Luke Lloyd Alienoid @ ATYP

Luke Llyod Alienoid

Luke Llyod isn’t like other boys at school but luckily he knows exactly why he doesn’t fit in: he’s half alien. Being half alien comes with many benefits: he can talk to animals and can become invisible. But when the school ‘fathers vs students game’ comes up, the school bully insists on meeting Llyod’s father. However, contacting aliens is never easy.

Luke Llyod is a great twist on classic story of a boy who is struggling to fit in. While the story is definitely geared to younger audiences, it’s a production that anyone can take something away from. The acting is great, especially from such a young cast and stand out performances are made by the Bully and Luke Llyod. The production uses three projectors that are seamlessly integrated, for a production that feels entirely modern in both themes and technology. I recommend it.

Tickets
Full: $20
Earlybird tickets: $15

Times
Wed-Sat 7:00pm
Sun: 5:00pm
Matinee: Wed and Fri 11:30am

Bookings
atyp.com.au or 02 9270 2400

Venue
ATYP Studio 1 – The Whair
Pier 4/5 Hickson Road

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Mixology Review

Mixology is a tv series that takes on a challenging premise, the entire series follows what happens to a group of people in one night. That’s right, enough drama goes on in one night to cover thirteen entire twenty-two minute episodes. And the creators of the show Jon Lucas and Scott Moore pull it off, almost.

Mixology is set in a bar in Manhattan. It’s a character driven sitcom: each episode focuses on one relationship or group. You have the usual collection of stereotypes: the whipped guy who just got dumped, the career driven man eater, the New Jersey housewife, the naïve girl, the charming British guy, the hot but dumb bartender, and any number of caricatures. As the series moves on you get little snippets into the background of each: who’s sleeping with who, who’s got a thing for certain types and it is entertaining to watch the different characters interact and flip flop between choosing which sexual partner they will eventually (at the series finale) go home with.

Watched in several doses the series would be enjoyable, but if you watch it all in one go (as I did) you see all the flaws laid bare. The humour is, at all times, light and obvious. The night never ends, and for the more critical viewer, it’s sometimes hard to continue to sustain disbelief: ‘You just got rejected by two guys you liked, why would you not just go home?’. If you are looking to be challenged, don’t bother. But if you’re looking for an easy to watch extended romantic comedy about life as a single person, then you’ve hit jack-pot.

BITE ME

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My monologue ‘Facon’ is being performed in an amazing show called ‘Bite Me’. There are only four more chances for you to see it! Make sure you get down to Australian Theatre for Young People before it’s gone forever!

Check out some of the great reviews for Bite Me:

…”this is a production that fascinates and impresses. It is thoroughly original.” Suzy Goes See

…”is a delightful picaresque performance centring on food.” Australian Stage

…”a flowing, varied and physically interesting showcase for the Australian Theatre for Young People’s fourth instalment of its Voices Project. It is the best to date.” Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald

…”Bite Me brings quite a lot to the table.” Lloyd Bradford-Sykes, The Daily Review

It’s a great show that has a huge team of creatives behind it. Support Australian writing and young people in theatre!

To buy tickets just click here.

A View From Moving Windows Tribute Video

Harnessing the creative talents of some of Sydney’s most dynamic and prestigious playwrights, A View From Moving Windows was a play inspired by train travel to and from the thriving and vibrant geographical centre of Sydney, Parramatta. It was created as part of the Riverside Theatre’s True West season. This is a tribute video for the production created by Felicity Pickering.

The song used in this production is ‘Precious’ by Appleonia. You can purchase and find out more about Appleonia here:

http://www.appleoniamusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/appleoniamusic

A View From Moving Windows Blogging

It has been almost a month since I finished blogging for A View From Moving Windows. It was an amazing experience and I felt like I learnt a lot from it. It was a great opportunity to figure out the nuts and bolts of doing online marketing for a production. I want to thank Augusta Supple for giving me the opportunity. I also wanted to say thanks to all the castthe team and the writers for being incredibly welcoming. Also, a huge thanks to Nicole Dimitriadis for being my co-blogger and comrade.

Although the production is over I suggest you check out the blog. It actually works well as a stand alone collection of creative writing  and memories inspired by train travel and Parramatta. I think so at least (I might be biased).

I started off this post wanting to highlight two pieces of writing that I am particularly proud of from the blog. It has come to my attention that this blog features very little of my own writing (except for event coverage and reviews), so I thought it might be a good way of showing my creative side. So, please read some examples of my work:

http://aviewfrommovingwindows.com/?p=461

http://aviewfrommovingwindows.com/?p=550

‘Redfern Now’ Premiere

The new drama series from ABC, ‘Redfern Now’ was screened at The Block in Redfern yesterday. ‘Redfern Now’ is the first-ever Indigenous television drama and boasts a great cast including Wayne Blair, Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens, Leah Purcell, Dean Daley-Jones, Jimi Bani and Kelton Pell. The  six-part series was produced by Blackfella Films in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Screen NSW. The TV series is filmed and set in the suburbs of Redfern.

Last night 3000 people were met with ice cream, sausage sizzles and juice boxes at the iconic Block. Performances were made by Casey Donovan and Marcus Corowa, and despite the strict alcohol ban everyone in the audience seem to have fun. Couples cosied up on their picnic mats and kids ran around on the equipment. It was a wonderful night, mostly for the diversity of people it attracted. I definitely think the night was a great success. It certainly attracted a lot of attention to the show and seemed very well received by the audience. I’m excited to tune in.

All photography by me!

 

Neighbours

When a home depot mistake breaks the separation between neighbours Sal and Ally, they are confronted anew by their co-existence. How far can neighbourly duty be pushed?

 

 

I’ve written and directed a short play called ‘Neighbours’ with Olivia Mayberry. The play is being presented by Backstage: University of Technology’s Theatre and Film Society. It will be performed on the 7th and 8th of September along with several other short plays. Come on down and check it out!

‘Neighbours’ will star Madeline Wilson and Margot Kelly. Here are some pictures of one of the rehearsals to inspire you to come.

Alongside ‘Neighbours’ you can see my talented fellow UTS Writers! Here are the rest of the shows.

Snappy Jaws
Written and Directed by Emma Smith
Three young women are getting ready together for a party. They have red wine, chapped lips, and cheap red lipstick. The party theme is also red (like, Ronald McfuckenDonald red. Like, menstrual blood red). They have snappy jaws. Throats sliding with cold wet flavours teeth grinding out shapes of lasers lips swollen with what is still to say and then…

Character 1: Tess Barber
Character 2: Millie Hauritz
Character 3: Ariella Stoian

The General’s Tea Party
Written and Directed by Rachel Sandeman

An Australian and a British soldier discuss the futility of life within the trenches of World War One. Tea always solves an international crisis.

Digger: Scott Leek
Tommy: Patrick Griffiths

The Critics
Written and Directed by Lonie Pizarro

The audience is seated. The popcorn vendors are gone. The lights have dimmed. But the play has yet to commence. Renowned theatre critics Klaus Astor and Johann Von Mises are not amused.

Klaus: Christopher Comerford
Johann: Brendan Missio

Woman Kind
Written, Directed and Performed By Michelle McCowage

Is it possible that we’re all a multitude of various characters hiding within one body? This short play explores the complexity of the human condition, revealing we have more in common then we most likely realise.

Exhibit
Written and Directed by Louise Jaques

Lottie, a cynic, and Simon, a romantic, are two strangers who begin talking at the latest exhibtion of Zurich Barber; acclaimed abstract artist.

Lottie: Claudia Coy
Simon: Liam Egan

What the cat dragged in
Written by Cindy Dang
Directed by Stephen Godfrey

Three roommates are sharing a dark secret. Everything falls apart when Tim Tam the cat brings in a deadly reminder.

A- Melisa Bactol
B- Patrick Ta
C- Miki Takahashi

Waiting
Written and Directed by Liam EganWhen the world is about to end, all Craig wants to do is take care of his sister, read the paper and hassle the people panicking all around.Craig: Che Fisher
Amelia: Danni Robertson
Patricia: Sabeth Kastanias
Daniel: Andrew SalinasCheerleaders
Written & Directed by Justin Wolfers
Performed by Clare CholertonA monologue in which a woman spends time revisiting her childhood. She liked ice cream and running in the sunshine and wearing pigtails. She lived in an endless summer and her mother spoiled her. She was oblivious.

Bleeps
Written and Directed by Chris Mckay

‘I get knocked down. I mash the A-Button till I get back up again’

Gamer 1: Melisa Bactol
Gamer 2: Tasia Bafatakis
Player 1: Andrew Salinas
Player 2: Michael Truong

Bath Salts
Written and Directed by Jake Nielsen

One man tries to warn his friend of the impending zombie apocalypse.

Dude 1: Callum Braithwaite
Dude 2: Chris Mckay

Reset
Written and Directed By Ariella Stoian

Stef and Jay wait for Daniel to come home. They have a conversation about Stef’s day. Words little matter to meaning.

Stef: Dylan Pope
Jay: Marcus Higgins
Daniel: Chris Mckay