Its presented by Thread Entertainment and Red Line Productions and directed by Justin Martin. Change ). Realising this, she found her tribe – her “family”, she says – at WAAPA. There are things about Celia that feel very close to my own experience of life, and there are things like the language she uses that I find difficult to embody because it’s not natural for me. “We’re not trying to mimic six-year-olds but the essence is there. I love it as a space, and I’ve always had a brilliant night out when I’ve seen shows there. “I often get auditions for those kinds of characters,” Hakewill says. I want to say that of course the female aesthetic can be commercial! LT: How have you identified with the layers of your character in Low Level Panic that separate it from any other character you’ve played? Click on the pic to travel through the wormhole! Tell us, who love indie theatre, what makes this type of production special for you? Justin has also expanded it with all sorts of fun little extras which makes it very rich but it also means that we are genre-bending and breaking conventions a lot. But we hope it’s also entertaining enough that we make some money at the end of the run. She’s not as close to Mary and Jo as they are to each other, and so she’s constantly on the back foot trying to fit in. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Eclectic Pop: What part of doing a show set in the 1960s was the most fun? The Wanted and Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries star just proposed to her partner. So hopefully it becomes a discussion about how we watch and judge women- on stage or in life. Pepper at 50: How a Classic Was Born, Ermahgerddon: The Untold Story of the Ermahgerd Girl. “Gran Hotel” Season 3 is also the series’ final one. ( Log Out / In her two first professional theatre roles in Sydney, Baal and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, she played young virginal victims of testosterone-fuelled monsters. ( Log Out / Not always in that order. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I think she’s fascinating, and there are so many layers to her that I am still uncovering. GW: Celia is the third-wheel in the household. But the other running theme in Hakewill’s theatrical career is getting to work with the most high-profile theatre-makers in Sydney – who, come to think of it, also happen to be bearded men: Belvoir resident director Simon Stone, ex-Griffin artistic director Sam Strong and Belvoir artistic director Ralph Myers. I think that’s the beauty of indie theatre not having to program so far in advance. Rising star: Wanted's Geraldine Hakewill has gushed about her co-star Rebecca Gibney in an interview with the Herald Sun, ahead of Sunday night's Logie Awards On … We shall see…. It’s a space where you can be incredibly mundane but also exposed and vulnerable at the same time, without really needing to try. Do you feel tempted to bring a culturally appropriate history to the role? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. You can grab your tickets here. Change ). These experimental “laboratories” like The Old Fitz are where we can keep evolving theatre and maintain it’s relevance. ( Log Out / Geraldine Hakewill has a history of being seduced by bad, bearded, older men. LT: It has been said, that there can never be a true female theatre production because the female aesthetic is essentially subversive and therefore never commercial. But being physically vulnerable helps you to be emotionally vulnerable as well. ( Log Out / A junkie takes Vera hostage which makes her rethink her governorship, and Rita suffers a … I’m open to doing anything I possibly can. ( Log Out / You’re always drawing on your own experiences and so you often get attracted to characters who have similarities, but she’s definitely her own special self. “I often get auditions for those kinds of characters,” Hakewill says. Answering five interview questions, Geraldine Hakewill reveals what made her want to star in “Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries,” among other insights. And fail gloriously.”, After graduating, and roles in feature films including the lauded, The whole cast was nervous about the nudity, Hakewill says. Enjoy! I also love the camaraderie that exists in the indie theatre scene. Doer. But that is only one layer to a reading of her, and the whole point of the play is to push against stereotypes. So it needs to be commercial, also. Here’s the blurb from the Old Fitz website: Here is a careful examination of the role of pornography in our society and the way it affects three young women in particular. GW: I’ve never performed at The Old Fitz before and that was a big reason for me wanting to do this. I can’t say I agree or disagree with that statement because I don’t feel like I’ve ruminated on it enough, or read enough about it. LT: Sometimes the combination of female sexuality and comedy can result in stereotyping. Low Level Panic is on at the Old Fitz from 12 July to 12 August. What do you like most about playing her? Its presented by Thread Entertainment and Red Line Productions and directed by Justin Martin. It doesn’t help that she’s awkward and a bit precious and not a particularly authentic person. LT: Low Level Panic will be performed at The Old Fitz, an intimate indie venue. With a play particularly important for the way women are depicted, I grabbed the opportunity to quiz Geraldine Hakewill on some of the tougher aspects of making theatre about complex female subjects. But theatre is a safe place to experience those fears and cathartically release them, whether you’re an audience member or performer. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Congratulations are in order for Geraldine Hakewill! GW: I don’t really know what to say about that. You’re serving that, and you can detach yourself from it.”, Currently, at last, Hakewill is enjoying performing in a less traumatic production, as the maternal ten-year-old Wendy in Belvoir’s playful, pyjama-clad, “It’s actors playing at children playing at being in Neverland,” Hakewill says. It’s the most satisfying thing you can do as an actor: that momentum, that immediate gratification of having an audience there. Low Level Panic – Lisa chats with Geraldine Hakewill (Theatre interview) Posted by lisathatcher on July 11, 2016 in Articles, Theatre | Leave a comment. What’s great about Claire’s text is that the majority of it is set in a bathroom which is a private, intimate, sacred place. Wanted's Geraldine Hakewill shifts her career into first gear with the guidance of co-star and mentor Rebecca Gibney “I never thought I’d find a friend, like … I want to support it and to be a part of it. Next, she joins the cast of, As an arts student at Macquarie University, Hakewill spent more time performing in drama society productions (occasionally even sleeping at the theatre) than studying for her degree. Writer. Film’s amazing in a completely different way – I love the experience of being completely transported by a film. Like Jonas on "Dark," take a deep dive into Eclectic Pop's past with an assortment of TV reviews. ( Log Out / Proof – The mythology of genius (Theatre Review). And I suppose that could be seen as subversive. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I think a lot of women now watch things with a “male” gaze also because that is what we have learnt to do as we grow up in this world. In Perth, without the glare of agents coming to every show, “You could fail. It was all kind of sad nudity. I would hope that I’ve seen “female” theatre that has been successful. How do we define “female” theatre? Can it be both? You can grab your tickets here. In her two first professional theatre roles in Sydney, Baal and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, she played young virginal victims of testosterone-fuelled monsters. “There wasn’t anything sexy about it. We’re all aware of this as we make this show and we are trying to make the audience aware of it too. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Posted by lisathatcher on July 11, 2016 in Articles, Theatre | Leave a comment. Low Level Panic at The Old Fitz Theatre is one of the most anticipated indie theatre events of 2016. If not, how does Low Level Panic inspire you to challenge the audience? But telling a good story – that’s the most important thing.”, In ‘Toy Story 4,’ the Animators Pulling the Strings Reveal Woody’s Inner Life, Rocko’s Modern Life: Inside the Barely Contained Chaos of a Nickelodeon Classic, #modellyf: Meet Victoria’s Secret Model Victoria Lee, The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History’s Catchiest Single Minute of Music, Sgt. If so, then our play is not “female” because we have Justin directing. ( Log Out / Learn how your comment data is processed. And so we have this woman who is almost like an embodiment of The Beauty Myth, doing her daily bathroom routine, and we see behind the mask to who she really is, and who all the women are. Is it that the themes of the play are “female” or just that the writer is female? Dreamer. It makes you a lot more confident the next time you go to a rehearsal room.”, The next rehearsal room turned out to be that of, “Of course it gets you down, playing a character that is brutalised in some way. Or that the director must be female too? “I do seem very young… and innocent,” she adds slyly. Interview: Geraldine Hakewill Geraldine Hakewill has a history of being seduced by bad, bearded, older men. She’s a romantic dreamer but she’s also very practical. GW: That’s a great question and something I have been thinking about a lot, because in some ways Celia actually could represent a stereotype of the naively sexual, beauty obsessed, vacuous, attractive woman. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It was liberating – there’s not much more that will freak you out after that. I think it’s the place for challenging and whacky work, and I feel very lucky to be a part of a show that I think is politically and socially important and very relevant. And in TV you can get lost in a character’s story for years and years. GW: Every character is different, just like every human being is different. Low Level Panic at The Old Fitz Theatre is one of the most anticipated indie theatre events of 2016. The addictive drama spans three seasons befor…, The ending of “Absentia” Season 2 finale ensures the Amazon series going out with a vengeance. Ten…, “Black Money Love” (“Kara Para Aşk”) is a lavish romantic thriller that thrusts several disparate …, It has been a long time since the treatment of a character in either a movie or a TV show got unde…. But have I? I love playing someone who may come across as unlikeable in some respects. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Check out Hakewill’s answer to that and more, below! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But because we all did it together it actually became quite fun. How? And that’s something I don’t see very often on stage, and that’s inspiring to me. But what’s interesting to me about him directing this play is that he is very aware that he is embodying the “male” gaze, which is the audience, which will be made up of men and women. 3 months have passed and Rita is finally released from the slot, with both Rita and Marie receiving 15 year sentences. It’s one of the hardest plays I’ve had to wrap my head around because it’s seemingly quite mundane and there is a lot of subtext. Let's Discuss: 'Gran Hotel' Season 3 And The Series' Ending, 'Absentia' Season 2 Finale Explained: That Ending, Alice, And Everything Else, TV Review: 'Black Money Love' ('Kara Para Aşk') On Netflix, Let's Discuss: 'Absentia' Season 1, Emily's Husband, And That Ending, Why Taylor Swift's Cozy 'Cardigan' Is The Best Song On 'Folklore'. She’s obsessed with how she looks but then she reprimands others for being self-centred. It’s more immediate than any other play that I’ve done, and I’m excited by that. Do you see Low Level Panic as being subversive, commercial or both? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I hope audiences continue to support indie theatre in Sydney because it’s where all our new stories could come from. And then very, very cold. LT: Tell us about your character in Low Level Panic. Low Level Panic is on at The Old Fitz from 12 July to 12 August.
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