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A foyer production of a new German play
Written by Marius von Mayenburg
Directed by Chrisjohn Hancock

12 – 15 October 2005





Josh Waters



Ellie McMahon



Fiona Churchill



Brian Hill



Joshua Phillips


Director/ designer


Chrisjohn Hancock



John Knops

Assisted by


Alexander Edwards, Gosh Waters & Colin Simson

Production assistance


Pauline J Mullen

Rehearsal assistance


Kat Churchill, Elizabeth Brown



Daryl Fernance



Thankyou to everyone who assisted on this show and all who loaned props for the performances.

Maruis von Mayenburg has been described as one of the “blood and vomit” generation of new European playwrights. He was born in Munich in 1972. After his HSC he studied Old German Language and Literature. In 1992 he moved to Berlin. There he studied Script writing at the Berlin College of Arts from 1994 to 1998. Between 1998 and 1999 he worked as dramaturg at the Barracks (The German Theatre). Since 1999 he has been dramaturg at the Neue Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. In 1997 he received the Kleist Award and the Frankfurt Author’s Foundation Award.


Fireface was translated into English by Maja Zade
It was first performed on the 10th October 1998
at the Münchner Kammerspiele

Fiona Churchill joined the Lieder Theatre in 1995 to play in Golden Valley. Since then she has become a regular on the Lieder’s stage performing in The Farndale Murder Mystery, Oliver, Hamlet, Blackrock, Under Milk Wood, Cosi, Habeas Corpus, Sylvia and On the Bridge to name some of her favourites. Last year Fiona performed in Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and Minefields and Miniskirts. This year she has so far performed in Inheritance and Blithe Spirit, and is in rehearsal for our final mainstage production this year The ODD Couple (Female Version). Fiona is currently on the Lieder Board of Management coordinating charity nights for the mainstage.

Brian Hill began his performing career with the Goulburn G and S Society before joining the Lieder to play in Dick Whittington and John Spicer’s 1975 production of Hamlet. In 1978 he moved to Sydney and did “voice over” for use in CD-ROMs and Web pages as well as recording Social History programs for School of the Air and Distance Education. He worked as assistant Stage manger for the 2000 Olympic Volunteer Training Program and in 2003 won a TAFE Excellence Award as Assistant stage manager for the TAFE Quality Awards. In 2003 he created graphics for the Multimedia presentation at Sydney Theatre Companies Wharf Revue. Since moving back to Goulburn Brian has worked backstage on A Month of Sundays, and Ubu, and performed in Old Time Musical, The Ballad of Mary Ann Brownlow Babes in the Wood, Inheritance and Treasure Island. Brian is currently President on the Lieder Board of Management.

Ellie McMahon has been involved in the Lieder since 2002, but this is her first major part in a play at the Theatre. She is currently on the Board of Management representing the Youth Theatre Company and as membership officer. Ellie is one of our mentorees working behind the scenes on Blithe Spirit, Treasure Island, Cop This, The Ballad of Mary Ann Brownlow and soon to be The Odd Couple. Before spending a year in Sweden on exchange she was involved backstage in Pinocchio and Habeas Corpus and on stage as part of the youth theatre’s program in I=CAN, The Vision of Delight and 2 Friendly 4 Words. This year Ellie has performed in both the Acrobatic Fire Shows and assisted in the coordination and presentation of Exchange & Change – the 2nd Gathering of Regional Youth Theatre People.

Joshua Phillips was last on stage in Treasure Island. He has been part of the Company since 2000 after attending circus and acrobatics workshops. At the Lieder Josh has been an actor, clown, fire-twirler, acrobat, Morris dancer, stilt-walker, set designer, construction assistant and tutor. On stage Joshua has performed in Gathering the Dust, Oliver Twist, Hamlet Once a Catholic, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Away, Babes in the Wood, The Man Who and La Dispute. For the Lieder Youth Theatre Company he has performed in Hot Air, Body Slam, I=CAN, Lost on the Lake, The Vision of Delight, Forks’n All, 2 Friendly 4 Words, UBU, Dead One Done and all the Acrobatic Fire Shows. Josh is currently studying at Canberra School of Art.


Josh Waters is a relative new comer to the Lieder stage arriving last year to perform in Away followed by Hating Alison Ashley and The Ballad of Mary Ann Brownlow. He moved to Goulburn from Sydney and studied drama in year 11and 12 at Goulburn High. In February last year he performed with the Lieder Youth Theatre Company in their Acrobatic Fire Show for the Blues Festival in Belmore Park, and did it again this year as well. Also last year he co devised and performed in Dead One Done and the mainstage Christmas play Babes in the Wood. This year he has commenced a mentorship with the Lieder and performed in Inheritance, Cop This and Treasure Island.