Bomb the base

‘Bomb The Base’ is a wonderfully crafted production. Howlett has indeed succeeded in ‘unpacking Alice’s weighty baggage’ by boldly exploring the multiple emotional levels of her historical journey.
— AussieTheatre.com review of ‘Bomb the Base’ by Clare Pickering

BOMB THE BASE by Mark Andrew

Directed and produced by Louise Howlett

Melbourne Fringe Festival - October 2011

Studio 246, Brunswick

Alice is an expert in modern political history. Returning from her policy job in Washington DC for her Uncle’s funeral, will she prove as adept with family history?
During a jet-lagged re-entry to life in Melbourne, Alice realises much has altered. She spends time reconnecting with her family, picking away at the truths about the ties that bind us together. Time away from Australia has also given her a new perspective on our biggest ally – are we being swallowed whole as the 51st State?
As Alice withdraws deeper into her past, she recreates long forgotten pictures of relationships built on power and trust. If the perceptual store of early childhood forms the ‘iron capital’ of adult imagination, then for Alice it’s time to realise the whole truth.

CAST

Pilot (Voice Over)  - Guy May

Alice – Christina Walls

Mum – Janet Watson Kruse

Dad – Peter Taranto

Eddie – Dyllan Corbett

Professor – Charlie Schneeberger

CREW

Stage Management – Amber Hart

Assistant Stage Management – Lawrence Blakeley

Lighting and Sound Design – Richard Lyford-Pike

Photography - Filip Konikowski

proof 

(Pact House Productions)

PROOF by David Auburn

Directed by Louise Howlett

Produced by Alex Upton and Natalie Gee

July 2010

Mechanics Institute Brunswick

Catherine has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for her now-deceased father, and upon his death, she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him. Caught between a new-found connection with Hal, one of her father’s former students, and the reappearance of her sister, Claire, Catherine finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable. Then Hal discovers a groundbreaking proof among the 103 notebooks Catherine’s father left behind, and Catherine is forced to further question how much of her father’s genius or madness will she inherit. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s Proof is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love.

CAST

Catherine - Natalie Gee

Robert - Serge DeNardo

Hal - Alex Upton

Claire - Christina Walls

CREW

Stage Management – Andris Toppe

Assistant Stage Management – Jessica Zammit

Assistant Stage Hands - Daniel Congdon, Jordan Hallewell, Ben Howlett

CREATIVES

Set Designers - Kate Gore, Stephanie Milne

Lighting and Sound Design – Michael Jewell

Photography - Filip Konikowski

At the water's edge

Howlett assembled a talented cast of nine to bring At the Water’s Edge to life...the actors successfully bounced off one-another and engaged the audience through both humour and drama. Having several of the cast members appear in multiple pieces contributed to the grass-roots atmosphere of the production, as audiences got a glimpse into the way in which actors move between stories and characters.
— Grace Caroll - LIP Mag

AT THE WATER'S EDGE

Seven short works for the Palais Theatre's 85th Anniversary Celebration

Directed and Produced by Louise Howlett

November 2012

Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Palais Theatre presents ReAction Theatre’s production of ‘At the Water’s Edge’: a collection of short plays by local and international award-winning playwrights, celebrating life by the water.  

Experience the loss and heartbreak of Sarah’s shattered relationship, Walter’s joy at finding his soul mate in the most unexpected place, Fred’s pleasure at embracing his nakedness, English backpackers smizing and a sexy string of sausages! The stories will shimmer and shine with their realness and raw intimacy. As diverse as St Kilda itself, you will be taken on a roller coaster ride into the melting pot of life.

Featuring:

Buddha by Katharine Houghton - star of ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’, niece of Katharine Hepburn, actress, playwright.

A Lonely Impulse of Delight by John Patrick Shanley – Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award winning writer of ‘Doubt: A Parable’, Director of ‘Doubt’ film starring Meryl Streep.

Natural Justice by Mark Andrew; The First Fireworks by Alex Broun; Walking Dead by David Kemp; Sausages by Rebecca Lister
and The Sunburnt Country by Camilla Maxwell.

CAST

Alicia Beckhurst

Lee Beckhurst

Josie Eberhard

Danelle Lee

Lee McClenaghan

Harriet James

Charlie Schneeberger

Brenton Wade

Zac Zavod

CREW

Stage Management – Amber Hart, Canada White

Assistant Stage Hand - Lawrence Blakeley

CREATIVES

Set Designer - Kate Ferguson

Lighting and Sound Design – Richard Lyford-Pike

Photography - Sarah Walker

Heart thy neighbour

HEART THY NEIGHBOUR by Camilla Maxwell

Melbourne Fringe Festival (2013) and Melbourne Comedy Festival (2014)

Directed and Produced by Louise Howlett

Sketch and Tulip / Metanoia Theatre

Forget 'Don’s Party,' this is Doug’s barbie. The hot new comedy from acclaimed playwright Camilla Maxwell.

It’s a glorious day for a neighbourly catch up, but at this BBQ more than wine will be spilt. Luckily there is plenty of it, even enough to share with the unwanted, uninvited neighbours! Only the lucky ones will leave with a chop and dignity intact.

With ‘Heart Thy Neighbour’ treat yourself to a saucy, sizzling backyard BBQ like no other - one that will leave your ribs both tickled and barbequed!

CAST

Eliza - Katie Bull (Fringe) and Catherine Larcey (Comedy Festival)

Doug - Jim Koutsoukos

Rossco - Greg Pandelidis

Fitzo - Taylor James

Sarina - Arta Mucaj

CREW

Stage Management – Amber Hart (Fringe) and Kat Anastasiou-Bell (Comedy)

Assistant Stage Hand - Beth Paterson

CREATIVES

Lighting, Sound Design and Special Effects – Richard Lyford-Pike

Music Composition - Clare Fogarty, Hayden Dun, Daniel Aguiar and Natalie Jeffreys

Photography - Sarah Walker, Teri Cooper, Angel Leggas

Digital Set Design  - Tony Paterson

Publicity - Teri Cooper (Scoot Communications)

Poster Design - Nathan Toovey (Studio Jack)

Chun-li

CHUN-LI by Camilla Maxwell

Short+Sweet 2010

Directed by Louise Howlett

Chapel off Chapel

Winner of the Judges' Choice Week 1 Wildcards

Two friends, who should be at a gamer convention, are instead at an STD clinic. A horrid admission leads to an epic battle - 'Street Fighter' style!

CAST

Justin - Dyllan Corbett

Kyle - Joe Main

Nurse - Harriet James

hypoxia

HYPOXIA by Rebecca Lister

VCA Master of Writing for Performance 2014

A moved reading directed by Louise Howlett

CAST

Cait Spiker

Dennis Coard

Joanne Davis

Zia Zantis-Vinycomb

Tim Phillips