Over for 2010… and now planning for 2011!

Searchlight Festival 2010 is over.. and what a fantastic week!

Tashmadada and fortyfivedownstairs want to thank all involved….the talented performers, the tech etc….

and the audience – many of whom came to more than one night… who totally immersed themselves in the festival experience.

And so to 2011…

Please let us know if you’d like to be involved in any way with Searchlight Festival 2011… as an artist, behind the scenes etc…

If so, please send an email to: info@tashmadada.com

We look forward to seeing you then.. but we’ll keep this site alive with updates and news.

Thanks from us at Searchlight Festival


The last night

Searchlight Festival has drawn to a close but we’re still buzzing. It was fantastic. Fantastic due to all the talented performers, the engaged and appreciative audiences, the volunteers, fortyfivedownstairs, Tashmadada and … well basically everyone who was a part of it.

The final night was electric; our champagne soiree for playwrights followed by Cordelia, Mein Kind. .. see some of the photos below:

Robert Reid introducing the playwrights for Meant to be Spoken

Deborah Leiser-Moore in Cordelia, Mein Kind

Deborah Leiser-Moore in Cordelia, Mein Kind

More photos viewable on the fortyfivedownstairs blog.

Searchlight: Benn Bennett, Chas Forrest et al

Benn Bennett and Chas Forrest

Benn Bennett, Chas Forrest and some dancing fortyfortyhome styles.

Benn Bennett and Mzz Erin Tasmania

Mzz Erin Tasmania cooking sausages.

Benn Bennett and Chas Forrest inciting the crowd to mass dancing.

One more night .. and two events!

One more night of the festival..

At 5.30 join us for a Sunday afternoon champagne soirée with some of Australia’s most exciting Playwriting Talent and celebrate the spoken word with Meant to be Spoken: A champagne celebration of Australian Playwriting

Meant to be Spoken presents selected works written and read by Adam Cass, Patricia Cornelius, David Mence, Declan Greene, Tee O’Neill, Hannie Rayson and Amelia Roper and is hosted by Robert Reid.

Then stay for 7.30 for Cordelia, Mein Kind – a duet for live body and film that maps a modern Cordelia and her “Lear-like father” onto the bones of Shakespeare’s Lear and his silent daughter.

deeply textured, multilayered and savagely poetical work…. Real Time 94

Here is theatre – visceral, elemental, brutal – that will heave your heart into your mouth. Rob Conkie (Shakespeare Project)

….a multi-stranded narrative that literally pulsates, like an exposed heart, with  deep feeling and mystery… Ari Roth (Theater J, Washington DC)

And here is a review of the Directors Cut night which saw performances by such  incredibly talented artists:


The Home Stretch and Directors Cut

Sally Smith in Director’s Cut

David Wells in Director’s Cut

The fortyfivedownstairs foyer as Sally Smith lead the crowd into the theatre for Director’s Cut.

A great second evening

Benn Bennett and Wes Snelling in Black Bag.

Ellie Nielson in Waiting for Isabella by Antoni Jach

Jodee Mundy, Mal Webb and Francesca Waters in Sandra Fiona Long’s Tyrant with Sharks

Searchlight Festival is open!

Searchlight Festival opened last night with Cathy Vogan’s film screening followed by the hilarious Intimate Apparel by Michael Dalley and Paul McCarthy.

Cathy Vogan’s film Mimesis screening in the fortyfivedownstairs gallery

Check the fortyfivedownstairs blog for more images.