Proudly supported by Salamanca Arts Centre as part of the Emergence program.

TERFwars (Seeded at the Tasmania Performs Tarraleah residency and supported at Blue Cow Theatre’s Cowshed) was birthed from the ongoing feud between two groups, both dedicated to protecting and empowering vulnerable people, but cannot see eye to eye because of pesky definitions.
What is woman? Who is woman? Is she just a body? Is she defined by trauma? Or is she so much more?
With gendered liberties being debated almost weekly, there has been a social paradigm resulting in a community of us versus them with both sides believing their virtue to be faultless.
How do we fight for equality, while still evolving to fit a slim definition, and where is the line of being yourself or becoming what others expect you to be to fit in.
Set in a community hall in Tasmania, TERFwars follows the journey of Taylor as she battles the president of the Club for Ladies Interests in Tasmania (Agatha), to be seen, accepted, and loved by a community she has always admired. Will she defeat the dragon Agatha? Or will she be burnt, and left to die on her hill?

This development will have an invite only presentation in the Peacock Theatre in July 2022.

TERFwars is proudly supported by Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmania Performs and Blue Cow.


The Artist

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Hira Direen

Hera Direen is an award winning cabaret performer and producer here in lutruwita. They have under their belt the 2019 Artfully Queer Unifying Voice award, the 2020 30 under 30 Community Champion, (And in a past life the 2015 Mr. Boylesque Tasmania king).


Producer of QT Cabaret Hera has years of experience creating costumes on the fly, giving a dingey pub a queer neo classical make over, and furthering the gay agenda with their scripts; Zeb A Gender Odyssey (produced by Tasmania Performs), and RATTLE (Self produced).

They are currently studying an MFA in Cultural Leadership at NIDA, and hope to one day be happy.



Proudly presented by Salamanca Arts Centre as part of the Emergence program.

MIETTES is a contemporary and performative journey into the musical history of French-ish cabaret. Julia Drouhin and Edith Perrenot will explore a new set up for an absurd immersive cabaret that might ask the audience to be part of, with a dada twist. They will invite a few performers (acrobat, musician) to take part in the final show in November. They will apply for music and performance focus grants to support artists fees.

Dramaturgy by Sventlana Bunic and Maude Davey

MIETTES is proudly supported by Salamanca Arts Centre and Tasmania Performs.

More info coming soon!


The Artists

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LPA

Navigating (French) female archetypes, pop culture and the fragile beauty of the ordinary, LPA® are strange strangers observing strangeness everywhere they go.

LPA® started at the 2018 Tasperforms Residency in Tarraleah. Since then, they develop projects where preciousness is contained in a DIY and humorous set up, based on their respective backgrounds in visual and sound arts, from dadaist shows playing all sorts of instruments (including a xylophone of squeaking pigs), GIF flip books, S-trash magazines collage workshops, to edible nipple shells. 

For their first exhibition Fair Distancing at Good Grief Studios for Mona Foma 2021, LPA®  produced machinery crossing over sculpture, video, sound and carved works concerned about hug’s metaphysics and socially distanced games. 



Proudly presented by Salamanca Arts Centre as part of the Emergence program.

Hobart’s Festival of Improvised Theatre ran from 31 March – 9 April 2022 with workshops offered to families and actors on the 2 and 9 April 2022 with Jeff Michel and Jenny Lovell. Q and A’s were also offered with the cast after shows on the 6 and 8 of April so audiences could learn about this art form.

Hobart’s Festival of Improvised Theatre brought some of the world’s best improvised shows to the Peacock Theatre over seven evenings. Audiences saw the fun and comedy of Theatresports. They were moved by the drama of A Long Weekend. Learnt some new words Shakespeare forgot to write down in Improvised Shakespeare and saw a purposefully incomplete script by Finegan Kruckemeyer in The Holey Book.

Hobart’s Festival of Improvised Theatre is proudly supported by Salamanca Arts Centre, Blue Cow, Hobart City Council and The Clubhouse


Practitioners of the Ephemeral Arts

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Rowan Harris 

Rowan Harris has created a number of long-form improvisation show formats including ‘The Holey Book’,  ‘Sciprov’, ‘The Chair’ and ‘MomentUs’ as well as founding the first Long-Form and Narrative improvisation ensemble in Tasmania, ‘Imprognosis’. Some of his favourite shows performing alongside international improvisors have been ‘Close To You’ by Rama Nicholas, ‘The Long Weekend’ by Christine Brooks and ‘In a New York Minute’ by Glenn Hall.   More recent work includes performances for the Burning Desire Festival, Underground ArtsBar, Theatresports and for Science Week.  Rowan was a member of the Danger Academy ensemble for a number of years and performed at the Marion Bay Falls Festival.



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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson has worked for over 25 years as an improvisor, actor, and director. He has performed with companies such as Terrapin, Tas Theatre Company, Blue Cow and Round Earth. As an improvisor he has been seen in The Underground ArtsBar, Theatresports, science week Impro, and Imprognosis’ The Holey Book, as well as his long-standing prize-winning work with Rowan Harris in the duo Harris and Tweed. He can also be seen in the film clip to A. Swayze and the Ghosts Mess of Me and briefly in the feature film Van Diemens Land.


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Andrew Morrisby

Andrew Morrisby is a pianist, award winning musical director, choral director, arranger, and tutor based in Hobart, Tasmania. He studied at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, completing a Bachelor Degree under the tutelage of Beryl Sedivka. As a student, he performed as a soloist in the Tasmanian Messiaen Festival (2008), and with the Derwent Symphony Orchestra playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. He has also played as an orchestral keyboardist with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and Derwent Valley Concert Band.

Andrew is heavily involved with the musical theatre community, having worked as a musical director, conductor, repetiteur, and pit orchestral musician for a number of Tasmanian theatre companies. He was a member of the winning ensemble, “Blush Opera” at the Tasmanian Cabaret Festival in 2014, and is a recipient of the Tasmanian Theatre Awards for Musical Direction in “Forbidden Broadway” (Hobart Rep 2015), and Best Ensemble for “[Title of Show]” (Old Nick Theatre Co 2019). Andrew has credits for vocal arrangements on the new work “Euphrasia, The Musical” (The Actors Studio, Kuala Lumpur 2019) in a collaboration with composer Mia Palencia.

More recently, Andrew has been busy post-covid as Musical Director for “Shane Warne the Musical” (The Cabaret Club) and “The Old Man and the Old Moon” (Jack Lark Presents), as a guest conductor for the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta, co-directing vocal group “Tonic”, as accompanist for the Southern Gospel Choir, performing with original rock band “Gabe and the Dagrezios”, original funk/fusion band “Solace”, and as a member of the long-form theatrical improvisation group “The Practitioners of the Ephemeral Arts”.

Andrew works as a private teacher, tutor, and accompanist in Hobart.


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Natalie Venettacci

Natalie is a proud Tasmanian creative and a graduate from Actors Centre Australia. She recently toured internationally with Terrapin’s Red Racing Hood. Natalie also toured with Poetry In Action around Australia and recently produced a performance art piece through UTAS at Dark Mofo called Touch Me if you Trust Me. Acting credits include As You Like it and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Directions Theatre, One Man Two Guvnors and Hamlet for Old Nick, O – The Tragedy of Ophelia for Andy Aisbett, and Dot Dot Dot for The Old 505. You might find her on Saturday’s at Salamanca Market roaming as a Covid Buster for Terrapin Puppet Theatre.


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Simone Dobber

After a long-short hiatus, Simone is thrilled to be back performing Imprognosis alongside some of Tassie’s finest. Her pre-covid credits include As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing with Directions Theatre, Chicago with Bijou Creative, How to Hold Your Breath and Those Who Fall in Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon the Ocean Floor with Loud Mouth Theatre Company. Her screen credits include Rosehaven in 2016 and 2017 and The Magnetism of Us with Acute Brow Productions. She has also co-written, costume designed, acted and composed music for Mermaid and the City with Beauty and the Bitches.


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Carrie Maclean

Carrie is a writer, actor, director and mother of four. She is a founding member of Mudlark Theatre and the Radio Gothic collective. Since graduating from UTAS with a BPA, Carrie has had numerous performing roles onstage and onscreen, with her debut in a feature role as Ann Solomon in The First Fagin (2012). As a writer, Carrie has several projects in development, including a television drama series for Aquarius Films and Pistachio Pictures and Mental, the Mother Load, a documentary theatre performance exploring the grotesque nature and beauty of motherhood.


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Jeff Michel

Jeff is a performer, puppeteer, and theatre teacher who moved to Tasmania in 2005.  He is the chair of Big Monkey Theatre Inc. and a co-founder of Blue Cow Theatre. Credits include: TTC’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Rowan and the 2012 Helpmann Award winning BOATS for Terrapin.  His solo show, Pedalling Back, was developed with Peter Matheson, produced by Blue Cow, and toured by Tasmania Performs in 2016.


The Actors

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Rosemary Cann
Rosemary Cann is a pākehā writer, musician and actor based in nipaluna, who has previously performed as a member of Wellington-based improv troupes Playshop, and Definitely Not Witches. Rosemary has participated in multiple playwriting residencies, including Carclew’s Writing Place, Blue Cow Theatre’s Future Proofing the Page and Tarraleah Residency, and ATYP’s National Studio and Fresh Ink Mentorship Program. She has performed in local productions Eurydice, HerStory (2019-2020), The Campaign (2018) and CRAVE (2021). Rosemary is passionate about representative, intelligent art that touches audiences and brings queer and feminine narratives to the forefront. Rosemary holds a BA in Theatre, English Literature and Anthropology, and a Masters in Creative Writing.


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Emma Skalicky

Emma Skalicky has worked in Hobart theatre since 2014. Highlights include Shakespeare in the Gardens productions from 2016-2021; Loud Mouth Theatre Company’s Hamlet: Heads or Tails (2014) and The Island of Doctor Moreau (2016); Theatre with Teeth’s Buckets (2017); PLoT Theatre’s Eurydice (2018) and Deadly (2019); and The Theatre Closet’s Crave (2021). She has directed Bad Company Theatre’s Picnic At Hanging Rock (2019); PLoT Theatre’s Doctor Faustus (2017) and Salome (2020); and assistant directed Loud Mouth Theatre Company’s The Island of Doctor Moreau (2016) and Archipelago Production’s The Bleeding Tree (2020).  Previous works include Ophelia: A Decomposition in Two Parts (The Picton Grange Quarterly Review, Issue 6), Panopticon for ATYP’s Intersection 2019: Arrival (Currency Press), and Medusa Waking (Bad Company Theatre, 2021).


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Lizy Spanos
Lizy Spanos is a Greek/Canadian performer with a deep love for music, dance, acting, and especially doing all three at once. They have been involved in community theater since the age of ten, in Canada, Greece, France, and Australia. Their most recent performances include Alice (Rattle, 2021) and Mabelu/Lucy (The Old Man and the Old Moon, 2021), and they have been in productions ranging from Shakespeare (in French!) to Rocky Horror Picture Show. They are extremely excited for the opportunity to play with a talented group of improvisors and improve their skill!


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Ollie Gorringe

Ollie Gorringe is thrilled to be working with the Practitioners of the Ephemeral Arts, he has enjoyed performing since a young age and has been involved in several theatre productions throughout his schoolyears, including 100 Reasons for War (Hobart college, 2019), Carrie (Bijou, 2018) and The Old Man and The Old Moon (Jack Lark Presents, 2021). For the last two years Ollie has been employed as a Performer with the Round Earth Theatre Company on the West Coast of Tas, honing his skills in acting and storytelling.  Working with a talented set of creatives and performers in such a unique production has been an intoxicating experience for him and he hopes you enjoy the performance.


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Jacob Golding 

Jacob Golding is a local performer who’s been seen in Hobart theatres since 2017. Most recently he was seen as Jeremy Heere in the Tasmanian premiere of Be More Chill in the Playhouse Theatre. Prior to stage Jacob has trained for the screen with Sara Cooper since 2010. Jacob is really excited to take on a new performance challenge, completely script less!


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Milla Chaffer
Milla Chaffer has been working in theatre for many years in and out of schools. Milla has performed as Kathy Seldon in ‘Singing in the Rain’. Some of her other stage credits include Spring Awakening (Old Nick, 2018) and 21 Chump St (Old Nick, 2018). Her most recent role was as Heather McNamara in Old Nick’s production of ‘Heathers’ this year. Milla has also been working several shows as a part of the creative team, including her role as Assistant Director and Assistant Stage Manager for ‘The Old Man and the Old Moon’ (Jack Lark Presents) to be performed in September 2021. Milla is passionate about theatre both on and off stage and is always looking for opportunities to expand her experience.


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Jack Lark
Jack Lark is a theatre producer, director and performer, who holds a bachelor of musical arts in vocal studies, training under Maria Lurighi. He has spent time in Los Angeles studying directing at USC, and has a hardcore passion for directing contemporary musical theatre. He produced the Australian premiere of ‘The Old Man and the Old Moon’ in 2021 and is currently collaborating to create a new Australian Musical Theatre Production.  Jack’s recent performances include As You Like It (Directions Theatre), My Fair Lady (Bijou Creative), and Miss Trunchbull for St.Mary’s College

Supported by Salamanca Arts Centre and presented as part of MONA FOMA

Elegy for Australia’s lost video shops, blurring the boundaries of theatre, film and ceremony. Clever technology allows a single performer to act in place of an entire film cast. Microwave popcorn not included.

Coil had it’s World Premiere at Salamanca Arts Centre as part of 2022 MONA FOMA festival 27-29 January 2022. 

Above image courtesy re:group performance collective, photo | Rosie Hastie

Coil went on to have seasons at Next Wave in Melbourne, PACT in Erskineville and at Sydney Opera House as part of their 2022 UnWrapped season.


A must-see live cinema event…miraculously manufactured before our eyes by a mere trio of maker-performers. RealTime Arts

Nostalgic, philosophical and comedic…it’s quite unlike any other use of cameras and screens I’ve seen on a stage. Sydney Morning Herald


RE:GROUP PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE
re:group performance collective are a group of artists based in Hobart, Wollongong and Sydney, Australia. Inspired by the highs and lows of pop culture, they mash theatre and film together to create live cinema performances. The aim of their work is to turn the typically comfortable, nostalgic and passive movie-going experience into something immersive, irreverent, sweaty and live, and ironic and sincere in equal measure.

Key artists
Steve Wilson-Alexander | Solomon Thomas | Carly Young | Mark Rogers
Producer
Malcolm Whittaker


Note: Auslan interpretation and audio description will be provided for the performance on Friday 28 January, as well as a tactile tour of the stage beforehand for those using the audio description. Please contact ticket support on +61 (3) 6277 9978 or at tickets@mona.net.au to RSVP or for assistance buying tickets.


Supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Tasmania, Creative Partnerships Australia, Next Wave, PACT, Punctum and Merrigong Theatre Company

This venue is wheelchair accessible via an alternate entrance from the courtyard to the stage area. If you need to book an accessible seat, call Ticket Support on +61 (3) 6277 9978.