Powderkeg Players presents Agnes of God.
An amateur production by arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
Directed by: Drew Mason
Written by: John Pielmeier
Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingston’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith.
Don’t miss out on this powerful production that is sure to blow you away.
Powderkeg Players are the west’s best kept secret. You have no idea what you have been missing out on.
Returning in a specially curated new season, The Naked Selfis a beautiful installation that blends both confessional and digital cultures.
The Naked Selfinvites participants to listen to audio portraits of strangers who reveal stories and secrets about their bodies.
Participants also have the opportunity to step into a private booth, undress and contribute an audio self-portrait to the growing The Naked Selfarchive.
A voice guides the naked participants through a gentle examination of their bodies and to view themselves in a totally different perspective.
Artists Michele Lee and Tanya Dickson explain that The Naked Selfis a chance to share in the uniqueness of every body, “There could be thousands of pictures of you online: photographic ‘selfies’ contrived to capture your best angles and features. This is an opportunity to really express how you feel about yourself and your body.”
Honest, generous and affecting, The Naked Selfwas first seen at the Festival of Live Art at Arts House in 2016 where it was described as “a lovely, gentle, respectful piece that carves out the opportunity to listen to and commune with the one thing that never leaves us: our bodies.”
Michele Lee is an Asian- Australian playwright and theatre-maker based in Melbourne working across stage and audio. Recipient of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2016-17 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award for Rice, Lee’s works explore female identity, otherness, intimacy and chaotic worlds (usually through a non-Anglo perspective). She has been commissioned by Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Next Wave, ABC RN, Darwin Festival, Westside Circus and St Martins.
A director, creative producer and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Tanya Dickson has worked with Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, fortyfivedownstairs, the National Play Festival, Adelaide Fringe,
True North Festival, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, MKA Theatre of New Writing, Next Wave, You are Here Festival and Darwin Festival.
Melbourne’s premiere contemporary dance company, Chunky Move seeks to redefine contemporary dance in powerful and nuanced ways in an evolving cultural landscape. Led by internationally acclaimed choreographer Anouk van Dijk, 2018 will see new works, international tours and workshops, public and school programs plus more.
Chunky Move Studios, Thursday 26 April – Saturday 5 May 2018
The world premiere of Common Ground by Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk.
How do you stand when the ground around you is moving, what forces push and pull and how do you find what unites us all?
Anouk van Dijk explores the universality of our shared experiences, the common ground that unites us and sometimes can cause rupture and disturbance.
‘There is an incredible sense of instability in the world – social, political, economic and environmental, this affects us on a visceral level, and in this new full-length work, I’m exploring this and how we can stand together’, says van Dijk.
Visually arresting, Common Ground is dynamic encounter between two dancers – roles are reinvented. Boundaries transcended. Territories shift.
Anouk van Dijk’s new work brings together two of Australia’s leading contemporary dancers, Tara Jade Samaya (ANTI-GRAVITY, Chunky Move) and Richard Cilli (CounterMove, Sydney Dance Company).
Common Ground features a stellar creative team with Lighting Design by Paul Jackson, Set & Costume Design by Marg Horwell and Sound Design by Jethro Woodward.
Common Ground at Chunky Move Studios, 111 Sturt St, Southbank from 26 April – 5 May.
Chunky Move Studios, Thursday 8 – Saturday 17 November 2018.
Chunky Move is excited to announce that independent dance artists Joel Bray and Lauren Langlois have been announced as Next Move 2018 commissioned artists.
The double-bill will feature new works by both artists. Joel Bray is developing a contemporary exploration of the Wiradjuri word for ceremony, Burbang. The work is based on the articles published by RH Mathews, a colonial gentleman anthropologist and government surveyor who developed relationships with the Wiradjuri peoples living traditionally on the land.
Lauren Langlois will be developing a new work that is an absurd and darkly comic dystopian vision of the future. A hybrid of contemporary dance and physical theatre featuring Lauren’s finely tuned development of character-based movement narratives, performed by Lauren herself and James Vu Ahn Pham
Chunky Move’s Next Move program for 2018 continues the Company’s commitment to supporting the next generation of Australia’s leading dance makers. The commissioning program, now entering its 11th year is designed to bridge the divide between young makers creating independent work and established choreographers. It offers them full creative control and full-access to the resources and producing expertise of the Company
Throughout 2018, Chunky Move continues its touring program, taking world class Australian contemporary dance around the globe.
The Company will present the European premiere of Anti—GRAVITY at SPRING Festival, Utrecht on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May.
Chunky Move will also be touring Complexity of Belonging to six major theatres throughout the Netherlands and will open the December Dance Festival in Brugge, Belgium later this year.
Through these tours, Chunky Move deepens the Company’s relationship with SPRING Festival and continues to build its European audiences.
In 2018, Chunky Move continues its ambitious Artist Development initiatives including the Maximised Program which provides in-kind support to Australian contemporary dance practitioners producing and presenting their own work.
This program aims to alleviate the producing pressure often experienced by independent artists by providing access to rehearsal space and in-house production support. The 2018 Maximised Program has supported choreographer Melanie Lane for her new work Personal Effigies which won the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award.
In addition to the Maximised Program, Chunky Move supports emerging-to-mid-career dance artists through a variety of opportunities including choreographic secondments, dance secondments and the coveted Artistic Associate opportunity which is offered to inspiring mid-career dance artists wishing to step into leadership positions within the industry. For 2018, Chunky Move’s Artistic Associate is Australian director, choreographer and dance animateur Alice Lee Holland.
Initiated by Anouk van Dijk in 2006, and now in its 6th Asia-Pacific edition, this two-week intensive brings together Australian and international participants and offers a first-hand opportunity to learn about van Dijk’s Countertechnique, a movement method and training system for dancers.
Public Programs / Schools
Chunky Move runs contemporary dance and yoga classes all year round for the general public with special workshops and classes for all levels. Classes are run by Chunky Move’s teachers and held in the Company’s state-of-the-art, fully equipped dance studios. Classes can be booked through the Chunky Move Studios app, now available in the iTunes App Store.
For young dancers, Chunky Move’s Easter Intensive offers energetic and creative young movers ages 14-25 years the opportunity to experience contemporary dance. Across the three-day intensive, four independent Australian dance artists will lead daily sessions in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, repertoire and creative development. Together, the team will explore choreographic themes and material from Chunky Move dance works including Depth of Field and Complexity of Belonging.
The 2018 Easter Intensive is from Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 April, 10am – 4pm, at the Victorian College of the Arts
Making its Melbourne premiere at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Gameshow of Thrones is the latest show ready to take all of WesterAUS by storm! Featuring a rotating cast of the festival’s funniest performers and hosted by the most beloved, feared and revered host in all the land, Isabella Valette!
When you play The Gameshow of Thrones, you win or you cry. A host of comedians must pledge their allegiance to a house and must prove their worthiness through stand-up comedy, through wit, intellect and sheer nerve. As these performers ruthlessly roast one another, compete for the audiences’ affections and bravely withstand deadly audience heckling, only one will emerge victorious to become the protector of the realm and earn the right to sit on the coveted Iron Throne.
About host Isabella Valette:
Melbourne-based performer Isabella Valette is a Game of Thrones supernerd and multifaceted stage performer. She trained at the prestigious Arts’ Educational Schools London, which is presided over by Andrew Lloyd Webber. There, she completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Musical Theatre. She has gone one to write and perform three original one woman shows: Media Release, Mediawhore and Princesstuous. She is also a member of Melbourne’s long-running improvised comedy troupe The Big HOO-HAA, and improvised musical comedy troupe Impromptunes.
Host Isabella Valette shares her thoughts on the show:
‘I love making people happy, reminding adults how to be silly and getting them involved in group games and heckling.
‘I’m super excited to find innovative and creative ways to express my love for Game of Thrones. The audience will be the extra character in this show. They don’t have to get involved, no one will be embarrassed, it’s more of a mob mentality group, nerdy verbal football match type of interaction. It’s a great excuse to have a drink and laugh with friends midweek or have an awesome weekend out.’
Praise for Isabella Valette:
‘Isabella has never ending energy combined with a sharp tongue and sassiness spilling out of the room. She has the seasoned cabaret performer instincts to interact and control the room.’ -Stories Well Told
“Isabella’s show is a must-watch for her effortless performance” – The Advertiser
Gameshow of Thrones April 10 – 22th, 10.15pm, (No show on 16th) Comedy Unexpected, West Space Gallery 1/225 Bourke St, Melbourne, 3000
Fresh from a Best Children’s Event Nomination at Perth FringeWorld, Mr Snot-bottom delivers a barrage of tasteless tunes and horrendous harmonies co-written by the likes of Benny Davis from the ‘Axis of Awesome’ and Tom Bettany from the ‘The Beards’.
“I’ve been very lucky to work with some very talented people,” says the show creator and star Mark Trenwith.“everyone had loads of fun coming up with some truly weird and ridiculous songs!’
With song titles like ‘There’s a Ghost in My Loo’ and ‘My Head Exploded’ this symphony of silliness is set to entertain all ages. “The show is very much designed for parents and children to share together,”says Trenwith.“It makes me sad going to a show and seeing kids at the front and parents at the back not interacting with each other. That doesn’t happen in my shows. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a Mum or Dad and child laugh together and share the performance as a family.”
A stand up comic with fifteen years experience, Trenwith has performed in many children’s stage and TV shows including Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Ben Ten The Live Experience and as ‘Captain Starlight’ a super hero that visits patients at the Melbourne Children’s Hospital.
Mr Snot Bottom’s Stinky Silly Songs
Gasworks Studio Theatre Wednesday 4 April Thursday 5 April 10am & 12pm
When a group of young socialites from Melbourne become shipwrecked on the shores of a strange island, they are forced to fend for themselves.
Separated from her twin brother and believing him lost at sea, the determined Viola steps out to explore this mysterious land. Viola then finds the nearby households of Olivia and Orsino who are overrun with passion, and so begins the whirlwind adventure of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
Join us for 90 minutes of fast paced live music, love and laughter in Shakespeare’s most popular love triangle.
Where: O’Donnell Gardens St Kilda opposite Luna Park.
Opening Night for Festival / Latin American Art Exhibition St Kilda 2018:
23 February at 4Diverse Hub, from 6 – 10pm, at 118a Carlisle Street, St Kilda.
The first annual St Kilda Latin Festival will take place 23-25 February with music, dance, food and art from Latin America.
The festival will begin with an opening night at 4DVerse Hub featuring an art exhibition with works by talented local Latin American artists, along with music and food from local Latin American restaurants, starting 6pm on 23 February.
The festival, organised by Casablanca Events and supported by City of Port Phillip Local Festivals Fund and 4Dverse, will continue with a full weekend of festivities hosted in St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens next to Luna Park.
Pedro Holder, who has spent most of his career working in creative arts promotion in Venezuela and China, said that he noticed that Latin American cultural events in Australia usually include only music, dance and food, so his inclusion of an art exhibition aims to showcase more creative diversity from the region.
“This exhibition brings together some of the great talents of Latin American visual art who reside in Australia, and in doing so helps to overcome some of the stereotypes about Latin American culture as only dance, music and food.
“In future Latin events, we hope to expand even further to include performing arts, film and literature”.
I was taken aback with hilarity as the plot of this very funny and silly play Love Bird unfolded.
The story of a modern Australian family, PC dad, Richard, Matt Tester, foul mouthed mum, Joan played by Beth Liston and their little princess’, Franny (Jessica Martin), need for companionship of the pet variety.
Dad and his mate Bill, (Brendan McFarlane) are avid bird watchers and it is suggested that for Franny’s 8th birthday that a cockatiel, Mr. Ping Pong, (John Marc Desengano), would be the perfect pet to teach her those responsibilities one requires as they grow older. Mr. Ping Pong becomes overly enamored with young Franny and hilarity ensues as parents grapple with an explanation for the birds behavior to an 8 year old innocent.
A bizarre coming of age story that could have been a bit tighter but the dual performances of Desengano and Martin keep this show rolling along nicely and left me still chortling as I was leaving the theatre.
Writer Georgina Harriss has a talent for searching the depths of the family soul then baring it to the world with flagrant absurdity that had one’s giggle buttons hit continuously throughout the performance.
Love Bird runs from the 30th of January until February 4th at the Butterfly Club, Carsons Lne, Melbourne.
The funniest and filthiest broadway show in years finally arrives in Australia.
An irreverent, occasionally shocking, and perpetually hysterical romp to hell and back, Hand To God’s exploration of the ideas of faith, morality, and human nature will leave you sore with laughter.
With an all star cast in a brand new Australian production. Featuring Logie and Helpman Award winner Alison Whyte, multiple AFI and Logie award winner Gyton Grantley and Grant Piro, Vass Productions are thrilled to present the Australian premiere of Hand To God, the wickedly funny broadway smash hit.
Nominated for 5 tony awards, and garnering ecstatic reviews.
Hand To God is a wild, subversive, shocking and sidesplittingly funny black comedy that has made waves around the world.