The Bloke Trilogy is a series of works exploring notions of masculinity and male identity amongst young Australians. The first in the series is a one-man monologue titled The Boys of St. Crispian (first performed under the title Bloke as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival) and is available for purchase through Playlab. The second work, NINETEEN had its premiere season at the Brisbane Powerhouse in late 2017 with the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and is currently being edited for publication. The final instalment in the Bloke trilogy is a childrens' work called Egbert, which is currently being written.
SHANE Tsing-Pike is a Sino-Australian writer/director based in Brisbane, Australia. He has a PhD (Performing Arts - Directing) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and is an Artistic Director of Wax Lyrical Productions. He has directed productions nationally and internationally, had a number of his creative works produced and he has also been commisioned for major projects as a writer/dramaturg (Ten Percent Terror, Brisbane Powerhouse). An Associate Lecturer in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology, Shane has also taught as a Sessional Academic at the University of Queensland and has a number of academic publications - in the area of practice-led research in performing arts - to his name.
Shane has a passion for contemporary Australian theatre and a significant amount of his work is dedicated to exploring (and expressing) Australian identity/ies. Along these lines, directing credits include Stephen House's Appalling Behaviour (Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse) and Go by Night (ANU Arts Centre, Canberra; Feast Festival, Adelaide), Merlynn Tong's Ma Ma Ma Mad (Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse), Joanna Murray-Smith's Flame and Love Child (ANU Arts Centre, Canberra) and Van Badham's Dole Diary (The Street Theatre, Canberra). The works Shane has written also show a dedication to telling Australian stories - Nineteen (Currently under development with Playlab), Bloke (Anywhere Festival, Brisbane, and with development assistance from The Arts Centre Gold Coast), Yesterday's Hero (Enright Theatre, Perth; Fringe World, Perth) and FUCK!Dance (Taanteatro Companhia, São Paulo, Brazil) were written after three years of research into Australian male indentity, which included conducting interviews with young Australian males from around the country. These plays are performative/dramatised expressions of that research and the lived experiences uncovered through those interviews, yet purposefully presented in the traditions of mainstream contemporary Australian theatre in order to appeal to (and therefore reach) a wide audience.
Not to be limited, however, Shane also believes in the value of multiplicity in practice and is one of only two Australian artists with experience in Theatre of Tensions, a method of theatre-making created by the Brazilian dance-theatre company, Taanteatro Companhia. Shane completed a residency with this company at their São Paulo State headquarters in 2013 and Theatre of Tensions now regularly informs his work as a writer and as a director. Shane also has experience with a variety of dramatic forms, from classical theatre (performing in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost (ANU Arts Centre, Canberra)) and Chekhov's The Bear (Annexe Theatre, Launceston) to 1960s farce (performing in Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy (The Earl Arts Centre, Launceston)), to directing Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade (Geoffrey Rush Studio, Brisbane).
As an educator he has worked with students from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the College of the Arts at the University of Tasmania (where he was also Artist in Residence), the Queenland University of Technology and the University of Queensland. In addition to his PhD in Performing Arts from WAAPA, Shane also has a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, all from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Theatre) from the University of Tasmania. Shane has also participated in the Film and Television Directing Stream at the Western Australian Screen Academy.
RESEARCH, PLAYS AND PUBLICATIONS
The Boys of St Crispian - A play exploring tragedy, abuse, mateship and coming-of-age as a young Australian male.
Yesterday's Hero - A play about four young Australian males struggling with loss, love and their very own existence.
Sailing Away - An adaptation of fairy tales for the stage.
Alice - Co-adapted with Zoe Tuffin. A little girl is lost 'down the rabbit hole'. Will the strangers she meets help her find her way, or is she destined for something more sinister?
Four:Play - Three small playlets exploring the complexities of relationships, love and the little things we do to really annoy each other.
Further information about these plays is available by contacting Shane using the "contact" section below.
Academic Publications & Presentations
Pike S. (2017) Articulating the inarticulate: Performance and intervention in masculine gender (re)presentation, Social Alternativesp48-54
Pike, S. (2017) The Boys of St Crispian. Playlab, Brisbane, QLD.
Pike, S. (2014). (Re)presenting Masculinity: A theatre director’s critical observations of, and theatrical experimentations with, (re)presentations of masculinity in selected works of contemporary Australian theatre. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/1526
Pike, S. (2013). "A Role to Play: Investigating concepts of masculinity in Australia through theatre" in Lunn, Julie; Bizjak, Stephanie and Sue Summers (eds.), Changing Facts, Changing Minds, Changing Worlds (Perth: Black Swan Press), 284-297. Available here.
Pike, S. (2010). Yesterday's Hero: An investigation of masculinity as represented in Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Honours in Drama in the School of Cultural Inquiry, Australian National University.
Translating data: presenting academic work to mainstream audiences through performance practice. A paper presented jointly with Gabrielle Metcalf
at the Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies Annual Conference 'Staging Changes: Translation as Innovation and
Intervention' at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, July 2013.
Masculinities at Play: Some Practice-led research into (re)presentations of Masculinity in Australian Theatre. A paper presented at the Contemporary
Gendered Performance and Practice Conference, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 2013.
Losing my "manhood" - Navigating masculinity through Australian theatre. A paper presented at the Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and
Performance Studies Annual Conference 'Compass points: Locations, Landscapes and Coordinates of Identities' at the Queensland University
of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, July 2012.
The boy was just like me - Making contact with the Australian male through theatre. A paper presented at the 2011 Annual postgraduate Symposium,
School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, September 2011.
A role to play - Investigating concepts of masculinity in Australia through theatre. A paper presented at the Twelfth Humanities Graduate Research
Conference at Curtin University, Perth, Australia, October 2011.
Walk this way - Researching embodied knowledges through theatre. A paper presented at the Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,
Technology, Education and Communications Annual Symposium 'Embodied Knowledges' at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, October