Council of NSW, The Trojan Women.
Georgia is playing the roles of Cassandra, French Parishioner, Michele & Senior Physician.
Mike Russo has been an actor, director and designer for 40 years, mostly with both the DHTC and Lismore TC. He studied acting at the Drama Studio and The Independent Theatre and has a BA degree from UNE with majors in Theatre Studies and English.
Mike was the much loved children’s clown Chocolate for many years, appearing regularly at the Channon Market.
For the past ten years Mike has been holding free, weekly acting workshops at the Drill Hall. If you are interested in attending these just turn up at the Drill Hall any Monday evening at 6:30.
Mike is playing the role of Lucas, the Lawyer.
Chris Benaud trained at UNSW, Ensemble Studios and Actors Conservatory. At an early age he starred in the international series The Lost Islands which was seen in 150 countries. He had numerous TV roles in series including Number 96, Certain Women, The Young Doctors, Glenview High and telemovies for the ABC, Grundy’s and Paramount. He has performed on stage for the Hunter Valley Theatre Company, Ensemble and Genesians. He starred in the West End production of the acclaimed Vinyl Couch. More recently he has performed stand-up comedy and as Bottom in the Drill Hall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Chris is playing the role of Professor Zoltan Endre.
Sam Herzog is a recent psychology graduate of the University of Sydney. Though Sam has done little acting in a formal context before, he has always had a keen interest in film and drama. Sam hopes that a diverse array of experiences, including being in the production of Mark Colvin’s Kidney, will help him forge a successful career as a writer one day, but he is curious to see which exact direction life will take him in the coming years.
Dane Bodley has only been involved in the performing arts world for just over two years. His love of stage and creative expression flourished when he joined Ballina Players in late 2015 and has thrived to improve his performance and skills with every show since. Most recently Dane has played Lt. Kendrick in Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin. Dane has recently commenced studying Screen and Media at Lismore TAFE, and is very excited to be working with the team behind Mark Colvin’s Kidney.
Friday 29, 30 June and 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 July
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Inspired by the story of the Muslim convert and ill-starred adventurer David Hicks, Patricia Cornelius’s bleakly funny drama pits a young man’s search for meaning against the corrosive cynicism that regards faith in anything – religion, politics, one’s country, even love – as a sign of weakness or the first step on the road to another kick in the arse.
Gary is a wayward young bloke who slaughters chooks at an abattoir. His empathy for the doomed creatures marks him as a more sensitive soul than his co-workers – who bait him mercilessly – but when he’s out with best mates Aldo and Chunk, Gary is no better or worse than any of them.
He meets Denise, a young woman with big but vague dreams. For a moment, Gary thinks he has found what he has been looking for. It’s love, but is it enough?
The birth of a child comes as a grim reality check for Sarah, but Gary’s yearning to find meaning in life – to invest in something bigger than himself – becomes more acute. Degrading jobs and the death of a friend amplify his feelings of emptiness until, after watching a group of Muslim men praying at work, everything becomes clear.
The Call doesn’t seek to explain away Hicks or make a cautionary example of him. What it does do – very effectively – is demonstrate how our society fails to create a sense of belonging. If no routes for fulfilment are apparent, we shouldn’t be surprised at what directions people take on their own.
Echonetdaily 11th July 2018
last weekend of the call at the drill hall
The Drill Hall, Mulum | Fri 13 & Sat 14 July | 8 pm and 2 pm | $22-25
Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius’s The Call is an inspired choice for Mullumbimby’s Drill Hall Theatre Company. The play is based on the youth/early adulthood of David Hicks, the Australian who was captured in Afghanistan and later released from Guantánamo Bay. Mathew Godwin stars as Jerry who, with his two mates, struggles with alienation and poor employment opportunities by taking drugs and working dangerous jobs in abattoirs.
Jerry falls for forceful, angry Denise (played by Stevie Shumack) who desperately wants to travel overseas but ends up feeling trapped raising their children in an impoverished neighbourhood. Meanwhile, Jerry is distracted by their sexuality and thrill-seeking with his mates, the cynical Chunk (Dean Mitchell) and dreamy Aldo (Tom Davies).
The laugh-out-loud black humour picks up as anguish becomes the new norm. The Call for each of the three men differs, but for Jerry, an idealised version of Islam offers an escape. In all this Denise and the children are increasingly sidelined.
Patricia Cornelius uses humour to leaven her honest, harsh, no-holds-barred dialogue to make a truly exciting night at the Drill Hall. The highly professional young cast, many in debut performances are superbly directed by local legends Mike Russo and Georgia Martin. The ensemble builds a searing and insightful commentary about the meaning of life in our Lucky Country.
Reviewed by Jim Beatson
The Drill Hall Theatre’s latest offering The Call is in its last week. This edgy piece of Australian theatre explores what life is like in small country towns in rural Australia. It’s been called: ‘funny’, ‘disturbing’, ‘moving’, ‘real’, ‘thought-provoking’, ‘relevant’, and the cast was lauded with: ‘terrific young lead actors’.
Gary, the hero of the play, like David Hicks, grew up in a village, as we all do. In his case, the village let him down. How many Garys and Davids might there be in your village? If you are concerned about your village you should see this play to see what effect indifference can have on young lives.
The Call runs this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets $22/25 at The Bookshop, Mullum or www.drillhalltheatre.org.au
Facebook review by Mark Swivel
Who remembers David Hicks? Amazing how we ‘move on’, isn’t it? The Call, finishing next weekend at the Drill Hall, tells you the back story of how Hicks ended up at Guantanamo. It’s really a portrait of working-class life and the search for purpose. Because that’s his back story. Well acted and directed, it’s an hour and a half well spent. An important Australian story by one of our best writers – Patricia Cornelius – and it tells you a lot that most Australians have never heard of her. Muscular, funny, tight writing on the kind of society we are, rather than as advertised. Well done Drill Hall Theatre Mullumbimby.
A theatre games evening for schools and student groups in the Northern Rivers.
And the Winners were:
Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
Teams of 3 to 5 students from years 9 to 12 from each participating school or youth group perform with teams from other schools and groups in the Northern Rivers region. They are challenged to create 1, 2 & 3 minute improvised scenes live on stage. The scenes were judged by 3 independent improvisation judges.
Participating Groups in 2018 were:
Mullumbimby High School
Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
Kingscliff High School
Byron Youth Theatre
Congratulations to all groups on their participation.
And thanks to eveyone who helped organise and make this night the great success it was.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 26, 27, 28, 29 January and 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19 February 2017
The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents a Mongrel Arts Project
THE INCORRUPTIBLE by Louis Nowra
The Playwright, Louis Nowra (photo by Adam Knott)
Ed (Gabo) Gabelich, political kingmaker, plucks Ion Stafford, a plain talking conservative Christian sugar cane farmer from the relative obscurity of the deep north and plants him firmly in the most powerful position in Queensland. But THE INCORRUPTIBLE high moral ground that Ion fights so hard to maintain feeds entrenched political corruption. A monster is created that devours all in its path.
Louis Nowra’s razor-like wit cuts to the quick of Australia’s political past and helps us to understand our current malaise as a nation.
The director Gregory Aitken (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ballad of Edgar and Mary) has assembled a brilliant cast and creative team.
The play opened on Australia Day and initially played for seven shows only 26, 27,28, 29 January and 3, 4, 5 February. The season was extended for 3 additional shows, 17, 18, 19 February.
WARNING: Adult Themes, Coarse Language, bloody fine Acting
The Incorruptible Cast and Creatives
Ion Stafford, Premier of QLD: Daryl White
Ed Gabelich, (Gabo), politician: John Rado
Louise Porter, press secretary: Kasdevi Curtis
Tim Blackburn, Premier’s assistant: Yasir Assam
Calcroft (leader of a Minority Party) & Burgess a developer: James Morau
Ray a waiter: Chris Kitchener
Sick Man: Cathy McDouall
Dyson a future senator & Samuel Coogan a drunken inventor: Gray Wilson
The Prime Minister & Couperus a prisoner: Laurence Axtens
Police Commissioner Collins & Conrad, a property developer: Des Mayblom
Simon Porter a Judge: Gregory Aitken
Director: Gregory Aitken
Executive Producer: Alan Raabe
Production Manager: Roy Oakman
Production Design and Graphics: Sue Rado
Asst. Director & Movement Coach: Michael Hennessy
Lighting Design: Sunita Bailey
Production Assistant: Cathy McDouall
Music and Soundscape Design: Michael Hennessy and Alex Benham
In 1974 Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister of Australia, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, premier of Queensland and I had my first professional acting job. ‘Hot Line, Cool Image’ directed by Derek Nicholson. The show toured high schools in NSW, with six black and white TV sets presenting live what was being performed on stage. ‘Hot Line’ was agitating for student involvement in decision making in schools and toured for 10 months. They were exciting times to be a young Australian in the arts.
By 1977 Gough was the Opposition Leader and Malcolm Fraser the Prime Minister and I was doing fringe theatre and occasional film work. The dream was over. So I started a cricket team, The Ten Past Eleven. It flourished for more than two decades. My intimate associate of that time called the Ten Past, ‘a team of failed actors and film directors’. That was harsh.
In the mid-to-late eighties, the playwright Louis Nowra joined The Ten Past Eleven. Louis was a good medium pace swing bowler. In Louis’ book on the test cricketer, Shane Warne, his insight into the psychology of the champion leg spinner could also be applied to his time in a team of artisan park cricketers.
“Warne found in the team’s unabashed chauvinism a sense of community and an ethos of what it means to be Australian. It may be old-fashioned to some, but to him and his team-mates it is a powerful bond … psychologically to protect him when it seemed that the world outside the dressing room and off the field was out to get him.
Before and after the share market collapse of 1987 I was a financial planner (a bankster according to actor/activist and Patron of the DHTC, Tony Barry), making enough money to start a temporarily well-heeled bohemian lunch club where we could dine well, gossip, drink G & T’s and good wine. Louis and I were the mainstays of the lunch club. Eventually, Louis left the Ten Past Eleven to complete his writing projects. I semi-retired from cricket to renovate a house in Newtown before eventually moving to the Northern Rivers in December 1992, surprisingly to work again, as a professional actor (1993 – 95). The acting work dried up, no surprise there and I ventured into theatre and venue management at NORPA and then with the building of the Byron Community Centre.
At the 2000 Byron Writer’s Festival, Louis invited the Ten Past leg spinner and actor Ned Manning and myself to lunch at his cabin with a bunch of literary sophisticates including Anne Summers. Bubbles, nibbles, good cheer all round but damn the Wallabies were playing the All Blacks at 12.30 in Kiwi land. Ned and I asked the Melbourne born Louis if we could switch on the TV. “Yeah, but keep the sound down.” We devised a plot where I would watch for ten minutes then report back to Ned. We would then reverse roles.
The All Blacks were leading up until the 78th minute when the Wallabies won a line out against the throw and in the following play received a penalty. Wallabies captain John Eales looked for his goal kicker Stirling Mortlock but he was on the sideline. Eales (nicked named ‘Nobody’ because ‘nobody’s perfect’) had to kick the goal for victory. Ned and I were beside ourselves. Decorum flew out the window with the TV’s volume turned up. The sophisticates and Louis could not avoid the intense build up of dramatic tension in the cabin. The whole party was enveloped by the images emanating from the set. Eales of course kicked the winning goal. Australia 24 New Zealand 23! The literary types instantly transformed into rugby buggers and huggers. A wonderful moment of joy and triumph.
Unwittingly, Louis helped to create one of my favourite sporting moments, serendipitously at a cultural event. I am hoping to return the favour theatrically, if Louis and his wife Mandy Sayer manage to see our production while on holiday. With a terrific cast and crew I have little doubt that we will kick the winning goal and there will be cheers and hugs. Wonderful moments of joy and triumph.
Kasadevi first stepped on the stage at the tender age of 12 right here at the Drill Hall. Since then she has appeared in productions for the Pacific Players, The Drill Hall Theatre Company, The Byron Theatre Company, the Lismore Theatre Company, Fourth Wall Productions & Splinters Theatre of Spectacle. She has also performed in various short films & television commercials but definitely prefers the stage!!We last saw her here as Titania in the hugely successful 2014 production of A Midsummer Nights Dream.
We last saw her here as Titania in the hugely successful 2014 production of A Midsummer Nights Dream.
The role of Louise is an incredible journey & Kasadevi has relished the challenge. She is excited to be involved in a production that is both funny & sad but also asks the audience to think about the state of the world today. And hey who wouldn’t want to be the only girl in a cast full of men…??
I was born in Manatee County, Florida, USA. The Deep South where Baptists, gators, bob cats and the KKK rule. My family owned the local drugstore [chemist] with a diner and grocer attached, it was the centre of town and as a child I remember a sign over the diner entrance “ Take away only for Blacks”. My mother told me stories of how she found her fathers KKK uniform in his closet.
It was my great, great grandfather, Dr John Pelot that signed the bill to secede Florida from the Union and was instrumental in forming The Confederate States of America.
My mother was considered a black sheep in her family for her left wing politics, supporting Martin Luther King and daring to be an atheist. Currently, she is married to a famous Australian Aboriginal artist Gordon Syron.
We came to Australia in 1971 and I remember how hard it was to understand anybody and vice versa with our strong southern drawl. I am a proud gay man and have three gay sisters. I am now a proud father to my beautiful daughter Ginger, her mother being Karla Dickens a famous indigenous artist.
I have devoted my life to travel and have been in 36 countries and speak 5 languages[ish]. I love performing using various accents as I have a vary versatile tongue [no pun intended].
I was always interested in theatre and show business and my mother seemed to be surrounded by all the colourful types. At one stage she was going out with the playwright Steve J Spears and I got the gig being the poster boy for “ The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin”. I did a few TV commercials and a few live gigs with Gabrielle Cary and Kathy Lette, the girls who wrote “Puberty Blues”.Most recently I have become involved with The Drill Hall Theatre Company, performing in various cabaret comedy shows and did a one man stand up comedy performance at the Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. Being involved with the play ”THE INCORRUPTIBLE” is extremely rewarding, not only getting to work with brilliant actors and director Gregory Aitken, but also to portray the dirty side of racist politics in Australia.
Most recently I have become involved with The Drill Hall Theatre Company, performing in various cabaret comedy shows and did a one man stand up comedy performance at the Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. Being involved with the play ”THE INCORRUPTIBLE” is extremely rewarding, not only getting to work with brilliant actors and director Gregory Aitken, but also to portray the dirty side of racist politics in Australia.
James was brought up in Melbourne by multinationalist parents and is grateful to have been born in Australia. He has lived in many places all over the country since then. He has also travelled extensively overseas and has lived to tell many a tale. Travelling from Europe through the Middle East and then crossing the Khyber Pass from Afghanistan to travel through Peshawar and Pakistan was a great precursor to experiencing India, a place he adores and has visited many times.
After school and university, he qualified as an engineer, but that short-lived career finished abruptly when many of his co-workers were crushed by a large slab of concrete. It was a huge public scandal and extremely traumatic for him. The senior engineer was blamed and the suppliers of the faulty scaffolding were never held to account. Since then he has studied everything under the sun to try to find out what’s going on, only to realise how little can actually be known. But he enjoys making what he hopes are educated guesses.
Of all the many jobs and occupations he has been involved with, landscape gardening was his favourite. It allowed him to commune with nature and be extremely fit and healthy. Some of the beautiful and talented women with whom he has had relationships were actors, and it was one of them who dragged him in front of the camera for the first time. He trained extensively and became a competent screen actor and narrator. After gaining a degree in Graphic Design and doing a stint in the advertising industry he became a film-maker and has made many short and long independent productions. Funding for major projects continued and continues, to elude him. He is now focusing on script writing and is adapting a sensationalist low budget, blockbuster script into a novel of dubious quality to ensure ownership of the content.
When first starting out in the industry he found stage acting daunting but is now finding it extremely satisfying and enjoyable. He is thoroughly enjoying his involvement in ‘The Incorruptible’ and is fascinated and entertained by the way the Director, Cast and Crew are bringing it to such a high standard of production and performance. He knows ‘The Incorruptible’ is going to be a great show.
After living in rural Victoria and working in mental health for ten years he is delighted to be finally living in the northern rivers region, but is concerned that inappropriate development will destroy the local ambience. He reckons the proposed Butler Street road works are destructively futile and that any town bypass should actually bypass the town, not go through it. Surely a road west of Byron, linking Ewingsdale Road and Bangalow Road, would serve the purpose of diverting traffic around Byron and also service the proposed West Byron development.
As a technologist and inventor he holds two patents and has developed a method of protection against mobile phone radiation. He wonders why technology is so often used to our detriment rather than for our benefit. He is disappointed that falsely inflated costings are being used to prevent coal being replaced by solar-thermal and is worried that continued large-scale mining and use of fossil fuels will bring calamity to us all. He is hopeful that financial, political and corporate philosophy will evolve to ensure that in the future natural systems will be protected and we will once again have access to clean air, water and food. He believes a hydrogen economy would be the best way to achieve this while maintaining our luxurious standard of living.
LAURENCE MACKAY AXTENS
My first theatrical involvement dates back to 1984 where I was a lighting technician for the production of “Oh What A Lovely War” directed by Christopher Ross Smith at New England University.
I assisted with a wide range of productions during the late 1980s at UNE and this lead to my first acting roles with Splinters – Theatre of Spectacle in the 1990s in Canberra; notably parts in “whirled on a fatal flaw” and “winter of the rutting moon”. This culminated in a two-person performance completely of my own poetry called “The Westie” that was performed at the Festival of Contemporary Theatre at Gorman House in Canberra in early naughties.
Upon my return to Lismore, my home town, I joined Lismore Theatre company and performed in dozens of shows of all shapes sizes from Macbeth to Lovepuke. During this period I was secretary of the company for five years and president for one.
I have also worked professionally as an actor for NORPA and in a few television commercials.
For all that – my day job is as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, my practice is in Lismore. That’s Australia for you. Who can make a living in the arts? Most of us do it for the love of the form. This show is blessed with some great acting talent, that I’m humbled to join.
Gray knew at an early age that he wanted to be an actor, he attended The Shopfront Theatre for Young People in Carlton in Sydney as well as the Young Peoples Drama Studio attached to the Phillip Street Theatre in Martin Place and Central Casting.
A small role in the Pilot for A Country Practice was cut before broadcasting preparing him early for work in the acting community. TV commercials and bit parts in tv shows during the 80’s didn’t pay the bills so he left the industry for several years.
On arriving in Lismore he joined the Lismore Theatre Company where he has done multiple shows in multiple aspects since 1991. He has appeared on The Drill Halls stage in 1995 as Major Thomas in Breaker Morant.
Gray did a few TV commercials in the late noughties and a few live shows in Brisbane. Since returning to the Northern Rivers region he has rejoined the Community theatre… um… community and accepts the typecasting as Coogan the Drunk – he calls it Methadone Acting.
After many years away from the theatre – 18 to be exact! – I am so happy to be designing the next production at the Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby. My husband, John is also returning to the theatre, after almost as many years, playing one of the leads.
Overlapping images projected on black will set the scenes for this fast-moving classic Australian play.
Louis Nowra wrote The Incorruptible in 1995 and it was known as his ‘Hanson play’ – 20 years later it still resonates.
This political exposé takes us on a journey from a plush Brisbane hotel to the burning cane fields of Queensland and on to a crusade to Canberra.
“Nowra is an original, and prolific writer whose work always has integrity. The earth does cry in this play, though you may be laughing even at the end… This is an enjoyable, at times unnerving, and satisfying theatre experience.” – Frank McKone, Canberra Critics’ Circle
The Incorruptible opens on Australia Day 2017.
Sue Rado (van Kempen)
1984 – 1986 Sydney College of the Arts – Post Graduate Diploma – Ceramic Sculpture
1979 – 1982 Sydney College of the Arts – Visual Arts Degree – Ceramic Sculpture & Photography
2016 (Jun) Budapest Restaurant, Elsternwick, VIC – ‘Changing Perspective’
2015 (Aug) Woolloongabba Art Gallery (WAG Upstairs), Brisbane, QLD – ‘Changing Perspective’
2015 (Jan) Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, NSW – ‘Changing Perspective’
2012 (Nov) Innio Gallery, Budapest – ‘Overview’
1987 James Hardy Showcase, Sydney Selected by Craft Australia Magazine
1987 Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Sydney – ‘Three Young Ceramists’
1987 The Pier Gallery, Sydney – Post Graduate Exhibition
1986 Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney – ‘Transformations’
1981 Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney – Graduate Exhibition
2016 Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery – ‘7th District Rainforest’
2016 Byron Arts Classic – ‘Topknot in the Window’
2015 Byron Arts Classic – 2nd Prize Photography – ‘Flat Rock meets VIII Ker’
2014 Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery – ‘Tierras’
2014 Ocean Shores Art Expo – ‘Shadow of a Memory’
2014 Byron Arts Classic – SOLD – ‘Overview’
2013 Postcards of Lennox Head – Highly Commended
1999 20th District, Budapest, Local Council Photography Competition – 3rd prize
2015 from ‘Changing Perspective’
9 in private collections
3 Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School
Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, Australia
Union Bank of Switzerland, Sydney
Baker & McKenzie Lawyers office, Sydney & Melbourne
1987 Craft/Arts Magazine
1987 Craft Australia
1987 Pottery in Australia
1986 Sydney Morning Herald
1981 Craft Australia
1998 Agatha Christie: Towards Zero – International Buda Stage, Budapest, Hungary
1994 Dorothy Hewitt: A Chapel Perilous – New Theatre, Sydney
1993 David Williamson: Sons of Cain – New Theatre, Sydney
1993 Bob Ellis: The Legend of King O’Malley – New Theatre, Sydney
1991 Anton Chekhov: The Proposal – Voices Theatre, Sydney
1998 Agatha Christie: Towards Zero – International Buda Stage, Budapest, Hungary
1996 Shakespeare: Hamlet – New Theatre, Sydney
1996 John Guare: Six Degrees of Separation – Zenith Theatre, Sydney
1996 A Night at the Concert – New Theatre, Sydney
1994 Shakespeare: King Lear – New Theatre, Sydney
Friday & Saturday 15, 16, 22, 23 April at 7:30pm and Sunday Matinee 17th April at 2pm
The Drill Hall Theatre Company’s performance The Drill Bits Show ran for 5 performances commencing Friday 15th April with additional performances on 16, 22, 23 at 7.30pm and a Sunday matinee on the 17th at 2pm. The Show was a delightful collection of dramatic bits, comedy bits, dance bits, music bits, film bits, with all the bits shaken into a theatrical cocktail that appealed to all tastes. Opening night was a fundraiser for COREM, that fantastic not for profit local group who were raising funds to install a PV system to the Drill Hall roof. COREM was also busy in the kitchen preparing curries before each show.