Modelling Play is a collaboration between Australian collectives Boho Interactive and Applespiel.
Boho Interactive produces interactive theatre performances based on sciences including Game Theory, Complex Systems science and Network Theory. Since forming in 2006, Boho has presented work around Australia for the Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Science Conference, the Brisbane Festival Under The Radar, the Powerhouse Museum, the ACT Street Theatre and the Manning Clark House Cultural Centre. Boho is represented here by David Finnigan and David Shaw.
Applespiel are a collective of Sydney artists who use collaborative creative processes to devise contemporary performance. Active since 2009, Applespiel have developed work for Performance Space, Next Wave Festival, PACT Centre For Emerging Artists and Crack Theatre Festival. Applespiel is represented here by Nathan Harrison, Nikki Kennedy and Rachel Roberts.
Modelling Play has been supported by UK company Coney. Coney creates stories through play, where the audience is catapulted into the leading role. These adventures can happen any place, any time. Coney uses digital technologies alongside non-digital knowhow to play with really diverse audiences wherever they are. Coney is supporting the artists of Modelling Play through mentoring and auspicing.
David Finnigan is a playwright and festival director. David has received writing commissions from the Powerhouse Museum, Opera Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Science Conference. David has completed writing residencies at the Environment Institute of University College London and Campos de Gutierrez, Colombia. His scripts have been nominated for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the Max Afford National Playwrights Award. David co-founded and directed the Crack Theatre Festival, a national performing arts festival taking place in Newcastle as part of This Is Not Art, and multi-arts festival You Are Here, which takes place in the Canberra CBD.
David Shaw is a maths communicator and member of Boho Interactive. David has worked for the National Science and Technology Museum (Questacon) and currently edits the Maths-By-Email newsletter for CSIRO Education.
Nathan Harrison is a performer, writer and musician. He graduated with honours from University of Wollongong and has worked with Applespiel as a curator, devisor and performer. He has presented solo adaptation of Georges Perec’s The Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of Department to Submit a Request for a Raise at the Sydney Fringe and a performance lecture for Serial Space’s Time Machine Festival. He is supported by the Australia Council through Artstart.
Rachel Roberts is a Sydney-based performer and graduate of UOW (BCA), UND (Grad. Dip. Ed) and is currently completing studies in Health Science. Rachel has been performing in independent theatre in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with Applespiel, F&C Theatre Makers, and This Hour. An Artstart recipient, Rachel traveled to the UK in 2012 to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, work as artist-in-residence at University College London and Battersea Arts Centre, and train at RADA and the National Youth Theatre in London. In 2013 Rachel received a Creative Young Star Grant from DEEWR to collaborate with Sipat Lawin Ensemble in the Philippines. She has worked as Festival Coordinator for You Are Here, interned with version 1.0, spoken on several panels for Crack Theatre Festival, and was artist-in-residence at Shopfront Contemporary Arts creating solo works in 2012. In 2014 Rachel undertook a devising secondment under Emma Valente for The Rabble’s Cain and Abel at Belvoir and performed ‘Best Festival Ever’ with Boho Interactive at the London Science Museum, Battersea Arts Centre and Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Nikki Kennedy is a performer, director and writer. With Applespiel she has created work for Next Wave festival, Performance Space (Sydney), You Are Here Festival and Festival of Dangerous Ideas (Sydney Opera House). Nikki is a graduate of the Sydney Film School and University of Wollongong: Performance (with honours).
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed their time and energy to the project, and all our audiences at UCL and Battersea Arts Centre. A special thank you to Tassos Stevens, Annette Mees, Tom Bowtell, Cassie Robinson, Rosalie White, Alyn Gwyndaf, Gary Campbell, Peter Gingold, Julian Hunt, Katrina Nilsson, Lydia Nichols and the London Playtesters, David Roots, Alexandra Rowse, Rhiannon Armstrong, Yvonne Rydin, Marianne Knight, Chris Brierley, Angharad Wynne-Jones and Jackie Johnston.
For information about the current touring production of Modelling Play (‘Best Festival Ever’), please visit www.bestfestivalever.com.au