involved in the project development (to date)
Rachel Tribout was born and studied visual communication and illustration in France. Like her children’s book character Blueberry, she then traveled to Hobart, Tasmania, where she currently works as a freelance illustrator, collaborating with design on commercial and cultural projects.
Between 2013 & 15 Rachel was a mentor for emerging and early career designers through the International Council of Design and is a member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Her love of folk tales was set alight by the Tasmanian wilderness, inspiring her to create two children’s books (The Monsters of Tasmania, 2014, and The Journey of Admiral Bolognaise, 2016). She is currently working on the third book of the series. Recently she has been touring in China and Japan, performing live drawings in a children’s theatre show ‘You and Me and the Space Between’ with Terrapin Puppet Theatre.
In the twenty-plus years since they first appeared on the Melbourne live pub scene, the Tripod “lads” have delighted audiences from comedy clubs to symphonic concert halls and everything in between. They have also created numerous narrative musicals for the stage, as well as for children’s cartoons and global videogame properties, picking up multiple awards and, through their constant work on television and radio (and, more recently, their popular podcast), becoming a much loved household name along the way.
Three-part harmony arranged with extraordinary complexity - accompanied by guitars and often piano - make the backbone of a live Tripod concert; a loosely choreographed, expertly timed comedy show, with dynamics that change on a whim and snap back in the blink of an eye. Twenty-two years of playing onstage together has galvanised the boys into a world-class comedy show biz juggernaut with whip-smart writing and musical chops to match.
ABOUT RACHEL TRIBOUT
Finegan has had 81 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages and was received the 2017 Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award for services to international theatre for young audiences, the 2015 David Williamson Award for Excellence in Australian Playwrighting, and an inaugural recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.
To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: over 100 international festivals; all Australian states/territories; eight US national tours; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (three works), New York’s Lincoln Center for the Arts (three works), DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (three works), Ireland’s Abbey Theatre (two works), and Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre (two works).
As well as the Mickey Miners and David Williamson Awards, and Sidney Myer Fellowship, Finegan and his work have received 35 awards, at least one each year since 2002. These include five Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Awards, an honorary Tasmanian Theatre Award for Exceptional Writing, 2013 Most Excellent Theatre Award at Shanghai’s International Children’s Theatre Festival, and the 2012 Helpmann Award for Children’s Theatre.
He was one of 21 selected worldwide for the ASSITEJ Next Generation (young leaders in children’s theatre), and has sat on the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, Australian Script Centre board, Australian Writers Guild Playwrights Committee, and Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Individuals, Tasmanian Literary Awards and Artsbridge panels. He is currently a board member of the Story Island Project board (promoting youth literacy and empowerment through storytelling with the state’s most marginalised young people).
Finegan lives in Hobart Tasmania, from which he now writes for national/international companies. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within.