Angela's Kitchen Program

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Malthouse Theatre presents Griffin Theatre Company’s

ANGELA’S KITCHEN By Paul Capsis and Julian Meyrick

Director Julian Meyrick Associate Writer Hilary Bell Designer Louise McCarthy Lighting Designer Verity Hampson Composer/Sound Designer Alister Spence Audio-Visual Designer Steve Toulmin Performed by Paul Capsis Stage Manager Karina McKenzie Production Manager Micah Johnson


PAUL CAPSIS WRITER AND PERFORMER Paul’s theatre credits include La Soiree (La Soiree, London); The Threepenny Opera (Malthouse Theatre, Victorian State Opera and Sydney Theatre Company); Die Winterreise (Malthouse Theatre, Thin Ice and Brisbane Festival); All About My Mother and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Dainty Consolidated Entertainment); Tales From The Vienna Woods, The Lost Echo, Thyestes, Volpone, Playgrounds and Sydney Stories (Sydney Theatre Company); Absinthe (Spiegelworld New York); The Three Furies (Perth and Adelaide Festivals); Boulevard Delirium (Schauspielhaus Vienna, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House); The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Frogs and The Cockroach Opera (Belvoir); The Emerald Room (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Film credits: Anatomy: Hair (Matchbox Pictures and ABC TV); Oscar’s First Kiss (Soup Kitchen Films); Head On (Great Scott Productions). Paul has won numerous awards: Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (The Threepenny Opera); Taffy Davies Award for Best New Australian Work (Angela’s Kitchen); Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award; Helpmann Awards for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play, Best Australian Contemporary Concert and Best Performance in an Australian Contemporary Concert (The Lost Echo); Green Room Award for Best Cabaret Artist; Helpmann Award for Best Live Music Presentation (Capsis vs Capsis); Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (Head On).

JULIAN MEYRICK DIRECTOR Julian’s directing credits include Tribes, The Birthday Party, Thom Pain, Enlightenment, The Ghost Writer, A Single Act, Cruel and Tender, Dinner, The Memory of Water, Blue/Orange and Frozen (Melbourne Theatre Company); October, St. Rose of Lima and Fun and Games with the Oresteia (Griffin Theatre Company); Whiteley’s Incredible Blue and Do Not Go Gentle... (45 Downstairs); The Vertical Hour, Doubt and The Snow Queen (Sydney Theatre Company); Fever and the inaugural production of Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (Melbourne Workers Theatre). Julian is also Research Fellow at La Trobe University. From 2002 to 2007, he was Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company – responsible for expanding the Affiliate Writers Scheme and initiating the Hard Lines new play program. As a theatre historian, Julian has published books on Nimrod Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as a Currency House Platform Paper, Trapped By the Past, and academic articles on post-war Australian theatre, the theory-practice nexus, and contemporary dramaturgy. He is currently researching a series of case studies from Australian theatre in the post-Whitlam era, focusing on the relationship between cultural policy and creative practice. He was a member of the federal government’s Creative Australia Advisory Group and one-time deputy chair of PlayWriting Australia. He is an honorary fellow at La Trobe and Deakin universities.

HILARY BELL ASSOCIATE WRITER Hilary’s theatre credits include Wolf Lullaby, Fortune, The Falls, The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, The Bloody Bride, Memmie Le Blanc, The Mysteries: Genesis (with Lally Katz), The White Divers of Broome, Open-Cut and The Splinter. Hilary also writes for radio, film and TV, and her music theatre work encompasses libretti for musicals, song cycles and opera. Hilary is a member of playwrights’ company 7-On and was the 2003-04 Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of the South in Tennessee. Hilary is also on State of Play’s artistic directorate and on the artistic advisory panel for the Production Company, New York. She is a recipient of the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights’ Award, Jill Blewitt Playwrights’ Award, Bug’n’Bub Award, Aurealis Award for Fiction, the Eric Kocher Playwrights’ Award, the 2007 Inscription Award and an AWGIE for Music Theatre, and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

LOUISE MCCARTHY DESIGNER Louise’s theatre credits as a designer include Blue/Orange, Birthrights, A Single Act and Cruel and Tender (Melbourne Theatre Company); Tracy (Darwin Theatre Company); Fever (Melbourne Workers Theatre); Grace Among the Christians, St. Rose of Lima and Fun and Games with the Oresteia (Griffin Theatre Company); The Chairs and Strategy for Two Hams (Anthill Theatre); VX18504 (Meryl Tankard Dance Company). Costume credits include Tribes (Melbourne Theatre Company), Can we Afford This? (DV8); The Two Executioners (Chamber Made Opera); Absolute Pearl (Strange Fruit). Costume credits for film include: Blessed, Road to Nhill, Life, Serenades, The Forest and Harry’s War. For television: Offspring, Dead Gorgeous, Kick, Poziers, Queen Kat, Carmel and St. Jude and Secret Bridesmaid’s Business.

VERITY HAMPSON LIGHTING DESIGNER Verity’s credits include: The New Electric Ballroom, The Boys, This Year’s Ashes, And No More Shall We Part, The Brothers Size, Like a Fishbone, Way to Heaven, Crestfall, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Dealing with Clair, Family Stories Belgrade, The Cold Child and Live Acts on Stage (Griffin Theatre Company); The Business, That Face and The Gates of Egypt (Belvoir); Hamlet, Before/After, Leviathan, Tusk Tusk, The Comedy of Errors, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist and The Crucible (Sydney Theatre Company); The Sweetest Thing, Fool for Love, Parlour Song, Bliss, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Queen C, A View of Concrete, The Merchant of Venice, An Oak Tree, 2000 Feet Away, The Small Things, Pan, Duck and A Family Affair (B Sharp); The Paris Letter, Bad Jazz, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Pool (no water), Terrorism, Some Explicit Polaroids and Breathing Corpse (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); The One Sure Thing, House on Fire, Citizenship, VX 18504, Phaedra’s Love and Battlegrounds (Australian Theatre for Young People)

ALISTER SPENCE COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER Alister’s theatre credits include Die Winterreise (Malthouse Theatre) and A Little Room (Living Room Theatre). He leads and composes for the Alister Spence Trio and is a member and composer for Australian Art Orchestra and Wanderlust. He was Producer and Musical Director on the Paul Capsis recordings Everybody Wants to Touch Me and Make Me A King. Alister won an award for Best Original Score for Journey at Edge of the World Film Festival (1998) and has been nominated for Best Original Score for Beneath Clouds at the AFI Awards and Film Critics’ Awards (2002) and Best Australian Jazz Album for Flux and Mercury at the ARIA Awards (2004, 2007).

STEVE TOULMIN AUDIO-VISUAL DESIGNER Steve’s credits include A Hoax (Griffin Theatre Company and La Boite Theatre Company); God of Carnage and Tot Mom (Sydney Theatre Company); YouthVsPhysics (The Restaged Histories Project). As a sound designer, his credits include Dealing With Clair, Hammerhead (is Dead) and Arabian Nights (Griffin Independent); Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Sydney Theatre Company and La Boite Theatre Company); The Seed and Scorched (Belvoir); That Face (Queensland Theatre Company); Julius Caesar, Hamlet and Attack of the Attacking Attackers (La Boite Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (co-designed with Paul Charlier) (Bell Shakespeare); Bliss and Beyond The Neck (B Sharp); Me Pregnant, Anna Robi and the House of Dogs, Rommy, No Man’s Island, Reasonable Doubt and The Age of Consent (Tamarama Rock Surfers); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Showtune Productions); Four Deaths in the Life of Ronaldo Abok and Shakepeare’s R&J (Riverside Theatre).


STAGE MANAGER Karina’s theatre credits include Strange Attractor (Griffin Theatre Company); RU4Me (True West Productions); Transparency (Seymour Theatre and Riverside Productions); Bear Hunt, My Wonderful Day and Halpern And Johnson (National Tour); Ninety (Ensemble Theatre); La Sonnambula (Pacific Opera); The Knowing of Mary Poppins (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); The Taming of The Shrew, Richard III and The Wind In The Willows (Australian Shakespeare Company); Beauty and the Beast and Rent (Don Hiliam Entertainment).

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MUSE DONOR PROGRAM Thank you, Malthouse Muses, for supporting our artistic vision and helping us to create a unique and dynamic environment for artists and audiences. URANIA—Muse of The Stars—$25,000+ Annamila Pty Ltd, The Dara Foundation, The Danielle and Daniel Besen Foundation CLIO—Muse of History—$10,000+ John & Lorraine Bates, Craig Reeves, Rae Rothfield, The Pratt Foundation, Anonymous (1) THALIA—Muse of Comedy—$5,000+ Frankie Airey & Stephen Solly, Betty Amsden OAM, Eva Besen AO & Marc Besen AO, Debbie Dadon, Roger Donazzan & Margaret Jackson AC, Neilma Gantner, Peter & Anne Laver, Richard Leonard, Michele Levine, Peter McLennan, Judith Maitland-Parr, Elisabeth & John Schiller, Carol & Alan Schwartz AM, Anonymous (1) MELPOMENE—Muse of Tragedy—$2,500+ Chryssa Anagnostou & Jim Tsaltas, Ian Hocking & Rosemary Forbes, Val Johnstone, Jon Webster EUTERPE—Muse of Music—$1,000+ Ingrid Ashford, John Bourne, Beth Brown & Tom Bruce AM, Diana Burleigh, Ingrid & Per Carlsen, Dominic & Natalie Dirupo, Rev Fr Michael Elligate, Carolyn Floyd, William J. Forrest AM, D.L & G.S Gjergja, Marco Gjergja, Colin Golvan SC, Michael Kingston, Sue Kirkham, Pamela McLure, Naomi Milgrom AO, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE, Sue Nattrass AO, Jenny Schwarz, Tim & Lynne Sherwood, Neil & Barbara Smart, Mr & Mrs Smith Pty Ltd, Leonard Vary & Matt Collins, Jason Waple, Simon Westcott & Dr Ben Keith, Phil & Heather Wilson, Anonymous (1) TERPSICHORE—Muse of Dance—$500+ Sally Browne, Sieglind D’Arcy, Taleen Gaidzkar, Charles Gillies & Penelope Allen, Brian Goddard, Leonie Hollingworth, Brad Hooper, Susan Humphries, Graeme & Joan Johnson, Ann Kemeny & Graham Johnson, K & J Lindsay, Sir Gustav AC CBE & Lady Nossal, Robert Peters, Ernie Schwartz, Gina Stuart, Fiona Sweet & Paul Newcombe, Joanne & Dr Niv Tadmore, John Thomas, Richard P. Watson, Anonymous (1) ERATO—Muse of Love—$250+ Simon Abrahams, Graham & Anita Anderson, Sandra Beanham, John & Alexandra Busselmaier, Robyn Campbell, John Carruthers, Ros Casey, Tim & Rachel Cecil, Min Li Chong, Diane Clarke, Patricia Coutts, Tania de Jong AM, Peggy Hayton, Roberta Holmes, Irene Irvine, Vas Katos, Irene Kearsey, Patricia Keith, Ruth Krawat, Liquorice Studio, Brad Martin, Gael & Ian McRae, Robyn & John Morris, Dr Kersti Nogeste, Linda Notley, Tony Oliver, James Penlidis & Fiona McGauchie, Irene Purcell, John & Margot Rogers, Katherine Sampson, Morry & Anna Schwartz, Lisl Singer, Thea & Hayden Snow, Maria Sola & Malcolm Douglas , Ann Tonks, Rosemary Walls, Jan Watson, Joanne Whyte, Dr. Roger Woock & Fiona Clyne, Barbara Yuncken, Angelika & Pete Zangmeister, Anonymous (7) Malthouse Theatre would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of its volunteers. You too can make a difference on our stages and behind the scenes. Please call 9685 5162 or visit our website and inspire us with your donation.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Simon Westcott (Chair), Frankie Airey, John Daley, Michele Levine, Ian McRae, Sarah Morgan, Thea Snow, Sigrid Thornton, Kerri Turner, Leonard Vary. Artistic Director Marion Potts Executive Producer Jo Porter Associate Artist (Design) Paul Jackson Associate Artist (Direction) Matthew Lutton Associate Artist (Writing) Van Badham Director in Residence Adena Jacobs Company Managers Lucy Birkinshaw Nina Bonacci Associate Producer Josh Wright Administrator Narda Shanley Finance Manager Mario Agostinoni Finance Administrator Liz White Finance Assistant Connie Stella Marketing and Communications Manager Lisa Scicluna Digital Strategy & Marketing Coordinator Carl Nilsson-Polias Development Manager Jaclyn Birtchnell Philanthropy Manager Nicole Punte Development and Marketing Assistant Hiroki Kobayashi Media Manager Maria O’Dwyer Ticketing Manager Emma Howard Ticketing Assistant Lauren White Youth and Education Program Clare Watson Executive Assistant Emily Fiori Audience Development Consultant Jason Tamiru Building Manager Peter Mandersloot Bar Manager Cherry Rivers Front of House Managers Tristan Watson & Sean Ladhams

Production Manager David Miller Technical Manager Baird McKenna Operations Manager Dexter Varley Head Electrician Stewart Birkinshaw Campbell Head Mechanist Andy Moore Theatre Technician Nathaneal Bristow Head of Wardrobe Amanda Carr Wardrobe Assistant Chloe Greaves Workshop Supervisor David Craig Steel Fabricator Goffredo Mameli Scenic Artist Patrick Jones Props Master Ross Murray (lifetime recognition) Front of House/Bar Staff Leeor Adar, Matt Adair, Michelle Baginski, Claire Beynon, Jacqui Brown, Ben Carollo, Kathryn Delaney, Tom Dent, Carla Di Stefano, Alice Dixon, Graham Downey, Tanja George, Josh Green, Kate Gregory, Simon Jeanes, Bridie McCarthy, Ian Michael, Anna Nalpantidis, Daniel Newell, Ruby Nolan, Syrie Payne, Kliment Poposki, Beck Rafferty, Claire Richardson, Sanne Rodenstein, Kathryn Joy, Phoebe Taylor, Jade Thomson, Lee Threadgold Box Office Staff Jack Angwin, Liz Bastian, Paul Buckley, Mark Byrne, Dan Giovannoni, Kate Gregory, Michelle Hines, Ian Michael, Fiona Wiseman, Liz White Malthouse Theatre would like to acknowledge the people of the Kulin nation on whose land this work is being presented.

Vale Marc Psaila, our Company Manager, much loved and greatly missed.

gratefully acknowledges its supporters GOVERNMENT PARTNERS Malthouse Theatre is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body







TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS Slome-Topol Family Charitable Trust Australian Communities Foundation Spanish Cultural Co-operation Program Vera Moore Foundation PROGRAM PARTNERS





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