DPS News

My Darling Patricia present new work at the Sydney Festival 2014

By Julie Fraser

12 December, 2013

Performance Studies’ Technical Director Richard Manner joins My Darling Patricia as lighting designer for their new work “The Piper”, at Carriageworks 8-19 January.

“The Piper” is a live performance work based around a retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin story, with audiences invited into an immersive stage environment involving multimedia, puppetry, and innovative stagecraft and lighting. Suitable for children (5 plus), the first stage development of “The Piper” was part of the Department of Performance Studies’ Artists-in-Resident programme at the Rex Cramphorn Studio in 2011. “The Piper” was the Department’s Major Project that year, part of our Rehearsal Studies programme in which Undergraduate students majoring in Performance Studies observe professional companies, like My Darling Patricia, as they creative and rehearse new work for performance. Visit http://www.mydarlingpatricia.com/thepiper for further information.

Contact:Amanda Card or Richard Manner
Phone: 61 2 9351 8253


Christopher Hay, a phd student with the department, has received a Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for 2013. These grants are very competitive and we congratulate Chris on his appointment and look forward to working with him this year.

Dr Paul in new play at Belvoir

Our own Paul Dwyer is in the new play Beautiful One Day, a collaboration between ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & version 1.0 and Belvoir St Theatre, created by Sean Bacon, Magdalena Blackley, Kylie Doomadgee, Paul Dwyer, Eamon Flack, Rachael Maza, Jane Phegan, Harry Reuben & David Williams - at Belvoir St - 17 Nov-23 Dec 2012.

Recent postgraduate Dr Kath Bicknell writes for new magazine

Recent DPS graduate Dr Kath Bicknell not only tutors with the department but has just joined the staff of a new publication Flow Mountain Bike. Their first issue features an article by Kath on Australia's mountain bike representatives at the London Olympics, Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell. As Kath says: "On a geek note for students wondering 'what next' [with a degree in Performance Studies], ideas from phenomenology and embodiment often underpin my column writing, while rehearsal studies/ethnography [both a feature of the DPS undergrad curriculum] carry over a lot when writing extended interviews and thinking about the sport from someone else's world of experience."

Check out the journal's website flowmountainbike.com or Kath's blogg

Postgrad success at ADSA

DPS postgraduate Janet McGaw was runner up in the Veronica Kelly Award for best postgraduate paper at the 2012 ADSA conference in Brisbane this July with her paper: "Nomads in a Strange Town: the role of itinerant professionals in NSW country drama societies". Katherine Johnson, also a DPS postgraduate, received an honorable mention for her paper: "Sense(s) and Sensibilities: performing British identities in (multi)cultural landscapes."

Martin del Amo New Work

Honorary Artistic Associate Martin del Amo staged his newest work Anatomy of an Afternoon featuring dancer Paul White at the Sydney Festival this Januaary. For more details see Sydney Festival. Or see a 13 minute excerpt from the original development at Critical Path, and other snippets of work by Martin del Amo, filmed by Samuel James on Vimeo.com.

Where are they now?

Find out what graduates of Performance Studies are up to.

  • Director Anne-Louise Sarks, who has a BA Honours in Performance Studies, co-wrote and directed the smash hit Medea at Belvoir Street in October/November 2012
  • Recent postgraduate Dr Justine Shih Pearson is the Acting Director (2012/13) of Critical Path, NSW's dance research organisation at Rushcutters Bay.
  • Former Performance Studies student Catherine Daniel is in Kenya working with Vertical Circus on a social circus and music project. link to you tube to see short doco on latest show