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Statement of Intent 2018+

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Simon J Green’s
Statement of Intent For
The X Gene Pty Ltd

I WANT:

I want to write original plays, and produce fun theatre for my company, The X Gene.

I want to make The X Gene a theatre company that can tell my stories, and that economically and creatively supports a group of makers I respect and trust.

I want the stories we tell to be fun and fantastic, using genre (sci-fi, horror, fantasy, adventure, etc) to explore and blow up our social fears.

I want structural narrative to dominate the development process, so that all of our choices come back to the story and its why/purpose. I think Aaron Sorkin, Ann Patchett and David Mamet do this well.

I want the company and the productions to develop us as professionals, while also providing a platform for bringing up underrepresented groups in theatre (women, people with disability, people of colour).

I want the audience to enjoy the escapism, the colour, the sounds and sights, while still appreciating the underlying social messages. I think Pixar, Tina Fey, Mike Schur and the Shaun of the Dead team are role models for this style of storytelling.

I NEED:

I need to find the right distribution pathway and income streams that can be repeated year on year, to allow stability, forward planning and growth for the theatre business.

I need my team of makers to join me in a contract capacity, so we can come together on productions and develop then execute them in a way that makes a stable profit and also gives all of us the creative satisfaction and fun we crave.

I think I need a partner or close collaborator who can autonomously and proactively generate income or opportunities for the company. Someone who understands and wants to grow the business of theatre with me.

I need to confirm that Night Terrors and regional Victoria can provide the distribution pathway and income stream I’m seeking, as a foundation for the business and all future productions and plans.

I THINK:

I think that we should develop some sort of social program to attach to our productions, because they broaden the appeal of the show as a package, widen income opportunities and the cultural relevance of our work. They also help us pursue our individual social consciences, and the social mission of the business: to represent the underrepresented.

I think that Night Terrors can be a regular yearly production that pairs a director and a performer, and draws from the established library of out of copyright horror stories we’ve adapted for stage. I think it can be cheap, easy to tour, and can run for approximately two years before the incarnation runs out of steam.

I think that Night Terrors can be a training ground for new talent, that can be inducted into our approach to teamwork and production, hardened on the road, and then elevated into the original productions we develop.

I think something like a repertory model could work for us. Night Terrors and even BULLET can be toured around, and new work, first the stories I want to tell, but eventually other written pieces by our team, can be developed, premiered at Melbourne Fringe, and then added to our repertoire and sold to our distro pathway.

I think Australian Fringe Festivals and regional/rural Victoria are the best places to start in developing the relationships we need for our distribution pathway and income streams.

I think that until we can prove otherwise, I and the team will need to maintain part-time or casual jobs elsewhere, to allow us the money and stability to engage in The X Gene productions on a project by project basis.

Night Terrors Skull header image from unsplash-Photo by Mathew MacQuarrie

SEEKING: Front of House

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Front of House volunteers for Melbourne Fringe theatre show Night Terrors.

If you are starting out or emerging in theatre or the arts, this is a great role. Each show night, the front of house volunteer will assist the producer in taking tickets, showing people to their seats, and helping any stragglers who arrive once the show has begun. You are crucial in providing the right experience and setting a professional tone. You’ll also get to see the show for free each night, a free ticket for a friend.

We will need one front of house volunteer each performance, over over 14 nights in 14-30 Sept 2018. You can put your hand up for as many of those 14 nights as you like, though preference will be given to those who can do more.

Venue: Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8A Hyde Street, Footscray VIC
Dates and Time: Sept 14-16, 20, 21, 23, 25-30. Thu-Sat 9pm. Tue, Wed, Sun 7pm.

You will need
– Transport to and from our venue (either Club Voltaire, North Melbourne or Bluestone Church Arts Space, Footscray)
– Good English skills to read ticket details, listen to and answer questions.
– Reliable and professional personality, as our audience and their experience is one of the most important aspects of the show.
– Commitment. Once you say yes, we’ll be relying on you as part of our team, to make sure the show can run smoothly.

We will interview each applicant on the phone and then meet in person. Even though this is a volunteer role, we are big believers in value exchange. If we meet you in person, we will learn about what you want to get out of theatre and the arts, and should you join the team, we’ll find ways to give you some sort of value in exchange, be that specific experience, services or support.

Please send an email to simon@thexgene.com and provide:
– A CV or some other way of demonstrating your experience so far.
– Why you want to volunteer for this role.
– Your full name and phone number.