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Production Team Performer / Writer Director / Co-devisor Designer Lighting Designer Sound Designer Dramaturge Visual Design Musician Voiceovers Mark Sheppard Liz Skitch Josh McIntosh Jason Glenwright Ian
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Production Team Performer / Writer Director / Co-devisor Designer Lighting Designer Sound Designer Dramaturge Visual Design Musician Voiceovers Mark Sheppard Liz Skitch Josh McIntosh Jason Glenwright Ian O Brien Nadine McDonald Bianca Beetson Kimba Fatiaki Dianna Cassidy Robert Kronk Choreographer Stage Manager Marilyn Miller Anika Vilee ASM / Design Assistant Yvette Turnbull Production Manager Photography Graphic Design Publicist Robert Kronk Lukas Davidson Lead Based Ink Olivia Guglielmino, Modcomms About debase Established in 1998, debase productions creates unique comic performances displaying artistic excellence. Based in the Metro Arts Building, debase develops comic work using many comic forms from sketch comedy and clown to comic drama and satire. The debase principal artistic team is Bridget Boyle, Robert Kronk and Liz Skitch. For more information about the company, go to kuril dhagun The first of its kind in any Australian State Library, kuril dhagun, located on level one of the State Library of Queensland, provides a nucleus for Queensland s unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. It is also the flagship for the network of Indigenous Knowledge Centres located throughout Queensland. kuril dhagun draws its meaning from kuril, referring to the native marsupial that is found on the State Library site, near Kurilpa Point on the Brisbane River, and dhagun, meaning earth/place/country, with a literal translation of the name being kurils place. The State Library of Queensland is honoured to support the ongoing writings of Indigenous Queensland writers through kuril dhagun and its public program. Director s Notes I first got to work with Mark on a Kite theatre show in We toured the state (Mark, Tim Mullooly, Peter Stewart and I) and many adventures were shared. A couple of years later, when debase was thinking about making, The Clown from Snowy River, I knew that Mark was the Murri clown for the job. He had never clowned on stage before but had done plenty of clowning off stage. His clown, Daz was loved by all and the show is still touring the country. Mark and I now live in a big old share house in West End. Sometimes our household (Mark, Fiona McGary and I) sit on the back verandah and share stories into the night. It was late one of these nights that Mark told us the Chasing the Lollyman story and I said Hey, that d be a great name for your one man show! less than a year later here it is. Mark brought lots of ideas to the creative development, a combination of stories, opinions and feelings about his identity as an urban Aboriginal man. Mark has always been pretty quiet on these topics so I knew it was a big thing for him to open up and share in this way. Nadine McDonald came on board as our dramaturge and the three of us escaped the November heat in the air conditioning of kuril dhagun for an intense five-week creative development. Many drafts, bags of lollies and showings later, we have a show. Chasing the Lollyman really belongs to a wide community of people and thanks must go to all who have contributed ideas, energy and support to the making of the show. Mark wants you, the audience, to feel part of this community too. Chasing the Lollyman has been a coming together of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists; it is a celebration, it is designed to provoke thought and conversation through the most powerful and healing form of communication comedy. Liz Skitch, Director / Co-Devisor Mark Sheppard Performer Mark was born and raised in Mareeba, far north Queensland, and is a part of the Muluridgi and Mbarbarum tribes. After moving to Perth in 1996 to attain a Certificate in Aboriginal Music Theatre at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA), under the direction of Michael Leslie, he successfully auditioned for and completed a Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Mark has performed with companies such as Perth s Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre Company and Brisbane s Kooemba Jdarra. He has facilitated workshops in theatre and dance with Contact Inc., Inala Wongarra Committee, Vulcana Women s Circus and Drama Qld, and has been an artist in residence with the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC). Mark has enjoyed an ongoing working relationship with debase productions through their show, The Clown from Snowy River, which has toured throughout Queensland and performed at both Woodford and Dreaming Festivals. Liz Skitch Director Liz works as an actor/writer/director and comedian. She studied drama at Queensland University of Technology and following this, trained at the School of Philippe Gaulier in London. In 1998, she co-founded debase productions with Bridget Boyle and Robert Kronk. New works created with debase include: Popping Lead Balloons (QAC 2009), Waiting for Merlot (BF08 Under the Radar 2008), The Clown from Snowy River (QAC/RAV ), The Loud Room (Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2003), Frocking Fantastic (Brisbane Powerhouse 2003, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2004) and Titanic, the Clown Show (Adelaide Fringe Festival 1999). Liz has created many new works with Bridget Boyle and together they have started making children s theatre shows. Productions include Lily Can t Sleep (Out of the Box Festival 2006, Act 3 International Singapore and Kuala Lumpur 2007, Victorian Arts Centre 2007 and QAC 2007) and in 2010 they will create another new work for children with Queensland Theatre Company (QTC), Hurry up and Wait (a co production with debase). In 2009, Liz was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to Japan where she carried research into Japanese children s theatre. Liz s other performance credits include The Alchemist (QTC/ Bell Shakespeare 2009), Show (QTC/ QAC 2004), Backseat Drivers (QTC/Out of the Box), and Ipswich Girl (Dogs in the Roof 2003). Liz also performs as a standup comedian and in 2010 will premier her new show Skitch Tease at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Liz is a proud member of the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance. Josh McIntosh Designer Josh is a QUT graduate and has worked with some of Queensland s best known theatre companies and organisations. His design credits include Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Jane Eyre, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Cats, Alice, Children of Eden, I Want to be in a Jane Austen Novel, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, Twelfth Night and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Harvest Rain Theatre); The Wishing Well, The Danger Age, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay (La Boite); The Seagull, Camino Real, Road, Our Town, The Three Sisters, Blackrock, Once in a Lifetime, The Crucible (QUT Creative Industries); The Road We re On (Qld Music Festival); The Passion (Aspire Theatre Arts); The Rabbit Hole (Queensland Theatre Company); The Last Five Years (Oscar Theatre Company); and The Return (Springboard Theatre). Ian O Brien Sound Designer Ian is a performing musician, recording engineer and sound designer with over twenty years experience producing sound designs for theatre, commercial recordings across various genres and live sound. He is currently Principal 3rd horn with The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the horn tutor at the University of Queensland. Ian holds a Masters of Philosophy in Music and a Diploma in Audio Engineering. He has worked for debase previously producing sound designs and recordings for The Clown from Snowy River, The Loud Show and Waiting for Merlot. Jason Glenwright Lighting Designer Since graduating from QUT after a three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Technical Production, Jason has practiced as a freelance lighting designer, mentor and advisor. In 2010 Jason is one of Queensland Theatre Company s Emerging Artists. Jason s most recent theatre highlights as a Lighting Designer include The Kursk (La Boite/Matrix Theatre), The Tempest (Zen Zen Zo), The Shining Path and Cake (JUTE), Cinderella, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night s Dream and The Sound of Music (Harvest Rain/QPAC), Lazarus Won t Get Out of Bed (AS Theatre), The Truth About Kookaburras (Metro Arts/Pentimento), The Passion (aspire Theatre Arts), Dead Cats Don t Bounce (Hot Tin Roof/QPAC), The Pillowman and My Night with Harold (23rd/Metro Arts), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Oscar Theatre) and Brontë (Three Sisters/Metro Arts). In 2009, Jason undertook the role of Assistant Lighting Designer on QTC s production of The School of Arts. Jason has also designed productions for companies including; QPAC, debase, CIRCA, Dianne Gough, Creative Regions, And Moor, MadCat, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Backbone Youth Arts, Metro Independents and QUT. Jason was a 2009 Matilda Award finalist for his lighting design of Harvest Rain s A Midsummer Night s Dream. Nadine McDonald-Dowd Dramaturge Nadine is currently the Program Coordinator for kuril dhagun at the State Library of Queensland. In her past life, she was the Artistic Director of Queensland s only Indigenous Theatre Company, Kooemba Jdarra, where she learnt to crave the written word and working with new and emerging Indigenous writers. With the kind hand of mentor Peter Matheson, she also tried her hand at the fine art of dramaturgy and has now been given the wonderful opportunity to work with Mark and Liz on Chasing the Lollyman. From the words of Uncle Jack Davis, We are merely laying down the foundations for the next generation to come through and create their own pathways. Without this, we have nothing. Chasing the Lollyman is another pathway for our people to keep their stories alive! Kimba Fatiaki Musician Kimba is a South Sea Islander raised in Bundaberg, Queensland. He has been involved in the performing arts scene in Brisbane for the last 25 years. He was bass player for Afro Dizzi Act and has toured Australia extensively including supporting Resin Dogs and Reference Point. He is a founder and composer for the Tongue and Groove Composers Collective, has composed for Laura Kahle and ACPA and has performed in the Brisbane Biennial. Bianca Beetson Visual Design Bianca Beetson is a Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast) woman, born in Roma, western Queensland. Bianca studied a Bachelor of Arts, Visual Art at the Queensland University of Technology from and completed her Honors degree at the same university in Bianca s work is always pink, with the occasional variation of hue or medium. She uses of humor and satire to critique issues of importance to her, drawing inspiration from real life experiences and conversations. Bianca s work is concerned with her individual identity as an Indigenous Australian, as well as the identity of Australia as a nation in terms of its history and its concept of itself. In 1997 Bianca was selected for the Primavera exhibition at the MCA in Sydney. She had work in Black Humor and Saltwater, Freshwater, Borewater and transvisual national touring exhibitions. In April 1997 Bianca won her first art award; The Anglican Church Grammar School Old Boys Association Encouragement Award for artists under 25. As a member of the Campfire Group Aboriginal artist s co operation, she has had the opportunity to be involved in many projects based on cultural collaboration, including All Stock Must Go which was a part of the second Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery in Bianca has had a number of solo exhibitions in regional Queensland and Brisbane, and her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. She currently has a solo exhibition touring around Queensland titled The other Arty Beetson. Bianca s work has also been included in festivals such as the Livid Festival, Stage X, and Dar. Recently Bianca received an Arts Queensland grant to produce and exhibit a body of work in the 2002 Adelaide Fringe Festival and she has been commissioned by Leah Purcell & Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC) to create an art work for the Black Chic s Talking project. Bianca has work in public and private collections around Australian and overseas including Art Bank, QPAC and Queensland Art Gallery. She is a member of the prestigious ProppaNOW artist collective. Yvette Turnbull Assistant Stage Manager & Design Assistant Yvette is excited to be back at Metro Arts in 2010 and off to a fresh start, pursuing her design aspirations in her first time with debase. Some of Yvette s credits include: Productions with Vena Cava (QUT) in , designing for Like Dead and DA on No Exit; as well as taking on the role of their graphic designer for Stage manager Where the Wild Things Are (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Queensland Multicultural Festival 2009). Stage manager, Transverse Fracture of the First Metacarpal (Metro Arts Independents program). Assistant stage manager (Woodford Folk Festival , Genesis as part of BF09). As well as crewing and performing in a variety of shows in Under the Radar, BF09. Yvette spent the first part of 2009 with Cirque du Soleil in Brisbane and Perth as an usher on Dralion. She was also a keen volunteer working on BF08, BF09, Out of the Box Festival, State Library of Queensland, Riverfestival 2008, Exist in 08, Imaginary Theatre s Tashi and a regular with Laboite Theatre Company sees new things on the horizon for Yvette, jumping forward with a positive attitude and a bit of cheese on the side. Anika Vilee Stage Manager Anika s theatre credits include: All Other Places (debase productions); 25 Down, Heroes inc Australian national tour, Excerpts From The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Puss In Boots, The Woman Before, Lily Can t Sleep (Queensland Theatre Company); Walking By Apple Tree Creek, Red Cap, James And Johnno Victoria tour, The Dance Of Jeremiah, Urban Dingoes, The Removalists, After January inc Queensland regional tour, Milo s Wake inc Queensland regional tour and Australian national tour, Zig Zag St inc Queensland regional tour and Australian national tour and Creche and Burn Australian national tour (La Boite Theatre Company); Women In Voice 17, Institches Outside Comedy Season (QPAC); The Quivering Denmark (sacredcow); Little Victories Ireland national tour (Barnstorm Theatre Company); The Impossible Dream (JUTE); Dead Cats Don t Bounce (Hot Tin Roof Productions); The Passion (aspire Theatre Arts); and The Pink Twins (Accolade Productions). A graduate of the University of Southern Queensland, Anika was awarded the 2005 industry voted Matilda Award for Backstage. In 2010, we invite audiences to experience a debase production We are proud to announce that two of debase s outstanding, comic dramas for young people, Snagged and Popping Lead Balloons have been selected by Arts Queensland for the Artour Subsidised Touring Menu. Both are available to tour into schools or theatres. Workshops are also available. If you would like to express interest in the 2010 tour, please contact us: debase productions Studio 3.6, Metro Arts Building, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: (07) Chasing the Lollyman is supported by kuril dhagun at the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Government through Ar ts Queensland. Murri lingo Aaah Abstudy Bigesmob Budu! Camp Chair! Deadly Dorries Gibbiddum Goolagee Guttagrastisja Knock off! Mareeba Mina Luvley Moongah Mue! Muh! Muluridgi Mungha! Murri Namalah Ngkambi Pokyu lata! Susu Deadly! come on! how? Shut up! Solid! No way! Ancient allowance system for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking studies, often mythical assumptions of Abstudy payments include free bikes when you turn 13 years of age. A large gathering of people Penis Gay, queer, homosexual Good go! Whatever you reckon! Come on! Great! Solid! Bloody good! Aaah! Stickybeaks Give it to them Police or officers of the law Cut across here Stop it! Carry on! Shut up! Mark s home town, Far North Queensland too lovely the hair on one s head Arse Can you believe it? Mark s Mob coming together of two waters Barron River and Granite Creek Vagina Aboriginal from Queensland, can be male or female or both! Empty, nothing, non-existent Clothes or attire Poke you later. Later I will be having sexual intercourse with you. Boobies! Tall man / Hairy man Not one to be spoken about unless you want to be scared to death. Tjurrentja Which way? Pants or trousers Where? What are you doin? Where you goin? What s up?
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