Humphrey Bower creates intimate, visceral theatre focusing on the art of theatrical storytelling.


Night Train Productions

About

Night Train is a Perth-based chamber theatre company with a focus on the art of storytelling, using minimal and imaginative staging to make work on a human scale that connects with audiences deeply and directly. Previous productions include Raising the Dead, The Kreutzer Sonata, Skin, The Soldier’s Tale, Orpheus and Eurydice and Wish. Raising the Dead and The Kreutzer Sonata were nominated for Victorian Green Room Awards in 2007 for Best Production and Best Solo Performer (Independent Theatre), and Skin was nominated in 2008 for Best Male Performer (Independent Theatre) and Best New Writing for the Australian Stage. Wish was nominated for the 2011 WA Equity Guild Awards for Best Director and Best Performer, and won the 2011 Green Room Members’ Choice and Best Individual Performance Award.

 

Biography

Humphrey Bower Director/ Adaptor/ Performer
Humphrey is an award-winning actor, writer, director, dramaturg and theatre-maker whose work has been seen across Australia. In the 1980s he was a founding member of the Melbourne ensemble Whistling in the Theatre, and he co-founded Perth independent theatre company Last Seen Imagining in 2001 and Night Train Productions in 2007. He has worked for numerous companies including the MTC, Playbox/Malthouse, State Theatre Company of SA, Black Swan, PTC, Yirra Yaakin, Deckchair, Spare Parts, Thin Ice, Steamworks, Anthill, TheatreWorks and ABC Radio National.

He won a Helpmann Award in 2010 for Best Supporting Actor in the MTC’s Richard III, and a Victorian Green Room Award in 2005 for Best Actor (Independent Theatre) in Savage Grace. His production of The Terms and Grammar of Creation won a Green Room Award in 2001 for Best Production (Independent Theatre).

 

Reviews

Compelling from its opening scene… a visual and aural feast composed of sign language, speech and poignant song…This profound story is beautifully told… Wish is essential viewing. (Wish, 2011) ArtsHub

Bower is a born storyteller. His incorporation of sign and spoken language is beautifully clear and fascinating. Micich is compelling as Eliza, her powerful, supple body as expressive as the words her mute character cannot speak. (Wish, 2011) The West Australian