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Harlene Hercules

Is of African/Hispanic descent and grew up in South Africa. She works collaboratively with award winning playwright Neil Cole and has performed in several of his plays. Harlene completed her second season of Centrelink the Musical as part of Melbourne's International Comedy Festival 2015. She has guest starred on Neighbours and appeared as Principal Felicia in Shaun Micallef's new show The Ex-PM airing now on ABC. Harlene has exceptional comic timing and grabs her audiences with her warmth and humour. She is also capable of a genuinely moving pathos.

James Ao

James has performed roles such as Othello in Othello on Trial—LaMama Courthouse Theatre 2016, Emad in Audrey & I—Melba Spiegel Tent Circus OZ 2015, Apollo Theatre MC in Australian Premier of Dream Girls, working with Hugh Jackman performing at the 2015 RedBall, Jim Conley in Parade—Malthouse Theatre 2015. Cameron Woodhead of The Age called James a "Striking individual vocalist". James played Paravicini (early archetype for Poirot) in the first Australian amateur production of Agatha Christie's Mousetrap. James received a letter of encouragement from Mr David Suchet as well as from the Westend cast for his role. Studied the dramatic arts through the NIDA short courses program.

Victoria Haslam

Victoria Haslam is a Melbourne-based Artist and Performer with a Fine Arts and Dance background. As an actor, she is known for her intensity and lyricism on stage, gravitating towards characters which require strong physicality and movement. Her Fine Arts training has lent itself to various costuming and propmaking rolls in addition to her acting. Victoria has appeared as Hippolyta/Mustardseed in Sly Rat Theatre's Midsummer Night's Dream at Pipemakers Park. Other roles include Pandora/Mother in Dramatic Pause's Do You Fear the Dark at Butterfly Club, Actor 5 for PlaySix's Masque of the Red Death at Bluestone Arts Space, a Bacchant in Moreland Theatre's The Bacchae at Mechanics Institute. Her costuming credits include the acclaimed Quills for Mockingbird Theatre at the Meat Market, Moreland Theatre's The Bacchae, Dramatic Pause's Do You Fear the Dark, Andi Snelling's #DearDiary;, and Curious Cat's Demens.

Wem Etuknwa

Wem is an actor from Nigeria. He has performed as Reverend Sykes in To Kill a Mockingbird at Free Rain Theatre—Canberra Theatre Centre Studio, and James in The Buffalo Gal at Williamstown Little Theatre. He has also done film acting: The King and Me for Tropfest5 and as the title character in JOJO for Sydney School Of Film. He is perhaps best remembered for his performances as BIG W in Pro Wrestling Australia—Canberra!

Karanvir Malhotra

Karanvir is a vibrant, up and coming actor. His presence has graced several genuinely charming ads such as for Cadbury and Mirinda. Earlier this year he performed in the Short + Sweet International Theatre Competitions.

Suhasini Seelin

Suhasini Seelin is currently a multicultural ambassador with the Melbourne Theatre Company courtesy of Multicultural Arts Victoria. She has been performing with various independent theatre companies since 2011 and has participated in festivals like the Melbourne Fringe, Mapping Melbourne, Anywhere Theatre Festival and Platform at La Mama. She has worked on some complex material like James Joyce, the Indian epic Mahabharata, Edward Albee, etc. She regularly works with Exit Theatre, the Luminous Lunas group with Yumi Umiumare and is currently training with Melbourne Suzuki. In 2016, she performed in Fly Guardian at La Mama and The Day I Left Home at The Cybec Electric readings at MTC.

Alanna Baschera

Alanna has been an avid performer all of her life, having just graduated high school where she participated in twelve major musicals and plays including the likes of Shakespeare, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Woody Allen. She is very much looking forward to this upcoming production and would like to thank everyone involved!

Augustin Tchantcho

Augie Tchantcho comes from a Kuwaiti-Cameroonian heritage. He grew up in the Middle East and was one of the first students from Kuwait to study the Bachelor of Performing Arts course at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Augie had a successful acting career in Kuwait with the One World Actor's Centre prior to moving to Australia. He has a vast experience on stage ranging from Shakespeare, playing Othello in Othello Brutus in Julius Caesar and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew to high energy musicals playing Bill Sykes in Oliver, Daddy Warbucks in Annie and Mufasa, in The Lion king to name a few. After moving to Australia in 2014 he made his debut performance in the Australian premiere of the StageArt's Dreamgirls as Marty and was most recently King Triton in Windmill theatre company's The Little Mermaid. He is excited to play the role of Zachum the Elephant as he believes elephant symbolise family and unity, and hopes that the project opens eyes to see how important these magnificent creatures truly are, and that they are worthy of our protection and respect

Katherine Phelps

Katherine is a published author, produced screenwriter, playwright, and theatre director. She has a PhD in storytelling for computer game design and has lectured at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Victoria University. She is mentioned in history books about the founding of the Internet. She is deeply involved in social justice work and has organised International Peace Day events, as well as spent part of a year with refugees in detention.


Holi Walsh (stage management)

Deborah Henry (stage management)

Andrew Pam (technical advisor)


Victoria Haslam:
Bell mimosa branch, guns, skull.

Ivan Lim:
Programming app for poop-cam, helping build poop-cam.

Jacinta Richardson, Andrew Phillips, and Victoria Haslam:
Building "Minecraft" forest, making elephant food, and more.

Cast Photographers

Margaret Wong (main)

Greg Kerr (posters/flyers)


Details for the music used in Heard of Elephants
Show Title Song/Mix Music Title ComposerSource
All lyrics by Katherine Phelps.
All songs and music are CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise indicated.
Birth Katherine Phelps "Autumn Leaf" Lizziam
Naming Song Katherine Phelps "Carefree"
BY 3.0
Kevin MacLeod Incompetech
Come Along "Cold Funk"
BY 3.0
Kevin MacLeod Incompetech
The Rains Fall Katherine Phelps "Rains Will Fall"
BY 3.0
Kevin MacLeod Incompetech
Sparring With Dad "Dubakupado"
BY 3.0
Kevin MacLeod Incompetech
Musth Makes an Elephant Crazy "Timpani Loop" PD Erratic
Mating Katherine Phelps "Epic Orchestra" Ed Tijo
Mournful Shots Katherine Phelps "Mournful Violin" Cottager
Wallow Waltz "Sad Toys Factory" PD Mimmo D'Ippolito
We Are More Katherine Phelps "Stoic Morning"
BY 3.0
Kevin MacLeod Incompetech
Drought "Lost Frontier"
BY 3.0
Kevin MacLeod Incompetech
Poached "Virtutis Vocis"
BY 3.0
Kevin MacLeod Incompetech
Terrified Young Elephants Katherine Phelps "Oriental Ambience #01A" Toam
Heard of Elephants Katherine Phelps "Joy"
BY-NC-SA 4.0
Joao Picoito Free Music Archive

Special Thanks!

SomaChi Yoga

We deeply appreciate the use of SomaChi Yoga's space for this show, which they freely donated. Please check out their courses for something uplifting!

The Thin Green Line Foundation

We are incredibly grateful for the insights the people of The Thin Green Line have brought us into what it's genuinely like to be an African park ranger! Founder Sean Willmore has been incredibly supportive. Chris Maddigan deserves a thank you for both her enthusiasm and bringing our production together with a ranger consultant. Michael Treanor is a real hero for taking his free time to come out and talk with the actors about all things elephant, African, and park rangerish!

Connected Community Hackerspace

We so love the people at CCHS! They have helped me learn how to use equipment in order to build props. They have been ready with topflight advice. I am especially grateful to Andrew Gelme for sharing his knowledge about building robots for poop-cam!

Crowdfunding Supporters

Jacinta Richardson

Victoria Haslam

Norman & Mary Jean Phelps

Kaye Wright

Aileen Britton

Derek Moo

Kylie Cook

Caroline Murphy

Veronika Birken

Margaret Wong

Gareth Hodges

Gwen Knaebel

Bob Flack

Tricia Fitzgerald

Harlene Hercules

Performances: from Fri 16 Sept to Sun 02 Oct
Location: SomaChi Yoga 15 Bedford St
(near Smith St), Collingwood
Tickets: Melbourne Fringe Festival
or call 03 9660 9666


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Glass Wings Productions Melbourne Fringe Festival
SomaChi Yoga


2015 Katherine Phelps
Top photograph, "Elephant With Trunk In Others Mouth", by photographer John Storr, 1997. Licensed under Public Domain