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Confronting the feel, smell and taste of blood – Pursuit

Interview Article

The inaugural exhibition at The University of Melbourne’s Science Gallery Melbourne, explores our relationship with the sometimes confronting topic of blood. My contribution is on the role of blood in culture, art and performance which appears at the end after the real expert Prof. Sharon Lewin.

First published on in Pursuit

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Banner image: You Beaut, Hotham Street Ladies, 2014. 

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Interview: What to do if you didn’t get in – ArtsHub

Missing out on an offer to study in 2015 may feel like the end of the world. It’s not.

by Troy Nankervis

Published 15 December 2014 – Arts Hub

A great article comparing the experience of unsuccessful applicant Manda Flanary with advice from Head of Acting at NIDA Jeff Janisheski and myself.

Taking control of what happens next

Walton said that you don’t need a degree or an institution to be an artist, and the first way to take charge of what happens next in lieu of a rejection is to put energy into training and professional development. ‘Some of the greatest artists in history don’t have a degree,’ he said.

‘Everyone who auditions is already an artist, and because of the way our auditions are, they’ve already created a new performance work and a new interpretation of a monologue. What happens next is more important than they realise.


The immersive work Contra is one of several new works being staged as part of FR!SK. Image via

Interview: VCA gets FR!SKy for Fringe – ArtsHub Interview

A festival-within-a-festival, FR!SK aims to help emerging artists get to grips with professional practice.

By Richard Watts

Published Tuesday 9 September 2014

Presented as part of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and running over four days, FR!SK is a festival of new live art and performance works created by VCA Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) students.

Eight new works feature in the FR!SK program, exploring a range of themes – discrimination, gaming, our decaying digital-age relationship with privacy and personhood – and embracing a range of performance modes and styles. One common trait all the works share, however, is an interest in evolving the nature of theatre; adapting the ancient art form for the 21st century.


VCA Company 2014 (1st, 2nd & 3rd Year Production Students), UN/clean, directed by Noel Jordan, part of ENUF is Enough* photo Giulio Tami

Interview: Strong tradition, new moves – RealTime Interview by Keith Gallasch


Written by Keith Gallasch in August/September 2014 edition in print and online.

Keith Gallasch: VCA, University of Melbourne: Robert Walton, Alyson Campbell

The Victorian College of the Arts has a long history of influential teaching in theatre yielding many professional actors, directors and other theatre artists, including the animateur, a highly motivated creator able to work across discipline boundaries and bring diverse practitioners together to generate all kinds of work, including new forms. Although the specific diploma course that nurtured this role will no longer exist at the end of this year, the principle strongly persists in VCA’s new degree offerings.

When I ask Robert Walton, Head of Undergraduate Studies in Theatre, what is distinctive about the school’s three-year undergraduate program, he pinpoints with clarity “a kinaesthetic approach to acting through the actor’s body drawing on various techniques,” “a focus on what is already strong in the VCA” and “looking to Melbourne as the inspiration for our course with its vital and exciting theatre community—acting, writing, devising and initiating projects and seeing them right through to production.”


  • Arts House Season 2 Brochure Page

Season 2 Arts House Events

Come along to five events I am hosting at Arts House during their brilliant 2014 second season.

The Supper Club

The first of Art House’s new concept evening including food, drink, provocation and discussion with Emily Sexton, Julian Meyrick and myself

Tue 5 August, 7pm – 10pm Live Performance: Hopelessly Outdated or the Perfect Antidote to Digital Slacktivism? More info and booking >>

Artists Q&As

I will be hosting discussions with the following outstanding contemporary performance makers.

Thu 21 August, 8.45pm Chunky Move – Keep Everything, choreographed by Antony Hamilton. Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall More info and booking >>

Sat 11 October, 8.40pm Dewey Dell – Marzo  Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall More info and booking >>

Tue 28 October, 7.30pm one step at a time like this – Since I Suppose Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall  More info and booking >>

Thu 13 November, 9.10pm Ridiculusmus – The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland Arts House, Meat Market More info and booking >>

Visit Arts House’s Website and Book Now!

Robert Walton gets HOT by Gareth K Vile on Mixcloud

Robert Walton gets HOT – Radio Interview with Gareth K Vile

Cheeky wee interview with Gareth Vile where we discuss live art, theatre, dance, Fish & Game, Australia and of course the HOT season at Tramway.  Gareth mixed in some brilliant tracks that get the foot tapping and the eyebrow raised including Christina Vantzou, John Tavener, Leonardus You Got Me, and a personal fav Slideshow at Free University by Le Tigre – a classic.

Gareth Vile is the Theatre Editor of The List. He also hosts a show on Subcity Radio and is the author of Vile Arts.

Interview starts at 3:50.

Hot at Tramway - Conversation Piece

HOT Press Previews

Three great previews in the Scottish press.

The Scotsman carried an interview preview with Lucy Guerin and I.

Mary Brennan gives a great insight in the significance of the season to Tramway in The Herald.

Kelly Apter interviews me in The List.


On Earthquake at VCA – The Age

The Age carried this story about the two Australian premieres staged at VCA in October 2013. I directed one of them, It’s an Earthquake in My Heart, created by the students and I after Goat Island. (Note: this photo is from Richard Murphet’s production of Eddie Goes To Poetry City by Richard Foreman).

See more about It’s an Earthquake in My Heart here.

See original article on The Age website here.

Read on for the full article.

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