By Griffin Studio
28 May 2017
Griffin’s 2017 Studio Artist Phil Spencer has wrangled a handful of inspired comedy brains, new writers and alternative theatre makers. This month he’ll lock them in a room (and leave them to simmer) for a working week.
Join us on Sunday 28 May for the rough and ready Griffin Scratch, an evening of new (hopefully hilarious) ideas. There’ll be scripts in hands, snippets on stage, jokes-in-progress and all sorts of gloriously unfinished arty business for you to watch for the first (and possibly last) time.
Writers: Nikki Britton, Michael Workman, Caleb Lewis, Jennifer Wong, Henry Stone and Sabrina D’Angelo
Actors: Lucy Bell, Gareth Davies, Aileen Huynh, Alex Lee, Jamie Oxenbould and Carlo Richie
Sunday 28 May, 5pm–6.15pm
Nikki is an actor, writer and stand up comedian from Sydney, Australia. After graduating from ACA, she was involved in the devising and development of several new Australian plays including, The Bloody Bride (Norpa), Boy/Girl (Daniel Henshall and Anthony Skuse), Citrus Paradisi (Daisy Noyes) and Click Tease (Rebecca Meston). She has toured Australia with plays, Mum’s The Word 2: Teenagers! (Paul Dainty) and recently returned from a two year tour with the juggernaut one woman comedy 51 Shades of Maggie (Theatre Tours Australia). Nikki has leant her voice to many online campaigns, commercials and animated shorts and has also choreographed and performed for Disney in L.A. She worked with Meryl Tankard on her dance theatre work VX18504 and was a founding member of the ground breaking Can You See Me? Theatre who debuted their first show Circumspecto at the Sydney Opera House. After training in Clown and Bouffon in Paris with theatre master, Philippe Gaulier, she returned to continue a burgeoning career in stand up comedy. She has written and performed her solo comedy hour shows, Flaw Plan, Abdicating Adulthood and The Other 3 Percent to sold out crowds and critical acclaim. She has been invited to tour Australia with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour for the last three years and is currently making her comedy debut in Los Angeles on world famous stages such as the Laugh Factory.
Sabrina is from Australia, which is a small island off the coast of New Zealand. She was born the world’s first puppet-human, or ‘pu-man’, and was operated by her mother via umbilical cord for the first few minutes of her life. Her more recent achievements include completing a Bachelor of Acting from Theatre Nepean (2006) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts (2008). She has also been a recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart (2011) and JUMP Mentoring (2013) grants. Sabrina works as a Clown Doctor in children’s hospitals across Sydney. Some of Sabrina’s recent performance credits include: Support for Amanda Palmer’s Sydney Festival season (2014), Why Do I Dream? (Various seasons, WINNER – BEST COMEDY at NZ Fringe 2014), Body Poet (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2013), and The Bedroom Philosopher’s High School Assembly (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2012).
Caleb is a multi-award-winning writer for the stage. Plays include Nailed: Men, Love and the Monkeyboy; Dogfall; Death in Bowengabbie, Rust and Bone; Aleksander and the Robot Maid; Clinchfield; Tribute; The Honey Bees; Six Million hits and Maggie Stone (published by Currency Press). Graduating with first class honours from Flinders University, Lewis was mentored by Nick Enright and Edward Albee. His plays have been shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Award; the Griffin award and have won an Inscription Award, the Mitch Mathews Award and the inaugural Richard Burton Award for New Plays. Caleb’s work has been commissioned and/or produced by Bell Shakespeare; Black Swan Theatre Company (WA); State Theatre Company of South Australia and numerous other companies across Australia. Games, installations and interactive entertainments include Across a Crowded Room and From the Outside Looking In; Tin Shed Camping Tours; Half an Hour Visit; and the multi-platform, If There Was A Colour Darker Than Black I’d Wear It – Winner of the 2013 Ruby Award for Innovation. Caleb is the inaugural winner of the Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Digital Narrative. Current projects include commissions for Barking Gecko (WA); Hothouse (VIC) and Sport for Jove. He was recently named by Flinders University as a top 50 creative alumnus. Caleb recently returned from a successfully funded Australia Council research trip to the UK to interview leading immersive and participatory theatre companies and take up a residency with digital performance pioneers, Blast Theory, exploring the many possibilities of combining theatre and gaming. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the subject at QUT.
With a mischievous wit and an original voice, Henry Stone is a writer and comedian, known for his writing contributions to the TV sketch shows Fancy Boy & Looking Back. Beginning his stand-up comedy career in Brisbane in 2009, he worked the local circuit for two years before being invited to perform in The Comedy Zone, a showcase of up-and-coming comedians produced by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, in 2011. In 2014, as part of the group Fancy Boy, Henry won the MICF Golden Gibbo Award. Following the debut of the Fancy Boy TV show on ABC in 2016, Stone has gone on to write and direct further sketch projects for ABC and Comedy Central.
Jennifer is a comedian from Sydney. With her love of language and wordplay, she’s written for Good News Week, presented Bookish on ABC iview, and performed at comedy and arts festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Edinburgh. Off the comedy stage, she’s appeared in the second series of Plonk, and was a writer/performer in the sold-out The Serpent’s Table at Sydney Festival (a Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Griffin Theatre co-production). Jennifer is a regular guest on ABC Sydney’s Thank God It’s Friday, and her latest show How to English Harder is on at Belvoir St Downstairs on Saturday 24th June.
Michael is a Barry-nominated stand up who can kill in any club in the world; a creator of gentle, intricately crafted stage fables; an artist and composer with a filmic range and intensity. In 2009 Michael was crowned national champion of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Raw Comedy competition. The following year, he starred in the prestigious Comedy Zone showcase, and brought his debut Festival show The Ogre to Sydney and Perth, where it won the Wild West Comedy Festival award for Best Show. In 2011 Michael’s Melbourne debut Humans are Beautiful took out the MICF Best Newcomer award. In 2012 Michael produced the multimedia narrative comedy Mercy, which won ‘Best Comedy Show’ at Adelaide Fringe and toured to Perth, Melbourne and overseas to Edinburgh, wrapping up in the Soho Theatre, in London’s West End. The show also aired on ABC2 for the Warehouse Comedy Festival series. Michael’s show Ave Loretta debuted at the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival – later touring to the 2013 Sydney Comedy Festival and then Perth Fringe World. Michael is also a visual artist, a voiceover guy, a composer/musician and a knockout stand up. He regularly appears on the club circuit and in 2013 and 2014 toured regional NSW and Queensland with Sydney Comedy Festival Roadshow. He was invited to be part of the prestigious Just For Laughs Gala at the Sydney Opera House. Michael appeared on stage in The Stand Up Series, and his spot was also part of the series broadcast on the Comedy Channel. Michael wrote for the second series of the ABC TV’s show Tractor Monkeys, and played a guest role on Peter Helliar’s ABC-TV series, It’s A Date. 2014 saw Michael return to the Perth, Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals with a new show – War – and he is currently developing a prequel to Ave Loretta based on the exploits of the show’s apocryphal band, The Soviet Waltz. He has also toured his new work for festivals, We Have Fun, Don’t We.
Lucy’s credits for Griffin Theatre Company include: Emerald City, Dreams In White, Speaking In Tongues, Through The Wire, The Falls and Wolf Lullaby. Her other theatre credits include, for Sydney Theatre Company: Darling Oscar and the Cherry Orchard; for Belvoir: Blue Murder and Twelfth Night; and for Bell Shakespeare Company: Pericles, Twelfth Night, and The Duchess of Malfi. Lucy’s film credits include The Square and Ten Empty. Her television credits include: 30 seconds, City Homicide, Wildside, Dirt Game, Bastard Boys, Farscape, All Saints, Grass Roots, My Husband, My Killer, Murder Call, Crownies, Love Child, A Place To Call Home and Magazine Wars.
Gareth’s theatre credits include: for Griffin & Bell Shakespeare: The Literati; for Bell Shakespeare: As You Like It; for Belvoir: As You Like It, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Peter Pan; for Belvoir and The Hayloft Project: The Only Child, The Suicide; for Belvoir and Arts Radar: Midsummer Night’s Dream; for Malthouse Theatre: The Government Inspector and for Melbourne Theatre Company: The Cherry Orchard. Gareth has also been involved in a number of works which he both devised and performed in: for Belvoir: And They Called Him Mr Glamour, which Gareth wrote; for Redline Productions: Masterclass, Masterclass 2 – Flames of the Forge, which he co-wrote with Charlie Garber; and as a member of Melbourne’s Black Lung Theatre: Avast, Avast II (with Malthouse Theatre), Doku Rai (with Darwin Festival), I Feel Awful, Pimms, Rubeville and Sugar (with Queensland Theatre Company). Gareth appeared in the film The Daughter for Screen NSW and Fate Films, and his television credits include: for Universal Cable Productions and Valhalla Entertainment: Hunters; and for Giant Dwarf: The Letdown (ABC).
Aileen is an acting graduate of WAAPA (2010). She also holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from UOW, where she trained in theatre making and production. Her theatre credits include her one-woman show, Gobbledygook, which she co-wrote and devised with Bodysnatchers’ Mark Rogers, Theatre of Image’s Monkey…Journey to the West, directed by John Bell and the Australian national tour of 4000 Miles, directed by Anthony Skuse. She is about to embark on Performing Lines’ 2017 tour of Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades. For television- Better Man (SBS), Neighbours (Network 11), Cleverman 1& 2 (ABC). For Film- Spin Out (Sony Pictures), The Casting Game (JoyHouse Productions)
Alex Lee is a comedian, television presenter and actor with a background in journalism. She is a writer/presenter on ABC TV’s The Checkout. Alex’s other television credits include The Chaser’s Election Desk, The Roast, Media Circus, Story Club, and The Feed. In 2017, she starred in sold-out play Single Asian Female by Michelle Law at the La Boite Theatre. After graduating from the University of Sydney, Alex worked as a journalist, producer. and newsreader on ABC News 24, and was a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery as political reporter for BuzzFeed Australia. She is a regular comedy guest on the Triple J Drive program, and the Free To A Good Home podcast. Alex has written and starred in sketch, stand-up, and improv shows in the Sydney and Melbourne international comedy festivals, including her solo show I’m Eating Peanut Butter In The Shower Because I’m Sad And You’re Not The Boss Of Me. Her other festival credits include The Annual Sydney Comedy Festival Spelling Bee, Geldwelt, There’s A Ghost In My Cupcake, Bunker 5, and The Delusionists. She is a member of the Improv Theatre Sydney ensemble, and has performed in Soap Opera, Celebrity Theatresports and the Cranston Cup at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. Alex can be seen onstage several nights a week at The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf Theatre, performing in a variety of shows including Story Club, Soap Opera, ITS Smackdown, Yarramadoon Public School Debate Night, and Nailed It. She also plays Dungeons and Dragons live on stage as the half-orc Philge in the hit comedy podcast Dragon Friends, which has twice sold out shows at PAX Australia and has over 5000 subscribers worldwide.
Jamie has been an actor for over 25 years and worked for most of the major Theatre Companies in Sydney including STC, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare and Ensemble Theatre – most recently in Barefoot in the Park (Ensemble), The Literati (Griffin) The Dapto Chaser (Apocalypse) and Good Works (Darlinghurst Theatre). He has appeared on many television shows including the ABC series My Place, as a presenter on Playschool and has worked consistently in the voice-over industry voicing commercials as well as characters for many animation series including Oh Yuck, Gasp, I got a Rocket and Raggs. In 2012 he wrote and performed The Spearcarrier, a one man show at the Ensemble Theatre. He has written for many comedy and reality programs and written and directed short films which screened at Flickerfest, St Kilda Film Festival, Tropfest, BOFA, Adelaide Film Festival & LA Shorts Festival.
Comedian, Linguist, Gamer, New Englander, Carlo is one half of acclaimed Sydney Improv duo “The Bear Pack”, considered Australia’s leading improvisers. As a stand-up he has sold out shows both at home and abroad and currently is the warm up for the Chaser’s Media Circus. He is host of Big Head Mode’s Bonus Stage – a monthly video game talk show, for which he is also a writer. Founder of Sydney’s “Redfern Shanty Club” he has seen it grow to national success and when he’s not performing you can find him singing sea shanty’s somewhere around the traps. His favourite beer is currently New England Golden Ale.
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