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Axle Gunn
The patriarch of the Bannister Clan is Michael Bannister.

Axle Gunn is playing the role of Michael Bannister

A career spanning several decades, Axle Gunn has magnetized audiences with his chilling portrayals of darker roles in film. Axle has worked in various roles in the entertainment industry including; Radio/TV News presenter, musician, voice artist and versatile actor. Diversifying into a number of different multimedia platforms, Axle has accomplished praise for his hard work in the independent and corporate entertainment industries. Highlights of his career include The Golden Dragon 2 (1998), Fun (2012), Collateral Damage (2012), Red Sky (2015), The Tormentors (2015), Then and Now (2016), and Kicks (2016).


Michael was a creative and playful child.  He played a range of instruments, participated in student theatre, and loved his little sister Ruby.  His talents continued into adulthood and he attended a prominent acting school before going on to establish a spectacularly international career in film and on stage.  He was particularly noted for his character roles and received two oscar nominations before tragedy struck.  His family was involved in a car accident leaving his wife dead and himself and his youngest daughter permanently injured. 

It had been a loving and supportive marriage, his wife also being a successful actress, and Michael had found it impossible to move on.  He quit acting and retreated to the quiet holiday home owned by the family.  He had a weak back and permanent scarring.  Michael retreated into his family and focused on his two daughters, Sienna and Emerald.  His fortunes dwindled and his sadness enveloped the household.  He lived for his girls thinking his own life over.

Michael is now 56.  He has good mobility, although he still needs a stick to walk.  Recently Ruby put a proposition to him.  She wanted to start up a theatre company.  She has plenty of money and said she wants to help him rediscover his artistic voice.  She wants him to be the director.  Michael believes he has a good relationship with Ruby.  They have always been close and he is grateful for this opportunity to continue his career.  He has been working with Emerald, his youngest, for years now trying to help her develop her talents within the confines of her disabilities and can appreciate this gesture for what it is - a chance to find himself as an artist again, to be a whole person again. 

As director he thinks of himself as the creative driving force of the company.  After all, he is the one with the experience and reputation.  Ruby's one condition was that her family be employed.  Michael feels a benign indulgence about this as he was planning to do the same with his daughters.



CHAPTER 23: The Catchy Barrier

CHAPTER 23 The Catchy Barrier LISTEN HERE Scene 1: The Recovery (Part 2) Brick goes over to build bridges with Kirana who has just finished her set at the Bistro.
FEATURING: Jo Boyd and Justin Groves
Scene 2: The Catch Up It is two weeks later and Ruby drops in at the end of rehearsal to check in with Michael about how rehearsals are going.
FEATURING: Axle Gunn and Maree Shefford
Scene 3: The Barriers Ruby has invited Edward to the Bistro to explain to him how things are going to be.
FEATURING: Scott Knight and Maree Shefford
Scene 4: The Extension Ruby and Edward meet up in Ruby's office to have  Skype call with Flora
FEATURING:  Scott Knight and Maree Shefford

CHAPTER 22: The Recovered Reading

Scene 1: The Reading The cast of Richard III prepare for the round table script reading
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Jaclyn Lombardo. 
Scene 2: The Reading (cont.) The script read through continues
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Jaclyn Lombardo.
Scene 3: The Recovery Brick and Michael get together for a drink at the Bistro bar after a very long day.
FEATURING: Justin Groves and Axle Gunn


In 2019 the role of Kirana has been taken over by Jo Boyd as we sadly had to say goodbye to Gabrielle Reiher at Christmas. Gabrielle has gone on to focus on other exciting opportunities. You may remember Jo from filling in the role of Ruby Drummond when Maree Shefford was a bit poorly. When we realised we needed a new Kirana we didn't have to look far at all. Welcome to the team Jo!!!

Jo Boyd is playing the role of Kirana
Jo is a mother, a grandmother and a small business owner and also really enjoys modelling and creative photography. She has a real passion for acting which has steered her toward film and podcasting and in all of this she relishes a good challenge! Jo's films include The Last Hope, To Love Somebody, Dark Night of the Zomboogies, Blue, Faberge Black, and The Faceless Man. She is currently filming Of Course God Is Italian. Jo also featured in the music video Which Witch is Which. Jo would love to take on more featured speaking roles and extras work.