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Nobody Likes the Winter

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by Kiesten McCauley (subscribe)
My early career was in teaching, writing, producing and directing for theatre, comedy and impro shows. Now I'm a professional creative person. Mostly high-end branding, strategy, writing, editing and digital content creation.
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Metro Arts Scores World Premiere of a New Play
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Rehearsal Photo by Vaughan Whitworth


It seems very appropriate that a new play by Madeleine Carter Nobody Likes the Winter should have its debut on the 26th of July. It will be showing until July 30th at Metro Arts' Lumen Room. The Ryškus productions cast have been in rehearsal since May 31st to bring Brisbane theatre goers a tale that asks the question, "What's your anesthetic?"

This will be the first production for Ryškus Productions. Local actor and playwright Madeleine Carter explores the search for oneself and the cold places it can take us. It's inspired by real life events. In correspondence with Weekend Notes, Madeleine says, of the story, "Four individuals are looking for an escape. Conflicting passions drive them to find a method that will numb the pain. To numb the pain of wanting to be somewhere else, to be someone else. Life and death hold hands. There's a warmth, a chill, a lone tear."

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Rehearsal Photo by Vaughan Whitworth


Nobody likes the Winter promises to be a dark play with ironic humour and a challenging message. The direction by by Paul Malgapo incorporates various theatrical forms and beautiful live music by an experienced jazz pianist. Madeleine tells us the script, "Discusses addiction and the devastating effects it can have on our lives, our actions, and ultimately our identity." So this isn't a play for kids or anyone triggered by such themes.

Meet the Cast

Gerick Thomsen – Benjamin

Gerick is a second year Acting student at QUT and his credits include Mad Forest (QUT), Enemies (QUT), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shake & Stir) and reading Juliet & Romeo (adapted by Mark Rogers) in La Boite HWY season.

Morgan Francis – Rich
Morgan is a second year Acting student at QUT and previously trained with Harvest Rain Theatre Company. Credits include Mad Forest (QUT), Enemies (QUT), Wizard of Oz (Harvest Rain) and most recently reading Juliet & Romeo (adapted by Mark Rogers) in La Boite HWY season.

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Rehearsal Photo by Vaughan Whitworth


Shardé Anne – Lou
Shardé is a South African born Australian actor. She has trained at New York Film Academy (Gold Coast and LA) with an Advanced Diploma in Acting. She holds BA Multimedia Design & Drama from UQ. Her most recent short film credits include Seidr, Seat League, Surveillance and The First Step. She has performed in many theatre productions including Good Soldier (Short Sweet), DNA (Anywhere Theatre Fest), Laundry & Bourbon, Private Lives, and Unspeakable Acts of Privacy.

Madeleine Carter – Anna
Maddie is writer and co-producer of Nobody likes the Winter and plays the role of Anna. Credits include Still directed by Louise Bezel (Noosa Arts/Majestic Theatre), Flushed (SCTF) and Noosa One-Act Play Fest, (Short films) Different but the Same, Metanoia, Screen Queensland's We are Darren & Riley. She trains with acting coach Gareth Harris. Maddie is moving to the UK in September to commence full-time time study at East 15 Acting School (University of Essex).

Independent theatre company Ryškus Productions is presenting the production supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.

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*Kiesten McCauley was invited as a guest
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Why? Be the First to See a New Play
When: Date: Wed 26 - Sun 30 July 2017 Times: Wed - Sat, 7.30pm, Sun, 6.30pm
Where: Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Cost: Preview (Wed 26 July) - $10.00 / All other tickets Adult $20.00, Concession $15.00
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