A couple of months back some friends and I made a silly but fun two-minute short film/skit. It’s called “The Disappearing Keys” and will be screening on Friday 15th September at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre as part of the Canberra Short Film Festival!
John Lombard as my leading man … and magician
Michael Ubrihien as the villainous thug
Jason Macqueen on the camera and me “directing” …
Big thanks to John Lombard, Michael Ubrihien, Fil Meddows, Jason Macqueen, and Uncle Pete for helping me put it together. I’m still a novice at this filmmaking stuff, but I’m having a blast learning!
So excited to be able to share WAND, my first short film (well, the first one I did more than just write …).
My friends and I shot, edited, and scored WAND in ten days for the annual Lights! Canberra! Action! film making festival earlier this month. We didn’t make the final, but had a blast putting it together.
Big thanks to the stars Helen Way, Arne Sjostedt, Rachel Hogan and Peter Fock for bringing my vision to life. Incidentally, this was Helen’s first time acting in a film, and she absolutely nailed it!
Special thanks to Philip Meddows for his awesome work behind the camera. Although he is credited as cinematographer and co-editor, he was also very much my co-director. Without his experience, technical skills, and advice, there’s no way I could have put this thing together.
Big shout out also to Simon and everybody at Beyond Q for letting us shoot in their store. It was a great location, and we’re so grateful they let us play in their space.
Overall this was a huge learning experience for me. It takes a village to make a film, even one as simple as WAND. As someone who usually writes in isolation, it was a treat to be able to collaborate and learn from such an enthusiastic, friendly, and creative crew. Can’t wait to get cracking on the next one!
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 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.
It’s that time of the year when the action packed Short+Sweet ten-minute play festival rolls into town and sets up camp in the Courtyard Studio at the Canberra Theatre.
This year I am delighted to have two plays on the bill.
The first is The Assignment, a comedic piece about a group of uni students struggling to work together to finish off an important essay.
The second is Stargazers, a romantic comedy about two teenagers trying to unpack the meaning of life, love and the universe – a hard task made even more difficult when the eccentric Dr Ludwig enters with an earth-shattering interjection.
The Assignment @ Short+Sweet Canberra 2016
The Assignment will feature Judith Peterson, Mariè Strazdins and Declan Hastings, and will be directed by the awesome Philip Meddows. It will be part of the Wildcard shows at 2:30pm and 7pm on Saturday August 13.
Stargazers will feature Jaslyn Mairs, Austen Saunders and Peter Fock, and will be directed by the ever-insightful Arne Sjostedt. It will be playing throughout Week 2 of the festival from August 16–19 at 7:30pm.
Short+Sweet Canberra runs from 9-20 of August. Thirty ten minute plays, more than half written by playwrights from Canberra and the Capital Region, will be on offer. Tickets are now on sale via Canberra Theatre.
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.
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 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.
Super excited that my new ten-minute play The Assignment will be taken for a spin at Crash Test Drama Canberra today. Not only will I get to see my script read for the first time, but I have been lucky enough to be paired up with Philip Meddows, who has kindly agreed to sit in the director’s chair. After seeing Philip’s stellar performance in Rachel Hogan’s adaptation of The Mandrake Root a few weeks back, I’m keen to see what he’ll do.
The full Crash Test line up is:
Cupid’s Waiting by Kate Roediger, directed by Annastasia Denton
My Undies Are Evil by John Lombard, directed by Arne Sjosetd
A Dog’s Life written and directed by Angus Algie
The Supermarket by C.J. Naylor, directed by Judith Peterson
The Experiment by Andrew Richey, directed by Lynn Petersen
The Assignment by Greg Gould, directed by Philip Meddows
As always, Crash Test Drama Canberra takes places at Canberra Rep’s awesome Theatre 3. Proceedings kick off at 4pm for directors and actors, with performances starting at 6pm.
If you’re an actor looking for a role, or simply want to come and check out Canberra’s newest ten-minute plays, be sure to get along. More details are available at the Crash Test facebook event page.