Writer: Dorian Mode

Dorian is best known as the author of the laugh-out-loud novel, A Café in Venice, and his comic memoir, The Mozart Maulers, both published by Penguin. He writes features for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and was a weekend columnist for the Daily Telegraph under the pseudonym Beachcomber – a sitcom based on the column was optioned and made into a television pilot.

He is currently the back page columnist for Australia’s leading fishing magazine. His first and only screenplay was nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay at the Australian Writer’s Guild Awards and he was an IF Awards finalist again for Best Unproduced Screenplay the same year. (Best ‘Never Produced’ Screenplay, he often muses.) Dorian is also a multi-award winning jazz pianist, and lives on the Central Coast with his wife and two children. This is his first play.

Director: Adrian Barnes

Adrian has had a long and varied career in the performing arts. After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Adrian had a successful career in the West End as an actor/singer/dancer, appearing in such classics as West Side Story, Kiss Me, Kate and Hello Dolly, as well as working with some of the UK’s renowned repertory and Opera companies including The English National Opera, Birmingham Rep., Derby Playhouse and the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Adrian has lived and worked in Australia since 1981, appearing in such TV classics as Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters, the occasional film and many stage plays and musicals including  The Pirates of Penzance – The Broadway Version, Simon Gallagher’s famous ‘Pirates’ Tour, and Seven Little Australians:  the Musical.  Adrian has directed many plays and musicals, taught in many and various performing arts schools worldwide, and today combines his active performing, teaching and directing career  with running Springboards Performing Arts with his friend and partner Pat Wilson.

Cast: Jason Perini

Since graduating from the Actors Centre Australia Journey program in 2009, Jason has worked in both stage and screen For stage, Jason has worked with NIDA, B Sharp/Company B, Blackheart Productions.

His television credits include Underbelly III the Golden Mile and various television commercials.

Cast: Paul Hooper

Paul is a founding member of pantsguys Productions. A new contemporary theatre company that aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established artists.

Paul’s work includes: For stage – Sticks and Stones (Outhouse Theatre, Dublin and Tap Gallery), autobahn (pantsguys Productions), The Proposal (NIDA), Julius Caesar, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, Love Is The Thing So They Say, The Wait, Words On Water, Speaking in Tongues (ACA), Prisoner’s Island (Malthouse Theatre), Bent (Chapel off Chapel) and Fathers (La Mama). 

For screen – Rescue Special Ops (Southern Star), My Place (ABC), 2 ½ Cents (Black and Blue Productions), Dave vs Wild (NIDA), Star Wars: Broken Allegiance (Vidizen Productions).

As Assistant Director – The Shape of Things (pantsguys Productions).

Paul is a graduate of Actors’ Centre Australia and has a BA from the University of Canterbury.

Cast: Christopher Sellers

Born in Newcastle and raised in the Hunter Valley, Christopher studied drama at Newcastle University and ran a Kung Fu school for two years before graduating from Actors’ College of Theatre and Television in 2004.

After two years working in London, writing, producing and performing his own work, as well as starring in theatre and musicals, Christopher returned as one of Sydney’s emerging creative talents and now manages his own production company Coffeeboy Productions.

Recently acclaimed for his two one-act plays Coffee and Time debuting in February, 2010, showcased at the 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival, and invited to an independent season at the Newtown Theatre, his feature film The Prince – dealing with Australia’s need for independence through a broken working class family – is currently seeking funding.

Now, after closing ROPE as Charles Granillo at the Zenith Theatre in October, 2010, Christopher is currently developing his next theatre project PIMP - a two-act play examining the cost of feminism in our modern society – aiming to debut in 2011. Stay tuned!

Cast: Jacqui Livingston

Jacqui graduated from The Actors Centre in 2008.  Since graduating her screen performances have include guest roles ABC's The Cut and National Treasures and short films, several of which she has also produced.  Her stage roles include; Nicola in John Donnelly's Songs of Grace and Redemption by Devil May Care Productions; Gretchen in Catherine Zimdahl's Deviant Art for the Degenerate directed by Scott Williams; Kyra in David Hare's Skylight directed by Aarne Neeme; Ahiida Zanetti in The Modest Aussie Cossie written and directed by Alana Valentine; Helena in Shakespeare on the Green's production of A Midsummer Nights Dream and Madame X in NIDA Directors Company production of Strindberg's The Stronger.  While at ACA she played Harper in Angels in America, Karen in The Children's Hour, Miriam in The Women, Isabel in Measure for Measure, Mascha in The Three Sisters and Maria in The Government Inspector.

Shauntelle Benjamin: Stage Manager


Shauntelle has had a varied career for her 22 years which runs the gamut of leading a gospel choir in high school to directing and writing a sell out pantomime, to playing the lead in the panto-musical Jekyll and Hyde – Make Mine a Double – All before graduating the Actors Centre Australia full time course in 2010.

Since graduating Shauntelle has produced, and played the woman in, a piece of theatre she wrote herself called Boxed in and Vulnerable and has played Rosalind in the exciting new production of As you Like It  directed by Cate Gaul - and she's just getting started.

Anna Gardiner: Costume Design

A graduate of WAAPA, Anna has designed for several productions including Costume for Sport for Jove Theatre Company’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘As You Like It’; Costume Design/Coordination for the cast of 'Wicked' for their charity performance of 'Into The Woods' and Costume for the Australian premiere of 'The Mousetrap' at the Zenith Theatre.

Trenton Shipley: Choreography

Trenton received extensive training throughout Australia in Ballroom and Latin American Dance and went on to further his training with specialists in London. His ballroom dancing history includes being: British Junior Finalist, International Finalist (Royal Albert Hall London), Australian Latin American, Ballroom and New Vogue Dance Champion and has represented Australia at the world championships in Switzerland and Germany.

As a freelance dancer and entertainer Trenton has worked on a variety of television and theatre productions such as Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Richard II", "Much Ado About Nothing", the Russian drama "The Forest" and Sam Sheppard's American theatre classic "Buried Child".

More recently Trenton was invited to coach and perform in series 3 of "Dancing with the Stars" where his partner Chris Bath and he came runners up. Trenton is the primary instructor at Broadway Ballroom and has taught Latin American and Ballroom Dancing throughout Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and North America. Trenton also boasts a degree in Acting from Queensland University of Technology's Academy of the Arts.


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