JUTE Theatre Company Announces New Production ‘Studio Shorts’

QLD, Australia ( September 22, 2011

JUTE Theatre Company Announces New Production 'Studio Shorts'

Two thirds of the Brisbane band, Fox Lane from left - Kylie Southwell (vocals, ukulele and banjo) and Gerard Mapstone (guitar and banjo) - absent Jan Van Dijk (violin)

JUTE Theatre Company will combine live music and scattered bars with short, ‘edgy’ theatre performances to create its next production, Studio Shorts.

The show will run for five nights only between Tuesday 25 and Saturday 29 October.

According to JUTE’s Artistic Director and CEO, Suellen Maunder, JUTE’s final production for 2011 will break down the conventional barriers between audience and stage.

Each performance will integrate seamlessly to create a lush atmosphere within the Centre of Contemporary Arts’ new performance venue, ‘The Space’.

“What we are doing is creating an event in which theatre sits.  There is no hush at the beginning, nor is there an interval.

Audiences can grab a drink from the bar, find a beanbag and nestle in for an evening of non-stop performance entertainment.  It all just happens in and around the audience in a fashion that is snappy, sassy and fun.”

Featuring vintage style sounds reminiscent of 1930s Paris, Brisbane three piece band, Fox Lane are the musical drawcard that will integrate with two short plays by Victorian playwright Raimondo Cortese and a multi-media, DJ set from local performance artist, Brett Walsh.

”I am really thrilled that Studio Shorts will give Cairns audiences a fringe festival experience,” she said.

JUTE’s Events, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Jodie Savina says the company is  expecting tickets to sell fast. “With only five shows and a maximum of 80 tickets per show, compared with our regular two and a half week season, we are expecting five, full houses.”






Studio Shorts will take place in The Space, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns. 


DATES:                        25 – 29 October 

VENUE:           The Space, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns. QLD


6pm                            Box office and bar open

6.30pm til 9pm          Show time
‘Night’ by Raimondo Cortese / Directed by Nerissa Brandenberger.  Featuring Natalie Taylor and Ella Watson-Russell – one young woman meets another woman at a bar. They both get excessively drunk until one makes a pass at the other.


‘Fox Lane’ 1930’s vintage style, three piece swing band from Brisbane

‘Hotel’ by Raimondo Cortese / Directed by Simon Hapea. Featuring Liz Hurley and Laura Pike as two female hotel cleaners. The everyday power struggles, politics (and ultimately, violence) of two cleaners, as they talk while working.
Brett Walsh, DJ & multimedia artist


TICKETS                       ONLY $20 / $25 – on sale today from
RATED                          MA 15+


FEATURING                Liz Hurley & Laura Pike (Hotel) / Natalie Taylor &

Ella Watson-Russell (Night)

DIRECTORS                Simon Hapea (Hotel) / Nerissa Brandenberger (Night)

DESIGNER                  Luke Ede / LIGHTING DESIGNER Ben Hughes


About JUTE Theatre Company

Established in Cairns in 1992, JUTE Theatre Company is a significant regional theatre company driving the development, co-production, national and international touring of contemporary Australian plays from the regions. JUTE passionately engages others in the telling of new stories that stimulate the mind, revitalize the spirit and lift the heart, providing a true sense of true belonging. Since 2004 JUTE Theatre Company has operated from its home at the Centre of Contemporary Arts – a significant regional infrastructure, funded by State Government.


About Playwright Raimondo Cortese

Raimondo Cortese graduated from the VCA School of Drama in 1993 and is a founding member of Ranters Theatre, of which he was the Artistic Director from 1994 to 2000. His plays include: Lucrezia and Cesare, The Room, The Large Breast or the Upside-Down Bell, The Fertility of Objects, Features of Blown Youth, Roulette, St Kilda Tales and The Wall. A collection of short stories, The Indestructible Corpse (Text Publishing), appeared in 1998. He has also written for film, television and radio. Cortese has exhibited in group exhibitions of visual texts in Australia and overseas, with solo shows in Melbourne and Pisa, Italy. He has also designed textual installations, including ‘Salivate’, for the Melbourne City Library.


About Fox Lane

Queen of song, Kylie Southwell leads the audience on a merry dance back to 1930’s Paris jazz and the streets of Spain with a mix of instrumental flamenco sounds.  The music is charming and quirky. Kylie is joined by  Gerard Mapstone (guitar and banjo) and Jan Van Dijk (violin).


For more information:

JUTE Theatre Company Artistic Director and CEO, Suellen Maunder T: 07 4050 9444,

M: 0419 757 231 E:  W:

Issued by:   Pip Miller PR   Mob: 0419 681543



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