XENIDES by Clare Watson and collaborators
CREATED BY Virginia Gay Adriane Daff Xani Kolac Harriet Marshall
Laila Bano Rind Sophie Ross Katherine Tonkin Clare Watson
LAILA BANO RIND
Adriana Xenides Adriana Xenides Adriana Xenides Adriana Xenides Director Musical Director & Composer Set Designer Costume Designer Lighting Designer Choreographer Assistant Director Lighting Design Associate Double Bass/Bass Guitar Drummer Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Student Secondment (wardrobe) Costume Build Set Construction Wardrobe Assistant / Dresser Scenic Artist Transport
XENIDES IS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PARTNER
PATRONS CLUB GOVERNMENT PARTNERS
STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA DURATION
90 minutes (no interval)
25 OCT to 11 NOV WARNING
Adult themes, strong language, ages 16+
Please remember to turn off your mobile phone during the performance.
A NOTE FROM THE
DIRECTOR If you watched The Wheel of Fortune like we did, you’d know that so much of the fun of the show was the problem solving, random letters would be revealed to a phrase and at home we tried to solve the puzzle. The show you’ll see tonight takes the same format, the biography of Adriana Xenides is offered in a series of consonants and we ask you, the audience to complete the phrase with the vowels. The TV program was more than just word play though, there was a cast of characters of ordinary Australians just trying to spin top dollar and change their futures and there was the banter between the hosts – Ernie Sigley, “Baby” John Burgess, Tony Barber and Rob Elliot – and the stunning and indefatigable star of the show Adriana Xenides. For the makers of this stage play she exemplifies glamour, stoicism and grace under fire. She arrived in Australia as a poor immigrant child and went on to make her name as a starlet of the small screen and glossy magazines but what was the cost of this success on her body and mind? We invite you to remember that Adriana Xenides was a real person, who lived, who loved, who suffered and who died far too young.
For 18 years on The Wheel of Fortune the microphone was whipped out of her hand after every brief intro, tonight we hope to give her, and all of the women like her, a voice that will resound long after we sing our final song. CLARE WATSON
CLARE WATSON Director
Clare commenced in the role of Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company in October 2016 and made her directorial debut with Let the Right One In. Her other credits with the company since then include The Events, and You Know We Belong Together. Previously, Clare was Artistic Director at St Martins collaborating with children and teenagers. Her recent work includes I saw the second one hit, Gonzo (Malthouse Theatre) and Fitter. Faster. Better. (Dance Massive, Junction Arts Festival, Malthouse Theatre). She directed the critically acclaimed What Rhymes with Cars and Girls for Melbourne Theatre Company in 2015, which received four Helpmann nominations including Best Director. The production has recently enjoyed a national tour. In 2014 Clare was Female Director-in-Residence at Malthouse Theatre and she is an MTC Women Directors Program alumna. Her stage credits also include Gonzo, I Heart John McEnroe (Uninvited Guests/Theatre Works – winner Green Room Award for Best Ensemble, and five nominations including Best Director); The Man with the September Face by Kylie Trounson (Full Tilt/Arts Centre); Smashed by Lally Katz (Stables); and Hotel (Melbourne Fringe Festival – winner Best Director). Her mainstage work has also included Lungs by Duncan MacMillan at Melbourne Theatre Company and The Events by David Greig for Malthouse and Belvoir, Sydney Festival and Adelaide Festival. Clare is a graduate of Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is a trained teacher and worked in high schools in Victoria for 15 years and was also Education Manager at Malthouse Theatre.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Black Swan State Theatre Company would like to acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nations who are the traditional owners and custodians of this land. We pay respect to their Elders; for they hold the history, the cultural practice and traditions of their people. It is a privilege to be together on Noongar country. Black Swan would like to thank Brian Heller and the Arts Angels, Linda Pope and Cathy Penglis. We would also like to thank the team at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia for their support and assistance. Special thanks to John Burgess, Jenny Brown, Scott Russell Hill, Dylan Lewis and Ivy Miller. Rehearsal images by Dana Weeks.
ON DEVISING: I’ve been devising theatre for half my lifetime. Devised theatre is a different beast to directing a play. When you’re directing a play the beginning point is the script and as creatives collect around a project we each take on different responsibilities to honour that script in its journey to the stage to share the work with our audience, day one of rehearsals usually begins with the actors sitting around a table to read the script, word for word from beginning to end. The devising process begins without a script – there may be fragments of scenes, notebooks full of ideas, songs, images, oodles of research, characters and themes that springboard artists into a creative process but much is unknown. This is the thrill and terror of devising, collectively we willingly leap into the great unknown, not quite knowing what we’ll find. Xenides began as an idea in 2010 after Adriana Xenides had died, her death was reported on the news and the stock footage that was chosen to accompany the news item was of her spinning the letters to the phrase ‘Mutton dressed up as lamb’. This seemed cruel and mocking at a time that called for respect. I knew that she deserved better, so a period of quiet musing and research followed. Since then, with the support of the Australia Council, work began in earnest – I knew that Adriana’s story was operatic in scale and the years that she reigned on The Wheel of Fortune are absolutely in my wheelhouse of pop – so it made sense that this would be a musical. Enter the extraordinary talent of Xani Kolac, who I’d had the pleasure of working with at Melbourne Theatre Company.
The joy of devising is that many minds are better than one and the actors that have brought these ideas to life are the four magnificent women that you’ll see on stage tonight – Adriane Daff, Katherine Tonkin, Hattie Marshall and Laila Bano Rind – early development conversations and improvisations involved Virginia Gay and Sophie Ross. Xenides is a tribute and a protest – Adriana’s life has become the conduit for us to talk with you about the roles that women play on stage, on screen and in life. We hope you have as much fun watching the show as we’ve had making it. CLARE WATSON
A NOTE FROM THE
MUSICAL DIRECTOR & COMPOSER Adriana was the lady on TV who wore too much make-up. I never watched The Wheel Of Fortune and have to admit that I chose Sale Of The Century as my favourite TV show when I was in Grade Five. Since the inception of Xenides however, my relationship with Adriana evolved. She became a woman I wanted to sing about. I decided that the soundtrack to Adriana’s life had to be complex. I wanted to bring her out of her one-dimensional stereotype and imagine the music that surrounded her. We know for a fact that she loved opera and that she danced the tango with her father, but everything else was up for grabs. I imagined glamour and glitter, 80s pop influences, feminist anthems and rock ballads. My favourite part was searching for the perfect trio of women instrumentalists to bring her songs to life. These songs had to be sung by real women; clever, funny, beautiful women. Adriana’s song was every woman’s song. I wanted to write songs that could stand alone up on a stage wearing way too much make-up and still have depth. And in a world where pop songs sung by women are usually about boys and boobs, losing love, heartache and happiness, well, I chose to do the same. And oh, what fun we have had. XANI KOLAC
Musical Director & Composer
SONG LIST Top Dollar Xani Kolac Galileo Galilei Xani Kolac Adelaide Xani Kolac Magazines Xani Kolac
Don’t Sneeze In The Sun Xani Kolac Crazy Willie Nelson Dear John Xani Kolac Give Xani Kolac
“Vissi d’Arte” from Tosca
Hymn To Her The Pretenders
(Wheel of Fortune Theme Song)
CAST ADRIANE DAFF Adriana Xenides BLACK SWAN: A Perfect Specimen, Blithe Spirit, Flood, Death of a
Salesman, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arcadia, The White Divers of Broome, Boundary Street, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible. The HotBed Ensemble: Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee, The Shape of Things. BeActive BSX Theatre: Woyzeck, The Visit. OTHER THEATRE: The Last Great Hunt: Era of New Paradise, All That Glitters, Old Love (as assistant director), Elephents, Falling Through Clouds, Yoshi’s Castle. The Last Great Hunt/Side Pony Productions: The Irresistible. Side Pony Productions: The Confidence Man, The Pride, The Manic Pony, Scarecrow, Motor City Blues. Side Pony Productions/ Weeping Spoon Productions: The Wives of Hemingway. Perth Theatre Company: The Pride, The Chatroom. Barking Gecko Theatre Company: This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (tour). The Skeletal System: Great White. ThinIce: The Gathering. Weeping Spoon Productions: Monogamy WEB: The Big Spaghetti, Small Town Hackers, DAFUQ?, AshBecLee.TV: Cloudstreet, Blood in the Sand, The Sleepover Club, Bom Bali. FILM: Three Summers, Outline, A Few Less Men, Other Life, Can’t Win Do Try, Tartan, You be the Widow, Lions and Tigers, Before Closing. OTHER: Adriane is a proud member of Equity since 2005. AWARDS: The Irresistible nominated for a 2018 Helpmann award for ‘Best Play’ and winner of the 2018 Performing Arts WA ‘Best Actress’. The Big Spaghetti winner of ‘Best Actress’ Next Gen Webfest 2018. Elephents winner of the PAWA Best New Script, Great White best ensemble performance Blue Room Judge’s Award and Member’s Choice Award 2013, Co-wrote The Pride which received the 2010 Blue Room Theatre Judges Choice Award, Blue Room Theatre Member’s Award, the 2012 ArtsHub Youth Arts award and the 2006 Blue Room Theatre Judge’s Choice Award. 2005 Equity Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Visit. TRAINING: 2004 WAAPA Theatre Arts. 2009 Ward Acting Studio (Meisner). 2011 Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Le Jeu). HARRIET MARSHALL Adriana Xenides BLACK SWAN: Xenides marks Harriet’s debut with the company. OTHER THEATRE: West Australian Opera: Madama Butterfly, Elektra,
Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow. Opera Australia: Hansel and Gretel, La Clemenza di Tito. Freeze Frame Opera: Pagliacci, La Boheme. POSITIONS: Artistic Director, Producer and Founder of Freeze Frame Opera. AWARDS: Barbara McLeod scholarship 2008. TRAINING: WAAPA graduate 2008, Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduate 2005, Neil Semer Vocal Institute 2009.
LAILA BANO RIND Adriana Xenides BLACK SWAN: Black Swan/Yirra Yaakin: Skylab. Laila is a proud Yamatji/
Wongi woman from Mount Magnet. She is quad lingual and of Persian descent. Her family comes from a line of Afghani cameleers from a sheep station in Boolgarbadoo WA. OTHER THEATRE: Black Swan/ Malthouse Theatre: Cloudstreet in 2019 season. Universal Bar: Verbatim Theatre Piece, I Walk in Your Words, Part 1. Sydney TheatreCompany: I Walk in Your Words, Part 2. SHORT FILM: Deadly. CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS: Euridike and Orpheus; Medea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Season at Sarsaparilla, Cracked, Bollywood Dreaming, The 7 Stages of Grieving. TRAINING: Bachelor in Fine Arts, NIDA, 2018; AB Theatre Certificate, WAAPA, 2014. KATHERINE TONKIN Adriana Xenides BLACK SWAN: Xenides marks Katherine’s debut with the company. OTHER THEATRE: Melbourne Theatre Company: Abigail’s Party, Three
Little Words, The Cherry Orchard, Apocalypse Bear Trilogy, Cloud Nine, A Streetcar Named Desire: Explorations. Sydney Theatre Company: The Histrionic, Baal Belvoir: The Wild Duck (PIAF), Elektra/Orestes, Conversation Piece (Lucy Guerin Inc), The Eisteddfod. Malthouse Theatre: The Histrionic, Tame, Baal, The Eisteddfod, OT: Chronicles of The Old Testament. Arena Theatre Company: Robot Song, Starchaser, House of Dreaming Chamber Made: Dybbuks Sydney Opera House: Gilgamesh (Uncle Semolina & Friends/ MIAF/Barbican) Griffin Theatre: Smashed (Uninvited Guests) Theatreworks: I Heart John McEnroe (Uninvited Guests). 45 Downstairs: Duets for Lovers and Dreamers Hayloft Project: 3 X Sisters. FILM: The BBQ, Macbeth. TV: Wentworth, Nowhere Boys, The Future is Expensive, Winners and Losers (Series 3 and 4), City Homicide (Series 3 and 4), Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Snake Tales and Kick. RADIO: ABC Radio National: The Spook, Poetica, Dear Mate, Smashed, Sunday Story. TRAINING: WAAPA graduate.
CREATIVES XANI KOLAC Musical Director & Composer BLACK SWAN: Xenides marks Xani’s debut with the company. OTHER THEATRE: Melbourne Theatre Company: What Rhymes with Cars
and Girls; Malthouse Theatre: Meow Meow’s “Little Match Girl”; Woyzeck; Theatreworks: Ricercar. AS MUSIC DIRECTOR: Janie Gibson, Next Wave Festival: Joan. FILM SOUNDTRACKS: Bran Nue Dae; Centre Place. MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Artists – Tim Rogers, Clare Bowditch, Paul Grabowsky, Jens Lekman, Kate Ceberano; The Twoks. AS MUSIC DIRECTOR: Arts Centre Melbourne: Stand By Your Woman. POSITIONS: Artistic Director, SPIRE ensemble, a collective of Melbourne instrumentalists all of whom are women. RECORDINGS: The Twoks; XANI; Bliss N’ Eso; 360; Clare Bowditch; Tim Rogers. OTHER: Xani plays drums/violin in the duo, The Twoks who have toured to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NYC and throughout Japan and was awarded an Australia Council Artstart grant to compose new music at Banff in Canada. TRAINING: VCA Masters Graduate (Improvisation) 2012. ZOE ATKINSON Set Designer BLACK SWAN: Signs of Life, Jandamarra, The Carnivores, Uncle Vanya, Copenhagen, The Unexpected Man, Away, Plainsong. Black Swan/ Malthouse: Picnic at Hanging Rock. COSTUME DESIGNER: The Odyssey. SET DESIGNER: The Crucible. DESIGNER/ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE: Perth International Arts Festival: Boorna Waanginy The Trees Speak – 2019/2017, HOME. PIAF with Amy Sharrocks: The Museum of Water (design). THEATRE: Malthouse Theatre: The Odyssey, On the Misconception of Oedipus. Barking Gecko: A Ghost In My Suitcase. Barbican BITE/Ridiculusmus (UK)/Brisbane Powerhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest. Carry Grant Players/Maison de la Culture de Nevers (France): Snark, The Way of the Bravest (set, co-devisor). Perth Theatre Company: Skin Tight, Bench, Cox Four. Deckchair Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, This Hospital is My Country. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: The Fantastical Adventures of Tom Vickers and His Missing Sock, The Velveteen Rabbit, Eat the Moon, Out of the Blue, The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek, Spellbound. DANCE: The Splinter Group/Sasha Waltz and Guests (Germany)/ Brisbane Powerhouse: Lawn. COSTUME DESIGNER: Perth Theatre Company/ Delira Productions: The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell. Steamworks: The Drover’s Wives. OPERA: Victorian Opera/Malthouse: The Black Rider. Opera Conference: La Fanciulla del West. Thin Ice/West Australian Opera/Opera Australia: Elektra. New Zealand Opera: The Flying Dutchman AWARDS: 2010 Green Room Award Best Design for Lawn, 2007 Equity Award Best Design for The Crucible, 2006 Helpmann Award Best Costume Design for The Odyssey, Young Australian of the Year for the Arts, 2000. Helpmann Nomination for Best Costume Design for The Black Rider 2018 TRAINING: Prague Academy of The Performing Arts, Faculty of Puppetry and Alternative Theatre, International Institute of Figurative Theatre (Czech Republic), Institute Internationale de la Marionette, France.
SARAH DUYVESTYN Costume Designer BLACK SWAN: Xenides marks Sarah’s debut with the company. SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Midnite Youth Theatre Company: Lab Rat (2018 UK tour). SET DESIGNER: Midnite Youth Theatre Company: Dirty Beasts, Assassins, Viva La Restoration, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Big Fish. COSTUME DESIGNER: WAAPA (as graduate): 42nd Street. Secondments: Black Swan: Dust, The Seagull. TRAINING: Advanced Diploma of Design, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2014) and BA (Hons) English and Creative Arts, Murdoch University (2011). AWARDS: David Hough Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design (WAAPA, 2014). RICHARD VABRE Lighting Designer BLACK SWAN: Let the Right One. OTHER THEATRE: Melbourne
Theatre Company: The Colours, The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy (MIAF 09), The Water Carriers, On The Production of Monsters, Top Girls, What Rhymes With Cars and Girls, The Waiting Room, Lungs, John Sydney theatre Company: School Dance. Malthouse Theatre: Autobiography of Red, Apples and Ladders, A Quarrelling Pair, A View of Concrete, The Black Swan of Trespass, Sleeping Beauty (Besen Family Artist Program), The Eisteddfod, La Douleur, Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd, Another Lament, The Good Person of Szechuan, Gonzo, Wild Bore. Belvoir Street Theatre: The Events (as re-lighter), Back At The Dojo, Girl Asleep. Windmill Theatre: School Dance, Fugitive, Girl Who Cried Wolf, Girl Asleep. AWARDS: Green Room Award Association’s John Truscott Prize for Excellence in Design (2004). Green Room Award Association award for Outstanding Lighting Design in a Fringe or Independent production 2005 (Smashed, Test Pattern, The Black Swan of Trespass) Green Room Award Association award for Outstanding Lighting Design in a Fringe or Independent production 2009 (Progress and Melancholy). Green Room Award Association award for Lighting Design in Independent production (Small Odysseys, 2011). Green Room Award Association awards for Outstanding Design in Contemporary or Experimental Performance (For The Ones Who Walk Away, 2017). Fringe Festival Awards: Excellence in Lighting Design (1998 & 2000). LAURA BOYNES Choreographer BLACK SWAN: You Know We Belong Together. OTHER THEATRE: Lost and
Found Opera: Acteon, Sally Richardson: Trigger Warning. AS DANCER: Laura has performed nationally and internationally in contemporary dance, theatre, experimental music, site-specific and opera works. 2009-2013 performer for Buzz Dance Theatre. AS CHOREOGRAPHER: Independently created multiple short and full-length works and co-directed large commissions for dance companies such as LINK Dance Company, Buzz Dance Theatre, CO:3 Youth Ensemble, and the WA Academy of Performing Arts. FILM: Laura’s dance films have been shown in Reeldance, Electrofringe, (Australia) Cinedans (Amsterdam) and two of her films remain permanently in the Reeldance Moving Image Collection.
POSITIONS: Acting Artistic Director LINK Dance Company, Artistic Associate Buzz Dance Theatre 2013. AWARDS: 2014 Winner Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth and Community Dance. Look the Other Way – Buzz Dance Theatre – in collaboration with Cadi McCarthy 2016 - Most Outstanding Dancer (Dance Australia Critics Choice) for SousVide presented at the Adelaide Fringe Festival TRAINING: BA Honours Dance, WA Academy of Performing Arts 2007. KATT OSBORNE Assistant Director BLACK SWAN: Xenides marks Katt’s debut with the company. Katt is
a director, creative producer and theatre maker. Katt was a founding member and inaugural general manager of The Last Great Hunt. She is currently a Resident Artist (Director) with Black Swan, and the Artistic Director Riptide Youth Performance Company, based at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. DIRECTOR (THEATRE): The Last Great Hunt: The Crossing, Elephents, Minnie & Mona Play Dead. Riptide Youth Performance Company: The 1’s, The 0’s, And Everything In Between, Walk With Me, Some Kind of Disaster, Queen Leah. The Duck House: One Night Echo, They Ran ‘Til They Stopped, A Disappearing Act, Acts of Undressing, The Bearskinner, Oscar, The Oresteia. DIRECTOR (OPERA): Operabox: Ariadne Auf Naxos (Strauss), The Old Maid & The Thief (Menotti). ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: The Old Vic (London): Dr Seuss’s The Lorax. Perth Theatre Company: The Removalists. Thin Ice Productions: Antigone. Black Swan State Theatre Company: The Lady Aoi. AWARDS: 2016 WA Young Achiever of the Year for Arts; 2016 Golden Key Honorary Membership for Leadership; 2015 PAWA Best New Play Award for Elephents; 2013 Martin Sims Best New WA Work for Minnie & Mona. TRAINING: 2015 Melbourne Festival Director’s Lab, 2011 Ian Potter Cultural Fund Overseas Development Cardiff Magdalena Festival and Berlin Univesitat de Kunste, 2007 Bachelor of Arts Contemporary Performance. CHLOE OGILVIE Lighting Design Associate BLACK SWAN: As Lighting Design Associate: The Events, Assassins.
Chloe is an indigenous lighting designer originally from the small mining town of Tom Price. She is currently a Resident Artist at Black Swan. OTHER THEATRE: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company: Fever and the Fret, Maiden Voyage Theatre Company: Toast, Adelaide Festival: Spinifex Gum, The Farm: Cockfight, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company: Good Little Soldier. TRAINING: WAAPA Advanced Diploma of Live Theatre and Events (Lighting).
DJUNA LEE Double Bass/Bass Guitar BLACK SWAN: Xenides marks Djuna’s debut with the company. OTHER THEATRE: Variegated Productions: The Man and the Moon,
Ramshackle and Kitsch. MUSIC: Tura New Music: Keith Tippett Residency. D ANCE: Way Out Dance: Alaska Arts, Crack Theatre Festival. RECORDINGS: Lee/Cossio/O’Connor: Lakes. Blind Spot: Chroma. Question Time: Live at The Brunswick Green. Pughouse Studios: Charlie Haden Tribute Project. TRAINING: WAAPA Graduate 2012. HOLLY NORMAN Drummer BLACK SWAN: Xenides marks Holly’s debut with the company. In addition
to percussion and drums, Holly is a singer, songwriter and storyteller who actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with leading musicians. She can currently be seen and heard as one half of Melbourne-based folk-pop duo Bon Temps, most recently performing at Darwin Festival in August 2018. OTHER THEATRE: The Calendar Girls: Good Songs For Bad Lovers, A Saucy Little Secret. MUSIC: The Cat Empire, The Panics, Australian String Quartet, Caiti Baker, Ash Grunwald, Junkadelic Brass Band, Georgia Brooks Quartet, Holly Norman Quartet. RECORDINGS: EP (Hollypop). FESTIVALS & EVENTS: Darwin Festival, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Honk Fest West. AWARDS: Australia Council JUMP Mentorship (2012). TRAINING: WAAPA Graduate 2006 (Classic Percussion). KATIE MOORE Stage Manager BLACK SWAN: STAGE MANAGER: Hir. ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER:
Skylab Regional Tour, Assassins. OTHER THEATRE: STAGE MANAGER: Blue Room: Threshold, Blue Room: Tissue. FESTIVAL & EVENTS: Logistics Assistant for the 2018 Sydney Festival. TRAINING: 2017 WAAPA Bachelor of Performing Arts Graduate. ANASTASIA JULIEN-MARTIAL Assistant Stage Manager BLACK SWAN: Xenides marks Anastasia’s debut with the company. FESTIVAL & EVENTS: STAGE MANAGER: Fringe World Festival 2018: House of Joys, You’re Welcome, Miss Westralia. TRAINING: 2019 WAAPA Bachelor of Performing Arts Graduate.
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XENIDES by Clare Watson and collaborators. Show programme. On 25 October - 11 November 2018 at the Studio Underground, STCWA.