PlaySix Festival opens tomorrow night, December 13! Exciting. All my actors have had a fair few dramas, in the last couple of days, including wisdom teeth pain, car accident, girlfriend issues, and one of them lost their ‘holy grail’ keys, and is still unable to locate them! However, all the work is done including costuming, rehearsals, line runs, blocking, tech and dress, and all looks superb. I was lucky enough to see another two short plays tonight from PlaySix, one about Julia Gillard (Australian Prime Minister) called ‘Timing’ and the other called ‘Confessions of a Bipolar Drag queen’ which are definitely worth a visit to Williamstown! The season normally sells out, which is fabulous:) My time on this project is nearly over, so I will now return to writing my next play, hopefully premiering in March 2013!
Working in a black box (bare stage) with my actors and script in hand, is utter perfection. Today we travelled far into the cohesive collaborative workspace, that I call home. A new play called ‘Death of Caesar’ by Alex Broun, explores a play, within a play. Actors torn between real time experiences and their performance. Two worlds colliding, everything is at stake, including the heart. Just completed an interview with Australian Theatre, should be available online soon. Melbourne has a strong theatre culture, that consumes me. More rehearsals in the park tomorrow. Theatre is my first love. Pure hedonism.
Just about to commence the audition process (as director) for a play by Alex Broun, who introduced Short + Sweet into Auckland, New Zealand in 2009/10. I was fortunate enough to be a finalist/winner in the ‘Wildcards 2’ category in this festival in 2010, with a play called ‘Tipping Point’ by Mark Andrew. Alex is one of the world’s leading ten-minute playwrights, so I am honoured to be opening the ‘world’ premiere of his new play. Rehearsing and performing in another city, namely Melbourne, is exhilarating. PlaySix has a high profile in the Melbourne theatre community, so looking forward to being cohesive in this process. There are six plays, that are performing in the festival, and there appears to be a few female directors, fantastic! Theatre makes me smile, effortlessly.