Behind the Scenes: Jayde Kirchert and ‘Nude’

21 Aug 2015, by Ilana Gelbart in Interviews

Ilana from Auslan Stage Left spoke with director and writer Jayde Kitchert about her new show ‘Nude: Beneath the Beauty Spot’.  Nude is a one-woman show that puts a new spin on the stories and songs of the greatest sex star that ever lived: Marilyn Monroe.


Read on to see what Jayde has to say about her experience working with Auslan interpreters, and why it is important for independent theatre makers to start providing access.


ASL: How did you initially become involved in theatre?
JK: I started dance classes when I was about 8 years old. It wasn’t until I got to high school that I discovered theatre and singing. I went to VCA and completed a Bachelor of Music Theatre and worked professionally as a performer. Eventually I completed Honours in Anthropology and it was during this time that I started to focus on writing and directing.


As for Nude…Carina (the star of Nude) came to me one day wanting to do a show about Marilyn Monroe. We did the first version of the show last year at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. The current version playing at the Alex Theatre St Kilda is the result of many edits and rehearsals and is my favourite so far.


ASL: What’s the best part of your job?

JK: Creating new worlds, prompting people’s imaginations – I hope it helps them to think differently about the world and make the world a better place!


ASL: Have you worked with an Auslan interpreter in the past? 

JK: When I was on tour with the 2012 Australian production of ‘Annie’ The Musical, we had a performance in Perth that was Auslan interpreted. It was such a wonderful performance – the whole cast were buzzing because we had such a generous and positive responsive from the audience.

This is the first time I’ve booked an Auslan interpreter for a show I’ve directed, but I have taken part in workshops run by Arts Access in the past and think it’s a really important thing to do. This will be the first of many Auslan interpreted shows for Citizen Theatre!


ASL: What has been the best part of working with an Auslan interpreter?
JK: It’s great to know that you can cross communication barriers through someone who has the knowledge of another language. It’s really satisfying and exciting to be able to share a story with the same specificity and detail with an audience that you might not have encountered otherwise.




ASL: Why do you think that deaf access is important?
JK: I think making arts accessible to everyone is vital because the arts are about imagination and that is something all people have in common. So often theatre is language focused and making performances accessible to deaf people means everyone can enjoy the richness and the rhythm of the language, resulting in a more engaging experience. It also means they get to laugh at the same time as everyone else! I think it’s also really important that in the independent scene we start to budget for access, just like we would for lighting or costumes. 




ASL: Why would you encourage deaf audiences come and see Nude?

JK: If you’re a fan of Marilyn Monroe COME! The actress is stunning (she actually does look like Marilyn Monroe) and has a wonderful aura on stage. She is very brave and you really get to see her transform gradually into the iconic Hollywood legend. The show is about becoming, and about how expectations shape who we are and who we try to be – something we’ve all experienced at some point. But above all, come and support new work and independent theatre – without an audience, we can’t survive. See you in the theatre foyer!


Thank you Jayde for being a fantastic advocate for providing access in independent theatre.  Nude will be Auslan interpreted on Saturday 22nd August at 2 pm.  Click here to book tickets to see Nude!


You can read a blog Jayde wrote about the themes in ‘Nude’ by clicking here, and see a fabulous review of the show by clicking here.   Watch the trailer for the show below!


If you are curious about making your show accessible, please contact us by clicking here.

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