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The Switch

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Sometimes pressure overloads the circuits. Why don’t you come and switch off?

Are you interested in switching on to theatre? Want to plug into new networks of friends and make electric connections? Need to engage in something exciting, inspiring and meaningful outside of studies? If this sounds like you, switch on to Union House Theatre (UHT) and this exciting opportunity!

Through a semester-long creative project called The Switch, UHT will work with a group of students in an online performance project investigating creative ways to switch off from worries and woes. Join UHT’s Artistic Director Xanthe Beesley along with acclaimed artists Suzie J. Jarmain and Roshelle Fong to experience theatre-making, performance training and digital performance tricks. Plus, switch onto loads of fun along the way, build your confidence and positivity!

Studying outside of Melbourne? This ‘switched up’ online project makes it easier for everyone, everywhere to be involved.

The Switch Pitch

To participate you must be available for every session (detailed below) as The Switch creates an ensemble of ‘switched on’ performers building community. The ensemble will be making a dynamic, original and innovative digital performance piece.

No other experience is required to participate in this free program.

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Project dates: 23 March – 11 May

Regular project meeting time is Tuesday nights, 5:45pm–8:30pm on Zoom.

Students must also be available for a short, fun mid sem break intensive on Thursday 8th & Friday 9th April, 1pm–4pm.

There will be an online showing and online event to celebrate the project early second Semester – date TBC.

Switch out of that AND switch onto this!


The Switch Artist Bios

Xanthe Beesley

Xanthe is a theatre maker and movement director with over 20 years professional experience in the arts. Xanthe’s role as Artistic Director at Union House Theatre is to provide support and guidance for students embarking on performance projects. Whether you are seeking particular advice on a project, wanting a sounding board for an idea, looking for career guidance, or need help in solving a problem, Xanthe can help! Come in and discuss ideas, pitch a project or show her your script! Xanthe also directs the UHT shows, runs workshops and mentors students in theatre-making, producing and more!

Suzie Jarmain

Suzie J. Jarmain is a multi-talented specialist in transformational acting, realism, contemporary text, and stage performance skills. An acting graduate of the School of Creative Arts, Wollongong University, Suzie launched her career as an actor and theatre performance maker in Sydney, 1993. She has now worked with national and international companies; National Theatre of Scotland (UK), BBC Scotland (UK), Traverse Theatre (UK), The Arches (UK), North Edinburgh Arts Centre (UK), The Performance Space (AUS), Melbourne Theatre Company (AUS), La Mama Theatre (AUS) and Australian Theatre for Young People (AUS).

Roshelle Fong

Roshelle Fong is a Hong Kong Australian multidisciplinary artist who creates participatory experiences around cultural confusion and human connection. She created the Melbourne Fringe award-winning immersive show ‘nomnomnom’ (2018) which she adapted in East Iceland, Shanghai and Sydney as part of Kings Cross Hotel’s Vivid programming. She was also a writer for ‘She is Vigilante’ (2019) at Theatre Works, where she will be a 2021 ‘She Writes’ writer-in-residence.

Theodore Cassady

Theodore Cassady is a Melbourne-based independent artist trained in contemporary dance and ballet. He attended the Adelaide College of the Arts, working with a number of national and international choreographers including Leigh Warren, Larissa McGowan, Peter Sheedy, Gavin Webber, Lee Brummer, Israel Aloni and Lewis Major. He has also seconded with Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Melbourne Dance Theatre, participated in workshops and intensives with Sydney Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Shaun Parker, Restless Dance Theatre and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal. Currently, Theodore is interning with Stephanie Lake Company for their first development of Manifesto.

Reis Low

Reis Low is an arts manager and maker with a background in theatre and dance. Their work explores body, place, discomfort, power and community. Reis founded the student-run physical theatre group Floor Work, facilitated movement workshops at the George Paton Gallery, and is a member of the Dirty Laundry Collective.

Leah Bourne

Leah Bourne is a second-year Bachelor of Arts student. She is also an actor and writer who has trained and performed around the world. Last year she participated in Union House Theatre’s Beyond Realism online acting intensive. She’s also currently training in the Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM), she is a passionate advocate for prioritising the actors health and paving a way for new industry standards.

Participation is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email 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.