PREVIEWS Henry VI part 1 - October 2023 - Theatre at Dairy Road
**PREVIEWS** Rockspeare 1H6
What's a preview performance? A preview is a full run of the show with costumes, running from beginning to end. If everything is going well, the preview will not be interrupted but the Director or Stage Manager may stop the show. Previews are an essential part of the production process and they are under-utilised in Australia. It is not the same as watching a rehearsal but you might notice a few creaks or bumps and this is reflected in the reduced ticket price.
Opening night for this show is Wednesday 18 October 2023.
Mill Theatre’s Rockspeare Henry Sixth Part One, or 1H6, is bold, cheeky and fun. In this new universe the music inherent in Shakespeare’s poetry is amplified with an original soundscape by Canberra composer Andre Pinzon. The result is not a musical but Shakespeare as you've never seen it, or heard it. Here, the history plays are recast as political dramas in a rock, steampunk world.
The emphasis is on the “bandying” of factional warlords and scheming duchesses who dominate young Henry VI’s reign and see in the start of the Wars of the Roses, the two century struggle that ended with the rise of the Tudors, paving the way for the Elizabethan era of Shakespeare’s time. In IH6’s famous rose garden scene we see how it all began. As well, swallowed up by intrigue and thanks to the fascinating character of Joan of Arc, depicted variously by Shakespeare as witch, whore and patron saint, England loses most of her French possessions. IH6 shows that factional power and intrigue have a long and bloody history.
This production is the first of four in the Henry VI-Richard III tetralogy to be presented over four years. Long form programming will be a unique feature of Mill Theatre, in the interests of developing a new type of relationship with our audience. Mill Theatre philosophy also includes building the capacity of Canberra’s creative industries. The non-binary and female cast of 1H6 are fresh out of Shakespeare school with rehearsals concentrated on intense verse training and storytelling to produce a clarity of story and language, courageous acting and bold interpretation. Now, 10 promising emerging actors have teamed up with 8 of our highly experienced production team to produce a show that, well, rocks!
Whether you were a star pupil or failed Shakespeare in your English class, you will love this 1H6.
Duration: 100 minutes approximately with one interval
Audience suitability: all ages welcome, especially anyone who failed English class in school
Haze and strobe lighting are used in this show.
730pm Wednesday 11 October PREVIEW
730pm Thursday 12 October PREVIEW
730pm Friday 13 October PREVIEW
730pm Saturday 14 October PREVIEW
730pm Wednesday 18 October OPENING NIGHT
730pm Thursday 19 October
730pm Friday 20 October
230pm Saturday 21 October
730pm Saturday 21 October
230pm Sunday 22 October
730pm Wednesday 25 October
730pm Thursday 26 October
730pm Friday 27 October
230pm Saturday 28 October
730pm Saturday 28 October
230pm Sunday 29 October
230pm Saturday 4 November
730pm Saturday 4 November
The Mill Theatre at Dairy Road
This 67 seat, intimate theatre opened in November 2022. It was built by the Molonglo Group and technically fit out by Elite Event Technology. The technical fit out is what turned a cool room into an actual theatre and Elite Event Technology is the ongoing and major partner. It is the first private enterprise theatre in the ACT. 1H6 is the fifth production for this independently run venue. Independent theatre means professional theatre where cast and creatives are paid but without subsidy payment is not equivalent to full time salaries. Some creatives are fully trained, some have a lot of experience and are doing their first paid gig and some members are part of the shadow-emerge-mentoree program which provides training for time. We don't yet know what this space will be, but we can promise that it ain't like Netflix.
Suffolk: Sarah Nathan-Trusdale
Gloucester: Kate Blackhurst
Warwick/Basset: Maxine Beaumont
York: Heidi Silberman
Dauphin (Queen): Rachel Howard
Joan: Alana Denham-Preston
King Henry VI/Young Talbot/Warder: Chips Jin
Talbot/Margaret: Stefanie Lekkas
Reignier/Burgundy/Vernon: Emily O'Mahoney
Mortimer: Sarah Carroll
Contingencies: Elaine Noon, Tracy Noble
Director and Verse Nurse: Lexi Sekuless
Sound Designer: Andre Pinzon
Costume Designer: Tania Jobson
Assistant to Costume Designer and specialised props: Zelda Trichard
Set Designer: Kathleen Kershaw
Movement Directors: Annette Sharpe and Timmy Sekuless
Lighting Designer: Stefan Wronski
Stage Manager: Jess Morris
Program Design: Dark Cave Press
Front of House Manager: Lexi Sekuless
Photographer: Daniel Abroguena
Producer: Lexi Sekuless Productions
Major partner: Elite Event Technology
Event supporter: Events ACT
Photos by PassOut Media from Rockspeare Richard III Events ACT & Lakespeare live streamed 2020 production, produced by Lexi Sekuless.
All tickets are $35 inclusive of GST but exclusive of Humanitix booking fees. Tickets are fully refundable and transferable for all COVID related issues.
Tickets are for entry only and are available online until one hour before the show. From that point, box office tickets in person are available for purchase.
Also available is a special PREVIEW + MAIN SHOW Ticket for $60 inclusive of GST but exclusive of Humanitix booking fees. Watching a preview is like being let in backstage and seeing the very end of rehearsals. You become part of the process! If you would like to see a preview and then return to watch the show in its final and fully polished form then please enjoy this special double ticket price of $60 for two tickets. For this price you get to see the show twice. Once this ticket is booked we will contact you to ensure we can secure the right dates for you to attend the show.
- All tickets are general admission and no seats are reserved so the earlier you arrive, the better position you will have.
- Seating is in an L-shape to create a dynamic and intimate playing space.
- The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs with a ramp from the P3 parking spot and same level access from entry into building 3.3 into the theatre all the way to the accessible seating positions inside the Mill. We have two wheelchair seating positions both with very different views. Please contact us at email@example.com so we can talk through the options. One option is on the short side, the other option is on the long side. All accessible bookings will be reserved.
- Every seat in the house has a great view, and a different view. Patrons walk through the set to find your seats, adding to the intimacy of the space. This means, late arrivals or patrons who leave the theatre before intermission or the end will NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE THEATRE.
ARRIVAL & PROTOCOLS
- Please head to the Box Office on arrival. If you have already purchased a ticket, the Front of House team checks off the name of every booked attendee. If you haven’t purchased a ticket, you can get one onsite an hour before show time.
- The doors open approximately 15 minutes before show time. The Front of House team will let you know when you can enter.
- You may be temperature checked before being allowed into the venue. Your temperature needs to be below 37.5.
- Please do not attend if you are experiencing any of the following: fever; flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; shortness of breath or have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of coronavirus.
- Due to the unique layout of the venue, the audience walks through the stage to take their seats. This means we cannot accommodate anyone slipping in late for the beginning of the show or for the return after intermission.
- The Front of House team rings a bell and counts the audience to ensure you won’t miss out but please don’t tempt fate otherwise you will be locked out and we cannot let you in.
CAST AND CREW
We have two COVID-contingency cast members. This process means that should any cast or crew be unwell, our contingency cast will step in to ensure the safest environment for the company and audience. The Front of House team will ensure audiences are alerted to any changes before each show.
The Mill Theatre is in Building 3.3, the Screencraft and KeepCo building which is a short walk from Capital Brewing. There are two easy ways to approach the Theatre:
PARK in P3 at the back of the precinct. From there you will see building 3.3 which has a large Screencraft sign. The public entrance is just up from that sign (not underneath it!). Once inside, walk about 5 metres and the theatre is to the right, next to Mojo Guitars.
WALK from Capital Brewing or the Less sculpture into the KeepCo building, pass Ramen Daddy and at the end of the corridor we are on the left.
All parking in the precinct is free with several accessible parking spots in all the parking locations. The best spot to park is P3 at the back of the precinct. If you park elsewhere please be warned that signage and way-finding around the precinct is extremely difficult. Arrive in plenty of time to possibly get lost, possibly be in a bad mood, and remedy that with a drink at Vertikal or Ramen Daddy before enjoying a smashing show!