DAVID MEGARRITY

ABOUT DAVID MEGARRITY

David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of music, performance and projected image.

Recipient of a Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship in 1998, his performance inventions include Backseat Drivers (Queensland Theatre’s first overseas tour), Ukulele Mekulele (La Boite), Show (QT), The Empty City and Bear with Me.

His works have played at the Sydney Opera House, around Australia and abroad. Publications include plays for young people such as Gate 38 and anthology Destinations (Playlab). He’s been finalist in the George Landen Dann Award (2000), Inscriptions Edward Albee Scholarship (2012), and Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award (2016).

Picture book The Empty City (Hachette) was selected by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as a Picture Book of the Year ‘Notable Book’ (2008). His stage adaptation was a finalist in the 2012/3 Queensland Theatre’s Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QPDA) and premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2013.  David won the QPDA in 2018 for his play The Holidays.

Having played in many bands and composed songs and soundtracks for stage, screen and radio, David has released 13 albums of original music in various audio incarnations. Recent music-driven performances include faux folk duo Warmwaters, “the surprise hit of the Queensland Cabaret Festival” (Brisbane Times 2014), and Tyrone and Lesley (Twice finalist in the Queensland Music Awards) whose 2017 album Optimism was dubbed Ukulele Record of the Year by Ukulelehunt. David’s short film collaborations won a number of awards and nominations, including Official Selection Cannes International Film Festival 2000.

Full-time artist and part-time Senior Lecturer in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology, he received the 2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (Innovative and Creative Practice) and completed his PhD in 2015, an exploration of composed Theatre.

ABOUT TYRONE AND LESLEY

Celebrating over 20 years together, Tyrone and Lesley are a songwriting and performance duo (made up of David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent) who pair the high and low in a wild and binary orbit in the dark and sparkling space around the ukulele. Having one foot on the theatre stage and the other on the music stage is a striking stance which rewards audiences little and large from the Sydney Opera House to out the back of a fruit shop in West End. Playing festivals around the nation and overseas, they’ve released 5 albums. The latest, Optimism, was dubbed Ukulele Recording of the Year.

Tyrone & Lesley in a Spot
by David Megarrity & Nathan Sibthorpe

The inimitable Tyrone and Lesley celebrate 20 years of brilliance by entwining their beautiful, funny music with moving images of skies, suns and moons, clarity and clouds, flickering bulbs and high windows.

A ukulele-led dance of screen and song where there are no wallflowers, Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot will transport you all the way to exactly where you are. It’s funny ha ha, funny weird and a little bit funny valentine. It’s Tyrone. It’s Lesley. It’s their high spots in bright lights.

Charming, poetic, and unique – you will never see anything like this.

REVIEWS

“One of the funniest, most entertaining live performances I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.”  – Broadway World

“a unique piece of theatre. …the two were just pure magic together… it would be a sin to miss it.”  – thecreativeissue

“wonderfully crafted… defies genre boundaries …Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot will leave you with a smile and a song in your heart”   Backstreet Brisbane

KEY CREATIVES

David Megarrity – Creator/writer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Creator/Projections

Songs by David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent with Kellee Green.
Performed by Tyrone and Lesley. 

PAST SEASONS

Brisbane Festival | Theatre Republic, Brisbane, QLD | 17 – 21 September 2019

Queensland Cabaret Festival | Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD | 12 June 2016

Bear with Me
by David Megarrity 

When was the last time you took your bear to the theatre? Now is the time!
 
Sometimes being a teddy bear is no picnic, so being cherished makes the rougher moments bearable.
 
An intimate concert especially for younger bears, their children (and their grown-ups) Bear With Me is playful, ukulele-ful and made for joining in. This warm, fuzzy, participatory show explores the joys and turmoil of everyday life through music and performance.
 
See you there, and bring your bear!

REVIEWS

“In the disquiet of our times it is heartening to know that such a deceptively simple, comforting performance has the ability to engage and engross.”  seesawmag

“This show carries a charm that has you humming the tunes all the way home” Stage Whispers

“A unique and adorable production”  – theupsidenews

KEY CREATIVES

David Megarrity – Creator/writer/performer
Samuel Vincent – Composer/arranger/performer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Video Design

Performed by Tyrone and Lesley. 

PAST SEASONS

Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things | State Theatre Centre, Perth, WA | 7 – 11 October 2019

Windmill Theatre and Adelaide Festival Centre | Adelaide, SA | 7 – 19 July 2015

Melbourne Recital Centre | Melbourne, VIC | 16 January 2014

Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things | State Theatre Centre, Perth, WA | 5 – 11 October 2013

Out of the Box Festival | QPAC, Brisbane, QLD | June 2012

Sox
by David Megarrity 

IN DEVELOPMENT

Three strangers in a laundromat, all using dryers, tumble together musically.

This new project from David Megarrity, Samuel Vincent and Nathan Sibthorpe (Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot) introduces multi-instrumentalist Matt Hsu and live mixer James See to a spin cycle of loops and maximum minimalism.

Sox will turn itself inside out,  moving from the presentational to the participatory, meaning it looks like a show that we’re doing for kids and their carers, but it turns out we’re all doing the show together.

KEY CREATIVES

David Megarrity – Creator/writer/performer
Samuel Vincent – Composer/arranger/performer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Video Design
Matt Hsu – Multi-instrumentalist
James See – Live mixer

PREVIOUS DEVELOPMENTS

Creative Development | Metro Arts | Brisbane, QLD | October – November 2019