15 MINUTES FROM ANYWHERE is an artistic collaboration between director Beng Oh and writer Jane Miller. We create new Australian works as well as explore the lesser known and interesting parts of the repertoire. We hail from 1968 but create works for the here and now.
Beng & Jane
is a Melbourne writer whose plays have been produced both around Australia and internationally, beginning in 2006 when Perfect Stillness
reached the finals of Short & Sweet in Melbourne and it won the People’s Choice award for Best Overall Production. Since then it has been produced in Malaysia, Delhi, Dubai and the United Kingdom. Jane made her La Mama debut in 2010 with a sell-out season of Happily Ever After
directed by Beng Oh, which subsequently went on to tour. Jane is currently undertaking a Masters of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts.
BENG OH is a freelance Asian-Australian director who has staged a wide range of productions. He has directed plays by Franz Xaver Kroetz, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Peter Handke, Heiner Müller, Frank Wedekind, Gertrude Stein and Christopher Marlowe, among many others. Beng has a commitment to diversity, contemporary work and queer theatre. Notable productions include the Australian premiere of Tom Fool (aka Mensch Meier) by Franz Xaver Kroetz and a Green Room Award nominated production of Porcelain by Chay Yew. He completed post-graduate directing at the Victorian College of the Arts and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
Collaborators (Current Work)
Tom Backhaus - Sound Designer
Tom is a freelance composer and sound designer hailing from Brisbane. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2012 where he had the opportunity to work under some of Australia’s leading composers and producers including Kim Cunio, Doug Roberts and Caleb James. Tom specialises in composing music for moving image and live theatre with occasional forays into electronic dance music and electro acoustic minimalism. Some of his theatre credits include: Penelope
(Red Stitch), On the Grace of Official
s (MKA) and EIGHT
in the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival. When he’s not hunched over a mixing console, Tom can be found drinking coffee, staring into space or trying to remember keyboard shortcuts (sometimes all at the same time!).
Matthew Barber - Lighting Designer
Matthew has designed and operated for numerous productions in Melbourne over the past 25 years. Previous shows and collaborations with 15 Minutes From Anywhere and Beng Oh include: Objects Lie On A Table by Gertrude Stein (La Mama), The Hamletmachine by Heiner Müller (Castlemaine State Festival), Newtown Honey by Marty Denniss (La Mama), Motherfucker (La Mama) and Happily Ever After (La Mama and on tour).
Keith Brockett - Performer
A graduate of the National Theatre, Keith has performed extensively throughout Australia, most notably for Melbourne Theatre Company, La Mama Theatre, and 5Pound Theatre. Having trained in physical theatre and classic texts with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK), he has been an active collaborator on many new Melbourne devised works. Keith received the Best Male Actor Award for his performance in Death by 1000 Cuts
at the 2007 Short + Sweet Festival. He was a series regular in the ABC cult hit The Librarians
, for which the cast received Best Comedy Ensemble at the inaugural Equity Awards, and has worked on Rush
, The Time of Our Lives
, Bruce Lee Played Badminton Too
, and Verite
.Keith is a co-founder of The Kin Collective, and a current ensemble member of the improvised comedy troupe The Big Hoo-Haa! Melbourne.
Emily Collett - Designer
Since graduating from VCA in 2007 as a Postgraduate, Emily has worked as a freelance designer in Melbourne with Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne Opera, Complete Works Theatre Company, Melbourne Writers’ Theatre and on new works at La Mama, The Courthouse and Theatreworks including regional and national tours. In 2010 Emily was awarded an ArtStart grant and accepted into the JUMP National Mentorship program with mentor Hugh Colman, culminating in a live showing of her costume work. A move to London in 2011 saw Emily working for 18 months as Research Assistant to Donatella Barbieri, Senior Research Fellow in Design for Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in 2014 she returned for 3.5 months in Europe on a grant from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. Emily is now undertaking a Masters by Research at VCA, where she aims to articulate notions of Australian identity in Costume for Dance.
John Marc Desengano - Performer
John trained at the University of Ballarat, Arts Academy. After graduating in 2008 he worked with Brainstorm Productions for five years, touring for six to nine months of each year, during which time he performed in high schools and primary schools all over Australia in shows dealing with issues such as bullying, cyber-bullying, domestic violence, substance abuse, eating healthily and many more. Highlights included a one-man show, Cheap Thrills
. At present, John is pursuing a Masters of Primary Teaching at the University of Melbourne where he is currently in his final year.
Eleanor Howlett - Performer
A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, Eleanor has worked extensively in Brisbane, Perth, and Melbourne. Theatre credits include The Bacchae
(Autonomous Productions), The Cherry Orchard
(Pieces of Work Theatre Company), Baby with the Bathwater
(Carp Productions), Inky
(Cut’n’Run Productions), Peter and the Wolf
(Uncle Semolina and Friends), reasons to be pretty
(Square Peg Productions), The Seagull
(Black Apple Theatre), and most recently she performed the role of Pearl in Complete Works Theatre Company’s mid-year schools tour of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
. She was an ensemble member for the 2003 Complete Works Theatre Company season, and also has various film and television credits to her name.
Jude Katsianis - Performer
Jude has been involved in performing arts in and outside of school for the past three years. He is also a part of his school glee club and studies drama with Sarah Chapman. POV Dave is Jude’s first professional play.
Christina Logan-Bell - Designer
Christina has been working as a freelance designer for eight years in Set and Costume design for theatre. Christina recently completed a placement in the Digital Design Department at the National Theatre, London. Christina designed the set and costumes of Maria Stuarda
, Der Freischütz
and Cosi Fan Tutte
(Green Room nominated for best design in opera) for Melbourne Opera; Flowerchildren – The Mamma’s and Papa’s Story
(Magnormos); The Stephen Schwartz Triptych
, Jerry Herman Triptych
and Stephen Sondheim Triptych
(Magnormos) – set, costume and projection design; The Hat Pin
(Magnormos); True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
(15 Minutes from Anywhere); Rio Saki and Other Falling objects
(Parnassus Den); Melburnalia II
and Macbeth Re-arisen
(White Whale Theatre -nominated for best Independent Production at the Green Room awards); War Lounge
(The Bettybooke); Men
(Straight Jacket Productions); and A Kind of Alaska
(Winterfall Theatre). Christina was recently involved with set dressing and props for the Cabaret show Oprahfication,
the Melbourne Zoo concert version of the Disney musical Beauty and The Beast
(Adam J. Lowe Productions) and the California Dreaming
touring show. More information about Christina online at www.christinadesigns.com.au/
Annie Lumsden - Performer
Annie graduated in 2012 from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, where she gained a BA in Acting. During her training she played Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus/Lights the Lights
, Abigail Williams in The Crucible
, Miranda in The Tempest
and Katherine in The Kitchen
. Since graduating she has been involved in a number of independent projects such as Killing Game’
(Bakers Dozen Theatre Co.), An Infinite Ache
(Owl & Pussycat), Little Daughters
(La Mama), and Dacryphilia
(Broken Mirror Productions). Annie is a passionate performer, and is very excited to be a part of 15 Minutes From Anywhere.
Noel Maloney - Writer
Noel is a playwright, screenwriter, editor and teacher. He was a founding member of Four’s Company in Ballarat, an ensemble member of Troupe theatre in Adelaide, and he co-founded the theatre project, Audacity, in Melbourne. His television writing credits include Neighbours
, Blue Heelers
and Home and Away
. He teaches in and manages the screenwriter program at RMIT.
Andrea McCannon - Performer
Andrea has trained with The Actor’s Company in London and The Rehearsal Room, 16th Street Actors Studio and Q44 Theatre in Melbourne. Local stage credits include Requiem for the 20th Century
for Theatre @ Risk; Anhedonia
for Fractured Femur Theatre; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
, The Merchant of Venice
and Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth
for PMD Productions; Girls Do Gertrude
for Black Apple Theatre; How I Learned to Drive
for Mockingbird Theatre; and Savage in Limbo
for Q44 Theatre. On TV, Andrea’s appearances include Neighbours
. Andrea won the Best Actor award in the 48 Hour Film Project Melbourne.
Glenn van Oosterom - Performer
A Graduate of National Theatre Drama School, Glenn has been fortunate enough to tour nationally with A Midsummer Night’s Dream
; perform the titular role in Romeo & Juliet
(twice, with Australian Shakespeare Company and Essential Theatre); premiere Franz Xaver Kroetz’s Tom Fool
for Hoy Polloy and The Game
for Fractured Femur, re-mount the well-received Marcel & Albertine
for Stork Theatre and tour extensively for HIT Production’s The Sum of Us
. Most recently, Glenn played the ‘lovable town tard’ in the premiere of Jane Miller’s True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
at 45downstairs. Screen credits include Limelight International’s The Stolen
, Award-Winning At the nd of the Day
” and Terry Pratchett’s Troll Bridge
, produced by Snowgum films. Voice work has included documentaries and web-series, instructional videos and educational animations, TVCs and radio ads, as well as recently finishing re-dubbing the Iranian television series The Men of Angelos
for Final Sound Studios.
Gabriel Partington - Performer
A graduate of the VCA, Gabriel is a Melbourne-based performer with a love for storytelling and cooked breakfasts. Finishing his degree in 2009, Gabriel worked with Melbourne’s best independent theatre companies including Band of Creatures, Black Hole, Complete Works, Four Larks, Malthouse and a Peter King production. His recent work includes Attic Erratic’s The City They Burned
, numerous shows with Laurence Strangio including Six Characters in Search of an Author
, and he’s a regular collaborator with the Indirect Object. Gabriel’s screen work includes various short films, a silly dairy commercial and roles on McLeod’s Daughters, Neighbours
and Ricketts Lane
Peter Stratford - Performer
Peter has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1972. He has appeared in film, TV and theatre including MTC, Playbox, QTC, commercial tours, Red Stitch as well as many independent productions. He has worked in the UK and the USA and his latest film was Dangerous Remedy
for the ABC. On TV he has appeared in programmes as diverse as Cop Shop, Neighbours, Prisoner, Big Girls Blouse, Blue Heelers
and all three series of Frontline.
Collaborators (Previous Work)
Alice Bishop (director), Mark Samual Bonanno, Tim Bright (sound designer), Chris Broadstock, Hayden Burke, H. Clare Callow, Natalie Carr, Sarah Chapman, Iliana Contos, Christina Costigan, Maria Coviello, Paul David-Goddard, Uschi Felix, Brad Flynn (fight choreographer), Mike Frencham, Marnie Gibson, Emily Goddard, Steve Gome, Natalie Grant (sound designer), Kelsey Henderson (designer), Justin Hosking, David Kambouris, Stelios Karagiannis (lighting designer), Jude Katsianis, Troy Larkin, Tania Lentini, Noel Maloney (writer), Samuel McDonald, Elizabeth McColl, Matthew Molony, Natasha Moszenin (composer), Peter Mumford (designer), Gabriel Partington, Stephania Pountney, Bronwyn Pringle (lighting designer), Zachary Ruane, Samuel Russo, Antony Talia, Andy Turner (lighting design), Amaya Vecellio (costume designer), Mark Wilson