Lake Disappointment

Lake Disappointment

 Bell Shakespeare is delighted to be lending its support to this reading as part of Playwriting Australia’s 2015 National Play Festival.

‘’One face, one voice, one habit and two persons: A natural perspective that is and is not.’’
– Twelfth Night


Inspired by true accounts of body doubles, Luke Mullins and Lachlan Philpott will collaborate to create a comedy examining the complex nature of contemporary identity.

Inspired by themes and devices in Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors, LAKE DISAPPOINTMENT plays with twins and doubling in a bold examination of identity, fame, privacy and the existential nature of the true self.

LAKE DISAPPOINTMENT confronts the emptiness behind the surface of an adopted persona.

Funny, moving and at times unsettling, this is a journey into what we mean as people and the value we place on our exterior and interior worlds.


Lachlan is a Sydney-based writer, dramaturg, teacher and director. As a recipient of an Australia Council Literature Residency he spent much of 2012 working with theatre companies in California, hosted by The Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco.

Lachlan writes for theatre, television and film. His first play Bison has had sell-out seasons in Adelaide, Belfast, London, Melbourne and Sydney. His other plays include Bustown [shortlisted for 2009 Australian Writers Guild Best Play Award], Catapult, Colder [Winner R.E Ross Trust Award 2007], Due Monday, Silent Disco [Winner Griffin Award for Outstanding New Australian play 2009, Winner GAP Competition Aurora Theatre Co. USA, 2010, Winner best play Australian Writers Guild Awards 2012, shortlisted BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK The Helpmann Awards, The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and best New Australian wok Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards] Truck Stop and The Trouble with Harry.

Lachlan has worked extensively with Amnesty International writing scripts for many public activation campaigns. He was writer in Residence at Red Stitch Theatre, Melbourne in 2006 and Griffin Theatre Company Sydney in 2010. Lachlan has had six plays published to date. He is currently developing the screenplay of Silent Disco funded by Screen Australia and is under commission at Australian Theatre for Young People, Bell Shakespeare, Canberra Youth Theatre, Perth Theatre Company and Brisbane Girls Grammar.

Lachlan has extensive experience directing both text-based and devised work, especially with young artists. He was has directed theatre at Australian Theatre for Young People, Tantrum, St Martins Melbourne, PACT and Griffin Theatre. He was Artistic Director of Tantrum Theatre, Newcastle between 2003 and 2006. Lachlan co-founded wreckedAllprods with collaborator Alyson Campbell in 2000 and they have regularly produced work in Australia and The UK. Lachlan has taught extensively. Highlights include initiating an indigenous writing course for aboriginal students in inner-city Sydney, teaching script writing in Kenya, The UK and The Netherlands. Lachlan was the Literary Associate at The Australian Theatre for Young People between 2008 and 2011 where he directed the FRESH INK emerging writers’ program. He currently teaches students in the post-graduate playwriting and directing courses at The National Institute of Dramatic Arts [NIDA] as well as Griffin Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and MetroScreen. Lachlan mentors writers as part of programs run by PlayWriting Australia and JUMP; Australia’s national arts mentoring program. He is currently employed as a dramaturg and assessor of scripts by PlayWriting Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People and Hothouse Theatre, Albury.


Luke trained at the VCA and has since worked as an actor, theatre-maker, director and dramaturge. He has worked for all major companies in Sydney and Melbourne as well as throughout the independent sector.

As a core member of Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre he has been a creator, performer and director, touring throughout Australia and to the U.S. He initiated and co-directed The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy for Stuck Pigs Squealing presented by Melbourne International Arts Festival and Melbourne Theatre Company in 2009. He has been a creator and performer on other Stuck Pigs works including 4xBeckett, Agoraphobe, The Eisteddfod, Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano, Untitled Intentional Exercise #1 and Nine Days Falling. Luke is currently developing two new works for the company, Night, Maybe which he will direct in Melbourne in 2013 and The Canberra Project, developed through a residency at Bundanon in 2012. He is also a creator/performer in Back to the Dojo, currently being developed by the company.

As an independent artist Luke has created Autobiography of Red a solo performance presented by Malthouse Theatre. With the same group of collaborators he co-created Irony is not Enough: Essay on my Life as Catherine Deneuve which was developed at Performance Space in Sydney and presented at Arts House Melbourne.

Luke was a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s Actors Company, performing in Tales from the Vienna Woods, The Season at Sarsaparilla, The Serpents Teeth, Gallipoli and The War of the Roses. Other acting work includes Angels in America, Small and Tired, Death of a Salesman and The Power of Yes for Belvoir St; Little Mercy Sisters Grimm/Sydney Theatre Company; Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Duel for Sydney Theatre Company; Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) for Arts Radar/Bsharp, The Man with the September Face for Uninvited Guests/Full Tilt, Cloud Nine, The History Boys and Oedipus for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Mercury Fur – Little Death/ Theatreworks/Griffin, Grace for God be in My Mouth/Theatreworks, The Balcony directed by Robert Draffin, Delicacy directed by Wesley Enoch, The Uncle Semolina And Friends Festival Of Short Works – Uncle Semolina and Friends, Catapult, Terminating, The Maids and Bison – Wrecked All Prods.  Lucrezia and Cesare and Miss Julie – Original Voices. Luke was a founding member of Liminal Theatre and Performance set up by Robert Draffin, training with the company over a number of years and performing in their first productions Sotoba Komachi and Kantan. Luke has received the George Fairfax Memorial Award for excellence in Theatre Practice and a Green Room Award for his performance in The Season at Sarsaparilla.


Alyson’s work as a director spans a broad range of companies and venues in the US, Australia and the UK, from the four-stage Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Fringe, independent, student and community theatre. In Melbourne (2000-2007), she developed new writing through her partnership with Sydney playwright Lachlan Philpott and their independent performance collective wreckedAllproductions. Work for wreckedAll includes the premieres of Philpott’s plays Bison (2000) and Catapult (2003), Genet’s The Maids (2001) and Kushner’s Terminating (2002). For Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne, she has directed Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis (2007) and the Australian premieres of Martin Crimp’s Fewer Emergencies (2006) and Don DeLillo’s The Day Room (2004).

Alyson was based in Belfast from 2007-2011 where she was founder and Director of the Queer at Queen’s research and performance programme, part of Belfast’s OUTburst Queer Arts Festival.She also had an online agencies growing in the peak during that time. She directed the European premiere of Philpott’s Bison for the Festival and subsequently for the Oval House Theatre, London (2009/10). Later this year she will direct the premiere of Lachlan’s play The Trouble with Harry in Belfast for OUTburst festival. She has worked on the play with Lachlan at a Playwriting Australia National Script Workshop (Sydney, 2011) and subsequently directed rehearsed public readings in Belfast (2011), London (2011) and San Francisco (2012).

Alyson has been a lecturer in theatre studies at Queen’s University Belfast and Brunel University West London and is now Head of Theatre at the VCA, The University of Melbourne. Her research is based on directing and dramaturgy, particularly on questions of queer dramaturgies and understanding the affective and experiential nature of performance. She has published essays on directing Philpott, Kane and Crimp.

Lake Disappointment