"If I have any talent at all, it is not for doing but for being" Quentin Crisp
Resident Alien by Tim Fountain
From his early years as an androgynous nude model in 1930’s London, to finding fame as the first to speak so openly about life as a gay man, there was no-one quite like Quentin Crisp. In Tim Fountain's Resident Alien, the legendary author of The Naked Civil Servant opens the door to his famously filthy New York apartment for an unforgettable heart to heart about life as only he knows it. Oprah Winfrey, Princess Diana, oral sex - no topic is off limits as Quentin explains, in his inimitable way, how to be happy. Starring five time Helpmann Award winner Paul Capsis as Crisp and directed by Green Room Award winner Gary Abrahams, Resident Alien shares Quentin’s unforgettable philosophies, and asks, are they truer today than even he would have imagined?”
Set & Costumes Romanie Harper Lighting Rob Sowinski & Bryn Cullen Sound Daniel Nixon
2017 Green Room Awards Nomination - Best Performer, Independent Theatre
★★★★ Capsis' "fascinating performance comes from somewhere real..." The Age
★★★★ "Capsis delivers a truly astonishing account, well realised at every level from the grandest flourish to the smallest gesture" Limelight
★★★★½ "Resident Alien is engrossing and enlightening..." Arts Hub
★★★★ "Funny, sharp, sad; Resident Alien is a success." The Brag
"Capsis is mesmerising... This is an exceptional piece of theatre" Stage Whispers
"It's remarkable, it's memorable... a high class production." Theatre Press
"With Resident Alien, Capsis is both noticed and recognised as one of our theatre treasures." Australian Stage
"As deftly directed by Gary Abrahams, designed with flair by Romanie Harper, and with atmospheric lighting by Rob Sowinksi, this production sizzles." Sydney Arts Guide Melbourne: 25 May - 12 June at fortyfivedownstairs
Sydney: 12-24 July at the Seymour Centre
Canberra: 27 July - 7 August at the Street Theatre
The Liaisons Project
As a tribute to composer Stephen Sondheim, renowned American pianist Anthony de Mare invited composers from a broad variety of genres – musical theatre, jazz, classical, pop, film and beyond – to "re-imagine" a Sondheim song of their choice as a solo piano piece.
Contributing re-composers included Steve Reich, Jason Robert Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Fred Hersch, Ethan Iverson, William Bolcom, Duncan Sheik, Nico Muhly, Eve Beglarian, Gabriel Kahane, Thomas Newman, Jake Heggie, and more - in total, 36 composers, ranging in age from 30 - 75 and representing seven countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards.
"Anthony de Mare's The Liaisons Project was more than a cabaret, it was an awakening." Broadway World
Melbourne: 23-24 June at the Melbourne Recital Centre
Sydney: 2-3 July at the Hayes Theatre
"To hear composers take my work and take it seriously ... it's a thrill." Stephen Sondheim
Dead Royal by Chris Ioan Roberts
Villa Windsor, Paris, 1981. Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson (82) invites Lady Diana Spencer (19) to a doom-laden bachelorette party on the eve of her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales.
The Duchess frantically warns Diana to flee her looming nuptials – before she marries the wrong man and becomes immortalised as a desperate woman eager to crawl over broken glass to snatch a royal title.
Dead Royal is a bitter, venal melodrama laying bare history’s merciless judgement of civilians who get sucked into the thick swamp of royal mediocrity. Savagely riffing on early 1980’s fashion crimes and Britain’s corrosive Princess Diana obsession, this jagged shard of physical theatre pits the Sloane Ranger’s clipped vowels against a plantation-era Deep South drawl.
Gird your loins for a lacerating, camp-drenched celebration of narcissistic megalomania. Melbourne: 23 - 28 August at fortyfivedownstairs ★★★★ "Dead Royal is a bravura example of theatre living on the high wire of performance art." Theatre People
"Chris Ioan Roberts is a formidable performer who has created an acerbic tale which brings together two of the most controversial women of the 20th century." Stage Whispers