FROM THE WRITER & DIRECTOR The biblical story of David and Goliath speaks to us because it’s a classic underdog story. This small shepherd boy going up against a muscular six foot nine warrior and winning is satisfying because it feels like a parable of hope against an otherwise hopeless situation. But it’s important to remember that not everything about this story is as it seems. Not only was Goliath probably blind and slow to move, but David was a skilled marksman with a slingshot, and had unwavering faith. David had faith in his slingshot working, in his own marksmanship, but also in God giving him the strength and the skills in that moment to do what was right for Israelites, his community. The story of David and Goliath isn’t an underdog story, because David didn’t see himself as un underdog. Rather, David and Goliath is a story about the literal strength of faith that can come when one’s community is in danger. I am indebted to the community that surrounds me, and from whom I draw my strength. A special shout out has to go to the amazing folks at The Blue Room Theatre. You are the hive mind that help keeps this community healthy. Thanks must always go to Izzy McDonald, my theatre wife, upon who's support I almost constantly rely. Finally, to the team of generous creatives who helped bring this piece together, my faith in you is unwavering. Your generosity and hard work made this process a joy and for that I am eternally grateful. - Geordie Crawley
THE SHOW “First you see the light. Then you step into the light. And then, finally, you become light.” On a quiet night in the sleepy town of St Augustine, Haley Woodward goes missing while hiking through Box Elder Canyon. As Dale searches for the missing girl, his boyfriend Austin is becoming dangerously obsessed with a beehive, believing it grants him insight into the true nature of the universe. The community that surrounds Dale is crumbling, and Austin is growing ever more committed to his beliefs. Hive Mind looks at what happens when the person you love starts believing the unbelievable. Do you fight it, or do you step into the light?
RORSCHACH BEAST Good Stories, Well Told. Rorschach Beast is a new theatre company spearheaded by Izzy McDonald and Geordie Crawley. The company’s goal is to create reliably accessible and engaging theatre. By honouring the collaborative process and the audience, we are asking the question: What separates us from the beasts? “Rorschach Beast… have in 2017 soared well and truly above the ‘emerging’ status of yesteryear, and are well on their way to becoming a hallmark of Perth theatre.” – Eemali McDonald, Isolated Nation
DIRECTOR & WRITER Geordie Crawley is a Perth based maker of theatre. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the award winning independent theatre company Rorschach Beast. His writing credits include Hive Mind, Girl in the Wood (Rorschach Beast), Logue Lake (Black Swan Emerging Writer’s Group) Fire and Servant of Mercy (The WA Youth Theatre Company). His directorial debut Bus Boy (Rorschach Beast) won both the Theatre Award, and The Martin Sims Award for Best New WA Production at Perth’s Fringe World Festival in 2017. Geordie regularly performs improvised comedy with The Big HOO-HAA! and is proud to be making theatre in Perth. DALE St John Cowcher is an actor, theatre-maker and puppeteer. He works with many excellent companies including Black Swan State Theatre Company, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, and The Last Great Hunt; is an associate artist with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Weeping Spoon, Variegated Productions and The Big HOO-HAA!, and a proud Equity Australia member since 2015. Recent credits include; My Robot, Laika: A Stage Radio Play, Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories (Helpmann Award Winner), The Man and the Moon (Martin Sims Nominee) and The Ballad of Frank Allen (Martin Sims Nominee). JACKIE Alicia Osyka is an actor, deviser, writer, improviser and theatre-maker that completed ECU's Contemporary Performance course in 2012. Working with The Wet Weather Ensemble, she has devised and performed in Red Cross, Adam And Eve, and Bird boy. Alicia also starred in Red Ryder Productions Fat Pig. She has been improvising with The Big HOO-HAA! since 2012. Alicia worked with UK company Look Left Look Right in You Once Said Yes and performed in White Rabbit Red Rabbit for Perth Theatre Company. For Rorschach Beast, she performed in Girl In The Wood. KATE Charlotte Otton is an emerging theatre maker and recent graduate from the Performance Making course at WAAPA in 2017. A multidisciplinary artist, Charlotte studied improvisation in Chicago and New York (iO and Second City, 2015) and is a current ensemble member of The Big HOO-HAA!.. She has recently finished an Artist in Residence at Fremantle Arts Centre with her show ‘Let me finish.’; an exploration of the socialised female and the pitfalls and victories that can manifest. She has completed internships with The Blue Room Theatre (2017) and Perth Festival (2017/2018). In 2018, Charlotte is looking forward to collaborations with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, WA Symphony Orchestra, and PVI Collective. HALEY Elise Wilson is an emerging theatre maker who is in her final year of studying a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Most recently, she has performed in Secret Project: Dispatch, Solo Stage: Moments of Being (WAAPA), Come on Down (Perth Fringe World Festival), and ‘The Improvement Movement’ in 600 Seconds (Summer Nights), as well as The Cockburn Incident which was awarded the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Tour Ready Award. Previously, she has also performed in Fish Out of Water (Drop Dead) (WAYTCo), Cosi (PAANDA) and multiple shows with the University Dramatic Society, as well as performing in festivals including Dramafest and Fremantle Festival. AUSTIN Haydon Wilson graduated from WAAPA's Bachelor of Performing Arts course in 2015. Since then Haydon has worked as a deviser and performer across a range of projects, and works for Camp Quality as a puppeteer. His most recent projects include Frankenstein (Fremantle Festival), Well Mannered (Summer Nights), Jumping the Shark Fantastic (Reckless Acts) and Arteries by Ancestry (Aug-Dec 2017, The Blue Room Theatre). In early 2018 he is set to work on several projects for The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights season in various capacities, ranging from performer to director.
DESIGN Cherish Marrington is a visual artist and designer for the Theatre, graduating from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2013. Prior to her design studies as a Fine Arts graduate (Central Institute of Technology), she gained public recognition for her ink drawings exploring strange physical encounters of human hybrids. Her recent work includes Letters Home (Renegade Productions), Selkie, Unveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes (Renegade Productions), and I Am My Own Wife (Black Swan State Theatre Company). LIGHTING DESIGN Scott McArdle is a Perth-based theatre maker, publicist, and lighting designer, as well as the founder of Second Chance Theatre. As a lighting designer Scott has worked with local companies such as The Last Great Hunt, Rorschach Beast, Maiden Voyage, Chaos Ensemble, and The Blue Room Theatre. His favourite gel is L156. Recent credits include Josephine! (Nominated: Children’s Award – FRINGE WORLD Awards), Laika: A Staged Radio Play (Winner: Judge’s Choice & Member’s Choice – The Blue Room Awards), Between Solar Systems, and Coincidences at the End of Time. MENTOR Will O’Mahony is a multi award-winning actor, writer and director. Founder of the critically acclaimed independent theatre company The Skeletal System, Will has written seven plays - Great White, Coma Land, Marshmallow Men, Tonsils + Tweezers, Helium, The Mars Project and Overnight. STAGE MANAGER Rhiannon Petersen is a theatre maker and lighting designer. She completed a BA in Performance Studies at Curtin University in 2015. Rhiannon recently premiered The Big Dark as part of the Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights program (2018), which was initially developed with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre as part of their FirstHand program, and had her play The Lab Rat toured internationally with Midnite Theatre Company (2018). As a lighting designer, works include Tissue (Samantha Maclean + Timothy Green, 2016), Interrupting a Crisis (Ribs, 2017), and Arteries by Ancestry (Fugue, 2017) at The Blue Room Theatre, and The Twits (2017) for Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. PRODUCER & PUBLICIST Jessica Russell is an emerging performance maker and producer, having graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has worked on Blueprint, The Book of Life, Unveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes, iOTA in The Average Joe, Arteries by Ancestry, Laika: A Staged Radio Play, and Minus One Sister. She has also worked under STRUT Dance WA, Punchdrunk, and Force Majeure. Jessica was awarded Best Marketing & Publicity at The Blue Room Theatre Awards 2017 for her work on Arteries by Ancestry. In August this year, she will intern under Ivo van Hove at Toneelgroep Amsterdam on his production of A Little Life, written by Hanya Yanagihara. COMPOSER Robert Woods is a filmmaker from Perth. He fell into theatre being asked to compose scores for UDS productions Smerfs, Captin Planet and Tertles. In 2010, he wrote and directed the musical Delicious House for MESH Youth Theatre company. In 2013, he composed music for Holland St. Productions Falling To The Top followed by Point and Shoot in 2014 and Dr. Felicity Rickshaw’s Celebrity Sex Party in 2016 as well as Rorschach Beast’s play Girl In The Woods. In 2017, he scored So You Think You’re Charlie Smith and Laika: A Staged Radio Play, but still maintains he’s primarily a filmmaker.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO The entire team of The Blue Room Theatre; Julian Hobba, Jenna Mathie, Harriet Roberts, Roger Miller, Ryan Sandilands, Sally Martin, and Karen Connelly. The champions of independent artists in Western Australia. Tom Corker Joey Darbyshire Areil Katzir Johnny Ma Izzy McDonald Lochie McDonald Clive Rocher Sally Phipps Pretzel Marshall Stay Dr. Alexa Taylor Rorschach Beast respectfully acknowledges the custodians of this land, the Whadjuk Noongar people, and their Elders past and present.
Presented by Rorschach Beast & The Blue Room Theatre 1 - 19 May 2018, 7pm