HotHouse Theatre Wins International Gender Equity Award

HotHouse Theatre has been named as a recipient of a 2015-16 50/50 Award in recognition of gender equity in its season programming.

The award, now in its fifth year, recognises theatres that produced female playwrights in at least 50 percent of their previous season.

Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis said HotHouse Theatre was enormously proud to be a recipient of the award.

‘Gender equity for women playwrights has long been identified as a major issue for the Australian theatre industry,’ Lyn said.

‘HotHouse has a long history of supporting women in creative leadership, and is proud to have programmed in 2015-16 the fabulous work of Mary Rachel Brown, Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton (pictured), Sarah Kriegler, Julia-Rose Lewis, Emily Goddard, and Kamarra Bell-Wykes, Vivienne Walsh and Jo Lancaster,’ she said.

The HotHouse Studio Ensemble is also working with playwright, Roslyn Oades on its 2016 show about the big dreams of Albury-Wodonga, At the Hip which runs from 3 – 19 November at The Butter Factory Theatre.

One hundred and seven theatres in 10 countries and five continents have received the award this year breaking all records since the award was introduced.

The list includes theatres in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States with almost 32% of the theatres being repeat recipients, demonstrating gender parity in two or more seasons. Recipients range from community and college theatres to internationally renowned theatres.

Watch the award winners as they celebrate their achievement including HotHouse’s General Manager, Tahni Froudist and Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis (5:16)


Eclectic mix gives judges tough task for judging SOLO Monologue competition

Twelve shortlisted monologues – intriguing, disturbing, amusing but ultimately entertaining – were staged at the SOLO Monologue Competition Performance last Thursday night at the Butter Factory Theatre.

The three entries that shone for the judges and won the $500 prizemoney, generously donated by La Trobe University Albury Wodonga campus in each category, were:

High School – Jesslyn Santosa, Grace and the Melancholy; Unpublished – Mark Dessaix, No Title and Published – Maura Pierlot (pictured above), Tapping Out.

Judges Paul Brosche, Margie Gleeson and Tahni Froudist  said they were pleased with the range of monologues that were on this year’s shortlist and that the shortlist was an example of how monologues should be written with theatricality and performance in mind.

They added that after three years of the competition it was great to see so many people participating, and the writing growing. The judges congratulated all of the winners and the entire shortlist on making their job a difficult one.

The competition is run by HotHouse Theatre and sponsored by La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus as part of the Write Around the Murray Festival.

Performances of the monologues were by members of the HSC/VCE Drama Class, HotHouse Studio Ensemble, Black Border Ensemble and The Other Theatre Company.

More than 200 entries from around the world were received for this year’s competition, with the shortlisted playwrights receiving dramaturgical advice from Mary Rachel Brown, writer of The Dapto Chaser which opened the 2016 HotHouse season.

The Orchid and The Crow Season Postponed

Unfortunately next week’s season of The Orchid and The Crow has had to be postponed due to a family emergency. Our thoughts are with the creative team during this difficult time.

All ticket holders have been sent an email regarding the situation, and our team will be contacting everyone over the phone to work through your options.

We are working closely with the producer to confirm new dates for the season later in the year. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your patience as we work through the list of patrons to contact.

We thank our wonderful HotHouse patrons old and new for their understanding.

We will still be supporting Sunshine Week  and the new Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre by taking donations at our other September events – SOLO Monologue Performances – 7.30pm, Thursday 8 September; Galah Bar #4 – 6.30pm Friday 23 September and at the Gateway Village Open Day on Saturday, 24 September from 9am – 12 noon.

About the show

This life affirming musical comedy about family, faith and survival tells the story of Daniel Tobias who grew up in a Jewish-atheist household has won a swag of awards including the following 2015 awards: Outstanding Solo Performance – Ottawa Fringe; Outstanding Individual Performance – London Free Press; Theatre Weekly Award – Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Writing – Green Room Award.

In 2004 Daniel found out he had stage-four testicular cancer and went searching for God. Any God. Enter Lance Armstrong, seven-times winner of the Tour de France and legendary cancer survivor.

Reflecting on Daniel’s real life experiences The Orchid and the Crow is a solo performance: part story-telling, part cabaret, part theatre, featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Die Roten Punkte. Segueing between rock, pop, and contemporary opera, Daniel effortlessly draws the audience into the inspiring tale of his almost-death experience.

Daniel Tobias is a hugely talented and respected performer and actor, most noted in Australia for creating the ever child-like Otto in the highly successful and critically acclaimed Die Roten Punkte. Since 2006, Clare Bartholomew and Daniel, a Salvador Dinosaur have produced four award-winning Die Rotem Punkte live shows, with corresponding albums, that have toured to the USA, UK, New Zealn, Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Canada and Germany.

The show was created and performed by Daniel Tobias; directed by Christian Leavesley; dramaturgy by Casey Bennetto; script consultant David Quirk; songs by Daniel Tobias and Clare Bartholomew with John Thorn, Casey Bennetto and Jherek Bischoff. It was developed with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation.

Book your tickets here or phone 02 6021 7433.

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