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Private Harvard Club Event at NIDA, "Another Country"

You are invited to a private Harvard Club Event at NIDA!

  • See the graduating student production “Another Country”

  • Chat with NIDA’s Head of Acting, John Bashford

  • Enjoy pre-show drinks and food in the new NIDA Graduate School

  • And post-show drinks with cast and crew.


Date: Thursday 20 October 2016
Time: from 6:30 pm, play at 7.45pm
Venue: The National Institute of Dramatic Art, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington (free parking on-site)
Cost: $67.50 per person, includes play, drinks, finger food and meet the cast & crew
Book online by Friday 14 October
Your Harvard Club event host is Ted Blamey.  Your guests are welcome.
Enquiries to Suzie Ruse:


October is peak activity time at NIDA as the graduating students display their awesome talents in acting, costume, design, lighting, staging and theatre crafts at the end of their three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Harvard Club members are invited to meet NIDA’s Head of Acting, John Bashford whilst relaxing with some pre-show drinks and finger food.   John will share with us his vision for our nation’s future actors and his approach to this production.

We move to the NIDA Atrium about 7:45 to enjoy the play. Afterwards more drinks for those who wish to stay and meet with the cast and crew.

Free parking is available from 6pm in the car park adjacent to the NIDA Building (turn right off Anzac Parade at Day Avenue and into Western Campus Drive.)

Please note this performance is held in NIDA’s undercover, outdoor venue, so please dress appropriately for the evening’s temperature.

About John Bashford:

A NIDA graduate with extensive industry and teaching experience, John Bashford joined NIDA as Head of Acting in 2016.

John comes from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he was Associate Principal and taught acting and directing at undergraduate and graduate levels.

He has directed and written for theatre companies around Australia, including as Artistic Director of Warehouse Theatre Company. In the UK he continued to build his directing career working with Sir Peter Hall and a variety of companies on international and national tours and in the West End. Throughout his career he has been involved with the training of some of the world’s leading actors, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Chewitel Ejifor and Richard Armitage. His specialist areas include Shakespeare's verse, text analysis and contemporary plays.

About the play: Another Country - By Julian Mitchell - Directed by John Bashford

He’s precisely what this school was designed to produce. Not empire builders – dear me, no. Building empires needs imagination. Empire rulers.

Set in an English Public School in the late 1930s, the play explores how the world of private wealth and centuries of tradition is challenged by two unorthodox pupils. Bennett is coming to terms with his sexuality while Judd embraces a revolutionary philosophy. The fourth year common room becomes a political battlefield where the snobberies and tribalism of the Establishment come under scrutiny as one young man seeks a future within the world of the elites, while the other rails against it.

Featuring NIDA graduating Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management and Staging students.
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