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It started with a tweet... The Road to Sonnigsburg, Part 1

I think it's time to make a spooky tv series for C31. The urge I have to do this is ridiculous! — Fiona Eloise Bulle (@fifail) September 25, 2013
It started, as things often do in the 2010s, with a tweet.

Writer, producer Fiona Bulle wanted to make a spooky TV series for Channel 31. I was the first to respond. Overly excited, as I tend to be on Twitter.

@fifail ZOMG! GREAT IDEA! — Keith Gow (@keithgow) September 26, 2013 And while I was being cautious about taking part, I did have a heap of work on at the time, I knew I wanted to be involved. Somehow. Just do some script editing, I thought. Write an episode, I said.

As a writer, one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to learn was saying no to getting involved in a project. Because soon you can be involved in too many projects; they could all turn out to be great, but any writer working on too many things will see the quality of their contribution diminish.

Then we started to talk logistics. Fiona wanted to create a writers’ room,…

TBC Theatre's MR NAISMITH'S SECRET by H. Clare Callow

The Gate Lodge, at the entrance to Melbourne General Cemetery, is host to Mr Naismith’s Secret, a new immersive work from TBC Theatre. This historic home is the perfect space for a play set in the 1800s; a mystery performance about the owner of the house, his guests and his servants.
The audience is free to roam the house; getting up-close-and-personal with the actors in one-on-one moments or joining a crowd to surround a couple as they argue.
Immersive theatre for me is possibly more about the experience than the narrative, where you have one eye on the actors in front of you and one ear on what is happening upstairs. This is as much about what it feels like to be in a time and place as it is about character motivations. You may be able to piece together the puzzle, or you may be completely lost.
As the play ended, one audience member exclaimed, “Can someone explain what just happened?” And I wonder what she would have made of some of the immersive theatre I’ve seen that has little …

Matchstick Theatre's TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard

If a sample of independent Melbourne theatre companies can be believed, True West is Sam Shepard’s most produced play. If there’s not one production every year, there’s probably two.
As the first production for the brand new company, Matchstick Theatre, it’s still a solid choice. Co-founders and actors, Michael Argus and Charlie Mycroft, play the two brothers, reunited in their mother’s house on the edge of the desert.
It’s easy to see why this play is done so often: one set, two strong central roles and a simple, gripping premise – how far will each brother go to one-up the other? And which brother can win the arguments over Old West versus New West or business versus art?
Argus takes the role of Lee, the unpredictable drifter. As the wild man, Argus comes close to overplaying the chaotic younger brother. But throughout the show, he settles into the role and he finds more nuance in the script as it goes.
The role of Austin requires more restraint and Mycroft delivers. It’s easy to l…