BY ZOE MULLER
A boy is lying dead next door, a blood stained knife sits in their living room and only one of them knows who did it.
Winner of the 2018 State Theatre Company of South Australia and Flinders University Junior Young Playwright’s Award, this suspenseful murder mystery follows five teens living in the small rural town of Coober Pedy. Struggling with isolation and lack of opportunities, they turn to crystal meth and it is under its influence that memories start to become hazy… why were they arguing in the first place? What can they say to police? Who even was that kid next door?
And more than anything, for each of them, how will the mistakes of last night impact the futures they are chasing?
Anika Bhatia is a Sydney based actor and theatre maker of Indian heritage. Her theatre credits include: Check Please (Director, SUDS 2019); Intersection: Chrysalis (ATYP/Griffin Theatre, 2018); Every Second (SUDS, 2018); Love and Information (SUDS, 2018); Coram Boy (Ascham School, 2016); Black Sequin Dress (Ascham School, 2016); Into the Woods (Ascham School, 2015); Thursday’s Child (Cranbrook School, 2014). In 2017, Anika was a member of her school’s drama committee and received a prize for high achievement in Drama.
Anika is currently studying Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and holds a Distinction Certificate in her Grade 8 Speec and Drama exam from Trinity College London.
She is thrilled to be working with Rosie Niven and Theatre Travels in Rattling the Keys.
Originally from small town Victoria, Australia, Liam discovered his passion for acting from an early age, appearing in numerous theatre shows in his town from as early 12 years old.
In 2015 Liam studied acting at NIDA Young actors studio, by 2016 he received his first recurring television role in ABCME’s award winning series “Nowhere Boys” whilst appearing in numerous student short film productions.
By the age of 18 Liam moved from his small town in Victoria to Sydney, Australia, to begin studying full-time acting at the Academy of Film Theatre and Television. Since then Liam has appeared in two stage productions of Shakespeare, including ‘Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘Pericles’ and Anton Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’, during this time he also performed in Flick Anderson’s Play ‘Performance Review’ at BRISK Festival in Los Angeles.
James is excited to return for round 2 of the No:Intermission festival! Having had a great time as part of 2019's Infidelity and Enlightenment, James is keen to dive right back into an exciting new Australian work.
After a busy run in the uni society NUTS, where he took on roles as a performer, producer and director, James took a 2 year hiatus from the stage, choosing to explore the world of advertising instead. During this time, James scratched his theatre itch by being a regular reviewer and contributor for Theatre Travels, helping to promoting Sydney's vibrant amateur and professional arts scene.
Born and raised in Sydney, Lachie moved to Melbourne at age 18 to attend the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), where he graduated in 2018 with a BFA in Acting. Shortly after graduating, Lachie performed in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric 2019.
Lachie moved back to Sydney in 2019 and has since appeared in an ad campaign for Lynx Xbox, several sketches on Saturday Night Rove (Network Ten) and in February this year starred in the Australian premiere of Angry Fags at New Theatre.
Lachie is also the lead singer and guitarist for indie rock band, The Tints. Rattling the Keys is Lachie’s NO : INTERMISSION and Theatre Travels debut.
Making the move from country NSW to Sydney in 2018, Maggie has been pursuing her dream in the performing arts.⠀
Maggie is currently in her third year at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), studying a Bachelor of Performance Dramatic Arts. During her time at AIM she has performed in Tom Wright’s adaptation of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ as Mrs Appleyard, Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ as Celia and ‘After Dinner’ as Monika.
Maggie was chosen to perform her HSC Drama group devised work ‘Wahroonga’ at OnStage 2017 and was also given the opportunity to be a compere of her program. Maggie is an honourable Ambassador of the Heart Foundation Australia, being involved as a Guest Speaker since 2014 and is a part of the Real Women Real Stories Campaign.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Maggie is very thrilled to make her debut in Rattling the Keys with such a wonderful cast and creative team and she would love to say a huge thank you to all her family and friends for their constant love and support.
ZOE MULLER: PLAYWRIGHT
Zoe first began acting at age nine and has been hooked ever since. In 2015, at age 15, Zoe was granted the rights by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette, to adapt their iconic novel “Puberty Blues” into the world premier stage show.
In 2017, Zoe co-created Deadset Theatre Company, with the aim to produce shows for young adults aged 15-25. “Puberty Blues”, was their first show, also directed by Zoe. After the success of their first season, “Puberty Blues” was brought back for a return season, performing at the Adelaide Fringe and then touring schools across Adelaide.
After thoroughly enjoying the experience of writing “Puberty Blues”, Zoe decided to give script writing another go. This led to the creation of “Rattling the Keys”. This play went on to win the 2018 State Theatre Company and Flinders University Young Playwrights Award. Deadset Theatre Company workshopped the script, editing it during the rehearsal period, ready for its world premiere in January 2020 at The Mill in Adelaide. Zoe has loved writing “Rattling the Keys”, and is looking forward to writing another play…as soon as an idea for another script comes to her!
Alongside writing, Zoe loves drama teaching and is currently studying secondary education, majoring in drama and criminology. Zoe is thrilled to be chosen as a part of the NO : INTERMISSION festival, and is excited to see her work performed by Theatre Travels.
ROSIE NIVEN: DIRECTOR
Rosie is a Sydney-based Director with a portfolio that focuses on LGBT 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 as part of Mardi Gras’ PLAYLIST (2019). Last year Rosie 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 (also coming to Adelaide Fringe in 2020) and the World Premiere of Queenslander. Most recently she Directed Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. for Sydney Fringe, which was nominated for an Emerging Artist Award.⠀
ISABEL ZAKHAROVA: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Isabel is a theatre-maker based in Sydney who is interested in all aspects of theatre production. She discovered her passion for theatre at a young age, starting with acting and later moving into behind-the-scenes roles. Isabel believes that theatre is a unique art form that has the power to incite change and create meaningful dialogue. She is currently studying film production and social sciences at university, and also enjoys reading and learning languages. ⠀⠀
Isabel is very excited to take on the role of Assistant Director for Rattling the Keys at the NO: INTERMISSIONS festival. In 2018, she made her directorial debut at the Short and Sweet Festival in Sydney, directing ‘Scripted’, which placed third in her show. She also enjoys taking on crew roles for short film projects, and hopes to continue her exploration of the creative arts.⠀
Photographer: Tess Bourguignon