Arielle Gray graduated in 2005 with a BA(Contemporary Performance), performer, theatre-maker, puppeteer, voice-over artist and improviser. She is a founding member of theatre company, The Last Great Hunt.
In January Arielle toured to THE LYCEUM THEATRE in Edinburgh with PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK. Arielle has completed several developments so far this year for THE LAST GREAT HUNT. In May/June TLGH will premiere new work THE ADVISORS at the State Theatre Centre Rehearsal Room, which Arielle co-wrote and will perform in.
Arielle rehearsed and performed in Malthouse Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company co-production of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK both in Melbourne and in Perth. IT’S DARK OUTSIDE toured to Japan and then Tim and Arielle stayed on and completed a residency at Kinosaki International Arts Centre, where they developed their show NEW OWNER for three and a half weeks. Arielle then performed in a show called COINCIDENCES AT THE END OF TIME with Second Chance Theatre at the Subiaco Independent Theatre Festival in June. FALLING THROUGH CLOUDS went on a regional tour in August to Mandurah, Bunbury, Esperance and Kalgoorlie. IT’S DARK OUTSIDE went to South Korea in September. Then NEW OWNER premiered at PICA as part of THE AWESOME FESTIVAL in October. Arielle also did several developments with her company THE LAST GREAT HUNT throughout the year.
In January The Last Great Hunt re-developed and toured FALLING THROUGH CLOUDS to the Sydney Festival. For FringeWorld Arielle co-devised and performed in YOSHI’S CASTLE, the show was nominated for ‘Best Theatre’ and ‘Best New WA Production’ (Martin Sims Award). She also helped form the story and spent hours performing in a caravan for MONROE & ASSOCIATES, which won the ‘Martin Sims Best New WA Production’ at the FringeWorld awards. Meanwhile she was also the cover puppeteer for MADAMA BUTTERFLY for ENO at the Perth International Arts Festival. Next up Arielle headed to Taiwan to perform IT’S DARK OUTSIDE at the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival in March, before returning home to perform in new play by Chris Isaacs called OLD LOVE, which enjoyed a sold out season at The Blue Room Theatre. In August Arielle co-devised and performed in ALL THAT GLITTERS, which also enjoyed a sold out season at The Blue Room Theatre before heading out on tour with MINNIE AND MONA PLAY DEAD to Brisbane Festival and Melbourne Fringe. Later this year Arielle will be working on a development of Dostoevsky’s THE DEVILS with Night Train Productions and will also be further developing NEW OWNER with Tim Watts.
Past work includes…
Arielle co-created and performs in It’s Dark Outside with Tim Watts and Arielle Gray. Originally commissioned by Perth Theatre Company, the show has been performed over 100 times in every state and territory in Australia as well as the Edinburgh Fringe, Regional UK, Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts and Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival. It won the Artshub Critic’s choice award for ‘innovation’ and was nominated for a Helpmann award in ‘Best Visual or Physical Theatre’
She assisted in the creation of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer with Tim Watts. The show has had sell-out seasons, rave reviews and awards including ‘Best Production’ and ‘Member’s Choice’ at The Blue Room Theatre Awards, ‘Outstanding Solo Show’ award at FringeNYC, ‘Best Production’ award at the Auckland Fringe Festival and ‘Best Puppetry’ award at the Adelaide Fringe. The show is touring Australia and the World in 2011, 2012 and 2013 with Perth Theatre Company.
Her other theatre credits include devising and performing in Pollyanna, a large scale interactive promenade work at FringeWorld 2012 with Weeping Spoon Productions, performing in They ran ’til they stopped with The Duckhouse at PICA, performing in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Kate Cherry, co-producing and performing in solo show Nobody cares but you at The Blue Room Theatre (for which she was nominated ‘Best Actress’ at The Actor’s Equity Guild Awards), and which also toured to the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Arielle also performed the winning monologue (Judge’s choice and People’s choice), written by Therese Edmonds at Maj Monologues, Brainbox 2010. In 2009, Arielle was accepted into The Black Swan State Theatre Company’s HOTBED program, performing in Pool [No Water] by Mark Ravenhill and The Darkroom by Angela Betzien at PICA (nominated “Best Supporting Actress’ for both shows at the Actors Equity Guild Awards). Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare WA); Hope is the Saddest (Mythophobic Productions – Brisbane Festival Under the Radar’) and devising, performing and producing Duck, Duck, Goose! (Winner ‘Member’s Choice’ at The Blue Room Theatre Awards).
Arielle made her feature film debut in the Australian film Little Sparrows by Yu-Hsui Camille Chen (Bolderpictures), the film has since screened around Australia and the world. She is also a member of The Big HOO HAA improvised comedy group and has been a proud member of equity since 2007.