CAST and CREW
CHRISTIAN BIZZARRI as Pope Stephen
Christian Bizzarri is an actor/musician from Melbourne. He is probably best known for his roles as Detective Black in both 'Jack and Jill: Poisoners of London' & 'Jack and Jill: The Devil Chemists of Whitechapel' and Beelzebub 'O' Bannon in the sitcom, 'Fergus In Hell'.
Over the years, Christian’s career has seen him involved in TV, radio, theatre, film and music. In 2009 Christian wrote and starred in the live radio show, 'Clappy Flakes Variety Hour Show' for SYN.
From 2009 – 2013 he was a guitarist/vocalist in the Melbourne band 'Big Smoke' and then went on to pursue a solo career as Christian Bizzarri. In 2016 he released his debut album, 'Run From Home'.
In 2013 he played Tony in the short film, 'Death Of A Friend', starring Gillian Cosgriff, Danny McGinlay and Greg Fleet.
Last year he operated as sound tech for the fringe play 'Metamorphoses', directed by Tamzen Hayes, produced by Erin Davis and later that year performed sound and lighting duties for the cabaret 'Anti-Heroine' written by and starring Heather Bloom.
He currently studies at RMIT and is the guitarist/vocalist for the group B!and. In his spare time he likes to pat cats, as well as write and paint for his art blog, 'Texas Milk Bar'.
If you ask him to sing something he most likely will.
NICHOLA VECCHIATO as IMILIA
Under the guidance of Dulcie Lee, Nichola graduated a diploma in Performing Arts in 2003 and with a wide range of talents, including Illusionist; she has since enjoyed a successful career performing across the globe.
Her first introduction to the professional stage was 2002 with The Production Company in ‘Hair’ directed by David Atkins. From here she fell in love with musical theatre also performing in ‘Rent’, ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Chicago’.
Through her career has had the pleasure of working with Alannah Scanlan, Jason Coleman, Andy Hallsworth and William Forsith and Baz Luhrmann and has performed with renowned acts such as Kanye West, John Farham, Marica Hynes, Tina Arena, ‘The Veronicas’, Rickki Lee, Kimbra and Tina Cousins.
Her versatility has seen her on stage in Musical Theatre, Magical Illusions and performing at Arias and AFI awards not to mention appearing in countless corporate functions, film clips, variety shows and on cruise ships.
She has appeared in multiple films; ‘Jack’s Final Thrill’, ‘The Orchids’, ‘2am’, ‘Torn’ and even dabbled in Bollywood with feature film ‘Salaame Namaste’.
Her TV credits include resident dancer for channel 9, ‘Neighbours’, ‘It Takes Two’ and TVCs for Australia and overseas.
Producing and directing her own stage shows, Nichola gained more love and excitement for all aspects of the Performing Arts and is passionate to never stop growing as an artist.
After working with Emma Buckley on ‘Jack & Jill’ and ‘Squizzy Taylor’s Ball’ Nichola is thrilled to once again fall under her direction and reunite with some familiar faces in ‘Horrendus!’
HARLENE HERCULES as GUIDA
Harlene resigned from her proper job (teaching) at the end of 2012 because she wanted to perform somewhere…anywhere.
Harlene first met the director Emma Buckley whilst working on her show 'Jack and Jill: The Poisoners of London'. Harlene knew she wanted to work with Emma again and so she did.
She met the playwright and - parliamentarian Neil Cole, while volunteering at Channel 31 and subsequently was cast in 'Who Saved JFK?', 'Billy Possible', 'Where to From Here?' '1916' and 'Billy Thorpe and Leigh'. Some of these were under the direction of Emma Buckley and this made Harlene happy.
She then performed in 'Jack and Jill: The Devil Chemists of Whitechapel', reprising her role as the Madame. She first performed in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015 in the sell out show 'Centrelink the Musical'. This was well received and was invited to reprise her role in 2016 as the over-the-top method actress, Thyme.
Harlene has had roles in various television shows and commercials such as 'Newton’s Law', 'The Ex-Pm' Season 1 and 2, 'Wrong Girl Season 2', 'Utopia Season 3', 'RU OK?', 'Catch Coupons' and 'Worksafe'.
Harlene is looking forward to returning to theatre and working with Emma Buckley and the gang from 'Jack and Jill'.
MORE CAST AND CREW TO COME...
MATT HOOD - WRITER
Matt is an artist, writer and musician, whose performance work has included stage acting, roving characters, puppeteering and voice acting.
His previous writing work includes short fiction, poetry and song writing.
A self-confessed serial hobbyist, Matt also creates his own puppets, creature costumes and stage props, and can often be found loitering suspiciously at various shows and events.
Horrendus! is his first play.
EMMA BUCKLEY - DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Emma is a Writer, Director and Producer based in Melbourne.
Completing her Masters in Film & Television Production at The Victorian College of The Arts (2006) Emma wrote and directed a number of award-winning short films including Paper Cut (2004), Fleabag (2006) and Anything You Can Do (2009); screening at national and international film festivals.
A position as Head Puppeteer on Golden Owl Event’s Red Bird and Death (2012) Fringe Festival show turned her attention to theatre and she hasn’t looked back since.
Jack and Jill: The Poisoners of London (2013) was Emma’s debut in writing and directing for the stage, followed byJack and Jill: The Devil Chemists of Whitechapel (2014). She wrote and directed the roving performance of Pop-Up Events’ Squizzy Taylor’s Ball (2014 and 2015).
Emma later teamed up with award-winning playwright Neil Cole to direct several theatre shows: Where to From Here?(2014), Who Saved JFK?(2014 & 2015), Billy Possible (2014 co-director), and Songs From The Kop (2016). She also stage-managed Nina Simone: Black Diva Power at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.
Emma is completely stoked that Matt Hood has entrusted her with bringing Horrendus! to life, and she is thrilled to be working with such a talented and deranged team of creative geniuses.
MATT BROWN - MUSIC COMPOSER
mbryo (Matt Brown) returns to the Horrendus team with an original score inspired by Byzantine chants, medieval instrumentation and a splash of distortion. Also at the Comedy Festival this year, his music features in Rod Lara’s Banjo at the Spiegeltent.
2017 saw mbryo working with Illumi-Nation Theatre on Sarah Cane’s 4.48 Psychosis (Melbourne Fringe) and Daniel Keene’s Lost: 5(Poppyseed Festival), and with Owl and Cat Theatre for Erasers, INT, A Very Modern Marriage, Asylum and A Matter Of Life And Death, amongst others. For the screen his credits included Black Death (Global Mana Foundation, USA), Stella Dimadis’ Lifting Clouds (Medea Films), Polyamor and Wish (Kamizai Films) and The Phantom Frequency (NYFA Sydney).
His interest in gaming and interactivity has led to working with Arludo on educational mobile games and, previously, with Tentative Games on Lamb Slam.
Trained at La Trobe University’s infamously experimental music school in Melbourne, mbryo incorporates numerous styles, including art and orchestral music, metal, blues and electro, with a textural focus.
He also creates interactive, aleatoric audio/visual works for his band XIBE8 utilising computer and voice.
OLIVIA DUVAL - MARKETING, GRAPHIC DESIGN, COSTUMES
Olivia Duval is like a Swiss-Army Knife of the arts world.
She pretty much does it all.
As a contralto trained in several dance styles Olivia has performed in nine musicals, including 'Fiddler on the Roof', 'Oklahoma' 'Pinocchio' and 'The Pirates of Penzance', and backstage-crewed on several further productions.
Olivia directed the theatre shows 'Snow White Strikes Back' and 'The Red Bird and Death', the latter shortlisted to the "Top 10 Pick of the Fringe" for the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
In the film world she's won two short film competitions and has worked on over 30 short film productions and a few features, including crewing on the blockbusters 'I, Robot' and 'Catwoman' in Canada.
As a sculptor Olivia has won nearly a dozen awards and competitions and her exquisite fantasy sculptures have been showcased and sold to private collections around the world.
Olivia absolutely loves puppetry and has built various creature effects and special props for film, theatre and burlesque performers. She's also worked for Wicked of Oz Studios making horror film effects and prosthetics.
As a digital artist she's done plenty of graphic design and fashion photography production, and has created entire marketing packages for other major arts productions like 'The Goblin Ball' and 'Jack And Jill: The Poisoners of London'.
In Melbourne Olivia is most well known as the founder and creative force behind Golden Owl Events. As the Events and Marketing Manager she has invented, designed and run nearly 30 major events over the last decade.
Most recently Olivia had great fun as a catwalk model for the Melbourne Alternative Designer's (M.A.D.) Fashion Showcase, and was proud to work as 1st Assistant Director for 'Into The Limelight' - supporting people with Schizophrenia and mental illness.
Olivia is currently working on several new events, sculptures and projects and is delighted to be part of the Horrendus! team.