Monday, 30 March 2009

Audition Notice > Purgatorio

Hoy Polloy presents the Australian premiere of

Ariel Dorfman's
Directed by Ben Starick

What if the only person who can save me is the one I have hurt the most?
Are the crimes I have committed unforgivable?
And if there is no forgiveness, how do I move on with my life?

Ariel Dorfman’s Purgatorio questions the complexities of human relationships, intention and identity. Exploring justice, vengeance and redemption, Purgatorio asks if one person can trust another and ultimately themselves. Confined in a nameless, timeless place, a man and woman confront each other with their past truths. They must come to terms with who they genuinely are and decide if their love is strong enough to overcome pain and betrayal. Both characters try to force the other to accept their guilt, but are they willing to accept their own?

Audition Information
• Dates: Sunday, 17 May 2009 and Monday, 18 May 2009
• Auditions are by appointment only.
• Please send expressions of interest, CVs (PDF) and head shots (low resolution JPG) to

• MAN (30-50+)
• WOMAN (30-50+)

Audition Notes
• The roles have no specific race, physical characteristics or dialect/accent.
• Actors will need to show an ability to shift from being the interrogator to the interrogated.
• Actors are encouraged to read the script prior to auditions.

Rehearsal Information
• The rehearsal period will be throughout June - July 2009
• There will be a minimum of three rehearsals scheduled per week on Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Season Information

• Venue: Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, corner Sydney & Glenlyon Roads, Brunswick
• Preview: Friday, 7 August 2009
• Season: 8 – 29 August 2009
• Tuesday to Saturday 8.15pm
• Sunday 5.00pm

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Beng Oh > Green Room Award Nomination 2008

Congratulations to Beng Oh (Tom Fool director) for his Green Room Award Nomination 2008 for:
Direction > Porcelain (La Mama)

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Family Portrait > Tom Fool

Publicity photographs for Tom Fool.
High and low resolution images available for publication.

Caption > Chris Bunworth (Otto), Glenn van Oosterom (Ludwig) and Liz McColl (Martha).

Credit > Tim Williamson.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Australian Premiere > Tom Fool

Hoy Polloy presents the Australian premiere of
Tom Fool
Written by Franz Xaver Kroetz
Translated by Estella Schmid and Anthony Vivis

Directed by Beng Oh
Featuring Chris Bunworth, Liz McColl and Glenn van Oosterom

On the surface Otto Meier’s world exudes cool German efficiency. Underneath his world is about to explode. Haunted by the minutiae of his work environment he dreams of a better life for himself and his family. A daring and compelling drama, Tom Fool focuses on the everyday lives of ordinary working-class people and takes us back to the moment when women changed the rules of the game. Tom Fool is a new translation of Franz Xaver Kroetz's superb 1978 play Mensch Meier – showing that life at its most ordinary is never far away from disruption, chaos and violence. The Scotsman described Kroetz as charting this story of breakdown with a wonderful, rich yet cold-eyed hyperrealism that is his hallmark.

Preview: Friday, 1 May 2009
Season: 2 – 23 May 2009
Tuesday to Saturday 8.15pm
Sunday 5.00pm

Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, corner Sydney & Glenlyon Roads, Brunswick
Tram route 19 to stop 21

• $30 Adult
• $20 Concession / Groups 10+
• $18 Tuesdays
• $15 Preview

• 03 9016 3873