About

Directed by Gareth Ellis and Amanda Falson Feat In Space is a theatre company dedicated to performing theatrical feats in available spaces. As theatre spaces are not readily available at affordable prices Feat In Spaces first small feat was to create Little Feat Theatre – A theatre for hire and performance. Since then we’ve moved up in the world and now offer Feat Theatre a large warehouse space and two small studios.

Feat In Space aim to get back to the simple roots of theatre. We want to reintroduce the actor to the process of making theatre.. To ask them for their dramaturgical feedback and to address problems with the text from the inside. To approach our work from a place of truth and revelation rather than preconceived ideas of how a play can be used to make a statement.

We want to strip back gratuitous  production values and return the responsibility of imagination to the audience.

We aim to create a theatre that is actor written, directed and operated.  A theatre where there is no doubt that all involved share a vision of what they are creating, rather than fulfilling their own “artistic” agendas.

Actors are great all rounders, One moment a doctor, the next a killer and so on. We aim to harness this ability and channel it into all elements of theatre production. Actor produced, actor designed, and actor operated theatre. We know from experience that actors are capable of this.

We want to remove all the bullshit from a craft that should be simple and honest. We want every actor involved with Feat In Space Theatre productions to feel that they have been afforded the opportunity to make a piece of theatre, not just play a part.

We live in a complicated time, and it seems that theatre has become just as complicated as the rest of the world.. With artistic directors and dramaturges and producers and CEO’s all working to get a product to their audience. But before any of these things existed, there were actors. Actors who were storytellers. We know they still exist, and we believe there is still a place for them.

We encourage actors interested in being involved with the company to contact us. Similarly playwrights interested in having their work read or performed (please understand that it takes a long time to read a script, so unfortunately we can’t get to them all) email us.

AMANDA FALSON

Amanda is Co-Artistic Director of Feat In Space Theatre Co.

She performed in and co-directed Feat In Space’s first production, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow by John Patrick Shanley in 2011 and was producer of the company’s following two shows, The Piano Thief 2012 and A Protest 2013; both written and directed by Gareth Ellis and performed at the company’s first venue, the Little Feat Theatre in Thornbury. She also contributed two new plays to the Feat Theatre public play reading series in 2012.

As an actor, Amanda has performed in several shows with The Hayloft Project including Spring Awakening at Belvoir Street Theatre, and Platonov, both directed by Simon Stone, and played Edna in Something Natural But Very Childish at La Mama directed by Gary Abrahams (all award winning productions). She played Ruby in Lally Katz’ Smashed, directed by Adena Jacobs, performed with Liminal Theatre in Mishima in the City directed by Robert Draffin and Mary Sitarenos, played Lola in The Red Shoes adapted and directed by Mary Sitarenos, was Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Lindy Davies, Flavia in Mad Forest directed by Mary Sitarenos, Joyce in Top Girls directed by Tanya Gerstle, Anya in The Cherry Orchard directed by Lindy Davies and Fima in Children of the Sun directed by Gregori Ditiatkovsky from the Russian Maly Theatre Company. Amanda has also appeared in MDA for ABC television, as well as several short films and radio plays.

She is a graduate from VCA Drama in 2001.

Amanda is also a trained Ballet dancer and qualified Pilates Instructor currently teaching Classical Ballet and Pilates classes at Feat Theatre.

GARETH ELLIS

Gareth is Co-Artistic Director of Feat In Space Theatre Co.

As writer Gareth won the Wal Cherry Award and Malcolm Robertson Prize for his first full length play A View of Concrete, which premiered as a reading at the Vic Arts Centre in 2004 and was later produced by Malthouse Theatre in 2006. It is still a regular on Australian stages, most recently performed at Sydney’s King Street Theatre. Other works include Time With Mrs. Thompson at LA MAMA, The Champion Male with On A Mat Appear, I Am A Pessimist with Real Fiction, the shorts plays The Box, The Casting & Jack Rabbit for Short & Sweet, and The WeWak Mosquito for Infectious. His most notable collaboration is the one woman show The Sound Of Waves developed with Jodie Harris for The University of Melbourne & Cochlear Australia, performed at VCA in 2008, and reworked for an upcoming production at 45 Downstairs in September 2014.

Gareth is a 2002 VCA Drama Graduate and has worked performing and developing work with MTC, Illbijerri, Melbourne Workers Theatre and Arena, among others. Most notable, his role in Hannie Rayson’s Inheritance for MTC/STC, and later for ABC Radio National. Along with regular voiceover work, Gareth has been in numerous short films, pilots and television programs.

For Feat Gareth co-directed and performed in The Dreamer Examines His Pillow by John Patrick Shanley in 2011, and directed his own plays The Piano Thief in 2012 and A Protest in 2013. He has also written many of the plays in Feat Theatre’s public playreading series. Currently in production is his play Receivers which will premiere November 2014 directed by Amanda Falson.

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS

Feat In Space associate artists are artists that we respect and have the drive to continue to achieve in their varying fields. They assist the theatre company in programming work, are involved in different aspects of bringing a piece of theatre to life, and ultimately keep Feat In Space alive.

MARK TREGONNING

Mark has been working in theatre in New Zealand and Australia for over 20 years as an actor, devisor and producer.  He has a BA (Theatre & Film) from Victoria University of Wellington and a BA (Acting) from the Victorian College of the Arts.

His theatre acting credits include several pieces with seminal independent theatre company Uncle Semolina (& Friends) – including the Festival of Small Pieces, winner of the  xxx and Gilgamesh, which featured in the Melbourne Festival and toured to London, Beijing, Shanghai and Sydney.  He was last seen in the role of “Craze” in “Savages” at 45 Downstairs – a production which was nominated for every possible 2013 Green Room Award and won 4 of them.   His past screen work includes playing “Davo”, a core cast member of the award winning and long running web series “Being Brendo”.

As an Artistic Associate with Feat in Space, he has been involved with the company and Feat Theatre since its inception – principally as an actor but also as a dramaturg, publicist, front of house manager and legal advisor.

www.marktregonning.com

THEATRE PATRONS

In order to survive Little Feat Theatre receives donations both monetary and in kind from numerous sources. We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses

Melissa Biczo & David Falson

Bottoms Up Burlesque

Cellar Door Costume Hire

Rudie Chapman

Nin Coutts-Slater

Peta Coy

Nathan Curnow

Robert Draffin

Howard & Judy Ellis

David Francis Architect

Nyree Malcolm

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Jodie & Jeremy Nicks

Sharni Page

Holly Slater Architect

Suzie Thomas

Mark Tregonning & Family

James Tresise & Kali Hulme

Jess Upton aka Jessamae St James

Marylyn Verstraeten

Gabby Verstraeten

Sean Whelan

And many other annonymous donors.