World Premiere Of Lounge Theatre At The Butterfly Club

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Jimmy Flinders Productions is delighted to announce that its outstanding new stage production - Lounge Theatre – will enjoy its exclusive world premiere at one of Melbourne’s most prestigious and well-known venues: The Butterfly Club. A bold, new theatre concept, Lounge Theatre is performed within domestic environments and intimate venues to discerning, niche audiences of 20 to 40 people.

“The nature of Lounge Theatre means that the audience is extremely close to the actual performance space,” says Marco Romero Rodriguez, Artistic Director and Co-Producer. “It’s unique, micro-theatre viewed within the comfort of your own lounge room. Or one very much like it”.

Presented by Jimmy Flinders Productions, Lounge Theatre is an intimate, moving and highly engaging theatre experience which is already capturing much attention and the imagination of Melbourne‘s arts industry and community.

“Lounge Theatre consists of two separate scripts,” says Sean McIntyre. “During our week long season at The Butterfly Club we are presenting two separate albeit concurrent stage productions: ‘Michael and Paul’ and ‘Renee and Laura’.”

Lounge Theatre tells the story of two friends renewing their acquaintance after a high-school reunion. Despite an awkward beginning, a casual conversation between the two will soon trigger moments of revealing truths far deeper than either person is prepared for.

“Raw. Truthful. Intimate – that’s the strength and appeal of Lounge Theatre,” says McIntyre, who is both Playwright and Executive Producer.

“With high quality scripts, highly-trained, professional actors directed by a professionally trained and highly experienced international director, we strongly believe that our characters are uniquely identifiable,” says McIntyre. “Rarely seen on Australian stage and / or film, audiences will relate to these appealing characters through their age, life experiences and aspirations for their relationships and careers.

Romero Rodriguez says that the scripts are 60 to 70 minutes in length.

“Lounge Theatre is but one of many productions that we wish to produce through our entity, Jimmy Flinders Productions“, says Marco Romero Rodriguez. “Lounge Theatre will become our calling card to our industry and the public.”

Lounge Theatre’s primary target audience is domestic environments on an ongoing basis; that is, people who want to see Lounge Theatre performed in their home because they consume arts on a regular or semi-regular basis and yearn for a new theatre experience.

Having identified several other potential audience segments, Jimmy Flinders Productions will be targeting multiple audience sectors.

The Butterfly Club represents a successful project milestone and a significant achievement for this new creative entity. Jimmy Flinders invites you to join him, the cast, playwright and director in the bar after each show to share your Lounge Theatre experience.

LOUNGE THEATRE | EVENT DETAILS
Thursday 5th July to Saturday 7th July, 8pm
Sunday 8th July 2012, 7pm
Ticket Prices: Full $28, Concession $25, Groups (8 or more) $23

The Butterfly Club
204 Bank Street, South Melbourne
(just near the South Melbourne town hall)
thebutterflyclub.com

BOOKINGS
thebutterflyclub.com

LOUNGE THEATRE | Presented by JIMMY FLINDERS PRODUCTIONS
It's late at night as two old friends renew their acquaintance after a reunion.

Despite an awkward beginning, a casual conversation between the two will soon trigger moments of revealing truths far deeper than either person is prepared for.

Raw . Truthful . Intimate.
It’s Lounge Theatre.

Melbourne's newest theatre offering. Intimate, moving and highly engaging. This bold, new theatre concept is presented by Jimmy Flinders Productions. It's unique, micro-theatre viewed in the comfort of your own lounge room.

Or one very much like it.

LOUNGE THEATRE: ‘Renee and Laura' | stage play 60 minutes
Thursday 5th July and Saturday 7th July 2012, 8pm
Starring: Sarah Plummer, Jana Wilkes and Carly Shaw
Written by Sean McIntyre with Alex Switzkey
Directed by: Marco Romero Rodriguez

LOUNGE THEATRE: ‘Michael and Paul' | stage play 60 minutes
Friday 6th at 8pm and Sunday 8th July, 7pm
Starring: Chistian Poppi and Chester Drife
Written by Sean McIntyre
Directed by: Marco Romero Rodriguez

For queries about this and future events see:
http://www.jimmyflinders.com.au
http://www.wisewords.com.au/Events.php

Marco Romero Rodriguez | artistic director/ co-producer
An actor who has developed his work in Spain and Chile, Marco has held lead roles in several TV series, short films and appeared in commercials.

Writing and directing many theatre productions, Marco has worked as a film-making all-rounder in all facets of film from directing to script-writing to production.

His short film ‘Afternoon Performance’ received a Manresa Plato Award at Spain’s 2005 Manresa Noir Film Festival. Having directed an episode within the feature film ‘Death of Socrates’, Marco received an Award of Merit at 2010 Los Angles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. He also produced the film in collaboration with Kanalya Pictures (California, USA).

He has also worked as a casting director on corporate video productions.

Now back in Australia after a long period overseas, Marco will be directing ¨Don Juan on trial¨ at the Melbourne French Theatre in 2012 as well as Lounge Theatre, a bold new concept from Jimmy Flinders Productions where he is Artistic Director.

Sean McIntyre | playwright/executive producer
Based in Melbourne, Australia, playwright, screenwriter and character actor, Sean McIntyre has produced and written plays which have been performed in Australia, Ireland and the United States.

His play ‘A Kind of Destiny’ has twice been awarded Best Actor (JUDAS) and recently featured as a finalist at Crash Test Drama, March 2012. His short play ‘The Pickup’ was selected as a top 30 finalist from over 1100 plays for Short and Sweet (Melbourne and Sydney, 2005) – the world’s largest short play festival.

Sean is creative producer of ‘A Fistful of Scripts’, a script reading series which he created and launched at Theatre Works, St Kilda in July 2010. In 2010, Sean also studied Creative Writing at Oxford University.

Sean McIntyre's diverse range of lead and support lead roles in feature and short films roles include: 'The Three Ages of Sasha', (lead - 2012) and Working Dogs 'Any Questions For Ben?' (bit part - 2012) as well as television, TVC's, music videos and musical theatre.

Sean has also handled media for a range of independent theatre productions, most recently Mark Andrew’s ‘Bomb The Base’ (2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival) and ‘Time’s Arrow’ (La Mama’s Carlton Court House).

He is currently collaborating as a playwright and Executive Producer with Chilean director Marco Romero on a unique 'micro theatre' project for Melbourne audiences: Lounge Theatre presented by Jimmy Flinders Productions (http://www.jimmyflinders.com.au)

ABOUT | LOUNGE THEATRE
Performed by a cast of two actors to discerning, niche audiences, Lounge Theatre is:

  •     Unique presentations of ‘micro-theatre’
  •     Performed in a lounge room or intimate, small venue in front of a small audience of 20 to 40 people
  •     The plays are of a very intimate nature that contain scenes of high drama and comedy
  •     an intense character study exploring the lives of two high-school friends who haven't seen each other for years
  •     separate stories of two men and women who recount and share their life experiences. The audience is drawn into a journey through their career achievements, regrets and struggle to maintain a balanced family life in a fast-changing world.

Lounge Theatre’s primary target is domestic environments – people that want to see Lounge Theatre performed in their home. They also consume arts on a regular or semi-regular basis and yearn for a new theatre experience.

Lounge Theatre also reaches out beyond its core audience to those arts consumers who want a different theatre experience in segments such as leisure venues (eg The Sloaney Pony - Port Melbourne [confirmed July 2012], Long Play – North Fitzroy [confirmed August 2012], corporate (hotels, corporate bookings), activity groups – enquiries and bookings welcome (RSVP, Dinner For Six, single parent groups), tourist venues (eg Wineries – Yarra Valley, Mornington), other arts venues, touring (ski-resorts, regional Victoria or interstate) and retirement villages).

For more information: http://www.jimmyflinders.com.au/index.php/productions

ABOUT | JIMMY FLINDERS PRODUCTIONS
http://www.jimmyflinders.com.au

Jimmy Flinders Productions is a boutique production company.

Influenced by the life experiences of JIMMY FLINDERS, we produce and specialise in live performances and film production.

Having now resettled in Melbourne into comfortable retirement, JIMMY FLINDERS appointed MARCO ROMERO RODRIGUEZ and SEAN McINTYRE in January 2012 as trustees and executors of his artistic intentions and legacy.

Established in January 2012, Marco Romero Rodriguez and Sean McIntyre’s newly created theatre and film production initiative was christened Jimmy Flinders Productions.

Lounge Theatre will be the first production of any kind staged by Jimmy Flinders Productions.

It is also the first full length stage play to be produced by Marco Romero Roderiguez and Sean McIntyre – either collectively or separately. The scripts are also the first full length scripts for the stage written by Sean McIntyre.

As emerging artists, we do not see ourselves as followers of artistic trends. By offering a bold alternative and creating a new market niche, Lounge Theatre will set the pace.

Our unique strengths include: low overheads, a mobile production, highly adaptable crew and cast as well as scripts that rigorously investigate their characters to bring new stories to the stage in a unique form.    We have a demonstrated ability to work in partnership with venues, festivals and producers to present a product that we consider will announce itself in time as among the best in local, national and international small to medium scale performances for the stage.

We envisage that our professional approach / outlook and artistic goals will achieve:

  •     Brand recognition - Jimmy Flinders Productions films/shows as an offering of value and a particular quality and aesthtic
  •     Anticipation – audiences will look forward to experiencing our productions on an ongoing basis
  •     Industry – Artists (whether actor, director, producer, lighting design, DOP, editor) will want to be a part of our collaboration and enjoy participating in it for their own professional and artistic reasons.
  •     Stakeholders – producers, funding bodies and venue management will be assured of a professional working relationship and production quality that meets stipulated aims, deadlines and budgets.

ABOUT WISE WORDS MEDIA
Wise Words Media has worked on marketing communications projects with national and international partners, including:

  •     Playwright Mark Andrew, ReAction Theatre (2011 Melbourne International Fringe Festival) and Birnam Wood Theatre (MelBorn 2011, La Mama’s Carlton Courthouse)
  •     Actor Sharni Page (The Butterfly Club, 2006)
  •     Jimmy Flinders Productions | http://www.jimmyflinders.com.au
  •     Jump Street Films, Melbourne Australia | ‘The Eclipse’ | http://www.wisewords.com.au/Partners.php#Jump_Street_Films__
  •     Visionworks Music, California USA | Tropicalia-loving, genre-defying musician AM

http://www.wisewords.com.au/Partners.php#Visionworks_Music

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Sean McIntyre, Writer and Co-Producer | Jimmy Flinders ProductionsSean McIntyre, Writer and Co-Producer | Jimmy Flinders ProductionsPlaywright, screenwriter and character actor Sean McIntyre has produced and written short plays performed in Australia, Ireland and the United States. In 2010, he also studied Creative Writing at Oxford University. His play ‘A Kind of Destiny’ has twice been awarded Best Actor (JUDAS) and recently featured as a finalist at Crash Test Drama, March 2012. His short play ‘The Pickup’ was selected as a top 30 finalist from over 1100 plays for Short and Sweet (Melbourne and Sydney, 2005) – the world’s largest short play festival. Sean is also creative producer of ‘A Fistful of Scripts’, a script reading series which he created and launched at Theatre Works, St Kilda in July 2010. Sean has also handled media for a range of independent theatre productions, most recently Mark Andrew’s ‘Bomb The Base’ (2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival) and ‘Time’s Arrow’ (La Mama’s Carlton Court House) Sean McIntyre's diverse range of lead and support lead roles in feature and short films roles include: 'The Three Ages of Sasha', (lead - 2012) and Working Dogs 'Any Questions For Ben?' (bit part - 2012) as well as television, TVC's, music videos and musical theatre.Marco Romero Rodriguez, Artistic Director and Co-Producer | Jimmy Flinders ProductionsMarco Romero Rodriguez, Artistic Director and Co-Producer | Jimmy Flinders ProductionsAn actor who has developed his work in Spain and Chile, Marco has held lead roles in several TV series, short films and appeared in commercials. Writing and directing many theatre productions, Marco has worked as a film-making all-rounder in all facets of film from directing to script-writing to production. His short film ‘Afternoon Performance’ received a Manresa Plato Award at Spain’s 2005 Manresa Noir Film Festival. Having directed an episode within the feature film ‘Death of Socrates’, Marco received an Award of Merit at 2010 Los Angles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. He also produced the film in collaboration with Kanalya Pictures (California, USA). He has also worked as a casting director on corporate video productions. Now back in Australia after a long period overseas, Marco will be directing ¨Don Juan On Trial¨ at the Melbourne French Theatre in 2012 as well as Lounge Theatre, a bold new concept from Jimmy Flinders Productions where he is Artistic Director.Christian Poppi | Lounge TheatreChristian Poppi | Lounge TheatreSince graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Creative Arts majoring in Drama and Creative Writing, Christian Poppi continues to follow his creative path and passion for acting within the entertainment industry. No matter what the scale of the production, Christian thrives on bringing to life interesting characters and great stories which appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Constantly challenging himself and his craft, Christian likes to immerse himself around roles which highlight his diversity, versatility and full range as an actor. In 2006, Christian was awarded Best Male Actor for his role of Adam Slopak in the film ‘Welcome Stranger’ which premiered at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Since then, he has completed a number of screen projects with the most recent playing the role of a Freelance Photographer on ‘Neighbours’. With an enthusiastic approach to 2012, Christian felt a strong desire to revisit his roots of performing before a live audience. So when the opportunity came up for Lounge Theatre’s unique ‘micro theatre’ style, he thought ‘what a way to reconnect with my past and be involved with something new, fresh and exciting’.Chester Drife | Lounge TheatreChester Drife | Lounge TheatreConstantly evolving through consistent research and personal development, Chester Drife is in love with the rush of moments and finding the truth. He has been sought out and cast to star in many theatre productions such as Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s ‘The School For Scandal’, Oscar Wildes ‘Salome’, ‘Spurt of Blood’ (Antonin Arteau, Theatre Works), ‘The Gate’ and he has also appeared in Melbourne’s Crash Test Drama. Chester has also featured in television roles on ‘RPA’ (Ch 7) as well as independent feature films. His love of story-telling became evident at a very young age through his love for impersonations, renditions and character pieces. Chester still constantly develops his skills in characters and voices through a creative and mimicking process he taught himself, augmented by a formal period of training at Screen Actors Studio.Carly Shaw | Lounge TheatreCarly Shaw | Lounge TheatreBased in Melbourne, Carly Shaw is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School and a professional actor experienced in film, commercials, theatre and radio. Her theatre credits include multiple speaking roles for The Laramie Project, Eurydice and Jigsaws. Carly has several commercials and short films under her belt and is a radio presenter with 3RPH. Carly is always on the lookout for great roles with interesting scripts. She brings to Lounge Theatre her love for storytelling and a wealth of life experience to build an authentic interpretation of Renee in this original theatre piece.Sarah Plummer | Lounge TheatreSarah Plummer | Lounge TheatreActing professionally since 2008, Sarah Plummer is an experienced actress who has racked up an impressive list of credits in both Australia and Canada where she has enjoyed success in film, theatre and TV. Some of her recent credits include the successful play at the Dogs Theatre; ‘Nothing to Lose’ (Fifth Gear Productions), ‘Who Killed Joe Fisher? ‘(Riddle Films) for Vision TV Canada and the feature ‘Fallen Before Falling’ (Film Addict Productions). Naturally commercial telly has also been calling this talented artist, resulting in a significant guest role on ‘Neighbours’. Hailing originally from the land of the long white cloud (NZ) and a recent addition to Melbourne’s theatre scene, Sarah is absolutely thrilled to be part of the Lounge Theatre ensemble.Jana Wilkes | Lounge TheatreJana Wilkes | Lounge TheatreMeet Jana Wilkes, she's sassy, switched-on, determined, sharp and lovable. In 2011, Jana joined an outstanding ensemble cast to appear in ‘Melborn: Reborn One Act Plays’ at Melbourne Writer's Theatre. In 2009, Jana was awarded Best Actress as ‘Honey’ in Malvern Theatre's ‘Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf’. With several extras roles landing in her lap, a lead role in a national TVC and other short and feature films in the pipeline, she's keen to prove she's not just another sappy actress wannabe. Jana continues to train at leading Melbourne drama and film schools. Hailing from Townsville, far North Queensland, Jana moved to Melbourne to pursue her acting dream (but told the parents it was for her advertising career). After seven years in ad-land, Jana has followed her heart, jumping ship to talent side. This girl is one to watch!JIMMY FLINDERS PRODUCTIONSJIMMY FLINDERS PRODUCTIONSHaving now resettled in Melbourne into comfortable retirement, JIMMY FLINDERS appointed MARCO ROMERO RODRIGUEZ and SEAN McINTYRE in January 2012 as trustees and executors of his artistic intentions and legacy. Established in January 2012, Marco Romero Rodriguez and Sean McIntyre’s newly created theatre and film production initiative was christened Jimmy Flinders Productions. Lounge Theatre will be the first production of any kind staged by Jimmy Flinders Productions. It is also the first full length stage play to be produced by Marco Romero Roderiguez and Sean McIntyre – either collectively or separately. The scripts are also the first full length scripts for the stage written by Sean McIntyre. As emerging artists, we do not see ourselves as followers of artistic trends. By offering a bold alternative and creating a new market niche, Lounge Theatre will set the pace. Our unique strengths include: low overheads, a mobile production, highly adaptable crew and cast as well as scripts that rigorously investigate their characters to bring new stories to the stage in a unique form. We have a demonstrated ability to work in partnership with venues, festivals and producers to present a product that we consider will announce itself in time as among and if not one the best in local, national and international small to medium scale performances. We envisage that our professional approach / outlook and artistic goals will achieve: • Brand recognition - Jimmy Flinders Productions films/shows as an offering of value and a particular quality and aesthtic • Anticipation – audiences will look forward to experiencing our productions on an ongoing basis • Industry – Artists (whether actor, director, producer, lighting design, DOP, editor) will want to be a part of our collaboration and enjoy participating in it for their own professional and artistic reasons. • Stakeholders – producers, funding bodies and venue management will be assured of a professional working relationship and production quality that meets stipulated aims, deadlines and budgets.Wise Words Media | Contact UsWise Words Media | Contact UsWise Words Media are experts in 'plain English' marketing communications and PR.Lounge Theatre | Jimmy Flinders ProductionsLounge Theatre | Jimmy Flinders ProductionsLOUNGE THEATRE | Presented by JIMMY FLINDERS PRODUCTIONS It's late at night as two old friends renew their acquaintance after a reunion. Despite an awkward beginning, a casual conversation between the two will soon trigger moments of revealing truths far deeper than either person is prepared for. Raw . Truthful . Intimate. It’s Lounge Theatre. Melbourne's newest theatre offering. Intimate, moving and highly engaging. This bold, new theatre concept is presented by Jimmy Flinders Productions. It's unique, micro-theatre viewed in the comfort of your own lounge room. Or one very much like it.