subtlenuance
writing and producing independent australian theatre
2015 - 2014 Season

 
 
 
 2015 SEASON 
 
 

All The Difference
  
written and directed by Paul Gilchrist 
performed by Kathryn Schuback

22 - 26 September, Old 505 Theatre

The reviews are in!

“a lot of fun ……..Kathryn Schuback is absolutely charming………
a many skilled performance” 
Sydney Arts Guide

“the most intellectually satisfying piece of theatre I have seen in Sydney this year, and the most thought-provoking……. Kathryn Schuback does a wonderful job with this important and challenging script, riding the waves of its audience interaction with intelligent poise and rather astonishing navigational skills.” 
Lisa Thatcher

“we certainly share the nervous thrill that Flick experiences…….Kathryn Schuback’s performance is emotionally charged” 
Suzie Goes See

“emotionally engaging…. a lovely performance ……….Go and see this show” 
Theatre Now

“the written charm is easily matched by Schuback’s performative presence……provides substantial food for thought” 
Syke on Stage

“We instantly delight in Schuback who is a warm, genuine performer. Her greatest asset is the ease with which she connects to her audience, making them feel welcome every step of the journey.” 
Dinner and a Show



Live A Life Without Fear - because it's not yours!

 
Flik has a story to share. 
 
It’s very funny, rather sad, and entirely out of her control. 
 
And completely up to you!
 

 
"Sliding Doors" meets "Choose Your Own Adventure" in this playfully interactive exploration of the power of choice.
 
Played by the brilliant Kathryn Schuback, 
 
Flik has too many choices and she needs your help.
 
At key points in the story you, the audience, vote to decide Flik’s choices.
What follows is surprising, hilarious and utterly exhilarating.



 
And Now to Bed
  
A multi-playwright project

March 11 - 22, The Theatre, Kings Cross Hotel 


True tales of love, romance and physical pleasure.

 Writen by Donna Abela, Sarah Carradine, Margaret Davis, Mark Langham, Melissa Lee Speyer, Con Nats and Katie Pollock

Performed by Paul Armstrong, Shauntelle Benjamin, Erica Brennan, Richard Cornally, Jennie Dibley, Edric Hong and Eleanor Stankiewicz
 


The reviews are in!

“Each and every crafted monologue was skillfully written, empathetically delivered, interesting, unique and bold. 
This is what true theatre is all about! 
… all in all absolutely sublime.… 
with a cast that knocked the ball out of the theatrical park
.… a rich, funny, vibrant edge of your seat show. 
I can not recommend And Now to Bed enough, 
you will not be disappointed.”   
Theatre Unzipped

“an exciting process that makes for one of the best nights of theatre on the Sydney calendar…… Highly recommended.”
Lisa Thatcher

"There is beautiful writing… vivid moments…
confident cast of actors who all bring a warm earnestness to what they are willing to share.”
Suzy Go See

"a fantastic show with a collection of stories that are both unique and affecting and highly relatable....
 if And Now to Bed isn’t on your calendar, put it on...
Each performance is a finely tuned microcosm that together, bring some excellent and amusing writing to brilliant life."
The Buzz from Sydney 
 
"The method is addictive 
... And Now to Bed is deeply engaging ranging from funny to poignant to confronting by turn, the different perspectives offered of human sexuality skillfully woven into a revelatory and ultimately reverential whole..... 
once again the Subtlenuance team 
has delivered a compelling piece of theatre."   
 South Sydney Herald
 
 
And Now to Bed  is a uniformly fine ensemble piece 
from both writers and players… it will hopefully prove to be the sleeper hit of the Sydney theatrical season.”
Sydney Arts Guide
 



directed by Paul Gilchrist
produced by Daniela Giorgi
assistant director Dominic Bock
sound design Ashley Walker
stage manager Tom Massey





2014 SEASON 


High Windows Low Doorways
 

A multi-playwright project
19 – 30 March 2014  Downstairs TAP 

 

“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."

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
The Old Fitzroy Theatre


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

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

Bonnie Kellett, David Kirkham and Helen Tonkin

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

photo by Katy Green Loughrey

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