NEW FITZ WRITING & DIRECTING ENSEMBLE 2017

CREATED, DEVELOPED & PRODUCED BY RED LINE PRODUCTIONS
PRESENTED BY POOR TOMS GIN & MARK BLUMER
SUPPORTED BY PLAYWRITING AUSTRALIA
AMBASSADOR - LOUIS NOWRA

DIRECTORS:

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

WRITERS:

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

new fitz play #3
25 APRIL - 6 MAY

amongst ruins
(snake eggs hatch)

by MICHAEL MCSTAY
Directed by JESSICA ARTHUR

 

NEW FITZ PLAY #4
23 MAY - 3 JUNE

THE WIND IN THE UNDERGROUND

by SAM O'SULLIVAN
Directed by LUCY CLEMENTS

 

new fitz play #5
27 June - 8 July

by CLARE HENNESSY

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!

 

new fitz play #6
1 - 12 August

by BROOKE ROBINSON
Directed by CARISSA LICCIARDELLO

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.

 

new fitz play #7
29 August - 9 September

by BENEDICT HARDIE
Directed by MADELEINE 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.

 

new fitz play #8
3 - 14 October

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.

 

new fitz play #9
7 - 18 November

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.

 

new fitz play #10
5 - 17 December

by VIRGINIA GAY
Directed by CARISSA LICCIARDELLO


“This is a unique and compelling idea. To have playwrights react to, reflect upon, and imaginatively re-invent ideas, stories or characters from other plays being staged, and then have the original and the re-make in tandem, is a potentially wonderful method of reinterpretation that will lead to some wonderful work. I’m certain that this challenging concept will bring out the best in many playwrights and will result in future productions where these works survive as stand-alone plays of importance.” 
Louis Nowra, Ambassador, New Fitz 2017