Thank you for your questions this week for our monthly AMA! Here are our responses to your questions! If you want to ask your questions for next month, go to standupensemble.com/ask-us-anything to be featured in our March AMA. Our March AMA will also feature the director's of TIHIMY, James and Maddy!
Pat and Rob.
Question: Can you give us information regarding artist callouts and opportunities with SDE?
Patrick: There are a heap of callouts coming very soon! There should be callouts for The DIY Festival team in the next week or so. Auditions for The Raft will be coming next month! As well, we are doing a first reading of the 2016 version of The Raft in the near future, so if you are interested to be a part of that, send me an email at email@example.com to be a part of the reading!
Question: What are you going to do differently with The DIY Festival this year?
Robbie: DIY has already rose and now it will evolve, where necessary. -Shorter nights -Less shows overall -More active space -More diversity -Pay our team -New theme, venue and more art. What's the same? Vibe, original works and Multi-Arts.
Question: Yugi asked "Will you do a Stan Dup show about Egyptian God Cards?"
Patrick: I've been thinking seriously about making a show based heavily in mythology for a while.
Robbie: I lay a trap card.
Patrick: I mean I've heard a lot of folk-lore from Norse mythology about a legendary white dragon which has stunning blue eyes and wrecked havoc. That's a story that I want to tell in the theatre.
Question: Why are the 2016 shows you are doing important to do?
Patrick: The three shows that we are doing have all had previous lives, and hold a special point in our hearts. TIHIMY was an unbelievable process in regards to having such an open process in which we could reveal our deepest insecurities and what we truly care about. It has been an ongoing project of SDE's for a long time, and this April we get to present it to you.
Robbie: The Raft 2016 is risky, brutal and f**king direct. It talks blatantly about terrorism, Muslims, Australian culture and radicalism. It won't force you to change your opinion, but if you leave the theatre without an opinion, then this show failed.
Patrick: Liberation was the first public show that we did and since then, we have developed so much as artists. It was a project that we always wanted to revisit as the previous version was so dense in material, much of which we had to cut out to fit our time allocations at 2high in 2013, but now with this production, we are more focussed, the chains are off, and we will blow your mind.
Thank you everyone for your questions (even the Yu-gi-oh question), we will be back with another AMA next month!