Community Theatre

Orpheus Ventures to the Underworld at Rockdale

Rockdale Opera Company is presenting the classic Offenbach operetta Orpheus in the Underworld during July and August 2016. Director Ralph Bott speakes to Stage Whispers.

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Patience in Sydney's North

Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Sydney presents Patience: a timeless and hilarious musical satire on fame, fandom, art and pretension. With a healthy dose of romance!

And it all happens at Shore School in North Sydney from 30 Sept to 8 October, with preview performances in Narrabeen and Bundanoon (18 and 24 Sept respectively).

Patience may be a virtue, but in this comedy of lovesick fans, phony pop idols and macho men, Patience is also a milkmaid – a kind, straightforward country girl who is happy to call a spade a spade.

Much Ado in Perth

ONE of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies – first performed in 1598 – comes alive at Belmont’s Latvian Centre Theatre (WA) in August 2016.

Directed by Joanne Lamont for ARENAarts, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of Messina soldiers returning home from war victorious to reunite with their prospective brides.

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.

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.

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