Playhouse Creatures

Curiosities, sex objects, or professional artists? The year is 1669: a bawdy and uproarious time. The return of King Charles II has brought an end to the frugalities of puritanical England. Theatres have just reopened after years of suppression and for the first time English actresses are appearing on the public stage.

Cast

Liz Bradley

Amy Dunham

Jenna Roberts

Karen Vickery

Emma Wood

Zoe Priest

Production Team

Director      Jordan Best

Stage Manager     Carmen King

Costume Designer     Anne Kay

Set Designer     Christine Nowak

Lighting Design     Kelly McGannon

Composer     Matthew Webster

Cellist     Jordan Best

 

Amy Dunham

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Amy began her performing career with the title role in Alpha Theatre’s ‘Annie’ (1997). Favourite (musical) roles include; Holly in ‘The Wedding Singer’ (CAT win) & Christmas Eve in ‘Avenue Q’ (CAT nom) for SUPA, Ado Annie in ‘Oklahoma’ (CAT win) & Anita in ‘West Side Story’ for Free Rain Productions, Penny Pingleton in ‘Hairspray’ and Audrey Two (puppeteer) in her second ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’, for Canberra Philo. Amy played Audrey in the 2005 ‘Little Shop of Horrors (CAT nom) for Phoenix Players- for whom she recently performed the role of Liz in ‘High Fidelity’ (CAT nom).

Amy also performs in plays; as Annelle in ‘Steel Magonolias’ and as Henriette in ‘Casanova’ (both for Canberra Rep, both CAT nominated). For Everyman Theatre she has performed ‘Pool (No Water)’, ‘The Burning’, ‘Home at The End’ and as April in ‘Company’ in October 2015. Professionally, Amy originated the roles of Darya for’ Heart of a Dog’ (The Street), was one of four performers in ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ for NIDA (touring, 2013) and was Goldilocks for Centrepiece Theatre.

Her most recent performance was Fantine in Les Miserables for Free Rain. Amy was the Creative Director of the Canberra Fringe Festival (2014), and worked as part of the in-house theatre troop at Questacon (2005-2012) and was an actress for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

She has an acoustic folk duo (AMAX) and is a singer/songwriter. She is also studying a bachelor of Arts/Secondary Education (Creative Arts).

Anne Kay

Costume Designer

Anne completed her BA Design for Theatre and Television at Charles Stuart University in 2009. She worked for the Australian Ballet in the wardrobe department for their 2011 revival of The Merry Widow and Graham Murphy’s 2011 production of Romeo and Juliet designed by Akira Isogawa.

Anne Kay.jpgLocally Anne has made Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Award winning costumes for Canberra Rep’s production of Casanova in 2015. She is also a CAT Award winning Set Designer, winning best Set design for Canberra Rep’s production of Under Milk Wood in 2013 as well as being Nominated for Best Set Design for And then There Were None, also for Canberra Rep, in 2012. Since the late 1990’s Anne has been involved in local theatre both off and on stage. She was thrilled to be a part of Pigeonhole Theatre’s inaugural production, Playhouse Creatures, and to have her costume design nominated for a 2016 CAT Award.

Carmen King
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Stage Manager

Carmen has been involved in Canberra theatre since 1999, when she started studying drama at the ANU. Since then Carmen has been involved with several companies in various capacities but has spent most of her time involved with Canberra Repertory Society, for whom she has stage managed over a dozen productions, and been involved in many more in other capacities including lighting and sound operation and backstage crew. She has even been known to appear onstage from time to time.

Some of the productions that Carmen has more recently stage managed include; Speaking In Tongues, Under Milkwood, The Importance of Being Earnest, Gaslight, and She Stoops to Conquer (REP). Carmen was also incredibly proud to stage manage Pigeonhole Theatre’s inaugural, award winning production Playhouse Creatures at The Q in 2016.

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Mrs Marshall

Emma is an award-winning actor, playwright and director. Some theatrical highlights of recent years include performing in Pigeonhole Theatre’s 2016 Playhouse Creatures, and award nominated performances in Blithe Spirit and Witness for the Prosecution at Canberra Repertory. She has played lead roles for various theatre companies in Newcastle including Pygmalion, The Accused, Water Child, The Vagina Monologues, Speaking in Tongues, The Removalists and When the Rain Stops Falling, and her Best Actress award winning Billie in Born Yesterday.

Emma won Best New Talent at the Victorian Music Theatre Guild Awards in 2005 for her performance as Grace in Annie with Ballarat Lyric Theatre. She won Best New Play in 2012 for Water Child at the City of Newcastle Drama Awards. Emma’s second play, Mr Bennet’s Bride, broke box office records at the Newcastle Theatre Company in 2014 and had a successful return season and tour to Sydney and Canberra in 2015.

She worked at Narrabundah College in 2015 and 2016, directing two school productions, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Accused. The first earned four CAT nominations and won Best School Play and Best Director of a school play, while The Accused received six nominations.

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Mrs Farley

Jenna Roberts has been performing in Canberra since 2004, featuring in a number of theatre, film, musical and live art projects. Recently, Jenna appeared as Mary Magdalene in PeeWee Productions’ Jesus Christ Superstar – The Arena Spectacular, and has won Canberra Critics Circle Awards and CAT Awards for her performances as Paulette in FreeRain’s Legally Blonde, Helena in The Q’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Roxie Hart in FreeRain’s Chicago, and Lady Macbeth in Canberra Rep’s Macbeth.

She also featured in The Q’s boutique musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and has enjoyed lead roles in FreeRain’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Centrepiece’s Love Song and a number of ANU-affiliated productions over the last decade. Most recently Jenna appeared as Susy in Canberra Rep’s production of Wait Until Dark.

DSC_3199Karen Vickery

Mrs Betteron

Karen Vickery graduated from NIDA in Acting in 1983. Since then, she has performed in all media and for many companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, commercial theatre, ABC TV and Radio dramas, and commercial television. She was Lecturer in History of Theatre, Film and Applied Arts at NIDA from 1996. She worked in this capacity until the end of 2011, after becoming Head of Performance Practices in 2006. Karen has translated Russian plays for NIDA, WAAPA, Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company and Sport for Jove and worked as a dramaturg specialising in Chekhov and Gorky.

Since arriving in Canberra, Karen has played M’Lynn in Canberra Rep’s production of Steel Magnolias, and Violet Weston in Free Rain’s August: Osage County. Subsequently, Karen played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest for Rep, and Joanne in Sondheim’s Company with Everyman Theatre at the Q, and Mrs Betterton in Playhouse Creatures for Pigeonhole Theatre, of which she is also a co-founder. She also directed The Normal Heart for Everyman Theatre last year.

Karen has also tutored in acting at Canberra Youth Theatre and directed CYT Senior Ensemble in David Ives’ All in the Timing as part of Studio Underground. She is on the Board of CYT. Karen is the Director of Learning and Visitor Experience at the wonderful National Portrait Gallery.

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Liz began her theatrical career at Canberra Rep 40 years ago with Ross Macgregor and worked extensively with the late Ralph Wilson where she received an education in abstract and classic works.

She has directed numerous productions in Canberra including Angels In America for Papermoon (Critics Circle Award), Entertaining Mr Sloane for The Players Company (CAT Awards for Best Director and Best Play), To Kill A Mockingbird for Free Rain and Tuesdays With Morrie at The Q (Critics Circle Award for Directing and CAT Award for Best Play).

As an actor she has performed for many companies including Centrepiece Theatre, Canberra Rep, The Players Company, Papermoon, Everyman, Pigeonhole Theatre, The Street Theatre, and Free Rain. Highlights include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Q), Steel Magnolias (Canberra Rep), August Osage County (Free Rain), The Crucible and Casanova (Canberra Rep), Playhouse Creatures (Pigeonhole Theatre), Play On (The Q).

Matthew Webster

Composer

Matthew Webster Matt is a classically trained pianist and has been playing for nearly as long as he can remember. His love of music, however, didn’t ignite until late primary school, and it has only grown since then. With a passion for both playing and composing, he won an Under 18s composing competition at 16.

He currently spends most of his time either teaching piano, composing, or working on musicals in a variety of capacities. Matt has recently been involved in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar at the AIS Arena, Baby Boomers the Musical, Company, Goldilocks and the Three Bears at The Q, and Les Miserables for Free Rain.

He was the musical director of the critically acclaimed production of Spring Awakening (Phoenix Players), and The Adamm’s Family (The Q), as well as writing original music for Playhouse Creatures (Pigeonhole Theatre) and Wait Until Dark (Canberra Rep).

Zoe Priest

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Zoe started performing onstage in 2010 and since then has featured in several musicals including Footloose with Supa Productions in 2013, for which she, along with Kirrah Amosa and Claudia Tetrault-Percy, was nominated for the CAT award for best ensemble in a musical. Her most recent musical was Legally Blonde the Musical with Free Rain Productions in 2014.

Zoe then starred in her first amateur play, Canberra Repertory Society’s production of The Crucible. She played Abigail Williams, a role for which she was awarded Canberra Repertory’s Ted Light Award for best dramatic performance of the year and was nominated for a CAT award for best actress in a featured role in a play.

Her latest performance was in Canberra Repertory’s She Stoops to Conquer as Kate Hardcastle, for which she received a CAT Award nomination for best actress in a leading role in a play.

Jordan Best

Director/Cellist

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Jordan Best

Jordan is a founding member and Artistic Director of the award winning Centrepiece Theatre, and founding member of the new PigeonHole Theatre. She studied cello at The Canberra School of music, and acting at The Victorian College of the Arts and was most recently seen onstage as the cellist in PigeonHole Theatre’s Playhouse Creatures, which she also directed. Other acting credits include; The Crucible, Amadeus, A Streetcar Named Desire (Free Rain), Home at the End, Company, The Normal Heart (Everyman), Don’t Dress For Dinner, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, The Imaginary Invalid, Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Centrepiece Theatre).

Her directing credits include; The Miser, Men, a most curious dream…, Tartuffe, Wolf Lullaby, The Imaginary Invalid, Love Song, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Centrepiece Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Free Rain), The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Three Musketeers, and Beauty and the Beast (Ickle Pickle), Company (Everyman Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Mousetrap (The Q), Steel Magnolia’s, The Crucible, Macbeth, and Wait Until Dark (Canberra Rep), Playhouse Creatures ( PigeonHole Theatre ), which will be featured at the 16th Mondial du Theatre in Monaco, 2017.