Dracula

29 October – 14 November
Theatre Works

A high camp homage to silent cinema and the ultimate queer hero, The Prince of Darkness. From acclaimed company, Little Ones Theatre (Stephen Nicolazzo, Katie Sfetkidis and Eugyeene Teh) comes a new theatrical event – gothic and erotic with a comic bent. This DRACULA will delve deep into the cinematic history of horror – from Bela Legosi to Gary Oldman, Buster Keaton to Catherine Deneuve, and a soupcan of Nosferatu – and bring it to the stage in all its bawdy desire, and gory glory. With excessive eyeliner. And carnal desire.

“The Melbourne company’s Dracula is one part Artaud, one part Annie Sprinkle. Not so much Theatre of Cruelty as theatre of cruel tease” Chris Boyd – The Australian

Director Stephen Nicolazzo immerses the performances in atmospheric design: Katie Sfetkidis‘ lighting, Daniel Nixon’s gothic sound, and the coffins and curtains and glittering black astroturf of Eugyeene Teh’s set.  – Cameron Woodhead – The Age

…Katie Sfetkidis‘ dramatic lighting design is a highlight with some memorable moments created from its play with darkness and shadows… Myron My – Theatre Press

“The production is triumph of theatrical design and visual storytelling.” – Maggie Journal

Katie Sfetkidis’s lighting is thoughtful and witty… Tim Byrne – Time Out

Interview with Neos Kosmos

Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Set and Costume Designer: Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Designers: Daniel Nixon
Costume:Tessa Leigh Wolffenbuttel Pit

Photos by Sarah Walker

House of Yes – Little Ones Theatre

27 November – 13 December
Theatre Works

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

Thérèse Raquin

14 – 30 August  2014
Theatre Works
World Premiere
Adapted and written by Gary Abrahams
Based on the novel by Emile Zola

Based on and adapted from the 19th Century Emile Zola novel Thérèse Raquin tells the story of a young woman trapped in a life of servitude and the desperate measures she will undertake to free herself from her circumstances. Forced by her adoptive mother and aunt to marry her sickly cousin, Camille, Thérèse lives an unhappy and resentful life. When Camille moves the family to Paris Thérèse is doomed to a life of servitude and unhappiness working in her Aunts downstairs haberdashery. When one day Camille brings Laurent, a friend, to visit he unwittingly sets in motion a series of cruel and devastating events that will ruin all their lives.

Directed by Gary Abrahams
Set Design by Jacob Battista
Costumes by Chole Greeves

Cast: Elizabeth Nabben, Paul Blenheim, Marta Kaczmarek, Oliver Coleman, Aaron Walton, Rhys McConochie, Edwina Samuels

Katie Sfetkidis’ lighting design depicts the flawed characters by giving us faces in half-light and wonderful shadows. Sfetkidis engenders the right kind of eeriness and foreboding – nothing was going to end well with this story” – Theatre People

 “All are supported by a design (Jacob Battista: set, Katie Sfetkidis: lighting) that create a claustrophobic Paris flat that feels both light and gloomy and transforms to a water-filled lake with a touch of simple genius” – Sometimes Melbourne

Images by Lachlan Woods

In Deep Water

In Deep Water

29 – 30 March, 2014

Theatre Works

as part of FoLa (Festival of Live Art)

Come on a deep-sea journey to encounter the light creatures that live below, in performance installation In Deep Water. Artists Katie Sfetkidis and Ian Moorhead create an immersive and contemplative space, using sound and light to provide glimpses into this unexplored dark corner of the world.

Inspired by the bioluminescent creatures that live in the deep oceans, In Deep Water sees the continued exploration of dark spaces by artist Katie Sfetkidis. Navigating the installation, small audience groups will experience a concert of sound and light and a sublime journey into the unknown.

Devised by Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design Ian Moorhead

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The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

 

THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT tells the story of a damaging and emotionally brutal love affair between a fashion designer and her female muse and model.

Photos by Piper Huynh and Sarah Walker

Petra Von Kant lives with her personal assistant, Marlene, in a sadistically co-dependent relationship in which she exerts a casual power. Recently divorced , Petra displays a growing hardness towards love and a repulsion towards men and the domestic aspects of relationships. When Petra is introduced to a much younger woman, Karin, she is taken by surprise at the immediacy of her attraction to her. She quickly takes Karin under her wing and offers to help her build a career as a fashion model.

Petra quickly becomes besotted with Karin and they begin a passionate and unstable affair. The younger Karin exerts a natural power over the increasingly desperate Petra; the casual insouciance of her youth tortures Petra to the brink of self-loathing and madness.

Fassbinder’s preoccupations with the themes of love, mortality, sexuality, power and vanity are all on display in this seminal work from the renowned German film maker and playwright. We are forced to intimately watch as Petra is destroyed by the affair and, like her assistant Marlene, we are powerless help.

Produced by Dirty Pretty Theatre and directed by Gary Abrahams THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT provides a welcome return to the festival for the team who brought audiences the critically acclaimed ACTS OF DECEIT (BETWEEN STRANGERS IN A ROOM) as part of the Midsumma Festival in 2010.

Cast:  Fantine Banulski, Luisa Hastings Edge, Uschi Felix, Anna May Samson, Nikki Shiels, Joanne Trentini

Creatives:
Director:  Gary Abrahams
Set Designer: Romanie Harper
Costume Designer : Chloe Greeves
Lighting Designer:  Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Designer: Chris Wenn

Venue: Theatre Works

Date: 29 Jan 2014 – 08 Feb 2014
Time: Wed-Sat 8pm, Tue 6.30pm, Sun 5pm & Sat 3pm matinee
Preview: Wed 29 Jan at 8pm

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Summertime in the Garden of Eden

SUMMERTIME IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN

BY SISTERS GRIMM

Created by Ash Flanders & Declan Greene

RETURN MELBOURNE SEASON (THEATRE WORKS – SELECTED WORKS)

SYDNEY SEASON (GRIFFIN THEATRE – GRIFFIN INDEPENDENT)

Georgia. 1861. A faded Southern belle returns to the family plantation after ten years away from home. But where has she been? Why did she run? And what secrets are buried in the ol’ greenhouse?

Fantastically melodramatic, at times obscene and definitely ‘something’, Summertime in the Garden of Eden is an epic story of love, betrayal and murder in the spirit of Gone With The Wind and Jezebel.

Following its sellout debut season (in a rusted shed in Thornbury), Sisters Grimm are proud to present a reimagined version of their deeply stupid Deep South slur – first in its hometown of Melbourne, before lifting up its hoop skirts and heading up to Sydney.

Starring infamous Melbourne scene-queens Agent Cleave and Olympia Bukkakis as feuding debutantes, alongside Sisters Grimm stalwarts Peter Paltos, Genevieve Giuffre and Bessie Holland.

***** “Just see it.” TimeOut (Melbourne) – WINNER – BEST THEATRE (Small Stage) 2012

“Sharp as a pin… It’s very funny, but the laughter here has an edge of steel.” Theatre Notes

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Cast : Peter Paltos, Genevieve Giuffre, Olympia Bukkakis, Agent Cleave, Bessie Holland

Directed by Declan Greene

Written by Ash Flanders & Declan Greene

Design by Marg Horwell

Sound by Russell Goldsmith

Lighting by Katie Sfetkidis

Stage Manager (Melbourne): Stephen Moore

Stage Manager (Sydney): Gina Bianco

Produced by Daniel Clarke for Theatre Works

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MELBOURNE SEASON @ THEATRE WORKS

07 NOV 2013 – 16 NOV 2013

Time: Mon-Sat 8pm, Sun 10th Nov 5pm & 8pm

Preview: 7 & 8 Nov at 8pm

Price: $28 full / $20 conc, groups 8+ and preview [plus booking fee]

SYDNEY SEASON @ GRIFFIN THEATRE

20 NOVEMBER – 14 DECEMBER 2013

Time: Mon–Sat 7pm, Sat 14th Dec 2pm and 7pm

Preview: 20 & 21 Nov at 7pm

Price: Adult $35

Senior/Concession/Preview/Matinee/ Group (+8) $28

BOOK AT : http://www.sistersgrimm.com.au/#!vstc5=summertime

Psycho Beach Party

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17 – 28 Sept,  The Loft, QUT Theatre, Brisbane

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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