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‘Fever’ burns brightly

Thursday, 08 November 2018

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“It’s such a joy to be back at WAAPA after nearly 25 years in the industry,” says actor/director Rachael Maza, who has returned to her alma mater thanks to the generous support of the Minderoo Foundation to direct the Aboriginal Performance students in their graduating show, Fever.

“There are so many great memories – and it’s good to appreciate how critical this course was to setting me off on the right foot. I’ve had such a wonderful journey in the performing arts, never a dull moment!”

Maza, who is Artistic Director of Victoria’s Ilbijerri Theatre Company, has a distinguished career working in Australian theatre, television and film.

Winner of a Green Room Award and a Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award, she has performed on stage for Company B, Bell Shakespeare, Playbox Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company. Maza has also made numerous television appearances and enjoyed roles in feature films such as Lillian’s Story, Cosi, Sarah Watt’s My Year Without Sex andRachel Perkins’ award-winning Radiance. She hosted the critically acclaimed Message Stick for the ABC and has worked as a narrator for ABC Radio National.

Maza describes how Fever is proving a perfect vehicle to showcase the talents of WAAPA’s Aboriginal Performance students.

Fever is at times hilarious, insightful, provocative and brutal but always extremely poignant,” she says. “It also gives each student a chance to shine – which they do in abundance!”

Fever comprises four plays from the writers of the Melbourne Workers Theatre – The Chair by Andrew Bovell (Lantana), Psalms by Christos Tsoilkas (The Slap), Blunt by Patricia Cornelius and Savant by Melissa Reeves.

“These short plays are a provocative, cheeky, in-your-face dialogue about the state of the world, dealing with various issues of race, class, culture and environment,” explains Maza.

Fever, directed by Rachael Maza and performed by WAAPA’s Aboriginal Performance students, opens on Friday, 16 November for a five-night season in the Enright Studio. A post-show discussion on Tuesday, 20 November will give the audience an opportunity to hear from the cast and crew about the creative process.

“It’s been such an honour to be able to work with these soon-to-graduate Aboriginal Performance students,” says Maza. “I am so impressed by the talent and professionalism of the students, much credit going to the quality of the training. This is the only course like it in Australia – I only hope people realise how critical this course is to the Australian arts industry.”

The WAAPA Visiting Artists' Program is proudly supported by the Minderoo Foundation.

Contains adult themes, sexual references and strong language. Suitable for ages 15+

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Fever performance web page.

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