2016 saw the implementation of a new proposal system and launch of a season of plays in Semester 2. Through this unpreceidented organisation, NUTS fostered high numbers of participation to walk the walk we always knew we could.
But what were some of the acolades for 2016?
NUTS saw a steep rise in new members; there were numerous acting and crew debuts, much thanks to new shout-out initiatives through interest data collected during O-Week. Almost every production saw at least a quater of new members involved on or behind stage, and loving every minute of it.
We saw a large rise in profits through the success of our productions, much due to inventive and hard fought publicity campaigns. The utilisation of graphic design and varying forms of social media captured the attention of internal and external entities which gave much deserved attention to our little society. Even the Vice-Chancelor saw our production of War Crimes!
"NUTS is not an impermanency for any of us, because together we made it. We are it. The efforts members have made this year will ripple for years to come. Their legacy, their drive, the manner in which they have sewn this society into your very hearts, has been noticed by the powers that be - to the point where not only NUTS was named Arc Club of the Year, but we are being sought to collaborate with external entities by UNSW. If NUTS were about to compete for a grad. job it’d be laughed out the door for having fudged its resume – so bloody damn dastardly have our feats been."
- NUTS 2016 President Zachery Bush
Productions and Events
DOMESTIC: LIFE ON MARS
Written in a day. Rehearsed in a week. Funded on a Tenner.
2016 DOMESTIC consisted of written skits around the theme of 'LIFE ON MARS', collaborating writers/directors with actors. To add to the fun, NUTS incorporated improvisation games with their audiences such as 'Thank God You're (NUTS)'.
Produced by Cassie O'Brien and Joe Knights
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis
“Three years in the foxhole with the best friend ya ever had, then he shot him in the back for a pack of Kools”
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, zany cast of characters, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot?
Co-directors: Cassie O'Brien and Melwin Nelapti
Producer: Vanessa Gregoriou
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
Written by William Shakespeare
“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” (2.1)
Shakespeare’s 'Measure for Measure' explores questions about sex, morality, power, corruption, fairness, mortality and freedom. This exciting production gave NUTS the opportunity to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the chance to appreciate and perform one of his lesser known plays.
Director: Tess Sterland
Producer: James Ong
Written by Angela Betzien
War Crimes tells the powerful story of five disenfranchised young women who are fighting for respect, railing against authority and struggling to form an identity in a small town with limited opportunities.
This is an angsty and brutal play performed by young people and targeted to young people, in a heavy-handed and unsubtle exploration of issues directly affecting young women across the world.
Director: Rosie Niven
Producer: Carly Fisher
Written by David Williamson
“I think we’d all be surprised at the sort of things Mr. and Mrs. Average do in the privacy of their own bedroom.”
It's election night, 1969.
Don and Kath hope that there will be a change of government and throw a party to watch the results.
As the tide turns against Labor, the good cheer palls and the faded ideals of these middle aged dreamers begin to rear their ugly heads. It examines the phenomena of the Tall Poppy Syndrome through a raucous haze of booze and infidelity, with an unchallenged spectre of recreational nostalgia hanging over these party reveller's present.
Director: Andrew Signor
Producer: Jennifer Jackson
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
A Little Night Music is a fast, witty and incisive musical about the absurdity of love and relationships. With a lush score by Stephen Sondheim including the classic "Send In The Clowns", this production is a hilarious and poignant comedy not to be missed.
A Little Night Music is NUTS Major show of the year, performed at the Playhouse Theatre at the National Institute of Drama (NIDA).
Directed by Ryan Fogwell
Musical Direction by Yasmin Stelling
Produced by Charlotte Goodsir
Written by Martin McDonagh
“Do all little boys of my age hear such sounds of abomination nightly?”
“No, my darling. Only the extraordinarily talented ones”
Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated over a series of child murders that bare a shocking resemblance to some of his works. Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman is a highly controversial yet award winning work that alternates between Katurian’s interrogation and the storytelling of his macabre and horrific fairytales.
Director: James Ong
Producer: Louise Reily
MY LITTLE DOLL (THE FARCE)
Written by Gabriel Calderón
“What’s wrong with you? Can’t you think of a simple plan to kill your mother?”
A contemporary farce by Uruguayan playwright Gabriel Calderón, My Little Doll (The Farce) centres around a dysfunctional middle upper class family where a young woman becomes a pawn in an elaborate revenge plot by her uncle against her father.
Narrated by the family’s butler, this dark comedy dances between “burlesque and grotesque” as the daughter adopts her doll as an alter ego.
Director: Verónica Barac
Producer: Kathleen Quéré
2016 NUTS Ballwards - La Boheme
Get ready to embrace La Boheme, as the 2016 NUTS Ballwards will be taking the form of a raucous night at the Moulin Rouge!
Kicking off at exactomundo 7pm watching the sunset from Scientia; the evening will include the presentation of production awards (popular; critically reviewed and lol ones), live music, volumes of canapés, eons of drinks, swathes of dancing and professional photography.
The dress code is formal, with a touch of 20s bohème.
Happy Script Club
Interested in exploring the magical world of written theatre?
NUTS is proud to present Happy Script Club, a fortnightly event in which you can read and discuss remarkable plays with a group of nutty friends.
We will be meeting at 6pm on Wednesday evenings at the Whitehouse. There are no requirements - even if you don’t have time to read the play beforehand, still come along for a bevy and a chat!
The next session will be held in Week 12 - and the text is Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
There will be free food, free scripts and free banter - hope to see you there!
WHERE: The Whitehouse (Google Maps)
WHEN: October 19th, 6pm-8pm
Writing With NUTS
NUTS is running a weekly writing workshop for all types of performance. Whether that be working on a script, a monologue, stage directions, to slam poetry, song lyrics, comedy skits, etc.
It's a super chilled workshop where we provide runs of your pieces and constructive criticism where needed to grow as writers and performers.
We have hosted workshops with renowned playwright Hilary Bell and look to continue workshops for keen writers.
It is an artistic safe space, some give it a go and come join us!
LOCATION: The Whitehouse
WHEN: Every Tuesday from 6pm - 8pm
What to bring: A piece of text you are working on/or ideas about a project to discuss.
What not to bring: Complimentary Tim Tams