NEW FITZ WRITING & DIRECTING ENSEMBLE

CREATED, DEVELOPED AND PRODUCED BY RED LINE PRODUCTIONS
PRESENTED BY POOR TOMS GIN and MARK BLUMER
SUPPORTED BY PLAYWRITING AUSTRALIA
AMBASSADOR - LOUIS NOWRA
DRAMATURG - RACHEL CHANT
THEATRE TECHNICIAN - TOM WALSH

WRITERS:

CHARLES O'GRADY, SAMANTHA HILL, MICHAEL MCSTAY, Sam O'Sullivan, Clare Hennessy, Brooke Robinson, Benedict Hardie, Katie Pollock, Katy Warner, Virginia Gay

DIRECTORS:

Carissa Licciardello, Lucy Clements, Madeline Humphreys, Michael Abercromby, Sean Hawkins, Jessica Arthur, Andrew Henry

New Fitz Play #1

28TH FEB–11TH MARCH

ARE WE AWAKE?

by Charles O'Grady
Directed by Sean Hawkins
With Daniel Monks and Aleks Mikic
Stage Manager Eden Fordham

In a tiny one bedroom apartment, at five in the morning, a young couple sits on the cusp of a day that will change their lives. Faced with the spectre of financial instability, Endymion (Aleks Mikic) must relocate for work, leaving his chronically ill boyfriend, Hypnos (Daniel Monks), to fend for himself. Questions of going or staying, breaking up or hanging on, and what is real or imagined, plague these two young men as they fight to keep their grasp on “normal”. 

This new work by up-and-coming queer theatre-maker Charles O’Grady (Kaleidoscope, Telescope) is a tender and human take on the complex relationship between queerness and disability.

Charles is an emerging playwright and director and passionate transgender activist. Credits as writer/director include: Kaleidoscope (Theatre21, Montague Basement), Telescope (Montague Basement). Credits as writer include Before the Water Gets Cold (Smoking Gum Theatre), How. Dare. (Jetpack Theatre Collective). Credits as devisor or collaborator include Little Eggs (Little Eggs Collective), After Dark (SUDS), Emergence (SUDS), House Party (SUDS, FAST Festival), Dinner & a Show. Dramaturgy credits include Transience (left of centre collective). Acting credits include Rosie, Ruth, & Susan (Smoking Gum Theatre) and When Good Men Do Nothing (SUDS).

Tuesday - Saturday: 6:30 PM
Sunday: 4:30 PM

40 Minutes (no interval)

Ticket Prices (inc. Booking Fees): $25.00


This production is recommended for ages 18+ and contains nudity, sex scenes, coarse language, stylised violence, animal death.


new fitz play #2

28th March–8th April 

Binary Stars & Best Lives

by Samantha Hill
Directed by Michael Abercromby
With Katie Beckett, Nathalie Murray, Amelia Tranter, Jenae O’Connor
Stage Manager: Madeleine McWilliam

If you don’t like it, then leave…

And so Babe, fed up with the blokey jokes and the Logies and her meaningless WAG-life, takes it literally and shoots herself into a parallel universe. It’s Babe alone in a kitchen in space.

Armed with just a few vague memories of Astrophysics 101, and her own Indigenous stories, she’s got to find a way to get back to her world and start living her ‘Best Life’. Luckily she’s got Meg and Lenny - multi-tasking, clean-eating, minimum-wage earning mums and self-help gurus - to lead her to enlightenment.

Binary Stars and Best Lives is a comic critique of the pressure on women to strive for perfect and nourishing lives. In a world where white men still take up the most space, Babe, Lenny and Meg fight to define their own identities, and to create purpose for their own lives. In this mash-up of quantum physics, inspiration boards and Women’s Weekly covers, you’ll have to ask yourself -

Are you ready to receive the positive vibrational energy of the universe?


Samantha Hill is a Melbourne-based playwright, actor, and teacher. She studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne/VCA, Screenwriting at RMIT, and has a Masters of Teaching (Primary) from the University of Melbourne. Her plays include Merry Christmas, Bitches!, Little Moth and the Broken Giants, Dancing Dogs, and The Lynching of Little Hannah (A Christmas Time-Travelling Adventure Miracle), and she has also undertaken a residency at Bundanon to develop a play for youth audiences (2015). Her plays have been produced and/or developed by SNAFU Theatre, Boutique Theatre, ATYP, St. Martins Theatre of Youth, and Playwriting Australia, and she has been mentored by Lally Katz, Adena Jacobs, Lachlan Philpott, and Melanie Beddie. Samantha performs regularly in both scripted and devised work with SNAFU Theatre, and is a member of the Boutique Theatre Ensemble.

Tuesday - Saturday: 6:30 PM
Sunday: 4:30 PM

40 Minutes (no interval)

Ticket Prices (inc. Booking Fees): $25.00

new fitz play #3

25th April–6th May 

amongst ruins (snake eggs hatch)

by Michael McStay
Directed by Jessica Arthur

What was once a great city has fallen into decay.

Cyclical revolutions are commonplace and bloody.
A plague of monsters chokes the streets.
Poverty and famine reign.

The Merchant decides to get out once and for all, the only way she knows how;
selling weapons to both sides of the war.

'Amongst Ruins' is a thrilling exploration of human conflict and morality, and the psychological fallout of these values colliding.

In a world of constant war, can you afford peace?

 

Michael McStay is an actor, writer, director and musician. Before studying at NIDA, Michael acted around his hometown of Melbourne.

Since his arrival in Sydney, Michael has appeared in Lachlan Philpott’s Colder (dir. Kevin Jackson), William Shakespeare’s Othello (dir. Jennifer Hagan), Ben Ellis’ The Story Of The Red Mountains (dir. Tim Roseman), Sam Shepard’s A Lie Of The Mind (dir. Rodney Fisher), Enda Walsh’s Sucking Dublin (dir. James Dalton), Fregmento Stokes’ Kill The PM (dir. James Dalton), George Bernard Shaw’s The Shewing Up Of Blanco Posnet (dir. Con Costi), Belvoir St Theatre’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children (dir. Eamon Flack) and Sport For Jove's production of Three Sisters (dir. Kevin Jackson).

Michael appeared in the 2015 docudrama The Power Of Ten, and was the narrator for the Australian Premiere of M. F. William's orchestral work Letters From The Front for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, both in commemoration of the Anzac Day Centenary.

As a writer, Michael writes long form prose, plays and poetry. His original productions include Bright Those Claws That Mar The Flesh (staged at The Old Fitz in June 2016), The Ghost Phantasm (staged with the NIDA Independent Program), Esther (adapted from the Old Testament) and an upcoming untitled project to be staged in April 2017. He is also currently writing a book, due to be finished early next year.

As a musician, Michael has achieved his AMEB Grade Eight Certificate in Piano and AMEB Grade Five Certificate in Music Theory. He also plays guitar, sings and composes.

Tuesday - Saturday: 6:30 PM
Sunday: 4:30 PM

40 Minutes (no interval)

Ticket Prices (inc. Booking Fees): $25.00


23rd May–3rd June

New Fitz Play by Sam O'Sullivan
Directed by Lucy Clements

Sam is a graduate from the NIDA Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) course. His credits include: Stage: A History of Falling Things, My Zinc Bed – Ensemble Theatre, Kill the Messanger – Belvoir St. Theatre Co., Platonov – Mophead Productions, Constellations – Darlinghurst Theatre Co., Music – Stories Like These, Hilt – Mirror Mirror, The Removalists – The Rock Surfers, Play House – NIDA Director’s Tour, Postnuptials – AnotherBrightIdea, A Steady Rain – Cathode Ray Tube, Punk Rock – Pantsguys, Shakespeare on Trial – Australia Youth Workshop, Sprout – Tamarama Rock Surfers, Just for Laughs Comedy Gala – Sydney Opera House, Capture the Flag – Critical Stages, Men Without Shadows – Hobo Collective, Lord of the Flies – NIDA, The Hypochondriac – NIDA, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other – NIDA, Threepenny Opera – NIDA, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – NIDA; The Buzz – Barking Gecko; Television: Black Comedy, Wonderland , Packed to the Rafters, Fast Tracks. As a writer, his first full - length play, The Block Universe (Or So It Goes) premiered at the Old 505 Theatre in June, 2016.


27th June–8th July

New Fitz Play by Clare Hennessy
Directed by Carissa Licciardello

Clare Hennessy is a writer and pet botherer from Sydney. Following her graduation from NIDA masters of fine arts (writing for performance) this year, she's been writing TRANSIENCE, which was produced up the road with the lovely folk at bAKEHOUSE/kXT. Co-founder of leftofcentre theatre co, Clare has also hung out with ATYP, La Boite at their FAST festival, the Old505 and Sydney Theatre Co as part of their young playwrights residency. She's stoked to get her hands dirty at the Old Fitz!


1st–12th August

New Fitz Play by Brooke Robinson
Directed by Andrew Henry

Brooke is based in London and Sydney. Recent works-in-progress have been shown at Theatre 503 in London and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Old Vic 12 playwriting commission and in 2016 completed Stephen Jeffreys' invitational Advances in Scriptwriting course at RADA, London. In Australia, 'Dangerous Lenses' was produced at Theatre 505, Sydney and the Hub Station, Melbourne, and 'Animal/People' was produced by Rock Surfers theatre company. Brooke is a former member of the Australian Theatre for Young People's Writers ensemble.


29th August–9th September

New Fitz Play by Benedict Hardie
Directed by Madeline Humphreys


Benedict Hardie is a playwright, actor, and director. Working with The Hayloft Project since 2008, he has written or adapted the following works: The Boat People, By Their Own Hands, Delectable Shelter, Arden V Arden, The Seizure, The Nest, Yuri Wells, and 3xSisters.

In addition, he was co-adaptor of A Christmas Carol for Belvoir, and assistant director of Queen Lear for The Melbourne Theatre Company. Benedict trained as an actor, graduating from the VCA in 2007. His stage credits include The Drover’s Wife and The Dog/The Cat (Belvoir), Julius Caesar (Bell Shakespeare), Life Without Me (MTC), Wake in Fright (STC Rough Drafts), Crime and Punishment (Stork Theatre), and Shakespearealism (Red Line Productions).

His film and television acting credits include Hacksaw Ridge (directed by Mel Gibson), The Water Diviner (directed by Russell Crowe), The Light Between Oceans (directed by Derek Cianfrance), The Outlaw Michael Howe, Deadline Gallipoli, Childhood’s End, and Molly.


3rd–14th October

New Fitz Play by Katie Pollock
Directed by Michael Abercromby

Katie Pollock is a Sydney-based playwright.

Her plays for theatre are: The Hansard Monologues: Age of Entitlement (Seymour Centre), Blue Italian & Nil by Sea (Site+Sound), The Hansard Monologues: A Matter of Public Importance (Seymour Centre), The Blue Angel Hotel (Tamarama Rock Surfers), A Quiet Night In Rangoon (New Theatre/subtlenuance), A Girl Called Red (Newtown Theatre), and numerous short works.

Her works for radio are: Beetroot: a bloody journey through roots and belonging (ABC), Nil by Sea (ABC), Contact (Eastside FM), O is for Oxygen (ABC) and Blue Italian (ABC).

Katie studied theatre at UNSW and Middlesex University, London. She won the Inscription/Edward Albee Playwriting Scholarship in 2014. Contact was nominated for an AWGIE in 2014 and Nil by Sea has been nominated for an AWGIE in 2016.


7th–18th November

New Fitz Play by Katy Warner
Directed by Lucy Clements

Katy studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, receiving a Master of Writing for Performance in 2012. Playwriting credits include A Prudent Man (Melbourne Fringe), Reasons to Stay Inside (Melbourne Fringe, Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights at Perth Fringe and Roola Boola Festival), Dropped (Melbourne Fringe, La Mama, The Goods Theatre and Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz, Gobsmacked Theatre at Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe), and These are the isolate (Melbourne Fringe and Theatre Works). Her playwriting has received the Melbourne Fringe Best New Writing Award (These are the isolate) and a nominations for AWGIE and Perth Fringe Arts Editor award (Reasons to Stay Inside). Her next play, Spencer, is being produced by Lab Kelpie for a 2017 season at Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne. She is a proud member of the Australian Writers' Guild.


5–17th December

New Fitz Play by Virginia Gay
Directed by Carissa Licciardello