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2022 National Tour CAST & CREW

THE TEAM

Co-Adaptors / Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij

Director / Michael Futcher
Creative Producers / Ross Balbuziente and Nick Skubij
Designer / Josh McIntosh
Composer / Sarah McLeod
Lighting Designer / Jason Glenwright
Additional Music and Sound Designer / Guy Webster
Stage Effects / Live Element – Michael Steer

Featuring / Julian Garner, Nelle Lee, Jodie Le Vesconte, Sarah McLeod

Swings / Maddison Burridge, Hilary Harrison, Nick James

Production Manager / Mark Middleton
Technical Coordinator / Peter Rhoades
Stage Manager / Imogen Millhouse
Assistant Stage Manager / Maddison Penglis
Head of Lighting/Programmer / Simon Hardy

 

 

JULIAN GARNER / CAST

For shake & stir: debut. Other theatre: The Turquoise Elephant (Griffin Theatre Company), Inner Voices (Red Line Productions), Arcadia, Storm Boy (Sydney Theatre Company), The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac (Sport for Jove), Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, As You Like It, The Wars of the Roses, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night (Bell Shakespeare). Television: Top of the Lake: China Girl, Reckoning, Pulse, Janet King, McLeod’s Daughters, Blackjack, Home and Away. More recently the Peter Duncan-directed mini-series Operation Buffalo and Bump for Stan and Network Ten’s The Secret She Keeps and The Twelve for ABC TV. Film: Top End Wedding, Killing Ground, Problem Play, Head On, The Children of the Corn and I Am Woman. Training: Julian is a National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) graduate.

 

 

NELLE LEE / CO-ADAPTOR / CAST

For shake & stir theatre co: The Twits, Jane Eyre, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, George’s Marvellous Medicine (2016, 2018 national tour), Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts (2014, 2015 and 2019 national tours), Wuthering Heights (2014, 2016 national tour), Animal Farm (2011, 2013 national tour), Dracula (2015, 2017 national tour), 1984 (2012, 2014 national tour), Tequila Mockingbird (2013, 2016 Qld tour), Statespeare (2009, 2011 national tour), Out Damn Snot (shake & stir/La Boite). Other Theatre: The Crucible, Maxine Mellor’s Mystery Project, Property of the Clan (Queensland Theatre). Complete Works of William Shakespeare by Chicks (Brisbane Festival) and Alice (Harvest Rain Theatre Company). Film and TV: The Inbetweeners 2, Sea Patrol seasons 2 & 3, Mortified and the feature film JUCYAs Adaptor / Writer: The Twits, Fourthcoming, A Christmas Carol, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Tequila Mockingbird, 1984, Out Damn Snot, Statespeare. Positions: Nelle is a Co-Artistic Director of shake & stir and has written and performed in productions that have toured across the country (2006 – present). Training: Bachelor Theatre Arts (Acting) from the University of Southern Queensland. Awards: 2011 USQ Alumnus Award, 2011 USQ Arts Faculty Award. Numerous Matilda Awards including: Gold Matilda Award in recognition of shake & stir’s national touring work (2020), Best Musical or Cabaret for Green Day’s American Idiot (2017), Best Mainstage Production and Gold Matilda Award for creating Tequila Mockingbird (2014), Best Independent Production for Animal Farm (2012). Helpmann Award nominations include: Best Presentation for Children (2012, 2016), Best Regional Touring Production (2016).

 

 

JODIE LE VESCONTE / CAST

For shake & stir: debut. Other theatre:  Jodie has worked consistently as a professional actor for nearly two decades, performing on independent and main stages across the country and internationally. Princess of Suburbia, War Crimes, Hoods, Children of the Black Skirt (RealTV). The Shot, The Threepenny Opera, The Orphanage Project, Phaedra, Constance Drinkwater and the Last Days of Somerset, The Memory of Water (Queensland Theatre). My Darling Patricia’s, Africa (Sydney Theatre Company), Shape of a Girl (Sydney Opera House), Happiness (The Malthouse’s acclaimed Suitcase Series), The Trouble With Harry (Seymour Centre), Lost Boys (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre). Anatomy of a Suicide (Presented by Metro Arts and BC Productions Qld in association with e.g and Big Scary Animal). Film: Bigger Than Tina, Inspector Gadget 2. Positions: She is a core actor with theatre company RealTV with Angela Betzien, Leticia Caceres and Pete Goodwin Training: Queensland University of Technology (Acting). Awards: 2021 Matilda Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role and a Sydney Theatre Awards Nomination for Best Actor.

 

 

SARAH MCLEOD / COMPOSER / CAST

For shake & stir: Jane Eyre (2019), Green Day’s American Idiot (2018 national tour). Other Credits: As the lead singer/guitarist and primary songwriter for 3 x ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod’s successful career began in the late 90s. The Superjesus achieved Platinum album sales and multiple Top 40 singles including Gravity, Down Again and Secret Agent Man which are still rock radio staples nationally. When The Superjesus hiatus began in the early 2000s, Sarah’s solo career soared. She released a number of EPs and collaborations with The Living End’s Chris Cheney, The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin, and the Baby Animals’ Mick Skelton, and a side project band called Screaming Bikini that solidified her musical ability across a range of genre’s including hard rock, singer/songwriter, 50s & 60s barber shop and electronica. Sarah’s collaborations with DJ’s from all over the globe resulted in her single He Doesn’t Love You topping the dance charts at #1 in Eastern Europe for 16 weeks. Living in London and New York before returning to Australia to reform The Superjesus to an overwhelming response, Sarah continues to uphold her reputation as a musical force, nominated for Frontman/Woman of the Year in Triple M’s 2015 Rockies Awards amidst heavyweights Dave Grohl and Jimmy Barnes. Following a series of sold out She Who Rocks tour dates, a new EP Love and Violence from The Superjesus imminent and a new solo record in the works, Sarah McLeod has proven to be one of Australia’s most talented and versatile artists. Sarah released Rocky’s Diner in 2017 which debuted in the ARIA Top 20 albums chart. Armed with the work ethic of a runaway train, McLeod also has a passion for acting and starred in shake & stir theatre co and QPAC’s smash-hit production Green Day’s American Idiot in 2018 playing the role of St Jimmy alongside Grinspoon’s Phil Jameison and Magic Dirt’s Adalita to rave reviews. The Superjesus have recently completed a national tour celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Sumo and were inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Website: www.sarahmcleod.com.au

 

 

MADDISON BURRIDGE / SWING

For shake & stir: Fantastic Mr Fox (2021), A Christmas Carol (2020, 2021)Terrortorial, Blocked, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, 1984, Prankster, In the Cauldron (Touring 2020, 2021) Other Theatre: Paradise Dreaming (Queensland Theatre, 2021) Wired, The Hurting Game (Brainstorm Productions, Touring 2019), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Shakespeare By Night, 2018-2019), The Paper Tiger, The Citizenship Test, Words That Changed The World, Words Of War (Poetry In Action, Touring 2017), Hot L Baltimore, The Coast of Utopia:Voyage, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Romeo & Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, Survival (QUT, 2013-2015). As Adaptor / Writer: Monologue Masterclass (shake & stir Virtual 2020). Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) from Queensland University of Technology (2015 Graduating Class), RAD Classical Ballet Training (2002-2011). 

 

 

HILARY HARRISON / SWING

For shake & stir: debut. Other Theatre: Harlem Nights: The Jazz Renaissance (The Speakeasy), Love Train (Adelaide Fringe), This Girl the Rachel Bek Cabaret (QPAC), Kiss Me Kate (Opera Queensland), Our Country’s Good, Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens, RENT, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, All Sorts (QCGU). Other Music: Hilary is currently working on an EP is about to release her first single CIRCLESTraining: Bachelor of Musical Theatre from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and a Diploma of Musical Theatre from Australian Dance Performance Institute.

 

 

NICK JAMES / SWING

For shake & stir: A Christmas Carol (2020, 2021), Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Macbeths, 1984, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, In The Cauldron, Terrortorial, BlockedOther Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Mary Stuart, The Bomb-itty of Errors (The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble). Much Ado About Nothing, Victory, The Cherry Orchard, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Theban Plays (The Victorian College of the Arts). As Co-Deviser/Co-Writer: Bag of D*cks (Melbourne Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival). Unplugged (The Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Festival & Directors Conference). Positions: shake & stir’s In-School Touring Coordinator. Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting Company ’16) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Awards: 2015 Richard Pratt Bursary for Outstanding Acting.

 

 

NICK SKUBIJ / CO-ADPATOR


For shake & stir: As actor: The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Tequila Mockingbird, 1984, Animal Farm, Statespeare, Out Damn Snot (shake & stir / La Boite). Other Theatre: Romeo & Juliet (Queensland Theatre), Eurobeat (QPAC), Flutter, Citizen Jane (JUTE), Crackle, Snap, Pop (JUTE / Queensland Theatre), Surviving Jonah Salt (KEDT / JUTE), The Fiveways (Brisbane Festival), Macbeth, Franz Kafka’s The Trial, As You Like it, Titus Andronicus (Grin & Tonic) Film and TV: Toybox season 2 (Channel 7). As Adaptor / Writer: Jane Eyre, Fantastic Mr Fox, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, 1984, Animal Farm, Out Damn Snot. As Director: Fourthcoming, Wuthering Heights (2014, 2016), Statespeare (2009), La Boèhme (Opera Qld and shake & stir). Positions: Nick is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of shake & stir theatre co (2006 – present). Awards: Numerous Matilda Awards including: Gold Matilda Award in recognition of shake & stir’s national touring work (2020), Best Musical or Cabaret for Green Day’s American Idiot (2017), Best Mainstage Production and Gold Matilda Award Tequila Mockingbird (2014), Best Production for Animal Farm (2012). Matilda Award nominations for Best Director (2021),  Best Lead Actor (2015). Helpmann Award nominations include: Best Presentation for Children (2012, 2016), Best Regional Touring Production (2016).

 

 

MICHAEL FUTCHER / DIRECTOR

For shake & stir: Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, Endgame, Dracula, 1984, Tequila Mockingbird, Animal Farm. Other Theatre: Michael has worked over the past 30 years with many of Queensland’s major theatre companies in various capacities, including actor, director, dramaturg and writer and, with Helen Howard, is the joint artistic director of Matrix Theatre. As Director: For Queensland Theatre: Treasure Island (with Matrix Theatre), 1001 Nights (with Zen Zen Zo and QMF), Grimm Tales, Rabbit Hole, The Glass Menagerie and Oz Shorts; For La Boite: Pale Blue Dot, Walking By Apple Tree Creek, The Drowning Bride, James and Johnno, Salt and, in co-production with Matrix Theatre and the Brisbane Festival, the critically-acclaimed A Beautiful Life, which toured nationally in 2000 winning Michael Best Director at the Victorian Green Room Awards along with three other awards; For Matrix Theatre: Diary of a Madman, Piano Lessons, The Wishing Well, The King and the Corpse!, 1347 and Cutting Loose. In 2009, Michael’s production of The Kursk (Matrix/Metro Independents/Critical stages) toured nationally to over 35 venues receiving a Helpmann Award nomination and three Matilda Awards, including Best Director. Other productions include: Dirty Apple (Opera Qld/ Backbone), The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, The Crucible, The Duel, The Cherry Orchard, Camille (QUT), Jane Eyre (USQ) and Macbeth (Rheingold Theatre Club, London). Awards: Michael has won several Matilda Awards, a Green Room Award and a Playlab Award, and been nominated for a Helpmann Award, an Awgie, and two Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards.

 

 

JOSH MCINTOSH / DESIGNER

For shake & stir: The Twits, Fourthcoming, Jane Eyre, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, Green Day’s American Idiot, Endgame, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Wuthering Heights, Tequila Mockingbird, Out Damn Snot, 1984, Animal Farm (2011, 2013 national tour), Statespeare. Other Theatre: Josh has designed Country Song, Rabbit Hole and was Design Consultant for Thom Pain (Queensland Theatre), Treasure Island (Matrix & Queensland Theatre). For La Boite he has designed Pale Blue Dot, The Kursk (with Critical Stages & Matrix), The Wishing Well (with Matrix), The Danger Age, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay, and Red Cap (with QMF). For Queensland Ballet, The Little Green Road to Fairyland (with QMF). Josh has designed many shows for Harvest Rain Theatre Company including their Grease, Hairspray and Cats Arena Spectaculars, Pirates of Penzance, Spamalot, Oklahoma!, and many others.  He has designed Queensland Music Festival’s signature epic outdoor events for every festival since 2009 in Mount Isa, Moranbah, Logan, Gladstone, Bowen & Charleville. Josh regularly designs for Strut’n’Fret, Debase Productions, Flipside Circus, Company 2 and many other theatre companies, arts festivals and events including QPAC’s Out of the Box children’s festival (2016, 2018).  Awards: Matilda Gold Award: Body of Work (2011).  Matilda Silver Award: Best Set Design for Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts (2019); Best Design for A Christmas Carol (2018); Best Set Design for Green Day’s American Idiot (2017), Best Set Design for Dracula (2016).

 

 

JASON GLENWRIGHT / LIGHTING DESIGNER

For shake & stir: The Twits, Fourthcoming, Jane Eyre, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, Endgame, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Wuthering Heights, Tequila Mockingbird, Out Damn Snot, 1984, Animal Farm, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet (Qld Youth Shakespeare Festival and shake & stir). Other Credits: For Queensland Theatre: Taming of the Shrew, The Holidays, City of   Gold (Co-production with Griffin Theatre Company); The Longest Minute (Co-production with JUTE  Theatre and Debase Theatre), Country Song, Argus (Co-production with Dead Puppet Society), I Want to Know What Love Is, A Tribute of Sorts, The Removalists, Faustus (Co-production with Bell Shakespeare), Water Falling Down, The Little Dog Laughed, Thom Pain (based on nothing); Griffin Theatre Company: Rice (Co-production with Queensland Theatre), A Hoax (Co-production with La Boite); La Boite Theatre Company: Laser Beak Man (Co-production with Dead Puppet Society), The Tragedy of King Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pale Blue Dot, Ruben Guthrie, Julius Caesar, The Kursk; Opera Qld: A Flowering Tree, Kiss Me, Kate; Little Red Theatre Company: Your Song, Lady Beatle (Co-production with La Boite), Wrecking Ball, Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele, How to Make Snow; SK Entertainment: Friends the Musical Parody, Menopause The Musical; Myths Made Here: Cinderella; TAM Productions: Rhonda Burchmore Bang! Bang!, True West; The Good Room: Let’s Be Friends Furever, I Just Came To Say Goodbye, I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You (Co-production with Brisbane Festival), One Bottle Later, That’s What She Said, I Should Have Drunk More Champagne; Flipside Circus: Dogs in the Schoolyard, We Live Here; JUTE: La Bella Figura, To Kill A Cassowary, Bukal, Here We All Are. Assembled, Joh For PM (Co-production with Brisbane Powerhouse) Awards: Matilda Awards for Best Lighting Design (2021, 2017), Best Technical Design for Dracula (2016), Gold Matilda for Body of Work (2013). Website: jasonglenwright.com

 

 

GUY WEBSTER / SOUND DESIGNER AND ADDITIONAL MUSIC

For shake & stir: The Twits, Fourthcoming, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, Fantastic Mr Fox, Endgame, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Wuthering Heights, Tequila Mockingbird, Out Damn Snot, 1984, Animal Farm, Statespeare. Guy is a performer, composer, musician, sound designer and teacher. While his live performances have earned him a reputation as a prolific and inspiring songwriter, his work in interactive composition and sound design has featured in festivals, galleries, conferences and theatres in Australia, Japan, UK, Europe, USA and China. Other Theatre: L’Appartement, Constellations, The Seagull, Brisbane, The Button Event, The Effect, Kelly, Venus in Fur, Orphans (Queensland Theatre), Naked & Screaming, From Darkness, Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, The Tragedy of King Richard III, A Streetcar Named Desire, As You Like It, Ruben Guthrie, I Love You, Bro, The Pineapple Queen, The White Earth, Kitchen Diva, Summer Wonderland, The Narcissist, Last Drinks, Urban Dingoes and Crèche & Burn (La Boite), You Don’t Know Jack & Kitty (GOGI Dance), The Rising (Circus Corridor), Welcome To Sameville, Locked In, Viral (Shock Therapy Productions), Torrent (Lisa Wilson / DanceNorth), Bunker (Lisa Wilson/Nathan Sibthorpe), La Bella Figura, To Kill A Cassowary, Here We Are All Assembled, The Salt Remains (JUTE), Horizon, Magpie, Blue Bones (Playlab), Riverfire 2021, Brisbane Art Boat (Brisbane Festival), Quiet By Nature, Hotelling (Bleach Festival). Other Music: Guy has released several CDs and performed on many stages supporting the likes of Beth Orton, Ed Harcourt, Powderfinger, The Cruel Sea, Mad Professor, Eskimo Joe, Ben Lee and Sarah Blasko.

2022 National Tour CAST & CREW

 

 

THE TEAM

Co-Adaptors / Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij

Director / Michael Futcher
Creative Producers / Ross Balbuziente and Nick Skubij
Designer / Josh McIntosh
Composer / Sarah McLeod
Lighting Designer / Jason Glenwright
Additional Music and Sound Designer / Guy Webster
Stage Effects / Live Element – Michael Steer

Featuring / Julian Garner, Nelle Lee, Jodie Le Vesconte, Sarah McLeod

Swings / Maddison Burridge, Hilary Harrison, Nick James

Production Manager / Mark Middleton
Technical Coordinator / Peter Rhoades
Stage Manager / Imogen Millhouse
Assistant Stage Manager / Maddison Penglis
Head of Lighting/Programmer / Simon Hardy

JULIAN GARNER / CAST

For shake & stir: debut. Other theatre: The Turquoise Elephant (Griffin Theatre Company), Inner Voices (Red Line Productions), Arcadia, Storm Boy (Sydney Theatre Company), The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac (Sport for Jove), Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, As You Like It, The Wars of the Roses, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night (Bell Shakespeare). Television: Top of the Lake: China Girl, Reckoning, Pulse, Janet King, McLeod’s Daughters, Blackjack, Home and Away. More recently the Peter Duncan-directed mini-series Operation Buffalo and Bump for Stan and Network Ten’s The Secret She Keeps and The Twelve for ABC TV. Film: Top End Wedding, Killing Ground, Problem Play, Head On, The Children of the Corn and I Am Woman. Training: Julian is a National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) graduate.

 

 

NELLE LEE / CO-ADAPTOR / CAST

For shake & stir theatre co: The Twits, Jane Eyre, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, George’s Marvellous Medicine (2016, 2018 national tour), Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts (2014, 2015 and 2019 national tours), Wuthering Heights (2014, 2016 national tour), Animal Farm (2011, 2013 national tour), Dracula (2015, 2017 national tour), 1984 (2012, 2014 national tour), Tequila Mockingbird (2013, 2016 Qld tour), Statespeare (2009, 2011 national tour), Out Damn Snot (shake & stir/La Boite). Other Theatre: The Crucible, Maxine Mellor’s Mystery Project, Property of the Clan (Queensland Theatre). Complete Works of William Shakespeare by Chicks (Brisbane Festival) and Alice (Harvest Rain Theatre Company). Film and TV: The Inbetweeners 2, Sea Patrol seasons 2 & 3, Mortified and the feature film JUCYAs Adaptor / Writer: The Twits, Fourthcoming, A Christmas Carol, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Tequila Mockingbird, 1984, Out Damn Snot, Statespeare. Positions: Nelle is a Co-Artistic Director of shake & stir and has written and performed in productions that have toured across the country (2006 – present). Training: Bachelor Theatre Arts (Acting) from the University of Southern Queensland. Awards: 2011 USQ Alumnus Award, 2011 USQ Arts Faculty Award. Numerous Matilda Awards including: Gold Matilda Award in recognition of shake & stir’s national touring work (2020), Best Musical or Cabaret for Green Day’s American Idiot (2017), Best Mainstage Production and Gold Matilda Award for creating Tequila Mockingbird (2014), Best Independent Production for Animal Farm (2012). Helpmann Award nominations include: Best Presentation for Children (2012, 2016), Best Regional Touring Production (2016).

 

 

JODIE LE VESCONTE / CAST

For shake & stir: debut. Other theatre:  Jodie has worked consistently as a professional actor for nearly two decades, performing on independent and main stages across the country and internationally. Princess of Suburbia, War Crimes, Hoods, Children of the Black Skirt (RealTV). The Shot, The Threepenny Opera, The Orphanage Project, Phaedra, Constance Drinkwater and the Last Days of Somerset, The Memory of Water (Queensland Theatre). My Darling Patricia’s, Africa (Sydney Theatre Company), Shape of a Girl (Sydney Opera House), Happiness (The Malthouse’s acclaimed Suitcase Series), The Trouble With Harry (Seymour Centre), Lost Boys (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre). Anatomy of a Suicide (Presented by Metro Arts and BC Productions Qld in association with e.g and Big Scary Animal). Film: Bigger Than Tina, Inspector Gadget 2. Positions: She is a core actor with theatre company RealTV with Angela Betzien, Leticia Caceres and Pete Goodwin Training: Queensland University of Technology (Acting). Awards: 2021 Matilda Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role and a Sydney Theatre Awards Nomination for Best Actor.

 

 

SARAH MCLEOD / COMPOSER / CAST

For shake & stir: Jane Eyre (2019), Green Day’s American Idiot (2018 national tour). Other Credits: As the lead singer/guitarist and primary songwriter for 3 x ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod’s successful career began in the late 90s. The Superjesus achieved Platinum album sales and multiple Top 40 singles including Gravity, Down Again and Secret Agent Man which are still rock radio staples nationally. When The Superjesus hiatus began in the early 2000s, Sarah’s solo career soared. She released a number of EPs and collaborations with The Living End’s Chris Cheney, The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin, and the Baby Animals’ Mick Skelton, and a side project band called Screaming Bikini that solidified her musical ability across a range of genre’s including hard rock, singer/songwriter, 50s & 60s barber shop and electronica. Sarah’s collaborations with DJ’s from all over the globe resulted in her single He Doesn’t Love You topping the dance charts at #1 in Eastern Europe for 16 weeks. Living in London and New York before returning to Australia to reform The Superjesus to an overwhelming response, Sarah continues to uphold her reputation as a musical force, nominated for Frontman/Woman of the Year in Triple M’s 2015 Rockies Awards amidst heavyweights Dave Grohl and Jimmy Barnes. Following a series of sold out She Who Rocks tour dates, a new EP Love and Violence from The Superjesus imminent and a new solo record in the works, Sarah McLeod has proven to be one of Australia’s most talented and versatile artists. Sarah released Rocky’s Diner in 2017 which debuted in the ARIA Top 20 albums chart. Armed with the work ethic of a runaway train, McLeod also has a passion for acting and starred in shake & stir theatre co and QPAC’s smash-hit production Green Day’s American Idiot in 2018 playing the role of St Jimmy alongside Grinspoon’s Phil Jameison and Magic Dirt’s Adalita to rave reviews. The Superjesus have recently completed a national tour celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Sumo and were inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Website: www.sarahmcleod.com.au

 

 

MADDISON BURRIDGE / SWING

For shake & stir: Fantastic Mr Fox (2021), A Christmas Carol (2020, 2021)Terrortorial, Blocked, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, 1984, Prankster, In the Cauldron (Touring 2020, 2021) Other Theatre: Paradise Dreaming (Queensland Theatre, 2021) Wired, The Hurting Game (Brainstorm Productions, Touring 2019), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Shakespeare By Night, 2018-2019), The Paper Tiger, The Citizenship Test, Words That Changed The World, Words Of War (Poetry In Action, Touring 2017), Hot L Baltimore, The Coast of Utopia:Voyage, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Romeo & Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, Survival (QUT, 2013-2015). As Adaptor / Writer: Monologue Masterclass (shake & stir Virtual 2020). Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) from Queensland University of Technology (2015 Graduating Class), RAD Classical Ballet Training (2002-2011). 

 

 

HILARY HARRISON / SWING

For shake & stir: debut. Other Theatre: Harlem Nights: The Jazz Renaissance (The Speakeasy), Love Train (Adelaide Fringe), This Girl the Rachel Bek Cabaret (QPAC), Kiss Me Kate (Opera Queensland), Our Country’s Good, Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens, RENT, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, All Sorts (QCGU). Other Music: Hilary is currently working on an EP is about to release her first single CIRCLESTraining: Bachelor of Musical Theatre from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and a Diploma of Musical Theatre from Australian Dance Performance Institute.

 

 

NICK JAMES / SWING

For shake & stir: A Christmas Carol (2020, 2021), Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Macbeths, 1984, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, In The Cauldron, Terrortorial, BlockedOther Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Mary Stuart, The Bomb-itty of Errors (The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble). Much Ado About Nothing, Victory, The Cherry Orchard, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Theban Plays (The Victorian College of the Arts). As Co-Deviser/Co-Writer: Bag of D*cks (Melbourne Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival). Unplugged (The Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Festival & Directors Conference). Positions: shake & stir’s In-School Touring Coordinator. Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting Company ’16) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Awards: 2015 Richard Pratt Bursary for Outstanding Acting.

 

 

NICK SKUBIJ / CO-ADPATOR


For shake & stir: As actor: The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Tequila Mockingbird, 1984, Animal Farm, Statespeare, Out Damn Snot (shake & stir / La Boite). Other Theatre: Romeo & Juliet (Queensland Theatre), Eurobeat (QPAC), Flutter, Citizen Jane (JUTE), Crackle, Snap, Pop (JUTE / Queensland Theatre), Surviving Jonah Salt (KEDT / JUTE), The Fiveways (Brisbane Festival), Macbeth, Franz Kafka’s The Trial, As You Like it, Titus Andronicus (Grin & Tonic) Film and TV: Toybox season 2 (Channel 7). As Adaptor / Writer: Jane Eyre, Fantastic Mr Fox, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, 1984, Animal Farm, Out Damn Snot. As Director: Fourthcoming, Wuthering Heights (2014, 2016), Statespeare (2009), La Boèhme (Opera Qld and shake & stir). Positions: Nick is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of shake & stir theatre co (2006 – present). Awards: Numerous Matilda Awards including: Gold Matilda Award in recognition of shake & stir’s national touring work (2020), Best Musical or Cabaret for Green Day’s American Idiot (2017), Best Mainstage Production and Gold Matilda Award Tequila Mockingbird (2014), Best Production for Animal Farm (2012). Matilda Award nominations for Best Director (2021),  Best Lead Actor (2015). Helpmann Award nominations include: Best Presentation for Children (2012, 2016), Best Regional Touring Production (2016).

 

 

MICHAEL FUTCHER / DIRECTOR

For shake & stir: Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, Endgame, Dracula, 1984, Tequila Mockingbird, Animal Farm. Other Theatre: Michael has worked over the past 30 years with many of Queensland’s major theatre companies in various capacities, including actor, director, dramaturg and writer and, with Helen Howard, is the joint artistic director of Matrix Theatre. As Director: For Queensland Theatre: Treasure Island (with Matrix Theatre), 1001 Nights (with Zen Zen Zo and QMF), Grimm Tales, Rabbit Hole, The Glass Menagerie and Oz Shorts; For La Boite: Pale Blue Dot, Walking By Apple Tree Creek, The Drowning Bride, James and Johnno, Salt and, in co-production with Matrix Theatre and the Brisbane Festival, the critically-acclaimed A Beautiful Life, which toured nationally in 2000 winning Michael Best Director at the Victorian Green Room Awards along with three other awards; For Matrix Theatre: Diary of a Madman, Piano Lessons, The Wishing Well, The King and the Corpse!, 1347 and Cutting Loose. In 2009, Michael’s production of The Kursk (Matrix/Metro Independents/Critical stages) toured nationally to over 35 venues receiving a Helpmann Award nomination and three Matilda Awards, including Best Director. Other productions include: Dirty Apple (Opera Qld/ Backbone), The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, The Crucible, The Duel, The Cherry Orchard, Camille (QUT), Jane Eyre (USQ) and Macbeth (Rheingold Theatre Club, London). Awards: Michael has won several Matilda Awards, a Green Room Award and a Playlab Award, and been nominated for a Helpmann Award, an Awgie, and two Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards.

 

 

JOSH MCINTOSH / DESIGNER

For shake & stir: The Twits, Fourthcoming, Jane Eyre, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, Green Day’s American Idiot, Endgame, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Wuthering Heights, Tequila Mockingbird, Out Damn Snot, 1984, Animal Farm (2011, 2013 national tour), Statespeare. Other Theatre: Josh has designed Country Song, Rabbit Hole and was Design Consultant for Thom Pain (Queensland Theatre), Treasure Island (Matrix & Queensland Theatre). For La Boite he has designed Pale Blue Dot, The Kursk (with Critical Stages & Matrix), The Wishing Well (with Matrix), The Danger Age, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay, and Red Cap (with QMF). For Queensland Ballet, The Little Green Road to Fairyland (with QMF). Josh has designed many shows for Harvest Rain Theatre Company including their Grease, Hairspray and Cats Arena Spectaculars, Pirates of Penzance, Spamalot, Oklahoma!, and many others.  He has designed Queensland Music Festival’s signature epic outdoor events for every festival since 2009 in Mount Isa, Moranbah, Logan, Gladstone, Bowen & Charleville. Josh regularly designs for Strut’n’Fret, Debase Productions, Flipside Circus, Company 2 and many other theatre companies, arts festivals and events including QPAC’s Out of the Box children’s festival (2016, 2018).  Awards: Matilda Gold Award: Body of Work (2011).  Matilda Silver Award: Best Set Design for Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts (2019); Best Design for A Christmas Carol (2018); Best Set Design for Green Day’s American Idiot (2017), Best Set Design for Dracula (2016).

 

 

JASON GLENWRIGHT / LIGHTING DESIGNER

For shake & stir: The Twits, Fourthcoming, Jane Eyre, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, Endgame, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Wuthering Heights, Tequila Mockingbird, Out Damn Snot, 1984, Animal Farm, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet (Qld Youth Shakespeare Festival and shake & stir). Other Credits: For Queensland Theatre: Taming of the Shrew, The Holidays, City of   Gold (Co-production with Griffin Theatre Company); The Longest Minute (Co-production with JUTE  Theatre and Debase Theatre), Country Song, Argus (Co-production with Dead Puppet Society), I Want to Know What Love Is, A Tribute of Sorts, The Removalists, Faustus (Co-production with Bell Shakespeare), Water Falling Down, The Little Dog Laughed, Thom Pain (based on nothing); Griffin Theatre Company: Rice (Co-production with Queensland Theatre), A Hoax (Co-production with La Boite); La Boite Theatre Company: Laser Beak Man (Co-production with Dead Puppet Society), The Tragedy of King Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pale Blue Dot, Ruben Guthrie, Julius Caesar, The Kursk; Opera Qld: A Flowering Tree, Kiss Me, Kate; Little Red Theatre Company: Your Song, Lady Beatle (Co-production with La Boite), Wrecking Ball, Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele, How to Make Snow; SK Entertainment: Friends the Musical Parody, Menopause The Musical; Myths Made Here: Cinderella; TAM Productions: Rhonda Burchmore Bang! Bang!, True West; The Good Room: Let’s Be Friends Furever, I Just Came To Say Goodbye, I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You (Co-production with Brisbane Festival), One Bottle Later, That’s What She Said, I Should Have Drunk More Champagne; Flipside Circus: Dogs in the Schoolyard, We Live Here; JUTE: La Bella Figura, To Kill A Cassowary, Bukal, Here We All Are. Assembled, Joh For PM (Co-production with Brisbane Powerhouse) Awards: Matilda Awards for Best Lighting Design (2021, 2017), Best Technical Design for Dracula (2016), Gold Matilda for Body of Work (2013). Website: jasonglenwright.com

 

 

GUY WEBSTER / SOUND DESIGNER AND ADDITIONAL MUSIC

For shake & stir: The Twits, Fourthcoming, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, Fantastic Mr Fox, Endgame, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Dracula, Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Wuthering Heights, Tequila Mockingbird, Out Damn Snot, 1984, Animal Farm, Statespeare. Guy is a performer, composer, musician, sound designer and teacher. While his live performances have earned him a reputation as a prolific and inspiring songwriter, his work in interactive composition and sound design has featured in festivals, galleries, conferences and theatres in Australia, Japan, UK, Europe, USA and China. Other Theatre: L’Appartement, Constellations, The Seagull, Brisbane, The Button Event, The Effect, Kelly, Venus in Fur, Orphans (Queensland Theatre), Naked & Screaming, From Darkness, Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, The Tragedy of King Richard III, A Streetcar Named Desire, As You Like It, Ruben Guthrie, I Love You, Bro, The Pineapple Queen, The White Earth, Kitchen Diva, Summer Wonderland, The Narcissist, Last Drinks, Urban Dingoes and Crèche & Burn (La Boite), You Don’t Know Jack & Kitty (GOGI Dance), The Rising (Circus Corridor), Welcome To Sameville, Locked In, Viral (Shock Therapy Productions), Torrent (Lisa Wilson / DanceNorth), Bunker (Lisa Wilson/Nathan Sibthorpe), La Bella Figura, To Kill A Cassowary, Here We Are All Assembled, The Salt Remains (JUTE), Horizon, Magpie, Blue Bones (Playlab), Riverfire 2021, Brisbane Art Boat (Brisbane Festival), Quiet By Nature, Hotelling (Bleach Festival). Other Music: Guy has released several CDs and performed on many stages supporting the likes of Beth Orton, Ed Harcourt, Powderfinger, The Cruel Sea, Mad Professor, Eskimo Joe, Ben Lee and Sarah Blasko.

 

 

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