I have had the great pleasure of being part of the Little Ones Team for many years. Here is a little video of some of work we have made with some my favourite collaborators; Stephen Nicolazzo, Eugyeene Teh and Tessa Pitt
27 November – 13 December
An acidic satire about class, incest, innocence, and mental illness in the vain of Douglas Sirk’s 1950’s melodramas, The House of Yes is a disturbingly camp theatrical experience centered around a deranged family of JFK enthusiasts.
The set of The House of Yes sits in a sinister light a synthetic neon glow, all glitz and coldly pink; both lighting (Katie Sfetkidis) and design (more remarkable work from Eugene Teh) deserve a special mention – Australian Stage
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Set Designer: Eugyeene Teh
Costume Designers: Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pitt and Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Designers: Russell Goldsmith and Daniel Nixon
Production Manager: Rebecca Poulter
Stage Manager: Harriet Gregory
29 May – 8 June 2014
Little Ones Theatre
Lawler Theatre, MTC Neon
Dangerous Liaisons is famed for its sardonic wit and morally ambiguous depiction of the battle between the sexes. From the controversial novel by Choderlos de Laclos to Christopher Hampton’s stage adaptation and the teen trash of Cruel Intentions, acclaimed independent company Little Ones Theatre will bring their unique brand of high camp to this lethal drawing room comedy. Inspired by Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatre, Derek Jarman, high-fashion Rococo and the decadent period pieces of Peter Greenaway, sex, gender and power-play will riotously take to the stage in an opulent salon of debauchery.
By arrangement with ORiGIN Theatrical Ltd on behalf of Samuel French.
Katie Sfetkidis’s lighting works wonders with the static space; a killer, gold-curtained, faux-opulent marvel by Eugyeene Teh. – Herald Sun
The gold lamé set and sheer period costumes [both by Eugyeene Teh], are brilliant, like being inside a Ferrero Rocher. The lighting [Katie Sfetkidis] and sound [Russell Goldsmith and Daniel Nixon] are geared to the nightclub rather than the boudoir, lending the piece a certain dirty glamour. – TimeOut
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Set Design: Eugyeene Teh
Costume Design: Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pitt and Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design & Composition: Russel Goldsmith and Daniel Nixon
Choreography: Kurt Phelan
Cast: Alexandra Aldrich, Zoe Boesen, Catherine Davies, Tom Dent, Brigid Gallacher, Amanda McGregor, Joanne Sutton, Janine Watson
17 – 28 Sept, The Loft, QUT Theatre, Brisbane
Charles Busch’s camp classic follows the schizophrenic world of Chicklet, a Gidgetesque nerd with a dream to surf. When the town’s people are attacked in strange sado-masochistic ways, it is up to the surfbums and a B-Grade Horror star to find the culprit and save Chicklet.
This critically acclaimed show boasts a cross-gendered cast, sixties surf rock hits, and an appreciation of the perverse. It’s classic Busch meets the golden age of Hollywood and the homo-eroticism of Point Break.
Following sold out seasons in Melbourne and Sydney, director Stephen Nicolazzo’s joyous interpretation of Psycho Beach Party has become an independent theatre phenomenon.
Nominated for the Sydney Theatre Award 2012 (Best Supporting Actress-Genevieve Giuffre) and starring gender-bending favourite Ash Flanders and an energetic ensemble cast, this show is the perfect bi-polar summertime party.
“An absolute cack. Hi-lar-ious. What fun…Through strong ensemble theatre, the actors bring an almost erotic frisson, holding serious method and silly manner in true equipoise…It’s the funniest show around!” Cameron Woodhead, The Age
Matadors and Madonnas star in this gender-bent re-imagining of Oscar Wilde’s cult Biblical tale about religion, sexuality and the desire to be different. Hold onto your head.
Photos by Sarah Walker
30 Aug – 14 Sept, Tower Theatre, Malthouse
Two young men are alone in a palace; one is in love with the Princess Salomé, the other in love with his friend. But when Salomé arrives, she only has eyes for John the Baptist, a prophet who warns all deviants that the saviour Jesus Christ is on His way. Compelled by his abstinence and pious will, Salomé stops at nothing to have him (in the biblical sense). As the moon grows brighter, erotic energy takes over the royal court and the lines between civility and desire are blurred through violent dances for power, melodrama, and the gruesome severing of one very famous saint’s head.
With an 80s New Wave soundtrack and gender-bending cast inspired by the drag balls of Paris is Burning, Little Ones Theatre’s Salomé promises a bold and risqué theatrical event with the potential for cultish fascination and more than enough eroticism to get you hot under the collar.
Little Ones Theatre and Malthouse Theatre present
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo
Performed by Paul Blenheim, Genevieve Giuffre, Alexandra Aldrich, Nick Pelomis, Peter Paltos, Zoe Boesen, Tom Dent
Set Design Eugyeene Teh
Costume Design Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pitt and Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design Nate Edmondson
Dramaturgy/Adaptation Natalia Savvides
Choreography Kurt Phelan
Stage Manager Rebecca Poulter
Photography Sarah Walker
The rain’s getting louder, the water’s getting higher, and from their window Jack and Carl can see the boat. Then the dams burst, all hell breaks loose, and when it looks like they’re out of luck, Duckie rocks up. She’s drenched, half-dead, and has something they all need – a ticket. A baby.
But who’s going to put two blokes and a baby on the Ark?
Taking as its inspiration the Noah myth and setting it in an Australia of the near future, TWO BY TWO weaves the political and the personal, exploring the complex nature of human affection, love, and the value we attribute to the things around us.
Winner of the Malcolm Robertson Prize, 2011.
This will be the world premiere season of Two By Two, presented by Little Ones Theatre in association with fortyfivedownstairs.
With: Gary Abrahams, Zahra Newman, and Paul Blenheim.
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo Writer: Dan Giovannoni
Set & Costume Design: Emma Kingsbury
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design: Nate Edmondson
Artwork: Jake Preval
Graphic Design: Margaux Fraisse
Photos: Sarah Walker
February 9th-19th, 2012
Tuesday to Saturday, 8pm
45 Flinders Lane
Little ones Theatre: http://www.littleonestheatre.com.au/