softness, gentleness;        bringing forth the rot in between

I heard that honey doesn't go rotten

                                  and I wanted the same for the  soul

ALANAH GUIRY

theatre - director // visual artist

My name is Alanah. I make things when I have questions. sometimes it's theatre. sometimes its words. sometimes it's an installation. a story. a disappearance. a revival.

 

right now, I am a master's student learning arts management and culture at Melbourne University. in 2017/ 18, I studied my masters of directing at Nida. then I bought a one-way ticket to Berlin where I lived for more than a year. 

I create to make hidden things lead the way. the things that surprise us. the things that I'm scared of. i don't think it makes me less afraid. my works are always very visual and often vulnerable, tender. My favorite stories are one's that aren't digested easily. that make me dream a little. images that surprise us when we connect to them. I think that's what I aim for. for moments when we feel the less ashamed, the most open - like an open wound. sometimes, openness allows us to feel joy, excitement. sometimes we feel the fear we are hiding from. i like to bring it all to the surface. to be the shovel. 

If you'd like a formal CV there's one here

ABOUT

What am I working on?

This year, COVID greatly affected our work -  in all realms of the world. these are the shows I am working on or have been postponed:

- 'for you, to you' a sensory installation with designer Aislinn King

- 'Inventory' by Carmen Maria Machado with Platform Arts and Rotten Honey. This is also a collaboration with the band Cry Club. 

- aMUSEd, a collaboration with teenage girls about the sexualization of puberty/ teenage muses. 

Previous works

De profundis

(NIDA grad show) inspired by Oscar Wilde's prison letter

 

It is important for you to know that this piece was created and performed during the me-too movement and yes vote and very close to how my cast and I were feeling during this time.

We asked the question - Can love survive society? 

 

 

SLAY

(one-week collaboration with ACPA/NIDA)

 

SLAY is a dance theatre piece that explores contemporary feminism(s) for young Australian women. 

 

The piece weaves together slam poetry, dance, and shadow puppetry to create a kaleidoscope of matriarchal images and experiences. 

 

The Importance of being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

 

A collaboration with third-year actors from Actors Centre Australia. 

 

altar girl by Hannah Samuel

 

Altar Girl was Rotten Honey’s debut as a company. The performance sold out two fringe seasons.

 

Shakespeare’s Othello as told by teenage girls out for revenge. With weapons of technology, pills and vicious gossip, one spurned queen will reclaim her throne, even if it means destroying the lives of all around her. All in the space of one night, at the biggest party of the year. The hierarchy will fall, but will she go with it?

Away by Michael Gow

Nominated for three Lyrebird Awards

Between Water and Air by Hayley Lawson-Smith

a philosophical conversation between a parrot and a goldfish

Reviews:

"Jeni Bezuidenhout is the standout as Iago-equivalent Lara. She plays her character with a cold-fire intensity that at times chills you to the bone, and at other times nearly makes you laugh out loud at the unabashed, Machiavellian deviousness of it all." (Emma O'Connell-Doherty, Great Scott)

Alanah Guiry’s Altar Girl was a viscerally fluid interactive performance. Characters addressed and interacted with the audience, and even took selfies with us beforehand – all in character for a thought-provoking, teenage re-telling of Othello. We became part of the production.

 "A brilliant effort of immersion in a world that explores growing pains, jealousy, and evil in all its multiplicities."

Dylan Rowen,  Adelaide Fringe Theatre Review: Altar Girl

"We just saw Alanah Guiry's 'Altar Girl', If you're wondering where the future of theatre is... Look no further!"

Gabrielle Savrone

Owl and Cat Theatre

"Delving into something so dark and so ugly is not an easy gig to pull off. The profoundness of the acting is reinforced by the intimacy of the venue. The Owl and Cat is a perfect place to see a powerful and edgy production such as ‘Breaking the Cage’. Every breath they take and every expression they make is transmitted directly to the audience."

Bee, The Plus Ones

Breaking the Cage

Between Water and Air

Sarah, Weekendnotes

Philosophical explorations of a goldfish and a parrot in Between Water and Air are one of the first highlights of tonight's Short + Sweet plays. It's one of the funniest of the night. Embodying the parrot extremely well, Eben Rojter even considers the tiny details like cocking his head like a parrot

Director Alanah Guiry expertly interpreted the complexity of the story that wove in and out of time with no chronological order

This visceral performance retains that teenage sense of nervous terror throughout, but also a slightly discomfited immaturity. Think Skins, with its duality of transfixing intensity, yet youthfully gawky cast. Elana Bartholomeusz, Review: Altar Girl

"The performance itself was gripping, the audience finding themselves hanging off of every line and sitting on the edges of their seats, so as not to miss a second of the fast-paced performance. Each actor assumed their character to the fullest extent - with the audience immediately choosing whose side they're on; a frighteningly realistic and uncomfortable throwback to the social politics of high school. It was almost too real." Freya Langley, Fringe Review: Altar Girl

And the tunnels under the Adina Apartment Hotel are the perfect setting. The space seems quite odd for a theatre piece, being long and narrow with the audience sitting along the length. But with some clever staging by director Alanah Guiry and the use of mirrors at either end, the audience is able to see pretty much everything that happens - Yaniism

 "A brilliant effort of immersion in a world that explores growing pains, jealousy, and evil in all its multiplicities."

Dylan Rowen, Adelaide Fringe  Theatre Review: Altar Girl

"Altar Girl is a clever, well-written, modern adaptation of undoubtedly one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. This, backed by a unique venue and stellar acting skills, makes it a must-see for fans of teen drama/thrillers." Freya Langley, Fringe Review: Altar Girl

Artist profile : Alanah Guiry

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