Actors

CAROLYN BOCK

Carolyn Bock HeadshotSince graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Carolyn’s diverse career has encompassed dance, theatre, television and film. In theatre, she has worked for the MTC, Playbox, La Mama, Theatre at Risk, The Shift Theatre, and on a myriad of independent productions, Her most recent theatre credits include ‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood for The Stork Theatre, ‘Lost In Ringwood’ by Barry Dickens for LWOLF Productions/La Mama. In 2009, together with Helen Hopkins she co-founded The Shift Theatre and played in their first production of “Two Sisters and A Piano’ by Nilo Cruz. After 2 years research and development, ‘The Girls In Grey’ is The Shift Theatre’s first co writing venture, which has played seasons in Melbourne 2011/12 and throughout regional Victoria in 2013. Carolyn features regularly on television, her most recent credits include INXS The Untold Story, Dr Blake Mysteries, Winners and Losers, Neighbours and City Homicide. Film credits include Vanished, Murder in Greenwich (USA), SNAK, Zone 39, and many short films. She is also the Associate Director of Rollercoaster Theatre for actors with disability, and continues to work with children and youth in rural areas devising performing arts experiences.

HELEN HOPKINS

helen headshot-0273-1 (web)Co-founder of The Shift Theatre with Carolyn Bock, Helen Hopkins appeared in their productions of Two Sisters and a Piano and Fred at The Dog Theatre, Lost in Ringwood at La Mama as well as all seasons of The Girls in Grey. Helen’s work has encompassed theatre companies including Hoy Polloy Theatre Company, La Mama, Australian Shakespeare Company, Auspicious Arts Projects, Essential Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company and Performing Arts Projects.  Most recently she appeared as Nelly in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s Wuthering Heights. Helen has featured in lead roles in the films The Marey ProjectHamlet XGhost Paintings 1-4 and Sensitive New Age Killer (SNAK). As well as co-writing The Girls in Grey, she has written two other plays; a version of The Frog Prince with Matthew Ahern and the story of the Chirnside family, Grind and Grandeur, for the 130th anniversary of Werribee Mansion.

 

SAMANTHA MURRAY

Sam Murray headshotSamantha Murray is back East after 10 years on the West Coast and performs in Theatre, Film & Television. Recent performances in Melbourne include the 2013 Midsumma sold out season of Tennessee Williamsʼ Vieux Carre at FortyFive Downstairs. Previous theatre credits include Twelfth Night, Proof, A Man With Five Children for BlackSwan State Theatre Co.The Heidi Chronicles & Tim Wintonʼs The Turning for PTC & Perth International Arts Festival. Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream, Twelfth Night & Wonderlands for DeckChair Theatre Co. Sam has performed with Mathew Luttonʼs Thin Ice Theatre Co in Antigone & The Lady Aoi. Film & Television credits include Jane Campionʼs Holy Smoke, Needle, Love In Limbo, MDA & 3 Acts of Murder for the ABC. Most recently seen in Dead Weights & Balloons and The Summer Suit as part of Oz Shorts for Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2014.

 

MARTIN BLUM

In 2006 Martin Blum headshotMartin was one of twelve actors selected to be a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Actor’s Ensemble’, performing in eight productions over two years, including Benedict Andrew’s  The Season at Sarsaparilla. Martin co-wrote and co-directed The Bee Project, in Kuala Lumpur for Malaysian company TerryandTheCuz in 2012. In 2013, Martin performed his one-man show, Welcome to Thonnet  for the Brisbane Festival and Felix Nobis’ Boy Out Of The Country for 45 Downstairs. He recently appeared in The Shift Theatre’s regional tour of The Girls in Grey. In 2015 he played Macbeth in Essential Theatre’s production of Macbeth, touring Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

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