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Merrigong Talking Point – When everything goes wrong

Sat 26 Oct

Bringing a fast paced thriller/farce to life.

A conversation with the Cast of The 39 Steps; Charles Mayer, Tim Overton, Nathan Page and Anna Steen.

Facilitator: Leland Kean (Artistic Development Manager, Merrigong Theatre Company).

Join us for a free foyer talk about creating hilarious productions like The 39 Steps and others, such as The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and the Tim Minchin musical This Blasted Earth at this year’s final Talking Point. This will be a conversation with lots of laughs about the fun and foolishness that happens both on and off the stage when bringing this fast paced thriller/farce to life.

This Merrigong Talking Point accompanies the performance of The 39 Steps.

Charles Mayer

After 11 years in the British Army, Charles trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and has worked in London, China and Australia. Charles has appeared in the West End in Bent, on stage in Shanghai in I Am My Own Wife, The Odd Couple, Oleanna and No Exit, in Adelaide in Orphans, Man in a Bag and The Last Time I Saw Richard, in Auckland for Pop-up Globe in The Taming of the Shrew and Richard the Third and in Sydney in Anatomy of a Suicide, and Romeo & Julien. For State Theatre Company, Charles has appeared in productions of The 39 Steps, The Popular Mechanicals and Othello. Film credits include Ip Man 2, Shanghai Calling and The Pack, and TV includes Hotel Babylon, Spooks, Sam Fox Extreme Adventures, ANZAC Girls, Gallipoli and Deadline Gallipoli.

Tim Overton

Tim is a South Australian maker, performer and director.

His past credits with State Theatre Company include That Eye, The Sky, The Popular Mechanicals, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Buried Child. Tim has also performed with renowned South Australian children’s theatre companies on local, regional, national and international tours. Past credits include Me and My Shadow, Mr McGee and the Biting Flee and Cranky Bear (Patch), Emil and the Detectives and The Young King (Slingsby) and Beep (Windmill). His other acting credits include Life Is Short And Long (Vitalstatistix) and appearances in the SBS hit comedy Danger 5 and The History Channel’s Changed Forever. After graduating from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2008, Tim performed in and co-produced Autobahn, Two, Boxing Day Test and The Call with his own Adelaide-based theatre company Junglebean.

Nathan Page

Nathan is an accomplished theatre, film and television actor.

Nathan is widely known for his portrayal of Detective Jack Robinson in the critically acclaimed and popular ABC television series Miss Fishers’ Murder Mysteries (seasons 1-3). He will be reprising his role in the big screen adaptation of the series, titled Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, due for release early next year. He is well known to Australian television audiences for roles in Paper Giants, Underbelly II (as Ray ‘Chuck’ Bennett), Panic at Rock Island, Wicked Love, Scorched, All Saints, Home and Away, Redfern Now and Underbelly: Squizzy. He played the vastly contrasting role of Kosta Krilich in Hiding, a 6 part series for PlayMaker Media and the ABC and also appears in the recently released SBS miniseries The Hunting.

His film credits include the upcoming Escape from Pretoria alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Sleeping Beauty, The Boys Are Back in Town, Accidents Happen, Sample People and Strange Fits of Passion.

Nathan is a regular on the Australian theatre stage, most recently appearing in After Dinner for State Theatre Company. He has also performed for Sydney Theatre Company and Company B/Belvoir Street Theatre, working with such directors as Neil Armfield and Benedict Andrews. Other performances include The Distance and Design for Living (Melbourne Theatre Company) and Peribanez, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Threepenny Opera (Belvoir Street Theatre).


Anna Steen

Anna is a theatre graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

For State Theatre Company, her theatre credits include Sense and Sensibility, In The Club, Macbeth, A Doll’s House, The 39 Steps, Mendelssohn’s Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Man. Other theatre credits include Angelique (isthisyours?), The City (NowYesNow), A Moment on the Lips (Griffin/Whoosh), Macbeth (Blue Rose), AAW (Bell Shakespeare), Under Mulga Wood (DTS), Silence (Shift). TV and film credits include Sun on the Stubble, Just Like You, Rainshadow, Heart Matters, The J.L. Project, Wake, A Stone’s Throw, Davi.

Anna has worked as performer and director on several children’s musicals and started children’s theatre company Gaia Theatre, where she has worked as performer, producer and writer on Broggen of the Glump, Search for Nanuk, The Tale of Shaggles and Petrookio, and Call of the Blobfish. She has also worked extensively with ABC Audio as a producer and voice artist in radio dramas and audio books. Anna hosts the children’s story podcast Kid’s Story Room.


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