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We believe that good theatre takes time and patience to make. We are an independent team of trained theatre-makers with a wide range of skills, who carefully craft exciting new theatre experiences for Melbourne audiences.
Actor / Director
Ben is an accomplished Director, Actor & Singer, having completed his Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre in 2008 at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
His debut production of ‘John & Jen’ was awarded ‘Outstanding Piece’ in the 2011 Fringe awards, going on to assist Jason Langley in the Australian premiere of Here Lies Henry for the 2012 Sydney Fringe.
Ben’s 2015 production of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ was nominated for 14 awards including ‘Best Direction’ and won ‘Best Ensemble’ at the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria’s BRUCE awards and Lyrebird awards in the same year. In 2016, Ben went on to direct an acclaimed remount of this production in the Ray Lawler Theatre at MTC.
As an actor Ben performed the role of Valentine, understudying the role of Robertson Aye in Cameron Mackintosh and Disney Theatricals Original Australian Cast of Mary Poppins. Some of his other stage credits have included a variety of musical theatre and straight acting roles such as Brian in Dennis Kelly’s DNA at The Old Fitz, Nathan in Thrill Me, a two-man musical at the Seymour Centre and the Young Thing, a role he originated in Trevor Ashley’s Australian Cast of Liza (on an E).
William Bobbie Stewart
Theatre designer and Illustrator
William Bobbie Stewart is a Melbourne based theatre designer and illustrator. William has a bachelor of theatre in design from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (2008).
William’s credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Before and After (STC), The Call, Quack, Dealing With Clair (Griffin Theatre Company), Parlour Song (Belvior). The Kitchen, Measure for Measure, The Servant of Two Masters (NIDA). The Servant of Two Masters (Sydney Festival). The Dressmaker as an illustrator (2015).
William studied teaching at Melbourne university and is currently studying Interior Architecture at Monash University. William also currently holds a seat on the board at CGTC. He recently designed the set for an award winning production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which opened at the Ray Lawler Theatre (MTC) this year
Producer / Production Stage Manager
Jemima is a Teacher at Selby Primary School as well as a Producer / Production Stage Manager on the side. Jemima has a Bachelor of Theatre Production from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (2010)
She has previously worked in Child Protection Case Support for the Department of Health and Human services and has a Masters in Teaching from Melbourne University. Although she has spent the majority of 2015 and 2016 studying and working as a Primary School teacher, Jemima’s recent theatre and events credits include: Producer for Dropped, Melbourne Fringe Festival (2014); Assistant Stage Manager for Storm Boy, Sydney Theatre Company (2013); Production Assistant, Vivid Ideas (2013); Production Assistant, Sydney Festival (2012) .
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Current & Previous Productions.
A New Brain
. . . Performances 19–21 January 2018 @ Middleton Theatre Camberwell Produced by The Popular Mechanicals & Camberwell Grammarian's Theatre Company Jump frog Jump, lilly pads are your next stop! Kerplop! The Popular Mechanicals and CGTC, creators behind 2016...read more
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
In 2015 the Popular Mechaniclas in partnership with the Camberwell Grammarian's Theatre Company performed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by...read more
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