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Little Beauty

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Little Beauty is a playful theatrical journey in search of beauty, depicting the desire to capture beauty and immortalise it in portraiture. The vivid performance was created by Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image, a Sydney multi-award-winning company for children and families, and is performed by charismatic duo in Adriano Cappelletta and Holly Austin. Little Beauty is for primary school and preschool aged children. Even so, we know adults will enjoy it just as much.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Founded in 1988, Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image is a highly regarded Sydney based theatre company for children of all ages and their families. It tells Australian and universal stories to young people through a distinctive visual style of performance, combining images, words and music.

Kim Carpenter AM
Director and Designer

Kim is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre of Image, Australia’s premier visual theatre company. An established director/designer, he has created productions for most major Australian performing arts companies, embracing puppetry, digital arts, sets, props and costumes. He is represented in collections and exhibitions around the world. Kim is a former Co-Artistic Director of Nimrod Theatre (now Belvoir) and former Head of Design, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He has collaborated with other companies including Opera Australia, Kageboushi Theatre Company (Tokyo), Manitoba Theatre for Young People (Canada) and Sydney Theatre Company. He is a Churchill Fellow, with other accolades including two Helpmann Awards, a Centenary Medal and an Australian Production Design Guild Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design.

Adriano Cappelletta
Actor

A theatre-maker for over ten years, Adriano has presented work at the New York Summer Play Festival, Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe festivals, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Fringe World WA, Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney Opera House, Underbelly Arts Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival. His debut solo cabaret, This Boy’s in Love was nominated for Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe 2017 and Fringe World WA 2016. The List UK declared it ‘absolutely exquisite’ at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.

Holly Austin
Actor

Holly is one of Australia’s most versatile multi-disciplinary performers, celebrated for her individuality in theatre-making and her unique vocal dexterity. Recipient of The Mike Walsh Fellowship and an Ian Potter Cultural Grant, she studied improvisation at Second City and iO in Chicago, and clowning with Pierre Byland in Switzerland. She was co-awarded The Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights. Her screen/theatre credits include Open Slather and House Husbands. As a musician and beatboxer, Holly has performed with Martha Wainwright, John Butler, Common, Amanda Palmer, Mama Kin, Holly Throsby and Sui Zhen.

Julia Cotton
Choreographer

Julia began her career with The Australian Ballet, later joined contemporary dance company Australian Dance Theatre, and was a founding member of Etcetera. She has choreographed for dance companies, opera and drama, including Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company and Theatre of Image, and was Artistic Director of Australian Theatre of the Deaf. Julia taught at NIDA for 15 years and was also Head of Movement at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She is currently Head of Movement at Actors Centre Australia.

Ross Johnston
Sound Designer

Ross has worked in music as a producer, composer, musician, musical director, sound designer, manager and performer. He has been involved in productions such as Risky Lunar Love, Mum’s In: Stories from Razorhurst, Piccolo Tales, Open for Inspection, The No Chance in Hell Hotel, Oh My God I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing, The Stallion of Death, Getting Down with Mavis Brown and Monkeyshines. Ross has composed and produced music for television, advertising, corporate events and feature films including Getting Square (IF award).