Appropriate kissing for all OCCASIONS

...utterly brilliant.
— KARA BERTONCINI from the AU Review


Directed and produced by Louise Howlett

Melbourne Fringe - September 2017

Club Voltaire, North Melbourne

Intimacy, love and yearning - from two very different perspectives!

For Melbourne Fringe 2017, ReAction Theatre presented two provocative short works Appropriate Kissing for All Occasions and To heat you up and cool you down by playwrights David Finnigan (Griffin Theatre Award Winner for 2017and Isab Martinez. 

These two pieces lay bare the deep desires that propel us to experience physical and emotional closeness with another human being. They are both enigmatic and transcendent, revealing something completely unique about human connection.

Appropriate Kissing for All Occasions 

At long last, after waiting what feels like your whole life for help, we have the ultimate LECTURE for you on HOW TO KISS. Our intimacy coach will guide and assist you; she will arm you with tactics so that you will always be prepared. Roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get to work!

To heat you up and cool you down 

Jump to a cheap café - rush hour, two waitresses take orders, make drinks, serve food, talk... but behind their conversations is a fragmented jumble of thoughts, desires, emotions and impulses. The whispering voices of their minds will sweep you into the emotional turmoil that lies beneath the mysterious laws of attraction.

Christina McLachlan
Erin Pattison
Laura McAloney


ASSISTANT - Leila Romiti


PHOTOGRAPHY - Angel Leggas

David Finnigan is a Churchill Fellow (2012) and an Australia Council Early Career Fellow (2014-16).


‘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.
— 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.


Pilot (Voice Over)  - Guy May

Alice – Christina Walls

Mum – Janet Watson Kruse

Dad – Peter Taranto

Eddie – Dyllan Corbett

Professor – Charlie Schneeberger


Stage Management – Amber Hart

Assistant Stage Management – Lawrence Blakeley

Lighting and Sound Design – Richard Lyford-Pike

Photography - Filip Konikowski


(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.


Catherine - Natalie Gee

Robert - Serge DeNardo

Hal - Alex Upton

Claire - Christina Walls


Stage Management – Andris Toppe

Assistant Stage Management – Jessica Zammit

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


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


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.


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.


Alicia Beckhurst

Lee Beckhurst

Josie Eberhard

Danelle Lee

Lee McClenaghan

Harriet James

Charlie Schneeberger

Brenton Wade

Zac Zavod


Stage Management – Amber Hart, Canada White

Assistant Stage Hand - Lawrence Blakeley


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!


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

Doug - Jim Koutsoukos

Rossco - Greg Pandelidis

Fitzo - Taylor James

Sarina - Arta Mucaj


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

Assistant Stage Hand - Beth Paterson


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 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!


Justin - Dyllan Corbett

Kyle - Joe Main

Nurse - Harriet James


HYPOXIA by Rebecca Lister

VCA Master of Writing for Performance 2014

A moved reading directed by Louise Howlett


Cait Spiker

Dennis Coard

Joanne Davis

Zia Zantis-Vinycomb

Tim Phillips