When I began a Masters of Arts Management at the Sydney Opera House almost 2 years ago I did so hoping that the study would lead me to new opportunities to work with creative people and their projects. It was there that I got to know Goldele Rayment. At the time I honestly hadn’t thought about returning to the theatre world (I spent my teen years on the stage) but there is a very good chance, that very deep down, there is a part of me that was yearning to be here.
Goldele invited me to see Morgan Stern in late 2016 and I was struck by the power of the production, even in the simple setting it had at Blood Moon. I knew that there was something here I wanted to explore and that deserved to be seen by many more people – locally and beyond.
But when I first starting working with Company of Rogues I was hoping for a small local festival and finding ways to introduce Morgan Stern to Australian audiences. When the opportunity to join Siren Theatre Co in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival came up I took it as a sign that this new Australian play had to go – there was no turning back!
You see it’s not just the way Goldele breathes life into a compelling story, or the honest beauty of Gina Schien’s words or, indeed, Graeme Rhodes’ transformative performance that has inspired me to join the Rogues – it’s the collective passion and belief that Morgan Stern has the power to genuinely move audiences.
And isn’t that what we make art for?
Robbi James – Creative Producer