The Depot Theatre presents Australian play
Cristina in the Cupboard 
By Paul Gilchrist
A spellbinding experiment in comic magic realism.

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13 - 30 July  2016

The Depot Theatre
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville 

Director Julie Baz  
Assistant Director Lillian Silk
Set and Lighting Design David Jeffrey
Sound Design Thomas Moore
Costume Design Julie Baz 
Stage Manager Lillian Silk
Photography Peta Addy and Katy Green Loughrey
Cast Nyssa Hamilton, Teale Howie, David Jeffrey, Emily McGowan, Tasha O’Brien, Sarah Plummer, Lucy Quill and Rachael Williams
8pm Wed-Sat, 5pm Sun
(Preview Wed 13 and Thurs 14 July)
$32 Full | $27 Concession | $27 Groups of 10 
$22 Wednesdays | $22 School Students | $22 Previews
“The script is charming, intelligent and brave...The vibrant and imaginative production’s characters are well considered and delightfully detailed, for a stage that is consistently abuzz with adventure and life." SUZY GOES SEE
"There are lines of poetic beauty that take your breath away...This is a thoughtful and entertaining piece of theatre, encouraging us to reflect on how we live our lives." SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE
"Emily McGowan as Cristina entranced us with the dichotomy of a performance that was at once both ethereal and grounded, whimsical yet superbly ordinary, serious then light-hearted, all the time contagiously embracing us. The remaining cast deliver close to faultless performances … each in their own way mastered their role, and their character. Bravo gentlemen. Brava ladies." (5/5 Stars) SYDNEY SCOOP

"There are some genuinely incredible instances of emotional storytelling in this production...Dialogue between Cristina (McGowan) and her mother (Plummer) are truly magnificent moments of subtle acting that give so much depth to both of the characters. Cristina’s past lover (Howie) also has a standout performance. THE BUZZ FROM SYDNEY
“Will have you pondering long into the night…Well-thought out, appropriately paced and creatively delivered…What really lifts the production is David Jeffrey’s exceptional set…providing a cunning canvas for Christina to draw her place of refuge in the sand.” AU REVIEW
“This contemplative play engages the audience and is thought provoking…The characters are all cleverly portrayed by the actors at different phases of their lives.” WEEKEND NOTES

​"It’s the stuff of dreams, holidays, childhood, nostalgia & the kind of magical realism with which Gilchrist concerns himself...Baz has fashioned a strong production...But the hero remains Gilchrist’s interrogative script...via a compelling scenario and carefully-crafted characters" SYKE ON STAGE

​"What a deeply provocative, courageous and mysterious play...And what a fine young actor Emily McGowan shows herself to be in this extremely difficult role...supported by a fine troupe, who are generally totally convincing in their fanciful roles...I especially liked Teale Howie as the lanky, dorky Gabriel." OZ BABY BOOMERS

"The delightful script is explorative and magical. It’s intelligent, witty and sharply observed, with a plethora of weird and wonderful characters. Gilchrist has managed to articulate the subconscious, and Director Julie Baz has given it life on stage." THEATRE NOW

Everyone needs time out. Not everyone does it like this

Originally produced by subtlenuance at the Tap Gallery in 2013, this work by critically acclaimed writer director Paul Gilchrist is the story of an unusual retreat, and a remarkable victory. Playful and 
provocative, CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD tells of one woman’s 
quest to live life entirely on her own terms. Cristina is a contemporary woman. Intelligent. Capable. But she’s not satisfied with what’s on offer. Life seems too small. So she takes the extraordinary step of withdrawing from society. Join Cristina on a breathtaking inner journey as she meets a host of fantastic, hyperbolic characters, navigates illusion, weathers dismay, and discovers wonder. 

Emily McGowan - CRISTINA

Emily is a passionate actor who works in both theatre and film. She graduated from Wesley Institute with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in 2013. She has also seen her craft take her across the world to study screen acting in Los Angeles at The Acting Corps. Emily is very passionate about Sydney’s theatre scene and has worked on a number of projects with Matriark Theatre Company; including HalfWorld a children’s puppetry show in 2013 and 2014. And Godface, an original work which was performed in June this year at the Old 505 Theatre. She has also seen her herself dressed as a convict and telling the story of Bella Vista Farm, in a production of Convict Footprints earlier this year. Emily recently performed in the inaugural production at The Depot Theatre, The Cherry Orchard,  Ghosts  and Through a Beaded Lash. She is super excited to be working with The Depot Theatre once again.

Tasha O'Brien - BELINDA

Tasha O’Brien has a Bachelor of Performance (Acting) degree from the University of Wollongong. Her studies in theatre and performance-making have culminated in her interest in pushing the limits and boundaries of what makes up performance and theatre, their forms and styles, and blurring all lines of expectations. Tasha’s performances cover issues surrounding gender, cultural and societal 
landscapes, the gap between performer and spectator, and exploring new ways of storytelling. Her credits include the plays The 
Just and Metamorphoses, devised works Bright Eyes and MANTICA, and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Tempest titled 12 Knights and Throne of Thorns respectively. Tasha directed an original short play We Wear Red as part of the 2014 Nothing To See Here Festival. Tasha was a member of the 2015 PACT Collective, and co-curated PACT's 2015 Christmas fundraiser. Tasha was also a part of the Sydney premiere of The Girlie Show as part of the 2016 Mardi Gras Festival. Her experience with performance-making, text-based works and dance-background has fuelled a passion for work combining the strengths of text, image-making, movement-based dialogue and choreography, and has developed a keen interest in directing and dramaturgy.
Paul Gilchrist is a Sydney-based writer and director. His work has been produced locally, interstate and overseas. He is the co-founder of subtlenuance, a company dedicated solely to the production of original Australian work. The plays Paul has written and directed include Blind Tasting, Rocket Man, Lucy Black, Two Gates, Life Is Impossible and Catherine at Avignon. He has also directed Talc and The Poor Kitchen by Daniela Giorgi, A Quiet Night in Rangoon by Katie Pollock, and several multi-playwright projects, including The Political Hearts of Children, And Now to Bed, and High Windows Low Doorways..

Nyssa Hamilton - LUCINDA

Nyssa Hamilton has resided on three continents, of which Australia is the best. She has appeared as Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream, Ulfheim in a reworking of Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken, and Madelaine True in the LaChuisa Wild Party. She has also been involved in a variety of ensemble and devising processes. She trained at Seattle Central Community College, The University of Newcastle Australia, and has a Masters in Theatre Making/Ensemble from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, London. Nyssa wrote, produced, co-directed and performed in Too Few To Mention at the Hackney Showroom in London in 2015 and was accepted in to the Newcastle Fringe Festival earlier this year. She adores Margaret Atwood, comedy podcasts and is obsessed with finding the perfect vanilla cake recipe. In 2011 Nyssa won the City of Newcastle Drama Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Honey in Janet Nelson's NTC production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Sarah Plummer - GWEN

 A recent addition to Sydney, Sarah hails originally from New Zealand and was a Melbourne based performer for the last 5 years. She has acted professionally both in Australia and Canada in film, theatre and television. Her most recent theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Furies Theatre, Sydney), Is it Time (Emu Productions, Sydney), Snap, Catch, Slam for the Melbourne International Fringe Festival, How to Survive an Earthquake directed by Glenda Linscott at the Carlton Courthouse (Melb) and The Broken Streamer directed by Lucy Freeman at Chapel off Chapel (Melb). Sarah is thrilled to being working alongside the  team at the Depot Theatre and is looking forward to what Sydney has to offer! Apart from her passions for performing, creative writing and Leonard Cohen, Sarah loves travelling so if you can’t find her here, she’ll be somewhere in Asia filling up on spice, surf and sun!

Teale Howie - GABRIEL

 Teale is a recent graduate of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay, where he received a Bachelor of Theatre (Music Theatre).  His previous theatre credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Buddy Fidler in City Of Angels, Bill the Bloke in The Sentimental Bloke, Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls, and ensemble roles in 42nd Street and Brigadoon (CQCM), as well as leading and ensemble roles in touring applied theatre productions Safety Circus and Choices (CQCM, QLD Police). This is Teale’s Sydney debut, and he is very excited to see what the future has in store.  

Lucy Quill - ERICA

 Lucy was born and raised in Launceston, Tasmania, moving to Sydney in 2013 to pursue acting.  After studying Shakespeare, contemporary theatre and devised theatre performance at Sydney Theatre School, Lucy has spent the last two years gaining experience in front of the screen doing short films and scoring the lead role in her first independent feature film earlier this year.  This is Lucy’s first theatre performance in two years and she is thrilled to be a part of this production at The Depot Theatre.

David Jeffrey - ROBERT

Originally from New Zealand, David is a 1999 graduate of the Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) . He is the co-founder of The Depot Theatre, Dave and previously co-founded Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO), and Sydney Shakespeare Festival. For The Depot Theatre, he performed the role of He in Plaything by Simon Dodd (2016), Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chechkov (2015) and Paster Manders in Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen (2015). David performed in the Pulitizer nominated Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) by Will Eno (2014), played Topher in the new Australian play, An Ordinary Person by Robert Allan (2013) and Mr Bullen in the Sydney Premiere of Something Natural But Very Childish (2013) at the Old Fitzroy Theatre for SITCO. In 2012, he played Joe Ryan in When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell and Frank in Educating Rita by Willy Russell for SITCO and played Claudius in Hamlet and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew for Sydney Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include The Complete Package by Robert Allan for SITCO, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing for Sydney Shakespeare Festival. In 2004, David established Glebe’s only currently operating theatre at The Roxbury Hotel with Julie Baz where they staged six productions under the banner of Go Theatre. David appeared 
in numerous productions for Go Theatre including the Australian Premiere of Serial Killers by James Griffin and Boys Life by Howard Korder; and prior to that for Darlinghurst Theatre, and other independent theatre companies. 

Rachael Williams - ANNA

 Rachael Williams is an actress and director born in Adelaide, South Australia. Rachael studied her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Theatre Stream) with honors at the University of Tasmania. During that time her credits included The Skriker, Family Running for Mr Whippy, Red Cross, Swallowing is a Very Private Thing, Allison, Jennifer, Jane, Time Flies, Dancing with Divas, A Staged Death, A Slip to a Place, Outlaws and Inlaws, Shakespeares Women, Tea, A Dream play, Brothers and Sisters. After graduating Rachael began performing with CentrStage Theatre company, in Cymbeline (2010), When the Rain Stops Falling (2012), Love Me Tender (2012), Terminus (2012). She also worked at L.Y.T.E as a director for children's theatre where she directed Agatha Rex (2012). Since Moving to Sydney, she has performed in The Blue Balloon., Short and Sweet (2014) (Seymour Centre Finalist), Dir. Cecile Payet. Oh My God, Burning Bush Theatre Company, Dir. Tom Green (2014). Perfect Wedding. Thomas Richards, Arts Theatre Cronulla. (2015). As well as treading the boards she has appeared in the feature film Breeding in Captivity, Maast Films, Dir. Lucien Simon (2011); and short films,  The Jelly Wrestler (2011) (Monsterfest L.A. 2014, Loft Film Festival Arizona 2014, Etheria Film Festival L.A 2014, Filmhatizasi Istanbul 2014.B.O.F.A 2015), Tahunes Beast (2010) (Tropfest Shortlisted, Dugong - official selection). Also an avid writer Rachael is currently finishing up writing her web series collaborating with her writing partner Kerstyn Walsh to be filmed and debuted later this year.