A Tale of Two Cities residency
In November and December 2013, I undertook a residency in Singapore called A Tale of Two Cities. This residency was provided by Playwriting Australia.
I was based at Grey Projects in Tiong Bahru, working on a variety of exciting projects with local theatremakers, a reading of Shabbat Dinner (directed by Joel Tan and produced by Checkpoint Theatre), and a variety of masterclasses with teenagers, peers and members of the community.
You can read about it here, and catch up on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.
Everything is Everywhere
I am delighted to be part of an international writing/performance/storytelling/magic conglomerate called Everything is Everywhere, comprising myself, David Finnigan, Siobhan O’Loughlin and Ira Gamerman. We’re a bunch of creative soulmates who met in Brooklyn, NY in January 2014 and decided that the only way that life would be worth living if distance and necessity forced us to part, would be if we kept working together on exciting future projects that would keep us in each others’ lives for ever ever ever, no pressure or anything you guys.
In May 2015, we devised a new show called Everything Is Everywhere Lie to Your Face, as part of Karnabal Festival in Manila, the Philipines. This is a very exciting multi-platform, definition-defying festival, run by the incomparable Sipat Lawin Ensemble.
Jack Kerouac’s Rules for Spontaneous Prose
In 2014, I created a show with my dear collaborators David Finnigan and Gin Savage, called Jack Kerouac’s Essentials of Spontaneous Prose, As Experienced by Jessica Bellamy & David Finnigan, Reimagined With a Guided Meditation, To Enlighten, to Inspire, and to Awake. It was presented at the Tamarama Rock Surfers Bondi Feast festival in July 2014. You can read a really smart review of it here.
An important part of my artistic process is writing and performing spoken word pieces about female celebrities. I have written pieces about Lindsay Lohan, Taylor Swift and Amanda Bynes at venues including Queensland Poetry Festival, Griffin Theatre ‘Griffringe’, Bondi Feast Festival and You Are Here Festival.
Here is a sample of one of them.
In 2014, I was approached by Team MESS to write an episode of Trojans. This was a 5 night season, where each night featured a new writer writing an episode of a telenovella fed live to a team of actors onstage. It was so much fun, and it got messy.
Yeats Day 2015
In 2015, it was the 150th birthday of my main man, Irish poet and playwright W.B. Yeats. Little known Jessica Bellamy fact: before entering a career in theatre, I was planning to be a Irish literature academic! With this gig, I found the perfect middle ground: theatre and Yeats. I collaborated with choreographer Tony Yap and dancer Brendan O’Connor to collaborate on a Noh theatre adaptation of The Dreaming of the Bones.
The Grief Parlour
In 2013, I was lucky enough to work with Clockfire Theatre on The Grief Parlour. Clockfire Theatre are a company of devisors and physical theatre makers who wanted to get a writer and director on board for a second incarnation and redevelopment of this beautiful play.
Clockfire Theatre’s The Grief Parlour takes the audience on a surreal, fantastical journey in search of a single glittering moment of reunion after death. An eternal hope… to pass through a crack in the wall of life to find those lost in a place outside time – just for one second.
Clockfire Theatre creates a world of elastic space and time, full of absurd imagery and brief moments of intimate connection, sitting just beyond the reach of the grim necessities of life faced with the loss of a loved one. The Grief Parlour is full of warmth, humour and a little bit of magic.
Clockfire uses text, sound and visual theatre inspired by the great French Lecoq tradition of physical theatre. The Grief Parlour was beautifully realised by an expert cast lead by Jo Turner, one of Australia’s finest directors of this magical form of theatre, at Rafferty’s Theatre, Parramatta Riverside, in September 2013.