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beach and ten in the other to be surrounded by bush.

Heath: I’ve recently graduated from NIDA’s acting course, but before that I’d been on the Hobart theatre scene for many years as an actor, director and writer. Offbeat characters and narratives that delight in the unexpected inspire me and I listen to music to help create such characters.

What does director James Dalton bring to the play and how has his vision help shape the way you deliver your characters? Liam: James is good at bringing out the comedy in the grotesque and bringing out the grotesque in the comedy. When I watch his plays, I’m conflicted in what I think I should be feeling and what I am feeling. You will be in hysterics while being painfully aware of the stark reality and humiliating tragedy of the situation.

Brotherly love and tensions between city and country are central themes in A Butcher of Distinction. How do you relate to these? Liam: I have three brothers. I relate. We all had an inbuilt duty of care for each other, but on the other hand, a harmless conversation or game could switch in a heartbeat to a scene from Thunderdome. I also know how it feels to find myself in an unfamiliar city. When I first moved to Sydney, I was overwhelmed at how big (and sometimes scary) it was. Heath: Coming from Hobart to Sydney I can relate to the country vs city theme explored in the play. Hobart is not strictly country, but I miss walking ten minutes in one direction to be at the


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“Art Pharmacy: prescriptions for art lovers,” runs the slogan and this month the art dispensary is giving us a double dose. Two pop-up shows at 118 Oxford Street, City vs Nature (until May 12) and Contemporary Urbanism (May 16-26) will offer audiences the chance to catch work

Heath: One of James’ mandates from the beginning was to never stop exploring all the different options for character and to not get stuck with the most obvious choice. In choosing the less obvious choices the characters become more complex, more human, and more eccentric. What: A Butcher of Distinction by Rob Hayes Where: Old 505 Theatre When: May 8-26 More:

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THE HUNT When we can’t find anything to pin on the donkey, we search for a tale. Danish director Thomas Vinterberg hurtles down the slippery slope of doubt and accusation in his Cannes award-winner The Hunt. In this unmercifully powerful story of the classic ‘little white lie gone horribly wrong’ the film’s narrative follows leading man Mads Mikkelsen’s demise into a tangled web of hysteria, betrayal and uncertainty. The Hunt is in cinemas now and we’ve got ten double passes to give away. To score your tix just email freestuff@thebrag. com with your postal address and tell us the name of the character actor Mads Mikkelsen plays in the film.

from both emerging and established talent and for those of you looking to crack the market with your first buy, it might be time to amp things up. All works in City vs Nature will be priced between $100-250, but let us give you a word of advice: buy work that speaks to you rather than buying for the sake of it – you’re the one who’s going to have to live with the thing! Art Pharmacy is an online gallery aimed at supporting young talent with work priced accessibly. for more. Zwischenräume, 2011, Forum Stadtpark detail


Chalk Horse (8 Lacey St, Surry Hills) gallery is opening its studio for a preview hang of Jasper Knight’s upcoming exhibition One Piece At A Time. Between 4-8pm on Saturday May 11 us folks are going to be given the chance to see Knight’s body of work before it’s shipped off to Italy to be showcased as part of Autodromo Di Modena. Knight’s work spans high art, photography, sculpture and painting and his repertoire often recalls dada, surrealist, fluxus and pop movements. At the core of Knight’s practice is an exploration of the constructed object. for more. Applespiel


The walls of Artspace gallery are about to be defaced. By robots. Yes, robots. The gallery’s latest exhibition Accomplice features the work of Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders and opens this Thursday May 2. So what’s the deal? Well, autonomous robots – a colony of curious, social machines hidden within the space, each fitted with a motorised punch, a camera and a microphone – will react to visitors’ knocks by producing patterns and holes in the gallery’s walls! Gemeinboeck and Saunders’ respective backgrounds in interactive media arts, machine performance, design and planning, and installation brings to the fore a dialogue about our world’s complex mechanic ecology. A wonderfully weird experience not to be missed. for more.



Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will present a special keynote speech at the International Symposium of Electronic Art on Thursday June 13. Assange will address the audience via a live video link from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The controversial journalist is expected to offer insight into the futility, or otherwise resisting the incursion of the digital into every aspect of our lives. ISEA2013 explores the ways art and new technologies are used in the service of power, protest and resistance. A limited number of tickets will be made available to the general public through the ISEA2013 website from 9am Monday May 20. For full program details visit

Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt


Underbelly Arts and the Keir Foundation are offering eight artist projects the chance to raise some sweet dosh towards the development of new work at the Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival on Cockatoo Island in July and August. The campaign is running via crowdfunding platform Pozible; an impressive dollar-for-dollar match is on the cards! Underbelly have also given us a sneak peek at the first eight projects in the Underbelly Arts 2013 program and we’re here to tell you that artist Abdul Abdullah and brother Abdul-Rahman Abdullah are on the bill and will be recreating their childhood home on Cockatoo Island alongside performance collective Applespiel who will explore histories of the island. More details and more artist projects outlined at

Mayday! Playwrights Festival launches next week on Wednesday May 8 and runs for three weeks. The festival aims to give young playwrights the chance to produce their work right now sans any ‘development limbo’; selected participants are guaranteed a week of professional production with a cast, director and theatre space at the Tap Gallery (278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst) within the month. And the Mayday! final lineup has just been announced and includes the likes of 7-On Playwrights collective, Hilary Bell, Jonathan Gavin and Maxine Mellor. Best not miss the final week – AFI award winner Nicholas Hope, who most know for his performance in Bad Boy Bubby, will deliver a new piece made up of three interconnecting theatre works. Mayday! is all about being impulsive and instinctive to energise and empower young talent. We’re so there and we reckon you should be too. More details at

Underbelly Arts Applespiel photo by Lucy Parakhina

A new ARI has landed in Newtown (5 Eliza St). Archive Space is spearheaded by a crew of young practicing artists and CoFA graduates who aim to create an extended, growing digital archive of the exhibitions and ideas presented in the gallery. The space’s first major exhibition We Live as We Dream Alone, curated by Archive committee members Patrick Cremin and Sarah Kukathas, looks at ideas of massive media mania, control and anxiety and is currently on display. The exhibition comprises contemporary sculptures by Kyle Christie and photographs by David Manley and Katrina Stamatopoulos and runs until May 10. The initiative is brought to us by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd, Lauren Carroll Harris, Daniell Connell, Patrick Cremin, David Greenhalgh, Sarah Kukathas, Lisa Sammut and Jack Stahel. For more information see

Keen on catching some of the Archibald rejects (no offence) talking about their work? S.H. Ervin Gallery are hosting a Salon Des Refuses artists luncheon with host Richard Morecroft on Monday May 13. Morecroft will be joined by guest artists Anne Cape, Christopher McVinish and Peter Gardiner with sitter Damien Minton for an open discussion about the works on display. S.H. Ervin’s alternative selection from hundreds of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes has been hand-picked by guest selectors who went behind the scenes at AGNSW to curate the exhibition. And when we said ‘rejects’ we were probably a little too harsh; the work on display shows finesse in quality, diversity, humour and experimentation. Get amongst it! For more details see

As orphaned brothers your characters Hugo and Hartley share an intense connection. What creative processes did you engage to recreate this onstage? Liam: Heath and I have already worked with each other a lot and I like to think we share a pretty strong working relationship. On top of that, Heath reminds me a lot of one of my brothers.


Butcher of Distinction is set to bring contemporary gothic to the fore in a strangely compelling tale of brotherly love, corrupt family pasts and tensions between rural and metropolitan life. Penned by young playwright, Rob Hayes, the play’s narrative follows the plight of two orphaned brothers Hartley and Hugo on their quest to reclaim the lost fortune of their dead father – a quest that brings them to a depraved London and traps them in a cluttered pub basement. What happens next is a deeply cynical exposé into the whacky imaginings of the play’s creator, much of whose critical acclaim has emerged from the comedic prowess of this black-humoured gem. A Butcher of Distinction opens at the Old 505 Theatre on May 8 and we caught five with the play’s two leads, Liam Nunan and Heath Ivey-Law – who play orphaned brothers Hartley and Hugo respectively – ahead of opening night.

Let’s talk about your background in theatre and what inspires your creativity. Liam: I’m from Brisbane and I started acting at the arse end of high school when I was cast as Tony in our school production of West Side Story. I went on to act in anything I could find, took classes with Zen Zen Zo and studied at The Actor’s Workshop. Eventually I worked at Queensland Theatre Company. The following year I went to NIDA and that’s where I first met James and Heath.

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