A one woman show based on a small book of unpublished poems by Becky Gethen’s mother…found after she passed away in October, 2013. Heart Pirate explores three distinct stages in her mother's life; early university years, marriage and post divorce as a single working mother rebuilding her life, as well as the affect of her loss on her daughter. With overarching themes of love and loss Heart Pirate will look at a woman’s journey of love and loss throughout these stages in her life.
Created & Performed by Becky Gethen, Kate Kelly and Andi Egan.
Becky Gethen graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2008 with a BA-Acting for Screen & Stage Degree. She has since worked steadily as an actor both in Australia and Internationally. Highlights include touring Italy with THEATRINO and working as an Entertainment Host for Disney Cruise Line in the U.S.
Andi Egan is a singer, songwriter, comedian, actor and stage manager. She has worked in the theatre in Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and New York. She has written music for Linda Hassell's The Salvation Project, performed in countless musicals and operas and performed for many years as a soloist. She studied literature at Newcastle University and has a degree in Applied Theatre from Griffith University.
On completion of her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Cultural studies (Majoring in Performing Arts) Kate travelled to Maine in America where she worked as the Head of the Drama department at a summer camp, teaching movement, voice and improvisation skills whilst directing three performances. Kate then relocated to Melbourne to direct theatre shows and run an Arts and Culture night at Club Voltaire, involving local artists. She then travelled to Nepal for voluntary teaching in remote communities, working with the teaching staff to develop communication skills. Back in Melbourne, she facilitated workshops on ‘Space’ and abstract thinking through embodied movement with 4th year Architecture students at Melbourne University. Since then she has completed her Diploma of Education (Secondary – Drama/Media) where she was selected for a scholarship to go to Delhi, India and use her embodied pedagogy to teach literacy and communication skills at a slum school. Kate is currently residing in Darwin having just completed a Masters of Teaching via a research investigation into safe theatre practices for young people. Kate teaches at Essington School, runs skill based drama workshops in local areas, and is presently directing a youth performance at Corrugated Iron Theatre Company.
Presented by Crack Theatre Festival under the Setting the Stages initiative, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts through the Creative Australia Emerging Presenter grant.