Ensemble Theatre Spring Stages Play Reading


directed by Harriet Gillies


Date: Saturday 26 November, 2017
Time: Read to commence at 12pm. Q&A following read. Conclude by 3pm.
Location: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW 2061
Tickets: Tickets $12 full, $10 concession. No booking fee

Flex your creative muscles. Lend us your analytical ears. Help take a piece of theatre to the next level and enjoy a new play. Be part of the very first audience to hear a new Australian script in its early development, read by a talented cast of professional actors. Afterwards, take the opportunity to ask the writer, actors, director and other creative minds questions or let them know what your experience was.

A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE is about the Australian government spying on East Timor in 2004, in order to gain the advantage in negotiations about major oil and gas deposits in the Timor Sea. Playwright Zoe Hogan writes: “I wish I had come up with the premise myself, but unfortunately it is real. Maybe I should list Alexander Downer as a co-creator? It’s also a story that draws on my own experiences living in East Timor. Australia has recently been forced to attend conciliation processes at The Hague. It’s happening right now. So I hope that people will walk away thinking about it and wanting to find out more.”

This is the first time Zoe has shared her play outside a small circle of trusted confidantes and mentors. “It is a daunting step but I’m excited to share the story. My favourite thing about writing plays is the conversations that spark between writers and actors, directors and writers, and the creative team and the audience.”

Zoe Hogan is a graduate of University of Leeds and ATYP’s Fresh Ink program, and is a Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company. Her plays have been produced and presented at Buenos Aires Youth Biennale (Argentina), Women Playwrights International Conference (Sweden), ATYP, New Theatre and Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival.