CTF: Why do you make experimental performance?


We’ve been working together since we got out of uni in 2010. We make what we make because it’s fun, and collaborating is really rewarding for us. I think we challenge each other to be better artists, and what we make together isn’t anything we could do by ourselves. We’re interested in how performance can create a space that’s fun and critical – by taking a structure of meaning and placing it in a performance context we can tease apart how it constructs meaning and to what end.


CTF: What’s changed for Applespiel since 2010? What’s changed for radio since 2010?


I mean we’ve all gotten older, right? 2010 feels like a long time ago. I think we’ve all developed as artists and each of us has found their own practice, but Applespiel is still this opportunity to collaborate in a way really defined by our friendship. And revisiting this show is a strange chance to reflect on who we were then, as artists, as people, and how that’s changed (or not).


Radio is so weird now – the most popular podcast in Australia is just a highlights clip of Hamish and Andy’s show, which is frustrating. I think the way commercial radio plays being outrageous has changed – we’re seeing less tasteless pranks and interviews, but it feels like morning radio (and tv) goes out of its way to accommodate and normalise really toxic views.


CTF: A highlight of developing and/or performing this work so far?


I don’t even know how it happened but I have a memory Crack 2010 and us breaking the news that Thomas Henning was dead (he wasn’t). It all got very weird very fast, but probably once every month or two Mark saying “you heard it here first – Thomas Henning is dead” pops into my mind.


CTF: What are three words/phrases that describe you/your collective’s body of work?


When we first started out, if you googled Applespiel you’d videos of get Canadians practicing curling, but that’s since been buried by all of our primo content and search engine optimisation. But we won’t forget where we came from, and I don’t think we’ve ever been so well represented than by those three words: Appleton Curling Club.


CTF: What can audiences expect?


I think this is going to be very fun, and a little bit messy, but I’m confident we can all band together and make this the best darn morning breakfast commercial radio show Newcastle has ever seen. Hamish and Andy, we’re coming for you.

CTF: Have you been to Crack Theatre Festival before? Is there a little pearl of a memory you can share with us that marks that experience as distinctly CTF?
Our very first year one of us ended up draped in toilet paper, naked in a birdcage. The following year we saw Sisters Grimm’s The Rimming Club which remains the best piece of theatre I’ve ever seen. I think we’ve been at Crack in some capacity every year since 2010. Crack is a place for us to recharge and connect with other artists, to try things and make things and see things, but also sometimes to climb into a birdcage naked.