LIE / CHEAT / RUN

May 26, 2017 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy, Theatre  |  Share

LIE / CHEAT / RUN

(Two day intensive workshop)

 Learn how to LIE, CHEAT and RUN GLEEFULLY INTO THE FACE OF FAILURE with The Town Centre Director Nisha Madhan.

This is a performance workshop for artists of all levels interested in creating LIVE PERFORMANCE ART THEATRE. The workshop will cover the following ground relating to Live Performance Art Making:

>> Performance Persona
Improbable Texts <<
>> Parties for Participation
Subversive Acts of Art Terrorism <<

And of course learn the secret to the Greatest Stage Death Ever.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May
11am – 5pm
$100 or $150 if you’re feeling rich
97b Mt Eden Rd, Grafton

Email: thetowncentre@gmail.com to register!

“…breaks every rule of the theatre…” – Deborah Eve Rea“…anarchic mayhem with strong performers and a clear sense of a highly rigorous underlying process….” – Chris Jannides

“…shows that made me believe more of what theatre could be…” – Sam Brooks

“Working with Nisha opened a whole new world for me in terms of the possibilities of performance and has made a huge impact on my practice and on my work. It honestly changed my performance making forever and so much for the better. And also I really can nail a stage death now.” – Julia Croft

“Endlessly inventive” – James Wenley

“Nisha has watched me die so many times with a smile on her face. Truly supportive. Who knew a whole show could be made of fun?” – Josh Rutter

LABS, Not Dogs

May 26, 2017 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy, Theatre  |  Share

LABS, Not Dogs

(artist development initiative run by The Basement)

Like Performance Art meets Project Runway!

Cross Disciplinary artists are invited to team up and create brand new ideas over three days of facilitated workshopping and processing.

  1. VISUAL ART / THEATRE

Participants: Joe Jowitt, Dan Vient, Alice Canton, Hamish Parkinson

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Hybrid Art Party

May 26, 2017 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy, Theatre  |  Share

HYBRID ART PARTY

(12 week course for Unitec Performing Arts school)

WHAT IS LIVE ART? / GOOD SHOW BAD SHOW / IMPROBABLE TEXTS / GOOD PARTY BAD PARTY / SUBVERSIVE ACTS OF ART TERRORISM /PERSONA PERSONA / LIVE ART DOCS

 

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Madwoman / Gentlewoman

September 16, 2016 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy, Theatre  |  Share

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Created and performed by Kate Bartlett.

Here are two things Kate thinks you should know about this show:
1) She is trying to hold on to the bits of her life that only exist as memory;
2) She is very fond of that Sharon Van Etten lyric “I washed your dishes, but I shit in your bathroom”.

A multi-media re-calling and re-telling of times genial, volatile, and that which is folded in between. Created by Kate Bartlett with directional input and output from Nisha Madhan.

Part of Art Week at Basement Theatre. For one week only, theatre and visual art meet and mingle on our stages to produce these genre-defying works.

Thomus

September 16, 2016 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy, Theatre  |  Share

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Written and directed by Ash Jones.

READ CORRESPONDANCE BETWEEN NISHA AND ASH

Factory farmed youth ends with the infusion of buying power. The citizen unit goes from child, to adult. He gets responsibility. But Thomus’ family seems to be on the brink. How do we fix things in place? How do we keep things ok? Do we act? Or do we let the market run its course?

Thomus is a new work entirely in iambic pentameter by first-time writer, Ash Jones. Inspired by David Lynch films and youthful angst, Thomus will be one quick, impactful, psycho-thriller.

THOMUS
August 30 – September 10
Basement Theatre, 8pm

Set design by Andrew Foster
Lighting design by Rachel Marlow
Sound design by John Gibson and Tom Dennison
Produced by Sara Shirazi, Arlo Gibson and Ash Jones

Heteroperformative

February 15, 2016 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy  |  Share

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Heteroperformative by Vinay Hira, Jane Yonge and Elise Sterback.

Guest Dramaturg

It’s Real Housewives meets Krishnan’s Dairy, as we follow Glenfield’s own Vinay Hira through the trials of being a week-day office queen and a Sunday superette shopwallah, with too much sass for anyone to handle. Vibracorp Productions joins Vinay to take his selfie art from the feed to the stage for the very first time.

Directed by Jane Yonge.
Starring Vinay Hira.

9 – 20 February
Tickets $22 – $24

Part of The Basement’s Pride Fest

Car

February 15, 2016 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy  |  Share

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Car by Virginia Frankovich

Guest Dramaturg through Play Science @ The Basement

Get in the car. We are leaving this place. CAR is an immersive performance piece en-route to everywhere but here. Created by Virginia Frankovich and devised with the cast, this will be a chaotic roller-coaster ride through the dim-lit streets of our city.

Stutterpop

February 15, 2016 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy  |  Share

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Stutterpop by Sam Brooks

Guest Dramaturg through Play Science @ The Basement

The Queen’s Speech. Stutterpop is one part Elaine Stritch, one part Nicki Minaj, one part Porky Pig and a whole lot of lip-syncing. It marks the performing debut of award-winning playwright and stutterer Sam Brooks, as he learns to accept and embrace his flaws, And You Can Too!

POTATO STAMP MEGALOMANIAC

February 14, 2016 |  by  |  Teaching & Dramaturgy  |  Share

 

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POTATO STAMP MEGALOMANIAC by Andrew Gunn (Pressure Point Collective)

It’s 4 a.m and Andrew is still carving potato stamps.

He’s tied his flatmates’ groceries from the ceiling.
He’s started giving away their belongings.
He’s got a growing sense that he might be becoming a twenty-first century prophet, which makes getting his essay in on time difficult, to say the least.

And on top of that, the potatoes seem to be taking on some kind of magical property. They promise revolution.

This is the playful remembering of a manic episode.



Written and performed by Andrew Gunn.