Reviews

Swallow  (2017 – Metro Arts, Brisbane)
Winner: Best Supporting Actress (Elise Greig and Helen O’Leary), Nominated: Best Independent Production – 2017 Matilda Awards
“Everything is beautifully deliberate…Kate Shearer’s directorial decisions are so detailed as to desire a further viewing to appreciate all of the nuances of choice.”  BluecurtainsBris Review, 30 May 2017
Solitary Animals (2000, Hackney Empire Studio, London)
“Altruism and anarchy make for addictively perverse bed-fellows and director, Kate Shearer tends this tension especially well.”  Madeleine North, Time Out, London 18 March 2000
The Red Shoe (2008 The Street Theatre, Canberra)
“Director Kate Shearer, with video designer Rolando Ramaos and designer Jo Briscoe, created a splendid, multidimensional world seeped in childhood imagination and noir-ish mystery. Simply wonderful.”  Naomi Milthorpe, BMA 4 September 2008

WATCH an excerpt from The Red Shoe  (Adaptation of Novel and Direction) – a multi-media work for 10+ years in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive

Emma's Dynasty - Ning conjures dragons

Emma’s Dynasty  (2007 The Street Theatre, Canberra, 2008 APAM Adelaide Festival Centre)
Winner: 2007 Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Theatre: A visually splendid and insightful theatre piece that had impact for a very wide range of audiences.
 “An inspired journey… the target audience will love this. Writer William Yang and director Kate Shearer have created a visually and emotionally rich piece” Alanna Maclean Canberra Times, July 3 2007
 “The production achieved a magical blend of history and fantasy. Much of Jigsaw’s impressive work over the last few years has been the result of working with highly skilled and experienced artists from across various media.”  Eulea Kiraly, Lowdown Magazine, August/September 2007
 “Apart from the fact that it is such a splendidly designed and visually stunning production, Emma’s Dynasty addresses such an important theme – the notion of identity and the affirmation of our heritage. It is thrilling to see such triumphant work from Jigsaw. This was utterly engrossing… imaginative, sensitive and theatrically potent direction.”   Peter Wilkins, Canberra Times reviewer, June 30 2007

WATCH an excerpt from Emma’s Dynasty (Concept and Direction) – a multi-media work for 8-12 year olds in collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia

Walk the Fence (2010 return & 2009  Canberra Theatre Centre, 2009 Kings Street Arts Centre, Perth)
Winner: Kate Shearer – 2009 Canberra Critics Circle Award for writing and direction for Wendy and Walk the Fence
“Under Shearer and Bott’s assured direction, Mason-Hill and Palframan achieved an ideal balance of theatre and dance in their performance.” Lowdown Magazine, 2009

WATCH an excerpt from Walk the Fence  (Concept, Co-writer, Co-Director) – a cross art form work for 4-8 year olds in collaboration with Buzz Dance Theatre, Perth.

Penalty Shot (Two seasons ACT touring 2007/08, regional NSW touring 2008, Victorian Arts Centre – Fairfax 2008, Arts2Go Regional Victoria touring 2009)
Nominated: 2007 AWGIE Award for Theatre for Young Audiences (Daynan Brazil) 
“A tough-minded, funny and touching play…This is not only first-rate theatre for young people. It’s a first-rate play about them.”  Alanna Maclean Canberra Times, 16 August 2007
“Watching through the mesh of the soccer posts was akin to seeing a pixilated picture of the fractures in the young lives slowly mending. They are totally believable as the characters they play…Jigsaw has a winner with this short, fast play.”  Lyn Mills, Canberra Times, 20 August 2007
Big Sister Little Brother (ACT schools’ touring 2006,  Playing Australia national tour of east coast venues 2008)
“Shearer’s direction is meticulous, exploiting the physical comedy with precision and evoking performance from her two actors that recall the comedy partnerships of Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello or Lewis and Martin.”  Review: The Canberra Times, May 2006.