(2017) WHAT'S ON - Theatre - NSW, BEYOND SYDNEY

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NOTE : An attempt has been made to be as accurate and succinct as possible in the brief listings below, but please refer, (especially as some of the opening and closing dates & other details may change, from the time they were first listed here), to the actual venue or theatre-company website for the most up-to-date and correct  informationThis list, intended as a guide only, is mostly chronological, using show start-dates.

Chronological Play/Show Listings, 2017.... NSW Excluding Sydney

G2K ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA - presented by Young People's Theatre, Newcastle
Sept 25 - Oct 28 at Young Peoples Theatre, Cnr Lindsay & Lawson Sts, Hamilton (Newcastle)

STRICTLY BALLROOM - presented by Canberra Philharmonic Society
October 12-28 at Erindale Theatre, Erindale ACT (From $25-$55)
The inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann created as a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney back in 1984. FEATURING SONGS FROM THE 1992 HIT FILM including "Love is in the Air", "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" and "Time After Time", as well as new songs from internationally acclaimed artists and composers such as Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect.
Tickets: http://philo.org.au/tickets/

9 TO 5 : THE MUSICAL (Director: Belinda McGrath / Musical Director: James Whalan) presented by Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society
Oct 13-28 at Parkes Little Theatre, Parkes NSW ()
Tickets: http://www.parkesmandd.com.au/index.php/box-office

JOURNEY THROUGH THE IMPOSSIBLE by Jules Verne, presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
October 13-28 at Lieder Theatre, Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW
A crazy magical journey

PANTOMIME  - presented by Murwillumbah Theatre Company
Oct 13-29 at Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah NSW ()
FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/724626924402913/

JOURNEY THROUGH THE IMPOSSIBLE by Jules Verne, presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
Oct 13-28 at Lieder Theatre, Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW
A Steampunk adventure out of this world

FRAZZLED  + LOVE LETTERS , presented by CHATS Productions Inc (Coffs Harbour)
Oct 14-22 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
CHATS Productions presents the world premiere of Frazzled at the Jetty Memorial Theatre in October this year.  FRAZZLED is a short two-Act play (about one hour in total)that was specially written for primary school students to perform and enjoy. It tells the story of a frazzled mum who has just had enough and escapes into a fantasy world full of talking animal characters and music (act 2).  Written by Dorothy Plummer, Shirley Barnett and Phil Zacharia. Directed by Shirley Barnett .  LOVE LETTERS - Written by the late A.R. Gurney (Sylvia, The Dining Room etc.) this funny, poignant two-hander tells the story of a lifetime of shared correspondence between Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, childhood friends whose relationship grows and changes as they do.
Tickets: http://jettytheatre.com.au/

Oct 15-28 at The Bay Playhouse, Gregory St, Batemans Bay, NSW ()
HOUSE ON FIRE by Debra Oswald, directed by Lyn Sterling, presented by Bay Theatre Players
Things aren’t going especially well for the Conway sisters. Dad’s just married the geography teacher; oldest sister Bec’s been fired, dumped and evicted and Evie’s suffering serious issues with her new best friends. Michaela has twenty-four hours to solve her sister’s problems before she sits the most important exams of her life. What could possibly go wrong? Follow the misadventures of the Conway sisters as they sweep you away into their world where you will laugh, feel moved and be surprised.
ALL SHOOK UP (book by Joe Dipeitro) directed by Belinda Quick, presented by Bay Theatre Players
A mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar playing stranger helps a small Midwestern town discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll.  ‘All Shook Up’ has a swivelhipped kind of vitality with which audiences can’t help falling in love.  It will leave you saying “Thank ya, thank ya very much!
Tickets on sale at Bargain Box, Homemaker Centre Cranbrook Rd, Batemans Bay, NSW. By phone:  (02) 4472 5984  

CHICAGO - presented by Gosford Musical Society
Oct 20 - Nov 11 at at Laycock St Theatre, Gosford NSW ()

RENT - directed by Daniel Stoddart - presented by Hunter Drama
Oct 20 - Nov 4 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.
More info: http://hunterdrama.com.au/production/rent-musical-jonothan-larson/

THE LITTE MERMAID - presented by Blue Mountains Musical Society
Oct 21 - Nov 5 2017 at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub, Springwood NSW ()

ROOM ON THE BROOM - a Tall Stories Production presented by CDP
How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind… The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?
Oct 23 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($-$)
Oct 25 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($15-$25)
Oct 27 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()

A FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN BALLET - presented by Imperial Russian Ballet Co.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia in a ballet extravaganza! Following their sell-out performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker,  the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia.  This diverse and stunning programme in three awe-inspiring acts is proudly presented by Russian Ballet Ltd. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company have performed this three-hour ballet extravaganza all around the world, thrilling audiences and impressing critics. This stunning and diverse programme consists of an eclectic mix ranging from the magnificent  Don Quixote and the dramatic Bolero to the beautiful Giselle and Dying Swan.
Oct 23-24 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
Nov 1-2 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
Nov 4 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
Nov 8 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ()
Nov 12 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()

THE POPULAR MECHANICALS (ages 13+) by Keith Robinson, William Shakespeare and Tony Taylor, directed by Sarah Giles. Original direction by Geoffrey Rush. A State Theatre Company South Australia Production
First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon, and this hysterically funny revival features a cast of fine theatrical pranksters including Helpmann Award-winner Julie Forsyth (The Dream). Shakespeare’s greatest clowns — the six endearingly amateur actors who give a daffy royal command performance for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream — take centre stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. The troupe bumbles its way through rehearsals of Pyramus and Thisbe, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, song and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an anarchic and bawdy carnival that revels in its own theatricality. Recommended for ages 13+. Contains adult themes
Oct 24 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Oct 26 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
Nov 1-4 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()

THE FIX by Dez Robertson, directed by Anglea McKeown & Dez Robertson, presented by Knock and Run Theatre Co.
9pm Wed-Sun Oct 25-28 at Royal Exchange, 32-34 Bolton St, Newcastle NSW ()
How do you justify the unjustifiable? To convince yourself that a decision, so extreme, so final, makes perfect sense? Do the solutions - the fixes - we devise in our darkest moments have to make sense to anyone but you? The Fix poses these very question, as two complete strangers find themselves trapped together on the rooftop of a high-rise. One man, a lawyer, is there to end his life when he is interrupted by a security guard who has come up for a sneaky cigarette. The two men, from opposite sides of the socio-economic track, are forced to confront, not only their obvious personal differences, but also their respective pasts and the events which led them to end up in the positions they now find themselves in.

7.30pm Friday Oct 27 at Uniting Church Hall, Donnison St, Gosford NSW (FREE by donation)
Uniting Productions hosts play reading nights on the 4th Friday of every month, starting at 7.30pm. Uniting Productions is a proud supporter of local playwrights, and we love to showcase their work at these events. Entry is FREE with a gold coin donation for a light supper. Hope to see you there!
Future dates: Nov 24


THE ANNIVERSARY by Bill MacIlwraith - presented by Woy Woy Little Theatre
Oct 27 - Nov 12 at Peninsula Theatre, Cnr McMasters Road & Ocean Beach Road, Woy Woy
A deliciously black comedy
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/249780

ANNIE - presented by Tamworth Musical Society
Oct 27 - Nov 11 at Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW ($29-$44)
Leapin’ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes centre stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Everyone’s favourite, Annie…a feel good musical perfect for the whole family!

THE KITCHEN WITCHES by Caroline Smith, presented by Cooma Little Theatre
Oct 27 - Nov 11 at Cooma Little Theatre, Monaro Ave, Cooma NSW ()
Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV-producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!

ESSGEE'S PIRATES OF PENZANCE - presented by Orange Theatre Company
Oct 27 - Nov 4 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ()

SECRET BRIDESMAIDS BUSINESS by Elizabeth Coleman, presented by Wesley House Players Inc. Dubbo
7.30pm Sat Oct 28 at Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, Dubbo NSW ($25-$30)
It’s the night before Meg’s wedding….what could possibly go wrong? Meg and her bridesmaids are planning to kick up their heels for one last night of good old-fashioned girlish fun in the final hours before the wedding count down. However not everything goes according to plan. In true Australian style Elizabeth Coleman’s Secret Bridesmaids’ Business is a comedy play about serious issues like truth, family expectations, sex and love. Never far from reality, Elizabeth Coleman brings her characters to life and they are sure to remind us of someone we know. Secret Bridesmaids’ Business broke box office records during its opening run in Melbourne and then continued on to a triumphant tour of Australia during 2000. After a night like this, could marriage really be worth it?

2.30pm Sunday Oct 29 at the Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Retreat in Katoomba NSW
Performances are at 2.30 pm on the last Sunday of every month, February to November. Please phone 47822 155 for bookings. It helps to know for seating & catering.
Future dates: Nov 26



THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare - presented by the Phoenix Theatre
Nov 2017 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, 24 Bridge St, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW ($20/c.$15)

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE DONKEY by Malcolm Sircom, directed by Nina Stevenson - a junior production presented by Pied Piper Productions
Nov 2017 at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Manuka, Canberra ACT ()

ALLO ALLO - presented by Coast Theatre Company (Wyong Drama Group)
Nov/Dec 2017 at a venue in Wyong NSW ()

MARY POPPINS - presented by Lithgow Musical Society
Nov/Dec at Union Theatre, Lithgow NSW ()

Nov 2017 Panel reading at a venue in Newcastle NSW Australia

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (directed by Lloyd McDonald, with Musical Director Ruth Myers) presented by The Milton Follies Community Theatre
Nov 2017 at Milton Theatre, Milton, (South Coast NSW)

DIVING FOR PEARLS (ages 12+) by Katherine Thomson, diretced by , a Griffin Theatre Production presented by Merrigong Theatre Company
Nov 1-5 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
Award-winning writer, and one of the founders of Wollongong’s original professional theatre company, Theatre South, Katherine Thomson has written one of the great Australian plays. Set in Wollongong during the economic rationalism of the ‘80s, Diving for Pearls is both iconic and startlingly relevant. With the town she grew up in changing all around her, Barbara is determined to change with it. Dreaming of a way out, she sets her sights on a job at one of the new resorts popping up all over town. Meanwhile, Den is having change forced upon him. The steelworks he’s worked at his whole life has been sold and Den must reinvent himself to survive. The arrival of Barbara’s daughter, Verge, just might be the thing that tips Barbara and Den over the edge. Australia’s most acclaimed new-writing company, Sydney’s Griffin Theatre Company continues its tradition of reviving the very best of Australian works, with a vibrant new production of Diving for Pearls. Directed by Darren Yap (Letters to Lindy) and starring Helpmann Award-winning actor Ursula Yovich, this is a vivid, dramatic and wryly hilarious testament to a significant period in the history of Australian industrial communities. Recommended for ages 12+.

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (an adaptation of the play by Nikolai Gogol) presented by Bathurst Theatre Company
Nov 3-4,10-11 at a venue in Bathurst NSW ()
 "When the locals in a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Witty, smart and wildly satirical, this timely and spirited adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's classic play exposes the corruption of a provincial town with biting hilarity."

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - presented by Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy Company
Nov 3-26 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
Tickets: http://jettytheatre.com.au/

THE SNOW QUEEN - presented by Victorian Opera
Nov 3-4 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
Hans Christian Anderson's tale of dark magic, the power of friendship and the triumph of good over evil is revisited in a new Australian work by composer Gordan Kerry adn writer John Kinsella, commissioned by Victorian Opera. This will be staged exclusively in Wodonga and will capture the heart of the local community. This new Australian production strengthens Victorian Opera's ties to regional Victoria and engages local performers across Wodonga.

WICKED - directed by Peter Cox, a Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre Community Production
Nov 4-18 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz before the Dorothy arrived. At sorcery school, a misunderstood young girl, Elphaba, with emerald green skin and an exceptional talent meets a bubbly and popular blonde, Glinda. After their initial rivalry they form the unlikeliest of friendships which is soon threatened when the world decides to call one “good” and the other one “wicked”… - With a thrilling score that includes the hits 'Defying Gravity', 'Popular' and 'For Good', Wicked tells the untold story of Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.

GURRANGATCH & MIRRINGAN - presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
Nov 7-14 at Lieder Theatre, Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW
A new indigenous play created from local stories told by Alfie Walker with assistance from Regional Arts NSW CASP funding

THE ALIENS - presented by Stooged Theatre
Nov 9-18 at The Royal Exchange, 32-34 Bolton St, Newcastle NSW ()

THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION) by Neil Simon, directed by Steven Clancy, presented by Highlands Theatre Group
Nov 10-25 at Mittagong Playhouse, Cnr Main St & Bowral Rd, Mittagong NSW ($20)
Neil Simon's classic play, re-written by the master himself, for an all-female cast. A divorced slob invited a group of the girls over for Trivial Pursuit. One of the guests, who happens to be very meticulous and tense, has just been separated from her husband. The slob and the neat-freak decide to share one apartment; but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reppear with hilarious results. Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the originl version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the two Costazuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/305280

DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID - presented by Albatross Musical Theatre Company
Nov 10-19 at Studio Theatre, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($37-$45)
Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colourful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order in the ocean’s depths.
Tickets: http://shoalhavenentertainment.com.au/live/the_little_mermaid

HISSYFEST SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL - presented by Tantrum Youth Arts
Nov 10-11 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
Short plays, written to a theme

DOGFIGHT presented by Arcadians Theatre
Nov 10-25 at at Miner's Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway, Corrimal NSW ()
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/245646

DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS - presented by Young People's Theatre, Newcastle
Nov 11-25 at Young Peoples Theatre, Cnr Lindsay & Lawson Sts, Hamilton (Newcastle)

HOTEL BONEGILLA (Written by Tes Lyssiotis / Director Lyn Wallis) a community playreading - presented by Hothouse Theatre
Nov 16-18 at Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga VIC (From $15-$25)
A community play-reading, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre. In 1997, HotHouse Theatre sprang to life with a large-scale community production of a new Australian play, Hotel Bonegilla. 34 community actors – many with close family ties to Bonegilla – raised the Butter Factory Theatre roof with a passionate performance dedicated to the many post-war migrants who came to our region to forge new lives. In the political climate of 2016/17, Tes Lyssiotis’ play still resonates powerfully, as she draws on the very personal stories and experiences of people who arrive, and strive, to make Australia their new home. We celebrate our 20th birthday by offering our community an opportunity to tread our Butter Factory Theatre boards as part of a rehearsed reading of Hotel Bonegilla.

AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins, directed by Cate Clelland, presented by Canberra Repertory Theatre
Nov 16 - Dec 2 at Theatre 3, Repertory Lane, Acton (Canberra) ACT ()
Australia Day is an Australian Comedy that delves into the questions of what is Australia Day all about and what is Australia? Set in a Scout Hall (a familiar venue for REP actors) and a sports field, Australia Day by noted satirist and Wharf Revue creator Jonathan Biggins has “something to offend everyone”, while challenging the concept of Australian identity and exploring “the dedication and passion of the organising committees”. Cate Clelland returns to direct this quintessential Australian look at Australia.

THE VICAR OF DIBLEY by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew Archer, directed by Debbie Szota - presented by Nowra Players
Nov 17 - Dec 2 at Nowra Players Theatre, Meroo St, Bomaderry NSW ($)
Our stage version of this hilarious, yet heart-warming BBC TV sitcom features all the eccentric, lovable characters, including Alice, the blonde, dippy verger; Owen, the earthy, local farmer and the stuttering Jim who prefaces most remarks with no-no-no-no-yes! And, of course, there’s the inimitable vicar herself. Written by the authors of the original TV series, this show is sure to delight.

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS - presented by Players Theatre, Port Macquarie
Nov 17 - Dec 3 at Players Theatre, 33A Lord St, (cnr Gordon & Lord Streets), Port Macquarie NSW ()

MARY POPPINS - presented by Ballina Players
Nov 17 - Dec 10 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina NSW ()

MADE FROM SCRATCH #4 - presented by Merrigong Theatre Company
7pm Sat Nov 18 at The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong NSW ($19)
A fabulous new fringe night featuring the freshest cuts from the Illawarra! In 2017 we’ll be popping the champagne as our NEW Made from Scratch program sails into The Music Lounge at The Wollongong Town Hall! Made from Scratch is four fabulously fringy nights of fun featuring some of the freshest cuts from the Illawarra. Enjoy raw and rare talent showcasing everything from comedy, poetry, music, dance, cabaret, circus and script! And of course the bar! Got something you’d like to try? Call-outs for performers will happen early in 2017! Recommended for ages 16+. May contain adult themes.

RELATIVE VALUES by Noel Coward - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
Nov 18 - Dec 2, 2017 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()

MAMMA MIA! - produced by Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick
Nov 24 - Dec 10 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s heart-warming tale tells us of a young bride-to-be, on the eve of her wedding, who wants to discover the identity of her father. She brings together three men from her mother’s past, back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. MAMMA MIA! is a global phenomenon, and now, in a stunning new production, we want you to come join the party of a lifetime! A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out for audiences of all ages. Stay tuned for more details on the party of a lifetime!

I AM MY OWN WIFE by Doug Wright, presented by ??
Nov 24-26 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ($20-$33)
A mesmerising piece of theatre. Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by playwright Doug Wright over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. The play is a one-man show, so one person plays all forty characters. This lends an interesting perspective, as all characters, from Doug Wright himself down to a Stasi official, are acted out in the costume of Charlotte.

A MELODRAMA(TBA) , directed by Jennie Hicks, presented by Lismore Theatre Co.
Nov 24 – Dec 3 at Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah NSW ()
Heroes, heroines and villains

DJURRA - written by Romaine Morton, directed by Kirk Page, music by Lou Bennett. Presented by NORPA
Nov 29 - Dec 2 at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore NSW (From $25-$51)
Mamoonh, a Bundjalung revolutionary fatigued by war, hears the lament of his mother Gammi as she conjures the wind. As the wind gathers into a force, Mammoth returns to Bundjalung country to attend to his dying father with his wife and two sons, only to find there is war afire on his very own country. Mamoonh realises he must urgently invoke the magic of ancient Bundjalung customs to guide his sons through lore in order to heal the trauma of the past, make sense of the present, and to envision a future. Told through a series of vignettes, strong physicality and First Nation voices with themes of magic realism, we see Mamoonh transition into a law man, guiding his sons from boys to men, follower to leaders. Djurra – the magic is here, the magic is now.

Nov 30 - Dec 3 in various venues at Lismore, Northern NSW ()
The inaugural Artstate Lismore is a four-day event that will welcome an anticipated 200 arts industry delegates from 30th November to 3rd December 2017.  Initiated following the success of Artlands Dubbo 2016 presented by Regional Arts NSW, Artstate is a four-year program aiming to build on conversations, partnerships and opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations. The event will include a line-up of inspirational speakers alongside a multi-genre arts program showcasing the very best in arts from the North Coast region. Chair of Regional Arts NSW, Stephen Champion said “Regional arts practice of the highest order is prolific in NSW but it still often occurs without recognition; particularly by reviewers and our urban counterparts. Artstate is set to change this by placing the spotlight on a different regional hub each year for the next four years. Artstate will also demonstrate that regional NSW is at the epicentre of national and international debate and discourse about the vital relationship of the arts to communities.” The event will commence with two days of keynote speakers and panels exploring the themes of Partnership and Practice and other specialised areas. Featured speakers in the program will include British-Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod, Soumik Datta;  Director of the Norway international indigenous arts and culture festival, Riddu Riđđu Festivála, Karoline Trollvik; and member of the Bundjalung nation Rhoda Roberts, who is Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director, Gallery & Events, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival and Curator of the second annual Parrtijima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs. Alongside the speakers program will be an arts program featuring the likes of local theatre company, Northern Rivers Performing Arts, and the world premiere of their new production Djurra; a free public concert by the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW featuring talented students from regional conservatoriums; and Cheeky Cabaret presented by Brett Haylock from the Brunswick Picture House. The opening of Artstate Lismore will also coincide with the opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery building and exhibition.
Early bird registration tickets are on sale now at http://www.artstate.com.au


CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME - presented by Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (S.P.A.T.)
Dec 9-17 at a venue in Stanwell Park, NSW ()

BORDERVILLE 2017 - Presented by The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and The Cube Wodonga
Dec 14-16 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
For the first time at The Cube Wodonga, experience our world famous circus-in-residence in their annual summer celebration of circus. The entire circus school ensemble of young artists aged between 8 and 18 perform across three exciting productions: Circus Allsorts - Thursday December 14, 2017 ; The Grad Show - Friday December 15, 2017 ; The Last Hoorah! - Saturday December 16, 2017. Unpredictable, unmissable and exclusive to Albury-Wodonga! Duration of each night: 1 hour, no interval

MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL preented by Abstract Touring Pty Ltd
8pm Sat Dec 16 at Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ($65/c.$60)
Inspired by a hot flush and a bottle of wine, Jeanie Linders created Menopause the Musical as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived ‘The Change’.  Since its first performance, the show has evolved as a ‘grassroots’ movement of women who deal with life after 40 and all the challenges they conquer mentally, physically and spiritually. Do you think that 500,000 Australian women could be wrong?  We don’t think so.  After all, that is how many have seen this hilarious show over the last two and a half years.  And they love it!  So much so, many of the audience members have come back time and time again to join with their sisters in this 90 minute, one act laugh-a-thon! Maybe the attraction is the songs that everyone grew up with – The Great Pretender, Only You, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Stand by Your Man, I Will Survive and twenty more – all sung with gusto and all with their ‘new’ lyrics.  Or maybe it is the realisation that there is a wonderful life waiting after ‘The Change.’ Come and see for yourself. We guarantee that you will leave the theatre uplifted and joyous.


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, presented by Batemans Bay Theatre Players
January 2018 at The Bay Playhouse, 33 Gregory St, Batemans Bay, NSW ()

ALICE IN WONDERLAND - presented by Ickle Pickle Productions
January 2018 at a venue in Canberra ACT ()

THE LITTLE MERMAID - presented by Ballina Players
Jan 2018 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina NSW ()

TALKING HEADS by Alan Bennett - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
Jan 20 - Feb 3, 2018 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()


OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR (devised by Joan Littlewood & Theatre Workshop) directed by Tim Sekuless,  presented by Canberra Repertory Theatre
Feb 22 - March 10, 2018 at Theatre 3, Repertory Lane, Acton (Canberra) ACT ()
Then to begin 2018, a timely presentation for the centenary of WW I— a satirical stage musical from 1963 devised by Joan Littlewood & Theatre Workshop. This Musical Drama still resonates today—a truly original portrait of the conflict that changed the shape of our world forever. Oh, What a Lovely War! Is an ironic critique of the reality of the war, drawing on the songs and the Pierrot entertainment of the WW I period. To realise this show on the REP stage is a director of diverse talents and a frequent performer with REP, Tim Sekuless.