The ACA Second Year Company presented eight scenes from different Shakespearean plays, each chosen to connect with and reflect on Shakespeare’s own life in the age of the Great Queen.
The events of the Waterfall train disaster, January 31, 2003, are undeniably tragic, but it takes a gifted playwright to transform tragic events into a theatrical tragedy. While drawing honestly and sensitively upon verbatim sources to construct a full picture of the impact of these events upon a community, Dead Man Brake is a compelling, uplifting and profoundly poetic reflection upon the nature of human suffering. Valentine’s remarkable treatment of her subject is ably supported and amplified by composer/sound designer, Daryl Wallis.
Alex Nicholas completed a Masters of International Relations at the University of NSW and presented asylum seeker policy research at the United Nations in Geneva. He then graduated from the Actors Centre Australia in 2010, marking a return to his life-long passion.
Her cupboard is limitless capable of hosting a panorama of characters and scenarios as Cristina interrogates her father, Robert, mother, Gwen and sister, Anna, girlfriends and an old boyfriend. At times these significant others appear to interact with…
Attending this subtlenuance presentation is like entering another world. Imagine coming in from a cold winter’s night, a climb up worn carpeted stairs, welcoming words from Daniela Giorgio (producer), a short time spent in a dimly lit book-lined bar with other friendly theatre seekers. At the sound of a bell, we move along a narrow passage, our path traced by a tube of tiny lights, and emerge into a bedroom, the most personal of spaces, within – by implication – a shared house.
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) wrote complex socio-psychological plays in a context of revolution and modernisation. Second-year students of the Actors Centre Australia staged a bold production of scenes from two of the Russian writer’s well-known works, showcasing thoughtful and skilful understanding of the texts’ dramatic and comedic elements.
SURRY HILLS: Back in late March, second-year students of the Actors Centre Australia (ACA) staged their first performance of the year, showcasing their talents and the results of hard work.
Most adults in our society would see children as apolitical. However, as The Political Hearts of Children suggests through this performance of seven unique childhood memories, the young are early introduced to the notion of power-holding and powerlessness through the relationship of child to child, adult to child, parent to child, and community to child.
In December Milk Crate Theatre was presented the Macquarie Group Foundation’s Social Innovation Award in recognition of its community shows program, Australia’s only ongoing theatre program devised “by the homeless community for the homeless community”. Long-time participant, Helen (not her real name), spoke with the SSH about acting, artistic collaborations and developing skills for life.
As expected from playwright Alana Valentine, Tinderbox, directed with a lyrical toughness by Zoe Carides, is both provocative and tender.