Presented by Thirty Five Square and Old 505 Theatre for FreshWorks Femme 2019
It’s a beautiful day at the Duckpond. Plenty of bread at the Duckpond. Everybody is happy at the Duckpond. Nobody sleeps at the Duckpond. They only eat at the Duckpond. If you’re a good duck, you can go to the Cloud.
Stranded after a plane crash, a flight attendant finds herself in the absurd dystopia of the Duckpond. She befriends Duck, a duck addicted to nutrient-poor white bread, and meets the Duckpond’s all-knowing dictator, Homer. What ensues is a madcap scroll through funny animal videos, clickbait listicles, and bread-related humour.
Switch off your smartphones for this brand new play about clickbait and the attention economy. You won’t believe what happens next!
Writer/Producer Tabitha Woo
Director Alison Bennett
Sound Designer Tegan Nicholls
Lighting Designer Artie Hotchkies
Stage Manager Hannah Crane
Flight Attendant Melissa Hume
Duck Rizcel Gagawanan
The Memes Samantha Lambert & Ruudi Hendricks
Homer Danen Engelenberg
Old 505 Theatre
5 Eliza St, Newtown 2042
All shows 7pm
General Admission $30 +bf
Concession/Under 30/Industry $25 +bf
Access: The Old 505 Theatre is located on Level One of the building, and is currently only accessible via the stairs.
“It’s not hyperbole to say that we are at a crossroads in the human condition. Different thinkers have called this period the Information Age or the Intelligence Era. Production is no longer measured in physical quantities...but by data...”
Bored and Brilliant, Manoush Zomorodi
“[T]he cloud...All that information – all that information capacity – looms over us, not quite visible, not quite tangible, but awfully real; amorphous, spectral; hovering nearby, yet not situated in any one place. Heaven must once have felt this way to the faithful.”
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, James Gleick
Melissa Hume - Flight Attendant
Melissa Hume is an actor, theatre and filmmaker, devisor, immersive performer and performance artist. She holds a BA in Acting (Screen and Stage) from CSU and also trained with Anne Bogart and SITI company at their Summer Intensive in New York. Melissa is interested in the subversion of the ordinary into the theatrical and extraordinary, viewing performance based art as an opportunity for the collective experience to examine context, culture, ourselves and provoke social and political change. She is interested in all forms of performance especially new, devised and unconventional works. Melissa has worked both locally and toured nationally with a number of companies and collaborators some including Ninefold, Lies, Lies & Propaganda, Ratcatch, Revolving Days, Hurrah Hurrah, Leftovers Collective, Øfferings, City of Sydney, Brand X and Wagga Civic Council.
Rizcel Gagawanan - Duck
Rizcel is a Filipino-Australian actor originally from Brisbane. Her most recent stage roles have been in Shakespeare works such as Othello (63 Globes) and SheShakespeare’s all-female production of Macbeth. On screen her work includes Friendzoned Island, Where We Go, Marcelo, and appearances in upcoming web-series created by talented women of colour such as Chikas and Carpark Clubbing (ABC iView). Rizcel is also an emerging writer and theatre maker and is part of Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s inaugural Emerging Theatre Makers Group and SWEATSHOP, a literacy movement in Western Sydney. Through writing and producing initiatives Rizcel aims to create opportunities for other artists who are underrepresented in the industry. Rizcel is passionate about supporting fresh new works created by emerging artists and has helped in the development of many works by women and playwrights of colour. She is very excited to be a part of Tabitha's new work, Duckpond. Quack!
Samantha Lambert - Meme
Samantha is a Sydney-based actor, theatre-maker and devisor, having undertaken an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) at the Regional Institute of Performing Arts in Newcastle. Her credits include Broken and Final Placement (Theatre Travels / No Intermission), Romeo & Julien (Wildcard Productions), (Misery's) Feats of the Little Known (FOOL Grown Collective), The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fingerless Theatre), Richard II and The Dog, The Night and The Knife (The Other Theatre), The Dark Room (Stooged Theatre), Grace (Knock & Run), JIG (Blacklight Theatre), Whitewash (Bohemia Theatre / Short&Sweet) and Rumours of Polar Bears (Eclectic Productions).
Rudolf Hendrikx - Meme
Rudolf Hendrikx is an actor and interdisciplinary performer originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a 2016 WAAPA grad. In 2017 and 2018, Rudolf toured with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show through Australia and New Zealand. In early 2017 he performed his first solo SIN at Fringeworld in Perth, WA. The previous year he worked with PVI Collective on Resist at the Disrupted Festival of Ideas and Blackmarket for the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF). Throughout 2016 Rudolf has worked with the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF) as a facilitator and performer, educating students of all ages across Western Australia through live and interactive performances. In 2015 Rudolf joined OzFrank Theatre from Brisbane as an artist in residence at the Tasmanian College of the Arts where they devised and performed Artaud de Facteau. Rudolf is also a certified Yoga teacher.
Danen Engelenberg - Homer
Danen grew up in Karratha, a small town located in the Pilbara, Western Australia. His thirst for adventure saw him spend most of his time outside absorbing the beauty of nature, playing sport and mountain biking. As luck would have it, a friend introduced him to the arts and he soon found himself centre stage playing Lockie Leonard in Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo. In that moment, he knew he had found his passion. With opportunity being scarce in the country, he moved to Perth and completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Curtin University. After graduating he began landing roles in multiple Blue Room shows, including Concussion by Ross Mueler, and Armour, by Tom Jeffcote, but a desire for further training saw him accept a position at NIDA and complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting). He is excited now to begin working professionally and create work that inspires and moves an audience.
Tabitha Woo - Writer/Producer
Tabitha’s offbeat, intimate and highly physical approach to theatre making has seen her through many roles on and off stage. Her writing includes Duckpond, House on Fire, and the semi-autobiographical one-woman show, A Westerner’s Guide to the Opium Wars (Kings X Theatre, Sydney/The Blue Room Theatre, Perth). In addition to producing her own work, she produced the Australian premiere of Leaves (Some Company), Red Cross (Arrive. Devise. Repeat.), I Hate You My Mother (assistant producer, Real Harpy/White Box Theatre with Red Line Productions), and MinusOneSister (assistant producer, Stories Like These for Griffin Independent).
Alison Bennett - Director
Alison is a director/performer and the artistic director of Hurrah Hurrah. With Hurrah Hurrah she has created, produced & performed in Frenzy for Two, The Seagull, TRADE and Roomba Nation. As performer Alison has most recently been seen in Join the Dots (Sydney Festival/Sydney Opera House & Ota City Museum Japan), Zelos (Painted Gate Pictures), TROUPE (by Dream Time Films, commissioned by the Bestival Music Festival UK), as well as This is Not Mills and Boon (Glorious Thing Theatre Co), Roadkill Confidential (Lies, Lies & Propaganda), Macondo’s Clothesline (NIDA Independent) & The Magic Hat (Drop Bear Theatre). She has been a professional mentor of the Pathways program for Milk Crate Theatre and at Spark Youth Theatre as well as a producer for the Rapid Response Program at PACT Centre for Emerging Arts. She is currently producing ‘Remains’ (working title) with Chopt Logic at the Old Fitz for Mardi Gras 2020.