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BY BREN GOSLING

The year is 1987. It’s the height of the AIDS crisis and Princess Diana is embarking on a landmark trip to the AIDS ward of a London hospital. 

The Royal trip has sparked world wide interest and with it has come camera crews and a televised interview. But AIDS is still taboo and even working at this hospital could cost those present everything. To change the misconceptions of history, could you risk it all?

Told through the perspectives of Jude, a nurse on the ward, Andrew, a patient, and Donnie, a fireman estranged from his son, Moment of Grace revisits the Princess’ visit and the critical attention it brought to AIDS education and awareness through acts of true empathy and grace.

ANTHONY THOMAS

Anthony is often cast as “The Villain” but has demonstrated his range over the past 12 months playing a wide range of characters from a grieving father dealing with the loss of his son in “One Punch”, a roo shooter struggling with his sexuality in the comedic Outback Mountain and a loving husband assisting his wife’s suicide in “Till Death Do Us Part”.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Anthony has been cast in several feature films including Manifesto Chronicles (Professor Allen Redford),⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Last Witch (Zoraff), Streets of Colour (Mick) and psychological thriller Into Black (Randall) due for⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
release later this year. He has also made guest appearances in upcoming Australian mini-series Australian Gangster (Channel 7) and Home & Away with previous credits including Daddy’s Little Girl, Water Rats, Breakers, Farscape and All Saints⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Recently Anthony spent some time in the US shooting a pilot TV series SYN where he portrays a murderous Southern Detective. He has appeared in numerous short films including award winning Nangana and internationally acclaimed web series After Nightfall, White Noise, Riot Girl & Annabelle. 

CHARLOTTE ROBERTSON

Charlotte Robertson is an actor, writer, singer and solo performance artist studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theatre and Performance Studies and minoring in Film Studies at UNSW. She is also training as a member of the Hub Ensemble. She has performed in a variety of productions with UNSW Musical Theatre Society (MTS) and UNSW Theatrical Society (NUTS). Charlotte's most recent credits include Persuasion at the Genesian Theatre and her solo performance work Femme Perilous in Io Myers Studio. She is honoured to be working with Theatre Travels on such a powerful and poignant play. 

MARTIN QUINN

Since graduating from the Bachelor of Performance at the Australian Institute of Music, Martin Quinn has taken every opportunity to further develop his skills as a storyteller. In 2019 he trained with the Atlantic Theatre Company and appeared in Victor Kalka's stripped back- reimagining of “The Cherry Orchard”. Also in 2019 he acted and produced- through his production company Dream Plane Productions- Beth Steel's bleak vision of the future “Ditch” (Dir. Kim Hardwick). In 2020 Dream Plan productions will present “Fuenteovejuna” by Lope de Vega (June) and Angus Evan's new Australian play “Rage Room” at the OLD 505 in October. Beyond this Martin hopes to continue creating original work with an emphasis on physical movement and music as well further exploring the world in front of the camera.

 

He is thrilled to be working Theatre Travels on the development and presentation of new work in Sydney. 

BREN GOSLING: PLAYWRIGHT

Bren lives in London and studied playwriting with John Burgess. Bren’s monologues and plays have been performed at The Pleasance, Arcola, OSO Barnes, Rose & Crown E17, Bloomsbury Festival; Brighton Fringe. He is also an award-winning short story writer (Exeter, London, Brighton Short Story Prizes) published in numerous anthologies. His female monologue Wrong Entrance won Putney Theatre’s 2018 New Writing competition and had a sold out run at that theatre in May 2018. Moment of Grace showcased to acclaim at Bloomsbury Festival 2018, and following these performances at NO: INTERMISSION will have a three week run at Tristan Bates Theatre, London 22 June – 11 July 2020.

 

Bren is currently being mentored by Joe Murphy – AD of The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff on a new play about the social and sexual invisibility of three Londoners who are 60. Bren performs with SAGE Dance Company (Tate Modern, St Thomas Hospital, Arts Ed Theatre and Sadler’s Wells Elixir.) His dance duet 'FRIEND?' was used in a music video in 2018. He was dramaturg to Thomas Page Dances developing new choreographic work in response to Moment of Grace. Participant in The Scenic Route - a week of creative collaboration for writers, musicians, dancers, and actors, with Masterclasses by David Eldridge and Gecko. Member of The Actor's Centre, Society of Authors, Gay Authors Workshop and Forest Writers.

 

Summer/autumn 2019 Bren wrote with Royal Court Theatre’s WF Listen Local Project.


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www.brengosling.com

JESS DAVIS: DIRECTOR

Jess is a Sydney based theatre director, having graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Theatre and Performance in 2018. Her directing credits include: Manhole, Trojan Barbie (Assistant Director)(UNE), The Bear/The Proposal, The Unexpected Guest, Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper Murders (Genesian Theatre Company), Come Die With Me (Short+Sweet 2018, People’s Choice Finals), Broken (Theatre Travels), Hairworm (Eye Contact Theatre Company),The Female of the Species, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Lane Cove Theatre Company).

 

Jess is particularly passionate about supporting female-driven creative works, and is a founding member of independent theatre company Eye Contact Theatre Company, for whom she will be directing their second production Breathing Corpses at KXT in August 2020.

WILLIAM DUKE: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

William has just finished his first year at the University of Sydney, majoring in Film Studies and English Literature. Directing and writing short-films since the age of sixteen, William has been involved in a variety of film and theatre productions, including a behind-the-scenes documentary of the 2016 NIDA musical, Crazy For You. Most recently, he worked on Coda, a short-film co-produced by the Sydney Opera House and award-winning film director Thomas Wilson White.

 

William is eager to continue his love of directing here at Theatre Travels.

Photographer: Tess Bourguignon