The Party Starts Here!
From the Director
Director’s Note Sheridan ﬁrst approached me with an idea to stage a version of The Lady of the Camellias over a year ago. Looking back, I had no idea at the ?me that the result would be a bawdry romp of a farce, irreverent and silly and packed with some great songs. Based on the life of Marie Duplessis this is a bastard version of the 19th century Parisian courtesan, born a dirt-‐poor peasant to an alcoholic father and who died in sumptuous wealth of tuberculosis, aged 23 in a fashionable and expensive apartment in one of the wealthiest areas of Paris. It is a story that has been told in 19 ﬁlms, 16 plays, 3 ballets and an endless list of musicals and it has provided great fuel for Songs for the Fallen. Throughout the last month the cast and crew have chewed through pages and pages of new script, new scenes and new ideas and that process does not stop as it hits the stage in front of a live audience. Crea?ng a new work can be a process full of joy and terror and I’m happy to say there’s been a lot of joy. I hope that con?nues to shine as the piece con?nues to evolve. Shane Anthony. 2
From the Playwright WRITER’S N OTE I think it was an ac?ng teacher, about seven years ago, who described to me how Maguerite Gau?er, the courtesan of Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Lady of the Camellias, wore a white camellia for twenty-‐ﬁve days in every month, and a red camellia for ﬁve. The image fascinated and repelled me, a woman outwardly declaring the state of her period to let her lovers know shop was open, shop was closed. I had an immediate nerd-‐gasm and hit the Google (maybe back then it was the Alta-‐Vista). Enter Marie Duplessis. Real life 19th Century Parisian courtesan, born a dirt-‐poor peasant to an alcoholic, abusive father, died in sumptuous wealth of the White Plague, tuberculosis, age 23. She is Dumas’ Maguerite. She is Verdi’s VioleWa in La Traviata. She is Lurhmann’s Sa?ne in Moulin Rouge. Since 1852, actresses have had their turn delicately coughing into crisp white handkerchiefs, that reveal a-‐not-‐too grimace worthy smidge of blood from her consump?ve lungs in 19 ﬁlms, 16 plays, 3 ballets and musicals a-‐go-‐ go. She appears again and again in one of history’s greatest love stories: she is a young woman like no other, she meets a boy unlike no other, there is a series of events that force her to leave her lover to save his reputa?on from her irredeemable one, the consump?on begins to take her just as the lover realises the sacriﬁce she made for him, and forgives her, just in ?me for her to die in his arms, pale and beau?ful, coughing pre[ly with make-‐up intact, in the opera, remarkably s?ll singing despite her respiratory bacterial infec?on, that in a real life scenario would have been a burst vessel in her tract, causing her lungs to ﬂood with blood leading in an eventual death by drowning. It is that image, the image of a heroine of a love story, dying a real, painful, gruesome death, that really got under my skin. Got me gnashing at the bit to make my own Duplessis. Imagine your the heroine of your own love story, you are trying to sing the ﬁnal heart breaking number of your tale, but this pesky T B with it’s hacking, coughing, with its ﬂooding blood, keeps ge[ng in the way. The real Marie Duplessis, so adored and mythologized Charles Dickens wrote at her death that Paris seemed to stop-‐ "One could have believed that Marie was Jeanne d'Arc or some other na?onal heroine, so profound was the general sadness." But her biographers claim she died not in the arms of her true love, but with her maid, visited by barely a soul in her ﬁnal three months. Heartbreak. This stank of show. Not the romance and myth of the tart with a heart. You dig in to the real Marie Duplessis, and you have a show of grit, sex, mortality, and the single-‐minded strength of a very smart girl. And…because I simply cannot hide the George Michael that lives within me, electro-‐music, black comedy, dance, camp, big heels, bigger hair and shut-‐up-‐get-‐ouWa-‐my-‐ way divadom. With Songs for the Fallen, We are making a hybrid pop show cum musical, its dark, its dancey, it’s smuWy, I want the audience to sweat and s?nk as much as the actors when the curtain goes down. I didn’t set out to do it, but I realize I’m making a theatre show for people who don’t usually go to regular theatre in Sydney. I’ve already commiWed business suicide. But I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to make a show that would make me froth at the mouth if I were in that audience, and if you’ve got the bug to make something, I learnt long ago you can’t dilute that bug with wondering who it would appeal to. When you start asking those ques?ons of yourself while you’re wri?ng, that’s when you no?ce you start logging in to facebook every 5 minutes to see how many of your friends got engaged that day. Would they stop that, please. Pos?ng about their happiness is taking up my precious social media adver?sing space. Sheridan Harbridge
Playwright and Performer
Sheridan Harbridge Ager studying ac?ng at N IDA, Sheridan toured with Fiddler on the Roof as Fruma Sarah, Carmen and My Fair Lady for Opera Australia, understudying Eliza DooliWle, Threepenny Opera, Miss Julie, Cabaret, The Bald Soprano, Shafana & Aunt Sarrinah, and Macbeth, winning Most Outstanding Performance for her role as Lady Macbeth at the G ATS Fes?val 2009. This year she appeared as Amy Cantrowitz in the premier of Oﬃcer & a Gentleman, Whitney Sunday in DreamSong at the Victorian Arts Centre, and in the Bright Club for Sydney Fes?val. Her cabaret Mrs.Bang: A Series of Seduc?ons in 55 Minutes toured to acclaim at the Adelaide Cabaret Fes?val, Edinburgh Fringe Fes?val and the 32nd Stage Song Review in Poland, and appeared in Late Night Lounge at the Sydney Opera House. It won the Sydney Cabaret Showcase, Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe in 2010, and received a Green Room Award nomina?on. Mrs.Bang hosted the Hyde Park stage for Sydney Fes?val First Night, and The Ar?sts Ball at Elizabeth Bay House.She performed with U K cult band The Tiger Lillies in ʻCockatoo Prisonʼ in the Biennale of Sydney 2010. She played Valerie Solanas and Judy Garland for director Jim Sharman (Rocky Horror Picture Show), in the online ﬁlm project Andy X, and appeared with John Cleese in his gala performance for the Just for Laughs Fes?val. T V credits include All Saints and Wild Boys, and various plays for A BC Radio Na?onal.
Ben Gerrard Ben is a N IDA graduate (ac?ng 2006), where produc?ons included Shopping and F***ing and The Three Sisters.Theatre credits include La Dispute (Darlinghurst Theatre), Actors At Work (Bell Shakespeare Company), as well as a na?onal tour of Shakespeare's R & J for Riverside Produc?ons -‐ playing Juliet. Television credits include Allsaints (channel 7) and Chandon Pictures (ABC1) as well as starring as Toby in A BC1's 2012 sitcom Outland.
Garth Holcombe Garth Holcombe is a Sydney based actor who’s career has spanned the Film, Television and Theatre industries both in Australia and Interna?onally. Since gradua?ng from N IDA in 2006 he has worked with the Bell Shakespeare Company, Company B Belvoir, Darlinghurst Theatre, Griﬃn Theatre, Ac?on Theatre Singapore, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and completed two na?onal tours for Riverside Theatre Company. His screen credits include Head Start, Home and Away, All Saints, numerous T VC’s and short ﬁlms. He has just returned from shoo?ng two more short ﬁlms in New York.
Shane Anthony Shane has worked as a director, ac?ng and movement coach for the past 14 years. He is a graduate of the Na?onal Ins?tute of Drama?c Art (Australia) Direc?ng Program and Queensland University of Technology, Theatre Studies Program. He has also trained with Anne Bogart and the S ITI Company in New York, and recently received a Mike Walsh Fellowship to aWend the New York Film Academy Filmmaking Program. Recent direc?ng credits include Calendar Girls for Fortune Theatre (NZ), Doctor Faustus for Renaissance College (Hong Kong), Avenue Q , for the Fortune Theatre (NZ), Mrs Bang: A Series of Seduc?ons for the 32nd Stage Song Fes?val in Poland, Ogen I Find That I Am Naked for Cri?cal Stages -‐ Australian na?onal tour, My Name is Rachel Corrie for La Boite Theatre, Trojan Women for N IDA Open, The Crucible for Renaissance College Hong Kong, Radio Hysteria for N IDA Open, War of the Worlds for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Motortown for 23rd Produc?ons, Hong Kong: Fa Hoi Fu Kwai in Hong Kong for Zen Zen Zo. He worked as movement coach on the Australian feature ﬁlm, Sleeping Beauty, and in 2009 worked as show director for C IRCA on their European tour of C IRCA. He has also directed music videos for GeppeWo and Mr Maps, and will soon release the short ﬁlms Dave & Tariq, produced by Ariel Media Australia and Consola?on produced by New York Film Academy.
Musical Director I Composer I Sound Designer
Basil Hogios For around 10 years, Basil has been applying his music to vast array of projects, from theatre & the performing arts, to ﬁlm, television, commercials, and installa?on. No maWer what format, he loves working with passionate people with vision.. and thrives on the variety of work. Recently he has returned from the U S, working with Dreamworks, Nigel Jamieson and Jonsi (Sigur Ros) on How to Train Your Dragon (Live Arena Show), and has composed for many theatre shows for the major Australian companies (STC, M TC, Belvoir, and Griﬃn), such as Three Furies, and Holding the Man . He composed for the iconic Australian feature Romulus, My Father, for which he was nominated for an A FI award, and has made music for many shorts, docos, & T V dramas. He was the composer for the theatre and a ﬁlm project Andy X with the legendary Jim Sharman (Rocky Horror Picture Show). This is the next collabora?on with his colleague Sheridan Harbridge, ager they took Poland by storm with Sheridan’s last show Mrs Bang: A Series of Seduc?ons.
Michael Sieders Michael is a graduate from the University of Western Sydney’s Theatre Theory and Prac?ce degree in 2002. Michael has worked on various theatre and ﬁlm produc?ons as a produc?on manager, writer, producer and director. Michael has also held the posi?on of the Opera?ons Manager for the Na?onal Ins?tute of Drama?c Art (NIDA). Michael’s most recent theatre credits include Associate Producer S-‐27 (Griﬃn Independent 2010) Producer Fool for Love (B Sharp 2010) Producer The Brothers Size (Griﬃn Independent 2011) Producer The Coming World (Darlinghurst Theatre Company 2011) Producer Porn. Cake (Griﬃn Independent 2012). Michael is also the N SW Producer for Cri?cal Stages, touring independent theatre locally and na?onally in 2011 he produced The Chronic Ills of Robert Zimmerman A KA Bob Dylan (a lie) and in 2012 Michael has produced two NSW tours of The Jinglists in associa?on with Garnet Produc?ons and Boxing Day in associa?on with Tin Shed Theatre Company. www.michaelsiederspresents.com
Cat Dibley Cat is an Independent Producer, Actor and founding member of pantsguys Produc?ons. As Producer -‐ Punk Rock (pantsguys Produc?ons in assoc. with ATYP Under The Wharf) For stage – Autobahn (pantsguys Produc?ons in assoc. with Adelaide Fringe), The Shape of Things (pantsguys Produc?ons in assoc. with ATYP Under The Wharf), Women of Troy (Cellar Theatre), Me Too, I’m Catherine Deneuve (Dir Rodney Fisher), As You Like It (Project 12), Oh, The Humanity, autobahn (pantsguys produc?ons), A Coupla White Chicks Si[n’ Round Talking, Some Girls, Love Song, All Men Are Whores, Julius Caesar, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, Reality Bytes, Love Is The Thing So They Say, The Wait, Words On Water, Capricornia, Sisters (ACA), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Seven Stages of Grieving (NIDA),Cry Havoc, Bard-‐Oh (Shakespeare Globe Centre), LiWle Shop of Horrors (Civic Theatre, Newcastle). For screen – All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane (Bunker Produc?ons), Answer Me (JBrull Produc?ons), The Black Dog (Concept Produc?ons). Cat graduated from the full ?me program at Actors’ Centre Australia and has also trained at N IDA, Legs on the Wall and Aerialize. In 2012 Cat also made the prop ﬂowers for Songs for the Fallen.
Michael Hankin Michael is a Sydney-‐based Set and Costume Designer for theatre and ﬁlm. Since gradua?ng from N IDA, his credits include: ‘ The Dark Room’ (nominated for Best Stage Design, Best Mainstage Produc?on and winner of Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards) and 'Fool For Love' for Belvoir St Theatre, ‘ Truckstop’ for Q theatre/Seymour Centre, ‘In The Penal Colony’ for Sydney Chamber Opera, ‘ The Ugly One’ for Griﬃn Theatre, 'Miss Julie' and ‘ The Paris LeWer’ for Darlinghurst Theatre, ‘Judith’ for Bondi’s Pavilion Theatre, ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ and ‘Women of Troy’ for The Cell Block Theatre, Cloudstreet at Carriageworks, and the crea?ve development of ‘King Lear’ for Bell Shakespeare Company. His short ﬁlms include: ‘Julian’ (winner of the Crystal Bear, Berlin Interna?onal Film Fes?val) and ‘Reason to Smile’. As Assistant Designer: Opera Australia’s ‘ The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘ The Ring Cycle’, English Na?onal Opera’s ‘Caligula’, Belvoir St Theatre’s ‘ The Seagull’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’, Malthouse Theatre’s ‘Pompeii/L.A.’, ‘Doctor Zhivago’ the Musical (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Korean tours), and Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘A Long Days Journey Into Night’, ‘Money Shots’, ‘Gross und Klein’, ‘Under Milkwood’ and ‘Face to Face’.He is currently designing Kip William’s ‘ The Lighthouse’ for Sydney Chamber Opera, Corey Mcmahon's 'Rust and Bone' for Griﬃn Theatre, Eamon Flack's 'Angels in America' for Belvoir St Theatre. www.michaelhankin.com.au 13
Andrea Espinoza Andrea is a Sydney based designer who has recently graduated from N IDA with a Bachelor of Drama?c Art (Design). In 2006, she studied a double degree in art theory and arts at U NSW, but found herself spending much of her ?me on student produc?ons in N UTS and Studio 4. Ager ﬁnding her calling in theatre, Andrea completed a cer?ﬁcate I V in Design and Entertainment at Enmore Design Centre where she was able to reﬁne her skills as an ar?st, designer and graphic designer. During her ?me at N IDA, Andrea furthered her skills in set, costume, event and produc?on design. During 2012, she has expanded her design work to T V and ﬁlm, working for Channel 7, Beyond Produc?ons and Shine Produc?ons. Recent theatre design credits include: Ager the End, directed by Felicity Nicol, Stage Fright! directed by Ali Kennedy ScoW, Reasons to be PreWy directed by James Beach, Lovely Ugly, group directed at Griﬃn.
Lisa Mimmocchi Since gradua?ng from Sydney College of the Arts (2002) and Victorian College of the Arts (2003) Lisa Mimmocchi has designed, manufactured and co-‐ordinated costumes for theatre, contemporary dance and physical theatre working for independent and commercial companies. For the last six years has been based between Italy and Australia and has toured as a local in Cirque Du Soleil’s wardrobe department for the European tours including Sal?mbanco, (Rome ‘12 ), Alegria, (Milan, Roma and Paris ‘06-‐07) and Dralion (Australian tour 2008-‐9) Lisa has ini?ated ar?s?c collabora?ons and public performance installa?on projects and over the years has been involved with set and costume design for many Community Cultural Development programs such as Gathering Ground: Blockside Story, a project at The Block, Redfern in collabora?on with PACT Theatre and City of Sydney (2008) . More recently she designed set and costumes for Games in the Backyard (PYT Independent season 2011) and S-‐27 (Griﬃn Independent 2010). She has designed costumes for companies such as Performance Space (Sydney), Paciﬁc Opera Co (Sydney), La Pocha Nostra (San Francisco) and Opera Publica (Rome) and co-‐ordinated costumes for Sydney Fes?val (Smoke and Mirrors 2010-‐11) the Ensemble Theatre (2008-‐12) and Chinese New Year Twilight Parade (2012, City of Sydney).
Teegan Lee Teegan is passionate about the use of light as an aesthe?c and dramaturgical tool for performance. She is a graduate of the Produc?on course at the Na?onal Ins?tute of Drama?c Art (NIDA) and studied Theatre and English at the University of N SW. She recently returned from a nine week European study tour that included ligh?ng workshops in Sweden, France and the Czech Republic. In 2011 aWended the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space with the help of The Australia Council. She was recently nominated for a Greenroom Award for her ligh?ng design of The End which played at The Malthouse in Melbourne in 2011. Some of her design credits include for Belvoir -‐ The Kiss, The End; for The Ensemble Theatre -‐ The Spear Carrier, Circle Mirror Transforma?on; for Griﬃn Independent -‐ Porn. Cake; for B Sharp -‐ The Suicide, The Only Child, Yellow Moon; at the Darlinghurst Theatre -‐ Time Stands S?Il, The Dysfunkshonalz; as part of ATYP's Under The Wharf program -‐ Sweet Bird andsoforth, The Shape of Things; Sydney and Melbourne seasons of Trapture with Sands Through The Hourglass; Sydney and Brisbane seasons of Anna Robi and The House of Dogs with House of Dogs. Teegan's upcoming produc?ons include Rust and Bone and Girl in Tan Boots both at Griﬃn in 2013.
Olivia Benson Originally from Sydney, Olivia moved to Bangkok, Thailand at the age of 10 and spent the following 9 years living and studying there. Her interest in theatre and the performing arts was sparked from an early age by seeing musicals with her parents and wondering more about how the show worked than anything else. She is now the fourth genera?on on her mother’s side to be working in the performing arts industry. Olivia is a recent graduate from N IDA where con?nued to develop her interest in working in stage and event management. At N IDA she worked in a variety of stage management roles for both drama and musicals over her three years of study and completed internships with Sydney New Years Eve, Great Big Events, Bell Shakespeare, The Produc?on Company and The Australian Ballet in her third year. Songs for the Fallen is Olivia's ﬁrst produc?on out of university and has thoroughly enjoyed working with the en?re company.
Marion Brown Marion has been involved in music and theatre, both performing and behind the scenes, from a young age. She ﬁrst worked with Basil Hogios in 2011 when she was Sound Operator for Arts Radar and ATYP Under the Wharf's produc?on of Tooth of Crime, and has since been his assistant at FirstCut Studio. Most recently, Marion worked as the Music Department Assistant for the Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular.
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Tamarama Rock Surfers (TRS) are Australia’s leading independent new wri?ng theatre company. We are commiWed to the development and presenta?on of new Australian work. Through our two iconic Sydney venues; The Old Fitzroy Theatre & The Bondi Pavilion Theatre, we aim to provide access to for ar?sts and audiences alike. The Rock Surfers’ goal is to give emerging theatre ar?sts a leg up into the Sydney theatre scene, create community hubs for independent ar?sts and show case the very best new Australian work. The Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company is a twofold opera?on. Firstly, Tamarama Rock Surfers is a produc?on company and have produced dozens of new Australian works at The Old Fitzroy Hotel, Stables Theatre, and The Opera House. It has produced work of such notable Australian playwrights as Brendan Cowell, Toby Schmitz, Sue Smith, John A D Fraser and Suzie Miller. Secondly, T RS manages the Old Fitzroy Theatre and The Bondi Pavilion Theatre, ac?ng as a parent company for literally hundreds of young, independent Australian theatre companies and thousands of emerging ar?sts since we began in 1997. To date it has showcased work to over 90,000 punters and presented over 140 shows, including the premieres of over 50 new Australian plays. Each year the Old Fitzroy Theatre hosts up to 12 main stage produc?ons and The Bondi Pavilion hosts six main stage produc?ons. Alongside main stage produc?ons both venues have Late Session shows, scratch nights, play reading nights, mini fes?vals, community events, hire func?ons and drama workshops. at T RS, we pride ourselves in suppor?ng the next crop of talented, hungry, emerging theatre prac??oners. The line up that you see on a T RS season will be the names that ﬁll the main stages of the best theatres in Sydney, Australia and beyond in years to come.
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Songs for the Fallen by sheridan harbridge
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On January 15th 1847, Marie Duplessis - courtesan, party girl, liar and legend - got out of bed, put on a dress, ordered a bottle of champag...
Published on Dec 2, 2012
On January 15th 1847, Marie Duplessis - courtesan, party girl, liar and legend - got out of bed, put on a dress, ordered a bottle of champag...