About us

ricochet working productions was founded in 1998 to perform and produce new Australian work. ricochet has produced 16 theatre seasons over the last eight years - nine of which have been written by ricochet members. ricochet has performed at the Sydney (Shondelle the Tiger), Hobart (Laughing in the Dark),Adelaide (Alchemy with Greenroom Productions) and Melbourne (TEN TITS, FIVE LIPS) Fringe Festivals, and has had three highly successful seasons at the Sydney Big Laugh Comedy Festival (with Hooked, End of the Line and ricochet R Rated- with return seasons in Sydney). 2005 marked the Australian Premiere season of BOYBAND at the Seymour Centre and the Melbourne Tour of TEN TITS, FIVE LIPS. BOYBAND returned to Sydney in 2006 and enjoyed another highly successful tour, with plans to now mount a show tour.
Most recently ricochet with Roguy Films produced the comedy short film THE CASTING which was selected for the LA International Shorts Festival and was short listed for the 07 Tropfest.

Other works performed & produced by ricochet include: Skye Loneragan’s CRACKED at the Darlinghurst Theatre, two seasons of the all girl comedy TEN TITS, FIVE LIPS at the Old Fitzroy & Darlinghurst Theatre. RULES OF THE GAME with TRS & Darlinghurst Theatre; JULIUS CAESAR & AS YOU LIKE IT (with Fly on the Wall Productions); and ITS MY PARTY AND I'LL DIE IF I WANT TO at the Tap Gallery Theatre. The Company also created RANDOM RICOCHET a series of sketch comedy and music nights held monthly at the East Village Hotel in Sydney (Feb 99-Nov 00). Each Random Ricochet featured material written & performed by the company with special guest performances by emerging musicians, poets and comedians. This combined with food, interactive games and prizes for the punters made Random Ricochet a unique Sydney event.

Educational services and Drama programs have been a dominant part of ricochet since 1999. ricochet has a on going commitment with several secondary and tertiary institutions through out New South Wales teaching Drama and Voice studies. ricochet believes passionate and engaging education and drama training is a dynamic way to promote and sustain the Arts in Australia.

Approaching our tenth year in operation ricochet has broadened its focus to include film and television production whilst continuing to mount full length plays, utilizing Australian and international work.

What we do

ricochet has been writing, devising, performing and producing theatre since 1998. We have participated in several major festivals in Australia including the Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals with repeated sell-out seasons and was commissioned to create new works for the Big Laugh Comedy Festival for three years between 2001-2003.

ricochet believes passionate and engaging education & drama training is an important way to promote and sustain the Arts in Australia. Educational services and Drama programs have been an important part of ricochet's mission since 1999. The Company has mounted and toured several educational workshops approved by the NSW Department of Education including Collective Creation and Oral Presentation for Yr 9-12 High school students. ricochet has a ongoing relationship with several secondary and tertiary institutions throughout New South Wales teaching Drama.

Institutions ricochet members regularly teach at include:
Kambala School; Scots College; Ascham Primary School; ATYP; NIDA; Val Edwards Modelling & Deportment School.

More information on ricochet's educational services, including specific teaching areas, a list of instituttions where ricochet has taught, and testimonials.

Since 2004 Ricochet has co-produced two comedy short films, BY THE BOOK with Point Break Productions and Ark Productions and, PUMP FICTION with Funny Girl Films. In the outset of 06 Ricochet delved in the area of casting with the LOWE & HUNT associated short film STUCK IN MY HEAD for Tropfest and shot the comedy short: THE CASTING together with Roguy Films. In 2008 Ricochet will be collaborating with Roguy Films and Greenroom productions on the further development of two key projects: a sit com series with the working title of DUCT TAPES and a drama series titled: THICKER THAN WATER.


Ricochet has also been responsible for the development of a number of talented young cabaret artists. Company members have performed at several Sydney Cabaret Conventions, and cabaret shows work shopped and presented by ricochet members have been toured nationally. Works in this area include 'The Boy Who Knew Everything', which played five sellout seasons on the East Coast and was described by VibeWire as "Cabaret as it should be - engaging, amusing, moving"; "Soft Centres", which was supported by the Foundation for Young Australians, and "Out On A Limb", which toured Australia.

Ricochet also has a stable of cabaret artists who are available for corporate and function work.

Contact us


Snail mail:

Mel Rogan:

Andrew Threlfall:


ricochet working productions
26 Carlotta Road
Double Bay, Sydney NSW, 2028

0413 646 224

0419 955 378

Mel Rogan - President

Holding a BA in Communications/Journalism (UTS), BA in Theatre (Performance) Theatre Nepean (UWS), together with the Production Management course at AFTRS and Accredited Producing course at Metro Screen, Mel has managed her own independent production company Ricochet Working Productions over the last ten years producing over 12 successful national theatre seasons, mounting large-scale events, producing four short films, and most recently working in the TV and Film industry for Jigsaw Entertainment, Endemol-Southern Star, Firelight Productions, Cordell-Jigsaw and Film Construction.

Since founding Ricochet Mel has produced productions for the Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Sydney Fringe Festivals and was commissioned to produce three Comedy Seasons for the Big Laugh Comedy Festival (Hooked, End of the Line and Ricochet R Rated). Mel produced the short film The Casting that was short listed at the 2007 Tropfest and screened at the 2007 LA International Shorts Fest. She produced the two seasons of Ricochet’s commercial comedy hit Boyband that ran at the Seymour Centre in 2005 and 2006.

In 2004 Mel collaborated with leading physical theatre company State of Play producing their sell-out Production of Wilde Tales for B Sharp in October, that toured the east coast in 2007. She has produced two short films with Point Break Productions- By the Book and Eclipsed; The Pearl for Priest Productions, and Pump Fiction for Funny Girl Films. Mel formed Roguy Films Pty Ltd with Sebastien Guy to focus on TV and Film production. Most recently Roguy completed: three short film projects titled Residue; Number 6; and Hindsight; and a music video clip for Amali Ward and Chic Media. Roguy together with Ricochet are currently developing a web based TV comedy series, a TV drama series and two children’s animation projects. Visit: www.roguyfilms.com

Andrew Threlfall - Vice President

Andrew Threlfall is the Vice President of ricochet and a founding member Of the Company. He is an actor/singer/dancer with a wide range of Experience across theatre, musical theatre, television and cabaret. A graduate of Theatre Nepean, Andrew has performed for a number of prestigious companies including the Sydney Theatre Company (All Star Cabaret), the Griffin Theatre Company (Puplick The Musical, and Muftee) and Sydney's Cabaret Convention.

His debut one man cabaret The Boy Who Knew Everything played to full Houses around Eastern Australia for almost 18 months. The Age said "The new kid on the block... has a great voice", while VibeWire called him "Completely charismatic", and his work "cabaret as it should be – funny and poignant."
Andrew's subsequent cabaret work, including Significant Others, Soft Centres, Out On A Limb, Be My Valentine and Special Kaye, has toured throughout Australia to critical acclaim. Andrew also has a range of credits as a actor, including BOYBAND (which he also co-wrote), As You Like It, Actors Anonymous and Back to Before.

Tanc Sade - Artistic Co-direcotr

In 2007, Tanc was selected to be a part of Panavision America's Young Filmmaker Program for his directorial debut, "Flowers and Weeds". The film (which he also wrote) stars Oscar Nominee, Terence Stamp.

As an actor, Tanc starred in the cult American TV series "Gilmore Girls" as Finn (seasons 5 and 6). He also starred in the film, "Sex and Death 101" (with Wynona Ryder), After Sex (with Jane Seymour)", played the lead role in "Code 2" (with Max Cullen) and appeared in both "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: NY".

Tanc currently resides in Los Angeles where he's in post production for "Flowers and Weeds".

Rachel Bock - Founding Member

Now living across the ditch in New Zealand, Rachel graduated from Theatre Nepean in 1997 and joined Ricochet in 1998 performing in the seasons of Shondelle the Tiger (Sydney Fringe Festival); Laughing in the Dark (Hobart Fringe Festival); Hooked, and End of the Line (The Big Laugh); and Random Ricochet (East Village Hotel). Whilst in Sydney she has also appeared in Who’s Afraid of the Working Class (New Theatre); co-wrote and performed in Skin (Smoke Yourself Thin Productions); Two Gentlemen of Verona (Stage Right Theatre Co.); Macbeth (Sydney Art Theatre); Hamlet (Cut Theatre). Some of her television appearances include Difficult Woman, Home & Away.
Currently living in the thriving metropolis of Wellington NZ her recent appearances on screen and stage include:- Action (Theatre Pataphysical) and various TVCs, that ironically air mostly in Australia and the USA. February 2008

Grania Holtsbaum - Founding Member

Founding member of Ricochet, and a Theatre Nepean graduate also holding a Grad Dip - Secondary Education (UWS), Grania is one of the company’s core comedy writers & resident composer. She has performed in, and co-written, Ten Tits, Five Lips, End of the Line & Hooked both for the Big Laugh Comedy Festival, Laughing in the Dark (Hobart Fringe Festival) and most recently she wrote and produced the short film The Casting. She also starred in Baby and the Bathwater at Sidetrack Theatre and, together with working full-time at secondary school Kambala heading the after-school Drama Program, she has a comedy series and animation feature film in development.

Skye Loneragan - Founding Member

Skye Loneragan is currently working on a commission for Visible Fictions Theatre Co. (Glasgow) as Playwright in Residence. She has worked with Ricochet at its conception with Laughing in the Dark and TEN TITS, FIVE LIPS (Darlinghurst Theatre and Melbourne Fringe Fest.) Her written work includes the radio adaptation of her stage play Cracked (Edinburgh Fringe First) for ABC Radio National. As part of the Arches Theatre Young Director’s Award, she directed the devised piece A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere. Originally a Theatre Nepean graduate, (and Big Brother Award recipient) she has worked and trained abroad –including an international scholarship at the RSAMD, with Nancy Meckler of Shared Experience Theatre & Theatre de Complicite). Her solo work includes My Right Thumb and Unsex Me Here which played at The Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival, 2007.

Josephine Dee Bardett - Ricochet Member

Josephine trained at UNE, Armidale, where she graduated with a degree in Theatre. Since then she has gained various theatre credits including Othello, Miss Julie, A Mid Summer Nights Dream, The Disposal, A Delicate Balance, The Misanthrope, Alchemy and two seasons of Ten Tits, Five Lips. Living for two years in Chicago, she worked and undertook further study, Josie began writing when she collaborated on Alchemy- Journey of a Wild Woman and since then has found writing becoming her central passion. Josie is currently working for Endemol Southern Star on a serial drama and has worked on East of Everything for the ABC and Love My Way for Showtime and Southern Star. She has two feature films and three drama series on the boil!

Celeste Barber - Ricochet Member

Celeste has trained as a dancer for 15 years and graduated from Theatre Nepean performance program in 2002. Theatre credits include, Boyband season one and the return 06 season (Seymour Centre), Ricochet R Rated (Big Laugh Comedy Festival), The Pitch (Short and Sweet), Rules of the Game and Ten Tits, Five Lips (ricochet/Darlinghurst Theatre). Film credits include Burke and Wills (Cake Productions) which screened at the Tribeca NY and Sydney film festivals, Homecoming and Rovers First Bath. Celeste appeared in the Melbourne season of Ten Tits, Five Lips for Ricochet. Celeste also has a re-curring role on Channel 7’s All Saints as ambulance officer Bree Matthews.

Nicolas Beech - Ricochet Member

Nick is a 2001 BA (Performance) graduate of Theatre Nepean. He was also a member of the NSW Performing Ensembles State Drama Company in 1997.

For television, his credits include ABC-TV’s 2004 AFI Award winning series Double the Fist (Fistworthy Productions), All Saints (Channel 7), Don’t Blame Me (Southern Star). For film he has featured in The Racing Edge, Sudden Death at Fairdale Tennis Club, Shove People and most recently the 2006 Sony Tropfest Finalist Top 16 Film The Sister.

His stage credits include the lead role of Daniel in Go West (The Stables Theatre & Riverside Theatres), Co-writing and creating the role of Jordan in the 2005 season of Boyband (Ricochet Working Productions), Ricochet R Rated at The 2003 Big Laugh Comedy Festival & The Old Fitzroy (Ricochet Working Productions), and The Great Pretenders (Suction Productions). His Television commercials include Vodafone, Nissan Cup Noodles (Japan), Australian Idol/MacDonald’s & NSW Police Department. For Radio he has performed in Seminary Songs (ABC Radio National).

Nick was last seen playing the lead role of Joey for Jigsaw Theatre Company’s production of Vin which was awarded the 2004 AWGIE for Best Australian Play for Young People and was voted the Best Play of 2005 for the Canberra Critics Circle Awards for its season at The Canberra Theatre Centre. In March of '06 Nick once again played Jordan in the return Sydney season of BOYBAND.

March 2006

BOYBAND returned to the Seymour Centre in March 06 for a highly successful four week season. Once again audiences flocked to the show - they clapped, screamed and sang along to the catchy pop songs of FORCE! - "the ten songs accurately capture the formula of bombastic music yoked to banal lyrics" (Sun-Herald)
"genuine wit and the cheesy and energetic dance routines are fun too" (Sun-Herald)
"All four members of 4ORCE are hilarious..." (Broadway Australia)
Two stars of BOYBAND, James Millar and Amanda Harrison received three GREEN ROOM AWARD nominations in 2006. James received his nomination for his portrayal of Jud Fry in the 2005 Production Company Performance of OKLAHOMA! at Melbourne’s State Theatre. While Amanda received two nominations - one, for the title role of Ellie in the Melbourne production of LEADER OF THE PACK and the second nomination for her performance in The Production Company's OKLAHOMA!

visit www.boyband.com.au for their website

The Casting

An eager actress fresh out of drama school has the audition of her life that leaves her with more questions than answers.

7min Comedy Short Film;
Director & Editor: Sebastien Guy;
Written, Produced and Performed by: Mel Rogan and Grania Holtsbaum

Short Listed for 2007 Tropfest Film Festival;
Official Selection for the 2007 LA Shorts Fest.

Official Selection Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

October 2005



Five brassy, bold, not to mention beautiful women deliver a series of tid bits, bits & bobs, monologues and skits on love, lust, relationships & all the life in between! Comic, off beat, poignant...
Following two seasons at the Old Fitzroy Theatre and Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney- ricochet working productions & Greenroom Productions-takes Ten Tits, Five Lips to Melbourne!
From the company that produced the sell out comedy seasons of RICOCHET R RATED, END OF THE LINE and HOOKED for the Sydney Big Laugh Comedy Festival and the producer of the highly successful recent production of BOYBAND!

Director: Jo Briant
Cast: Celeste Barber,
Josie Barrett,
Skye Loneragan,
Grania Holtsbaum
& Mel Rogan
Produced by: Mel Rogan

May 2005

BOYBAND - The Musical The Highly successful season that took Sydney by storm.
BOYBAND, the new Australian comedy with pop music, premiered at Sydney’s Seymour Centre in May 2005. This first short ‘test’ season was a critical and commercial success, with the sold-out season described as “cleverly satirical” (Sydney Morning Herald), “hilarious” (The Brag), and the boys described as “having genuine squeal appeal!” (Drum Media).

Starring: Danielle Barnes, Celeste Barber, Nicholas Beech, Richard Brancatisano, Nathan Carter, James Millar & Andrew Threlfall.
Book & Lyrics: Nicholas Beech, Nathan Carter & Andrew Threlfall.
Music: Andrew Worboys.
Additional Music and Lyrics: Michael Huxley.
Director: Jason Langley.
Musical Director: Michael Huxley.
Choreographer: William Forsythe, Assisted by: Celeste Barber. Designer: Aasa Neeme.
Produced by: Andrew Threlfall, Nicholas Beech & Mel Rogan.

December 2004

"Ten Tits, Five Lips"
Darlinghurst Theatre
presented by ricochet working productions and Greenroom Productions
Ten Tits, Five Lips
was part of The In The Raw Festival


Josephine Dee Barrett,
Celeste Barber,
Grania Holtsbaum,
Skye Loneragan
and Mel Rogan
. Life, lust and the power of elastic!
Five brassy, bold, not to mention beautiful women deliver a series of bits and bobs, sketches, tit-bits, monologues and skits on love, relationships and all the life in between! Comic, quirky, off-beat and poignant...
The unique comic talents of the crew that brought you ricochet R rated, End of the Line and Hooked for the Big Laugh Comedy Festival, will have you rolling in the aisle!

December 2004


Darlinghurst Theatre

Director: Josephine Barrett
Written and Performed : Skye Loneragan
Produced by: Mel Rogan and Andrew Threlfall

An original one-woman show original created by Australian actor Skye Loneragan for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won a coveted 2001 Fringe First Award, Cracked tells the story of a young woman named Hope who lives in artistic isolation on the Australian coast. Hope has lost her father. Trouble is, he’s still alive … and thinks he wrote the Bible. Every day Roger Brimming swims out to sea – but not back - and every day Hope picks him up in a boat. Every day but one. Hope is alone with him until she is forced to make a choice she didn't see coming.
Through an engaging monologue fused with humour, we share Hope’s love for her father and her frustration, loneliness and desperation. Cracked!! is a tragic smile in answer to the question - How do you grieve for someone who's still alive?

September 2003

Shakespeare's - Julius Ceasar

Bondi Pavillion Theatre, Bondi Beach

Director: Sam Bettison
Designer: Kate Shanahan

What if Peter Costello murdered John Howard out of jealousy, to clear the way for his own rise to power? Farcical, right? Fly On The Wall Theatre Company, in association with ricochet working productions, presents Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: a high-energy, satirical look at ethics within the political arena. Who said tragedy has to be serious?

October 2003

Rules of the Game - The Darlinghurst Theatre

- The Australian Premiere
In an Australian premiere ricochet working productions in association with the Tamarama Rock Surfers brings to the Darlinghurst Theatre one of Luigi Pirandello?s most famous works, Rules of the Game ( Il Giuoco Delle Parti) playing from September 18th to October 11th.

In a drama of desire and jealousy, revolving around three characters living in a small provincial town in Southern Italy, we find Silia caught between the passion of her lover and the complacency of her husband.

This ambitious and physical production of Rules of the Game includes an original score, live music and a quirky set design by Gavin Barby. Through the costume design by Vanessa Hadaway we see a hint of the innocence and glamour of Italy in the 1950?s. The cast includes John Leary (The Happy Prince, Cloudstreet), Mel Rogan (Postcard Bandit, As You Like It), Tanc Sade (White Collar Blue, Young Lions), Hazem Shammas (Purgatory Down Under, Crazy Brave) and Jared Turner (Solitude in Blue, Jake & Pete).

June 2003

ricochet R rated - The Old Fitzroy Hotel Theatre

a raucous random romp!

ricochet working productions takes over the Old Fitzroy for four Sundays in June when their rampaging revue ricochet R Rated returns- and no-one is safe.
Fresh from a successful season at the Big Laugh Comedy Festival, ricochet R Rated runs riotously through a rollcall of original sketches and songsÖand even the odd dance routine.

A priest with Tourette's, a dance instructor with industrial deafness and the therapist you wish you'd never met are just three of the myriad of twisted characters assembled for ricochet aRe Rated. Throw in a case of herpes and the world's worst wedding and you've got a ribald and ridiculous look at life, the universe and everything-and that's before you've even met the Boy Band!

Celeste Barber,
Nick Beech,
Dan Kennedy,
Ruth Pieloor,
Andrew Threlfall and
Mel Rogan.

March 2003

ricochet R rated at the Big Laugh Festival

May 2002

As You Like It - Pact Theatre

Fly on the Wall Theatre Company in association with ricochet Praise for 2002's production of As You Like It: "loud, physical and immediate”, Director Sam Bettison brings some clever flourishes…Kate Shanahan's set design is exemplary in its minimalism."(Sun-Herald, June 9, 2002) Fly on the Wall Theatre takes a light hearted look at love of all kinds when their production of Shakespeare's As You Like It comes to PACT Theatre from May 31, 2002. As You Like It follows the story of two star-crossed lovers struggling to come to terms with their desire for each other in the mystical Forest of Arden. Throw in a collection of scheming brothers, displaced nobles and romantically challenged shepherds and you have one of Shakespeare's most loved comedies.

February 2002

End Of The LIne

Can't go forward? Can't go back! End of the Line ricochet working productions latest comedy show takes a witty, off beat look at a bunch of battler's trapped in purgatory after Heaven has been privatised! After their sell-out season at this year's Big Laugh Comedy Festival, End of the Line returns to Sydney audiences for four shows ONLY this August at the Exchange Hotel in Balmain.

End of the Line explores what life has become in our corporatised, privatised and bureaucratic world.
A paranoid taxi driver, a granny with a dark secret, and a clubber who still hasn't come down collide with a range of other off the wall characters in a deceptively ordinary waiting room. Throw in a bureaucrat standing in for God and the customer service line from hell and you have a fast, furious sixty minutes of black comedy.

A cheeky collection of original skits, sketches and music, audiences experience ricochet's sharp, satirical comic style.

February 2001


- ricochet's first appearance at the Big Laugh Comedy Festival
Hooked, a comic take on those things we just can't quit, is coming to the Parramatta Riverside this April for four nights only as part of the Riverside Comedy Festival- The Big Laugh. This short, sharp sixty-minute show from ricochet working productions takes a look at the lighter side of addiction, from nicotine and alcohol to obsessive shopping and compulsive cleaning

At the centre of Hooked is How to Quit Smoking and Get Away with it, a new work from young playwright David Leys that follows the trials of four flatmates all trying to give up smoking at once- and the ensuing chaos. Hooked also features skits, sketches, original music and even a love story featuring a cardboard cut out of Naomi Campbell!

Rachel Bock,
Craig Menau,
Ruth Pieloor,
Vicki Imber,
Grania Holtsbaum,
Damien Spencer,
Ian McPhee,
Paul Winchester,
Mel Rogan and
Andrew Threlfall.

March 2000

Ricochet took to the road on our first interstate tour to the Hobart Fringe Festival with the black comedy show:
Laughing in the Dark

This production included four short comedic works exploring the dark side of laughter:
Shondelle the Tiger- by Terence Crawford and performed by Rachel Bock- that followed our premier season at the Sydney Fringe Festivsal;
Feeding Cancer written and performed by Skye Loneragan;
Beer on the Seat written, composed and performed by Grania Holtsbaum;
And, The Glissening Lake Tour written and performed by Mel Rogan.

January 2000

Shondelle the Tiger

She's hot, furry, sweaty and loves to kick a football. Rachel Bock is Shondelle the Tiger in Terence Crawford's new play for the Sydney Fringe Festival about the people and the passion that are rugby league. Sport meets theatre in a head high tackle between unconditional love and corporate thuggery as Shondelle kicks off at the Bondi Pavilion.

Shondelle the Tiger is the story of the woman inside the Tigers' mascot. "Every weekend, Shondelle climbs into her Tiger suit to root for her team", says writer and director Terence Crawford. "For her, the Tigers are more than just a football team - they're everything."
The play explores Shondelle's passionate love affair with the Balmain Tigers - both on and off the field. "Shondelle lives her entire life through football", says Rachel Bock, who plays Shondelle in this one-woman show. "Being the Tiger is a way of getting into the game and representing her team the best way she knows how."

The play explores the recent turmoil in the world of professional rugby league that has isolated the most important people - the fans. Shondelle and her team face a season very different from anything they've ever faced before as the Tigers stare down the barrel of extinction. The turmoil isn't just limited to football - Shondelle faces equally trying times in her personal life as her relationship with a rookie Tiger faces collapse.

March 1999

It's the premiere theatre season for ricochet working productions, which exploded onto Sydney's arts scene with its sellout launch at the Harbourside Brasserie in August.
It's My Party And I'll Die If I Want To was written by Elizabeth Coleman, whose most well known work Secret Bridesmaid's Business, was produced earlier this year by the STC & MTC. Still one of her best-known works, It's My Party was first produced at Melbourne's famed La Mama in 1993, and went on to a highly successful national tour. The play has even achieved international recognition this year following an Off-Broadway season starring Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham.

Their first production also reflects another of their aims: to learn from the experience of other arts professionals. Although the majority of cast and crew are drawn from ricochet's ranks, the production features veteran actors Bill Hayden and Mary Lindsay. Sydney director John O'Hare has acted as "mentor-come-sounding board" to help foster the growth of this new company.