At Affinity’s End

The Actors’ Hub Studios production – Perth Fringe January 2020 Written and directed by Amanda Crewes ‘At Affinity’s End’ explores connection, the cost of keeping people at a distance, and what true love really means. Meaghan and Brendan are madly in love, almost insufferably so. Knowing that the honeymoon period can only last so long, they enlist the help of a therapist. Through the highs and the lows, we follow them across eight years of their relationship in the therapist’s office. While the two of them are learning about each other, themselves and how to communicate their love, the doctor battles with his growing fondness for them, his professional distance and where that line sits for him in an ever isolated world. In its first production in 20 years ‘At Affinity’s End’ is a heartwarming, heartbreaking, laugh out loud play about learning to love another person for every bit of...

Twelfth Night

Gap II production – November 2019 by William Shakespeare directed by Amanda Crewes Also known as What You Will, Shakespeare’s comedy, is a tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. A young, aristocratic-born woman, Viola, has been shipwrecked in a violent storm off the coast of Illyria. In the process she has lost her twin brother, Sebastian. Finding herself alone in a strange land, she disguises herself as a boy, Cesario, and becomes a page in the service of Orsino, the Duke – with whom she falls in love. Orsini, however, is in love with Olivia, but she is in mourning for her dead brother, so has rejected all his advances. And when Orsino sends ‘Cesario’ to woo her on his behalf, it all gets a little complicated – especially when others get...

The Empire

Gap III production – November 2019 written and directed by Amanda Crewes Over 14 years, the immersive augmented-reality online game, Hubris, and its founders, The Empire, have garnered the undivided attention of over 80% of Australia.  When Hubris suddenly goes offline for the first time since its beginnings, a desperate group of vigilantes present the players with an impossible decision, and the Empire are forced to play for their lives. Presented as a work-in-progress, requesting feedback from audiences. The production will be presented at the Perth Fringe Festival 2020, as part of the Actors’ Hub 4x4x4 event....

The Return

Gap I production – November 2019 by Reg Cribb directed by Amanda Crewes “The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that one of them will help.”   A thug and his junior partner in crime take a late night train from Perth to Fremantle, menacing passengers along the way. Riding the uneasy line between comedy and terror, The Return is a tautly-written study in peer pressure, anxiety and suppressed violence in a social class which is often silenced. Written in 2001, the play was adapted in 2006 by Cribb for the screen as Last Train to Freo directed by Jeremy Sims.  ...

One Punch Wonder

One Punch Wonder – October 2019 Written and directed by Amanda Crewes “Educate and bring up boys to be men of respect, men that protect and look after not only their families but others. Men that don’t tolerate acts of violence against women and the vulnerable in our communities. Men that will never consider or accept acts of extreme cowardice like this as acceptable.” How much damage does one punch really do? One Punch Wonder pulls up the page and puts the culture of toxic masculinity under a microscope, looking into the coward’s punch from all angles it asks us: How are we raising our boys? “To the surprise of many audience members, One Punch Wonder is, dare I say … entertaining.  Incredibly physical, this piece of theatre goes beyond the traditional forms of verbatim, moving from gentle, vulnerable, intimate moments to moments of high intensity, adrenaline filled acrobatics. The show is at once, athletic and...