Community Theatre

Vale Matt Byrne

Vale Matt Byrne – “seasoned old pro.”

The South Australian arts community is mourning the passing of 63-year-old producer, writer, journalist and raconteur Matt Byrne.

The lights dimmed on the theatrical force of nature this week.

How to describe Matt to those outside of Adelaide?

Festive Show with Terry Pratchett Twist at Roleystone

CHRISTMAS 2021 is being turned on its head in Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather at Roleystone Hall in Western Australia. 

Castle Hill Players Make a Big Return In 2022

Despite everything that has been thrown at them over the past year, Castle Hill Players are excited to be announcing a return to the Pavilion Theatre, located within Castle Hill Showground where they have been performing and entertaining Hills District residents since 1966.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll at Stirling Theatre

AN AUSTRALIAN stage classic written by playwright Ray Lawler – who turned 100 this year – is coming to Stirling Theatre, in Western Australia, in November and December 2021.

Picasso’s Women at Harbour Theatre

Insights into Pablo Picasso’s wives and lovers will emerging from the canvas at Harbour Theatre in November / December 2021, as three women share stories about their lives with

The Deloraine Drama Festival

Deloraine Dramatic Society. The Little Theatre, Meander Valley Performing Arts Festival. Cameron Hindrum (Adjudicator). Greg Burgess (Sound). Kim Clark (Lighting). Rebecca Rowe (Stage Manager). Patricia Woods (Festival Manager). 15-16 October 2021

Anne-Blythe-Cooper reports.

Community Theatre Insurance

The Association of Community Theatre, in partnership with Marsh’s Entertainment & Leisure Insurance broking team, have developed a tailored and affordable insurance program for the industry.

The core insurance policies are:

·       Public Liability Insurance ($750 stand alone, or $540 if purchased with Voluntary Workers Insurance for a combined cost of $990)

Shakespeare Send-up at Melville

SHAKESPEARE’S long-lost first play, written when he was 17, is coming to Perth’s Melville Theatre, after being found in a treasure-filled English parking lot (or so we’re led to believe). 

Little Shop Casting Cancellations

Two community theatres have cancelled their seasons to the musical Little Shop of Horrors after a backlash against their casting choices.

The Beaumaris Theatre Company in Victoria and the Launceston Musical Society in Tasmania both called off their seasons for similar reasons.

Both companies came under fire on social media for their decision not to cast people of colour in the roles of Ronnette, Crystal and Chiffon - the trio of 60's female singers in the musical.

Addams Family Musical Set to Spook Up Stirling Stage

Image: Logan Bin Bakar, left, Perri Hinton, Megan Lilley, Jacob Miles, Billy Hewett, Walter Gittens and Keely Crugnale in The Addams Family