The excitement of two of our three short plays submitted to Short+Sweet Sydney progressing to the finals series has grown considerably with two new family members. There’s a new face to both Gala Finalist The Quality of Life and Wildcards Finalist Badda Bing Badda Bang.
Unfortunately, the dates of the return season clash for two of our family members, Beth Fuller (Quality of Life) and Bryson Grenfell (Badda Bing Badda Bang). To these actors, we are saddened not being able share the stage with you in the finals, and from everyone at Black Box, as well as your entire fellow cast and creative team, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Without each of you along the journey we could not have staged the wonderful pieces of ten-minute theatre that we did.
Talented actress Bronte Pearce, who first bonded with the cast from Quality of Life back in week 4, steps in to play Dr Simpson. Bronte is an actor from Queensland but is currently based in Sydney where she graduated from The Actor’s Workshop and has since performed in various independent theatre productions. Bronte boasts an impressive professional resume including several US feature films shot on the Gold Coast including Pirates of the Caribbean: dead men tell no tales, San Andreas and Thor: Ragnorok. Bronte is currently in production on an Australian Television series and has recently been cast in a lead role in a new Australian feature film.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to play this piece with such a strong team. I first saw Quality Of Life, performed by Sophie, Natalie and Beth during short and sweet week 4 run. I was so touched by the writing, the artistic direction and the performances, and couldn’t help but express to the whole team how moved I was. After having the joy of getting to know this talented bunch back stage it feels so wonderful to get to work with them so soon!” – Bronte Pearce
Black Box would like to also like to welcome Arthur Gallagher to our Wildcard piece Badda Bing Badda Bang. Stepping in to the lead role on short notice in an adrenalin-injected comedy is no easy task, however director Jarrod Sleiman and producer Luke Berman were blown away by the audition of Arthur, and feel relieved that we have someone of his caliber to fill some big shoes left by Bryson.
Arthur has been involved with a variety of film and stage productions, taking on countless amateur productions with roles including Richard III, Lady Bracknell, Dr Frankenstien, Hamlet, Estragon, Pumba, Doug from Cosi and Biff from Death of a Salesman. Arthur showed an amazing stage presence and ability to commit to his character with the abilities of an actor far beyond his years, and Black Box is excited to have him as our front-man in the Wildcard Finals, as well as in the up-coming 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra.
Welcome to the Black Box family Bronte and Arthur! We are looking forward to working with you both!
Don’t miss our new-look plays in the finals at the Tom Mann Theatre Sydney!
BADDA BING BADDA BANG – WILDCARDS FINAL
Saturday 31st March – Sunday 1st April
Written by Tom Peach, Directed by Jarrod Sleiman, Asst Directed by Monica Kickert and Luke Berman. Starring Arthur Gallagher, Sam Lovell, Sam Sweeting and James Turnbull.
THE QUALITY OF LIFE – GALA FINALS
Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th April
Written by Sevgi Murphy, directed by Luke Berman. Starring Sophie Bentley, Bronte Pearson and Nat McConchie.