April 2018

So…here comes a LONG overdue post…

 

I’m quite hopeless at maintaining my news but a quick Google will show I’ve not been lazy! In fact I’ve been so busy something had to go. I chose food, exercise, travel, romance and of course, theatre…I’m sorry but Website maintenance didn’t rate a mention…

 

But here I am in April 2018 feeling that I really be more present and remind those I’ve been doing stuff since last July! (Eek!)

 

What, I’m not sure if I can remember but there have been shows, lots of shows!

 

The last post was about Lyric Opera’s Coronation of “Poppea”, which I directed and won the ‘Opera Chaser award’ for best director mid 2017.

 

Since then I had the most awesome time directing the graduating actor’s from NIDA in their only musical, “Hello Again”. It’s a remarkable piece, based on the play, ‘La Ronde’. Each scene is set in a different era of the twentieth century and as such it is very demanding, particularly on design elements.

 

Luckily I had the most brilliant designer who created a multilevel set with a central revolve and actors to die for. It was one of my favourite directing experiences ever and lead me to a lovely friendship with the brilliant composer/lyricist/book writer, Michael John LaChiusa. I can’t wait to work on another of his pieces.

 

The Fundraising concert for the Actor’s Benevolent Fund was joyous with a line up including; Missy Higgins, Nat Gamsu, Nancye Hayes, Geraldine Turner, Katrina Retallick, Daniel Belle, Elle Colla, Genevieve Lemon, Madeleine Jones, Gary Scale, Martin Crewes, Justin Smith, Stephen Mahey etc. and all hosted by the legendary, Simon Burke.

 

After that I finished the final performances at the Australian Institute of music before taking my leave and heading over to New York and London to immerse myself once again in theatre…

 

On my return, I directed “Falsetto’s” at Chapel off Chapel, which was a huge critical success.

 

Shortly after I directed the tour of David Auburn’s play, “Proof” which recently wrapped up in Sydney and rates among my most rewarding of theatre experiences.

 

I have recently directed a showing of the new Melbourne play, “Magnolia Tree” for Showcase Victoria and cast “A Chorus Line” for third year VCA and “Sunday in the Park with George” for third year WAAPA.

 

Oh and last week I was honoured to win the Green Room award for best director of a musical for “Ordinary Days”. That was very nice.

 

Onward…