Q Theatre Lab 2022
Two new short works. One night in the Studio.
Q Theatre Lab is an intimate night of new experiences from leading independent artists. Two 30-minute preview performances offer audiences the chance to peek behind the curtain and see two plays, fresh off the page, back-to-back on the same night.
Silenced by Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Silencing begins before we are even aware that it’s happening. We are bombarded by silence, becoming enslaved to the echoes of unspoken noises in our heads. It is a feeling that you cannot escape, of entrapment, and of freedom. It is personal and yet collective. Silenced explores how our voice interlinks with ideas of identity, how we use it to ‘fit in’, how we carefully choose our words and how these words can be stripped from us, rendering us voiceless.
“I wake up every morning and I have to test my silence. I wake up and I go, how much is there? have I lost more? is my silence louder today? Nobody hears nothing.”
A mix of verbatim theatre and authored work, how loud is your silence?
Kingdom by Jamie Oxenbould & Mary Rachel Brown
Have you ever wondered what your pet thinks about you? What do they know about you that nobody else does? What do they do when you are not there?
If they could speak, what would they say to you How would they describe you to others?
Through a series of inter-connected monologues – some from people who have pets – some from the point of view of the animals themselves – two performers will inhabit various humans, dogs, cats, birds and possibly a snake, in a funny, moving and sometimes bizarre night of unconditional love, and how animals can make – or break our heart.
Trained as an actor and a theatre voice/accents and dialects specialist, Linda lives and creates on Wallumedegal Land. She has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Recent production coaching includes: Jagged Little Pill, Girl from the North Country, Museum of Modern Love, A Chorus Line, Once, Breathing Corpses, Ulster American, Spike Heels, Yellowface, In Their Footsteps and Shrek. In 2019: Shrek – The Musical, Little Miss Sunshine, I’m With Her, Kasama Kita, Good Dog, Baby Doll, Table, Once, Hitler’s Daughter, Mercury Fur, Cypress Ave, Saturday Night Fever, Russian Transport, The Last 5 Years, Grounded, The Crucible, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Counting and Cracking and two short films The Hollow and Vincent. She also directed two short plays, Toxic and You Still Here and Pramkicker by Sadie Hasler at its Sydney premier in October 2018. Linda can be heard talking about accents on her podcast Say You Say Me and also on the podcasts In A Manner of Speaking, Brady’s Hunch and Don’t Be So Dramatic.
Jamie has worked in the performing arts for over 25 years. His recent theatre credits include: for Griffin Theatre – Family Values; for Bell Shakespeare – The Miser; for Bell Shakespeare & Griffin Theatre – The Literati; for Outhouse Theatre – Trevor; at The Old Fitz – Eurydice, The Village Bike; for Apocalypse Theatre company – The Dapto Chaser; for Darlinghurst Theatre Company – Good Works, The Hypochondriac; for the Ensemble Theatre – Baby Doll, Chapter Two, Casanova, Fully Committed, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Neighbourhood Watch, Diary of an Olympic Cabbie, The Spear Carrier, When Dad Married Fury; and for Sydney Theatre Company – The Tempest, Macbeth. His screen credits include: for ABC – My Place, Playschool, Secret City 2; Being Gavin (feature) and animated series including Flipper & Lopaka, Gasp!, Oh Yuck. Jamie also writes and directs short films. His works have screened at various film festivals including Adelaide Film Festival, Flickerfest, LA Shorts Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) and Tropfest. His cartoons have recently been published in Meanjin and can be found on Instagram.
Mary is the recipient of the following Playwriting Awards: The Lysicrates Prize, The Rodney Seaborn Playwright’s Award, The Max Afford Playwright’s Award, and The Griffin Award. Mary was a writer on Betty Blokk Buster Reimagined for the 2020 Sydney Festival. Her most recent play Dead Cat Bounce opened Griffin Theatre Company’s 2019 season. Mary’s most notable work, The Dapto Chaser, was commissioned by Merrigong and reproduced by Apocalypse Theatre for Griffin Independent, Glenn St and Hothouse. The play was screened at Dendy Cinemas and on ABC iview as part of Australian Theatre Live’s program. Other works for the stage include All My Sleep and Waking (Apocalypse Theatre), Permission to Spin (Apocalypse Theatre), Inside Out (Christine Dunstan Productions) and Die Fledermaus (Adaption) (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). TV credits include sketch writing for The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting for ABC and several episodes of Home and Away for Chanel 7 .