Picnic at Hanging Rock


image by Pia Johnson

In 2016 I performed in PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK which was a co-pro between the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and Black Swan State Theatre Company in Perth at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

The show toured to The Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in January 2017.

Here is a bonus video of me talking about stuff with the ever articulate and wonderful Nikki Shiels and Elizabeth Nabben.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/158139894″>Picnic at Hanging Rock – Cast Interview</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/blackswanstc”>Black Swan State Theatre Co</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


A new play by / Tom Wright adapted from Joan Lindsay’s novel
Direction / Matthew Lutton
Cast includes / Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Arielle Gray, Amber McMahon, Elizabeth Nabben, Nikki Shiels

Set & Costume Design / Zoë Atkinson
Lighting Design / Paul Jackson
Composition / Ash Gibson Greig
Sound Design / J. David Franzke

Stage Manager / Tia Clark
Assistant Stage Manager / Lyndie Li Wan Po

a co-production between Malthouse Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company.



Picnic at Hanging Rock / has haunted the Australian psyche for over a century. One summer’s day in 1900, three schoolgirls and a teacher inexplicably vanished, never to be seen again. The trip was supposed to be a Saint Valentine’s Day treat. They were supposed to be home for dinner.

In Tom Wright’s chilling adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel, five performers will struggle to solve the mystery of the missing girls and their teacher. Euphoria and terror will reverberate throughout Appleyard College, as the potential for history to repeat itself becomes nightmarishly real.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a story that defies explanation, a story that / proves that horror is a warm, sunny day.

2015 update

Hey millions of website viewers…

I have been VERY slack on my website and i apologise. I think it is partly because my company THE LAST GREAT HUNT now have a fancy schmancy website that all my shows are on, so i don’t need to list them myself! THE LAST GREAT HUNT – contributing to Arielle’s website laziness… Did I mention THE LAST GREAT HUNT? Go on, click it, it’s got a link and everything.

Alright, now here is a very broad update on what i have been up to this year.

We re-developed and toured FALLING THROUGH CLOUDS to the Sydney Festival (i co-created and perform in that one). It went very well, we got some good reviews and lovely audiences, but we still want to give the show a few nips and tucks so we will be tinkering at that a little bit.

At FringeWorld i co-devised (with Gita Bezard and Adriane Daff) and performed in YOSHI’s CASTLE with an amazing soundtrack by Alwyn Nixon-Lloyd and cool stop motion animation that Adriane and I did. We ended up being nominated for both ‘Best Theatre’ and ‘Martin Sims Award for ‘Best New WA Production’ at the FringeWorld awards but alas did not win either.

Also at FringeWorld i assisted in story creation and performed a couple of times in the caravan for MONROE AND ASSOCIATES by Tim Watts. The show was a sell-out and won the ‘Martin Sims Award for ‘Best New WA Production’ at the FringeWorld awards.

At Perth International Arts Festival I was the cover puppeteer for Anthony Minghella’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY (English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Lithuanian National Opera in assoc with WA Opera). It was a beautiful show and i had the honour of learning the feet of Sorrow (Madama Butterfly’s son).

In March Perth Theatre Company toured IT’S DARK OUTSIDE to the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival in Taiwan. We got a great response from the audiences that came along.

In April/May I performed in the new play OLD LOVE by Chris Isaacs, directed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler. The show was on at The Blue Room Theatre and performed to sold out audiences. Here is a brag… “Gray and Bartlett both deliver electric performances.”  – The West Australian

Tim Watts and I started developing a new show called NEW OWNER (working title). We worked on it for two weeks and have some exciting ideas, scenes and puppets and are very keen to continue working. The show will be on next year so we have a couple more development times locked away.

In August we premiered ALL THAT GLITTERS at The Blue Room Theatre. The show was created by Chris Isaacs, Gita Bezard, Jeffrey Jay Fowler, Adriane Daff and I, with a brilliant design team of Joe Lui and Tessa Darcy and the delightful Liz Newell stage managing. The show enjoyed a sell out season.

In September I toured with MINNIE AND MONA PLAY DEAD to the Brisbane Festival (Theatre Republic season) and Melbourne Fringe. The show got a great response critically and from audiences.

Phew. It’s been a busy year so far! I will endeavour to update more regularly whenever i am working on something.

Falling Through Clouds

It has been a crazy few months, on tour with It’s Dark Outside and then back to Perth only to get straight back into it, working on Falling Through Clouds for my own company The Last Great Hunt.

Falling Through Clouds is on at PICA at the moment until the 11th Oct.











From Arielle GrayAdriane DaffChris Isaacs and Tim Watts, the award-winning artists       behind such shows as the international success hit The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, It’s Dark Outside and The Pride comes a dark tale of reaching for the impossible.

Mary has a wild imagination. By day she raises birds from extinction but at night she dreams of flight. The possibilities are endless. If she can dream it then it can be … but the imagination can be a dangerous thing.

This visual epic is brought to life by some of Australia’s most innovative storytellers through a unique combination of puppetry, animation, live performance and an original soundtrack by award-winning composer Ash Gibson Greig.


Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 September, 7.30pm (preview)
Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 September, 7.30pm
Tuesday 30 September – Saturday 4 October, 7.30pm
Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 October, 7.30pm



(by the incredible Jarrad Seng)

adriane smokeadriane stars adriane flying

It’s Dark Outside – ON TOUR IN AUS

Hey website-eers,

It’s Dark Outside is heading off on a 3 month national tour of Australia.

Thanks to Perth Theatre Company, all the lovely venues that are putting the show on and Australia Council for making it possible!

Here is a list of dates and places, come along if you can and come and say HI afterwards.


2-3 May – Darwin Entertainment Centre
6–10 May – Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley
13-14  May – Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns
17 May – Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
24 May – Civic Entertainment Centre, Newcastle
26–29 May – Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
30–31 May – Casula Powerhouse, Casula
3–8 June – The Street Theatre, Canberra
16-18 June – Theatre Royal, Hobart
20-21 June – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat
24 June – Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton
1 July – Country Arts SA, Port Pirie
3-5 July – Matt Dann Cultural Centre, Port Hedland *
9 July – Queen St Park Theatre, Geraldton
11-12 July – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance *
16-17 July – Arts Margaret River, Marget River *
18 –19 July – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury *
23-25 July – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah *

* Showing The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

It’s Dark Outside and Alvin Sputnik UK TOUR

Hey y’all,

We are currently on tour with The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It’s Dark Outside in the UK.

Thanks to House and Theatr Mwldan who present the Perth Theatre Company tour.

Dates below (* is Alvin shows)

11 March – Maltings, Farnham*
12 March – Quarterhouse, Folkstone *
13 March – The North Wall, Oxford *
14 March – Theatre Royal, Margate *
15 March – Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
16 March – Playhouse, Harlow
18 March – Corn Exchange, Newbury
19 March – The Theatre, Chipping Norton*
20 March – Corn Hall, DISS *
21 March – Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth *
22 March  – Bedford Theatre, Bedford
23 March – Gulbenkian, Canterbury
25 March – Quay Arts, Isle of Wight *
26 March – South Street, Reading *
27 March – Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor *
28 March – Forest Arts Centre, New Milton *
29 March – TOM, Brighton
30 March – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge *
1 April – The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft *
2 April – West End Centre, Aldershot *
4 April – The Point, Eastleigh
6 April – Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff
8 April – Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth *
9 April – Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli
10 April – Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
11 April – Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
12 April – Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead *

To Edinburgh Fringe we go

Hi interwebs!

I have not been posting the things sorry.

So here is a thing i am going to post.

I’m going to Edinburgh Fringe. With Minnie and Mona Play Dead AND It’s Dark Outside AND The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer (which i helped to create) will also be doing a shorter return season. All very exciting!

Minnie and Mona Play Dead

At the Dairy Room at Underbelly Bristo Sq at 2pm everyday 31st July – 25th August 2013

Book here


It’s Dark Outside

At Topside at Underbelly Bristo Sq at 5:30pm everyday 31st July – 26th August 2013

Book here


The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

At Topside at Underbelly Bristo Sq at 2pm everyday from 31st July – 11th August

Book here

See you in Edinburgh!

Alvin Sputnik does Denmark

Alvin hit venues all around Denmark for about a month. We drove up and down the country visiting big cities and small, crossing many bridges and passing by a variety of wind turbines.

We also went on a ferry and spent one of our days off at LEGOLAND.

We visited Aarhus, Odense, Ballerup, Nykobing Mors, Randers, Holbaek, Vaerlose, Valby, Rudkobing, Svendborg and Thisted.

We were treated very nicely at most of the venues and given coffee (lots of delicious coffee). Some places we got magnificent platters of fruit and cheese or danishes. Lovely. Here is an example from Randers.

It’s always interesting seeing how audiences respond when you are touring to a different country, especially one with a language other than English. It was requested that we do the show in English and not translate it, and even though everyone in Denmark speaks VERY good English, there were parts of the show (word play, metaphor) that did not get the same reaction and were, I assume, lost in translation. Danish audiences were also very quiet audiences. They enjoyed the show and would be very excited after the show, but during, they were very quiet.

At the end of the first couple of shows in Aarhus, the audience began to clap in unison. The first time it happened we thought ‘nah maybe it just sounded like they were in unison’, but then it kept happening. Here is a little bit of context. A friend of ours once told us that when an audience in Russia do NOT like a show they start clapping in unison at the end of the show. So naturally we are thinking ‘uh oh, the audience HATE Alvin Sputnik’. After the second show we asked our Danish usher about the unison clapping and we found out that actually in Denmark, clapping in unison is like an audience shouting ENCORE. Phew, THEY LIKE US!

Also some lovely people from the Australian Consulate in Copenhagen came to the show in Valby. Here is a picture.

We met some great people while we were in Denmark. Here are some notable ones.

Gry and Peter: we met Gry at the artist commune (Godsbanen) we were staying at in Aarhus. She is an actress from Copenhagen and was rehearsing a show about a Danish electronic music composer. Peter was her boyfriend who is an animator studying in Copenhagen. Here is a picture of Gry in the communal kitchen at ‘Godsbanen’.

Laura: Laura is an incredibly talented and lovely composer from London who we also met at the artist commune in Aarhus. The kitchen there became a very festive place. Here is a video of Laura improvising with Alvin.

Jette: Jette ran the lovely place we stayed at in Valby, she gave us bikes to use and we spent a lovely evening with her talking about life while eating cheese, grapes, strawberries and drinking wine and coffee. Here is the view from the window.

Here are some bonus pics from Denmark from some of the places we went to.