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IGNITE COLLECTIVE 

About IGNITE Collective:

A ground-breaking initiative that partners emerging and established female playwrights and creatives to create new work for young female performers.

New Ghosts has been creating and presenting high quality new works in the independent sector for the last five years. In our history of our auditions, three females have auditioned for every one male. This over-saturated and often undernourished demographic has therefore become a high priority for our company.

Together we will create a canon of new work, for female artists and by female artists. We will showcase unique voices, roles, and stories that have until now been lacking on our local stages.

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Scratch Night:

Fresh after the success of their sold seasons of Paper Doll in Sydney and Perth, and Yen at Kings Cross Theatre, New Ghosts Theatre Company launches IGNITE COLLECTIVE, a ground-breaking initiative that partners emerging and established female playwrights and creatives, to create a new canon of work for female performers. Creating works for female artists, by female artists, the collective will showcase unique voices, roles, and stories that are needed, wanted, and often lacking in our theatre scene.

The IGNITE Collective Scratch Night will be held at 7:00pm Wednesday 10 July, at Kings Cross Theatre’s Bordello Room and will include work-in-progress readings from GIRL BAND by Katy Warner, JOAN by Natesha Somasundaram, RUPTURED by Ciella Williams and PSYCHOPATH by Gretel Vella. All works will be presented by the IGNITE Collective performance ensemble.

Following the readings, the audience is invited to meet the creators, cast and production team of this ambitious project.

All profits from this event will go towards supporting the collective’s first production at Kings Cross Theatre in December 2019, which will see all twelve talented performers on stage, in an unprecedented showcase of female talent. 

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UNFOLD brought together playwrights, actors, directors, producers, artists, and reviewers, for a series of networking events, short developments, play readings, and panel discussions, in an effort to promote the importance of new Australian work, and provide opportunities for emerging theatre makers. The festival was a forum for sharing new ideas, making new connections, and celebrating the art of storytelling.

The Program

UNFOLD Networking | 7pm Wednesday 21st August 2019
Industry, theatre-makers, and artists come together to foster new relationships and discuss the challenges and rewards of making new work.

UNFOLD New Works | Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd August 2019
Readings will be presented of new Australian works that are in development or ready for a season.

Thursday 22nd of August

6:15pm – Miriam by James Elazzi

7:45pm – Help Yourself by Keziah Warner

9:15pm – I Think I Hate Myself by Jasper Lee-Lindsay

Friday 23rd of August

6:15pm – Hairworm by Emma Wright

7:30pm – April Marlowe’s Abortion by April Marlowe

9:15pm – Christmas Special by Joel Burrows

UNFOLD The Conversation | Saturday 24th August 2019
6PM: The Emerging Playwright 

Join us for this exciting panel discussion as leading and emerging industry discuss the importance of new work, the process of creation and development, as well as access to opportunities. Featuring Polly Rowe (Sydney Theatre Company), Phil Spencer (Griffin Theatre Company), Jane FitzGerald (Australian Theatre for Young People), and playwrights Tasnim Hossain, Jules Orcullo and Lachlan Philpott. Facilitated by AWGIE Winner, two-time Green Room Award Nominee, and IGNITE resident playwright Katy Warner.

7:30PM: The Emerging Producer: Avoiding Disaster 

Join Dino Dimitriadis (Apocalypse Theatre), Jeremy Waters (Outhouse Theatre), Charlie Falkner (JackRabbit Theatre), Emma Diaz (Aya Productions) and Loredana Cross (New Ghosts Theatre Co.) as they discuss their experiences, and the challenges they’ve faced producing independent theatre. This panel will be facilitated by IGNITE Collective resident actor Chika Ikogwe (The Wolves Belvoir St Theatre, and Normal Old 505 Theatre).

8:45PM: Theatre Reviewers: What Makes a Good Show? 

Join John Shand (SMH), Ben Neutze (Time Out), Diana Simmonds (Stage Noise), Jason Blake (Audrey Journal), Lisa Thatcher, and Cassie Tongue, as they discuss their thoughts on what makes a good show. Do they review new work differently? Do they think new work is important? Are reviews important? Facilitated by Theatre Now’s Lynden Jones, this panel is NOT TO BE MISSED!

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Images by Clare Hawley

Artistic Director: Lucy Clements

Executive Producer: Loredana Cross

Playwrights: Emme Hoy, Natesha Somasundaram, Gretel Vella, Katy Warner & Ciella Williams

Directors: Claudia Barrie & Rachel Chant

Production Designers: Ester Karuso-Thurn & Angela Doherty

Sound Designers: Clare Hennessy & Meta Cohen

Lighting Designers: Louise Mason & Kelsey Lee

Production Manager: Catherine O’Donoghue

Stage Managers: Jennifer Jackson & Adrienne Patterson

Production Assistants: Artemis Alfonzetti & Jana Vass

Cast: Clementine Anderson, Meg Clarke, Laura Djanegara, Sasha Dyer, Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Amy Hack, Chika Ikogwe, Zoe Jensen, Vaishnavi Suryaprakash, Nikita Waldron, Jane Watt and Emma Wright.

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Scratch Night
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