In the lead up to the launch of Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong we're keen for everyone to get to know the all star team of creatives we have working to bring this story to life. Meet Nathan Sibthorpe the boy wonder behind our Video Design.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
To find the freedom to make work on artistic impulse. To make work that connects people. I love what David Foster Wallace says - for people to “become less alone inside”...
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
It wasn’t given to me, but -
“You are what you love, not what loves you.” -Donald Kaufman
What themes do you pursue?
For theatre, I pursue a sense of presence - for the work to dynamically exist with the audience. For the audience to feel allowed to ‘be there’ and for their attendance to hold significance. For Blue Bones, I think the act of sharing between Merlynn and the audience is its most exciting feature. We’re here gathered as a community to participate in an important act of storytelling.
How has your practice changed over time?
My tastes have gotten stranger over time. I’m less enthusiastic about everything, and more painfully passionate about certain things.
Why do you do what you do?
I say that I’m a theatre artist because I think I’d make a terrible dentist. But really this all just happened and I can’t figure out what else I’d do instead.
Nathan Sibthorpe is a contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer. He was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14; the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Queensland from 2013-16; and an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012. Nathan is currently the Creative Director for Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre Company, and the Co-Director of Counterpilot Transmedia Performance Collective.
As an AV Designer, notable credits include: Tyrone & Lesley in a Spot (Qld Cabaret Festival 2016); Viral (Shock Therapy Productions 2016); He Dreamed a Train (Brisbane Powerhouse 2014); and The Social Me (Artslink QLD, 2012). As a performance-maker and dramaturg, other credits include: This Is Capital City (Brisbane Powerhouse, 2015); Total Dik (Queensland Theatre Company, 2013); and Some Dumb Play (Metro Arts, 2012). Nathan teaches performance studies at QUT, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, and where he is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in contemporary performance.