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Getting festive with SANTA, BABY!

SANTA, BABY!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 rehearsal with Felicity Knott and Philip Meddows

Statistically Speaking rehearsal with Felicity Knott and Philip Meddows

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.

Tickets are available via Canberra Theatre.

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The Assignment gets a HD at Crash Test

The Assignment gets the Crash Test treatment

The Assignment gets the Crash Test treatment

My play The Assignment made a great first impression at the last Crash Test Drama Canberra. Not only did it take out the People’s Choice award (as voted by the audience and other Crash Test participants), it also took home Best Director thanks to the insightful and energetic guidance of Philip Meddows.

As a founding member of Crash Test Drama Canberra, it’s awesome to see the format doing so well. Hats off to Budding Theatre for keeping the ten-minute play format alive on Canberra stages. Great to see so many new actors, writers and directors taking part.

From a writer’s point of view, Crash Test is still my favourite way to develop ten-minute plays. It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s never what you expect. It’s also the best way to find out which parts of your play will stand up under the pressure of an unforgiving stage. What dialogue works? What can be left out? Does the story need more attention? Put your hard-earned words in the hands of a Crash Test crew and you’ll find out quick smart.

Big shout out to my fellow Crash Test writers at the last event. The quality of plays on offer was impressive. I especially enjoyed Cupid’s Waiting by Kate Roediger (directed by Annastasia Denton) and My Undies Are Evil by John Lombard (directed by Arne Sjosetd). Both were witty, funny, and subversively insightful.

For info about upcoming Crash Test Drama Canberra events, check out the Budding Theatre website or Facebook page.

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