Halfway through the year… and it has been a whirlwind. Where I was once the person knocking on doors, it’s now the flip side and I’ve been scatter-gunned, taking opportunities left, right and centre. That has made for a wonderful but BUSY six months!
Here’s a brief snapshot of some of the things I’ve been working on.
In March we wrapped up shooting Hyde The Movie. Here’s a pic of me on set getting ready to shoot an underwater fight scene:
I had a fantastic time training in preparation for the shoot with my sponsor, Damien Kelly Fitness. Here’s some publicity about preparing for the role: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/maryann-wright-gets-scary-for-dark-indy-movie-hyde/story-fngr8h22-1227260047808.
Just in time for Easter, I did some corporate gigging for Monkey Shoulder Australia… playing a rapping nun of all things!
In April, Subject To Change had it’s Melbourne and Sydney pilot screening premieres. Producers are still in talks securing a network so we’re in the wings waiting to go to series. Here’s the cast and creators at our Sydney cinema screening:
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the Subject to Change TV Series (2015) Pilot Teaser. We’ve had over 50,000 views already.
Come May, I was workshopping new Australian musical, Good Omens, for the first round of Hayes Theatre Company’s New Musicals Australia. Guess who I was playing? A NUN (again)! Vicki Larnach-Hare and David Hare’s musical is in such fantastic shape already; the future looks very, very bright.
2015 is the year of venturing into new territory…in the form of producing. I decided it was time to expand my skills and start developing a few projects of my own. First up is Aussie Overtures: A Home For Emerging Musical Theatre Writers. Fraser Orford and I have teamed up to produce a series of forum events to build a stronger network of musical theatre writers. We are partnering with The Hub Studio in Chippendale to give a home for writer support and development. This new initiative will be launched by the end of 2015. There’s so much talent out there, we just want to help it grow.
In another producer-esque role, I’m working with prolific theatre-maker Danielle O’Keefe to start a company for herself. From grass-roots business model research to budgets to sponsorship pitches and branding, the good ‘ol skill set is forever expanding!
Speaking of freelance work, I occasionally take new publicity and marketing clients… one of which is currently KFSU, who make a new dietary fibre product called Kfibre. I’m working with them to build a social media presence and some preliminary publicity.
Back in the performer world, I’m about to record the voiceover for short film, Doctor K… playing K, an androgynous robot! Directed by Arie Hirsh and edited by the ridiculously talented Simon Njoo (who just edited the award-winning The Babadook) the film is going to be pretty cool!
Also, a short film I shot last year, Binary, has just finished post-production and is being considered in festival rounds this coming year.
I’m currently in rehearsals for round 2 of The Aurobindo Project, again for a season with Merrigong Theatre Company (see the poster above). Some very cool people coming to watch, and who knows where we will perform our show next. Overseas is calling!
Also currently in development is the ongoing writing of my cabaret about Hedda Hopper. I had the good fortune of chatting with Australian playwright John Misto about the infamous lady… John heavily researched Hedda’s life while writing his latest play Dark Voyager, wherein Hedda Hopper was one of the main characters. John lent me a fantastic book about the rivalry between Hedda and Louella Parsons, and is an absolute fountain of knowledge. A very special, beautiful man, which is making writing this cabaret even more enjoyable. A tiny video snippet of some Hedda Hopper inspiration:
And finally, the biggest ‘coming soon’ of all… and the header of this blog post… I’m about to co-launch a brand new theatre company! A group of six 2013 acting graduates (including myself) are the co-founders of Edgeware Forum. We are a month away from our official launch but so far we can tell you that our first production will be EIGHT by Ella Hickson, premiering at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September. It’s very exciting times building a theatre company from the ground up with a bunch of passionate and talented artists. We already have future projects lined up, so to keep up-to-date with things as they happen, subscribe to our mailing list: www.edgewareforum.com.
Who knows what the rest of the year has in store! Stay tuned!