2019 has proved to be a big year for Carramar alumni Daniel Dosek. Ahead of his latest gig directing St Stephen’s senior school production of ‘Cluedo – The Play’ this month, he reflected on what has been a whirlwind of creative opportunities.
“2019 has been an exciting year for me, I was co-producer and Front of House manager for the Fringe show Dancing in the Driveway, I performed once again with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Blueback, and then toured the show all around Western Australia on the Go For 2&5 Regional Schools Tour,” Daniel said.
“The day after the Blueback tour ended I flew to the Sunshine Coast, QLD to direct the premiere of High School Never Ends; a double bill by award-winning playwright Tremayne Gordon at Anywhere Festival 2019!
“Throw in a week in the Pilbara teaching children howto make their own puppets, honing my performance skills in training workshops and volunteering at the Blue Room Theatre, it has been a busy year!”
When Daniel graduated in 2013 he auditioned for, and was accepted into, WAAPA, taking on a Bachelor of Performing Arts, majoring in Performance Making. Once graduating in 2016, Daniel went on a nine-week intercultural Exchange at the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore through a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.
“In 2018, I took a six-week break to explore Europe, starting with the Czech Republic,where my family originates from and where there is a long and fascinating tradition of puppetry,” he said.
“This year I have been able to explore more of my home state Western Australia, with a 12-week tour performing at schools in our regional towns.”
Daniel counts himself as lucky, having turned his hobby into a career.
“Often in my spare time I am playing with content for new performances, or trying to develop my skills,” he said.
“On the other hand, I do love going to a good quiz night,sussing out what's new on Netflix (...for research purposes...) and planning my next travels. So many places to see!”
The Tapping local has been working on the Carramar Senior Production Cluedo – The Play recently, taking inspiration from the big cast.
“Cluedo is one of the largest casts I have directed and this played a big role in my vision for the show,” Daniel said.
“When analysing what makes for good theatre, I realised that I am attracted to synchronised chorus work and playing with the synergy between actors on stage.
“The more actors there are, the further I can play with the dynamic of ensemble behaviour and uniformity, and then subvert it.
“The play is also very witty, so I wanted to be able to let the script shine by investing in a group dynamic that would match the energy of the script.
“It has been fantastic watching the cast find themselves within their characters and become comfortable with the text, to the point where they are all bringing suggestions to the rehearsal room, has been a greatexperience.
“Ruth Doyle has been a fantastic support for both myself and the cast, and with her stage crew has materialised the set of my dreams.”
You can see Cluedo – The Play on August 22 and 23 at the Carramar Tech Hub.
Tickets are $10 via trybooking.com/BDIXN.