With the long summer school holidays coming to a close many parents are out of ideas for keeping the kids entertained before the school year begins. This was the thinking behind St George Theatre Company (NSW) presenting Snow White & The Pirate Adventure, a pantomime written by children’s playwright and musical theatre performer Sally Redman. Sally said, “I am so thrilled that St George Theatre Company asked to use my work. It’s been performed previously with YAMA in Cowra as well as Shire Music Theatre.
The Awards Ceremony for the 2013 Robert Finley Awards was held at the Subiaco Arts Centre (WA) on January 11th. The evening included excerpts from a selection of varied productions and included an opening number (pictured) featuring children from eight Independent Theatre Clubs and eleven different productions.
Hosted by Tyler Jones, awards were presented by Paul Treasure and Kimberley Shaw, with Adjudicators Awards being presented by 2013 Adjudicators, Kent Acott, Fiona Forster and Lyn Hutcheon.
Australian comedy Caravan, written by David MacDonald, is the opening show of Queensland company Javeenbah Theatre’s 2014 Playbill on January 24
The story follows Penny and Parkes and their oldest friends Rodney and Monica on their annual caravan holiday. They’re joined by bachelor friend Pierce who brings his very young and very new girlfriend Gwendolyn. Six people crammed into a caravan during days of incessant rainfall is bad enough, but, add to that the various secrets and scandals and a very awkward holiday ensues.
THE Old Mill Theatre is playing host to the Perth premiere of Under Any Old Gum Tree on February 1. It’s the story of Martin O’Meara VC and what’s been described as “one man’s journey into hell” as he came from Ireland to Australia and then from No Man’s Land to insanity.
Written and directed by Noel O’Neill in association with the Australian-Irish Heritage Association, the show features Kieran Garvey and Rex Gray and includes songs and music written and dedicated to Martin O’Meara.
SEXUAL harassment, political correctness and changing social values come to the fore at Garrick Theatre (W.A.) in its first season of 2014.
Written by David Williamson and directed by Dale James, Brilliant Lies is an adult comedy about a woman who accuses her former employer of harassment and unfair dismissal after failing to comply with his sexual demands.
Brilliant Lies was also made into a 1996 film with Anthony LaPaglia, Gia and Zoe Carides and Ray Barrett.
Nominations have been announced for the Canberra Area Theatre Awards.
The Gala Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday February 22 at Llewellyn Hall School of Music from 7pm. The Gala will be hosted John Wood and Stephen Pike, with special guests including Jon English.
Tickets are on sale at Ticketek.
Last night, Theatre devotees on the Gold Coast paid homage to the life of the former Arts Centre Resident Director, Robert Young, who passed away at his home in New Zealand on 1stDecember from Prostate Cancer.
For over 20 years Robert directed and choreographed Musical Productions on the Coast, sharing his knowledge and experience in nurturing the talented young cast and crew.