FAIRLY LUCID PRODUCTIONS

Raton Laveur

By Amos Crawley, David Patrick Flemming
& Caitlin Stewart

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Phil and Lily have moved to Toronto from Australia to pursue Lily's dreams.

Phil, finding himself at loose ends, becomes obsessed with the nest of raccoons living behind the crêperie where he works. As Phil descends deeper into paranoia things take a violent turn, and Lily is left cleaning up the mess.

Raton Laveur is a comedy about love, relationships, and knives that cut through bone.

3-27 August (not 16) 
14:30 pm
Assembly Roxy Downstairs
Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Blood-drippingly marvellous!
★★★★
— rip it up magazine
IMAGE CREDIT:  LUKE CADDEN

IMAGE CREDIT:  LUKE CADDEN

Comedies don’t get much blacker than this.
★★★★
— Advertiser, Adelaide.

CAST & CREW

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ben noble - phil

Ben’s acting credits include MEMBER (Sydney Mardi Gras Arts Festival),The Subtle Art Of Flirting (Tunks Productions),  Wind In The Willows (Australian Shakespeare Company), As You Like It  (Spark), Raton Laveur (Fairly Lucid Productions), One Last (Summerworks), Scrooge (Stage West Canada) Phaedra’s Love (Controlled Chaos), BJ Fletcher Private Eye (Bee Charmer Productions) and Fat Tony & Co (Screentime Australia).
Ben's first play won 3rd prize in the St Martins Playwriting Competition, his commissioned piece Short Trip part of the Scattergun Project, took out St Martin's Best Play.   His follow up, Go, Fish was short listed for Play of the Year in 2005. He has been a guest speaker with the Melbourne Writers Festival, and was a co-writer and dramaturge at Riverland Theatre Company with HOONS, performed at Adelaide Fringe Festival.  Ben also teaches acting to students aged 9-20.  He is the Creative Producer of Fairly Lucid Productions.
 

Alice bishop - director

Alice began her career as an actor and has worked across a variety of disciplines as a singer, comedian, producer, musician, writer, costume and production designer for television, film and theatre. These days she divides her time between directing and writing. Alice has freelanced as a director with many of Melbourne’s theatre companies and arts organisations, as well as designing television sketch comedy, video clips and commercials.

As a director / animateur her particular focus and passion is developing and building work in collaboration with other artists. She is at the helm of two Melbourne independent theatre companies – le poulet terrible and ITCH Productions. Recent productions include: Roberto Zucco, The Doctor (in spite of himself), The Ruffian on the Stair and Nil, Cat & Buried, all with le poulet terrible, as well as Vieux Carré, The Butterfly Catcher, and Catalpa (Greenroom nomination for Best Director), with ITCH Productions.

 
 
 

jacob battista - set & costumes

Jacob is a Melbourne based theatre designer and practitioner. He has completed a Bachelor of Production at the VCA. Some of his design credits include, True West (Set and Costumes) – Matchstick; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Set) and Bad Jews (Set) – Vass Theatre Group; Songs for a New World (Set and Costumes) - Blue Saint; MEMBER (Set and Costumes) – Fairly Lucid; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune (Set) – Collette Mann/45DS; The Lonely Wolf (Set) – Dirty Pretty Theatre/MTC Neon; Therese Raquin (Set) - Dirty Pretty Theatre; Avenue Q – The Musical (Set and Costumes) – Trifle Theatre; Carrie The Musical (Set and Costumes)– Ghost Light; Love, Love, Love (Set), Jumpers for Goalposts (Set and Costumes), Belleville (Set and Costumes) and Out Of The Water (Set)  – Red Stitch.

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In addition to being a highly sought after Voice-over Artist for Radio and Television, Wendy has appeared ‘on screen’ in McLeod’s Daughters, Hawke and most recently in Neighbours. In theatre, Wendy is best known for her award winning work with the highly innovative Floogle Theatre Company based in South Australia. She was nominated for an Oscart and received an Horatio Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ruth in Pinter’s The Homecoming. Wendy’s other theatre credits include Euripides’ Helen, Don’s Party, and Total Strangers for the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s Young Guns project. She has played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Viola in Twelfth Night for the Adelaide University Theatre Guild and Rosalind in As You Like It for Spark Productions. Wendy also portrayed The Dominatrix in the award winning feature film, The Wedding Party.

Georgia rann - lighting designer/production manager

Upon receiving her diploma of live production, theatre and events in 2011 Georgia Rann has continued to develop creatively within the art of theatre based lighting design & production. Her Australian lighting and stage credits include collaborations with companies such as Stork productions, Fairly Lucid productions (Raton Laveur, The Reckoning, Member), Travis Cotton’s Robots Vs Art, Chamber made opera (The Minotaur trilogy, Turbulence, Opera for a small mammal & Opera therapea) as well as running numerous venues in festivals & fringes nation wide. She is active as a freelance and collaborative designer & creative producer in commissioned public art, botanic instillation and living sculptures. Her interests conscious design as well as repurposing objects & waste unfold in projects such as sustainable building, set design and sculpture. http://www.giorgiastefania.com . 

MEMBER

A Fairly Lucid Production
Written & Performed by Ben Noble
Additional Words by Rochelle Bright, Meg Courtney, Bjorn Deigner,  Dan Giovannoni, Elise Hearst & Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Casey Gould
Design by Jacob Battista
Lighting Design by Lisa Mibus
Sound Design by Coleman Grehan
Image by Luke Cadden

 

Everything is great for Corey.
He loves his wife.
He’s learning to talk to his son.
He got promoted at work.
Life couldn’t be better.

But when Corey’s sitting at his son’s hospital bed, everything he used to rely is about to be taken away. Deeply buried secrets bubble to the surface when no one’s looking and history will repeat itself.

Based on the gay hate crime epidemic that blighted Sydney’s coastline throughout the 1970s and 1990s, resulting in as many as 80 murders and 30 unsolved cases, this one-man show presents a gruesome Australian history lesson.

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains material that may upset or disturb.

Noble is exemplary. An important story that needs to be told
Theatrepress
a powerful, emotional, thought-provoking and stunningly performed piece of theatre”. 
The Music 
“a solid, effective show. Ben Noble perfectly embodies the everyman” 
The Age
MEMBER is an… important part of the queer arts. Highly recommended. Ben Noble is captivating” 
The Plus Ones

Provocative, Punchy and Powerful.
An incredibly important work
— Weekend notes
IMAGE CREDIT:  LUKE CADDEN

IMAGE CREDIT:  LUKE CADDEN

Noble elevates this simplest of theatrical forms, the one man show, to an art that is hard to beat
— Suzy goes see

CAST 

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ben noble - writer/actor

Ben’s acting credits include MEMBER (Sydney Mardi Gras Arts Festival),The Subtle Art Of Flirting (Tunks Productions),  Wind In The Willows (Australian Shakespeare Company), As You Like It  (Spark), Raton Laveur (Fairly Lucid Productions), One Last (Summerworks), Scrooge (Stage West Canada) Phaedra’s Love (Controlled Chaos), BJ Fletcher Private Eye (Bee Charmer Productions) and Fat Tony & Co (Screentime Australia).
Ben's first play won 3rd prize in the St Martins Playwriting Competition, his commissioned piece Short Trip part of the Scattergun Project, took out St Martin's Best Play.   His follow up, Go, Fish was short listed for Play of the Year in 2005. He has been a guest speaker with the Melbourne Writers Festival, and was a co-writer and dramaturge at Riverland Theatre Company with HOONS, performed at Adelaide Fringe Festival.  Ben also teaches acting to students aged 9-20.  He is the Creative Producer of Fairly Lucid Productions.
 

 

OTHER SHOWS

THE RECKONING

 

ADELAIDE FRINGE DEVELOPMENT SEASON
SHORTLISTED FOR MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL & GASWORKS PLAYTIME DEVELOPMENT GRANT

IMAGE BY NAOMI O'CALLAGHAN

IMAGE BY NAOMI O'CALLAGHAN

In the 1980s Manly’s North Head was a well-known location for young men to commit suicide.  Now we question whether it was actually a haven for gay hate crime. Loosely based on the story of American man, Scott Johnson, whose tragic death at the NSW beach destination hit the headlines in 1988, this new work explores the characters that centre around the issue of a gay hate crime and investigates whether society has improved over the years. 
Fairly Lucid Productions commissioned writers, from around the world, to write a monologue each in response to the source material, the case notes, and the media articles.  They serve as a social commentary illustrating that these themes still resonate within today’s homophobic violence.  Three songwriters, have written new music that tell the story of a man’s quest to find love and ultimately himself in his journey which provides the backbone to this new musical theatre work. 
The creative team of writers includes Juleiaah Boehm (AUS), Rochelle Bright (NZ), Meg Courtney (AUS), Bjorn Deigner (DE), Emma Dockery (NZ), Dan Giovannoni (AUS), Andrew Hall (AUS), Elise Hearst (AUS), Finegan Kruckemeyer (AUS), JP Larocque (CAN), Ben Noble (AUS/CAN) & Simone Page Jones (AUS).

Directed by Fiona Blair
Set & Costumes by Jacob Battista
Lighting by Georgia Rann
Music by Juleiaah Boehm
Lyrics by Andrew Hall & Ben Noble
Video Footage by Joel Checkley

Something from Nothing

In Association with TheatreWorks and Cascade Theatre Canada

"Charming and delightful" NOW MAGAZINE, Toronto
"Best Play" for kids.  Theatreisntdead.com (2012 Toronto Fringe Festival)

The story tells of the special relationship between Joseph and his Grandfather as he ‘snips, snips, snips’ his baby blanket into a coat, a vest, a tie, a hanky, and finally a button. One day the button is lost but Joseph realizes there is one more thing he can make….a wonderful story!

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING is an extraordinary re-telling of an old story where both children and adults catch a glimpse of a way of life where simple things bring the greatest joy and the family is the cornerstone of the community.  Blending puppetry, music and pantomime in a production designed for children aged 5-12, the original set and puppets will be flown over from Canada in this "sweet, playful and funny” play.

Cast: Fem Belling, Andrew Doyle & Ben Noble
Produced by: Melanie Velissaris
Story by: Phoebe Gilman
Adapted for the Stage by: Allen Merovitz and Chris Bryde with Jerry Silverberg.
uration: 55mins


 

interrogation

Image by Angie Bird

Image by Angie Bird

by Benjamin Noble
Direction Bryn Jennings
Set & Costumes Laura Gardner
Lighting Design Mike Lewandowski
Sound Design Christopher Sandes
Starring Alex Dallas, Pamela Johnson, Ben Noble, Karie Richards & Vanessa Smythe

A writer, has a case of writers block.  Or so it seems.  Diving between fiction, fantasy and reality, The Man will try his best to tell his story, even when he can’t remember a thing. Mixing in themes of isolation, sex, and mysterious secrets, The Man discovers that the hardest story to write may be his own.

Original Production
Directed by Julie Waddington
Set by Andrew Bellchambers
Video by Geraldine Cahill
Featuring Alison Boyce

 

murder on the dance floor

Designed by Kathleen Phillips

Designed by Kathleen Phillips

A 1950’s prom complete with DJs, photo booths, and canapes.  But a special night is no night without a homicide.  5 Comedians improve their way out of trouble as the audience decides whodunnit.

Into The Fire & One Night Stand
 

Where it all began!

Where it all began!

Into the Fire featured a double bill of Wallpaper by Lucy Stewart & interrogation by Ben Noble.  
One Night Stand was a nightly cabaret night, with experienced and first time performers including Fiona Scott Norman, Andrew Hall & Fiona Hanrahan, Amanda Armstrong & Deb Langley.

We also curated the Melbourne Fringe Season at St Martins 2004.  

 

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Raton Laveur

MELBOURNE SHOWINGS

Before we go off to Edinburgh we are going to do a showing of our production.  We will also use it as our last fundraiser to help go towards extra costs for the show.  So if you want to come se our show before the rest of the world, then sign up below for the waitlist!