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My name is Robyn Butler. That's it. No middle name, no confirmation name, no curious little initial poking its tiny head out of a birth certificate somewhere.
We’re writing new projects at the moment; holed up in the Gristmill back shed like the Unabomber. If there were two Unabombers. With less dynamite and more pens. (And lest ASIO suddenly gets interested in my referencing the Unabomber I will hasten to add that I could never blow up anything, including a balloon. Much to the disappointment of my eight year old, it makes me terribly lightheaded and I always have to lie down.) Anyway… as you may be able to tell, it’s very nice to have some contact with the outside world.
They say it’s ‘who you know’ in this business and I’ll be honest, I got my first break because of my mother’s connections in the industry. The medical industry, that is. My mother was a nurse educator featured in a training video and when she heard the director remark that they would need a couple of actors she quickly piped up that her daughter was an actor and could she try out? (I’ve always adored my mother for her encouragement, particularly since she had sat through enough of my turgid university plays to warrant her encouraging me in anything but acting.) Very fortunately, the director didn’t feel they needed a ‘name’ actor to fill the role of Nurse 2, so I found myself suddenly, dizzyingly, in my first professional job. I was thrilled; not only did I learn how to correctly flush out a bedpan, but also, doing the gig earned me the right to join Equity.
In this special, one-off show, famously funny friends of St Kilda Primary School reveal the contents of their own school reports.
We started filming our new show this week with a cracking lead cast (pictured above).
Filming started yesterday. Ridiculously excited. Six weeks of chicken or the beef for lunch. Here's the official press release that went out.