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Meet the Makers: Metamorphosis

25 August 2019

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Sunday 25 August, 3pm

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I’ve personally found doing an adaptation quite liberating. . . approach it as a fresh piece of writing, honing in on what it was about the spirit of the original that drew you to the material.” Playwright Helen Machalias talks about the creative development of People Might Hear You by Robin Klein

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Join The Street’s Artistic Director Caroline Stacey in conversation with the creative team of Metamorphosis – director Adam Broinowski, and designers Imogen Keen, Kimmo Vennonen and Andrew Meadows - in a conversation about the process of bringing this classic adaptation of a classic novel to life  onstage from direction to costumes and set to lighting and sound.

Adam Broinowski is an academic, writer and theatre maker. Adam has worked as a director, performer and writer with Australian and international artists and companies since 1994, including as a member of Tokyo-based Gekidan Kaitaisha while a researcher at the University of Tokyo in the 2000s. He teaches in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on Japanese and Asian Studies, Performance and Historical Studies, and critical International Relations. He earned a PhD in modern Japanese history and cultural studies (performance, film) from the University of Melbourne. He published a monograph Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during and after the Cold War (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).  Adam is also the co-founder of Social Repair Service with Emma Strapps. 


Imogen Keen is an award-winning set and costume designer for professional theatre production. She has enjoyed a long collaboration with The Street Theatre, including design for: A Doll’s House, Part 2, Venus in Fur; Diary of a Madman; The Weight of Light; Boys Will Be Boys; Under Sedation; Constellations; Cold Light; The Faithful Servant; The Chain Bridge; MP; Where I End & You Begin, The Give & Take; To Silence; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Lawrie and Shirley; Albert Herring; Dido and Aeneas. She has collaborated with David Atfield on Exclusion, Blackbird and Scandalous Boy, all seen on The Street stage. Imogen has received Canberra Critics Circle Awards for Theatre Design (2009; 2011; 2018) and an MEAA Peer Acknowledgement Award (2011).


Kimmo Vennonen is a sound designer and engineer and director of  KV Productions -  long-standing business on the Canberra recording scene. In 2010 Kimmo won the MEAA Green Room Award for creative and innovative sound design. In 1991 his work on Collaborations with Jim Denley won the prestigious Prix Italia for the ABC. He studied immersive sound in a geodesic dome, becoming an ANU Visiting Fellow in the late nineties. He has run a music mastering studio at Gorman Arts Centre since 1997. Designs for The Street include:  Icarus, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again; Cold Light; The Chain Bridge; Where I End and You Begin; Bartleby; All This Living, and The Faithful Servant.  Other work includes The Slip Lane (AITC); Ghosts in the Scheme (bigHart); VerbatimAntigone (CYT);  Blue Roof; The Lost Thing; and, Pearl vs the World (Jigsaw Theatre). He collaborated with Denise Higgins and Gary Smith on Vox Nautica (ANCA), The Barbed Maze (CCAS) and on Anthology (Morris & Buining) at Westlake.


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