Category Archives: Productions

2004 – LAUGHING WILD by Christopher Durang

Soul Theatre’s production for 2004 was Christopher Durang’s Laughing Wild

ARTISTIC NOTES : Passionately raising awareness about Global Warming to a non-informed society, as well as about Depression, via this comedy!

PURPOSE : To raise awareness about Global warming and Depression BENEFICIARIES : Environment Victoria; Mental Illness Foundation.

VENUE : Polyglot Theatre, 27A Cromwell Road, South Yarra SEASON : 11 – 28 November, 2004
DIRECTOR : David Myles

2003 – TWO by Ron Elisha

Soul Theatre’s production for 2003 was Ron Elisha’s Two

ARTISTIC NOTES : SOUL’s production of Two was stimulated by the horrors of the 9/11 Twin Towers aeroplanes’ crash. Set shortly after WW II, SOUL is questioning society, “Haven’t we learned from History’s mistakes?”
PURPOSE : To generate more compassion and understanding; To help reduce the many frictions within the world.
BENEFICIARIES : The Jewish Holocaust Museum; Jewish Museum of Australia.

VENUE      : Theatreworks, 14 Acland Street, St. Kilda
SEASON    : 6 – 29 November
DIRECTOR : David Myles

2002 – NUTS by Tom Topor

Soul Theatre’s production for 2002 was Nuts by Tom Topor

ARTISTIC NOTES : Bringing awareness about realistic issues of family dysfunction, sexual assault and mental illness in order to lessen the common, yet hidden, prolific occurrences
PURPOSE : To raise awareness/to bring conversation about the following issues, so as to bring attention/so as to reduce the traumas, in relation to Family Dysfunction; Sexual Assault and Mental Illness
BENEFICIARIES : 

  • The Brotherhood of St. Laurence;
  • Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA);
  • The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Inc.

VENUE      : Trades Hall
SEASON    : 27 June to 14 July 2002
DIRECTOR : David Myles

1995 – SOUL THEATRE’S BENEFIT

Soul Theatre’s Benefit by Sam Shepard & artists.

ARTISTIC NOTES :  

The Benefit consisted of four scenes from A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard. After each scene, Alicia Liley stepped out of character to explain the circumstances about ABI as depicted in the scene.

After Interval, an arts extravaganza consisted of:

  • Alicia Liley singing solo;
  • Judy Jacques and Bob Sedergreen jammed with Alicia;
  • Original poetry recital by Alicia Liley backed by Judy Jacques and Bob Sedergreen;
  • Original music by guitarists Andrew Pendlebury and Doug de Vries
  • Alicia Liley danced to original music of Doug de Vries and Andrew Pendlebury;
  • Comedy from Bob Franklin

PURPOSE  : Raising finances for the continuation of Soul Theatre Inc.

1994 – A LIE OF THE MIND by Sam Shepard

ARTISTIC NOTES : Soul Theatre’s production  A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard was selected as our inaugural production because the protagonist Beth acquires brain injury from domestic violence. Both issues align to Soul Theatre’s mission statement.  Alicia Liley who perfomed this character Beth, also has acquired brain injury (ABI) from a near-fatal car accident. She saw many correlations between Beth’s and her own recovery.
PURPOSE : Raise awareness of the general public about both Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and domestic violence, in order to reduce the prolific occurrences of both adversities, as well as to lessen the inherent prejudice towards survivors.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS : Chris Thompson, Artistic Director, St. Martin’s The Victorian Centre for Youth Arts; We gratefully acknowledge Sam Shepard’s assistance in staging this performance.
BENEFICIARIES : Headway Victoria; The Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre

VENUE      : Irene Mitchell Studio, St. Martins Youth Arts Theatre
SEASON    : 23 November – 8 December 1994
DIRECTOR : Deborah Hynes