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Written by
Anchuli Felicia King

Directed by
Mehhma Malhi


About the show

A response to Love and Information, Anchuli Felicia King’s Ephemera explores the universality of conversation and connection in modern romantic and platonic love through a series of vignettes. Only getting glimpses of character, the audience is people watching. In this riveting and witty contemplation, we discover that sometimes the simplest exchanges have the greatest effect.

Director’s note:
Ephemera feels like scrolling online, sampling tidbits of conversations without knowing the people behind the words. Working with the actors, I developed the characters within a space where the vignettes coexist contemporaneously, transporting the audience through a portal of time that allows them to resonate with the themes of the play.

Mehhma Malhi is an emerging director who has recently returned to Sydney from New York. She has experience in philosophy, bioethics, and journalism and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Founders Day Honours) in Philosophy and Politics from New York University (NYU) and a Master of Science in Bioethics from Columbia University.

At NIDA she holds the Animal Logic Entertainment scholarship. Her directorial work includes Poof! By Lynn Nottage (Actors Centre Australia and NIDA), Dragonfly – Peach Fur Music Video (Triple J), and ALL BOYS (KXT Storytellers Festival), and she has assistant directed Kindness (NIDA) with Jessica Arthur.

Mehhma is passionate about sharing everyday stories that often go unheard, inspiring empathy through the narratives she presents, and bringing ethical dilemmas to the forefront. Mehhma hopes her work will draw together all elements of community and excite audiences who otherwise would not engage with the theatre.

Performance Dates

Wednesday 6 December, 7:00pm
Thursday 7 December, 7:00pm
Friday 8 December, 7:00 pm
Saturday 9 December, 12:00pm and 7:00pm

Runtime: 30min

Venue: NIDA Theatres, Studio Theatre, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW 2033

Pricing: NIDA is offering a Pay What You Want option for this event. We are grateful for your support, no matter the amount. Please note that this payment option is non-refundable.

Content Notice: Adult themes and coarse language, flashing lights

NIDA’s Festival of Emerging Artists consists of 7 shows performed across 3 of NIDA’s venues, the Reg Grundy Studio, the Studio Theatre and The Space. It is possible (and encouraged) for patrons to attend multiple shows consecutively, whether in the same venue or across multiple venues. The shows have been scheduled accordingly to accommodate for multiple viewings, e.g. 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm shows in the evening, and 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm shows for matinees. Please ensure you do not book more than one show at the same timeslot.


In order of appearance

Holly Matthews

Leon Walshe

Esha Jessy

Ariyan Sharma

Caitlin Green

JK Kazzi

Creative / Production Team

Mehhma Malhi

Set and Costume Designer
Andrea Knezevic

Lighting Designer
Izzy Morrissey

Sound Designer
Madeleine Picard

Movement Choreographer
Troy Honeysett*

Production Stage Manager
Jemima Owen

Stage Manager
Jasmine Power

Construction Manager
Nathan Lockyer

Costume Supervisor
Danielle Schache

Head Electrician
Thomas Hamilton

Production Coordinator
Archer Dametto

Properties Maker
Freyja Meany

Technical Assistant(s)
Lara Kyriazis
Hayley Cantrill
Isabella Treleaven

Note:   * Guest