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Archive: Paige Rattray

Date posted: 11 Aug 2020Author: STC

Over the last eight years, Paige Rattray has woven herself firmly into the fabric of STC. From her beginnings with the company in 2012 to her current role as our Associate Director, Paige's influence can be seen in a brilliant expanse of plays that challenge both genre and expectation. In 2019 Paige won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Mainstage Production for her work on Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane and this was closely followed by a sensitive and hugely moving production of Terrence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea. Though Paige has a great talent in rejuvenating classic texts for the contemporary stage, she is perhaps best known for her championing of new Australian work – work that represents the diversity of the Australian populace and centres the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Here, we take a look back at some of her most celebrated works. 


 

BOYS WILL BE BOYS (2015)

In 2015, Paige directed her first mainstage production for STC. Melissa Bubnic's Boys will be boys is a razor-sharp skewering of the finance world and the women who make it to the top. 

Danielle Cormack in Sydney Theatre Company’s Boys will be boys, 2015.  (Photo: Brett Boardman)

 

POWER PLAYS (2016)

Paige worked with Melissa Bubnic again the following year for Power Plays, a series of 20 minute comedies also featuring playwrights Nakkiah Lui, Michele Lee, Hannie Rayson and Debra Thomas. 

Ursula Yovich, Michelle Lim Davidson, Steve Rodgers and Anthony Gee in Power Plays, 2016.  (Photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

 

BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE (2017)

In 2017, Paige helmed two incredible world premieres back-to-back. The first was Black is the New White, Nakkiah Lui's hilarious and totally original take on race and family—and the show that catapulted Paige into the hearts of STC audiences. 

Geoff Morrell, Tony Briggs and cast, in Black is the New White, 2017.  (Photo: Prudence Upton)

 

AUSTRALIAN GRAFFITI (2017)

Less than a month after Black is the New White closed, Paige was back on the STC mainstage with Australian Graffiti, Disapol Savetsila’s touching look into the migrant experience. The play was developed by Paige and other STC creatives through the Rough Drafts program.

Gabrielle Chan, Mason Phoumirath, Monica Sayers and Kenneth Moraleda in Australian Graffiti, 2017.  (Photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

 

HOW TO RULE THE WORLD (2019)

Paige teamed up with Nakkiah Lui again for How to Rule the World, a satirical take on politics and the people running our country. 

Gareth Davies, Michelle Lim Davidson, Anthony Taufa, Nakkiah Lui and Vanessa Downing in How to Rule the World, 2019.  (Photo: Prudence Upton)

 

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE (2019)

Later that same year, Paige took on The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Martin McDonagh's highly-acclaimed play about a cantankerous mother/daughter duo in rural Ireland. This blackly comic, harrowing production won Paige a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Mainstage Production, and earned her a Helpmann Award nomination in the same category. 

Noni Hazlehurst, Hamish Michael and Yael Stone in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, 2019. (Photo: Brett Boardman)

 

THE DEEP BLUE SEA (2020)

At the start of this year, Paige directed the sweeping, mid-century classic The Deep Blue Sea, Terrence Rattigan's meditation of longing, loss and lust. 

Marta Dusseldorp and Fayssal Bazzi in The Deep Blue Sea, 2020. (Photo: Daniel Boud)

 

Last May, Paige was set to direct the brilliantly topical, wildly provocative Triple X by Glace Chase. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, STC was unable to present the play this year. We can't wait to see what this incredible director has in store for us once theatres are open again.