Laboite Theatre Company

The Mathematics of Longing

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02/06/2018 - 23/06/2018 Book your school → Book via QTIX →

About the show

LA BOITE, THE FARM AND THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE PRESENT

THE MATHEMATICS OF LONGING

BY SUZIE MILLER

 

WORLD PREMIERE

A life-affirming adventure of the sublime.

The Mathematics of Longing is a love story of whimsical delight and earnest gravity; a new work by internationally renowned Australian playwright Suzie Miller, with trailblazing Gold Coast based dance-theatre company, The Farm.

Duration: 60 minutes
Warnings: Adult themes, theatrical lighting

 

La Boite Ambassador Open Mic and Trivia Night – Saturday 16 June – Join our La Boite Ambassadors post-show, for a night of Open Mic and Trivia fun, 8:30pm – 10:00pm. Click here for the Facebook event. 

AUSLAN Interpreted Performance – Wednesday 20 June, 7:30pm

Chatter Box 2: Thursday 21 JuneMeet the Playwright – Post show Q&A with Dr Christian Heim and Suzie Miller. Gain insights into the writing of The Mathematics of Longing.

 

 

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Physics and mathematical theorems intersect with the characters and stories they inspire in an explosion of art and science, exploring the infinite complexity of the human heart.

Bringing The Farm’s extraordinary physicality to the La Boite stage, The Mathematics of Longing is an algorithmic celebration of science and the poetics of modern relationships.

“We live in a massive multiverse with flexible time, compressible space, black holes and dark matter all about us; and yet juxtaposed against this is the ephemeral tenderness of human feeling. And finding the moment where human frailty and emotional connection coalesce is at least as wondrous as all the might of the physical world.” – Suzie Miller, Playwright

Cast and creatives

  • Co-created and performed by Kate Harman, Todd MacDonald, Ngoc Phan, Merlynn Tong & Gavin Webber
  • Set Designer Ross Manning
  • Costume Designer Anthony Spinaze
  • Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
  • Sound Design Ben Ely
  • Stage Manager Yanni Dubler
  • Assistant Stage Manager Pete Sutherland

 

The Mathematics of Longing Production Photos

07.06.18

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Five minutes with Todd MacDonald

31.05.18

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Artistic Director and CEO of La Boite Theatre Company, Todd completed acting training at NIDA in 1994 and has worked extensively across the theatre, film, television and voice-over industries. Todd was the Artistic Associate at QTC from 2011-2014 and has worked as associate producer and company member with David Pledgers’ company NYID, touring internationally. In 1999 he co-founded the award winning venue and production company The Store Room Theatre in Melbourne. He maintains a performance practice as a director, deviser and performer.

Theatre credits include: Uncle Vanya (Performer-La Mama 2018), Hotelling (Performer-Bleach 2017), Blackrock (Dir-La Boite 2017), The Village (Dir-La Boite 2017-2018), The Tragedy of King Richard III by Marcel Dorney & Daniel Evans (Performer-La Boite 2016), A Streetcar Named Desire (Dir-La Boite 2016), Prize Fighter by Future Fidel (Dir-La Boite/Brisbane Festival 2015), Medea adapted by Suzie Miller (Dir-La Boite 2015), Kelly by Matthew Ryan (Dir-QTC 2012/15), The Mountaintop (Dir-QTC 2014), The C Word by David Burton and Claire Christian (Dir-Metro Arts 2014), The Button Event devised with Bagryana Popov (Performer-QTC 2014), Venus in Fur (Performer-QTC 2013), Bare Witness (Performer- La Mama National Tour 2012), Progress and Melancholy (Performer-fortyfivedownsatirs 2009), Blowback, Training Squad and Strangeland by David Pledger (Performer-NYID 2006, 1996, 2008).

 

Five minutes with Todd MacDonald… 

Have you been involved in any other interesting projects recently?
Hotelling on GC with Bleach Uncle Vanya for La Mama   http://lamama.com.au/2018-summer-program/uncle-vanya-april-14-22

Tell us three interesting facts about you
1. I’m a Leo Ox
2. Grew up on GC right near where the Farm are for a bit
3. Made a work about my daughter Lola and her genetic disorder TSC, in 2014 at QTC- called The Button Event

What attracted you to this project?
I love the leap of faith in the making of a new work. One of the most exciting aspects of this process is the meeting of like minds to hive together and create something completely unexpected or new. The Mathematics of Longing has been developing over a few years with Suzie Miller at La Boite and we have never fully understood or laboured the project with an expectation of what it will ultimately be. Once we brought Gavin and the Farm into the equation the work expanded and deepened, and again with the Ross Manning’s designs, Ben Ely’s sound and the rest of the cast creatives and stage managements ideas and contributions all playing a part in the formation of what ultimately became the production. Beyond a single script or directorial vision, or choreographic framework the production is responsive alive and changing and truly the result of a collective effort.

Describe the show in a single sentence.
A leap of faith

What are you most looking forward to starting rehearsals?
Getting fit

Finish this sentence: Maths is…
A question

Share your favourite quote from the show
There are some things that you know to be true, and others that you know to be false; yet, despite this extensive knowledge that you have, there remain many things whose truth or falsity is not known to you. We say that you are uncertain about them. You are uncertain, to varying degrees, about everything in the future; much of the past is hidden from you; and there is a lot of the present about which you do not have full information. Uncertainty is everywhere and you cannot escape from it.  Dennis Lindley, Understanding Uncertainty (2006)

Five minutes with Suzie Miller

25.05.18

Suzie Miller

Suzie Miller is a multi-award winning playwright who lives and works between Australia and the UK. She has had over 40 works produced to critical acclaim in theatres and festivals around the world including Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth), UK, Ireland, Canada, London and New York. Other works include an opera libretto and film and TV screenplays. Miller has been professionally in-residence or formally attached to various theatre companies including: Ex Machina Quebec with Robert Lepage (2012), National Theatre in London (2011 and 2009), National Theatre of Scotland (2013), Griffin Theatre Sydney (2012), Ransom Theatre in Ireland (2009), Theatre Gargantua Toronto (2013), and La Boite Theatre Brisbane (2016). Miller spent two years mentored by renowned American playwright Edward Albee. Amongst other awards Miller has won: the 2008 National Kit Denton Fellowship for writing with courage; 2016 Winner of the WA Premier‰Ûªs award for drama; AWGIE award in 2013; Best New Play – Irish Times 2012; New York Fringe Festival ‰Û÷Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwriting‰Ûª. She has received a prestigious Australia council fellowship and various grants to write for theatre and film.

 

Five minutes with Suzie… 

 

Have you been involved in any other interesting projects recently?
In development: BATCH (about genetics) at Red Stitch Melb; Strong is the New Pretty (about AFLW) at MTC Melb; On the Face of It (a #metoo story) at UQ; The Casuality Principle Between Love and Hate opens at Wollongong university NSW in May 2018; Writing a RomCom with Heiress films; A film adaptation of my play Caress/Ache and in 2019 there is a national tour of my Grififn show from 2017 Sunset Strip; Currently at the women in film meeting in the Gold Coast to promote women in film – exciting stuff.

 

Tell us three interesting facts about you
1. I worked in an ugg boot factory in melb to pay for uni books

2. I had dinner with friends who introduced me to Ian, and it wasn’t until dessert that I realised it was Sir Ian McKellen!!! I nearly fell off my chair.

3. I dreamt of being a professional figure skater and a surgeon – but turns out I’m not great with blood, and my the role in ‘Ice Castles’ was not for me!

 

What attracted you to this project?
I needed to bring my awe of maths to merge with my desire for storytelling, my passion was to find a way to show not tell the connections between the language of maths and the language of theatre

 

Describe the show in a single sentence.
If maths could talk about human relationships and feelings this is how we could do it

 

What are you most looking forward to starting rehearsals?
The team – we have the highest level of talent in state, dance, visual art, music and lights. Seriously a collaborative piece

 

Finish this sentence: Maths is…
Elegant, beautiful – a language to describe that which we have no other language for

 

Share your favourite quote from the show
Rebecca Solnit “I wonder sometimes whether with a slight adjustment of perspective [longing] could be cherished as a sensation on its own terms, since it is as inherent to the human condition as blue is to distance?”    Lakoff & Nunez: “Mathematics is deep, fundamental, and essential to the human experience. As such it is crying out to be understood. It has not been……the intellectual content of mathematics lies in its ideas, not in the symbols themselves”

Five minutes with Ngoc Phan

21.05.18

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Ngoc is an actor and playwright. Her theatre credits include A Streetcar named Desire and The Village (La Boite Theatre Company); Splendour (Now Look Here);  Dolores (Anywhere Festival) The Motion of Light in Water and After all this (Elbow Room); Hedonism’s Second Album (La Boite indie); Speaking in Tongues (Antix productions) and Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Canute productions).      Her screen credits include Tidelands (Netflix Australia/Hoodlum); Australia Day (Hoodlum/Foxtel); Freudian Slip Web series (Broken Head Productions) QLD Government Road Safety Speeding Commercial (Two little Indians); Pawno (Toothless pictures); Schapelle (Fremantle Media); At World’s End (New Holland Pictures); Sea Patrol (Nine Network); Terra Nova and Secrets and Lies (Network Ten) and the AFI award winning film The Black Balloon.    Ngoc was an Artist-in Residence at La Boite Theatre Company in 2016 and will be continuing that position in 2018. She was also one of the participants in the Lotus First Draft Program supported by Playwriting Australia and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP).    Ngoc Phan graduated from the WAAPA Acting program and studied at the Atlantic Acting School in New York doing the Practical Aesthetics Summer Intensive.

 

Five minutes with Ngoc… 

Have you been involved in any other interesting projects recently?
I just finished a season of The Village with La Boite.  This was a very special show as it centres around  important and diverse stories from people who come from a refugee or asylum seeker background.  I was also involved in a comedy web series called Freudian Slip which takes Freud’s theory of the split self to externalise internal dilemmas around the beginnings of a relationship.

Tell us three interesting facts about you
1. I went to a Keith Urban concert once and he gave me his guitar
2. I don’t like feet
3. I’ve skydived

What attracted you to this project?
Having so many diverse art practices (ie dance, acting, music) in the one space to bring Suzie’s text to life.

Describe the show in a single sentence.
It is about exploring the human existence in this ever-expanding universe through the lens of mathematics and Physics theorems.

What are you most looking forward to starting rehearsals?
Learning more about physics theories and expressing them through dance and acting.

Finish this sentence: Maths is…
a quest for certainty in a universe that will always have uncertainty.

Share your favourite quote from the show
All language is a longing for home.  -Rumi

Meet Kate Harman

18.05.18

Kate Harman

Kate Harman is a dancer, performer, choreographer and collaborator. Her early performance career was spent with Dancenorth Australia and then later PVCtanz in Germany. It was through these companies that she began making work and they have both played a part in nurturing her creative voice.

Since 2013 Kate has been a core artist with The Farm and is Artistic Director of The Farm’s Greenhouse youth ensemble, who have performed with Branch Nebula, Circa and in The Farm’s latest work The Ninth Wave. She has worked collaboratively with The Farm on many projects including Cockfight, which toured through the UK, Chile and Australia in 2017 and was nominated for two Helpmann Awards in 2016.

She is also creating Depthless in collaboration with musician Ben Ely, which previewed In Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance in February 2017. Kate collaborated on The Ninth Wave and TIDE as part of Bleach* Festival and Festival 2018, The Arts and Culture Program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. She also works with Ochre Dance Company in Perth and continues to explore her own fascinations through workshops, improvisation and her work with children and community.

Five minutes with Kate… 

Have you been involved in any other interesting projects recently?
Festival 2018 and Bleach Festival with The Farm’s ‘Ninth Wave’ and was a collaborator on the 49 hour durational work Tide on Currumbin Estuary sand bank

Tell us three interesting facts about you
1. As a redhead I carry a mutant gene which basically makes me an X-men

2. I’ve wrestled and trained with a 2 x world champion freestyle wrestler

3. I’m from Rockhampton

What attracted you to this project?
The amazing team, Suzie’s beautiful writing and a curiosity for the link between maths and our lives

Describe the show in a single sentence.
The show is a collision of human emotion and maths, which as first seem an unlikely pair, but together transcend their separate meanings to gain understanding of ourselves and our place in the world

What are you most looking forward to starting rehearsals?
I’m most looking forward to being in the room with our incredible team. I’m also extremely excited about the unknown potential that lies at the heart of any creation but particularly this work that is the intersection of a number art forms.

Finish this sentence: Maths is…
overwhelming

Share your favourite quote from the show
Look for the answer inside your question. – Rumi

Five minutes with Gavin Webber

18.05.18

Gavin Webber

Gavin Webber started dancing late after many lost years spent hitch-hiking, skiing, writing, camping and studying. Eventually he decided to start making art instead and joined Meryl Takard’ Australian Dance Theatre and following that Belgian company Ultima Vez. Throughout his career Gavin has worked between Australia and Europe and was Artistic Director of Dancenorth from 2005 to 2009. He took the company from regional Australia to national and international touring and then left for Europe once again to join PVCtanz in Germany. His present role is as co-Artistic Director of The Farm, a company based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, whose work has been seen across four continents. With The Farm, Gavin has collaboratively created works such as Cockfight, Frank Enstein, The Crossing, The Ninth Wave and TIDE. In 2017 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award. He still writes, camps and studies but the hitch-hiking and skiing is over for the time being at least.

Five minutes with Gavin… 

Have you been involved in any other interesting projects recently?
The Ninth Wave and TIDE as part of Bleach* Festival and Festival 2018, The Arts and Culture Program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. TIDE was a 49 hour durational improvisation spent on the sandbar at Currumbin Creek.

Tell us three interesting facts about you
1. At 16 I nearly died when my scarf got caught in the back wheel of a motorbike – Isadora Duncan style

  1. I gave myself retrograde amnesia by landing on my head in a performance at Theatre de la Ville in Paris
  2. At 18 I was arrested in Yosemite National Park for stealing a roll of film – they took mugshots in blue overalls

What attracted you to this project?
Todd and the La Boite team

Describe the show in a single sentence.
Trying to solve the puzzle of living and being human

What are you most looking forward to starting rehearsals?
The collaboration between artists

Finish this sentence: Maths is…
Hard

Share your favourite quote from the show

Sex in the body is fine. Money in the wallet is fine. It is only a problem when they enter your mind. Sadhguru.

 

Meet Merlynn Tong

16.05.18

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Merlynn Tong is an Actor and Playwright. Some of her recent performances include Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017, BBC & Sundance Films, Jane Campion), The Lost Lending Library (2018, Punchdrunk & Imaginary Theatre), Hotelling (2017, Bleached Arts), Bitch: Origin of the Female Species (2017, Brisbane Festival), Blue Bones (2017, Playlab & Brisbane Powerhouse), Viral (2016, Shock Therapy Productions, Gold Coast Arts Centre), Straight White Men (2016, La Boite Theatre), Ma Ma Ma Mad (2015, Brisbane Powerhouse), The Theory of Everything (2015, Brisbane Festival), The Wizards from Oz (2015, Taiwan, Taoyuan International Children’s Festival) and Hot Brown Honey (2015, Judith Wright Centre).

As a playwright, she has recently published two of her one-woman shows, Ma Ma Ma Mad (2015), the true story of her mother’s suicide and Blue Bones (2017), a semi-autobiography of teenage romance as it blossoms then warps in heat of bustling Singapore. Merlynn is currently writing a show for Queensland Theatre’s The Scene Project where she take ancient myths and legends from around the globe and reimagines into modern day moments in a series of intriguing vignettes. Her solo work Blue Bones recently won 6 Matilda Awards including the Lord Mayor Award for Best New Australian Work, Best Mainstage Production and Best Female Actor in a Leading Role.

Five minutes with Merlynn… 

Have you been involved in any other interesting projects recently?
I am in a development at the moment for Suzie Miller’s new one-women-show, as part of UQ Creative Fellowship, ‘On the Face Of It/Prima Facie‘. It was also a bit of a dream to have just been in a Punchdrunk show I am currently writing a show for Queensland Theatre’s The Scene Project.

Tell us three interesting facts about you
1. I am originally from Singapore, I came to Australia because we got some inheritance and my brother asked me to choose between me going to Uni or him buying a really fast car

2. I was a ‘suit’ in advertising before I came to Australia

3. I danced naked in Japan, painted in Gold paint that was toxic and got copper poisoning

What attracted you to this project?
The opportunity to work with such an incredible team and the tender tangle of longing and math.

Describe the show in a single sentence.
Discovering the complexities of love and longing, through the potent and whimsical lens of science

What are you most looking forward to starting rehearsals?
I look forward to the creation process of The Farm, and to discovering the storytelling of universal truths via our breath and bodies.

Finish this sentence: Maths is…
Beautiful and sublime

Share your favourite quote from the show
“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star. It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn’t even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.” Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

 

Trailer

08.05.18

The Mathematics of Longing Trailer

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Behind the scenes with Dylan Evans

11.04.18

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Mathematics of Longing insights with Suzie Miller

14.11.17

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The Mathematics of Longing Production Photos

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