Clearly and simply: Andrea Moor actor, director, teacher (Interview 7)

Andrea Moor has been back in Brisbane for some years now, and she’s loving it – feeling privileged in fact.

‘The political landscape has changed so much since I was last here.  It’s a lot like Sydney felt in the early 80s – it’s such a supportive community.

The standard of acting in Brisbane is incredibly high, as good as any in the world, probably because local actors have been working constantly here and so practising their craft.

The standard of acting in Brisbane is incredibly high, as good as any in the world, probably because local actors have been working constantly here and so practising their craft.’

As an example she segues into last year’s production by Queensland Theatre Company of Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible directed by Michael Gow for which, incidentally, she won a Matilda for her portrayal of Elizabeth Proctor. ‘The big  … Crucible acting company (19) was composed of several generations, Queensland actors many of whom had gone away and come back.  It was such a harmonious and good feeling during that period, a microcosm of the theatre industry here.’  She goes on to note, ‘There’s a different focus here in Brisbane, not the preciousness and egos of those constantly being watched.  Here actors are genuinely happy to see colleagues get work, and on opening nights, it’s about the show.  Elsewhere,’ she says, ‘it’s about me – who’s out front to help me get my next job.  It’s liberating here … mind you,’ she adds drily, ‘ it’s not to say we wouldn’t like this.’ Continue reading “Clearly and simply: Andrea Moor actor, director, teacher (Interview 7)”

I Love You Bro’: La Boite Theatre Company at the Roundhouse

I Love you, Bro’ by Adam J A Cass
Directed by David Berthold

Prepare to be plunged headlong into a vortex of online love.
David Berthold directs this explosive new production, which comes to La Boite for a strictly limited three-week season from 22 July.  Based on extraordinary real events, this stunning work delves into the mind of Johnny, a teenage chat room junkie. A modern boy, remarkably clever and longing for connection, he spins a web of deceit that destroys two lives – all for the glory of love.
Following the success of Hamlet with young audiences earlier this year, David returns to direct brilliant young talent Leon Cain, Sydney Theatre Award’s Best Newcomer, in this heart-stopping production. Nominated for a Greenroom Award for Best Australian Writing, this inspired Australian play is driven by an urgent vernacular that will deliver an electrifying night in the theatre.  This is the true story of a boy who conspired to murder himself.

Venue | Roundhouse Theatre, Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove Urban Village
Show Times | Tues & Wed 6.30pm, Thurs-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm
Previews |17, 18, 20 & 21 July
Opening Night | 22 July
Season | 22 July – 8 Aug
After Show Discussion Night | Friday 30 July
Prices | From $25, Student Rush Tix $15
Bookings | www.laboite.com.au or (07) 3007 8600

Writer | Adam J A Cass               Director | David Berthold
Designer | Renee Mulder
Lighting Designer | Carolyn Emerson
Sound Designer | Guy Webster
Visual Design | Jaxzyn
Assistant Director | Michelle Miall
With | Leon Cain

This Week in Queensland Theatre: 28 June-4 July

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Previews, openings, freebie chats between playwrights with (bonus) sushi and wine, and playreadings at The Works next weekend.

Opening

Tender by Nikki Bloom Dir Andrea Moor for !Metro Arts Independents 2010 at !Metro Arts (Wednesday)

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl Dir Kate Cherry Queensland Theatre Company, Cremorne Theatre, QPAC (Thursday)

Continuing

The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco Dir Brian Lucas: La Boite Theatre Company at the Roundhouse Theatre

Other

Special Event: Michael Gow in conversation with Nikki Bloom author of Tender and winner of the Patrick White Award (Tuesday 6-7pm Studio !Metro Arts)

The Works: Queensland Theatre Company: playreadings Queensland Theatre Company at Bille Brown Studio, 78 Montague Road, South Brisbane (Friday and Saturday)

Are you following Leon Cain’s daily vodcasts during the rehearsal period of La Boite’s next show I Love You Bro’?  You should be!
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New Artistic Director announced for Queensland Theatre Company

Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh this morning announced the appointment of Wesley Enoch as the incoming Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company, the state’s flagship theatre company, and one of Australia’s major performing arts organisations.

“I am delighted to welcome Wesley Enoch back to Brisbane to take on the artistic leadership of Queensland Theatre Company,” said the Premier.

“Wesley is a distinguished Queensland theatre maker, who has been busy in his freelance career nationally and internationally in the last ten years. Queensland Theatre Company was an important part of his early career, and we are confident that his roles in Sydney Theatre Company and Company B Belvoir, will bring valuable experience as Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company.

“He will join the Company on a part-time basis from July this year, and be in the role full-time in the first quarter of 2011, so he can fulfill his existing commitments”

The Premier says Wesley Enoch joins the Company at an important time, as the Company celebrates its 40th anniversary. Wesley takes over from Michael Gow, who is leaving to pursue his freelance career as a writer and director.

Chair Kate Foy, said that Wesley was the standout candidate from a strong pool of national and international candidates.

“It was a unanimous decision by the panel,” she said. “Wesley has an impressive track record as a freelance artist, significant experience in mainstage companies across Australia, and international success with a number of shows he has written or directed.”

“He is a great advocate for new work, has a strong interest in developing regional and educational activities, and is a master storyteller.”

Wesley Enoch, originally from Stradbroke Island said, “I am delighted to be taking on this role from one of Australia’s most respected theatre-makers Michael Gow. I look forward to building on the successes of Michael’s leadership as well as developing some new initiatives that will celebrate Queensland’s place in the national arts industry.”

Biography

Wesley Enoch is one of Australia’s busiest theatre directors. Originally from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah) he is a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man. He has worked with all of Australia’s major theatre companies including Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Black Swan, Griffin Theatre Company, Hothouse, Ilbijerri, Yirra Yaakin, Windmill, Malthouse and Company B. His work has been staged in all major festivals of the country and regularly tours overseas. He is a well known writer and cultural leader and is a member of a number of industry boards and committees including the Creative Australia Advisory Group, Ethics Council (National Congress of Australia’s First People) and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House.

Social Media and Theatre: it’s ROE not ROI that matters!

It’s return on engagement and not return on investment that Devon Smith‘s research shows is possibly the best way of considering social media and its current use by theatres in the United States.  I’m betting it’s much the same here.

Building audiences – which for many marketing managers equates to selling tickets – is really a mid to long-term strategy, and that’s about building relationships – building loyalty and long-term engagement between the organisation and individuals (near and far).  And for those hungry marketing managers/producers, Smith notes that you are going to sell tickets at your website, and it’s social media will assist in driving the traffic there.

Theatres in Brisbane and some further afield in regional Queensland are getting the social media message, albeit slowly.  Their websites invite visitors to follow via their Facebook pages,  Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels – to name the big three in social media.  Few yet have gone the way of the blog, which is a pity, as it’s a great way for a company to engage in conversation.  As Smith says in this smart slide presentation (below) given this week at the TCG (Theatre Communications Group) Conference in the US, a company blog linked to your website is a surefire way of managing conversation, whether or not they are saying good or bad things about you.  She notes that, of course, they will say bad things anyway, so why not manage it at a central point.  It’s archived too when it’s on your own site.

Check the last couple of slides for further resources on social media and theatre.

And here’s Leon Cain who is currently in rehearsal for La Boite Theatre’s next production I Love You Bro’! Leon will be posting an entry in the company’s YouTube Channel every day – this is the first.  Given the ubiquity of  YouTube – again see Smith’s facts and figures in the slide show – this is a clever strategy to engage with potential audiences and to spread the word about just what does go on backstage.  And, of course, the video blog (aka vlog) is another, perhaps even more engaging and personal way of  managing the conversation.  Good job La Boite!

View more presentations from Devon Smith.

Devon Smith’s blog: 24 Usable Hours – where numbers meet art