UNFOLD: A new short festival at the Old Fitz

Venue: The Old Fitz: 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Dates:  21st – 24th August 2019
Tickets: Pay What You Can

UNFOLD brought together playwrights, actors, directors, producers, artists, and reviewers, for a series of networking events, short developments, play readings, and panel discussions, in an effort to promote the importance of new Australian work, and provide opportunities for emerging theatre makers. The festival was a forum for sharing new ideas, making new connections, and celebrating the art of storytelling.

The Program

UNFOLD Networking | 7pm Wednesday 21st August 2019
Industry, theatre-makers, and artists come together to foster new relationships and discuss the challenges and rewards of making new work.

UNFOLD New Works | Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd August 2019
Readings will be presented of new Australian works that are in development or ready for a season.

Thursday 22nd of August

6:15pm – Miriam by James Elazzi

7:45pm – Help Yourself by Keziah Warner

9:15pm – I Think I Hate Myself by Jasper Lee-Lindsay

Friday 23rd of August

6:15pm – Hairworm by Emma Wright

7:30pm – April Marlowe’s Abortion by April Marlowe

9:15pm – Christmas Special by Joel Burrows

UNFOLD The Conversation | Saturday 24th August 2019  
6PM The Emerging Playwright Join us for this exciting panel discussion as leading and emerging industry discuss the importance of new work, the process of creation and development, as well as access to opportunities. Featuring Polly Rowe (Sydney Theatre Company), Phil Spencer (Griffin Theatre Company), Jane FitzGerald (Australian Theatre for Young People), and playwrights Tasnim Hossain, Jules Orcullo and Lachlan Philpott. Facilitated by AWGIE Winner, two-time Green Room Award Nominee, and IGNITE resident playwright Katy Warner.

7:30PM The Emerging Producer: Avoiding Disaster Join Dino Dimitriadis (Apocalypse Theatre), Jeremy Waters (Outhouse Theatre), Charlie Falkner (JackRabbit Theatre), Emma Diaz (Aya Productions) and Loredana Cross (New Ghosts Theatre Co.) as they discuss their experiences, and the challenges they’ve faced producing independent theatre. This panel will be facilitated by IGNITE Collective resident actor Chika Ikogwe (The Wolves Belvoir St Theatre, and Normal Old 505 Theatre).

8:45PM Theatre Reviewers: What Makes a Good Show? Join John Shand (SMH), Ben Neutze (Time Out), Diana Simmonds (Stage Noise), Jason Blake (Audrey Journal), Lisa Thatcher, and Cassie Tongue, as they discuss their thoughts on what makes a good show. Do they review new work differently? Do they think new work is important? Are reviews important? Facilitated by Theatre Now’s Lynden Jones, this panel is NOT TO BE MISSED!

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