Side Pony Productions supports the productions of director Zoe Pepper. Under her leadership the company creates predominantly devised theatre; building fresh new performance through a well-trodden devising process. Side Pony strives to make innovative theatre that is an engaging, smart celebration of humanity. All Side Pony’s work is laced with a deep sense of irony and the use of comedy to create empathy is pivotal.
What drives the process is a love of story, a diligence to create enduring plot structures and a commitment to creating characters that reflect the many contradictions of the human condition especially the conflicting notion that good people do bad things. Alongside creating works for black box theatres the company is beginning to move into new and sometimes less conventional theatrical forms as well as film.
Zoe is a writer and director for film, theatre and participatory gaming.
Zoe is a recipient of Screenwest’s 2016/17 Feature Navigator program – a development track that is allowing her to write a feature script. She was also a recipient of the 2014-16 Creative Australia Fellowship to develop interactive digital experiences.
In May 2017 Zoe premiered her first audio work for children, Into the Jungle, at DreamBig festival in Adelaide.
In 2013 Zoe directed and co-wrote The Confidence Man, which premiered at Arts House and has since secured a season with Perth Theatre Company and a national tour in 2015. She also directed and co-wrote award winning production, The Wives of Hemingway, which played as part of Perth’s Fringe World Festival 2013. In 2011-12 Zoe worked with Sydney Theatre Company developing The Lobotomist and devising/directing Fiddler’s Coin as part of the Money Shots series. In 2014 the Tamarama Rock Surfers in Sydney presented Zoe’s work, The Pride, for the show’s fifth season. The Pride played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and nominated for a Total Theatre Award in Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form and has also been presented at The Blue Room Theatre and by Perth Theatre Company.
For screen Zoe has written, directed and co-produced two short films and an online comedy short. She is currently in post production on The Big Spaghetti, a web series she directed and co-wrote with Tim Watts and Adriane Daff.
Zoe has studied film directing at AFTRS, acting at WAAPA and performance at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.
Adriane Daff completed a BA in Theatre Arts at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2004. It was during her time at WAAPA that she first met Zoe, then they worked together in 2005 on Side Pony’s first show, Motor City Blues. After a successful Perth season this show played at the 2006 Adelaide Fringe Festival. From this point on Adriane has continued to work with Side Pony Productions on a variety of shows, most recently The Confidence Man and The Wives of Hemingway as well as Scarecrow (winner of the Blue Room Theatre Judge’s Choice award 2006), The Manic Pony and The Pride (winner of the Blue Room Theatre Member’s choice award and Blue Room Theatre Best Production in 2010). The Pride was performed at Brisbane’s Under the Radar festival, and as part of Perth Theatre Company’s 2011 season and most recently at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was nominated for a Total Theatre Award (Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form Category).
Other theatre credits include The Gathering for ThinIce Productions, Monogamy for Weeping Spoon Productions as a part of PICA’s Putting On An Act 2005,The Chatroom for Perth Theatre Company, Woyzeck and The Visit for the BeActive BSX program, Yellow Moon; The Ballad of Leila and Lee and The Shape of Things for Black Swan’s HotBed Ensemble and Death of a Salesman, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arcadia, The White Divers of Broome, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Boundary Street and The Crucible for Black Swan State Theatre Company.
Adriane has also acted for TV; Blood in the Sand, The Sleepover Club, Bom Bali and Cloudstreet as well as film; Before Closing, and most notably Lions and Tigers and You be the Widow with Side Pony Productions.
Adriane received the 2005 Equity Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Visit and has furthered her acting studies at the Ward Acting Studio (Meisner) from 2007-2009 and at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier where she completed a summer term in ‘Le Jeu’.
Gemma works across Australia on a diverse spectrum of creative projects; including community cultural development, theatre and festivals, policy and program development.
Gemma has extensive experience in arts policy and funding program development through her work with the WA Department of Culture and the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts. Gemma’s experience in this field has led to numerous research and industry analysis consultancies at state and federal levels.
Gemma is an experienced producer and creative producer having previously worked for many of Australia’s most innovative performance makers and events including Stalker & Marrugeku (Associate Producer), Performing Lines (Producer), Canberra’s Enlighten festival 2011-2014 (Creative Producer), Sydney Dance Companies Big Dance (Australia) 2014 (Producer) and Erth Visual & Physical (Executive Producer). Gemma is currently Producer for Side Pony Productions and is working to develop new performance/tech projects.