SHANE ADAMCZAK – Artistic Director


Shane Adamczak graduated from WAAPA in 2003 and has since gone on to become a stalwart of the West Australian Theatre scene; a Fringe Festival veteran of over 60 festivals worldwide and “One of Perth’s most successful independent theatre creators” (The Sunday Times) and is a founding member and current Artistic Director of Independent Theatre Company Weeping Spoon Productions. He is also worked on numerous productions as a puppeteer/performer with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, as well as Cicada for Barking Gecko Theatre and New Owner for The Last Great Hunt.

His most recent work VEHICLE, co-created with Sam Longley, took out the WA Theatre/Performance and Martin Sims Awards at the 2023 Fringe World Festival.

A regular on the Canadian Fringe circuit, his most recent work includes a Canadian Tour of his award-winning play The Ballad Of Frank Allen which took out the coveted Just For Laughs (Best Comedy) Award at the 2017 Montreal Fringe. He also appeared in the multi-award winning Frankie’s, Greg Fleet’s  THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG, TRAMPOLINE and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (as Brad Majors) He gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of iconic Sex Pistols front-man Johnny Rotten in the award winning Canadian play Vicious Circles. He was also a cast member of LA Troupe Sound & Fury for their 2015 and 2017 Australian Fringe Tours.

Shane is also known for his alter-ego project Zack Adams which has toured Australia and internationally over the last decade and was nominated for several Canadian Fringe Awards. As an Improviser, he a senior player of Improv-comedy troupe The Big HOO-HAA!, TheatreSports Champion, creator of cult-hit Captain Spaceship and has appeared as a special guest on The Second City Mainstage.

Shane recently appeared on screen in the feature I Met A Girl, The War The Changed Us and Paper Planes. Shane was also the face of STAN’s “Hungry Eyes” campaign.

A Spare Parts Puppet Theatre Company Associate, tutor and puppeteer, he has performed as a puppeteer in numerous productions including The Little Prince, String Symphony, Cat Balloon, The Man From Snowy River, Spellbound and The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek.

“If someone gave Shane a TV show, I’d start watching the box again. It’s what Australian comedy is supposed to be like.” – Rip It Up

“One of Perth’s most successful independent theatre creators” – The Sunday Times

“Adamczak has done it again…The Ballad of Frank Allen has all the hallmarks of Adamcak and Weeping Spoon show. It plays with clichés and tropes, without itself feeling clichéd, it has that goofy humour and most importantly it’s got a sweet self penned soundtrack” – The AU Review

“Fringe may be all about taking risks, but if there’s a blue chip investment in this market, it’s the hour of your time and the twenty-five bucks you’ll spend on these blokes.” – The West Australian

“Adamczak is a comic writing genius in my book. His short play Trampoline is one of the most endearingly whimsical love stories to grace the small stage I’ve ever seen. It packs such a ‘feel good’ punch that once its finished you’ll want to go straight back into the theatre and watch it all over again.”

Image credit HEADSHOT (Paul Robinson)

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