4th - 15th of December
by SIMON STEPHENS
Intelligent. Articulate. F***ed. Tucked away in a grammar school library, the dreaded exam period looming, seven students on the cusp of adulthood humiliate and lustfully toy with each other, their latent fury skirting dangerously close to the surface.
From British power-house playwright, Simon Stephens, Punk Rock is a violent and urgent examination of contemporary adolescence. Stephens defies expectation and unpacks puberty with an unparalleled authenticity. Punk Rock grounds itself in an unsettling honesty and exposes the extreme behaviour displayed on the stage as only a degree removed from what we consider normal in our everyday.
"Patalog Theatre brings Punk Rock to life with an ensemble performance of disturbing intimacy. The new indie theatre company is quickly making a name for itself and may be the most stylish and enterprising to come out of Melbourne since The Hayloft Project."
CAMERON WOODHEAD, The Age
MELINDA KEYTE, ArtsHub
"In her high-velocity and astonishingly assured production, director Ruby Rees casts shrewdly against type, confounding our expectations and increasing our horror when playful extroversion becomes violent bullying. For a newish indie company to take on the challenge is admirable. To pull it off is close to miraculous."
CHRIS BOYD, The Australian
"This outstanding Patalog Theatre production shows what a gift this play can be for a talented young ensemble. It's heartening to see an ambitious young company make such a compelling statement."
ANDREW FUHRMANN, The Herald Sun
Laurence graduated from NIDA in 2018 and recently featured as key cast in Melbourne Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare in Love directed by Simon Phillips. Laurence is the Gen Z captain in Nine’s popular Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, with Shaun Micallef, Andy Lee and Robyn Butler. He was recently in the award-winning web series Dave and Theo, from Grannyflat Pictures, and is well known for playing the main cast role of Daniel in both seasons of ABC’s hilarious Ronny Chieng: International Student. Laurence made his professional stage debut in 2015 opposite Jane Turner in the Melbourne and Sydney Theatre Company co-production of Jumpy. In his final year at NIDA, Laurence played Vladimir in the NIDA production of Waiting for Godot, directed by Susanna Dowling. He made his television debut in teen series The Worst Year of My Life … Again and was in Michael Rymer’s critically acclaimed Deadline Gallipoli for Foxtel/Matchbox Pictures, as well as the feature Mormon Yankees: The Spirit of the Game. Laurence emigrated to Australia in his teens and performed many times with the Adelaide Youth Theatre, including roles in Peter Pan, Annie and Bugsy Malone.
Ruby is a graduate of the 16th Street part-time program, and has been performing regularly around Melbourne in the years since. In addition to numerous theatre experiences – this year alone saw performances in The Importance of Being Earnest, A View from the Bridge, Almost, Maine & Twelfth Night – Ruby played the role of Molly in Season 3 of Glitch (currently on Netflix) and Ellie in Sandra Sciberras’ The Dustwalker (Cannes Film Festival, Monster Festival). She has also appeared in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Conspiracy 365 and numerous short films.
This is Ruby’s first production at fortyfivedownstairs with the incredible Patalog Theatre, and she absolutely cannot wait to be sinking her teeth into the gut-punching Punk Rock.
In addition to his acting work, Ben is the Artistic Director and founder of Patalog Theatre, which he has been developing since 2017. He starred as Eliot in Patalog’s most recent project, Polly Stenham’s Tusk Tusk, which received acclaimed critical success. Ben has undertaken classes at 16th Street Actors Studio, The Royal Shakespeare Co. and NIDA. Earlier this year, he was a key cast member and the assistant director for Lightning Jar Theatre’s production of Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play at fortyfivedownstairs, directed by John Kachoyan.
Other recent credits include playing Katurian in The Pillowman at Chapel Off Chapel; Derb in Rainbow Man at fortyfivedownstairs, with emerging group Goodnight Darlings; and Baby in Patalog Theatre’s maiden production of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, which he also directed and produced. Ben has played iconic characters from a young age; most notably, Javert in Les Miserables and Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick, for which he received nominations for Best Junior Performer in the Victorian Music Theatre Guild. In 2016, he toured with Adamson Theatre Company, performing at schools around the UK in the role of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors.
Karl Richmond is an Aotearoa born actor who trained and graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2018. Recent stage credits include Truly Madly Britney (Theatre works), Jared in Blackrock, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, The Skin of Our Teeth (dir. Dean Bryant), Peter Pan (dir. Benjamin Schostakowski) and The Cherry Orchard, which he performed at the Asia Pacific Bond Theatre Conference, 2017, Shanghai. Recent film credits include Heaven (Sydney Indie Film Festival, Setting Sun Film Festival), Fuming (winner of Melbourne Queer Film festival ‘Keep the Vibe Alive’) and web series Winging It.
Whilst at VCA Karl was the recipient of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, directed a development for the new musical Living for Dummies and performed alongside Teatro De Los Sentidos in their Melbourne Festival show The Echo of the Shadow. Next year Karl will be performing in Kim Ho’s new play The Great Australian Play as apart of Theatre Works 2020 Season.
Annie is a graduate of the 16th Street Actor’s Studio Full-Time program and continues to train extensively since having graduated. She was fortunate enough to be chosen to take part in the Larry Moss Melbourne Masterclass where she worked on a scene from ‘Four Dogs and a Bone’ by John Patrick Shanley. She is also alumni of the Patsy Rosenberg Ancient Text Masterclass, delving into the world of Oedipus Rex. Earlier this year, she had the opportunity to work with the esteemed Ian Rickson in the Royal Court Retrospective Masterclass where she work-shopped a scene from ‘Road’ by Jim Cartwright. Annie also had the chance to work with the wonderful Paul Currie in his Melbourne Masterclass where she explored a scene from ‘The Honourable Woman.’
Earlier this year she was fortunate enough to land a role in an international feature film which is to be released in 2020. She was also part of Company 16’s soft opening where they looked at a collection of short plays by Australian writers, called ‘Campaign and Afterplay’s.’
Flynn has an ongoing involvement in the Melbourne theatre scene as a performer. He most recently starred in UMMTA’s Legally Blonde, which saw a sold out run. Other highlights with this company include debuting the role of Johnny in Lachlan Boldt’s original music theatre work GP, and playing Governor Slaton in Parade which was met with local critical acclaim.
Previous credits include his performance of a monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream at both Top Class and Top Acts 2017, which was also chosen as subject matter for the Focus On Theatre Studies short docuseries; as well as his presentation of a number from Bye Bye Birdie at the awards night for the Victorian Music Theatre Guild; and his role in the Melbourne WWI Commemoration performance under the musical direction of Paul Grabowsky. Alongside his acting, Flynn has a continuing engagement with local creative industries as one of the selected ambassadors for the Malthouse Theatre’s Vanguard Program, which organises events to connect young audiences to theatre. This is Flynn's professional theatre debut.
After graduating high school in Hobart, Tasmania, Zoe studied film acting at Cooper Screen Academy. In Hobart she worked on feature films Breeding in Captivity (Mast Films) and A Step in the Right Direction (Yeti productions), as well as voice acting with award winning animation company Blue Rocket in their children's series Buzz Bumble (Go!). After relocating to Melbourne, Zoe continued acting in short films while attending Monash University where she studied Ancient Cultures and Archaeology. Her recent stage credits include: Blue Stockings (Heidelberg Theatre Company), Second Sight (Dir. Deborah Fabbro) and most recently, in the sold out debut season of Independence (Three Fates Theatre).
This year Zoe has been studying with Actors Studio alum. Bronwen Coleman. Along with acting, she is also the co-founder of Three Fates Theatre Company.
Jessica graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2011. For Feature Film, Jessica has numerous credits including: The Menkoff Method, The Moon And The Sun and 2:22. For Television her credits are equally impressive with: The Beautiful Lie, Home And Away, Harrow, Offspring, Sisters, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Blue Heelers and more. And finally for for Theatre, Jessica has worked with some of Australia's best theatre groups: Pomona (Red Stitch), Therese Raquin (Critical Stages), Rules For Living (Red Stitch), Please Continue, Hamlet (Melbourne International Arts Festival), Good, Die Young (Sydney Fringe Festival), Starchaser (Arena Theatre Company), Waltzing the Wilarra (Yirra Yaakin), Heaven (La Mama) and more.
In 2011, Jessica was nominated as Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Waltzing the Wilarra at the W.A Equity Guild Awards.
RUBY REES DIRECTOR
Ruby Rees directed Tusk Tusk for Patalog Theatre to critical acclaim at St Martins in June/July of this year. Ruby Rees was the youngest recipient of the National St Martin’s Playwriting Award in 2010 for her first play, Serpents. In 2013 she relocated to New York City where she trained at HB Studio as both an actor and a playwright, as well as a director, and was mentored by the late Tony recipient Jack Hofsiss. She completed a residency at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Company in 2016. Ruby is currently in pre-production for her debut feature film, Women By The Sea, and is honoured to be directing Tusk Tusk for Patalog Theatre as she returns to the Melbourne scene.
As well as building a career as a writer/director Ruby has been a professional actress her whole life and already has an impressive list of credits. She can currently be seen on Amazon Prime, Foxtel, BBC, Canal Plus, and Telekom as the key role of Edith in the limited series Picnic at Hanging Rock. Ruby has been a professional her whole life and has already amassed an impressive list of credits. She can also be seen on Netflix, CBS and ABC in her recurring role in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
FREYA ALLEN DESIGNER
Freya moved to Melbourne from Tasmania in 2017 to pursue further education in the area of production. While at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Freya has designed a work for 'Dance On' (2018) for choreographer, Anna Smith. She has worked in both the costume and set workshops on various productions including 'Mother Courage and Her Children', 'The Drowsy Chaperone', and 'The Children of Saturn Present the Myth of Sisyphus'.
Freya interned with Lightning Jar Theatre on 'Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play' and assisted Dann Barber on Barnum dir. Tyran Parke. Outside of the VCA, Freya enjoys long walks on the beach, and spending quality time with Netflix.
RICHARD VABRE LIGHTING DESIGNER
This is Richard's second time working with Patalog Theatre. He previously lit Tusk Tusk earlier in 2019. Richard Vabre is a freelance lighting designer who has lit productions for MTC, STC, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Street, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Back To Back Theatre, Victorian Opera, Circus Oz, Windmill Theatre, Arena Theatre Company, NICA, The Darwin Festival, Stuck Pig’s Squealing, Chambermade, Rawcus, Red Stitch, Polyglot, Melbourne Worker’s Theatre, Aphids and many many productions at La Mama Awards: Richard has won 5 Green Room Awards including the Association’s John Truscott Prize for Excellence in Design (2004).
He has also been nominated for 8 other Green Room Awards.
DANIELLA ESPOSITO SOUND DESIGNER
Daniella is a Sound Designer and Composer in her first year at the Victorian College of The Arts (VCA), BFA, Design and Production. As an advocate of the arts, she creates aural landscapes that ignite a transformative world from hearing to experiencing as an integral element of performance. During her time at VCA, she has contributed to projects such as Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (2019), On The Town (2019), and Swim Between The Flags (2019).
Professionally, her credits include sound design and composition at The Malthouse 2020 Season Launch (2019), The Writer’s Festival - Never Said Motel (2019), OK Motels Festival (2019), DISPOSABLE (2019), and short film, I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Been There. Daniella is determined to bring about a unique flare to Theatre Technologies as female sound designer and composer as well as working as an interdisciplinary sound artist.
FINNIAN LANGHAM SOUND DESIGNER
Finnian Langham is a composer, producer and sound designer living in Melbourne. As Kayroy, he releases a variety of dance music and DJs regularly at club events across the city. He has written scores for short films (The Forgotten Children, The Last Man), and video games (INFRA), as well as designing sound for theatre works (Pillowman with Patalog Theatre, Tusk Tusk for Patalog Theatre and Independence for Threefates Theatre) and composing for dance works and commercials.
He is a part of improvisational techno and contemporary dance group Polito, the winners of Melbourne Fringe Best Music award 2018. In 2011, Jessica was nominated as Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Waltzing the Wilarra at the W.A Equity Guild Awards.
ASHLEIGH WALWYN STAGE MANAGER
Originally from the UK, Ashleigh grew up in Malaysia, where she found her love for theatre in school and community productions. Ashleigh graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) – Stage Management in 2018. At VCA, she worked as a member of the Stage Management department for music theatre, dance, and theatre.
Ashleigh's Professional Debut was Stage Managing Fire Monkey (Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Arts Fission, and Victoria Chiu). Other credits include Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Assistant Stage Manager for Mr Burns, a post-electric play; The Return Season (Lighting Jar Theatre Inc.), Senior Stage Manager/Back of House Caller for The Victorian State Schools Spectacular (Dir. Neill Gladwin) and Stage Manager for Bright Star (Pursued By Bear, Dir. Mark Taylor). At the start of next year, she’s excited to be Stage Managing Land with Three Fates Theatre.
BROOKE SIMMONDS ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Brooke is a Stage Manager currently studying a BFA (Design and Production) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her past credits include Assistant Stage Manager for The Skin of Our Teeth (dir. Dean Bryant), Sound Operator for F***ing A (dir. Candy Bowers), Assistant Stage Manager for Mad Forest (dir. Sean Mee) and Deputy Stage Manager for Wünderschon Stark (choreographer Michelle Heaven).
Her next project will be completing an internship on MTC’s Torch the Place (dir. Dean Bryant). Brooke has developed a love for independent theatre throughout her time on Punk Rock and is looking forward to further exploring this industry.