Premiere of new Australian play in Kangaroo Valley  

Safety Nets is a multi-media theatre work about the nets that catch us and the places where we find ourselves; a story about life on the edge, of luck and being without.

The enigmatic Ruby Tuesday and her troupe of young itinerants draw you into their stories and their worlds in an old Sydney squat and take you on an immersive journey of fantasy, facts and food.

There is no place like home.



We are holding auditions for a new theatre work that will premiere in May 2018 at The ARTS LAB Upper River Hall KANGAROO VALLEY.

The auditions will take place on Sunday 4th March between 10am and 1pm.

There are several speaking and non-speaking roles available for males and females (16 years old and above). We would like to particularly encourage young adults to audition (16-25 year olds) for three speaking roles. Acting experience and musicality will be an advantage but not necessary.

This would be a great opportunity for ex HSC drama students hoping to gain some experience in their gap year before applying to drama schools.

We are also looking to fill production roles (stage manager; lights; sound; box office).

If you would like to audition you MUST be available for rehearsals at Upper River Hall Kangaroo Valley at the following dates and times:


Final rehearsals: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May (day time)

Tech and dress rehearsals: Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th,  Friday 11th May (evenings)

Performances: Saturday 12th 7pm; Sunday 13th 1pm; Saturday 19th 7pm; Sunday 20th 1pm. (Cast call 2 hours prior to performance).

Rehearsals will also be scheduled during April and the first week of May for all speaking roles, based around cast availability. Non-speaking roles will only be required on the above dates.

The production will operate as a co-op, with cast and crew being paid through a share in box office takings once costs are recovered. The play has been written and will be directed by Sarah Butler and feature Jillian O’Dowd in the lead role.

If you would like to audition or be part of this production, please contact us at to book in a time or find out more.


MEd.Creative Arts – Youth Performance UTS; BA Drama UNSW

Sarah is an actor, director, designer, writer, teacher, producer and all round lover of the performing arts. Over a period of twenty years in Sydney, she was involved with the establishment of performance spaces and theatrical productions in ‘non-theatre’ settings including cafes, warehouses, backyards and a number of Sydney music venues and pubs. She has worked as an actor in theatre and TV (including Adelaide Fringe Festival, New Theatre, Performance Space) as well as working as a theatre director and designer. Her interest in new work has led to her writing, devising and adapting stories for theatre including: Biding Time; Chair; The Magician’s Elephant; Island (an adaption of Shakespeare’s Tempest) and Tales from Outer Suburbia. She has taught drama to young people and has directed and designed a number of theatre productions for youth and community in regional NSW. Sarah is a founder and Artistic Director of The ARTS LAB Upper River Hall – a regular arts program launched in August 2015 featuring new films, music, theatre, and conversations, with an emphasis on engagement with community. Over the last three years she has co-produced, directed & performed in three plays with actor Jillian O’Dowd at The ARTS LAB Kangaroo Valley.


BA Performing Arts (Acting) NIDA

Jillian’s numerous TV credits include Cold Feet, All Saints, Home and Away, Water Rats, Small Claims and Come in Spinner plus several commercials in Australia and the UK, including her current RAA Storm comedy Commercial, spots for the UK’s Channel 4 3D, BBC Radio 2 and Hurricane Media UK.  Film credits include The Three Stooges, Walking on Water, Dead Letter Office and most recently the UK indie Diana Clone. Jillian is currently the voice of the Narrator, Bluebird, Big Brown Bear and Mother Deer for SLR Productions’ award winning animation series two Guess How Much I Love You, playing on ABC Kids TV /ABC IView and international networks. She features on their Easter and Christmas Specials also. She also voices Violet the Gardener and Melanie the Post woman in the up and coming kids animation series ‘Nate is Late’, recorded at Fox.

Her local and international theatre credit/ highlights include the 2017 The Way of All Fish , the 2016 Songs about Girls and their Fingertips, the 2015 Tempting Morsels for the ARTSLAB, A Brave New World Scandinavian/European Tour, Oliver Twist European/Asia tour and A Christmas Carol (TNT Britain/ADG Europe) Dinnerladies (No.1 UK tour for The Comedy Theatre Co), Wildboyz (Robert Warner Productions) Elgiva Theatre UK, Beautiful Bodies (Leicester Square Theatre) for Six in the City, History of Theatre (UK tour for Traffic of the Stage) Hugh Jackman’s The Boy from Oz (National Arena tour as Valerie and Judy Garland cover for Chrissy Amphlett, directed by Kenny Ortega) The Witches of Eastwick as Eudora and performed Jane cover for Marina Prior, The Misanthrope (Belvoir) Cyrano de Bergerac, Simpatico, Dead White Males, Juno and the Paycock (Sydney Theatre Company) The Tempest (Bell Shakespeare) and Dear World (Opera Australia).