Darker: Podcasted Stories for the Waning Autumn Light
FUSE Presents Darker: podcast fiction created by La Trobe University students
Presented by Noel Maloney, Lakshmi Ganapathy, Fiona Mcleod and Paddy O'Reilly
Darker is a selection of six fiction pieces written and performed by La Trobe University students and presented as podcasts. These diverse, provocative, engaging pieces each respond to the theme of ‘darker’:
- an artist in the grip of a spectre
- family stories emerging from the shadows
- a murky, winding conversation
- solemn introspections on island life
- a shadowy market that’s not for the faint-hearted
- a chance encounter in the bleak winter
All writers and performers are students or recent graduates from the Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University.
The creative and professional writing major in the Bachelor of Arts provides students with an exciting opportunity to discover how words can be used to convince, captivate and compel. Students gain experience in writing fiction and non-fiction for publication, the stage, radio, and screen.
Please enjoy the episodes below.
- Blue Jade: Written by Zhiling Gao. Starring Hannah Geordy and Nathan Milne.
- Dark Market: Written by Stacey N. Nicholas. Starring Erin Miller and Kit Mulcaster.
- Family Jeans: Written by Elektra Orfanos. Starring Marnie Henderson and Elektra Orfanos.
- Lumps: Written by Geremy Dimla. Starring Thisarra Hewamanne and Kit Mulcaster.
- Sweetest Escape: Written by Ayzia Mitchell. Starring Larissa Skenderis.
- This Man an Island: Written by Indi Wilde. Starring Alex Vander.
|NOEL MALONEY (PROJECT LEAD)||
Noel teaches and researches screenwriting and performance writing at La Trobe University. He has written extensively for radio and television drama, and more recently, theatre. His most recent creative work, 'Mine', a theatre collaboration with Dr Angie Black (VCA), explores the devastating impact violence has on the lives of two young football players and their community. It will be given a rehearsed reading in early 2023.
|LAKSHMI GANAPATHY (TECHNICAL PRODUCER)||
Lakshmi is a graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre and Media Studies) at La Trobe University, and an emerging journalist and theatre-maker. Lakshmi Ganapathy (she/they) has performed at Melbourne Fringe, AsiaTOPA, Darebin FUSE and La Mama's War-Rak/Banksia Festival, and created content for La Trobe University, RMITV and C31. Recently, she played Kattrin in Damien Millar’s production of Mother Courage and Her Children, staged at La Mama Courthouse as part of the 2022 VCE Drama playlist. She is also a passionate arts advocate, helping run various campaigns to save theatre at La Trobe, and is the Secretary of the Australian Women Directors' Alliance.
|FIONA MCLEOD (DIRECTOR)||
Fiona has worked on stage, in television and film over her 30 year career, and co-founded The Other Tongue Theatre Company with Jane Bodie. She is also one of Australia’s leading voice artists, with many national brand campaigns to her name. Fiona has worked on stage, in television and film over her 30 year career, and co-founded The Other Tongue Theatre Company with Jane Bodie. She is also one of Australia’s leading voice artists, with many national brand campaigns to her name. Stage includes Yellingbo, Taking the Waters, Oil Babies, Construction of the Human Heart (nominated for 5 Green Room Awards, including Best Actress), Sensitive to Noise, and The Government Inspector. TV includes Tomorrow Tonight, Superwog, My Life Is Murder, 5 Bedrooms, Hamish & Andy’s True Story (Series 1 & 2), Back in Very Small Business (ABC TV), Wentworth, Offspring, 7 Types Of Ambiguity, Laid, Paper Giants 2, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, A Dangerous Method, Lowdown, Rush, Satisfaction, All Saints, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Frontline, Halifax Fp and Blue Heelers. Film credits include Noise (AFI Award winner), The Heartbreak Tour, Little Deaths and Roy Hollsdotter Live.
|PADDY O'REILLY (EDITOR)||
Paddy is the author of four novels, including the recently released Other Houses, and two collections of short stories. Her work has been published in ANZ, the UK and Ireland, USA and China. She has won a number of fiction awards and her books have been shortlisted for the Queensland and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and the ALS Gold Medal, as well as being nominated many times in best books of the year lists. She has also written for stage, radio and film. A film of her short script was nominated for an AFI award.