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A Quiet Night 

in Rangoon

by Katie Pollock

18 August - 10 September 2011   New Theatre

With Shauntelle Benjamin, John Buencamino, Felino Dolloso,

Aileen Huynh, Sonya Kerr, Kathryn Schuback, Barton Williams
Director: Paul Gilchrist   

Producer: Daniela Giorgi      

Set Design: Chloe Lawrence-Hartcher      
Lighting Design: Liam O’Keefe

I just opened my heart and they poured in their pain and grief.

And I just knew this was going to make a great story.


Rangoon, Burma, 2007


The Saffron Revolution is about to jolt the military dictatorship out of decades of complacency, and Piper, an Australian journalist, senses a career making scoop.

Confronted by opposing beliefs and threats of detainment and death, she is ultimately forced to choose between the victims and the spoils of this covert war.


Australian playwright Katie Pollock explores with poetic imagination the moral chaos of political engagement.

"a new Australian play of some note and heralds for me a playwright

I want to see more from. The talent scouts of the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St. and the Griffin ought to see this play and jump with enthusiasm

at this interesting emerging talent… Written with a heightened sense of reality and fascinating poetical gestures and daring characterisations the form of the piece is totally transgressive and thrilling… Her control of her material and the explorations in the dramatic form of her storytelling modes is immensely impressive. Surprising, amusing and stimulating" Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary 

 "Sections sing with an almost musical suppleness. Paul Gilchrist's production

makes fluid the story's dislocations of time and place… It is worthy, sometimes compelling theatre, highlighting an even worthier cause" Sydney Morning Herald

 "While Pollock's play is grounded in history and the everyday it is quickly

lifted out of docu-drama by bold theatricality… [she] has observed and

crafted her characters with considerable humour and insight…

The telling of the stories is rich and fascinating…

Recommended" Stage Noise 

 "This is an intimate story that weaves beautifully between the reality of

personal freedom, spiritual cost and individual responsibility" Sun Herald

 "With a minimalist approach to the set and direction, director Paul Gilchrist

has put his fine cast front and centre… letting the comic moments pierce

through with a gentle truth… it not only draws you in but educates,

provokes thought and discussion. Important, political theatre

that’s not clear-cut or moralising – a rare thing" 5th Wall‎ 

 “subtlenuance would seem to be going from strength to strength...

Pollock raises confronting spectres with implicit skill…

standout performances from Benjamin, Buencamino, Dolloso and Williams. Strong stuff” Crikey 

"As personal as it is political, an intensely gripping new Australian play...

Pollock spins her parallel plots with deft confidence… underscoring

each scene with a touching, human sensibility, and occasional humour.

Director Paul Gilchrist’s production is sparse, but effective, trusting his wonderful ensemble of actors to drive the narrative.

As the independent, debut season of a brand new work, 

A Quiet Night in Rangoon shows extraordinary promise… don’t be surprised if it gets a main-stage season sometime soon" 

Same Same 

 ‎"The strengths of this production lie in its well-drawn and developed

characters. Each of these characters has a rock-solid inner truth...

and is brought to the stage by actors who have carefully done

their homework and weighed up the nuances required" 

Australian Stage 

Bare Boards Brave Heart

A Multi-playwright Project

21 - 25 June 2011   The Drill Hall

Sharks Can Smell Fear
by Alison Rooke 
directed by Zoe Carides 
performed by Bridgette Sneddon  


The Line We Draw
written and performed by Skye Loneragan


Unsex Me
devised by Nick Atkins and Michal Imielski 
performed by Nick Atkins

From a Great Height
by Mark Konik 
directed by Kai Raisbeck 
performed by Luke Carson 

It’s Ok to Ask
by Carol Dance 
directed by Beverley Callow 
performed by Renee Lim 

So It’s That Kind Of Quest 
by David Finnigan 
directed by Erica J Brennan 
performed by Corinne Marie

Written, directed and performed by various artists

   Artistic Director: Paul Gilchrist

Producer: Daniela Giorgi

Stage Manager: Elly Goodman

"Billed as 'six bold expeditions into the human heart,

they more than suffice as such.

Sharks Can Smell Fear [is] a powerful metaphor...

in the pairing of Sneddon and Carides, Rooke has found the most

wonderful expression of her work.

The Line We Draw was written by Skye Loneragan and is performed by same.

In a kind of acute free verse rendering that might’ve come from Shakespeare were he alive today and on uppers, Loneregan poses provocative questions, with the most vigorous, surefooted delivery imaginable… It’s powerful stuff, delivered with incisive wit and utterly compelling confidence. 

It’s OK To Ask … Renee Lim excels and is spellbinding as a

courageous paraplegic…Dance, Callow and Lim dance their way through

this insightful, connective, deceptively short and sweet, but significant work. 

So It’s That Kind Of Quest is fun and featherweight… It’s good-natured,

entertaining and a ruthless parody…. Marie pulls it off with aplomb.

Gilchrist and Giorgi rarely disappoint and, here, they’ve excelled themselves;

in their own right, but also in showing, on the whole, profound programmatic judgement. I sure hope Bare Boards becomes a regular thing"  Crikey

"4 stars out of 5.  It’s cold, it is bare and Artistic Director Paul Gilchrist was brave in staging this work… but it certainly paid off… 

[Unsex Me] is a fantastic lyrical contemporary dance piece that evoked great emotion and commanded attention.

Director Michael Imielski showed great creative vision… Mark Konik’s script [From A Great Height] is light, funny and very true to life… Carson holds the audience in the palm of his hand and delivers a winning performance... 

It’s OK to Ask is the stand out of the entire work…

a stunningly emotive performance from Renee Lim"  The Primate Perspective


"a slew of talented writers, directors and performers

in a festival of solo performances... 

The Line We Draw written and performed by Skye Loneragan

was one that ticked all the boxes. Clever story and a great use of space…

Nick Atkins’ acting is brilliant…

a fabulous night of theatre" Ticket Stubbies

Toy Box

by Paul Gilchrist

6 - 17 April 2011   TAP Gallery

With Jennie Dibley, Sylvia Keays, Dave Kirkham,

Sarah Loxley, Chris Turner

Director: Paul Gilchrist

Assistant Director: Erica Brennan        

Producer: Daniela Giorgi

Set Design: Brad Loxley 

Stage Manager: Annabelle Marieza  


“You hate family? What a thing to say! I hate our family.”


Liv, at twenty-four, has her whole life ahead of her.

The last thing she wants is to start a family.

She’s too busy escaping the one she’s in.

 Judith and Peter have three adult children.

They’ve grown old waiting for them to grow up.

But when do you grow up?

When you become a parent?

Or when you lose one?


Both hilarious and heartbreaking,

Toy Box is a bittersweet meditation

on love, loss and the ties that bind.

"Fierce and darkly funny.

The joy of Paul Gilchrist's new play is that the examination

is both witty and truthful,

and the performances match the quality of the writing.

Worthy and engaging independent theatre!"  Stage Whispers

"Drenched in an exceptional ability

to observe human behaviour and thought...

This play could be staged anywhere in the world

and it will resonate

with the audience" TicketStubbies


"Four stars out of Five!

Toy Box is a great opening salvo

for the subtlenuance theatre 2011 season... 

Sarah Loxley is a continually engaging performer…

Sylvia Keays was excellent.

Her radiance on stage was refreshing and captivating" The Primate Perspective


"A sound ensemble performance draws this unnamed family well... 

a well drawn take on the most universal of themes... 

[it] forges a strong emotional connection" Time Out


"a penetrating interrogation… 

jump in,

close the lid

and lose yourself in this moving tale"  (small) LUSTS


"informed by incisive observation, wry comment, wit and even wisdom...

[a] world class script...

poignant and credible performances" Crikey

"utterly relatable…

a darkly funny and engaging meditation

on a subject that sooner or later many of us will have to confrontAlt Media

Photo Credits: A Quiet Night in Rangoon, Zorica Purlija; Bare Boards Brave Hearts, Pollyanna Nowicki; Toy Box, Daniela Giorgi

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