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Macbeth at its best!

Dionysus Theatre's Macbeth, directed by award-winning director and visionary Emma Sproule has taken to the McClelland College Performing Arts Centre stage this week and has started the season with rave reviews, from audiences and reviewers alike. Stage Whispers gave...

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Arete : Gamma Auditions

Arête : Gamma A series of one act plays written for Dionysus Theatre. “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge” Carl Sagen AUDITION DATE Saturday March 4th. Workshop style audition. Times available – 10-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1-2pm...

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2014 Victorian Drama League Awards

On the night of Sunday the 7th of December, Dionysus Theatre was excited to be present at the 2014 Victorian Drama League awards. We were proud to be the recipient of.. Adjudicator's award for Best Costumes And we also received nominations for.. Best Production...

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Our first review is in!

BLOOD WEDDING - DIONYSUS THEATRE – review by Jill Page Blood Wedding is a passionate tragedy written by Federico Garcia Lorca, who was a Spanish poet, playwright and theatre director, who was executed by nationalist forces in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. The...

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Last night I was present at the birth of a new theatre company. Many are born, but some are sickly and die in infancy. Dionysus, however, is a strong, healthy and beautiful baby – conceived in love and passion for theatre. Its mother is Emma Sproule, an exciting young director and winner of last year’s Victorian Drama League award for Best Director of a Comedy, and the birth was an exciting and joyous occasion… Despite the quality, and the quest for excellence, Dionysus needs community support to grow and prosper.

Coral Drouyn

Stage Whispers Review

Exit the King2012

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Arete:Delta auditions are done and dusted
An incredible number of talented actors came through the doors today and gave our Directors plenty to mull over
All of our Directors had a blast working with these talented performers today and decisions now have to be made
Thanks to all the amazing performers who joined us and have made it a tough process for our Directing team over the next day or two
Keep an eye out for casting announcements soon!
We are very excited - Arete:Delta is looking good!
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THIS Saturday (24th Feb) are Arete:Delta AUDITIONS and over this week we have been introducing you to the six Directors who will be working with our actors/performers to bring six incredible plays to the Frankston Arts Centre stage
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Next on our list of Directors that we'd like to introduce you to is...
Michelle Robertson
Play: Still Waters

Describe yourself in five words…

Passionate, energetic, optimistic, supportive, candid
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What drew you to being a Director as part of the Arete Festival?

Arete is an incredible opportunity for emerging artists seeking an opportunity and experienced artists coming back from some time off (me!) to sink their teeth into an incredible opportunity to see their work up on a professional platform but with support, guidance and enthusiasm from the team behind it. I am thrilled to be part of the Directorial team for Arete:Delta.
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What do you like about the script you will be bringing to the stage for Arete:Delta?

There is so much scope in the script for interpretation and every time you read it you find more nuances that allows for both myself as Director and for my actors to bring an incredible drama to the stage that will move audiences.
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What are you looking for from Auditionees on Sat 24th Feb to be part of your play?

Passion. A sense of realness. The ability to listen (both to what the words are saying and to the other actor workshopping with you). Can take direction (because we are going to play!).
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Why should people come & audition to be part of Arete:Delta?

Because Arete is a brilliant opportunity to be part of something truly phenomenal – it is a festival unlike others and allows performers the chance to perform within a professional environment and to be part of a forward-thinking company that welcomes theatre-makers from all realms and provides them with a chance to experience, delve deeper, challenge themselves and thrive. Arete:Delta is your chance to push yourself outside of your comfort zone in a fun, supportive, creative environment – I can’t wait to meet you on Saturday!
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Come and join Michelle THIS Saturday at the Arete:Delta auditions and be part of this year's amazing Arete one-act play, performance & visual arts Festival

It is not too late to book an audition spot for tomorrow (Sat 24 Feb) as there are a couple of spots left - details about auditions and booking an audition spot can be found here:-
www.facebook.com/events/1639153796174134/
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THIS Saturday (24th Feb) are Arete:Delta AUDITIONS and over this week we have been introducing you to the six Directors who will be working with our actors/performers to bring six incredible plays to the Frankston Arts Centre stage
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Next on our list of Directors that we'd like to introduce you to is...

Harry Paternoster
Play: The Holly and the Ivan Blues
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Describe yourself in five words

I dislike talking about myself. I’d rather not tell the truth here which would be – old, boring, overweight, messy and forgetful.
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What drew you to being a Director as part of the Arete Festival?

It’s unique. I’ve been part of many different short play events but none like this. This is much more - a beautiful blend of many art forms. The philosophy that underpins it all, the artist designed set piece, the movement pieces, the poetry etc. etc. The effort and excellence that is strived for in every aspect – right down to the printed programme – easily the best and most detailed I’ve ever seen. I also particularly love shows that support new writing. And thought that last year’s show was fantastic!
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What do you like about the script you will be bringing to the stage for Arete:Delta?

The ‘travel’ in my play is interdimensional and presents some fun challenges for myself and the actors. There are aspects not obvious in the written words that I’m hoping to draw out with the performers, and if we can, then it should be very entertaining indeed!
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What are you looking for from Auditionees on Sat 24th Feb to be part of your play?

I’ll be looking for actors who are confident in making bold choices and enjoy playing around with possibilities. ‘Going for it’ is more important than nailing it at this stage – that happens during the rehearsal process.
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Why should people come & audition to be part of Arete:Delta?

It’s a unique event to be part of in a great venue. The auditions will be great fun in a very co-operative and supportive atmosphere and you’ll be glad you did!
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Come and join Harry THIS Saturday at the Arete:Delta auditions and be part of this year's amazing Arete one-act play, performance & visual arts Festival

Details about auditions and booking an audition spot can be found here:-
www.facebook.com/events/1639153796174134/
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THIS Saturday (24th Feb) are Arete:Delta AUDITIONS and over this week we'd like to introduce you to the six Directors who will be working with our actors/performers to bring six incredible plays to the Frankston Arts Centre stage
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So far we have brought you two and the third of our Directors we'd like to introduce you to is...

EMMA SPROULE
Play: The Verbatim Quilt
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Describe yourself in five words

Creative, witty, reflective, insightful, nonsensical
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What drew you to being a Director as part of the Arete Festival?

I created the festival back in 2014 and am so proud not only that it's growing every year but that I've been able to step aside from running it and actually take the chance to create and direct work of my own; which is what I wanted for others.
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What do you like about the script you will be bringing to the stage for Arete:Delta?

It's personal and new not only for me but also for Dionysus. It's a piece of Verbatim Theatre which means the majority of the script id direct quotes from interviews. My script is woven from the words of women I've interviewed about the topic of travel and how it's shaped and changed them. The women are all well known to me (although will remain anonymous for the purpose of this work) but I've discovered so much more about them, and myself, by hearing their perspectives.
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What are you looking for from Auditionees on Sat 24th Feb to be part of your play?

Actors that are able to deliver words naturally, conversationally, introspectively. My play won't have a lot of action as the emphasis will be on the speech so the actors will need to draw the audience in with their voice and also be able to effectively represent three different women's voices each. I will be very keen to hear my actors' thoughts on the words and what they mean to them as well.
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Why should people come & audition to be part of Arete:Delta?

Because it's such a unique festival that supports and showcases so many different artists in such a wide array of mediums. It's open to anyone and everyone. The themes always speak to each person who contributes and/or watches in some way and certainly broadens their perspectives; the festival is both enlightening and engaging. Peninsula artists have so much to offer and we're keen to meet and work with you. We're also a wonderful and welcoming company, so there's another reason!
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Come and join Emma THIS Saturday at the Arete:Delta auditions and be part of this year's amazing Arete one-act play, performance & visual arts Festival
Details about auditions and booking an audition spot can be found here:-
www.facebook.com/events/1639153796174134/
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