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Fremantle Theatre Company Season 2024

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OOL

by Max Barton & Second Body

FTC is very excited to welcome Second Body to Freo, presenting their first show with us in Freo after many accolades around the world - this is a tender & insightful exploration of life, with incredible music and artistry. And an incredible way to kick off our new FTC INDIE opportunity!

OOL (origin of life) is the world premiere of multi award-winning UK company Second Body’s brand-new solo show, in which founding company member Max Barton will use live looped music, metaphysics and one very big bang in order to explore where life truly begins.

In a world that feels increasingly terrifying every year, and in light of a recent great loss in Max’s life, OOL playfully, cerebrally and emotionally explores what it means to act now and to respect the present moment as the only one available to us.

Following two hugely successful runs of their debut show STYX in Perth (2019 and 2020), this new show represents another chance for WA audiences to witness the company’s unique and celebrated blend of live music, science and cutting-edge form-bending theatre.

Second Body was founded by experimental theatre/music makers Max Barton and Jethro Cooke in 2019. Their debut show STYX has toured extensively internationally, was The Guardian Pick-of-the-Fringe, won a Fringe World award in Perth, received thirteen ★★★★★ reviews, and saw the company shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award for an emerging company in their founding year. Their show Concept for a Film won the SYNZ Tour Ready award and the Most Innovative Work award at NZ Fringe this year, and will be coming to Australia in 2024 as part of the former award. As climate activists, science enthusiasts and multi-instrumentalists, the pair are dedicated to fusing music, theatre and cutting-edge science in order to shed new light on pressing socio-political issues.

Praise for Second Body:

“A gorgeously atmospheric, exquisitely lit, ear-tingling journey into the past and memory itself” - Lyn Gardner

“Tremendously well written... entrancing... this was basically made for me” - Three Weeks

“Enthralling... Barton’s performance is captivating... I left with a great sense that we should spend less time here concentrating on doing, and more time feeling.” - Everything Theatre

 

"All month I’ve been missing that special sprinkle of wacky Fringe magic, and finally I’ve found it in Concept For A Film" - Fringe Guru

 

"One of the marvels of the Fringe’s breaking of moulds… Masterful storytelling, fresh, unique and sophisticated" - The Reviews Hub

"A moving, gorgeous song cycle about inheritance, loss and the fragility of memory" - Natasha Tripney, The Stage

 

"Evokes a half-remembered song suddenly falling into a melody, with the people you love buried between the notes" - The Guardian

 

March 8 - 23

Launching the FTC INDEPENDENT program.

It's all about radical access, hyper inclusivity and a revived grassroots & mid-tier performing arts sector, for FTC in 2024.

This purpose built program take advantage of our home in the Victoria Hall theatre, our producing acumen and our fantastic audience - and makes each valuable resource readily available to international acts, independent producers and local artists.

 

In 2024, you will witness a line-up of fantastic shows that come to us not only bearing true-Freo performers but award-winning UK theatre companies, returning TV stars, experimental dance and stand-out new directors and producers who are taking their careers by the horns. It's everything you'd hope for from a performing arts pace in Fremantle, and we hope, just a little bit more!

And we very much look forward to letting you know about each and every great event, and how to get yourself involved. Just watch this space!

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FTC Launches

Youth Artist Classes!

Acting Classes for 15 - 18 yo

In response to the many, many asking, we are now delivering a Professional Theatre Training Program for young performers aspiring to develop their skills confidence and stagecraft, as a part of our new youth initiative – New Wave.

 

Classes are designed for the more mature end of students, 15 – 18, readying themselves for a career in the arts. The training aims to capitalise on what they have learnt at school and provide them with the skills and insights to begin focusing on working in the industry and developing their own ‘voice’ and artistry, for performance.

The program will be led by HERMIONE GEHLE, a performer and theatre-maker in her own right, who brings a wealth of experience to the room. Her classes will offer opportunity for these young artists to expand their abilities, explore their range as performers, and begin to navigate their personal brand as artists.

And of course, as a program hosted by a real Theatre, we look forward to hosting classes in the glorious Victoria Hall Theatre and welcome to the fray a line-up of guest tutors, who can bring to the room their own real-world insight and inspiration.

Acting is magical.Change your look and your attitude,

and you can be anyone. - ALICIA WITT

It's got to do with putting yourself in other people's shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting.

- CHRISTIAN BALE

 

 

What more do we need right now, than a reminder of how to embrace empathy? And how to transform ourselves for the better? Actor training is the pathway to just that!


Location: Victoria Hall, 179 High St Fremantle     Duration: 2hrs, once a week.     

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May 18 - June 3

The Effect

by Lucy Prebble

If you love someone, does it matter why? 


 

Two volunteers on a drugs trial begin to develop some strange attractions in Lucy Prebble’s love-sceptical play. THE EFFECT takes on the subject of antidepressants, their importance, our need for them and the consequences of chemical design; all examined via the taut gauntlet of a human drug-trial. Replete, of course, with the Docs and the Lab Rats - in this case, patients Connie and Tristan.

 

We know little about them all before the trial, and they even less about each other. But it's clear that a spark has ignited between them – Is it the drugs? Or their own personal chemistry? And how could either of them be able to tell the difference, if we are all just a skin-bag of electricity and chemicals to begin with?

The Effect is a difficult and touching exploration of the rarest thing.

The dearest thing:
 

The tiny spark that binds two hearts. 

Fremantle Theatre Company is thrilled to present this incredible piece of theatre from the co-executive producer and writer of HBO's massive success SUCCESSION.

Lucy Prebble is wowing audiences world-wide, on the stage and screen, with her uncanny knack for truthful dialogue, her invention of characters that meet us where we live while pushing the boundaries of what we've come to expect, and with her bravery to stage ideas that burrow deep into your mind and won't let go.

She is the creator of TV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl and I Hate Suzie!. The Effect is currently poised for a huge remount in London and for very good reason: Prebble is killing it on screen, and is the original wunder-mind behind mega-award-winning stage-shows Enron, The Sugar Syndrome & A Very Expensive Poison. All kicked-off by this incredible break-out debut play!

 


 

'An astonishingly rich and rewarding play, as intelligent as it is deeply felt.'

Daily Telegraph (UK)

 

"There’s no shortage of things to think about in British playwright Lucy Prebble’s The Effect.

By interval, your mind is buzzing." Sydney Morning Herald
 

“… what makes The Effect so special, is that as well as being a play of ideas, it is also deeply moving, both in its

depiction of the giddy wonder of love, and also in its account of the terrifying wasteland of depression itself...

The Effect is an astonishingly rich and rewarding play, as intelligent as it is deeply felt."

— Charles Spencer from The Telegraph
 

“… This is a provocative and challenging play … it ends in edgy gesture of good sense that made me feel like cheering.”

— Paul Taylor from The Independent
 

“Prebble has written a profound and stirring play. The material is complex but always accessible, the drama

serious and informative yet deeply human, with the odd jolt of piercing humour. The Effect confirms her as

one of the most intelligent voices in British theatre.” — Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

 

“…Smashing…plays like a thriller…The story keeps unwinding in fascinating, organic directions…

What started as a clean and narrowly defined ‘situation’ play by the end leaves you feeling you have

experienced a hefty chunk of human possibility and despair.” —NY Magazine.

Lucy Prebble has won 2 x Primetime Emmy Awards, 2 x Writers Guild of America awards, a Pene De Prata Award, 2 x PGA Awards, and has been nominated for several BAFTAs, Emmy’s and an Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2 x Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize - and let's not forget the big win for The Effect, that took out the top prize of the UK Critic's Circle Award for Best New Play.  

 


Warnings:
Mature language and content, simulated drug-taking, simulated organs, blood and bodily fluids.

Reference to death or dying, reference to suicide, sexual content, simulated sexual activity, and discussion of mental illness & treatment.

Director: Pippa Grandison


Cast
Dr Lorna James: Carla Bonner
Dr Toby Sealey: Oliver Wenn
Connie: Caitlin Ashley Thompson
Tristan: Adam Sollis


Composer, Arranger, Sound Design and Performer: Anna Sarcich
Intimacy Director: Steph Power
Designer: Renato Fabretti
Lighting Designer: Matthew Erren
Projection Design: VJ-Zoo
Stage Manager: Krista Barker
Producer: Pippa Davis
Production Assistant: Tayah Lee-Traub
Intern: Thom Stewart
Set Build: Onstage Arts
Head Mechanist: Ellick Higson
Front of House: Mahala Parkins

Media Partner: Function Labs

 

 

Pippa Grandison - Director

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Pippa Grandison, is first and foremost a brilliant actress, best known for her work in Muriel's Wedding (1994), Candy (2006), Underbelly (2008) and Babe: Pig in the City (1998). Her TV work is vast and includes roles in: A Country Practice, Brides of Christ, E Street, Water Rats, All Saints and Here Come The Habibs. And recently on the new and very local Channel 7 production of The Claremont Killings.

On stage, Pippa has been a major leading lady and has lent her incredible singing voice to a great deal of major musical theatre productions, playing leading roles in the musicals The Witches of Eastwick, We Will Rock You, Company, and Georgy Girl: Story Of The Seekers. Pippa also performed the role of Elphaba in the recent Australian production of Wicked for the majority of its Sydney season.

This is her professional theatre Directing debut and and first time working with FTC.

CAST & CREW

Carla Bonner - DR LORNA JAMES

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Carla is a familiar face to both Aussie and International audiences, having spent nineteen years on Neighbours as the beloved ‘Stephanie Scully’.

Her acting prowess has been showcased in various roles, including STAN's popular prison drama Wentworth, the loose comedy series The Agent (2016), and the drama series Ready for This (2015). She can also be seen locally in the new Ch7 production of The Claremont Killings.

We are thrilled to have Carla as the head of our drug-trial and can't wait for you to see her in action! Get ready to be captivated by Carla's talent and the gripping story of THE EFFECT.

Oliver Wenn - DR TOBY SEALEY

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Oliver is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and has recently toured The Sapphires musical for the third time throughout Australia – a period piece about Australia’s own, all indigenous soul-singing trio, who were in their own right the Oz answer to The Supremes.

His theatre credits include standout performances in Sydney productions of Martin
McDonough’s Pillow Man and Edward Albee’s Zoo Story, alongside work for Deckchair Theatre, Performing Lines, BSSTC & Griffin
Theatre.

Oliver Wenn is known on screen for Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Home & Away, Top Of The Lake, Packed To The Rafters, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, True Colours and The Secret Daughter. In film Oliver has recently appeared in I Met A Girl, How To Please A Woman and Escape & Evasion.

Caitlin Ashley Thompson - CONNIE

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Caitlin is an Aussie actress poised for a breakout. She trained at the Groundlings school and Berg Studios in the US, and is known for her work in Scream: The TV Series based on the popular horror film series; and Supernatural the popular Canadian series on The CW network, as well as the new project Have You Heard About Charlie?.

While L.A. based through much of the past decade, Caitlin is originally from Perth, cut her teeth on stage at John Curtin College of the Arts, in shows with WAYTCO, and is a true local artist, thrilled to take on the role of conflicted medical patient 'Connie'.

 

Adam Sollis - TRISTAN

Born and bred a stone's throw from Fremantle, Adam received his high school education at John Curtin College of the Arts before being accepted into the prestigious Acting program at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 2014. For the past 8 years Adam has called Sydney home, but late last year returned to the West.

Adam's television and film credits include Cloudstreet, Stormworld, Angelfish and Boldly GO, Dance Academy: The Movie [Werner Film Productions], Riot [ABC] and more recently Home & Away for the Seven Network.

Adam's theatre credits include Tonsils and Tweezers (BSSTC) written and directed by Will O'Mahony, Once In Royal David's City (Queensland Theatre/BSSTC) directed by Sam Strong, Hit and Necrophilia (JackRabbit Theatre Company) written and directed by Lincoln Vickery, WRATH (KXT/Bakehouse) and Shepherd (Belvoir 25A) written and directed by Liam Maguire, and most recently the sold out season of Never Closer, another Belvoir 25A production, written by Grace Chapman and directed by Hannah Goodwin


 

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Mentoring Programme
 

Fremantle Theatre Company regularly receives requests from young artists and art workers who are looking to further their experience and to have guidance within the profession.

The  FTC Executive leadership has experience in many areas of the performance industry which gives them the ability to mentor broadly in the industry.

Our Artistic Director, Renato Fabretti, has a particular interest in ensuring that homegrown talent is nurtured and is given a place on the stages of our state.  His work in film and on stage as an actor and a creator, makes him ideally placed to mentor young artists wishing to make their way in the profession.

Our General Manager, Pippa Davis, has a background in design, production management, venue, and arts management.  This diverse background gives her the ability to mentor people in many areas and to guide them in integrating the various skills into a cohesive approach within the performing arts industry.

This funding will allow the company to work in a more structured way with aspiring artists and arts workers.  The mentee can be in professional or community work and at any stage of their career.

To apply please send an email to victoriahallfremantle@gmail.com letting us know what area you are interested in and whom you would like to work with.  Please include contact details and a short statement of your artistic practice or area of interest.

 

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