Having recently returned from
performing in New York as recipient of the ‘Bound for Broadway’ ASCAP/TDP
scholarship, Matilda is very excited to be a part of this exciting new
Australian work. Matilda graduated the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre,
and has since featured in Between Worlds
(dir. Jason Langley), Nine: The Musical (Manilla Street Productions), as Kate
Mullins in StageArt’s Titanic: the
Musical, Patty Simcox in Squabbalogic’s The
Original Grease and Ruby Rae in The
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Previously
to her life in Perth, Matilda graduated the Talent Development Project and went
on to complete an 8-month contract as lead production singer with MSC Cruises/
Bor Productions. During her time at WAAPA, Matilda featured as Margaret White
in Carrie: The Musical, Vivienne
Kensington in Legally Blonde: The Musical,
Yonah in Children of Eden, and Mrs
Millenium/ Vocal Captain in Urinetown:
The Musical. She also performed in Matthew Lee Robinson’s Draft 6 of Atlantis as Lyra, and in Tim Cuniffe and
Brendan Hanson’s workshop of Between the
Lines. In her 2nd year at WAAPA, Matilda was awarded the inaugural John Cowdell Music Theatre Award for her
performance in West Side Story and was
a finalist in the Julie Michael Cabaret Competition. Raised as a musician from
a young age, Matilda gained her LTCL on clarinet and has also enjoyed singing
Jazz with James Morrison at many festivals.
Ruth Strutt is an Australian mezzo-soprano who hails from the icy climes of northern NSW. Since completing her Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), under the expert tutelage of Patricia Price and continuing study with Anthea Moller, she has been engaged in many projects across Australia.
Ruth is currently performing the role of Ferdinand in Opera Australia's El Kid, part of the NSW Schools Tour program. Ruth is a member of the Opera Australia chorus and is affiliated with Opera Queensland and Opera North West. Ruth is especially passionate about Australian composition and new works, having recently performed the solo role in Kubla Khan by Richard Peter Maddox and premiering his two song cycles Unbroken Stillness and These Men. She also performed the role of Amal in Jennifer Game-Lopata's The Aqueduct at the Brisbane Restrung Festival, and has worked alongside composers such as Elena Kats-Chernin, Dan Walker and Sally Whitwell. Other recent appearances include Opera in the Vines, Opera in the Paddock, Opera at Langford, New England Bach Festival, and as part of a Baroque improvisation quartet, Wondrous Machine.
Ruth is a huge fan of cabaret theatre, and is excited to be a part of The Things I Could Never Tell Steven for the Sydney Fringe Festival.
Over more than twenty years, Adam has performed a wide range of principal roles in music theatre including Elegies: A Song Cycle (for Sydney Mardi Gras Festival 2016), Songs for a New World, Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), Into the Woods (Baker), The Secret Garden (Dickon), to name but a few. More recently, he has performed principal roles in chamber opera productions and on the cabaret stage.
Born and raised in Sydney, Adam is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, having completed his vocal training with Robert Allman AM OBE and Ronald Maconaghie AM. Also an experienced choral singer and conductor, Adam has sung with Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, The Parson’s Affayre and Sydney Conservatorium Chorale, and is a Music Director of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir.
Behind the scenes, Adam counts more than twenty musical and dramatic productions as either musical director, director, conductor or repetiteur. Adam is passionate about music and education, working as Director of Studies at an independent school in Sydney’s east, having previously been a Head of Music for many years.
Having studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Perth (B.Music/Theatre) and Dance World Studios (now known as APO Arts Academy) in Melbourne (Adv.Dip.Dance/Performance), Lucas has also completed the Open Studio Program at NIDA in Screen Acting.
While in Melbourne he performed at the State Theatre in “High Society” and as the ballet soloist in “Carousel”. Both of these were for The Production Company.
Lucas then moved to Germany to perform in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express” for three years playing the roles of Flat Top and Bobo, while also understudying Rusty, Electra, Caboose, and Dustin. Following this, he moved to the UK and was soon cast in “Mother Goose”, a pantomime, for two months over the Christmas holiday period. This was at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Soon after he was cast in the ensemble of “Chicago” with 1st cover Mary Sunshine. This toured the UK and Italy.
Soon after his return to Australia he was cast as the title role of Rocky in “The Rocky Horror Show” for a tour of Asia/NZ having the chance to work along side the show’s creator, Richard O’Brien, who was playing the part of the Narrator for the NZ leg of the tour.
Following Rocky, Lucas was given the chance to create the role of Thomas Essex in a new play from Wayne Tunks called “The Burlesque Effect” which played at The Newtown Theatre.
Lucas originated the role of “The Ex” in the 2015 world premiere of The Things I Could Never Tell Steven” at The King Street Theatre.
Last year he had the opportunity to be in Opera Australia’s first opera to be staged on the steps of Sydney Opera House. Titled “The 8th Wonder” the Australian opera tells the story of the origins of The Sydney Opera House.
In July of this year, Lucas was fortunate enough to be in the Australian premier cast of the Burkell and Loesel show “Sorta Love Songs” at The Seymour Centre.
Directly following The Things I Could Never Tell Steven, Lucas will be originating the role of ‘Robbie’ in a new play by Wayne Tunks, titled “Diva Wars” which will play at New Theatre, also for Sydney Fringe Festival.
CELESTE NOTLEY-SMITH - Wife
Celeste Notley-Smith brings the right balance of naivety and gumption to the role of Steven’s wife in The Things I Could Never Tell Steven with her classically trained voice and dramatic performance finesse.
An accomplished artist with credits in Musical Theatre, Opera and Children’s Theatre, Celeste regularly performs throughout Sydney as the host and puppeteer of the YellowKat Show, and has just finished recording YellowKat’s latest album.
Since studying Musical Theatre, Theatre, Voice and Secondary Education, Celeste has immersed herself further in continued training and education. She teaches Musical Theatre, Drama and Voice and is currently developing her own training studio.
BROOKE DAVIDSON - Mother
You’d be forgiven for thinking that every song Brooke Davidson performs was written just for her. Oozing musical theatrics, Brooke portrays the characters if Steven’s obsessive, possessive and domineering mother in The Things I Could Never Tell Steven with verve and veracity.
Brooke’s long list of credits from her fifteen-years-plus dramatic performance career includes features in: 'In Bed With Jye (& Friends)', 'Tartuffe', 'Motherhood Out Loud', 'Chicago', 'Annie', 'Arsenic and Old Lace', 'Soulmates', 'Our Town', 'The Underpants', 'Mad About Men','The Wisdom Of Eve' and many others.
SIMON GILLESPIE - Father
One of Australia’s most dazzling entertainers, Simon is a veteran of the cabaret scene with a long list of credits at home and abroad.
Simon is a full-time show business professional having graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 1984 and now boasts almost thirty years in the industry.
Simon is trained in theatre, dance, acting, voice, singing, theatre history, stage fighting and music theory. With experience ranging from leading roles in theatre to headlining international cabaret acts and including time spent working in the fields of arts administration, production, programming and booking, Simon Gillespie is the ‘ultimate all-rounder’.
LUCAS GLOVER - The Ex
Audiences will fall in love with Lucas as he delivers his sultry and comedic take on the steamy role of The Ex in The Things I Could Never Tell Steven.
Lucas trained at WAAPA, Dance World, and NIDA, and now has more than ten years professional industry experience across Australia, Asia, and Europe.
He has worked in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance, Modeling, TV Commercials, and Concerts.
Lucas has performed in 'High Society' and 'Carousel' in Melbourne, 'Starlight Express' in Germany, 'Chicago' in England, Ireland, and Italy, 'Mother Goose' in Ireland, 'The Rocky Horror Show' in Korea, Singapore, and New Zealand, 'The Burlesque Effect' and 'Equus' in Sydney.
ANTHONY ASHDOWN - Director
Anthony's playful directorial vision of The Things I Could Never Tell Steven stems from his diverse performance career as dancer, actor, choreographer and director. His appreciation of theatrics and the art of storytelling was forged from an early age, when he took to the stage as a dancer.
Starting at a young age with Castlereagh School of Performing Arts, Anthony was later trained at the National Theatre Ballet School and tutored by Beverly Jane Fry. He went on to undertake principal roles with the National Theatre Ballet Company, Melbourne Ballet Company, Boston Ballet Company as well as touring the world with Norwegian Cruiselines.
Anthony made a leap from dancer to actor to choreographer and director, with roles on both stage and screen. He played a decorated US officer in the hit TV series 'The Pacific', the follow-on to the much-loved 'Band of Brothers'.
In The Things I Could Never Tell Steven, Anthony successfully blends a sensitive approach to the tragic and comedic story with his appreciation of the bold and flamboyant art of cabaret.