Current Production

Rats’ Tales

by Carol Ann Duffy adapted for the stage by Melly Still

Directed by Amanda Crewes

November 21st – 24th, 2018 at 7.00pm, matinee November 24th at 2.00pm

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.

Tickets: $30; $25 concession

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Rats Tales poster
R & J image

Directed by Amanda Crewes, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is regarded as 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.

Tickets: $30; $25 concession

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Our Past Productions

 

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.


 

How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found

Gap I production – October 2016

 

by Fin Kennedy

Directed by Amanda Crewes

What makes you who you are, Charlie? A name? An address? A random collection of experiences, a few memories? You are who you can prove you are. You are what people think. And that’s the easiest thing in the world to change.

When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in a seafront fortune teller’s in Southend.

With echoes of Camus and Kafka, How To Disappear… follows one man’s desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

“The sort of thrilling new work that completely restores your faith in theatre” Sheffield Star


 

Macbeth

Gap II production – September 2016

Macbeth poster image

 

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Amanda Crewes

All hail the King-Pin!

The Scottish play is reimagined in the hot-bloodied, back-stabbing halls of Scotland Senior High School. This classic tale of murder and ambition lends itself to a fast-paced action-movie style, and director Amanda Crewes is seizing this opportunity to use the violence and action to serve as a counter-point to reveal a more vulnerable and human side of the titular character and his Lady M.

“Delving into such controversial subjects as substance abuse, teenage sexuality, personality disorders, and mental illness Macbeth exposes audiences to the level of risk these kids live with on a daily basis and its disastrous effects.

“This Macbeth has an Underbelly quality, presenting a life that we don’t normally see and that most people would like to pretend does not exist.

‘Drugs, gangs and weapons can be quite seductive to a young impressionable mind. This version of Macbeth introduces audiences to a world where the stakes are so high for these students, that antisocial choices and behaviours are the only way that they will get to experience what they believe is the essence of ‘normal’.’


 

Fractured

Gap II production – April 2016

Directed by Hermione Gehle

What Disney Didn’t Tell You

“Fractured” is an original devised performance piece that explores the concept of ‘happy ever after’ and the reality behind the fantasy.

Sometimes life isn’t a fairytale and the big bad wolf wears many guises. How do you find your way when the breadcrumbs are gone and the dark forest of thorns draws ever near?

The path you choose is up to you but what price will you pay when things are not what they seem.

 

 


 

What Lies Beneath

Gap II production – November 2015

Directed by Amanda Crewes

“What Lies Beneath” is a premier performance.

Everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential?

As we move through life our talents often get buried under life’s little events, and we need to remind ourselves of it, and go searching for it. In fact, the foundation of wisdom may be the willingness to risk, and go looking for it.

“What Lies Beneath” is an extraordinary exploration of the powerful emotions we hide beneath the surface when pushed to our extremes. This creative approach is guaranteed to give you a different perspective on what is going on behind the facade of “normal” we often see in others as we delve into passions, delights, fears, desires and frustrations on a journey to find the individual talents that lie within each of us.

“What Lies Beneath” is an exploration of what often lies beneath behaviour, sometimes heartwarming and inspirational, at other times heartbreaking.


 

Stories From Suburban Road

Gap I production – October 2015

Stories From Suburban Road

Directed by Amanda Crewes

 

“Stories From Suburban Road” is a nostalgic and vivid look at growing up in an Australian rural setting lost between two World Wars.

Based on Tom Hungerford’s  autobiography, “Stories from Suburban Road” has been adapted for the stage by the late Perth-based director Alan Becher.

Hungerford’s seven short stories have been rendered with intense energy and colour as they trace the journey of a young boy from adolescence to adulthood.

 


 

Tartuffe by Moliere

Gap II Production – July 2015

Acting Classes Perth - Tartuffe by Moliere

Directed by Vivienne Garrett

Pious holy man or hustler extraordinaire? A saint or a scammer ?

Tartuffe is a hypocrite and a fraud. He’s a master manipulator and has a heap of dirty tricks to fleece Orgon of his fortune and his family.

Sound familiar?

In reviving Molieres 17th century masterpiece
The Actors Hub explores satire as Molieres masterpiece lampoons all that is sacred.

A rollicking, fresh frolic of fraud, families and fun.
 


Not Me

Gap II production – March 2015

Poster for Not Me

Directed by Hermione Gehle

“Not Me” is an artistic response to the proliferation of social media in the lives of today’s youth.

Throughout history advances in technology have aimed at making life easier, tasks quicker and communication less complicated. While there is no denying the internet provides all these things, there is a definite downside. The implications of cyberbullying, face-­stalking, privacy issues, a false sense of connection, narcissism, and associated addiction – despite the numerous studies – are yet fully realised. This exploration, into the virtual life of a generation that know no other world, exposes some of the pitfalls of naivety, over-dependence and the potential for future repercussions of revealing too much on social media.

Look up from your screens, iPads and iPhones.
Apples are for eating, not virtual meeting.
Inter-­gratification – temporary validation – the chance of permanent defamation.
An android belongs in outer space, not always stuck in front of your face.
Even when you’re tumblr famous,
Your fans and followers don’t know what your name is.
So when your biggest fans are on instragram,
It’s time to step back, get real, good luck.
Turn off. Switch on. LOOK UP!