Adapted from Charles Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0, after Euripides, with contributions and dramaturgy by Morgan Rose.
Adapted from Euripides’ play and brought to life by a cast of 20 performers, Iphigenia 2.0 is a compelling conversation about the nature of democracy, leadership and the power of the collective voice.
Faced with their impending deployment to the Trojan War, a troop of gung-ho soldiers with nothing to lose demand from their leader something unspeakable. Using a sham wedding to the handsome warrior Achilles as bait, Agamemnon lures his daughter to Aulis and sets in motion a chain of events that brings an empire to ruin.
Drawing parallels between Greek tragedy, modern warfare and the state of the local political landscape, Or Forever Hold Your Peace is as physically explosive and athletic as it is ephemeral.
Presented by La Boite Indie and Motherboard Productions with the support of QPAC
“This is no stodgy worthy re-telling of one of the great Greek myths. Rather it is full of colour and movement, with stirring music ranging from Jewish dance to the keening sounds of the bagpipes on Culloden’s field, to the full extravagance of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. And the last scene at the wedding banquet, where the guests have been told of the evil plan and Iphigenia willing accepts her fate and goes out with her father to face certain death (Charles Mee has played tricks with the original story here), is one of the most gripping scenes I’ve seen in a long time.
Whoever said that the stories of the Ancient Greeks had no relevance to our own times? Tony Abbott, see this play and weep.”
Alison Coates, Daily Review
“This was a young, energetic cast full of hopes and aspirations in a production full of originality, with the inclusion of colourfully choreographed dance, mime and a very effective musical score by composer Dane Alexander. There was even a take-off of traditional Greek folk dance, indeed culture, imaginative use of silence and enough clever dialogue to touch on the subjects of the horrors of war, political ambivalence and the old adage of history repeating itself. With generally good performances all round, particularly that of Clytemnestra and a solid portrayal of Achilles, this is a somewhat surreal production fit for all the senses.”
Brian Adamson, Stage Whispers
|Sound Designer||Dane Alexander|
|Scenography (Lights and Stage Design)||Daniel Anderson|
|Costume Design||Jennifer Bismere|
|Original Text||Charles Mee|
|Writer and Dramaturg||Morgan Rose|
|Stage Manager||Candice Diana|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Ariana O'Brien|
|Production Assistant||Emma Healy|
|with||Amy Wollstein, Ben Warren, Chris Farrell, Erica Field, Genevieve Butler, Giema Contini, Janine Watson, Jose Gonda, Kieran Law, Kitty Gatling, Peter Cossar, Rowan Davie, Sam Plummer, Steph Tandy, Thomas Bartsch, Robbie O'Brien,|
La Boite Theatre | 12 – 29 November 2014
(Nominated for 2014 Matilda Award: Best Director, Dave Sleswick)
This work was initially developed and presented in collaboration with Vena Cava Productions in August 2012.
This season featured the follow cast:
Tom Van Kalken
And was delivered by the following Creative and Production team:
Mitchell Chamberlain (Production Manager)
Kathleen O’Sullivan (Assistant Director)
Sam Boyd (Sound Designer)
Christine Hartley (Lighting Designer)
Catherine Lilly-Howe (Assistant Production Manager)
Rebekah MacCarthy (Stage Manager)
Tara Kingi (Stage Manager)
Kristy Kuhnert (Production Designer)
Matthew Higgins (Publicist)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATED WORK ON THIS PROJECT
Promotional Images | Sarah Walker | www.sarahwalker.com.au
Production Images | Morgan Roberts | morganrobertsphotography.com
DAVE SLESWICK – DIRECTOR
As the director of Motherboard, Dave was a recipient of the 2012 Bootcamp Producer’s Mentorship and a recipient of the Australia Council’s 2012 Independent Producers Initiative. Dave has been the key producer, project manager, curator and creator for many independents works and programs around the country and abroad. He has produced and managed works for World Theatre Festival, Australian Performing Arts Market, The Street Theatre Canberra, Brisbane Festival, MONA FOMA, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, Next Wave Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival, HiSeoul Festival, La Boite Theatre, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hothouse Theatre, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, New York Live Arts, Humana Festival Louisville, Performing Arts Market Seoul and Brisbane River Festival.
Dave was a Producer for Next Wave Festival (2013-14) and MAPS for Artists (2013) and was the General Manager for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (2006-07).
In partnership with the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Brisbane Powerhouse and REM Theatre, Dave manages the Australia Korea International Cultural Exchange – an annual artist exchange program for Australian and Korean performance makers.
Dave has directed La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice) (La Boite 2012), Iphigenia 2.0 (Vena Cava 2012), Meet You Downstairs at the Bar (Tom Dickins, Melbourne Cabaret Festival). He is the producer for the 지하 Underground (Metro Arts, Brisbane Festival, World Theatre Festival, APAM, Hi Seoul Festival), 대홍수 Deluge(Brisbane Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival), Six Women Standing in Front of a White Wall, Cordelia(The Street Theatre Canberra).
Dave has also been a delegate for several international performing arts markets and IETM meetings and has recently been accepted as one of five Australian delegates for the Asia Producers Platform (Seoul, Japan, Taiwan, Australia).
MORGAN ROSE – ADDITIONAL WRITING & DRAMATURGY
Morgan Rose is originally from New Orleans, USA and currently lives in Melbourne. She completed a Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne University in 2013. Recent works include:So Much Yes (writer/co-creator, Riot Stage Youth Theatre), Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise (writer, MKA/MTC NEON), and Merica (writer, Two Hours Traffic/Anywhere Theatre Festival). She is currently a Dramaturgy Intern with Playwriting Australia and Resident Writer at the youth theatre company Riot Stage.
DANE ALEXANDER – SOUND DESIGNER
Dane Alexander holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Creative Industries and is currently undertaking a PhD at QUT. Dane’s career has seen him compose, produce and perform at theatres and festivals nationally and internationally. He has been composing and producing music with DeepBlue Orchestra since 2006 (2009 APACA award for ‘Excellent Audience Response’). Dane’s contributions to Queensland theatre have been recognised with a 2013 Matilda Award and multiple Groundling Awards. Recent productions include A Doll’s House (La Boite Theatre Company), Deluge (Motherboard Productions and Brisbane Powerhouse; SIDance, Korea), Sex With Strangers (Brisbane Powerhouse), Motherland (Ellen Belloo and Metro Arts, Matilda Award for Best Independent Production), and The Wizard of Oz (The Danger Ensemble and La Boite Theatre Company).
DANIEL ANDERSON – LIGHTING DESIGNER & SCENOGRAPHER
Daniel Anderson is a lighting designer for Theatre, Opera, Dance, and Cityscapes. Selected credits include: La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, JUTE Theatre, Brisbane City Council/Brisbane Marketing, Black Honey Company, Elbow Room, Next Wave Festival, and Motherboard Productions. Daniel has been nominated for a Matilda Award in 2012 for the Bille Brown Award for the Best Emerging Artist, and received an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. Daniel is an Artistic Associate of Black Honey Company.
JENNIFER BISMIRE – COSTUME DESIGNER
Jennifer Bismire is a director/designer based in Brisbane. Graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Drama), Jennifer has worked in numerous roles throughout the independent film and theatre sector, including FAST, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, QUT, Brisbane Powerhouse, La Boite, Metro Arts, Brisbane Festival and QPIX. In 2014 Jennifer has produced/directed/designed Forgotten Fables for Anywhere Theatre Festival and designed and toured Public Toilets, Private Words for MICF, The Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts and Brisbane Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival.
CANDICE DIANA – PRODUCTION & STAGE MANAGER
Candice is a production and stage manager and has worked professionally in these fields for the past five years, most recently touring 저히 Underground, presented by Motherboard Productions, to the Republic of South Korea for the HiSeoul Festival after a successful season for WTF at Brisbane Powerhouse 2014. This year has also seen work on the development a new Australian Musical Hopelessly Devoted at Glen st, Belrose and a tour of 떡 뵥 이 [The Dokboki Box], a ‘snack tent’ that filled the hearts and bellies at Next Wave Festival, Melbourne and Metro Arts, Brisbane. Candice has been the production and stage manager of the Short+Sweet Festival since 2009 and is treasurer of the board. Former projects include Loco Maricon Amor presented by The Danger Ensemble, La Voix Humaine, presented by Motherboard Productions for La Boite Indie, a regional tour ofJourney, presented by Connect2Productions. Candice is the Stage and Event Coordinator for Oktoberfest Brisbane at the RNA showgrounds each year.
ARIANA O’BRIEN – ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Ariana is in her final year at QUT completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production) with a minor in Scenography. At QUT she has worked as Production Stage Manager: The Cherry Orchard; Deputy Stage Manager: Romeo and Juliet, Dance Graduation 2013 and Assistant Stage Manager: Three Sisters. Over the past 3 years Ariana has also worked as Production Stage Manager: Dianne Gough Productions: Boadicea: The Celtic Rock Opera; Assistant Stage Manager: Motherboard Productions: Or Forever Hold Your Peace, QTC:Gloria, Ballet Theatre Queensland: The Little Mermaid and The Danger Ensemble: Sons of Sin and Children of War. She has also been involved with Woodford Folk Festival, Fete de la Musique and BIG SOUND Festival.
Thomas Bartsch is an enthusiastic theatre maker who innovatives merging the grim, the comedic and the importance of the Australian identity in the modern arts. Having graduated with distinction from QUT’s Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in both Drama and Visual Art, Thomas’ forward thinking approach to performance making sees him practice under stage design, writing and performing which indulge in the dryness of dark humour. At the helm of the Australian theatre collective Poor Paw, Thomas seeks ingenuity in the creative process that sees him challenge himself and ultimately entertain his audience. Thomas’ ability to adapt between professional, indie, festival and residency programs see him more flexible and capable as an emerging creative, having on recently worked on The Fifth Horseman (2014, Festival of Australian Student Theatre & Poor Paw) A Tribute Of Sorts (2012, Benjamin Schostakowski & La Boite Theatre Company), The Theory of Everything (2013, 2014, Metro Arts & Thomas Quirk) and Or Forever Hold Your Peace – The Story of Iphigenia (2014, Motherboard Productions & La Boite Theatre Company).
Actor and comedian Genevieve Butler from Brisbane, is a graduate from both École internationale de théâtre Lassaad and QUT. Recently performed at Ath theatre festival in Belgium both Media and Antigone, and has worked with William Kentridge and Luc de Wit on the creative development of Lulu the opera. Genevieve returns to Brisbane with her solo act Darling Its Just Soap, which she performed at FAST festival La Boite Theatre. With experience in theatre, screen, dance, and street theatre, Genevieve has worked with numerous independent theatre companies in Australia, France and Belgium. She performed in the first Anywhere Theatre Festival’s The Allyway Project in VomCom directed by Kat Henry, in the La Boite Theatres’ Scratch program Flinch directed by Emma Che Martin. She has been a roving street performer for Out of the Box in the Pyramid City directed by Andrew Cory, and she co-directed and performed in LightsPlease! by Sexy Knickers.
Peter has been a working actor since 1991 and a proud member of Actors Equity since 1992. He has performed with Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite, Opera Queensland, Zen Zen Zo, Out of the Box, Theatre UpNorth, Philharmonic Orchestra, Street Arts, Access Arts, Crossbow, Debase, Brisbane Festival. Peter trained as an actor at QUT Academy of the Arts. Since graduating the bulk of his work has been Corporate Events. From a ‘singing chef’ to the ‘fat controller’, this work has taken him to Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Jakarta, Christmas Island and every capital city in Australia. Film and TV include Mr Reliable, Medivac, Pacific Drive, and Accession. Commercials include Suncorp, Gold Lotto, Royco Soup and Courier Mail.
Giema Contini is a theatre and film actress, performing artist, puppeteer and theatre maker. Performance credits include: The Harbinger (Dead Puppet Society / Critical Stages National Tour 2014 & La Boite Mainhouse 2012),Six Women Standing In Front Of A White Wall (Little Dove Theatre Art, 2014) Shadow Thief (LATT Children’s Theatre Seoul / 2013), The Flying Orchestra (Out Of The Box / QPAC 2012), iWar (The Danger Ensemble / QTC 2012), A Collection Of Various Selves (Liesel Zink / Metro Arts Independents 2011), Shit (Morgan Aldrich / Anywhere Theatre Festival 2011), Emma Dean & The Imaginary Friends (National Tour 2010), Several Words Associated With Revenge (Daniel Santangeli / Metro Arts Independents 2008), Dracula (Zen Zen Zo 2007). In 2012 Giema was a mentee as part of the Australia Council Jump Mentoring Program and Artist in Residence as part of Fresh Ground at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts whilst developing her solo show: Awesome Ocean Party. Giema has extensive performance training across many disciplines, including the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints having completed the summer intensive program with Anne Bogart & SITI Company (Saratoga, New York/2009), as well as 4 years training and performance with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company. She has also trained with international and national artists: Carl Ford (Black Nexuss Inc/Susan Batson’s Studio NYC), Barney O’Hanlon (SITI Company), Laura Sheedy (The Pit, NY), Sean Mee, Michael Futcher, David Burthold (Acting for Stage), Andrea Moor (Practical Asthetics), Alejandro Rolandi (Contact Improvisation), Stephen Atkins (Voice), Shaun Parker (Dance & Physical Language), Debra Batton (Legs On The Wall), Sankai Juku (Butoh), Steph Keoh (Lecoq) and Jamie Kable (Meisner Technique). Giema is a graduate of a Bachelor Creative Industries Drama degree (QUT/2006)
Rowan has a degree in Performance from QUT and trained with SITI Company in New York. In 2014 he toured with the Bell Shakespeare Players as Hamlet in Hamlet: Out of Joint, Romeo in Such Sweet Sorrow, Billy in Double Trouble and Banquo in Macbeth (Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre tour). He was an ensemble member of Hangen Til in Tromsø, Norway and co-created Paria for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other theatre credits: Cordelia (Little Dove/ Hot House/ Street Theatre); Agatha (Melbourne Fringe). For Zen Zen Zo: Romeo and Juliet (South East Queensland schools, Hong Kong, NIDA), Sub Con Warrior One and Where the Waves Crash. Film credits: Room For One More? (MAFMAD); Mover (Fantastic Planet Film Festival, Miami International Sci Fi); 2043 (Monster Film Festival). He played Michael Cooper in the TV pilot Town Centrefor Hot Frost. Award nominations: best actor in a supporting role, Tenerife International Film Festival (Life Through A Lens). Rowan is a member of Equity.
Chris Farrell is a young Brisbane based actor who has had a wide range of experience as a result of his training at Southbank Institute of Technology (SBIT). Under the direction of Norman Price and Lisa O’Neill, Chris completed the Advance Diploma of Arts Acting at SBIT, which saw him perform in The Crucible, Blood Wedding, Hand Luggage, The Trojan Women, Liebe Streue and House of Bernarda Alba. Chris’s most recent stage endeavour was working with ECILA Productions and Australian Theatre For Young People (ATYP) onThe Missing Pages. Other theatre credits include: Sons of Sin (The Danger Ensemble/Judith Wright Centre),The Theory of Everything (Thomas Quirk/!Metro Arts), Yellow (BEAF/Judith Wright Centre), Untitled HEDA Untitled (Thomas Quirk/2High Festival), The Bully (OMAD Productions), Jesus Christ Superstar (QPAC), The Mayne Inheritance (Zen Zen Zo & KSHS).
Erica Field is an actor and devisor working across the mediums of film, contemporary theatre, and live art, within a variety of performative modes and collaborative processes. She recently appeared in Little Dove Theatre Art’s newest live art work, titled From This, at Canberra Museum & Art Gallery, and the short films Sailboats (dir. Rachel Anderson) and Ouroboros (dir. Henry Boffin), both of which screened at the Cannes Court Métrage Short Film Corner in May this year. Additional performance credits include: Six Women Standing In Front Of A White Wall by Little Dove Theatre Art (Art, Not Apart Festival 2014, 2High Festival 2009, Melbourne Fringe 2009, Edinburgh Fringe 2007, Canberra Fringe 2007, La Boite 2006); Genevieve Trace’s Aurelian (Riverway Arts Centre/Burdekin Theatre/COCA/MECC 2013, Brisbane Festival 2013); Motherboard Productions’ La Voix Humaine (La Boite Indie 2012, Brisbane Festival UTR 2011, FreeRange Festival 2011); The Raven by Thomas Quirk (Metro Arts 2012); CORDELIA by Little Dove Theatre Art (The Street Theatre, Canberra 2011); Daniel Santangeli’s Room 328 (Melbourne Fringe 2011, WTF 2011, Metro Arts 2010); Fleur Elise Noble’s 2-Dimensional Life of Her (40th Children’s Theatre Festival 2010, New Territories International Festival of Live Art 2010, Come Out Festival 2009, Brisbane Festival UTR 2008); and The Physics Project by Amantha May/Leah Mercer (QUT, 2006). Erica graduated with a degree in Performance Studies from QUT in 2006, and has trained in Contact Improvisation with Alejandro Rolandi, The Suzuki Method and Viewpoints with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, and Butoh Dance with Yumiko Yoshioka (Germany).
Kitty Gatling is a Brisbane-based artist, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the Queensland University of Technology. She has a passion for contemporary performance and is working to establish herself as a prominent and multi-skilled artist in Brisbane’s independant theatre industry. Kitty currently works as an actor, teacher and musician, and has worked extensively on a number of shows for QUT’s Vena Cava Productions. Kitty has begun writing and directing her own short plays, and has continued developing her performing abilities in a number of both university-based and professional productions, events and festivals.
José is currently a student of Drama at the Queensland University of Technology. Originally from the small rural town Gin Gin, he has only been involved in the Brisbane arts industry since 2012. A student of the arts José has a passion for experiencing and learning about all aspects of live performance and art. His experience includes performances with Vena Cava (QUT’s student theatre company) and shows in the Festival of Australian Student Theatre, 2High at the Powerhouse and also La Boite Indie in 2013.
Kieran is a Brisbane based performer. He has a background in physical theatre and studied Performance at Queensland University of Technology graduating in 2008. He has moved through a number of different disciplines including circus and dance. Kieran has been involved in previous La Boite Indie works Angel Gear, The Truth About Kookaburras and circus work Blindscape.
Robbie is a theatre performer, creator, writer and educator and is currently undertaking a masters degree at QUT researching play and interactive performance. He has performed and co-devised a wide variety of work including fifteen (Brisbane Festival), The Raven (Metro Arts), The Hamlet Apocalypse (The Danger Ensemble/La Boite), Room 328 (Metro Arts), Sub-Con Warrior 1 (Zen Zen Zo) and ..those with Luficer (Zen Zen Zo). He also acted as dramaturge for La Voix Humane (Motherboard/La Boite) and was Assistant Director onMy name is Rachel Corrie (Bella Stanley/La Boite) and Medea Material (Stella Elektrica/La Boite). Robbie also works as a Clown Doctor at the Royal Brisbane Children’s Hospital.
Sam Plummer graduated with a Bachelor of Communications Studies, majoring in Theatre Studies, from UNE in 2009. After graduating, Sam moved to Brisbane to begin the company Internship Program with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. Sam has worked on various productions with Zen Zen Zo, including the IN THE RAW: Studio Season of Dante’s Inferno, The Golden Show (Japan), the multi-award winning production of Cabaret, and Hello Spaceboy!. Sam has also toured Queensland extensively with Zen Zen Zo, and Artslink Queensland, since 2010. His credits include Romeo & Juliet, Hello Spaceboy!, Marcus & The Manic Music Makers, and Macbeth: A Porter’s Tale. 2014 sees Sam continue his in-schools touring work, as well as performing in two different productions at La Boite Indie – Or Forever Hold Your Peace (Motherboard Productions), and Angel Gear(Pentimento Productions).
Graduating from QUT in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama), Steph is a Brisbane based performer and theatre maker. Her performance credits include: Tashi (dir. Mark Radvan, Imaginary Theatre); The Lost Property Rules (dir. Lucas Stibbard, Queensland Theatre Company); Fly In Fly Out (dir. Howard Cassidy, Debase Productions); ><R&J (dir. Lucas Stibbard, La Boite Indie) and I Feel Awful (developed by The Black Lung Theatre Company and Whaling Firm, presented by Queensland Theatre Company and Brisbane Festival 2011). Her technical credits include: Crave and Reactor (Lighting Designer, Vena Cava Productions: Fresh Blood 2012) and X Stacy (Sound Operator, dir. Sandro Colarelli). Writing and directing her first work in 2012 (Vena Cava Productions: Capillaries and Arteries), Steph hopes to use her background in dance and music to create and develop new works as a performer and creative.
Ben is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama). His performance credits include; Feature Film: The Railway Man. Short Film: Liquid Courage, Nothing Much. Theatre: Grin & Tonic: Absurd, Epic, Warning: Small Parts, The Dream Project, The Zoo Story. La Boite Scratch: Sleep, Rest & Repose. Poor Paw/2high Festival:Propagation. Vena Cava Productions: Jerusalem, Iphigenia 2.0. The Arts Centre Gold Coast: The Pillowman, Oh the Humanity and other exclamations. Motherboard Productions: Shimchong: Daughter Overboard, Or Forever Hold Your Peace (co-presented as part of La Boite Indie). Ben has also performed in readings for the Queensland Theatre Company, Debase Productions, Grin & Tonic, Light & Water Productions/Metro Arts, and Vena Cava Productions. His writing credits include; Lead Writer: As We Come Undone (QUT 2014 graduating work, awarded Best In Show). Co-writer: Warning: Small Parts (Grin & Tonic 2012 tour, HotHouse Theatre/Regional Arts Victoria 2015 tour), The Runaways (Sampson Smith’s 2013 QUT Honours Project).
Janine Watson is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne. From 2006 – 2009 she has undertook extensive training in Suzuki and Viewpoints with Zen Zen Zo in Brisbane and SITI Company in New York. In 2013/14 Janine trained in Meyerhold with renowned stage and screen fight choreographer Nigel Poulton. Recent acting credits include Titania/Peter Quince in The Dream directed by Peter Evans for Bell Shakespeare, Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons for MTC Neon and Little Ones Theatre, The Players Ensemble 2013 with Bell Shakespeare, Mother in Triangle for MKA Theatre, Eva in The Sea Project for Arthur Productions/Mudlark Theatre, and Julia in J.A.T.O for MKA Theatre. In January 2014 Janine was invited to direct Such Sweet Sorrow for Bell Shakespeare Learning, and will direct Midsummer Madness for them in 2015.
Amy Wollstein is a multiskilled performer, puppeteer, director and teaching artist. She has extensive training in voice, physical theatre and puppetry as well as a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Drama from QUT and a Grad. Dip. Ed. In Senior Drama. Performance Credits include: Deluge Brisbane Festival 2014 and the Seoul International Dance Festival 2014, Camp Quality Primary School Puppet Program director and performer,Monkey Boy (Director) The Judith Wright Centre 2013, The Raven in Metro Independents 2012. Amy also performed in 2012 as Clytemnestra in Motherboard Productions’ Iphigenia 2.0 as a part of Vena Cava Produtions. Other recent credits include directing award winning short play V.D. By Sydney’s Pete Mailiki, in Brisbane’s Short and Sweet Festival and performing for a year in South Korea with children’s Theatre Company LATT.