Cathy Hunt- Director
Cathy Hunt is a director & dramaturg, a graduate of VCA’s Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Directing). She was awarded a VCA Creative Graduate Scholarship and directed Crave. In 2015 Cathy took a co-devised work based on Kafka & swing dancing to Prague Quadrennial’s SpaceLab and directed Steppe (a journey of unforgetting), a site-specific play at Newport Rail yards for Melbourne Fringe. Cathy formed The Impending Room (with Bec Allen) to direct Judith & Dangerous Lenses – touring to Melbourne Fringe 2013, winning Highly Commended at Writers Victoria Awards.
Directing includes: Steppe (Melb Fringe 2015); Asylum (Old 505 2015), Ruby Moon (Bondi Pavilion 2014) Dangerous Lenses (Old 505 2012), Teeth (Bondi Feast 2013), Still (Old 505 2012), version of As You Like It, (Belvoir AGNSW 2012) & Judith (TRS 2011).
Secondments: Melbourne Theatre Company, Cybec Electric, Feb 2015, Betrayal, Aug 2015. Belvoir: Miss Julie, 2013.
She held a Dramaturgy Mentorship with Playwriting Australia in 2015 and was a Dramaturgy intern in 2012. Cathy is currently a teaching artist for La Mama.
Martin Broome - 'Nigel'
Martin studied acting at W.A.A.P.A and has forged a career in both stage and screen. He has played diverse roles in television productions such as 'All Saints', 'Home and Away', 'Blue Water High' and Multi Emmy Award winning Steven King mini-series 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes'. Martin’s film credits include 'The Wilde Girls', 'Postcard Bandit' and 'Scooby Doo' the Movie.On stage Martin has embodied characters in productions of 'Hamlet', 'Two Gentlemen of Verona', 'Angel City', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Derrick get off the Florist', 'Our Town', 'Teeth' directed by Cathy Hunt and 'Anaconda' for the Tamarama Rock Surfers.
Annie Byron- 'Mrs Spence'
Annie has worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and radio for 38 yrs, and has been a proud member of Equity for all that time. Over the past decade, she has done a lot of touring. "Head Full of Love" (QTC), "Biddies" (CDP), "Calendar Girls" (Frost), "Boxing Day" (Make Believe Productions), "Embers" (Hothouse and STC), as well as her own one-woman show "RU4Me" (Riverside Parramatta) have taken her all over Australia. With "Hedda Gabler" (STC) and "The Age I'm In" (Force Majeure) she has gone further afield - to New York, Dublin, Montreal and Seoul. Closer to home, most recently she worked with Sport for Jove in "A Doll's House" and "The Crucible", and in "Parramatta Girls" for both Belvoir St and Riverside Parramatta. She has had guest roles in many TV shows, and her most recent film appearance was in "Wolf Creek 2". Annie won an AFI (Best Actress in a Supporting Role) for her work in "Fran", and received another nomination for "Muriel's Wedding". This month she will be involved in her first music video.
Drew Fairley- 'John'
Most recently Drew has appeared in Mary: The Making Of a Princess by Freemantle Media, The Prehistoric Aquarium (Erth Visual and Physical Theatre company- Carriage Works), Deathtrap (Directed by Jo Turner for The Darlinghurst Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Adelaide Arts Festival 2015- directed by Chiara Guidi from Societas Rafiello Sanzio- Italy).
For screen, Drew has performed in –The Kangaroo Gang- King of Thieves- for the BBC and is featured in Anne Fontain’s Australian/French feature film Adore, and Mat Govoni’s – The Misfortune of Others- which has being screened at the Australian’s In Film conference in L.A.
Formerly Drew has worked with Version 1.0– The Major Minor Party, Terripin Puppet Theatre Company as a writer- Pip and Pooch- and with Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre as a writer director on a new musical – Oh My God I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate what I’m Wearing. Drew has had a long association with actress/comedian Kate Smith and together they have written and performed three plays – Bangers and Mash, The No Chance in Hell Hotel and The Unspeakable Itch- the first two of which toured extensively through Australia, The UK, The US and Hong Kong. Drew has also produced several short films including – I Killed an Ibis, Bubble and a six part webisode series called Upgrade.
Laurence Coy- 'Roy'
As an actor on stage, Laurence has worked for all the State Theatre Companies, Bell Shakespeare, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney Festivals, Marion St, Q Theatre and many commercial and independent producers. He loves Australian plays and his work in them includes ‘Norm and Ahmed’, ‘The Removalists’, ‘The Christian Brothers’, ‘Return To Earth’, ‘The Department’, ‘The Frail Man’, ‘Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll’ ‘No Names No Pack Drill’, and Daniel Keene’s ‘Terminus’. His feature film credits include ‘San Andreas’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, ‘Fool’s Gold’, ‘The Three Stooges’ and ‘Doing Time For Patsy Cline’. On television he has appeared in ‘Devil’s Dust’, ‘Wild Boys’, ‘Rake’, ‘Crownies’ and ‘Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo’. Laurence is a graduate in Theatre Studies from UNSW; in Acting from WAAPA; in Directing from NIDA; and in Screenwriting from UTS.
Julie Hudspeth- 'Alice'
Julie has worked as an actor, writer and teacher for over 35 years. She has appeared many times at The Ensemble Theatre, including Williamson’s Nothing Personal, Misto’s Harp on the Willow and Pinter’s Old Times. For the past two years she has played Sheila in Shoehorn Sonata for schools. In 2012, she did a 7 month national tour of Biddies for CDP. Julie began her career in London, working on new plays for Commonstock Theatre Company. As a writer, she has adapted Vikram Seth’s Golden Gate for CBC and ABC Radio Drama, as well as edited Geraldine Brookes’ Year of Wonders for the ABC book reading. Her play, The Great Pretender, about the male impersonator, Effie Fellows, was performed in Perth. In addition, she has taught students at WAAPA (Perth), Lasalle (Singapore) and The Actors’ Centre (Sydney); as well as at numerous secondary schools.
Anne Wilson- Illuminate Educate Producer & 'Ellen'
Producer and performer for Illuminate Educate, Anne has been the driving force behind the company's vision. As a skilled improviser, Anne has performed at Belvoir, NIDA (as a part of The Sydney Comedy Festival) and as a Grand Finalist in the coveted 'Cranston Cup' at the Enmore Theatre. She appeared in the third season of “Rake” (ABC) and as a guest improviser in 'The Bachelor' Season Three. As performer and creator of the cabaret “What I Did For Love”, Anne toured the Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Her other musical performances include "Orfeo Ed Euridice" (Art Gallery NSW) under the direction of Shannon Murphy and the Gala Final of Short, Sweet and Cabaret, Sydney. As a voice over artist, Anne has worked for clients such as Apple, HOPE 103.2 and recently in an animated short film for TEDx. Anne studied under Lynette Sheldon (Actors Studio Sydney & New York) and Keith Johnstone (Loose Moose Theatre, Calgary) and is a trained Drama Teacher who has taught the HSC Syllabus for over ten years.
Brendan Donoghue- 'Tom'
Brendan has been acting in the Australian Film Industry for over 20 years. He most recently appeared in Joel Edgerton and Matt Savilles feature 'Felony', and George Bashas Feature 'Convict'. His first feature film 'Blackrock' had its American premiere at Sundance in 1997. He was back at Sundance in 2009 with the Short 'Miracle Fish', that went on to be nominated for Best Short film at the 2010 Academy Awards. In 2010 he appeared in the critically acclaimed role of Leonard Long in Nash Edgerton's feature 'The Square'. His screen credits also include the movies 'The Dying Breed', 'The Postcard Bandit', 'Scorched', 'Go Big', 'Small Claims' and 'A Wreck a Tangle'. As well as notable television credits in 'The Moodys', 'Underbelly', 'All Saints', 'Home and Away', 'Police Rescue', 'Murder Call', 'Wildside', 'Blue Heelers', 'Water Rats', and the BBC’s 'See How They Run'.
Eloise Kent- Set and Costume Design
Eloise is a Melbourne-based scenographer and recent graduate from the Master of Design for Performance at the VCA.
During her time at the VCA Eloise designed the set and props for 42nd Street, (dir. Gary Young, 2015) and Cloudstreet, (dir. Julián Fuentes Reta, 2015), set and costume for Crave, (dir. Cathy Hunt, 2014), assisted with design for GL RY, designed by Dagmara Gieysztor in 2014, and exhibited her work in the Australian student section of the 2015 Prague Quadrennial.
Previously, she designed set and costumes for Peter Pan and Bouncers and Shakers, and constructed costumes for Beauty and the Beast at The University of Melbourne
Christopher Page- Lighting Design
Christopher has collaborated and created unique lighting environments for a diverse range of theatre companies and arts practices throughout Australia. His design and associate work has taken his skills to a national and internationally audience. Chris’ recent credits include: The Good Doctor, Blue/Orange (Ensemble Theatre), Ride/Fourplay (Darlinghurst Theatre) Ghost Stories (Prince Moo Productions) Blood Brothers, Do You Hear The People Sing?, Side by Side by Sondheim (Enda Markey Presents), The Witches, Five Properties of Chainmale (Griffin Theatre), House of Ramon Iglesia, Platonov (Mop Head), His Mother’s Voice, Great Expectations (Bakehouse Theatre) Chi Udaka (TaikOZ & Sydney Festival); The Dark Room, Windmill Baby, As You Like It (Belvoir).
Chris' site specific work includes: Action Stations (National Marinating Museum), Becalmed Heart, I Met You in a City That Isn’t on a Map (Underbelly Arts Festival), Mangroves (Kate Richards & UNSW) and Parramasala Festival 2012 (Parramatta City Council).
Georgiane Deal- Stage Manager
Georgiane Deal completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production) at Excelsia College (2014). Her interests and skills lie in Stage Management, Production Management and Directing, for both theatre and film. Her credits as Stage Manager include Neighbourhood Watch (2015; Illuminate Educate), Hamlet (2015; The Sydney Shakespeare Company), The Importance of Being Earnest (2015; Furies Theatre) and God of Carnage(2014; Twisted Tree Theatre). At Excelsia, Georgie directed Aftershocks: Another Tremor (2014). She has also Venue Managed for the Black Stump Music Festival. Georgie has worked in film as a Production Manager (Y.O.L.O. 2013; Excelsia) and Assistant Director (Soul Date 2014,Cross My Heart and Hope to Die 2015; Excelsia). She has completed placements with the Sydney Theatre Company (Noises Off 2014) and Channel 7 (Home & Away 2013). Georgie was the recipient of her university’s Drama Award in 2012 and 2013, Student of the Year in 2014, the 2014 Gordon Moyes Scholarship Award, and Valedictorian. Georgie hopes to continue working in diverse avenues in the Sydney theatre, film and events industries.
Ross Johnston- Sound Design
Ross has spent the last couple of years working on the sound design and producing the music for the songs in the Sydney Theatre Award winning Treehouse series of shows produced by CDP that tour nationally and the soon to be launched Trash Alchemy that will be showing at the Sydney Opera House. He is presently working on the relaunch of the successful site-specific 2015 play Piccolo Tales with Brand X.