Profiles

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Victor Rodger & Karin Williams| Playwright and Producer of Black Faggot

Author and producer of Black Faggot, Victor Rodger and Karin Williams, are unequivocal about creating work outside the euro-centric nexus of New Zealand. They share their journey of bringing Black Faggot to Edinburgh and the responses of audiences, both at home and in Scotland. * * * “We have to constantly deal with different forms of invisibility,” explains Rodger, “And that’s across all…

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Neil Ieremia| Artistic Director of Black Grace

New Zealand’s dance landscape has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and one of the most prominent sculptors has been Neil Ieremia’s company Black Grace. Ieremia tells Dione Joseph why the time was right to take it to Edinburgh Fringe. * * * “I wanted to tell stories that were important to me and reflected who I was –…

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Mark Westerby | Producer of Strange Resting Places & Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues

In the first in a series of interviews with NZ artists at Edinburgh 2014, Dione Joseph talks to Mark Westerby, producer of Strange Resting Places and Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues, about getting ‘match-fit’ for the world stage. In the first in a series of interviews with NZ artists at Edinburgh 2014, Dione Joseph talks to Mark Westerby, producer of Strange Resting Places and Miss Fletcher Sings…

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Michael Kantor & Melodie Reynolds | Director & Ass. Director of The Shadow King

Copyrighted to Australian Stage Director Michael Kantor is not shy about undertaking ambitious projects and the Malthouse’s production of The Shadow King is no different. The production has been a few years in the making and Kantor recalls that at the time he was very were “interested in discussions with Indigenous theatre makers and had always had a keen eye on collaborating with Tommy…

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Patricia Cornelius & Susie Dee | Playwright & Director of Savages

Copyrighted to Australian Stage Conversation about orgasms seemed to be the appropriate way to start an interview with Patricia Cornelius andSusie Dee. Far from being a quick 20 minute chat about Cornelius’ new play Savages to be directed by Dee at fortyfivedownstairs this August, the hour long meander through memory, social consequences, gender perceptions and performing oneself was a provocative and entertaining performance in itself – given…

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John McGrath | Artistic Director of National Theatre of Wales

Copyrighted to Australian Stage John McGrath, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales (NTW) was recently in Melbourne on a whirlwind tour. His schedule included presenting the George Fairfax and Kenneth Myer lecture: Make Everything Risky: Theatre in the age of Google, Occupy and the Arab Spring as well as sharing insights at a site-specific workshop that was part of Deakin’s George Fairfax Lecture series. However,…

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Daniel Clarke | Creative Producer at Theatre Works

Copyrighted to Australian Stage In a recent conversation with Australian Stage’s Dione Joseph, Creative Producer of Theatre Works, Daniel Clarke, shared his thoughts and motivations for bringing to Australia the highly acclaimed production by Judith Thompson, Palace Of The End. A show that promises to provoke and challenge, Clarke’s insights reveal a passion for human rights and social justice. “It was in 2009 that I first saw Palace…

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Rachael Maza – An Interview

Copyrighted to Aussie Theatre. Ilbijerri, a Woiworrung word meaning ‘come together for ceremony’, is our State Indigenous Theatre Company and a principal source of contemporary Indigenous theatre for the people in Victoria. Recently, the hard work and years of commitment and effort were recognized with the company being awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Award. “We are at very unique time in the…

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