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The other place

Experience this reading of a moving and original play by Christopher Bryant, based on the lives of two influential women of theatre – Australia's Betty Burstall and Britain's Buzz Goodbody.


03 June 2016, 7:00pm8:30pm

Experience this reading of a moving and original play by Christopher Bryant, based on the lives of two influential women of theatre – Australia's Betty Burstall and Britain's Buzz Goodbody.

In this inaugural Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellowship performance, Bryant's play explores the ways Burstall's and Goodbody's lives were mirrored in the theatre they produced, the roads they paved and the lives they changed, even in death.

The Other place incorporates Betty Burstall's letters to her husband, along with the Library's numerous texts on feminism, theatrical style and philosophy.

Exclusive to Friends of the Library: Pre-show refreshments will be served in the Foundation Lounge from 6pm for Friends of the Library. Friends can also enjoy premium seating at this event. Reserve your tickets by calling 03 8664 7280 or email before 27 May 2016.



Christopher Bryant is a Griffin Award-nominated playwright (Home invasion, 2015) and NIDA graduate (Master of Fine Arts, Writing for Performance, 2014), who has worked with a range of companies including Malthouse Theatre, MKA, ATYP, Apocalypse Theatre, La Mama, ACPA and Monash University. His recent work includes 63 days in Apocalypse Theatre's ASYLUM; Third Reich Mommie (AussieTheatre, 2014), which was also published by Playlab; and The mutant man, which was shortlisted for both Belvoir's Philip Parsons Playwriting Fellowship in 2014 and the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation's Playwriting Competition in 2015. In early 2016 his play Intoxication played to sold-out audiences at the La Mama Courthouse in the Midsumma Festival.


Jessica Arthur is a theatre director who works in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, and is a co-founder of the theatre company the Anchor. Jess directed Rausch (NIDA, 2014) with the guidance of Falk Richter as her mentor, and assistant directed Endgame (Sydney Theatre Company, 2015). She also directed The Sugar Syndrome by Lucy Prebble for The Kings Collective (District01), UNEND by Harry Black for Never Never Theatre Company at the Sydney Fringe (PACT, awarded Best Emerging Artist Award) and How are you? by Laura Lethlean for DESIGN Canberra Festival (Aspen Island's The Public Theatre). In 2016, Jess directed Intoxication by Christopher Bryant for Midsumma Festival (La Mama Courthouse). Jess holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Monash University, 2013) and a Master of Fine Arts (Directing, NIDA 2014/2015).

Betty Burstall

Kathy Schoenjahn is a graduate of the Howard Fine Acting Studio. Her theatre credits include Cordelia (King Lear), Evelyn (Eulogy, Adelaide Fringe Festival), Juliet and Francisca (Measure for Measure, Melbourne Fringe Festival) and Ophelia (Hamlet). She has also acted as producer and sound operator for productions in the Melbourne Fringe and Midsumma.

Buzz Goodbody

Trelawney Edgar is a multidisciplinary theatre-maker who cut her teeth performing, designing and directing with Monash University Student Theatre, and is currently a member of independent theatre company Before Shot. Her performance credits include June in Home invasion (2015), working with The Ministry (winner of Melbourne Fringe Festival Best Live Art 2015), singing with The Devoted in Wednesday Addams (2014), burlesque alter-ego Lady Tisiphone in TEASE/UNEASE (2014), Cassidy Van Kamp in Third Reich Mommie (2014 and 2012), Susan in Acidtongue & Dollface (2013), Patricia in Eulogy (2012), Mariana/Mistress Overdone in Measure for Measure (2011), the Grand High Witch in The Witches (2011) and Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade (2010).