"2018 was the year of the first timers - at the start of this year, the committee made it a priority to engage with newcomers and first-timers and this year, almost all of our shows were made of a team of first timers, from directors and producers, to actors and crew members. We had over 100 people involved in making, acting and crewing shows. We had our first ever Australian play major, which was also our first play major in about 10 years. We built on the legacy of the 32 years before us and we have a lot to be proud of.
I just want to say - from the very bottom of my heart - thank you. Thank you to everyone here tonight. Thank you to our wonderful 2018 committee, and thank you to those who are on the 2019 committee who will do big things. Thank you to everyone who was in a show, to those who will win the big awards to those who feel like their contribution was minimal. Thank you to everyone who shared with me in 2am bump ins and early morning barn runs. Thank you to everyone who put in countless hours of their own time in an attempt to fulfil your own dreams, or better yet, those of the sometimes overly ambitious directors. Thank you to everyone who went to an audition, came to a BBQ, sang karaoke with us at the rege or even just saw a show that their friend dragged them along to. None of this is possible without all of you. So thank you again.
- NUTS 2018 President Liam Jarvis (NUTS Ballwards 2018)
PRODUCTIONS AND EVENTS
Written by William Shakespeare
“I’ll give my reasons more worthier than their voices.”
Caius Martius, a Roman soldier dubbed 'Coriolanus' for her prowess, is the hero of the Roman/Volscian war, and a figure of great contention to all those around her. She deprives the plebeians of food, yet fights for their country without mercy - a proud solider and devoted Roman, in a critical moment of history.
Directed by Joe Knights
Produced by Axel-Nathaniel Rose
Designed by Madi Aimée Slavin
Domestic 2018: 'Hanging Low' - NUTS Down Under!
Written by NUTS Members
Written in a day / Rehearsed in a week / Funded on a tenner!
This year's Domestic was all about 'Straya, featuring tradies, mimes, Rhonda and Khetut's bitter divorce and much more! 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!
NUTS in Residence
We opened Studio One up to some of our most beautiful, talented Nutters to showcase some amazing, original work! With Honours Projects on Tuesday night and a Live Radio Play on Thursday, there was something for everyone! Later in the week we had some bangin' social events, including a 90's themed dance party and a pyjamas-only movie night!
Work by: Georgia Watkins, Sophie Strykowski and Kelly-Ann Standley
Written by Joe Landry
Directed by Remi Adeney
Short and Salty
Miss out on Short and Sweet? Have an overwhelming amount of salt and no way to get rid of it? Short and Salty showcased four vastly different short plays with plenty of variety!
The four plays were:
1. She’s His Lobster directed and written by Alice Yan
2. Is It Me? directed by Jo Bradley, written by Tony Devaney Morinelli
3. The Perfect Date directed by Micayla Laurence, written by Lewis Scamozzi
4. Winners Don’t Do Dungeons co-directed by Madi Slavin and Maxim Adams, written by Andrew Fallon
This Old Man Comes Rolling Home
Written by Dorothy Hewitt
“We breed like sparrows an’ we die like sparrows. We never end. We jus’ come up out of the dark little houses to sit among the chimney pots flappin’ our wings and twitterin’ for the stars.”
Dorothy Hewett’s ‘This Old Man Comes Rolling Home’ is a haunting, poetic portrayal of working class family life in Cold War Sydney. Capturing the spirit and political character of 1950s Redfern, this tender story treats the often-miserable lives of its characters with warmth and humour.
Directed by Casuarina O'Brien
Produced by Natalie Marcarian
Designed by Verónica Barac
What is the Matter with Mary Jane?
Story by Sancia Robinson
Written by Wendy Harmer
This one-woman show is a fierce, sardonic, no-holds barred look at the experience of one woman battling with Anorexia and Bulimia. Both a devastating drama, and a heart wrenching black comedy, this raw and honest work exposes the painful reality of an under-discussed mental illness that affects 15% of Australian women.
Directed by Jo Bradley
Produced by Liam Jarvis
Designed by Sarah Stormont
Life Without Me
Written by Daniel Keefe
“I never quite feel myself when I am here. I always feel a little lost, as if I have stepped outside of my life. I need to be where I belong. That’s where we all need to be, isn’t it?”
A hotel with reservations. Award-winning playwright Daniel Keene’s play is an eccentric fable about taking up residence and trying to move on.
Directed by Charlie Fielke
Produced by Sophie Giese
Designed by Jordan Mah
Written by Neil Simon
"The prescription was farce." - New York Times
Gunshots, mishaps, back spasms, car accidents, politics, scandal, gossip, police. RUMOURS. An intricate comedic masterpiece which examines themes of truth, deception, sadness and the limits of reality.
Directed and Designed by Daniel Tompson
Produced by Callum Foote