Community Theatre

Women Behind Bars in WA Premiere of Prison Musical

THE WA premiere of a musical following the lives of women in a British prison – and their relationships in a variety of traumatic circumstances – is Blak Yak Theatre’s July / August 2016 offering.

Directed by Lorna Mackie at the Chrissie Parrott Arts space, Bad Girls – The Musical is based on the UK TV series featuring female inmates in the fictional Her Majesty’s Prison Larkhall.

Run For Your Wife at Limelight

THE most successful comedy farce of all time comes to Limelight Theatre in Perth during July and August 2016.

Written by Ray Cooney and directed Susan Vincent, Run For Your Wife had a nine-year run in London’s West End after debuting in 1983.

The fast-paced comedy follows taxi driver John Smith, a man with two wives and two apartments, who juggles his life between the two homes on a tight schedule.

Guild Caught With Underpants Down.

Rockdale’s Guild Theatre stages The Underpants as its July / August 2016 production.

The Underpants is an adaptation of the 1910 German farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim. It was written as a send-up of bourgeois snobbery and conformity along with issues of anti-Semitism, misogyny and bureaucracy. Sound intellectual? Think again as this drawers-dropping farce flies high with double-entendres, amorous conniving and a healthy dose of slapstick.

Under The Blue Sky in Perth

MOVE out of your comfort zone during July 2016, as Melville Theatre presents a character-driven drama studying unrequited affection, obsession, sex and being happy.

Written by David Eldridge and directed by Susan Lynch, Under The Blue Sky is described as “modern, thoughtful theatre” and boldly follows the relationships, loves and lust of three couples.

All of them are teachers and have been friends for a long time… but all have been hiding truths from each other.

The Last Five Years for Lane Cove

During August 2016, Lane Cove Theatre Company follows up its recent productions of Away, Godspell and The Vagina Monologues with a musical theatre ‘two-hander’ that is (simultaneously) the first and last word on relationships.

Puss in Thongs Panto for Perth

AN AUSSIE take on a fairytale classic plays at Perth’s Phoenix Theatre during July 2016 as Puss in Boots gets a bush makeover.

Written by Judith Prior and directed by Sheryl Gale, Puss in Thongs is a pantomime for the whole family that follows the adventures of Puss and Harry as they set out to find wealth and romance.

Before they head off, Puss orders Harry to buy her some boots and a grand hat – but they only have $5 and compromise by buying thongs instead.

Mousetrap Dances to 70s and 80s Sounds

After a sold out season last year, Shall we dance? returns to the Mousetrap Theatre stage in Redcliffe, Queensland, this time with hits of the 70’s and 80’s, in early July. Get “Footloose” and “Shake your tail feather” with Colin Rhys-Jones. He is bound to get you moving and grooving! Louise Pointing insist “I wanna dance with somebody” and “Listen to your heart” and new talents Caitlin Archer and Kodey Brims will perform popular songs by artists, such as Queen, The Police, Jackson & McCartney and more.

Wicked To Cast Its Spell on Adelaide

Matt Byrne Media thrives on challenging projects and invariably the amateur company comes up trumps with the breadth and spectacle of its productions. This year MBM brings the SA amateur premiere of the magical Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked to the Adelaide stage. Lesley Reed reports.

Genesian Theatre Season 2016

Sydney’s longest operating central city community theatre company, the Genesian, has unveiled its 72nd season including two premiere productions for the city.

Theatre Director Roger Gimblett said the theatre was fortunate to obtain the rights to a new adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

Community Theatre Seasons 2016

Oz heads to Aus in 2016, with the release of non-professional rights to Wicked the biggest news for Community Theatre around Australia.

The international mega-hit, still playing to capacity houses on Broadway after more than a decade, will be produced across the country.

Months before it hits the National Theatre stage in St Kilda in May, we hear that CLOC’s World Amateur Premiere set is booked to travel widely.

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