Benedict is a theatre-maker: a writer, performer, dramaturg and seer. The stage is in his blood (not literally): he is the son of noted community theatre identities Owen Jay and Estelle Jaye. Legend has it that he was conceived in an interval of a performance of “The Mousetrap” at the Hunters Hill Theatre, in which Owen and Estelle were both appearing. From birth, Benedict was recognised as an artistic prodigy and, at the age of six, composed his first libretto for the sandpit. In 2015, he was accepted, attended and survived with distinction a year at NIDA (the National Institute of Dramatic Art), from which he graduated with a MFA (Dramaturgy and Advanced Theatrical Conceptualisation). 

 

Outside of Toxic Kiss, his work includes: My Eternal Pain and General Discomfort (Tahmoor Fringe), Blah-Etcetera (Random Outbursts Festival), Shutup (The KY Jelly Project),  and Angry Rain Dribbles - which won the Reginald Bulbous Award for Most Profoundly Enigmatic Show at the Melbourne Fringe (Musical Division). His graduate work Truth?, a dramatisation of a copy of New Weekly he found on the bus, was praised by his lecturer as “bowel-churning”. 

 

Prior to his time at NIDA, Benedict was the recipient of the Owen Pappoose scholarship from the Dapto Performing Arts Centre and he was the resident artist at the Drafty Gulag Theatre, Marrickville in 2013.

 

His spiritual animal is a duck. 

Benedict J. Jay-Jaye