Archive: Going solo

Date posted: 13 Aug 2012Author: STC

Darren Gilshenan is single-handedly doing the job of a much larger cast in Fools Island, currently playing in Wharf 2, and he is following on from a strong tradition at STC of solo performances. Here we look back at actors who held the spotlight on their own...

Bruce Keller wrote and starred in Australian Nouveau Theatre's Puppy Love, which was originally presented at STC in 1986, and again in 1997 starring Theresa Huska. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

Sancia Robinson starred in the Wendy Harmer written and directed What is the Matter with Mary Jane?in 1995, which toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was awarded Five Star, Pick-of-the-Fringe status. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

Tyler Coppin wrote and starred in Lyrebird - Tales of Helpmannin 1999, which went on to tour and have multiple seasons. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

Peter Carroll played the stern central character in The Christian Brothersin 2001. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

The 7 Stages of Grieving, written by Deborah Mailman and Wesley Enoch, has had multiple seasons at The Wharf, first starring Mailman in 2002, then Ursula Yovich in 2006 and then Lisa Flanagan (pictured) in 2008. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

Max Cullen starred in The Daylight Atheist, co-produced in 2005 by the STCSA and STC. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

American actor Jefferson Mays came to Sydney in 2006 to perform his Tony award-winnning tour de force I Am My Own Wife (directed by Moises Kaufman), in which he played more than 40 characters. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

In 2008 Robyn Nevin played the indomitable Joan Didion in The Year of Magucal Thinking, directed by Cate Blanchett. (Photo: Heidrun Lohr)

British actor Kathryn Hunter presented a masterclass in acting with her stunning turn in the Young Vic production of Kafka's Monkey, which toured to STC in 2009.

Our Actor on a Box series, which has been running since 2009, has consistently given actors a chance to connect with young audiences with a good story and limited set and props. First up was Georgia Adamson with Aesop's Fables. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

The following year, Stefo Nantsou had a go with The Loaded Dog. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

Also that year, Matthew Whittet starred in The Red and White Spotted Handkerchief. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

In 2011, Angeline Penrith performed in The Dreaming. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

And this year, we have had two Actor on a Box productions. First Lucia Mastrantone performed in The Tale Maker. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

And recently, David Collins thrilled the little ones with The Luck Child.

Fools Island, Wharf 2 Theatre, 30 July - 17 August, 2012.