Hello and goodbye

Driving home the other day I turned into the street and was blown away by the luscious green canopy of leaves supported by the plain trees of Prahran. It was a wonderful reminder that spring is here and with it, the anticipation of warmer days, BBQs and summer holidays just round the corner.
It’s with this sense of anticipation and excitement that Rob and I are starting anew. It seems like ages since Rob and I started MARC Up and planning for Kiss Me Like You Mean It. Since then, Rob and I have been together, apart, creating and changing.
After a long gestation period Rob will premier his one man show, My Pet, My Love as part of the 2015 Midsumma Festival 2015 January.
The show’s original concept was conceived at the National Theatre Drama School in 2010 and has been slowly cooking since then. The first public performance was as part of Short and Sweet in 2011 with Lily Fish. Then in 2012 as part of the La Mama Explorations season with Michelle France and Glenn Luck, and now, developed into it’s present incarnation of a one man show at Hothouse Theatre with Director Lily Fish. You can read about the residency here.
When I asked Rob to tell me how the piece has evolved and why he keeps coming back to it, he said “The themes in My Pet, My Love will always be with me, they’ll never leave. There’s always more to be said. This recent version is about a fish, forgetting and the fear of being alone” I was intrigued…and looking forward to Tea-Bag’s stage debut! Rob will share more news soon.
Finally, close friends and family will know that I love change; I’m always trying something new and looking for the next adventure. It’s in this spirit of evolution that I am leaving MARC Up in the capable hands of Rob and collaborators to start a new life in country Victoria.
If I don’t get a chance to see you before the move, I will see you at the opening night of My Pet, My Love on January 21st, 2015
Carly x


Since the frenzy of Kiss Me Like You Mean It, I’ve bumped into many you and heard your feedback. Inevitably, I’ve been asked the same two questions: “How’d it go?” and “What are you doing next?”

To answer the first; it went really well. We got great reviews and good audiences. We sold out four nights and had a successful opening night attended by industry guests, friends and family. You can read some of the reviews here. Being a well-seasoned project manager, I set our “key success factors” with Rob when we started in July. We achieved all of those and nearly three months out, I’ve recovered from the adrenalin overload and can smile about it!

In response to the second question, “what’s next?” well, it’s a little more fluid…

MARC Up was recently awarded a two-week residency at HotHouse Theatre in Albury to further develop an original work My Pet, My Love. This piece has been brewing since 2010, so later in the year Rob will be heading up to HotHouse with a team of artists and we are very excited to get the opportunity to develop the piece further.

Before that, Rob is about to make his appearance on stage at La Mama in Unconditioned Heart directed by Suze Smith, and then will be heading off to New York. He’ll be building on his Meisner training and attending Wendy Ward’s studio for six weeks. Then he’s off to party in Canada with his best mate.

My actor child is feeling neglected and needs some love. So I’m auditioning around the place and training with Director Nadia Tass.

But I just can’t stay away from producing! I’m producing Yarn, for Melbourne Fringe Festival, a one-woman show starring the very talented Lily Fish. Let me know if you want to know more.

Creating MARC Up was an opportunity for Rob and I to act and get our work in front of audiences. But for the moment, we’re doing our own bits and pieces while we are on the hunt look for the next project. So MARC Up is “in development” for now…

A big thank you for supporting us and telling us what you think on facebook, twitter and in person. Let’s keep the conversation going…

Carly x