Monthly Archives: August 2012







This government accredited Diploma of Screen Acting is a 2 Year Full-time intensive acting course covering various dialects, theatre performance, on screen combat, extended acting methods and techniques as well as the technical requirements and professional skills an actor is required to have on set and in post production. All tutors contracted for this course are current industry professionals.

On Graduation, the Diploma offers the students a major industry showcase comprising of a live stage performance and a screen performance presented to invited Industry Professionals including Casting Directors, Agents, Producers and Directors who are personally introduced to the graduates afterwards.

Based on the “Roberts Method”, the Diploma mixes a strong academic element with a hard-nosed professionalism. It provides total focus and immersion training in the unique skills and techniques required for screen acting to meet the demands of today’s industry.

Applicants can apply on line
For more info and application forms: T: (02) 9281 4484 or E: info

JANUARY 2012 intake


Part-time & Industry Recognised…


If you want to take that next step to being a professional actor and you don’t have time or wish to attend a formal training course such as the Screenwise 2 Year Full-time Diploma of Screen Acting, then you have to be realistic – you will need a current professional showreel to help get you there.
On completion of the Screenwise Showreel Course, actors will have a professional showreel of top industry standard shot on location by professional directors. The tuition and support provided by Screenwise and our industry working professional actors, directors and casting consultants for the duration of the course is second to none. Screenwise students have secured roles in shows such as Underbelly Badness, Rake, Packed To The Rafters and countless TV Commercials while studying at Screenwise.
The Showreel course is an extremely popular course and it fills very quickly.


Auditions for the Showreel Course
are happening now for the January 2013 intake.

Application fee: $55

If you are not successful in obtaining a place in the Showreel course your audition fee can be used towards another course more suitable.* Transfer of audition fee is valid for 6 months.

Audition Venue: Screenwise Studios | 84 – 86 Mary St Surry Hills NSW 2010

For audition booking details and application forms, please call Anne at Screenwise on (02) 9281 4484 or email info
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Terms & Conditions: There are no refunds or transfers on course fees paid.

©2012 Screenwise | 84-86 Mary Street Surry Hills NSW 2010


REVIEW: The Tempest

Director John Galea’s ‘steampunk vision’ of The Tempest is infused with a palpable affection for the potential of the Steampunk aesthetic, which fits Shakespeare’s play like a brass-buttoned leather glove. Whereas many productions of Shakepeare that attempt to update or transpose the Bard’s work into a different setting or genre have a laboured sense of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, Shakespeare’s The Tempest has always lent itself to mythological and futuristic interpretations, and the play feels quite at home in this steampunk production.

For those unfamiliar with the genre, steampunk is a romanticisation of the possibilities of the industrial revolution in an alternative Victorianesque universe, and has manifested over the last 25 years as a literary style, pop culture movement and visual aesthetic. At its best, the genre places its audience at a fanciful crossroad in time, fusing bittersweet nostalgia with the optimism of industry and progress. Similarly, the island setting of The Tempest intersects the treacherous and turgid history of the older generation with the hopeful possibilities of the next. The production is high on inventive, fanciful fun and imaginatively reworks the play’s supernatural elements without losing any of its essence.

The characterisation of Prospero as a ‘mad scientist’ was an effective one, and Dominic McDonald performed the role with a gravitas that grounded the show. All cast members embraced the potential of Galea’s vision of the play, with the comic duo of Emily Elise and Pascal Rueger as Trincula and Stephano providing the audience with several of the night’s laugh out loud moments. The steampunk packaging also allowed for the introduction of interesting theatrical devices that enhanced the play.

Filmed footage disguised as interactive monitors worked quite well, and the idea of Propero’s technology allowing for Miranda’s memories to be visible as flashbacks was particularly tantalising. The use of the monitors as surveillance was also effective in creating a sense of intimacy in the scene between Miranda and Ferdinand, performed with playful sweetness by Lana Kershaw and Richard Hilliar, while simultaneously lending a sense of omniscience to Prospero’s powers. In addition, pre-filming many of Ariel’s lines allowed the talented Christopher Hawkins to foreground his contact juggling skills, while emphasising the other-worldliness of Prospero’s spirit servant.

Particular mention must be made in regard to the elaborate and beautiful costumes, which so perfectly captured the Steampunk fashion. It was clear that no attention was spared in their creation, and it gave an authenticity to the vision of the production.

The Tempest is showing at Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville as part of the Sydney Fringe Festivaluntil 8 September 2012. For lovers of either steampunk or Shakespeare, the show is a must see.

Great shows this month, MORE free ticket offers and more!

Free tickets, theatre news and more…

To win, be among the first to email win giving your name and stating which show/performance you prefer.
(Scroll to bottom for special offers…)

NUCMS presents “By Jeeves”

NUCMS presents “By Jeeves”


Based on the “Jeeves” stories by P. G. Wodehouse
Copyright 1975 and 1996 by Jeeves Music Ltd/Universal MCA Music Limited.

International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved.


John Hogan as Jeeves and Kent Blackmore as Bertie Wooster
George Herok, Stefan Kent, Leonie Klopper, Chris Melotti
Martin Paterson Trevor Sharpham, Sarah Spear, Briony Visser
Cath Hale, Amelie Hale, Jen Paterson, Josh Paterson, Stephen Baker

Director – Ian Wesley
Musical Director – Andrew Bartle
Choreographer – Mel Warwick

Friday 5th (8pm) , Saturday 6th (2pm and 8pm), Saturday 13th (2pm and 8pm)
Sunday 14th (2pm) and Saturday 20th (2pm and 8pm) October 2012
Normanhurst Uniting Church, Buckingham Avenue, Normanhurst

Adults $30, Concessions $25, Children $15

`By Jeeves’ cleverly intertwines the twin English passions for amateur theatrics and bumbling silliness in a tale of escalating chaos and labyrinthine high jinx. Bertie Wooster is looking forward to enlivening a charity benefit at a church hall when his beloved banjo mysteriously goes missing. Assisted by the unflappable Jeeves and members of the fundraising committee, Bertie instead entertains the audience with an improvised account of how he and two chums all got their names and identities confused in the course of one riotously raucous weekend. The evening unfolds to the accompaniment of some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most vivacious and sprightly music, making `By Jeeves’ the perfect family entertainment.

Great shows this month, free ticket offers and more!

He following information comes from the latest Watchdog Shownews e-bulletin with news of terrific shows now open and opening soon.

Plus some free ticket offers just for you (scroll to the bottom for details)

SYDNEY FRINGE! from Sept 7 to 30 at Venues all over Sydney, the inner west, inner east, northshore and beyond!

Plus 100+ amazing events from theatre to comedy, burleque and cabaret to circus, dance, visual arts and so much more.
Visit now!


We have a limited number of free double passes to giveaway:

Murder Most Funny this Thursday 23 Sept 7pm at the Tap Gallery Darlinghurst “Fun and Entertaining” (Theatre Junkies) “Hilarious!” (Weekend Notes) “Genuine laughs” (Stage Whispers)

Nunsense Friday 31 August 8pm at Bexley RSL
Rockdale Musical Society’s hit musical comedy

Tommy Bradson’s “Sweet 16 – or The Birthday Party Massacre” – opening night Tues 25 or Wed 26 Sept 9.30pm Seymour Centre Reginald Theatre

Dating World – with Stevl Shefn and his translator Fatima – opening night Tues 25 or Wed 26 Sept 8pm New Theatre, Newtown (45 mins)

To win, be among the first to email win giving your name and stating which show/performance you prefer.

The critics agree… Murder Most Funny! is a great night out…

Don’t just take our word for it…

“Murder Most Funny is a clever nod to Australian culture… you’ll surely find this performance hilarious.” – Weekend Notes

“A production of warmth and gentle humour. It provides some genuine laughs and is well worth a trip…” – Stage Whispers

“Seaton-Kay Smith as ‘Kevin’ is a stand-out performer with some hilarious one-liners…Murder most Funny is fun and entertaining original work…” – Theatre Junkies

“It’s a wonderful set-up… the actors have great fun with their comic, quirky, easily recognisable characters as they play out a scenario to its clever denouement… Laumberg’s 12th play…provides plenty of good family entertainment. ” – Australian Jewish News

The world’s most popular children’s band, the Giggles, have an adult-sized problem. Following a knockout performance for their thousands of young fans they discover their manager dead in their dressing room with a knife in his back. Suddenly they’re all accused of murder! Watch the mystery unfold with an unlikely list of suspects and enough clues and red herrings to baffle even the most eagle-eyed and dogged detective. Which Giggle did it? Did all of them? What will the children think?

Starring Jasmin Certoma, Nick Hunter, Seaton Kay-Smith, Peter Talmacs & Tricia Youlden, directed by Richard Cotter.

Come join the fun. The play runs at the TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst to 9 Sept
Ticket prices are: $30.00/$25.00 conc. or group of 8+/$20.00 (U/16)

Wed to Fri at 7.00 pm, Sat at 7.30 pm and Sun at 4.00 pm.

For more information go to

Book now by calling MCA-Tix on 1300 306 776 or go to

Hornsby Musical Society presents ‘Into the Woods’

Hornsby Musical Society is pleased and excited to announce it’s upcoming musical will take an adventure into the world of “once upon a time” with Stephen Sondheims’s Into the Woods.

This fractured fairy tale combines the well known children’s stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Ridinghoood with the story of the Baker and his wife who desperately want a child. as each of the characters ventures into the woods searching for their happy ever after they encounter princes, runaway brides, wolves, and witches along the way … but will they find their happy ever after?

The production will be Directed & Musically Directed by talented local musician Steven Kreamer, assisted by Dave Morgan, and Jess Grimmold.

The show will feature the talents of many Hornsby regulars and some new faces from around Hornsby, and all over Sydney.
Performance dates for Into the Woods at the Hornsby RSL will be Friday 24th August @ 8pm, Saturday 25th August @ 8pm, Sunday 26th August @ 2pm, Friday 31st August @ 8pm and Saturday 1st September @ 2pm and 8pm.

Family tickets are available. booking can be made through Hornsby RSL on 9477 7777 or visit the Hornsby RSL website or directly from

For more information on Hornsby Musical Society visit https://www.hornsbyms.orgor find us on facebook to stay up to date with all the news.

Pirates take to the Zenith this weekend!

Gilbert & Sullivan’s perennial favourite "The Pirates of Penzance" opens this Friday at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood!
Take a rollicking band of orphan-friendly pirates, a bumbling force of policemen, a Scottish pattering Major-General, a lovesick piratical nurserymaid and a gaggle of beautiful maidens, mix them with a leap year paradox and some of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most endearing music and you have the makings of a great night out!
With a cast including many professional performers, this show marks Savoy Arts’s 27th year.
The traditional ‘out-of-town’ performance at Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands last weekend was a complete sell-out! Standing room only and the biggest audience the venue had ever had!

Sydney Performances are:

Friday Aug 24th 8pm
Saturday Aug 25th 8pm
Sunday Aug 26th 3pm

Friday Aug 31st 8pm
Saturday Sept 1st 2pm
Saturday Sept 1st 8pm.

Venue: The Zenith Theatre, Cnr McIntosh & Railway Sts, Chatswood

Online bookings:
Box office & enquiries: 02 9777 7547

Ticket prices: Adult $36 | Concession $30 | Child $20 | Groups (10+ adults) $30 each
N.B. Theatre booking fee of $3 applies to each booking (irrespective of number of tickets purchased).


Last performances of Coup d’Etat… don’t miss it!

Last 3 chances tonight, Fri and Sat to see bAKEHOUSE theatre’s "Coup d’Etat" at the Bondi Pavilion.

Brilliantly directed by Suzanne Millar, it features the stellar cast of Monroe Reimers, Renee Lim, Shingo Usami, Cat Martin and Donald Sword.

Here’s a
few of the reviews it’s received:

"This is a riveting political thrille … an explosively powerful play… under the scintillating direction of Suzanne Millar" – Sydney Arts Guide

"Coup d’Etat is one of the year’s most pleasant surprises… deeply compelling human drama and electrifying philosophical debate… the entire cast does a superb job." – The Samesame

"Textured, rich and immediate. It is bright, fast-paced and colourful, conveying the beauty of Malaysia through effective staging and a beautifully simple set design… Coup d’Etat is a very important play" –