UKNOWING was Occupy: Theatre, Art, Multi-Media’s first production. Written by Chris Le Page and co-directed by Chris Le Page and Georgia Murray. UNKNOWING follows the lives of 5 young Australians living in Sydney navigating, heart break, new sense of agency, personal trauma, career goals and paying rent on time! The characters; Eli, Beau, Sammy, Scott and Amy all have one thing in common, they have no idea what they are doing and are living day to day trying to figure it out.
Since graduating from drama school, Martin Quinn has taken every opportunity to develop his skills as an actor and storyteller. For Imprint Theatre Company, Martin worked on the physical/devised piece “KillJoy”, a performance piece that competed in Short and Sweet (2017). Other highlights from this year include touring as an onstage ASM/ narrator with Don’t Look Away’s production of Frankenstein. In the future Martin hopes to continue creating original work with an emphasis on physical movement and music.
While at school, Claire attended drama classes at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) with Fiona Gabb, performing annually in two productions. At fourteen, Claire was in a TV series called Crime Scene Detectives (Beyond Productions). At 16 Claire achieved a high level at the TDP (Talented Development Program) as a singer songwriter, being able to play a number of instruments. Claire was thrilled to be nominated for “On Stage” for both her group and individual HSC Drama performances.
In 2014 Claire discovered Shakespeare In The Gardens, run by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company (EGTC) and with whom she played Ariel in The Tempest and Rosalind in As You Like It, the latter seeing them tour to the National Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan. In 2015 Claire travelled with the EGTC to Canberra Floriade and performed excerpts of Shakespeare’s plays with two other actors, performing in and around the flowers!
Working with EGTC has also seen Claire play many interactive characters in the community and for local councils, from Alice In Wonderland adaptations to running around Bankstown as a cockroach in a series of litter campaigns. A highlight for Claire in 2015 was a mentoring workshop with Tony Bonner while playing a role in the web series Banquet Mystery(StoryHouse).
Claire has taken part in various NIDA short courses as well as being accepted into the year long Actor’s Studio course (2016) where she worked with industry professionals and performed in Rausch by Falk Richter, (dir. Elsie Edgerton-Till). In March this year, Claire played a sassy school kid in the play Consensual by Evan Placey at New Theatre (dir. Johann Walraven).
Rebecca has been passionate about theatre and film from an early age. She graduated from Nepean High School for the Creative and Performing Arts after studying drama there for four years. She participated in state level competitions in her school ensemble, and in 2012, she participated in ‘Flannofest’ as ‘Rosie’ the cheerful young girl. In 2013 she then played the part of a bully victim in Australian playwright Alana Valentine’s ‘Cyberbile’ at Q Theatre. Rebecca also won the ‘Zonta award’ for ‘Penrith Valley’s Best Actress’ in 2011.
Since continuing her studies in theatre and film as part of the Bachelor of Performance program at AIM Dramatic Arts (AIMDA), Rebecca expanded her experience with comedy playing Yolanda in ‘Blurred’ (2015, dir. Shane Anthony). Her acting capabilities were then challenged with a gender opposite role as Sebastian in the production of ‘Twelfth Night’ (2016, dir. Peta Downes). She then found her love for physical theatre, playing a grieving mother in ‘KillJoy’ (2016, dir. Kate Vozella). Rebecca’s creator/producer credits with AIMDA include: ‘Anna Karenina’ (Costume Designer, 2016, dir. Peta Downes), ‘Twelfth Night’ (Deputy Stage Manager, 2016, dir. Peta Downes), ‘Love & Marriage: The Engagement’ (Props Design Assistant, 2015, dir. Kate Gaul), 'KillJoy' (Costume Designer/set designer, 2016, dir. Kate Vozella), 'One Step Closer' (Stage Manager, 2016, dir. Annie Thorold).
Since graduating, Rebecca has gone on to co-recreate and perform the group devised, physical theatre piece ‘KillJoy’ with her theatre company ‘[i]mprint’ in the ‘Short&Sweet festival’ 2017. Shortly after this, Rebecca continued to expand her crewing experience, Stage Managing for ‘Breaking Bread’ (2017, dir. Margaret Davis).
Cheng has a passion for telling diverse stories, and breaking the boundaries that separate the unnecessary delineation of Greater Western Sydney and Sydney itself. Cheng enjoys improvisation, comedy and just clowning around in general. Since graduating from AADA in 2015, he has taken up various acting roles and is a current member of PYT Fairfield’s 2017 Ensemble program. Theatre credits include: UTS Backstage & Tough Kids Productions: Blood Wedding; STEALE Productions: Whipped; Jetpack Theatre Collective: Rhinoceros; EMU Productions: The Bald Soprano;AADA: Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, The Engagement, 13, Quiet Carriage.
Sydney based actor Quaid Kirchner was born in Perth WA. After training abroad at The New York Film Academy, Quaid went on to train at The Actors Hub where he had the privilege to work with Elizabeth Kemp in her character dream workshop. He then studied screen acting at The Australian Film and Television Academy. Quaids theatre credits include ‘Feathers in the Snow’, ‘Not Me’, ‘Tartuffe’, and ‘What Lies Beneath’.
Role: Lighting Technicion
Adele is a graduate of The University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Technical Theatre) and while studying was trained in all technical aspects of production including stage management, design and operation. Working with director Cath Mckinnon she learnt how to sound design and stage manage for the show 'Concussion'. While studying Adele was actively involved in community theatre throughout the Illawarra playing in orchestra pits and working behind the scenes, including 'Equus' and 'Lights Out Nellie Martin' at the Phoenix Theatre.
Chris Le Page
Role: Writer and Co-Director
After his completion of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative and Performing Arts, and Sociology and Anthropology at University of Newcastle, Chris moved to Sydney and created OCCUPY: Theatre, Arts, Multi-Media and wrote UNKNOWING. As well as this, Chris produced and created the LGBTI Theatre Festival. (2017)
Throughout his degree, Chris Le Page devised contemporary and conceptual performative works. "sO-NEG" (2014), "Here's the Alternative" (2015), "Bachelor of Prostitution (2015) "Wedding Video" (2015) "Torture" (2015), "This is Uncomfortable" (2016) and "The Experiment", dir Cadi McCarthy. (2016)
Throughout out 2016 Chris was selected as a participant in the Trajectory program through Tantrum Youth Arts with resident artist Lottie Consalvo who mentored the group of emerging artists. The project creates a ensemble of emerging artists to focus on performance art. As a part of Trajectory, Chris devised performances for the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery 20th celebrations and the annual This Is Not Art (TINA) Festival, as well as performing at The Argyle House with improvised performances.
Upon Graduating from Hunter Valley Grammar School Georgia moved to Melbourne to pursue her passion for the arts. In the first year, Georgia trained independently as a triple threat, with Singing lessons under the tuition of Sally Bourne (Evita (1996), The Sullivans (1976), Acting classes at Victorian collage of the arts and Dancing under the tuition of Natalya Bobenko.
Georgia was then accepted into the Institute of Box Hill to study a diploma in Music Theatre. After Graduating Georgia turned her focus to acting and in 2016 was accepted into Sydney Theatre School.
Georgia later this year will be featured as Hamlet in her second year production at STS, Directed by Sean O’riordan. Moving forward Georgia wishes to pursue a Masters of Screen & Directing at Central School of speech and Drama in London.
She is thrilled to be apart of Occupy Theatres first Production.
Martin Quinn discusses his character Eli
Bec Waters discusses her character Amy
Quaid Kirchner discusses his character Beau
Claire Crighton discesses her character Sammy
Cheng Tang discusses his character Scott