Meet the Roo Theatre Team


Meet the Roo Theatre Team

We are proud to introduce the team from Playmates founding members Roo Theatre. The team from Shellharbour are fired up ready for their 14th consecutive Playmates and are chasing their third Playmates victory.



Dylan Horvat (Captain)
Alex Groombridge
James Turnbull
Kelly Nicholson


Playmates Executive Producer Luke Berman interviewed the team, check out what they had to say!

Luke: How much do you love Playmates?

Dylan:   Enough for it to be my 5th Playmates that I’ve participated in, captaining the Roo Theatre team every time.

James: How many grains of sand are there on the beach?

Alex: With all my heart, which I’ll admit is tiny, but still, it’s all of it.

Kelly: A whole lot. Super fun and the bestest of all the times.


Why should people come and watch Playmates?

Alex: I’ve checked with the boys in the lab and their research has found that improv comedians are the second sexiest people on earth (the first are whoever the judges are this year). That and I know full well there’s nothing an audience loves more than being part of a show, and there’s no shortage of that in Playmates.

Kelly: Because it’s the kind of show that makes you want to jump up on stage and just play with all the fun people.

Dylan: Audiences always love Playmates, and why wouldn’t they? It’s showcasing 24 hilarious local performers, all getting a turn to make the audience laugh and give them someone to root for.

James: To see the Roo team win.


What’s your favourite part of improvisation?

James: There’s a moment in every Playmates where someone really takes a leap of faith with the content of a joke, or the direction of a scene goes somewhere you don’t plan it to go. There’s that one moment where they break character, just for a second, and look at the audience to see if they’re about to laugh, or if this is going to be the most painful five minutes of their life. That fear in their eyes when they look out, that pure, unreserved fear is the best part of improv. Also, Italian accents are hilarious and I love it when people use them in a scene.

Kelly: I agree with James, there’s really something hilarious and amazing about what comes out of a moment of fear and exhilaration.

Alex: I just love making people laugh. It sounds cliché but life can be so stressful, if I can cheer someone up, I’m satisfied.

Dylan: My favourite part is being able to say what I want on stage without the fear of a director reprimanding me for ad libs!


Which team poses the biggest threat to your team winning Playmates this year?

Dylan: Probably the Uni team because they said they’re going to win. Or Workshop because they said they’ll keep it

Kelly: Workshop Theatre, because it’s my previous team and without me they might win again.

Alex: Hey, there is no team more threatening than Roo! We have the greatest power of all: friendship.

James: Look, our only weakness is we might be too good and the judges will have to give the trophy to another team out of pity. We’re just that good.



If you won the lottery, what would you do with the cash?

Dylan: Receive it in notably small instalments so I don’t go crazy with power. I mean, those small instalments will still be more than most people make in a year so I still have the most power.

Alex: Fund my rock opera. There’s no joke here, I’d literally just do that.

Kelly: Make a super huge budget feature film and buy my family houses and a big TV to watch said movie.

James: Eat it.

Luke: Eat it? Eat your lotto winnings?

James: Yes.


What is your spirit animal and why?

Alex: Wild Turkey. Geddit, cuz its a spirit with an animal as a mascot?

James: Three children stacked together in a trench coat.

Luke: Listen, James –

James: Don’t judge me Berman.

Luke: Kelly, help me out here –

Kelly: Definitely a Cat.

James: I hate cats.

Kelly: Hey, they have wonderful relaxing lives and are awesome in every way!

Dylan: Are there any animals that are good at improv? Because having that as my spirit animal would really help me out.

Luke: Yeah mate, I don’t know if there are animals that do improv…

Dylan: Screw you Berman.


Final Words?

Dylan: People should seriously come see it, because it’s a great thing to watch every year. Hell, I watched it every year from 2011 – 2014 and have been acting in it ever since.

Kelly: I’m just so excited, fun times ahead!

James: I will have trained gunmen aimed at the building for anyone who dares give us “zimbabwe” as a prompt. This is your final warning.

Alex: It’s gonna be a bloodbath!


Cast Announcement | Playmates Illawarra 2019


Playmates Illawarra 2019
Cast Announcement

7:30pm  Friday 6th December
City Diggers Club, Burelli Street Wollongong
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The teams have been locked in, and they are ready to play your favourite Playmates improvised comedy games as well as five new games that will be played using suggestions from our live audience.

Wollongong Workshop Theatre returns as defending champions and will face off against a University team hungry to take back the trophy.

“Uni team will avenge what was taken from us.” – Alex Cuff, Uni Captain

But can the team of comedians finally lift the trophy? Stu Macpherson’s Wollongong Comedy are fielding arguably their strongest team ever, but can they win over the judges? Adam Armitt, team captain, is confident of success this year.

“It’s like a failing marriage, I’m just here for the kids.” Adam, Wollongong Comedy

Playmates foundation companies Roo Theatre and Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) return for their 14th year, with Black Box rounding out the six teams on stage Friday night.


Playmates Illawarra 2019 Teams:

Feargus Manning (captain), Dayle Raftery, Bryson Grenfell, Caz Prescott

Dylan Horvat (captain), Alex Groombridge, James Turnbull, Kelly Nicholson

Alexander Cuff (captain), Sam Sweeting, Freya Jarrett, Nathan Steel

Shayan Murray (captain), Jordan Cunningham, Abbey McDonald, Maddie Huisman

Adam Armitt (captain), Jen Guerrieri-Cortesi, Lisa Omodei, Jarrod Riesinger

Emily Cassar (captain), Brandon Fairley, Julian Barry

Preview: Theatre Week 2 | Short+Sweet Illawarra 2019

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11-13 October 2019
Bridge Street Theatre Coniston

Tickets: Adult $22, Concession/Student $17, Youth (14 and under) $12

It’s amazing what you can do in ten-minutes

Week 2 is the final week of our epic 2019 festival which has featured 65 acts across our Film, Standup Comedy, Cabaret and theatre.

Our final program of ten-minute theatre will be hosted by the winning comedians from our first ever Short+Sweet Illawarra Comedy: Judges Choice winner Diana McLaren (Friday) and Peoples Choice winner Samwise Hemmings (Sunday). Saturday’s performance will be hosted by our Festival Director Luke Berman.

Joining our Illawarra plays are two plays from Sydney and another play from Canberra. Short+Sweet Canberra Festival Director Trevar Chilver presents our Don’t Judge Me while former Short+Sweet Sydney Festival Director Pete Malicki presents Digging Deep. Also joining us from the shire is Rejected and Helpful Anonymous written by Diego Gabriel and directed by the talented Amelia Gilday.

The final performance on Sunday 13th will be followed by the announcement of the two plays that will be invited to perform at Short+Sweet Sydney in 2020 – as well as a special screening of winning films from our inaugural Short+Sweet Illawarra Film Festival Finals.

This Sunday we will be screening:

GIRL TALK (Illawarra)
TAKE A SEAT (Illawarra)
MUNCHIES (Melbourne)


Written by Jordan Cunningham (Illawarra)
Directed by Robert Bruce
Cast: Zac Chadwick, Andrew Gobran & Lisa Hughes

The fictional retelling of the true identity of Jack the Ripper.


Written and Directed by Steen (Illawarra)
Cast: Eryn Williams, Nick Lewis, Laurence Wann & Ethan Thomas
ITC: Phoenix Theatre Company

Four housemates discover that someone has entered their house and they explore why. Bringing them to a sobering realisation that there are people left alone in the world desperate for someone to show they care.


Written by Peter Woolf (Sydney)
Directed by Ihake Jones
Cast: Anne Geenen, Maddie Huisman & Shayan Murray

A Bacteria, a Fungi and a Virus walk into a petri dish, and try to settle once and for all: who is the most deadly?


Written by Diana McLaren (Illawarra)
Directed by Jordan Cunningham
Cast: Ryan Edwards, Grace Callaghan, Jonathan Rodway & Rodney Parker

David and Michelle are deeply in love but have obstacles in the way of their being together.


Written and Directed by Pete Malicki (Sydney)
Presented by Beacon Theatre
Cast: Alan Long

Kieran Johanssen thinks life is unfair. His neighbour Mark Grimshaw inherited a bunch of money from his Great Aunt Edna and bought himself a Porsche Boxster. Not that Kieran’s jealous.


Written by Gabriela Diego (Sydney)
Directed by Amelia Gilday (Sydney)
Cast: Shannon Collard, Adam Cook, Alex Fenner, Anthony Ghosn and Alicia Badger.

This quirky comedy shows that even the most helpful people can be rejected. Is it due to bad luck or bad behaviour? Maybe it’s both!


Written by Bradley Ward (Illawarra)
Directed by Bradley Ward & Kaylee Ashton
ITC: Rising Arts Productions
Cast: Kaylee Ashton & Bradley Ward

After connecting through an online ad, a man and a woman meet in person only to realise that they have had a significant misunderstanding in the nature of their rendezvous.


Written by Ashleigh Hook (Auckland, NZ)
Directed by Stacey Wales
Cast: Caitlin Deverey & Michael Emerson

New years on the beach, Holly and Joe test human resilience as they play a game to see how life may have turned out differently if they’d made different decisions.


Written and Directed by Trevar Chilver (Canberra)
Cast: Daniel Berthon, Ryan Erlandsen

One wink from Pete, and Mike is smitten, but it’s not all roses…



Preview: Theatre Week 1 | Short+Sweet Illawarra 2019

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27 – 29 September 2019
Bridge Street Theatre Coniston


It’s amazing what you can do in ten-minutes

Week one of our Top-20 season of ten-minute theatre will feature eleven bite-sized stories performed by local actors from scripts submitted from the Illawarra and around the world.

Week 1 will be hosted by the People’s Choice winning comedian from the Short+Sweet Illawarra Cabaret+Comedy Showcase, and will also feature the judges favourite Cabaret act.

The final performance on Sunday 29th will be followed by the announcement of the two plays that will be invited to perform at Short+Sweet Sydney in 2020 – as well as a special screening of the Judge’s Choice winning films from our inaugural Short+Sweet Illawarra Film Festival Finals.


Having the Prawn
Written by Katrina Samaras (Illawarra)
Directed by Bella Whitcher
Cast: Kaylee Ashton, Zac Chadwick & Olivia Harris

In this eternal triangle, two’s company, three’s a crowd – or is it?

Written by Barry Wood (UK)
Directed by Annie May Roberts
Cast: Lillian Woods & Matthew Latham

Claire has something shocking to tell her friend, but is it all in her mind, or even someone else’s mind.

The New Improved Fortune Teller
Written by Bernadette Le Mesurier (Illawarra)
Directed by Gabriela Gonzalez
Cast: Anne Geenen, Shayan Murray, Michael Le Mesurier and Gabriela Gonzalez

A young couple’s relationship takes an unexpected turn when they meet a fortune teller with strange new powers. Who wishes to know their future when they’re happy with the way their life is heading?

Ebook Meets Treebook
Written by Rex McGregor (NZ)
Directed by Inga Jon
Cast: Shayan Murray, Dylan Green, Abbey McDonald and Billee Paige Harris

When an eBook tablet is left on a park bench, an old-fashioned paperback comes to the rescue.

The Beach
Written by Ashleigh Hook (Auckland, NZ)
Directed by Stacey Wales
Cast: Caitlin Deverey & Michael Emerson

New years on the beach, Holly and Joe test human resilience as they play a game to see how life may have turned out differently if they’d made different decisions.

For Jeffery
Written by Andy Goldberg (California, USA)
Directed by Patrick Harrison
Cast: Samuel Litvensky & Naoise Champion

Between a man and a woman, a good deed goes unpunished.

Adapted and Directed by Alex Groombridge (Illawarra)
Presented by Red Star Entertainment
Cast: Nathan Edwards, Laura Williams, Bradley Ward, Blake Hoole, Michael Emerson, Ihaka Jones
Band: Dan Osbourne (Guitar), Robbie Cotterell (Guitar), Ruairí Moylan (Bass),  Matthew Bryant (Keys), Harrison Xirocostas (Drums)

Whilst living under a dictatorship, a citizen finds an ancient relic, reigniting a war between planets.

Vanishing Point

Written and Directed by Steen (Illawarra)
Presented by the Phoenix Theatre Company
Cast: Eryn Williams, Nick Lewis, Laurence Wann and Ethan Thomas

Four housemates discover that a ghost has entered their house and they explore why. Bringing them to a sobering realisation that there are people left alone in the world desperate for someone to show they care.

Local Kid
Written by Aubrey Lidden (Southern Highlands, NSW)
Directed by Noah Cegielski
Cast: Samuel Litvensky

A solo performance where young man is brought in for police interrogation for a gang related killing in the community, interacting with unseen interviewers who must make him crack.

More Brains Pleaasseee!!!
Written and Directed by Patrick Kevin Gamble (Illawarra)
Cast: Ricky Gamble & Patrick Gamble

Two zombies contemplate life, as Zombies.


Written by Elden Rhoads (California, USA)
Directed by Zoe Rose
Cast: Laura Williams, Arthur Gallagher

A young couple at a crossroads in their relationship — with nothing left to say, do they break up, or get married?

Short+Sweet Illawarra Film Festival Finalists (Top 20) | 13-14 September 2019

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13 – 14 September 2019
Gala Twin Cinemas, Warrawong

Short+Sweet Illawarra is thrilled at the high standard of short films that were submitted to our inaugural Film Festival. A total of 86 films were submitted from around the world, so many that we have added a second program to our first season – the Wildcards (stay tuned this week for the announcement of our Wildcard Finalists.

Here are our finalists – screening on Friday 13th September and 14th September both at 8:30pm at the Gala Twin Cinemas Warrawong (cinema 2).



Road to Vagator
Written and Directed by Nick Bolton & Jess Milne
A film by TEN ALPHAS
Cast: Nick Bolton, Sandy Velini

A man is issued a series of challenges, by an unknown person, and left with with no option but to carry them out, taking him from London to Sydney, via Dubai, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala and Hong Kong.  A film by Jess Milne and Nick Bolton, yes just two people, shot on location, in 5 countries on honeymoon, January 2018.


Take a Seat
Written and Directed by Jordan Turner
Cast: Jensen Baraldi

The Collector is a young man who has lost himself to his habit, delving deeper and deeper into his fetish for the four-legged until nothing else remains.  Told from an intimate perspective, Take a Seat is an introspective look into an unusual collection and the thoughts that drive the obsession.


Girl Talk
Written and Directed by Kelly Nicholson
Cast: Isabelle Fredericks, Lisa Omodei

A woman wakes up in a garage to the most terrifying and awkward moment of her life.


Written and Directed by Troy Scott Brough

A black romantic comedy with a twist of red.




Munchies | Melbourne
Written and Directed by Hayley Warnock

Herbert is pleasantly spending the afternoon in his vegetable garden until he discovers something has been munching on his crops. Surely it can’t be that hard to catch the perpetrator?

Genre: Stop-motion animation.


Legacy | Adelaide
Written and Directed by Barry Mitchell
Cast: Eileen Darley, Freya Anthony, Joe Anthony, Lucy Taylor

Children in a cave listen as a woman, who might be their aunty, tells the story of how their ancestors destroyed the world.


Waldwölfe (Forest Wolves) | Sydney
Written and Directed by Peter W. Allen
Cast: Lara Deam, Callum Needham, Luke Jacka, Marcus Molyneux

1940s Germany, three Nazi soldiers capture an escaped Jewish woman. But what will they do with her?

Genre: War, Drama, Period


Untitled | Robertson, QLD
Written and Directed by Noah Gerometta
Cast: Jack Murphy, Tahlia Jade Holt

An argument arises when a screenwriter discusses his subject matter.


Nour | Melbourne
Directed by Suzy Sainovski
Written by John Cunningham
Cast: Taj Aldeeb, Danae Swinburne, Harper Elwyn

A young Syrian girl fleeing the horrors of the civil war suddenly finds herself with more responsibility than she can handle.


As We Fall | Sydney
Directed by Jim Winton Porter
Written by Jim Winton Porter, Dante Porter, Hanni Witt
Cast: Jim Winton Porter, Hanni Witt, Dante Porter

A man and a woman share tragedies that bring them together.



The Proposal  | Ukraine
Written and Directed by Nazar Germanov
Cast: Mauro Canepa, Denise Drago

Young loving couple holds a romantic dinner where Ethan makes an offer to Erin to marry him. This evening will inspire Erin to write a new composition

Genre: Animation


Funky  | USA
Written and Directed by Ellis J. Sutton
Cast: Chance Davis, Anngelica , Elle Vernee, Keith Bartley, Nu’Jay, Kristian Emel, Nia Warren

While preparing for the biggest party of the year, Clinton and Jessica take their own funky path by rejecting mainstream music and accepting their own groovy tastes.


Unwanted Destiny | Sweden
Written and Directed by Sam Shaahin Doost


Paravent  | Egypt
Written and Directed by Fatema Faidallah
Cast: Abdelrahman ali, Abdelrahman essam, Mohamed elsheikh, Marawan Khier Elden, Hassan Abokaram

Paravent represents racism between black and white and it shows how much it can affect someone’s life.


Winged Miracle | Azerbaijan
Written and Directed by Zahra Mirrza
Cast: Karam Hadizadeh, Bahruz Vagifoglu, Zahra Mehdizadeh

Azerbaijan, 1937. A poet for Panturkish ideological ideas was arrested. While in prison, he is visited by his daughter with a picture of a bird in a cage.


First Date | USA
Directed by D.T. Bullock
Written by Victoria L. Bullock
Cast: Ashleigh Ann Wood, Chris Stein

Adriana has limited communication with the outside world after two years of intensive counseling for her PTSD.  Adriana prepares for a First Date, but will she open the door?


The Tomb of the Exhausted | France
Written and Directed by Marion Fernandez
Cast: Karam Hadizadeh, Bahruz Vagifoglu, Zahra Mehdizadeh


Coffin Decolleté | Egypt
Written and Directed by Nancy Kamal
Cast: Menna Ashraf

A girl notices wedding preparations in her home. She did not expect to be the bride.


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Our writers have all created their original scripts, and our ten teams of actors are now busy rehearsing their plays! Congratulations to all our writers for creating some truly amazing short plays, written between 10:30am last night and finishing by 5am this morning.

The plays that will be presented tonight to a full house are:


Unclaimed Baggage

Written by Tom Peach (Monologue)

Unclaimed Baggage is a short monologue about a rich young woman called Figtree Saint Clements. On a cruise holiday with her husband Gerald, and several hundred unwashed ordinary people, she has time to think about her life, her loves, and what next.


Hollywood Ending

Written by Malika Elizabeth

Three women find themselves in a waiting room. Each has very different wants and desires. Two are old friends. Two are new. All of them are getting ready to do things they’ve never done before. And no, that’s not a kinky synopsis for a porn. It’s about affirming happiness.


How We Fall ( fire thatson of a bitch)

Written by Brendan Bate

Buck Dowd is down on his luck. Trouble at home and the daily routine are taking their toll. Thank God Buck has it all sorted out at Acro Industries. His latest report into fellow workman Rami Malouf will certainly see Buck’s star continue to shine in the eyes of his somewhat overbearing boss, Ron.


Still Water

Written by Dylan Gee

When Duke Francesco Mozzarella turns up dead the only man to find out who did it is Constable Nimbin of Scotland Yard, a veteran of a thousand street murders. But who killed the duke, was it Sir Stilton; the opium-addicted Dandy, his arch nemesis Lord Wensleydale; Corrupt Cheese Lord of London or was it Stilton’s unassuming French Butler Mr Camembert; ever loyal and polite. What are they all hiding, who smoked what, who did you, maybe you’ll never know, the only way to find out is to watch.


Brothers in Law

Written by Alexander Cuff

Richard and Cylus are new partners in the police force, about to interrogate a suspected crime lord. They all have equal claim to be, and to not be, brothers. Who is right, and who is even more wrong?


Killer Within

Written by Inga Silfr Jon

In a world of mass influence, how do you find your voice? How do you even begin to segregate the difference between fantasy and reality? Sometimes looking to the roots of learning and existence are the only way to see where we went wrong. At the end of the day there is a fine line between love and hate, and the idiots of the world are that line.


There Will Be Lies

Written by Charlotte Cuff

Ekel and Yonda are spies for a secret academy. Despite their extensive training, they are kidnapped whilst on a mission to capture the infamous Juarhala and her recent employee Smephanie. The four women struggle over the contents of a box uncover the lies that have spiralled into the strange entanglement of their lives.


A Dirty Job

Written by James Turnbull

A duo of super villains discover the final ingredient to their Immortality Serum in a Russian military base, the mummified penis of Rasputin. However, their bonds are not quite as strong as they seem as more villains appear after the same prize, causing them to question mortality, success and Rasputin’s penis.


The Devil’s Dictionary

Written by Diana McLaren

Sam, Jen and Mag are just trying to have a quiet night at home and relax when Georgia wanders in and announces she has killed Charlie. They attempt to help her and understand what happened to various degrees of success. Georgia feels like she’s loosing her mind. She thinks her friends are helping her keep a grip on reality but are they what she really needs?


All My Friends Are Dead

Written by David Rienits

Wallace, Charles, Maurice and William are the four members of a group of kids performers. Once upon a time things were going great, but now on the verge of forced retirement, and dealing with a death in the cast, they need to find the energy to begin their last year of production. Battered and bruised, the four put on a happy face and preach a message that they don’t really believe in the form of a new song about a butterfly and how you should always look forward to the future.

Team Captains Interview | 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra 2019

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Black Box Theatre is pleased to announce its ten Team Captains for this Saturday’s 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra. The excitement and intrigue is building, particularly surrounding which of these team captains will be given a monologue to learn and perform in a single day. Our writers will also be looking on with interest, they too will be waiting to see who their team will be, or which of them will be writing the monologue!

24 Hour Theatre Executive Producer Luke Berman recently announced to the cast that this year there will only be one monologue, and the monologue will be performed by a female actress – who will be one of the five female captains announced today.

This year’s team captains are Bradley Ward, Lisa Omodei, Rory Holloway, Sophie Bentley, Nick Lewis, Kaylee Ashton, Andrew Gobran, Stephanie McAuley, Julian Levanic and Kiah Sassall.

Producer Luke Berman interviewed our team captains about what they are looking forward to this weekend.

Why did you want to perform in 24 Hour Theatre?

Kaylee: It is a very unique environment to make theatre under time pressure as short as 24 hours. I believe it would be a beneficial experience to work closely with actors within a time constraint such as this. I also adore the Illawarra Theatre Scene and would love to continue with this awesome project.

Julian: It is a good opportunity to sharpen my wit and hone my skills as an actor. Also, I can tell there is some good fun to be had.

Michaela: I want to open my door again to acting and performing. I have not done in it in such a long time especially having moved interstate. I know many people in the theatre that I would love to reconnect with and I cannot wait to meet and work with new people in the Illawarra.

Sophie: It’s a highlight in my year, and the thrill of putting together a short performance in a day is always a blast.

Andrew: I love performing in the theatre! I love the concept and the excitement and anticipation that doing a play in 24 hours would have.

Rory: 24 Hour Theatre is an awesome opportunity to practice my skills of creating a performance as well as sticking to scripts and learning lines in such a tight time limit. I’m also super looking forward to working in a team that I might not have worked with before. To entertain an audience is always the best part for me.

Nick: I’m always looking for a new challenge, and 24 Hour Theatre is sure to be a wonderful challenge!

Stephanie: After doing it last year, I enjoyed it so much I want to do it again!


Kiah: Because I’m crazy enough to come back for more after participating in the challenge last year.

Brad: 24 Hour Theatre is a thrilling and unique experience, that pushes your skills as an actor in a way that is safe and enjoyable. You either get the opportunity to meet and work with new artists, or to experiment with new roles and forms surrounded by artists you trust.

What would say your greatest strengths are as an actor?

Kaylee: Movement or physical based comedy.

Michaela: I’m a loud, enthusiastic and motivated risk-taker!

Julian: Adaptable, in the sense that I experiment well with my roles. I also take advice and direction well to enhance the effect of my characterisation.

Sophie: Diversity, adaptability. I also can take direction well.

Andrew: I can react and cover on stage to my fellow cast members – which might come in handy if we forget lines for the show! I’m also versatile with the types roles I can play.

Rory: As an actor I hold a great amount of stage presence. Over the years I have developed a great vocal power and resonance and I believe I can hold my own with good comic timing.

Nick: I am driven to succeed and flexible with whatever needs doing.

Lisa: Comedic timing, strong stage presence. Commitment and passion for the work.

Kiah: Greatest strengths? Working with conflict within a scene. Drama, romance, sarcastic characters.

Bradley: I am very quick to learn lines, and am willing to give almost anything a try. I move easily between genres, and am equally comfortable in both drama and comedy. I have a strong voice and stage presence, and do not shy away from experimentation.

If you had a choice, what would you like your writer to write for you?

Kaylee: A religious satire!

Michaela: A play about a fairy who has amnesia.

Julian: I want to play an antagonist, like a psychopath. I’m not a psychopath I promise, but I’d love to give it a go.

Sophie: Something that people are going to remember past that night, and has depth to it.

Andrew: Oh that’s a very tough question! Possibly if it’s a short play one where I’m in a relationship and I have just landed a dream role in Hollywood and the decision of leaving my beautiful girlfriend to follow my dreams or stay with the status quo of a D-grade actor picking up minor roles and working a full-time job.

Nick: A crazy plot about mental health, something exploring gay themes or anything that is totally out there!

Lisa: Probably a comedy, but something with real meaning. Bitter-sweet endings or even something that just moves the audience. Fun but meaningful, ya feel?

Kiah: A meaty, tension filled dramatic role. Facing conflict, struggling to make a decision.

Bradley: Something with the powerful character dynamics of Angels in America; the existential dread and philosophical depth of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; the witty one liners of The Importance of Being Earnest; the dark avant garde poetry of 4.48 Pyschosis; the social awareness of The Caucasian Chalk Circle; the violent and bloody conclusion of Hamlet; and the killer soundtrack of The Rocky Horror Show.

How confident are you in being able to learn your lines in a day?

Michaela: Very confident. If I can learn all 29 children’s names, their routines, and they’re belongings in a day I believe I’d be very confident learning lines to a short play in a day.


Julian: The more time I spend with a script the better. I am usually good at paraphrasing after initial read but to nail it I need to consistently work at the lines with the group as well as by myself.

Kaylee: Very confident in monologues. Alright at conversational lines. I’m pretty confident either way.

Andrew: I am confident in learning lines quickly. I have done a number of acting workshops where they have given us short scripts to learn in an hour.

Kiah: I’m confident enough learning a substantial amount of lines in twelve hours. But give the twenty-page long Cuff script to someone else though please!

Rory: Even in a time limit of 4 months I always take a “close enough” mentality to my lines. I’ll know what they are trying to say and I will usually say something pretty close to that. But I think if I dedicate myself to it for the day I’ll be able to get them down pretty well.

Nick: I’m not too sure as this will be the first time doing it. Here’s hoping!

Stephanie: I’m very confident in learning lines.  I have a really good memory. (Touch wood)

Lisa: I will learn ALL OF THE LINES. Safe to say, I am pretty good.

Bradley: When I was a writer for a previous 24 Hour Theatre, I wrote a 35-minute long play that the actors had to learn. I’m expecting revenge and I’m ready to smash it!

Want to learn more about our captains and the rest of the cast? Catch up on our two cast announcements: Announcement #1 | Announcement #2

Want to learn more about our writers for 24 Hour Theatre? Read our two writer announcements: Announcement #1 | Announcement #2

Haven’t booked your tickets yet? Click here to secure your seat. Don’t delay as tickets are selling fast!


7:30pm Saturday 11th May
at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston

Tickets $22 Adult | $17 Student/Concession
$12 Pensioners & Carers

24 Hour Theatre is the ultimate theatre challenge for writers and actors. Writers are faced with the harshest of deadlines, a completed and completely original short play is written in the middle of the night which MUST be completed by the morning.

Our teams of actors will start rehearsals in the morning and will have only that day to learn their lines, interpret the vision of the writer, block their play and perform that same evening in front of a live audience.

This is short-form theatre at its frantic best.


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After announcing our first seventeen actors taking part in Black Box’s 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra 2019 – we are proud to announce the rest of our cast! Scroll down to meet the remaining twenty brave thespians who will be learning their plays in one day!

Need a refresher of our first round of announced actors? Click here
Want to know who is writing for 24 Hour Theatre? We announced our writers in two rounds: Round 1 Writers and Round 2 Writers.

Tickets are selling quickly so avoid disappointment and book your tickets now! This show only comes around one night a year and is one of the most exhilarating theatrical challenges in the Illawarra.

7:30pm Saturday 11th May (One Night Only)
at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston
Tickets: $22 Adult | $17 Concession | $12 Pension / Carer

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24 Hour Theatre is a Black Box Theatre Production
Produced by Luke Berman |
Plays may contain coarse language and adult themes
and may not be suitable for children under the age of 14.


CAST: (Wave 2)


Bradley Ward CRBradley Ward graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2013 with a Bachelor of Performance (Acting). Since then he has travelled across the Illawarra and Greater Sydney areas, performing in whatever plays and musicals he can get his hands on. With a strong background in improvisational comedy and a passion for writing and directing, Bradley has taken to the stage in almost 40 productions ranging from Elizabethan Comedy to New Wave Australian, from Naturalism to Absurdism. He is currently one of the Artistic Directors of Rising Arts Productions, and their improv troupe Room for Improvment.


Lisa OmodeiLisa Omodei has been a part of Illawarra’s amateur theatre scene for a few years, mostly appearing in improvisational comedy theatre with The Improverts and Room For Improvment. Earlier this year Lisa played Romeo in an all-female production of Romeo & Juliet. She is also a regular performer in Black Box Theatre’s Playmates Illawarra, and this year marks her 4th consecutive year performing in 24 Hour Theatre.


Anna MurphyAndy has been acting since high school, participating in school plays and after-school classes. Since leaving secondary education, Andy has been involved in a handful of productions around the region including Verdict, The Death of Nightstick, Bonnie and Clyde and Finn McCool.  Andy is a new-comer to 24 Hour Theatre and eager to try a new style of theatre.


Julian LevanicJulian’s creative background has reached as far back as primary school with his pursuit of music. Since his departure from High School, he had sought to keep finding sources to continue practicing his musical based interests. In his pursuit, Julian was led to contacting the Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble where he then performed in the Australian Romantic-Comedy Daylight Savings as Jason Strutt: the ill-tempered, homeopathic, young and famous tennis star from Wollongong. Since then Julian has performed in both Illawarra and Sydney’s Short and Sweet festivals in the short comedic dualogue For Hire written by 24 Hour Theatre writer Alexander Cuff.
Though young in acting experience, Julian continues to develop his craft and passion for drama by working with Black box productions and Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble by aiming to play more diverse and challenging roles.


Freya JarrettFreya’s been into acting from a very young age, being a part of various drama groups through her life and finally getting onto the community theatre stage with the Roo Theatre’s production of 1984. Since then she’s stuck around, performing in the Roo’s production of original works, Short and Sweet Illawarra and most recently; in the Phoenix Theatre’s production of Finn McCool.


Gabriela GonzalezGabriela Gonzalez is currently in her second year of university at the University of Wollongong, studying Creative Arts (theatre) as well as Communication and Media. She has worked on projects through the university in a variety of theatrical roles such as acting, lighting, singing, directing and stage management. She is experienced with working on musical variety shows, and has been a part of the Cumberland Gang Show for seven years, from 2011 till 2018. She has also been an Ensemble cast member for Woods-Ray Theatricals’ musical production of Be More Chill, and is currently in the same company’s musical production of Anything Goes, where she plays Evangeline Harcourt.


Andrew GobranAndrew completed his acting study at Actors Center Australia and instantly grew his passion with Theatre. Performing in musicals such as Adams Family, Hair the Musical and Jekyll and Hyde with Arcadians Theatre Group he also has worked with Wollongong Workshop Theatre including playing the role of Musa in the acclaimed Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, The Chief in Get Smart, and a minor role in Sweeney Todd. Recently Andrew performed in Short + Sweet Illawarra and Short + Sweet Sydney and is excited to be doing Black Box’s 24 Hour Theatre for the first time. When not on stage you may see Andrew on the small screen advertising Cadbury Favourites as The Shaker or pushing people around as an orderly at Summer Bay Hospital in Home and Away.


Michelle Danic (1)Michelle Danic loves the art of embodying different characters and integrating them with her own personality. She has performed at the Point Artist run community theatre in Canada as a solo actress, studied at the Screenwise School of TV and film as well as several NIDA short courses. She has been an extra for short films, commercials and TV shows and her next upcoming theatre performance is Anvil, at Wollongong Workshop Theatre. She can dance, perform aerial silks and has a love of photography.

“I love spontaneous activity and an exciting atmosphere, that enhances the character within and brings out something fantastic to show and create new emotions with each character and audience.”


RorySince hitting the Wollongong scene, Rory has been a part of many works, ranging from student produced, up and coming works to fully fledged musical productions. He was a part of the Arcadians Theatre Group 2017 production of Wicked, as well as taking part for multiple years of the annual show Bridgeworks at Phoenix Theatre. More recently Rory played the role of Cobra in Magnum Opus in 2018 in between taking on the role of technical operator for more Phoenix shows such as Mac the Knife and Lysistrata. Rory has been involved in many aspects of theatre in the last year, however has recently taken a break from acting to focus on the technical side of productions. In this performance, Rory will be returning to the stage and go back to his roots.


Jarrod SleimanJarrod Sleiman is an actor/writer/director. His first production was Peter Pan at the Roo Theatre in 2015 and since then he has been in shows with just about every theatre company in the area. His first time directing was Tales from the Wasteland at the Phoenix Theatre in 2017. His next big production is Tales from the Metropolis, a “sort-of sequel” to Wasteland. On top of theatre you can also find Jarrod contributing the world of film with Ghost Hunters – a web series that he is an actor/writer for. Jarrod is  currently preparing to direct his first feature film, Classified, written by Alexander Cuff. This is Jarrod’s 4th time acting in 24 Hour Theatre and hopes that you enjoy it, and that he remembers his lines.


Andy EastAndy East is a film maker and screen and stage actor local to the Jervis Bay Area. Beginning his acting journey in 2015, Andy worked with several media productions groups in the Shoalhaven area working on several short film projects. In 2018 Andy had his first taste of the stage, performing in the 2018 Bridgeworks show. Since then Andy has continued acting and film production in and around the local Shoalhaven area.


Bryson Grenfell FBOn the 16th of December 1996: a strange event occurred. A large foreboding rainbow appeared on the horizon, which was then split asunder by a lightning bolt. That lightning bolt struck gold and gave birth to Bryson. The Blunderific Bryson-Man.



Andrew CourtneyAndrew is a highly eager and enthusiastic emerging actor residing from Campbelltown. He has appeared in local theatre in the past, his roles including ensemble for Jesus Christ Superstar, and a marine in Godzilla: The Musical, both in the WOFTAM theatre company. In addition, he appeared in 24 Hour Theatre in 2018 in The Rhythm of the Night.


Stephanie McAulayStephanie McAulay is a third-year Creative Arts student (Music Major, Theatre minor) at University of Wollongong. After participating in many musicals in high school, Steph began to broaden her horizons in the community theatre scene. In 2018, she acted in Bridgeworks 2018 (Date with a Doctor) and 24 Hour Theatre 2018 (Paper Dolls).



Rob Bruce FBRobert has been in theatre for over 20 years and has enjoyed numerous experiences in his time shared. He has been involved with community theatre through Roo Theatre Company, Black Box Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre Co. He has had formal singing training in opera and musical theatre. Performances he is most proud of are Godspell, Snow white and The Seven Dwarves and Cinderella where he got to be the most beautiful ugly stepsister ever.



Shayan MurrayShayan has been performing with Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) group for 11 years where he has undertaken a variety of roles ranging from lead roles to chorus work. Some of Shayan’s notable roles were as Hugh ‘Bullshot’ Crummond in the spy comedy Bullshot Crummond in 2016; playboy Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest in 2017; and Demetrius in Midsummer Nights Dream in 2018. Performing every year in SPAT’s Christmas pantomime, Shayan has experienced a wide variety of roles including lead boy, a henchman, an anti-hero and chorus work. Shayan has recently become a member of the SPAT Singers making his debut performance at their 2018 Love and Other Frustrations Dinner Show. Shayan participated in Black Box’s improvisation event Playmates in 2018 and this is his first experience at their 24 Hour Theatre.


Byron FaulknerByron was a part of 24 Hour Theatre last year in the play All Locked Up, the rest of his experience has been with school drama classes, Black Box’s Playmates (2018) and he made his directorial debut in Timesavers for Short+Sweet Illawarra 2018.

“24 Hour Theatre is a nice mixture of fun and stress which is what I enjoy in Life, the balance of it all is just a rush.”



Joshua ChicharoJoshua has studied Theatre & Music at university of Wollongong and has since performed in a variety of theatrical shows within the Illawarra. Some of these performances include; The Tempest (Phoenix Theatre), Jekyll and Hyde – The Musical (Arcadians Theatre Company) & Miss Saigon (Roo Theatre company). Joshua has participated in 24 Hour Theatre in the past and enjoyed the challenge of learning and performing a play in only a day.

“24 Hour Theatre really pushes you as an actor to pull out every trick up your sleeve to not just help learn your lines and give a great performance but to also help your team to succeed.”


Taylor CobbTaylor made his acting debut with Miranda Musical Society’s The King and I in 2004 at the age of 12. Since then, Taylor performed in several more musicals with Miranda, and then Engadine Musical Society, with highlights including High School Musical and Beauty and the Beast. In 2013, Taylor started performing with Stanwell Park Arts Theatre, and has been dancing, singing and acting his way through various pantomimes, plays and musicals each year. His most recent and probably proudest performance with SPAT was Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“Having moved to Sydney, it makes it hard to be involved in the Illawarra theatre scene but I love the acting vibe in the area. 24 Hour Theatre is the perfect way for me to stay connected with the region, and having seen several productions of it, I thought it looks too fun to resist!”


Sam BruceSam has been involved in theatre for five years. She has performed in eleven productions with The Gullibles drama group through Shellharbour Youth Services including Alice in Wonderland, Stories in the Dark, and The Twits. Sam also performed in Grimm Tales and Lysistrata with the Phoenix Theatre. She also participated in 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra last year and is looking forward to another epic challenge.


24 HOUR THEATRE ILLAWARRA | Black Box Productions
7:30pm Saturday 11th May | One Night Only
at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston | Home of the Phoenix Theatre Company
Produced by Luke Berman, Black Box Productions |

Tickets: Adult $22 | Concession $17 | Pensioners / Carers $12
Book Tickets Here

Plays in 24 Hour Theatre may contain strong adult content.

24 Hour Theatre: Full Cast List (Alphabetical Order)

Kaylee Ashton
Michaela Barnett
Sophie Bentley
Sam Bruce
Robert Bruce
Grace Callaghan
Joshua Chicharo
Taylor Cobb
Andrew Courtney
Tyler Cox
Jordan Cunningham
Michelle Danic
Andy East
Brandon Fairley
Byron Faulkner
Arthur Gallagher
Molly Garry
Teihana Gardener-Greentree
Andrew Gobran
Gabriela Gonzalez
Bryson K. Grenfell
Rory Holloway
Maddison Huisman
Freya Jarrett
Ihaka Jones
Julian Levanic
Nick Lewis
Stephanie McAulay
Florence Moss
Andy Murphy
Shayan Murra
Lisa Omodei
Georgina Rose Reed
Kiah Sassall
Jarrod Sleiman
Bradley Ward
Amy Wearing


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Black Box Theatre is proud to announce the first wave of actors that will be taking part in this year’s 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra. These brave thespians will be truly sailing into the unknown – they have put their hands up to perform in plays that will not be written until 24 Hours prior to when they are to be performed. They will not know who they will be performing with, or which of our ten writers will be writing their script!

We have 37 actors locked in, we will be announcing the second wave of performers in the next week.

Missed our writers announcements? Read all about them here:
Writers Announcements: Round 1 | Round 2

But here are the first 17 actors that you will see perform original plays – scripts down – on Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston.

7:30pm Saturday 11th May (One Night Only)
at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston
Tickets: $22 Adult | $17 Concession | $12 Pension / Carer
Secure your seat securely via
24 Hour Theatre is a Black Box Theatre Production
Produced by Luke Berman |
Plays may contain coarse language and adult themes
and may not be suitable for children under the age of 14.


CAST (Wave 1):


Kaylee AshtonKaylee has been onstage dancing and acting for more than 15 years. Her acting studies include musical theatre at McDonald College of Performing Arts and a three-year intensive acting course at Ann Peters in South Australia. She has trained and competed in multiple dance styles and in Theatre Sports/Improv Teams. She moved to Wollongong this year to undertake a Creative Arts (Theatre) Degree at UOW.

Kaylee has performed in the Short+Sweet Festival of Illawarra (2018) and Sydney (2019). Whilst also being involved in productions of the Phoenix Theatre and Rising Arts Productions.


Arthur GallagherAfter falling into theatre during high school where Arthur played iconic roles such as Frankenstein and Richard iii, he set his sights on studying to be an Actor at the University Of Wollongong. Since moving to Wollongong in 2018 Arthur has been involved in over ten productions and projects, including Boris in Magnum Opus, Lane in the Importance of Being Ernest, Simonides in Lystestra, and directed and acted to two award winning short and sweet Illawarra Plays (2018), as well as countless improvisational performances with Rising Arts Productions.



Sophie BentleySophie Bentley is a young actress who is very excited to be participating in 24 Hour Theatre for the third year in a row. She completed her Diploma in Acting at AFTT last year, and learnt a lot from amazing tutors and wonderful actors. She has been in a few shows over the couple of years she has been involved in local theatre, including Sleighed to Death and The Laramie Project at Wollongong Workshop Theatre, 1984 and Our Country’s Good at The Roo Theatre, and Magnum Opus at the Phoenix Theatre. Last year she has the honour of performing Quality of Life, a 24 Hour Theatre piece written by Sevgi Murphy at Short and Sweet Sydney – which ended up winning Judges Vote and People’s vote in its week, and making it to the high profile gala finals. Sophie loves performing in 24 Hour Theatre each year, and is excited to see what everyone can create in this experience.


Tyler CoxTyler has been in love with the theatre for many years and has acted in multiple performances including the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee playing Olive Ostrovsky, one of the witches in Macbeth at the IPAC and various characters in a stage adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems. Tyler is currently studying acting at The Academy of Film Theatre and Television where she has had the opportunity to act in plays such as Sam Shepard’s Savage Love, and was recently involved in Sydney’s 2019 Short and Sweet Festival, where her play made it to the Wildcard finals. She has also trained under Fiona Findley at The Drama Studio at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. During her spare time she also loves to be involved in the odd short film and various student projects. Tyler is very excited to be a part of this year’s 24 Hour Theatre.


Kiah Sassall CRKiah is back for a second go at 24 Hour Theatre after successfully surviving the challenge last year. She has been involved in the Illawarra theatre scene since 2016, appearing in shows such as Travelling North with Roo Theatre Company in 2016, Carrie the Musical with IYAP in 2017 and most recently in 2018 in Bridgeworks at the Phoenix Theatre. She also starred in the very first Short and Sweet Illawarra last year. She can also be found behind the scenes working as both a Stage Manager and Stage Hand for IYAP in their productions of Rock of Ages and Aladdin Jnr respectively as well as Stage Managing Woods-Ray Theatricals debut musical The Wizard of Oz. She is beyond ready to take on whatever the writers can throw at her this year and blow last year’s challenge out of the water.


Jordan CunninghamJordan has played many roles on and off stage over a number of years now. Playing the role of Dracula has always been his favourite role. As well as Brad in Hairspray and being a lead dancer in multiple productions including Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and Boy from Oz. He has also choreographed multiple shows including Peter Pan, Pirates of Penzance and currently choreographing Charlotte’s Web at Roo Theatre. He helps with drama classes at Roo under the guidance of Josif Jovanoski and loves the opportunities he has been given at Roo.



Michaela BarnettMichaela performed with Arcadians as a child/ young teen and was always given the goofy parts, which Michaela feels suits her personality. She also performed for 2 years with the South Coast and Tablelands Scouts which she describes as “raw and very entertaining for the scout mob”.

During high school, she did drama as an elective and was very proud of achieving a band 5 for her individual performance.

Michaela has been limited in her ability to act as she has been working in the Terri in Arnhem Land teaching at a preschool but has recently moved back to the Illawarra.


Ihaka JonesIhaka Jones is a Bachelor of Creative Arts student majoring in Theatre at the University of Wollongong, with experience writing, acting, devising and directing for the stage. Over the past 12 months, Ihaka has been involved in seven productions in the Illawarra, beginning with his first ever show, Bridgeworks 2018 followed by his first musical Mack the Knife, both at the Phoenix. He performed in both shows of the short season of original works at the Roo Theatre – Verdict and Wild. Ihaka performed a sold-out season of an ensemble-devised graduate show with the University called One Hit Wonders. He then made his directorial debut with Bonnie & Clyde the Musical with the Arcadian’s Theatre in early 2019. His latest show was the Irish tale of Finn McCool at the Phoenix, and he is currently readying himself for his second musical with the Phoenix – Man of La Mancha.


Brandon Fairley FBBrandon is 22 years old and thoroughly enjoys singing and acting. In the past 3 years, he’s performed at Roo Theatre, Workshop Theatre, Phoenix Theatre as well as the Illawarra Youth Arts Theatre Project. Some shows you may have seen him in include The Buddy Holly Story as Murray Deutch, The Wedding Singer as a Mr T impersonator, Miss Saigon, Cannibal The Musical as James Humphrey, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest as Aide Warren, The Witches Of Eastwick as Joe Marino, 1984 as Noori, Magnum Opus as Knight of Templar, Verdict as Ryan Turner, various roles in Angels in America, People Die as Kyle Drakon and Bonnie & Clyde the Musical as Buck Barrow.


Molly GarryMolly Garry trained in Wagga Wagga under Jill Tucker at ‘Speaking Out Speech and Drama’, fostering her skills as a performer by competing in regional drama eisteddfods since the age of seven. This experience eventually earning her Certificate of Communications through the Australian Speech Communication Association in 2017.

Molly was also been heavily involved in school productions, such as musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2013, High School Musical in 2015, and All Shook Up in 2017. Molly also hosted variety shows ‘Shine!’ (2016), Share the Love (2018) and starred in student-run Shakespeare performances. She debuted as Maria in Twelfth Night (2016) and Beatrice in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (2017). She is currently completing a Bachelor of Performance at the University of Wollongong.


teihana graceTeihana has previously been in musicals ever since year 6 and she has recently left year 12 to partake in a cert IV in community services at TAFE. Teihana has been a major part of many musicals, including taking on the lead role in the original musical Out Of The Darkness. The most recent musical she has been involved in was Beauty and the Beast at Shellharbour Anglican College where she was the understudy to the lead character ‘Belle’. Teihana has previously sung in the Kiama carols 2 years in a row with a solo as well as a group performance. She is looking forward to what opportunities the future can bring in theatre.


Georgina ReedGeorgina hasn’t always been involved in the theatre, but drama has always seemed to find her. Performing and acting was always an interest, whether it was short plays at school, adding character into her dancing eisteddfods and performances, or trying to avoid getting in trouble. Her first formal role was as a singer/dancer/extra in a high school performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at age 12. It wasn’t until year 11 and 12 that she started studying drama at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, through which she received grade A results and opportunities to perform her group devised piece in numerous competitions. Since school, Georgina has done some small performances under the stage name “Tommy Stardust” and recently has been part of an all-female performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, playing the roles of Balthasar, lady Montague and Paris.


Nick LewisNick has been involved in over 26 productions which include acting in six musicals, a play and providing technical and backstage support such as Stage Management, Producing, Technical Direction/Operation, Photography and as a director. In 2016 he played Nikos/Prof. Lowell/Ens. in AMTC’s Legally Blonde & in 2017 he was an ensemble member for The Little Mermaid. Nick performed with the Illawarra Youth Arts Project as Ja’Keith/Ensemble in Rock of Ages. Nick is a regular face around Shellharbour’s Roo Theatre Company, taking on the roles such as Mr Teavee in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Baracuda/Dance Ensemble in Saturday Night Fever, Brian Henderson/Dance Ensemble in Boy From Oz and most recently as The Duchess in Alice.


Amy WEARINGAmy is a young actress ready to take on new experiences in the acting industry. She has been a student of The Drama Studio at IPAC since age 8, is an active member of the Southern Stars Performing Company, and is heavily involved in Drama at school. She is in an experienced improviser with a passion for Theatre Sports and takes part in the Tournament of Minds. She has performed in several musicals, most notably Legally Blonde as well as other school plays. She recently appeared in the Mark Drama in Wollongong and is excited to take on the challenge of Black Box Theatre’s 24 Hour Theatre.



Florence MossFlorence has been performing since 2016, where she performed in with Hair with the Arcadians. Since then, she has enjoyed working with more Arcadians’ shows, such as Seussical, Jekyll and Hyde most recently Bonnie and Clyde.  Florence has also performed with as well as with the IYAP in Taming of the Shrew and with the Phoenix Theatre Company in Mack the Knife, Lysistrata as well as a monologue in Phoenix’s inaugural monologue variety showcase, One. Florence is currently training at the University of Wollongong, currently completing her second year in the performance course.


Grace CallaghanGrace has always loved theatre. Her mum would put on The Sound of Music or Phantom of the Opera and she would put on her best acting voice to play along. So she decided to take up drama and music in high school and she has been involved with theatre both inside and outside of university since. She has worked with The Phoenix Theatre and has enjoyed devising theatre pieces at uni. Last year, Grace got the opportunity to study drama at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (USA) where she was able to perform in a production of Bonnie and Clyde as well as in a performance troupe. She still loves to sing and act, and even Dance. Theatre never fails to put or smile on her face and loves the feelings and emotions that it inspires in her.


Maddison HuismanMaddison has just started acting hobby, making her one of the bravest members of this year’s 24 Hour Theatre. Her first show was in 2018 when she performed in the ensemble for Be More Chill with independent theatre company Wood-Ray Theatricals. Maddison recently performed in Nelumbonecea written and directed by Inga Silfr Jon with the Phoenix Theatre Company. Maddison has now returned to Wood-Ray Theatricals to take part in the ensemble for Anything Goes. Maddison loved acting and hopes to be in more shows in the future, she would like to learn more and mature as an actor and is sure to impress in this year’s 24 Hour Theatre.


24 HOUR THEATRE ILLAWARRA | Black Box Productions
7:30pm Saturday 11th May | One Night Only
at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston | Home of the Phoenix Theatre Company
Produced by Luke Berman, Black Box Productions |

Tickets: Adult $22 | Concession $17 | Pensioners / Carers $12
Book Tickets Here

Plays in 24 Hour Theatre may contain strong adult content.

WRITERS ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Final Four | 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra 2019

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7:30pm Saturday 11th May (One Night Only)
at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston

Tickets: $22 Adult | $17 Concession | $12 Pension / Carer
Secure your seat securely via
24 Hour Theatre is a Black Box Theatre Production
Produced by Luke Berman |

Plays may contain coarse language and adult themes
and may not be suitable for children under the age of 14.


After a record number of writer submissions, and over thirty actors registered to take part in this year’s 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra, we are pleased to announce our final four successful writers who will be deprived of their sleep on Friday 10th May to write an original short play which will be performed from 7:30pm Saturday 11th May.

Joining round one writers Diana McLaren, Tom Peach, David Rienits, Dylan Gee and brother-and-sister writing duo Alexander and Charlotte Cuff – are Malika Elizabeth, James Turnbull, Brendan Bate and Inga Silfr Jon.

Read about our round 1 writers here

Register as an actor here (positions almost full)



Malika HSMalika Reese was born in California in the ’70s, to White and Black writers. Words, and a love for them, helped shape her. Moving to Australia at a young age Malika travelled between the two countries, also spending time living in Europe and Asia. Wollongong has been home for the longest and best parts. With a creative flair for telling tales, Malika has been writing stories and scripts from a young age. She graduated from the University of Wollongong, with a BCA in Writing and a BA in English. This is where she first starting writing and directing short films and theatre pieces. Malika worked at Foxtel for nearly a decade in a variety of production roles. She has written short film and feature film scripts, and a biographical novel. Moving into performance, Malika has made music video clips; and is co-directing a documentary about her great aunt, a 1950’s songwriter. Malika has also co-written and directed dozens of shows for her local community. She currently co-runs and organises the monthly show, She’ll Be Right at the Servo Food Truck Bar and is also taking part in Merrigong Playwrights 2019.


James Turnbull

James Turnbull is a film school graduate whose love for community theatre always keeps bringing him back for one last job. His first 24 Hour Theatre piece, All Locked Up, was performed last year, and although its illustrious career ended the night it began, it was generally considered “a good time” by everyone. Despite his writing career not being quite as seasoned and illustrious as some of his 24-hour alumni, this will no longer be his first rodeo, and writing alongside such greats is truly an honour. Eager to get back on the proverbial horse this year, James hopes to create a piece that the cast has fun performing and the audience has fun watching because at his heart he believes that having fun is at the heart of community theatre.


Inga Silfr HSInga Silfr Jon has been involved in the performing arts since she was young onstage and behind the scenes. Inga started off with dance training and now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a Master’s of Education degree. Inga has been focusing on contemporary literacies and has been channelling these into creating new works that challenge the audience to think, with two plays staged since 2016 in Wollongong. Having worked on 24 Hour Theatre as a performer already, this will be her first foray into writing short scripts. Her latest work, ‘Nelumbonecea’ finished last night at the Phoenix Theatre after a successful season.


Brendan Bate HSLike a typical Gemini, there are too many ideas floating around in Brendan’s brain; so much so that he has to write them down. And the idea of expanding on them came to him one day and voila, he was a writer. His debut theatrical work, a dark police thriller called ”Broken Lane”, was greeted with strong applause for its gritty, real life content. Showing versatility in his writing, his next submission was a clever, mindless comedy for the 2018 Short & Sweet festival. Since then, Brendan has numerous works in his back pocket waiting for the right avenue to drive them onto.


24 HOUR THEATRE ILLAWARRA | Black Box Productions
7:30pm Saturday 11th May | One Night Only
at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston | Home of the Phoenix Theatre Company
Produced by Luke Berman, Black Box Productions |

Tickets: Adult $22 | Concession $17 | Pensioners / Carers $12
Book Tickets Here

Plays in 24 Hour Theatre may contain strong adult content.