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By Nick Enright
A La Boite & QUT Creative Industries production

A party on the beach, drugs, booze and surf. But by morning a young woman lies dead on the sand, beaten and raped. Who is responsible? This incredible human drama examines the social impulse to violence within Australian culture, within young males, within us all.

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Blackrock, Nick Enright’s hard-hitting modern classic, is one of those plays that grabs you and does not let go. Blackrock builds on several interlocking themes, first of sexual violence, of class and generational conflict, and the difference between a friend and a mate.

This unique collaboration between La Boite and QUT Creative Industries sees the next generation of actors, QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts, Final Year Acting Students take on the iconic young roles alongside an ensemble of professional actors.

Run Time: 90 Minutes (No Interval)

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Cast & creatives

  • Director Todd MacDonald
  • Designer Anthony Spinaze
  • Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
  • Composer and Sound Designer Guy Webster
  • Movement and Fight Director Nigel Poulton
  • Assistant Director Matt Seery
  • Performers Thomas Cossettini, Annabel Harte, Ryan Hodson, Amy Ingram, Joss McWilliam, Ebony Nave, Christen O’Leary, Jessica Potts, Bianca Saul, Karl Stuifzand, Thomas Wilson

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Five Minutes with Ryan Hodson

Ryan Hodson is currently in his Third Year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at QUT. He was born and raised in South Africa before moving to the Gold Coast at age 11.
His work on stage includes: The Tempest for Shake&Stir Theatre Company. At QUT: Little Revolution, Children of the Sun, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Anna Karenina, Detroit and Eurydice. On TV: SBS’s The Family Law on Film.
Coming to the end of his time at University, Ryan is keen to get into the industry and make a name for himself among the other great artists Australia has to offer.

Five Minutes with Ryan Hodson

What has the process been like so far?
It’s been both exciting and challenging. At first it was a big step into the rehearsal room working with professionals you’ve seen performing on all the big stages around Brisbane, but since getting stuck into the work I’ve learnt so much from them and so much about acting and even myself.

 

Involvement in the work?
I’m playing the role of Jared, which at first was a bit daunting because it’s such a well known role for young people as many people study the play in high school and use his monologue in auditions, however I love the opportunity of getting to showcase and explore, personally, my idea of the role. As well as that, these are just young people very similar to me and my peers, similar to many people I know on the Gold Coast. Furthermore, it’s awesome that we get a play about our generation and our place in the world that we are trying to grow up in and navigate our way through.

 

How has the work impacted me?
I’ve found this work so important in not only testing and expanding on the skills I’ve learnt over the past few years at uni, but in forcing me to really understand what I believe about the some important issues that our generation has to deal with.

 

Why should come watch and what message can they take away?
People should come watch this show because the themes that it is dealing with are just a relevant today as they were 20 years ago and that is really scary considering how shocking some of the events of the play are. I believe it is incredibly important that there is open and honest discussion about these issues and that we as a society can work on making sure that we hold ourselves to a higher standard than to allow such things to happen, especially amongst our young people.

19.07.17

Five Minutes with Jessica Potts

Jess found a passion for singing at a young age and started performing in musicals and singing concerts, such as singing with The Brisbane Symphonic Band and a being a guest singer on a cruise boat. She has played Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical with Brisbane Arts Theatre in 2014 and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Brisbane Arts Theatre in 2015. Which then lead her to audition for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at QUT.
During her time at QUT she has played Liza in Children of the Sun directed by Michael Futcher in 2016, Dolly in Anna Karenina directed by Mark Radvan in 2017, Veronica in The Motherf**ker with the Hat directed by Peter Zazzali in 2017.
During her time outside of the course, Jess is a singer in a band that plays at venues around Brisbane. Jess is very excited to be apart of Nick Enright’s Blackrock with La Boite Theatre Company.

 

Five Minutes with Jessica Potts

 

What has the process been like for you?

Being a part of Blackrock at La Boite is an incredible opportunity. Being able to work alongside Christen, Amy and Joss has been great. It’s been so amazing to see what a professional rehearsal process is like.

 

Tell us about your involvement in the work?

During rehearsals we have ongoing discussion about the issues that the plays deals with and we input our personal experiences and opinions about them.

 

How has the work impacted you?

This play has impacted me quite a bit, because of the issues that the play deals with. You hear on the new all the time about girls getting sexually assaulted at parties. I even know of people who have been. So it is quite confronting working on this play and getting to the know the people are involved with these events.

 

Why should people come to see this show? And what is the most fundamental message you hope is taken away from the work?

Blackrock deals with lots of issues that are still relevant today. You really get close and personal to the people who were involved with the crime and how others deal with such a devastating event. I would hope that people would learn about how things like this still happen today and could happen to someone they know.

19.07.17

Five Minutes with Bianca Saul

Bianca Saul was born and raised in Brisbane and currently lives with her family in Jindalee. Her passion for the performing arts began at a young age and was first nurtured in speech and drama classes from the age of 7, which facilitated her through London Trinity College exams and local eisteddfods. Through high school it evolved into a love of theatre and saw her participating in every school musical and student theatre production she could.

Graduating from Indooroopilly State High School in 2013, and torn by an equally fierce passion for animals, she went on to study at UQ Gatton to pursue veterinary science. Though engaged, she was not inspired and it took one semester and being cast in a musical to remember the taste of performing and reignite her flame. At the end of that year she was accepted into Fine Arts acting at QUT and she hasn’t looked back. Blackrock will be Bianca’s debut in a mainstage professional production, but through the opportunities of her study at QUT she has performed in Children of the Sun, directed by Michael Fulcher, The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Fulcher and Helen Howard, Anna Karenina directed by Mark Radvan, and The Motherf**ker with the Hat directed by Peter Zazzali.

 

Five Minutes with Bianca Saul

What has the process been like for you so far?

It’s a big step to work in a professional setting and so far the process has been wonderfully challenging, physically exhausting (thank you Nigel) but also quite confronting due to the themes of the play. All the creatives on this project are incredible and it’s a ridiculously amazing opportunity for us to be a part of.

 

Tell us about your involvement in the work?

I play the role of Ricko’s girlfriend, Tiffany. Her story is a sad one as she comes to grips with just how little Ricko cares for her, highlighting the utter complacency and disregard the hyper masculine alpha, Ricko has for the opposite sex. I am also involved in many of the transitions between scenes, through the manipulation of the revolve, and creating atmosphere through the use of projected images.

 

How has the work impacted you? (if you’re comfortable to share)

Honestly, I have found this work confronting as hell. I have personally experienced to a degree the harm that results from the masculine attitudes explored in this play, so it hits close to home. For this reason I am blessed and empowered to help tell this story, but the point is that it is so much more than a story. It’s a mirror that society needs to take a good look at. The first step to fixing the problem is awareness of the problem.

 

Why should people come to see this show and what is the most fundamental message you hope is taken away from the work?

People need to come and see this show because oh my goodness is it as relevant as ever. We need to be aware and we need to be sad and shocked and angry because that is what will fuel change.

 

19.07.17

Five minutes with Christen O’Leary

Christen O’Leary is a highly accomplished actor with an extensive string of theatre credits to her name having worked with major theatre companies around Australia.
Christen has previously performanced with La Boite Theatre Company in Medea and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has performed in many Queensland Theatre Company productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Gloria, The Seagull, Bombshells, The Cherry Orchard, The Game of Love and Chance, The Marriage of Figaro, The Beaux Stratagem, Gilgamesh, The Threepenny Opera, The Woman Before and the premiere production of Wesley Enoch’s The Sunshine Club. Also with the Queensland Theatre Company but in conjunction with the Melbourne Theatre Company was the production of Ladies In Black. For the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Queensland Theatre Company, she performed in the highly acclaimed End of the Rainbow. With the Melbourne Theatre Company, Christen was engaged in Ruby Moon, Don Juan in Soho, The Rover, Wednesday to Come, Cosi, Assassins, A Little Night Music, Company, Hinterland, Man in the Balloon, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Urinetown The Musical, The World’s Wife and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Her work with the Sydney Theatre Company includes The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown The Musical and The Threepenny Opera. For the Malthouse Theatre, Christen has worked on Porn Cake, Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd and for Playbox, Ruby Moon, Tear From a Glass Eye and The Goldberg Variations. Over 2010 and 2011, Christen performed with The Production Company’s The Boy From Oz, receiving generous critical acclaim. In 2014 she toured with HIT Productions in their one woman show Bombshells.
Christen was recently seen on the small screen in the internationally acclaimed drama Wentworth. Her work in other television series includes Neighbours, Rush, Blue Heelers and the mini-series Hoges, a story based on the life of Paul Hogan. Most recently, Christen appeared in the Kriv Stenders directed feature film Australia Day, which debuted to critical acclaim at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.
Christen has won a Matilda Award for her role as ‘Judy Garland’ in End of the Rainbow for Queensland Performing Arts Centre as well as receiving a Helpmann Award nomination. She won a Helpmann Award for her performance in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and has been nominated for Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd and Urinetown The Musical. She has been nominated for seven Greenroom Awards, winning twice for her work in A Little Night Music and Company.

17.07.17

Five Minutes with Joss McWilliam

Joss McWilliam has worked as an actor for over thirty years. His theatre work includes The Floating World (STC 1986), The Glass Menagerie (QTC 1990), Moby Dick (QTC, Marian Street Theatre Company 1990), Burn This (La Boite 1991), The Idiot (La Boite 1992),Twelfth Night (QTC 1992), Kiss of the Spider-Woman (LaBoite 1993), King Lear (STC 1994), A Beautiful Life (QPAC 1998, Matrix 2000), Buried Child (QTC 2001), The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (QTC 2002), Hamlet (QTC 2007), St Mary’s Exile (QTC 2016) and Treasure Island (Matrix 2012).
His television credits include the series A Thousand Skies (1985), Fields of Fire (1986), Pacific Drive (1995-1997), Water Rats (1992-2000) and H2O (2006). His film credits include, The Coolangatta Gold (1983), The Empty Beach (1985), Revolving Doors (2013) and The Suicide Theory (2014). He has been teaching acting, specifically for camera, for the last ten years.

 

Five Minutes with Joss McWilliam

 

Why should people come to see this show and what is the most fundamental message you hope is taken away from the work?

I think that show is great for raising questions about drinking culture and personal responsibility. People will take away what they want to take away but Nick is shining a light on a particularly rotten culture in a certain town.

17.07.17

Five Minutes with Amy Ingram

Amy Ingram graduated acting from USQ IN 2004. Since then she has worked as an actor, director and producer. In 2008 she stared the independent theatre company The Good Room alongside Daniel Evans. Their productions Holy Guacamole and Single Admissions toured to Adelaide Fringe and Brisbane with sell out seasons. Their latest works I SHOULD HAVE DRUNK MORE CHAMPAGNE and I Want to Know What Love is also achieved sell out season, I Want to Know What Love Is which was produced alongside Queensland Theatre Company premiered at the Brisbane Festival and had a return sellout season at the Wonderland Festival. The Good Room has just recorded $50 000 from the Myer Foundation to develop and produce their next work based on the submissions of forgiveness. You can see samples of the Good Room at www.thegoodroom.com.au.

 

Amy has performed in numerous work for Queensland Theatre Company including Fat Pig ( which she won a Best Emerging Artist Matilda Award for), Seeding Bed, Trollop ( Maxine Mellor Queensland Premier Drama Award winner), The Seagull and The Odd Couple. For La Boite Theatre Company she has performed in Out Damn Snot, Cosi and The Tragedy Of King Richard the Third. Amy received a Queensland Independents fund in 2014 that enabled her to undertake an internship with Elevator Repair Service in New York. Amy has most recently performed in We Get It a Melbourne Theatre Company Neon Production and Low Level Panic in Sydney directed by Justin Martin.

 

Five Minutes with Amy Ingram

What has the process been like for you so far?

I always love being in a rehearsal room. Exploring / researching – trying to nut out who these people are and what their place is in the world.  This work is important in terms of the questions it asks us. Especially when it comes to attitudes and violence towards women. We are at a interesting time in Australia where we are really beginning to investigate at our core the type of nation we are. We are beginning to question opinions and behaviours that have long been ingrained into us a a nation.

How much have we progressed really?

How much do we still resist change and ignore injustices as a community and nationally. I believe great work incites questions in our audiences and a need to start a dialogue – so it is great being able to being asking these questions within this work.

 

Tell us about your involvement in the work?

I am on board as an actor playing a dual mother roles to the young people in Blackrock.

 

How has the work impacted you?

Due to the nature of the women I am playing in the show it has been interesting to look at how these women view the victim / what we need to tell ourselves in order to get on with life. It is interesting to juggle with your own judgements on your character but understand the fear that drives these particular reactions. It is always interesting to try and find the darker and uglier sides of yourself as we all have them but don’t really ever want them to come to light.

 

Why should people come to see this show and what is the most fundamental message you hope is taken away from the work?

 

Again I hope it makes audiences ask questions – question their attitudes towards women and the notion of ‘asking for it’ to look at how females are eroded and chipped away at constantly – this is represented not only through the victim Tracy but though every female on that stage. I hope people recognise how we are all responsible for change and for the conversation to evolve we all have to be willing to have it.

17.07.17

Blackrock Rehearsal Shots

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12.07.17

Blackrock Trailer

BLACKROCK
by Nick Enright
Presented by La Boite & QUT Creative Industries

A party on the beach, drugs, booze and surf. But by morning a young woman lies dead on the sand, beaten and raped. Who is responsible? This incredible human drama examines the social impulse to violence within Australian culture, within young males, within us all.

 

Director: Todd MacDonald
Designer: Anthony Spinaze
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Composer and Sound Designer: Guy Webster
Movement and Fight Director: Nigel Poulton
Assistant Director: Matt Seery
Performers: Thomas Cossettini, Annabel Harte, Ryan Hodson, Amy Ingram, Joss McWilliam, Ebony Nave, Christen O’Leary, Jessica Potts, Bianca Saul, Karl Stuifzand, Thomas Wilson

22 JUL – 12 AUG 2017

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29.06.17

Blackrock Teaser Four

La Boite & QUT Creative Industries presents BLACKROCK by Nick Enright

A party on the beach, drugs, booze and surf. But by morning a young woman lies dead on the sand, beaten and raped. Who is responsible? This incredible human drama examines the social impulse to violence within Australian culture, within young males, within us all.

Director: Todd MacDonald
Designer: Anthony Spinaze
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Composer and Sound Designer: Guy Webster
Movement and Fight Director: Nigel Poulton
Assistant Director: Matt Seery
Performers: Thomas Cossettini, Annabel Harte, Ryan Hodson, Amy Ingram, Joss McWilliam, Ebony Nave, Christen O’Leary, Jessica Potts, Bianca Saul, Karl Stuifzand, Thomas Wilson

22 JUL – 12 AUG 2017
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#LBBlackrock #LaBoite2017

27.06.17

Blackrock Teaser Three

La Boite & QUT Creative Industries presents BLACKROCK by Nick Enright

A party on the beach, drugs, booze and surf. But by morning a young woman lies dead on the sand, beaten and raped. Who is responsible? This incredible human drama examines the social impulse to violence within Australian culture, within young males, within us all.

Director: Todd MacDonald
Designer: Anthony Spinaze
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Composer and Sound Designer: Guy Webster
Movement and Fight Director: Nigel Poulton
Assistant Director: Matt Seery
Performers: Thomas Cossettini, Annabel Harte, Ryan Hodson, Amy Ingram, Joss McWilliam, Ebony Nave, Christen O’Leary
Jessica Potts, Bianca Saul, Karl Stuifzand, Thomas Wilson

22 JUL – 12 AUG 2017
Book Now laboite.com.au
Video by optikal bloc
#LBBlackrock #LaBoite2017

22.06.17

Blackrock Teaser Two

La Boite & QUT Creative Industries presents BLACKROCK by Nick Enright

A party on the beach, drugs, booze and surf. But by morning a young woman lies dead on the sand, beaten and raped. Who is responsible? This incredible human drama examines the social impulse to violence within Australian culture, within young males, within us all.

Director: Todd MacDonald
Designer: Anthony Spinaze
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Composer and Sound Designer: Guy Webster
Movement and Fight Director: Nigel Poulton
Assistant Director: Matt Seery
Performers: Thomas Cossettini, Annabel Harte, Ryan Hodson, Amy Ingram, Joss McWilliam, Ebony Nave, Christen O’Leary
Jessica Potts, Bianca Saul, Karl Stuifzand, Thomas Wilson

22 JUL – 12 AUG 2017
Book Now laboite.com.au
Video by optikal bloc
#LBBlackrock #LaBoite2017

20.06.17

Blackrock Teaser One

La Boite & QUT Creative Industries presents BLACKROCK by Nick Enright

A party on the beach, drugs, booze and surf. But by morning a young woman lies dead on the sand, beaten and raped. Who is responsible? This incredible human drama examines the social impulse to violence within Australian culture, within young males, within us all.

Director: Todd MacDonald
Designer: Anthony Spinaze
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Composer and Sound Designer: Guy Webster
Movement and Fight Director: Nigel Poulton
Assistant Director: Matt Seery
Performers: Thomas Cossettini, Annabel Harte, Ryan Hodson, Amy Ingram, Joss McWilliam, Ebony Nave, Christen O’Leary
Jessica Potts, Bianca Saul, Karl Stuifzand, Thomas Wilson

 

22 JUL – 12 AUG 2017
Book Now laboite.com.au
Video by optikal bloc
#LBBlackrock #LaBoite2017

16.06.17

Meet Matt Seery: Assistant Director of Blackrock

As part of our Assistant Creatives Program, Matt Seery will be joining La Boite as Assistant Director on Blackrock.

Matt Seery is a producer and aspiring director of innovative and inclusive contemporary performance. Since graduating from Queensland University of Technology in 2014, Matt has worked on numerous independent projects in a variety of roles throughout Queensland, around Australia and internationally.

These experiences include credits as Producer (Architects of Sound/Brisbane Festival) and Associate Producer (Motherboard Productions/World Theatre Festival), Stage Manager (Imaginary Theatre), Associate Artist (Dead Puppet Society) and Artistic Director (Festival of Australian Student Theatre).

Matt is excited to take new steps towards a directing practice in 2017, directing the Queensland premiere performance of “ENGLAND” by Tim Crouch (Metro Arts’ “L-C-L”) and now joining Todd MacDonald as the Assistant Director for La Boite Theatre Company’s production of “Blackrock” by Nick Enright.

28.02.17