The Owl and Cat Theatre has experienced a change in direction over recent times with new producers and artistic directors, Gabrielle Savrone and Thomas Ian Doyle at the helm. The creative partners are set to announce their second season of curated works for 2016.
Doyle has chosen 4 plays from over three-hundred script submissions worldwide for Season 2: Black. For Doyle the process was reading the first ten pages of every script received, and then boiling the submissions down to a shortlist of about thirty plays. He then read these plays in full and, for the upcoming season, has selected four works that resonate with the Owl and Cats mission. Directors attend an hour long interview where both Doyle and Savrone get them to work creatively with actors. “The decisions can be very difficult at times, but seeing the productions come to life is well worth the effort involved,” they say.
As far as what audiences should expect, the producers say: “Audiences should expect to have an experience – beginning with the secret alleyway entrance, a beverage at our quaint bar, followed by a thought-provoking production that is sure to get your conversational juices flowing – it really is a great night out. We have a selection of both comedy and drama on offer in Season 2: Black, and all of the shows aim to shock you on some level by dealing with challenging themes. And if the plays fail to shock you, we guarantee our haunted bathroom will!”
Both Doyle and Savrone are hands on producers with a keen involvement in all facets of the business. “We are very proud of our seasons and always remain creatively involved in some capacity,” say Doyle. “For the upcoming season Black, Gabrielle will be acting in three of the productions and Thomas has written two plays and will also be directing these pieces.”
The aim of Season 2: Black is to provoke thought within the audience cohort and generate conversations around current social issues. “We are proud to be a cultural hub for Richmond and for the wider Melbourne Community, and hope to continue doing this for many years to come,” says Doyle. “We have a secret plan that we are busy cooking up which will be announced later on in the year- it’s kind of what we are doing now, but on steroids! That’s all we can say for now.”
The Owl and Cat is proud to be Melbourne’s most exciting independent theatre but being an independent theatre means financial support. The producers are always on the hunt for sponsors to get on board with their vision – contact Gabrielle at [email protected] for further info.
The venue is also offering a season pass to patrons which is a way to help support the theatre as well as save money on tix, this can be done on their website: www.owlandcat.com.au.
Season 2: Black is set to launch April 1st at The Food Court Art Space, a creative space in Docklands. Tickets are FREE and patrons can get a taste of what’s to come with the upcoming season, actors can also express their interest in auditioning for the upcoming productions.