FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT THEATRE
16 MAY – 21 JULY 2013 SOUTHBANK THEATRE THE LAWLER ALL TICKETS $25 MTC.COM.AU/NEON
DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE FRAUGHT OUTFIT THE HAYLOFT PROJECT THE RABBLE SISTERS GRIMM
Join Melbourne Theatre Company for our very first NEON Festival of Independent Theatre NEON sees us open our doors for the first time to the independent theatre community, celebrating Southbank Theatre as Melbourne’s home of live storytelling – a place of passionate engagement, conversation and connection.
Running alongside the five performance seasons, NEON EXTRA is a diverse program of free events ranging from in-depth forums for all, to workshops, networking and mentoring opportunities for independent theatre makers.
We are excited to invite five of Melbourne’s top independent companies to stage their work, their way. With complete curatorial freedom, the artists of NEON 2013 will present a suite of original productions in which some of the finest theatrical talent is given the space, and wings, to fly.
Melbourne’s theatre landscape comprises dozens of companies, large and small, all of them forming a community of theatremaking which is unequalled anywhere in this nation. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this brilliant and unique community with you. See you there!
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DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE
Photography: Sarah Walker
DIRECTOR DANIEL SCHLUSSER DESIGN DALE FERGUSON COSTUME DESIGN ZOË ROUSE SOUND DESIGN DARRIN VERHAGEN LIGHTING DESIGN NICOLA ANDREWS PRODUCER NICOLE SMITH CAST JANE BADLER KEVIN HOFBAUER ZAHRA NEWMAN JOSH PRICE KAREN SIBBING EDWINA WREN
16 – 26 MAY
me·nag·er·ie | m 'naj rē e
by DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE
1. A collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition 2. A strange or diverse collection
PERFORMANCE TIMES TUES – SAT 7.30PM SUN 3PM POST-SHOW Q&A WED 22 MAY TICKETS $25 MTC.COM.AU/NEON
In a tiny derelict flat, a voracious mother, her repressed daughter and flamboyant poet son live in squalor, nourished only by competitive manoeuvring and nostalgic fantasies. You recognise this family. They have the same lost dreams and drowned sorrows as your neighbour, uncle, stepbrother.
They are caged animals, wild at heart, with the American Dream – capitalism and hedonism – oozing through the seams of their imaginative worlds. Menagerie is a new production based on the extraordinary life and work of one of the giants of the American stage, Tennessee Williams. DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE has built an exciting reputation for exploding the classics onto the contemporary stage with a unique sensibility and style. This award-winning company kicks off the inaugural NEON season with its most ambitious and potent work yet.
ABOUT DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE
‘Schlusser has demonstrated that he is one of the most exciting theatre directors working in Australia.’ Theatre Notes
DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE is a group of artists that make works for theatre, opera, visual art and other media. Since its inception in 2007, the ensemble has created Life is a Dream, The Dollhouse, Poet#7, Ophelia doesn’t live here anymore, and their forthcoming adaptation of The Master and Margarita. Daniel Schlusser is the 2012 George Fairfax Memorial Fellow.
Contains coarse language and adult themes.
ON THE BODILY EDUCATION OF YOUNG GIRLS
conceived by FRAUGHT OUTFIT, inspired by Frank Wedekind’s 1903 novella Mine–Haha, or On the Bodily Education of Young Girls
PERFORMANCE TIMES TUES – SAT 7.30PM SUN 3PM POST-SHOW Q&A WED 5 JUNE TICKETS $25 MTC.COM.AU/NEON
Photography: Pia Johnson
30 MAY – 9 JUNE
DIRECTOR ADENA JACOBS DRAMATURGY AARON ORZECH SET DESIGN DAYNA MORRISSEY COMPOSER KELLY RYALL LIGHTING DESIGN DANNY PETTINGILL COSTUME DESIGN CHLOE GREAVES ASSOCIATE ARTIST PIA JOHNSON CAST MIKA ANDREW FANTINE BANULSKI BIANCA COPPA TOVE DUE LUISA HASTINGS EDGE CINDY HU ANNIE MCKENNA-FREEMAN LOIS SCOTT KAREN SIBBING CARLA TILLEY ARTEMIS WILSON
From the team behind the highly acclaimed Persona comes a theatrical experience of radical and daring intimacy, inspired by Frank Wedekind's 1903 novella.
Silent and tranquil, the safety of their surrounds is laced with threat. Each aspect of their lives – presented and viewed in lucid, cinematic detail – is book-ended by their unexplained arrival and departure.
In the middle of nowhere lies a unique boarding institution for girls. Here, in this idyllic refuge, cut off from the outside world, a group of young girls studies ballet and biology. We watch as they’re groomed for an unknown future.
On the Bodily Education of Young Girls brings together some of Melbourne’s most exciting theatre makers, to create a sublime exploration of innocence and power.
ABOUT FRAUGHT OUTFIT
‘This is a weird and wonderful theatrical experience: sleep on it, and let your unconscious decode its meanings for you.’ The Age (on Persona)
FRAUGHT OUTFIT was launched in 2010 by artistic director Adena Jacobs. Its first production, Sophocles’ Elektra, translated by Anne Carson, received three Green Room nominations including Best Direction (Independent). In 2012, the company premiered Ingmar Bergman’s Persona to critical acclaim at Theatre Works. In 2013, Persona will be presented at Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir St Theatre. Created in collaboration with St Martins Youth Arts Centre. Performed by teens and adults, for an adult audience.
THE HAYLOFT PROJECT
Photography: Patrick Boland
DIRECTED & PERFORMED BY BENEDICT HARDIE ANNE-LOUISE SARKS DESIGN MARG HORWELL LIGHTING DESIGN MATT SCOTT COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN KELLY RYALL DRAMATURGY CARL NILSSON-POLIAS PRODUCER BEK BERGER
13 – 23 JUNE
BY THEIR OWN HANDS
by Benedict Hardie & Anne-Louise Sarks
PERFORMANCE TIMES TUES – SAT 7.30PM SUN 3PM POST-SHOW Q&A WED 19 JUNE TICKETS $25 MTC.COM.AU/NEON
Two performers stand before you and tell all. A man is blinded. A woman loses her brother. A man becomes a woman, who becomes a man. A city falls into civil war. A corpse lies unburied. The earth opens up. They have seen it. They have acted as messengers. They are on the margins. Scribbled in the margins. Unable to intervene.
Through contemporary dialogue and raw narration, By Their Own Hands is a stark opus on ancient Greek myths and contemporary humanity. The audience is taken on a journey through an epic yet utterly unrecognisable world, seen through the eyes of people on the sidelines. Now, as then, these stories are real. Created and performed by THE HAYLOFT PROJECT, By Their Own Hands is a new direction from the company that brought you The Nest, The Seizure, Yuri Wells, Thyestes, Delectable Shelter and 3xSisters.
ABOUT THE HAYLOFT PROJECT
‘THE HAYLOFT PROJECT is a shining light in Melbourne theatre.’ Herald Sun
Since its foundation in 2007, THE HAYLOFT PROJECT has garnered critical acclaim, Green Room Awards, Sydney Theatre Awards, Melbourne Fringe Awards and sell-out seasons in Melbourne and Sydney. Led by current Artistic Director, Anne-Louise Sarks, the aim of THE HAYLOFT PROJECT is to create intelligent, passionate theatre that lives long in the memory. Their works include Spring Awakening, Platonov, 3xSisters, The Only Child, B.C., Yuri Wells, The Suicide, Delectable Shelter, Thyestes, The Nest and The Seizure.
STORY OF O
by THE RABBLE after Pauline Réage
PERFORMANCE TIMES TUES – SAT 7.30PM SUN 3PM POST-SHOW Q&A WED 3 JULY TICKETS $25 MTC.COM.AU/NEON
Photography: Guy Little
27 JUNE – 7 JULY
CREATORS KATE DAVIS EMMA VALENTE DIRECTOR EMMA VALENTE DESIGN KATE DAVIS CAST INCLUDES GARY ABRAHAMS PIER CARTHEW DANA MILTINS MARY HELEN SASSMAN
O is sexy, O is sublime, O is submissive, O is delicious, O is a mess, O is powerful, O is O. THE RABBLE take on Pauline Réage’s famous erotic novel Story of O, reinventing it as a surreal and erotic visual fantasia. We follow a woman known only as O as she submits to her lovers' demands – sex with men, sex with women, sex in public, sex with strangers, sex with machines – a festival of perversity, a denouncement of self.
I want more / I don’t want more / I want more THE RABBLE take you deeper – exploring the recesses of O’s mind, the depths of female sexuality, deviancy, arousal and submission. A luscious, visceral odyssey through O’s looking glass. Story of O is THE RABBLE in their element: feminine, provocative, subversive and beautiful.
‘What THE RABBLE does is absolutely bloody remarkable.’ The Australian
THE RABBLE is a collection of artists formed in 2006 by Syd Brisbane, Kate Davis and Emma Valente. THE RABBLE are theatrical mavericks: experimental, surreal, brash, magical, ambitious and original. They have produced many works in both Melbourne and Sydney, including Orlando, Special, The Bedroom Project, Cageling, Salome: In Cogito Volume III and Corvus. Their work has been nominated for several awards, with Special receiving the 2011 Green Room Award for Design Integration.
Contains loud noise, strobe lighting, smoke effects, nudity and adult themes.
Photography: Theresa Harrison
DIRECTOR DECLAN GREENE WRITERS ASH FLANDERS DECLAN GREENE SET DESIGN ROMANIE HARPER COSTUME DESIGN OWEN PHILLIPS SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION JED PALMER LIGHTING DESIGN KATIE SFETKIDIS DRAMATURGY NAKKIAH LUI PRODUCER BEK BERGER CAST PAUL BLENHEIM JOSEPH CHETTY JASON DE SANTIS ASH FLANDERS GENEVIEVE GIUFFRE SHIRALEE HOOD FANNY HANUSIN MORGAN MAGUIRE PETER PALTOS
11 – 21 JULY
THE SOVEREIGN WIFE
created by Ash Flanders & Declan Greene
PERFORMANCE TIMES TUES – SAT 7.30PM SUN 3PM POST-SHOW Q&A WED 17 JULY TICKETS $25 MTC.COM.AU/NEON
Moira and Connor O’Flaherty leave County Mayo for a better life in the Australian goldfields. But all they find in the harsh soil of Ballarat is poverty and heartbreak. As the Eureka flag is raised, Moira makes a terrible pact in order to save her family. The effects of this one night will be felt for generations. Spanning one hundred and fifty years of toil, hardship, and devastating etcetera, The Sovereign Wife is one woman's epic journey across our sunburnt country – from country Victoria all the way to the Simpson Desert.
Taking inspiration from The Man From Snowy River, Baz Luhrmann's Australia, and the spellbinding artwork of Ken Done, it is a wild bush-doof through our national identity. After vivisecting the Civil-War melodrama (Summertime in the Garden of Eden) and EvilChild horror films (Little Mercy), DIY drag–theatre troupe SISTERS GRIMM are set to tackle their biggest challenge yet: the Great Australian Frontier Epic.
ABOUT SISTERS GRIMM
‘SISTERS GRIMM are a breath of weird-smelling fresh air in the Melbourne theatre scene.’ Inpress
SISTERS GRIMM (Ash Flanders and Declan Greene) have been working together for the last six years, cultivating a unique brand of ‘gay DIY drag-theatre’ performed mostly in non-traditional spaces. Their shows incorporate a wide range of art forms and genres: from theatre to performance art to sexploitation cinema. Past works include Summertime in the Garden of Eden, Little Mercy, and Cellblock Booty. The Sovereign Wife has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
NEON CONVERSATIONS A series of discussions that shine a light on independent theatre and the topical issues facing contemporary performing arts, all wrapped up in time to catch the Sunday show.
INNOVATION & INTERDEPENDENCE
FREE EVENTS OPEN TO EVERYONE OPEN UP Unlimited, uncensored questions in 60 fun-filled, chaotic minutes. Ever had a question about the theatrical world that you were too embarrassed to ask? Now is the time! When attending a NEON production you will have the opportunity to submit any theatre related question anonymously. During this session, a panel of diverse theatre practitioners, led by MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy, will publicly answer as many of your questions as they can get through in 60 minutes – and no question will be skipped! WHEN Sunday 7 July, 1.30pm WHERE Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
PANEL JULIA BLAKE ACTOR PATRICK BRAMMALL ACTOR LALLY KATZ PLAYWRIGHT RALPH MYERS BELVOIR JOSEPHINE RIDGE MELBOURNE FESTIVAL DANIEL SCHLUSSER DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE BRETT SHEEHY MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY EMMA VALENTE THE RABBLE
POST-SHOW Q&A Stick around after the following performances to be part of the post-show Q&A. MENAGERIE Wednesday 22 May ON THE BODILY EDUCATION OF YOUNG GIRLS Wednesday 5 June BY THEIR OWN HANDS Wednesday 19 June STORY OF O Wednesday 3 July THE SOVEREIGN WIFE Wednesday 17 July
NEON BAR Continue the conversation at the NEON bar at Southbank Theatre, open after each festival show for drinks and eats. Every NEON ticket purchased comes with a voucher allowing you to buy a post-show drink for $5!
Independent theatre and the mainstage: friends or foes? Should mainstage companies be opening their PANEL doors to the independent sector? Where are artists being developed? Who’s bridging the gap? Hear from some of the leading voices in the industry on the status of independent theatre and its relationship with the mainstage. WHEN Sunday 19 May, 1.30pm WHERE Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
STEPHEN ARMSTRONG PRODUCER ALISON CROGGON ABC ARTS ONLINE THEATRE CRITIC AT LARGE MATTHEW LUTTON MALTHOUSE THEATRE ANNE-LOUISE SARKS THE HAYLOFT PROJECT BRETT SHEEHY MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY
DANIEL CLARKE THEATRE WORKS
LEADING THE WAY
What can other art forms offer our stages? Theatre should be an art of the present; PANEL reflecting the world in which we live, questioning society, and prompting us to question ourselves. But have Australian stages dropped the ball? Which artform does this most effectively today? WHEN Sunday 2 June, 1.30pm WHERE Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
WESLEY ENOCH QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY XANI KOLAC THE TWOKS EMILY SEXTON NEXT WAVE ALKINOS TSILIMIDOS FILM & THEATRE DIRECTOR ANOUK VAN DIJK CHUNKY MOVE
STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED
THE ART OF ADAPTATION
Is adapting the easy way out?
Adaptation can provide a unique opportunity to breathe new life into the old. It can allow a story or message to remain timeless, but where do we draw the line? We invite adapters and their audiences to tackle the tough questions and defend their positions – should they demolish, renovate or heritage-list? WHEN Sunday 21 July, 1.30pm WHERE Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
ADENA JACOBS FRAUGHT OUTFIT JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH PLAYWRIGHT SIMON STONE WRITER/DIRECTOR ANDREW UPTON SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY CAMERON WOODHEAD THEATRE CRITIC
DR JANE MONTGOMERY GRIFFITHS HEAD OF THEATRE & PERFORMANCE, MONASH UNIVERSITY
All events are free. Bookings are not required. Just turn up!
FREE EVENTS FOR INDEPENDENT THEATRE MAKERS INSIGHTS FOR INDEPENDENTS
Industry leaders and professionals offer free boutique information sessions for the independent theatre maker and producer.
DOING MORE FOR LESS, BETTER
Packed with marketing and PR tricks of the trade to help independent artists market their show, find their audience and get their work noticed in the ever-changing environment of today’s media. WHEN Thursday 23 May WHERE Southbank Theatre
PROFIT SHARE TODAY – A TOOL BOX FOR PRODUCERS
Finding your team, your space, securing rights, working conditions, FOH, a pop up bar, selling tickets, splitting the revenue, it’s all a bit overwhelming – but rest assured you are not the first to do it. This session will provide you with resources, contacts and the opportunity to seek expert advice on producing your next production. WHEN Friday 7 June WHERE Southbank Theatre
FROM PAGE TO STAGE
Using MTC's 2013 production of The Crucible as an example, this session offers an in-depth look at the process of staging a mainstage production from the moment it is programmed to the first performance. WHEN Friday 21 June WHERE Southbank Theatre
An insightful look at the art of the pitch. Hear from those who have pitched successfully and get hot tips from those who get pitched to regularly. WHEN Thursday 11 July WHERE Southbank Theatre
A free networking event for independent theatre makers and producers to connect, express interest in collaborating, voice ideas and address shared concerns.
MTC’s Associate Artistic Director Sam Strong and Associate Director Leticia Cáceres offer insights into the challenges of being in the director’s chair.
Hosted by NEON in association with Theatre Network Victoria. WHEN Tuesday 18 June, 6pm-9pm WHERE Southbank Theatre, Level 1 Foyer If you wish to attend please visit tnv.net.au
This masterclass will offer their two different perspectives on the craft of directing textbased theatre: from play selection and conceptualisation, to working with actors on the floor. WHEN Wednesday 10 July WHERE MTC HQ
Hosted by MTC Literary Director Chris Mead with guest playwrights, NEON in association with the Emerging Writers Festival offers the opportunity for emerging playwrights to partake in three unique writers workshops.
STRUCTURE & CREATIVITY
People say 'know the rules before you break them', but what if the rules feel like old fashioned nonsense, a creative straitjacket and more painful than they are worth? When the pall of writer's block descends, to whom or to what do you turn, and what do you really know about your own imagination anyway? Anything is possible. WHEN Friday 31 May WHERE Southbank Theatre
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Spaces are limited for all Insights for Independents sessions, workshops and the masterclass. Participation is by expression of interest. If you would like to participate, please email email@example.com with your name, contact details, the workshop you would like to attend and a few paragraphs on why.
KNOWING & NOT KNOWING
Computers and the internet have completely transformed writing and thinking. The web is our all-encompassing friend that sort of knows everything about everything. When enough research is never enough, when do you turn off the Wi-Fi? And when do you push the keyboard out of the way and reach for the pen, some scissors and the Blu Tack? WHEN Friday 14 June WHERE MTC HQ
One of the most common criticisms of new playwrights is that the voices of their characters are too similar. How best should you manage characters' voices? What if they do all speak in the same way? And what if there are no characters? WHEN Friday 19 July WHERE Southbank Theatre
INSIGHTS FOR INDEPENDENTS by Wednesday 1 May DIRECTING MASTERCLASS & WRITERS WORKSHOPS by Wednesday 8 May For NEON CONNECT please visit tnv.net.au
For updated information on speakers and times please visit mtc.com.au/neon
NEON BAR Keep your festival experience going â€“ stop in for a drink at the festival bar.
All NEON productions, and most NEON EXTRA activities, take place at Southbank Theatre, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank 3006
Some workshops and the Directing Masterclass take place at MTC HQ, 252 Sturt Street, Southbank 3006
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Southbank Theatre and MTC HQ are within a ten to fifteen minute walk from Flinders St Station. For further public transport information visit ptv.vic.gov.au
Limited street parking is available along St Kilda Rd, Dodds St, Sturt St and Grant St. Nearby commercial car parks are marked with a on the map.
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For routes travelling along St Kilda Rd (numbers 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72), you can get off at the Arts Centre stop and walk to the theatre. Route 1 to South Melbourne Beach travels past both Southbank Theatre and MTC HQ. For further information on tram services visit yarratrams.com.au
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Southbank Theatre and MTC HQ are wheelchair accessible. Call 03 8688 0800 to request an access brochure or visit mtc.com.au.
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With every ticket purchased, you'll receive a voucher allowing you to buy a post-show drink for $5. See you at the bar!
GETTING THERE FLIN
Located on the terrace at Script Bar, near the front entrance of Southbank Theatre, the NEON BAR will be open for drinks and eats after every festival show.
PERFORMANCE TIMES & TICKETS
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Menagerie On the Bodily Education of Young Girls By Their Own Hands
16 May – 26 May
1st date preference
Story of O
27 June – 7 July
The Sovereign Wife
11 July – 21 July
2nd date preference
30 May – 9 June 13 June – 23 June
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OF INDEPENDENT THEATRE NEON FESTIVAL Melbourne Theatre Company is a department of the University of Melbourne.
Melbourne Theatre Company is assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the State Government of Victoria through Arts Victoria.
MTC is a member of Live Performance Australia and the Australian Major Performing Arts Group.
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Details in this brochure are correct at the time of publication. MTC and the Independent Theatre Companies reserve the right to add, withdraw and substitute artists and vary the program should the need arise. Editors Martina Murray, Daniel Coghlan Production Copy Independent Theatre Companies NEON Managing Producer Martina Murray Marketing Coordinator Lydia Gibala Brochure Design Kate Francis Cover Concept Lydia Baic