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Robyn Nevin

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Robyn Nevin

Robyn Nevin has been an actress for nearly 60 years, graduating from NIDA in 1960. She has also been a director for stage and screen and a theatre producer, running two state theatre companies as Artistic Director and CEO.

Robyn has played leading roles at all of Australia’s major theatre companies, in London’s West End and in the US, including Carnegie Hall in New York. Her many memorable roles include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Miss Docker in Patrick White’s A Cheery Soul, Maria Callas in Masterclass, Hecuba in Barrie Kosky’s Women of Troy, Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night opposite William Hurt, Joan Didion’s one woman play The Year of Magical Thinking, Lally Katz’s Neighbourhood Watch, Emma in Neil Armfield’s celebrated production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Queen Lear in Queen Lear at Melbourne Theatre Company, Mrs Venables in Suddenly Last Summer for Sydney Theatre Company at the Sydney Opera House, The Fool in King Lear with Geoffrey Rush, and Kate in All My Sons. Throughout 2016 and 2017 Robyn toured with My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, playing Mrs Higgins. Robyn then appeared as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! at the Victorian Arts Centre for the Production Company.

Robyn has appeared in many of Australia’s most important films and telefilms, including The Eye of the Storm with Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling, The Castle, Emerald City, Careful He Might Hear You, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith and Caddie. She also appeared in the highly successful Matrix films, in several seasons of Halifax
and Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, co-starring with Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham. Robyn also starred in the award-winning television series Water Under The Bridge and alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in the short film Reunion, directed by Simon Stone. Robyn appeared in the three award winning seasons of Upper Middle Bogan and Back In Very Small Business. Most recently Robyn appeared in the feature film Relic
with Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote.

An award-winning director and producer, Robyn was Artistic Director and CEO of the Queensland Theatre Company, and for eight years the Artistic Director and CEO of Sydney Theatre Company. For Sydney Theatre Company she opened the Ros Packer Theatre in 2007 and established the critically acclaimed Actors Company. Her directing credits for Sydney Theatre Company include the inaugural Actors Company production of Mother Courage
and Hedda Gabler which toured to New York City in 2006, introducing Cate Blanchett to US theatre audiences.

Her awards for Best Actress include the Helpmann Award, Sydney Critic’s Award and Green Room Award. She received a Keating Fellowship for contribution to the Arts, the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award, a Sammy and a Logie Award for Water Under The Bridge. She received a Sydney Critics Circle Award for Best Director for her film The More Things Change
and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the performing arts.

Neil Armfield

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Neil Armfield

Neil is Joint Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival 2017 – 2023, in partnership with Rachel Healy. Neil directs for theatre and film, and was Artistic Director of Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney from 1994 to 2010. He has directed for all of Australia’s state theatre companies, London’s National Theatre, the West End and on Broadway, Opera Australia, Welsh National Opera, the Bregenz Festival in Austria, Zurich Opera, Canadian Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Royal Opera House Convent Garden. He was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the arts, nationally and internationally.

Christopher Hampton

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Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton wrote his first play at the age of 18. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon, The Talking Cure, Appomattox and All About Eve. He has written the libretti for three Philip Glass operas and co-written three musicals and translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov, Yasmina Reza, Daniel Kehlmann and Florian Zeller. His plays, musicals and translations have garnered four Tony Awards, three Olivier Awards, five Evening Standard Awards and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

Hampton’s many screenplays include Dangerous Liaisons, Total Eclipse, The Quiet American, Atonement, Chéri and A Dangerous Method. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man, Hôtel du Lac and The Thirteenth Tale. Prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs, a Writers’ Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia, a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year, and The Collateral Award at the Venice Film Festival for Best Literary Adaptation.