KINDRED

A new Australian play by Rachael Blackwood

Wednesday 3 December through Saturday 13 December, 2014

All shows at 7:30PM

Except 6PM Sunday, additional 2PM Saturday matinees, no Mondays

Revolt Melbourne Artspace

12 Elizabeth St, Kensington VIC 3031

http://revoltproductions.com

Available Tickets

$25 full, $19.50 concession. Don’t miss out!

Kindred is a sharp and provocative play, exploring the shiver and shade of falling in love with someone who turns out to be not what you expected. The play’s raw, unflinching honesty will stay with you long after it’s over.

Please note that Kindred contains strong language, as well as scenes and material that may upset or disturb.

Directed by Lisa Treloar

Written by Rachael Blackwood

Produced by Rachael Blackwood (Goldfish Films)

Tickets available now.

For all media and PR inquiries, please contact Diana Wolfe.

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“It is a great concept that serves to give the victim a sense of power, autonomy and full humanity… The performances were all strong… Kindred is a refreshing and necessary piece of theatre that I will not forget in a hurry. 4/5 stars.”

Laura Hartnell

Theatre People

 

“Blackwood writes with impassioned fury…”

 

Rebecca Harkins-Cross

The Age

“What really resonates with this production is the conversational tone – it’s beautifully fluid… Kindred is a captivating and well performed piece of theatre.

Beth Klein

The Melbourne Observer

“Blackwood’s script is brutal, honest and unflinching… I was extremely impressed by the five women in the “personality” roles… The interactions, dialogue and tone used between them highlights the combined skill of Blackwood, the actors and director Lisa Treloar.” Myron My

Theatre Press

Cast & Crew

Meet the Kindred family
Lisa Treloar

Lisa Treloar

Director

An established Melbourne actor, Lisa Treloar débuts in her latest role as the director of Kindred; a role that she’s finding a rich and juicy new adventure.

Bringing a wealth of stage experience, a passion for home-grown art, previous appearances on a few of the usual Aussie soaps, a smattering of cheesy TV commercials, one short film currently blitzing the international festival circuit, and the benefit of world-class training with the Howard Fine Acting Studio, Lisa feels somewhat less-than-adequately equipped to direct these very talented actors in this brilliant piece of new Australian theatre.
She hopes she hasn’t fucked it up.
Rachael Blackwood

Rachael Blackwood

Writer, Producer, Cast Member - Diana

It’s lucky that Rachael likes hats, because she wears many of them.

Rachael grew up in country Victoria, where there wasn’t much to do. Her home town didn’t even have a cinema. So, Rachael entertained herself with writing, dancing, and exploring the neighbourhood farms. She even had her own gang, the Radical Riders, and a signature bike move.

Writing and dancing eventually led to acting, which led to the discovery of the Howard Fine training. In 2013, Rachael graduated from the Howard Fine Full Time program.

Rachael loves creating stories brimming with passion, cheeky wit, and a vulnerable authenticity. She hopes to bring all those things to the stage with Kindred. More than anything, Rachael is thrilled to be working with her idol, Lisa, their fellow superstar 2013 HFAS graduates, and some talented newcomers as well.

Aisha Jakszeweicz

Aisha Jakszeweicz

Cast Member - June

Aisha got her start in acting when she was 17 on the Australian tele-movie CODY and following this appeared as a main cast member in the ABC series Heartbreak High. Further roles include parts on Wild Side, Fallen Angels, Water Rats, Secret Men’s Business among others. She has worked in fringe theatre in Sydney from 1995.

She took a break from acting and traversed the parallel universe of having kids, going to uni and working in community arts, mental health and community development. But in the last 2 years has returned back to her original planet of acting and feels much more at home and alive. Aisha has under taken training through NIDA-Sydney, Level Crossing- Sydney Theatre Company Youth Program, Practical Aesthetics and Melbourne Actor’s Lab.

Madeleine Mackenzie

Madeleine Mackenzie

Cast Member - Selina

Madeleine’s thirst for knowledge led her to focus on honing her acting skills in 2013 where she graduated from the full-time Program at Howard Fine Acting Studio, Aust. She has also completed a Diploma of Performance at Dance World Studios in Melbourne, where she was awarded a scholarship and graduated in 2006 with honours.

Guys and Dolls (Donmar Warehouse Production) marked Madeleine’s first foray into musical theatre back in 2008 and holds a special place within her heart. She was thrilled to rediscover this classic musical with the Production Company in July of this year. Madeleine has also appeared in Michael Ralph’s Hollywood Honky Tonk, Promises Promises for the Production Company, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic production of Love Never Dies and the 10th Anniversary Tour of Mamma Mia. She has also worked extensively in children’s theatre. Her short film credits include: Zero, New You Hair and Beauty, Sugarplum ( Chorepgrapher), Girl in the Moon.

Ben Ridgwell

Ben Ridgwell

Cast Member - The Knight

Ben is proud to be back on the stage after a few years working in film and television. Some highlights thus far include Upper Middle Bogan, Offspring, The Pacific and Neighbours.

He has played Algernon Moncrieff in two seasons of The Importance of Being Earnest at Chapel off Chapel and appeared in various short films including a Tropfest finalist and a few 48hr Film Project winners.

Ben studied at WAAPA, Ward Studio and with Mr Howard Fine. He also writes, and recently directed his first TV commercial.

“I’m very excited about playing The Knight in Kindred. An extremely challenging and provoking role.”

Aimee Sanderson

Aimee Sanderson

Cast Member - The Princess

Aimee was last on stage with Mockingbird Theatre Company’s production of “Quills”, and in the short film “The Wait” directed by Jet Wilkinson and written by Rachael Blackwood.

This year she also played Jane in Dramatic Pause’s Short Play “It’s On Me” which went on to win Best Short Play in the Kyneton One Act Play Festival.

In 2013, Aimee completed various short films including the Tropfest shortlisted “The Thing About Sally…” and co­produced a finalist film in the 48­hour film festival. She was also in The Third Person & Theatre in the Red as part of the Short & Sweet Festival 2013.

Previous theatre credits include Gwendolyn Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest, Tracy Lord in Philadelphia Story, Butterflies are Free, Midsummer Nights Dream, Play it Again Sam and Man Alive for various theatre companies in Victoria and WA. Aimee is a graduate of the full ­time acting program at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia.

Gabrielle Sing

Gabrielle Sing

Cast Member - Faun

Gabrielle Sing was really quite good at triple jump in high school and has probably ruined her life forever by not pursuing it further and reaching her full potential. She also loves cooking and, given the slightest opportunity, will try to feed you.

Gabrielle will also readily talk your ear off about the sad state of Australian politics. Maintaining rage and enthusiasm is her number one skill. She wishes Gough were still here to sort out this country.

Gabrielle is a recent graduate of both the University of Melbourne and the Howard Fine Acting Studio full time program. She divides her time fairly equally between acting, writing, editing and having a quarter life crisis.

Gabrielle is passionate about the creation of new artistic works and is thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented and inspiring group of Kindred spirits. Total legends. She wants to marry them all. Australia just needs to get with the marriage equality times so that this can happen.

Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin

Cast Member - Minnie

After graduating from Deakin University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama/Dance), Jessica went on to study full time at the world renowned Howard Fine Acting Studio.

Previous screen credits include ‘Sugar Plum’ (Dir. Geoffrey Wright) and ‘Artemis’ (Dir. Daniel Higgins). Recent stage credits include ‘The Super Normal Life of Aiden Allcock’ at Melbourne Fringe, and ‘SkitHeads’ and ‘Funny Bone’ in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Jessica also starred in and co-wrote the original works, ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ and ‘Muck’. Jessica is currently in pre-production on a new web series, débuting early 2015.

Safe Steps

Safe Steps

Charity Partner

 

As a passionate feminist and advocate for women’s rights, partnering with Safe Steps (formerly WDVCS) was an easy decision for our producer, Rachael. Safe Steps is a state-wide not-for-profit service providing emergency accommodation, a free 24-hour crisis line, outreach and advocacy services, working collaboratively with police and the criminal justice system to enable women and children to become, and stay, free from violence and abuse.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. It is endemic in our community and affects people of all walks of life regardless of age, culture, sexual identity, ability, ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status. In Victoria alone, the Safe Steps crisis line receives 50,000 calls every year. Demand on their services is greater than ever and is expected to get worse.

10% of the gross ticket sales from Kindred will be donated to Safe Steps and additional donations will be collected via charity tins at the venue. More information on Safe Steps is available at www.safesteps.org.au. If you, or someone close to you, is experiencing violence or abuse, you can call Safe Steps for support and advice 24/7 on 1800 015 188.

 

Wednesday 3 December through Saturday 13 December, 2014

All shows at 7:30PM

Except 6PM Sunday, additional 2PM Saturday matinees, no Mondays

Revolt Melbourne Artspace

12 Elizabeth St, Kensington VIC 3031

http://revoltproductions.com

Available Tickets

$25 full, $19.50 concession. Don’t miss out!

Media Mentions

(there will be spoilers... you have been warned)

Interview with Rachael Blackwood

by The Royal Daltons - Glen & Michael | Joy FM, Wednesday 3 December 2014

Interview with Aisha Jakszewicz & Gabrielle Sing

by Valerie & Trish | Arts Express, Radio 3CR

Radio Interviews

(Be forewarned there are a few minor spoiler alerts so if you don’t like ’em, don’t listen…)

Interview with Rachael Blackwood

by Lindy Burns | ABC 774, Wednesday 26 November 2014

Interview with Lisa Treloar & Rachael Blackwood

by Jeff Sparrow | RRR, Wednesday 3 December 2014