Beast

Gap II production – April 2019 Directed by Ellis Pearson “Beast” explores two of the major themes that shape us human beings as we grow up – love and fear! It does this by following the trials and tribulations of the people from a rural village as they face the danger of ‘the beast’. Devised in a collaboration between the students and the director, Ellis Pearson. “Although we have followed archetypal themes, we have tried to make theatre that is ‘magical’ and has the possibility of enchanting the audience at every moment, with laughter never far away. Our piece has tried to make visible the tremendous power of group collaboration.” Through the articulate use of body and voice, the colour and harmony of song, the skilful use of invented sound-making instruments of all kinds, the actors have woven a tale that will keep the audience on the edges of their seats until the last gasping moments of the play....

Fringe 2019 – 4x4x4

January/February 2019 Directed by Amanda Crewes Four nights. Four shows. Four weeks. Across Fringe. Each night a different show by the same team. L’Appel Du Vide – A sensitive, heart-warming exploration of the elusive dream and what we sacrifice to achieve it. Implied Consent — A 360deg perspective on what people imply as consent. Giving an often harrowing exploration as to how undefined the line actually is. An Evening with… — Ever wanted to spend an evening with the world’s movers and shakers. A lucky dip who will you meet tonight? The Les Darcy Show — Dramatizes the life and career of middleweight boxer Les Darcy, who defeated virtually all the American boxers who came to Australia to challenge him....

Romeo & Juliet

Gap II production – November/December 2018 by William Shakespeare Directed by Amanda Crewes The most famous love story in English literary history. “’Romeo and Juliet’ explores the theme of forbidden love, so I wanted to look at the text in terms of what’s still often considered forbidden love today,” Crewes said. “I wanted to determine whether changing the gender changed our view on this love story.” In this version, there are two casts with Romeo and Juliet played by women one night, followed by men the next....

Rats’ Tales

Gap I production – November 2018 by Carol Ann Duffy adapted for the stage by Melly Still Directed by Amanda Crewes It is supposedly the case that you are never more than 10 feet away from a rat. In this compendium of verminous fables, you are certainly never far from a fiendish plot twist, a thrilling metaphor or a dazzling feat of theatrical invention. Duffy’s narratives have a remarkable ability to transplant the archetypes of folklore into what could be the case-studies of an overextended social worker. .  ...

Implied Consent

Gap III production – August 2018 Directed by Amanda Crewes DO WE PRETEND we don’t understand consent to push our own agendas – or are we genuinely confused? This question is explored here, after more than 50 interviews were conducted with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. The show gives a 360-degree perspective on what people believe consent is, giving an often harrowing exploration as to how they imply it. Implied Consent is the second in a trilogy of plays from The Actors’ Hub exposing a culture that needs to be redefined, following the subject of coward punches in One Punch Wonder. All use the genre of verbatim theatre, using the exact words of people interviewed.  ...

Three Sisters One Brother

Gap II production – June 2018 Directed by Ross McGregor True grit of 1890s Australia in an adaptation of a Chekhov classic. Adapted from Chekhov’s Three Sisters, the play has been given an Aussie flavour to suit a variety of conditions, characters, historical facts and politics. The play explores how a young family, ripped away from their homeland to settle thousands of miles away, are continually reminded that this promised Eden seems to wilfully slip through their fingers and keeps pulling them back to what was never real.  ...