Shadow HOUSE PARTY:
KREWD: SHADOWHOUSE PITS: ACOUSTIC

SEASON: 18-21 JANUARY 2016 | THE COURTYARD THEATRE | 7PM 

Image by Workmanlike Images, modelled by Frances McNair, Lucy Matthews, and Jaymie Collins

Shadow House PITS, Acoustic Theatre, and KREWD present ....

Shadow House Party

Drink. Shakespeare. Rave. Repeat.

A first of its kind mini-theatre festival, this night brings together an array of performance art. Sex, Shakespeare, punk rock and revolt... Three shows, followed by an exclusive dance party. 

First, KREWD invites you to come inside, get dirrrrty and play with us. KREWD is a reminder that behind our masks, we are all just FILTHY ANIMALS striving to be become divine beings. Sexy, cruel, joyous and rude... unapologetically feminist and always KREWD, we welcome you to help us kick off Shadow House Party.

 After, more surprises await, as demons from the early Enlightenment explore their contradictory potential of human beings turning into demons with wings and having deep-and-meaningfuls in a bathtub ... Trinculo awaits.

Finally, the ghost of Ophelia is awakened by the power of punk, feminism and a middle finger to the man. A radical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, we explore the experiences of Ophelia throughout the final days of her life. As we do, we find there are shadows of Ophelia everywhere, women who instead of submitting, pick up a guitar and crank it as loud as they can.

Shadow House Party bringing together Shadow House PITS, Acoustic Theatre and KREWD to form a party like no other.

Cast/Band

Miriam Slater – Ophelia/KREWD Performer

Miriam Slater is a multi-practiced artist primarily focusing on performance and visual art.

They have been a continuing member of the Canberran performance troop A KREWD Ensemble, performing interactive and challenging performances, including consistently participating in the local YouAreHere Festival from 2014-2016. They have also performed with larger companies such as Shadow House PITS and Little Dove Theatre Company. Miriam was contracted as Co-Director and Choreographer for Acoustic Theatre’s premier production “The Last Time.” They have also produced and created original art pieces with other emerging artists, as well as traveling to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in private Butoh training with professional performer Bo Kittiphon. Miriam’s developing skill set has also lead to them being contracted as Movement Director for Daramalan Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”.  Miriam has also undertaken formal education in the areas of visual and performance art. After receiving a Certificate III in Performance from the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art, and completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University, Miriam has spent the past year post formal study to further develop their skills in the realms of music, dance, as well as maintaining their artistic practice

Luke Middlebrook - Hamlet/KREWD Performer

Luke Middlebrook is an Australian actor, creator, producer, and performance graduate of the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA). Luke’s work ranges from classical and contemporary theatre, film, operas, and musicals. After working as a guest lecturer teaching Shakespeare Seminars, Luke performed in Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie in Dublin, Ireland.

Since returning to Australia, Luke has performed in Bazajet (Pinchgut Opera), and The London Palladium Production of The Sound of Music (The Gordon Frost Organisation). Luke has stage and production managed a series of events, operas and the largest short play festival in the world. He has modeled for publications and brands internationally (inc. Mr World Australia Finals, 2014).

Benjamin T.B. Russell – Laertes/KREWD Performer

Benjamin T.B. Russell grew up in Canberra and always had a love of performing. He was seen most recently in Casanova as the title role, (CAT award Nomination) directed by 'Everyman Theatre's' Jarrad West and in Much Ado About Nothing at Canberra REP (2015). His previous Canberra theatre work included Canberra Youth Theatre, NUTS, Centrepeice Theatre and a few Short and Sweet festivals. Ben has taught drama in the UK to Prep school children and has directed shows of his own. Ben's early theatre development was under the guide of Joe Woodward (Shadow House PITS) at Daramalan College and short courses at NIDA. After a year of short films, corporate videos and advertisement work Ben decided to set his sights on the wider world and is currently completing a full time course in Screen Performance at WAAPA. Ophelia's Shadow will be Ben's return to the acting scene and he plans to travel to America for a short time later 2017.

Frances McNair – Shadow 1/KREWD Performer

Frances McNair is a performer and writer based in Canberra. Over the past five years she has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of shows, which range from experimental physical theatre to traditional musicals. In mid 2016 she began writing her own material and was one of the co-writers for the bite sized show "MILF Camp". This show has lead Frances to become one of the founding mothers of the surrealist sketch comedy group “Sweaty Pits”.  This is not Frances' first work with Acoustic Theatre, starring as "Ellie" in their debut musical "The Last Time". Frances echo's Acoustic Theatre's belief in creating original work which encourage audience members to question and think deeply about the world around them. She is thrilled to be working with such a passionate and innovative company once again. 

Bambi Valentine - Artistic Director of KREWD/Performer/Shadow 2

Bambi Valentine is a versatile emcee, performer, director and producer. She is the artistic director of Canberra-based experimental theatre and entertainment company KREWD. KREWD is also mother company to acts such as MC KREWD, A KREWD Ensemble and The KREWD Sisters (comic-duo collaboration with Anna Judith). She has directed, performed in, and produced over 30 shows of her own with KREWD and has also performed in numerous shows with companies including Little Dove Theatre Art, Shadow House PITS, Canberra Youth Theatre and The Acting Company.  

Joe Woodward - Artistic Director Shadowhouse PITS/Performer“Trinculo”/Voice Actor “Lord Polonius”

Joe Woodward is an independent theatre producer, writer, director and teacher. His first professional theatre appointment was an actor/Educational Officer at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane, where he continued training as an actor and as a director. He was subsequently appointed Coordinator of the professional theatre-in-training company the E.C.D.P. based at the theatre. Later positions include: Artistic Director of The Jigsaw Theatre Company (Canberra) in 1980; Producer/director/entrepreneur as part of David Bates and Joe Woodward (1980-81); Co-Owner/Manager (with David Bates) of Pie in The Sky Theatre and Bar (P.I.T.S) 1981-84; Director/Executive Officer of Stage Coach Theatre School (1985-1994). From 1986- 19889 he was a member of the ACT Arts Development Board and Co-Chair in 1988/89 of the Performing Arts Committee with Anne Edgeworth. He is currently Coordinator of Performing Arts at Daramalan College in Canberra while still working as Artistic Director of Shadow House PITS.

With over twenty-five produced plays to his credit, texts are now being produced in locations around the globe. Scripts are available here through this website. As a performer, Woodward specialises in live play and poetry reading and radio plays.

Lucy Matthews – Artistic Director Acoustic Theatre/KREWD Performer/Shadow 3/Guitar

Lucy is a Canberra based director, producer, actor and musician. She founded Acoustic Theatre in 2015 with the aim of creating an avenue for artists to showcase original theatre, music and live performance art. She wrote, produced, co-directed and composed the company’s first production “The Last Time” as a part of the Belconnen Arts Centre’s Artist in Residency Program. She received a Canberra Critics award for her roles in this production. Lucy is the composer, producer and director of Acoustic Theatre’s second production, which will be performing in the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2017.  Previous to her work with Acoustic Theatre, Lucy operated a small independent theatre group Enlighten Theatre. In 2010 she composed and co-directed “What Are You?” with business partner Braiden Dunn. The show was performed at the Gorman House Ralph Wilson Theatre in a partnership with Janine Ayers Aerial Dance (JAAD). For her work on the project, Lucy was awarded the ACT Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, Certificate of Excellence for Visual and Performing Arts.

Lucy has worked as an actor in the ACT region for over seven years and continues to perform in theatre and burlesque. Recently, she has been involved in several Shadow House Pits productions: “The Mask of Lucy Raven’s Eyes” (2015), “The Serpent’s Tale: Theatre in a Car” (2014) and “Our Lady By the Beach Over the Sea” (2013). She has also worked closely with KREWD performing in “A KREWD Choral” and “A KREWD Embrace” as a part of Canberra's YouAreHere Festival. In addition to theatre, Lucy has studied music from a young age and is trained in clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, guitar and piano.

Jaymie Collins - Francisco

Jaymie has been involved in some form of creative pursuit pretty much from the day she learnt to walk (her cousins can attest to this). Since that day she went on to further nurture that passion through her involvement in numerous dance concerts and school productions (both onstage and off). However this passion was put on the backburner for a while as Jaymie focused her attention on completing a double degree in Journalism and International Studies. Since graduating from the University of Canberra, Jaymie was given the opportunity to reignite that passion in January of this year when she became Stage Manager for Acoustic Theatre’s production “The Last Time: A Story of Love, Lust and Desperation.” In this position Jaymie was able to step back into the world of theatre whilst also honing her organisational skills and embracing the pedantic side of her nature, which her family and friends have greatly appreciated.

Hannah Feldman - Bass

From the fruitful and vibrant music scene of Fremantle, Western Australia, Hannah has been performing with her cello, bass, and voice for the past 11 years. Now based in Canberra, she breaks out the guitar more often than other strings, with an ever growing love for the outdoors and songs around a camp fire. In and amongst her adventures, and job of taking science demonstrations around the country, she now travels with experiments in one hand and guitar in the other, taking both passions on the road several times per year. Hannah plays guitar with the onstage band in Ophelia’s Shadow, and is absolutely loving her chance to release the punk within.