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Time to plug this on LJ I think.....

It opens Wednesday! Come and see it! I'm in it, and so are a bunch of other people who are much better than me!

'A pickle is served with aplomb in this new translation of Plautus' anarchic romp. When a wily slave is entrusted with his absent master's quixotic son they clock up an imposing tab. But who's paying for the final round?'

Come see Omniprop's first production for the year. Mostellaria! Directed by Tom Atkinson and Sam Browne.

Show runs Wednesday 20/5 to Saturday 23/5 with matinee performances are on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd at 3.30pm. All evening performances start at 7.30pm. Pricing: Full $15, Concession $12, Union Members $10.

Bookings Phone: 0432332346 or Email:

Tickets available on the night, cash only!.
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Yesterday Helen, Sam and I travelled out to Broadmeadowns (in [ profile] _audhumla_'s car - hereafter referred to as the 'Omnipropmobile'). We were organised. Did a lines run on the way up, and seemed to remember everything.

We were performing for some classics and some drama students at Penola Catholic College. After some issues finding the joint, we arrived in plenty of time, organised ourselves, had time for a chat with the teacher and went off to the performance space. It was great. The space was ideal.

We'd embarked upon the preparations for this gig about a week ago. No I'm not kidding. We rehearsed it twice. It was a killer scene the 'Court case' scene with Helen and Hecuba from "The Trojan Women" by Euripides. A really good translation too. It required a cast of 3. Helen, Hecuba and Menelaus.

As fate would have it our cast was: yours truly, Sam Browne and Helen Slaney. So..... We'd discussed at an earlier juncture playing with some gender reversals here and there. "Wouldn't it be funny if Sam was Helen?!?!?". And as is so often the case in our productions, these were prophetic words....

Sam was indeed Helen of Sparta. The most beautiful woman in the world. It left Helen to play Menelaus. And yours truly - beard and all - playing Hecuba. BUT (and this was the key) we just played the scene. Didn't put on falsettos, didn't camp it up and didn't even acknowledge gender as a factor in the scene beyond its impact on the status of the characters.

The result was something that ended up being quite intense. Hecuba's pain thought my voice. Helen's arrogonce and self-assuredness in her own beauty through Sam's. And Menelaus' pig-headedness, simplicity and ultimate weakness through Helen's (Slaney - it gets confusing when Helen plays Helen's husband...).

So what happened when we showed it to a bunch of 16-17 year olds:


Many giggles.

For about 20 seconds.

Then they just watched.

They were a great audience. Really really good. They watched, took it in, asked (and were asked) some good questions.

"What's it like playing these characters - do you learn more about them than when you read it?" Best TIE question ever, because it gets to the core of why this work is important if you want to understand classical literature, and especially theatre.

And this one from the teacher to the students:

"Did the way this was done with the men playing women change the scene for you at all?" And the kids, bless their hearts, said that once they got over the shoke, no it didn't. The scene just unfolded.

And then there were some really specific questions about the play, about our choices with the shape of the scene, the props and costumes and about how we got into this all in the first place.

It's always great when you achieve your artistic objective in something. When an audience responds the way you want them to.
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I found another reivew! Yes ANOTHER ONE!!!!

That means we've had 4 of them. The first one that came out early in the season was very favourable. The next two that came out 3/4 of the way through the season were not so favourable.... I have vented to the cast about these, and they've vented back. And the nature of the feedback from these reviews didn't upset me too much because they illustrated a degree of success in what I was trying to present with the production.

Then today I just happened accross another one that was very favourable indeed! So I was a shade chuffed.

It's not online, it's a print review only (as far as I can tell) and it's in this weeks edition of 'Inpress' - so if you've got the chance and the time have a squiz, we're on page 74.

Select quotes:

'I expected to have to work harder and laugh less'

'The performances are just right, out there and masterful'

'tight pacing means wordiness is nicely balanced with action'

'with this production of the oldest of plays you do get surprises.'

So - I've said it already, but well done everyone!


Oct. 6th, 2008 03:11 am
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That was a gobsmackingly good piece of work by many people involed with the show. I am so impressed, so proud and so humbled by the calibre, the commitment and the sheer enthusiasm of the people I have the privilege to work with. I'm gushy. But that's because it's all left me feeling so wonderful!

So well done to all. It was teh awesome!. And I'll see many of you next show. I'm sure....

Next in my sights: THE FROGS UNDERGROUND SPECTACULAR!!!! (okay the name sucks, but it's embryonic at the moment....).

Watch this space.
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I spoke on JoyFM last night. And unlike my previous radio jaunts I didn't suck! I'm very proud. However I had a lot less time than I thought I would, and spent a lot of time talking about war and politics and the process of translating a play like Lysistrata. But I didn't mention the bawdy aspect of the show, which made me sad. I didn't work a penis into the radio interview :( (he he he). However I only had 1 grab in which to talk to people - so that was good. We also got a plug out of it (I think - I mean the guy took down details of the show) I didn't stick around to listen so that's good too. Hopefully people who listen to JoyFM at 11pm on a Sunday night will now come to see the show!

Anyway yeah - I've clearly gained enough experience to be a level 2 radio Noob.

In other news - NIGHT OFF TONIGHT! Well not really, meeting my sister to try and get a photo/publicity grab into MX :).

Once that's done - I think I have to say 'I've done as much publicity whoring as I can - I've gotta stand back and let the show run its course'.

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Fun day!
Fun night last night too! I got a muffin with a candle for my birthday in the bar! Then I came home and Chris revealed my present to me. It's a full wooden chess table. All timber and very very pretty. I have pictures of it, but they are on the other computer.

So for today I have done didly squat. But enjoyed it. Slept in. No hang I didn't. I was up before 7, which is a habit I cannot seem to shake even today

Anyway I took care of some business for the theatre company (we've got a review coming up in Melbourne Community Voice) then went out for breakfast. Then we went picnic shopping! Then eva came round and gave me some chocolates! THEN we had a picnic which was grand. There was dolmades, and cheese and bread and stuffed peppers and stuff. It was lovely. And today it got to about 28, so it was perfect weather. Since then I've been continuing to laze around. Chris fell asleep. I didn't :).

So yay! Now for cake to have at trades hall. Then the play! Tonight will be awesome! I hear we'll have a very sympathetic audience :).
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Last post obsolete - for some reason it didn't post before I left.

Tonight was teh awesome wonderfully proud.

Well done all.

Oh and Happy Birthday to me!
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I just heard Bella Union's ad for Fringe@Trades on the radio! And we're in it!! It's true!!!


Omniprop is on the radio!

Now we just have to make it, well, good.... for info (there's more of it now) and for tickets!
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I've saved the plug on LJ till last!!!!

Simple. Violent. War-Mongers.
Still someone's got to take care of them. Keep them safe.
From themselves....
Oh sure, they're hot for blood. They might be hotter for something else though.
The men of Athens are about to learn a (rock) hard lesson.

First performed in 411 BC Omniprop presents a new rendition of Aristophanes' bawdiest comedy about war, sex, penises and priapism.

It all starts next Thursday (preview Wednesday) as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

After a range of dramas (ba-dum-tish!), a few major setbacks, some dilemmas, blood, sweat, tears and general hard work it's on.

It's been 8-9 months in the making (including yours truly's translating time), it's come together and due to the work of a marvelous cast and dedicated crew it's going to rock socks.

It's a great moment for the company. 6 Years ago, sans funding, sans theatre space and sans rehearsal time we threw together a performance of this 2400 year old story. That performance is what started the ball rolling. So here we are in 2008 - 6 full scale performances under our belt, hours and hours of work and a passion for this ancient material that just won't wane - about to bring it to life in 2008.

It's contemporary, it's cutting and it's just plain dirty. It's the men. You see... they've got these... Oh hang on. I won't spoil it.

Hope to see you there! Bookings being taken at - or 9660 9666.
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There is a bizzare convergience of significant moments in my life at the moment.

On Friday, for the first time in 3.5 years I will no longer have stable, regular full time employment. This is scary, but I think it is both worthwhile and exciting. I will be a double casual! Yay!. And then there's other stuff.

I turn 28.

Lysistrata happens, which also means that little theatre company I helped found at Melbourne University in 2003 is no longe ra Melbourne University theatre company - it's something else.

I have to start making decissions about if I want to go back to school next year, and if so what will I be doing?

Interesting times ahead.

This year, the tides of change and development have swept over me. I live with Chris. I have 2 cats. I've moved house. I've bought furniture. I've changed career path....

But right now, it can all fuck right off. I'm tired.


Aug. 27th, 2008 10:47 am
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After my last, brief post, I figured I'd flesh out the detail.

I've taken a job here that I spoke about in an earlier post. So now, I have resigned my full time position at the City of Melbourne, after 3.5 years.

I've worked literally 4 jobs since starting in Feb 2006. Starting off in customer relations (frontline as it was called), moving to Docklands Transition in an Admin Role, then into Community Development as the 'Community Hubs Officer' - which meant promoting, administering, maintaining and managing a community venue in Docklnads. More recently I've been in libraries (only for the past 5 weeks mind you) plugging staffing gaps and learning the ways of the Melbourne Library Service.

So the new plan: 3 days a week in Fitzroy (21 hours) and then about 15-20 hours working as a casual in the relief staff pool at the libraries. It'll be good, it'll be fleixible and it'll be rewarding.

And it all starts on September 15th.

Only 2.5 weeks away.

And the show is only 4 weeks away.

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Is it me? Do I smell?

How is it that about half of a cast can pull out on a show?

I don't understand.....


Aug. 13th, 2008 10:52 pm
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Once there were 13.

Now there are 8.

Le sigh.


Aug. 13th, 2008 07:24 pm
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That is all
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Fortunately I got Lysistrata into a working order in a timely way

Unfortunately I didn't get a strong a turn out at the auditions as I'd have hoped

Fortunately the calibre of the people I saw was very high, and I found a Lysistrata

Unfortunatley after accepting the role, she pulled out of the show

Fortunately the other roles were under control and the new Lysistrata was going to be great

Unfortunately I then lost a chorus member

Fortunately re-juggling the cast was easy

Unfortunately I heard another one of my cast members (deservingly) got cast as Lady MacBeth in another show.

Fortunately she's sticking it out.

Unfortunately this will further complicate scheduling.

Fortunately my mentor Melanie Beddie used the word 'Terrific' in an email she sent to me after reading the script. This was a surprise, I had convinced myself it sucked.

Unfortunately I've now lost one of the boys. This is worse than losing one of the girls, becuase there's less of them.

Fortunately I can reprise my role as the Spartan ambassador if neccessary.

Unfortunately this is hard (he he he hard).

Fortunately I have my health!
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Why does it always happen?

I have a cast and a schedule. Things seem under control (it's a facade, I know, but I like my facade!).

And then someone quits the show....

Le sigh...
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Omniprop Productions is performing a new translation of Aristophanes' most famous and hilarious comedy, Lysistrata, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. 24/9/08-5/10/08

Audition locations are TBC at the moment, but the weekday ones will take place at Melbourne University, the Sunday sessions will be in Richmond!

Auditions will be in group workshop style and last approximately 1/2 an hour. They start on the hour (ie at 6pm, 7pm etc....)

No preparation necessary, but feel free to read over the play prior to coming in!

(From Wikipedia)
Led by the title character, Lysistrata, the story's female characters barricade the public funds building and withhold sex from their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War and secure peace. In doing so, Lysistrata engages the support of women from Sparta, Boeotia, and Corinth. All of the other women are first against Lysistrata's suggestion to withhold sex. Finally, they agree to swearing an oath of allegiance by drinking wine from a phallic shaped flask.

Omniprop or on Facebook is dedicated to performing the ancient theater of Greece and Rome. Believing that ancient theater cannot and should not be confined only to the written word, we use our own translations of these classics and strive to give the general public access to extraordinary material they might not otherwise experience.

We will be casting for all roles. There are numerous parts for men and women of all ages. Previous experience not mandatory. All decisions will be based on auditions. Auditions are; 29/7 & 31/7 @6-8pm. 1/8 11am-4pm and 3/8 1pm-4pm. Please email with preferred time if interested. This is an unpaid job however all successful participants will receive immortal glory.

A reading of the play, it's quite short, is suggested before auditions. The Penguin translation is quite good otherwise you can read it online

(Note: Sometimes this page needs to be refreshed a couple of times before it works)

Please feel free to spread the word about this! Anyone and everyone is welcome to try out.


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