Brenda Addie has over 30 years in the Australian and International performing arts arena. She is remembered for major television roles in Bellbird, Chances, Neighbours and Prisoner and many Australian films including Evil Angels and Father. She has worked with Meryl Streep, Sam Neil, Max von Sydow, Michael York, Richard Todd, Brendan Gleeson, Frances De La Tour, Debra Lawrence and Sooty.
More recently, she has expanded her creative talents to include dramaturgy, playwriting and directing. Her academic expertise lies in Theatre Studies where her Masters’ research thesis centered on Greek tragedy in an Australian regional community setting. ‘From Ancient Greece to Glenrowan: History, Theatre and Community’ reflected the creation of a theatrework based on the Ned Kelly saga told from the distaff perspective. Quilting the Armour – the Story of the Kelly Women by Brenda Addie, Jeannie Haughton and Rosemary Johns had an exclusive season of 3 sell out performances in the purpose-redefined Glenrowan Soldiers Memorial Hall in June 2005. It was the key work in commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Ned Kelly Seige.
As a professional theatremaker she has travelled many times to Greece to see Greek tragedy performed in the vernacular in a variety of settings including Epidavros. In August 2017 she was invited to participate in a Greek theatremaking intensive, Hydrama, on the Greek island of Hydra. Addie performed the role of Hecuba with an international cast in the Ellen McLaughlin adaptation of Euripides’ ‘The Trojan Women’ directed by Peggy Shannon.
Over her long career, Brenda has directed 16 theatre productions including 6 page-to-stage adaptations of James Joyce’s Ulysses and The Tragedy of Lucrece by Enzo Condello and The Servant of the Revolution by Anitra Nelson. She has appeared in more than 30 film and television productions and in 19 theatre shows.
Brenda is committed to showcasing 21st century relevance to classical theatre and to conducting seminars and audience discussion.
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