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The Mistress Of The Forest, wins “Best Film” at Sydney’s Short+Sweet Film Festival.

The Mistress Of The Forest is a film that follows fledgling comic artist Neil as he adventures to overcome his creative block and pull off an impossible deadline, to do this he must enter the world of his leading character: the mysterious Mistress of the Forest. Eleanor Stankiewicz plays the alluring Mayra the Mistress of the Forest as well co-producing the film alongside Emma Playfair. The Mistress Of The Forest was named “Best Film” at the Short+Sweet Film Festival in Sydney therefore earning a screening at the international final held at the famed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in August.


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Enter Ophelia
Enter Ophelia

BMEG proudly represent Anna Rodway, Candace Miles and Madeline Nunn. ENTER OPHELIA at La Mama Theatre, Created by Essential Theatre, Three Birds Theatre & John Kachoyan.


A near drowned damsel steps into the spotlight – a gothic black comedy about secrets, madness and mansplaining

In a world of mad men and murdering uncles, drowning never felt so good. A woman wanders an empty castle, clutching rotting flowers – told what to do, where to stand, what to think. No one really listens to her, no one really sees her.

Enter Ophelia is a darkly funny gothic riff imagining a vastly different future for our drowned damsel.

Two of Melbourne’s most exciting indie theatre companies Essential Theatre and Three Birds Theatre come together to present the world premiere of a thrilling new exploration of femininity, isolation and silliness.


“Essential Theatre delivers the gravity and depth behind the words superbly, and electrify their modest space.  Shakespeare would be proud. ★★★★”

-Edinburgh Guide 2017


“Three Birds Theatre .. Sharp as a razor, very witty, very funny and beautifully directed with much visual humour”

-Stage Whispers 2016


An Essential Theatre & Three Birds Theatre Production

Direction & Dramaturgy by John Kachoyan

Created by Essential Theatre, Three Birds Theatre & John Kachoyan

Performed  by Amanda LaBonte, Sophie Lampel, Candace Miles, Madelaine Nunn and Anna Rodway

Image by Amanda Carr Creative

Katie Beckett talks WHICH WAY HOME

“We all want that unconditional love from our family”

Recently Ilbijerri Theatre Company caught up with writer & performer Katie Beckett to talk all things WHICH WAY HOME ahead of the 2018 National Tour. Katie talked about why she wrote WHICH WAY HOME, her excitement about performing alongside Kamahi Djordon King and how audiences have been responding to her work.

WHICH WAY HOME by Katie Beckett | National Tour
25 May – 18 August 2018


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.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Infused with humour and heart WHICH WAY HOME draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

60mins (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.

Congratulations Merlynn Tong & Elise Grieg, Recipients of 2017 Matilda Awards

The Matilda Awards for 2017 – which recognise and celebrate theatre in Queensland – were presented on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at The Brisbane Powerhouse. BMEG are very proud of our fabulous performers Merlynn Tong and Elise Greig! Merlynn Tong was awarded ‘Best Female Actor in a Lead Role’ for her one-woman-show ‘Blue Bones’ (Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse). Elise was awarded ‘Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role’ alongside Helen O’Leary for her role in ‘Swallow’.

Merlynn Tong - Blue Bones
Merlynn Tong – Blue Bones

This was a huge night for Merlynn Tong – the writer and creative force behind ‘Blue Bones’. The play went on to receive Matilda Awards for ‘The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work’ (Merlynn Tong), ‘Best Mainstage Production’ , ‘Best Director’ (Ian Lawson), Best Lighting Design (David Walters) and Best Audio Visual Design (Nathan Sibthorpe).

‘Blue Bones’ was brought from development through to production by Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse. This year the Gold Matilda Award went to Playlab for for evolving into Queensland’s new-writing theatre company with their inaugural production of ‘Blue Bones’, positioning them nationally as the only company to take work from idea through development, on stage and into publication. This is a very exciting time in Brisbane theatre and we are very proud to be part of the community and support our fantastic talent.

BMEG’s Chris Patrick in ‘Lord of the Flies’

BMEG is excited to share some of the great reviews for ‘Lord of the Flies’. BMEG’s Chirs Patrick takes to the stage as the outspoken joker and magnetic class-clown ‘Maurice’.

Chris Patrick as Maurice in 'Lord of the Flies'
Chris Patrick as Maurice in ‘Lord of the Flies’

“This production is a bold masterstroke by the team at Beenleigh Theatre Company… It needs to be seen, to be discussed and considered. It is the lesson that we all urgently need.”

“If you see no other production this year, please, I am begging you, head over to Crete Street and see Lord of the Flies.” (Theatre People)

“A theatre fanatic or not, this is a must see play with a mesmerising, strong cast of young talented boys.” (Stage Whispers)

“As great as the staging is, the praise should first and foremost go to the cast who disappear into their roles. They never broke character, missed their marks or failed to commit fully.  They disappear into these personalities and give really natural, convincing performances.” (Scenestr QLD)

Chris Patrick - Pictured Centre
Chris Patrick – Pictured Centre

“Under Bradley Chapman’s direction, Beenleigh Theatre Group have produced an excellent and entertaining production of a challenging text.

It not only does justice to the main themes of Golding’s tale, but it intensely illustrates how even over six decades later,

aspects of its themes remain relevant through its show of the extreme consequences of peer pressure unchecked.” (Blue Curtains Brisbane: Stories From The Stalls).


‘Lord of the Flies’ has been smashing reviews and shows for a limited time only (until 3 February 2018)! Catch it as it crash-lands onto our stage for only FOUR more performances.

Book now at www.beenleightheatregroup.com/booking.
Photo Credit: Turn It Up Photography

Reviews for Atticus Robb in Swinging Safari

Atticus Robb
Atticus Robb

BMEG are very proud to share with you the fantastic reviews for Atticus Robb in Stefan Elliott’s Singing Safari. This is Atticus’ debut feature film role as Jeff Marsh, the young protagonist in this “cheerfully over-the-top slice of Aussie suburban life in the mid-1970s”.

“Fourteen-year-old protagonist Jeff (a fine film debut from Atticus Robb) is an aspiring film-maker armed with an 8mm camera; clearly a semi-autobiographical version of Elliott.” – The Guardian, 4/5 Stars

“…the film’s real heart is in the children. There’s an engaging crush brewing between the Super 8-obsessed Jeff (Atticus Robb) and girl-next-door Melly (Darcy Wilson), who’s struggling to find her place in the world amongst the chaos of the goings-on around her. These younger characters are far more interesting than the older ones.” – Cinema Australia, 4/5 Stars


“…played by newcomer Atticus Robb as a 14-year-old, Jeff Marsh steers the movie through their overlapping stories — often recording their exploits on his Super-8 camera as part of his own comic shorts, which the feature deploys as amusing interludes…there’s no mistaking the feature’s enthusiastic mood.” – Screen Daily 

“…recalling his teenage years in the coastal suburb of Wallaroo, as 14-year-old budding filmmaker Jeff Marsh (Robb), who enlists local kids to perform hilariously dangerous stunts in front of his ever-present Super-8 camera.” – Variety 

Swinging Safari is now in cinemas across Australia.

BMEG’s Nominees for the 2017 Matilda Awards

We are very excited to announce the BMEG nominees for the upcoming 2017 Matilda Awards!

The 2017 Matilda Awards will take place on Tuesday 6th February 2018. We are very excited for our talented performers!

Best Mainstage Production

Blue Bones (Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse) – created by BMEG’s Merlynn Tong.

BLUE BONES Written by & Featuring Merlynn Tong
BLUE BONES Written by & Featuring Merlynn Tong


Best Independent Production

Swallow (EG & Metro Arts) – with BMEG’s Elise Greig & Julie Cotterell
I Just Came to Say Goodbye (The Good Room & Brisbane Festival) – with BMEG’s Amy Ingram


Best Musical or Cabaret

Joh for PM (Jute Theatre Company & Brisbane Powerhouse, in association with QLD Music Festival) with BMEG’s Simon Burvill Holmes


JOH FOR PM Featuring Simon Burvill Holmes
JOH FOR PM Featuring Simon Burvill Holmes


The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work

Blue Bones, by Merlynn Tong
Joh for PM, by Stephen Carleton & Paul Hodge
Spectate, by Nathan Sibthorpe – with BMEG’s Elise Greig

Best Director

Daniel Evans, I Just Came to Say Goodbye (The Good Room & Brisbane Festival)
Ian Lawson, Blue Bones (Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse)


Best Female Actor in a Leading Role

Merlynn TongBlue Bones (Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse)

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Elise GreigSwallow (EG & Metro Arts)

SWALLOW Featuring Elise Greig, Julie Cotterell and Helen O’Leary
SWALLOW Featuring Elise Greig, Julie Cotterell and Helen O’Leary
Best Lighting Design

David Walters, Blue Bones (Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse)


Best Sound Design

Dane Alexander, I Just Came to Say Goodbye (The Good Room & Brisbane Festival)
Guy Webster, Blue Bones (Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse)


Best Audio Visual Design

Nathan Sibthorpe, Blue Bones (Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse)

Jess Loudon and Samantha Ward in Sport For Jove Summer Season

Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure


Two of our fantastic BMEG’ers Jess Loudon and Samantha Ward will be on stage for Sport For Jove’s Outdoor Summer Season!

Samantha WARD
Samantha WARD








Opening this weekend, with two wonderful new productions that span the full reach of comedy – from Shakespeare’s dark satirical masterpiece Measure For Measure to Goldoni’s Italian dish of laughs The Servant of Two Masters.

Measure for Measure – December 8, 2017 to January 28, 2018

The Servant of Two Masters – December 15, 2017 to January 28, 2018