Audition Call

subtlenuance invites

female identifying actors

(stage age 55+)

to apply to audition for

Morning Star 

a multi-playwright project

featuring writing by

Donna Abela,

Shauntelle Benjamin, 

John AD Fraser,

Callum McLean,

Roslyn Hicks,

Mark Langham,

Melita Rowston,

Peter Maple,

Kel Vance

and Catherine Zimdahl.

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The Play


We've had enormous success over the years with our multi-playwright projects,

producing shows like

The Political Hearts of Children,

And Now to Bed

and High Windows, Low Doorways

to much critical acclaim.

"Who needs 'big' theatre when 'little' theatre

can be so blindingly brilliant?" 

Australian Stage

Created by amazing teams of writers,

these projects were not festivals of short plays,

but rather single, fully integrated art works.


It's an approach we're employing again

in Morning Star,

charging our team of writers

to build a piece

interrogating pernicious ideas

- those ways of looking at the world,

that on first appearance

seem innocuous,

but on closer inspection,

really just add to human misery.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions

(and some fantastic stories!)

It's worth repeating that Morning Star is NOT a short work festival.

There will be two programs (a Week A and a Week B)

but each of these programs will be a single cohesive art work.

The chosen ensemble will be active participants for the entirety of the performance.

See here for more about the production.


The Role


We require a female identifying actor, stage age 55+.


We seek to cast the protagonist of a beautiful work by Donna Abela 

This 25 minute piece, entitled Prevail, explores one woman's struggle against a powerful institution. 


This piece is part of the Week B program of Morning Star (bump in 28 June, bump out 4 July).

As suggested above, the chosen actor will participate as part of the ensemble, and so will be involved in minor roles in the other four pieces in the Week B program.

The Week B program is directed by Daniela Giorgi.


If you applied in the first round of auditions (in early April) and are still available for this production, please don't hesitate to contact us.


The Writers 

Our writers are Donna Abela, Shauntelle Benjamin, John AD Fraser,  Callum McLean, Roslyn Hicks, Mark Langham, Melita Rowston, Peter Maple, Kel Vance and Catherine Zimdahl -  an extraordinary team, that includes some of Sydney's most respected established writers as well as some brilliant emerging talent.

Donna Abela

Donna's plays have won the Griffin Playwriting Prize and the AWGIE award for Stage (Jump for Jordan), AWGIE awards for Radio (Spirit, Aurora’s Lament, Mrs Macquarie’s Cello), the Human Rights Award for Drama (Highest Mountain Fastest River), and been nominated for NSW Premiers Literary Awards (Tales From the Arabian Night, Jump For Jordan). For Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image, Donna wrote two large scale adaptations: Monkey … Journey to the West (2014 Brisbane Festival, 2015 Melbourne Festival, 2015 Sydney Opera House program) and Tales from the Arabian Nights, a widely produced play on refugee themes published by Currency Press in 2019. In 2015, as part of the subtlenuance project And Now To Bed, she wrote Fluctuate with Us for Shauntelle Benjamin. Donna also works as a dramaturge and mentor for emerging artists, and is a proud founding member of PYT Fairfield and 7ON Playwrights.


The bios of the full writing team can be found HERE


The Company 

subtlenuance is dedicated solely to the production of original work.

Since our inception in 2008 we have produced 26 new works, in Sydney and across Australia.


“a small, fiercely independent company of proven integrity… [their work] augurs well, not only for subtlenuance’s future as a distinctive, important, independent voice in Australian theatre, but for the future of Australian theatre at large.” 

Australian Stage Online 

"subtlenuance is one of Sydney's most vital, active, prolific and innovative small production companies" 


“subtlenuance is one of Sydney’s most enduring and entertaining theatre companies"

 Sydney Arts Guide


Have a look around our website and see what we’ve been up to!



The Directors

The two programs that make up Morning Star (Week A and Week B or, if you like, First Horn and Second Horn) will be directed by Paul Gilchrist and Daniela Giorgi respectively.

Paul Gilchrist

Paul is the artistic director of subtlenuance. Paul has written and directed over a dozen plays, including:

Life is Impossible (Old 505 Theatre, 2020)Shut Up And Drive (with Daniela Giorgi) (KXT, 2016); All the Difference (Old 505 Theatre, 2015); Joan Again (Old Fitzroy Theatre, 2014); Cristina in the Cupboard (TAP, 2013);  Blind Tasting (Old 505 Theatre, Ensemble, The Street Theatre Canberra, CAP Theatre Los Angeles 2012/2013); Toy Box (TAP, 2011); A Thing of Beauty (Old Fitzroy Theatre, 2010); and Catherine at Avignon (TAP, 2009). 

Plays he has directed include: Talc by Daniela Giorgi (TAP, 2010); A Quiet Night in Rangoon by Katie Pollock (New Theatre, 2011); Losing You (Twice) by Kate O'Keeffe (Newtown Theatre, 2017); TickTickBoom by Melissa Lee Speyer (Actors Pulse, 2018); and Seed Bomb by Daniela Giorgi (Old 505 Theatre, 2019). He has also directed the multi-playwright projects The Political Hearts of Children (TAP, 2013); High Windows Low Doorways (TAP, 2014); and And Now To Bed (The Bordello Theatre, 2015). 

Daniela Giorgi

Daniela is a writer, director, producer, and co-founder of subtlenuance.

Since 2008 Daniela has produced over twenty five original shows.

As a writer her credits include: Talc, produced by subtlenuance in 2010; Sicilian Biscotti, a short play written and produced for the launch of Women, Power, Culture at New Theatre in 2011; Friday produced in 2013 by Sydney Independent Theatre Company at the Old Fitz; The Poor Kitchen produced as part of the Old 505 Theatre's Fresh Works Season in 2016. She co-wrote Shut Up And Drive with Paul Gilchrist, which was produced at KXT in 2016. And her most recent play Seed Bomb was produced as part of the Old 505 Theatre's Fresh Works Season in 2019.

As a writer/ director her credits include: Skirts on Sacred Benches, Suffragettes, Ghosts of Our Colonial Past. She has also directed I Can't Wait by James Lecesne (A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer.

Things you need to know 

  • Morning Star will be produced at the Flight Path Theatre, Marrickville.

  • Bump in for WEEK B is June 28 and bump out July 4, 2021.

  • The rehearsal timetable will be determined by the availability of the team. 

  • The production will be run on a profit share basis.

  • Auditions will be held on Thurs 27 May at an Inner West venue TBA.

  • Successful applicants will be allotted a twenty minute slot.

  • The audition will consist of a prepared reading of small sections of the script. These readings will be sent to auditionees several days before the auditions.

Please send CV and headshot to Daniela Giorgi


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