old 505 theatre, sydney
oct 25th - nov 5th 2016
Fledgling Theatre Company is proud to present a brand new tale of the battle that not only shaped a nation, but changed a war.
An undefeated German army rolls toward a group of Australian and British soldiers in North Africa. One man stands with his brothers in arms, knowing he is the only one that can stop them.
Back home, a group of women find themselves staring down the barrel of austerity. Watch them find out the hard way exactly what a girl has to do to get a drink around here.
In the debut Australian production, Fledgling Theatre Company premieres this new work in a unique repertory format. The men fight the enemies abroad, the women fight the enemies within. Watch one side of the battle or witness both struggles unfold. Two plays, two stories, two battles, one front.
“Rats” premiered at The Old 505 Theatre from 25th October - 5th November 2016.
chris huntly-turner, director
Australian born, Chris completed his actor’s training at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and has worked extensively in theatre in the UK. As co-Artisitic Direct of Fledgling Theatre Company, Chris has led the development of its new writing program through two development seasons and established two development ensembles - the original London ensemble and the most recent Sydney creative team. He has worked on theatre education programs, directing productions for youth with behavioural issues (gang violence, drug crime, juvenile detention) as well as directorial work for FTC in London and numerous short film projects.
Tom bannerman, set design
Tom Bannerman is a local set-designer whose body of work exceeds well over 250 productions. Though his work has been seen in a great many of Sydney's theatres, this is his first design for the Old 505 Theatre. His work includes the highly acclaimed New Theatre production of Marat/Sade. Other recent designs for that theatre's large stage include That Eye, The Sky, The Ritz, When the Rain Stops Falling and Jerusalem. Additional recent designs include Charley's Aunt (New Castle's Civic Playhouse), three different designs of Bondi Dreaming (Belvoir Downstairs, Bondi Pavilion and Seymour Downstairs), Four Places, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow and Penelope (Tap Gallery) and The New Electric Ballroom (Stables).
liam o'keefe, lighting design
Liam is a freelance lighting designer and technician based in Sydney. Recent design work includes: After The End (The King's Collective); Dracula (Genesian Theatre); Transcience (leftofcentre Theatre Co.); Atlantis (Subtlenuance); METADATA (De Quincey Co.); DRIFT (Two Peas); GODFACE (Matriark Theatre Inc.); Smudge (The King's Fools); The Tragedy of Antigone (Ninefold); Contrite Spirit (Edgeware Forum); Shut up and Drive (Subtlenuance); Year of the Family (Tooth and Sinew); The Poor Kitchen (Subtlenuance) and Femme Fatale (leftofcentre theatre co.). As a technician, he has been a part of the lighting team for five national tours, far too many years of the Sydney Festival and The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour's Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Aida and Turandot.
Penny Lemon, production manager
Since completing her BA (Comms) at Notre Dame University and Dip. Shakespearean Performance at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts, Penny has worked in both realms of theatre and film. She has directed multiple productions including Voices on My Head (Zapp Productions) and co-directed Amy Maddison’s The Will, both for the Sydney Fringe Festival. She has worked as a camera assist, DOP and Editor for short film productions such as Hush (Broken Pictures) and recently completed work on a theatrical documentary, Possessions (Escape Artists Theatre Company).
Photography by Liam O'Keefe