The Young King
The entire kingdom is invited to the coronation of The Young King! Once the Lost Prince, he has been restored from his rustic woodland life to his rightful place on the throne. The Young King now wishes to celebrate with all his people, surrounded by the bountiful riches and beautiful treasures of this land.
Tim Overton is a proud South Australian deviser and performer who graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2008 and is thrilled to be working with Slingsby on their production of The Young King. This past year, Tim has toured nationally and internationally with this award winning production, including The Sydney Opera House and New York City’s New Victory Theater. Tim has also performed numerous times locally and across Australia with theatre companies, Vitalstatistix (Life Is Short And Long), State Theatre Company of South Australia (Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, The Popular Mechanicals, The 39 Steps), Patch Theatre Company (Mr McGee And The Biting Flea, Me And My Shadow, Cranky Bear) and Junglebean, an independent theatre company he co-founded (Boxing Day Test, The Call).
Jacqy Phillips This is Jacqy’s 39th year as a professional actor and member of Equity. In Adelaide she has worked for Jim Sharman’s Lighthouse company and State Theatre Company of South Australia, most recently in Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll; for Brink, including The Hypochondriac and Land And Sea; for three years with the inaugural Magpie Company; for Patch for seven years with Pigs, Bears and Billy Goats Gruff; for Vitalstatistix in Tough Girls and with several independent companies, including most lately Tutti Arts, Yasmin Gurreeboo’s Foul Play and Jo-anne Sarre’s Ink Pot Theatre. For the Adelaide Festival Centre in a self-devised piece: I Love You Tooley, in Robyn Archer’s The Three Legends of Kra and in the 2010 Cabaret Festival in A Night With The Flying Horses. She has been awarded twice for Sean Riley’s Beautiful Words and Stephen House’s Miss Blossom Callahan. Her film work is most lately in Red Dog and she was the original Irene in the television series Home and Away. She is half of the duo Tin Can Alley.
Composer & Sound Designer
Quincy Grant composes music for theatre, concert stage and film. His work includes music for plays such as The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, and When the Rain Stops Falling; many works for orchestra that have been played in Germany, Canada, and by the leading Australian orchestras; and soundtracks for films and documentaries broadcast on the ABC and SBS. He also writes for concert performances and film, and plays in many groups: from rock to new music and, most recently wild gypsy music with Golonka. He is co-director of The Firm, a company that presents concerts each year featuring Australian classical musicians in programmes of new Australian music along side interesting repertoire. In 2013 his first opera, An Ode to Nonsense, was premiered by Slingsby and the State Opera of South Australia. This is the seventh wonderful show he has done with Slingsby! Quincy lives in Adelaide with four dear ones – Anna, Arland, Clara and Miranda.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Andy Packer Since completing a BA of Theatre Studies at Adelaide University in 1992, Andy’s arts career has encompassed many roles including Creative Producer, ensemble Actor/Creator and Festival Director. In 2007 Andy co-founded Slingsby Theatre Company as Artistic Director. In ten years Slingsby has toured its original productions to 70 venues in 44 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, winning 14 industry awards along the way. In addition to Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. Most recently Andy directed Vigil, written by Steve Vizard and Joe Chindamo and starring Christie Whelan-Browne for Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017 (4.5 stars, Limelight). Andy has Directed for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of Arts and Adelaide Chamber Singers. Andy is respected nationally and internationally for creating moments of human intimacy and emotional truth in both intimate one hander productions and in large operatic and orchestral scale works, for child, family and adult audiences. In January 2016 Andy became the first Australian to join the Board of Management of Philadelphia-based IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth). Andy and his wife Jane love living in Adelaide with their three school-age sons and retired greyhound.
Nicki Bloom is an Adelaide-based writer. Her plays have been produced throughout Australia and internationally, and have won multiple awards. Her plays include Tender, Bloodwood, The Sun and the Other Stars, Land & Sea, A Cathedral, Little Bird and Vale. Awards include the Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize and the 2007 Inscription Chairman’s Award (Tender); the 2008 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and the 2009 Inscription Playwriting Award (Bloodwood); the 2012 Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship and the 2012 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award (The Sun and the Other Stars); the 2012 Jill Blewett Award (A Cathedral) and the 2015 AWGIE for Best Writing for Music Theatre (Little Bird). She has also worked as an adaptor, creating new versions of Ibsen’s Ghosts, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Oscar Wilde’s The Young King. She has been twice nominated for Helpmann awards, in 2015 (Best New Australian Work, Little Bird and 2016 (Best Production Children’s Theatre, The Young King.) Her plays are published by Currency Press and Phoenix Educational Press.
Wendy Todd is an Adelaide based designer of theatre, events and spaces. Recent production designs (Set & Costume Design for all productions) include: Nursery (2014), (Sally Chance Dance), Babyteeth (2013), Blasted (2012), Pornography (2012, State Theatre Company of South Australia), Land & Sea (2012), Skip Miller’s Hit Songs (2011), Harbinger (2010, Brink Productions), Man Covets Bird (2010), The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (2007, Slingsby), Worldhood (2011, Australian Dance Theatre), A Lion In The Night (2012), The Little Green Tractor (2011, Patch Theatre Company), Cutaway III and II, (2012, 2013, Vitalstatistix), Ruby Bruise (2010, The Misery Children & Vitalstatistix). Recent event designs: Designer Blink Bar (2015) Adelaide Festival of Arts Precinct, Design Assistant/Coordinator Lola’s Pergola (2014), Design Coordinator of Barrio (2013, 2012), Assistant Designer Persian Garden (2008, 2006), Late Night Clubs of the Adelaide Festival of Arts), Event and Gala Designer Adelaide Cabaret Festival (2015), Design Coordinator Adelaide Cabaret Festival (2014, Adelaide Festival Centre), Bowerbird Design Markets (2014, 2013, 2012).
Geoff Cobham has worked as an Event Producer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Public Artist and Venue Designer. His work has ranged from many smaller innovative productions at the; Performance Space, Queens Theatre, Belvoir Street, Red Shed and non theatre venues (tents, warehouses, etc) to large scale theatre/dance productions, festivals, art exhibitions, events, museums and venue creation. Awards include: Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution, Green Room Award Best lighting Design for Night Letters (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Sydney Theatre Award Best Lighting Design for Never Did Me Any Harm (Force Majeure), Helpman Award for Best Scenic Design for Little Bird (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Geoff is Artistic Associate (Design) for Slingsby.
Mark Oakley is 6″5′ and is not English. Mark has a wide range of experience in the AV industry, including working with various companies, most prominently Mosaic AV. His work with Mosaic enables to be involved with many theatrical, corporate and concert style shows, with standouts being Tommy (2015), Otello (2016). Mark has also spent several years working at Co Opera, and toured several successful shows interstate (Madame Butterfly (2014), Cosi Fan Tutti (2015), The Magic Flute (2015). Other independent highlights include designing for The Gilbert and Sullivan society–The Sound of Music (2014), Guys and Dolls (2015), and the South Australian premiere of Legally Blonde (2014) for the Hills Musical Society. Mark graduated from Brighton Secondary School in 2011, and has since kept in contact with the Performing Arts Centre, becoming a resident house tech. Through his connections at the school he was a founding member and resident tech for Reverb Theatre group (Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe (2013), Peter Pan (2014), and A Midsummer Nights Dream (2015) and has also has formed an association with the schools external dance program, Lift Dance Theatre (Carapace (2015-16)).