NEVER LET ME GO
Never Let Me Go is a new play about the onset of AIDS in Sydney and the radical approach by the gay community and politicians that saved more than 25,000 lives- all set to an 80’s pop soundtrack arranged for a choir.
This story has never been told in a dramatic context and honours the LGBT community who fought with strength and ingenuity and remembers a generation lost. It also celebrates a time when Australia led the world by not allowing systems to divide us but by putting love and sheer bloody pragmatism first.
First presented at Griffin Theatre as part of Batch Festival 2019, the work is currently in development and will have a special presentation at Belvoir upstairs rehearsal room on April 18th, 2020.
The project is supported by The City of Sydney and Creative Partnerships Australia. A crowdfunding campaign will be launched on March 11 at Stanley's on Stanley in Darlinghurst 6-7pm. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar and will assist paying artists to develop the work and present for the community and industry.
Featuring an ensemble cast of young actors and singers, this is an inspiring story about not staying silent and creating lasting change.
"See it now so you can say you were at the birth of a great Australian play" Judith Greenway
THIS BOY'S IN LOVE
HIGHLY COMMENDED WEEKLY AWARD WINNER: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2017
BEST CABARET NOMINEE: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2017
BEST CABARET NOMINEE: PERTH FRINGE WORLD 2016
It's time to paint the rainbow and unleash the world's first one-man gay rom-com cabaret! Ado is 35 and he's never been in love. Ever. The urban gay jungle of Grindr and instant hook ups are obstacles on his way to tasting true romance. Until he meets Felix, a human rights lawyer, who speaks like Hugh Grant and wears IItalian suits. The play charts their jourmey from dating, dancing, moving in an marriage.
Along the way Ado expresses with delicate and devastating humour and honesty the not often shared perspective of a gay man in love. We see ourselves in his struggle and ultimately we learn that the desires of the human heart are universal no matter who you deside to fall in love with.
Performed through candid storytelling, bold characterisation and physical comedy, Cappelletta brings to life an engaging one-man gay rom com cabaret. It's basically a new genre.
A handful of hilarious and heartfelt original songs combine with intimate and physical storytelling in one man's final shot at finding love in a big city.
This Boy's in Love was first presented at The Old Fitzroy Theatre, May 2015. Other seasons:
2016: Summer Nights at The Blue Room Theatre for Fringe World, Perth, The Ensemble Theatre for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. 2017: Provocaré Festival Melbourne, Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Assembly Festival Roxy and Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2018.
Written and Performed by Adriano Cappelletta
Directed by Johann Walraven
Musical Direcion by Nicholas Tipping
Choreography by Julia Cotton
"The piece breaks from conventional monologue formats to provide a theatre that is full of variety. in order to engage, entertain and indeed, educate. It takes frequent detours into sub genres like cabaret, stand-up and dance, and adopts hints of the absurd, so that its ninety minute duration never loses a moment of vibrancy" SuzyGoesSee
"It is a well crafted theatrical rendering of the almost impossible task of accepting or giving love...worthy of its standing ovation" Sydney Arts Guide
Ruby's Wish is a heart warming, low-fi, visual spectacular for kids and all the family.
Ruby's Wish combines beautiful puppets from Erth, animation from Tim Watts, sensational clowning, heart felt performances, original music, shadow play, imagery and a magical beat boxing costume, to weave a truly original magical story of friendship across the generations.
Ruby's Wish was first presented at Belvoir in June 2014 and then as part of the main-stage season in 2016.
Presented by Makebelive Productions & Belvoir
Concept by Holly Austin
Written by Holly Austin, Adriano Cappelletta and Jo Turner
Directed by Jo Turner
Featuring Holly Austin, Adriano Cappelletta and Kate Sherman
"Ruby's Wish @ Belvoir St is fabulous. Run don't Walk" Elissa Blake-Theatre Critic
"I gave it 9.2 out of 10" Scarlett Wallace Aged 10- The Australian
"Puppetry of a magical order. A bewitching chamber of play and imagination. It's magic lies in the sheer humanity of the story" Kevin Jackson Theatre Diary
"Ruby's Wish is children's theatre at its finest" The West Australian
A theatrical adventure story about two best friends on a quest to realise their dreams. A tribute to the imagination, Cubbyhouse combines live music, theatre and physical comedy. From a Berlin post-punk night club to the botox infested streets of LA and the grey mundanity of corporate banking, we join Holly and Ado as they attempt tp find their very own place in the world.
As they flit from fantastical dream scapes to a suspended reality, Holly and Ado's joyful bubble is irresistible. Between them the duo play more than 20 flanboyant chracters, thrusting audiences headlong into a world inhabited by the likes of the Umbilical Brothers and Flight of the Conchords.
Presented at Adelaide Fringe 2010, New York's Public Theatre 2009 as part of The Summer Play Festival and a sold out season at Sydney's Old Fitzroy Theatre 2009.
Devised and Performed by Holly Austin and Adriano Cappelletta
Director Jo Turner
Producer Clara Iaccarino
"a comedy that is quite out of the box...this show is just sheer good fun" Australian Stage
"away from the rush of city streets Cubbyhouse is the perfect place to retreat"
SHANE & EDDIE: PICKING UP THE PIECES
An absurdist comedy piece about two celebrity imposters who sing, dance and claw their way to the top. Meet Shane, a man who thinks he is a strong black African woman and Eddie a post rehab, anorexic pop singer with a doughnut habit. Together they are the ultimate power couple playing the fame game. A master class in heightened melodrama and high camp silliness!
Originally developed in Paris with legendary clown teacher Philippe Gaulier at his school of ridiculousness and wonder, boasting alumni Sasha Baron-Cohen, Simon McBurney and Emma Thompson. It combines French foolery and English classical comedy.
Nominated for Guardian’s "Best Double-Act" at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011.
"Edgy Pick of the Fringe" by The Spectator 2011
Written and Performed by Adriano Cappelletta and Richard Crawley
Presented by Les Freres du Monde and Just the Tonic
CONNIE CHANG'S CABARET ROADSHOW
Connie Chang: agent to the stars, glamour puss, outrageous diva. She's bold, she's brutal and she's in town to cast the next big thing. Who, from the wacky cast of contenders, will make the cut to become part of Connie's exclusive agency? Will it be Rainbow Amazonian, the peace-loving, dreadlocked hippy? And how about Russian Rosa the beautician who can belt?
A rollicking chracter comedy cabaret showcasing the talents of Sydney's finest perfomers with original live music as well as mega hits from Stevie Wonder, TLC, Eminem, Jamiroquai, ABBA that are all given the Connie Chang Cabaret Remix!
Connie Chang has wowed audiences from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to the Great Escape and Cracker Comedy festivals. Cabaret comedy meets soul-searching reflections as Connie casts local talent to bolster her books. It's a wild and crazy ride, but one thing's for sure...you'll be laughing all the way.
“...deeply silly, nicely performed and highly entertaining talent quest cabaret." The Sydney Morning Herald
“Connie Chang, I loved your cabaret… your show is really a clever-clever send-up of a talent quest”. The Sun-Herald 2006
"a refreshing satire". The Age 2007
Concept by Adriano Cappelletta
Written and Performed by Holly Austin, Adriano Cappelletta, Thomas Campbell, Marney Mcqueen, Lucy Suze-Taylor and Amber Todd
Musical direction by Nicholas Tipping
Produced by Clara Iaccarino for Makebelive Productions