I’m jolly excited that my new play Statistically Speaking will get a short run as part of Budding Theatre’s SANTA, BABY! short-play showcase on 16 & 17 December at the Courtyard Studio (Canberra Theatre).
Statistically Speaking tells the quirky tale of a statistician looking for love in all the probable (but not predictable) places. It features the ever-awesome Philip Meddows as Milton and the delightful Felicity Knott as Rach. Yours truly will be directing!
Following up from the success of UNWRAP ME in 2014, SANTA, BABY! will include nine short, Christmas themed plays written by Canberra playwrights and performed by local actors. The full line-up includes:
Mother and Child by Kate Roediger
Statistically Speaking by Greg Gould
Christmas Cheers by Frances McNair
Gingerbread or Smarties by Zoe Swan
Reindeer in Red by Kirsty Budding
Christmas in Yorkshire by Harriet Elvin
The Christmas Fairy by Adele Lewin and Nigel Palfreman
Xmas Is What You Make It by Bronwyn Vanzino
Not What You Expected by Judith Peterson
Featuring songs, angels and a visit from Santa, SANTA, BABY! is a Christmas event not to be missed. All profits go to wildlife conservation charity The Thin Green Line Foundation.
Last Drinks was my first Crash Test play back in 2012. Since then it has become one of my most performed pieces with almost a dozen productions throughout Australia and abroad. In 2013 it won People’s Choice at Short+Sweet Canberra and was a Gala Finalist in Short+Sweet Auckland. Recently it was part of the inaugural Shorts on Stage ten-minute play festival at Noosa Arts Theatre.
Apart from the buzz of getting to see Last Drinks live again, I’m excited that this version will feature the talents of Rob Defries and Helen Way. Rob and Helen were the first actors to take Last Drinks into the Crash Test arena, and I’ve been itching to get them back in the roles. Added to this, the awesome Phillip Meddows will be directing! What more could a playwright ask for?
Best of Crash Test is a celebration of Crash Test Drama Canberra, a moved reading event aimed at developing original work and fostering creative collaboration. Since kicking off in 2012, Crash Test has played a key role in the emergence of a dynamic, energetic and inclusive ten-minute play scene in the ACT. A number of writers, actors and directors that have taken part of Crash Test Drama Canberra have gone on to enjoy success in ten-minute play festivals and competitions worldwide.
The full line up for Best of Crash Test is:
“My Undies are Evil” written and directed by John Lombard
“A Dog’s Life” written and directed by Angus Algie
“Sprung” by Nigel Palfreman, directed by Kirsty Budding
“Cupid’s Waiting” by Kate Roediger, directed by Rob Defries
“Cuts” by Mary Langdon, directed by Marcus Freeman
“Wardrobe Diplomacy” by Harriet Elvin, directed by Amanda Gillespie
“Money Rats” by Kirsty Budding, directed by C.S. Carroll
“Last Drinks” by Greg Gould, directed by Philip Meddows
The plays range in subject and style, from outlandish comedy to subtle political satire. All look to be a lot of fun.
The Best of Crash test kicks off at 7pm on 25 & 26 of June at the Courtyard Theater. Tickets are on sale via Canberra Theatre. The show is produced by the ever-enterprising Budding Theatre.
Note: this show is not suitable for children. There will be bad words. And sexy words. But mainly bad words.
My newest short play, Stargazers, will be Crash Tested on 1 November by the always entertaining folks at Crash Test Drama Canberra.
Crash Test Drama is a local moved reading and networking theatre event. In a single afternoon, a bunch of new ten minute plays will be cast, rehearsed and performed script-in-hand in front of an audience. The audience then votes for their favourite play, and the judges give out awards for acting and direction.
This round, six ten-minute plays will be put through their paces, including works by Harriet Elvin, Angus Algie, Greg Burgess, Jim Jones, Kirsty Budding and … me.
Crash Test is super fun, and a great way to iron out your ten-minute play kinks. Can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Crash Test takes place on 1 November at Theatre 3. Casting and rehearsals start at 3pm. Performances start at 5. Actors and directors who want to take part should contact Budding Theatre.
If you like theatre that’s fast, fun and a little bit out of control, be there!