FOUR PLAYWRIghtS, FOUR WEEKS, ONE GEORGIAN SANDSTONE COTTAGE 

Manse Building | crn Pitt St and Hay St, Haymarket

For each week of the festival we have invited a playwright to take up residency in 477 pitt’s Manse Building, a Georgian sandstone cottage, to work on a script they are developing. Featuring Jordan O’Shea, Miranda Aguilar, Mary Rachel Brown and Karolina Ristevski.

Manse provides a unique workspace and environment for guest artists to develop work and creatively explore new ideas. This program transports artists from their homes to the community.

Each Friday throughout the festival the resident writer will bring together actors and a director to present a public round table reading of their work. This will be a ticketed free entry event for our community to attend.

Beyond the structured writers in residence program, the building will be open every Friday for writers from all genres to stop in and stay for a session of focused writing. With options to attend the round table reading, to contribute to a collaborative community story writing project and participate in a creative writing workshop, every Friday Manse will be the place for wordsmiths to join a whole day of Fringe Festival writing fun!


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We open our doors to the public to stop in and stay for a session of focused writing or to contribute to the Community Story Writing.

Ground Floor

FREE - 25 PX CAPACITY

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The week’s Resident writer will bring together actors and a director to present a public round table reading of their work.

First Floor

Free Ticketed event

FRIDAY 6 SEPT
Reading of
HOUSEKEEPING (Working title)

Hosted by Jordan Shea

FRIDAY 13 SEPT
Reading of
LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU GET HOME (Working title)
Hosted by Miranda Aguilar

FRIDAY 20TH
Reading of
MR FABIAN FLY HIGH OR SLEEP WALK TO ME (Working title)
Hosted by Mary Rachel Brown

FRIDAY 27TH
Reading of
MITTELSCHERMZ (Working title)
Hosted by Karolina Ristevski

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Join in our creative writing workshops every Friday. Each week will have a different host and theme to help you hone your writing skills and connect with other Sydney writers.

Manse Building - Level to be confirmed

Free Ticketed event

FRIDAY 6 SEPT
Character building and character-driven narrative
Hosted by Mary Rachel Brown

FRIDAY 13 SEPT
Structure
Hosted by Lachlan Phillpott

FRIDAY 20TH
Writing the Personal
Hosted by Jordan Shea

FRIDAY 27TH
Dialogue and Subtext
Hosted by Hilary Bell

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We open our doors to the public to stop in and stay for a session of focused writing or to contribute to the Community Story Writing.

Ground Floor

free - 25 PX CAPACITY


OUR WRITERS IN RESIDENCE

WEEK ONE

Jordan Shea

31st August - 6th September

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Jordan is a writer and teacher. His recent credits include: Cascadia: A Magic Show (Old Fitz), CAGE (Old 505), Barbaric Truth (Sydney Theatre Co Rough Draft), Little Differences: Intersection (ATYP) and Housekeeping (CAAP/Carriageworks). Upcoming shows include: House at Boundary Rd (co writer-bontom) and Kasama Kita (Belvoir 25A/Aya productions). He is a recipient of PWA’s Post Production, a Q Lab residency, inaugural Old 505 residency and an ATYP Fresh Ink mentorship. Jordan is a graduate of the VCA (Writing for Performance) and UNDA (Theatre/Education).

WEEK TWO

Miranda Aguilar

7th - 13th September

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Miranda Aguilar is a queer Filipina artist, living and working in Western Sydney. She is an associate artist with the community arts and media company CuriousWorks, where she works as a communications and social media officer, and is the lead facilitator of the Curious Creators Writer's group, where she leads young, emerging Western Sydney writers in the creation of their own projects. It gave birth to the 2017 webseries, Las Rosas, a telenovela-inspired coming of age tale, on which Miranda acted as the showrunner and one of the lead writers. She is currently developing her first play, Let Me Know When You Get Home, was picked up by PWA for New Play Development, and has been supported by Q Theatre, Siren Theatre and Blacktown Arts Centre. Most recently, she acted as the lead producer on a short film, Prone to the Drone, which was developed in the writing group. It premiered at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival.

WEEK THREE

Mary Rachel Brown

14th - 20th September

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Mary has an Associate Diploma in performing Arts and is the recipient of the following National Playwriting Awards – 2016 Lysicrates Prize, The 2008 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2007 Max Affords Award and The 2006 Griffin Award.

Her play, ‘Last Letters’ has been in repertory at the Australia War Memorial for the last eight years and her most recent work ‘Dead Cat Bounce’ opened Griffin Theatre’s 2019 season.

Her most notable work is ‘The Dapto Chaser’ which was commissioned and developed by Merrigong and re produced by Apocalypse Theatre for Griffin Independent, Glenn St Theatre and Hothouse. ‘The Dapto Chaser’ was recently screened at Dendy Cinemas as part of Australian National Theatre Live’s program.

Other works for the stage include ‘All My Sleep and Waking’ -Apocalypse Thea- tre, ‘Permission to Spin’ - Apocalypse Theatre,

‘Inside Out’ -Christine Duns-tan Productions, ‘Die Fledermaus’ (Adaption) - Sydney Conservatorium of Music, ‘National Security And The Art Of Taxidermy’ - The Glynn Nicholas Group.

Mary’s TV credits include sketch writing for ‘The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to knife Fighting’ for ABC and several episodes of ‘Home and Away’ for Chanel 7.

Mary is a proud member of The Australian Writers Guild and a supporter of Women in Theatre and Screen.

WEEK FOUR

Karolina Ristevski

21st - 27th September

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Karolina has a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a Major in Creative Writing and Minor in Theatre from the University of Wollongong with distinction. She is a writer who was long listed for The Australian/Vogel' Literary Award. Her micro-fiction has been performed by Little Fictions: by Spineless Wonders Short Australian Stories. This piece was also performed at Leichardt Town Hall as part of the Inner West Council's Site and Sound Festival and later broadcasted on a podcast. Karolina is an Executive Producer for Baby Teeth Journal - an online publisher of literature and arts that publishes the works of those previously pushed out of the spotlight. The writer for a devised theatre project titled I Disagree as part of a DIY production. The editor of a short play called Waves that ran as part of The University of Wollongong – Student Initiative Program (SIP). She is currently at the Merrigong Playwrights’ Program. Her text is part a publication in Ashfield Sound Bites where excerpts of her work will be displayed as ‘Sticky Notes’ during the EDGE Festival in Ashfield.