Rogues @ EDGE Sydenham

Company of Rogues is working once more with award-winning playwright Peter Maple on his latest work Ginger. Black. Brunette. Blonde. – in development as part of the EDGE Sydenham festival, powered by the Inner West Council.

An an investigation into grief and the power of the mind (and our memories), Ginger. Black. Brunette. Blonde intensely investigates our personal and famlial ethics through the experience of two women.

EDGE Sydenham has given Peter and The Rogues an amazing opportunity to bring together incredible local actors Suz Mawer, Cassady Maddox and Emily McKnight with Director Simon Thomson, to test this powerful new script for the first time.

Challenging one of our most powerful human experiences, Peter’s poetic words asks ‘how do we honour the past and the person we’re missing without making the pain our future?’ 

We invite you to see this new work before any future seasons and meet the playwright and artists after the show – in fact, we’d love for you to stick around and give us your thoughts and feelings about the piece.

Tickets are complimentary for the in-progress showing. Donations to the artists are welcome.

Details
Ginger Black Brunette Blonde
2pm, Sunday August 4th
St Peters Town Hall
39 Unwins Bridge Road, Sydenham

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A puppet of a little girl looks ahead while behind a quizical nun and schoolboy look on.

Little Girl Lost – Thank You

On Monday 29th July we held the in-progress showing of Little Girl Lost – our collaboration with Matriark Theatre Company and playwright Peter Maple. The Rogues would like to thank everyone who came to see this beautiful new piece of family theatre – and for your amazing feedback.

This uplifting new work attempts to help families talk about Dementia through a fun and mysterious adventure story, animation, music and magical puppetry. We were thrilled to have a house that was so full we all had to muck in for extra seats to be set in Harold Park Hall – our beautiful home for the showing courtesy of City of Sydney. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the city and Inner West Council.  

We’re planning a big future for this little play, so stay tuned to hear more about it. And if you were there, please let us know your thoughts – we’d love to hear them. For now, and from the Rogues/Matriark family, thank you!


Images by Noni Carroll Photography


This development of Little Girl Lost has been made possible with the support of an Inner West Council Art and Culture Grant and the City of Sydney.

Little Girl Lost is based on an original idea by Goldele Rayment with a creative team that included Jane Grimley, Robbi James, Peter Maple and Emily Turner.

Announcing Little Girl Lost

Company of Rogues and Matriark Theatre are delighted to announce their partnership to develop Little Girl Lost, a new work for young audiences written by award-winning playwright Peter Maple. The work will have an in-progress showing open to the public on Monday, July 29th. 

Inspired by family members who have experienced cognitive decline, Little Girl Lost has been designed to help families understand the experience of Dementia/Alzheimer’s in an entertaining, honest and poignant way. 

Director Scott Parker

Director Scott Parker, from Matriark Theatre (Urza and the Song in the Dark, There is a Tribe of Kids), said, “We were excited to have Company of Rogues ask us to be involved with Little Girl Lost – the idea to create a brand new work addressing cognitive decline with young audiences feels bold and risky, qualities that always get us excited. Our vision is to craft a thrilling adventure story that is thoroughly entertaining, beautifully rendered and can nudge the door open for families to talk about ageing in a safe and sophisticated way.”

Told using magical puppetry and quirky animation, we follow Rima, a young girl who wakes up to find herself in a dark place – a land of talking animals and shifting wilderness, where the familiar is made unfamiliar (and vice versa). But she doesn’t know who, what or where she is. 

In order to find her way, Rima will charge herself with an epic journey full of mystery, the bizarre, and the inspiring, aided by an Elephant who knows the way, and a Monkey that just wants to play. Exploring what it is to remember and be remembered, this current development will bring to life the play’s themes, music, puppetry and visual design along with Peter Maple’s poignant words.

Playwright Peter Maple

For Peter Maple (Beast. Belly. Beast, Dead Sunrise), the work is an opportunity to create an experience his own young family could love, “I want to captivate on a visual, auditory, and narrative level, as well as get at the heart of what makes us us, our hearts, bodies, and minds” he said, “I think if we can understand ourselves then, perhaps, we can understand our world”.

Robbi James from Company of Rogues (Boy Out of the Country, Morgan Stern) noted the significance of the partnership, “here was a fantastic opportunity to partner with Matriark, to share our passion for the themes in the play and to explore creating theatre for families for the first time,” he said, “I’m thrilled that Scott was inspired by the idea and we’re inspired by his insatiable desire to create something really special for future audiences”. 

Featuring actors Eliane Morel (Ba Ngoi, Women in Shakespeare), Hayden Rodgers (Josephine Wants to Dance) and Dannielle Jackson (Emily Eyefinger, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show), Little Girl Lost will enjoy two school incursions with Inner West primary and secondary students before the in-progress showing at Harold Park Hall on July 29th. 

The performance is open to the public and is a wonderful opportunity to experience a new show before anyone else, as the creative team test the story, animation and puppetry elements for the first time. 

When: Monday 29th July, 6.30pm (hall open from 6pm, refreshments after performance)
Where: Harold Park Hall, The Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
Tickets: Adults $14, Concession/Industry $9, Under 15 Free – a small ticket fee applies to paid tickets only.
Running time: 40 minutes   
Ages: Suitable for ages 8+   


This development of Little Girl Lost has been made possible with the support of an Inner West Council Art and Culture Grant and the City of Sydney.

Little Girl Lost is based on an original idea by Goldele Rayment with a creative team that included Jane Grimley, Robbi James, Peter Maple and Emily Turner.

The Rogues Farewell Founder and Artistic Director Goldele Rayment

Company of Rogues announces the departure of our Artistic Director, Goldele Rayment, who founded the company solo in 2015. Goldele leaves to pursue her artistic practice as a teacher, dramaturg and director, and to enjoy time with family after her recent wedding to educator Aston Kwok.

The company will now be helmed by producer Robbi James in partnership with performer, director and producer Erica Lovell.

“Since Robbi joined Company of Rogues we have achieved career milestones which had previously seemed unattainable to me, such as touring Morgan Stern both nationally and internationally, and obtaining our first grants for a creative project,” Goldele said, “It is a remarkable thing to seed an idea and have others join you with as much passion and commitment as he has.”

Goldele fondly remembers the dozens of arts professionals the company has worked with in her time as Artistic Director, “I am incredibly grateful to Erica and Robbi, and to the too-many-to-name-here performers and other creatives with whom I have made joyous, risky, challenging and inspiring theatre under the auspice of Company of Rogues” she said.

Robbi and Erica will each take the title of Executive Creative Producer, working collaboratively to develop and produce our ambitious 2020 season.

“Robbi and I share a goal for The Rogues that will continue Goldele’s vision to select work that challenges and inspires us” Erica said, “we’re committed to finding and developing original stories, to seeking out new arts opportunities and to creating space for invisible artists to be seen on Australian stages.”

Goldele’s next steps include her new focus on directing opera, including directing Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms in August for the Pacific Opera Young Artists program.

For Robbi it’s a bittersweet change, “I’m humbled and grateful to Goldele for believing in me, in our work and in our partnership. Her original vision will always be at the heart of Company of Rogues. I will dearly miss Goldele’s energy, artistry and passion but I’m also excited to see where these great assets will take her next”.

Thank you Goldele, and Chookas to a bright creative future!


Some of our favourite memories of Goldele at work…

Farewell Statement from Rogues Artistic Director Goldele Rayment

When I first established Company of Rogues in 2015 it was a platform for myself as a director in Sydney after relocating from Melbourne and a hiatus of a number of years during a period of ill health. I hoped that I could build something that would be sustainable and lasting for myself and those involved. As an Artist with a Disability I knew there was no way I could do this without substantial support and help, and I searched for 2 years for a core collaborator. When Robbi James joined me as a partner in crime in 2017 these dreams started to become a reality.

Unfortunately the strains of running, what is currently an unfunded, profit-share collective still striving for full financial viability, has become too much for me while also trying to support myself financially and maintain my artistic practice.

Since Robbi joined Company of Rogues we have achieved career milestones which had previously seemed unattainable to me, such as touring our production of Morgan Stern both nationally and internationally and obtaining funding grants for a creative project. It is a remarkable thing to seed an idea and have others join you with as much passion and commitment you yourself have. I am incredibly grateful to Robbi, and now Erica Lovell and to the too many to name here performers and other creatives with whom I have made joyous, risky, challenging and inspiring theatre under the auspice of Company of Rogues.

Over the years I have continually wrestled with what is means to be an Artist with a Disability in an industry that demands far too much even of its “able bodied” and “able minded” workers and to sustain an artistic career that will accommodate and not undermine my health. For now, I’m taking things slowly, putting in place supports that will help sustain me long term. I’m enjoying settling into married life and taking time to focus on my health. 

Over the coming years I plan to keep developing myself as a director, with a strong focus on Opera. In August I’ll be directing Last Night of the Proms for the Willoughby Symphony orchestra as part of Pacific Opera’s emerging artist program. I will continue my work as a Teaching Artist with high schools and the broader community, and I hope to start working with tertiary institutions and professional performers.

Goldele Rayment
Artistic Director and Founder, Company of Rogues

Boy Out of the Country

Having enjoyed a successful preview at the Pioneer Play Festival in 2018, Company of Rogues’ Boy Out of the Country – a fast, funny and smartly observant story about family, property, and the progress of life – returns for a premiere Sydney season at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre May 9-25.

In it, troubled country boy Hunter returns home from the city after a mysterious seven-year absence to find the family home swept up in a regional housing estate, his mother in aged care, and his brother Gordon in charge.

In this moment of shifting economies and loyalties Hunter goes in search of answers, but for he and Gordon sibling rivalry and childhood nostalgia will collide with unexpected consequences.

Written by award-winning playwright Felix Nobis, Boy Out of the Country is a bush ballad for contemporary regional life, written in vernacular verse reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Patterson. Here, old Australia meets new Australia – a country cop comes to terms with rapid social change, a backyard is less important than an extra bedroom, and the places that were once so familiar can change before our eyes.

Directed by Erica Lovell, this newly-realised production features the original cast inclduing Tom Harwood (Things Not to do After a Break Up), Jason Glover (Van Dieman’s Land), Jeannie Gee (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame (Anatomy of an Offence, Love Child). Joing the cast in the role of Walker will be celebrated actor and teacher Stan Kouros (Actors Centre Australia).

Lovell said “Having grown up in a small Australian town Boy Out of the Country resonates with my own experience of seeing regional places transformed, of going back to discover changes that are always striking.”

Boy Out of the Country emerged from the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writers Scheme and was awarded the R. E. Ross Trust Script Development Award. It was selected as the premiere work for the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival in Castle Hill 2018.

What: Boy Out of the Country

When: 9-25 May 2019, Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm

Where: Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach

Bedlam Unleashed – a Thank You gallery

Now that the glitter has settled, and Bedlam is put to bed once more, we just wanted to shout out to the amazing artists, the team at the Red Rattler, and our incredible audience to say “thank you”.

Bedlam Cabaret gives us the opportunity to offer paid performance opportunities to artists we really believe in; helps us build a community between artists across genres and talents; and connects them to audiences who are keen to experience something different.

Vaudeville is alive and well in Sydney once more!

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Andy Dexterity closes Bedlam in style!

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Andy Dexterity – good with his hands!

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Poppy Cox, direct from Berlin to Bedlam

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Poppy Cox – an awesome Gainsbourg-inspired puppetry sketch.

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Ben Noir dazzles with only a towel!

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Ben Noir shows why he’s a boylesque favourite

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Debbie Zukerman as Raz

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Debbie Zukerman as Raz shows us why science is both cool, and unpredicatable

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Host James Breko leads us into Bedlam!

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Ben Noir’s incredible voice (and cheeky act) had us in stitches.

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Curly Fries gargles his way into our hearts

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….and then into our fantasies!

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Vashti Hughes as Larry Olive

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Larry Olive (Vashti Hughes) teaches us all a thing or two about ‘acting’.

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The incredible Marlena Dali dazzles on the Bedlam Cabaret stage.

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Kael Murray is all lace and legend.

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Kael Murray brings charm, wit and fierceness to Bedlam

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Moments before Kael Murray surprises us all!

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Prince Enigma slides up, down and into our hearts

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Big voice, great costume and a personality to match – meet Prince Enigma

And finally,

A big THANK YOU to our friends, family and lovers, who make making art so much easier. Without their support we Rogues couldn’t do what we do. We love you.

x Goldele and Robbi

 

 

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Prince Enigma

He’s your boylesque fantasy with a wicked twist and his performances are never less than sizzling. Meet Prince Enigma, our next artist from Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for you to get to know over 5 little questions..

Who is Prince Enigma and what is that you do?
Through his acts he wants others to feel sexy, turned on, bring smile on their faces and be entertained.

What inspires your performances?
Smiles amongst the audience.

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Your version of happiness is…
Progress

Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?
Dancing the night away.

Describe you Bedlam performance in 3 words.
Tantalising. Amusing. Orgasmic.

Don’t miss Prince Enigma at Bedlam Cabaret on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler. Doors open 7, show starts 7.30pm – tickets on sale now here!

Meet The Bedlam Artists: Andy Dexterity

We’ve been watching him for years and The Rogues finally got to meet our next Bedlam Artist when we shared a theatre at EdFringe – where we fell for him like everyone else. He’s bold, brash and good with his hands. Meet Andy Dexterity, our next artist from Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for you to get to know over 5 little questions..

Who is Andy Dexterity, and what is that you do?
Andy Dexterity reveals themself to me daily.

At this moment in time, Andy continues to translate life experience into movement – with ridiculous dance moves, copious costume changes and sassy sign language. Although, there are some big changes a-brewing…

What inspires your performances?
I love creating performance pieces that can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, anytime. My wish is that people find their bodies shimmying and gesticulating a little more after experiencing an Andy Dexterity performance.

Throwing a shape with someone from across the street that you haven’t met yet…

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Your version of happiness is?
Embracing and celebrating difference – whilst eating hot chips. with parmesan cheese. and truffle oil.

Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?
I’ll host a small pride parade at home, from my kitchen to the living room with a ridiculously strong pina colada in-hand.

Describe you Bedlam performance in 3 words…
…I just struck 3 poses.

Don’t miss Andy Dexterity at Bedlam Cabaret on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – tickets on sale now here!

 

Check our more of Andy on his website here.