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.
Earlybird tickets: $15
Matinee: Wed and Fri 11:30am
atyp.com.au or 02 9270 2400
ATYP Studio 1 – The Whair
Pier 4/5 Hickson Road
There are lots of opportunities for emerging writers and theatre makers at the moment. Playwriting Australia has made a callout for Dramaturgy Interns. These interns will recieve ‘access to training and mentoring by industry professionals, and get to develop their practical skills in script assessment and explore the process of giving dramaturgical feedback.’
The internship is available to Sydney and Melbourne based playwrights, directors or dramaturgs. Applications close Monday the 24th of March, 5pm.
Additionally, there has been a call out for applications for the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing. The award is open to emerging writers enrolled in either an undergraduate or honours degree. For the first year ever, the award is open to both students from Australia and New Zealand.
First prize is $4000. The highest placed student from Monash University will receive $1000. Both winners will be published in Verge, Monash University’s student publication. Entries have to be 1500–3000 words. Applications close Thursday the 17th of April.
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.
How’s the serenity?
Three weeks ago I went away to the ATYP National Studio. I met talented people, took in beautiful scenery and churned out some writing I’m pretty stoked about. I could have not generated the work that I did without the unique environment that the National Studio provided.
I want to say a huge thank you for Australian Theatre for Young People for having programs like this. It was an incredible learning experience.
If you are a young writer I encourage you to apply for the National Studio. I think the call-out will be next year but you can be sure to know by liking/following/stalking Fresh Ink on facebook, twitter and checking the website.
If you are a philanthropist who is wanting to donate to something artsy, I definitely encourage you to support the Fresh Ink program.
Great things have come out of the program such as The Language of Love: a film by young writer Kim Ho. It has reached 489,634 views (at the time of writing) and attracted global attention.
Candy Royalle with troubadours.
Troubadours and Minstrels was an explorative spoken word poetry event held as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, hosted by slam poetry non-for profit Word Travels. After being split into four groups, guests were invited to explore a different side of the Rocks. The audience members were led through the historic area by troubadours to cracks and crevasses where minstrels appeared and performed. In the first week (18th, 19th May), it was the poetry of Cj Shaw, Jade Oldfield, Catherina Behan and Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich) that dazzled the audience. The second week (26th May) featured performances by Anis Mojgani, CJ Bowerbird, Jo Sri and Eleanor Jackson. Both weeks were hosted by Candy Royalle.
It was a fantastic event that left audience members begging for more time with the very talented poets (it was hard to get them to move on). It was an honour to see such highly esteemed performers in such intimate spaces.
2012 Australian Poetry Slam runner up Jo Sri.
Candy Royalle warms up the audience.
Australian Poetry Slam 2012 winner CJ Bowerbird performing.
Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Out Loud slam and recent National Poetry Slam finalist Eleanor Jackson performing.
Eleanor Jackson performing.
National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam Anis Mojgani in the intimate space.
Anis Mojgani performing.
NOTES: I was only able to get pictures of the performances on the second week. Apologies for the Iphone quality of the photos.
Wednesday marked the opening night of the May Day Playwrights’ Festival held at Tap Gallery. Over the next two weeks the exciting new festival will showcase the writing of Australian playwrights.
Last week, the festival presented the work of the 7-ON Playwrights with performances of monologues from their published collection: ‘No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames’. The monologues were directed by festival co-director Augusta Supple.
The opening night was a lively event with many of the Sydney scene’s movers and shakers, and theatre makers, in attendance. Delicious rolls were on offer from new franchise Mr Crackles. The five spiced pork belly with crispy crackling and Vietnamese salad proved to be a favourite among the theatre goers.
This week will showcase a collection of nine monologues and duologues titled ‘The Solitudes’, directed by nine directors and performed by nine actors. Little God, directed and written by AFI -Award winning actor Nicholas Hope, will finish off the exciting festival with a performance from festival co-producer Jeremy Waters.
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Festival Producers Augusta Supple and Jeremy Waters.
Three x 1 Week Seasons: 8th- 25th May 2013
Performing Wednesdays – Saturdays, 8pm
The Tap Gallery Theatre, 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
75 Minutes (No Interval)
TICKETS: $20/ $15
PLAYWRIGHTS BONUS: Receive a concession priced ticket if you provide the Mayday Box Office Staff with a new play to read.
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In November Carolyn Eccles, Natalie Rogers and I were Artists In Residence at Q Theatre. During the residency we developed a performance art/theatre piece. The residency was organised by the wonderful StageJuice who ran Freshly Squeezed. Caz, Nat and I came together through Freshly Squeezed and performed as ‘The Cabana Bay Club Dancers’. I don’t have much that I can leak about the development at present but I can share a photo! Intriguing no?