La Mama Musica Program Curator – Annabel Warmington
Annabel Warmington has worked in a variety of technical and production roles in theatre and music around Melbourne for more than 30 years.
From mainly big commercial musicals (lighting, wardrobe) through the 1980s, and stage management, lighting, sound, and costume, set and prop-making in independent theatre since then – her love is for the intimate small theatre settings that encourage relationship between art-makers and audience/participants. Theatre highlights include working with Reg Livermore at Her Majesty’s Theatre, being House Technician at The Store Room in Fitzroy for five years, lighting and operating several seasons of ‘Spontaneous Broadway’ and ‘Brian Munich & Friends’ at various venues, coffin upholstery/stage management for Judith Lucy, and building maintenance at the Princess Theatre back in the early 1980’s.
Annabel has also worked with some of Melbourne’s finest musicians in various capacities, most often and intensively as band manager and lighting/sound technician for ensembles as marvellous and musically varied as Miss Dorothy & His Fools In Love (comedy jazz cabaret), Dianna Kiss (reggae – feat. Ross Hannaford, Jex Saarelaht, Russell Smith), Gerry Hale’s Uncle Bill (bluegrass), Cosmo Cosmolino (gypsy/tango), and The Adam Simmons Toy Band (original brass-based jazz).
For the last 10 years Annabel has lit and co-curated with Adrian Sherriff La Mama Musica, La Mama’s very long-running monthly concert series featuring new and improvised music at La Mama’s Theatre and Courthouse, where she also enjoys being a regular member of the Front-of-House family, and tending to the courtyard gardens.
Performance has pleasingly snuck back into her life, in the form of an improvised duo set with trombonist Adrian Sherriff to promote La Mama Musica; creating/performing the live soundtrack to an Explorations Season physical theatre piece with Pippa Bainbridge (2012); appearing in Nicola Gunn’s 2013 Melbourne Festival production In Spite of Myself, and in Chris Molyneux’s 2015 Midsumma Festival children’s puppet show Anton & Olaf: A Fruity Fairytale, and hopes to continue working with similar lovely people.
A practical person, she likes being an ‘arts worker’, connecting with people, and building, gardening, making things, walking with her dogs, swimming, cycling, and kayaking around the Yarra River. Water, open air and big skies are essential.