Written by: – Katrina SAMARAS
Directed by: – Kenney OGILVIE
Kenney OGILVIE: – has worked with several of Sydney’s leading amateur theatrical societies since 2004, both producing & directing. Directing credits include Engadine Musical Society’s Big Fish; Mosman Musical Society’s Urinetown; Rockdale Musical Society’s Into The Woods which won Best Production with Sydney Arts Guide in 2015; Love Song by John Kolvenbach with The Theatre on Chester; Little Shop of Horrors with Shire Music Theatre; Seussical & Be More Chill with The Regals; Next To Normal with Arcadians; and his award winning short play As Long As It’s Natural or The Pretty House. He was Assistant Director for the Sydney Theatre Award winning production of The Drowsy Chaperone with Squabbalogic at Hayes Theatre Co and The Van De Maar Papers with An Assorted Few.
Katrina SAMARAS: – lives in Wollongong and has had various short plays performed in Crash Test Drama and Short @ Sweet play festivals across Australia. ‘In bed’ is her first play to be performed at Cronulla.
Katrina worked in libraries for over 30 years and now, retired, haunts them obsessively as a borrower. In addition to playwrighting, she embroiders images of her cat, writes short fiction, and teaches ballet.
Katrina loves being in bed – reading, eating, sleeping, or just staring out the window. She believes we should all do much more of it. Katrina is also a great advocate of the bed jacket and the bed tray, and feels these iconic items are due for a renaissance.
IS THERE A WAY OUTA HERE?
Written by: -Maz GOLDRICK
Directed by Darrell HOFFMAN
Darrell HOFFMAN: – has a long career as an actor, in stage and short films. He has directed a number of one act plays, and two full length plays. He says he enjoys directing, perhaps even more than acting, and has recently started writing short stories, which helps him to see the total picture evoked by the script.
Maz GOLDRICK:-Over the last couple of years I have rediscovered the rhythmical patterns of writing dialogue to move a story forward. After a couple of writing highlights, I joined the Arts Theatre Cronulla (ATC) which has various opportunities for writers, eg Crash Test Drama and Bareboards. I have also rediscovered fun in writing.
I love theatre and after retiring from work I joined the Ashfield Seniors Theatre Group where we read and discuss plays of all genres. I also belong to The Older Women’s Network Theatre Group, Feisty Women of Oz, which is on Facebook. The group has performed a show called “Don’t Knock Your Granny” at many events and venues. We are currently rehearsing our new show called “Not Dead Yet”. Log into Facebook and smile with us. I also love roast lamb.
Written by: – Graham YATES
Graham YATES: – has been involved with the Arts Theatre in various capacities since 2008, he has performed in season plays at Cronulla – Calendar Girls, Female of the Species and Cosi (in which he bravely sang opera in Italian) as well as in plays at Sutherland Theatre and the Guild Theatre, Rockdale.
Graham has been involved in the Arts Theatre’s ‘Bareboards’ group since its inception in 2012 and has provided both 10-minute and one-act plays for their annual productions as well as performing in many of them.
Graham was the co-founder and for ten years has been the convenor of the theatre’s regular ‘Crash Test Drama’ programme for new, short plays which gives beginners a chance to try out their writing, acting and directing skills.
Many of the plays developed through Crash Test have gone on to appear in Sydney’s ‘Short+Sweet’ play festival which is the largest festival of its kind in the world.
He has had twelve of his scripts performed at the festival and has been involved in the Gala Finals three times as either a writer, director or actor.
Graham has also performed in an overseas production of one of his one-act plays (if Norfolk Island can be described as overseas).
Sue TURNER: -has been a member of the Arts Theatre Cronulla for many years. Originally enjoying performing, her interests have broadened and taken her from the stage to directing and writing. Over the past ten years she has written and directed short plays for Short and Sweet and Crashtest. She has also written directed and produced a full length play at the Arts Theatre.
Sue trained at the Ensemble theatre and Sydney Acting school. She wrote and produced shows for both primary and high schools and is a qualified Theatresports teacher. Sue has appeared in Neighbours, The Last Resort, and The Two Ronnies in Australia.
WHAT’s FOR DINNER
Writter: – Chris NAYLOR
Director: – Bill JORDAN
Chris NAYLOR: – has been writing for the last decade alongside a career in teaching.
Chris has written a number of full length plays, including Wandaland, Anna’s Place, Mao’s Last Stand, The Gloveman (Blood Moon Theatre 2017), Dancing Naked in the Backyard (Brave New Word theatre Co. 2014). He has written some One Act plays, among them, The Poached Café (Cronulla 2018) and What’s for Dinner? (Cronulla 2021). He also has a significant number of short plays, around thirty, that have played at Crash Test Drama and Short and Sweet, Sydney and Canberra. Many have appeared on the prestigious Pint Sized plays Wales Short and Longlist, including Four O’clock, Wagging Their Tales Behind Them, Waiting Room, The Salesman. In addition, A Christmas Body played at the Canberra Courtyard Theatre in “Unwrap me”. Waiting Room played in NZ Pint Sized plays 2017, and in ‘Sharp Scratches’, Courtyard Theatre London 2016. To Fetch A Pail of Water was performed in Manilla 2014 and The Supermarket also was played on radio, Radio Playhouse CBAA, Redfern 2017.
Bill JORDAN: -Bill is an actor, playwright and director. He has performed in a number of plays at Cronulla with the latest one being the successful David Williamson production, “Travelling North”. A number of Bill’s plays have also been successfully staged at previous Bareboards productions, Crash Test, Short & Sweet and Script In Hand. Most under Bill’s direction.
Written & Directed by: –
Jonathan SOLOMON: – loves to indulge in all things theatre. His credits include being involved with the Sydney Fringe Festival. In 2013, in collaboration with New Theatre, Newtown, he presented an inspirational showcase of talented performers. And in 2014 Jonathan presented his written comedy play “Office Ink” in Eliza Street, Newtown. This was followed up by another play he presented in 2016, “Out of Bounds”, which was performed in PACT Theatre, Erskineville. He wrote his first Novel in 2017, “White Tulips and Wedding Cake”. Jonathan has also been fortunate to have his short plays accepted and performed at Arts Theatre Cronulla, for two previously performed plays, “Balancing Act” and “A Mummy’s boy”. His short play “Running in the Dark” was performed recently at Crash Test Drama in Cronulla. In 2021, Jonathan’s written piece “Shopping for Love” was performed for 5 shows as part of Short + Sweet 2021 Sydney. Interests also include opera (Jonathan adores Maria Callas) and Film Noir.
Director / Writer
Melissa MYLES: – Melissa is a Teacher Librarian with many writing and acting credits to her name. Most recently she wrote and illustrated a picture book, Meg’s Craziest Day and has been developing her skills as a stand-up comedienne.
Her interests include acting, directing, ballroom dancing, salsa and bachata. Her love of writing and entertaining children is an extension of these interests and she demonstrates her love of dance in this play, When We Were Young.