TICKETS SELLING FAST! Starring Lyall Brooks, Logie winner Patrick Harvey, Wolf Creek's Cassandra Magrath and Lulu McClatchy under the direction of AFI nominated actor Daniel Frederiksen, Fat Pig is a searingly funny, heart-breakingly cruel tale from America’s naughtiest playwright and is about to open at Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne from 9-20 October 2013.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWS AND BLOG! Here we keep you up to date on the happenings of the Lab Kelpie Team and take you behind the scenes for a more intimate warts-and-all look at our experiences producing shows. // We hope you enjoy our journey and look forward to your feedback!
It’s ridiculous to think that a character in a play can be played by just any actor. Likewise, there is no one-size-fits-all when choosing your director.
Sure, there are no physical or aesthetic requirements, and gender/sexuality is – though a possibly interesting factor – not important. Continue reading
With our script decided upon, the next major “plot point” in the story of our show was finding a venue.
Taking into consideration the fact that we wanted to produce a piece that would attract a ‘non-traditional theatre audience’, we spent time finding a venue that met as many of the following points as possible: Continue reading
Choosing a script was a lengthy and detailed process for us because we believe it is the backbone to any successful production.
We believe theatre is a superior form of entertainment. It has an incredible capacity to engulf the audience member into an immediate experience, an immediate world, like no other art form. Continue reading
Founded in 2012 by Adam Fawcett and Lyall Brooks, Lab Kelpie was created to produce theatre that's accessible to a broader audience. We want as many people to experience the wonder of theatre as possible, and that's why our core aim is to encourage people who wouldn’t normally go to the theatre, to buy a ticket. We produce plays that can be enjoyed (read: understood) by the average Joe, while still challenging the more experienced thespians among us.
Adam brings with him 12 years administration experience in law and has recently been successful at a national level in the entirely different pursuit of equestrian sport.
For the past four years Adam has also worked as executive assistant to Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film composer Lisa Gerrard, sourcing her the score to Burning Man which won Lisa several industry awards in 2012.
A recent convert to theatre, Adam subscribes to the view that art should be accessible and enjoyed by anyone regardless of their background, and he has a strong passion to produce works that can achieve these goals while remaining artistically satisfying for those involved.
Lyall has played across a whole palette of characters in 2012 from the sleazy estate agent in the smash hit cabaret musical Urban Display Suite, as bumbling security guard Geoff Tordoff in The Heretic for MTC and as a vulnerable Phillip in the heartfelt The Pride for Red Stitch which garnered him a Green Room nomination for Best Ensemble.
In 2013 Lyall has already filmed a guest role on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (ABC) and re-united with Red Stitch to appear on stage in Penelope at Theatre Works.
Aside from producing and playing the lead Tom in our own production of Fat Pig at Chapel Off Chapel later this year, Lyall will also be appearing on stage soon in Sunday in the Park with George for Victorian Opera and the new Patricia Cornelius play Savages for fortyfivedownstairs.
Our namesake and ‘team mascot’, lab/kelpie Sam struggles with the basics like stapling and the filing cabinet, but more than makes up for it with his devilish good looks and modelling for the website.