RISING

RISING

RISING

A Playlab Theatre production presented in association with Metro Arts

By Hannah Belanszky, Madeleine Border, Emily Burton, Lauren Sherritt, Sarah Wilson

Sea levels, displacements, poverty… who is listening?

Through rising sea levels, and open conflict between Government and Rebel forces, a remote island country is at tipping point, facing imminent environmental, economical and social collapse.

Out of the chaos, five stories of  integrity, idealism, justice, compassion and hope emerge.

From five fabulous emerging female playwrights, this ambitious new work responds to the looming ecological crisis, in an effort to find equality and balance.

DATES

7.30pm, 3 – 13 February 2021
Previews: 7.30pm, 3 & 4 February 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre

TICKETS

General $45
Concession / Preview $39 
Schools Students $29* 
+ booking fee

*For High School student groups, please contact Metro Arts. 

 

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval.

Image by Justine Walpole.

THE ARTISTS

HANNAH BELANSZKY – PLAYWRIGHT

Hannah Belanszky is an emerging writer, actor and Yuwaalaraay woman based in Brisbane. Her focus is on telling Aboriginal stories and creating work that is bold, imaginative and female driven. Hannah’s play don’t ask what the bird look like was a finalist for the 2018-19 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and was commissioned by Queensland Theatre. She wrote and directed her cabaret The Wives of Wolfgang which was performed at Brisbane Powerhouse in 2017 and toured to Fringe World Perth and Adelaide Fringe in 2020 where it was awarded Best Cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards. Her play Shadow in a Dress was developed through QPAC/Playlab Theatre’s ‘Sparks’ program for First Nations writers and was programmed at La Boite HWY.  (Read full bio)

MADELEINE BORDER – PLAYWRIGHT

Madeleine Border is a Brisbane based theatre maker, performer, and writer. She was one of Playlabs Young Playwright-in-Residence participants for 2019 and is currently involved in Playlabs 2020 Incubator program. She co-founded a theatre collective, Yours Sincerely, who created original works for FAST in 2018 with ‘Sometimes it’s Hot like the Sun’, and ‘This Fantastic Plastic Planet’ as part of Backbones Residency program in 2019. After finishing an undergraduate degree, majoring in Drama and Political Science, she finished her studies by completing a Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing at the University of Queensland in 2019.

EMILY BURTON – PLAYWRIGHT

Emily Burton is an actress, theatre-maker, playwright and teaching artist. As an actress, her production credits include: Storm Boy (MTC/QT); Single Asian Female (Laboite Theatre Company/Belvior); The Seagull, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Fledglings, Riley Valentine (QT); The Wider Earth (QT/Sydney Festival/Dead Puppets Society); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LaBoite Theatre Company); A Tribute of Sorts (QT/Monster’s Appear/Laboite Theatre). Emily has performed nationally with numerous acclaimed Independent Theatre companies including Dead Puppets Society, Imaginary Theatre Company, Monster’s Appear and Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe. Major Awards include: Matilda Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role in A Tribute of Sorts; A recipient of Queensland Theatre Independents Resources Funding; and a proud participant in the Playlab Incubator 2018 playwriting program. (Read full bio)

LAUREN SHERRITT – PLAYWRIGHT

Lauren is a playwright and director. Her plays Sans Love (2014) and One Black Mark (2015)were produced at Anywhere Theatre Festival, and her monologue The Panel was published in ATYP’s The Voices Project: Encore Edition. In 2017, she wrote interactive digital story Master of Time for Story City, produced as part of celebrations to mark 50 Years of Landscape Architecture at QUT. Lauren has participated in Playlab’s Incubator program, ATYP’s Fresh Ink Mentoring Program and ATYP’s National Studio.

SARAH WILSON – PLAYWRIGHT

Sarah Wilson is an emerging Brisbane based writer. Sarah was a member of QTC’s Young Writers Group in 2016. She was a part of Queensland Theatre’s Playwrights 18-26 Program in 2017, where she created her play Recreational Mathematics. In 2018 Sarah wrote and developed her latest work, The Kmart Chronicles, as part of Playlab’s Incubator program. Her short story, First Do No Harm, was published as part of the Arts Alliance of Pine Rivers’ 2014 anthology Alpha and Omega. Sarah is currently undertaking an Honours degree in Drama at the University of Queensland, having earned a Bachelors of Science/Arts dual degree with majors in Mathematics, Computer Science, and an extended major in Drama.

KEY CREATIVES

Hannah Belanszky / Playwright
Madeleine Border / Playwright
Emily Burton / Playwright
Lauren Sherritt / Playwright
Sarah Wilson / Playwright
Kathryn Marquet / Dramaturg
Kate Wild / Director
Ella Lincoln / Designer
Christine Felmingham / Lighting Designer
Anna Whitaker / Sound Designer
Helen Fitchett / Stage Manager 
Chenoa Deemal / Cast
Ling Cooper Tang / Cast
Steven Rooke / Cast

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Rising is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Van Badham | Directed By Heidi Manché

Celebrate the complexities at the heart of female sexuality with this playful, sexy and smart romcom-riff on ancient Greek mythology.

Marion avoids attractive men, and besides, Michael is married. But something monstrous has awoken in the Ashmolean Museum and won’t be satisfied until the thread of desire is pursued to its inevitable end.

Fast forward to a Welsh seaside  resort where a now-penitent  Marion finds redemption in the most unexpected place.

“A love letter to language, mythology and love itself, it’s clever, sexy, funny and uplifting.” 

The Australian

Take a look at The Hive’s Collective’s other two works in Metro Arts’ current season:

Elektra / Orestes
Conviction

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 17 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 17 Feb $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Heidi Manché 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Musician/Composer Shenzo Gregorio 
Cast Sarah Ogden, Rob Pensalfini 

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Heidi Manché – Director
Hive Co-Artistic Director Heidi Manché studied theatre in Sydney and La Sapienza Rome University in Italy, with a project to work alongside Nobel laureate Dario Fo. Heidi translated many of Fo’s texts and was a core ensemble member of the theatre troupe Stalker, touring throughout Italy. On her return to Australia, she became Artistic Director of The Crypt Theatre, Sydney, producing and directing several plays including Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay by Dario Fo, A Woman Alone by Franca Rame, It’s all in the Timing by David Ives and Charmayne (award-winning documentary – Sydney Film School). In Brisbane she founded theatre company Room to Play which has produced and directed The Bald Prima Donna by Eugene Ionesco (Melbourne Fringe Festival), Afterplay by Brian Friel (Theatre 505) Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo (Bille Brown, supported by Queensland Theatre), Red Sky Morning by Tom Holloway and The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz (Metro Arts).

Van Badham – Playwright
Van Badham is the award-winning writer of more than 30 internationally-produced plays for stage and radio. She writes a weekly column for The Guardian and appears regularly on television and radio as a commentator, critic and activist. Van has had work developed and produced across Australia, Europe and North America. Her most recent Australian productions include Banging Denmark for the Sydney Theatre Company and The Bloody Chamber for Malthouse. In Britain, Van was writer-in-residence at LAMDA for two years and has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, the Bush (for Paines Plough), Nabokov, the Battersea Arts Centre, Luxi and Theatre503, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe and on the touring circuit. Van’s radio commissions have been for the BBC World Service, Radio 4, and Radio 3 and her first screenplay, We Come Home, was developed with a grant from the Australian Writers’ Guild.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Jada Alberts and Anne-Louise Sarks | Directed by Heather Fairbairn

Love, justice and revenge. Ancient Greek tragedy collides with a very modern royal family in this showdown for the ages.

Born to a household mired in murder and bloodshed, Elektra is really not okay. Seething with anger and vengeance, she blasts her music louder and waits impatiently for her brother Orestes to return from exile. Knowing that when he does, the walls of this house will shake.

Elektra sent Orestes into exile when he was just 11. He was the next in line for her father’s throne. Nine years later he has come of age. Now he’s on way to join Elektra and take the ultimate revenge. There will be blood.

Alberts and Sarks’ visceral and contemporary adaptation lays open the devastating legacy of trauma  on future generations, in a stunning spectacle of retribution, love, justice and power.

★★★★ “This is how all Greek tragedies should be performed.  …fast and furious, packing the Sophoclean epic into just one hour.” 

The Guardian

Take a look at The Hive’s Collective’s other two works in Metro Arts’ current season:

The Bull, the Moon, and the Coronet of Stars
Conviction

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 3 – Sat 13 Mar, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 3 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Heather Fairbairn 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Composer / Sound Designer Julian Starr 
Cast includes Violette Ayad, Caroline Dunphy, Tate Hinchy, Tatum Mottin, Marcus Oborn

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Heather Fairbairn – Director
Hive Co-Artistic Director Heather Fairbairn directs theatre and contemporary opera. Working throughout Australia, Europe and the UK, her directing credits include Silk Moth by Bushra El-Turk (Arcola Theatre, London), The Mutant Man by Christopher Bryant (The Space Arts Centre, London), The Magic Flute (European Tour), and Sunnytown by Krystal Sweedman (La Boite). Heather regularly collaborates with renowned theatre director Katie Mitchell, working on Ariadne auf Naxos and Alcina (Festival d’Aix), Lucia di Lammermoor (Royal Opera House), and Ophelias Zimmer by Alice Birch (Schaubühne Berlin). In 2019 and 2020, Heather directed the revival of Katie Mitchell’s Ariadne auf Naxos with new casts at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Finnish National Opera, and the Royal Danish Opera. As assistant director, credits include: Lord of the Flies directed by Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company), Accidental Death of An Anarchist directed by Sarah Giles (Sydney Theatre Company), Orpheus & Eurydice directed by Yaron Lifschitz (Opera Queensland), and As You Like It directed by David Berthold (La Boite).

Jada Alberts – Playwright
Jada hails from Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman country in the Top End of Australia and she shares her unique perspective with audiences as a young Indigenous Australian woman. She works professionally as an actor, director and writer. Jada was an associate artist at Belvoir in 2014-2015 and was the recipient of the 2013 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. In 2014 her debut work Brothers Wreck was part of the main stage season at Belvoir to critical acclaim, which she then went on to direct in 2018 at the Malthouse Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia to rave reviews. In 2016 Jada directed her first show at Belvoir Title & Deed. In 2016-2017 Jada completed a writing fellowship with Bell Shakespeare and in 2017 Jada was the Assistant Director on Sydney Theatre Company’s production Three Sisters, directed by Kip Williams.

Anne-Louise Sarks – Playwright
Anne-Louise works internationally as a director, writer and dramaturg. In 2019 she directed Avalanche for The Barbican Centre (London). In 2018 she was Artistic Director of the Lyric Ensemble at the Lyric Hammersmith, directed a new production of her acclaimed Medea for Theater Basel, directed a new adaptation An Enemy of the People for Belvoir, and her production of Sarah Kane’s Blasted at Malthouse was nominated for four green room awards including Best Director. Anne-Louise was Resident Director at Belvoir from 2013-2015. In 2011 she was Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre Company, and from 2010-2013 Anne-Louise was Artistic Director of The Hayloft Project. In 2015 Anne-Louise directed a re-imagining of Medea at The Gate Theatre, London winning five 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards. It was also awarded an AWGIE for Best Stage Play and in 2013 was nominated for four Helpmann Awards including Best Direction, Best New Australian Work and Best Play.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Zoey Dawson | Directed by Kate Wild

How can a playwright make a difference when she doubts every word she places on the page? And does literary immortality really matter when the world is about to end?

In a messy lounge room in Brunswick East, a young woman starts to write a play – an important play, an instant classic, a story that matters. But her convict drama insists on unravelling and now our corseted protagonist has 5000 words to write and an Ottolenghi fish dinner to prepare.

Zoey Dawson mocks the Australian canon and her own artistic ambition in this meta-theatrical black comedy. This caustically funny interrogation of the creative process is both deeply personal and resonantly universal.

 “This work is generous, provocative, urgent, entertaining, and mind-bendingly clever.” – ★★★★1/2 ArtsHub

“Go and see this play. It’ll make you think, it’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you want to see it again.” – ★★★★★ Broadway World

“My new gold standard for a play” – The Courier Mail

“Emily Burton is luminous [with] a goofy comic presence that is a joy to watch” – Stage Whispers

“…absurdly hilarious, wonderfully acted and reminds us that we are all imperfect human beings.” – Theatre Haus

“This is a play that moved me in many ways and will stay with me for a while, for its relatability as much as its perplexing nature.” – Nothing Ever Really Happens In Brisbane

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 17 – Sat 27 Mar, 2021*

*Auslan Interpreted performance
7:30pm, Wed 24 March

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 17 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of drug use and violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Kate Wild 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Sound Designer  Anna Whitaker 
Cast Emily Burton, Luisa Prosser, Kevin Spink, Jeremiah Wray 

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Kate Wild – Director
Hive co-Artistic Director Kate Wild is the award-winning writer and director of The Sound of a Finished Kiss. Having worked in theatres throughout London, Bristol and Melbourne she has returned to Brisbane, founding Now Look Here and directing Splendour, A Slight Ache and The Seagull for the company.

Zoey Dawson – Playwright
Zoey Dawson is a theatre maker and screenwriter based in Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin nation. Her recent credits include as playwright, Australian Realness (Malthouse Theatre), Conviction (ZLMD Shakespeare/Darebin Arts), Welcome to Nowhere (Monash University/Malthouse), Calamity (MTC NEON/ZLMD Shakespeare), The Unspoken Word is Joe (MKA/La Mama/Griffin Theatre/Brisbane Festival), Madonna Arms (I’m Trying To Kiss You/Next Wave) and I Know There’s A Lot Of Noise Outside But You Have To Close Your Eyes (I’m Trying To Kiss You/LaMama/NIDA). As well as performing in much of her own work, she appeared in a world-ish tour of The Economist (MKA/World Theatre Festival/Edinburgh Fringe), for which she was nominated for a UK Stage Award for Best Actress. As director, she staged an all-female Romeo and Juliet at fortyfivedownstairs (ZLMD Shakespeare. She won the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award for The Unspoken Word is “Joe”

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.