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Merrigong Talking Point – On Stage, Solo

Sat 6 Mar

Creating & carrying a one-man performance & the audience as cast members.

A conversation with Ben Wood (performer, KENNY) and Drew Fairley (performer, theatre-maker) 

Facilitator: Anne-Louise Rentell (Director, The Strangeways Ensemble)

Join the star of KENNY, Ben Wood, and Wollongong theatre-maker Drew Fairley as they discuss the challenges and joys involved in creating and carrying a one-man performance, and the important role the audience plays as cast members. Ben Wood is a well known Australian face and voice, and has shared worked across stage and screen, from The Last Wife (Ensemble) to All Saints. Since graduating from University of Wollongong, accomplished local Drew Fairley has worked internationally as an actor, writer and director. Hosted by director Anne-Louise Rentell, Ben and Drew are two of the Australian theatre industry’s most respected performers and will share insights into the iconic characters they have played, and the stages (good and bad) they have performed on.

This Merrigong Talking Point accompanies the performance of KENNY.

Ben Wood

Ben studied at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). His theatre credits include: The Last Wife, The Big Time (Ensemble), Talk (Sydney Theatre Company), The Blind Giant Is Dancing, Twelfth Night (Belvoir St), Rupert (Daniel Sparrow Productions), Henry 4, Twelfth Night, The Duchess Of Malfi (Bell Shakespeare), The Aliens (Redline Productions), Ghost Stories (Sydney Opera House). His film credits include: Hitchhiker, The Kangaroo Guy, The Trophy Thief, Father’s Day, My Minds Own Melody and will soon appear alongside Bill Nighy on the upcoming feature Buckley’s Chance (dir: Tim Brown). His television credits include: Top Of The Lake: China Girl, All Saints, Underbelly 3: The Golden Mile, Packed To The Rafters, Home And Away, Doctor Doctor, and Harrow. Ben also appears in the pilot Embarrassing Parents Anonymous, for which he was awarded Best Actor (Comedy) at the prestigious SeriesFest - an international festival and marketplace for the best Independent TV Pilots.

Drew Fairley

Drew Fairley is a performer, theatre-maker and a Wollongong favourite, with long-term connections to our region’s performance community. With a varied career as a performer, singer, director, playwright and dramaturg, Drew has branched out to contemporary and Musical Theatre styles and has performed two critically acclaimed solo cabarets; Sook and Romance. He operated a madrigal group for five years and is interested in melding drama and songs. Recently he has accepted a commission from Merrigong to undertake the first stage of writing a new work (As Luck Would Have It) inspired by his experience of being stranded as a performer on a cruise ship for over 10 weeks during the crisis.

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