Artist bios for Last Drinks
Telia Nevile completed a Graduate Diploma in Animateuring (the creation of new theatre) at VCA in 1999, and since then has created a collection of short works that include Zoetrope (Melbourne Fringe 2008; The Village 2008 & La Mama 2007) and If At First (Dancehouse's Joker Season 2006); and full-length works including Somewhere Along the Way (The Street Theatre, Canberra 2004; La Mama 2003) and Linger...just one more (La Mama 2002). In 2004, Telia formed Penny Machinations with Matt Kelly, premiering their pay-per-view performance arcade as part of the 2004 La Mama Explorations Season. Since its beginnings, Penny Machinations has gone on to entertain a wide variety of audiences at festivals such as the Victorian Arts Centre's Chookahs Children's Festival (2008), the Falls Festival (2006, 2007 & upcoming in 2008), the Melbourne Fringe (2006 & 2005, where it won 'Most Outstanding Special Event'), The Village (2006 & 2007) and Midsumma (2007). Telia is also a performer whose most recent credits include Zoetrope (see above), the performance installation Where Is My Community? (New08 at ACCA 2008), and Lulu Vs Jack the Ripper (Melbourne Fringe 2007). She appears as a contributing artist for companies such as The Caravan of Love, and is The Last Tuesday Society's resident poet laureate.
Bron Batten is a Melbourne-based theatre-maker, choreographer and performer. She has trained at tertiary institutions such as Deakin University, and most recently at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 2007 with a Graduate Diploma in Animateuring (Theatre Making). She has performed in, and made work for, festivals such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe, The Big Day Out, The Village and the Falls Music Festival. She is an ongoing performer and collaborator with Penny Machinations, which recieved the Most Outstanding Special Event award at the 2005 Meloburne Fringe; and has collaborated and performed with theatre companies such as The Suitcase Royale and The Caravan of Love. In June 2007, her physical theatre word My Kingdom For A Horse was presented at the VCA as part of VRAP, a cultural outreach program for rural high school students. She co-devised and performer We Could Live Here for the 2008 Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, and recently appeared in Full Tilt: The Talkshow at the Victorian Arts Centre. Bron devised and performed the work I Want To Dance With Somebody for the 2008 Next Wave Festival's Nightclub Project, and she is also a curator and performer in the monthly performance event The Last Tuesday Society at The Old Bar in Fitzroy.
Since graduating from dance at WAAPA in 2003, Tina Evans has choreographed, danced and acted in all sorts of dance theatre, short film, music video and performance installation works. A grant took her to Impuls Tanz Festival in Vienna, and she spent two years living and working in London. Now settled in Melbourne, she has worked with Kumquat Theatre, The Bedroom Philosopher, Jacks Wall Productions, and artist Gabrielle de Vietri. Tina's dance film Made in Australia was a Best Dance Film finalist at the 2004 Australian Dance Awards. Her latest dance theatre work, Toys, explores sex trafficking, and was performed in Perth earlier this year to great reviews.
Matt Kelly won a game show, travelled around the world for a year, saw amazing things, met amazing people and realised that the only thing he has ever really wanted to do in his life is to make people laugh. He is a puppeteer, musician, writer, director, performer and actor. Seen onstage in The Outsider, The Twits and many other shows; Matt is also one half of The List Operators and Co-Artistic Director of Penny Machinations. He's currently working on the perfecting of his short-crust pastry and holding grudges.
Heath Miller's stage appearances include Romeo and Juliet (Deckchair Theatre), X-Stacy (Black Swan Theatre Company), The Beard of Michael Rogers (Short + Sweet), Sex Drugs and Self Control (Cut Snake), The Brick and the Rose (DAMAGE Theatre), and Ubu Roi and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakesperience). Heath moved to Melbourne after graduating from WAAPA, where he plans to keep writing, directing and performing.
Alice Palermo is a dancer and performer, who also spends her days consumed by her sewing machine creating costumes for her works. She has completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at Deakin University, and since then has formed The Caravan of Love with Eva Johansen, Kate Sumner and Carla Rinaudo. The group have performed at festivals and events including Melbourne Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival; delighted audiences in far north QLD; appeared in The Famous Spiegeltent; toured with The Village to Edinburgh Gardens and the Falls Festival; and completed a successful tour to the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Alice has recently had the privelige to work as an artist-in-residence at Tennant Creek High School, helping the students create their own adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.