Current Production

The Empire

Written and directed by Amanda Crewes

November 22nd – 23rd at 7pm

A Gap 3  production.

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.

Contains coarse language and adult content – mature audiences only


Venue: The Actors’ Hub Studios,
129 Kensington Street,
East Perth,
WA 6004

Tickets: $20

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BGWXN         Or select a session here


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Our Past Productions

 

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 authentic.”


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 taboo?”


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.

 


100 Reasons For War

Gap II production – June 2019

by Tom Holloway
Directed by Ella Hetherington

A chaotic mind-opening work that leads to many questions about the state of humanity and our individual role in it.

We are at war with the climate, with each other and with ourselves.  Yet we are on a quest for peace: world peace, peace in our homes, peace within ourselves – just a moment of peace. The peace business is “booming”. We’re being sold meditation apps, sustainably-sourced yoga mats, essential oils, turmeric lattes, reusable coffee cups, luxurious tranquillity on remote islands retreats, electric cars, green living ….  The list goes on and on and on.

And still the ‘wars’ rage on.

Are we more peaceful? What even is peace. Is peace possible?  Are we capable of peace?

 


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/Februar2019

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.

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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.

 


 

L’Appel Du Vide

Gap III production – June 2018

Devised and directed by Amanda Crewes

WELCOME to a world where your experience is your choice.

L’Appel Du Vide (“the call of the void”) is a sensitive, heart-warming exploration of the allusive dream and what we sacrifice to achieve what we imagine.

The show is told through puppetry, masks and live performance and looks at friendship, loss and new perceptions.

L’Appel Du Vide takes us on an adventure through the eyes of different characters as they play with the seductive call from the void.  It’s a physical exploration of the idea that curiosity killed the cat and the cost of connection versus the cost of letting go.


 

Burning Rose

Gap II production – April 2018

Devised and directed by Ellis Pearson

The Actors’ Hub Gap 2 students, directed by Ellis Pearson, present an anthology of devised pieces told through the wonderful language of theatre, drawing in the audience through a feast of sounds and visual imagery.

The two pieces follow the survival of two women in different social realities.

In one, a mother battles the elements to deliver her child into a world beset with the harrowing onslaught of a high magnitude earthquake.

Meanwhile, a supermodel, who resides in her world of beauty, is beset with nightmares and the reality of the way she’s treated and viewed by her society.


 

4x4x4

Platinums production – January-February 2018

Directed by Amanda Crewes

Four Men. Four Shows. Four Nights. All Fringe,

FOUR men performing the following four shows across four weeks make up 4x4x4 at Fringe World in 2018….

 

 

What happens when hope comes up against The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Set in a post-apocalyptic Perth, aliens have invaded and are slowly depleting the earth’s water and population. A small group of survivors have succeeded in capturing one of the aliens.


Hypnotic and razor-Sharp, “Pool (no water)” tears up the ideals of friendship and art, exposing a deep vein of envy.

Written by Mark Ravenhill, it takes a humorous yet unsettling dive into the way a group of four shadow artists attempt to sabotage, blame, lie, exploit and take delight in the demise of one of their own.


How much damage does one punch really do?

One Punch Wonder pulls up the page and looks into the cowards’ punch from all angles.  Are there really any heroes from a coward’s punch?


We all want success. But are you willing to pay the price?

Why? explores the lives of some well-known trailblazers, within their own industries: Heath Ledger, Robin Williams, Muhammad Ali and Andy Kaufman. The sacrifices they made and work they did. Why? Poses the question: Are legends born? Or do they make themselves?


 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Gap II production – November/December 2017

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Amanda Crewes

ROMANCE, magic and mayhem come to the fore in a classic Shakespeare comedy where “the course of true love never did run smooth”.

The plot focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of the Fairy King and Queen and their elves and a group of rough craftsmen attempting to stage a production for the wedding of the Duke of Athens.

“It’s such a magical script,” Crewes said. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream has really stood the test of time and, in fact, is the most performed Shakespeare play.

“The thrill of the forest and the magic that ensues leaves the characters somewhat out of breath, which is what I want to capture in this performance.

“I want to show how the events move so fast the characters seem caught up in a whirlwind of events, manipulated by the magical fairies of the forest.”


 

Know Your Enemy

Gap III production – November 2017

Self-devised

Directed by Amanda Crewes

What happens when Hope comes up against the four horsemen of the apocalypse?

ALIENS have landed in post-apocalyptic Perth, taking all our water and slowly clearing Earth of all humans.  A small group of survivors have succeeded in a dangerous and desperate attempt at survival by capturing one of the aliens.

The play explores whether humanity can negotiate its way out of death or whether the two races will ultimately destroy each other.

 

 

 

 


 

The Visit

Gap I production – October 2017

by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Directed by Amanda Crewes

Is money the root of all evil? Or is it people themselves?

The tragicomic story looks at an impoverished town offered $1 million if they kill a woman’s former lover – and, while the townspeople initially refuse, their resolve is worn down by the allure of wealth.

“Although first performed in 1956, this grotesque fable with its icy humour and bizarre fantastical, yet magical, moments quite undoubtedly holds a mirror up to our modern lives,” Crewes said.

 

 

 


 

Clinchfield

Gap II production – June 2017

by Caleb Lewis

Directed by Adam Mitchell

“Trace a lie to its beginnings and you might find the truth.”

Clinchfield is an epic tale that follows the arrival of the Sparks World Famous Circus in the town of Kingsport.

Based on real life events Clinchfield explores the deepest fears and desires of the citizens of Kingsport – they must search for truth, though is the truth they are searching for the truth they need?

 

 

 


 

Dancing With The Devil

Gap II production – April 2017

a  Gap II self-devised piece

Directed by Hermione Gehle

You can’t shake the devil’s hand and say you’re only kidding. Dancing with the Devil is a story that needs to be told…courageously.

This gritty, explosive and honest production explores the gut-wrenching reality that our young adults face everyday, a story that is often swept under the carpet at the cost of many young lives.

Who is the real victim here?

 

 

 


 

The Brick & The Rose

Gap II production – November 2016

 

by Lewis John Carlino

Directed by Adam Mitchell

A kaleidoscopic drama of a young boy of the slums, from the moment of his birth in a charity hospital, until his tragic death.

In an effort to find something besides “hardness and hitting out, and twisted people all afraid”, Tommy turns to narcotics, and thus creates his own world: one in which he is not constantly gnawed by an acute awareness of the meaninglessness of what is going on around him.

He meets Alice, in whom he sees his life-long search for beauty: the rose behind the hard brick city.

He knows that he has only touched this beauty for an instant, and he sees it moving farther away from him.