BY WILLIAM THACKER
Prime Minister, Tobias Quantick, is tired of Downing Street. Overworked and unpopular, the slick centrist has dashed the hopes of a generation. So when Tobias discovers an algorithm for perfect governance, the choice is clear: be the most disappointing PM in history, or... put a super computer in charge. Led by the machine’s faultless decisions, Tobias rebuilds Britain and is loved once again.
But has anyone ever had a perfect run with technology?
At my age, it's a necessarily long story.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Born in the UK in 1950 I was abducted by my loving family and immigrated to these fair shores of Sydney in 1960. I took up the T-square and Pencil and became an Architect after graduating from UNSW in the 1970's.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I retired some years ago and decided that society had not quite had enough of me and so strolled boldly into the precarious profession of Acting.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My experience to date has been in front of a lens - this is about to change. I hope now in my dotage we can all enjoy this new adventure as we turn the pages of this marvelous New Play NECESSARY WORK
Tom is a Sydney-based Actor and Producer. His roles include Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen (2018), Deeley in Old Times (2019), Claudius in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2018), and Wargrave in And Then There Were None (2017) with the Sydney University Dramatic Society.
In addition, Tom has directed No Exit in 2019 with the Sydney University Dramatic Society, alongside of producing the Sydney University Commerce Revue from 2019-2020.
WILLIAM THACKER: PLAYWRIGHT
William Thacker was born in London in 1986. He is the co-writer of England Is Mine, the feature-length Morrissey biopic released worldwide in 2017.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
William is the author of two novels, Charm Offensive and Lingua Franca (Legend Press, 2014 and 2016). He also co-wrote the short film, Full Time, winner of the Best Short award at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival.⠀
Necessary Work is William’s first play.
LIAM SHAND EGAN: DIRECTOR
Liam is a returning director from the inaugural No:Intermission festival in 2019 (Infidelity & Enlightenment) and is looking to make an even bigger performance this year. He has produced shows with the Theatre and Film society, UTS Backstage such as The Frogs (2015, Australian Amateur Premiere) and I Hate Hamlet (2013, directorial debut).
He has also worked on film productions such as The Cupcake Bandit (Tropfest 2016 Shortlist), Kim & Austin (2016), Girl Falling (2016), and Imogen Ross' Absit (2018) and The Eagle Flyer (2019) and is a part-time reviewer for Theatre Travels. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
He is extremely excited to work on Necessary Work and to have another chance to explore difficult topics with such a talented cast of emerging and established artists. ⠀
ASHLEIGH DALZELL: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Ashleigh is an emerging artist based in Sydney, currently studying Film and Entertainment Policy and Politics at the University of Sydney. She has garnered experience in film and television production with BBC Studios’ gameshow Mastermind and numerous projects with Sydney Film Festival and Odin’s Eye Entertainment.
Ashleigh has written short stories and poetry habitually from the age of five and has taken drama classes between the ages of fourteen and seventeen. Nurturing her adoration for film, theatre and literature since childhood, she visits the theatre ritualistically since seeing A Chorus Line at the age of twelve and watches B-roll footage as religiously as productions themselves. She is in the early stages of developing a fantasy novel and is in the process of having an academic essay on the entanglement of politics and pop culture edited for publication.
Necessary Work will be Ashleigh’s first involvement with Theatre Travels and NO: INTERMISSION and her debut as an Assistant Director. She finds the process of bringing theatre, film and literature to fruition terribly exciting and cannot wait to commence production on Necessary Work.⠀⠀
Photographer: Tess Bourguignon