All posts by Bronwyn Fullerton

Bronwyn Fullerton worked as an actress and singer for over 20 years after training with Hayes Gordon at The Ensemble Theatre Studios in Sydney in the 70s. She has worked for The Ensemble Theatre, Stables Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Theatre-in-Education touring, Rocks Theatre at The Sailor’s Home, Balmain Loft, North Coast Theatre Co., Giniby Theatre Co., Bondi Pavilion Theatre and two years with the Marionette Theatre of Australia, including a tour from Alice Springs to Arnhem Land. As well as Film and Television (Chopper Squad) and Voice Overs, Bronwyn worked for the Gate Theatre Club in London and studied mime in Paris. She now teaches ESL English to foreign students and completed a Post-Grad in Film & Video at UTS in 2009/10.

MURDER ON THE WIRELESS @ THE ENSEMBLE

Having spent my earliest years eagerly absorbing the deep sound of my grandmother’s grand old stand-up radio and those at my family home, I have, along with generations before me, a deep and lasting fondness for its impact on the imagination.

Mark Kilmurry, writer, actor and Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theatre, has brought to the stage the wondrous magic of a 1959 radio studio with two short plays that he has written.  The first, adapted from an Arthur Conan Doyle story, “The Solitary Cyclist”, and the second, another detective story, “The Dead(ly) Wives Club”. (Kilmurry has also directed the show with his landmark style and humour).

These work beautifully as plays within a radio play.  The three actors at the microphones with scripts in hand are the very talented Mark Kilmurry, Daniel Mitchell and Georgie Parker.  Behind them, as the mesmerising foley artist, responsible for the ambient sound effects delightfully recreated in this production, is actor Katie Fitchett.  Stage Manager, Stephanie Lindwall sits in a control booth at the back of the stage running the show. Continue reading MURDER ON THE WIRELESS @ THE ENSEMBLE

FOLK @ THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

FOLK by English playwright Tom Wells, is a simple story of faith, loneliness, unlikely friendships and the healing power of music.

Delightfully irreverent and fun-loving Irish nun, Sister Winnie, (Genevieve Lemon), has befriended 50 year old Stephen, (Gerard Carroll), a reclusive, withdrawn guitarist and folk singer who is too shy to sing in public. Winnie loves a Guinness and a good time so each Friday night, she has Stephen over for some raucous slapstick and singing.

Genevieve Lemon as Winnie fills the stage with her excellent delivery of one-liners, compassion and infectious energy. After another Guinness and quick cigarette at the window, she quips to Stephen, “Sing me something holy – something wholly inappropriate”. Continue reading FOLK @ THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU

“I thought a lot about love. About how it can happen out of the blue, about how it can change everything when it does. How it can give direction when you feel lost.”, writes Irish playwright, John O’Donovan, about his first full-length play, ‘IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU’.  It is set in Ennis, County Clare, where he spent much of his childhood.

This beautifully written, feisty play is rich with humour and pathos. It was written in 2015 as the same sex marriage referendum was happening in Ireland, exploring the personal struggles, duality and insecurity of two men in love. The play defies stereotypes and takes us on a delightful rollercoaster.                             Continue reading IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU

LUNA GALE : INTRIGUING DRAMA @ THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

The Ensemble Theatre’s latest play, the intriguing and powerful LUNA GALE, opens with two meth addicts, Karlie and Peter, who are contained in a waiting room while their baby Luna is receiving medical attention for dehydration. Husband Peter is slumped on a chair, coming down from the drug, whilst Karlie is pacing the room, trying to wake him up by force-feeding him ‘Skittles’. Her bag is full of junk food.

Written in 2014 by American award-winning playwright and author, Rebecca Gilman, this cleverly constructed play can appear at first to be dealing with cliches, but scene by scene, it turns them upside down. Continue reading LUNA GALE : INTRIGUING DRAMA @ THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

REG LIVERMORE RETURNS TO THE ENSEMBLE WITH THE WIDOW UNPLUGGED

Reg Livermore in THE WIDOW UNPLUGGED                                                                                                           Production photos: Prudence Upton

In 1958, Reg Livermore became a founding member of Hayes Gordon’s Ensemble Theatre, alongside Lorraine Bayly, Don Reid, Jon Ewing and Clarissa Kaye. This year, during the 60th anniversary of the Ensemble, Livermore has returned to the boards with his latest one-man show, THE WIDOW UNPLUGGED (OR AN ACTOR DEPLOYS).  His triumphant entrance on opening night inspired a well-deserved round of applause !

Since his early shows, ‘Hair’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, his amazing Dr Frank’n’furter in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ and the fabulous ‘Betty Blokk Buster Follies’ one-man show series in the 70s, Livermore has won many distinguished accolades, including the Sydney Critics Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and an AO in 1996!  Continue reading REG LIVERMORE RETURNS TO THE ENSEMBLE WITH THE WIDOW UNPLUGGED

IMPENDING EVERYONE: INTERNET HISTORIES EXPOSED

This image: Rebecca Burchet
Featured image: Sean Cartwright, Callum McManus, Apsara Lindeman and Alexandra Jensen
Production photography: Tracey Schramm

ATYP (Australian Theatre For Young People) has been operating for decades. It is recognised as one of the most innovative youth theatre programs in the world. They have been residing underneath the Sydney Theatre Company for many years, but as the wharves are under reconstruction, they are performing at the Stables Theatre alongside the Griffin Theatre Company. Soon they will have a brand new 200-seat theatre at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay.

Apart from performance seasons, they offer playwriting programs, holiday workshops, weekly workshops, schools’ programs, live-streamed shows, teachers’ resources, scholarships and they also provide opportunities for our future artists all over Australia. Continue reading IMPENDING EVERYONE: INTERNET HISTORIES EXPOSED

MARJORIE PRIME AT ENSEMBLE: HOW WE COPE WITH FEAR AND LOSS

This image: Lucy Bell, Richard Sydenham.
Featured image: Maggie Dence, Jake Speer and Lucy Bell.                                                                                  Production photos by Lisa Tomasetti

Today, as we look into the future, we are sharing the increasingly sophisticated technologies involving artificial intelligence and robots.  Could they be therapeutic?  Are they truly capable of equaling or out-smarting human intelligence?  Will they ever comprehend human emotion?

Talented American playwright, Jordan Harrison, wrote his play MARJORIE PRIME to question these ideas of artificial intelligence.  First produced in LA in 2014, it was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  The film adaptation premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, starring John Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins.  Harrison also wrote three seasons of the Netflix drama, ‘Orange Is The New Black’. Continue reading MARJORIE PRIME AT ENSEMBLE: HOW WE COPE WITH FEAR AND LOSS

JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE – JOYOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

This image: Rebecca Hetherington                                                                                                                    Featured image: Hayden Rodgers, Chloe Dallimore, Amanda Laing, Rebecca Hetherington Photos by Heidrun Lohr

Monkey Baa Theatre Company was established in 1997 by its Creative Directors, Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry.  Their first tour was an adaptation of Tim Winton’s ‘The Bugalugs Bum Thief’.  In 2017, at the Sydney Theatre Awards, they won a Special Award for 20 years of Outstanding Achievement.

Now the resident company at Darling Harbour’s  ‘Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre’, their latest production, JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE, has opened for a school holiday season, to be followed by a six month national tour. Continue reading JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE – JOYOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

‘GREATER SUNRISE’: INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

This image: Cassandra Sorrell and Jose Da Costa
Featured image: Cassandra Sorrell and Alexander Stylianou
Production images: Hon Boey

The GREATER SUNRISE is a fictional dramatisation inspired by the real events of Australia’s involvement in East Timor in 2004.  Playwright Zoe Hogan has drawn on her own experiences living and working in Timor-Leste, as well as conversations, interviews and research.

The play coincides with the current landmark agreement being signed at the United Nations, by Australia and East Timor, to share revenue from the $50 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea.  Recommendations by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, who are overseeing negotiations between the neighbouring countries, should be released in mid April, 2018. Continue reading ‘GREATER SUNRISE’: INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

DIPLOMACY @ THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Featured image- John Bell and John Gaden in DIPLOMACY at the Ensemble Theatre. Pic Prudence Upton.

Paris, August 25th, 1944.  As the Allied Forces move closer to the city, Hitler has decided, in his ever-increasing delusional state, that if Germany can’t have Paris, then no-one will.  He has ordered the complete destruction of the city, so famous for its centuries of unique cultural history and beauty.

From this historical fact, French playwright, Cyril Gely, has created in DIPLOMACY, a fictional reason for Paris’ survival, a beautifully rich, philosophical and persuasive dialogue between two men – quite different by nature, but both very powerful in stature and personality.

Gely’s play was first performed in 2011 at Theatre de la Madeleine in Paris.  It was skilfully adapted and translated into English for John Bell’s Australian premiere by Julie Rose.  Gely also wrote the screenplay for the French movie based on his stage play, ‘Diplomatie’, which was shown at our 2015 French Film Festival.

Continue reading DIPLOMACY @ THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

TAKING STEPS @ THE ENSEMBLE

In 1979, award-winning British playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, wrote TAKING STEPS, which he describes as “the only true farce I’ve ever written”.  In a decade where English humour was making huge waves, particularly in Australia, with ‘Monty Python’ and ‘Fawlty Towers’, TAKING STEPS has the same impact, offering eccentric, flawed characters and tantalising dialogue.

The play is set in an old, dilapidated Victorian mansion called The Pines.  It is reputedly a former bordello and said to be haunted by a deceased prostitute.  Enhancing the play’s farcical humour, the three storeys of the run-down house become one storey on stage.  Two sets of banisters mark two imaginary staircases on which the actors frantically or cautiously prance up and down.  It’s a wonderful theatrical technique by Ayckbourn and works beautifully. Continue reading TAKING STEPS @ THE ENSEMBLE