How Did You Hear About Visible Ink?
Word of Mouth
What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
‘The Leftovers’ is a collective of four actors and musicians: Thomas Hutchins, Jordan Kadell, Jessica Smith, and Michael Whittred. The four graduated from an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) at Southbank Institute of Technology between 2011 and 2012. Their time at the course inspired the inception of The Leftovers, something between a theatre company and a band.
What are you currently working on project-wise?
Leftovers (From a Dream), the company’s debut creation, will appear in FAST festival at La Boite, Kelvin Grove this year. This out of tune play with songs explores the addictive nature of lucid dreaming, with funky alarm clocks, stylized movement and live music. There are no microphones, no recorded sound and no projection. Leftovers (From A Dream) relies solely on four performers, a few instruments, eight lights, and a torch.
The show has had two development showings in 2011 and was deemed a success. “Beautiful, keep the violent rawness” – anonymous.
What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?
We do it because nothing else makes sense.
Locally, the group are inspired by a number of Brisbane/Australian artists including Lisa O’Neill, Norman Price, Christine Johnson, Peter Nelson, Brian Lucas, Steven Mitchell-Wright (The Danger Ensemble), Dan Evans, The Kransky Sisters, Fleur-Elise Noble, Rosie Dennis, Black Lung Theatre, The Escapists and many more.
What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?
All members have an extensive musical background including weekly singing lessons for three years. Jessica is a classically trained violist and Michael is a prominent force in the Brisbane music scene, performing live gigs with his bands: Papperbok (drummer) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Papperbok/112280188801571?sk=wall and The Worriers (guitarist and vocalist) http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Worriers/353945477965358?sk=wall .
What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?
Places like Visible Ink are an oasis for young artists, but there simply aren’t enough of them. More funding from the Arts, especially in the form of performance and touring grants would greatly benefit Brisbane’s youth.
What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?
An eye out for oppurtinities, blinking them up, and an eye burning your own into the wall. Leave a mark.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?