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Candy Bowers announced as AIF & Screen Australia LA Mentor Program recipient

Candy Bowers
Four Australians to be mentored by award-winning Hollywood creatives responsible for highly successful TV shows including Grey’s AnatomyThe Handmaid’s TaleGirls and Black-ish
 
Award-winning executive producer Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder), writer and producer of Emmy award winning series The Handmaid’s Tale Yahlin Chang, Emmy-nominated director Jamie Babbit (Silicon Valley, Girls) and comedy writer and executive producer Peter Saji (Black-ish) will be matched with four Australian screen professionals in Australians in Film (AiF) and Screen Australia’s annual Mentor LA program.
 
Executive producer Que Minh Luu, writer/director Julietta Boscolo, and writers Candy Bowers and Kodie Bedford have been selected to take part in the structured 12-month program.
 
This year, Mentor LA encouraged applications from creatives currently under-represented in the Australian screen industry with unique stories to tell, matching them with mentors that champion diversity and inclusion.
 
President of AiF, Kate Marks said: “Mentor LA was established to create new and exciting pathways to help grow the careers of young screen professionals and as a by-product, the Australian industry as a whole. This year’s successful applicants Que, Julietta, Candy and Kodie all have a dynamic and a fresh point of view in storytelling. AiF is thrilled to again be partnering with Screen Australia and providing this unique opportunity to these talented filmmakers.”
 
Graeme Mason, CEO Screen Australia said: “Mentor LA is an incredible opportunity for these four Australian storytellers who are at the point in their career when getting international perspectives on their work is highly valuable. Congratulations and savour every minute!”
Peter Saji will mentor Melbourne-based comedian and writer Candy Bowers. Bowers is the co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, a sub-genre of hip-hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming. She’s also appeared in Newton’s Law, Get Krack!nTonightly with Tom Ballard and The Cry.
 
Bowers expressed her excitement for the mentorship placement, saying: “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I’d be mentored on my TV comedy trajectory with someone like Peter Saji. I’ve wept watching Blackish when I should have been laughing. The tears of reflection and recognition were so sweet. This is a life and career changing moment for me. Ive been dreaming about being a showrunner on a comedy TV series since I was a little girl, so I guess this is my wildest dream, thank you Australians in Film and Screen Australia.”
 
Bowers is currently working on her first feature film with Robert Connolly’s production company ArenaMedia, an anthology of Australian monologues for actors of colour titled Everybody Else.
Over the 12-month program, Mentor LA provides access to the highly-regarded US screen development process, with mentees meeting online quarterly with their mentor. The program culminates in a trip to Los Angeles to meet their mentor in person.

Noel Hodda in Australian Premiere of Stalking the Bogeyman

 

Noel Hodda
Noel Hodda

Stalking the Bogeyman, a true story of and revenge 25 years in the making has its Australian Premiere this week at the Old Fitz Theatre. Presented by Neil Gooding Productions in association with Redline Productions this production will run from May 23 to June 23 and features BMEG’s Noel Hodda.

STALKING THE BOGEYMAN

“This time last year I was plotting to kill a man.”

Twenty-five years after he was sexually assaulted, David Holthouse learns that his ‘bogeyman’ has moved into his new neighbourhood. Armed with a pistol and a plan, he plots to enact revenge on the man who stole his childhood.

STALKING THE BOGEYMAN was first written by Holthouse as a first-hand account in the Denver Westword newspaper and subsequently featured as a podcast on This American Life. Holthouse has now adapted his thrilling story into a play with award-winning playwright Markus Potter.

 

Show duration is 75 minutes with no interval.

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The House of Bernarda Alba opening this week

Candy Bowers
Candy Bowers

The House of Bernarda Alba is opening this week at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio. Renowned playwright Patricia Cornelius takes Federico García Lorca’s classic tragedy out of the villages of Spain and into the heat of rural Western Australia to explore themes of passion, repression and isolation. Presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, this production features BMEG’s Candy Bowers and runs from May 25 to July 7.

THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA

With their mining-mogul father dead, the Alba household is in mourning. All four daughters have been called home by their matriarch mother to pay their respects and bunker down in the family home. The future seems wildly uncertain for all but the eldest sister, who has inherited a fortune and is engaged to the local heartthrob. But as tensions rise and tempers flare, will any of them have the power to alter their destiny?

Running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes with no interval.

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World Premiere of the The Hypochondriac

Monica Sayers
Monica Sayers

In this world premiere, Hilary Bell adapts Molière’s classic satire The Hypochondriac for contemporary Australian audiences. Opening at Darlinghurst Theatre on June 14, this exciting new production features BMEG’s Monica Sayers.

THE HYPOCHONDRIAC

Argan is a needy and controlling patriarch of a household of women, and his hypochondria is the perfect means to keep them at his beck and call. But when his self-obsession extends to selling off his daughter in return for on-tap medical attention, his housekeeper Toinette decides it’s time to fight back.

The Hypochondriac critiques a society of overdiagnosis and over-prescription that has us clamouring for short-cut fixes and pharmaceuticals.

The Hypochondriac is a hilarious farce for our times where all’s well that ends well and a little bit of sense triumphs over the unreasonable.

Running time is 2 hours plus interval.

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Merlynn Tong in whimsical love story, The Mathematics of Longing

Merlynn Tong
Merlynn Tong

La Boite, in association with The Farm and The Uncertainty Principle present a world premiere of The Mathematics of Longing. The show will run from June 2 to 23 and features BMEG’s Merlynn Tong.

 

THE MATHEMATICS OF LONGING

A life-affirming adventure of the sublime.

The Mathematics of Longing is a love story of whimsical delight and earnest gravity; a new work by internationally renowned Australian playwright Suzie Miller, with trailblazing Gold Coast based dance-theatre company, The Farm.

Show duration is 2 hours.

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BMEG’s Tammy Weller in hilarious Harry Potter-inspired PUFFS

Tammy Weller in PUFFS.
Tammy Weller in PUFFS.

In association with Tilted Windmills Theatricals, the record breaking smash off-Broadway hit PUFFS, is coming to Melbourne. Presented by Life Like Touring, the show opens May 26 at The Alex Theatre, St Kilda and features BMEG’s own Tammy Weller.

PUFFS

“‘Hufflepuffs’ finally get their moment in HILARIOUS Potter play, ‘PUFFS’!!” declares Mashable. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

The play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school.

Running time is 1 hour and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

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Gypsy Opening This Month

Rob Johnson
Rob Johnson

Luckiest Productions have teamed up with One Eyed Man Productions, in association with Hayes Theatre Co. to present Gypsy, a gripping mother-daughter story set in the 1920’s. The show opens at Hayes Theatre Co. on May 18th 2018, and features BMEG’s very own Rob Johnson.

GYPSY:

Regarded as many as the greatest musical ever created, Gypsy is the ultimate mother-daughter story – the sophisticated, gripping, funny and heartbreaking tale of Madame Rose, and her fight for her daughters success, not matter what the cost.

Set all across America in the 1920’s, Arthur Laurent’s landmark show sees Rose, Louise and June grapple their act the dying days of vaudeville, and the birth of a shocking new form of entertainment – burlesque. Rose’s fanatic determination pushes her family’s loyalty to breaking point, but from the most unlikely of places emerges one of the twentieth century’s most illustrious and ingenious entertainers – Gypsy Rose Lee.

The celebrated score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim is packed with classic songs, including ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ‘Some People’, ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’, ‘Together Wherever We Go’, ‘You Gotta Get a Gimmick’, and the iconic ‘Rose’s Turn’.

Running time is 2.5 hours including interval.

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Wheel of Fortune Opening June

Elise Greig
Elise Greig

 

Wheel of Fortune, presented by Metro Arts and TAM Presents opens next month at Metro Arts. The show, inspired by the sexual misadventures of Brisbane’s very own residents, stars BMEG’s Elise Greig, Ron Kelly, and Jacqui Story.  The production will run from June 1st to June 9th, with a post-show artist talk on June 6th.

WHEEL OF FORTUNTE

A revolving door of sexual encounters in the heat of a Brisbane Summer.

                                                    We live our lives by chance, desire and fortune.

Ron Kelly
Ron Kelly

Wheel of Fortune is a real and scandalous documentation that is part play and part film. Weirdly erotic, the ugly, the obscene, the beautiful, the strange and the sometimes disturbing lustful adventures of Brisbanians are presented on stage.

A Transsexual allures an American Marine, who captivates an Au Pair, who is seduced by a School Boy who then charms his School Teacher, who is married to a Lawyer that is secretly tantalising a Socialite, who happens by chance to titillate a Portrait Photographer who once had a love affair with a Stage Actress who ravishes a Politician and who in turn enchants the attention of the Transsexual

From the Producer of Sex with Strangers and True West, this production is brings together Queensland’s finest actors in collaboration with Optic Archive – Brisbane’s newest screen production collective.

 Jacqui Story
Jacqui Story

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Twelfth Night Now Playing At QPAC

Kevin Spink
Kevin Spink

Twelfth Night, the hilarious Shakespearean comedy is playing now at the Playhouse, QPAC. Presented by Queensland Theatre in association with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the production features BMEG’s Kevin Spink as Sebastian, and runs from April 25th to May 19th.

THE TWELFTH NIGHT

A shipwreck sets in motion a wild and whimsical tale of mistaken identities, separated twins, rebellious servants, unrequited love and a pair of ridiculous yellow stockings. After the twelfth night, the land of Illyria will never be the same. 

 Washed ashore and separated from her twin brother, the plucky Viola must learn to survive alone in an exotic foreign country. Disguising herself as a man, she quickly becomes entangled in a web of amorous pursuits gone awry. As Cupid’s arrows send dukes and countesses running in disastrous directions, a wacky entourage of servants and drunken freeloaders watch on in amusement.

 

Running time approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

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Katie Beckett Prepares for Which Way Home Tour

Katie Beckett
Katie Beckett

WHICH WAY HOME, presented by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, is touring nationally from May 25th 2018 to August 18th 2018. Written by and starring BMEG’s Katie Beckett, the production tells a story about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today, drawing on Katie’s own memories from her childhood.

WHICH WAY HOME:

A road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making

Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever.

It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two Black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home.

Which Way Home
Which Way Home

(60 minutes no interval)

WHICH WAY HOME is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Originally developed with the support of the City of Darebin, The Besen Family Foundation, the Australian Government Indigenous Languages & Arts Program & Playwriting Australia.

The tour will begin in VIC from May 25th to June 7th, then travel to WA from June 29th to July 6th, moving on to the ACT on July 18th, then to NSW from July 19th to July 24th, finishing up the tour in QLD from August 8th to August 18th.

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