Morning Star

A multi-playwright project

An exploration of UNHELPFUL ideas;

how they circulate,

and the mischief they do.

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.

Created by brilliant 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!)

Morning Star

Flight Path Theatre

June 21 to July 4

The audition call for this production can be found here.

Introducing our team of writers

 

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.

Shauntelle Benjamin

Shauntelle (they/she) is a British born actor, writer, and singer. Spanning classical, devised and previously unperformed works, Shauntelle appeared in The Book of Mormon (GFO – Sydney and National Tour); Avenue Q (Monsta); the Bell Shakespeare Players (2014); Hero and Companion Piece (Glorious Thing), semi-biographical piece And Now To Bed (subtlenuance); How to Lose Sight (Shh.); A Quiet Night in Rangoon (subtlenuance); Rosalind in As You Like It (Siren Theatre Co.) and the title role in Antigone in London’s East End (Woodhouse Players). In film, they appeared as one of the children of the Harry Potter world in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros.). When not on stage, Shauntelle is a psychologist working towards a Clinical PhD (one clawing step at a time), a tabletop narrative writer and game designer, playwright and actual play roleplayer using games to tell impactful stories. She thanks her husband Liam and dog Puck for all their love and support. You can find examples of their narrative writing and musings on their site: www.wordswithcolour.com, and catch up with them on twitter @Shauntelleb

John AD Fraser

With over 20 performed short and full-length plays in Australia, the UK and North America, John has won several awards, completed international residencies including the Traverse in Edinburgh and Finborough in London.

 In 2019 Catch a Falling Knife won best script at InspiraTo, Canada’s largest short play festival.

 His full-length play All the Rage was published by Playlab. Rock, Paper, Scissors was featured at the first Australian National Play Festival and performed at the Old Fitz.

 John is a graduate of the NIDA Playwrights Studio.

Callum McLean

Callum is an award-winning Sydney-based writer. His written and performance work has appeared on ABC Radio National, in Adelaide Fringe, Glam Adelaide, InDaily, Buzzcuts, and Rip It Up. His monologue Changing Room featured in ATYP’s Voices Project 2016 and was later adapted for ABC Radio National.

He is the 2017 recipient of the STCSA Young Playwrights’ Award for his queer play The River. He is currently part of Merrigong Theatre Company’s Playwrights Program with Mark Rogers, where he is developing a new play, Green-teeth.

Roslyn Hicks  

Roslyn's writing experience began while she was working as a puppeteer, writing and performing live puppet shows for primary school children. After becoming involved in pantomime productions, in 2010 she wrote one of her own; an adaptation of the original Snow White story called Snow White and Those Short Guys. Most recently, she wrote an adaptation of a CS Lewis novel, The Great Divorce which had a brief season at the Factory Theatre in 2016, followed by a very successful season at the Flight Path Theatre in 2019. As a follower of subtlenuance's previous work, Roslyn is excited to be a part of the Morning Star team.

Mark Langham      

Originally from the UK, Mark has been acting professionally for almost 40 years.  His first play Nothing won the 2011 National One Act Play competition and 2012 Dolphin Theatre, Auckland, One Act Play of the Year.  His play, The Bench, won the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers One Act Play competition in September 2013.  He won again in 2014 with Circus which was also shortlisted for the Write Angles/Southend International Writers Festival in UK.  Mark’s play Amanda premiered by Old Monk Productions at the Tap Gallery in May 2014 and was re-staged by New Theatre as part of the Sydney Fringe in the same year.  Life after Pablo was staged by RGP Productions, in 2015, underneath the State Theatre. He wrote for subtlenuance’s 2014 project High Windows Low Doorways and the 2015 sequel And Now to Bed. In 2017 Brave New Word Theatre Co. premiered his piece Big Crow at the Actor’s Pulse in Sydney. We are the Himalayas was the second of his works to be premiered by Brave New Word, at New Blood Theatre in July 2019.  This play was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrighting Award, 2018.  Most recently Mark’s play Water was staged at the New Blood Theatre by Where’s Harold? in November 2019.  Both We are the Himalayas and Water were published by Australian Plays in 2019.

Melita Rowston

Melita is a writer, director, painter, and performer. She’s a graduate of UTS (MA-Creative Writing), NIDA (Grad Dip-Directing), VCA (BFA-Painting). Recent credits: Cockroach (Writer/Director, New Zealand Fringe ’20, Adelaide Fringe ’19, Melbourne Fringe ’18, Sydney Fringe ’18), Between the Streetlight and The Moon, (Writer, KXT ’17), Ljubicica: Wild Violet (Writer/Director, Casula Powerhouse ’17, Melbourne Cabaret Festival ’16, Winner BEST MUSIC Sydney Fringe ‘15), THE GIANT WORM SHOW! (Writer/Performer, Winner Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund Award, Adelaide Fringe ‘17, Sydney Fringe ‘16), 6 Degrees of Ned Kelly, (Writer/Performer, ‘This is About’ ABC RN ’17, Adelaide Fringe ‘16, Sydney Fringe ‘15, Melbourne Fringe ‘15), Canyonlands (High Windows Low Doorways, subtlenuance ‘14), Hey! Yeah! It’s Molly’s Travelling Worm Show! (Writer/Performer, Malthouse Theatre ’13). Her other produced plays include: Crushed (New Theatre-Spare Room), Sugarbomb (TRS), Solitude in Blue (Griffin), Swing Girl (Griffin). She’s performed her poetry in London, Paris, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, and Byron. melitarowston.com

Peter Maple

Peter is an award-winning writer, actor, producer, director working across film, TV, radio, stage, online, and for the written word. He holds a Bachelor of Performance from Theatre Nepean (Western Sydney University); and a Master of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance) from the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Based in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, Peter has particular expertise in exploring questions of (mental) health and society. His recent new Australian plays include: White Whales (Inner West Council’s Site and Sound Arts Festival Leichardt, development season and public Q&A sessions, 2017)  Beast. Belly. Beast. (Old 505 Theatre’s FreshWorks program, directed by Kim Hardwick, 2018), Little Girl Lost (development, Company of Rogues, with support via an Inner West Council Art and Culture Grant and the City of Sydney’s Matching Grant and Venue Support initiatives, 2019) and most recently, GINGER. BLACK. BRUNETTE. BLONDE. (development residency EDGE Sydenham with the support of Inner West Council, produced new Fringe HQ – Level Up! directed by Simon Thomson, 2019) Other recent credits include the 2018 short film Parked, directed by Marcus Graham, as writer; the 2017 award-winning short film Legacy, as lead actor, writer, director, and producer; and the award-winning 2016 feature film Dead Sunrise, as lead actor, co-writer, and co-producer. See online www.petermaple.com

Kel Vance

Kel is a playwright who writes with women at the heart. With a deep connection and passion for the art of storytelling, and desire for her work to make a social impact in the world — the focus and core of her craft has been telling the untold stories of women in innovative and unique ways. Since 2016, Kel’s short plays have been performed in festivals here in Australia and overseas, connecting with audiences in both an intellectual and visceral way — winning both judges and people’s choice awards. And in 2019, her first full length play The Deal, was shortlisted for the Silver Gull Play Award. Kel’s goal is to continue to centre women in her stories, and by doing so create inclusive theatre, that is essential for all.

Catherine Zimdahl

Catherine’s plays include The Cold Spell, Deviant Art for the Degenerate, A Day Too Great, HereNowThenThere, Clark in Sarajevo, Family Running for Mr Whippy, Left Breathless a Question, The Fox, A World into A Child, A Child into the World and Moonfleet. Her plays have been produced around Australia by the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Griffin Theatre Company, Windmill National Children’s Theatre and ABC Radio, amongst others. Awards include Griffin Playwriting Award, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, New Dramatists Exchange and AACTA Awards for Best Short Film and Best Screenplay. Catherine studied screenwriting at the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School where she was the recipient of the Qantas Travel Award graduate prize.  Her play Gifted has received dramaturgical and workshop support through Playwriting Australia’s Duologue Program. Catherine is also a visual artist currently at work on both her series of abstract paintings and The Insomnia Experiment (installation).

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