What is theatre efficient in? Simon Stone at TEDxSydney

File:Richard in an empty theater.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

File:Richard in an empty theater.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Theatre director Simon Stone deconstructs a few of the common visual and audio techniques of modern-day theatre in this first-ever efficiency using a cast of newbie volunteer actors recruited in the days prior to TEDxSydney 2011 and practiced just when, the night before the event!

Simon is a writer, director and actor. After graduating from The Victorian College of the Arts, he acted in the movies Jindabyne, Kokoda, Balibo, Blame and Eye of the Storm, and on phase in Benedict Andrews’ Belvoir production of Who hesitates of Virginia Woolf?.

In 2007 Simon founded the independent theatre ensemble The Hayloft Job. For Hayloft he composed and directed Thyestes and The Only Kid; adapted and directed The Suicide, Spring Awakening, Platonov, and one third of the multi-director project 3xSisters; and directed B.C. In 2009 he directed his first main phase production for Belvoir, The Promise. In 2010 he was welcomed by newly-appointed Artistic Director Ralph Myers to end up being

Belvoir’s Local Director. His very first production in this position was the 2011 production of The Wild Duck, which he wrote and directed after Ibsen’s play of the same name. This year he will also direct Neighbourhood View for Belvoir and Baal, co-translated with Tom Wright, for Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre.

TEDxSydney 2011 happened on Saturday 28 May 2011 at CarriageWorks. Tens of countless people delighted in the day: 800 in the theatre, over 1,000 by means of huge screen simulcast in The Forum, as much as 48,000 online by means of YouTube … and as much as 80,000 tuning into ABC Radio National. It was a grand day. About TEDx, x = independently organised occasion In the spirit of concepts worth spreading, TEDx is a program of regional, self-organised occasions that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx occasion, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to stimulate deep discussion and connection in a small group. These regional, self-organised occasions are branded TEDx, where x = independently arranged TED event. The TED Conference offers general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx occasions are self-organised. * (* Topic to certain policies and policies).
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  • Franz Fleischer

    That’s it? That’s what the theatre is capable of? Wow, talk about low

  • Excellent, I was the only one laughing all the time, I was clapping before
    anyone, shit there’s somethin wrong with me, o well we all clapped at the
    end. Excellent!

  • Glad to see an appreciation for Empty Space Theatre.

  • Hateful comments. Is the performing arts education of others THAT limited
    that they don’t know the the merging of satire and contemporary AND normal
    theatre practices? SMH

  • Theatre Development Fund

    Ever wonder what theatre is capable of? Director Simon Stone sets out to
    answer that very question using visual and audio tools to explore how they
    effect a performance.

    How would you answer the same question? In your opinion, what is theatre
    capable of?

  • give me my 9 minutes and 45 seconds of my life back

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  • i can do better just give me theatre like this

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  • yossariancomplex

    This, is to conceptual to be entertaining.