Tartuffe is quickly approaching! We chatted with actor Alison van Reeken (The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Blithe Spirit, Dinner, Dust and more) about the play:
We are excited to present our first podcast!
To finish our series of Q&As with actors of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, we chatted with actor Caitlin Beresford-Ord. Caitlin has not only performed in Black Swan productions, including As You Like It, The White Divers of Broome and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but she is also a Black Swan Teaching Artist, going to schools and communities to present acting and movement workshops. Caitlin fills us in on Caucasian and the rigorous rehearsal process:
Black Swan is pleased to announce that leading actor, singer and producer Simon Burke AO will make his debut performance with the company and join the cast of Clinton: The Musical, from Queensland brothers Paul Hodge and Michael Hodge.
“Your problem, Henry, is that you are hung up on words, on labels… AIDS. Homosexual. Gay. Lesbian.”
Friday 13 May 2016
Black Swan State Theatre Company ushers in a new era and welcomes the appointment of its new Artistic Director from 2017, Clare Watson.
Last week and over the next few weeks the cast of The Caucasian Chalk Circle are having a bit of face work done, both in Perth and Sydney! The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a collaboration between the National Theatre of China and Black Swan, will feature masks designed by Professor Huaxiang Zhang and worn by cast members throughout the show. These masks are specially designed and created using moulds of the actors’ faces – a process that takes approximately 45 minutes. First, the actor’s face is prepped with Vaseline, especially around facial hair. Then the mould mixture – dental alginate – is applied to the face, covering the eyes but leaving air holes at the nose. Then plaster bandage is layered over to support the alginate. Once completely dry, the mask can be easily removed from the face and voila, you have an exact negative cast of their face. Once all the moulds are completed, a positive cast is taken using plaster. Once all 14 casts are complete, these will be sent to Beijing where they will be used in the creation of the physical masks once the designs are completed.
Writer Tom Wright, who's adaptation of Joan Lindsay's novel Picnic at Hanging Rock will be presented at the Heath Ledger Theatre in April, wrote a series of meditations on this classic story. Read on for some insight and some musings.