The Residency

   

ARTHUR, started by director Paige Rattray and producer Belinda Kelly, is an independent theatre company that kicked off making new Australian work, both text-based and devised, in 2011. Working with a group of key collaborators, we were thrilled to become an ‘award-winning theatre company’ in our first year of operation when our devised show Cut Snake won a Melbourne Fringe Festival award for best emerging writers (and was nominated for two Green Room Awards). In 2011 we also began our collaboration with Melbourne writer Elise Hearst, presenting her Dirtyland at Sydney’s New Theatre and then a Sydney season of The Sea Project at Griffin Theatre Company in Kings Cross in September 2012, following a successful season earlier in that year at Launceston’s Mudlark Theatre.

Now it’s 2013, on our current slate we have a few fun shows in development (including projects where we tackle the world’s original epic, venture into the world of Australian Gothic, and tackle both Lally Katz and a sock puppet). Our presentation of these shows also takes us to the three best states in Australia, namely Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. At the start of the year Cut Snake returned to Melbourne in the grounds of Theatre Works in St Kilda in our mini-big top  (and was included on the 2013 VCE Drama play list) and then travelled on to Bondi, hosted by the Tamarama Rock Surfers. We then shot over to Tasmania to rehearse new play Midlands by Hannah Malarski, just now finished its premiere season in Launceston in a co-presentation with our friends at Mudlark Theatre Company. In September we stage Lally Katz’s Return to Earth at the Stables in Kings Cross, before a brief visit to Brisbane with Cut Snake and then onwards to a regional NSW tour of the same throughout October. In the gaps, we are developing new work with our collaborators in Melbourne and touring our mini-big top/tent into a travelling story lab.    

   

Squabbalogic aims to present an electric range of local premieres of the best new musicals and reinterpretations from the canon of understanding musical theatre.

Founded in 2006, Squabbalogic provides a stage for Australia’s finest emerging and established artists to present exciting and dynamic work, while nurturing a fun, inclusive creative environment.

Squabblogic fills a void by connecting with challenging work and writers often neglected by commercial theatre and sharing it with the community.

   

Sydney based Tin Shed Theatre Company is run by partners in crime Scarlet McGlynn & Phil Spencer.

Tin Shed devise new work, write plays, concoct happenings and above all relish a theatrical challenge. The projects we embark on are deeply personal and we collaborate with a number of artists and non-artists in order to create a diverse range of performance works. Scarlet and Phil were founding members of Glasgow based theatre collective F.W.A.M. and Tin Shed is born out their invaluable experiences producing three highly successful shows with the collective.

   

Suzie Miller is an award-winning playwright who is forging a career both in Australia and the UK, and is the current writer in residence at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre. Suzie has worked with international directors in five countries and with choreographers from the UK companies: DV8, Frantic Assembly and Told by an Idiot – at their own companies and at the National Theatre of England.

Suzie’s current work includes Caress/Ache which was developed at the National Theatre in London with assistance from Malthouse Theatre; JUNE, written for ATYP with Legs on the Wall; Dust for Black Swan Theatre Company; Infidelity at Griffin Theatre and a new play with LIVE Theatre in the UK. Her play Driving Into Walls was staged at the Perth International Arts Festival 2012 at the State Theatre with Barking Gecko Theatre Company. Transparency was staged at the Seymour Centre in Sydney in 2011. Transparency premiered with Ransom (new writing) Theatre in Belfast in 2009, and toured Northern Ireland UK. It was nominated by the Irish Times and other Irish newspapers as ‘best of’ 2009. Transparency was written under the Kit Denton Fellowship. Suzie’s play Sold was performed in London in 2011 at Theatre 503 and Sydney 2009, whilst her play Reasonable Doubt was produced to critical acclaim at both the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the 2008 NY Fringe Festival (winning the NY Festival’s Playwriting Award), All the Blood and All the Water at the Riverside Theatre and Cross Sections at the Sydney Opera House. Confused Sea Conditions was produced as one of 8 plays selected internationally in Philadelphia US April 2009; and Flight/Fright Mode at 2009 Edinburgh Festival, and again in 2011 at London’s Southwark Playhouse. Most recently, Suzie has been on a creative attachment, to work with Robert Lepage and Ex Machina on their new work Cartes.

Amongst other awards and nominations Suzie has won the 2008 National Kit Denton Fellowship for writing with courage; shortlisted for the 2010 and 2005 Australian Writers Guild Award for Drama; shortlisted for the Griffin Award 2009; Winner of Inscription 2009; and 2006: mentored by Edward Albee 2009; Winner 2008 New York Fringe Festival ‘Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwriting’ and in 2005 winner of the Theatrelab award.

   

John is an emerging theatre director and dramaturg whose work has been seen in the UK, North America and Australia. Most recently the 2012 Director In Residence for the Bell Shakespeare Company, he specialises in developing and directing new writing and neglected classics. 

He is the co-founder of IronBark, dedicated to producing and promoting Australian theatre in the UK, premiering works by Brendan Cowell, Melissa Bubnic, Jack Hibberd, Ben Ellis, John AD Fraser and others. John will next direct the Australian premiere of Schnitzler's Sweet Nothings for ATYP/Under The Wharf/Pants Guys.

Credits in Australia include Mind's Eye for Bell Shakespeare, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Tamarama Rock Surfers, NIDA and the Darlinghurst Theatre. Theatre in the UK includes The Finborough Theatre, OVNV at The Old Vic, The Young Vic, Soho Theatre, Theatre 503, Old Red Lion and Second Skin. John is currently an Associate Artist for Snapdragon Productions, a former Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre, holds an MA from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and originally trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art where he teaches.

   

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