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...

The Innocent Pawn

Gap III production – August 2019 Written and directed by Amanda Crewes The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It’s simply there – when yesterday it was not. “The Innocent Pawn” is the final instalment of a trilogy piece, following “One Punch Wonder” (2017) and Implied Consent (2018), looking at instigating cultural change. With the intent of starting a conversation, “The Innocent Pawn” explores pornography from all angles,  its effects on our culture, and relationship with the  objectification and sexualisation  of men and women within our society. This verbatim piece uses interviews conducted, around the world, with people who have shared their raw, authentic and candid experiences with pornography, illuminating its role in our contemporary society. Has the pendulum swung too far? Juxtaposing highly physical theatre against verbatim dialogue, this piece uses the convention of theatre in the round to throw the actors into the spotlight, asking the question “Can we speak about this or are some topics too...

I Can Have A Dark Side Too

One Man Show – July 2019 Written and performed by Glenn Wallis Directed by Amanda Crewes “I Can Have A Dark Side Too” looks into a culture of mollycoddling, and our incessant need to “take it easy”, instead of pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zone. Ray Fairchild, a budding songwriter has received the opportunity of a lifetime – writing music for his Community Theatre’s newest production. But there was something Ray did not expect… that he would have to write rap music. Tasked with writing lyrics worthy of a gangster, Ray grapples with his fear of profanity. With the deadline closing in, he is lead into a dark space of writer’s block, procrastination and self-doubt. But what this causes Ray to drench up from his past will change all that he has come to know about what he is capable of. Funny, relatable and cataclysmic, the play questions whether we are our own worst enemies to our success....