The Ravens at Venus Theatre, Nov 2-26

The Ravens at Venus Theatre, Nov 2-26

THE RAVENS
By Alana Valentine
Directed by Deborah Randall

November 2 – 26, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Location: Venus Theatre.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Adult themes.

The Ravens is about Kira, a trying-to- be-ex sex worker in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia. When she receives a large victim’s compensation payout, deciding what to do with the money becomes more of a problem than a relief. A friend from her former life feels that she is ‘owed’ by Kira, and moves back into her life and her flat. Then a chance meeting with Nina, a young social work student working at the local chocolate shop, seems like it might give Kira the courage and support she needs to finally get the violent Marg out of her life. An encounter with one of Nina’s old age clients at a nursing home focuses Kira’s determination but now she wants to help her friend Nancy, who is still working at a brothel but living in a dominating lesbian relationship. Finally Nina suggests that she might use the money for her and Nancy to put on a play – a version of Shakespeare’s poem The Phoenix and the Turtle. It’s a routine Kira and Nancy used to do as a striptease for an old client – can they learn to change themselves, phoenix like, into something other than they have been for so long? Can love – of life, of self, of friends – be resurrected and transformed by art? As an evocative radio play, The Ravens won the 2015 BBC International Radio Writing Award from the BBC World Service. Venus Theatre is delighted to be presenting the world premiere of the stage play – a visceral, provocative work of fierce insight and compassion for womens’ struggle out of violence.

Tickets are $40 or $20 for Friend of Venus. Buy tickets here.

Auditions for Venus Theatre 2017 Season, Feb 12, 13 & 15

Auditions for Venus Theatre 2017 Season, Feb 12, 13 & 15

AUDITIONS FOR THE 2017 SEASON:
Sunday, February 12th from 11-3pm | Monday, February 13th from 6-9pm | Wednesday, February 15th from 6-9pm

Location: Venus Theatre.

SEEKING ALL TYPES

Please prepare a 2 minute monologue and be receptive to taking adjustments.

EMAIL: submissionsofvenus@gmail.com:
* Headshot and resume
* Day and time preferred (on the ½ hours)

Venus Theatre’s 2017 season:
March 16 – April 9, 2017: SELECTIONS FROM: The Methuen Drama Books of Suffrage Plays, Edited by Naomi Paxton
May 11 – June 4, 2017: TUNNEL VISION by Andrea Lepcio
September 7 – October 1, 2017: AGLAONIKE’S TIGER by Claudia Barnett
November 2 -26, 2017: THE RAVENS by Alana Valentine

Venus Theatre is among the longest running women’s theaters in the world.

Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah at Venus Theatre, Nov 17-Dec 11

Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah at Venus Theatre, Nov 17-Dec 11

SOFT REVOLUTION: SHAFANA AND AUNT SARRINAH BY ALANA VALENTINE

November 17 – December 11, 2016
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Location: Venus Theatre.

What do you do when you profoundly disagree with someone you love? At the heart of Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah is the story of a young Australian-born Muslim woman and an intergenerational clash with her own Aunt. Based on interviews with Afghani/ Australian Muslim women and produced with the support of a large number of Muslim women from a diversity of Muslim cultures in Australia, this play will compel audiences with its portrait of women who are articulate, highly educated and deeply spiritual. University student Shafana turns to the religion of her heritage for answers after a terrorist attack, resulting in a deep experience of faith and a controversial decision to wear the hijab. But for her Aunt Sarrinah, also a devout Muslim but old enough to regret the changes in her Afghan homeland, the hijab represents both a world from which she has escaped and her fears about the new world she has embraced. Above all, this play is a startling meditation on the clash between individual freedom and cultural context, experienced through two tender and fiercely drawn female characters.

Tickets are $20. Buy tickets here.

Auditions for Soft Revolution by Venus Theatre, Sep 26-28

Auditions for Soft Revolution by Venus Theatre, Sep 26-28

Venus Theatre will hold auditions for Soft Revolution
Monday, September 26, 2016 through Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Auditioning the part of 23 year old Shafana, a Muslim Australian Biology Student.

This is a character in Venus Theatre’s 58th woman empowering production. Soft Revolution is a world premiere play by Australian playwright Alana Valentine.

It rehearses Mid October through Mid November in the evenings and runs November 17- Dec 11, ThFrSt at 8 and Sun’s at 3.

Auditioning Monday, Sept 26, Tuesday Sept 27, and Wednesday Sept 28. Please bring a prepared contemporary monologue and plan for a cold reading and possible movement exercise.

Location: Venus Theatre.

To schedule an appointment contact deb@venustheatre.org with a preferred day and time.

SOFT REVOLUTION by Alana Valentine –
What do you do when you profoundly disagree with someone you love?
At the heart of Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah is the story of a young Australian-born Muslim woman and an intergenerational clash with her own Aunt. Based on interviews with Afghani/ Australian Muslim women and produced with the support of a large number of Muslim women from a diversity of Muslim cultures in Australia, this play will compel audiences with its portrait of women who are articulate, highly educated and deeply spiritual. University student Shafana turns to the religion of her heritage for answers after a terrorist attack, resulting in a deep experience of faith and a controversial decision to wear the hijab. But for her Aunt Sarrinah, also a devout Muslim but old enough to regret the changes in her Afghan homeland, the hijab represents both a world from which she has escaped and her fears about the new world she has embraced. Above all, this play is a startling meditation on the clash between individual freedom and cultural context, experienced through two tender and fiercely drawn female characters.