Performances

Parliament Square

Graduating Student Production

Playwright: James Fritz
Director: Mark Rogers
Performed by 3rd year Bachelor of Performance students:
Harrison Bishop, Isabel Burton, Lana Filies, Meg Harrison, Michael Ho, Justin McCormick, Robert Rufatt, Brianna Shaw, Eliza Stephens and Sophie Wood

"Nobody ever changed the world on their own"

Kat wakes up. Today is the day. Today everything changes. Today she stands up and makes a difference.

This award winning new play is a blistering dramatisation of protest in the 21st Century by one of the UK’s most exciting young playwrights. Formally innovative and stretching over 15 years - it follows the consequences of Kat’s extraordinary act of sacrifice, placing us directly inside her head. It is a searing exploration of the possibilities of political action. A blazing “f**k you”.

Director, Mark Rogers, says of the work: “I’m beyond excited to be staging this play with graduating students – their commitment to this challenging material floors me. I can’t wait to show you their hard work”. The play is given vivid and visceral life in this Australian premiere production by graduating third-year students at UOW. Staged in three distinct acts – PARLIAMENT SQUARE explodes onto the Shopfront stage this November.

Award-winning playwright James Fritz’s first full-length play, FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS premiered at Hampstead Theatre downstairs in 2014 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in 2015. It then won him the “Most Promising Playwright” prize at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards 2015. His other plays include ROSS & RACHEL (“a virtuosic piece of writing”, Time Out) which opened to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015; PARLIAMENT SQUARE which won a Bruntwood Prize in 2015 and premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre in 2017 before transferring to the Bush Theatre; and THE FALL which he wrote for the National Youth Theatre’s 60th anniversary season in 2016.

Mark Rogers is a playwright and theatre-maker living in Sydney. He has made critically acclaimed works with some of Australia's most innovative independent companies: Bodysnatchers, Applespiel, re:group and Woodcourt Art Theatre. His previous work as a writer includes: PLASTIC (Old 505 Theatre), TARGET AUDIENCE (Novelty UK), THE BUCK (Rock Surfers, Bondi Feast), SOOTHSAYERS (Brisbane Festival: Under The Radar), BLOOD PRESSURE (Rock Surfers, Old Fitzroy Theatre) and GOBBLEDYGOOK (PACT, AC Arts Adelaide). His play BLOOD PRESSURE is published by PlayLab. He is currently a PHD candidate at the University of Wollongong, where he works as a sessional teacher.

Stage Manager: Frankie Clarke
Production Manager: Hannah Buchner
Lighting design: Frankie Clarke and Briony Farquar (Mentor: Karen Norris)

8 - 10 November 2018, 8pm
Shopfront Arts Co-op
88 Carlton Parade, Carlton NSW 2218
$23, $16 conc., $12 TAEM students

Bookings 

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Last reviewed: 17 October, 2018