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Kali Techni Productions Present

Life of Byron

DIRECTED BY TONY NIKOLAKOPOULOS
ACTORS: GEORGE KAPINIARIS AND MARIA THEODORAKIS

Life of Byron

11 - 22 October 2023

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About

DIRECTED BY TONY NIKOLAKOPOULOS 

ACTORS: GEORGE KAPINIARIS AND MARIA THEODORAKIS

WRITTEN BY TONY NIKOLAKOPOULOSSALLY FARADAY AND GEORGE KAPINIARIS

Byron’s mother is suffering with the early effects of dementia, and his sister Alex thinks the best option is to sell the house and put their mum in a nursing home. As Byron picks through his old glory box full of memories of the women who shaped him, in particular the one who was the lynchpin holding everything together – his mum, Byron wonders, can he really send his mother away? Can he care for her himself? 

Is he good enough? Maybe it’s time for him to finally grow up and find out.

 

WeekendNotes Review:

“Kapiniaris as you’ve never seen him before.”

“Kapiniaris’ signature style of ethnic humour thrown in; the story is told in hysterically titled chapters.”

“Maria Theodorakis is brillient in all the roles she takes on, and is very engaging on stage. There’s no hiding her acting chops, as she navigates 9 personalities.”

“The audience [loved] every moment.”

Team

Cast & Creatives

George Kapiniaris is one of Australia’s best-loved comedy, music and TV stars – having had an incredible impact on Australian popular culture over the last thirty five years.

George Kapiniaris’ claim to fame was his starring role in the hugely popular stage show ‘Wogs Out Of Work’.

Since then, the Australian public has continued to see him use his Greek heritage as inspiration for future roles and performances.
George developed his popular style of ethnic comedy at Rusden College in 1985. Straight away he was labelled as a pioneer of Ethnic Humour in this country.

We all loved him as DJ in ‘The Flying Doctors’ and who could forget his starring role as the manic waiter Memo in TV’s ‘Acropolis Now’ from 1989 to 1992 ( A show which he co-produced & co-created). Since 1992 george has also been the front man of his 70’s cover band ‘The Flares’.

In 2004 George was nominated for a Green Room Award for his role of Stretch in the musical ‘Oh, What a Night’. other musical credits include ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ and ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’.

 His theatre credits include ‘The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui’ for the MTC, ‘The Queen and I ‘, ‘An Evening with Merv Hughes’ and Guy Masterson’s production of ’12 Angry Men’.

George’s film credits include ‘Alex and Eve’, ‘Big Mammas Boy’, ‘Thundersruck’, ‘Bloody Footy’, ‘Fat Pizza’, ‘Housos The Movie’, ‘Closer and Closer Apart’ & ‘Joey’ – George also appeared on the TV series ‘Its A Date!’.
Kapiniaris was also seen in the controversial mini-series ‘Underbelly’, playing George Defteros – the lawyer to Melbourne’s underworld. In 2009 George appeared as a regular panelist on the very popular SBS show “The Squiz”.

In 2022 George was touring OZ with his comedy stage show, ‘Crazy Rich Ethnics’. In 2023 George will be Starring in Paul Fennech’s new TV show ‘Local Council’ on 7mate.

He and his Co Stars have received two ACE awards for Best Comedy for their ‘Il Dago’ Shows and this year he and his team were nominated for Best Comedy for their ‘Wildwogs’ Production.

George has recently played a Vulgarian Spy in The Australian production of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical’ and starred last year in The Production Company’s Award Winning Show ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It!’ where he stole the show with amazing reviews.

Maria Theodorakis is an award-winning actor, writer and director of the stage and screen.

Maria is an AACTA (AFI) and FCC Best Actress winner in a Feature Film Award for her starring role in Walking on Water. A multiple Green Room nominee, she has performed in theatre for companies including MTC, Malthouse, Belvoir St, and Melbourne Workers Theatre.

Television work includes Seven Types of Ambiguity, Newton!s Law and an ongoing role in Neighbours as a villain who blew up a boat, kidnapped a baby and required seven police officers and a divvy van to take her down.

Most recently, Maria was Queen Claudia, Hamlet’s murderous aunt, in Because the Night, the immersive reimagining of Shakespeare at the Malthouse.

Her online hit series, Little Acorns, which she co-created, wrote, and directed, has millions of views, and continues to find new audiences. It has exhibited, won, and been nominated for film festival awards in Australia and internationally: Best Web Series, Best Writing, Best Directing, Best Comedy and Best Ensemble, including the NYC Independent Film Festival. Maria was nominated for Best Director at the Australian Director’s Guild.

Little Acorns is in development for the halfhour TV series.
She ran the writer’s room and script-edited the ICE-developed comedy series The Curse of the Virgin and is a writer/producer for the Film Victoria-funded development of the TV series Cloud Nine.

Most recently, Maria was a leading artist for St. Martins Youth Theatre, directing young people in Gene Tree at the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.

 

Sally is a playwright and screenwriter with an interest in poking at both historical and contemporary stories and asking ‘what if…?’. From her play ‘Pandora’s Box’ which re-imagines the world of the first professional woman playwright, Aphra Behn, and which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe, (where it received a five-star review in The Scotsman) to the TV series ‘The Ladies Home Companion’, a speculative fiction about a nineteenth century woman’s involvement in the development of the vibrator, Sally has always had an interest in the secret lives of yesterday and today’s great and good.

Her most recent work, Dog Park for independent theatre company, Lab Kelpie delves into the secret lives of a cohort of dog walkers at an off-leash dog park and is currently available as a digital reading at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

As a screenwriter Sally has received funding for Feature Film script development from Film Victoria for ‘The Last Line’ set in the world of Elizabethan women spies. More recent projects include ‘Red Lopez’, a feature about the largest manhunt in Utah’s history, in partnership with US based Big Iron Productions (‘From Duck Beach to Eternity’). The ‘Red Lopez’ short also won Best Drama at both the New York Shorts Festival and the L.A Shorts Festival in 2018.

Sally has worked as a commissioned playwright for Stage School Australia and is currently writing scripted work for the National Theatre for Children, Echelon Productions and Perform! Education.

Tony is an Actor, Director, Producer and Writer.

As a director, Tony has directed and developed multiple productions. Last Proxy which successfully toured for over 2 years nationally, Honeymoon in Hellas, Borneo + 3, Lysistrata, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Baraki and countless others.

As an actor he has worked on many feature films such as the highly acclaimed Head On, Alex and Eve, The Independent, West of Sunshine, Joe Cinque’s Concolation, Predestination, The Wannabes, Kangaroo Jack, The Wog Boy series along with many others. Some of Tony’s many television credits are Last King Of The Cross, Wentworth, The Tourist, Jack Irish, Hopelessly devoted to you, Fancy Boy, Here come the Habibs, The Time of our Lives, Fat Tony and Co., Killing Time, Rush, Tangle, Lowdown, Please Like Me, East West 101, All Saints, The Pacific, City Homicide, Reef Doctors, Small time gangster, Rush, Underbelly, Pirate Island, Little Oberon Jason, Scooter: Secret Agent, The Brush Off, Stingers, White Collar Blue TV Movie and many more.

Theatre credits MTC nave been Osage County, Hamlet and Astroman. National tour of acclaimed production of ‘Café Rebetika’, Tony has appeared on stage in The Spook and Pompeii LA (Malthouse), Wog Story Roulette: Ranters Theatre, (Australia and Portugal), Court Yard of Miracles (State Theatre Company of South Australia, with many more.

Tony has been involved in the Acting and drama lecturer/Teacher at Deakin University and Melbourne University, VCA School of Film and TV and School of Drama currently.

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