THE BEE AND THE TREE – CAST

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Megan graduated from the University of Wollongong’s acting course in 2014, with a Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours (First Class) in Performance. As part of her studies, she performed in productions of Woyzeck, Elektra, Out There (Wild Wild World), and Ur-Hamlet. While at university, Megan also took part in developments with NIDA student directors and with the Australian Playwright’s Commission with Belvoir, wrote and directed her first short play Infrasound for the university’s multidisciplinary arts festival Nothing To See Here, and performed in Eaton Gorge Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth Night at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens. In 2014, as part of her Honours year, she co-devised (with Hannah Goodwin and Emma Hoole), wrote and performed The Girl Who Left Home To Learn Fear, a feminist exploration of the role of fairytale archetypes in contemporary life. Since leaving university, Megan has thrown herself into developing her practice, training with a variety of teachers and directors including Lyn Pierse, Benjamin Mathews, Kate Gaul, Anthony Brandon Wong and Barbara Robertson. Megan is excited to be working with Mongrel Mouth on The Bee And The Tree, and is looking forward to sharing this important story with the world.

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Briony studied at the Australian Institute of Music.

While studying, Briony performed in AIM’s production of Sweeney Todd and as Lilliane La Fleur in Nine directed by Barry Quin.

Outside of AIM Briony has appeared in New Theatre’s Sweeney Todd, Animals Australia’s Make It Possible TVC and Discordia Production’s Call Me Katie, a webseries loosely based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in which she played the title role of Katie Minola. Most recently Briony was seen eating many baked goods as Little Red in Blackout Theatre Company’s Into the Woods.

Briony has been a big fan of Mongrel Mouth’s productions for quite a while and is absolutely buzzing to be a part of The Bee and The Tree, especially as it is the first show her two nieces can actually attend!

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Tom Crotty

Tom Crotty, a known arachnophobe, will be playing the role of Spider. Currently undertaking his final year of University, Tom spends most of his time running the Theatre and Film society at UTS. Having performed in productions at ATYP, NIDA and throughout his tenure at UTS, he is thrilled to join the cast and crew at Mongrel Mouth. Tom believes immersive theatre presents endless possibilities to both performer and audience and is excited to explore this in The Bee and The Tree.

 

 

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Dianne Kaye

Dianne is a Singer, Actor, Dancer from Sydney. She has recently returned from New York, where she was lucky to complete a Musical Theatre Conservatory Program as a Talent Based Scholar at the New York Film Academy. Whilst in NYC, she made her off-Broadway musical theatre debut as Kim in the pop/rock comedy Single Room Occupancy. Some other stage credits include Triptych (DMT), Les Miserables (WTC), Hairspray (RMS/CTG), Princess Plum’s Prophecy (ATYP), Nasablanca (Seymour Centre) and Forbidden Broadway (Cleaveland Street Theatre). She performed as a soloist at the world-famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem in 2015, and wrote and produced a comedy short titled Grasshoppers Don’t Fly in the same year (due for release). In 2014, Dianne was named Star Central Magazine’s ‘Female Artist to Watch Out For’. She is a proud PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and Ars Musica Australis fellow. Dianne is also a passionate teaching artist, having earned her B. Education at the University of Sydney.

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Eli King

Eli King enjoyed his most recent character performance as Sidney in JP Shanley’s Where’s My Money with Seeker Productions. He is known from various stage, film, and TV roles, some of which are Rochester in Jane Eyre, Walid in Australian film Cedar Boys, and Omar in Australian TV series Heartbreak High. Eli is currently a co-producer in grass roots film company, Filmwish Pictures. He is writing and acting in two upcoming short films, Seconds and META.  He is also an affiliate of Mongrel Mouth Productions, and he has recently performed in their productions Like Me and The Age of Entitlement. He is also an accomplished singer under the name HR King, songwriter, and recording artist, with pop songs ‘Glamour Baby’ and ‘Fearless’ played nationally on Today FM and The Edge 96.1FM in 2009. Eli King studied full-time at Uta Hagen’s HB Studio in New York for two years. He then continued studies with Annie Swann at The Actor’s Lab, studying the Stella Adler Technique. In 2015 he completed the Larry Moss masterclass in Sydney.

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Moreblessing Maturure

As an ‘actor slash model, and not the other way around’ (Zoolander), Moreblessing Maturure has thrived upon the creative energy of performance from a very young age. After moving to Australia in 2004 from Zimbabwe she made the choice to realise her dream of being an actress. With a plethora of accents, languages, and musical skills under/on/in her belt, Moreblessing has frequently invested these attributes as a model youth and ambassador within her community (humility apparently being none of them).

Alongside her studies in psychology and business management, Moreblessing has committed herself conscientiously to take on every great acting opportunity that has presented itself to her, including becoming a resident actor with Underground Cinema and Mongrel Mouth, being an active part in both of these company’s immersive theatre productions. In October of 2015 she performed at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in The Q’s artist-devised production of The Bacchae. She will be returning there later this year as a resident artist with a talented group of young and educated creatives to devise a new work.

She begins this year as part of the ensemble cast of ATYP’s Voices Project which coincides with her directorial debut in Neighbours as part of the Short and Sweet season. Moreblessing’s acting skills can be next seen in The Bee and the Tree, which she also contributed to as a writer. Moreblessing will be working on producing and directing a range of new projects set to be staged later on this year. She took part in the new Australian play Fallout written by Lauren Pearce and a sell-out season at the New Theatre in The School for Scandal. She has procured further stage experience in Money and Friends (The Theatre on Chester), The Producers (Rockdale Musical Society), Twelfth Night (UNSW NUTS), and Fame: The Musical. Furthermore, Moreblessing has partaken in the music video of Julia Why?’s ‘Just One Night’, short films The Last Men, web series On Patrol and government initiative videos Young People’s Rights.

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Brigid O’Sullivan

Brigid has been involved in the entertainment industry since she was a child. A graduate of the Ensemble Studios, Brigid’s numerous film and television appearances include Rake, cult TV series and movie Pizza, The Madness of King George, ABC’s Short & Sweet, E Street and Roy and HG’s Olympics, the games Razorhurst and Chinaheart and the upcoming feature Dead Down Under

This year she will return in the one-woman show Pioneers in Petticoats performing at historic houses and venues. She has performed leading roles at the Seymour Centre, Q Theatre, Ensemble, Bondi Pavilion and toured extensively with the physical and educational theatre Shakespeare Where you Like It. In London she played the lead in a sell-out West End production of White with Wire Wheels, Also featured in My Life in the Bush of Ghosts with The Royal Court and played leads at numerous London venues such as The King’s Head, the BAC and Riverside Studios. She toured extensively throughout the UK as well as performing in traditional rep and pantomime.

As creator and producer with LaLaLa Productions she has conceived and produced entertainment for the IDEA Awards, The Aroma Coffee festival, Opera in the Vineyards and the Spring Racing Carnival and many blue chip corporate events and community festivals. As Corporate Co-ordinator at Medical and Corporate Actors (MACA,) she works extensively as a specialist medical and corporate actor as well producing numerous films.

 

Latisha Owens

Latisha Owens

Latisha loves acting, dancing and singing and is a hard-working performer with a big personality. A Korean-born Australian, she fell in love with the Australian culture and lifestyle and jokes that she has turned into a banana.

Latisha has attended acting, modelling, dancing and singing courses in Sydney and overseas – J A Dramatic Arts, Screen Practice and NIDA. She has worked in film, commercials, television, stage, and modelling, and particularly loves working in comedy, recently performing in immersive theatre production Like Me (2015), comedy web-series Quite Frankly (2015) and a comedy stage show A Jolly Sinister Jape (2014). She is also working on stand up comedy and loves it.

Latisha joined Mongrel Mouth for The Age of Entitlement (Ms Rosebay), continued with Like Me (Poppy) and is excited to do another tremendous show with Mongrel Mouth – The Bee and The Tree.

 

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Irene Sarrinikolaou

Irene is a Sydney-based dramatic soprano, director, producer and educator, with a performance background in opera and musical theatre. She trains in the bel canto tradition with Arax Mansourian, and has previously studied with Reginald Byers and Dallas Watts. Since 2005 she has run her own production company, ANGELVOICES, which specialises in live vocal and theatrical entertainment. It was formed in to provide performance opportunities for aspiring producers, directors and performers. Since then ANGELVOICES has produced major outdoor festivals and events including the Strathfield Carols by Candlelight, Victor Trumper Day at the SCG and the Parramatta Australia Day festival. Other activities include co-producing the Verismo Studio season of Pagliacci, the Renaissance Players Runnymede concerts, the Peoples’ Proms, the film Gabriel, and collaborations with other professional singers of opera, musical theatre, world music and jazz. This year she has been working on the third performance season with ANGELVOICES, and has created two productions staged at the Vanguard so far: Quite Continental and Swingin’ It. She has sung the principal role in Konstantine Koukias’ opera Kimisis, and is working on other projects as director, producer and performer. Irene is passionate, hard-­working, inspired and meticulous!

Current projects include soprano soloist and assistant producer for IHOS Opera’s Kimisis (Sydney season), director/producer of ArtEmis Greek Festival, soprano soloist for Theodorakis’ Mauthausen and Ritsos’ Moonlight Sonata, and producer of Kat Productions The Plot, a new Australian play.

Sharon Zeeman

 

Sharon Zeeman

Sharon’s love affair with the stage began at the tender age of six, singing at community events, corporate functions, pubs, clubs, and charity events. Her passion for the performing arts led her to complete a Bachelor of Education at the University of Southern Queensland, majoring in Theatre, Indigenous Studies, and English Literature. Sharon also studied Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music and Advanced Screen Acting at Screenwise.

Sharon’s theatre credits include Nine, Parramatta Girls, Henry V, Sweeney Todd, Grey, Herman and Rosie, Other Brother, Deep Shallow Empty, The Silence Came, The Age of Entitlement and Like Me.  As a writer, Sharon has developed a variety of works for the stage including comedies, musicals and dramas and she has recently also begun writing for screen.  Having been a part of the Mongrel Mouth journey from the beginning, Sharon is thrilled to continue bringing the Mongrel vision to audiences as a co-writer and actor in The Bee and The Tree.