Three actors, three cities, four seasons, and one VIP over two years (September 2010- September 2012). ‘Motherlock’ is a journey of (four) pregnancies over a fourteen year period, exploring the challenges women face, when becoming a ‘mother’. I have thoroughly enjoyed working (as both playwright/director) with Virginia Frankovich, Narelle Ahrens and Tara O’Brien, who have all added a different dimension to ‘Motherlock’. The set is minimal, based in a bedroom, with some favourite books by George Orwell and Stephen Fry, along with photos and letters. The key props are the chair and mirror, which is where the storytelling happens. Monologue is brilliant when it works, through pace, colour and content. Hopefully I achieved this, some reviewers think so. No matter, I believe in my work. ‘Motherlock’ will soon be adapted to a short film, eventuating in 2013. Keep you posted.
Do I fancy directing a play into Melbourne soon? Before Christmas 2012? Well yes:) Written by Alex Broun, award-winning Australian playwright/screenwriter, great! So far, I have 9 theatre directing credits to my name including Motherlock 2010/11, Tipping Point by Mark Andrew (Also Australian playwright), SkinTight by Gary Henderson, The Artefact Project 2011/12 and my latest work for charlatan clinic, performed in September 2012, Motherlock/pURe double-bill. All of the aforementioned productions have eventuated in the last 2.9 years. I have seen about 75 plays this year, try to attend around 100 plays a year, some in Auckland and others through NZ and offshore. Have a few dates booked with the theatre in the next 10 days so will share my experiences with you soon!
charlatan clinic was officially launched in May, 2011. The idea started in London in 2003, fascinated with costume and makeup that dictated identity. Travelled to Europe. Berlin was liberating. Drag queens aplenty. Went to a few shows, however all the artists preferred to do their own makeup. So I decided to commission a London costume designer to sketch some drawings, about 10 designs. That was the start of no return. Working creatively as a makeup artist, specialising in the catwalk and carnival. Designing faces, hundreds of shows and photoshoots later, writing became a focus. I love everything art. Regularly go to galleries, theatre, bookshops, travel, chat to strangers. So far, charlatan clinic have produced work into Australia and NZ, next year, bigger fish to fry. I have also discovered my love for film, so I am presently adapting scripts and writing new ones for screen. Looking at product lines for charlatan clinic too. Exciting, always.
“I think there is no world without theatre.” – Edward Bond
Ditto Edward. Motherlock. Phobia. Pause. Pie. pURe. There is alot of storytelling yet to do 🙂