Speaking gig at NIDA – Panel members required!

So we’re about 6 weeks from opening night for my next theatrical venture, SET the play which premieres at NIDA! Sam Atwell and I submiited the treatment for the play to the NIDA Independent Program and we were dleighted when we were one of four productions to be chosen.
Rehearsals start on Wednesday and the Marketing will hit the streets the week after.

SET is a new murder mystery that will go behind the scenes of an Australian TV soap opera with a satirical look at the glamorous world of celebrity and the cogs of the machine that makes it turn.
Its gonna be a lotta fun with a lot of audience involvement!

NIDA run a monthly Creative Forum and April’s event is on Audience Participation on Sunday 21st April. NIDA have asked me to be moderate the session and I will be joined by film and theatre practitioners to discuss how new technology is changing the audience experience.
Panel members are still being sourced so any ideas welcome!

Event details and registration process here

NIDA Creative Forum Screenshot

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The Interview

The third theatre show of the year I have produced.
More information at www.the-interview.com.au

Dreamhouse Artists in association with the Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company present

Written by Theodor Holman amd Theo Van Gogh (film direction)
Adapted and Directed by Sam Atwell

This November, the Tamarama Rock Surfers join forces with Dreamhouse Artists (Bondi Dreaming 2011) to present The Interview a sexy drama written by Theo Van Gogh, adapted and directed by Sam Atwell (Bondi Dreaming), starring Kip Gamblin (All Saints, Dance Academy) and Alison McGirr (Home & Away, Three Sisters) and produced by Nick Bolton (I want to sleep with Tom Stoppard).

Katya is a star. A B-list, tabloid on demand, celebrity screwing sensation and no-one can get enough. Over the course of one night we witness her encounter with Pierre Peters, burnt out political correspondent with dark desires and a thinking problem.

Forced together for an interview neither wants be a part of, before long they’re circling each other trading verbal body blows struggling for the upper hand. As they probe into each other’s lives trying to find holes in each others façade, it’s anyone’s guess who will tell the most lies and expose the biggest secrets. Just who’s playing who?

Set in a sumptuous beachside apartment, The Interview is an electrically charged, lightning paced battle of wits that explores the minefield that is fame, celebrity and the power that comes with it.

Info: www.the-interview.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheInterview2012

Season Information
Preview: Wednesday 31st October, Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November 2012
Opening: Saturday 3rd November 2012
Season Dates: Saturday 3rd November – Friday 23rd November 2012
Plays: Tues-Sat 8:00PM
Where: The Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Bondi
Duration: 60 mins (no interval)
Tickets: $33/$25 (Preview $25) www.rocksurfers.org or Phone: 1300 241167

Cast
Katja: Ali McGirr
Pierre Peters: Kip Gamblin

Crew:
Adapter / Director: Sam Atwell
Producer: Nick Bolton
Set design: Tom Bannerman
Sound design: Alon Ilsar
Lighting design: Nicholas Rayment
Stage Manager: Tim Burns
Asst Stage Manager : Madeleine White
Wardobe: Ali McGirr
Artwork Photography: Tarsha Hosking
Graphic Design: James Hodgson
Fight choreography: Scott Witt
Publicist: Kar Chalmers

Tamarama Rock Surfers announce 2012 season – including The Interview

The Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company are proud to announce our 2012 season of works at the Old Fitzroy and Bondi Pavilion Theatres. 2012 marks the Rocks Surfers 15th year producing, presenting and creating the best independent theatre in Australia. Click here to check out all the shows

And we’re delighted to be involved again with the Australian premiere of The Interview by Theo Van Gogh

When a jaded war correspondent interviews a young pop super-starlet who will win the ensuing power battle? In a world of celebrity what is truth?

Dreamhouse Artists is a conglomerate of like minded artists who like to tell stories and delve deep into the worlds of the plays they produce. The Interview brings back together the team from Bondi Dreaming: Nick Bolton’s producing , Sam Atwell’s directing , Alon Ilsar’s Musical Directing, Tom Bannerman’s on set and design.

We win the NIDA Independent Program for SET

Very excited that Sam Atwell and I have been selected as one of the four inaugural winners of the NIDA Independent Program. In April 2013, Sam’s new play SET will premiere at The NIDA Parade Theatre.

Season 4 (25 April – 19 May 2013)
SET by Sam Atwell, directed by Sam Atwell (Dreamhouse Artists)

SET is a new murder mystery by writer/director of Bondi Dreaming and regular writer for Home and Away, Sam Atwell. Taking us behind the scenes of an Australian TV soap opera, SET takes a satirical look at the glamorous world of celebrity and the cogs of the machine that makes it turn.

ABOUT THE NIDA INDEPENDENT PROGRAM:
In 2012, NIDA is looking to broaden its vision and develop a program to provide greater opportunities for artists/companies (both emerging and established) to extend their theatre practice and develop new work and theatre forms. The NIDA Independent Program will be open to the exploration of new work and creative forms as well as the re-invention of classic and contemporary texts.

More information at the NIDA website here

Bondi Dreaming Trailer is live

Check out
http://www.youtube.com/bondidreaming
and
http://www.facebook.com/bondidreaming

Written and directed by Sam Atwell
Executive Producers: Sam Atwell and Nick Bolton
Produced by Nick Bolton
DOP: Rodrigo Vidal Dawson
Camera Assistant: Stu Heppell
Sound: Danny Corcoran
Gaffer: Dan Young
Make up: Monica Morales
Runner: Tim Burns
Photography: John Dunn
First AD: Steve Fanale
Sound design and music: Alon Ilsar
Editor: Anthony Beach

Cast in order of appearance

Greg Hatton
John McNeill
Kate Ritchie
Alexandra Parkes
Annie Byron

A big thank you to Nic Godoy at Panavision Australia – hire their awesome camera gear from Nic!

Shot in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney on Saturday 9th July on a Canon 5D