Monthly Archives: October 2012

NUCMS announces auditions for our “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: the rock musical”

NUCMS presents

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
the rock musical

Music & Lyrics by George Griggs

Information Night – Tuesday 30th October

Auditions – Thursday 8th November

Performances May 2013

Normanhurst Uniting Church, 2 Buckingham Avenue, Normanhurst NSW

Director – Ian wesley
Musical Director – Francis Voon
Choreographer – Mel Warwick

The course of true love never did run smooth – especially when it is fickle teenage love

In this modern adaptation of the Shakespearean comedy of fickle teenage love, magic and moonlight, the action is relocated to a modern-day city. Hermia is the Mayor’s daughter and is in love with Lysander, a musician in a rock band. Dimitri, a self-centred musician in the same rock band, fancies Hermia, but is being persued by her cousin, Helena. Bottom and his gardening team, who are amateur musicians, harbour a secret desire to become a professional Cover Band, and all fall foul of the mischievous Puck, the helper of Fairy King Oberon, who is estranged from his wife, Tytania.

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Review: Savage in Limbo, by Workhorse Theatre Co.

By Emily Elise

Only familiar with John Patrick Stanley’s ‘Doubt’, ‘Savage in limbo’ was a completely new experience for me. Anyone need a monologue? Buy the script. A great piece for actors as each one has a chance in the spotlight.

Set in a lonely bar in the Bronx, 32 year old virgin Debise Savage makes her first friend in the local sexpot then proceeds to attempt to steal her boyfriend who has just professed he wants to date “ugly girls”. You know, just your usual Monday night! Other habitants of the bar include a barman who has a particular way with drinks and an alcoholic who once wanted to be a nun. As we move through the script each character has at least one juicy monologue unravelling a little more about them and forming new relationships constantly with the others in the bar.

32-year-old Denise Savage (Katherine Beck) bursts in with a heavy American accent and sets the tone for the rest of the piece. Zoe Trilsbach was a standout making me wonder what she was like in real life as she played Linda so convincingly. The only thing missing was some light and shade, which I feel could have come with some sharper direction. With most of the characters in heightened emotional states the whole time it took away from some of the character building small moments. It was, however, an overall well rehearsed production with talented actors who work together seamlessly.

Savage In Limbo is showing at the Tap Gallery until November 3rd. Click here for more info.

Review: Hotel Hibiscus, produced by Epicentre Theatre Company.

By Cameron Malcher

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Produced by Epicentre Theatre Co, ‘Hotel Hibiscus’ is a play that taps into the Australian theatre tradition of exploring uncomfortable and unspoken issues through storytelling. In style and presentation, it is an old school drama, as the characters, their motivations and secrets get peeled away layer by layer, creating a building tension as revelation after revelation reveal the turbulent intrigue bubbling away underneath a calm facade.

The story is a dramatisation of Australia’s involvement in the six-year ‘dirty war’ on Bougainville, fictionalised in the play as the island of Hibiscus. The story centres around Colonel Baulkham, an Australian diplomat responsible for overseeing the signing of a peace treaty between the local army and a group of rebel fighters.
The rebels are fighting both the army and the Mantis mining company that has been poisoning the land with their mining operations. Like Hibiscus Island, Mantis is a fictional representation of the very real Rio Tinto.

This play shines a spotlight on the unpleasant underside of our society, and the often unacknowledged human cost of the ways that governments and corporations go about the business of securing resources to support our western lifestyle. It was written by Robert Cockburn who, as a journalist, reported on the ‘dirty war’ some 20 years ago, and who claims in the programme that this play has sat dormant for 15 years following an initial workshopping process. Cockburn offers no pretence about the political agenda of this play, pointing the finger at global silence and inaction over similar events in Syria, and the fact that the events that inspired this story have only recently been given the chance for a hearing of court under charges of genocide and war crimes. As such, each of the characters of this play has a distinct story to tell and represents a different player in the war.

As Colonel Christopher Baulkham, Dominic McDonald delivers another powerful performance, coming from his recent stint as Prospero in the Sydney Fringe’s Steampunk version of ‘The Tempest’, this time portraying the man who represents Australia’s less-than-honest interests in the war. Opposite him is Sopa Enri as Major Leon Ramara, the brutal leader of the local armed forces whose violent suppression of the rebels is spoken of with dread. In Enri’s hands, Major Ramara is a figure of menace and unpredictable violence. Caught between them is Sampson Makali, played by Mandela Mathia, the human face of the victims of the war, whose murder opens the show and is the mystery around which the story is built. Also of note is Dr. Patty Carmichael, played ably by Amanda Jermyn, who, in some ways, comes to represent our collective silence on these issues.

Don’t go to see this play expecting a perfectly polished production. It isn’t, and some aspects of the production require a pretty active suspension of disbelief.

Don’t go to see this play expecting to see flawless storytelling. While a powerful story told through believable characters, There is still some room for further workshopping and revision.

Don’t go to see this play expecting a night of passive entertainment. If you understand the story and the implications of the events on stage, you will likely leave the theatre feeling very confronted.

Do, however, go and see this play to see an original and powerful Australian work with a story and message that casts a questioning light not only on the specifics of the Bougainville war, but on the many issues of government, corporate and societal complicity in mass-violence that are very much a part of the world we live in today, and on the victims of that violence who too often go unnamed and unremembered.

Epicentre Theatre Company are to be congratulated for bringing this play to the stage for the first time, and I sincerely hope that this play has a long future ahead of it.

There are four shows of ‘Hotel Hibiscus’ remaining from 25 to 27 October, at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood. Go and see it.







Always getting a call back but never getting the role?
So close and yet so far?

From a ‘Hard Word’ with Guy Pearce to ‘Love In Limbo’ with Russell Crowe, critically acclaimed, Rhondda Findleton is one of Australia’s most respected and accomplished stage, television and film performers. Rhondda is the author of ‘The Screen Test Practice Sessions’ and this advanced workshop will concentrate on the Audition.

THE SCREEN TEST PRACTICE is a specific in-depth book about the Screen test process. All of Rhondda’s ideas and experiences are condensed into a simple, dynamic set of (19) practices. Each one of these Practices offers a key to being able to achieve a Screentest you can be proud of. Each Practice enables Actors to equip themselves and deliver the best performance they possibly can on the day. This Audition Workshop concentrates on exploring those 19 practices.

Rhondda’s advanced Screen Test workshop covers everything from:

Script Work.
Making Creative Choices
Personalizing the Story
Being Spontaneous
Identifying and Using your Strengths
How to harness nerves
Bringing belief and confidence to the work
How to take Direction
Working with Casting Agents. Directors. Readers. Agents.
Practical tips
What to wear
How to Be Professional on the day
Plus a treasure chest of ideas and suggestions to give your performance an edge

Where: Screenwise Studios, 84 – 86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
When: Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Commences: 07 Nov 2o12
Concludes: 12 Dec 2012
Cost: $605 (Early Bird $499 if paid before 31st Oct 2012)


This particular course covers Screen Acting Basics including:-
• Improvisation,
• Actions,
• Objectives,
• Motivation,
• Interpretation and
• Scene Analysis.

Where: Screenwise Studios
When: Thursday Evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Commences: 01 Nov 2012
Concludes: 06 Dec 2012
Cost: $605 (Early Bird $499 if paid in full before 28th Oct 2012)



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THE MIKADO comes to Eastwood next week!

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Please find attached the details of our upcoming production of THE MIKADO.We look forward to seeing you at the show, as we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary year at EUCMS!

Please note that all the matinees are almost sold out.

Adam Wilson – EUCMS Publicity