UHT Awards + Trivia

The UHT year wouldn’t be complete without a night celebrating you and your achievements! Join the entire Union House Theatre community as we celebrate everything that is fabulous about the work you make and the people you make it with!

To add extra pizazz to this Zoom affair, the UHT Peer Mentors will be hosting rounds of trivia between the award announcements. Participate in a team with your production group, or come solo and make friends in a team of all new faces. Everyone is welcome, student theatre veterans and newbies alike!

Prizes proudly supported by the University of Melbourne Theatre Board

Nominations announced shortly!

When: Thurs 28 Oct, 7pm (during SWOTVAC), 90 mins
Where: Zoom
Costume Theme: Nature 🦋🌿🌞🌱🍄 – think leopard print unitards and fancy dress trees…
BYO: favourite drink and snacks
Cost: Free
Register: uht-awards-trivia.eventbrite.com.au
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We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

UHT Awards – Nominations Open!

Union House Theatre doesn’t let a pandemic stand in the way of our end-of-year awards and celebrations! This is an important time to acknowledge the hard work you all contribute to making our community so great.

There are honours to be awarded across our student theatre community including a selection of nods that are by self or peer nomination.

Winners will be announced at an online Awards+Trivia night!
Save the date: Thurs 28 Oct, 7pm (during SWOTVAC)

We encourage you to back yourself and throw your hat in the ring, or acknowledge someone else for the great work they’ve done this year. Or both!

Eligibility: All nominees must be (or have been) a current Uni Melb student during 2021.
Awards are for extra-curricular creative activity only – i.e. not related to your studies.

Nominations Close: Wednesday 20 Oct at Midday (Week 12)

Prizes proudly supported by the University of Melbourne Theatre Board


Awards Categories

Emerging Artist

Have you (or someone you know) emerged from multiple lockdowns to discover you LOVE art? Have you made some cool things and thought – actually I’m kinda good at this! For those new to theatre/art/creativity, this award is for you or someone you know.

Access & Inclusion

For your amazing pursuit and great achievements in making performance accessible and for capturing all voices, bodies, stories, backgrounds, approaches. Art is for everyone, and you are (or someone you know is) a boss at it.

Community Engagement

Have you (or someone you know) gone above and beyond to keep your arts community together, creative and engaged during 2021? Maybe you sent creative care packages, held singalongs, welcomed new members or gained a whole new following as you tried and tried to get that show up and running!

Experimentation in Digital Performance

Can you (or someone you know) use Zoom, Facebook, YouTube or Insta like it’s going out of fashion?…

Have you learnt some amazing new art tech skills or created some extraordinary work for online platforms? Then this award is for you.

Student Theatre Group Award

An award for the student theatre groups out there, who have worked throughout lockdown to hold it all together, to create amazing new performances, to try new things, new works, art making or other creative expressions.

Ensemble

This award is for an ensemble or collective of artists, who have discovered the power of communal creativity and shared practice, and are working as a team making art together.

Skills Development

There’s no doubt about it – the pandemic requires us to learn new skills! Whatever the skill; artistry, creative or technical – however you (or someone you know) developed it – let us know.

Production / Technical

Have you (or someone you know) made an outstanding costume, created a rocking soundscape, managed a zoom performance or had great lighting in your video/film/content?

New Work

Are you (or someone you know) a new playwright, a new poet or an original songwriter or librettist? Have you created new ideas, new words, any genre. This award is all about new work!

So…not Shakespeare.

Nominate Now

The Swift Tailors
At Home High Fashion

Got a blank space in your diary? Ready to make your wildest (fashion) dreams come true? Craft a DIY high fashion/costume ensemble for the chance to win prizes! Use what you have to concoct a fabulous fit: B.Y.O elite sense of style and flair for the dramatic. No skill required!
✂️ Submissions open at 9:00 AM AEST, October 8th, and close at 11:59 PM AEST, October 29th
✂️ Upload your 15-second video submission HERE.

After the end of the submission period, all the video submissions (with the permission of the creator) will be compiled into a full video that will remain on our socials and website!

There will be prizes for the winning submissions! 

$150 gift card for the winner

$100 gift card for the runner-up

$50 gift card for the honourable mentions

We have a judging panel who will be evaluating the outfits/costumes on the bases of creativity, sustainability, and innovation/experimentation!

Students from all faculties are encouraged to submit! No experience necessary!

Submission Guidelines:

* The biggest rule – no store-bought full costumes are allowed! Re-use! Re-cycle!

  • Your costume/outfit should be something that is homemade – you can make something from scratch or you could put together different pieces you already have. Sewing, stitching, knitting, hot glueing may not be necessary but you are more than welcome to if that’s your jam!
  • So you could put together a 70s look from what’s in your parents’ closet, but you can’t just wear a full 70’s look from the costume store! Reuse what you’ve got!
  • You will need to submit your costume/outfit in a short video (max. 15 seconds) that shows off your entire look.
  • Please begin and end the video with your hand covering the camera so that all the submissions blend together cohesively in the final compilation.
  • The video must be filmed in portrait mode and ideally in a well-lit area so that your costume/outfit can be fully appreciated!
  • Feel free to sashay, spin, smile, smoulder, and show off your best runway walk!
  • Please note that any sound in the video will be removed and replaced with music in the final compilation.
  • You can send in as many submissions as you want to!

If you have any questions at all, please email arts@union.unimelb.edu.au and we’d be happy to help out!

 

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Triple Bill: Play Excerpts

Presented by Union House Theatre

Hear snippets of work and meet some of the emerging playwrights from UHT’s Writer-in-Residence program.
In 2021 Union House Theatre partnered with La Mama on our Writer-in-Residence program. This longstanding program provides an opportunity for students to work closely with industry professionals as they develop a piece of theatre or performance.
Students have been working alongside professional playwrights Olivia Satchell and Merlynn Tong.
Our play reading evening is a chance for student writers at varying stages of script development to perform excerpts of their work.

When: Saturday 16th October 5pm, 60 mins
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free
Register: https://tripleplay.eventbrite.com.au
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New work excerpts to be presented:

Zadie McCracken – Rules of Love

Zadie is a Melbourne/Naarm-based writer and performer. Most of her work explores youth, intimacy, fantasy, and desire. In addition to her practice, Zadie likes running, journaling, coffee, bad TV, and you.

Rules of Love

Rules of Love is a new theatre work by Zadie Kennedy McCracken exploring the limitations and transgressions of obsession and intimacy.

In the aftermath of an uproarious party, Kate digs through her strobe-lit memories of two perpetual crushes: Luke and Julie.

As Kate’s long, infatuated night, comes back to her in both real and fantastical vignettes, she confronts the fear surrounding her deepening sexuality and capacity for vulnerability.

It’s a party, the aftermath of a party, a love triangle, a pile of trash. It’s modern infatuation, boundaries set and broken. Dance, physicality, noise, chaos, mess. Colour, joy, hollowness, purpose. A woman. A woman, standing in the midst of Dionysian debris, asking herself what she truly desires.


Liz Murdoch – Do You Still Like Me?

Liz is an emerging writer and aspiring theatre-maker studying Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Liz is passionate about all things theatre, and has spent the last two years as president of her local community’s youth theatre. Liz is interested in creating works for youth, and is currently exploring the impact of self-esteem and bullying on young girls in her works.

Do You Still Like Me?

Emily is convinced everyone hates her. Josh knows they don’t. When her anxieties begin to impact her relationship, Emily regresses into her memories as a teenager dealing with gossip, insecurities and broken friendships for the first time.


Chiara Anise Wenban – Subjectivity

Chiara is a theatre-maker and designer currently studying at the Victorian College of Arts. Her practice focuses primarily on collaborating on new works, as well as subverting preexisting pieces for contemporary audiences.

Subjectivity

Subjectivity delves into the unexpected relationship between three women – Dora, Jacqueline and The Invigilator – within the shared space of the NGV. As these individuals search for meaning, this piece explores our engagement with public art across five different meetings to examine how we critique, create and ultimately become art in our daily lives.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

Creator’s Lab

Want to make theatre? Got a bunch of ideas but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve got no ideas and want to know where to find them!

Join director and theatre maker Dominic Weintraub for a series of fun workshops that will help you define and develop your inner creator.

Over two sessions, explore the steps involved in making a piece of theatre, including: concept generation, poetic research, theatrical structure, and performance composition. Whether you’re a first-time maker, have the beginnings of a new performance or you’re a seasoned veteran, these labs will be accessible, playful and provide you with the structure you need to keep developing ideas long after the workshops are finished.

You can attend one or both workshops. We encourage you to attend both sessions, so you have the chance to receive more detailed feedback.

No previous experience is required.

When: 5pm-7pm, Thursdays 30th Sept, 7th Oct
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free!
Register: https://creators-lab.eventbrite.com.au
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Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

Beyond the Rehearsal Room:

an Exhibition of Theatrical Design

 

Online Exhibition: Call Out for Theatre Designers

Do you have a design for a show that didn’t make it to stage this semester? Looking for a way it can still be seen by others and have a chance to shine?

Union House Theatre and George Paton Gallery are seeking submissions to an online exhibition of student theatre design. We want to provide a platform for your work in whatever format it exists!

This exhibition is not about the finished product, it’s about the creative process and the behind-the-scenes steps along the way. The format for ‘Beyond the Rehearsal Room’ will be shaped by the offers that you make and respond to the submissions you put forward.

We’d particularly like to hear from designers who worked on a show to be staged in the Union or Guild Theatre, Semester 2 2021. You can have been working towards a set design, props, costumes, AV, Sound or Lighting.

The submission can include (but not be limited to):

  • Projection Art Content
  • Musical Composition
  • Set Design Drawings
  • Mood boards / inspiration boards
  • Costume Sketches
  • A filmed or virtual costume parade
  • Prop development sketches or models
  • Doodles of ideas
  • Sound source mud maps
  • Story boards and cue synopses

If you don’t have anything other than ideas in your head, then bring those and we can work with you to create something.

Fill out this FORM by midnight Tuesday 28th September to express your interest in being involved.


If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

Technically Very Important: Backstage Chats

Part of Union House Theatre‘s Nora Creative Development Program

Hosted UHT’s Clynton Jones
With special guests; Nora’s Sound Designer Connor Ross and Lighting Designer Richard Vabre

Come listen to Sound Designer Connor Ross and Lighting Designer Richard Vabre as they chat about all things technical design! Learn some tech basics or develop your passion for design with these two extraordinary professionals. Hear about their experience preparing to design for the show Nora: A Doll’s House.

When: Thursday 16th Sept, 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free
Register: https://backstagechat.eventbrite.com.au
Facebook Event


Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

TRIVIArts

The UHT Peer Mentors, Union House Theatre and UMSU Creative Arts are proud to present TRIVIArts.

Join current students and UHT alumni for a fun night of trivia. Make friends and earn prizes along the way!

Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends, family, or furry roommates along for the ride. Sign up in a team, or solo, and we’ll assign you to one!

When: 7pm (AEST), Friday 17th September
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free!
Register: triviarts.eventbrite.com.au
Facebook event

Page to Stage – Design Lab

Part of Union House Theatre‘s Nora Creative Development Program

Co-hosted by UHT’s Allen Laverty & Clynton Jones
With special guest; Nora’s set designer Claudia Mirabello.

Join our friendly production team in this UHT staple – From Page to Stage, a design principles workshop that helps you unpack the process of designing a show from scratch.

Do you have a keen interest in developing skills to design for performance? Ever wondered how to take an idea and make it come to life? Using UHT’s production of Nora, A Doll’s House as a starting point for this semesters four-session design intensive workshop, we will be covering the skills and techniques you might need to bring the creative design concepts from the page of scripts to the realisation on the theatre stage. The workshops will cover all design disciplines: scenic, lighting, sound, audiovisual (projection) and costume, while discussing and exploring topics such as text analysis, the language of design, creative conversations, mood boarding, colour theory, designing for devised works, budgeting, materials and some theatre trickery.

No previous experience required.

When:  Thurs 9, 16, 30 Sept, 7 Oct,  2pm-3:30pm
Weeks 7-10 with a break for Mid-Sem
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free
Sign up: email production@union.unimelb.edu.au to get sent the Zoom link


Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

Adapting Ibsen

Part of UHT’s Nora Creative Development Program

Begin to explore the principles of theatrical adaptation with the Nora creative team.

UHT invites you to join the creative development of Nora: A Doll’s House by playwright Steph Smith – an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House.

In the workshop, we’ll explore how to take material from an existing text and re-write or re-shape this to create a starting point for your own projects or ideas. You will develop the beginnings of your own new work: a character, scene, physical performance, or monologue (for example) which responds to the themes in Nora: A Doll’s House.

A perfect opportunity for people wanting to learn more about how to adapt texts, plays or novels and a great experience for anyone who is keen to begin generating a new creative project.

No prior experience is required.

When: 5-7pm Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th September
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free!
Register: adapting-ibsen.eventbrite.com.au
If you sign up, please make sure you can attend all sessions. If something comes up and you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so we can give your spot to someone else.
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Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.