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2 October, 2022 : 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

fortyfivedownstairs Play Reading Series

Recollection by Georgia Ketels

5pm, Sunday 2 October 2022

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Sunday 2 October 2022

duration: 60-90 minutes
time: 5pm
ticket price: $15
bookings: 03 9662 9966

Recollection is a play told in two simultaneously unfolding timelines.

Molly, a teenage girl, falls in love with Jenna, a new school friend. Molly’s mother, Olivia, is troubled by Jenna’s insensitivity and tendency towards self-destruction. The relationship between the two girls blooms in secret.

Molly has died without warning, and Olivia is left to pick up the pieces of her life, seeking to remember Molly by her smell – as a perfume. Olivia must come to terms with who her daughter really was, and who she was going to become, to capture her volatile essence. She must take Jenna as part of Molly.

Writer: Georgia Ketels

Director: Cathy Hunt

Cast: Sophie Ross, Michelle Keating and Ravenna Bouckaert

Generously supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation 

Georgia Ketels | Playwright

Georgia Ketels is a playwright and painter living on Boonwurrung country in Naarm (Melbourne). She writes intimate science fiction stories about human adaptation, with a focus on feminine themes and humanity. Graduating from VCA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) in 2019, George has written for Voiceworks and Verve Magazine, and produced the short VR film IOPU. She is currently writing and producing found-footage horror series Ancient Answering. Her first play, Recollection, was shortlisted for the AWG’s Shane & Cathryn Brennan Playwriting Prize for unproduced works.

Cathy Hunt | Director

Cathy Hunt is a director and dramaturg who trained at the VCA. Recent work includes: She Wrote the Letter, La Mama/St Martins; Phantasmagoria, Theatre Works; Little Brother Big Sister, La Mama Courthouse; (I’m Going to Die in This Bracket), nominated for Best Theatre, Melbourne Fringe. What Every Girl Should Know, Brunswick Mechanics; Love/Chamberlain by Bridget Mackey, Theatre Works; All the Locks are Solid & Tight, La Mama Explorations; and Her Father’s Daughter: a site specific Hedda Gabler in Prahran Council Chambers. Cathy was dramaturg for: Recollection by George Ketels, highly commended in the Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize and on LuNa by Keziah Warner, which won the Patrick White Playwright’s Award. Les Mamelles de Tiresias, which she directed for Lyric Opera, won a Green Room Award for ‘Contribution to the Development of Opera in Victoria’.

Sophie Ross | Actor – Olivia

Sophie is privileged to live and work on Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung lands. She is an actor, theatre maker and social change activist. Co-founder and co-director of Safe Theatres Australia, Sophie is committed to creating theatrical workspaces that are free of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination; workspaces that are safe for everyone.

On stage Sophie has appeared for Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) in Golden Shield, What Rhymes with Cars & Girls, The Waiting Room, and Cock; for Malthouse Theatre in The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again; for Sydney Theatre Company (STC) in Disgraced, Before/After, Hamlet, Blood Wedding, Money Shots, Vs Macbeth, Oresteia, Comedy of Errors, Leviathan, Mysteries: Genesis, Romeo & Juliet, Waikiki Palace/Hip Hip Hooray, Woman in Mind, and Gross und Klein (including a European tour); for the Royal Court in Narrative; for B Sharp/Small Things in Ladybird; for Griffin in The Bleeding Tree and Stoning Mary; and for Arena in The Sleepover.

As a theatre maker and collaborator, Sophie has developed new work with a range of artists including post, Version 1.0, The Border Project, Lally Katz, Hilary Bell, Kate Mulvany, Nicola Gunn, The Guerilla Museum and Clare Watson.

Michelle Keating | Actor – Jenna

Michelle Keating is a nonbinary Chinese-Australian filmmaker and actor based in Naarm (Melbourne). They have been involved in screen media production for the last 7 years, beginning as a trained actor from childhood and currently splitting their focus between acting, writing/directing and video editing. Their biggest role to date has been playing the lead in the 2018 short This Perfect Day, where they were able to translate their real life experience as a non-binary half-Chinese adolescent to the big screen at festivals from Tribeca to MQFF. Their works typically focus on portraying the authenticity of the queer POC experience in the modern world, whilst exploring unique and experimental visual styles.

Ravenna Bouckaert | Actor – Ariana

Ravenna Bouckaert is an artist and performer from Perth, Western Australia. In 2018 she completed her studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with her Bachelors in Performance Making and Diploma of Screen Performance. In 2018 Ravenna co-wrote, directed and performed in a two-woman show, ‘If I Stay up Too Late’, which toured from WA to the Reves D’Avant L’Aube festival in Paris. In early 2019 Ravenna relocated to Melbourne to pursue her performance career and in August 2019 appeared in ‘The Other Place’ at Theatreworks. In February 2020 she was in “What Every Girl Should Know’ by Between the Buildings at Brunswick Mechanics Institute.

Molly Holohan | Actor – Molly

Molly Holohan (she/her) is an Artist originally from Boorloo (Perth), WA and currently living in Narrm (Melbourne) to complete her final year of the Bachelor of Acting at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. She has performed in and devised shows for Perth Fringe Festival from 2019-2021, as well as VCA productions of ‘Love and Information’ directed by Marcel Dorney, and ‘Tales from the Vienna Woods’ directed by Mark Wilson. She is honoured to be a part of this production and looks forward to diving into more local theatre and film in the future.

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All tickets: $15


2 October, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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