2018 marks two hundred years since Mary Shelley’s iconic novel Frankenstein was first published. It is also the year Adelaide audiences will experience for the first time a production of Nick Dear’s recent and critically acclaimed adaptation for theatre of this story of hostility, prejudice and social injustice. Lesley Reed reports.
Written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the same writers of the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight is set in 1963, beginning on the eve of three young recruits’ deployment to a growing conflict in Southeast Asia. On their final night of debauchery, partying and trouble-making, Corporal Eddie Birdlace (Stefan Jamal), angry and inexperienced, meets unsuspecting, trusting, and idealistic waitress Rose Fenny (Tanya Boyle) and enlists her to win an unkind bet with his fellow recruits. But Rose turns out to be far more than Eddie bargained for.
Phoenix Theatre (WA) will host the beloved Disney classic Mulan Jr at Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall in March 2018. Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor!
After capturing the hearts and imagination of more than 35 million people worldwide, the magical love story of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is making a return to Miranda Musical Society in Sydney’s south.
Pymble Players’ first productions for 2018 is The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, opening on February 14th .
This Australian comedy by Robert Hewett, tells the story of Rhonda, an ordinary suburban housewife, whose husband of 17 years suddenly leaves her. At a loss to understand his actions, and emboldened by her best friend Lynnette, redheaded Rhonda lashes out and loses control. The consequences of her actions play out across time and through a group of people brought together by that one ill-fated moment.
One of the world’s most loved, record-breaking Broadway shows returns to Sydney’s south in March when Rockdale Musical Society presents Fiddler on the Roof, starring award-winning Adam Scicluna as Tevye.
Heidelberg Theatre Company’s first play for 2018 is Crossing Delancey by Susan Sandler, directed by Llaaneath Poor. Llaaneath has been a member of Heidelberg Theatre Company virtually since birth, and she is now following in the footsteps of her parents, Gayle and Mick Poor, becoming a second-generation director. During her time at Heidelberg she has worked on numerous productions either as an actor, crew member or Assistant Director, but this will be her first time flying solo as a director for Heidelberg.