"What advice I would give for everything to do with NUTS? Go hard.
It is so rare the you will find a group of people quite so fun and hilarious and willing to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Be vulnerable. Try out of everything. Stay out at the Rege past your last bus, crash on someone’s couch, eat Isabella’s up at Randwick in the morning and then nap on the floor of Studio One before you do it all again.
Studio One has been a home to so many of us this year. There is simply nothing quite like that gorgeous little black box theatre, held up by layers of bluetack and paint added by whole generations of nutters. The history of our beautiful society, those generations of talented, passionate and playful theatre-makers that have come before and the ones that will follow make me so proud to call myself a nutter.
When you join NUTS you become part of one of the strangest and most incestuous families imaginable, but also the most beautiful one. I feel so honoured to have been chosen to lead and shape this society that represents everything I love, and it is with great sadness that I bid you farewell for the final time"
- 2017 President Casaurina O'Brien (NUTS Ballwards 2017)
PRODUCTIONS AND EVENTS
Written by William Shakespeare
“We are such stuff,
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
In this bold new production of The Tempest, a unique emphasis on physical performance, and the integration of live music, dance sequences, and silk aerials heightens the sense of metatheatricality and reminds us of the bittersweet impermanence of both art and life.
Director: Casuarina O'Brien
Producer: Liam Jarvis
DOMESTIC 2017: Saturday NUTS Fever
Written by NUTS Members
NUTS' Domestic is back and bigger than ever, with this year's theme being "Saturday NUTS Fever"! Domestic is NUTS' annual sketch and short scene show put on early in the year to show all our new (and returning) members the ins and outs of a show week!
Produced by Stuart Maclaine and Georgia Watkins
NUTS/MTS Cabaret Night 2017
Collection of songs, skits and bountiful tomfoolery
"Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York!"
It is NUTS tradition to start the year off with a bang, and what better way to bring in the new year than with a raunchy Cabaret? This year's theme is New York, New York! I'm talking about everything from Jay-Z to Sinatra, West Side Story to Saturday Night Fever (there's a sneaky Domestic reference for you), The Producers to Little Shop of Horrors!
Hosted by Andrew Signor and Zac Bush
Collaboration with MTS
Written by Simon Stephens
“Sometimes the world is a bit unnerving. Some people do awful things…”
Punk Rock is a provocative and compelling play by multi-award winning playwright Simon Stephens about violence and mental illness among disaffected youth. The play involves seven teenagers (William, Lilly, Bennet, Chadwick, Nicholas, Tanya and Cissy) in their final year at an elite, fee-paying grammar school in Stockport (UK).
However, as exam pressure builds tensions flare and expose a raw undercurrent of panic and hostility.
Directed by Kathleen Quere
Produced by Veronica Barac
Between Two Waves
Written by Ian Meadows
Between Two Waves shows a vision of the future that is not so simple. The optimism for the future that was enjoyed by our parents and theirs can often feel a distant luxury when there is no way of knowing what that future will look like.
Directed by Michael Booker
Produced by Keri Tsaoucis
Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi
Written by Pam Gems
Following the lives of four women at various stages of their 20’s. Dusa, a mother fretting about the safety of her children. Fish, a lawyer struggling with her love life. Stas, working two jobs to study abroad. And Vi, who is in and out of hospital due to her mental health.
Join us in Fish’s apartment to watch the lives of these women unravel; hope is found, breakdowns are inevitable and the four women’s limits are tested from one extreme to the other.
Directed by Georgia Watkins
Produced by Chiara Middleton
Written by Patricia Cornelius
Savages sees four friends embark on the holiday of a lifetime, searching for freedom on a cruise on the high seas. But once they have left the shore behind, the darker side of mateship takes over. Recklessly determined to shake off the baggage of their lives, they begin to spin out of control. Leaving their moral compass behind them, a terrible crime is committed.
Directed by Rosie Niven
Produced by Georgia Wilson
Designed by Liam Jarvis
The Addams Family
Written by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa
It’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.
Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
Directed by Carly Fisher
Produced by Hamish Stenning
The Cocktail Party
Written by T.S. Eliot
NUTS presents an electrifying revival of Nobel Laureate T.S. Eliot's forgotten masterpiece, enlivened as a fevered dream.
Edward and Lavinia stand on the precipice of a failed marriage, and their guests wait like vultures, hungry for the fallout. As the world around them begins to implode, so does their desire for truth. The Cocktail Party is a frenetic dismantling of love, destiny, and self-determination; come dismantle it with us.
Directed by Andrew Signor
Produced by Natalie Marcarian
Designed by Laura Anderson
Infidelity and Enlightenment
Written by Lauren Bonner
NUTS is proud to present the premiere production of Infidelity and Enlightenment, an original play by UNSW alumnus, Lauren Bonner.
The play explores the complexities of love marriage, sex and trust through four characters. Sam and Harry, a married couple in their thirties, and Milo and Jessica, a teenage couple finishing high school.
Directed by Lauren Bonner
Produced by Liam Jarvis
Designed by Verónica Barac