Birthrights by Australia's leading playwright David Williamson

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  • Location: Noosaville, Noosaville 4566 Queensland

Preview Performance - Birthrights by Australia's leading playwright David Williamson
Presented by Australia Post. Queensland Premiere. Featuring Glenn Hazeldine and Kate Raison. Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Road, Noosaville
$35 includes performance, drinks available for purchase

DAY 2: SATURDAY 19 June 8pm  $60 includes performance followed by supper and drinks (2) at South Pacific Resort with the Birthrights cast
DAY 3: SUNDAY 20 June 7pm  $35 - performance
DAY 5: TUESDAY 22 June 7pm  $35 - performance, drinks available for purchase
1.30pm  Schools Matinee - $20 - performance and discussion with cast, bookings for students only
7pm  $35 - performance, drinks available for purchase
DAY 7: THURSDAY 24 June  7pm  $35 - performance, drinks available for purchase
DAY 8: FRIDAY 25 June  7pm  $35 - performance, drinks available for purchase
3pm $35 - performance, drinks available for purchase
7pm $35 - performance, drinks available for purchase

Birthrights By David Williamson

About the Play
Birthrights is a bittersweet comedy -drama about motherhood.

When Helen discovers that she is unable to have children, her career driven sister Claudia offers to be the surrogate mother in an act of supreme generosity.  When, some years later, Claudia is unable to have her own child, she unintentionally begins to compete with her sister for their daughter's affection. Who will be left holding the baby? 

Birthrights played to packed houses and critical acclaim in Sydney and Melbourne last year.  This will be its Queensland Premiere.  Two of the stars of the Sydney production, Kate Raison and Glenn Hazeldine are coming to Noosa to repeat their triumphant performances and will be joined by top local talent.

The Playwright
David Williamson has been Australia's most popular and performed playwright for almost thirty-five years and his output shows no signs of flagging. 

His plays have been performed throughout Australia and produced in Britain, United States, Canada, and many European countries. A number of his plays have been adapted for screen and he has written screenplays for some of Australia's best known films such as Gallipoli, Phar Lap and The Year of Living Dangerously.  His mini series television adaptation of "On The Beach" was nominated for the US Golden Globe Awards in 2001.  Birthrights was his Thirtieth play. 

He now lives on the Sunshine Coast with his writer wife Kristin Williamson."

The Actors

Kate Raison
 Kate's theatre credits include, The Heidi Chronicles, The Adman, Man of the Moment, A Schoene Maedal, Road, Wrong for Each Other, Alarms and Excursions, After the Ball and Birthrights for the Ensemble Theatre.

For The Hole In The Wall Theatre Company in Perth she performed A Girls Gotta Eat, Daylight Saving for the Harvest Theatre Company in S.A. and The Vagina Monologues for Adrian Bohm at the Valhalla Theatre. Kate has also performed several readings of Love Letters in QLD and NSW.

Her television credits include A Country Practice, E-Street, Murder Call, Home and Away, All Saints, Head Start and F.A.R.S.C.A.P.E. Kate also appeared in the children's series Outriders for West Street Productions and the yet to be released Mini Series Superfire. Her film roles include Going Sane, Ebb Tide and Encounters.

Glenn Hazeldine
 Glenn graduated from NIDA in 1994. He has recently appeared in David Williamson's, Birthrights, A Conversation and Sanctuary at the Ensemble Theatre, in addition to All My Sons, and Act One.

Glenn was also part of the 2003 touring company for A Conversation. Other theatre credits include Dead White Males (David Williamson), Two Weeks With The Queen, Historia, Mongrels and Love For Love (Stc), Private Lives (New England Theatre Co.), The Judas Kiss (Company B Belvoir), Rhinoceros (B-Sharp Belvoir) and Labor Day (Marian Street).

Television work includes A Difficult Woman, All Saints, Water Rats And Stingers. Glenn regularly appeared as Dexter Pinion on the ABC's Backberner.

Glenn is coming to the Noosa Longweekend straight from a starring role in VICTORY  with Judy Davis and Colin Friels .

Blossom Goodchild
Blossom Goodchild trained in at the G.S.A. England, studying musical theatre. She then toured professionally throughout the U.K in both drama and musicals which include: Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Show boat, Jacques Brell, : Long days journey into Night, Relatively Speaking, Landmarks, Ten Times Table and many more.

Blossom moved to Noosa in Dec 2000, and after a gap of 12 years, once again took up her passion for the stage playing Amanda in David Williamson's ' Charitable Intent'. Followed by the one-woman show 'Shirley Valentine', and most recently as Annie in 'The Diary Of Frank Annie', at Noosa Arts Theatre. Blossom also pursues her spiritual path as a channeling medium, and has recently published her first book 'Walking In The Light And The Love'.

Julia Sutherland
Julia Sutherland has trained with Mark Jones and Susan-ann Walker in Melbourne, where she worked for many years as an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer.

Musical Theatre: Chicago , Jesus Christ Superstar (MTGV nomination; Best Lead Female), Les Miserables , Cabaret , Sweet Charity , Little Shop of Horrors , A Slice of Saturday Night , Godspell , Hot Mikado , Company , Grease . Fringe Theatre: The Living Room Floor , Intimate Acquaintances , Bosom Buddies , Life Is a Cabernet . Host: The Improv Series . Film: The Dawes . Drama: Oleanna for 2003 Noosa Longweekend.

Julia is also an avid writer and aims to publish her first book Café Dreamer and complete her feature film Biblical Sense in the coming months.

Lauren Fardell
Lauren has trained at Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney , where she performed in productions of 'Joan of Arc' and 'Romeo and Juliet'. Lauren also trained with 'Young People's Theatre'  in Newcastle . Whilst there she performed in productions of 'Twelth Night', 'The Tempest' and 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Recently she studied at the NIDA in Sydney for one month. Lauren is also a jazz ballet and tap dancer and has trained with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in New York .

She is thrilled to be making her professional debut under the direction of Mary-Ann Vale in the Queensland premier production of Birthrights by David Williamson.

Damian Davis
Damian trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has been professional for 8 years.

His theatre experience includes, Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit, the Pilot in The Little Prince, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet in Hamlet, Macbeth in Macbeth, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, Vic in The Hate Plays , Mario in Something Beautiful and Tone in Hard Feelings touring all over Georgia.

Damian also represented Webber Douglas at the National Theatre, London, playing Giovanni in Tis Pity She's A Whore.

He is currently on television back in the UK in the second series of Footballers Wives playing the part of Barry Maynard. He has already finished filming the third series due to be screened in Australia later this year.

Other television experience includes, Maisie Raine, The Bill, Soldier Soldier, The Things You Do For Love, London Bridge and Band of Gold .

Damian is over here visiting family with his father and is thrilled to be making his debut for the Noosa Arts Theatre.

The Director

Mary-Ann Vale
 Mary-Ann Vale is a Performing Arts - Acting graduate from USQ. She worked professionally as an actress in Sydney for 18 years in theatre, TV & film and also produced and directed.

Mary-Ann was a founding member of Tightrope Theatre Co and produced and hosted "The Performers Club" at The Stables. Mary-Ann also worked for Griffin Theatre Company for 8 years. Her roles there included Administration and Cabaret producer. For her contribution to Australian Theatre, Mary-Ann was awarded "Life Member" at Griffin Theatre Co in 2001 and The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation (now in partnership with NIDA) in 2000.

Since moving to Noosa, Mary-Ann has directed Away, Angel Train, Noises Off, Speaking In Tongues, and Wolf Lullabyfor NAT and S.C.R.E.A.M for PBS Entertainment. Her theatre 's' productions include Shirley Valentine, Norm & Ahmed & Normie & Tun, Like Whisky on the Breath of A Drunk You Love, Distant Lights from Dark Places, 2 Women & a Chair and Diary of Frank Annie.

For the Noosa Long Weekend Mary-Ann directed Charitable Intent by David Williamson in 2002, Oleanna by David Mamet in 2003 and is excited to be directing Birthrights by David Williamson for NLW 2004.

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