UNKNOWING

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.

I saw a little bit of me in every character, and I journeyed with them through their entwined lives. I was thinking “that was me in my early twenties! I thought I was the only one in an awkward work scenario!” How a range of bitter sweet emotions can be conveyed to an audience in such an intimate theatre is absolute genius!
— Yolanda Harbon

CAST

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Martin Quinn

Role: ELI 

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.

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Claire Crighton 

Role: SAMMY 

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).

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Rebecca Waters

Role: AMY 

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).

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Cheng Tang 

Role: SCOTT

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 ClassThe Engagement13Quiet Carriage.

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Quaid Kirchner 

Role: BEAU

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’.

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Adele Masters 

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.

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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. 

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Georgia Murray

Role: Co-Director

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.

Set in the small space of the Blood Moon Theatre, co-directors Chris Le Page and Georgia Murray handle the traffic of the play adroitly. The play’s structure features mainly monologues and duologues that allow the actors to find nuance in their roles and skip past the dangerous territory of character stereotyping to develop complexity and believability. Moments of intimacy are delicately handled, resulting in a heartfelt and moving experience for the audience. Martin Quinn is compelling as Eli; one can feel his pain and confusion. Claire Crighton excels as Sammy and rides waves of angst with skill and dexterity. Cheng Tang provides many of the play’s lighter moments, and is positively chilling when he doubles as Beau’s father. Quaid Kirchner takes time to hit his stride, but is wonderful when his reunion with Eli is consummated. Rebecca Waters’ character, Amy, is a little disconnected from the main plot, yet the actor finds meaning and purpose within all her scenes. These are people we know, these are people we’ve met and, perhaps, these are people we have been.   
— Bryan Culter.
 

CAST INTERVIEWS

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