This collaboration between The Shift Theatre and Three Birds Theatre is researching and developing a new theatrical work inspired by the life of Alice Anderson – founder of Victoria’s first all girl garage. Innovator, mechanic, unconventional member of the Lyceum Club, we envisage a spirited celebration of this 1920s woman. The development is generously supported by a Covid-19 Quick Response grant from the City of Melbourne.
Co-Founder of The Shift Theatre, Carolyn is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts and her extensive performance career over 25 years has spanned dance and drama. As an actor Carolyn has many theatre, television and film credits with both independent and commercial productions. She has previously been nominated for a Green Room Award for her body of work as Female Performer in the Fringe. As a writer for The Shift Theatre she co-wrote The Girls In Grey, and Hallowed Ground-Women Doctors in War both enjoying touring throughout Australia and internationally. In addition to her career as a performer, Carolyn is the Associate Artistic Director of Rollercoaster Theatre for actors with intellectual disability, a coach and mentor for young actors and dancers, and works with children in rural areas devising performing arts experiences.
Helen is a co-founder of The Shift Theatre, a member of La Mama’s Committee of Management, a script writer, theatre producer and an actress with a long career in both film and theatre. Together with Carolyn Bock she has written, produced and performed in The Girls in Grey and Hallowed Ground- Women Doctors in War. Her theatre appearances include Melbourne, Adelaide, Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. She has acted for Essential Theatre, The Australian Shakespeare Company and many La Mama productions. Helen appeared in the Green Room Award winning In Angel Gear and Green Room Award nominated ensemble for The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Candace is an award-winning theatre-maker and actor, graduating in 2015 from the Victorian College of the Arts. Upon finishing actor training at the VCA, Candace co-founded ensemble company Three Birds Theatre which has created and toured original theatre shows across the nation. Roles performed in these productions include Laertes in ‘Enter Ophelia’ (La Mama 2018, National Gallery of Australia dir. John Kachoyan), Clementine in ‘LadyCake’ (Poppy Seed Theatre Festival 2016, Nati Frinj Bienniale) & Madeline in Green Room nominated show ‘Three Birds One Cock’, (FRISK Melbourne Fringe 2015; Adelaide Fringe 2016; Metanoia 2016, Regional Arts Victoria 2017 & 2019). Other acting credits include ‘The Three Graces’ (Theatre Works, dir. Katie Cawthorne), ‘Lifetime Guarantee’ (Theatre Works, dir. John Sheedy), ‘Cloudstreet’ (dir. Julian Fuentes- Reta), ‘Stage Door’ (dir. Justine Campbell) and ‘Fewer Emergencies’ (dir. Lara Kerestes). Candace is also trained in contemporary jazz singing and is interested in exploring within her arts practice spaces and forms where performance, voice and music intersect. Her musical work ‘Vanishing Act’ was awarded Best Cabaret of Melbourne Fringe 2016, as well as being Green Room Award nominated for categories of Best Writing, Best Ensemble, Most Innovative Use of Form, & Best Musical Direction.
Madelaine is an award-winning writer/ theatre-maker/ actor and a recipient of the highly coveted ATYP Rebel Wilson Theatremaker Scholarship. Since graduating from the VCA in 2015 Madelaine has co-founded the ensemble company, Three Birds Theatre, been shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, nominated for two Green Room Awards and has toured her work throughout Victoria, NSW and the US. Earlier this year, Madelaine’s play, Kinder Surprise was recorded as part of ABC’s National Radio Drama Program and was selected to be a part of Cybec Electric with the Melbourne Theatre company. Madelaine was also selected to take part in a residency with Arena Theatre co. at the Bendigo Studio. In 2019 Madelaine’s play Unicorn Girl, was a finalist for the Martin Lysicrates Prize and her play Loose Teeth made the shortlist. Madelaine’s play, Cactus, which is scheduled to have a season at La Mama in 2021 was also shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award (2018). Madelaine’s play Bin Chicken, is published by Currency Press and was presented at Griffin Theatre Company with ATYP. With Three Birds Theatre, Madelaine is the co-writer and performer of Will This Show Take Off (Nati Frinj, 2019) Enter Ophelia (La Mama, 2018) LadyCake (Poppy Seed Theatre Festival 2016) and Three Birds One Cock, (FRISK 2015; Adelaide Fringe 2016; Metanoia 2016, RAV Regional Tour 2016-19). Some of Madelaine’s acting credits include, Daisy in the feature Film, Two Heads Creek (Dir. Jesse O’Brian), Xan in the Red Stitch production of Desert 6:29pm (Dir. Bridget Balodis), 2 in The Three Graces (Dir. Katie Cawthorne) and Maggie in The Mill on the Floss (Dir. Tanya Gerstle).
Anna Rodway is a multi-genre writer, harnessing the power of storytelling across screen, stage and print. Anna is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (Theatre Practice) and one-third of Green-Room Award nominated company Three Birds Theatre with whom she has written, performed and toured four works in the past four years, with another work slated for development this year. Three Birds is devoted to bringing female-focused stories to the stage and has swiftly gained recognition as exciting innovators of sharp, comedy driven theatre. With Three Birds, Anna has co-written and performed in Three Birds One Cock (Adelaide Fringe, Metanoia Mechanics’ Institute, Natimuk Regional Engagement, FRISK Festival), LadyCake (Poppy Seed Theatre Festival, Nati Frinj) Enter Ophelia (La Mama; NGA Engagement) and Will This Show Take Off? (Nati Frinj). Other recent stage credits include The Three Graces (Theatreworks dir. Katie Cawthorne), Fewer Emergencies (dir. Lara Kerestes) and The Chapel Perilous (dir. Tanya Dickson). Alongside her acting projects, Anna has recently been a writer in residence with Lonely Company and has completed screenwriting courses with AFTRS. Anna currently has a number of works in development including The One, a co-development with an LA-based collective and Saturday, a web-series alongside director Nina Buxton (Gristmill/Netflix).
Photo by Max Hopkins Cascader Classic Location courtesy McDermott’s Workshop