Community Theatre

Powerful Tragedy in Wolf Lullaby

A CHILLING play that looks at children who murder, asking if there is intrinsic evil in the world, is the latest production at South Perht’s Old Mill Theatre, from July 31, 2015.

Written by Australian playwright Hilary Bell, Wolf Lullaby explores the themes of parental guilt and responsibility and whether some people are just born evil.

Set in a bleak, remote Tasmanian town, a small child is murdered – and suspicion falls on nine-year-old Lizzie.

Sondheim Meets Roman Farce In Forum at Phoenix

Phoenix Ensemble's upcoming production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is taking comedy all the way back to its roots – to Ancient Rome!

Running over five weekends from 7 August at Beenleigh’s boutique Pavilion Theatre, Forum delivers an almost constant stream of gags and upbeat songs.

The Merry Widow from Bluegum Creek Returns to Diamond Valley

Based on the original operetta Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, and featuring an identical score, Bluegum Widow has a distinctly Australian flavour. Set in the Australian Embassy in Paris 1901, with the action moving to a Parisian apartment, it's a story about love lost and found, mistaken identity (or was it?), Aussie vernacular confusing the “Frenchies”, and Parisian cultured society versus the unsophisticated Australian abroad. The poor Aussies are rather out of their depth in sophisticated Paris and would not survive without their wily French translator.

Charmaine Flies In As Wollongong's Mary Poppins

The challenge of playing one of the most iconic characters in musical theatre history is what drove Charmaine Gibbs to audition for the lead role in MoonGlow Productions’ upcoming season of Mary Poppins.

Now one of Wollongong’s best-known leading ladies is prepared to take that challenge head-on, when MoonGlow Productions season of the Disney classic hits the WIN Entertainment Centre between July 9-11.

Mary Poppins Floats Into Adelaide for SA Premiere

Adelaide missed out on the professional tour of the musical Mary Poppins when it was staged in Australia a while back, but Matt Byrne Media will rectify that in July, ensuring SA families can now enjoy a fine production of this endearing family show. Lesley Reed reports.

The Snow Queen to Melt Hearts in Lane Cove

Cold can freeze your heart, love can set you free

Lane Cove Theatre Company follows up their sell-out production of Godspell with a timeless and timely musical tale for children of all ages: The Snow Queen.

Gruesome Playground Injuries: Modern “Anti-romance”

A CRITICALLY-acclaimed play from a Pulitzer Prize finalist explores the complexities of relationships at Playlovers Theatre during July 2015.

Written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins, Gruesome Playground Injuries has been described as a modern “anti-romance” as it follows the lives of Doug and Kayleen from the ages of eight to 38.

Packemin's Mary Poppins Flies In To Parramatta

There is no denying that for any given live production it all starts in the rehearsal room. A cast and creative collective are thrown together, some having worked together before, others having not; we have a script, a musical score and one crucial element – a shared love of performing.

Packemin’s production of Mary Poppins is now in its third month of rehearsals. With just over 4 weeks till opening night, the atmosphere in the rehearsal room is alive and buzzing and the young performers bring a fun, fresh energy to the room.

Infidelity, lies and suspicion in The Real Thing

WHAT happens when a playwright and actors dodge intricately between make-believe and reality?

The answer lies in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, presented by the Graduate Dramatic Society (WA) from June 19, 2015 at Stirling Theatre.

Directed by Barry Park, it follows playwright Henry and his marriage to two actresses – he is married to Charlotte, playing the lead in his latest play, but he soon falls for Annie and leaves his first wife.

Grant Alley OAM

Congratulations to Grant Alley who has been recognised with an Order of Australia medal (OAM) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Grant was awarded this honour for his service to the performing arts, particularly theatre.  


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