Cast Announcement: Reflections In A Sunday Mirror

Black Box Theatre is proud to announce the cast of its Top 80 Short+Sweet Sydney submission for 2014.

After a long wait, director Luke Berman has finally found the right cast to bring to life Maree Teychenne’s abstract and bold Music-Drama REFLECTIONS IN A SUNDAY MIRROR, which features an amazing original musical score by Compser and the play’s Musical Director Dr Steven Capaldo.

Lauren Scott-Young plays Jacqueline, a French cabaret performer & prostitute who’s full of hatred and sorrow. Jacqueline came to prostitution soon after the Nazi invasion of France and the death, through neglect, of her new-born child.

The amazingly talented Gertraud Harlos steps into the role of Roma, the Polish owner and Madam of the cabaret café who has taken in a desperate Jacqueline and given her a new life. Roma however, is never afraid to remind Jacqueline of the life long debt owed to her.

Completing the cast are our two German Nazi officers, with powerful acting and vocal performances from Zac Jardine and Tom Parrish.

Reflections In A Sunday Mirror opens at the King St Theatre, cnr Bray & King Sts Newtown (St Peters) on Wednesday 19th February and runs 7:30pm shows each night until Saturday 22nd February, with its closing performance on Sunday 23rd February at 5:15pm.

Tickets can be purchased via trybooking.
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Meet the Hosts of Playmates! Jim Fishwick and Sarah Knight

MEET OUR HOSTS – PLAYMATES 2013

Jim Fishwick and Sarah Knight (Timekeeper)

JIM FISHWICK

Jim Fishwick is an award-winning performer and director and professional Improvisation champion. As part of the Winning Musical Theatre Act of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2012, entertainer Jim Fishwick has already captivated audiences with his unusual and strange mix of entertainment along with his passion for the dinky ukulele (Jim is the current president of Sydney University’s Ukulele Society.)

Taking inspiration from some of the more quirky comedians such as Eddie Izzard, Paul Merton and Bill Bailey, Jim Fishwick entered the comedy scene at a relatively young age.

“I started doing comedy when I was 17 and I sucked for about three years,” said Fishwick with a big dose of honesty. Since that time, Fishwick has refined his chosen art form, achieving greater recognition for his role as a producer and the host of Alexander Vanderboom’s Acts of Derring-Do.

Jim has long since thrived on the experience of being in the centre of the spotlight.

“At a very conceptual level, I enjoy the idea of communicating with people and making them think. Then on another level I enjoy the entertainment idea of it, like people can take an hour out of their life and go and just be made to laugh for an hour.”

SARAH KNIGHT

Sarah Knight – Timekeeper

A graduate of the New Zealand School of Music and one of Australia’s leading music schools, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the careful tutelage of Professor Jan Delpratt, this classically trained singer is highly regarded for her virtuosity and stunning performances across many genres including pop, folk, classical, jazz and music theatre.

Recent credits include Handle with Care, Up the Tiber without a Toga. She has performed for the Brisbane Cabaret Festival, The Brisbane Festival, Queensland Government, Woodford Folk Festival Productions, Queensland State Library,Channel Nine, Brisbane EKKA, Fete De La Musique, Channel Seven & the Sunshine Coast Council

Sarah also works in arts marketing for Joymas Creative. This classically trained singer has technique to be flexible across pop, folk, classical, jazz and onto music theatre. Sarah seeks to push her own musical and stage boundaries by challenging herself in her roles and musicality. Sarah Knight is a polished performer who is constantly evolving. Sarah continues to take up new challenges in her theatrical roles and musicality.

Congratulations, Players!

A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of the hugely successful production of Playmates Illawarra 2012. A great turn-out of audience enjoyed watching the five groups do themselves proud in the annual improvisation battle of the companies.
2011 Champions Roo Theatre have backed up their inaugural win by again taking out the Grand Final playoffs against The Drama Studio – who along with  Wollongong Comedy enjoyed their first Playmates involvement.
Stanwell Park Arts Theatre showed great passion, skill and teamwork and will be a force to watch out for in 2013, and university’s as always showed what they are capable of with an all round great performance.

Thank you to our wonderful hosts Jim Fishwick and Sam Jenkins who were simply incredible, and also huge thanks to judges Olav Lehman, Deb Mulhall and Rupert Degas.

With all proceeds being donated to The Denny Foundation, playmates has again played its part in both celebrating and promoting the strength and versatility of the Illawarra performing arts, and doing their part for the general community. Congrats all!

 

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Welcome Players!

Playmates Welcome the Next Generation of Local Talent

A warm welcome to our Playmates new comers who will be joining 2011 champions Roo Theatre Co, as well as SPAT and Uni in this year’s Playmates.

We are very excited to welcome NSW’s oldest running community theatre group, the Nowra Players into the mix, as well as The Drama Studio (IPAC) and also the Illawarra’s comedy sensation Wollongong Comedy (also known as Craichouse Comedy).

The Nowra Players are a non-profit community organisation and have been bringing live theatre to the Illawarra/Shoalhaven community since 1951.  The 142 seat Players Theatre is located in Meroo Street, Bomaderry. They incorporate a wide variety of styles from the classics, to children’s pantomimes, to musicals, right through to contemporary Australian dramatic pieces.

Wollongong Comedy  is Wollongong’s longest running and most successful comedy club, operating out of The Illawarra Master Builders Club. The Craichouse is on the last Thursday of each month and feature top quality headline acts from the Illawarra, all over Australia and some international acts as well, including comedy superstars such as Tommy Dean, Claire Hooper and Tom Ballard.

The Drama Studio is a dynamic drama school established in 1988 run by Fiona Finley at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. We are pleased to see this new generation of talent fielding a team of their own, after helping teams out in previous years!

We are excited to have you all on board this year, which is again looking like a great night of improvised comedy!

Stay tuned for more information about our newcomers, and more about our returning theatre groups.