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An independent production of Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck at Sydney's New Theatre.
An independent production of Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck at Sydney's New Theatre.
28 backers pledged AU$ 6,560 to help bring this project to life.

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New Surge Target: $8000

You did it! 

With your support, we've managed to reach our target in just under two weeks! 

Thank you! 

 We now have our operating budget for the show. This thing is going to happen! 

If you haven't pledged yet, don't let that discourage you. You can still pre-purchase your tickets along with signed posters, collectables, t-shirts & more through Kickstarter. 

 Every dollar we can raise beyond this target will help us market the show to a wider audience and ensure we can make plenty back to pay the artists and performers, who have put their blood, sweat and literal tears into this project. 

So we're setting a surge goal of $8000. With those extra funds, we can make sure we're performing to packed houses and all the artists can still pay their rent. That's only an additional $2000 from where we are now. With your help, we're sure we can make it! 

No pledge is too small. Every little bit will help us get there. Check out our rewards to find the level of support that's right for you. 

If you've already pledged, thank you once again for your amazing support. We couldn't possibly have done this without you! 

Kitty, Rich and the whole Sure Foot Team

The Play: Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck

Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. 

After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters' world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own. 

A high-stakes story of desperation, obsession and betrayal, Mauritius follows the transformation of a young woman from lamb to lioness as she discovers how fragile loyalty can really be when a precious family heirloom is on the line. 

Mauritius
Mauritius

 

What is this? 

This is good old fashioned entertainment with a lot of heart. At Sure Foot Productions we love a good story, a good thrill, a good laugh and characters you can love, hate and love to hate. 

Our last show, The Credeaux Canvas by Keith Bunin had a successful run at The Tap Gallery back in 2012. It’s taken us four years to find a new script that we’re as passionate about bringing to our audience. What can we say? We’re a picky bunch. If we’re going to go to all that effort, we want to make sure the show you come and see is going to be a great night out and leave you feeling inspired and entertained. Our greatest wish is that you spend the rest of the night, and possibly a bit of the next week, talking about the characters and the story -- preferably over plenty of wine and cheese! 

So who are Sure Foot Productions? 

We are Kitty Hopwood and Richard Cornally! 

Richard Cornally (Director/Producer) 

Having studied extensively at ATYP as a youngster, Richard went on to graduate from the Actors’ Studio Australia in 2008 and fulfilled a years-long dream in 2016 when he travelled to New York to study with Patsy Rodenberg. Richard began teaching at the Actors Studio just prior to his graduation and went on to become the Artistic Director of Sydney Drama School from 2012-2016. He has now been teaching acting for 10 years. He began studying creative writing at The Writers’ Studio in 2013 and became a tutor for them in 2014. In 2012 RIchard co-founded Sure Foot Productions, which mounted its first independent theatre production (THE CREDEAUX CANVAS) to full houses and rave reviews at Sydney’s iconic Tap Gallery. These days Richard shares his time between his role as tutor for The Writers’ Studio, teacher at The Sydney Drama School, continuing to develop several writing, directing and acting projects and pretending to have a social life. His acting credits include THE BALD SOPRANO (PACT), AND NOW TO BED (Kings Cross Theatre), THE CREDEAUX CANVAS (Tap Gallery), BEDROOM FARCE (Darlinghurst Theatre), TOM & NICOLE (Melbourne Comedy Festival), several short films and the feature film TWENTYTEN, which won Best Picture at the Clearwater Film Festival. As a Director, Richard has had the pleasure to work in both theatre and film, most recently on the the web series THE BENCH, for which he also oversaw the script development process and wrote one episode. Richard believes there is no point to living if you aren’t challenging yourself. 

Kitty Hopwood (Producer/Jackie) 

Kitty is an Actor, Producer, 1st AD and lover of stories. She graduated from The Actors Studio Australia in 2011 and went on to study at Atlantic Acting School in New York, where she perfected the arts of couch-surfing and salad-bar-dining. Since 2011, Kitty’s stage credits have included Romeo & Juliet (Angela Blake), Joan, Again (Paul Gilchrist), The Credeaux Canvas - which she also co-produced with Sure Foot Productions (directed by Byron Kaye), Between Us (Byron Kaye), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Keith Agius), A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur (Byron Kaye) and Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Andrew Doyle). Screen credits include short films Blackbird, Through Hands, Mailbox, Timing & In Flames, as well as upcoming web series The Bench. Kitty is a founding partner of Sure Foot Productions. 

Annette Freeman (Associate Producer) 

Annette is thrilled to be involved with Sure Foot Productions and the staging of this great play. As a writer and an avid theatre-goer over many years, Annette believes that charity begins at home, and that if we want great indie theatre in Sydney then it’s a splendid idea to get in there and support the creative teams doing what they love. Annette is an author of three books of memoir, including the story of her legendary Sydney bookshop-cafe Tea In The Library, and a novel “The Bright Side Of Life” which features a young Australian actor trying to break into the London stage. She is also an inveterate traveller, her favourite destinations split between the remote corners of the Earth, such as Easter Island, and the arts hubs of the world such as London and New York. Annette’s arts passions are opera, with its drama and music, and intimate and powerful live theatre. She’s been a patron sponsor of Opera Australia, English National Opera, the Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Writers Festival. 

Who are our cast, we hear you say? 

Emma Louise (Mary) 

Emma has trained as both an actor and voice coach, having completed her Bachelor of Theatre Arts in Acting (USQ), and her Graduate Diploma in Voice Studies (NIDA). As well as years of directing, vocal coaching and performing in many independent theatre productions across Sydney, she also runs ‘Em’s Entertainment’ – a Theatre-In-Education company specialising in performance for under 7’s. Roles include Grusha Caucasian Chalk Circle (New Theatre), Polly Bedtime For Bastards (Under the Table Productions), Phillippa The Bridesmaid Must Die! (Tunks Productions), Daria We’ll Always Have Wagga (Tunks Productions), Sammi Hell Hath No Fury (Tunks Productions), Kyra Girl From The West Of The City (Catalyst Theatre Productions), The Grand High Witch The Witches (New Theatre), Olive Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll (New Theatre), Yolanda Petroleum (Tunks Productions), Melanie Canary (New Theatre), Paulina The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare On The Green), Mum Vernon God Little (New Theatre), Dawn Jerusalem (New Theatre), Axis Pinball (Duck Duck Goose), and Edith The Women (New Theatre). 

Peter-William Jamieson (Dennis) 

Originally from the South Coast, Peter-William moved to Sydney, where he studied at a variety of differing acting schools and programs, such as NIDA's Young Actors Studio, ATYP's Young Artists Program, Sydney's Screen Actors Group and the Hubstudio with Kevin Jackson. Peter-William has successfully worked in a multitude of theatre and film projects, whether it's being credited as an actor, writer, producer or director. His credits include 'Wind In the Willows' (Theatre), 'Rats' (Theatre), 'Year Of The Family' (Theatre), 'Retrograde' (Theatre), 'Last Words' (Short), 'Benny' (Short), 'Importance of Being Earnest' (Theatre), 'Hamlet' (Theatre), 'Drown' (Feature), 'Looking For Hero's' (Short), 'Antigone - Burial of Thebes' (Theatre), 'PLANS' (Webseries) and 'The Great Gatsby' (Feature). 

Andy Simpson (Philip) 

Andy Simpson has been working as an actor since 1990. He has performed in the UK and Australia across a variety of media. Part of the team that rejuvenated Edinburgh’s Hill Street Theatre in 1991, Andy appeared in numerous plays, including A Lie of the Mind, Much Ado About Nothing, Animal Farm, After Magritte and many others. Other theatre performances include seasons at The Kings Head, The Orange Tree and Whitechapel Theatre. Most recently, Andy appeared as Captain William Geary, one of Australia’s most notorious early bushrangers, in Matilda Fish and the Bushranger. He was also part of the original Kinetic Theatre cast that created The Electricity Show, an educational theatre show still touring the UK today. Andy is a talented improviser and has performed on London’s South Bank as part of the Museum of the Moving Image ensemble, along with several street theatre troupes, most notably at Covent Garden and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Most of his spare time is spent playing Softball, AKA the greatest sport in the world. 

Brett Heath (STERLING) 

Brett has worked in the theatre, film and television industry for some time. Theatre work includes Glengarry Glen Ross (Darlo Theatre), Hamlet (Emu Heights), self-penned ABACUS (The Stables, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne Fringe), Missing Pieces (Adelaide Fringe), Dangerous Liaisons and Short & Sweet, a finalist twice. For The New Theatre, productions include The Chapel Perilous, The Cherry Orchard, Privates on Parade, The Quartered Man, Sink the Belgrano. TV/film include Underbelly-Golden Mile, Rake and Red Dog. Brett trained at The Roy Hart Theatre, France, and mentoring by Robert Lepage. Other ventures include directing Home and Away, photographic exhibitions, producing theatre in NYC and sound recordist on Happy Feet.

Mauritius Cast
Mauritius Cast

And here are the other key creatives that will help bring this story to life: 

LOUISE MASON ( LIGHTING DESIGNER)

Louise Mason, was born in the UK and moved to Sydney 6 years ago. Having worked in the industry for the last 13 years, lighting design has always been an on-going passion, along aside working in other areas within the field. Her most recent work was with Depot Theatre designing Sex Objects. Before that, Little Dog at the New Theatre. Before this, she worked with Siren Theatre Co, designing their most recent season Invisible. She will be travelling to Edinburgh festival later this year with them. Louise is excited to carry on designing in more diverse stages and works. 

NED MCPHIE (COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER) 

Ned’s career as a composer began from contemporary origins as an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. With a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), and a Graduate Diploma of Screen Music from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), he is now a freelance music composer in Sydney's Inner West. Although his passion lies with composing orchestral scores with memorable sweeping melodies, his scores encompass a vibrant collection of textures, ideas and genres. Ned has created original works across a large spectrum of tonal palettes, and in a number of media formats, such as documentary, theatre, short film, feature film, advertisement and video games." 

RHYS NICHOLSON (SET DESIGNER) 

Immersion stems from a balanced play of narrative, imagination, and practical elements. Rhys William Nicolson, founder of The Orchard Productions and Set Design, is focused on delivering palpable and atmospheric environments by designing and dressing sets that support the story as well as highlight it. With a wide variety of experience in films and feature productions, Rhys' true passion comes from the collaboration with his peers in the creative industry. Recently, he has initiated a feature-focused push on the property where he grew up, affectionately known as "The Orchard". Having been a stone-fruit Orchard in the Nicolson family since 1897, The Orchard Productions looks to continue the long history and legacy of the property and Nicolson family and push forward into the exciting world of production.

Now you can help us make it happen.

We haven’t got far to go, and your contribution will make a big difference in ensuring that this show is the best it can be.

WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR

Just in case you think we’re a bunch of “lifestyle choicers”, here’s what we’ve achieved on our own:

  • Bought the performance rights for the play.
  • Scored a spot at one of the best indie theatres in Sydney (New Theatre) on the strength of our application. 
  • Covered the cost of the theatre and all related ticketing and front of house expenses for the three-week run. 
  • Insured our precious talent and audience. 
  • Secured a PR agent. 
  • Assembled our stellar cast and creative team. 
  • Designed our posters and fliers.

HOW YOU CAN HELP 

One of the challenges in independent theatre is creating a show on a limited budget at a professional standard to delight a discerning audience. These are some of the ways you can help lift this show to that standard:

  • Making sure we have somewhere to rehearse. We will be rehearsing between 16 and 20 hours a week between now and opening night. Every contribution you make ensures we can do that in a professional rehearsal space. 
  • Building the set. Our stage designer and director have been tinkering away at the visual world they plan to create. Your help will make sure we can source all the furniture and set dressing items we need to realise their vision. 
  • Props! It’s the details that matter, the little touches that make a show memorable and stay in your mind for years after. For some levels of contribution, you can even take home one of the props after the show! 
  • Recording music. Our composer is giving generously of his own time and he can play about a dozen instruments himself, but in order to make the soundscape of this play as moving and immersive as possible, we may need to hire some additional musicians. 
  • Making sure people know it’s on! Although we’ve secured a PR agent to stop the presses, there are many other ways in which we need to get the word out there. Your word of mouth will make the biggest difference so please share share share. After that: printing fliers, posters, FB ads and good old fashioned pavement pounding will help us make sure the vibe on every night is electric. 
  • Pay the creatives! The last people to see the rewards of projects like these are always the creatives, who give so generously of their time and their talent. Maybe it should be the other way around, but you have a chance to balance the scales. Once we’ve covered all our expenses, every dollar above that will be divided up amongst our cast and creative team to thank them for their hard work and dedication. They are the ones who take us on that moving and entertaining journey. Let’s show them our appreciation.

Risks and challenges

Once we've got the set built and dressed, our actors in costumes and everyone show-ready, our biggest challenge will be marketing the show to build our audience.

Full houses will be the key factor in making this show a success and delivering a rich and entertaining experience for our backers. The show is going to happen, no matter what, and so will your rewards. The big question is how much buzz will be in the room once you're sitting in those seats. The bigger the audience the more exciting the experience will be for everyone on and off the stage.

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

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    We’re bonded now. You’ll always have a place in our hearts.
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    • Premium Reserved Seats for any performance (excl. opening night).
    • Free program when you come see the show.
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    The world needs more people like you.
    Your generous donation has made sure that our creatives will receive a share of the profits from the show!
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    To show our appreciation we're going to give you:

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    • Free program when you come see the show.
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    • Limited Edition Mauritius Post Office Cover signed by the cast!
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    • Premium Reserved Seats for any performance (excl. opening night).
    • Free program when you come see the show.
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    You are a game changer! Your wonderful contribution has made sure that this show is the best it can be and that everyone involved is rewarded for their efforts.
    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We would love you be involved with our show and have thought up a whole list of rewards for your generosity:

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    • Free program when you come see the show.
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