Intersection Program

DIRECTOR’S NOTE The ten scenes that make up Intersection show the complexities, tensions and joy of growing up in Australia today. Written by 10 early career playwrights and performed by 19 actors aged 15 to 24, Intersection reveals the secret world of young people as they face pivotal moments in their lives. Everyone, regardless of age, will recognise and relate to the stories and characters on stage tonight. I admit to feeling a tad concerned about taking on such an enormous task. How was I going to turn ten disparate stories into one coherent performance? What if the writing was under developed and inconsistent? What had I signed up for? It didn’t take long for my concerns to evaporate. The scenes in Intersection are fresh, insightful and provocative. It has been a privilege to work with the 36 amazing artists who helped bring Intersection to life. I can not thank them enough for their hard work and dedication. They made my job a million times easier. Thank you also to all the ATYP crew who made this show possible. Here is the future of Australian theatre. As you’ll see the future is going to be extremely exciting. I hope you enjoy Intersection. THANKS ATYP would like to acknowledge the support of the Graeme Wood Foundation without whom this would not be possible. Thank you to Julie and John and all at the Bundanon Trust, the 2016 National Studio mentors: Mary Anne Butler, Angus Cerini and Sue Smith and The Blue Room Theatre. Thank you to all the writers from the 2016 National Studio who created such a beautiful environment in which to create new work: Angela Collins, Farnoush Parsiavashi, Thomas De Angelis, Brenden Snow, Eliza Oliver, Peter Beaglehole, Louis Klee, Zoe Ridgway, Michelle Sewell, Isabella Jacob, Suzannah Kennett-Lister, Honor Webster-Mannison, Kevin Ngo, Laura Lethlean, Jordan Shea, Mark Tripodi, Lewis Treston, Anita Sanders, Isabelle McDonald, Jackson Used, Charles O’Grady. 01.02.17 _ 18.02.17 INTERSECTION The creative team would like to thank: Bell Shakespeare, The Bower, Bar Cycle, Griffin Theatre, Sally Withnell, Danielle Taylor and the staff at PACT, Mark King and everyone at ATYP. SUPPORTERS Cover Moreblessing Maturure Photo Luke Stambouliah Design Justin Stambouliah PLAYWRIGHTS Peter Beaglehole – Palaces of Montezuma Peter’s play Strata won the STCSA Young Playwrights Award in 2016. In 2015 he and Back Porch Theatre were awarded a Carclew Project & Development Grant to work on his play Milkteeth. In 2014 he was part of ATYPs Fresh Ink program mentored by Nicki Bloom, and his play May Day was shortlisted for the Young Playwrights Award. Peter worked with Urban Myth Theatre Company in 2013 as an assistant tutor, a dramaturge and wrote a short musical theatre for the Come Out Festival. Angela Collins – Blueberry Play Ang is an emerging playwright who completed her Bachelor of Arts (Languages) at the University of Sydney in 2016. She completed a playwriting intensive with Young Playwrights Inc. in New York City in 2014 and has been an active member of the Sydney University Dramatic Society as a playwright, producer and dramaturg throughout her university career. Ang is a master of the unpaid arts internship and has worked on such projects as Ros Horin’s The Baulkham Hills African Ladies’ Troupe and WITS’ Festival Fatale. She is currently studying a Masters of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance) at NIDA. Thomas De Angelis – Yield Thomas’ works include Jack killed Jack (Sydney Fringe Festival; 2012), The Worst Kept Secrets - 2014 and Unfinished Works - 2016 (Seymour Centre). After graduating from the University Of Notre Dame (Arts/Law), he attended NIDA in 2015 to study a Master Of Fine Arts (Writing For Performance). Other writing includes: dramaturgy Jelinek’s Sportsplay (NIDA Director’s Productions; 2015) and The Cherry Orchard (New Theatre; 2016). Co-writer on HeySorryGottaGoBye (Sydney Fringe Festival; 2016) and is co-creator and dramaturg for an original site-specific opera, Chamber Pot Opera (Queen Victoria Building; 2016), which will tour to Adelaide and Edinburgh in 2017. Izzy McDonald – Dive Izzy is a co-artistic director of Rorschach Beast. She graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2015 (English and Cultural Studies). Performing: regional touring shows with Scoopelight Theatre (2013-2015), FIRE (2013) and Fish Out Of Water (2014) for the West Australian Youth Theatre Company, Frankenstein (2016) with Second Chance Theatre and TANK (2016) with The Chaos Ensemble. Directing: Rorschach Beast’s show Girl in the Wood (2016) won Fringe Worlds Best Emerging Artist and the Melbourne Fringe Ready to Tour, and was nominated for the Martin Sims award. Playwright: Bus Boy (2017) (Perth Fringe World), it is Izzy’s debut as a playwright She is passionate about collaboration, and making beautifully powerful stories accessible to all audiences. Charles O’Grady – Pray 4 Mojo Charles is a 22-year-old trans playwright based in Sydney. Charles has written several plays for the independent stage (Kaleidoscope, Telescope, Before the Water Gets Cold) and his new play Are We Awake? will play at the Old Fitz in March. Charles is currently working as the assistant director for Declan Greene’s The Homosexuals at Malthouse and Griffin theatres, as well as directing high school students in a play about trans identity. Suzannah Kennett Lister – Cassie and Saoirse Suzannah wrote and directed the original cabaret Myriad for the Adelaide cabaret festival, which was nominated for the Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Curtain Call Awards for best cabaret. She also worked as assistant director to Geordie Brookman in the STCSA’s production of Betrayal and their collaboration with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn’s Dream as well as assistant directing Someone like U’s production of Bitch Boxer and Adelaide College of the Arts’ production of Earthquakes in London. In 2016 she returned to Adelaide College of the arts and performed in Back Porch Theatre’s debut production Schmidt. Zoe Ridgway – The Track and the Church Zoe is in her third and final year of her Bachelor of Creative Arts-Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. She is passionate about dramatic writing, and upon graduation, wishes to continue expanding her work as a playwright as well as learn more about screen-writing. To date, Zoe has collaborated with Dramatic Studio, based at Wollongong’s Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, who produced her short work ‘The Investment’. Earlier this month was the premiere of her most recent work ‘It’s Actually Hockey’, which explored the collective experiences of those she met when travelling India. This premiered at UOW’s Nothing to See Here Festival2016. She enjoys writing comedy and exploring pertinent issues to diverse and contemporary cultures. Jordan Shea – Little Differences Jordan is a graduate of the writing course at the VCA where he earned Second Class Honours for his major work Trolley Boys and its accompanying exegesis, Following the boys. Trolley Boys is currently being developed in Melbourne and Sydney. Other work: Last Drinks (BNW Theatre), It’s been a while (Smoking Gum) and After Party, which was shortlisted for the MTC CYBEC read as part of ASIA Topa. He produced The Stalls, an installation piece focusing on toilet graffiti for Melbourne Fringe/ Arts House and has plays in development around the country. Director: Keating! The Musical (Bryan Brown Theatre) and The Shape of Things (Sydney Fringe Festival/KXT). Producer: Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? (Ferknerkle Productions). He worked at the National Play Festival 2016. He dedicates this work and most of his other work to Agnes and Michael. Lewis Treston – Starlight Plaza Lewis is an Australian playwright whose work has been performed in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. He is a graduate from QUT’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) and NIDA’s Postgraduate Diploma (Writing For Performance). Since completing his post-grad Lewis’ play Reagan Kelly (dir. Benjamin Schostakowski) has been performed at NIDA as a third year graduation piece. He has also participated in PWA’s Dramaturgy Internship, collaborated with renowned director Jim Sharman’s production company Sunday Pictures, as well as having productions and readings of his plays presented at Anywhere Theatre Festival, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Rock Surfers Theatre Company, QUT and Short & Sweet Festival. Other writing credits include Pre-Drinks and FAT/SNOB (dir. Danielle Carney), Anita Elizabeth Jenson (cowritten with Nicholas K Watson), Ghost Cafe and Fireworks (co-created with Jim Sharman and Laurence Rosier Staines). In 2016 Lewis was appointed playwright in residence at ATYP. Honor Webster-Mannison – Bottlefeeders Honor is an emerging playwright and performance artist in Brisbane. She is currently in the process of completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland where she has collaborated with directors such as Sue Rider and Rob Pensalfini. Her spoken word poetry has been broadcast on Radio National and her visual art work has been exhibited at the Gallery of Modern Art. Working with a variety of mediums greatly influences Honor’s performances and her interest in hybrid theatre.