Ash Flanders – Performer

Ash Flanders graduated from the Ballarat Arts Academy (formerly BAPA) in 2002 with a BA in Theatre Performance.  For the next two years he toured Australia with theatre-in-education company Brainstorm Productions (2003-4).

In 2005, Ash performed as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was introduced to future partner-in-grime, Declan Greene.  The pair immediately formed their queer DIY production company Sisters Grimm, and in the following two years Ash has co-written, produced and starred in Fat Camp (2006), Bumtown (2007), Cellblock Booty (2008) and Mommie & the Minister (2007 / 2008), which toured to both Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

For the past three years Ash has also performed in Adam Cass’ one-man play I love you, bro (Melbourne Dramatists Emerging Playwright Award, 2007 Melbourne Fringe), which to date has had seasons at the Malthouse, the famous Spiegeltent, London’s Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, where Ash was nominated for Best Male Actor. He is also currently performing in A Black Joy at 45 Downstairs as part of the Melbourne Fringe.

Sean-James Murphy – Performer

Sean-James Murphy completed his training at l’ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. During his time in Europe, Sean-James worked with the BBC (Comedy Greats) and Channel 4.

His Australian theatre credits include: Big Sky Town by Amelia Roper 2007 St Martins National Playwriting Award), Citizen Corps by Melissa Bubnic (La Mama), Richard III (ASC at The Athenaeum), Electra (by Richard Lawton), Dirtgirls (Malthouse Theatre as part of 3Dfest), Dumb Waiter and True West (Monash Directors season), Bus (International writers’ festival).

Sean-James’ writing/performing credits include the cabaret Nightmares Are Real (Butterfly Club) and Sean and Hayley’s Flipside (Melbourne International Comedy Festival).

Screen credits include: Neighbours, Skills Vic TVC, Blue Heelers, Scooter: Secret Agent, Me and Johnny (VCA). Awards include: Audience Award and Peer Award for Best Actor at St Martins’ 2004 Season of New International Writing.

Tom Doig – Writer

Tom Doig is a writer, producer, performer and editor. He recently wrote and produced Hitlerhoff (2008), which packed out houses and received rave reviews at the Melbourne Fringe and 2009 Adelaide Fringe (“Clever, funny and outrageous” – The Age; “Laugh out loud and cringe with disgust” – Artshub; “I loved every second of it” – Rip It Up).

Tom devised The Badness Hour (2006) with Laura Jean McKay for the This is Not Art Festival and Overload Poetry Festival. He once wrote a really long poetry cycle called Survival of the Prettiest (2004), which has been read out at Melbourne Fringe, the National Young Writers’ Festival (Newcastle), Straight out of Brisbane, WordStorm (Darwin) and Cockatoo Island (Sydney). Shortly after this, he stopped writing poetry. Forever.

Tom’s first major role was playing “Tom” in Confessions of an Adolescent Stormtrooper (NZ, 2000), about an ambitious Kiwi hairdresser who moved to Australia. Shortly after this, Tom moved to Australia.

Tom edited Voiceworks magazine between 2004 and 2006, and was Associate Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival in 2006 and 2007. He is currently an Associate Producer at the Next Wave Festival.

Alethea Jones – Director

Alethea Jones graduated from the VCA Film School in 2007; her final year film, The Girl in the Moon, won the Craft Award at the 2008 St Kilda Film Festival. Before film school she trained as an Actor at the University of Southern QLD (USQ). Her first short film won Best Film at the Cronulla shorts film festival. Alethea has since written and directed 12 short films and has just completed a screen Australia funded attachment on the feature film Red Dress.

In 2004 Alethea wrote, directed and choreographed over 600 people in a community, theatrical extravaganza … of sorts. Amongst this huge ensemble were actors, ballet troupes, belly dancers, a medieval re-enactment society and a whip-cracker. She suspects this was a positive learning experience for her directorial development but can’t remember a lot of it.

Alethea’s main work with theatre has been with award winning, national touring Theatre in Education Company BRAINSTORM PRODUCTIONS as a director and choreographer for seven years.

For Alethea, One-Arm and Three-Arms in the Swamp is the ideal production for her to get back into theatre as it brings with it the type of energy and grit that she feels film struggles to purvey.

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