Community Theatre

Spine Chilling Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players begin their 2020 season with The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, playing from January 31 to February 22. You may know the story but you’ve never experienced it like this! Noah Smith’s intimate adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic blends drama and horror to create a unique, spine-chilling night of theatre.

The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Shakespeare may be turning in his grave, but this show (which has become a cult classic) contains all 37 of his plays – plus his sonnets - in just 97 minutes!

Described by the Los Angeles Herald as “Shakespeare written by Reader's Digest, acted by Monty Python and performed at the speed of the minute waltz”, thisbinge of Bard - coming to Sydney’s North Shore courtesy of Lane Cove Theatre Company - is part parody, part tribute, part party trick!

DramaFest and Finley Awards 2019

The Koorliny Arts Centre was the big winner of the 45th annual Robert Finley Awards held at Perth’s State Theatre Centre on January 18, taking out six categories including Best Musical for The Boy From Oz (pictured left).

The awards are run by the Independent Theatre Association, with judges travelling around  Western Australia to adjudicate on community independent and school theatre.

Two of the adjudicators Kent Acott and Lyn Hutcheon were honoured with life membership.

Behind-the-scenes Look at Performer’s Farewell

STIRLING Theatre (WA) is starting its 50th year in 2020 with a farewell performance, as seen in the play The Actress, with a famous stage performer deciding to retire.

Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Carryn McLean, the touching comedy is set in a dressing room with the family of Lydia Martin – including her ex-husband, theatre colleagues and fiancé – wanting to wish her well.

2019 CITY OF NEWCASTLE DRAMA AWARDS (CONDAS)

THE 2019 City of Newcastle Drama Awards (CONDAs) showed that performers and backstage workers in and around Newcastle are increasingly revealing their talents at a comparatively early age.

Two shows that each won four CONDAs – Playing Face (Bearfoot Productions) and Mamma Mia! (The Very Popular Theatre Company) – had many people in their teens and early 20s in their teams.

Next to Normal for Campbelltown

Shannon O’Connell previews Campbelltown Theatre Group’s November 2019 production of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal.

As a lover of theatre, especially musicals, my favourite shows are the ones that have a clever story line with complex characters, are brave in the themes and issues they explore, have a musical score you can fall in love with and most of all, make you feel something.

Little Women for WA Stage

A TIMELESS classic will be lifted from the page to the stage during November 2019.

Adapted by Peter Clapham from Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel, Little Women is being presented by ARENAarts and directed by Christine Ellis at the Roxy Lane Theatre in WA.

The story follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as they grow up happily together while battling poverty and wait for news of their father in the American Civil War.

Sufficient Carbohydrate at The Guild Theatre, Rockdale

The November 2019 production at The Guild Theatre is Sufficient Carbohydrate by Dennis Potter.

Gypsy Baron Waltzes into Rockdale

Rockdale Opera Company proudly presents The Gypsy Baron at Rockdale Town Hall for a limited run of four performances from November 9 to 17, 2019.