Community Theatre

Call to Boycott Miss Saigon

A debate has erupted on social media about whether it is still appropriate to stage the musical Miss Saigon. The debate was sparked on the Sydney Musical Facebook page when the Notable Theatre Company announced its audition for the musical.

Here are some of the views that have been expressed. Leave your comments on the Stage Whispers Facebook Page.


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Always A Bridesmaid at Castle Hill

After the sell-out success of Things I Know to be True, Castle Hill Players’ keeps the fun coming in 2021 with a bright and breezy comedy: Always A Bridesmaid by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten – and directed by CHP stalwart, Meredith Jacobs. 

Women have a way of sticking together in lifelong friendships - it’s in their DNA. These four gals met in school and made a promise to be at each others’ weddings. They’ve been true to their word - no matter how many times they have made that long walk!

Dark Comedy on the Menu at Stirling

STIRLING Theatre (WA) is serving up a West End hit as its first season of 2021.  

Written by Moira Buffini and directed by Virginia Moore Price, Dinner dishes out an evening from hell as hostess Paige celebrates the publication and success of her husband’s philosophy book. 

Several guests are invited to dine, served by a silent waiter sourced from an obscure website. 

Community Theatre Seasons 2021

After COVID-19 decimated 2020 Community Theatre seasons, many companies are now cautiously announcing their plans for 2021 – in some cases it’s a whole season, in others just a first production.

Many companies are re-scheduling postponed shows, while others are offering new programming, or a mix of both.

Following the lifting of lockdowns, Queensland and Western Australian companies were first back on the boards, but productions are now being mounted or planned everywhere, with precautions in place including socially distanced audiences and performances.

Castle Hill Players Return in 2021 with Things I Know to be True

Castle Hill Players return in Feb 2021, resuming from its Covid-interrupted 2020 season with Andrew Bovell’s entertaining Aussie play Things I Know to be True.

COVID Safe Theatre

Stage Whispers correspondent Kimberley Shaw has attended more than 30 productions in WA since theatre returned in that state. She reports on how theatres are managing.

While much of Australian theatre patiently awaits to return, Western Australian school, community, pro-am and professional theatre is tentatively returning - but what does it look like and how does it work?

New Home For Genesian Theatre Company

The Genesian Theatre Company is thrilled to have found a new home only one bus stop over the Anzac bridge from our current Kent St location!

Plans are underway for the fit out of a brand new theatre space in the parish hall of St Joseph’s Rozelle, to be occupied by the Genesian Theatre Company upon completion in mid 2021.

Playing Together, Staying Together

How the Grey family and Brisbane Arts Theatre stayed creative in quarantine. Beth Keehn reports.

Nineteenth Century Charm, Sherry and Ghosts

In Melbourne and Sydney, community theatres are custodians of historic venues which give audiences a unique experience. Our correspondents Simon Parris and Carol Wimmer describe what it’s like to attend a performance at the Lilydale Athenaeum and Genesian Theatres, respectively.

Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre

Not just a beautiful historic venue, the Athenaeum Theatre, Lilydale is surely one of the most generous and hospitable theatres in Australia.

Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment Marches on Roleystone

THINGS aren’t always quite what they appear to be in Roleystone Theatre’s December 2020 production of Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment.