9–22 April 2018| Old 505 Theatre
Following the success of 2017's season, Rapid Reads is back at the Old 505. The festival will showcase the newest work from Australia's most contemporary emerging playwrights.
In 2018, Rapid Reads will include a series of panels, masterclasses and networking nights for a two-week joyride of new work.
Producer Dino Dimitriadis
Associate Producer Joran Shea
$20 Adults / $15 Concession and Industry
Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza Street Newtown
Wednesday 11 April
7PM – TONGUE TIED By CLARE HENNESSEY
Clare Hennessy is a writer and musician from Sydney, and you may have seen the genesis of Tongue Tied as part of the Old Fitz’ ’New Fitz’ writers residency in 2017. Since co-founding Left of Centre in 2014 she is proud to have written original works Elegy (FRINGEWORLD/ATYP/LABOITE), Femme Fatale (OLD505), Transience (KXT) and DELILAH (The Butterfly Club). When she’s not writing for stage she’s working as a music and drama learning aide and firmly believes in the power of the performing arts to bring people together. She’s incredibly grateful for the education she received both at Charles Sturt University (BA Coms Theatre/Media) and at NIDA (Masters of Writing for Performance).
8.30PM – NO PINK DICKS By MOREBLESSING MATURURE
Moreblessing Maturure, the Creative Director of FOLK Magazine is a Zimbabwean/Australian inter-disciplinary artist. As an actor on both stage and screen in various projects, Moreblessing has garnered a great wealth of experience in a plethora of fields within the performing arts including writing, devising, performance directing and producing. THEATRE: Revolt. She Said. Revolt again. (House of Sands, Old 505 Theatre), Fallen (Sport for Jove, She Said- performer) The Bee and the Tree, Like Me, Age of Entitlement, The Way of the Wall (Mongrel Mouth-performer/writer) Hairspray: The Musical (Backstage UTS-Producer) Neighbours (Short and Sweet-Director). SCREEN: (WS)- Ang Wilson Webseries (SF)- Risen, Displaced, Undefined Black Beauty, Searching for Babel, The Last Men, (FF)- Akoni (Gov. Videos)-Seen and Heard, Be in the Know, Count Me In. As a writer, Moreblessing utilises various forms of linguistic expression ranging from poetic, dramatic and analytical writing. Having had her work published in a range of magazines alongside various opportunities to stage her dramatic work, Moreblessing hopes to re-imagine what theatre can do- how to merge the analysis of non fiction with the poetics and dramatic elements of writing for the stage. 2017 was marked by various writing opportunities with Playwriting Australia-in their long-form development program, ATYP-through their Fresh Ink initiative, Sydney Theatre Company- as part of the inaugural Emerging Writers Group and the Information and Cultural Exchange Centre in Parramatta to develop a variety of projects for the screen.
Thursday 12 April
7PM – I (LOVE) YOU By ELIZA OLIVER
Eliza is a graduate of the 2014 class of Actors from the Flinders Drama Centre and studied screenwriting and playwriting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Eliza’s theatre credits to date include; Pre’s, 1800-Love- Me (Bondi feast) Deluge (Tiny Bricks/Brink) for the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Late: A Cowboy Song (Ladylike Theatre with Sydney Fringe/Adelaide Fringe). For Flinders: Arden v Arden, The Three Sisters, Trojan Barbie, Roulette, TheCaucasian Chalk Circle and The Shape of Things. Since graduating she has written and appeared in several short films in New York and Australia. Eliza is a founding member of Ladylike Theatre Collective, a small company focused on inclusive storytelling with an intersectional feminist lens. This year Eliza has worked with Belvoir as their Resident Playwright in the inaugural writer’s workshop. In 2016 she attended the National Studio in Bundanon, and was mentored by Jenni Medway to write two plays with ATYP. Eliza’s play Testosterone will be produced in early 2018 with Flinders University and Ladylike Theatre Collective. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the New Plot and the Phillip Parson’s fellowship. Additionally, Eliza writes for ATYP’s theatre-makers ensemble. In 2014 Eliza was awarded the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship for Performing Arts.
8.30PM – KISSING GIRLS IS NOT JUST FOR BOYS By JULIA ROBERSTON
Julia is an actor, devisor, director, and musician from Sydney, Australia. She has devised three original, movement based works with her theatre collective Little Eggs and has toured Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In October 2017 she was accepted into the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film for their exclusive Fall Acting Intensive program and she is currently studying Voice at NIDA.
Friday 13 April
7PM- SELENA GOMEZ'S KIDNEY By GEORGINA ADAMSON
Georgina Adamson is an emerging writer and theatre-maker currently based out of metropolitan Sydney. In 2015 Georgina graduated with distinction from Charles Sturt University with a B Communication: Theatre/Media. Upon graduating she was a recipient of the Dean's Award and the Tim Durick scholarship for emerging theatre-makers. Whilst at Charles Sturt she helped found Bite Productions, which produced her first professional work, INJEST (2015). In 2018, Georgina completed her MFA: Writing for Performance at the National Institute of the Dramatic Art.
Saturday 14 April
7PM – WHEN WE GET HERE By JOE BROWN
Joseph is theatre maker who grew up in Armidale, NSW. After being involved in theatre and performance throughout high school and beyond, Joseph moved to Melbourne in 2012 to complete his bachelor degree in performing arts at Monash University. While studying, he performed in student productions before eventually moving to writing and directing his own work. In 2016 Joseph completed his Master of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance) at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. While there, Joseph completed a full length stage play titled The End of Hawke Street, as well as a full length screenplay titled 86’d. Joseph was part of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s 2017 National Studio. His piece, Lights on the Water was selected to be performed as part of ATYP’s ‘Intersection: Chrysalis’, directed by Rachel Chant. In 2018 Joseph will be a part of ATYP’s Fresh Ink Mentorship program. Writing and directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Monash Shakespeare Company), You Walk Away (Melbourne Fringe), Tuck in the Corners (MUST, La Mama), Tensions: Curated Works (MUST) and Love, Me (Old 505).
8.30PM – HAMLET - A NEW AUSTRALIAN PLAY By ANTOINETTE BARBOUTTIS & TOM CHRISTOPHERSEN –
Wednesday 18 April
7PM – JULES ORCULLO – LOCKOUT
8.30PM – MICHAEL KENNEDY – KEEP YOUR FEET
Thursday 19 April
7PM – XAVIER COY – BREAK OUT
8.30PM – EMMA WRIGHT – HAIRWORM
Friday 20 April
7PM – TABITHA WOO – THE DUCK POND
8.30PM – LIZ HOBART – THE DIVORCE PARTY
Saturday 21 April
7PM – SHAE RICHES – REX IS DEAD
8.30PM – ALEX LEE-REKERS – NORM'S.