THE NEST ENSEMBLE
“Eve is a deeply considered, richly constructed celebration of a determinedly extravagant life, and questions our perceptions of degrees of madness, eccentricity, and the creative spirit.”
Nerida Dickinson, Arts Hub (Eve)
“…best of all, Ash’s longstanding collaboration with Mercer brings her back to Perth. She’s powerful and utterly convincing as both Joey’s mother and Bettelheim; her transitions flawless, her voices precise, her physical and emotional control exquisite. She’s quite something.”
David Zampatti, West Australian (Joey the Mechanical Boy)
“…Ash’s delivery was playful and seamless, a whirlwind of symbolic gesture and comedic prowess creating a sense of connection through storytelling. The dialogue juxtaposed personal, mythic and historic tales, ranging from the ancient Egyptian story of Isis and Osiris, to Travis Ash’s insightful rendering of the stories of men who have survived diverse and confrontational situations, such as a Vietnam veteran’s bitter reintroduction into society…”
Sally Peters, Arts Hub (HOME)
“…Every now and then a work comes along that raises the bar for local productions – The Great Exception [or the Knowing of Mary Poppins] is one of those pieces….Mercer’s work manages to captivate her audience and reel them into a world of magical whimsy that celebrates the richness of imagination. This enchanting accomplished work is hands down the best local production of 2005 to date. If you happened to miss it – start kicking yourself now.”
Dan Evans, Scene Magazine (Knowing of Mary Poppins)
1. We work as a collaborative ensemble.
2. We embrace a postmodern collaborative framework we call ImpulseTraining which addresses constructs such as multiplicity of stories and selves, power, social and cultural discourses and the exquisite use of language. This is our approach to ‘thickening’ the space between the actors on the floor, rather than focusing on psychological perspectives, often the focus of modernist acting training.
3. Our actor training is about impulse, and training the impulse in order to be fully present and fully alive to the multiplicity of living/performing.
4. We make the implicit explicit.
5. We embrace transparency.
6. We avoid where possible the hierarchy of power within the rehearsal room.
7. We devise work using collaged text, visual art, poetry and original musical scores.
8. We encourage each artist to bring all of themselves into the rehearsal room, rather than the more traditional way of ‘leaving it at the door’.
9. We want the actor to be fully present at all times, therefore it does not make sense to ‘split’ an actors’ private and professional lives.
The Nest Ensemble's first production was the multi-award-winning The Knowing of Mary Poppins
Season 1: Brisbane Powerhouse, 2006
Season 2: Adelaide Fringe, 2008
Season 3: Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney, 2009
The Nest Ensemble's second production was the multi-award-winning HOME
Season 1: La Boite, Brisbane 2012
Season 2: Queensland Theatre Company, 2015 (produced by FORCE of CIRCUMSTANCE)
OPENING NIGHT LA BOITE:
HIGHLIGHTS OF FIRST CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT, METRO ARTS 2011
HIGHLIGHTS OF LA BOITE SEASON, 2012
The Nest Ensemble's third production was the multi-award-winning EVE
Season 1: Metro Arts, Brisbane, 2012
Season 2: The Blue Room, Perth, 2012
Season 3: Brisbane Powerhouse, 2017
The Nest Ensemble's fourth production was the award-winning- Joey the Mechanical Boy.
Season 1: The Blue Room, Perth
FORCE OF CIRCUMSTANCE (Brisbane arm of The Nest Ensemble) production of the critically acclaimed He Dreamed a Train.
Season 1: Brisbane Powerhouse, 2014
Season 2: Brisbane Powerhouse, 2017
ABC INTERVIEW WITH MARGI BROWN ASH AND TRAVIS ASH