After a sold out Sydney season in 2021, In Their Footsteps is heading to Canberra and Adelaide in 2022.
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It’s been 50 years since thousands of young American women served their country in Vietnam, and their stories have remained largely untold... until now.
Based on the true accounts of five extraordinary women, ‘In Their Footsteps’ explores the experiences of women working in war zones, their struggles to be recognised heroes, their loss of faith and the friendships they forged in the face of trauma.
This deeply moving, time traveling piece brings us a better understanding of the Vietnam experience from a uniquely female perspective. It tells us of jobs that have been long overlooked, particularly of civilian jobs in the war that receive, not only no fanfare, but no recognition of service either. It reminds us of the long-term pain, horrors and specifically health implications of serving your country during the Vietnam War.
More than anything, it reminds us of the histories we hear...and importantly, the ones that we don’t.
Sixty-seven American Women died in the Vietnam War. Only eight have been recognised with their names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. These women, and many of the other 11,000 American women who participated in the war efforts between 1956 and 1975 remain hidden figures. Women who served and played a critical role in sustaining the national effort, and as medical personnel, whilst often facing sexism in the field, and the well documented disparagement from home.
Theatre Travels is proud to revive this show after producing its Australian premiere production to a sold out season in Sydney 2021.
We are also proud to be the first international cast worldwide to perform Ashley Adelman and Infinite Variety Productions' beautiful piece of Verbatim Theatre. The makes its ACT and SA premieres after successful runs Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Canberra Theatre Centre
The Courtyard Studio
Civic Square, London Cct
Canberra ACT 2601
25 - 26 February 2022
255 Angas St
Adelaide SA 5000
8-12 March 2022
Nola is an Australian film and television actress of Lebanese descent whose heart belongs to the stage. As an avid theatre performer, who attended UNSW Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theatre and Film, Nola played the lead roles in FURY (2018) and The Odd Couple (2019).
She has a range of experience from film and television to directing and co-writing a short film, Possum62 in 2008. She featured in the short film Tea for Two - Directed by Jonas McLellan in 2004.
Her noteworthy television roles were in Doctor Doctor in 2016 and more recently Channel 7’s Sunday Night show cast her in the reenactments of two of their lead features; one of which being the story of a mother lost in the bush with her son for days on end; wherein Nola immersed herself in some very honest emotions, which she was able to draw on to recreate this event. (2018)
Nola has starred in commercials for big brands; KFC (2017) and TAB (2018)
She is fluent in English and Arabic.
Trained as an actor and a theatre voice/accents and dialects specialist, Linda has worked in the Industry for over 20 years.
Recent acting credits include: Ex-Girlfriend in Once at Darlinghurst Theatre Company and multiple character voices for Hyde Park Barracks museum experience and will be seen later this year on Channel 72’s science program for children Get Clever. Linda played Marge Murray and Judy Shepard in The Laramie Project/ The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later for Theatre Travels, Polonius/Stage Manager in Håmlet with Ban Shakespeare at Bondi Feast, Susan in One Way Mirror with Subtlenuance, and as various characters for the 2018 KXT Storytellers festival, she appeared as ‘Coach’ in the independent feature film Zoe.Misplaced.
In 2019 Linda was dialect coach for: Shrek - The Musical (GFO), Little Miss Sunshine, I’m With Her, Kasama Kita, Good Dog, Baby Doll, Table, Once, Hitler’s Daughter, Mercury Fur, Cypress Ave, Saturday Night Fever, Russian Transport, The last 5 Years, Grounded, The Crucible, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Counting and Cracking and two short films The Hollow and Vincent. She also directed two short plays: Toxic by Maryanne Lynch and You Still Here by Patricia Cornelius. Other Theatre credits include Love, Maggie Stone, The Humans, Torch Song Trilogy, The Walworth Farce, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, DNA, and Home Invasion. Linda has also coached for large mainstage productions such as Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, The Bodyguard, Rocky Horror and Dirty Dancing. Film: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2, Jungle, and Book Club. Television: Mary – The Making of a Princess, The Chase Australia. She directed Pramkicker by Sadie Hasler at its Sydney premier in October 2018.
Linda can be heard talking about the Australian accent on the podcast In A Manner of Speaking and about the voice in general on the podcast’s Brady’s Hunch and Don’t Be So Dramatic.
Suzann discovered her love for stage performance whilst living in Hong Kong. Her experiences included productions with the Hong Kong Players, American Theatre Company and the Hong Kong Singers.
Returning to New Zealand, she studied performing arts at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, then after several years of working in Auckland, she jointly founded The Unreal Theatre Company. Her acting career has encompassed musicals, film and television as well as stage, but theatre remains her favourite.
Since moving to Sydney, from 2017, Suzann’s stage credits include Letitia Blacklock in A Murder is Announced for Genesians, Alice in The Big Meal for The Depot, Kate Jerome in Broadway Bound for The New, Jennifer Jones in The Realistic Joneses for Limelight, Lyubov Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard for Virginia Plain, Helena and TV Host in A Deal for Flying House and Claire in A Delicate Balance for Sydney Classic.
Her screen credits include Shortland Street and Filthy Rich in NZ and several short films here including ‘A Conversation’, winner of Best International Film at the 2019 Prodigy Film Awards in which she was nominated for Best International Actress.
Suzann is very much looking forward to working with this wonderful ensemble bringing to light these incredible women’s stories.
Rowena was born in Los Angeles, California. She was a student at Santa Monica City Collage and subsequently accepted a scholarship to Southern Illinois University in the US to compete on their prestigious gymnastics team. That team won the National Championships in her final year at SIU.
Rowena’s love of the arts and in particular the stage has seen her participating in small amateur projects from time to time over many years. Some of her roles include Tituba from The Crucible, various parts in the Deadly Women TV series and television commercials work.
Rowena brings life experiences to this role having lived through the Vietnam war and watched many of her contemporaries be dragged away to that conflict, some of them never to return. She is also an accomplished violinist, studio artist, educator and Herbalist.
Rowena immigrated to Australia in 1972.
ASHLEY ADELMAN: PLAYWRIGHT
Ashley Adelman received her BFA from NYU TISCH and her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School. Ashley specializes in documentary theatre focused on stories from women's history. Her play In Their Footsteps has been performed all around NYC, as well as around the country for The Women Overseas Service League in San Antonio, The Borderlight Fringe in Cleveland, and JMCC. The production also had great success in Edinburgh Fringe and will be heading back to Europe next November for a production not yet announced. Her other works such as Nellie and The Women of Blackwell has been commissioned for an immersive theatre run in downtown NYC. The work is based on the undercover reporter Nellie Bly who went into the lunatic asylum to expose the horrid conditions. Lastly, Ms. Adelman's play about a family who seeked asylum from Hitler and then the Japanese invasion once they had immigrated to the Philippines is set to go up in NYC as part of The Estrogenius Festival in March 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ashley owns her own theatre company and is a proud resident of FringeNYC and is honored to have such an incredible group of artists around her. And a huge thank you to all those who trust her with their stories. To learn more about Ms. Adelman or her theatre company “Infinite Variety Productions” head to www.infinitevarietynyc.org
Sonya Kerr is a graduate of The Flinders University Drama Centre in South Australia. She has worked extensively in Melbourne and Sydney, appearing in both stage and screen roles. Her theatre credits include: WPC Parker/Hilary, The Angry Brigade, Ivy, August: Osage County, Gail/Kelly/Mel/Sam, Next Lesson, Joan, Dinkum Assorted for The New Theatre, Lady Mcduff/Meneith/Bloody Captain, Macbeth and Duke Frederick/Corin/Hymen As You Like It for SheShakespeare, Kat, Seed Bomb, Donna, One Way Mirror, The Net A Quiet Night in Rangoon, Anne, Lucy Black, Erica, Cristina in the Cupboard , Eclectic Girl, Shut Up and Drive for Subtlenuance, Titania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for 63 Globes, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Norma, The Auxiliary for Phrankly Theatre - Melbourne, Dom, A Moment on the Lips for Mad March Hare, Catherine Winslow, The Winslow Boy for The Genesian Theatre, The Girl, The Ham Funeral for Sibils, Gabrielle, Appropriation for Fledgling Theatre.
She has also appeared in several short films, including the award winning Work Mate with Bus Stop Films. Sonya was one of the creators and hosted Kapow: Comics, Cartoons and Collectables, Australia's largest online comic book review show.
CARLY FISHER: DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Carly is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Travels. Since launching the company in November 2018, Carly has produced 17 shows for the company and directed 8 of them.
As a producer, Carly is passionate about bringing debut works to stages in new markets and seeks new writers and performances ready to make their Sydney, Australian and even World premieres. To this end, Carly seeks new writing, fostering close relationships with up and coming writers, as well as ensuring her knowledge of the international theatre market is both current and astute.
Thematically, Carly is drawn to stories that feature authentic and well-written female characters and continues to prioritise the inclusion of women in the industry both onstage, and more importantly, in crew and Creative roles and positions of leadership.
Carly also created the NO: INTERMISSION Festival in Sydney to provide additional opportunities for emerging artists to gain professional experience in the Sydney Independent Theatre Scene. In 2021, the festival was a complete sell out prior to opening.
For Carly's full bio visit https://www.carlyfisher.net/
In Their Footsteps, 2021, Director & Producer
Girl Shut Your Mouth, 2021 Syd and 2020 Adl, Director & Producer
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, 2021, Producer
Rattling the Keys, 2021, Producer
Lipstick, 2021, Producer
Bleach, 2020 Adl and 2019 Syd, Producer
Coming in 2022:
Puppets, Sydney and Melbourne seasons
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Sydney and Adelaide seasons
In Their Footsteps, Canberra and Adelaide seasons
Young Bodies/Somebody's, Sydney
Sweet Science of Bruising, Sydney
The Culture, New York City
ROSIE NIVEN: STAGE MANAGER, ADELAIDE
Rosie is a Sydney-based Director with a portfolio that focuses on LGBTQIA+ and female-driven works. She is passionate about working with young people and emerging artists to create greater access for
everyone in the Australian theatre community, and currently sits as the Marketing Manager for Theatre Travels.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Rosie graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in
Theatre and Performance Studies. During this time, Rosie worked with the New South Wales University Theatrical Society (NUTS) to
Direct/Assistant Direct a number of shows, including Angela Betzien's War Crimes (2016), for which she was awarded Best Direction.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Rosie has Directed a number of works in Sydney, including Oleanna in conjunction with Maltman Lab and White Ribbon (2016), Deadline for Sydney Fringe (2017), The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later at the Seymour Centre (2018), and Preserving Jars and Full Contact as part of Mardi Gras’ PLAYLIST (2019 and 2020).
For the past two years, Rosie has co-curated Theatre Travels' inaugural one-act play festival NO: INTERMISSION, choosing eight works that celebrate emerging artists and groundbreaking work across the globe.
Within that festival, she Directed the Australian Premiere of Bleach (2019, which also premiered at Adelaide Fringe in 2020) and the World Premiere of Queenslander (2019).
Most recently she Directed Rattling the Keys for the 2021 installation of NO: INTERMISSION and before that, she Directed Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. for Sydney Fringe, which was nominated for an Emerging Artist Award.
Rosie stage managed for Girl Shut Your Mouth at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival and will return to the festival with Theatre Travels to Stage Manage In Their Footsteps.
She is currently completing her Masters in Drama Therapy at the University of Melbourne
NATALIE LOW: STAGE MANAGER, CANBERRA
Natalie is from Singapore who came to Sydney to study a Bachelor of Dramatic Art.
She is passionate about telling diverse stories that highlight stories of feminism and environmentalism.
As an actor, she’s performed in The People Who Stamped Papers All Day (2019), Twelfth Night (2020), Single Ladies (2020) and Vickie & Vinnie (2020) at Excelsia College.
She seeks to produce original stories through different mediums, having previously directed and written Ready or Not (2021) and (pending) (2021).
As a stage manager, she has done Molly Sweeney (Clock & Spiel Productions), James & the Giant Peach (Excelsia College), 3 Fat Virgins Unassembled (Slanted Theatre), and will also be involved in Puppets (2021), and Freud’s Last Session (Clock & Spiel Productions).
CAPRI HARRIS: LIGHTING DESIGNER, CANBERRA
Capri Harris (She/Her) is an emerging lighting designer living on Dharawal land. She graduated from the Australian Institute of Music last year with a Bachelor of Performance. This marks Capri’s third time working with Theatre Travels and her first production outside of NSW.
Before this Capri worked as the Lighting Designer and Operator for ‘Cherry’ directed by Nadia Townsend, ‘Playpen’ directed by Jennifer Hart, ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ directed by Rosie Nevin as well as, the 2021 season of Theatre Travels ‘No: Intermission’ Festival for the shows ‘In Their Footsteps’ directed by Carly Fisher and ‘Rattling The Keys’ directed by Rosie Nevin.
Before graduating she designed, assisted and operated for university shows; ‘Emerge Festival’ (LD/LA, 2021), ‘Love and Information' (LD/OP 2020), As You Like it’ (LD/OP 2019) ‘How To Disappear’ (LA/OP, 2018), as well as lighting for musicians such as Ali Barter, Alex Lahey, The Kava Kings, The Moving Stills and Nathan Cavaleri as part of Australian Music Week (OP 2019).
Capri is passionate about making theatre easily accessible so it can be enjoyed by all.