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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

Hannah Belanszky Announced as Finalist for 2018-19 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award

Three Queensland playwrights are vying for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the finalists on January 30th 2018.

Hannah Belanszky
Hannah Belanszky

Hannah Belanszky, David Megarrity and Anna Yen have been selected from the field of 92 entries, with the winner to receive a mainstage production of their play in Queensland Theatre’s (QT) 2019 Season.

Since the award was launched in 2002, Queensland Theatre has developed 28 new Australian plays, employing more than 200 actors, writers and directors.

BMEG’s Hannah Belanszky is an actor, writer and theatre-maker based in Brisbane. Hannah was the Young Playwright-In-Residence at Playlab in 2017, mentored by Kathryn Marquet. She also wrote, directed and performed in her cabaret theatre piece, The Wives of Wolfgang (Wonderland Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse). Her performance experience includes roles in Harrow (ABC Studios), Julius Caesar (4MBS) and The Roasting (Short and Sweet Theatre Festival).

Her entry A Cup of Tea is set in a rural Australian town by a river, where Joan, a young twenty something, is visiting her Indigenous father, Mick, for the first time. Pale-skinned and raised by her non-Indigenous mother, Joan knows little of her Indigenous heritage. Mick, fighting his own demons has developed an obsession with drinking tea since giving up alcohol. Joan finds refuge in Pattie, Mick’s high school sweetheart, who talks of birds…the wind… and the ‘Old People’. As a big storm brews, Joan becomes increasingly drawn to the river and begins to hear birds calling her name. A Cup of Tea is a story of self-discovery and belonging. It explores how a connection with your heritage can be so much more than skin deep.

Full Article Here.

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.

Kamil Ellis Back on Set for Nowhere Boys Season 4

Full Article by MATTHEW ARCARIiris.theaureview.com

Production is now officially underway on the fourth season of the ABC’s Emmy award winning series Nowhere Boys.

The series is currently filming in various Melbourne based locations, with the supernatural action-adventure series looking to premiere later this year on both ABC ME and the ABC ME app.

The gang will return this season from an entire summer of magical training more powerful than ever, with a new member joining the ranks. As the gang fear their skills may cause more trouble than good, new threats and chaotic forces will challenge not only the powers of the gang, but their unity as a result.

Returning cast Kamil EllisJoe KlocekWilliam McKennaJordie Race-Coldrey and Luca Sardelis will be joined this season by newcomer Joel Ma in his TV debut as Zeb.

The cast of Nowhere Boys Season 4, Kamil Elis in centre.
The cast of Nowhere Boys Season 4, Kamil Elis in centre.

Behind the camera, Nick Verso (Boys in the Trees, Grace Beside Me) and Sian Davies (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, House Husbands) are returning to direct, alongside Catriona McKenzie (Harrow, The Warriors) and Goran Stolevski, whose short film Would You Look at Her just won in competition at Sundance Film Festival 2018.

Nowhere Boys has been a critical and commercial success both locally and interntionally since its launch in 2012, with the show having won 18 international awards including an Emmy Award, two TV Week Logie Awards, an AACTA Award, three Kidscreen Awards and a further 23 nominations to top it off.

The show has now been launched into 180 territories worldwide and has launched international careers for the young cast as a result. You can catch episodes of Nowhere Boys on ABC ME.


Full Article by MATTHEW ARCARIiris.theaureview.com