18 January - 30 January
18 – 30 January 2022
PLEASE NOTE: This performance contains sexual references and the use of strobe lighting.
previews: Tuesday 18 January &
Wednesday 19 January
opening night: Thursday 20 January
duration: 90 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
ticket price: $30 – $45
bookings: 03 9662 9966
In accordance with government regulations, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of 18 to enter fortyfivedownstairs.
(or, remember tomorrow when everything was ok)
Isla’s dog is missing. She can hear it down the street. She knows it’s hers. But Isla lies about everything, so Claire…isn’t so sure.
As adolescents Claire and Isla were fixated on each other. Nothing was left unsaid. But a lot has changed since then. If they were in a different reality Claire and Isla would be madly in love. But they’re not. They’re here.
he/r is cutting edge. It asks big questions about self, belonging, and the sickening notion that we should all be woke. he/r is the longing that propels us forward, the analogue sense of solidarity that’s not yet here…and that’s the point.
Fairly Lucid Productions is an independent theatre company with giant ideas who invite their audiences to observe, think and discuss. We aim to push the boundaries with our performances, presenting work that is courageous, compassionate and embraces humility, with a strong focus on new work.
cast: eva rees and stella carroll
writer: eva rees
director: ruby rees
set & costume: carly wilding
lighting design: august shearman
sound & composition: imogen cygler
stage manager: caitie murphy
producer: ben noble
stella carroll (she/her) – cast
stella has worked across the stage and screen from a young age.
In 2021 she completed her formal acting training at 16th Street Actors Studio as well as a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Screen Studies and English.
Currently she is dedicated to honing her craft in regular classes with the Ivana Chubbuck Studio.
imogen cygler (she/her) – sound & composition
imogen cygler is an emerging contemporary composer and performer. She is an Honours graduate in the Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition) at the Victorian College of The Arts and was the recipient of the Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship for Composition of Music in 2020. In 2019 Imogen completed a commission for the Arts Centre Melbourne (5x5x5) and in 2020 for the University of Melbourne’s ‘Multivocal’ exhibition. A keen collaborator, Imogen composes, performs and directs music for live shows and short films. Recent accomplishments include: ’Sweet Dreaming’ for the Melbourne Fringe Festival at the Meat Market; ‘Ascent’ for the Melbourne Fringe Festival at Theatre Works; ‘Lennox: Legend In My Living Room’ at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival; numerous scores for short films including ‘Mwah’ (dir. Nina Buxton) selected for MIFF; Musical Director for ‘Put The Blame On Mame’ at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and ‘When I Awoke’ at the Butterfly Club.
caitie murphy (she/her) – stage manager
caitie murphy is a multi-skilled, Naarm-based emerging theatre professional from Monash University, specialising in stage management. In 2021, caitie proudly managed three sold-out productions; Love of the Nightingale (the debut of TheatreWork’s ‘Glasshouse’), Ballads & Ballgowns (the debut solo show of Melbourne drag favourite, Isis Avis Loren) and Sevenfold Theatre Company’s Law & Order: PTV at the Butterfly Club.
Most recently caitie has been stage managing and operating for the Vixen shows at Vau d’vile Drag Cabaret. She is currently working on 2022 seasons of Ballads & Ballgowns, Law & Order: PTV and Fool For Love produced by Emma Louise Pursey.
ben noble (he/him) – producer
ben is an actor, writer, creative producer and teaching artist. A graduate of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland he also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK), Atlantic Theater Acting School (USA), Brave Studios and 16th Street (Aus). He performed with Bard in the Botanics (UK), Shakespeare’s Globe (UK), Red Stitch, Fairly Lucid Productions, Australian Shakespeare Company and Stage West Canada amongst other independent companies and festivals.
As a writer, ben’s play, Member, received 2nd place in the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation Playwrighting Award in USA and had three plays either win or place in the St Martins Best Short Play Award. As a producer, he has been the co-curator/producer for The Melbourne Fringe Festival at St Martins Youth Arts Centre, associate producer at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and is the founding member and co-creative producer of Fairly Lucid Productions. ben has been a teaching artist at Arts Centre Melbourne and coaches students in performance.
eva rees (she/her) – writer & cast
eva rees, a newly out and proud trans female, originated the now iconic role of Harry Potter’s son, Albus, in the Australian premier of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was this two-year stint contractually binding her to the wrong end of the binary that drove her to become an artist at the forefront of rewriting the narrative.
While undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, double majoring in Islamic studies, English and Theatre Studies, and simultaneously completing a Diploma of Spanish Language, she wrote a new game changing experimental piece of stage art entitled he/r. eva will will make her debut as a playwright in the world premiere of he/r which opens fortyfivedownstairs’ 2022 season.
eva has a vast body of previous work on both stage and screen, that she believes would be hard to find unless you were using her dead name.
ruby rees (she/her) – director
ruby is a female-identifying multi-disciplinary artist currently storytelling in Naarm, the land of the Kulin Nation. She undertook intensive acting, playwrighting and directing training at the world-renowned Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City. ruby earned her professional writing and editing degree at RMIT University, Melbourne and was the youngest recipient of the National St Martin’s Playwriting Award in 2010 for her first play, Serpents.
She completed a residency at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Company in 2016. She was commissioned by the company to write and direct an original work for their 10th anniversary season. Upon her return to Australia, ruby directed a series of plays for independent Melbourne companies including Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock at fortyfivedownstairs, which saw a sold-out season and rave reviews. While undertaking her MFA at NIDA, ruby expanded her practice to include theatre-making, devising, and the adaptation of new works. ruby is currently in development with her debut feature film, that will be the first to come out of Australia employing only female- identifying cast, crew and creatives.
august shearman (she/they) – lighting design
august is a Naarm based lighting designer and maker.
Graduating from the VCA in 2021, she developed an interest in the ways lighting could be incorporated into unexpected and eye-catching places. When not coding or building, august can usually be found knitting or crocheting. Some of their credits include: WAX (VCA dance 2021, associate lighting design), Chapter 7 (VCA dance 2021, vision design), Cloud 9 (VCA 2021), Baccarat (VCA 2020), As You Like It (MUSC 2019), The Little Mermaid (Rockdale Musical Society 2018).
carly wilding (she/her) – set & costume design
carly wilding is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in acting, music, and visual art. Completing her Bachelor of Arts, Acting in 2016 carly wrote, performed in, and designed Yours Everlastingly, Fred (La Mama Mobile) in her graduating year. carly went on to work as an actor and director across several productions with the Australian Shakespeare Company (Olivia, Twelfth Night, The Duchess, Alice in Wonderland, Director – Wind in the Willows Tour) and Melbourne Shakespeare Company (Miranda – The Tempest, Benvolio – Romeo and Juliet.) Most recently, Carly wrote, directed, designed and performed in Bumbles & Moz, a new ‘Caba-play’ written in lockdown. In May 2021, carly starred in and designed Voyage, a new folk musical which debuted at fortyfivedownstairs. In 2022, carly will be touring the country’s folk festivals as a singer and instrumentalist both with Voyage, and in new folk-fusion duo Morrigan & Wilding. She will also be directing productions for Bloomsday In Melbourne, including Love’s Bitter Mystery in January. carly is currently in her bedroom learning to play the harp…Wish her luck?
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