Siren Theatre Co and Critical Stages Touring

Written by: Noëlle Janaczewska

Director: Kate Gaul

Performed by: Jane Phegan

Composer: Nate Edmondson

Lighting Design: Becky Russell

Hero Image Photographer: Lauren Orrell

Hero Image Hair & Makeup: Natalia Ladyko


A beautiful new solo performance production from the same team that produced the hit show Good With Maps

Siren Theatre Co in partnership with Critical Stages Touring is developing Noëlle Janaczewska’s The End of Winter.

What’s happening to winter? In hot, bushfire-prone Australia our winters are becoming warmer and shorter. Will climate change eventually erase the season, leaving it to exist only in paintings, fairytales and historical accounts? The End of Winter is about loss and resilience. It’s about the places the writer goes in search of the cold weather she loves—places she can reach via public transport and the imagination.

Available to Tour



Drama, Solo Performance




55 minutes, no interval

Venue Format

Theatre, Civic/Cultural Centre, Black Box, Town Hall

About Kate & Noëlle

Noëlle Janaczewska – WRITER

Noëlle is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably Yale University’s Windham Campbell Prize in 2014, which recognised her body of dramatic writing. In Australia, her plays have won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Mrs Petrov’s Shoe), the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition and the Griffin Award (Songket). Her radio plays have received 8 AWGIE Awards, most recently for the nonfiction features Seoul City Sue and My Life in Cookbooks and the drama Random Red. Seoul City Sue was shortlisted for the 2019 Betty Roland Prize for Screenwriting at the NSW Premier’s Awards. Noelle’s radio play Experiment St was released on Radio National in late 2019. Other works include Good With Maps, Teacup in a Storm, The History of the Single Girl, The Other Polish Explorer, Playing Awkward,Third Person. Noëlle is a graduate of Oxford and London Universities, with a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland. www.noelle-janaczewska.com


Kate Gaul is a theatre and opera director, creative producer, festival director, and designer based in Sydney, NSW. She is a graduate of NIDA (Directing 1996) and Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co. Kate undertook a residency with SITI Company (NYC) and was Associate Director at Ensemble Theatre.

Kate has established herself as a distinctive and inventive director, with directing credits including plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works, and classics for theatre companies and schools in Australia. She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co where her passion is for text-based drama challenges artists and audiences to have bold imaginative experiences.

Kate has also directed festivals (World Interplay, Playlist, Invisible Circus, Cabaret, and Short Play Festivals), and the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. www.kategaul.com

Design Team

Camille Ostrowsky – DESIGNER

After moving to Australia from France as a teenager, Camille completed a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration at Swinburne University of Technology in 2015, and received a Certificate of Achievement for outstanding and consistent work. Camille is also a graduate of the NIDA design degree. While at NIDA Camille designed the music video for the song Plastic by Micra (triple J Unearthed collaboration, dir. Samuel Lucas Allen), and co-designed and codirected the short film Optics by Elliot Vella. In 2018, Camille also designed the set for INJEST: the Last Supper, by Georgina Adamson, dir. Eve Beck (BITE Productions and Kings Cross Theatre). As part of her NIDA work placement, Camille worked in Paris as Design Assistant to scenographer Olivier Brichet on the contemporary music/theatre piece Replicas composed by Fernando Munizaga, and took part in the Lynceus Festival alongside Olivier Brichet in Brittany, France. www.camilleostrowsky.format.com/

Nate Edmondson – COMPOSER

Nate is an international, multi-award winning composer, sound designer, musical director, and occasional video designer for film, television, radio, advertising and stage. Nate originally trained as a classical and jazz trombonist, and pianist, in addition to fronting several bands as a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, and arranger. He is also a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), where he trained under the mentorship of some of Australia’s finest musicians and sound designers. Currently based in NYC, Nate has worked extensively in the theatre and live events industries for the past twelve years, and his detailed music scores and sound designs can regularly be heard on stages around the world. Locally, he has created work for some of Australia’s premier theatre and dance companies, and arts festivals, with much of his work touring both nationally and internationally. www.nate-edmondson.com


Becky is a theatre and events professional with extensive experience in artistic, technical and project direction. She has focused her career in regional Australia, working on countless productions, festivals and community projects in a variety of roles including; artistic director, project director, event mentor, as well as providing technical and production support for regional artists and communities. Most recently: Lighting designer H.M.S Pinafore (Siren Theatre Co) and director: Kangaroo (BMEC) www.productionart.com.au

About Jane Phegan

Jane graduated from University of Sydney and Theatre Nepean. Recent theatre credits include Letters to Lindy (Merrigong Theatre Co), The Ham Funeral and The Trouble With Harry (Siren Theatre Co), Good People (Ensemble Theatre), Beautiful One Day (Belvoir/Ilbijerri/ version1.0), Rupert (Daniel Sparrow/MTC/Theatre Royal), Honchos Meeting in Cowra (Rinkogun Theatre, Tokyo), Small Hard Things (TRS), Angels in America (Riverside).

Jane has toured many shows nationally and internationally, voiced radio plays for ABC and Eastside and worked on several new scripts with Playwriting Australia. For those who can tell no tales (Dir: Jasmila Zbanic) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and Jane was awarded Best Female Lead at the Sydney Indie Film Festival for Entailment (Dir: Cam Smeal). From 2005-14, Jane devised and performed in all of version 1.0’s major works including The Table of Knowledge, THIS KIND OF RUCKUS (Helpmann Award, Best Physical/Visual Theatre) and Deeply Offensive & Utterly Untrue (Drover Award, Best Touring Show). For Siren Theatre Co: Good With Maps, The Ham Funeral, The Trouble With Harry, Good With Maps, As You Like It, Fox, The New Electric Ballroom.