about essence productions
Essence Productions is an independent theatre company and was founded by Alaine Beek in 2003. The company employs a core group of professional actors and backstage crew. They focus on bringing Australian stories to life through performance.
Their ongoing work is through Werribee Park where they perform as the resident theatre company each weekend and have done so since 2003.
ESSENCE PRODUCTIONS VISION
Going on the belief that everyone can love theatre – our vision is to create and be part of a movement that builds new audiences by seeking out and turning real Australian stories into exciting, engaging theatre.
WERRIBEE PARK RESIDENCY
Alaine has written and produced two plays which are performed regularly at Werribee Park 'What Was That?' and ‘Down to Earth’.
Both are historically based and combine true stories with comedy and scary elements. The two plays are examples of immersive theatre performed promenade style with the audience being part of the story. The plays have achieved a very strong following from all around Australia.
OTHER CREATIVE WORK
Alaine and her team are continually creating new works, themed around real
Australian stories. The process begins with the story/theme then over a period of 12 months is rigorously workshopped and developed with organised rehearsed readings.
Her plays include the award-winning 'Point of No Return' which toured 2016, 2018 and 2019, the award-winning 'The Scrunch Test' which will be professionally performed soon and her monologue 'A Good Coffee' which won a number of awards at Arkfest 2020.
(More information on shows here.)
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND YOUTH
Essence Productions believes in encouraging, giving opportunities to and building the skills of our youth through drama.
Since 2014 Alaine has been employed as director of the Werribee Secondary College Drama Club and actively encourages pathways beyond high school via her own company and the local community theatre company, Wyndham Theatre Company.
Essence Productions is the professional partner of the Wyndham Theatre Company and gives active support in an advisory capacity, directing, workshops etc.
FOUNDER AND PRODUCER
Alaine has been involved in both amateur and professional theatre since 1980.
She has been running her independent theatre production company ‘Essence Productions’ since 2003.
Born in Scotland, she arrived in Australia in 1971 and settled in the West of Melbourne. She studied at RMIT then moved to live in South Australia then Sydney, eventually returning to Melbourne in 2001.
After completing VCE Drama Alaine developed skills in acting, directing, music and writing through workshops, short courses and collaborative creative projects.
MUSIC AND FOOD
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.
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2020 Arkfest ‘A Good Coffee’
People’s Choice Best Production
Honourable Mention (silver) Best Production
Honourable Mention Best Actor in a Female Role (Elle Parkinson)
2017 National One Act Playwright Competition
‘The Scrunch Test’
Peoples Choice Best Written Script
People’s Choice Best Performed play
Best Actor in a Male Role (Ross Daniels)
2014 National One Act Playwright Competition
‘Point of no return’
Judges Choice for Best Written play
People’s Choice for Best Written Play
People’s Choice for Best Performed Play
Essence Food Studios
2009 - Wyndham Business of the Year
2009 - Tourism (The Wyndham Business 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)