Toning Up and… Boning Up? 0

This week sees the opening of both a new theatre venue in Melbourne and a sensational, brand new Australian musical. Sexercise: The Musical is a hilarious and touching romp of a show that explores one couple’s journey to re-igniting their relationship. I get to play the lead role of Joe, opposite the gorgeous Nicole Melloy […]

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Man-Slave to a Pop Princess! *UPDATED 0

Sometimes burning the candle at both ends (as my gran would say), and stretching yourself creatively can be – despite the bags under my eyes! – just so incredibly rewarding. While rehearsing and performing the heavy, emotionally draining drama of The Parricide over the last few months, I have simultaneously been co-creating and rehearsing a […]

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The Parricide at La Mama 0

Over the last few months I have been workshopping and rehearsing a breathtaking new play by Dianne Stubbings, The Parricide, about a tumultuous period in the life of Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. WG have just completed an exhausting three-week season at Melbourne’s respected La Mama theatre. The play – winner of an R. E. Ross […]

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Green Room Awards Savaged! *UPDATED 0

The 2013 Green Room Award nominations have just been released, and in an incredibly high-calibre crowd, Savages has scored a total of eight nods in the Independent Theatre category! Luke Elliot has received special commendation, being nominated for Best Male Performer – well done, Luke! – and all four of us have been nominated for […]

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Patricia Wins Premier’s Award! 0

Patricia Cornelius has just won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama for 2013’s Savages! The text itself is what’s up for recognition, judged seperately from our fortyfivedownstairs production last year. The play floored me on first reading, and the judges were obviously equally impressed: “From the first page, Cornelius asks us to reconsider form […]

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Tales of the Laneway *UPDATED 0

WATCH THIS SPACE over the next few months, as our contribution to Melbourne’s 24 Hour Experience is workshopped and sculpted. Tales of the Laneway is the newest project from the mind of young writer Casey Nicholls and is under the direction of the wonderful Susie Dee. Drifting junkies, a burlesque performer, a cross-dresser, and a […]

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Wrapped Ham 0

Described as “an auspicious beginning for a fine independent theatre company”, Fat Pig captured the hearts of its target audience, the attention of the industry, and high praise from the reviewers*! As anticipated, all the members of the project carried out their jobs with passion and talent, and it’s hard to imagine a better team […]

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Our Big Fat Debut Production 0

After a year of planning, Lab Kelpie Productions debut production – Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig – is within days of opening! Adam and I started Lab Kelpie last year so we could not only produce our own theatre projects, but produce works that capture the hearts – and bums on seats – of people who […]

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The Trip of a Lifetime 2

I’ve been feeling pretty spoiled recently, having had the opportunity to work on some incredible shows with über-talented people, and – this is yet another – the last few months has seen the final development, rehearsals and performances of the new Patricia Cornelius-penned Savages, directed by Susie Dee and presented by fortyfivedownstairs. With a timely, […]

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Sunday Sunset 0

The Victorian Arts Centre Playhouse stage saw the final performance of Victorian Opera’s Sunday in the Park with George on the weekend. I have been burning the candle at both ends the last month – racing straight from the grueling rehearsals for the upcoming Savages straight to the Arts Centre for Sunday performances – but […]

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July at the Opera with George 0

After MONTHS of availability wrangling, it is with great relief that I can finally confirm I will be appearing in Stephen Sondheim’s stunning Sunday in the Park with George for the Victorian Opera in July. After seeing me in High as a Kite at Chapel off Chapel in March, director Stuart Maunder approached me to […]

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Penelope Wrap-Up 0

Red Stitch’s Penelope wrapped up at Theatreworks on the weekend, and now I have a few days to recover from the exhaustion – and an awful flu that kicked in about halfway through the season! Here are a couple of great reviews I got for my performance as überbully Quinn (see more feedback from this […]

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Penelope: Well-Oiled Wooing 1

Since performing in The Pride last year I have had my fingers crossed, hoping to work with the passionate, talented team at Red Stitch Actors Theatre again. Happily, in a few weeks, I will be appearing in the second show for Red Stitch’s Season 1 2013, Penelope. Penned by one of my favourite playwrights, Irishman Enda Walsh, this fast, dark […]

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Red Stitch, Green With Pride! *UPDATED* 0

The nominations for the 2012 Green Room Awards – recognising Melbourne’s best performing arts – are out, and I am thrilled to announce I have been nominated! Myself and the wonderful cast of Red Stitch’s The Pride – Ben Geurens, Ngaire Dawn Fair and Ben Prendegast – have all been nominated as Best Ensemble in the Theatre (Companies) category. The […]

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Savages: The Animal Within… 0

This past week saw the latest script development of Patricia Cornelius’s brilliant and incisive new work Savages. Inspired in part by the 2002 death of Dianne Brimble aboard an Australian cruise ship at the hands of a group of male passengers, this new work is a powerful, dramatic expose of the dehumanising potential of group peer […]

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Closed House! 0

Richard Maxwell’s House finished its short run for Melbourne Fringe Festival last weekend. It featured myself, Julia Grace, Roderick Cairns and Harrison Smith, and was directed by Samara Hersch. Highlighting the bizarre was Eugyeene Teh’s wonderful (RED!!) set design and Costumes by Yun Perez, as well as Chris Wenn’s moody soundscape and Yasmin Santoso’s eerie lighting. Here […]

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New York Absurdity at Melbourne Fringe 0

Rehearsals have been underway for some weeks now for my next project, a production of Richard Maxwell’s House, directed by Samara Hersch for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Anyone familiar with quirky, avant-garde writer/director Richard Maxwell and his New York City Players will know his is a style of its very own. Performances are usually delivered completely deadpan with minimal […]

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Magnormos: A Musical Celebration 0

Last night I performed in beloved Melbourne theatre company Magnormos’s annual OzMade showcase. OzMade is a night to celebrate the history, the current state, and the exciting future of Australian musical theatre. This year’s concert was especially thrilling as it also clocks the ten-year anniversary of the company. As well as providing a glimpse of some fresh, upcoming works from […]

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The Pride Wrap-Up 0

The Pride finished up last weekend at Red Stitch with some absolutely dynamite shows. In most runs of other shows, the production hits a quality “plateau” in which characters and scenes become quite set, and actors cease to discover any different nuance in their nightly performances. I’m so glad to say that The Pride kept evolving, kept acquiring […]

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From The Heretic to The Pride 0

I am pleased to announce that I will play the lead role of Philip in the Australian premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s award-winning play The Pride. Directed by Green Room Award-winner Gary Abrahams for the prestigious Red Stitch Actors Theatre, The Pride follows on from my recent performance as Geoff Tordoff opposite the wonderful Noni Hazlehurst in Richard […]

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