December 2014

So, ok, I’m a good director and actor and a very bad ‘website maintainer’! Guilty as charged!

The excuse is a good one-I’ve been too busy co-coordinating the various projects in my life to wax lyrical about how well they are going/have gone. But with so many weeks between, settle in for a fat edition of the world according to Ty!

 

So, I last wrote (Also somewhat belatedly!) in September. It’s now December. And What’s happened? Well, There was LoveBites.

 

Lovebites played at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney for four weeks. It was awesome to appear in this intimate space and with such a talented cast. I had directed the show for NIDA a few years ago but it was wonderful to flex my acting muscles and perform those awesome Australian songs in such fine company. The press thought so too…

While I was starring in Lovebites, I was simultaneously directing the Mark Ravenhill play, ‘Pool (no water)’ at NIDA. It’s a crazy, hard play but I really wanted the challenge of working on something outside my usual fare. Adapting a four person play for sixteen actors to rehearse over eight weeks was certainly a challenge but one I truly LOVED!

About two hours after finishing Lovebites I was on a plane to remount the remarkably successful production of Assassins, which I first directed in Melbourne in 2013. The show opened and immediately went on a mini tour of Victoria. I was again blessed with an incredible cast lead by Anne Wood (Mamma Mia), Nick Simpson Deeks (Jersey Boys) and Mark Dickinson (Pretty much Everything) and the show ended its successful tour under the bright lights of Geelong!

I returned to Sydney to direct a student production at The Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) as well as producing and hosting the annual Opera and Arts Support Group Fundraiser (OASG). Not wanting to leave any acronyms aside, I also undertook the audition tour for the new Diploma of Musical Theatre at NIDA. I’m pretty excited to be heading up this new course in 2015. We have a brilliant staff and an exciting intake of students who will lead the way in music theatre from 2016.

 

And then there was…Our House!

Possibly requiring it’s own entry, Our House is the Olivier Award Winning musical based on the musical of Ska band, Madness. I was in charge of directing this wonderful, energetic piece for a presentation after five days. It was thrilling. I loved it! We had a ridiculously exciting cast who brought the piece to life beautifully. Watch this space for further news…