Walk Now Productions is an independent theatre co-op and film group whose focus is on creating new Australian work which embraces diversity and multiculturalism whilst reflecting a wide range of contemporary social issues. From our humble beginnings, we have aspired to create a community environment, where each artist brings the whole of themselves to the creative process. Our approach is at times unconventional, but always based on a supportive and collaborative process, incorporating mutual respect and fairness towards everyone – our cast, crew and advisors.
“My Carer” was our first independent piece of theatre and was performed in January 2018. The play focuses on mental health and the wisdom of a young woman from a different culture who heals a strained and fractured mother-son relationship. It was performed in English and Korean. It was reprised due to popular demand in July 2018 with the entire cast and crew returning from season one.
In January 2020, we presented our second production “Shades of Light” which had a sell-out season. This play is about human connection and how differences in culture and language become unimportant in an inhospitable environment. It was performed in Farsi, Vietnamese, Italian and Armenian as well as English.
During COVID, we have been providing volunteer support, organising food and hand sanitiser for those in need in our local community, and keeping the morale and spirits of local artists and creatives up through long phone calls. In early 2021, in COVID safe conditions, we were able to shoot a short film called “Capt S. and Nightcat”. The film is a collaborative and personal piece of work, partly devised with the actors, which highlights the issues of bullying and enslavement, and gives voice to those who cannot speak out. The film stars Hanh Nguyen (last seen in “Shades of Light”) and a new member of our team, Erica Long.
We remain hopeful that a stage production will be performed in 2022. Upcoming projects include mounting a second season of “Shades of Light” and staging a new play, “The Missing Bird”. In the meantime, we are developing a graphic novel based on “Capt S. and Nightcat”.
We are proud members of the MEAA, the Arts Wellbeing Collective and an associate member of Theatre Network NSW.
“The whole world is in this theatre group,” Debra Oswald, playwright, novelist and television writer.
We are extremely honoured and proud to announce Walk Now Productions has an Honorary Patron – Mr Drew Forsythe. Mr Forsythe is an Australian actor, singer, director, writer, and comedian who has appeared on film, stage, and television. Walk Now Productions’ Artistic Director, Sam Cosentino, was inspired to pursue theatre after seeing Mr Forsythe perform both characters Tonino and Zanetto in “The Venetian Twins” in the early 1980’s. Mr Forsythe went on to reprise this role in numerous productions over the years, many of which Sam also saw. Mr Forsythe is well known for the very popular musical “Three Men and a Baby Grand”, created with Jonathan Biggins and Phillip Scott, and their many years creating the Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Wharf Revue’ series, a Sydney cultural institution. In 2013, the Sydney Theatre Awards bestowed a special award for “services to laughter, satire and sanity, above and beyond the call of duty” to The Wharf Revue.
Platinum – Daracon Group and Arenco. The Italian Bilingual School (IBS).
Gold – Nastasi & Associates, Co.As.It, Anderson Lawyers, Judith Gonzalez Bravo & Neftali Flores Rodriguez, Actevate Pty Ltd, Dr Francesco Giacobbe (OAM), Orfeus SQ, F.G. Fintax Pty Ltd, Locantro Fine Foods, Allan Dale Real Estate – Mr Chris Vallas, Paesanella Haberfield, Antonello & Heather Palmisani, Elio & Frances Cordaro
Silver – Robert & Iris Nastasi, Rebecca & Gaetano Follari, Joe Napoliello/Bar Sport, Mental Health Carers NSW, Leichhardt Saints Football Club Ltd, Eileen Leather & Phil Wallis, Claudia Ganora, Little Sicily Restaurant
Acknowledgement of Country
Walk Now Productions acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which our company was founded. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and we extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with whom we work and with whom we share stories. Always was, always will be.
“Capt. S & Nightcat”, a short film by Sam Cosentino © 2021
“Shades of Light”, in the dressing room before the show (Walk Now Productions © 2020)
“My Carer”, excerpts from the play (Walk Now Productions © 2018)
“Turn Around and Look”, a short film by Sam Cosentino © 2008
“The Celluloid Domain”, a documentary by Paul Matereke © 2017
Reviews & media
Walk Now Productions pays tribute to a few mentors of the past, for their inspiration and leadership in their respective fields.
The late Professor Peter van Asperen, Head of Respiratory Medicine for more than 25 years at Westmead Children’s Hospital, NSW.
The late Robert Herbert, Film Curator for more than 18 years at the Art Gallery of NSW.
The late Mr Nino Cosentino, mentor, philosopher and friend to many in the Inner-West community of Sydney.