Robots Vs. Art

Art… The only human concept Robots couldn’t calculate.

Humanity is enslaved. The Robots rule the surface. Giles is a director/playwright/human and is given a chance to leave the mines by helping the Robots calculate art. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s a lot to compute…

A Tragicomedy about the redemption of humanity, written by Travis Cotton and performed by GradCo Studio.

“Robots Vs. Art is certainly a bit of fun”  Kate Herbert, Herald Sun

“Robots Vs Art could easily become a Comedy Festival hit. Check it out.” – Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald

Directed by Sean Foster

Featuring Aimee Lodge, Cassius Russel, Heaven-Cheyenne Campbell and Natanyah Forbes

Music and scoring composed by Paris Change.

Travis Cotton’s comedy hit Robots Vs. Art is a play about robots trying to make theatre. Directing this hilarious play will be Sean Foster making his directorial debut! Sean has been a member of GradCo.Studio since 2018, and you may remember him from GCS’s 2018 Fringe Show Hannah, in the knockout performance of Luke. The play will be performed with a completely original soundtrack composed by Paris Change, also a member of GradCo.Studio. Paris has written and composed music for a number of theatre pieces and though his music is unique, it is perfectly suited to the projects he takes on.

A note from the Director

“My vision for the play is to make it feel epic and cinematic, a majority of the theatre I see tends to not make as much use of music as films do. This play allows us to get away with that, because it wants us to suspend our disbelief a little bit more than normal. I hope audiences will walk away thinking that this play is hilarious, but then not be able to sleep because they’re afraid of their smart watch.”

Robots Vs. Art was performed at the Emerging Artist Sharehouse (Erskineville Town Hall) from September 3-7, 2019.

Marisol

Marisol by Jose Rivera

Coffee is extinct. No one has seen the moon in 9 months. Neo-Nazis’ are setting homeless people on fire while they sleep. And angels are waging war in Heaven to overthrow a senile and ineffective God: but no matter how insane the story becomes, this play never loses its sanity.

Marisol is an absurdist, surreal “post-apocalyptic urban fantasy”, rife with dark humour, violence, and ever-lurking threat, but also a cry for human compassion. As a young woman navigates this strange and terrifying world, she learns to harness her own power, alone.

I invite you to step into this world Rivera has created, just for an hour, and meet the characters who inhabit it: The man with the ice cream cone who appeared in Taxi Driver and has never been paid; the man who is looking for his lost skin; June – from Brooklyn, and her brother Lenny; the woman in furs who never should have bought that hat; the homeless man on the train with a golf club; and of course Marisol Perez and her Angel.

Directed by Erin Louise Cotton

Featuring Chloe Baldacchino, Sarah Maguire, Simon Thomson, Matthew Vautin, Elizabeth Nicholls and Isabelle Fredericks.

A note from the Director

“As a woman, living in Sydney in 2019, Rivera’s post-apocalyptic world spoke to me in a very real way. The fear, isolation, the capitalism gone mad, the way the city knew if you were a woman alone and preyed on you, the fight to survive, and the constant urge to “WAKE UP” felt disturbingly familiar to me, and I knew I wanted to present this work to a modern Australian audience.”

Marisol was performed at the Emerging Artist Sharehouse (Erskineville Town Hall) from September 3-7, 2019. 

Trainspotting

Addiction is fundamental to the human condition. This show takes an unbiased examination of people existing, coping and being influenced by their predilections. The social realism of humans coming together to “get worse”.

Pre-dating the beloved 1996 film, the play was one of the many additions to the 90’s English in-yer-face theatre cannon that grabbed a new generation of audiences. The play is somewhat different to the film, as it doesn’t offer the characters any real chance to escape from their circumstances but instead presents vignettes based on parts of the novel, ranging from the mortally grave to the comically fantastical.

It’s not PC; it’s visceral and dangerous, poetic and joyful.  It’s not entirely realistic, but it will be performed with the utmost courage and truth. There’s simulated sex, simulated drug use, simulated bodily functions, and nudity.

Directed by Simon Thomson, starring a stellar cast of Adam Golledge, Bruno Attanasio, Matthew Vautin, Jayden Muir, Shaw Cameron, Julie Bettens, Stephanie Eloise, Cassius Russell, and Jenae O’Connor

January 16-26, 2019

at Limelight on Oxford,

231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Click here for tickets!

Hannah

An Australian Bastardisation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

“To die, to sleep—to sleep, maybe to dream. But there’s the catch: in death’s sleep who knows what kind of dreams we might have, after we’ve put the noise and turbulence of life behind us.”

Young Hannah is visited by the ghost of her father who pleads with her to seek revenge on his murderer. A twisted tale of domestic violence, addiction and homophobia that ends in tragedy.

GradCo.Studio return to Sydney Fringe Festival in 2018 with a new work devised and written by its members. We’ve taken the classic story of love and revenge and re-imagined it as a Western-Sydney family drama focused around a strong female hero. This thought provoking piece really poses the question – is it better to be or not to be.

Directed by Dale William Morgan with performances by Paris Change, Elsa Cherlin, Erin Cotton, Charlotte Day, Bernadette Fam, Sean Foster, Adam Golledge, Carita Gronroos and Elizabeth Nicholls.

September 4th-8th, 2018 for Sydney Fringe Festival.

Speaking in Tongues

Andrew Bovell is one of Australia’s foremost playwright’s and we are thrilled to bring his masterpiece Speaking in Tongues to Sydney once again after a 6 year hiatus.

“Loves not like that.  If you love someone, you know it.  If you don’t, you know it.  I mean, a lot of people kid themselves.  A lot of people let love slip into habit.  But the truth’s the truth and everybody knows theirs.”

Two couples set out to betray their partners to fill an empty void.  A therapist gets stuck and attempts to call the one person she trusts.  One long lost lover grapples to come to terms with losing the woman who made him feel special.

This gripping drama runs parallel with a mystery, and we meet nine characters searching for meaning and purpose.  Do they find it?  Or do they find something else?

Crikey.com rated Speaking in Tongues  A+  stating “It’s possibly the best Australian play in a generation or two, a must-see, one with which we can step proudly into the theatrical world.”

Be sure to catch one of the countries most loved stories on the stage again.

Directed by Jake Ludlow, with performances by Elsa Cherlin, Simon Thomson,  Josie Waller & Dale William Morgan.

Tickets are now on sale here .

Performance dates:

  • Friday
    29th  & Saturday 30th June at 7:30pm
  • Sunday 1 July at 5pm
  • Wednesday 4th July – Saturday 7th July at 7:30pm

Level 1, 45 Chippen Street CHIPPENDALE NSW 2008         1300 551 432 info@chippenstreet.com www.chippenstreet.com

 

CageFish: new Australian surrealist work

CageFish By Simon Thomson

The Terminal at the Factory Theatre in October 2017.

A young woman suffering from Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, sometimes known as Alice In Wonderland Syndrome, begins an online relationship with someone she’s never met despite her therapist’s warning. What follows is a psychological game of cat and mouse where everything is not always as it seems.

A new Australian surrealist work focusing on a survivor’s story and the pitfalls of social networking,  CageFish explores the dark side of sex in Australia.

Written and Directed by Simon Thomson and starring Mirise Van, Josie Waller, Simon Thomson, Bruno Attanasio, Charlotte Day.

Performance Details

Where: The Terminal @ The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville
Season: 10-14th of October 2017
Runtime: approx 1 hour

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

The Birds, The Bees & the Entire Menagerie

A new Australian work exploring love and sexuality.

Can the most important conversation in our lives be the one we are most afraid of?  The Birds, The Bees and The Entire Menagerie  challenges what we were taught about sex, love and the basic elements of human connection.  Is sex still just… sex?

THE BIRDS, THE BEES AND THE ENTIRE MENAGERIE is a Verbatim Theatre Piece that explores how we experience sexuality in modern society.

The piece is a joyous celebration of shifting perspectives and the ever-changing language we use to personally and collectively define our emotion and attraction to other human beings.

Utilizing audio recorded interviews with people of varying cultural, social and gender demographics we will be asking how they learnt about the birds and the bees and whether that informed their current sexual identity today.

Emphasis will be on physical theatre to explore the varying perspectives with a cast of five diverse performers.

Directed by Grace O’Connell with performances by Dale William Morgan, Alys Gwillim, Josie Waller and Adam Golledge

  • Where: The Office – HPG Festival Hub – 225 Euston Rd Alexandria.
  • Season: 26th- 30th September 2017
  • Runtime: 45mins

Misfits

Misfits is a physical theatre piece exploring the metaphysical state of falling in and out of love and the universal need to find your perfect ‘fit’. Set in the mundane environment of a contemporary laundromat, stories stop and start in search of their perfect match. Showing 4th/5th/6th March 2016 at Stomping Grounds 9 Stepney St, Stepney SA.