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Chickenapalooza!

Posted on 21/07/2014

Following Simon’s win of the chook raffle last week at Abundance, we celebrated chickens and friends and revisited costumes from Dangerous Liaisons.

 

Katie, Stephen and Tessa in the new rendition of Dangerous Liaisons.

Katie, Stephen and Tessa in the new rendition of Dangerous Liaisons.

 

 

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Josh Wright with the new Adidas complete with a touch of matador.

Josh Wright with the new Adidas complete with a touch of matador.

 

 

Ed Booth with Tessa Leigh Woffenbuttel Pitt

Ed Booth with Tessa Leigh Woffenbuttel Pitt

 

View outtakes at Ooooooops.com

Abundance 2014 at Theatre Works

Posted on 14/07/2014

Abundance has occurred once again, at Theatre Works. This year, the fundraiser supports four independent theatre shows; Elbow Room’s The Motion of Light in Water, Uninvited Guests’ I Heart John McEnroe, Dirty Pretty Theatre’s Thérèse Raquin and Little Ones Theatre’s The House of Yes.  Like last year, the event was a glorious night of exquisite cabaret-style performances with fab artists including Jane Badler, Grammy award winner Jeff Bova,Virginia Gay and Roderick Cairns (a spectacular cover of Space Oddity as an ode to Virginia’s nephew,) Beau Heartbreaker, Nicholas Renfree-Marks, Angela Hogan, Joseph Chetty and Luisa Hastings Edge (doing Kate Bush’s Babooshka!) amidst a set of a golden fishing village inhabited by eccentric and mildly-grotesque fish people (designed by yours truly.)

 

My take on Luca Giordano and Giuseppe Recco's The Riches of the Sea with Neptune Tritons and Two Nereids.

My take on Luca Giordano and Giuseppe Recco’s The Riches of the Sea with Neptune Tritons and Two Nereids.

 

Simon won the most coveted prize of the evening.  The chook raffle. Two chooks that had been lovingly cared for. And they will soon be savoured.

Simon Matthews wins the chook raffle.

Simon Matthews wins the chook raffle.

 

Joseph Chetty

Joseph Chetty

 

Also performing was Jane Badler, who played the ultimate super-b* villain as Diana in the series V.  I remember collecting playing cards with Diana on them, which, at that time, I could purchase for a mere 15 cents for a whole sheet of 20 perforated cards.

 

Jane Badler in the dressing room after her performance.

Jane Badler in the dressing room after her performance.

 

Of course, there was also the very popular photo-booth.

 

Lachlan Woods at the photo booth

A photo of Lachlan Woods taking a photo of me taking a photo of him.

 

Dressups at the photo booth.

Dressups at the photo booth.

 

And there was dance.

 

Tom Dent

Tom Dent

 

Including this chicken dance. (View dance here)

Would ma’am like some chicken salt on your chips?

 

Simon Matthews and Tessa Leigh Woffenbuttel Pitt dancing with the organic chooks.

Simon Matthews and Tessa Leigh Woffenbuttel Pitt dancing with the organic chooks.

 

 

 

 

And DJs.

 

Stephen Nicolazzo and Katie Sfetkidis under the glow of Katie's Jellyfish installation from 'In Deep Water.'

Stephen Nicolazzo and Katie Sfetkidis under the glow of Katie’s Jellyfish installation from ‘In Deep Water.’

 

 

 

 

Next Wave 2014

Posted on 11/05/2014

This year’s Next Wave festival was everything that was cool and exciting.  Here are some photos I took for the fetival;

 

 

I designed the costumes for Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You, created by Louris Van de Geer and Samara Hersch.  I was glad to have the opportunity to dress Genevieve Giuffre again, and this time, I put her in a Julia-Roberts-in-Helix type body suit.

 

 

Genevieve Giuffre in Hello There, We've Been Waiting For You created by Louris Van de Geer and Samara Hersch.

Genevieve Giuffre in Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting For You.

 

...and this.

…and this.

 

Don Bridges in Hello There, We've Been Waiting For You.

Don Bridges in Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting For You.

 

 

Great Sunday-morning artists’ market, Das Boot, so arty, most of the vendors slept in.

 

 

An artist selling her wares at Das Boot.

An artist selling her wares at Das Boot.

 

Everyone loves Nail Art at Das Boot.

Everyone loves Nail Art at Das Boot.

 

You just know you'll want to buy something from this guy.

You just know you’ll want to buy something from this guy.

 

Artists at Das Boot.

The shop is now open.

 

These people promise to take you on an adventure in their 'taxi.'

Is it too early to catch a cab? These people promise to take you on an adventure!

 

 

 

At Why Not Walk Backward at the Gertrude Contemporary,

 

 

Svelte and stylish.

Chic and svelte.

 

Stylish listening at 'Why Not Walk Backward,' at the Gertrude Contemporary

Stylish listening at ‘Why Not Walk Backward,’ at the Gertrude Contemporary

 

At 'Why Not Walk Backward' at the Gertrude Contemporary

At ‘Why Not Walk Backward’ at the Gertrude Contemporary

 

Looking at art.  At 'Why Not Walk Backward' at the Gertrude Contemporary.

Looking at art. At ‘Why Not Walk Backward’ at the Gertrude Contemporary.

 

'Why not walk backward' at the Gertrude Contemporary.

‘Why not walk backward’ at the Gertrude Contemporary.

 

One of my favourite pieces; it’s the drapes, it’s the duck, it’s the duckegg blue.

 

Why not walk backward?

‘Trauespiel’ by Nina Beier.

 

Videographer Tom Doman.

Videographer Tom Doman.

 

 

 

There was this wonderful dance chit-chat picnic thing, organized by Natalie Cursio. I do wish there was one for the Theatre scene.

 

 

At Critnic

At Critnic

 

At Critnic

At Critnic

 

 

 

Spellbinding musicians at the Festival Club at Shebeen;

 

 

Samantha Brous of Formosa.

Sophia Brous of Formosa.

 

 

 

There was also this noteworthy inclusion of kids. Who took such glorious photos.

 

 

Two friendly souls chat at the Gertrude Contemporary, looked upon by the goose.

Two friendly souls chat at the Gertrude Contemporary, looked upon by the duck. The young lady is so sophisticated!

 

The Next Wave Bake-off at Shebeen.

The Next Wave Bake-off at Shebeen. I think the girl lost to her dad.

 

Sleepy at Das Boot

Sleepy at Das Boot

 

 

A baby in a gallery.

A baby in a gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Little Ones Theatre Creatives

Posted on 12/04/2014

In preparation for MTC NEON season’s Dangerous Liaisons, Little Ones Theatre’s creatives have been diligently scheming up a tryst.

 

 

Little Ones Theatre's Key Artists Tessa Leigh Wolffenbutell Pitt, Eugyeene Teh, Stephen Nicolazzo and Katie Sfetkidis.

Little Ones Theatre’s Key Artists Tessa Leigh Wolffenbutell Pitt, Eugyeene Teh, Stephen Nicolazzo and Katie Sfetkidis.

 

 

 

Director Stephen Nicolazzo

Director Stephen Nicolazzo

 

 

 

Lighting Designer Katie Sfetkidis

Lighting Designer Katie Sfetkidis

 

 

 

Costume Designer Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pitt.

Costume Designer Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pitt.

 

 

 

Set and Costume Designer Eugyeene Teh

Set and Costume Designer Eugyeene Teh

 

 

 

 

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In Deep Water

Posted on 12/04/2014

I was stoked to have been able to photograph my friend Katie Sfetkidis’ FOLA show In Deep Water.  Her study of bioluminescent deep sea creatures came eerily to life within the black mass of Theatreworks and Ian Moorhead’s riveting soundscape complete with muffled explosions from beyond.

 

I kinda felt like the National Geographic underwater photographer I’ve dreamt of becoming (only I didn’t even need to get wet.)

 

If you’ve missed that chance to experience this other-worldly environment of mystery and wander, the show will be on again shortly for one night only at Blindside Gallery.

 

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Pacific Overtures – Backstage Pass

Posted on 27/02/2014

New independent-music-theatre-company kid Watch This is back again with yet another gorgeous Sondheim musical, this time the musical master’s  Pacific Overtures, so ethereal it has barely ever been performed in Melbourne. Backstage, cast are humming about at their one-hour call, whitening their faces and blackening their brows. They will don delicate white paper-doll kimonos soon, but meanwhile, show blacks keep them neat and well-groomed.

 

 

Andrew Kroenert and Nick Simpson-Deeks

Drawing a line and a circle- Andrew Kroenert and Nick Simpson-Deeks.

 

 

Sonya Suares

Cast member and Watch This’ Artistic Director Sonya Suares

 

 

Leighton Young

Leighton Young projects a stern focus as he prepares his face.

 

 

Reece Budin

Part of the ritual of preparing the voice. Reece Budin and a mouthful of water.

Theatreworks 2014 Season Launch and Opening Night of The Wost of Scottee

Posted on 23/01/2014

On Monday night, we attended the opening of Midsumma Premier event, the exquisite The Worst of Scottee, followed by the launch of this year’s season at Theatreworks.  It’s been a much anticipated lineup meticulously put together by Daniel Clarke and his team, featuring some of the very best that Melbourne’s indie scene has to offer.  Beginning with Gary Abraham’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, the program also includes a Sondheim, works by Elbow Room, ARTHUR, Natalie Cursio and Nicola Gunn, Little Ones Theatre, Bryony Kimmings, and Four Larks’ The Temptation of St. Antony for Melbourne Festival, as well as the Theatreworks commissioned Encounter(s) projects which includes works by Yana Alana and Katie Sfetkidis.

 

An informal launch at the idyllic Theatreworks in St. Kilda.

An informal launch at the idyllic Theatreworks in St. Kilda.

 

Artists at the launch.

Some of the artists in this year’s program getting into the spirit.

 

Graphic designer Danny Brookes and friend

TW programme graphic designer Danny Brookes and friend

 

Mister Richard Watts

Mister Richard Watts

 

Mister Nick Pelomis

Mister Nick Pelomis

 

Dan Clarke and Simon Matthews with Scottee (middle)

Dan Clarke and Simon Matthews with Scottee (middle)

 

 

 

 

Leopards Vs Flamingos – Rose Chong Christmas Party 2013

Posted on 23/01/2014

What? Christmas Party? Remember that fun season that came and went so quickly as we all slide back grumpily into work mode?

 

Partly due to the fact that my switch has been on ‘lazy,’ these summer-fun photos are coming out well into the new year.  That said, the sun is still shining and the pool parties are still happening, so it’s time to revisit this cool soup of frisky bathing animals!

 

 

There were the flamingos;

 

Sisters Esther and Rebecca Hayes as entwined flamingos.

Sisters Esther and Rebecca Hayes as entwined flamingos.

 

Neel Morley pets the dog as Peri Jenkins drinks champagne.

Neel Morley pets the dog as Peri Jenkins drinks champagne.

 

Neel Morley with Rose Chong

Neel Morley with Rose Chong

 

 

Casey Scott-Corless straps on some heels.

Casey Scott-Corless straps on some heels.

 

There was good ol’ fashioned bathing;

 

Rebecca and Esther Hayes with Mistletoe man.

Rebecca and Esther Hayes with Mistletoe Santa man.