Emily Steel (writer) is originally from Wales and has lived in Adelaide since 2010. Her work in Australia includes: Rabbits (STCSA State Umbrella production for 2017, presented by Steel & Brown in association with STCSA and Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSpace development program); Sepia for RiAus (Adelaide Fringe 2012 Tour Ready award); Rocket Town (Adelaide Fringe 2011 inSPACE award); The Clock for ActNow and RiAus; Man in a bag for AC Arts and Polygraph Collective; Impersonal Space with Company AT, an autistic theatre ensemble; and an adaptation of Ben Jonson’s Volpone for State Theatre Company of South Australia.  Her work in the UK includes: Frank and the BearBite and Boom Boom for BBC Radio 4. A radio version of 19 weeks was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2018.

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Nescha Jelk (2018 tour director) graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre directing course in 2010 with First Class Honours and a University Medal. She is one-half of theatre company Tiny Bricks, a creative partnership with playwright Phillip Kavanagh. For the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Nescha has directed Switzerland, Straight White Men (co-production with La Boite), Gorgon, Volpone, Krapp’s Last Tape in the ‘Beckett Triptych’ (2015 Adelaide Festival, 2016 MOFO), OthelloJesikah and Random. Other directing credits include Sepia (RiAus/Emily Steel), Hamlet (Actors Folio), Alice and Peter Grow Up (Milk Theatre Collective) and Deluge (Tiny Bricks in association with Brink for the 2016 Adelaide Festival).

Tiffany Lyndall Knight (performer) is an actor, director and acting teacher. She recently appeared in Red Ink (Duende Collective) and Man in a Bag (Polygraph Collective), which she also co-directed. nominated for four Jessie Richardson Awards (Vancouver), she has performed on stages across Canada, including the Vancouver Arts Club, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. On screen she has appeared in many guest star and recurring roles, including Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, ANZAC Girls and Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures. She was a co-creator and actor in the feature film Mothers & Daughters, which was part of the official selection of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and won Most Popular Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Tiffany is currently a Scholarly Fellow in Drama at Flinders University, where she teaches screen acting and dialects.

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Josh Belperio (2018 composer) is a composer, writer, performer and conductor. A graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Josh’s compositions have been performed by the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Canberra Youth Orchestra and Gondwana Choirs. A singer/songwriter as well, Josh’s anthem for queer rights during the Australian Marriage Law Survey, Dear Malcolm Turnbull, received over 220,000 views on social media and raised over $3,000 for QLife – counselling service for LGBTQIA+ Australians. Josh’s solo cabaret show Scarred For Life debuted at the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival to a sold-out season and three five star reviews. It is showing for a return season in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe.


The original 2017 production of 19 weeks was directed by Daisy Brown, who has worked in the Adelaide arts scene as a theatre maker for the past 22 years, directing and devising over 30 new Australian productions. Music for the original production was composed by Mario Späte, who is also known as electronic producer Badcop.

(Image credit: photo of Emily by theartofandyellis.com for Slingsby)