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About us

We want to create theatre that is exciting, fresh, moving & entertaining.

We want to celebrate writers, new & old.

We want to make you feel, make you forget, make you shift uncomfortably in your seat, make you laugh.


We want to be the reason people see more theatre.


We are Lightning Jar Theatre.

Dylan watson

Dylan has  been acting professionally for the last six years, but has been performing on stage and screen since the  age of eight. He trained at 16th Street Actors Studio in 2010-11 & has since worked with  incredible acting coaches & directors from all over the world including Larry Moss, Ian Rickson & Carol Rosenfeld.  Dylan has been in close to 50 short films, around  20 or so plays, as well as a fair few films and TV shows. He's passionate about great writing & has produced shows for the Fringe & Comedy Festivals in Melbourne, as well as through his other theatre group, the Kin Collective, alongside Noni Hazlehurst, Michala Banas, Marg Downey & more.


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Syrie has worked in the independent and fringe sectors across film, theatre, and live performance both here in Australia and overseas. She has collaborated on projects developed through the University of Melbourne, Monash Academy of Performing Arts and the Victorian College of the Arts, and continues to work as an actor, creative producer and crew member on independent theatre and film productions. Syrie has also worked extensively with arts and film festivals; as a Stage Manager and Theatre Manager at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2010-11), and in programming roles as a Features Panellist for the Melbourne International Film Festival, and Cineseeds Program Coordinator for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. She was recently part of an all-female creative and production team as Assistant Producer for Hotel Now’s Her Father’s Daughter at Prahran Council Chambers.

Hannah greenwood

Hannah has been acting professionally since she was 11 years old. She was a child actor, and spent a lot of her teenage years on different television sets. After finishing school she went on to study Acting at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and moved back to Melbourne in 2010. Since graduating she have been fortunate to be involved in quite a few independent theatre shows, and I has never stopped wanting to learn more about her craft. She met Dylan and Tilly in 2012 at a Larry Moss master class where she and Dylan were scene partners. It was a ground breaking experience.

Tilly Legge

Tilly is a critically acclaimed stage and screen actor with a passion for telling stories that empower women. Seen most recently as Vanda in the Lightning Jar's Melbourne premiere of Venus in Fur (Dir. Kirsten von Bibra) she has also played Salome in Salome (Dir. Bob Pavlich), Estelle in No Exit (Dir. Roslyn Dobelsky),  Queenie in Wild Party (Dir. Bob Pavlich) and Tiggy/Zoe in Bombshells (Dir. Jim French). She has played in several TV shows (Neighbours, Offspring, Sideliners) as well leading numerous feature and short films (Summit, Last Ditch, The Butcher Possessions). In 2013 she won the Best Actress Award at Bite Sized Theatre Festival for her portrayal of Betty in Sure Thing (Dir. Soren Jensen). Tilly has trained at 16th Street Actors Studio in the Full Time Program & since with Larry Moss, Ian Rickson & with her mentor Penelope Chater.

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