Billy Smedley as “Macbeth”, Ronan Mummery as “Hamlet” and Paul Rochford as “Coach Horatio” in Dark Arcadia (2024), written and directed by Sally McLean. Photo by Allena Tran.

Official Launch to celebrate Montsalvat and Incognita Enterprises’ new Performing Arts partnership for 2024

The world of award-winning screen and stage production is combining with the rich history of one of Australia’s most historically significant Arts venues, as internationally recognized Incognita Enterprises and the nationally prestigious Montsalvat announce the date for their launch event to celebrate their new partnership on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 6.30pm at Montsalvat in Eltham

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Photo: Still from trailer for new play “’Til The Boys Come Home” featuring Sally McLean, Nadine Garner, Christopher Kirby, Sarah Hallam, Billy Smedley, Jessica To and Nik Morris. Photo by Shaun Herbertson.

Incognita Enterprises will run a series of masterclasses and events as the new resident Performing Arts partners at Montsalvat, bringing a range of activities to the venue across 2024.
The launch event will showcase the workshops and events scheduled as part of this new program – the first in a series of new initiatives for Montsalvat as it celebrates its 90th anniversary year – followed by a reading of new Australian play ‘Til The Boys Come Home, set on the Melbourne Home Front of WW2, written by Sally McLean and read by members of the Incognita Enterprises’ regular ensemble, plus special guest actors.

Events to be announced include Meet The Makers @ Montsalvat, a regular monthly armchair chat with prominent entertainment industry practitioners, such as February guest, Clayton Jacobson (Kenny, Brother’s Nest) in conversation with Incognita Enterprises’ Creative Director, Sally McLean, discussing Clayton’s multifaceted career to date and the current Australian entertainment landscape in front of a ticketed live audience.

There will also be a series of acting and writing masterclasses and workshops running until April 2024, with the first two classes – the popular Playing The Bard: Shakespeare in Performance course beginning February 8 and Basic Stage Combat class beginning February 12 – setting the scene for a swathe of other offerings over this time.

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Sally McLean teaches two students at her Playing The Bard Masterclass. Photo by Jack Dixon-Gunn.
Sally McLean teaches two students at her Playing The Bard Masterclass. Photo by Jack Dixon-Gunn.

Other events on the agenda include monthly play readings of new works from emerging and established playwrights and two major theatrical productions scheduled for the second half of 2024.

The core ensemble of creatives involved in this new venture who will be teaching, directing, writing and/or performing include Christopher Kirby (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, The Matrix – Reloaded), Stephen Lopez (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, La Brea), Sally McLean (Preacher, Utopia), Sarah Hallam (Warnie, Wentworth), Paul Rochford (True History of the Kelly Gang, The Dry), Sass Pinci (Dark Arcadia, Queen Evil), Phoebe Anne Taylor (Shakespeare Republic) and Billy Smedley (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Offspring).