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1 Your Guest Lecturers Today Peter Muir Annemarie Neumann

2 GEARSTICK THEATRE Innovative, Professional Theatre for Regional Audiences

3 INTRO: Gearsticks Mission Statement

4 To create innovative and exciting theatre Creating opportunities for artists and empowering artists in the creative process

5 INTRO: Gearsticks Mission Statement The Beginning Founding Members and Backgrounds Origins Teething Problems Structure Current Types of Members Planned Changes Gearsticks Trademarks Project Types Locations Previous Projects

6 INTRO: Gearsticks Mission Statement The Beginning Founding Members and Backgrounds Origins Teething Problems Structure Current Types of Members Planned Changes Gearsticks Trademarks Project Types Locations Previous Projects Bite Sized Brief Details on Gearsticks latest Production Why The Selfish Reason The Noble Reason What List of Short Productions with Short Rehearsals The Design Concept How Received Public Response

7 INTRO: Gearsticks Mission Statement The Beginning Founding Members and Backgrounds Origins Teething Problems Structure Current Types of Members Planned Changes Gearsticks Trademarks Project Types Locations Previous Projects Bite Sized Brief Details on Gearsticks latest Production Why The Selfish Reason The Noble Reason What List of Short Productions with Short Rehearsals The Design Concept How Received Public Response OUTRO: Final Anecdotes

8 Craig Higgs Kevin Pointer Michelle Higgs THE BEGINNING Founding Members

9 Craig Higgs CSU - Bachelor of Arts (Acting for Screen and Stage ((Honours)) Kevin Pointer VCA - Design CSU - Lecturer Michelle RADA – Shakespeare Course CSU - Bachelor of Arts (Acting for Screen and Stage) THE BEGINNING Founding Members - Background HiggsGaul

10 Kevin, help! We need a showcase! THE BEGINNING Origins --- > Cheap Side --- > 3 Plays 5 Years Ago:

11 THE BEGINNING Teething Problems Finding a Home for Craig and Michelle Finding Motivated People for Admin Gaining a Name for Gearstick (Sponsorship, Media, Grants) Maintaining the Creative Interest

12 STRUCTURE Current Types of Members Current Members Creative Members Supporters

13 STRUCTURE Current Types of Members Can Anybody, join, act and approach you with a project to direct? Yes, absolutely! If you are capable and within limits. We will help you develop the necessary skills.

14 STRUCTURE Planned Changes Maintain the Current Credo, that Creating Own Work is more Important than Showcasing Create a Network of Artists Move Towards being a Non Profit Organization

15 GEARSTICKS TRADEMARKS Project Types Moving Towards Short Drama and Childrens Theatre Theatre for Education

16 GEARSTICKS TRADEMARKS Locations Selection Criteria Accessible Appropriate Can bring Theatre to the Audience

17 GEARSTICKS TRADEMARKS Locations Examples Puppy Love RSL Club - July 2008 Hub of Entertainment Easy to Access Comfortable Parent Crèche Bite Sized Romanos Hotel - April 2008 Pub => Attracts Young People Grab your Meal/Drink Theatre = Part of the Night out

18 GEARSTICKS TRADEMARKS Previous Projects Dumb Waiter Dumb Waiter October 2004 Dracula Dracula December 2004 Irreconcilable Differences August 2005 Melb. Fringe Festival Melb. Fringe Festival Sept/Oct 2005 Chosen Vessel Chosen Vessel April/May 2006 The Magic Story Coat The Magic Story Coat January 2007 Battle of the Storytellers The Magic Story Coat 2 Battle of the Storytellers The Magic Story Coat 2 April 2007 Irreconcilable Differences Theatre in Ed Tour Irreconcilable Differences Theatre in Ed Tour July/August 2007 Shade Shade September 2007 Source: http://www.gearsticktheatre.com.au

19 1 Act Plays 1 Play per Week 4 Weeks BITE SIZED Brief Details Month of April

20 1 Act Plays 1 Play per Week 4 Weeks Month of April WHY The Selfish Reason

21 WHY The Selfish Reason A $3000 Grant! Lets get it! Lets get it!!! How do we get it?

22 WHY The Noble Reason Make Theatre more Accessible as its Small Pieces The Challenge of Making Quick Decisions Work with Good Writing from Good Writers Expose the Audience to Good Writers

23 WHAT List of Short Productions with Short Rehearsals Dark Lady of the Sonnet - George Bernard Shaw Dir. Craig Higgs Victoria Station - Harold Pinter Dir. Ashleigh Haynes-Holyoake Magnetic North - Michael Gurr Dir. Kevin Pointer L.A. Sketches - David Mamet Dir. Kevin Pointer Chronological Order of Writers Coincidental

24 WHAT The Design Concept Dark Lady of the Sonnet : Queen Elizabeth = Poodle/ Dark Lady = Black Cat/ Shakespeare = Rat / Beefeater = Bulldog Magnetic North - Bathroom / Butler = Penguin L.A. Sketches- Monkey Colony Rooms of a House A Zoo Examples

25 HOW RECEIVED Public Response Very Well Received People Came Back Demand for More Weekend Advertiser: Saturday/Sunday 19 th 20 th April 2008 Gearstick doesnt seems to have the ego or pretentiousness, that are often seen with regional repertoire and professional companies.

26 OUTRO: Final Anecdotes Theres plenty of ego there, but pretension is something we dont have a lot of time for as were spending too much time slapping each other around for being pretentious. Kevin Pointer: Theatre these days is too much on a pedestal People are getting frightened Shakespeare wrote for a drunk mob!

27 GEARSTICK THEATRE Images: courtesy of GEARSTICK THEATRE Other Logos : Windows ClipArt Last Image: Annemarie Neumann


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