Community Theatre

Before the Party for Adelaide’s Independent Theatre

When a not particularly famous playwright writes a play based on a short story by a very famous author it’s sure to be an intriguing contradiction worth examining, especially for a company renowned for producing works with interesting behind-the-scenes stories. To add to its successful history with such productions, Adelaide’s Independent Theatre is soon to produce Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party. Lesley Reed reports.

Madness, Music and the Theatre…

James Belfrage and John Edwards (playing Lewis and Roy, respectively) chat,  ahead of the opening night of COSI at Lane Cove Theatre Company.

James: What has been a highlight so far during the rehearsal period?

Pride and Prejudice for Heidelberg

Pride and Prejudice is often described as “the ultimate romantic comedy”, and with 2017 marking the bicentenary of Austen’s death, it is particularly fitting that HTC has chosen a recent (2009) stage adaptation by Simon Reade for its second play this year.

Two Aussie Opera Greats Headline Gala Concert

In an enviable coup, Rockdale Opera Company have been able to secure two internationally famous opera stars to perform in their upcoming Gala Concert at Rockdale Town Hall on Saturday April 8 at 7:30 pm.

One Act Festival for Port Macquarie

Players Theatre Port Macquarie is forging ahead for its One Act Play Festival 2017 based at their Lord Street 250 seat theatre. The Festival committee has received much interest and enquiry and as a result are well on the way to staging a very successful Festival on the June long weekend, 9th,10th & 11th June 2017.

Jacqui Davis, Festival Co-ordinator, is keen to get the word out to as many Community Theatre groups to place an entry and join us for three days of clever and creative productions.

The Book of Everything at Castle Hill

The Book of Everything at The Pavilion Theatre, castle Hil, NSW oplays from Friday 31 March to Saturday 22 April 2017

Adapted by Richard Tulloch, from the novel by Guus Kuijer, Castle Hill Players production is directed by Carol Wimmer.

Once-banned Coward Play for Old Mill

A NOËL Coward romantic comedy – initially banned in the UK – will take South Perth audiences on a wickedly witty journey from Paris to London and New York as part of the Old Mill Theatre’s April / May 2017 offering.

Directed by Barry Park, Design For Living is a provocative play that portrays three amoral, glib and stylish characters and their hopelessly inescapable, if also unconventional, emotional entanglement.

Our Fly on the Wall at It Shoulda Been You

Chloe Angel, Michaela Leisk and Dylan Hayley are the young leading ladies in the upcoming Australian premiere of It Shoulda Been You at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney from 31 March. In between rehearsals, they got together at Chloe's for nosh - and Stage Whispers was a fly on the wall…

Chloe: I can’t believe we open next Friday!

Dylan: I can.

Michaela: Time to learn my lines (*maniacal laughter*).

Anne Frank’s Diary for Adelaide Rep Stage

With its April 2017 production of The Diary of Anne Frank, Adelaide Repertory Theatre relives the enduring and tragic story of a brave teenager making life and death decisions beyond her years in war-torn Europe. Lesley Reed reports.

Black Comedy in The Mozart Faction

WHAT happens when the members of a community choir find themselves trapped at gunpoint during a rehearsal?

The answer lies in Kate Rice’s black comedy The Mozart Faction, directed by Siobhán O’Gara at Melville Theatre (WA) in April 2017.

A small suburban choir, known as The Cantus Formosus, has been performing in community halls for local groups and events for years – but their latest rehearsal comes to an abrupt end.