Ash Flanders
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Creative

Bio

WRITER

Ash Flanders is a multi-award winning playwright and screenwriter from sunny Melbourne. In 2006 he and Declan Greene formed theatre company Sisters Grimm and together they have written a dozen shows including Summertime in the Garden of Eden (Theatre Works, Griffin Theatre), Little Mercy (STC), The Sovereign Wife (MTC), Calpurnia Descending (Malthouse/STC) and Lilith: The Jungle Girl (MTC). Ash has also created the solo shows Meme Girls (Malthouse), Special Victim (Feast Festival), Playing to Win (Arts Centre Melbourne), Ash Flanders is NOTHING and End Of (Darebin Speakeasy).

Ash has been invited to present work for the Emerging Writers’ Festival, The Wheeler Centre’s Show of the Year as well as Women of Letters, where his letter was chosen to be published in the book Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters. His erotic Golden Girls fan fiction became the short film Divine Decadence of Cheesecake which played Frameline, Out On Film, LLFF Canada and other international film festivals.

He co-wrote the web series FRIENDLY (over 10K views) and has a slate of fresh screen projects in development, including a series taken from the world of his solo shows.  In 2014, a portrait of Ash by Wendy Sharp was included in The Archibald Prize.

Writing Awards:

2018     Ash Flanders is Nothing
– Green Room Award Nomination: Cabaret – Writing
2016     Lilith: The Jungle Girl
– Green Room Award Winner: Best New Writing (Sisters Grimm)
2016     Playing to Win
– Green Room Award Winner:Cabaret, Writing
2015     Calpurnia Descending
– Helpmann Award Nomination: Theatre, Best Play (Sisters Grimm)
2015    Calpurnia Descending
– Green Room Award Nomination:Best Production (Sisters Grimm)
2015     Special Victim
– Green Room Award Winner: Cabaret, Writing
2014     The Sovereign Wife
– Green Room Award Winner: Independent Theatre, Writing

Reviews

    'Flanders puts in a phenomenal performance and brilliant comic timing playing all of the victims of BBB’s murderous spree.' ★★★★½

    Blackie Blackie Brown - Daily Review

    'Ash Flanders, equally endearing in a range of screwball guises, each one hilarious and wonderfully inventive.'

    Blackie Blackie Brown - Suzy Goes Sees

    'Flanders generates endless hilarity playing a cast of thousands. Many of his sketches are black lampoons of mainstream Australian culture.' ★★★★
    Sydney Morning Herald

    'Ash Flanders... is an absolute star as he transforms into several characters without missing a beat.'

    Arts Hub

    'Flanders is an absolute riot in a cavalcade of caricatures... he sets the tone of the play perfectly in an opening monologue as a foppish white man who has just returned from a night of “powerful” Indigenous theatre. ★★★★
    Timeout

    ‘Subversive genius’ ★★★★½
    Lilith: The Jungle Girl - The Age

    'The best theatre I've seen all year' ★★★★★
    Lilith: The Jungle Girl - Daily Review

    'Writer and performer Ash Flanders shares infectious accounts of work woes, family traits and lineage under the discerning direction of Stephen Nicolazzo and a masterful production team.' *****
    End Of. - Theatre People

    "Comedic writer/performer extraordinaire Ash Flanders returns [...] A wonderful new work from an established comic performer that solidifies his continuing artistry, as well as expands his range into gorgeously new and beautiful territory!'
    End Of. Theatre Press