Community Theatre

Shady Business at Arts Theatre Cronulla

Arts Theatre Cronulla director Tom Richards is a clearly fan of playwright Robin Hawdon, a British playwright especially known for the popularity of his comedies. Tom directed The Mating Game in 2014, Perfect Wedding in 2015 and this year is directing Shady Business, ATC’s third play in its 2017 season.

Wife After Death Comedy for Perth

A SECRET life will soon be exposed at a funeral and the bombshell will cause tempers – and ashes – to fly.

It’s all part of Serial Productions’ latest show, Wife After Death, written by Eric Chappell and directed by Rob Warner at the Old Mill Theatre in August and September 2017.

Set at the funeral of successful television comedian Dave Thursby, his friends and family soon discover they know less about him than they imagined.

Holding The Man at Lane Cove

Lane Cove Theatre Company presents the powerful Australian story of love, loss and the AIDS pandemic, Holding The Man, during August 2017.

Based on Timothy Conigrave’s celebrated memoir of the same name, Tommy Murphy’s award-winning play is a breathtakingly honest, achingly funny and completely heart-wrenching account of a 15-year relationship that weathered disapproval, separation, temptation and, ultimately, death.  It is a story - and a celebration - that speaks across generations, sexual preference and cultures.

Williamson's Let The Sunshine in Perth

WHAT happens when people of widely different political views are forced to co-exist?

It’s a question posed in Let The Sunshine, a play from Australia’s most respected contemporary playwright, showing at Limelight Theatre during August 2017.

Written by David Williamson and directed by Tim Riessen, it’s a satirical comedy about 50-something sea-changers and their children.

When Toby, a hard-hitting documentary-maker, flees Sydney with his wife after a blow up with the media, he arrives at his old childhood haven. 

Other Desert Cities for Perth

Playlovers presents the gripping contemporary family drama at The Old Mill Theatre During August 2017.

Playlovers, one of W.A’s foremost and most awarded Community Theatre groups continues to survive with the aid of The Old Mill Theatre in South Perth.

The Women of Lockerbie at Castle Hill

The fourth production of the 2017 Season at Castle Hill Players’ Pavilion Theatre is The Women of Lockerbie, by Deborah Brevoort, directed by Bernard Teuben.

Presented in the style of a Greek tragedy, the play is inspired by a true story surrounding the tragic loss of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into the village of Lockerbie on 21 December 1988.  

Opening on Friday 21 July and running until Saturday 12 August, the production is a superbly written pronouncement of courage and triumph over hatred.  

Oliver! For Bankstown

25 Years after Human Nature’s Michael Tierney broke hearts as the lovable orphan Oliver, Bankstown Theatre Company are about to present this musical theatre classic once again at Bankstown’s Bryan Brown Theatre this July.

Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England, as young, orphaned Oliver Twist navigates London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and - most importantly - for love. 

Tennessee Williams Classic at The Guild Theatre

The Guild Theatre in Rockdale, NSW, presents Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo from August 4 to September 2, 2017.

The Rose Tattoo tells the story of Italian-American widow Serafina Delle Rose who lives in Mississippi in America’s deep south during the 1950’s.  Like most Tennessee Williams plays such as A Street Car Names Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Sweet Bird of Youth - his characters, particularly female ones, are deeply felt and fascinating.

Ron Pidcock OAM and Savoyard

Evergreen entertainer Ron Pidcock has enjoyed an illustrious career on stage in a multitude of well-received roles; and off, as a Committee Member and two terms as Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria President. Gilbert & Sullivan Opera’s very own patter man was recently rewarded for his contribution to our national performing arts culture with a 2017 Order of Australia Medal. He will be showcasing his considerable talents in A Song to Sing O in July at the Phoenix Theatre in Elwood.

Here he is in his own words:

Adelaide Catches Saturday Night Fever

Together with the songs and sound of the Bee Gees, John Travolta’s unforgettable characterisation of Tony Manero ensured huge success for the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever and had the whole world disco dancing. It has also been a huge hit for musical theatre since creator Robert Stigwood adapted it for the stage back in 1998. Adelaide’s Matt Byrne Media will present the SA Premiere of the iconic musical this July. Lesley Reed reports.

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