The Smallest Stage
By Kim Crotty
Presented in association with Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
This heart-warming true story explores the love and connection between parent and child with delightful, innovative storytelling.
The Smallest Stage transports you back to Manjimup writer Kim Crotty’s experiences in prison and his endeavours to stay connected to his two boys by creating unique short stories and illustrations.
Along the way, monsters, superheroes and loveable characters come to life, as Kim's short stories are lovingly re-told through a mixture of live drawing, puppetry, animation and even a plate of mushy peas and refried beans. Introspective, funny, and heart-felt, The Smallest Stage will leave you feeling closer to your child and loved ones.
Interactive ticket: Want a more immersive experience? Step into Kim Crotty’s shoes with an interactive ticket that places you and your child centre stage for a truly unique theatre experience. This ticket will involve wearing headphones and receiving audio-guided instructions for the full duration of the show. Interactive tickets are designed for a child aged 9-14 accompanied by a parent.
Writer, Lead Artist & Co-creatorKim CrottyDirector & Co-creatorMatt EdgertonDesigner & Co-creatorZoë AtkinsonPerformer & Co-creatorBen MortleyLighting DesignerPaul ParkesSound Designer & ComposerDavid RichardsonAnimationSteven Aiton, Zoë Atkinson, Otto Crotty, Arlen Crotty, Matty Zmitko
Production ManagerAlan BurkeProducerFiona de GarisStage ManagerCourteney CooperAssociate ProducerSiobhan MaidenAnimation Workshop FacilitatorSteven Aiton
Kim Crotty – Writer, Lead Artist & Co-creator
Kim is a former theatre stage technician who worked at several venues in the UK, including the Lyric in Hammersmith, the Bristol Old Vic and the Salisbury Playhouse. As studio technician at the Playhouse he developed a love for children’s theatre receiving touring performances in the Salzberg Studio. He also worked with Stage-65, the youth theatre company at the Playhouse, to develop works including The Little Prince and Oliver before becoming head of the stage department. He left the theatre world in 2010 to pursue a career in commercial cannabis production, for which he received a two-year prison term. Whilst serving his sentence in HMP Dartmoor, he wrote and illustrated 47 children’s stories for his young sons, before being deported back to his native Western Australia in 2012. He currently works part time as a disabilities support worker and lives with his two sons in Manjimup. He studies English literature and creative writing online at Macquarie University and still writes short stories for his sons.
Matt Edgerton – Director & Co-creator
Matt is an Australian theatre director with a diverse body of work including contemporary and classical shows across a range of forms, styles and scales, cross-cultural collaborations, work for children and theatre projects promoting social development. Previously for Perth Festival, Matt has directed Black Brass and A Ghost In My Suitcase, co-created Le Nor and appeared in Plainsong. Matt’s work has toured around Australia, the US and Europe and won Glug, Helpmann, AWGIE and PAWA awards. Matt has held positions as artistic director of Barking Gecko Theatre and resident artist at Bell Shakespeare. He is a Churchill Fellow and proud member of Actors Equity.
Zoë Atkinson – Designer & Co-creator
Zoë studied scenography at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts in Czech Republic and the Institut Internationale de la Marionette in France. Since returning to Australia in 1997 she has worked nationally and internationally in opera, dance, theatre and the visual arts. Most recently she co-created and designed the Perth Festival events Home, Boorna Waanginy and Amy Sharrocks' Museum of Water and designed Black Swan State Theatre Company's York, Yirra Yaakin's I, Performing Lines' Black Brass, The Black Swan/Malthouse production Cloudstreet, Malthouse Theatre & Victorian Opera's production of Tom Waits' The Black Rider (Helpmann nominated for Best Costume Design), Malthouse's Picnic at Hanging Rock and Belvoir's The Life of Galileo.
Zoë has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Green Room for The Splinter Group's Lawn and a Helpmann for the Malthouse Theatre/Black Swan production The Odyssey. Zoë lives in Perth and is the mother of two boys.
Ben Mortley – Performer & Co-creator
Ben is a performer and film maker. His screen credits include the feature films Dingo, Lantana, Drift, Pinch, The Gateway and award-winning performances in Zelos and The Decadent and the Depraved. His television credits include McLeod's Daughter’s, Cloudstreet, Home & Away, A Place to Call Home and Itch. He has performed in theatres around Australia including works for Black Swan Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare Company, The Ensemble Theatre, Barking Gecko Theatre, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company and The Blue Room Theatre. Most recently, the short film Carmentis, in which he plays the lead, had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, as well as winning best film awards at CinefestOz, the San José International Short Film Festival and numerous awards at the St Kilda Film Festival including Best Actor. Ben is currently developing a TV series whilst also studying for his Master of Counselling.
Alan Burke – Production Manager
Originally from Ireland, Alan relocated to WA from Macau with his family to join BREC in 2017. With a professional career spanning over two decades working with the likes of Cirque Du Soleil, Sands Resorts China and Carnival Cruise Lines there really isn’t much in the world of event production that Alan hasn’t done. His career has taken him all over the globe working alongside industry leaders creating large scale festivals, arena rock shows and world class theatre productions.
Paul Parkes – Lighting Designer
Paul has been working in the entertainment industry for the past 20 years. Specialising in stage lighting Paul has had extensive experience working in all aspects of live theatre. After an accidental beginning in theatre Paul has turned a part time job into a full time passion. Designing and operating live stage productions has been a challenging and rewarding career. ‘Lighting the stage for me is painting on air, the colour of the scene on stage only lasts a matter of moments but must leave a lasting impression in the mind of the audience’. Paul has worked on hundreds of local and international shows. He has worked on large scale international productions as well as ‘the back room of the local pub’. His work has taken him from Bunbury to Indonesia, China and all parts of Australia. He is now based back in Bunbury at the Entertainment Centre and continues to improve his skills and experiment with ‘illuminating the black box’.
Fiona de Garis – Producer
In May 2018 joined the team at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, where as executive director she continues to explore the transformative potential of art to change lives and build communities. Fiona is skilled in facilitation of the creative process and has worked extensively across performance genres, with a strong focus on developing new Australian work. From 2008 to 2018 she was senior producer at Performing Lines WA, where she nurtured independent West Australian artists and their projects. Prior to that she enjoyed the diversity of 15 years freelancing as a stage, company and event manager, working for many of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations. A graduate of both UWA and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Fiona regularly serves on peer panels and is currently on the Board of Cooinda Primary School and PICA, and is Chair of CircuitWest.
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC) is the much loved and multi-award winning performing arts centre and conference venue serving Bunbury and Australia’s South West since 1990. BREC’s story is unusual. Driven by a community committee, funds were raised and the building constructed within 18 months. Thirty years on BREC plays a critical part in lighting up the South West with creativity, culture and connection, enriching lives and helping build the community we all want to live in. Hosting upwards of 250 performances and arthouse cinema screenings a year, BREC collaborates with local artists and touring companies, offers children their first experiences with the arts and creates relationships between artists and audiences.
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|Time & Location||
23 – 27 Feb
Wed 23 – Sat 26 Feb 6.30pm | Sun 27 Feb 5.30pm Studio Underground, 178 William Street, Northbridge / Yandilup
Eligible for package discount
Contains adult themes and drug references. Recommended for ages 9+
POST SHOW Q&A FRI 25 FEB
Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.
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Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
This show will have additional performances in Bunbury Fri 11 - Sun 20 Feb. Tickets online.
- This project has been assisted by the Government of Western Australia
- This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body