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Review – ‘Three’ ArtsLab 2009

Review – ‘Three’ ArtsLab 2009 Three| Shopfront Theatre Arts Lab 2009 Published on October 28, 2009 . 2 Comments In the unassuming heart of Carlton is a theatre called Shopfront. For those with momentary squinting eyes and furrowed brow who chime in with mysterious low tones “where’s Carlton?” (some think I’m talking Melbourne, some perhaps the area around the old […]

Final thoughts

Ok, so first of all, apologies are deserved. It has been a very long time since the closing night of the Three season, and I was meant to write these final thoughts quite a while ago but today is definitely the day to gather my thoughts about the whole process and put pen to paper… or […]

Over and Out

I write this lying in a hospital bed in Adelaide, city of churches and I have ArtsLab to thank for my current location. Its actually much better than it sounds. Since the final showing of ArtsLab in October, my work on ‘Words They Make with their Mouths’ has continued and I have brought it to […]

Looking Back on ArtsLab’09

Where am I now? Well I’m right here in front of the computer, creatively typing like a mad man and thinking about how to make a short film where a man dodges bullets and defeats an army of evil tin can robots that have taken over the world – If your wondering how will I […]

Three – Note from the Season Director

This season is the work of three amazingly talented emerging artists who have been in residence with the company over the last six months. These pieces were presented as works in progress in June and since then they have been torn apart, re-worked and put back together into their current form. What they exist as […]

Three Thank Yous

Dave would like to thank TVH Gallery, Katy Green, Marni Lefebvre, Lara Kerestes, TJ Eckleberg, Nerida Woods, Saskia Vromans, Sarah Emery, Michael Pigott, Eddi Goodfellow, Bronwyn Turnbull, Victoria Hunt, Darren Green, Chris Ryan, the other ArtsLabbers Tim and Sam, his partner – Lloyd, his parents – Geoff and Barbara, as well as everyone who kept […]

Words They Make With Their Mouths – The Season

Words They Make With Their Mouths – The Season

Words They Make with Their Mouths blurs the lines of identity and sometimes sanity as a single performer brings sixteen characters to life. Young people leave a pub, turn a corner, walk down a street and see their night take a very different direction. In the space of 100 metres their loves are requited, their fears confirmed and urges satisfied. Sometimes in that order. It presents young people’s stories, told from their own perspective but doesn’t let them get away with it. After all, they still have their youth.

Gallery – The Season

Gallery – The Season

Written and directed by David Buckley Photos: Alex Vaughan

The Slugabed Progressions – The Season

Written and performed by Sam Dalley Photos: Alex Vaughan

Not neater, but more precise

The words ‘neater’ and ‘precise’ are very close in definition, but they are a world apart in what they mean for the end of my script. Having met the deadline for the first complete draft of the show yesterday, I woke up today feeling a little less satisfied than I would care to be. The […]

Some Thoughts on Process

Last week is a blur, lost in strange time zones and jetlag. I can’t quite remember what I said to the guys before we finished the session all I can hope is that I was somewhat intelligible through my jetlag haze as to be of some help.  I have been having a few thoughts over […]

Shadows and Cardboard

a collection of images to inspire and reference for 2 puppetry scenes. —————————————————————————- >the rough styles, ideas and the vibe of the swimming shadow puppets: this scene is a small reference to a later scene in the piece that was included in the industry showing earlier this year at this point the Character has fallen […]

michael – pt 2

Yes, everything is going to be ok.

Some Sound

  Sound Cloud courtesy of myself and the Kirkpatrick. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!.. — Sam


THUMP-THUMP. THUMP-THUMP. THUMP-THUMP. The impending arrival of Mr Pigott puts butterflies that are caught in knots that are surrounded by squirming worms in my stomach and sets my heart at a rate of about 200bpm. In my head, I know that logically that he is only here to help, not to judge (well, not to […]

titles and spaces

A swift and possibly not-quite-all-the-way-thought-through decision on Tuesday night left me with a whole lot of questions, but excitingly enough, it came with a whole lot more possibilities that I am still reeling from slightly. My piece will not be performed in the theatre (gasp!). We will be exploring every nook and cranny of the […]

So you want to wear the curtains?

I have had an idea for a performance for a long time and it seems it has found a home in this piece. For the fantasy drag/mime interlude I am entertaining the idea of creating the costume from the set. The manky curtains become the train of the dress, and the dusty crochet rug becomes […]

producing some sounds

various phone messages were just sent and it looks as thou David Kirkpatrick will be producing some music with me in the studio for the soundtrack to Slugabed. he seemed keen to work with my ideas of initially using the experimental/satire/screamcore/grunge style of groups like Boredoms and Fantomas. we will be hitting the studio on […]

Piaf is my pin up girl

I have an inkling about what song to use for my mime fantasy interlude. ‘La Foule’ by Edith Piaf is exactly the right tone, right language and it has a great build. I can kind of already see the action on stage as the lyrics are so theatrical. Also the story the song tells is […]

New Direction

Interesting in the way Shopfront has organised the ArtsLab program, the myth that males cannot multitask takes spectacular form in my inability to focus on two projects at a time. It wasn’t until I found myself back in Sydney and all too quickly sliding into the swing of things that I felt able to fully […]

New Space – Chalk mapping out

As many people have told me i constantly change topics in conversations, arguements and Telling stories – I just completely put myself off track constantly. its a particular problem i have (but sometimes is also a gift) that ive been wanting to also explore. so i walked into the space today to write down ideas […]

Bright Lights, Big City

Japan is one big Fisher-Pykel Clothes Dryer. It’s heat sucks all the moisture out of you, it’s energy spins you in every direction, it confuses the hell out of you with it’s flashing lights and does it does so cleanly, efficiently and with no sound louder than the gentle hum of a whispering wind. But […]

Hessian and Tutus

Now that I am staring down the barrel of a seven week production period for my performance, I am finding it more difficult to separate content, form and design.  I have been daydreaming at work for hours about how I want the design to look and what sort of effect this will have on the […]


One of the new characters in the second section of my piece is Alistair. We have heard about him before but this is the first time we meet him.