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SHAUN CHARLES - WRITER

Shaun Charles is a writer and director and educator. As a writer his plays include the one-woman musical The Understudy, Three Points of Contact (Winner 2004 Tom James Award) and Rio Saki and Other Falling Debris (Winner 1997 George Landen Dann Award for Queensland Playwrights, produced by La Boite in 1999), Another Dead Rock Star, (Two Short Matches at the Metro Arts Theatre), and he co-wrote and directed Lead Sister, a cabaret for Pauline Bell (Brisbane Powerhouse). Shaun has written various short film scripts and for television (Neighbours). He is a regular contributor to the arts pages of The Courier Mail.

Shaun’s directing credits include Post Office Rose (Dogs in the Roof), Sun Kisses (Dogs on the Roof), Bait (Renegade Co.), The Surgical Table (Renegade Co.), Love Muscle (Renegade Co.), and The Fall and Fall of Jeremy Hawthorne (La Mama/Melbourne International Comedy Festival). Shaun has also worked as assistant director to David Berthold (Solitary Animals, The John Wayne Principle – Sydney Theatre Company), Aubrey Mellor (Rising Fish Prayer – Playbox Theatre) and Tom Gutteridge (Sweet Panic – Queensland Theatre Company).

In 1998, Shaun directed/coordinated Ticket to Ride, a street performance project for the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music. Also in 1998 he was a recipient of a Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship (undertaken at Playbox). Shaun was the playwright of Backbone’s 2006 production Paradise, and his adaptation of the Andrew McGahan novel Last Drinks was premiered at La Boite later that year. Shaun currently lectures various drama subjects at Griffith University.

   

DAVE LETCH - DIRECTOR

Dave has worked across film, television and theatre in a career that covers acting, writing and directing. He has written for Crawford Productions in the days of Homicide and Division Four, written the animated features Rancid Rat and Mephisto Lives and Beyond The Game a music theatre work concerning street kids working ‘the wall’ in Darlinghurst.

He was nominated best actor by British Vogue for his role in the mini series Heart of the High Country (Channel 4/Zenith) and has played SPIDER in the grand prix winning sci fi film Death Warmed Up, and the title role in Mr Wrong, both iconic NZ films. He hung up his hat as an actor following his creation of Patrick in Jane Campion’s An Angel At My Table to concentrate on his company RENEGADE Inc. a company dedicated to new Australian writing. He has produced and directed many award winning short films and documentaries and he created the most successful young people’s operas for opera qld where he has also directed for the main stage. He was a writer’s mentor for “tropnest” based at fox studios. He has sat on the board of the ANPC (Australian National Playwrights Centre) and was Vice President of Brisbane Independent Filmmakers, a grass roots film production and development resource for filmmakers. He was founding editor in chief of ‘exposure’ film and arts magazine and the international short film festival of the same name.

He has held the position of artist in residence to james cook university where he created the acting for camera component of the Bachelor of Theatre degree and taught specialist areas in Alexander Technique, improvisation and Shakespeare.

He has been dramaturge to the Melbourne theatre company, queensland theatre company, playbox/malthouse and many independent production houses. He has also been quest director and advising literary consultant for the Auckland Theatre Company. His theatre productions have included A Tree Falling by ron elisha which was nominated for a green room award, The Blind by Maeterlinck, Solitary Animals by Elaine Acworth, Beauty & the Beast by Nick Dear and the critically acclaimed new work by ron elisha Wrongful Life. Dave is a regular director for and consultant to Parnassus’ Den. In 2007 he directed in-studio: The Bonnet by Brian Hungerford, Batavia by Patrick Carr, the political tragedy Points of Exit, by Loubna Haikal and The Four-Tongued Beastie of Babel by Larry Buttrose. He has directed A Handful Of Friends by David Williamson and The Staircase by Charles Dyer for Actor’s Forum and most recently the critically acclaimed RENAISSANCE (Ron Elisha) for Parnassus Den at the premiere indie venue The Old Fitzroy in Sydney.

   

DRAYTON MORLEY - PRODUCER

Drayton is the co-founder and current Literary Manager & Chairman of Parnassus' Den. In 2006 Drayton was awarded The Chief Glug's Award for Excellence Behind The Scenes for his ongoing work with Parnassus' Den. He produced the acclaimed seasons of Love Bites (1997) and Love Bites Too (1998) for The Dogs of Tblonsk in association with Parnassus' Den. In 2005 he produced the inaugural winner of the Mitch Mathews Award - Justing Fleming's play The Department Store. In 2006 Drayton also produced the winner of the 2005 Mitch Renaissance by Ron Elisha at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney.

   

RUSSELL SIMS - PRODUCER

After completing a Bachelor of Theatre at James Cook University in Townsville, Russell moved to Melbourne where he produced plays The Lost at Chapel off Chapel in August ‘04, Five Minute Call at the Butterfly Club in December ‘04 and Falling So Slowly at St Martins Theatre in January ‘05.  Russell has Stage Managed throughout Melbourne, most recently working with Crown Entertainment Complex on events such as Chinese New Year Festival in ‘05 & ‘06, Crown's Christmas Spectacular ’05 & ‘06, which lead him to his current full time position as Entertainment Coordinator at Crown Melbourne. Russell is thrilled to be back working in theatre with this amazing Cast & Crew.

   

CHRISTINA LOGAN-BELL - PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Christina Logan-Bell has a background in design ranging from theatre design in sets and costumes but also graphic design, visual merchandising, fine art, event designing and photo styling. Christina completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University majoring in Music. Christina then studied a Diploma of Design in Visual Merchandising at RMIT, and has recently completed  a Post-Graduate in Theatre Design at the VCA. At the VCA, Christina designed the set and costumes for Night School  by Harold Pinter, directed by Richard Murphet; set and costumes for Directors Season  Between Today and Tomorrow by Daniel Keene; costume design for White with Wire Wheels by Jack Hibbard for Melbourne Union Theatre, directed by Susie Dee; and costume design for Living Things (puppetry) created by Peter Wilson and Post-graduate puppetry students.  More recently Christina designed costumes for a new play Disjointed Story by Sean Hanson performed at Chapel off Chapel, and is currently working with The Betty Booke designing and assisting the development their new show War Rooms.

   

CHRISTOPHER TOLLEFSON - LIGHTING DESIGNER

Christopher (Tolli) Tollefson. Tolli studied a Ba Theatre(Technical Production) in North Queensland. At the time Dave Letch was also associated with the course, lecturing subjects and directing student performances. Tolli and Dave collaborated on a couple of university projects. Toward the end of his tuition Tolli secured himself a position as Lighting Designer and technician for a Townsville based production company, expanding his scope for design into the worlds of Corporate Presentations and Rock’n’Roll. It was not long however before a yearning for bigger, better, faster, more led Tolli to Brisbane where he currently resides holding the title of Senior Lighting Technician at Queensland Performaing Arts Centre.

Tolli has designed lighting for productions in Melbourne and Sydney such as: ‘The Lost’ by Julia Britton (2004) and ‘Falling So Slowly’(2005) – for Fly on the Wall Theatre. It was at the latter production that Dave and Tolli crossed paths again and would later collaborate on Ron Elisha’s ‘Wrongful Life’- staged at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne, late 2005. In 2006 Dave and Tolli brought to life another of Ron Elisha’s plays ‘Renaissance’ at the Old Fitzroy Theatre in Wooloomooloo, Sydney.

NICOLA ANDREWS - STAGE MANAGER  

SONIJA COBURN - ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Sonija worked as ASM on Neil Cole’s The Reunion at La Mama theatre, 1997. Completed administrative/production secondment at La Mama theatre whilst completing BA at Monash University.

 
CAST  

DANIEL AGAPIOU - Tom

Rio Saki & Other Falling Debris marks Daniel's professional theatre debut in Melbourne.

During 1999-2000 Daniel Travelled to Compton, L.A. to shoot a documentary on Afro American Gangs Makes Me Wanna Holla. He also featured in the short film Running on E in 2001.

Half Italian half Greek, North Queenslander, Daniel was forced to invest several formative years in private Speech and Drama classes. He managed to waste most of his talent and youth having too much fun. He commenced a few university degrees, all with great vigor to start, but bored too easily. Since returning home from America he has held a variety of jobs, all very underwhelming positions.

Daniel loves to entertain, cook and generally make people laugh.
   

MELANIE BERRY - Hannie

Completing her Bachelor in Acting , Mel toured Queensland in Noel Coward’s, Private Lives & Blithe Spirit. Tango saw Mel dance her way through Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane, instructing & performing in Alma de Tango’s events. Now a pseudo Melbournian, Mel enjoys the variety that is available here in the entertainment industry. Working with enthusiastic ensembles from short film to feature, from acting roles to crewing on set, Mel continues to take pleasure in the collaborative nature of bring a script to life. Behind the scenes Mel has been a runner for the nations leading breakfast show Morning Sunrise (Channel 7) & Channel 31 TV series, Dream On . Mel currently works as the Entertainment Coordinator in the Entertainment Department of Crown Melbourne.

   

CAT COMMANDER - Charlotte

Cat performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001 in a Musical Theatre Production of Return to the Forbidden Planet. She went on to perform another musical at the London Palladium in ATA productions ‘The Tour’ later that year. In 2002 she performed in Death of A Salesman playing Miss Forsyth, in a musical Spoof of the phantom comics playing The Phantom’s wife Dana as well as other short plays for the University Dramatic Society of the University of Western Australia, which she went on to become President of in 2004. In 2003 she produced and acted in Brittish playwright Craig Baxter’s two hander Monogamy both for the UDS as well as for the Blue Room Theatre, directed by Tony Petani. She also worked with Grads theatre company on The Taming of the Shrew (2003, dir Stephern Lee) and The Winter’s Tale (2005 dir John Milson). For BSX (Black Swan Youth Theatre) she was directed by Matthew Lutton in the double of Striptease/Mountain Language. She also acted in several independent films, including The Course (dir Miranda Edmonds) which has since been screened at the Stratford Film Festival and the Fremantle Outdoor Film Festival.

At the Victorian College of the Arts she worked with Greenroom Award winning director David Symons on Sam Shephard’s Suicide in B Flat playing Laureen (and the double bass) with Melanie Beddie on Patrick White’s Season at Sarsparilla playing Mavis and with Rhys McConochie on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost.

   

JOSHUA HEWITT - Louis

Joshua is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, and a recipient of the Elfie Blake award. Since VCA, Joshua has gone on to appear in numerous theatre productions, including, Bash, for 5 Kinds Theatre, The Champion Male by Wal Cherry award winner Gareth Ellis, Blowback for NYID, Conquest of the South Pole, Instoreage@ The Storeroom, Wounds To The Face and Arabian Night for Theatre@Risk. He is also currently working on a solo show.

 

   

GINA MORLEY - Cathy

Gina Morley trained at the National Theatre Drama School, VCA, The Rehearsal Room, and with director David Myles. In 2007 Gina produced and acted in Alex Broun’s ‘Pick-Ups’. She also filmed a 5 ep guest role on Neighbours playing the court official Jan Phillips. In 2006 she had a guest role on Blue Heelers playing the reporter Anna Galvin. That year she played the title role in the short play ‘Flick’ performed at Theatreworks, in the Short & Sweet festival and in various Actors for Refugees shows. In 2005 she played the lead role of Melinda in ‘Everything is Invisible’ at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the lead role of Gina Robinson in the inspiring anti-anorexia theatre piece ‘readMylips…’ directed by Chris Bunsworth and performed at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Gina has performed in numerous other theatre productions and has been in over ten short films, seven of which she played leading roles. She played the supporting role of Sandra in the feature film ‘Housemates Wanted’ and has been cast in the supporting role of Rosie in the 2008 feature ‘Daddy Long Legs’ written and produced by Ivan Tinoco. See www.ginamorley.com for more details. Gina is honoured and excited to be working on Rio Saki with such a talented group of people.

   

GUS MURRAY - Craig

Gus Murray's theatre credits include Journey's End (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Oedipus: the Infernal Machine ( Downstairs Belvoir St), Fire (Darlinghurst Theatre), Hamlet (Seymour Centre), An Italian Straw Hat (East Coast Theatre Company). He will soon be seen playing Father Dan in McLeod's Daughters. Gus is very excited to be involved in his first theatre production in Melbourne.

 

 

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