I Know You're There

In the studio with James Berlyn

Posted by admin, January 11th, 2016

As he prepares for the world premiere of his latest show I Know You’re There as part of the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival, the Festival caught up with James in his studio to chat about the inspiration for the work, his process and much more. Check it out!

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Q&A | Zoe Pepper |The Confidence Man tour

Posted by admin, October 29th, 2015

Side Pony Productions has been on the road with The Confidence Man national tour. Rachel caught up with Artistic Director of the company and creator/co writer of the show Zoe Pepper to chat about the tour.

 

RA | The Confidence Man went through many developments, how did the show come into being and what were the main challenges?
ZP | We knew we wanted it to be interactive and audio driven but figuring out the mechanics of the form took a long time. The biggest challenging was definitely the writing, in part just because of the sheer volume of it; every character is the hero of their own story and has their own script. The other really challenging part of the writing was interlacing all the stories together and writing the instructions that drive the dramatic action of the work, that was a really different kind of challenge.

 

RA | With the uniqueness of the show and how it’s performed, what’s it like to watch the characters come alive a little differently every night?
ZP | It’s a strange show in the way that it is both fixed and ever changing – having a new cast every time its performed makes every show unique and it’s always curious to see how people are going to play their part and interpret the instructions. The flip-side to that is that the audio is all pre-recorded so the timing of the dialogue and the instructions is the same for every performance.

 

RA | The Confidence Man is touring green, with community members and venues donating furniture. What has that been like? Does each area add a bit of local flavour? Would you consider this sort of thing in one of your shows again?
ZP | It’s been great; every venue feels more invested in the show because they’ve played a big part in getting the set together. You do get a better sense of the town from the set that’s been put together. It’s been really wonderful to be able to lower the environmental impact of the tour.

 

Tour dates

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah | Tickets/info>>
3 – 4 November 2015

Denmark Arts, Denmark | Tickets/info>>
7 – 8 November

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury | Tickets/info>>
12 – 14 November 2015

The Walkabout Hotel, Port Headland | Tickets/info>>
18- 19 November 2015


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Great White Q&A | Will O’Mahony & Adriane Daff

Posted by admin, October 27th, 2015

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The Great White tour is currently on the road and the cast and crew look like they are having a pretty great time! Will and Adriane had a chat with Rachel about the tour.

RA | What was your first theatrical experience?
WO | Dancing to Grease Lightning as a 5 year old to an audience made up of my family, I played Kenickie
AD | I was a total childhood suburban dance school tragic. I’ve been step ball-changing my way across the boards since I can remember.

RA | What are you most excited about for this tour?
WO | Developing a keen new love for country music with Joe Lui
AD |  The travel. The show. The pals.

RA | What cant you live without on tour?
WO | My warchest of smalls
AD | My phone. It’s the new iphone 6s plus. It’s amazing.

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RA | Have you performed in any of these venues before? Could you tell us a bit about it?
AD | Mandurah! I have spent nearly every summer of my life in Falcon, which is nearby so I feel pretty close to MPAC. I was there earlier in the year with The Last Great Hunt’s ‘Elephents’

RA | Are there any local highlights you are keen to visit along the way?
WO | I want to climb Bluff Knoll
AD | Any op shop that will have me. They are pretty special out that way.


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Interview | Mikala Westall | Great White

Posted by admin, October 8th, 2015

Great White hits the road soon! We caught up with Mikala Westall before she heads out to the south west. Keep an eye out for our interviews with the rest of the cast coming up soon.

RA | What was your first theatrical experience?
MW | When I was in primary school I played Jesus in a recreation of the stages of the cross. It was one of those performances made up of a series of tableaux and the audience had to close their eyes when the bell rang so we could change places. However, my Grandad was filming the whole thing throughout, including the changes. It makes for some very contemporary theatre.
It occurs to me now how morbid it is for a seven year old to emulate being crucified. I took it very seriously at the time.

RA | What are you most excited about for this tour?
MW | Well, firstly, getting the old team back together. The beauty of the script is that it gets better every time. Will is so open to developing the script with everyone and over the years I feel like it has changed slightly every time to reflect our own personalities and strengths as performers.
Plus, I’m super excited for all the mixed Cd’s I’ve made for the drive. I hope everyone likes disco….

RA | What can’t you live without on tour?
MW | I think for this tour in particular the most important items would be a pair of bathers (keeping my fingers crossed for good weather) and a copy of Settlers of Catan (great board game, I’m going to wipe the floor with everyone else).

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RA | Have you performed in any of these Venues before?
MW | I’ve never performed regionally before and I’m sorry to say I’ve never seen any theatre in any of the towns we’re visiting! I’m incredibly excited to see all the venues and hopefully have a chat to some of the audience members after the show.

RA | Any local highlights you are keen to visit?
MW | Pretty much any op shop we pass. You can never have too many Kamal vinyls and old lady jumpers.


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Interview : Sarah Nelson | Mobile Moments

Posted by admin, October 8th, 2015

Sarah Nelson’s Mobile Moments is taking to the road in WA’s South West (along with Barefaced Stories!) to accompany the tour of The Skeletal System’s Great White by Will O’Mahony.  These projects will all feature local community members and explore the themes raised the show. Performing Lines WA’s Rachel Audino had a chat with Sarah about the upcoming tour and the origins of show.

RA | Can you tell us a bit about the show and where it all began?
SN | Mobile Moments is a film portraiture project on a bike that was conceived and developed in 2011 for an Artist Residency with DADAA Ltd. in Derby, Kimberley WA. DADAA where so generous in supporting in the concept, investing in the bike and allowing me the freedom to experiment with the idea and explore a place and meet the people for a whole month! The outcome resulted in series of films projected onto the bike as a part of MarshArt Festival. Since then the project has been programmed as a part of Proximity Festival and The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights program.

RA| What do you have planned for the tour and how does it tie in with Great White?
SN | I will be exploring the south west travelling to Mandurah, Albany and Margaret River a week before the Great White performances. So I will be shooting and making the short films in time for screening in the foyers of each venue the show will be performing at.
The experience on the bike has always included the same series of short questions I ask every participant. I will be adding to my wee conversational repertoire to include questions that relate to themes in the show. The short films are a series of shots cut to music and do not include people’s verbal responses, but rather their expressions, reactions and thoughts to these questions and their experience on the bike.

RA | What can’t you live without on tour?
SN | Toothbrush, books, camera, music, and for long tours….movies or the latest TV series addiction!

RA | What location are you most looking forward to visiting? Do you have any other plans whilst on tour?
SN | Them all! I love travelling the south west but I’m particularly looking forward to Albany and the drive to Margaret River.

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GO FOR A RIDE!
Mandurah | 11 October 2015
Albany
| 19 October 2015
Margaret River | 23 – 24 October 2015

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