Community Theatre

Dry Rot at The Henry Lawson Theatre

The Henry Lawson Theatre, at Werrington County (NSW) begins its 2012 season in February with the comedy Dry Rot by John Roy Chapman, directed by Peter Williams.

Secret passageways and hidden doors are just part of this high-energy comedy set in a country house in rural England during the 1940’s.

Mr and Mrs Wagstaff (Steve Treloar and Colleen Soper) have retired to rural England and have bought a small bed and breakfast. Their first guests are about to arrive and chaos abounds.

WA Premiere of Psychological Thriller Mindgame

Playlovers presents the WA premiere of Mindgame, a psychological thriller peppered with black comedy, from March 2.

Directed by Jenny Ferguson, Mindgame is set in a hospital for the criminally insane as true-crime writer Mark Styler tries to interview a notorious serial killer.

It was originally a 2001 novel by Anthony Horowitz, who later adapted it into a play

Present Laughter at Castle Hill

Present Laughter, first play of the Pavilion Theatre’s 2012 season, was written by Nöel Coward - king of the witty light comedy. Set in London in the late 1940’s, it’s the story of Garry Essendine, famous actor, who is preparing for a gruelling theatre trip to Africa while trying to untangle his best friends’ complicated love lives, deal with eager would-be actresses, fob off desperate would-be playwrights … and survive a mid-life crisis.

Heidelberg Theatre Company begins 60th Year with The Lion In Winter

So firmly is James Goldman’s play entrenched in the mythology of Broadway that it is sung about in the musical, Fame, rhyming: ‘…The Lion in Winter, … Brecht and Harold Pinter.’

Heidelberg Theatre Company has chosen a play which is part of their history, James Goldman’switty story of a dysfunctional royal family, The Lion In Winter,to begin their 60th Anniversary year in February. It harks back to the company’s successful 1983 production.

Gold Coast Season for Cosi

Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport, opens its 2012 season on 28 January Australian play Cosi by Louis Nowra, directed by Stuart Lumsden.

Set at the time of the Vietnam War, it is a largely autobiographical story about young theatre director Lewis. His first job sees him working with a group of psychiatric patients on a production of Mozart’s great comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte. The trouble is that none of them can sing or speak Italian! It helps to be a little crazy when chasing your dreams.

2011 Finley Awards

The night of nights for Western Australian amateur theatre, the 37th Annual Robert Finley Awards, took place on Saturday 21st January 2012. The event took place at the beautiful Judith Cottier Theatre at Perth College and was a wonderful celebration of the year that was. The Independent Theatre Aossociation of WA manages the awards and their adjudicators saw over 55 productions in the 2011 year.

WA Premiere for Falsettos

Perth’s Old Mill Theatre opens its 2012 season on February 3 with the WA premiere of the musical Falsettos, winner of 1992 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

Directed by John Milson with musical direction from Alistair Smith, Falsettos has been described as a production that provokes laughter and tears in equally copious amounts.

Written by William Finn, the story follows a warring modern family in an age of liberated sexual choices and shifting social rules. 

Perth Production for The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

THEATRE with an edge comes to Melville in March 2012 with a play exploring social taboos and what types of behaviour are acceptable.

Written by Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? author Edward Albee and directed by Jeff Hansen at Melville Theatre, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is a mix of the funny, shocking, absurd, tragic and confronting.

The story follows a leading 50-year-old New York architect who suddenly and inexplicably falls in love with a goat, whom he calls Sylvia.

Oliver! for Parramatta

Packemin Productions will be staging a pro-am production of Lionel Bart’s West End and Broadway favourite Oliver! at Parramatta Riverside Theatres in February 2012.

After the success of their 2011 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcost, Packemin Productions and Director Neil Gooding are excited to be bringing another much loved musical to the Parramatta stage.

Gold Coast Return Season for Doubt

When Director Michael Lill first read Doubt by John Patrick Shanley he knew instantly that he had to direct a production of it.

So he’s naturally thrilled to be given the opportunity to reprise Doubt as a co-production with the Javeenbah Theatre Company in January.

Doubt explores moral uncertainty. Set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, a strong-minded nun wrestles with conscience and indecision as she is faced with concerns about one of her male colleagues.

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