About

An isolated volcanic island emerges from the ocean. A seed floats in from distant shores, finding purchase on the rock. A beetle, clinging to driftwood, washes ashore. Time and currents bring more and more new arrivals, by accident and design, to create a rich and varied home.

Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas is a prog-rock cabaret show exploring the beauty and strength of diversity. Featuring original songs, fabulous projected imagery and Slingsby’s immersive and thought-provoking theatre making.

Meet the creative team

Andy Packer

Artistic Director

Andy is a director of theatre, music theatre and opera. He has also worked as creative producer of multidisciplinary arts programs, producer of large-scale outdoor events and festival director.

Andy is a director of theatre, music theatre and opera. He has also worked as creative producer of multidisciplinary arts programs, producer of large-scale outdoor events and festival director.

Andy is renowned for creating original live performance moments that are emotionally powerful and visually bold. His work across theatre for young audiences, opera, cabaret and symphonic concerts has pushed him to develop a distinctive theatrical form that is at once personal and epic.

Andy has directed productions, concerts and events for Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Australian String Quartet, Windmill Theatre, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble, Restless Dance, Tutti Ensemble and Rundle Mall Management Authority.

Andy was Creative Producer of Programming at Carclew Youth Arts 2003-2006, Creative Producer of Family Events for Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007-2008 and Creative Director of Come Out Festival 2011.

Andy is on the Board of International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), based in Philadelphia, USA.

Quincy Grant

Co-Creator and Songwriter

Quincy is an Adelaide based director of theatre, music theatre and opera. He has also worked as creative producer of multidisciplinary arts programs, producer of large-scale outdoor events and festival director. Quincy is an Adelaide based director of theatre, music theatre and opera.

Quincy Grant composes music for theatre, concert stage and film. His work includes music for plays such as The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, and When the Rain Stops Falling; many works for orchestra that have been played in Germany, Canada, and by the leading Australian orchestras; and soundtracks for films and documentaries broadcast on the ABC and SBS. He also writes for concert performances and film, and plays in many groups: from rock to new music and, most recently wild gypsy music with Golonka.

He is co-director of The Firm, a company that presents concerts each year featuring Australian classical musicians in programmes of new Australian music along side interesting repertoire. In 2013 his first opera, An Ode to Nonsense, was premiered by Slingsby and the State Opera of South Australia.

Quincy lives in Adelaide with four dear ones – Anna, Arland, Clara and Miranda.

Cameron Goodall

Co-Creator and Songwriter

Cameron is one of Australia's most acclaimed and sought-after performers. He began his career as a musician, playing guitar and singing in bands.

He then studied at Flinders Drama Centre and did additional training with Gerrard MacArthur at RADA in London. He has worked for all of Australia’s major theatre companies and been involved in the development of many new Australian works. Cameron recently premiered a one-man show in The Adelaide Cabaret Festival The Sound Of Falling Stars, in which he played 30 male singers who died before their time. He also recently completed a long run playing Zazu in Disney’s The Lion King. Prior to that he spent three years with Sydney Theatre Company’s full-time acting ensemble under the direction of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.

Cameron is also an ARIA award winning singer/composer (The Audreys). He has composed music for film and television and for many other shows, often in collaboration with song-writing partners David Heinrich and Quincy Grant (including previous Adelaide Cabaret Festival hits Little Bird and You, Me And The Bloody Sea).

Leah Flanagan

Vocals and Musician

Emotion and allure are at the heart of Leah Flanagan’s songwriting. The Sydney-based singer/songwriter uses space in an enchanting way – the listener has the sense they can settle amongst the lyrics and become part of the music. And when you settle you get carried away. It’s Leah’s voice that holds you, makes you feel, never in your face, instead making you an offer you can’t refuse.

A childhood spent in the laid-back tropical climes of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Leah brings a refreshing and unique authenticity to her work. You can hear the echo of artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello, Martha Wainwright, Joan As Police Woman and Trixie Whitley in Leah’s vocal delivery. You can hear and feel the depth of emotion she invests in her songs and the honest stories that populate them. On stage you’ll also experience some of the tales and inspiration behind Leah’s songs and enlivened by a rich musicality – whether backed by a full band or solo with ukulele (in the Northern Saltwater country style), acoustic, or  electric guitar in hand.

With Venetian, Aboriginal and Irish heritage, Leah has a fascinating historical, geographical and cultural mix to draw from. As a result, she possesses a versatility and stylistic range that has seen her work with a long list of diverse musicians and projects.

Satomi Ohnishi

Musician

Satomi started playing orchestral percussion at the age of 12, then studied jazz drumming with maestro, Takeshi Inomata in Tokyo. She has played extensively in Japan with the Soulful Unity Jazz Orchestra and her groups, Vivace and Jackpot, the latter winning two major jazz contests.

Satomi started playing orchestral percussion at the age of 12, then studied jazz drumming with maestro, Takeshi Inomata in Tokyo. She has played extensively in Japan with the Soulful Unity Jazz Orchestra and her groups, Vivace and Jackpot, the latter winning two major jazz contests. Satomi won the Best Player Award at the 1993 Asakusa Jazz Contest and her group was then twice invited to perform at the Manley Jazz Festival. In Adelaide, she plays regularly with Black Fedora Jazz as well as with several other ensembles covering blues, Latin and Bulgarian music styles. She joined the Brendan Fitzgerald Trio in 2012 and performed with the group in Beijing, Shanghai and at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Centre Street Concert. Satomi has appeared twice at The Hoot!, Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival and at 2014 The Clare Valley Carnival of Music performing with Brendan Fitzgerald and Svilen Panayatov accordian duo, Latin-jazz group Ah Hum! and holding her own multi-cultural percussion session/workshop.

Satomi Onishi is also a physical chemist with specific expertise in scanning probe microscopy and surface physics.

Gareth Chin

Co-Creator and Musician

Gareth has worked primarily as a keyboardist/accordionist in theatre and music theatre, as well as session and recording work for a more than a hundred different ensembles over the last 20 years, including jazz, classical, funk, cabaret, African and Hindustani music...

Gareth regularly works with Australian ensembles The Zephyr Quartet, Golonka, The Baker Suite, The Various Nefarious, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and other Art music ensembles as an accordionist, as well as regularly recording for theatre companies, Slingsby and Brink. He is also a regular collaborator with cabaret star, Anya Anastasia.

As a writer, Gareth composes for gypsy outfit Golonka, theatre, and doco/mockumentaries on SBS and ABC tv, as well as being a former member of world music group The Meru Vibe, which has shared the stage with The Bamboos, Sneaky Sound System, and international electro/tabla sensation, Talvin Singh.

Gypsy outfit Golonka!, has played at numerous Australian festivals, including The Adelaide Arts Festival, Womadelaide, and shared the stage with many interstate and international groups including Zulya & The Children of the Underground, and has recently represented Australia as part of the UNESCO Cities of Music project in the Hamamatsu World Music Festival in Japan…

In 2017, Gareth composed the music for William Yang & Annette Shun Wah’s work in the Adelaide Festival of Arts, ‘Backstories’. (CAAP : Contemporary Asian Australian Performance)

Geoff Cobham

Artstic Associate - Lighting

Geoff has worked as an Event Producer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Public Artist and Venue Designer. His work has ranged from many smaller innovative productions to large scale theatre/dance productions, festivals, art exhibitions, events, museums and venue creation.

Awards include: Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution, Green Room Award Best lighting Design for Night Letters (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Sydney Theatre Award Best Lighting Design for Never Did Me Any Harm (Force Majeure), Helpman Award for Best Scenic Design for Little Bird (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Geoff is Artistic Associate (Design) for Slingsby.

Ailsa Paterson

Designer

Ailsa completed the Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Design (NIDA) in 2003.

Ailsa completed the Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Design (NIDA) in 2003.

Design credits for State Theatre Comoany of SA include A Doll’s House, The 39 Steps, Things I Know to Be True, Betrayal, Beckett Triptych, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, War Mother, The Ham Funeral, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Price, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Little Bird, The Seagull and Three Sisters. Design credits for Slingsby include Ode to Nonsense and Mouse, Bird and Sausage. Designs for Patch include Cranky Bear and Yo Diddle Diddle.   Ailsa was Costume Designer for Cloudstreet (State Opera of SA.)

Ailsa received the 2011 Mike Walsh Fellowship.

Chris Petridis

Lighting Designer

Chris is a lighting and video designer from Adelaide. Following his completion of the Technical Production course at the Adelaide Centre of the Arts, Chris has continued to develop his experience across theatre, dance, and other live events in Australia and internationally

Chris is a lighting and video designer from Adelaide. Following his completion of the Technical Production course at the Adelaide Centre of the Arts, Chris has continued to develop his experience across theatre, dance, and other live events in Australia and internationally.

Chris has worked with State Theatre Company of South Australia on Mr Burns, Red Cross Letters, Eh Joe for the Beckett Tryptych, Gorgon, Masquerade, The Kreutzer Sonata, Maggie Stone and Little Bird. Chris has completed designs for Brink Productions’ Long Tan, Tiny Bricks’ Deluge. Australian Dance Theatre’s The Beginning of Nature Part 1 and Ignition 2016. Restless Dance Theatre’s Touched. Slingsby Theatre Company’s The Mouse, The Bird and The Sausage. Windmill Theatre Company’s Grug and the Rainbow, Big Bad Wolf and Story Thieves. Vitalstatistix’ Quiet Faith, Someone like U’s Bitch Boxer. Torque Show’s MALMÖ, The Border Project’s Half Real, Ludwig’s Fleck and Flecker, five.point.one’s Muff and a multimedia performance project for Country Arts SA called If There Was A Colour Darker Than Black I’d Wear It. Chris has also worked in association with Geoff Cobham on a number of projects including creating the visual aesthetic for Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm using light and video.

Chris will continue to explore the synthesis of light and video wherever possible.

Production Credits

  • Director Andy Packer
  • Songs Quincy Grant and Cameron Goodall
  • Text Andy Packer and Cameron Goodall
  • Designer Ailsa Paterson
  • Original Projected Artwork Thom Buchanan
  • Lighting Design Chris Petridis
  • Visual Systems Engineer Freddy Komp
  • Motion Graphics Design Rebecca Bogert
  • Stage Manager Melanie Selwood
  • First Creative Development Andy Packer, Cameron Goodall, Quincy Grant, Gareth Chin, Zindzi Okenyo, Ailsa Paterson and Geoff Cobham

Production Credits

What people are saying

“***** [five stars] This world premiere production is fabulous and so, so relevant in today’s uncertain world. Satomi Ohnishi plays drums while Quincy Grant, Gareth Chin, Cameron Goodall and Leah Flanagan make some great rock music playing some 12 different instruments between them with Goodall and Flanagan also belting out some brilliant original songs.” Jan Kershaw, Glam Adelaide

“Slingsby Theatre brings a picture book to life through song and animated projection to highlight the natural beauty and raw vigour of diversity.” Katherine Arguile, InDaily

“Songs For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas is accessible to all ages and speaks urgently to our sense of stewardship of the environment, not with fearful hectoring, but by celebrating the marvels of our biosphere.”

Murray Bramwell, Daily Review

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