The hit theatre show in its third run in Sydney, Nov 7th to Dec 3rd 2011


Written and Directed by Sam Atwell

Sam originally studied as an actor at Q.U.T. and has since branched out into the fields of writing and directing. Recently he directed Chekhov’s Three Sisters for Q.U.T. and his play Chekhov’s Children was been performed as part of Tamarama Rock Surfers season at The Old Fitzroy Theatre. Bondi Dreaming has been performed at The Newtown Theatre, The Seymour Centre, is programmed as part of Tamarama Rock Surfers 2011 season and was also included in this years National Play Festival. He has also written Waiting for Gotterson, Bill, a short film Dog Without A Bone and several episodes of seven’s Home and Away. Last year he directed Louis Nowra’s, Cosi, for Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre and has directed the plays, Mauritious, Shots, The Fur Coat and Bill. As well as writing and directing for the theatre Sam works in film and television as a drama coach, writer and director. His passion is to uncover untold Australian stories and finding new ways to tell them.

Produced by Nick Bolton

Nick Bolton trained in acting at Darlo Drama, NIDA Short Courses and AFTRS, and founded Actors Anonymous.
TV Commercial credits include Altium, Sealys Beds, Harvey Norman, Arnotts, Sprite.
Theatre acting credits include ‘Shots’, ‘Proof’, ‘Inheritance’, ‘Love Puke’, ‘Blood Brothers’, Loves Labours Lost’
Nick is regularly commissioned as a Presenter / MC’s / interviewer for large corporate and publishers
Nick has acted, directed and produced over 15 short films.
As a Producer, Nick has brought many shows to the theatre, most notably Bondi Dreaming (2008 and 2009, the second time as winner of BITE – Best in independent Theatre and 2011) Crime Scenes (2009) and The Journey into Sin (2007)
As a marketer Nick has worked on feature films ‘KickAss’, ‘The Reef’, and ‘12 Canoes’.
Nick is a judge for Short & Sweet, NAFA Showfest, AIMIA Awards, and the Mobile Awards
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Producer: Michelle Neil

Michelle Neil trained at Darlo Drama, Actors College of Theatre & Television (ACTT), Siren Theatre Company with Kate Gaul and has recently founded The Actors Collective – a new cooperative for established and trained actors, playwrights, directors and producers intent on developing new and adventurous content for production across stages in Sydney and Australia.
Michelle most recently produced and acted in ‘Closer’ by Patrick Marber for the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival.
Theatre acting credits include ‘Closer’, ‘Who’s Afraid of the Working Class’, ‘Dessert Pears’ for Short & Sweet 2011, ‘A Small Family Business’ and ‘Garden’. Michelle also hosts The Theatre Show for Mindfor Studios and recent TV credits include Deadly Women for Beyond Productions and The Discovery Channel and the NAB breakup campaign earlier this year.

Set design by Tom Bannerman

Tom Bannerman is a Sydney-based set designer, though he was born in Scotland. His family came to Australia in 1962, staying at a relative’s home, the corner shop at the bottom of Awaba St, Balmoral, eventually moving to the nearby suburb of North Balgowlah.

As a theatre designer, his achievements include receiving the Chief Glugg’s award for Excellence Behind the Scenes and his work being included in the last Australian showing of professional scenography at the Prague Quadrennial, the supreme international scenographic exhibition. Recent designs include Push Up and This Way Up (Newtown Theatre), Bedroom Farce, Tom and Nicole and Russell and Friends and The God Botherers, (Darlinghurst Theatre), Bent and Homebody/Kabul (B-Sharp), Cabaret, Don Juan in Soho and Take Me Out (New Theatre), Bondi Dreaming and The Crucible (Seymour Downstairs), Unit 46 (The Factory), All Shook Up (Knox Grammar), Influenced (La Mama) and Vincent River, The Carnivores and Mile High (Old Fitzroy). He is currently designing the set for Burnt by the Sun at New Theatre. Tom is better known north of the harbour for his work at the Ensemble Theatre, for which he designed 30 productions, the latest being A View from The Bridge. Tom became interested in theatre design not far from here at Balgowlah Boys High School, where his first work, Saint Joan, won for him the first of a hat-trick of Arts Council of Australia Drama Festival Awards for Best Set Design (1971, 1972 and 1973).

Tom’s father, who was conscripted into the British army for six and a half years, received the care of military nurses first in a field hospital and then at the 110 British General Hospital, near Bruges, in the closing months of WWII, before returning to his regiment as it entered Germany following its crossing of the Rhine. The old veteran still speaks with enormous admiration for the medical help he received in those terrible times.

Lighting Designer: Nicholas Rayment

Nicholas will graduate from NIDA in October 2011.
His recent work includes Pictures Of Bright Lights (Little Oneʼs Theatre/TRS, Dir. Stephen Nicolazzo), Legs On The Wallʼs The Corrick Project development workshop and The Daughters of Venice for Kambala School.
During his time at NIDA he created designs for Idiot (Dir. Max Lyandvert), Pinterʼs The Lover (Dir. Jemma Gurney), Salome (Dir. Stephen Nicolazzo), an adaption of Euripedesʼ Medea (Dir. Kat Henry), and Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One (Dir. Hendrik Elstein).
He has spent much of 2011 learning from lighting designers on productions including Hamlet (MTC), La Boheme (Opera Australia), Dr Zhivago (GFO), and My Bicycle Loves
You (Legs on the Wall). Nicholas recently returned from London where he worked with the producers of Priscilla as part of an 8 week scholarship. Nicholasʼ passion for theatre was sown at a young age and has been fermenting ever since. He spent several years working as an aerial photographer before running down the lighting designer path.
Nicholas loves his job.

Sound Design: Alon Ilsar

Sound and Lighting Technician: Tim Burns

Tim is a graduate of the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA) where he studied as a performer/creator and gained an Advanced Diploma in Acting and a Bachelor of Performance. He has worked as a stage manager for Fools Island (Tamarama Rock Surfers), Baby with the Bath Water (AADA) and Urban Archive (AADA) which he also operated the audio visual, sound and lights elements for. Tim was the Assistant director for Attempts on her Life (AADA), lighting and sound designer for Sites of Power (AADA) and also operated AV for the Sydney Festivals Trocadero Dance Palace in 2011. His performance credits include The Misanthrope (AADA), Ophelia Thinks Harder (AADA), Fuddy Meers (AADA) and Mother Courage (AADA).

Publicity: Kar Chalmers

Kar has been a theatre producer and publicist in Sydney for the past ten years.
She worked with the Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company (TRS) from 2001 – 07 and was the general manager and producer from 2004 – 07. Shows produced during this time include Hilt (Jane Bodie), Thrall (Sue Smith), Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset (Stephen Carleton), This Blasted Earth (Travis Cotton, Toby Schmitz & Tim Minchin) & C*nt Pi, (Toby Schmitz). During this time she also worked as publicist for 75% of all the shows at the Old Fitzroy Theatre.
From 2007 – 2010 Kar was the associate producer for national and international touring company Performing Lines working for the legendary Wendy Blacklock. During this time she worked on national tours in genres including theatre, contemporary dance, performance, childrens’s theatre, puppetry and contemporary music. All publicity managed was at a national level.
In late 2010 Kar started her own publicity business. To date she has worked with TRS, PACT centre for emerging artists, The Seymour Centre, Performance Space and the Ngiyaginya Indigenous Festival. She is happy to be working with Sam, Nick and team for Bondi Dreaming.

Fight Choreography: Scott Witt

Scott has been working in stage, television and film for over twenty-five years in that time he has been acting, adapting, writing, fight directing, directing and or clowning for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street, Opera Australia, Merrigong Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, Zen Zen Zo, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, NORPA, square the circle, Bare Boards Productions, Bell Shakespeare, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Kooemba Jdarra, Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe, someone, JUTE, Tropicsun and many independent features and short films. Performances Scott has directed have played throughout Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. During 2002 and 2003 he was the Intern and Associate Director for the Queensland Theatre Company. In 2004 Scott completed a Master in Fine Arts at Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology.

As an Instructor of Acting, Clowning, Improvisation, Mask, Commedia, Stage Combat and Fight Direction Scott has taught nationally and internationally. Nationally – NIDA 2010 & 2011, Actors Centre Australia 2010 & 2011, Queensland University of Technology: Creative Industries – Resident teacher 1998 – 2009, University of Southern Queensland – Resident teacher 1999 – 2001, James Cook University – Resident teacher 1998 – 2001, Actors Conservatory – Resident teacher 1997 – 2000, Opera Queensland – Resident teacher since 2002. Internationally – Canada: Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop – Resident Artist 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 & 2010. Australia: Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop – Resident Artist 2004. Scotland: Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop – Resident Artist 1999. As a result of an Arts Queensland Grant in 2000, Scott was a guest teacher in – Wales: Welsh College of Music and Drama. England – Mountview Theatre School, East 15 Acting School, Guilford Acting School, Bristol Old Vic, Rose Bruford, Isle of Wight School of Acting, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. USA: American Academy of Classical Acting.

He has also been a recipient of two Arts Queensland Grants for the further development of Stage Combat and Fight Direction. In 2005 Scott received another Arts Queensland Grant to stage his one man clowning show – Handyman. Scott received a Matilda Award for his Direction of Road to the She-Devil’s Salon at Queensland Theatre Company and Long Term Role as a Fight Director in 2003. His critically acclaimed adaptation and direction of Scapin (a co-production between Queensland Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australian) received a Mo Nomination in 2004 for Best Theatre Production of the Year. For his work in 2005 Scott received two Matilda Awards for Best Director (A Christmas Carol for Queensland Theatre Company) and Contribution to Queensland Theatre.

Positions: Scott is the current Artistic Director for the International Order of the Sword and the Pen, he was the President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Incorporated from 1996 – 2007, a Honorary Member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, Honorary Fight Director of Fight Directors, Canada, Affiliated Member of the Art of Combat and a Honorary Fight Director of the Independent Fight Directors Guild of America. He is also the current Associate Lecturer in Movement at NIDA.


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