Winners of the Anywhere Frankston audience survey

Thank you very much for everyone who filled out our audience surveys. We had a fantastic response with 92% rating their festival experience as Above Average or Excellent!

There were also some great comments (positive and constructive), so without further ado, we’d like to announce the three winners of the Anywhere t-shirts are the following people who have all been emailed. For the sake of privacy, only their first names are used below with their comments:

“I experienced cancellation of a dinner/show event at Sofia’s but communication was good and my credit card payment was promptly refunded.  I subsequently attended an open-air session of the show which we thoroughly enjoyed.” Brendan A.

“I was very impressed at the concept of The Anywhere Festival. I saw a circus show, that was held in a rock climbing gym. When I first saw this I thought it must have been a mistake, but it really was set up amongst the rock climbing walls, with bean bags for the audience to sit in, and a really good atmosphere!” Beck L.

“I absolutely loved it.  I love pieces of theatre in unconventional and unexpected places.  However I could easily have missed it as I didn’t see a lot of publicity, so I only managed to get to the one in the skate park (which was fantastic).  Next year I will spread the word far and wide.” Millicent B.

Once again, thank you for all your feedback and comments which will go into planning.

We look forward to announcing the return of Anywhere Frankston and will let you know as soon as the plans for a 2015 festival have been confirmed.





It’s a wrap! 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston has finished…

Anywhere Frankston McClelland Orbit Sunset

As the sun sets on the final weekend of the inaugural Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston we’d like to thank everyone who has made the event such a success. Thank you!

Sold out and packed performances of To Be Determined, Impromptu Impro, Suburbia, Don’t Be A Diva, Orbit, It Sounds Silly, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, fantastic reviews and audience feedback for those shows plus many others including Cirque du Bloke, Don’t Look Up,  A Mad Tea Party, Peninsula Ferry Tails, Open For Inspection, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Periphery, Soapbox Poetry and The Gift.

Thank you to all the performers and producers for taking a risk on an inaugural festival based anywhere but a theatre. For those interested in getting involved in the future, head here.
Thank you to Frankston City Council, without whom, the festival would not have happened. Everyone at FCC has been incredibly supportive as well as making sure the festival was marketed through banners on Davey Street, advertising on trains and much more.
To our other major partners EastLink and the banners and bilboards up and down the motorway to Frankston, Frankston Arts Centre & The Edge for all their support including co presenting It Sounds Silly with Chunky Move, and ensuring Cube 37 and the Mechanics Institute were available as rent free spaces for performers as well as Mornington Peninsula Tourism.
To all the organisations who offered their space to performers rent free – Bayside Rock, Mulberry Hill (National Trust), Ballam Park, Mechanics Institute, Frankston Library and Wells Street Mall (Frankston City Council), Rocotillos, The Grand Hotel, Sofia’s, McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Chisholm Institute, Just Ride It Frankston (now renamed Red Riding Hood Bikes), Cube 37 (Frankston Arts Centre), Gateway Worship and Performing Arts Centre, Eeny Meeny Cafe.
To all the reviewers who did an amazing job getting to almost everything in the festival – Erica Louise, Sarah Bollenberg, Melissa Learmonth and Andrea Louise Thomas. You can find all their reviews here.
Thank you to all the media who got behind the event and gave the performers well deserved coverage,  in particular to Frankston Times, Frankston LeaderConcrete Playground, Weekend Notes, 3RRR, Pearl Magazine, Mornington Peninsula Leader, Whitehorse Radio, Daily Review, The Age,  Moorabbin Leader, Herald Sun, SBS Radio, On The List, Chelsea Mordialloc Leader, Frankston Weekly and 3RPP. You can find a lot of the press in one place right here.
Thanks you to everyone who helped to share Anywhere news on social media with over 70,000 people watching videos, visiting the web site and sharing posts through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and good old fashioned email ;-)
Thank you to Frankston TV for putting together some excellent footage of It Sounds Silly, Don’t Look Up and Open For Inspection and having it up and ready to share less than 24 hours after filming. Incredible!
Lastly, we’d like to thank everyone who came along to experience Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston. We hope you had a fantastic time, saw some great shows and explored some nooks and crannies of Frankston that you never expected. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015.

Review – Impromptu Impro

If you are free tonight, Saturday 6th September, grab a ticket for Impromptu Impro. The $25 price gives $20 to Relay for life, a very worthy cause. Not only does most of your ticket go to charity, but you will be assured of a fantastic night of entertainment (and I am referring to the actual performers and not the inebriated woman in the front row who couldn’t stop yelling at the improvisers).

The improvisation games are most of the stock standard choices including; interpreter, movie director, question only and song.

A new game was ‘Kick it’ where chosen performers had to go into a rap which brought the house down and the end challenge was truly a feat of amazement that had me screaming out loud.

The group are really tight and work very well together which is a real credit considering they never really get together to ‘train’ in improvisation as other improv groups usually do.

However most of the cast hail from PLOS which only highlights the calibre of performer that are attracted to the group. The Emcee and creator of the team did a standout job of orchestrating the players and knowing exactly when to bring an improv to the end. He dealt expertly with the hecklers and that same drunk woman who even threw her shoes around the audience at one point.

Fingers crossed she’s not there when you go! A very funny and engaging evening.

Review – ORBIT

Orbit is an engaging performance piece that is an ingenious combination of technology, nature, performance and art. McClelland Sculpture Gallery is always spellbinding and Orbit serves to take its audience on an adventure through the sculpture park as an integral part of the story, really integrating the sculptures into the piece and not merely as a back drop. The narrative gives the audience a voyeristic position throughout the performance and the trajectory allows the viewers to listen to stories, take in the majestic art works and listen to a very clever soundtrack with cleverly chosen pieces. ‘That was really good’, my eleven year old son said at the finish. ‘What did you like about it?’ I probed. ‘All of it, just all of it’. This concept could really be an engaging way forward in theatre for a new generation of tech reliant kids. If you are disabled in any way though, this is not the piece for you. We really worked up a cracking pace through the bush on the sandy and gravelly paths, so if you are immobile in any way, you won’t be able to keep up. I felt that this was a perfect way to absorb art, theatre, performance and fresh air as the sun went down. Nina Barry-Macaulay has created a refreshing and wonderful work.

Review: Impromptu Impro

Don’t miss “Impromptu Impro”- a night of hilarity and belly laughs. Plus it is a fundraising event for Relay for Life so it is an excellent way to support cancer research and have a great night out too! This was a fun-filled, entertaining evening of Theatresports. These are various games where creativity, spontaneity and team work are required and the players from “Impromptu Impro” were most definitely up to the challenge.

The team of 16 were all highly skilled in working with offers, using their imaginations and thinking on their feet. The teams kept being rotated in groups of 4 -5 which meant we got to see all their talent and it kept things fresh. They provided many funny moments for the audience, especially the finale with the mouse traps. Everyone was in stitches laughing.

Theatresports encourages high audience participation through getting ideas from us as to the location of scenes, what they could be doing and possible lines of dialogue. There is great satisfaction to hear your line being used. The MC kept the show moving from game to game and time passed quickly with all the frivolity. Credit to the actors for keeping it mostly PG and not just going for the cheap laughs “If you know what I mean?” The musical accompaniment was clever with sound effects and music to suit the action being played out before our eyes.

The Mechanics Institute was a great venue to host such an event as there was a room off to the side for a silent auction and the large hall suited the sizable audience. There was a party atmosphere entering the hall with musicians playing, some tables and of course it being BYO. There was even a raffle and door prizes.

Definitely go see “Impromptu Impro” not only to marvel at the quick-witted actors, but to have a laugh and support a wonderful charity too.

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Review: The Gift

This is a heart-felt production that touched this reviewer. “The Gift” was an honest and brave portrayal of a couple facing an extremely difficult choice. The story line was built up on little scenes giving us insight into the couple, their family and their life.

It was clear from the beginning of “The Gift” that religion would be its foundation and this play would serve as a tool to reach out to audiences in regards to sacrifice, love and healing. The notion of life being a precious gift was explored as well as parents’ unconditional love for their children. This was mirrored in God’s love for mankind. Some songs of worship were included, all of which were sung beautifully and really served to heighten the emotion of the play.

All the set changes were smooth and it was obvious the backstage crew were a well oiled team. The simple lighting proved effective, props were used well and the aged makeup was well done.

It had a wonderful ensemble cast who worked well together to deliver this poignant story. The mother in particular was solid and natural in her acting while the lead female could relax more into her role. There was a slight technical fault with the DVD of Lara’s last goodbye with a delay in the sound which made it difficult to connect to the scene.

Overall, “The Gift” was an inspiring piece, performed with passion and commitment to love, sacrifice and God.


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Review: I Knew These People

This is my favourite show of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. I loved “I Knew These People”  from its stunning first movement sequence to its creative finale. It brings together 5 powerful episodes, each one a contained piece on its own but when married together, it is an impressive theatrical experience that totally entranced me.

The Grand Hotel is an ideal venue for this collaboration with its ornate mirrors, patterned wallpaper, glass chandeliers and comfortable leather lounges. RAW collective thoughtfully uses each part of the lounge to its advantage (with choreography on pool tables, down a fairylight runway, stairs to the toilets) and takes us on a journey, literally moving throughout the space and figuratively as we meet each character and situation.

Element 1 is a beautiful dance piece which is not only visually magnetic but also incredibly emotive. Followed by a monologue that is well expressed and interwoven with the movement.

Then we meet the formidable Queenie performed by the wonderfully talented Kelly Nash who most definitely holds the show together between each element and I think to an extent steals the show. She is highly entertaining, has a magnificent cabaret voice and certainly knows how to work the crowd. I could have listened to her stories all night.

The aspect that impressed me the most about the show however was its light and shade.  The intelligent  intertwining of the various scenes takes us on an emotional journey of connecting powerfully to our hearts one minute to laughing in the next scene.

And element 4 is one of those heart wrenching scenes that is built so beautifully by Brigitte Jarvis acting as someone with Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. This starts with information on the screen about the condition then moves skilfully into the lives of Sophie and Peggy, and ultimately into the inner world of a victim. It is confronting, even disturbing at times but oh so powerful that you can’t look  away and the audience is completely riveted and silent.

Then Queenie enters again to shift our focus into complete hilarity as she performs a song about a dating in the modern world which has us all in stitches. She is like our tour guide as she takes us into the next performance space where once again the mood is changed as a stunning dance piece is presented. The sound excerpt used serves as an emotional  backdrop to the sequence and the choreography is mesmerizing.

“I Knew These People” is a sophisticated, well put together piece performed by a highly talented cast. A must see most definitely!



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