When it comes to practising your craft eight shows a week, it’s a very personal thing. Everybody works differently and what will work for some, may not work for others. This week, I wanted to talk about exactly that: how can we perform at optimum level, all day, everyday? And the answer is, we can’t…. Read more.
It has only been 18 months since Morgan Palmer graduated WAAPA, but in that time he has landed the exciting and challenging role of ‘swing’ – a member of a company who understudies several ensemble roles – in two major Australian touring shows. I sat down with Morgan, who is currently an offstage swing in… Read more.
In the final years of Drama School one does numerous full-blown shows in preparation for the professional scene. Some large scale, some small. In the case of my WAAPA class, we did about seven musicals and plays. But how much does a show at a Drama School emulate that of one in the real world? I chatted… Read more.
I’m a Queenslander. Please, don’t hold it against me but it’s true. And I’m proud of it. When I moved from Stanthorpe to Perth, WA, it was the first time I’d left the nest. No more of Mum’s Sunday roasts, no more of Dad’s pizza oven antics. Three years on, I am happy to say… Read more.
As of November 17th, 2016, I am no longer in an institution for the first time in 18 years (Yes, I am counting my three-day week at preschool from age three to five, where nap time was an integral part of the syllabus). Remember that scene from The Shawshank Redemption when Morgan Freeman enters the… Read more.
If there’s one thing you can plan for, it’s expecting your plans to change. So, me six months ago: I’m about to graduate from WAAPA, move over East and enter an industry with some of the most talented people in the country. I literally have no idea what I’m in for or if I’m going… Read more.
To begin 2017, my friend Carly and I ventured to New York for a cultural awakening through exploring the incredible history and landmarks of the city (i.e. see a bunch of Broadway shows). This was my third visit to NYC but the first where I hadn’t pre- booked a single show- *GASP* what about my… Read more.
Around this time last year, I wrote an open letter to my first year drama school self. Now that I’m another year “wiser”, I thought I would write another open letter to that scared little boy who has just graduated drama school, with some of the lessons and observations I’ve made from my first year… Read more.
While studying Music Theatre together, Belinda Jenkin and Will Hannagan often found themselves playing around on the piano and writing songs when they weren’t needed in rehearsals. Five years later, the first musical they wrote together, The Gathering, is currently enjoying a season at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne. After being encouraged to create their own work… Read more.
“The only reason to write is from love”- Stephen Sondheim. Being a part of a new musical is a unique creative process for almost everyone involved. While it is by no means an easy feat, new works are so necessary in the development of our industry and the identity of the Australian music theatre scene…. Read more.