2012 was a year of highly inventive shows where Nutters came from all corners of UNSW to work on a large range of projects together.
This year saw two student written productions, the first in quite some years. It saw a large musical which over 40 people were involved in creating, producing and performing.
2012 also included a amateur debut of an Australian work, an inventive Shakespeare, a musical within Studio One, a classic fairy-tale comedy adapted for adults, as well as Reza's highly regarded Art.
Overall it was a busy year and everybody's effort paid off, with a strong show of student run theatre.
Productions and Events
Adapted by Lindsay Price from the novel by Lewis Carroll
From the moment of diving down the rabbit hole after the White Rabbit, Alice’s world is turned on its head. Is this place, and all the weird and wonderful characters she meets there, a dream – or madness? Explore with Alice as she sets out to discover who and what she has become.
NUTS plays are notoriously filled with madness and hilarity. Seeing this re-imagined version of Alice is also a chance to channel your inner Gwen Stefani, so what are you waiting for?
Directed by Daisy Johnson
Produced by Julia Kelly
Student written w/ Studio 4
Trivial Pursuit is about people trying to answer the the question "Does he or she like me", without ever asking it.
It's a familiar scene: you've just had sex with someone; in-between a hangover and morning breath, you've decided you actually like them. And so do they. And you both organise a date.
Now way more things can go wrong, and in 'A Trivial Pursuit', they do. Oh god they do.
Directed by Daniel Muggleton
Produced by Julia Kelly and Verity Smith
Student Written by Andrew Ottley
Best friends Alan and Mike reside in an ordinary little rural town, yet they both know soon their lives will be shaken up in ways that they could never imagine.
Like every generation before them, they will have to stand and face the testing of the fire. The Fire is both a bush fire, which besets their town, but also a metaphorical testing that everyone must face.
Directed by Andrew Ottley
Produced by Jules Kelly
Written by William Shakespeare
"Did heaven look on, and not take their part?" - Macduff
It is a question which mankind has struggled for centuries, the idea that if there is a God, why is there so much evil and injustice in the world? The bleakness we take away with us resides not in the knowledge that Macbeth destroyed himself, but the fact that he did not act unprompted; for "when once our grace we have forgot,nothing goes right".
Is there such thing as fate, who toys with us humans as mere playthings, just as the three witches do in Macbeth?
Directed by Julia Kelly
Produced by Brendan Lim
Music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice
A young Nubian princess falls in love with an Egyptian soldier – a seemingly simple act that is soon followed by a powerful and engaging struggle of love-against-the-odds. With music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, AIDA is the story of forbidden love that flourishes in a time of war and tyranny.
This NUTS major production included one of the largest ensemble casts in NUTS history, with over 20 performers and 30 crew members all working together to create a spectacular show in NIDA's Playhouse Theatre.
Directed by Michael Soul
Produced by Kylie Upton
Written by Yasmina Reza
'Art' shows the hurtful battles we play with each other, that are sometimes as foul as childish games. However, the play's magnetism masquerades true human nature.
The three men realise that they adapt to their surroundings, and that they each have a great impact on each others lives. This play shows the sticks and stones we all throw. We go through life dodging them. But when one hits a friend, it hurts more than just that one man.
Directed by James Russel
Produced by Aidan Bryant
Songs for a New World
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
"It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back."
Jason Robert Brown's abstract musical, Songs for a New World, shows how individuals handle the moment of decision. Inspiring, eclectic, and engaging, this musical warms the heart and reminds us what it is to be human.
Directed by Sally Horton
Produced by Brendan Lim
Written by Brendan Cowell
This October, come and see the Amateur Premiere of Brendan Cowell's celebrated play 'Ruben Guthrie'.
"Ruben Guthrie is on fire. He's 29, he's the Creative Director of a cutting-edge advertising agency and he's engaged to a Czech supermodel. He pours himself a drink to celebrate, a drink to work, a drink to sleep and one spectacular night he drinks so much he thinks he can fly..."
Directed by Xavier Coy
Produced by Verity Smith