FRED @ Fringe Update #2

Actor Anna Reardon, who appeared in FRED the ALIEN’s production of ‘The Writer’ (2016), leads her fellow cast members in a movement exercise.

From the Director…

The road to Melbourne Fringe is marked with a number of mini-milestones, and last week the team reached another one!

The cast of Michael and Phillip Are Getting Married in the Morning have been engaging in a number of workshops involving character development, improvisation, and trust and movement exercises. It’s an important part of the process, as our play involves a number of intimate sequences and physical gags.

To help the actors build upon their respective characters’ backstories and interpersonal histories, the team have been writing up their own character profiles and performing scenarios between themselves that do not appear in the play.

An improvisation exercise in which a tense Michael (David McNamara) and clueless Simon (Hayden Gridley) discuss everything from kebabs to sexual health (don’t ask).

And now, following four weeks of such exercises and character development, we’ll begin rehearsing tomorrow evening! Things will only get more intense from here, as the cast will spend the next fifteen weeks hugging and kissing, slapping and wrestling, laughing and shouting… and that’s just with me!

Based on the hard work that’s already been put into the production, it’s exciting to think about what the next few months will be like as we take this unique world from page to stage.

FRED the ALIEN Productions is excited to see the progress of Michael and Phillip Are Getting Married in the Morning and I can’t wait to share more of our journey with you!


Wayne Stellini is an executive member of the FRED the ALIEN Productions team. He has written and directed episodes of UNI-Bums, and produced FRED’s stage debut, The Writer, in 2016.

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