GET ready to laugh, sigh and cry a little as four retired opera singers take you into the bittersweet world of facing up to age and mortality in September 2020.
Written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Gwen Browning at Limelight Theatre WA, Quartet is set in an aged care home with Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred ready to celebrate Verdi’s birthday with an annual concert.
Reggie’s ex-wife Jean arrives and upsets the balance, continuing to act like a diva and refusing to sing – but the show must go on.
Music Theatre International, Australasia has tools for community theatres and schools to stay connected with their cast during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Nikol McKail reports.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our usual way of doing things has been uprooted with the new practices of quarantine and social distancing. Public spaces have either shut down or restricted contact, non-essential employees have moved to work remotely, and students everywhere are regularly taking their classes online.
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.
For St Luke’s Theatre Society, 2020 meant many changes. Firstly, because of construction work on their home premises, they had to find alternate premises for the year. They negotiated with the Anglican Christ Church at Yeronga. The first play was set to be Oscar Wilde’s classicThe impo