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CAST

ALAINE BEEK

(Author/Director/Actor)

Alaine has been running her production company ‘Essence Productions’ since 2002.  Her company has a theatrical residency at Werribee Park and her original plays, ‘What Was That?’ and ‘Down to Earth’ are performed there each weekend all year round.  They are the highest rated experience Australian wide, on Red Balloon and attract people from all over Australia.

 

Between 2002 and 2012 Alaine, with her husband Bart, ran the multi-award winning Essence Food Studio offering weekly ‘gourmet concerts’ – combining cooking classes with live theatre and music.

 

Alaine wrote and produced ‘Was That a Bunyip’ for the Werribee Open Range Zoo in 2012.  In 2014 she wrote Point of No Return which won a number of playwright awards in 2014. As a full length play it was performed professionally in 2016 then had a highly successful professional Victoria tour July/August 2018.  It is published on australianplays.org.

 

Her latest short play ‘The Scrunch Test’ is a comedy drama based on her Scottish parents on Christmas Day.  This won a number of awards in 2017.  She is currently developing this play into a full length play.

 

Alaine has been Director of the Werribee Secondary College’s after-hours Drama Club since 2014.  She is also Artistic Director of the Wyndham Theatre Company.

PHIL CAMERON- SMITH

(Actor)

A graduate of QUT Academy of the Arts, Philip began his career in Queensland touring Shakespeare around Australia and overseas. He was a founding member of Complete Works Theatre Company. He has also toured and performed with The Australian Shakespeare Company in numerous productions with credits including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lysander and Snout in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

 

Television credits include Neighbours and Blue Heelers. In 2014 Phil was awarded at the Victorian Drama League Best Male Actor – Drama for his performance as Henry II, in The Lion in Winter.

WILLIAM FARNSWORTH

(Actor)

William Farnsworth is a Geelong based actor and writer. He has developed his own small plays all through high school and has published poems, short stories and articles through a range of media.

 

For the past four years, he has worked in various roles in short film productions across Victoria both in front of and behind the camera. 

 

In 2017, he had a role in SOOT’s production of Room with a View while also setting up his production company Rogue Cell Productions.  He is also one of the main committee members of Geelong’s first LGBTQIA+ film festival: Geelong Pride Film Festival which has just had its first successful year.

WILL MCDONALD

(Actor)

Will McDonald is an actor, musician and theatre practice graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). He is originally from Hobart, Tasmania.

 

In 2015, Will and eight of his peers devised the piece ‘Unplugged’, which was performed at the 8th Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Conference in Singapore. His roles at the VCA include Theseus in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (dir. Gary Abrahams), Anthony Diver in ‘No End of Blame’ (dir. Bridget Balodis), Firs in ‘The Cherry Orchard’ (dir. Melanie Beddie), Jo Bonaparte in Golden Boy (dir. Barbra Bosch) and Chris in 'Bucks' (or A Bag of D*cks); a piece devised for FRISK, presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016 and shown independently as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017.

ALEX ROE

(Actor)

Alex Roe is a graduate from both the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s MA: Theatre Lab program and Monash’s Performing Art’s Honours program. He has been an active collaborator in Melbourne's theatre community for the past 10 years working with companies including Bell Shakespeare, Popup Playground, Attic Erratic and A Quiet Little Fox. 

 

Last year he proudly performed and co-devised the award winning absurdist physical comedy 'DOG SHOW' to sell-out audiences (dir Cassandra Fumie) at Melbourne's Fringe Festival, which was then showcased at Marion Bay's Falls Festival. Alex most recently played both Demetrius and Peter Quince in Essential Theatre's 2018 National vineyard tour of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream' (dir Mark Wilson).

JEREMY WITHERS

(Actor)

Point of No Return marks Jeremy’s debut performance in a professional production. His passion and skill for theatre has evolved from a continuous involvement in, and regular contribution to community and amateur theatre. Performing with production company's such as Wyndham theatre company (WTC), Altona City Theatre (ACT)  and Playback Productions (PP) and Geelong Lyric Theatre Society (GLTS) Jeremy has entertained characters ranging from the timid Prince "John" The Lion In Winter (WTC), to the more eccentric and buxom "Granny"  Snow Queen a pantomime (ACT), Franz Klinemann’, Rock of Ages (ACT) and Ivan Adrinkalot Song Contest: The Almost Eurovision Experience. Jeremy is a member of the original team that worked with Essence Productions to develop Point of No Return, workshopping the concepts of the show into the script and performing in the original showcase in Richmond.