Two Friends Productions is a theatre company that specialises in creating fun, comedic and educational plays for children of all ages.
The plays are comedies, filled with physical comedy, heightened characters, song, unique scripts, and bright, imaginative props and costumes.
Many of the plays focus on a figure from history, or take a look at an area of science, history, world events or social messages. The plays have themes of self-belief, confidence, and following your dreams.
Two Friends Productions performs for schools, camps, holiday programs, museums and other cultural institutions.
The plays are mainly aimed at primary and early high school students but are enjoyed by children and adults of all ages.
The theatre company is owned and run by Jade Thomson and Amanda Bermand, who research, write, develop, produce and perform all shows.
MISSION & VALUES
Two Friends Productions aims to introduce children to educational topics in a fun and engaging way. Jade and Amanda co-create each play with a strong emphasis on comedy and entertainment in order to fully engage and educate young audiences.
Amanda and Jade met whilst studying a Bachelor of Arts (Acting) at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy.
They graduated in 2009 and Two Friends Productions was born the same year.
Since formation Two Friends Productions has delighted thousands of children whilst working with The State Library of Victoria, Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Narmbool Discovery Camps, The National Wool Museum, Urban Camp, Cultural Infusion, many schools as well as recurring seasons at Sovereign Hill, The National Sports Museum, Albury LibraryMuseum and La Mama Courthouse.
Jade Thomson (Producer, Designer and Performer)
During her performance training at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, Jade further developed her comedic and physical skills through roles such as ‘Dot’ in Murder on the Ballarat Train and ‘Trains’ in The Devil is an Ass. She graduated just after devising a physical theatre piece titled Boundaries which explored the mental restrictions we put on ourselves.
Along with her work at Two Friends Productions, Jade also performed in Cosi and A Midsummer Nights Dream in 2010, produced a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in which she also played the role of ‘Julia’ in 2012, developed and performed in The Beauty and the Beast for the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival and performed and helped produce and direct Noel Coward’s Semi-Monde in 2015 with Seven Actors.
Jade is an experienced musician and writes the music used in Two Friends Productions, occasionally with her brother of TomTom Recordings.
Amanda Bermand (Producer, Writer and Performer)
Amanda has extensive experience in both the theatre and children’s entertainment industry. She began her theatre career by studying a Bachelor of Arts (Acting) at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, where she played many exciting roles and wrote and directed several short plays.
During the university break of 2007/2008, Amanda traveled to India where she taught drama and directed plays in underprivileged schools. It was here that Amanda developed her love of working with and performing to children.
After completing her degree, Amanda decided to pursue further training in physical theatre and moved to London, where she spent two years studying ‘Creative Theatre and Performance’ at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).
During this course, Amanda developed her comedic, physical theatre and clowning skills.
Amanda has worked with a variety of independent theatre and film companies and has had four years experience as a children’s entertainer for parties and special events.
She has written 17 plays for Two Friends Productions.
Safiye Vurdu (Performer)
Before studying a BA in Music Theatre at the Arts Academy, Federation University, Safiye was the lead singer and co-songwriter of Melbourne band Vacant Skies. Safiye has also worked as a sessional vocal recording artist for musicians such as John Trager. During her time at the Arts Academy Safiye’s highlights include Urinetown (Little Sally cover), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Bun Foo), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena Landless cover) and her self-devised cabaret What Would James Dean Do (WWJDD).