Fearless Sticky Performance

ABOUT

BLACK HONEY COMPANY

Black Honey Company is a production house and cultural consultancy team that collaborate on and create fearless sticky performance. The company was established by award-winning South African Australian sisters, Writer/ Performer Candy Bowers and Composer/ Sound-Designer Kim Busty Beatz Bowers. The team has worked together for over 13 years on projects across the Music, Arts and Entertainment industry in Australia and around the World. 

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Candy Bowers

Artistic Director | Writer | Performer

HEADSHOT_Candy Bowers_1Candy Bowers is notorious for creating work that warms, cuts and tickles in equal parts. After graduating from the NIDA acting course in 2001 Candy teamed up Sarah Ward to create award-winning cult hip hop comedy act Sista She; Kim Busty Beatz Bowers (Musical Director/ Composer), DJ Jonah (Turntables) and Thomas Butt (Double Bass) completed the band (2002-2008). The group was prolific, winning early commissions from the Australia Council of the Arts and the Sydney Opera House, touring major Festivals across the country including Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the UK. In 2008 Candy picked up the British Council of the Arts Realise Your Dream Award and was named in the Top 100 Creative Catalysts List (Vivid Festival). In 2009 she was nominated for the Phillip Parsons Young Playwright Award and won the Best Performance Award at the Melbourne Fringe for her first one-woman show Who’s that Chik? She went on to write the music comedy smash hit Australian Booty and toured to Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Campbelltown Arts Centre. A playwright, poet and lyricist Candy has been featured in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Poetry events, winning the Cairns City Australian Poetry Slam and going on to Host Slams throughout the Nation. Candy performed at the 2013 TEDx South Bank Women event and is a regular at Women of Letters, the letter she delivered at Thornbury Theatre feature in the book Yours Truly (Penguin 2013.) Candy was recently awarded the 2013 Cultural Leadership grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and the 2013 NIDA Glorias Fellowship. Candy will take up a skills development program across London, Chicago and South Africa in 2014-15.

 

Kim Busty Beatz Bowers

Musical Director | Composer | Sound Designer

BustyBeatz_ HeadShotKim Bowers aka Busty Beatz has been making music and theatre for over 20 years. Starting early Kim signed her first record deal in 1992 (Half A Cow Records) with her High School Indie band Spdfgh. A decade worth of touring, recording and festivals has been immortalized via her contribution to the Big Day Out book Peace, Love and Brown Rice by Sophie Howarth and her place in Women Who Rock exhibition. As a freelance Beats Producer and Hip Hop Artist Kim has worked with the likes of Bone Thugs’ n’ Harmony, Screamfeeder, Def Poetry Jam, Ben Lee, Powderfinger and Sista She. Her film credits include, collaborating on the soundtrack for 1999 film Fresh Air directed by Neil Mansfield and Lawrence Lim’s award winning short Eleven. Her music also features in cult Australian films Love and Other Catastrophes and The Well.  As a Sound Designer and Composer for Theatre she has worked with Belvoir St Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, ATYP, The Escapists and I.C.E in collaboration with Sydney Festival on the International Hip Hop Theatre project East London/ West Sydney (directed by UK pioneer Jonzi D.) Kim has also created sound for Circus and Dance Theatre including: Polytoxic, Flipside, Strut’n’Fret and is currently the resident Musical Director for the internationally acclaimed boylesque show Briefs (on tour across Europe.) Alongside co-creating and performing in Black Honey Company productions Kim is an infamous DJ and Sound Artist leading audiences onto the dance floor at major Festivals including Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES

Daniel Anderson

Artistic Associate | Lighting Designer | Scenographer

IMG_9220-BW_LowResDaniel was nominated for a Matilda Award in 2012 for the Bille Brown Award: Best Emerging Artist, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production) from the Queensland University of Technology and has completed a Broadway Lighting Master Class by Live Design in New York City. Daniel has also been awarded an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council of the Arts, and has completed the Kape Communications Bite the Big Apple Arts & Culture Management Tour in New York City. Daniel’s commitment to the industry has seen him work as a lighting designer for theatre, dance, cityscapes, and arts festivals. Daniel was the lighting designer for Brisbane’s 2013 fireworks spectacular Sunsuper Riverfire. Daniel has since gone on to design the first themed lighting display on Brisbane’s Story Bridge for Christmas in 2013, as well as the lighting display for New Year’s Eve. For Black Honey Company: Hot Brown Honey Burlesque, Twelve, Australian Booty, Who’s That Chik? For La Boite Theatre Company: Tender Napalm. For Queensland Theatre Company: BombshellsI Am Here (co-production with Two Thumbs Up, and the Multicultual Development Association), Face ItSeeding Bed 2012Treasure Island (co-production with Matrix Theatre), This Hollow Crownand Twelve (A creative development co-production with Black Honey Company)For La Boite Indie: Colder (Co-Production with Michelle Miall). For JUTE Theatre Company: Sentinel Chickens, Propelled, Like A Fishbone (Co-Production with Courage Works Theatre). Other lighting design credits include Jephtha (Mandolins in Brisbane) A Tender Thing (Full Circle Theatre & Brisbane Powerhouse), Spring Awakening (Oscar Theatre Company), He’s Seeing Other People Now (Anna McGahan & Metro Arts Independents), Haven (Fixate Productions), Rabbit (The Good Room & Metro Arts Allies), and Launch Pad 2012 (Expressions Dance Company). Daniel has also worked extensively as an Associate Lighting Designer. For Opera Queensland: Cinderella or Goodness Triumphant For Brisbane Festival: Santos GLNG City of Lights (Brisbane Festival 2013), Santos GLNG City of Lights and Sunsuper Riverfire (Brisbane Festival 2012), Beautiful Noise (Brisbane Festival 2011, Legs On The Wall, Raw Dance Company), Santos City of Lights and Sunsuper Riverfire (Brisbane Festival 2011).

http://www.daniel-anderson.com

 

Leonie Tillman

Artistic Associate | Dramaturg

 

ARTISTIC WORKS

MC Platypus & Queen Koala’s Hip Hop Jamboree

August 2013 Browns Mart: Darwin Festival NT

April 2013 Northcote Town Hall: Melbourne International Comedy Festival VIC

MC Platypus & Queen Koala’s Road Trip

Commissioned by Artslink 2012

July 2012- May 2013 Schools Tour in partnership with Artslink QLD

Hot Brown Honey Burlesque

December 2013 The Parlour & Songlines: Woodford Folk Festival

September 2013 MetroArts: Brisbane Festival QLD

August 2013 The Light House: Darwin Festival NT

January 2012 Red Bennies VIC

Australian Booty

August 2012 The Spiegeltent: Darwin Festival NT

May 2012 Visy Theatre: Brisbane Powerhouse

May 2012 The Studio: Campbelltown Arts Centre NSW

April 2012 Red Bennies: Melbourne Int’l Comedy Festival VIC

Who’s That Chik?

2009 Winner Best Performance | Melbourne Fringe Festival

2010 Nominee | Phillip Parson’s Young Playwright Award

July 2012- May 2013 Schools Tour in partnership with Artslink QLD

December 2013 Studio 1: Queensland Theatre Company QLD

 December 2011- January 2012 Blak Dramatics: The Dreaming Festival QLD

September 2011 Fairfax Studio: Victorian Arts Centre VIC

May 2010 Nexus Cabaret Space: The National Multicultural Arts Symposium SA

May 2009 The Old Fitzroy Hotel: Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Co NSW

In-Development

Twelve: a soul musical from the streets

by Candy B and Busty Beatz

After Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, commissioned by Queensland Theatre Company