THEATRE @ RISK FESTIVALS OF NEW WRITING 2006-07

ClientTheatre @ Risk
Date2006-07
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FEBRUARY 2006, Fortyfivedownstairs, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

TWENTIETH CENTURY CLOSE UP FESTIVAL
Festival Directors: Kirrilly Brentnall, Chris Bendall, Bree Hadley,
Fortyfivedownstairs, February 2006
A week long festival of rehearsed readings, forums, performances and ideas

FUTUR DE LUXE by Igor Bauersima, directed by Susie Dee

WAY TO HEAVEN by Juan Mayorga, directed by Victor Bizzotto
ID by Antony Sher, directed by Yvonne Virsik

MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN adapted by Salman Rushdie, Simon Reade & Tim Supple, directed by Polash Larsen

SEPTEMBER 2007, The Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall,

FESTIVAL OF NEW WRITING:
FAITH HOPE AND CHARITY

Festival Director: Chris Bendall
Forums : Chaired by Peter Clarke.

HEAVEN by George F. Walker – Canada
directed by Chris Bendall
THE ORPHANAGE PROJECT by Angela Betzien – Australia
directed by Clare Watson
CONSTANCE DRINKWATER AND THE FINAL DAYS OF SOMERSET
by Stephen Carleton – Australia
directed by Victor Bizzotto
EZEKIEL’S SONG by Jonathon Ari Lander – Australia
directed by Brett Adam
INCOMPLETE AND RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS by David Eldrige – UK
directed by Chris Bendall
EVIDENCE by Ross Mueller – Australia
directed by Ross Mueller / dramaturg Brett Adam
HAMLYN by Juan Mayorga – Spain
directed by Brett Adam
BLACK BOX 149 by Rosemary Johns – Australia
directed by Chris Bendall
THREE DOG NIGHT by Petra Kalive
adapted from the novel by Peter Goldsworthy – Australia
directed by Yvonne Virsik
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM AND THE FLOWERS OF THE KORAN
by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt – France
directed by Victor Bizzotto
Festival of New Writing 2007 – Faith Hope and Charity
DETAILED PROGRAM GUIDE

HEAVEN by George F. Walker (Canada)
FRIDAY 7th September @ 7:30pm
Directed by Chris Bendall
cast includes Neil Pigot, Anastasia Malinoff, Anya Beyersdorf, Grant Durham
Jimmy’s marriage is falling apart, his best friend is a corrupt revenge-seeking cop, and the only grounded person in his world is a homeless heroin-addicted stilt-walker. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and widely-produced playwrights, and this is one of his most deliciously entertaining works, breathlessly transporting us from the brutal to the sublime and the ridiculous. A riotous black comedy about redemption and eternal salvation.

“Tough and blackly humorous, this is Walker’s most gloriously audacious and most original work to date” Toronto Star

THE ORPHANAGE PROJECT by Angela Betzien (Australia)
SATURDAY 8th September @ 4pm
Directed by Clare Watson
cast includes Melanie Beddie, Jodie le Vesconte, Odette Joannidis
This new work from multi-award winning, AWGIE nominated playwright Angela Betzien (Hoods) premiered at Queensland Theatre Co in 2003. A series of richly drawn and vividly theatrical vignettes, seen through the eyes of two orphans, that paint a devastating portrait of a society across the ages that has neglected to take responsibility for its children.

“This compelling journey through the Dickensian underbelly of Australian culture suggests that its writer has a bright theatrical future” The Australian.

** Forum follows the reading: “Is there any hope offered by / for live performance?”
Panellists to include authors Angela Betzien and Stephen Carleton in a forum chaired by Peter Clarke
CONSTANCE DRINKWATER AND THE FINAL DAYS OF SOMERSET
by Stephen Carleton (Australia)
SATURDAY 8th September @ 7:30pm
directed by Victor Bizzotto
cast includes James Wardlaw and Leighton Young
2005 Patrick White Award, 2006 Winner of the New Dramatist’s Award
It is 1899 and only the resolve of Lady Constance Drinkwater has kept the Far North Queensland settlement of Somerset from crumbling. Beset by storms and ill-luck, it is the arrival of two strangers that sets in motion the events of the final catastrophic days of Somerset. Hilarious, haunting, and bone-chilling, this is a work that will keep you enthralled to the final moments.

“Unashamedly gothic, melodramatic and with the plot of a thriller… Constance Drinkwater is remarkable new Australian theatre.” Sydney Morning Herald

EZEKIEL’S SONG by Jonathan Ari Lander (Australia)
SUNDAY 9th September @ 5pm
directed by Brett Adam
cast includes Eugene Schlusser and Beejan Olfat
An explosive new play set in Jerusalem in 1996. Shimon Peres is Prime Minister. It is the eve of elections and the height of the Oslo peace process. It is a time of hope and great expectations. But good times are not destined to last here… The personal and the political collide in this richly rewarding new play about the tragic consequences of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“There is nothing as whole as a broken Heart” Rabbi of Kotsk

** Forum follows the reading: “Blending the personal and the political in theatre”
Panellists to include author Jonathan Ari Lander, alongisde playwright/actor/director Shahin Shafaei (Through the Wire, Homebody / Kabul), in a forum chaired by Peter Clarke
INCOMPLETE AND RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
by David Eldridge (UK)
WEDNESDAY 12th September @ 7:30pm
Directed by Chris Bendall
Cast includes: Angus Grant, Anastasia Malinoff, Wahibe Moussa

A brilliant, brave and challenging new work from the author of the hugely successful stage adaptation of Festen. Joey is an ordinary man for whom the world around him seems both extraordinary yet somehow illusory. Is it him or is it the world that is out of joint? Having lost his mother and alienated his fiancée, he takes on the mentoring of a troubled, young boy named Trevor. Joey’s stepmother tries to keep him in check, and his dad wants to build bridges with him, but when Trevor gets killed, his family wants answers.

“Eldridge combines a hugely sympathetic sensibility with rare dramatic power, and one leaves this exceptional play rejoicing in his talent and impatient for his next.” Telegraph

EVIDENCE by Ross Mueller (Australia)
THURSDAY 13th September @ 7:30pm
Directed by Ross Mueller
featuring: Neil Pigot, Natasha Herbert, James Wardlaw, Heather Bolton James Saunders and Andrew Jewson

“Good people can make bad choices.” A sharp and gripping new psychological thriller by Wal Cherry Award winning, AWGIE nominated playwright Ross Mueller (The Ghost Writer, Construction of the Human Heart). A detective’s career on the line for an act of charity gone terribly wrong. A dangerous affair exposed on the internet. All they have to do to save themselves is lie. An investigation into the art of betrayal by one of Melbourne’s most fascinating and prolific writers.

“Mueller’s script is a rich, rewarding example of the possibilities of play writing.” The Age (Construction of the Human Heart)

** Forum follows the reading: “Investigating the Writing Process”
Panellists to include award-winning author Ross Mueller in a forum chaired by Peter Clarke

HAMLYN by Juan Mayorga (SPAIN)
Translated by David Johnston
FRIDAY 14th September @ 7:30pm
Directed by Brett Adam
featuring Neil Pigot, Jane Nolan, Isabella Dunwill, Andre Jewson, Anastasia Malinoff and Greg Ulfan
A judge begins a highly public and highly politicised investigation into a series of terrible wrongs being committed against the children of his town. Is his suspect guilty of the crimes with which he is charged? Are his unexplainable acts of generosity purely altruistic? And does the court of public opinion care now that the media is onto the story? A fascinating and complex new play by one of Spain’s most original new voices.

“A compelling, cunningly constructed play” The Independent UK (Way to Heaven)

BLACK BOX 149 by Rosemary Johns (Australia)
SATURDAY 15th September @ 4pm
Directed by Chris Bendall
featuring Neil Pigot
The day that launched two gulf wars. A British pilot trapped at Kuwait airport. One plane. One black box. One suicide note. This powerful new play by Rosemary Johns (Carrying Shoes into the Unknown) is gripping and visceral storytelling written with ferocious passion and energy.

** Forum follows the reading: “New Forms: Have We Seen It All Already?”
Panellists to include: Writer/director and current Acting Head of Discipline at the VCA School of Drama Richard Murphet, poet/theatre critic/blogger Alison Croggon, playwright Rosemary Johns and Artistic Director of Theatre @ Risk Chris Bendall in a forum chaired by Peter Clarke

THREE DOG NIGHT by Petra Kalive (Australia)
Adapted from the novel by Peter Goldsworthy
SATURDAY 15th September @ 7:30pm
Directed by Yvonne Virsik
Cast includes: Jude Beaumont and Grant Durham
Three Dog Night journeys to the vast expanse of the Australian outback and takes us deep into the desert of the human soul. A doctor who has lost his faith, a jealous husband, and a woman’s ultimate act of charity. This is a profoundly moving new work, rich in symbolism, which confronts our notions of scientific and spiritual faith, and the limits of human kindness. Goldsworthy’s novel was nominated for the Miles Franklin Award.
“An intense and brilliant novel about the fathomless human capacity for self-deception” Sydney Morning Herald

MONSIEUR IBRAHIM AND THE FLOWERS OF THE KORAN
By Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (France)
Translated by Stephanie Laporte
SUNDAY 16th September @ 5pm
Directed by Victor Bizzotto
It is Paris in the 1960s. Momo, a suddenly orphaned twelve-year-old Jewish boy, befriends an elderly Arab grocer living on Blue Street. The result is a hugely rewarding, heart-warming and comic tale, by one of France’s most celebrated authors, which has also been adapted for the screen with Omar Sharif in the title role.