A fable of Christmas and a classic of the British post World War Two era, The Holly and The Ivy plays at The Guild Theatre, Rockdale NSW during November 2013.
It’s 1947 in the quaint vicarage of the Reverend Martin Gregory. As his family gather to celebrate the festive season, tensions break through the emotional veneer and secrets tumble out. With some unexpected laughs, preconceived ideas and assumptions are shattered as each family member learns how to reveal their true selves.
Family pantomimeis alive and well at South Perth’s Old Mill Theatre during November and December 2013, with Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, providing a cavalcade of songs, visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.
Directed by Neroli Burton, Limelight Scripts has provided a fresh take on an old favourite – Snow White is still the fairest of them all and her wicked stepmother still uses a poisoned apple on her.
Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves, the last show of 2013 at Castle Hill’s Pavilion Theatre, is the madcap story of three married couples with only thing one thing in common: and it isn’t wedded bliss.
With his trademark incisive wit and imaginative staging, Ayckbourn takes the audience on a wild ride as William and Mary Featherstone go to dinner with first his new boss and then his new colleague, blithely unaware that they’re being used as unwitting dupes in a double-barrel game of marital ping pong.
Rarely does a production cater for three generations of performers from the one family, let alone with the performance craft and talent to match, but this is just what is set to happen when Adelaide’s The Hills Musical Company stages its November 2013 production, the popular Sondheim classic A Little Night Music.
Performers (and family members) Myfanwy May, Bronwen James and Georgia James will play grandmother, mother and daughter for the first time onstage.
Patrick Hamilton’s chilling Victorian psychological thriller Gaslight is the final production for 2013 for the Centenary Theatre Group (Queensland), opening on 2 November.
This classic thriller, set in Victorian London, was first produced in 1938 and later filmed twice, in Britain and in the USA. Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Bella Manningham in the latter version.