Company mission statement
Clare Testoni is a writer, actor, and puppeteer with a strong interest in oral storytelling and the mythic in everyday life. She is a keen collector of folk tales, ghost stories, and urban legends.
Clare has created shadow puppets for Sam Longley in his show 'Gareth of The Antarctic' as well as for The Leichardt Espresso Chorus in Sydney, The State Library of NSW, NSW Writers Centre, and for her own show 'Rusalka' as part of 600 Seconds in 2016.
In 2016 she directed two shows for WAYTCo, 'Curbside' a puppetry show of her own design for the Claremont Art Festival, and 'Burnt' in collaboration with Iona girls school.
Clare is also a writer and presenter of Singing Bones, a podcast that explores the histories of folktales with currently over 30,000 listeners world wide.
In 2017 he next puppetry show 'West Of The Moon' premiered as part of Summer Nights in The Blue Room Theatre.
Her play 'Heed The Spark' has been developed in 2016 with both Playwriting Australia and Black Swan State Theatre Company.
Finn O'Branagain is a playwright, storyteller and dramaturg. She is interested in how ancient and universal myths and legends can be modern, personal and urgent.
A 2012 graduate from NIDA’s Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Playwriting), her work has been presented nationally, at The World Theatre Festival, National Science Week, ATYP, Metro Arts, JUTE theatre, Mudlark Theatre, Corrugated Iron, the National Young Writers’ Festival, Wordstorm, 2High, Tease Festival, the Nightwords festival at the Sydney Opera House, the State Library of QLD, THAT Production Company, and the Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, Bondi Feast and The Blue Room Theatre.
Her most recent work ‘Selkie’ was developed with ATYP’s 4x4 mentorship program 2014, and at the Hayman Theatre Company at Curtin University in 2015 before it’s premiere season at The Blue Room earlier this year. It will have its NSW premiere in October at the inaugural Festival Fatale by Women in Theatre and Screen.
‘The Epic’, which she wrote and performed in premiered at The Blue Room in 2015, before traveling to the Bondi Feast in Sydney, and after a successful pitching session at PAX, will tour NSW, and VIC in 2018.
Her upcoming works include ‘Medusa’, which she is writing as part of the Black Swan Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group, ‘War Games’ which she is developing with Spare Part Puppet Theatre’s First Hand program, ‘The Next Apocalypse which will be developed with support from JUTE theatre company and Bundanon Theatre Trust, and she has been commissioned by Playwriting Australia and WAAPA to write a new short play for the second year acting students.
She has dramaturged work for the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Expressions Dance Company, Feet First Collective and THAT Production Company.
As a former co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival (part of This is Not Art), she also supports and champions emerging and experimental performance artists.