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Alexithymia


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Alexithymia


Alexithymia | Citizen Theatre & A_tistic

8 – 19 November 2017

Meat Market, Stables | Corner of Courtney & Wreckyn Streets, North Melbourne

Do you know how you really feel?

Citizen Theatre and A_tistic have joined forces to create a new theatrical work, Alexithymia, which aims to simulate an autistic experience of the world for audiences.

Alexithymia is a condition that noticeably affects 85% of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum and is defined as an inability to name or describe emotions.

Developed and presented by a neuro-diverse cast and creative team, Alexithymia is a speculative fiction, featuring an interdependent and delicate mix of sensory stimuli, sound design and stylised performances.

Alexithymia is presented as three short works – Social_function.exe is about an autistic woman who invents an artificial intelligence implant to navigate a job interview; The Curious Case of You is a game show that puts audiences’ emotional intelligence to the test; and Nirvana Syndrome follows a woman who has no desire for anything and is consequently defined by other people's expectations.

A_tistic artistic director and Alexithymia playwright, Tom Middleditch is diagnosed on the autism spectrum – he says Alexithymia can be best thought of as the distance one is from what they feel.

“Alexithymia is structured to encourage autistic thinking. Each piece explores a theme borne from the condition, alexithymia, but the full experience only emerges once the audience starts to recognise the patterns between the short works. You often hear people say we are all on the autism spectrum and by experiencing this play, audiences will not only learn about autistic thought processes, but also learn how it feels and how they may have experienced these feelings themselves,” says Middleditch.

The Alexithymia season will include a sensory friendly/relaxed performance.

want to support autism acceptance and alexithymia? keep reading...

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WANT TO SUPPORT ALEXITHYMIA AND AUTISM Acceptance?

There are 2 ways you can do this!

1. Buy some wine! No we're not joking. Order from a delicious selection of wines through Prospect Wines and some of your money will go towards supporting the show. Christmas is fast approaching so why not support autism acceptance while you're buying presents?

2. Buy tickets to the show! Come and experience the world from an autistic female perspective and gain an insight into the world of alexithymia. 

MEET THE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Emma Hoy - Yellow

Emma Hoy - Yellow

Keagan Vaskess - Blue

Keagan Vaskess - Blue

Nicola Bowman - Red

Nicola Bowman - Red

Jayde Kirchert - Director & Co-Producer

Jayde Kirchert - Director & Co-Producer

Tom Middleditch - Writer & Co-Producer

Tom Middleditch - Writer & Co-Producer

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Inferno: a double bill


Featuring Crestfall and Purgatorio

Inferno: a double bill


Featuring Crestfall and Purgatorio

February 4th – 14th 2016
l1 studios in melbourne's cbd


Three independent theatre companies from Melbourne joined forces in a rare collaboration to present a never-before-seen double bill of Crestfall and Purgatorio. Both plays dared to push their characters to breaking point, testing their ability to cling to hope in extraordinarily cruel worlds.

By bringing these formidable plays together, Jayde Kirchert (Citizen Theatre) aimed to create a space where the ideas and themes from both shows could interact and “teach us more about who we think we are and who we might become if we found ourselves trapped in unbearable circumstances.”

Crestfall
Written by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe, Crestfall follows three tortured women for one day as they deal with violent atrocities in their dystopian, wasteland of a home. Olive, Alison and Tilly’s stories all clash in harrowing ways.

Purgatorio
In
Purgatorio by Ariel Dorfman, a Man and a Woman interrogate each other, unearthing their darkest sins and secrets in order to forgive and escape the room they’re trapped in, but redemption isn’t so easily obtained.

Production shots - Crestfall

What people said about Inferno: A Double Bill


Read more about Crestfall...

The first play, Crestfall, tells three twisted stories of oversexed wife Olive, desperate mother Alison and prostitute Tilly. Set in a dystopian wasteland strewn with animal carcasses and violence, their paths intertwine in disturbing ways. Follow them for one harrowing day as they hunt for hope among the wreckage. Written by one of Ireland’s most masterful and electrifying playwrights, Mark O’Rowe crafts a deeply moving tale that keeps audiences gripped, one revelation after another.

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) described the 2007 London performance of Crestfall as “a modern Jacobean revenge tragedy that bleeds poetry and violence”, “the piece gradually exerts a terrible fascination, as if you were watching a deep root-canal filling being conducted without anaesthetic”.

An all female team includes (click picture to read more):

Olive Day Freya Pragt

Olive Day Freya Pragt

Director - Crestfall/Producer - Inferno Jayde Kirchert

Director - Crestfall/Producer - Inferno Jayde Kirchert

Alison Ellis Marissa O'Reilly

Alison Ellis Marissa O'Reilly

Stage Manager - Crestfall/Inferno Janel Gibson

Stage Manager - Crestfall/Inferno Janel Gibson

Tilly McQuarrie Marissa Bennett

Tilly McQuarrie Marissa Bennett

Producing intern - Inferno Alexandra Suttie

Producing intern - Inferno Alexandra Suttie


Plus
Sound design by Frost Fire Audio
Graphic design and photography by Worth A Shot Productions

By special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd
 

Read more about Purgatorio...

Purgatorio will open in a mysterious room where a woman suffers a painful interrogation from a man whose identity is hidden. As she unveils her deepest secrets to him, playwright Ariel Dorfman forces both Man and Woman to try and forgive each other. Their battle between revenge and redemption impels audiences to ask: how do you repent without destroying your identity?

First premiering in Melbourne 2014, the collaboration between 5pound theatre and Attic Erratic was critically acclaimed as “a master class in performance and production, 5 stars” (Nick Pilgrim, Theatre People) and “a night of superb theatre – the kind we always long for but rarely see” (Coral Drouyn, Stage Whispers). This Chilean playwright is best known for his 1990 work Death and the Maiden, adapted for film by Roman Polanski.

The team includes:

Man/Producer Purgatorio Jason Cavanagh

Man/Producer Purgatorio Jason Cavanagh

Woman Freya Pragt

Woman Freya Pragt

Director Purgatorio Celeste Cody

Director Purgatorio Celeste Cody

Production Manager Purgatorio Fiona Spitzkowski

Production Manager Purgatorio Fiona Spitzkowski

Three independent theatre companies. Two plays. One chance to see it.

Watch the trailer


Read more about this female-driven team and check out our article '2016: The Year Of Women In Theatre'


Access

  • Companion Cards were honoured
  • Though L1 Studios was accessible via stairs only, patrons were encouraged to contact Citizen Theatre to discuss access requirements
  • Scripts were available prior to the show upon request for patrons who were hard of hearing

 

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Nude At The Alex Theatre St Kilda


Beneath the songs, the stories and the beauty spot of the blonde bombshell with the red carpet smile

Nude At The Alex Theatre St Kilda


Beneath the songs, the stories and the beauty spot of the blonde bombshell with the red carpet smile

That 'Marilyn Monroe' show

Nude played a second season in the intimate black box theatre at the Alex Theatre St Kilda Aug 13-23 2015. With more songs, more stories, stunning costumes and set, complimentary lighting design and a more refined script, the show was a great artistic and collaborative achievement. We received national media coverage, with the likes of Triple J and The Age reporting on the season, as well as Broadsheet Melbourne.

The show received glowing reviews from critics and the public alike. Here are just a few:

"The writing by Kirchert is excellent, intelligent, engaging, fluid, almost academically philosophical prose" - read the full Theatrepeople review here.

"Carina Waye has the aura of Marilyn, both in spirit and physical beauty" - read the full Australian Stage Online review here.

"Nude is a gripping and tantalising evening in an intimate theatre that takes audience members into the past and into the intimacy of the thoughts, dreams, and regrets of an avatar – an extension of our own fantasies." - read the full St Kilda News review here.

 

Nude is available for tour bookings. Please get in touch if you would like to view our technical specifications or would like information regarding pricing.

 

About the show

'Nude' - beneath the beauty spot - is one-woman show that puts a new spin on the stories and songs of the greatest sex star that ever lived: Marilyn Monroe.

'Nude' will take you backstage and behind the scenes with one of the most iconic Hollywood celebrity figures of all time: beyond the publicity, beneath the beauty spot and the costumes.

Prepare to witness the heartfelt journey of a human being with hopes, dreams, heartache, memories and love, in her quest to become desired and desirable.

'Nude' features sweet and sexy tunes from the Marilyn Monroe's repertoire including "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", "Bye Bye Baby" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy".

Please note: this show contains nudity and is not recommended for persons under 12 years.

What did people say about 'Nude'?

THE TEAM

Performed by Carina Waye
Directed and Written by Jayde Kirchert
Music Direction by Trevor Jones
Produced by Glenn Ferguson
Stage Management by Vicki Heilbronn
Lighting Design by Peter Amesbury
Design by Marc McIntyre
Video & Photography by Worth A Shot Productions

Videos from the Creatives & Cast

Click on the pictures to watch what they have to say about 'Nude'

Star of the show Carina Waye

Star of the show Carina Waye

Writer/director Jayde Kirchert

Writer/director Jayde Kirchert


View the trailer

Our supporters

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Nude was supported by Creative Partnership Australia through MATCH Funding Program, The Ron & Marg Dobell Foundation, The Alex Theatre St Kilda and our 44 incredible supporters:

Citizen Nick Backstrom, Citizen Alana Tranter, Citizen Kingsley McGlew, Citizen Josh Robson, Citizen Peter de Groot, Citizen Rebecca Moore, Citizen Nick Bunning, Citizen Stefanie Jones, Citizen Catherine Glavicic, Citizen Nina Barry-Macaulay, Citizen Helen Bell, Citizen Evan James, Citizen Tom Lambert, Citizen Symon Kerslake, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Will Lime Balmford, Citizen Chenez Dyer Bray Paevere, Citizen Nicole, Citizen Nelson Gardner, Citizen Julia Doeven, Citizen Sasha Lipus, Citizen Vinay Kumar, Citizens The Cameron Family, Citizens Peter & Ann Welten, Citizen Isabelle Reynaud, Citizen Hannah Fredericksen, Citizens Leanne & Andrew Crane, Citizen Rory Godbold, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Lauren McKenna, Citizen Matt Olver, Citizen Anna Freeland, Citizen Marita Duggan, Citizen Leonie Simpson, Citizens Chris & Leonie Howard, Citizen Dierdre Robertson, Citizen Brenda Waye, Citizen Megan Howard, Citizen Helen Howard, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Hayley Sandpearl, Citizen Nicola Bramham, Citizen Kris Jones.

Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar given to this campaign was matched dollar for dollar!

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Access

  • Auslan interpreted show was held Saturday 22nd August 2015 at 2pm
  • Companion Cards were honoured.
  • A lift was available for people unable to use the stairs.
  • Script was made available prior to the show upon request for patrons with accessibility requirements. 

 

For touring and all other enquiries, please use this form


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The Importance Of Being Earnest


The Importance Of Being Earnest


Citizen Theatre reveals great depth of talent in their production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest
— Jennifer Porter, Artshub

Wilde’s classic play, The Importance Of Being Earnest was presented at Como House's stunning Ballroom in South Yarra. The well received production saw all 12 shows completely sold out. Read a review here and here.

Creative Team
Directed and co-produced by
Jayde Kirchert
Produced by Carina Waye
Original music composed by Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer
Costumes by Marc McIntyre
Stage Management by Chenez Dyer Bray
Music Direction/Merriman by Patrick Paevere

Cast
Lady Bracknell by Jackie Rees
John Worthing J.P by Rory Godbold
Algernon Moncrieff by Nelson Gardner
Cecily Cardew by Hannah Fredericksen
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax by Lauren McKenna
Lane/Rev. Canon Chasuble D.D by Nick Backstrom
Miss Prism by Catherine Glavicic

This show was proudly supported by The City of Stonnington, with Citizen Theatre the recipient of the Arts and Cultural Sponsorship program to present this production. Many thanks also to the National Trust, Como House staff and volunteers, Grattan Gardens Community Centre staff, MTC, Australian Shakespeare Company, Mark Howard, Helen and Michael Howard, the entire Howard extended family, James Degenhardt, Marion Bernard and Brenda Waye for their help along the way.

Thanks also to our suppliers for their co-operation and support: Ganache Chocolates (South Yarra), Tivoli Road Bakery (South Yarra) and Campbells Cash and Carry (Clayton).

production snaps

Photography by Thomas Overend

Trailer

Video by Heartless Corporation

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Nude at the 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival


Beneath the songs, the stories and the beauty spot of the blonde bombshell with the red carpet smile

Nude at the 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival


Beneath the songs, the stories and the beauty spot of the blonde bombshell with the red carpet smile

premiere season at
the 2014 melbourne cabaret festival

The premiere version of Nude was an original cabaret that put a new twist on the stories and songs of Marilyn Monroe. It was performed on June 28-29 at the 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival at Chapel Off Chapel. Read a review here.

Performed by Carina Waye
Directed and Written by Jayde Kirchert
Music Direction by Trevor Jones

Special thanks also to Ashleigh Voce (designer of select costumes), The Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Chapel Off Chapel, The Ron & Marg Dobell Foundation and those who offered their support and feedback throughout the first development process.

Production snaps

Photography by Kingsley McGlew

trailer from premiere season

Video by Heartless Corporation


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Twelfth Night


Nothing that is so is so...

Twelfth Night


Nothing that is so is so...

This youthful company should be applauded for creating their own opportunity to showcase their talents. The performances and direction were confident
— Shirley Jensen, Stage Whispers

In December 2013 under former name, The Carving Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was presented at Hares and Hyenas Bookstore. Read a review here.

Creative Team
Directed and produced by
Jayde Kirchert 
Original music by Chris Beasley
Costumes by Marc McIntyre

Cast
Viola by Alana Tranter
Olivia by Hannah Fredericksen
Maria by Isabelle Reynaud
Feste by Nelson Gardner
Malvolio by Evan Lever
Antonio/Captain/Curio by Andrew Doyle
Sebastian by Michael Nikou
Orsino/Sir Andrew Aguecheek by Gareth Prosser
Sir Toby Belch by Simon Alderman

Thanks to Xtend Barre Melbourne for the use of their studios during rehearsals, the team at Hares and Hyenas and the many people who helped along the way.

Production snaps

Photography by Lucas Heil