It's nice, it's different, it's national!

— 20th May 2012 —

What a week!

The Weather and Your Health opened at Melbourne's iconic La Mama Theatre, my story as an independent producer/writer/performer was featured in an online advertising campaign for US search engine Bing, I appeared on a glossy A4 print ad in Grazia magazine, and received national radio coverage on ABC's Australia All Over.

It's all happening!

We had a gorgeous week at La Mama Theatre this week, performing for industry guests, general public and school drama classes. During one of the Q&A forums, a student said "You're the passionfruit on life's sponge cake". How gorgeous! As always, we collected written responses in our Visitor's Book after each show, and I can't wait to share some of the comments with you on here (once I get a moment to catch my breath!)

We are now half way through our La Mama season, meaning you have ONE WEEK LEFT to catch the show before our national tour draws to a close. Don't miss this lovely show about my Nan, regional Australian life, and the joy of cooking!

The Weather and Your Health
La Mama Theatre, Carlton
Tue 22 - Sun 27 May
Tickets: $25 | $15

So, if you're in Melbourne, we dearly hope to see you at the show. If not, remember to keep an eye out for the Bing campaign on telly, when you're surfing the net, and whilst flicking through magazines (I'm going to have to start doing all of these things!!)

Watch the Bing is for Doing - Bethany Simons documentary
Watch the Bing is for Doing - Bethany Simons TVC
Watch an excerpt of  The Weather and Your Health

Have a lovely week, everyone!

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Melbourne Weather

— 12th May 2012 —

Four seasons in one day can be tricky to negotiate. So, why not escape the cold, wet, windy (with a hint of sunshine) weather for at least 55 minutes and spend it sitting in a tiny theatre watching a show about sausage rolls?

The Weather and Your Health will open at Melbourne's iconic La Mama Theatre on Tuesday 15 May. This will be the play's first metropolitan Melbourne season since we first played La Mama back in 2009. A lot has happened since then:

Two Green Room award nominations. A regional tour. A RAVE award for contribution to arts and culture in regional Victoria. A publishing deal. A VCE Drama Playlist selection. A national tour. A national advertising campaign...

WOW. This little play just keeps on giving!

The Weather and Your Health
La Mama Theatre, Carlton
Tue 15 - Sun 27 May

For dates, times and tickets click here.

Be sure to hang around for the famous raffle, and a slice of sponge cake after the show! ("You can't go past a good sponge..")

The big smoke!

— 8th May 2012 —

The team and I had an incredible time performing in my home town of Dubbo last week. Actually, the fun began the moment we stepped off the plane. Daniel and Ryan were instantly welcomed as part of the family. After bumping in the show at my old school (Dubbo Christian School), we headed to Nan's for a cup of tea and some famous homemade sausage rolls...in the good room, of course!

On Friday we did a schools performance of The Weather and Your Health for Grades 3 - 12, followed by a Q&A session. Ryan then conducted a Production Management workshop with the students, Bethany ran an Introduction to Playwriting workshop and Daniel took his camera to the Western Plains Zoo.

On Saturday, my brother and I took the boys for a research road trip to Gilgandra. We saw the 'sandy old Castlereagh', windmills, the Monarch Theatre, and ate lunch where the ABC cafe used to be.

When we got back to Dubbo - the big smoke - Bethany ran a Drama and Storytelling workshop with some students and local theatre lovers.

That evening, the seating bank filled up with almost 300 audience members. I can't describe how special it was to bring the show back to the place that inspired it. I did a few performances 3 years ago when I first wrote the show, but this was different. A lovely big hall, a mix of friends, family, theatre lovers and interested strangers, young and old. They laughed and laughed (and a number of people told me they teared up too). The performance went off without a hitch and, over supper afterwards, it was very special to see people gathering around my Nan to ask questions about the stories I had told on stage.

A very memorable visit. So many stories, way too much sponge cake.

Our next and final stop for the national tour is Melbourne - my new home - for a two week return season at La Mama Theatre, Carlton. Tickets are selling fast, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Apologies for allowing national tour performances and travel to get in the way of regular news updates! It's been a very busy, exciting and rewarding time out on the road (and in the sky).