subtlenuance
writing and producing independent australian theatre
2014 Season
 
 
 
 SUBTLENUANCE 2014 SEASON 

subtlenuance is dedicated solely to the production of original work, 
work that has been performed in Sydney, interstate and overseas. 

In our first 6 years we’ve presented 18 new plays to 
remarkable critical acclaim: 
 

“a distinctive, important, independent voice in Australian theatre”
Australian Stage Online
 

“an extraordinary little theatre company”
Crikey

 
In 2014, we've present two new works and revived a favourite!


 

High Windows Low Doorways 
A multi-playwright project

“Don’t tell me your beliefs. 
They don't sing, or laugh, or weep.
Speak of the visions you've had, and the paths you've walked.
Tell me your stories." 


Some of Sydney’s most exciting theatre makers take on the last great taboo!

Epiphany, euphoria and ecstasy, 
those glorious moments when nothing makes sense, 
and it no longer matters.

Dread, despondency and despair,
 those painful moments when it seems only too clear.

Join us as we share tales 
of doubt, dissent and divinity, 
of fear, hope and love,
of life, death and beyond.

"We don’t have answers. 
  We only have ourselves."

19 – 30 March 2014, 
TAP Gallery (Downstairs Theatre)

PERFORMER     -      WRITER

                Matt Butcher     -   Jonathan Ari Lander

                       Peter McAllum  -    Noelle Janaczewska     

Alice Keohavong   -   Katie Pollock

           Kit Bennett    -    Alison Rooke

            Gavin Roach   -    Mark Langham

Naomi Livingstone  -  Ellana Costa

           Helen Tonkin   -   Melita Rowston


directed by Paul Gilchrist
produced by Daniela Giorgi
sound design by Ashley Walker
stage manager Tom Massey



The reviews are in!

"4 stars. ...they've shone a sympathetic light upon the lamp that is the human heart, its fragility and its resilience"
Daily Review (Crikey)

"as an exploration and evocation of intense and life changing experiences it was brilliant......This is little theatre at its best; limited in space but huge in impact"
South Sydney Herald

"the stories are all very well written and performed....
a great production"
The Buzz from Sydney

"With an overarching insistence on the highest quality, subtlenuance give the monologue format a fresh boost......High Windows Low Doorways is performed to the high standard we have come to expect from subtlenuance, but even more than this, it opens the conversation up about what it is to be spiritual in life." 
Lisa Thatcher

"the stories are unique to the actors, translated back by seven different writers with care and dilgence and craft, and then translated once again to the performance realm. And as an audience we're taken with them into the most uncharted and dangerous and moving territories."
5th Wall

"layered and complex. There's a lot in this show to mull over. I thought it was beautifully curated and well performed."
Theatre From The Back Seat

"The performances were all high quality....easily accessible theatre....entertaining"
Arts Hub

"There is a resonance that exits where people dig deep to tell personal stories, and in High Windows Low Doorways, the cast wants us to hear them, but the commonality of our experiences also makes us feel heard"
Suzy Goes See

  




Joan, Again 
by Paul Gilchrist

In 1431, Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Ten years later, she was back.
A very funny, deeply moving, and uncannily contemporary exploration of one of the greatest frauds of all time.




The reviews are in!

'An excellent production" 
Alternative Media

"A brilliant play...that rare piece of theatre that feeds meat to the general public as well as wine to the passionate theatre nerd" 
Lisa Thatcher

"A sharp satire.....don't miss it...Helen Tonkin is excellent.....casting Sylvia Keays as Joan was a stroke of brilliance, she carries off the role with a bolshie bravado that is wonderful to watch" 
The Buzz from Sydney

"An appealing wit at work" 
Sydney Morning Herald

"a clever, smart, enchanting play" 
The Spell of Waking Hours

"a dynamic theatre with distinct and colourful personalities that keep us fascinated" 
Auditorium Magazine

"hilarious, shrewdly observant and cleverly interwoven" 
South Sydney Herald

"a playwright of tremendous ability...Gilchrist has outdone himself....a real feast for any actor to wrap their mouths around and any audiences ears to behold" Theatre Unzipped

"an absorbing play.....a very thoughtful piece of theatre" 
Theatre from the Backseat



photo by Katy Green Loughrey

Joan, Again
produced in association with Sydney Independent Theatre Company

The Old Fitzroy Theatre

featuring 
Kit Bennett, Jamie Collette, Ted Crosby, Kitty Hopwood, Lynden Jones, 
Sylvia Keays, 

Bonnie Kellett, David Kirkham and Helen Tonkin

directed by Paul Gilchrist
produced by Daniela Giorgi
design by Rachel Scane
lighting design by Liam O'Keefe

photo by Katy Green Loughrey




After hit seasons in 
Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney, 
Blind Tasting  
 returned to 
 ENSEMBLE THEATRE


 
Blind Tasting
written and directed by Paul Gilchrist
performed by Sylvia Keays


In wine there is Truth. 
A
nd laughter.

She talks wine. She sells wine. But, now, she has every reason to drink it!

Join her hilarious razor-sharp discovery of the unexpected truth hidden in each glass. 

Sylvia Keays portrays Sophie - witty, whimsical and utterly heartbroken. In Blind Tasting, she shares her sparkling coming of age story, as she navigates love, loss and the realisation that none of us really knows whats going to happen next. 

Part wine tasting, part performance Blind Tasting is a sparkling coming of age story.
 

Some reviews:

"This performance was a delight; intimate, funny, sad, and thoughtful."  
Stage Whispers

"a barrel of fun....performed with great vitality and charm by Sylvia Keays....If you ever hear it's on, go" Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald

a punchy, whimsical tale executed exceptionally by actor Sylvia Keays…superbly written by Paul Gilchrist ....fun, thought-provoking and insightful." Theatre Junkies

“Sylvia Keays is a brilliant performer ….a moving, consistent and quality performance that is a joy to watch…. The script is playful, witty and poetic throughout ….. thoroughly entertaining” FringeReview

"One of those little treasures of a play that fills your glass with optimism, spills a bit with the laughs, and finds truth."  Canberra Times

“The show has a very smooth tone, sitting happily between wistfully melancholic narrative and a stand-up routine…. actual wine tasting as part of the show proves a surprisingly effective way of involving us in the story.” 
Time Out

“a well crafted, tasty piece of small, intense theatre that ponders some deeply philosophical questions…. delivered engagingly by Sylvia Keays” The Adelaide Advertiser

“a classy sensory experience…. a passionate and considered performance” Adelaide Theatre Guide

“another little gem from the strange narrative mind of Paul Gilchrist ….an engaging blend of slightly nutty and melancholic memoir, delivered in charming style by Sylvia Keays” The 5th Wall

"exceptionally well crafted....Keay's performance is such that it's as if she owned the words, as if she wrote them; I can't imagine a stronger affinity between writer and actor."  
Crikey

"At times heart wrenching, but mostly heart warming and hilarious, this was a brilliantly written show that held me captive from start to end. Sylvia Keays was absolutely adorable."  
TheAUReview 

"a very appealing work of contemporary theatre. Blind Tasting works well with its combination of lyrical writing by Gilchrist and a lovely, well measured and warm performance by Sylvia Keays"  
Sydney Arts Guide

"Raw, forthright and astutely funny.....Keays is a deeply compelling actor, seamlessly transitioning from laughter in one moment to tears in the next." 
Express Media

 
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