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Applespiel Are Actors, Crack, and 2011…

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s the (for uni-goers) last week of exams, classes and performances for the year, and it certainly feels like the end of an uphill climb. Here’s an update of what Applespiel have been up to over the last month (it’s been a while!)

Crack Theatre Festival was a wonderful, turbulent long-weekend away and since then we’ve been working on our Clubhouse event (through Performance Space) ‘Applespiel Are Actors And You Can Be Too Maybe’.

The acting workshop designed for performance artists a-feared of emotion, participants were introduced to The Harrison Method, and then led through a series of exercises to help them understand the actions, colours and emotions.

Once we felt everyone was familiar with the method, we gave them some scenes to work on.

The results were lovely to watch, and we’re proud to have done our bit for those performance artists who were too scared to play actions.

Coming up next: we’re revising Snail Piece, which was previously developed at Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival, for the Peats Ridge Festival over the New Years long weekend. After that – who knows! There’s a Next Wave/Kickstart meeting on Thursday at Carriageworks, Applespieler Nathan Harrison is premiering his honours performance entitled ‘Sixteen Year Old Me Isn’t Sure He Wants To Have This Conversation’, and we’re winding up things from the Sydney Fringe.

Some 2011 engagements are dependent on funding and applications that are due to be announced soon, but watch this space to find out about Applespiel’s 2011 involvement in festivals, labs and other events.

The year isn’t over yet, but on behalf of Applespiel I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us in 2010 – everyone who came to our shows, helped us source materials, read our blog posts, and those that we have worked with – Quarterbred, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival, The Sydney Fringe, Crack Theatre Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, and Performance Space. We look forward to working with you again.

(all images by Lucy Parakhina)


Crack Theatre Festival and TiNA 2010!!!

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re back from TiNA and the Crack Theatre Festival!
It was a seriously lovely four nights of performances, panels, ginger beers and being heaps tough doormen at the Year 12 Formal. No clowns got past us.
Here are some photos from Applespiel’s Morning Breakfast Radio Show! We recorded each of our three shows, and will be uploading them here (unedited) so you can grab some toast and coffee and get down to business in the comfort of your very own home.

Crack Theatre Festival was awesome, and we’re very thankful that Ben, Gillian and Dave were able to have us. Thanks for throwing a great Crack!

*My camera is awful and responds to light badly – hence the orange photos. Sorry! There will be better ones up soon.

Getting ready at the desk…

Nathan being a wizard…


running order for the first show is on the wall…

Emma Reids: The News (with The Duff)…

Check out the TiNA Flickr page for photos of the entire festival HERE.

Stay tuned for recordings of the Breakfast Radio – and remember, the shows are all made up on the spot, guest speakers and callers include members of the audience who were great sports and played along, and songs from bands we like. Spoons, Rach and The Duff are not based on any real person, alive or deceased, and any relation to living persons is purely incidental., comin’ at you in the morning.

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Good morning, listeners, and welcome to another beautiful morning here on 94.7, you’re here with Spoons, Rach and The Duff and we’re going to be giving you the freshest beats, the hottest news and the biggest laughs from our station with Traffic/Weather Man Troy, News specialist Joe Reids, Artsy-Fartsy type Simon, and celebrity reporter Naschan and special guest Emma.

Applespiel stepped into the sound studio today for a first bash at Applespiel’s Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show. Here’s a link to a short (1.30min) teaser of bits of our rehearsal ads, anchoring and callers. All content is created on the fly, including ads, and Nathan was a wizard and put them all together in teaser-form.

Or you can listen to the teaser here:

We’ll be comin’ at you from Crack Theatre’s ‘Lodge of Lounge’ THIS VERY WEEKEND from 10-11am (Fri, Sat, Sun) and for those who can’t make it to Newcastle, we’ll be uploading the entire podcast up here after each show. It’ll be a chunky hour of content, but it will make your breakfast much, much tastier.


Hump Day

September 23, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s hump day! We’re in the middle of our five show run for The Sydney Fringe. Appleloft went heaps well on Sunday, and we’ve got three shows left – Thursday 6.30, Friday 8.00, and Saturday 6.30, all at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists in Erskineville.
Tickets can be booked online or bought at the door.

Sorry about the hideous photo quality – my camera has a weird yellow tone and blurs like it’s been wrapped in cling film. Here are some bump in shots!

Setting up…

our foyer music…

duffy and his wingmen.

The Sydney Fringe Festival begins tomorrow night!

September 9, 2010 Leave a comment

The first Sydney Fringe Festival in YEARS begins tomorrow night, with shows opening all over the Inner West and celebrations at the newly refurbished Imperial Hotel in Erskineville. Check out the website,, for information and specs on all the shows on offer.

We’re still in the final production stages, including tech and some kerfuffles with projectors, and we’re very excited to be opening at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists as part of the PACT PRESENTS program NEXT FRIDAY at 6.30pm!!!

After our ten minutes of fame on FBi the other morning, Nathan and I crashed the Fringe Festival media launch at the Imperial Hotel and felt very groovy.

Since starting out with a $0 marketing plan, and a $0 budget, we’ve had an enormous amount of luck and help from friends. Thankyou to everyone who bought a fundraising chocolate from us – you helped us pay for things like Public Liability Insurance and security deposits. Thanks to PACT for including us in the PACT PRESENTS program (along with Clock Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Thousands) and helping us get some publicity for our show in Sydney. We’ve also been lucky enough to get some mentions in print/online publications.


The Scene

The Sydney Morning Herald (as the ‘Theatre’ pick of the Sydney Fringe Festival!), also here

Concrete Playground

And on Wednesday the 8th of Sept, Nathan and Rachel were guests on ‘StageFright’ to talk about Appleloft with the lovely team at FBi Radio

Inner West Courier – We’re on page 6, but there’s other great Fringe stuff, including our friends from Zetland on page 9.

So now’s the time to buy tickets, not just to Appleloft, but to all the Fringe shows that tickle your fancy. We’d love to see you there! You can buy your tickets here.

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Ra-Ra-Radio tomorrow morning – FBi’s StageFright

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Applespiel’s Rachel Roberts and Nathan Harrison will be talking on FBi Radio’s StageFright tomorrow morning at 10am – tune in to 94.5 and listen to our dulcet tones.

Also, goodness me! The Sydney Fringe Festival begins this friday! We’ve got a busy, busy week ahead of bump-in, tech, rehearsals and planning for Applespiel’s Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show at Crack Theatre Festival while we get our Fringe show ‘Appleloft’ up and running.

Please book tickets! The Fringe tickets booking system is secure and lets us know how many delicious cupcakes to make for each performance!


Edit: The podcast of the radio show we were on is now up on the FBi website – you can hear it here, under STAGEFRIGHT. Also, buy tickets to Appleloft! You can do it online at

appleloft!, the fringe, TiNA and others.

August 23, 2010 2 comments

So, Appleloft! was last Friday night. It was pretty sweet.

We had some lovely tunes from Rob and Mark, poetry from Doug (who also created an indie film script/send-up with Rob and Kirby which was seriously funny) and other performances from Nathan, Joe, Duffy, and myself – plus the Summit (‘Who or What do you think should be PM that isn’t currently running for parliament?’) and the Holes stories.

Thankyou so much to everyone who performed and everyone who attended. We look forward to seeing you all at the Fringe version of Appleloft.

Speaking of, the Sydney Fringe Festival starts in about two weeks! Which means our show is in about three weeks! Tickets are on sale here and you can book subscriptions to see four or five different shows throughout the festival for a discount. We’d love to see you there 🙂

TiNA and the Crack Theatre Festival is the October long weekend in Newcastle, NSW – where we are presenting Applespiel’s Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show at 10-11am each morning. I am personally looking forward to this very, very much as I have never been to TiNA before and I can’t wait to see all the other works over the long weekend.

Other shows: next week at Carriageworks, the National Youth Theatre Company is presenting a series of new works as the first ever showcase of the NYTC. I’m performing with the Senior Ensemble and have been working with the Junior Ensemble as Assistant Director. You can buy tickets to the Senior Ensemble show ‘Growing Up’ here and if you enter the discount code RACHEL you’ll get cheaper tickets and the joy that comes from knowing you’ve used my name as a discount code. Tickets for the Junior Ensemble show ‘MUD’ and the Regional show ‘OUTBACK” are available through the NYTC website.

It’s going to be a busy few months, with shows and teaching pracs and thesis editing and camping ahead for the Applespielers. We hope that we’ll see you at the Fringe and TiNA/Crack Theatre Festival.