Theatre Taking Over @ The V

Studio V’s going great. August shaping up as the busiest month since officially opening at the start of this year. It’s been a great education – letting the community tell us what they want the space for, and then developing accordingly. When we first started, I thought we’d see photo-shoots, the odd video or film thing, and maybe the occasional yoga or therapy class.

Down the track 8 months – and by far the biggest users are actors and theatre groups hiring the space for rehearsals, classes, workshops, script-writing. Next are singing lessons & therapy classes including mysterious Kambo ceremonies, followed by photo & film/video shoots (kind of the reverse of how I predicted the studio’s use in the beginning). As a result, we’ve added more lighting, chairs, tables & electrical circuits. Time slots have evolved to ‘day-time’ from 10am til 6pm, evenings 6pm til 9 or 10 (exciting stuff, I know).

Yarn played at La Mama through June this year, rehearsed at Studio V.

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Mashup’s Housemates Goes Live On ABC

Housemates – a documentary series produced by our building mates, Mashup Pictures – went live on ABC’s iView yesterday. We’ve been keeping the production secret ever since the guys moved into Studio 2, last August. A few weeks back we were invited to a private screening of the series and it totally blew us away. Click here to see it on ABC’s iView.

Housemates Mashup Pics

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Pop Up Exhibition @ The V

Hosted our first art exhibition at Studio V last week. Ada & Georgina put a fantastic installation together, starting early Friday morning, opening doors to the public at 4pm, closing late. It was a wild mix of visual art, painting & sculpture. Really made great use of, and totally suited, the space.

Popup What Exhibit

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Too Cute @ The V

Awesome use of Studio V this morning. Volunteer puppy-rescue organisation ‘Unforgettable Creatures’ held a dog obedience class. Too cute, this beautiful little staffy (below) was handed to its new owners after the class. It was a full house with instructor Mia talking through and demonstrating various obedience techniques. They have an ongoing booking Saturday mornings. Looking forward to the next one.

Puppy Class at V

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International Wall Art 208 – Studio V

Studio V booked solid all week, except Monday. Worked perfectly for street art guys to paint the front wall (smell of paint wafting through the venue). Few days before, this world traveling couple (below) put out an open Facebook invitation for one last piece of art before leaving the country. Max replied & they arrived in the afternoon with the last of their spray paint. Hailing from London, they’ve been on a working holiday traveling Australia for the past year. From here it’s off to Bali then Japan. Many thanks Rory & Lana from – looks fantastic.

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Front wall art in progress at 208 Johnston St – Studio V.

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Stage & Screen

Interesting week at the V, next week. Photo shoots, acting classes & one night a group comes in for screen classes, where actors film each other. If the space works OK, they’ll do it weekly. The space is starting to fill with regular bookings – which seem to be naturally be forming into daytime slots til 6pm & evening slots from 7 til late. We’re still being surprised by the kind of usage that happens. Stuff we hadn’t thought of when we started in November.

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Music video shoot November 2015 at Studio V.

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Brilliant Jake Bugg

From Jake Bugg’s 2013 album Shangri La, smashing this song today –

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Auditions At The V, Film Shoot

Auditions held in Studio V over the weekend. This time the production crew utilised Nest Bar next door where actors gathered, filled out paperwork & availed themselves of a nerve-settling beverage or two before entering the venue space.

Had a couple of film production guys come through earlier today. They’d initially wanted to use Studio V, but it wasn’t quite what they were after. Took them upstairs to the residential part of the building. They were really happy with the old wall textures & windows. Looks like they’ll be booking some time in June to shoot film here.


Still working on venue plans…

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Acting @ The V

Acting lessons & workshops booked in Studio V over the next few months. First one starts tonight as a drop-in class til 9:30, running fortnightly til March. Another group coming in weekly through April & May.

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Working on plans for the live venue (currently Studio V). Been going on a while now. Get there eventually.

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Photo Shoot @ The V

Photo shoot for a local musician in Studio V today, kicking off in the afternoon.

Had a crack at this 90’s gem yesterday, sitting in the beer garden with acoustic guitar…

This week – working on plans for the venue & remainder of works needed for the building.

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