ABOUT ESSENCE PRODUCTIONS
Essence Productions was founded by Alaine Beek in 2003. The company employs a core group of
professional actors and backstage crew. They focus on ‘bringing Australia’s pioneering history to life
through performance.’ Their main source of work is through Werribee Park where they perform as
the resident theatre company each weekend all year round and have done so since 2003. Alaine
Beek is the author and producer of the shows.
ESSENCE PRODUCTIONS VISION
Going on the belief that everyone can love theatre – our vision is to create and/or be part of
a movement that builds new audiences by seeking out and turning great Australian stories
into exciting, engaging theatre.
To become established as a reputable theatre production group that creates ‘good work’
and is thereby offered real opportunities and support to develop and present their work
creating ongoing exciting challenges and growth.
WERRIBEE PARK RESIDENCY
Alaine has written and produced two plays performed regularly there are What Was That?
(performed inside the historic mansion) AND ‘Down to Earth’ (performed at the historic farm). Two
different stories both performed promenade theatre style. The aim of both productions is to bring
our 19 th century Australian pastoral history to life through engaging performances filled with
comedy, drama and scary elements. The plays have achieved enormous following from all around
Australia (seen by more than 15,000 patrons) and is the highest rated product on Red Balloon’s
OTHER CREATIVE WORK
Alaine and her team are continually creating new and exciting work with the aim of growing the
company and reaching an ever growing audience. In fact, audience engagement is paramount and
so each work is fully developed and tested to live audiences before taking it to the bigger arena.
Her plays include the award winning Point of No Return which toured 2016, 2018 and 2019 and the
award winning The Scrunch Test which is still in development process and will be professionally
performed 2020. She is also working on a new play Shepherd Kings (a drama with a cast of four
about the lives of Thomas, Andrew, Mary and Andrew Spence Chirnside). Music will be part of this
show, a first for Essence Productions.
Alaine Beek and her team believe in encouraging, giving opportunities to and building the skills of
our youth. Alaine volunteers as the Artistic Director for the Wyndham Theatre Company (WTC)
assisting them in all aspects of theatre including directing, workshops and general direction and
growth of WTC as Wyndham’s community theatre.
Alaine is employed as director of the Werribee Secondary College Drama Club and actively
encourages youth not just through the Drama Club but by also creating and encourage pathways
into WTC and as paid employed/work experience backstage with Essence Productions.
Alaine Beek (Company Director)
FOUNDER AND PRODUCER
Alaine has been involved in both amateur and professional theatre since 1980. She has been running her production company ‘Essence Productions’ since 2001 which involves a team of professional actors plus backstage crew. Her mantra is to find fascinating stories that engage, excite and challenge an audience.
Alaine has a theatrical residency at Werribee Park. Alaine with her team of actors and crew all perform at different times, each weekend in her two shows at Werribee Park (What Was That and Down to Earth). They also join her in other theatrical projects and original scripts (The Scrunch Test, Shepherd Kings and Was That a Bunyip).
WERRIBEE SECONDARY COLLEGE DRAMA CLUB
Since 2014 Alaine has run the after hours Drama Club directing their full productions, creating fun and confidence building exercises, writing and creating self devised plays.
WYNDHAM THEATRE COMPANY
Since 2009, Alaine has been Creative Director for the Wyndham Theatre Company.
As a professional vocalist Alaine performed with the acoustic trio ‘Lighthouse’ for twelve years. Alaine and her husband (and chef) created ‘gourmet concert' under Essence Food Studio which was their ‘bread and butter’ for ten years. All presented from their own home, Bart served stunning themed menus and taught the audience how to cook each course. Alaine provided the theatre/music entertainment between courses. Alaine and Bart created a loyal following with attendees coming from all over Victoria and interstate, many more than 20 times.
Alaine won the Jamison Cassidy award in 1980 for the highest performance in her business degree at RMIT. But, as most of her energy was going into creating theatre, she decided to get some formal training and undertook VCE drama as an adult student aged 30. The original plan was to go on and undertake a performing arts degree, but this never happened. Instead she worked with some highly skilled, experienced actors, writers directors and basically sponged as much as she could from them. Continually learning, she undertakes workshops and training to improve and upskill (in acting, writing, directing, improvisation). Her business degree helps her to have a common sense approach to turning creative ideas into a reality. She believes she has managed to produce so much by surrounding herself with brilliant wonderful people who thankfully are happy to climb on board with creative projects.
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AWARDS FOR ESSENCE FOOD STUDIO
2012 Tourism Small (Wyndham Business Awards)
2009 Business of the Year (Wyndham Business Awards)
2007 Merit Award for Restaurants and Catering Services (Victorian Tourism Awards)
2007 Food and Hospitality (Australian Home Based Business Awards)
2004 Best Service A (Greater Western Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Awards)
2004 Arts and Entertainment (Wyndham Business Awards)
AWARDS FOR ESSENCE PRODUCTIONS - PERFORMING ARTS
2017 Peoples Choice Best Written Script, People’s Choice Best Performed play at the National One Act Playwright Competition for ‘The Scrunch Test’, written by Alaine Beek.
2014 Judges Choice for Best Written play, People’s Choice for Best Written Playand People’s Choice for Best Performed Play, at National One Act Playwright Competition for ‘Point of No Return’ written (and Directed) by Alaine Beek.
2014 2 Gold, 4 finalist (including Best Production Drama) and one special adjudicator’s award for ‘Masterful Set Changes’ at Victoria Drama League Awards for ‘The Lion in Winter’ directed by Alaine Beek.
2010 6 finalist nominations (including Best Comedy Production) at Victorian Drama League awards for ‘Allo Allo’ directed by Alaine
2009 Top 10 finalist in Australia’s Musicoz awards for original music by Lighthouse