Meet writer/director/performer/producer – Noel Anderson started acting as a teenager (Sydney’s Independent Theatre) and once was the stand-in for Hollywood film star William Holden (I Wear The Same Shirt Size As William Holden) star of the classic ‘Sunset Boulevard’. Noel completed NIDA’s Playwright Studio in 1996 and his written work includes: Germ Warfare (Bondi Pavilion, Sydney), Kylie Kastle Throws a Party – an educational piece performed in schools across Australia, Sammy and Dave (Stables Theatre, Sydney) and The Carer (Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney). In 2008, Noel’s play Pulling Out won ‘best writing and best production’ Pink Shorts (Gasworks, Melbourne) and in 2012 his work was featured in ‘Love Letters’ at the Melbourne Arts Centre. In 2013 Noel’s play Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame played to sellout crowds at La Mama Courthouse, returning 2015 to the Jewish Museum of Australia alongside Warhol’s exhibition ‘Geniuses – Famous Jews of the 20th Century’. Other work includes the musical Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne) and his play on the AIDS epidemic, Dark Victory (Playtime finalist Midsumma Festival 2016). Noel has directed over 50 theatre productions. These include Oliver (Gold Coast Performing Arts Complex), Arthur Miller’s ‘Two Way Mirror’ & Sylvia Plath’s ‘Letters Home’ (Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney), The Water Seller (Best Director Monash Festival) and ‘Especes Menacees’ performed in French (MFTC). Moving to film, Noel worked on the first-ever Australian aboriginal sitcom for SBS, ‘The Masters,’ and directed the TV series ‘NEXT’ season 1 & 2 (Foxtel, Amazon Prime, We-Are TV) and the music video ‘Travellers in Time’ filmed at Bakehouse Studios (13,000 views on YouTube) winner of best music video ‘Los Angeles Film Awards.’ Noel is a member of Melbourne Writer’s Social Group, his stories ‘Hello Little Man’ and ‘Unfinished Symphony’ are featured in MWSG Anthology 2016/2017. Noel produced and directed a successful season of ‘Love Kills 2017’ for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, writing and performing the ‘Kylie poptastic‘ Confide in Me (also on iTunes). At the start of 2020, Noel published Ghost Story, a stage adaption of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James on Amazon, and his play on the AIDS epidemic Dark Victory was published by Australian Plays Transform. When the coronavirus hit Australia, Noel embraced the online theatre format, and his play ‘Moonshot’ was performed in June 2020 by Antipodes Theatre Co. In April 2021, Noel wrote and directed Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever for Midsumma Festival, produced by Cracked Actors Theatre.
In 2022, Noel’s screenplay ‘Sammy and Dave Unlucky in Love’ won the New York Script Award and LA’s Redwood Script Award. Noel has a podcast channel on iTunes where he interviews independent Melbourne artists called Noel Anderson’s 15 Mins of Fame and he has 10,000 followers on social media who all ‘believe in the power of pop art, music, storytelling and Campbell’s Soup’.
Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame and Dark Victory are available from Australian Plays Transform.