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Last Drinks at At the Gates

At the Gates

At the Gates @ Smith’s Alternative

Fresh from a terrific run at Best of Crash Test last month, my short play Last Drinks will be doing an encore performance as part of At the Gates, a variety show taking place at Smith’s Alternative on 9 July 2016.

At the Gates will showcase a slew of Canberra talent including performance poets, theatre folk and musicians. Performers include Rob Defries, Helen Way, Phillip Meddows, Cara Irvine, John Lombard, Ghost Noises, Barbi Jones, Dylan Hekimian, The Faumuis, and Katherine Berry. The event has been organised and will be hosted by the wonderful Brendan Kelly.

Apart from being a great excuse to indulge in some creativity, At the Gates also aims to raise funds and awareness for the plight of refugees around the world. All proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International.

The show kicks off at 4pm. Entry is $10.

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Mum and Dad bring home the silver

Short+Sweet Silver!

Short+Sweet Silver!

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse

Short+Sweet Canberra 2015 wrapped up on Saturday 15 August with the Gala Final at the Courtyard Studio Theatre. I am delighted that The Truth About Mum and Dad picked up a few gongs: People’s Choice and Best Script.

My cast were also among the winners! Brendan Kelly took out best male actor for his portrayal of Jason, and Jess Waterhouse was nominated for best female actor for playing Mel. Brendan and Jess nailed their performances and took my script to a whole other level. Congrats and gratitude to both.

Truth be told, I am humbled the play took out the awards it did. There were a bunch of fantastic plays on offer that could have  scooped the awards pool.

Alison McGregor’s Beautiful, featuring her beloved burlesque character Sparkles, was a shining light throughout the festival – funny, clever, poetic, and theatrical in every sense of the word.

Ruth Pieloor’s Baby Blues, featuring a hilarious puppet baby, wonderfully exposed the (often self-inflicted) neuroses of a new parent. As a new father, this one struck a few chords for me!

Pete Malicki and Alex Broun, veterans of the 10-minute-play format, also put up some great work. Malicki’s The Long Game was tightly written and superbly performed by Sydney-based actor, Yannick Lawry. Broun’s Grace was spectacularly staged and moving. When these guys put up work, you’re rarely disappointed.

My favourite play at the Gala however was Kirsty Budding’s Sluts and Stars. Budding is a driven and talented local playwright and theatre-maker. Her work with younger performers is especially outstanding. Sluts and Stars was another great example of her ability to crack open the mind of a modern teenager in a way that is enlightening, empathetic, and not afraid to ask the important questions.

The end of Short+Sweet Canberra 2015 also marks the end of Kate Gaul’s oversight of the event. After three years as festival director, Kate will be handing the reigns over to local theatre-man Trevar Alan Chilver. No doubt Trevar will bring Short+Sweet back bigger than ever in 2016.

Congrats to everyone involved in this year’s festival. A lot of fun was had by all.

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The final truth

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse in The Truth About Mum and Dad

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse in The Truth About Mum and Dad

I’m pumped that my short play, The Truth About Mum and Dad, has been chosen to take part in the Short+Sweet Canberra 2015 Gala Final. The Gala Final consists of the best plays from both weeks of this year’s festival, including plays selected by anonymous judges and the most popular plays as voted by the audience.

The final takes place tomorrow (Saturday 15 August) with a matinee at 2:30pm followed by another performance at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now through Canberra Theatre. As always, it looks to be a spectacular night of drama, frivolity and fun!

The Truth About Mum and Dad will also be in the Short+Sweet Queensland Gala Final on Friday 28 August at the Powerhouse Theatre. Tickets are on sale through the Powerhouse Theatre.

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The truth opens tonight at Short+Sweet Canberra

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse in The Truth About Mum and Dad

Brendan Kelly and Jess Waterhouse in The Truth About Mum and Dad

My short play The Truth About Mum And Dad opens tonight! One of over twenty short plays taking part in Short+Sweet Canberra 2015, the whole production is shaping up to be a cracker.

I went along to the dress rehearsal for Week 1 last night and was blown away by the local talent on display and the amazing variety of plays on offer. I especially enjoyed the look of Tampon Please! (written and directed by Genevieve Keneally) and Beautiful (written and performed by Alison McGregor). Both are confronting, funny, and more than a little bit subversive. Great stuff.

If your keen to taste test Canberra’s best bite sized theatre, be sure to check out Short+Sweet Canberra from 4 – 15 August. Tickets are available through Canberra Theatre.

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The truth is out!

The Truth About Mum and Dad iShort+Sweet Brisbane poster

The Truth About Mum and Dad at Short+Sweet Brisbane

After being longlisted for this year’s Pint Sized Play Competition in the UK, my short play The Truth about Mum and Dad will be popping up in a few Aussie-based festivals in the next couple of months.

First it will be seen at Short+Sweet Brisbane from July 9 – 11 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It will be directed by Shae Riches and will feature Ben Knapton as Jason and Samantha Sherrin as Rachael. Check out the awesome poster!

About a month later it will be performed as part of Short+Sweet Canberra on August 4 – 7 at the Courtyard Theatre. This rendition will be directed by Greg Gould and will feature Brendan Kelly as Jason and Jess Waterhouse as Rachael.

Here’s the play’s synopsis:

Rachael is shocked to find her father’s car parked outside a brothel. But when she calls her brother Jason for support, she discovers there is a lot more to mum and dad’s sex life than she ever wanted to know.

If you’re in Canberra or Brisbane, be sure to check it out!

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Unwrap Me Reviews

Brendan Kelly and Rob de Fries

Brendan Kelly and Rob de Fries perform in “Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection”

Alison McGregor and Brendan Kelly

Alison McGregor and Brendan Kelly perform in “Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection”

The Unwrap Me cast and crew

The Unwrap Me cast and crew

Unwrap Me, a showcase of Christmas themed short plays by new and emerging Australian playwrights, wrapped up with a sold out show at the Courtyard Studio on Saturday 20 December.

My play “Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection” closed out the show, and I am delighted to report that the reviews have been very positive. Below are a couple comments I particularly enjoyed:

Greg Gould’s “Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection,” dealing with honesty in family relationships, hit the spot in both writing and directing.
– Helen Musa, CityNews (read entire review)

The evening ended with perhaps the best written script: Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection by Canberra-based Greg Gould. […] The quality of the writing is in the immediately established genuineness of the feelings and motivations of each of the characters …
– Frank McKone, Canberra Critics Circle (read entire review)

Overall Unwrap Me was a fantastic and fun production to be involved in. Big congratulations to Budding Theatre for pulling the show together, and for fostering a truly inclusive and “can-do” approach to theatre making. I have no doubt they will continue to put on amazing shows in the future.

I’d also like to thank my amazing cast Brendan Kelly, Alison McGregor and Rob de Fries. As a first time director I knew I needed to surround myself with experienced and talented actors, and I couldn’t have asked for a better troupe to work with. They took my script and lifted it to another level. In fact, they knocked it out of the park!

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UNWRAP ME opens December 18

Unwrap Me: December 18-20, Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre

Unwrap Me: December 18-20, Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre

Opening night for Unwrap Me, a Christmas showcase of short plays by new and emerging Australian playwrights, is only days away!

The show kicks off at 8pm on December 18 at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre, with more shows happening on the 19th and 20th (including a matinee performance at 2pm on the 20th).

My play “Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection” will be one of ten plays performed on the night – and they all look pretty damn cool.

Tickets are on sale direct from Canberra Theatre. Be sure to check it out!

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Tickets for UNWRAP ME now on sale

Unwrap Me: December 18-20, Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre

Tickets for Unwrap Me, a Christmas showcase of short plays by new and emerging Australian playwrights, are now on sale.

My play “Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection” is one of ten short plays being performed in what looks to be an eclectic mix of silly season madness. I hear there’s even going to be carols (songs, not people named Carol …)!

Unwrap Me opens on December 18 at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre, with follow up shows on the 19th and 20th.

For full details check out Budding Theatre’s upcoming shows page or stop by the official Unwrap Me Facebook event page.

Tickets can be purchased direct from Canberra Theatre.

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UNWRAP ME

Unwrap Me flyer

Unwrap Me: December 18-20, Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre

My new short play “Sexy Beth’s Giant Dildo Collection” (I know, catchy title) is going to be part of UNWRAP ME on December 18, 19 and 20 at the Courtyard Studio in Canberra.

UNWRAP ME is a charity event raising money for Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

The show features new short plays from Australian playwrights responding to a Christmas-themed stimulus; the first stage direction must be: “(A character) enters carrying a Christmas present.”

UNWRAP ME is produced by Canberra producer and general go-getter, Kirsty Budding (of Budding Theatre).

This will be my first time directing one of my own plays (or any plays for that matter), but luckily I have a great cast in Brendan Kelly, Ali McGregor and Rob de Fries to help me out.

Looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

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