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CLARE HENNESSY Playwright

Clare Hennessy is an emerging artist and co-founder of Left Of Centre Co. Her two loves are writing plays and tight harmonies.

Clare is currently one of the writers in residence at the Old Fitzroy Theatre in Kings Cross, premiering a debut work as part of their New Fitz program. Her most recent work, Transience, premiered as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival at KXT in Kings Cross to tremendous support from the LGBTQI community. She has worked extensively as a musician and composer for the stage (For leftofcentre; Elegy. @Old505: The InspectionA Period Piece. @99 Seats Productions; Where There's Smoke. @CYCLE Productions, Lysistrata, What Do You Think) . She also works as a dramaturg, including a co-adaptation of Titus Andronicus titled Lavinia, his Daughter (dir. Jessica Dick, NIDA director's showcase), and an assistant director (Black Jesus, bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company). 

Clare completed her MFA Writing For Performance at NIDA. Other training includes: BA Communication (Theatre/Media) at Charles Sturt University, AFTRS Open, ATYP dramaturgical internship, and the Young Playwrights Residency at the Sydney Theatre Company. 

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ABBIE-LEA HOUGH   designer 

Abbie-Lea is a set and costume designer, passionate about Australian theatre. She is a co-founder of Left Of Centre Theatre Co. and has recently graduated with a Masters of Design for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). She completed a Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media) at Charles Sturt University.

Abbie-Lea has recently designed Stupid Fucking Bird (dir. Peter Blackburn, 2017) for Lightning Jar Theatre Company. Whilst in the final year of her Masters she designed the VCA musical production of Spring Awakening (dir. Tom Healey) and Zone4 (dir. Peter Blackburn, 2016). Her set and costume design credits for Left Of Centre include Femme Fatale (dir. Carissa Licciardello, 2016) and Elegy (dir. Carissa Licciardello, 2014-15).

She has recently set/costume designed Antony and Cleopatra for Melbourne University’s Shakespeare Company (dir. Liam Bellman-Sharpe, 2015) and Heirloom for The Actors Studio (dir. Peter Blackburn, 2015). For CYCLE Productions, she designed the set for Lysistrata (dir. Adam Deusien, 2014) and What Do You Think? (dir. Dan Aubin, 2013).