Briony Farrell

Performing Artist, Workshop Facilitator

Briony is an actor, theatre-maker and teaching artist. She has worked with Polyglot for five wonderful years, taking part in the Generator program, as well as shows and projects including Boats, Paper Planet and First On The Ladder. 

Her passion for working with young people sees her work across multiple organisations including The Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Lost Lands Festival and Arena Theatre Company. As a teaching artist she works for NIDA Open and has delivered arts programs across multiple regional schools for the Horsham Regional Arts’ Art Is Festival. For six months of 2021 she took part in the Creative Workers in Schools program, delivering theatre and film making workshops to children at Flemington Primary School. 

Across 2020-2021, she presented a new work for children and their families with the ArtPlay New Ideas Lab called Polypropylene Dreams. This was a new work co-written and co-designed by herself, Christian Taylor and children from multiple development workshops. It asks audiences how we can look after ourselves whilst also taking care of the planet.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Acting from the Victorian College of the Arts and in October 2019 she returned from London with a Masters in Classical Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 
During her time overseas she performed the lead role of Imogen in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline: King of Britain and Dunyasha in Dame Janet Suzman’s take on The Cherry Orchard. In 2020 she performed as a Witch in an Australia wide tour of Macbeth with Essential Theatre.

Throughout her career she has played a wide range of roles on stage including Nina in The Seagull, Roxie Hart in Roxie Hart, Donalbain, Fleance and the Porter in Macbeth, Ismene in Antigone and Rose Pickles in Cloudstreet. She also played Abigail Williams for two consecutive years in a Victorian wide tour of The Crucible with Complete Works Theatre Company.

Boats production photo by Jason Lau, courtesy of Arts Centre Melbourne