Nick’n’Tom’s Nine Hard Holes

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Australian Museum

October 22, 2013 – 7.00pm

A queer themed putt-putt experience like no other, comes to the Australian Museum.

Sydney based performance and visual artists Nick Atkins and Tom Christophersen present ‘Nick ‘n Tom’s Nine Hard Holes’, a fantastical amalgamation of queer theatre and… golf. A hilarious look at the challenges faced by queer kids in 2013, ‘Nick ‘n Tom’s Nine Hard Holes’ premiers at Jurassic Lounge and Mardi Gras’ ‘Tutti Fruity’ queer culture night.

A handmade landscape of 9 putt putt challenges and a whole bunch of astro turf await perspective punters and did we mention that there is a performer manning each hole? That’s right. Putt and deal with a hysterical Mum, who sobs alone at a dining room table set for 4, or Bridezilla – who needs you to make a freakin’ decision about what colour the table cloths for the reception need to be RIGHT NOW DAMMIT! 9 brilliant performers who will be there to help or maybe (probably) hijack your putting experience.

Following a string of projects manned by the artists’, Nick Atkins and Tom Christophersen create installation and performance based creative experiences. ‘Nine Hard Holes’ will feature 9 performers and a constructivist cardboard playground. Delicious. Mini pencil’s provided.

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Creative Team

Created by Tom Christophersen and Nick Atkins

Cast and Collaborators

Hole 1 – Expectation: Performed by Peter Wright

Peter Wright is a theatre everything! This year he performed in Tuff Love for the Sydney Mardi Gras festival with Tom Christophersen, directed by Sophie Haylen. More recently he has performed alongside Mystique Rose in True blood Halloween Burlesque and Fitzroy Follies. He has spent the bulk of this year working on a collection of poetry and his first play.

Hole 2 – Alcohol: Performed by Zac Svendsen
Zac Svendsen is an Adelaide creeper who currently resides in Sydney completing his Fine Arts degree at UNSW’s College of Fine Arts. His practice primarily concerns themes of nature and our relationship with the world today, utilising photography, painting, performance, printmaking and drawing to build frightening characters you will find hard to forget.

Hole 3 – Fuck: Performed by Tim Kemp
Tim Kemp completed his C.S.C.A. with honors in 2007. More recently he completed a 4 week summer residency at NIDA in 2013. He was part of the movement ensemble for The Sydney Chamber Opera’s performance of ‘Owen Wingrave’ by Benjamin Britton. He hopes to qualify for full time study in acting in 2014.

Hole 4 – Shame: Performed by Elly Goodman

Elly received an Advanced Diploma in Performance Practice at the City Literary Institute in London. She has worked in the West End and toured throughout the UK. Elly wrote and performed sketch comedy as part of Jambalaya in clubs across London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. When she relocated to Sydney, Elly trained in the Morris and Meyerhold techniques at ACTT. Elly works in Sydney as an actress, director, producer and teacher and is currently devising a multimedia art work on the sensorial experience of bipolar disorder.

Hole 5 – Grooming: Performed by Sophie Haylen

Sophie Haylen graduated AADA 2009. Recent stage credits include Her Tongue (Sydney Fringe 2012), Metamorphoses and Great Expectations (Apocalypse Theatre and bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company 2012), Product (Left Of Centre and The New What Next, Best Director Sydney Fringe 2011). Sophie’s devising history includes Grimm Tales (Gretel in the Darkness, Sydney Fringe 2012) and Shotgun the Balcony (The New What Next).

Hole 6 – Love: Performed by Mairead Berne

Mairead Berne graduated from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA) in 2008. She went on to tread the boards of the independent theatre scene in Sydney and currently works at the Australian Institute of Music where she can be seen presenting for AIM’s YouTube Channel. Mairead is thrilled to be on hole six of Tom and Nick’s Nine Hard Holes.

Hole 7 – Obsession: Performed by Romi Graham

Romi Graham is a Sydney-based artist, celebrity and Britney Spears impersonator. She is the author of the world’s most popular e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to via She tweets as @RomiReal69

Hole 8 – Broke: Performed by Alice Harvey

Alice Harvey was part of the first graduating company to complete the Bachelor of Performance program at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA) finishing in 2010. She spent her first year out of Drama School traveling the world. Since then she has landed some small television roles in Power Games and Return to Devil’s Playground. She has also featured in commercials for Freedom, RAMS Home Loans and Woolworths. Alice regularly does Extras work on shows such as: Home & Away, Janet King, Packed to the Rafters, Rake, Redfern Now and Wonderland.

Hole 9 – Alone: Performed by Raymond Haber

Raymond Haber (also known as Rummond Bébé) is a multidisciplinary artist. Largely practicing: illustration, textiles & characterisations — Raymond’s work focuses on idiosyncrasies, stereotypes & nostalgia. Originating in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, Raymond received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007 from the UWS School of Contemporary Arts.