Play Dead Theatre’s 2018 Site Specific production of David Eldridge’s award winning play FESTEN was held within the iconic Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom.

Directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean, FESTEN is a powerful story of a large and wealthy family dinner party where poisonous dysfunction slowly presses to the surface.

FESTEN is a riveting fusion of gripping thriller and riotous humour of the darkest kind.

Electrifying, shocking and profoundly moving… a thrilling modern tragedy.

Festen Creative TeamFesten Cast

As an independent Theatre company, we pride ourselves on professionalism and the high quality of our productions. Play Dead Theatre’s 2018 production of David Eldridge’s play FESTEN, will showcase the best collective talent Melbourne Independent Theatre has to offer.

Festen Cast

We have been successful to assemble a large cast of professional actors, many who have performed at the MTC, Australian Ballet, Australian Opera, and The Globe. As an independent Theatre company, we pride ourselves on professionalism and the high quality of our productions.

Festen Creative Team
Playing: Grandfather

Richard Moss

Richard Moss was born in England and was set for a career mending earth moving equipment when a burning desire to study his great passions of opera and theatre led to travel and study in the arts. As with many actors, theatre is the first love for Richard, who’s professional theatre history includes plays such as Shakespeare’s Richard III, Love’s Labours Lost, and Othello, as well as numerous productions with Auckland Independent Theatre and Mercury Theatre in New Zealand. Most recently Richard toured Australia with Prince Moo’s production of Ghost Stories and Calendar Girls.

Playing: Helmut

Johnathan Peck

Johnathan graduated from The National Theatre with an Advanced Diploma of Stage and Screen Acting. Whilst there, he recieved of The Cybec Foundation Scholarship. He was also awarded the Graduate Actor position by the Red Stitch Ensemble in 2014. Film and TV credits: Spin Out (Tim Ferguson), Lion (Garth Davies), Neighbours, Please Like me and The Librarians. Theatrical credits: Calendar Girls (Prince Moo Productions) Twelfth Night (MSC), The Crucible/Year Of Wonders (CWTC), Ghost Stories (Prince Moo Productions), Spectre Of Death (House Of Vnholy), Much Ado About Nothing (MSC), Glory Dazed (Red Stitch), Eurydice (Red Stitch) amongst others.

Playing: Helge

Adrian Mulraney

Arriving in Australia in his mid teens, Adrian went on to be in the inaugural year of the WA Academy, graduating in 1984 and has worked as an actor and voice over artist ever since. His English background, acting training and maybe some bad habits in earlier times have given him a rich, warm sound best described as “educated Australian”. With more than 80 stage plays, nearly 20 radio plays and 30 plus audio books on his C.V., he is adept at changing his voice both subtly and radically and is unfazed by any length of script.

Playing: Little Girl

Isobel Henry

Isobel Henry started her career at 9 months old with two seasons on Offspring, followed by Underbelly Squizzy. At age 5, she was in the semi-finalists on Australia’s Got Talent, with an audition reaching 25 million views on YouTube. Isobel has appeared in numerous short films, music videos, modelling and commercial campaigns and have a feature film being released nationwide this year. She has been training since 2012 under the careful guidance of Lainie Farello and team at Flashdance Performing Arts in all styles of Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre, Vocals and Acrobatic Arts. Isobel is thrilled to be working with the cast and crew of Festen.

Playing: Else

Rosie Traynor

Rosie Traynor has studied acting at USQ, HB studios in NYC, Actors Centre Sydney & did the Ellen Burstyn Masterclass at 16th Street. Rosie performed at Red Stitch in The Laramie Project and, in Qld, at La Boite, & QTC. In Sydney she performed at Belvoir Street, Sydney Street Theatre Space, Crossroads Theatre. Playing the lead role in the acclaimed horror film Lake Mungo, Rosie has also appeared on Offspring, Rush, Blue Heelers, Mission Impossible, Dolphin Bay, films- Dark City, Cut Snake and in 30 tvcs. Rosie is a casting director at Chameleon  (also at Blue Heelers & Stingers ).She has taught at, 16th Street, Howard Fine, Brave, Acmi, NTDS, Rehearsal Room &Tafta.

Playing: Christian

Mark Yeates

Mark graduated from the 16th Street Actors Studio full time program in 2012. In 2010, Mark was selected to train part time with National Institute Dramatic Art as a part of their Young Actor’s Studio. He has since founded Artefact Theatre Co, producing three productions since its inception in 2016. Recent theatre credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Artefact Theatre Co.), Mojo (Patalog Collective), Romeo and Juliet (China Tour – Australian International Opera Company), Much Ado About Nothing (China Tour – AIOC), Seminar: A Comedy (Artefact Theatre Co.), You Got Older (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), Proof (Artefact Theatre Co.)

Playing: Helene

Aimee Sanderson

Aimee Sanderson has been acting and producing works on stage and screen for the past 15 years. She’s been in more than 25 theatre productions, produced Tropfest shortlisted films, and featured in TV commercials in Australia and NZ. Most recently she joined the cast of Channel 9 & Amazon Prime’s show Counterplay. She is a graduate of the full-time acting program at the Howard Fine Acting Studio. A lover of the classics, stage highlights in recent years have included Chekov’s Three Sisters, A Streetcar Named Desire and a recent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Playing: Michael

Michael Mack

Michael Mack is an Australian film and Theatre actor, known for his roles in TAPE, Rostered On, What If It Works?, Torn and The Bad Buy. More recently Michael played the lead role in the Australian Premiere of Aaron Posner’s play Stupid Fucking Bird directed by Peter Blackburn. In 2016 Michael Mack successfully produced and starred in Play Dead Theatre’s premiere Sold Out production of TAPE by Stephen Belber directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean.

Playing: Mette

Hester Van Der Vyver

Hester is an actor/ singer with a background in musical theatre. She trained at 16th street  Studio in Melbourne and The Jacques Lecoq school in Paris. Theatre credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for IOC’s tour of China, Peggy in Promises Promises for The Production Company, Beth Loffreda in The Laramie Project Ten Years On for Red Stitch, The Drowsy Chaperone for Melbourne Theatre Company, My Fair Lady for Opera Australia, Sweet Charity and Little Me for the Production Company and Amy in Play Dead Theatre’s, Tape. On screen you can spot her in the Netflix series Rostered On.

Playing: Lars

Charlie Ranger

Charlie has worked professionally as an actor on stage and screen for the past 13 years. On screen, Charlie is extremely proud of the recent feature film Tilt, in which he played the lead role, and his starring role in Makeover, following it’s 2.5+ million views online and success at festivals worldwide. He also had the pleasure of working with Shane Jacobson on The Real Tradies of Melbourne, and hosting the talk-show Up Late with Charlie Ranger. On stage, Charlie is most proud, and probably least well known for his sketch-comedy duo The Lioness, of which he is a co-creator.

Playing: Kim

Liam Seymour

Liam Graduated from 16th Street in 2014 and has since gone onto work in TV, comedy and film. His latest appearance will be in Jason Raftopolous’ feature film ‘West of Sunshine’ which premiered at The Venice Film Festival and soon to hit our shores. Liam also featured on ABC’s sketch show ‘Wham Bam Thankyou Ma’am’ (skitbox) in 2017. As well as many featuring roles in TVCs, web series, TV pilots and short films, Liam is a co-creator of the radio/vlog ‘Briam – Bryce and Liam’, which has just had their short film ‘Bryce and Liam go to Space’ accepted into the Melbourne ‘Northwest Film Festival’.

Playing: Gbatokai

Victory Ndukwe

A lover of the theatre stage, victory is vibrant and charismatic with a flair for entertaining. Victory undertook his training at 16th street academy where he worked with master teachers like Chris Edmund, Elizabeth Kemp and Justin Lehmann. He has featured in theatre productions such as Erasers and 25 and fucked. A native Melbournian who’s travels have taken him all over the world, Victory’s grasp of the human condition allows him to embody characters in a truly authentic way that is a delight to watch.

Playing: Pia

Tori McCann

Tori began performing at an early age in local theatre productions. In 2013 Tori commenced full time dance at The Space Dance and Arts Centre for 12 months.  She then moved to Ballarat to continue her training at Federation University Arts Academy (BAAPA) graduating in 2017 with a BA Music theatre. Highlights whilst studying include playing ‘Mrs., Lovett’ in the graduating production of Sweeney Todd, assuming the role of dance captain for RENT and performing her original Cabaret ‘Bad Bitch, Bitch Bad’ in Melbourne and Ballarat. Tori is thrilled to be back in Melbourne making her professional debut in FESTEN.

Playing: Little Girl

Eloise Henry

Eloise Henry started her career at 9 months old with two seasons on Offspring, followed by Underbelly Squizzy. At age 5, she was in the semi-finalists on Australia’s Got Talent, with an audition reaching 25 million views on YouTube. Eloise has appeared in numerous short films, music videos, modelling and commercial campaigns and have a feature film being released nationwide this year. She has been training since 2012 under the careful guidance of Lainie Farello and team at Flashdance Performing Arts in all styles of Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre, Vocals and Acrobatic Arts. Eloise is thrilled to be working with the cast and crew of Festen.

Playing: Poul

Tref Gare

Born in London, kindergartened in Holland, raised in Australia and theatrically trained in London, Italy and France, Tref has worked across Film and TV, theatre, musical theatre, pupeteering and mime.  Eventually frustrated by being asked to work in only one style at a time, he formed his project company, Eclectic Pelican, to allow him to munge together whatever tricks, ticks, bits and pieces that appealed at the time.  Under the wings of the pelican he’s created four solo shows and two ensemble pieces which have toured around Australia, the UK, India and New Zealand.