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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 information. This list, intended as a guide only, is mostly chronological, using show start-dates.
Chronological Play/Show Listings, 2017.... NSW Excluding Sydney
AUSTRALIA DAY - presented by Lithgow Theatre Group
March 2017 at Union Theatre, Lithgow NSW ()
QUEEN OF MARS - directed by John Wood, presented by Theatre on Brunker
March 10 - April 1 at Theatre On Brunker, Brunker Rd, Adamstown (Newcastle area) NSW
TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
March 15 - April 1 At The Goulburn Club, 19 Market St, Goulburn NSW ()
JACK THE RIPPER - presented by Players Theatre, Port Macquarie
March 17 - April 2 at Players Theatre, 33A Lord St, (cnr Gordon & Lord Streets), Port Macquarie NSW ()
A comical but scary treatment of the serial killer who terrorized London in the 1800's.
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND by Tom Stoppard, presented by Murwillumbah Theatre Co.
March 17 - April 1 at Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah NSW ()
The Real Inspector Hound is a one-act play by Tom Stoppard. The plot follows two theatre critics named Moon and Birdboot who are watching a ludicrous setup of a country house murder mystery, in the style of a whodunit. By chance, they become involved in the action causing a series of events that parallel the play they are watching.
Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_Inspector_Hound
DEATH BY DESIGN by Rob Urbinati, directed by Kylie Gilmore, presented by Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre
March 23 - April 2 at The Basement Theatre, Cnr Morrow & Tarcutta Street, Wagga Wagga ($15-$25)
The exciting play “Death by Design” by Rob Urbinati, is being directed by Kylie Gilmore, a young director who chose this well written script for the wit, intrigue, and the strong combined flavours of Noel Coward and Agatha Christie. The play takes place in 1932 at the British country home of playwright Edward Bennett (Tim Stait) and his actress wife Sorel Bennett (Tracey Lonergan). The colourful group of friends who come to spend the weekend in the country create an air of theatrical glamour; whilst they witness a comic murder plot designed by the housekeeper. Mystery mayhem and lots of laughter are the key ingredients of this clever script. Death by Design opens in the Basement Theatre March 23 at 7.30 pm and runs for a two week season.
WYRD SISTERS by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, presented by CHATS Productions Inc (Coffs Harbour)
March 23 - April 1 at at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ($20-$25)
“Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off.'” The King is dead, long live the King! Well actually no, because the New King, the evil Duke Felmet, murdered the previous King and will stop at nothing until the whole Kingdom is under his iron hand. The only person who could take the throne would be the missing infant Prince hunted by the Duke’s men. The baby finds safety under the protection of three local witches. The witches Granny Weatherwax (Geoffrey Scotford) intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful, Nanny Ogg (Pat Slattery) down-to-earth, vulgar and Magrat Garlick (Rebecca Pakes) naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies are who stand between the Kingdom and destruction.
DREAMTIME by Maura Campbell, directed by Zac Smith, presented by Reamus Youth Theatre
March 24 - April 1 at at Maitland Repertory Theatre, 244 High Street, Maitland NSW ($17)
What if dreams had Neo-Nazis, truckers with Koala heads, and a best friend who convinces you to murder people? Willy and Noah are young white youths, trying to both define themselves and make a stamp on their society. They dream of joining the American Nazi party. Both men have dreams – they need something to make them stand out. They dream of doing something big. They dream of it day and night. Until it becomes hard to tell whether they’re awake or dreaming… Dreamtime is inspired by the true story of the murders of two university professors in a small Vermont town. Two high school boys from Vermont came to their home under false pretences and murdered them for a hundred dollars in cash.
BLITHE SPIRIT by Noel Coward - presented by Ballina Players
March 24 - April 1 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina NSW
Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years....
More info: http://www.ballinaplayers.com.au/performance/blithe-spirit/
ALL SHOOK UP by Joe Di Pietro - presented by Cooma Little Theatre
March 24 - April 8 at Cooma Little Theatre, Monaro Ave, Cooma NSW ()
Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Don't Be Cruel." ...
GEOFFREY by Peter Langston, presented by Tamworth Dramatic Society
March 24 - April 2 at Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW ($20-$38)
Geoffrey explores the effect of mental illness on the lives of two men, and how their loved ones somehow cope and lead the way to redemption. Written by local poet Peter Langston, and featuring work from some of the region's finest creatives, Geoffrey is a premiere production from the Tamworth Dramatic Society. Geoffrey has a distinctly Australian voice, telling a story that might previously have been told in hiding, in the suburbs, possibly even about someone next door. Shining a light on the courage, the love, the destruction, and the recovery which can be mental wellness, this is a play with a story to tell which is both current and important. Suitable for audiences 15+: occasional course language and mature themes
THE BUSINESS by Jonathan Gavin, directed by Micaela Elphick, presented by Valley Artists
March 24 - April 1 at Laguna Community Hall, Laguna NSW ($25/c.$20)
Tickets online below or also available from Wollombi General Store & Great Northern Trading Post
LADIES IN BLACK - Based on a novel by Madeline St John, presented by Queensland Theatre Co.
March 27 - April 2 at Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT ()
Ladies In Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway. The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a beloved novel by Madeleine St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway. Amid the splendour of a Sydney department store in the late 1950s, a trio of sales assistants is gearing up for the summer rush. But Lisa, the fresh-faced new recruit, is secretly dreaming of a life of passion and poetry, far beyond the walls of F.G. Goodes. With tunes by Tim Finn (Split Enz and Crowded House), costumes by Gabriela Tylesova (The Rabbits) and a stellar cast including Sarah Morrison, all woven together by director Simon Phillips (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies, First Wives Club), Ladies in Black has already wowed audiences in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
TRELAWNY OF THE WELLS by Arthur Wing Pinero, directed by Tony Turner, presented by Canberra Repertory Theatre
March 29 - April 9 at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton (Canberra) ACT ()
A fast paced portrayal of theatrical-company life in the 1860s by Arthur Wing Pinero. Known for his literate, superbly constructed plays, with trademark precision and clockwork inevitability, Trelawny of the ‘WELLS’ is a fine example of his work. It tells the story of a popular star of melodrama plays at the Barridge Wells Theatre who attempts to give up the stage for love, but finds it harder than performing. Maybe convention is not the ideal. This Romantic Comedy will be directed by Tony Turner.
DIARY OF A WOMBAT - a Monkey Baa Theatre Co production
Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat, and now this delightful tale from Australian Children’s Laureate (2014/15), Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!
March 30 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
2pm Sat April 1 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($18-$25)
10am & 12.30pm Wed April 5 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($15-$25)
April 11-12 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) Burelli St, Wollongong NSW ()
April 27-28 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
May 1-2 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($-$)
11am Sat May 13 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
May 16-17 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
June 1-2 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($18-$28)
June 20-21 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
June 22-23 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
FARNDALE MURDER MYSTERY by David McGillavray & Walter Zerlin Jnr, presented by Roo Theatre Company
March 31 - April 8 at The Harbour Theatre, Corner Of Addison & Wentworth Street, Shellharbour Village, NSW ($)
I'M ME FESTIVAL (ages 7-12) - presented by Canberra Youth Theatre
5pm - 9pm Friday March 31 at Gorman Arts Centre – beginning in C Block, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon ACT ()
A twilight performance festival for 7 – 12 year olds! This festival will explore new ways to make and stage theatre whilst celebrating “being me”. Seven brand new works will be presented on this evening, delving into dance theatre, roving comedy, physical poetry, musical theatre, immersive art and invisible theatre. Each work will stem from a “word” in some way and will be created by its cast and director. The evening will run for four hours with the works being performed on a rotational basis so that all of the audience has the opportunity to see everything. Le Breton Crepes will be on hand to provide sustenance and the evening will conclude with an outdoor dance party around the beautiful tree in the courtyard. The I’M ME FESTIVAL is specifically for 7 – 12 year olds however we would like to extend the invitation to all other ages including adults!
WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT (Premiere of new Australian comedy by Nicole Peelgrane) - presented by Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Society
7pm Fri March 31 & 7pm Sat April 1 at Upper Hunter Conservatorium Of Music, 80 Bridge St, Muswellbrook NSW ()
The premiere season of a new Australian comedy about motherhood. Witness the trials and tribulations of three very different young women as they battle with pregnancy and the post birth struggles of a new born, their husbands and work-life. Written over the course of many years by Australian actor and drama teacher, Nicole Peelgrane. She penned her own experiences and those of others to create this unique and very relatable piece of theatre.
HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen, directed by David Addenbrooke, presented by Lismore Theatre Co.
March 31 – April 10 at Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah NSW ()
THE WORLD OF MUSICALS - a Rokitz Group & Mayo Ent. production presented by Merrigong Theatre Co.
The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical Theatre to life. This incredible production brings the big company numbers from, Les Miserable, Lion King, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Cabaret, Wicked as well as stunning solo and duet numbers from Phantom of the Opera, Rocky horror picture show, Chicago, Once, Evita, Singing in the Rain, Little shop of Horrors, Miss Saigon, and Cats to the stage.
8pm Fri March 31 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($64-$69)
8pm Sat April 1 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($74-$79)
7.30pm Sun April 2 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) Burelli St, Wollongong NSW ($64-$69)
April 3 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
8pm Tues April 4 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($64-$69)
8pm Wed April 5 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($64-$69)
April 6 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
April 8 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
April 10 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
April 11 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
April 12 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
April 13 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
PAW PATROL: LIVE RACE RESCUE - Presented by Life Like Touring, VStar Entertainment Group and Nickelodeon
March 31 - April 2 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
Based on the hit animated Nickelodeon TV series produced by Spin Master, PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage in an action-packed, high-energy musical adventure. It’s the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. When Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found, the pups come to the rescue. PAW Patrol Live! features everybody’s favourites and reminds us that ‘no job is too big, no pup is too small’. Join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup, Everest, when they take the stage.
STARTING APRIL 2017
DR DOLITTLE - presented by Maitland Musical Society
April 2017 at a venue near Maitland NSW ()
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN - THE BROADWAY MUSICAL - presented by the Phoenix Theatre
April 2017 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, 24 Bridge St, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW ($20/c.$15/$10)
THE OUTSIDE MAN (Ages 13+) Conceived by Anne-Louise Rentell, Daryl Wallis and the ensemble, directed by Anne-Louise Rentell, a Merrigong Theatre Company Production in associaton with The Disability Trust
7.30pm Sat April 1 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW (From $24-$39)
LOVE. We all want it. We all need it. We all like to sing about it. Venture down a dark, rain-drenched alley, through an unmarked doorway to the depths of your subconscious, and step into cabaret night at The Sweet Wrapper Club. Here, love doesn’t promise a happy ending. There’s no walking hand-in-hand on a beach in the glow of a glorious sunset. This is a world of dream vampires, lonely catbirds, bearded clowns, and hibernating bears. It is a song sung with a mouthful of fairy floss. Featuring an ensemble of performers, some of whom are perceived to have intellectual disabilities, The Outside Man is a new Merrigong work with a unique artistic vision resulting from our long-term partnership with The Disability Trust. An anarchic performance in which our learnt experience of romantic love is hijacked and reimagined, The Outside Man is a brave, new and outrageously original musical theatre work, from the team that brought you The Man Who Dreamt the Stars in 2014. Featuring live musicians including Daryl Wallis (Dead Man Brake, Landscape with Monsters), The Outside Man is an entertaining, imaginative and touching exploration of our ability to love. Recommended for ages 13+. Contains adult themes.
LES MISÉRABLES by Boublil and SchÖnberg, presented by Free-Rain Theatre Company
April 4-22 at The Q: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($40-$50)
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, ‘Les Miserables’ travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.
STONES IN HIS POCKETS (ages 14+) Written by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Bendall
Stones in his Pockets is the hilarious and moving tale of a quiet Irish community turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood movie shoot. The film’s story of a budding romance between a rich girl and a local farmer, is played out in stark contrast with the growing friction that develops between the locals hired as extras on the film and the Hollywood big shots. Alternately riotously funny and deeply moving, the play is universally loved by all who see it. Over a dozen characters, including the extras, are played by just two actors, throughout the production. This involves lightning fast character transformation, often from one word to the next, with only minimal props and costume shifts possible to support these changes. As such it requires a high level of dexterity in physical and vocal transformation, a feat achieved bythe outstanding cast. It is an artistically vivid and original production, moving and funny, theatrically inventive and entirely engaging for a broad audience.
April 4 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
7.30pm Sat May 6 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
KAPUT (Devised & Performed by Tom Flanagan / Director Gareth Bjaaland) presented by Hothouse Theatre
April 4-8 at Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga VIC (From $20-$35)
This multi-award winning family show has melted hearts around the world with its glorious brand of slapstick, acrobatics and total silliness. Be swept up in the mayhem that is the larger-than-life ‘elegant buffoon’ Tom Flanagan, as one man’s life is flipped upside-down by the lonely, dust-covered world that surrounds him. In the style of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, our likeable, luckless hero struggles to get the upper hand, taking one step forward and two steps back until everything is … well… kaput. We warmly welcome local wunderkind Tom Flanagan back to the Border with his inventive, joyous little show for the whole family. Kaput is good old-fashioned sidesplitting fun for kids, with plenty of naughty winks and nods for the grown ups. SPECIAL EVENT: Red Carpet Night! 7pm Saturday April 8. Kids and grown-ups: dress up as your favourite movie star and walk our special one-night-only red carpet. Strike your best pose for our photographers, and enjoy foyer games and free popcorn!
RICHARD III by William Shakespeare, directed by Peter Evans, presented by Bell Shakespeare
April 6-15 at Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT ()
Richard is hideous. And Richard was born knowing that he would one day be a ruler. His hunchbacked deformity masks his seething malevolence. His brutal mind breeds brutal times when not even children are safe. Award-winning actor Kate Mulvany (The Literati and Tartuffe) will embody one of the most ambitious and gleefully amoral villains ever written. First performed around 1593, Richard 3 is the portrait of a Machiavellian psychopath, a cold-blooded and dastardly manipulator who slaughters his family, marries his victim’s widow and eventually betrays his allies, all in his quest to become king. Artistic Director Peter Evans continues to daringly reimagine Shakespeare’s works with a boldness and unexpectedness that will leave audiences breathless. The blood-soaked and naked ambition of Richard 3, who leaves scores dead and only the ghosts to whisper the truth, will be a truly thrilling night at the theatre. This dark and visceral production is not to be missed.
RUMOUR HAS IT: ADELE, HER LIFE & SONGS - presented by HIT Productions & Little Red Co.
Following standing ovations across the country including acclaimed seasons at Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall and Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Australia’s smash hit stage spectacular Rumour Has It returns bigger and bolder than ever. Starring stage and television star Naomi Price (The Voice Australia) in her award-winning portrayal of international superstar Adele, Rumour Has It charts the incredible rise of THE blockbuster soul sensation of the modern age live in story and song. Hear Adele’s deliciously frank life story come alive in the words of this world-class performer backed by an electrifying seven-piece band, delivering the greatest hits from a mega-platinum catalogue, including Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Turning Tables, Set Fire to the Rain and the Oscar-winning Skyfall. Rumour Has It evokes the inspirational spirit and talent of a mischievous working class diva from Tottenham as she spills intimate details about a meteoric rise that has captured hearts across the globe.
April 6-8 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($37-$52)
8pm Friday April 28 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$55)
7.30pm Wed May 10 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ()
7.30pm Sat Oct 14 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($45-$49)
DRACULA by Bram Stoker, created and adapted by shake and stir Theatre Company
When young lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he’s not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table – he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all – blood.
April 7-8 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
April 26-29 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
7.30pm Tues May 2 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($25-$49)
May 4-5 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
7.30pm Thurs June 1 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ()
VELVET (ages 10+) directed by Craig Ilott, presented by Organised Pandemonium and Strut & Fret
A divine discotheque circus! Welcome to Wonderland…Boogie Wonderland! Slip behind the red velvet rope to visit a glitter ball world of fantastic sensory overload! VELVET is a seductive fusion of disco, dance and circus that will take you on an electrifying journey to a world of glamour and abandon. Loosely inspired by Studio 54, and staring an international ensemble including legendary diva Marcia Hines, this is a raucous party with an exhilarating disco soundtrack that never lets up. Having dazzled audiences around the globe, VELVET arrives to headline the greatly anticipated inaugural Spiegeltent Wollongong season in the stunning 1920s Aurora Spiegeltent. Travelling from its home in Belgium to adorn the Arts Precinct, the ‘mirror tent’ will house not only VELVET but dozens of other events. The full Spiegeltent Wollongong program, jam packed with the very best in comedy, cabaret, burlesque and music will be announced in early 2017. With the best seats for VELVET available first to Merrigong Season Ticket Holders, don’t miss the disco inferno that is VELVET, where every second entices you into a world of fun, funk and glamour! Recommended for ages 10+.
April 8-30 at The Spiegeltent, Arts Precinct, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
May 3-14 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
May 17 - June 4 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($49-$79)
BLITHE SPIRIT by Noel Coward, directed by Kath Joyce, presented by Bay Theatre Players
April 9-29 at The Bay Playhouse, Gregory St, Batemans Bay, NSW ()
A happy wife equals a happy life, or so they say. Watch what happens to a happily married couple when an after dinner séance recalls the ghost of his first wife who refuses to return to wherever she came from. Confusion reigns as the current wife can’t see or hear the ghost, only her husband’s strange comments and odd behaviour. What is the real reason Elvira came back? Can our medium, Madam Arcati, exorcise this ghost? Unhappy wife plus happy ghost wife does not equal a happy life for the husband. Fortunately for us, it does equal a clever stage comedy with lots of laughter. Tickets on sale March 13, 2017 at Bargain Box, Homemaker Centre Cranbrook Rd, Batemans Bay, NSW. By phone: (02) 4472 5984
SNUGGLEPOT & CUDDLEPIE - presented by Young People's Theatre, Newcastle
April 10 - May 10 at Young Peoples Theatre, Cnr Lindsay & Lawson Sts, Hamilton (Newcastle)
SHREK THE MUSICAL JR - presented by Nate Butler's Studio
April 10-11 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($25)
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad - a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way! Come and watch Nate Butler Studio's Saturday Primary School Musical Course showcase their talents.
13: THE MUSICAL - presented by Jopuka Productions
April 15-21 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($25-$33)
Jopuka Productions proudly presents the groundbreaking all youth musical, 13! Featuring 39 of the Central Coast’s most talented young actors and musicians this is sure to be smash hit school holiday production for the whole family! Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents' divorce, preparing for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigating the complicated social circles of a new school. With universal themes of growing up, acceptance and true friendship this show is sure to relatable to young and old! Premiering on Broadway in 2008 it was the first musical ever on Broadway to have an entirely youth cast and orchestra. With music from Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown, and script by Robert Horn who has written hit teen films such as Disney’s Teen Beach Movie! The original stage production launched the careers of stars such as Graham Phillips, Elizabeth Gillies, and Ariana Grande! This production features dual casting - Please be careful you select the correct cast’s performance
SWAN LAKE - RUSSIAN BALLET
Following their 2015 sell-out performances of Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet La Classique makes a triumphant return to Australasia presenting their spectacular performance of Swan Lake ‘The Spellbinding Classical Romance’. The most splendid Ballet of all time is brought to life by Petipa & Tchaikovsky’s spectacular score masterpiece. From the moon-lit lake where elegant swans silently glide to the magnificent opulence of the palace ballroom, odile, the temptress in a cloud of black tulle provides a ravishing counterpoint to the purity and innocence of odette the beautiful swan queen. A fairy tale story conveying all the drama of a tragic romance. Moscow Ballet ‘La Classique’ was established in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov. In this 2 acts performance of Swan Lake the illustrious Moscow Ballet ‘La Classique’ with their Ballet skills, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets will capture the imagination, the passion and the romance of this Classical Ballet fairytale.
April 18 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
April 23 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
NOT ABOUT FROGS (ages 3-9) by Elizabeth Moore, directed by Lennore Elliott, presented by Juppies (Uniting Productions Juniors)
April 19-22 at Uniting Church Hall, Donnison St, Gosford ($7.50)
An original musical play set in the Australian bush. Full of explorers, birds and yes, frogs, its a bush romp with a bit of mystery thrown in. Written by local writer Elizabeth Moore, and directed by Lennore Elliott, “Not About Frogs” will be perfect holiday entertainment for 3-9 year olds this April school holidays. Preschool and school groups are welcome. Six shows only – book now!!! Please note that there will be NO (monthly) PLAY READINGS for March and April, due to this major production. Our regular play readings will re-commence in May.
RENT - presented by Pantseat Performing Arts
April 20-22 at Civic Playhouse, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($27-$35)
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTERS IN CONCERT - directed by Tracey Kriz, presented by Tweed Theatre Company Inc.
April 21-30 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Tweed Heads NSW ($15-$25)
EDGE OF THE WORLD (a new original work by Graham Patterson. Directed by Graham Patterson and Produced by Diana Helmrich) - presented by Armidale Drama and Musical Society
8pm Fri-Sat-Fri April 21-22-28 + 3pm & 8pm Sat April 29 at The 'Stro UNE (University of New England, Armidle NSW ()
BLOOD BROTHERS by Willy Russell - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
April 22 - May 6 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()
MOSCOW BALLET - SWAN LAKE
Moscow Ballet "La Classique" presents Swan Lake. Following their 2015 sell-out performances of sleeping beauty…. Moscow ballet la classique makes a triumphant return to Australasia presenting their spectacular performance of Swan Lake ‘the spellbinding classical romance’. The most splendid ballet of all time is brought to life by Petipa & Tchaikovsky’s spectacular score masterpiece. From the moon-lit lake where elegant swans silently glide to the magnificent opulence of the palace ballroom, Odile, the temptress in a cloud of black tulle provides a ravishing counterpoint to the purity and innocence of Odette the beautiful swan queen. A fairy tale story conveying all the drama of a tragic romance.
Sat April 22 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ()
SHAKESPEARE ON THE RUN presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
Sat April 22 at Lieder Theatre, Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW
One night of roving fun to celebrate the Bard
CORRANDERRK - presented by Ilbijerri Theatre Co & Belvoir St Theatre
A definitive story from our neglected Indigenous history, starring Trevor Jamieson. Coranderrk is about what might have been. At a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881, the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve went head-to-head with the Aboriginal Protection Board. Their goal was both simple and revolutionary: to be allowed to continue the brilliant experiment in self-determination they had pioneered for themselves on the scrap of country left to them. Coranderrk recreates the Inquiry. This is both great theatre and great history. It revives the voices of all those, black and white, who fought for a better pact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants. This special production pays tribute to the resilience and adaptability of a people who rose to the challenge despite the odds, appropriating the power of the written word to make their own voices ring loud and clear.
6.30pm Mon April 24 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
June 14-15 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
8pm Sat June 17 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$48)
7.30pm Tues June 20 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($18-$42)
June 22 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
8pm Sat June 24 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($-$)
June 30 - July 1 at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore NSW ()
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Pty Ltd
April 25-30 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
The West End's best new comedy comes to Canberra. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong … does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to reach their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Winner of Best New Comedy at London’s Olivier Awards last year, acclaimed with five star reviews and currently playing to packed houses in the West End, The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!
DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon, presented by Maitland Repertory Theatre
April 26 - May 13 at Maitland Repertory Theatre, 244 High Street, Maitland NSW ($22/c.$17)
Bernard plans a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He’s arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights and has invited his best friend Robert, too, to provide the alibi. It's foolproof, what could possibly go wrong?
SEUSICAL KIDS - directed by James Tolhurst - presented by Hunter Drama
April 26-30 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
“Oh, the thinks you can think!” Welcome to the wondrous world of Seuss where all your favourite characters come to life! Guided by The Cat In the Hat, a young boy goes on a fantastical musical adventure! Prepare to be transported from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus! Suesical the Musical tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. A colourful extravaganza, this musical tale is sure to capture the imagination! Starring a host of young Hunter Drama stars (aged 14 and under) this fantastical journey is bound to be as fun as it is colourful.
AVENUE Q - presented by Supa Productions
April 28 - May 13 at The Q : Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($58/c.$54)
The Q may never be the same again when these naughty puppets take the stage! Prepare yourself! Avenue Q is not the most upmarket of New York streets, and is about as far away from Park Avenue as you can get, but it is home to some lively and off the wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets! Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, has just moved to this neighbourhood as he desperately tries to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life. A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead Princeton on a hilarious story of self-discovery. Life may suck on Avenue Q but being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect, having sex (whether hetero, homo or porno… and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.
MAPPING THE LAKE - presented by Tantrum Youth Arts
April 28-30, 2017 at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, First St, Booragul NSW (adjacent to Lake Macquarie High School)()
Mapping the Lake is a significant cultural event that will be performed on the grounds of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, on 28-30 April 2017. The project was developed in consultation with Lake Macquarie’s Youth Advisory Council and will bring over 80 young people together with professional artists to develop and present a large-scale, multi-disciplinary, site specific contemporary performance that tells the diverse stories of young people living in the Greater Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions. It is a theatrical mapping of community, connecting people and place. Through various art forms, young people will explore concepts of distance, transportation, disconnection, and identity using projection, audio installations, visual theatre, physical theatre and storytelling. Mapping the Lake will provide a range of benefits for young people and their families, most importantly through providing an inclusive environment for all members of the community. This project will also build confidence, artistic skills, communication, teamwork, as well as a shared sense of identity and community.
THE ILIAD directed by William Zappa, presented by The Street
April 28-30 at The Street, 15 Childers St, City West (Canberra) ACT ()
Fury. So much fury. Tell us Muse, of Achilles, the son of Peleus, insane and cursed, who's fury cost the Achaeans dear. The Gods of Olympus take their sides and the fates of all men hang in the balance. On the battlefield of Troy the scene is set for the final conflict to claim the beautiful Helen. Only the invincible Greek warrior Achilles can tip the scales of war to glory or defeat, but humiliated by his leader Agamemnon, he is stubbornly refusing to join the fray. The Iliad tells of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy; the darkest episode in the Trojan War. Following on from the success of The Sonnets Out Loud earlier in 2016, The Street brings The Iliad Out Loud continuing our exploration of marrying classic verse text with live performance.
More info: http://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/iliad-out-loud
MONTHLY PLAYREADINGS IN GOSFORD NSW
7.30pm Friday April 28 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: May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 24
BLUE MOUNTAINS RADIO PLAYERS PLAYREADINGS
2.30pm Sun April 30 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: May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27, Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26
STARTING MAY 2017
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - presented by the Phoenix Theatre
May 2017 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, 24 Bridge St, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW ($20/c.$15/$10)
CHICAGO - presented by So Popera (Wollongong)
May 2017 at a venue in Wollongong NSW ()
TRAVELLING NORTH by David Williamson - presented by Murwillumbah Theatre Company
May/June 2017 at Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah NSW ()
THE WIZARD OF OZ - presented by Arcadians Theatre Group
May 2017 at Miner's Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway, Corrimal, Wollongong
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - presented by Lithgow Musical Society
May 2017 at Union Theatre, Lithgow NSW ()
LUCY IN THE SKY AND SIBLINGS - presented by Lithgow Theatre Group
May 2017 at Union Theatre, Lithgow NSW ()
THE RED BALLOON - presented by High Country Theatre (Armidale)
May 2017 at a venue in Armidale NSW ()
XANADU - presented by Carillon Theatrical Society (Bathurst)
May 4-13 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst NSW ()
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller, directed by Chris Baldock, presented by Canberra Repertory Theatre
May 4-20 at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton (Canberra) ACT ()
The second show of the Season is Arthur Miller’s very physical play of a longshoreman, betrayal, and immigration mixed with the style of Greek theatre and the problem of choosing to be American or not. A View from the Bridge remains startlingly relevant today in its themes and issues—revealing a world where navigating the expectations of family and community can be treacherous and the impacts of change can be hard to accept.
SWEET CHARITY - presented by Wyong Musical Theatre
May 5-13 at Art House, Wyong NSW ()
Charity Hope Valentine works at a seedy Times Square dime-a-dance joint. Charity is an incurable optimist with a golden heart who longs for love but never seems to look for it in the right places, until one day the fickle finger of fate intervenes and she falls in love with Oscar, from whom she must hide her chequered past and sordid dance hall job. With hits including 'Big Spender', 'Rhythm of Life' and 'If My Friends Could See Me Now', join WMTC for Bob Fosse's iconic Sweet Charity to see if our heroine can live 'Hopefully Ever After"...
WICKED - presented by Orange Theatre Company
May 5-21 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($30-$52.50)
Awe-inspiring and spectacular, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls met in the land of Oz. Elphaba — born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Galinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the enthralling story of two unlikely friends and how they became the Wicked Witch of the West & Galinda the Good. WICKED, the multi award-winning classical musical, which has been playing on Broadway since 2003 and is now the 10th longest running show in the West End, has show-stopping songs by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and is adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Orange Theatre Company are thrilled to be one of the first regional theatre companies to be awarded this blockbuster family musical and hopes you can join us as we bring this exciting production the boards of the Orange Civic Theatre.
WICKED - presented by Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy Company
May 5-28 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs harbour NSW ($28/c.$23/child $20)
Wicked takes place before the classic Wizard of Oz story ever began, and tells the incredible story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as students at Shiz University in the land of Oz: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood girl with emerald-green skin named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths, the one ending up the Wicked Witch of the West and the other, Glinda the Good. The story pays homage to the Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.
WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT - presented by Gary Ginnivan productions in association with KW & NB Ltd (UK)
WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT is the wonderful story of a family out for a walk and on the lookout for a growling bear — they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness. This mini-musical captures the fun and frolics of a father who is clearly still a child at heart, his three children — including a tiny intrepid bearhunter- in-the-making baby strapped to dad’s back, plus the family dog and of course… a BIG BROWN CUDDLY BEAR!
May 6 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
May 25 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ()
July 20-21 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($-$)
July 31 - August 1 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
August 3-4 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($18-$28)
August 9-10 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
August 11-12 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, 337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
INTO THE WOODS - presented by Players Theatre, Port Macquarie
May 12 - June 4 at Players Theatre, 33A Lord St, (cnr Gordon & Lord Streets), Port Macquarie NSW ()
CIRCUS OZ: MODEL CITIZENS
Circus Oz explodes back onto stage, audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australia with their latest high octane circus show Model Citizens, the first creation fuelled by the new Artistic Director Rob Tannion. Set in a beautiful yet chaotic model kit world, Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk, beauty and rawness of acrobatic circus with pumping live music, stunning lighting, breathtaking physical improbability and no shortage of absurdity.
May 12-13 at NORPA, Lismore City Hall, Lismore NSW ($20-$55)
May 19-20 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($-$)
May 31 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
June 2-3 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
ROCK OF AGES - presented by Tamworth Musical Society
May 12-27 at Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW ($29-$44)
ROCK OF AGES is a hilarious, feel-good love story, told through the hit songs such as: `I Want to Know What Love Is,' `Don't Stop Believin', `The Final Countdown', `We Built This City,' and `More Than Words' by iconic rockers such as Foreigner, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Starship, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and many more. Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer - and in L.A.'s most legendary rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the '80's. It's an awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams, in a Rock `n' Roll Comedy Romance
SOUTH PACIFIC: IN CONCERT by Rodgers & Hammerstein, presented by Illawarra On Pointe Productions
May 12-14 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($39-$45)
This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book “Tales of the South Pacific.” which is set in an island paradise during World War II. Two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfilment of a future with an innocent Tokinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her own prejudices.
RUFF #1 2017 - presented by Merrigong Theatre Company
11am Sat May 13 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW ($15)
Want to know what’s cooking in the minds of the Merrigong creatives? Wondering what’s hiding in Hinton’s head? RUFF is your chance to get inside the machine and be part of our theatre-making process. Join us in the Bruce Gordon Theatre on a Saturday morning (maybe with a fresh coffee from The Social) and enjoy ‘work-in-progress’ readings/showings of the works we have in the works, possibly destined for your stage in future seasons. Get the inside scoop, and join us afterwards for an informal post-show chat where you’ll have your chance to give us feedback and have some input into the development of the work. Supporting the development and presentation of work by independent artists.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG - presented by Parkes Musical & Dramatic Society
May 13 - June 4 at The Little Theatre, Cnr Bogan and Dalton Streets, Parkes NSW ()
LAUGH OUT LOUD FESTIVAL - presented by Hunter Drama
6.30pm Mon-Sat May 15-20 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
Hunter Drama’s Laugh Out Loud Festival is our mid-year showcase featuring every single one of our young Hunter Drama family LIVE ON STAGE! Our aim is to make you wet your pants! Well, not literally, but definitely metaphorically! Each class will present a short 10 minute sketch that will make your sides split. Tickets available through Ticketek. Suitable for the entire family.
WICKED - presented by Albury Wodonga Theatre Company
May 17-21 at Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury NSW ($30-$53)
Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of the West.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/384782708559297/
OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker, presented by Roo Theatre Company
May 19-27 at The Harbour Theatre, Corner Of Addison & Wentworth Street, Shellharbour Village, NSW ($)
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR by Lillian Hellman, directed by Andy Kabanoff with assistance from Sally Bartley, presented by Coast Theatre Company (Wyong Drama Group)
May 19-27 at The Grove Community & Cultural Hub, 1 North Road, Wyong NSW ()
'The Children's Hour' by Lillian Hellman is a play written in 1934 about the destructive power of rumour, where unsubstantiated allegations result in people being treated as guilty until proven innocent. Where there's smoke there must be fire! The setting is a private girls school in a small town probably in the new England area of the US, but it could be anywhere – and it could be now.
SORDID LIVES (ages 15+) by Del Shores, directed by Amber Little, presented by Spectrum Theatre Group
May 20 - June 3 at Twyford Hall, Merimbula NSW ()
'A black comedy about 'white trash'!'. Sordid Lives, tells the story of a small-town Texas family as they struggle to prepare for the funeral of the family matriarch who has died whilst engaging in an affair in a seedy motel room with her younger, married neighbour. This dark comedy comprises a cast of 13 strong, outrageous characters who work together to take us on a journey filled with laughter, grief, tolerance, and unconditional love. WARNING: This play contains adult themes and strong language and children under the age of 15 are not permitted to attend auditions or rehearsals.
THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING (ages 14+) by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, directed by Jason Klarwein, a Queensland Theatre and Grin and Tonic Troupe Production
Wise, poignant and powerful storytelling. Remaining a vital Australian masterwork 20 years after it was penned, The 7 Stages of Grieving is a wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation. In this stunning new adaptation, the immensely talented Chenoa Deemal (last seen at Merrigong in Rainbow’s End) spins poignant stories of different people from different mobs – tear-streaked tales of tragedy go hand-in-hand with jubilant celebrations of survival. Funny, devastating, politically relevant and culturally profound, The 7 Stages of Grieving is an invitation for all of us to face hard truths, and to join hands and grieve. Written by two of Australia’s most respected artists, Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, The 7 Stages of Grieving has been skillfully updated to reflect our contemporary climate. The show shares true and personal stories that need to keep being told. And most importantly, it opens a dialogue about the issues that both separate and unite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Recommended for ages 14+. Contains adult themes.
May 23-27 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $29-$59)
May 30 - June 3 at Civic Playhouse, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($-$)
June 13-14 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($-$)
SHIRLEY VALENTINE by Willy Russell, presented by HIT Productions
This funny but moving piece won the award for Best Comedy at the 1988 Laurence Olivier Awards. It takes the form of a monologue by a 42-year-old Liverpool mother and housewife, Mrs Joe Bradshaw, before and after a transforming holiday to Greece. Inside Mrs Joe Bradshaw is the former Shirley Valentine longing to emerge. Her self-esteem battered by school, marriage and life in general, she finds herself talking to the wall while her husband is out working. She feels that her life is terribly mundane as she compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like. When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley grasps the opportunity to head for the sun and leave her current drudgery behind. The note in the kitchen reads “Gone to Greece, back in two weeks”. With much humour, warmth, sympathy and human insight, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould in which she was cast by society.
May 24-27 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($37-$52)
June 16-17 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($18-$45)
ORB - presented by Sydney Dance Company
May 25-27 at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
Be captured by the world premiere of Orb, an extraordinary lunar mystery launching Sydney Dance Company’s 2017 season. Together with Ocho, the latest collaboration in eight parts by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and Nick Wales, Orb presents the world premiere of 'Full Moon' by Cheng Tsung-lung. This striking piece by the Artistic Director of Taiwan’s phenomenal 'Cloud Gate 2', harnesses the power of the moon and the mythology, fable and poetry of mankind to thrill the audience. “Living in our modern world, the vibrant city lights have endlessly fascinated me and occupied the interspaces of my sight and feelings at night. On the contrary, the moon, nature’s symbolic beauty of night, shines light into my eyes and helps me uncover the mysteries of the unconscious world which I do not know, yet I feel exist.” (Cheng Tsung-lung)
ARCHÈ - presented by Melbourne Ballet Company
The Melbourne Ballet Company proudly presents, Archè! Archè is an original ballet based on the age-old classic Swan Lake, with inspiration taken from The Greek Myth – Leda and The Swan, and The Dying Swan. The program explores and embraces much of the original narrative and some of the classical repertoire.
May 25 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
August 25-26 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($ - $)
EMILY LOVES TO BOUNCE (ages 4-8) a Patch Theatre production
Henry is spontaneous and wacky; Amy is logical and practical. Their stories unfold in a whimsical world of balls and boxes, where amazing ideas are expressed in a stunning display of Chinese lanterns and one thousand animated balls dance to Beethoven's Song of Joy.
May 25-26 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($22-$26)
June 5 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
HART - concept by Ian Michael, written by Ian Michael & Seanna van Helten, directed by Penny Harpam, a She Said Theatre production presented by Hothouse Theatre
May 26 - June 3 at Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga VIC (From $30-$49)
HART is a very personal and moving examination of the contemporary effects of Australia’s forcible separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. Young Noongar man Ian Michael and his co-writer Seanna van Helten developed HART through testimonials and interviews with four Noongar men spanning three generations – including Ian himself. Using the poignant words of these resilient men, HART illuminates the ongoing after-effects and inter-generational cycle of trauma experienced by Indigenous Australians. The show is intimate, warm and often very funny, and gently invites audiences to listen in on Australia’s silenced stories, and deepen their understanding of a difficult and defining part of Australian history. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains images of deceased persons.
More info: http://www.hothousetheatre.com.au/hart/
STIMELA THE GUMBOOT MUSICAL
Stimela is a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet. Stimela The Gumboot Musical was created in South Africa in July 2008 and has been acclaimed at the National Arts Festival (Grahams-town South Africa) and The State Theatre, where the Sunday Times described it as an "International Hit". Gumboot dancing was born in the gold mines of South Africa in the 19th century. The miners often worked in near darkness and were forbidden to speak. As a result they developed their own system of communication by slapping their "Gumboots". When combined with tribal dances these percussive sounds and rhythms became Gumboot dancing. In mid 2000, from the dusty streets of Soweto, came a group of men who learnt Gumboot dancing in their community hall. Little did they know that their lives were to change forever. They are now Broadway bound. This is their story, "Stimela The Gumboot Musical".
7.30pm Fri May 26 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth, directed by Lesley Carter - presented by Nowra Players
May 26 - June 11 at Nowra Players Theatre, Meroo St, Bomaderry NSW ($)
Calendar girls is based on the movie of the same name. Originally based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
RUMORS by Neil Simon - presented by Woy Woy Little Theatre
May 26 - June 11 at Peninsula Theatre, Cnr McMasters Road & Ocean Beach Road, Woy Woy
A farce by Neil Simon
TALK - written & directed by Jonathan Biggins, presented by Sydney Theatre Co.
May 31 - June 3 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
John Behan is a talkback radio host with the city in the palm of his hand. He fills the airwaves with easy answers, hard facts be damned. But, yesterday, he overstepped the mark. Today, a trial-by-media threatens to get out of control. Locking himself in his studio and broadcasting live, John Behan is not going to go quietly, even if a life is on the line. Across town, the hunt is on for a sensational story. One that reveals the truth? Perhaps. One that keeps journalists in a job? More likely. In Talk, writer and director Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue) sets his eyes squarely on modern journalism, social media and the 24-hour news cycle. When everyone has a megaphone, who’s listening?
STARTING JUNE 2017
OLIVER! - presented by Singleton Theatrical Society
June 2017 at Singleton Civic Centre, Singleton NSW ()
THE PEACH SEASON by Debra Oswald, presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
June 2017 at Lieder Theatre, Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW
A refreshingly new Australian play
2 ONE-ACTOR SHOWS - presented by Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (S.P.A.T.)
June 2017 at a venue in Stanwell Park, NSW ()
JOUR DE L'AMOUR - presented by the Phoenix Theatre
June 2017 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, 24 Bridge St, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW ($20/c.$15/$10)
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Roald Dahl - a Junior show, directed by Nina Stevenson, presented by Pied Piper Productions
June 2017 at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Manuka, Canberra ACT ()
10 by 10 PLAYFEST - presented by Wagga Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre (SoACT)
June 2017 at the Commercial Club, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Tickets can be purchased at the Commercial Club during office hours on 02 6921 3012 or online by clicking the link below.
MELBOURNE TALEM by Rashma N. Kalsie, presented by Melbourne Theatre Co.
1pm Thurs June 1 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ($15/ students $10)
Three young people see each other across a crowded city station. They just missed the train. Now they wait. And think. They think about home: Punjab, Delhi, Hyderabad. And how they just can’t seem to get the city’s talam – its rhythm – right. A sudden and calamitous event changes the lives of all three, and their future in Australia. A timely and vibrant new work that’s both poignant and full of humour, Melbourne Talam puts contemporary social issues centre stage.
SOUTH PACIFIC by Rodgers & Hammerstein, presented by Queanbeyan Players Inc.
June 2-11 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW (Adult $48 / Conc. $43 / Under 16yrs: $25)
On a lonely island not far off the coast of Australia during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who’s being courted for a dangerous military mission. Can a girl from Little Rock find happiness with a mature French planter she got to know one enchanted evening away from the military hospital where she is a nurse? Or should she just wash that man out of her hair? And what about the ‘younger than springtime’ Liat? Will she find happiness in the arms of Lieutenant Cable? Or is middle America circa 1944 likely to raise its racist and intolerant head and remind our lovers that there are certain things you just have to be carefully taught?
THE 39 STEPS by Patrick Barlow, adapted from the novel by John Buchan, directed by Rick Hutton, presented by the North West Theatre Company
June 3-12 at the Roxy Theatre, Bingara NSW ()
The great film director Alfred Hitchcock once said, ‘Murder should be put back into the home … where it belongs!’ He made his movie career around elaborate tales of murder, intrigue and suspense; ‘Rear Window’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘The Birds’, ‘To Catch a Thief’, ‘North by Northwest’ and of course ‘The 39 Steps’, to name but a few. Playwright Patrick Barlow has taken the original story of ‘The 39 Steps’ by John Buchan, mixed it with the Hitchcock film, and thrown in snippets from many other suspense films to produce the comedy play ‘The 39 Steps’. It is a madcap suspense filled romp through England and Scotland in 1936, with goodies and baddies, sexy ladies, keystone cops, crazy chases and a reluctant hero (complete with a stiff upper lip). It brings all of the Hitchcock elements together in one frantic play.
A LITTLE MURDER NEVER HURT ANYONE by Ron Bernes - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
June 3-17 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()
THE WITCHES (ages 6+) a Griffin Theatre Company Presentation
Brave boys and girls, rat-racers and retirees are in for a wicked and wonderful time seeing this mind-boggling madcap one man show. Lucas Jervies directs this bubbling concoction, based on David Wood’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, with one actor running amok in a virtuosic physical performance. When one little boy unwittingly stumbles into the annual meeting of witches, he hears their nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world – by turning them into mice! It’s going to take smarts and sneakiness to stop them and not get squished in the process. Think you can outwit a witch and outrun a mouse? Then grab a seat in the front row for The Witches.
June 3-5 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($16-$30)
June 8-9 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($-$)
THERESE RAQUIN (Adapted from the Emile Zola novel by Gary Abrahams) a Dirty Pretty Theatre & Critical Stages Production
An exquisite adaptation of a masterpiece of French literature. Causing great controversy when the novel was first published over 150 years ago, Thérèse Raquin is Emile Zola’s superb examination of corrupted morals. Set in the notoriously dingy backstreets of late 19th Century Paris, this carnal and corset-filled thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. Recommended for ages 16+. Contains strong language & adult themes.
June 3 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($27-$45)
June 7-10 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
June 14-15 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
June 16-17 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($30-$48)
July 26-27 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
CHICAGO - directed by Ron Gillette, presented by Theatre on Brunker with Novocastrian Players
June 9-24 at Theatre on Brunker, Brunker Rd, Adamstown (Newcastle area) NSW
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN - presented by Young People's Theatre, Newcastle
June 9-24 at Young Peoples Theatre, Cnr Lindsay & Lawson Sts, Hamilton (Newcastle)
ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL 2017 - presented by Players Theatre, Port Macquarie
June 9-11 at Players Theatre, 33A Lord St, (cnr Gordon & Lord Streets), Port Macquarie NSW ()
WYRD SISTERS by Terry Pratchett, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs, directed by K-M Doyle, presented by The Milton Follies Community Theatre
June 9-18 at Milton Theatre, Milton, (south coast NSW)
In Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ‘till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches: Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful); Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar); and Magrat Garlick (naive, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies). Wyrd Sisters is a non-musical, adult production, but contains humour and themes suitable for family audiences. Like the best family productions, it has humour aimed at all ages, including riotous innuendo which will safely fly over the heads of the youngsters.
MADE FROM SCRATCH #2 - presented by Merrigong Theatre Company
7pm Sat June 10 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.
A PLAY (TBA) presented by Two Tall Theatre
Late June 2017 at at The Royal Exchange, 32-34 Bolton St, Newcastle NSW ()
DON GIOVANNI (Australian premiere of the new translation by Jeremy Sams) presented by Opera Hunter
June 14-25 at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts centre, 39 Lake St, Warners Bay, NSW ()
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - presented by Ballina Players
June 16 - July 9, 2017 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina NSW ()
The play opens with the Narrator finding an old book, picking it up, blowing off the dust, and starting to read. The story she relates is of a young dreamer, a man named Joseph—the same Joseph whose story is told in the Book of Genesis....
More info: http://www.ballinaplayers.com.au/performance/joseph-amazing-technicolour-dreamcoat/
FIRST DATE - presented by Arcadians Theatre Group
June 16-24 at Miner's Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway, Corrimal, Wollongong
When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner.
THE 39 STEPS - adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, directed by Jarrad West, presented by Canberra Repertory Theatre
June 16 - July 1 at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton (Canberra) ACT ()
We move into thrillers and intrigue with Patrick Barlow’s exciting, frenetic, and hilarious adaption of John Buchan’s book and Alfred Hitchcock’s film The 39 Steps. It has equal parts farce, clowning masterclass, and heart-stopping noir thriller. The plot hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blonde, from a London music hall north by northwest to Scotland’s most remote highlands. Will they save Britain from a den of devious spies? The challenge of this Comedy will be directed by Jarrad West, who recently directed Casanova for REP. It will be thrilling!
MR STINK (ages 6+) presented by CDP Productions
David Walliams' award-winning book comes to life on stage for children 6-12… and their adults! "Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…" - It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Sure he smells a bit, but he's the only person who's ever been nice to her. So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed. Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret, but she's about to learn that some secrets have a way of leading to disaster. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose…… - The team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses live on stage return with this touching, twisted and hilarious, and very smelly tale… hold on to your nose!
June 16-17 at Capitol Theatre Tamworth
June 21 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
July 12 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
July 14-15 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong NSW ($29)
July 18 at Civic Theatre Wagga Wagga
July 25-26 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($16-$30)
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW - Presented by JWR Productions Australia & Michael Sieders
June 18 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, directed by Naomi Edwards and with 75 magical puppets created by New York's Puppet Kitchen. This is a timeless classic for all generations. One of the most-read and famous children's books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family. Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show. Featuring some other delightful characters from three of Eric Carle’s bestselling classics tales including, Mr Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse. This brand new Australian made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers, while for those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written for the first time on the Australian stage.
BAKERSFIELD MIST (ages 12+) by Stephen Sachs, directed by Lucy Freeman, presented by The Tasmania Theatre Company and Straightjacket Productions
Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama that asks vital questions about what makes art, and people, truly authentic. Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, bought a painting for a few bucks from an ‘op shop’. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact, she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy (Gold Logie Award-winner John Wood) flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover. From the team that brought us 2015’s Sex with Strangers comes a clever and funny examination of the value of art, self-worth, expertise, and the nature of criticism. Recommended for ages 12+. Contains strong language
June 20 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$48)
June 22-24 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($ - $)
July 15 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ($50)
July 18 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
July 20 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
July 22 at Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW ()
July 25 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
July 27 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
August 2-5 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
August 8 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
WICKED (Director: Don Hillam / Musical Director: Matthew Segrave) a Griffith Regional Theatre Community Production
June 21 - July 1 at Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith NSW ()
WICKED - The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before, and continues after, Dorothy’s arrival in Oz from Kansas, and it includes several references to the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch), who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace.
MARY POPPINS - Presented by St Phillips Christian College
June 22-24 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($18-$30)
Mary Poppins is one of the most popular Disney stories of all time. Don’t miss all your favourite songs – Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds and Step In Time, along with breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. Join Mary, Bert and the Banks family as they dance their way onto The Civic Theatre stage for a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure! Featuring a sumptuous live orchestra, a superb cast of more than 80 senior students and BIG production design, ‘Mary Poppins’ is truly a magical journey, which will be loved by the whole family.
GRACE by Craig Wright, directed by John Wood, presented by Knock and Run Theatre Co.
June 28 - July 1 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
Grace is a tragicomedy that explores human assumptions about how God, goodness, faith and causality operate. Steve and Sara have relocated to Sunrise, Florida to pursue an unbelievably wonderful business deal, but as the deal slowly unravels Sara finds herself increasingly drawn to their next-door neighbour, Sam, a badly-scarred victim of a recent car accident who wants nothing to do with her or her Bible-quoting husband. In the end, with a little help from an old German exterminator who's still angry about the effects of World War II, all three characters are confronted by a world that's both better and worse than any religion can justify. Directed by John Wood (Proof, S-27), this new and provocative Newcastle premiere will challenge and entertain both the actors and the audience, keeping everyone questioning the major issues and ending long after the show’s final bow.
EVERYBODY LOVES LUCY - Written by Elise McCann & Richard Carroll, directed by Helen Dallimore - presented by Luckiest Productions
11am Wed June 28 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
Lucille Ball was the Queen of American comedy for decades. As television’s biggest star in I Love Lucy – the most popular sitcom in American history - the wacky, fearless, and totally endearing Lucy broke the mould for the way women were allowed to behave on TV. Brimming with Lucille Ball’s irrepressible spirit, Luckiest Productions present a tribute to a true trail-blazer. This cabaret-style show is a treat for audiences young and old.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame in a new version by Maxine Mellor, directed by Kat Henry, presented by La Boite Theatre Co.
June 28 - July 1 at The Q : Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ()
10.30am & 1pm Tues July 4 at Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith NSW ()
This is a charming, classic tale of adventure and discovery, in a brand-new one-man adaptation — starring Shaka Cook (Jasper Jones). Kenneth Grahame’s rollicking tale of four woodland creatures is one of the true enduring classics of children’s literature and writer/director team Maxine Mellor and Kat Henry have given it a fresh coat of paint. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and the incorrigible Mr. Toad on their journeys, trials and misadventures around the river, the Wild Woods and beyond. Featuring a magical set with plenty of surprises throughout, and playful costuming and props. The Wind in the Willows will take badgers (small and large) on a heartfelt and humorous adventure that explores humanity, time and the value of friendship. For children aged 4 – 12 and anyone who enjoys messing about in boats.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC (ages 10+) by Edmond Rostand, adapted and directed by Damien Ryan, a Sport For Jove & Seymour Centre Production, presented by Merrigong Theatre Co.
One of the world’s most original and finely crafted romantic comedies, this is the tale of the beautiful Roxane and the man who would love her. The play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language, Cyrano de Bergerac is a masterwork of French literature. Still as funny and captivating as when it was written in the late 1890s, Rostand’s story of the soldier-poet with the outsized nose and larger-than life personality is a brilliant blend of wordplay and swordplay, adventure and romance, humour and heartbreak. Dominating the 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards, this poetic, engaging and thoroughly entertaining production from independent Sydney company, Sport for Jove, brings the epic story to life. Full of passion, comedy and humanity, Cyrano de Bergerac is a complete theatrical masterpiece. Recommended for ages 10+. Contains simulated violence
June 28 - July 1 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
Sept 13-16 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
'FRAME OF MIND' - presented by Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Dance Company’s Frame of Mind is a wildly powerful double bill featuring the smash hit Wildebeest by Australia’s own Gabrielle Nankivell and the multi award-winning Frame of Mind from Rafael Bonachela. Having premiered as part of Sydney Dance Company’s inaugural New Breed season, choreographic prodigy Gabrielle Nankivell’s eloquent Wildebeest showcases the power of dancers as individuals and strength en masse. Moody and animalistic, it’s backed by a stormy and industrial score by Luke Smiles. Bonachela’s Frame of Mind features a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner (from American hit rock band The National), recorded by San Francisco’s virtuosic Kronos Quartet. Winner of all four categories for the 2015 Helpmann Awards including ‘Best Choreography’, ‘Best Dance Work’, ‘Best Male Dancer’, and ‘Best Female Dancer’ for its critically acclaimed premiere season. Don’t miss this gripping evening of dance in its limited Australian season.
June 28 at Capitol Theatre, Tamworth ($26-$55)
8pm Sat July 1 at Dubbo Regional Theatre, Dubbo NSW ()
7.30pm Wed July 5 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($-$)
July 8 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
SPAMALOT (A musical by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Directed by Neil Horton with Musical Direction by Stuart Pavel) presented by Armidale Drama and Musical Society
June 30 - July 15 at TAS Hoskins Centre, the Armidale School, Armidale NSW ()
A CABARET WEEKEND of musical fun, directed by Chrissi Claff, presented by Lismore Theatre Co.
June 30 & July 1 at Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah NSW ()
STARTING JULY 2017
CANNIBAL THE MUSICAL - presented by the Phoenix Theatre
July 2017 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, 24 Bridge St, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW ($20/c.$15/$10)
RENT - presented by Pantseat Performing Arts
July 2017 at a venue in Newcastle NSW ()
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL, JR - presented by Pantseat Performing Arts
July 2017 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
BRING IT ON - presented by Gosford Musical Society
July 2017 at a venue near Gosford NSW ()
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - presented by Gosford Musical Society
July/August 2017 at a venue near Gosford NSW ()
OFFENDING THE AUDIENCE by Peter Handke, Updated by Daniel Stoddart, presented by Hunter Drama & Actor's Company
July 2017 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
This isn’t a play! Well, it’s kind of a play! To be honest, we’re not sure what it is! One thing is certain, however…you will be offended! In a nut shell, you’ll see actors analyze the nature of theatre for an hour and then alternately take turns to see who can insult the audience the most. Sound like fun? Don’t worry, the actors will congratulate you after you have been insulted! They may even praise your “performance” as an audience member (depending how well you take the insults of course). In all honesty, we’re not going to hold back on the insults. In fact, that’s part of our strategy to arouse varied reactions from the crowd. Lacking conventional plot, dialogue, and characters we’re really not sure how this is going to go. But, hey, that’s the point!
ERTH'S PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM - presented by Erth Visual & Physical Inc.
Dare to adventure to the bottom of the sea! The team at Erth has spent years scouring the seven seas, collecting playful prehistoric creatures of the deep in their giant aquarium. For the very first time, you are invited to dive in and meet these aquatic critters in person. Erth’s prehistoric creatures are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly, in this fun, educational and unique performance. At each show, Erth’s performers will invite a small number of carefully selected young divers to join them on their quest to the bottom of the ocean, to ‘swim’ with an amazing array of aquatic creatures from bygone eras.
July 1 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
July 4-5 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
July 7-8 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
July 11-12 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
July 14-15 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
July 18-19 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($15-$25)
A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED by Agatha Christie, directed by Jack Helmore, presented by Bay Theatre Players
July 2-22 at The Bay Playhouse, Gregory St, Batemans Bay, NSW ()
This play begins when a strange notice appears in the morning paper of a perfectly ordinary small English village, Chipping Cleghorn: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30pm. Friends accept this, the only intimation.’ As the clock strikes 6:30, the lights go out and a door swings open, revealing a man with a blinding torch………. Tickets on sale June 5, 2017 at Bargain Box, Homemaker Centre Cranbrook Rd, Batemans Bay, NSW. By phone: (02) 4472 5984
DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE – A RAINFOREST ADVENTURE - presented by Zaccaria Concerts & Touring
July 4-5 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
Join Buddy with his friends as they ride the train and embark on ‘A Rainforest Adventure’. See Don, Shiny, Tiny, Mr Conductor, Tank and King, a they sing and dance their way through the deep canopy of tropical trees as they explore and discover together all the beautiful plants, animals and different levels of the ecosystem.
SINGIN'IN THE RAIN JR - directed by Drew Holmes - presented by Hunter Drama
July 5-8 at St. Phillips Christian College Theatre, Waratah, (Newcastle) NSW ()
The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” takes to the stage in Newcastle! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain JR. a guaranteed, toe tapping good time. Singin’ in the Rain JR. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. Our extraordinarily talented troupe of triple threats don their raincoats to bring this Musical classic to life!
PETER PAN (adapted by Craig Sodaro from the novel by J.M. Barrie) presented by Maitland Repertory Theatre
July 7-23 at at Maitland Repertory Theatre, 244 High Street, Maitland NSW ($17)
This superb adaptation captures all the magic and charm of everyone’s favourite story.
DISNEY'S CAMP ROCK: THE MUSICAL - presented by Wyong Musical Theatre
July 7-15 at Wyong Grove Theatre, Wyong NSW ()
THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN ROCK MUSICAL - presented by Albatross Musical Theatre Company
July 7-16 at Studio Theatre, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ()
This is an awesome new jukebox musical featuring songs by AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Skyhooks, Dragon, Choir Boys, Daddy Cool, J.O.K. Sherbet, Ted Mulray Gang, Jet, Billy Thorpe, Rick Springfield, Divinyls, The Screaming Jets and more! Troy and Darren Wilson, the most popular of all the shearers in town, get hitched at a bachelor and spinster ball during a game of spin the bottle. Kazza and Shazza become their brides. While drowning their sorrows at getting hitched Troy and Darren are informed that one of them is heir to a multi-billion dollar sheep station called Tinbinbilla, but it is not known which one. However all is cast into despair when it is revealed that one of the brothers was married in infancy to someone else and is now a bigamist.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks, presented by Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company
Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it. Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it. This uncompromising production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice. More than 400 years after The Merchant Of Venice was written, the taut line between religious law or secular society, righteousness or compassion, tolerance or hate, is still present today. Featuring three-time Helpmann Award Winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea). This masterfully envisioned production tackles the biases and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.
July 7-8 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($48-$52)
Sept 1 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($35-$56)
Sept 5 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
Sept 7-8 at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore NSW ()
Sept 12 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
Oct 3-4 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($18-$45)
Oct 10 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Oct 13-21 at Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT ($37-$95)
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, presented by Melbourne City Ballet
Melbourne City Ballet offers a Shakespearian classic for audiences in 2017. After the huge success of their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2016, Melbourne City Ballet will perform an interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Orange Civic Theatre. Choreographed by Artistic Director, Michael Pappalardo, audiences will see a range of diverse movements, executed by some of Australia’s most talented artists. This comical tale explores two couples whose lives are affected by the meddling fairies who live in a mysterious forest.
July 8 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
7.30pm Wed August 30 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$48)
Sept 2 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
7.30pm Fri Sept 8 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
Sept 14 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($-$)
7.30pm Fri Sept 16 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, 337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
EMPYREAN - presented by Melbourne Ballet Company
July 9 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, 337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
The Melbourne Ballet Company once again returns to the Jetty Memorial Theatre armed with works from three of Australia’s internationally acclaimed choreographers. The new performance piece Empyrean will feature contrasting works by distinctively different choreographers Timothy Harbour, Simon Hoy and Rani Luther. Through this exhilarating and critically acclaimed triple-bill we explore the concept of Empyrean: outer sky, closest to purity and unconditional love. This program focuses on all the positive elements of Picasso’s master work Guernica: is a world reigned over by harmony and light, and surrounds us with a feeling of bliss in contrast to the prior anguish of illusion? This program is a thrilling demonstration of cutting-edge contemporary ballet which takes the audience on a journey filled with passion, emotion and sheer athleticism. This stunning program of contemporary ballet is not to be missed, performed by a team of hightly regarded dancers- whom have developed their skills in some of the most renowned companies in the world.
CATS (Abridged) - presented by Young People's Theatre, Newcastle
July 10 - Aug 12 at Young Peoples Theatre, Cnr Lindsay & Lawson Sts, Hamilton (Newcastle)
JULIA: THE MUSICAL - directed by Stephen Pike
July 12-22 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($50 - $55)
Born into a working class immigrant family, Julia Gillard gave little indication of leadership aspirations. She was a teenager who had few friends, she was neither cheerleader nor athlete. An inkling of her ambition arose when she became President of the Australian Union of Students and during her partnership at a law firm. The more she succeeded, the further she could see her career growing. Strong alliances allowed her to travel a pathway to the Labor Party executive. At no stage did she ever win universal support but enough majority to progress her to make Australian political history by becoming the first woman Prime Minister. ...
TWELVE ANGRY MEN by Reginald Rose, presented by Gosford Theatre Company
July 14-22 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($20-$25)
Set in a New York jury room on a hot afternoon in 1957, Reginald Rose's award-winning drama tells the story of 12 men who must decide on the guilt or innocence of a young juvenile, charged with the murder of his father. Eleven feel the boy is guilty - one has reasonable doubt. In a locked room with the weight of such responsibility, the integrity, humanity and the very essence of these 12 men will be tested beyond their individual limits. As relevant today as it was when it was written, this powerful play sheds light on the American justice system and examines the intimate ways we relate to each other in our everyday lives.
THE SEA by Edward Bond - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
July 15-29 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()
BLUE LOVE (ages 16+) Presented by Shaun Parker & Company
Infused with intense physical theatre, film and dance, Blue Love, by award-winning choreographer Shaun Parker, is a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. From a fantastic place where TV soap meets art-house film, Glenn and Rhonda Flune take the audience on an expedition in search of the perfect relationship. Blue Love is inspired by famous works of art, theatre, music and film; all of which deal with the concept of love. Glenn and Rhonda draw on and reference all of these art forms, parodying the lip-service given to love and its incarnations. This quirky, character-based work is a multi-media, physical theatre comedy: accessible, challenging and enormously entertaining.
July 19-22 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $29-$59)
August 16-17 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
Oct 20-21 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($30-$48)
THE AGE OF CONSENT by Peter Morris - presented by Two Tall Theatre
July 19-22 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
Timmy is just about to be released from jail... Stephanie has finally secured a contract for Raquel, her talented theatrical daughter... but what lies behind their seemingly honest and humorous appraisal of their lives? Previously performed at the Royal Exchange to full houses and deserved of a second season, this chilling and powerful play exposes the psyche of two seemingly different characters. The Age of Consent allows us to view the chilling world that we suspect surrounds us, as we continue to turn a blind eye. Two Tall Theatre is proud to restage this challenging piece of theatre for Newcastle audiences.
LEGALLY BLONDE JR - presented by CHATS Productions Inc (Coffs Harbour)
July 20-30 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
HELLO, GOODBYE & HAPPY BIRTHDAY (ages 14+) by Roslyn Oades & Collaborators. A production by Roslyn Oades. Originally produced by Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival, presented by Merrigong Theatre Co.
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty, the major transition points in adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, the accumulation of a lifetime of experiences. Filled with humour and heartache, this production employs Roslyn Oades’ ground-breaking ‘headphone verbatim’ technique. Rather than reciting memorised lines, the actors wear headphones and speak aloud carefully edited real-life audio interviews, including every inflection, cough, stumble and breath. This results in performances that are extraordinarily immediate and vivid. Winner of a Green Room Award for Outstanding Writing, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is one of the most charming shows you will ever see; a truly celebratory glimpse of the vitality and resistance of those grappling with how to say goodbye; and those unsure where to begin. It is playful and affecting in equal measure. Recommended for ages 14+. Contains strong language.
July 20 at The Riverina Playhouse, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
July 22 + July 24 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($24-$42)
August 2-5 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $29-$59)
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie, Directed by Pollyanna Forshaw, presented by Coast Theatre Company (Wyong Drama Group)
July 21-29 at The Art House, Wyong NSW ()
Ten strangers are invited to a mansion on a remote island and are taken there by the altogether too bluff boatman. As they start mysteriously dying a shocking deduction is made. Could the murderer be one of them? Too, there is no Poirot or Miss Marple to help forestall an inevitable demise. Agatha Christie took her enormously popular murder thriller and adapted it for stage with all of the usual suspects: the butler and his wife, the spinster, the soldier of fortune, the policeman, the secretary, the wastrel, the doctor, the socialite, the general. All are capable of crime it seems, and some are very afraid.
AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins, directed by Coral Kelly, presented by Tweed Theatre Company Inc.
July 21 - August 6 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Tweed Heads NSW ($15-$18)
TALES FROM THE DISTRICT - Written by John McPherson, directed by Jos Wright, presented by Lismore Theatre Co.
July 21-29 at Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah NSW ()
PINAFORE & SO MUCH MORE! - A GILBERT & SULLVAN REVIVAL - presented by Tamworth Musical Society
July 22-23 at Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth NSW ()
For many years Tamworth Musical Society has been asked to bring back to life the musical genius of Gilbert & Sullivan – the musical theatre that first brought them together as far back as 1888. 2017 sees TMS put together this special revival concert, showcasing three of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s most loved musicals: HMS Pinafore, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. So fitting that these two grand performances, back in the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall, offer a concert of fanciful topsy-turvy theatre gems accompanied by ever memorable melodies. A must see for any G&S buff or anyone that enjoys great theatre, first rate music, immense laughter and delicious food! Grab your G&S fix now.
HURT - written by Catherine McKinnon, directed by Kim Hardwick, a White Box Theatre Production presented by Hothouse Theatre
July 25-29 at Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga VIC (From $30-$49)
Under the stark lighting of a hospital waiting room, Mel, mother of injured four-year-old Hanny, anxiously awaits news of her child. Alex, a young businesswoman who witnessed the accident, comforts and calms her. When Mel’s estranged husband Dominic arrives, a series of surprising revelations begins to unfold in the waiting room. Just who is Alex, and what is her connection to Dominic and Hanny? Where was Mel when her daughter ran onto the road, and what truth is Dominic concealing? As accusations fly and lies unravel, the reality of their strangely interconnected lives is revealed … Hurt is an exciting new Australian play that dissects modern relationships within the crucible of a family crisis. Hurt skillfully keeps us on the edge of our seats for just over an hour, with its rapid-fire dialogue, and the emotionally charged secrets that lie at the heart of its characters’ lives.
1984 by George Orwell, adapted & directed by Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan, presented by Canberra Theatre Centre in association with State Theatre Company of South Australia
April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.
July 25-29 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
THIS POISONED SEA by Quantum Leap Dance
July 27-29 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
And so QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble uses The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a launchpad to explore our sense of belonging and sense of responsibility: what is climate change doing to our beliefs? Celebrated West Australian choreographer Claudia Alessi will bring her extensive background in physical theatre; Jack Ziesing (ex- Expressions Dance Company) returns; and QL2 alumni Eliza Sanders brings an exciting new voice to contemporary youth dance. This Poisoned Sea will be epic, thoughtful and physical. Contemporary dance for all audiences. Quantum Leap is a national contemporary youth dance company based in Canberra
MURDERED TO DEATH - presented by Orange Theatre Co.
July 28-30 in the foyer at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($35-$45)
This is an hilarious spoof in the best Agatha Christie tradition, with a touch of Cleudo thrown in. Featuring a cast of characters guaranteed to delight: Bunting the butler, an English colonel with the prerequisite stiff upper lip, a shady French art dealer and his moll, a bumbling buffoon of a Police Inspector with his hapless Constable, and a wellmeaning local sleuth who seems to attract murder — they’re all here, and all caught up in the sidesplitting antics which follow the mysterious death of the owner of a country manor house. Will the murderer be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom or will the audience die laughing first? This show will be performed on a special stage set up in the Orange Civic Theatre foyer with seating around tables. We encourage you to bring food to share and the bar will be open for drinks.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG - presented by Roo Theatre Company
July 28 - August 12 at The Harbour Theatre, Corner Of Addison & Wentworth Street, Shellharbour Village, NSW ($)
THE VICAR OF DIBLEY 2 - presented by Players Theatre, Port Macquarie
July 28 - Aug 13 at Players Theatre, 33A Lord St, (cnr Gordon & Lord Streets), Port Macquarie NSW ()
LANDSCAPE WITH MONSTERS (ages 10+) Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble - a Circa & Merrigong Theatre Company production
If you missed it the first time, or want to relive this magical experience, here’s your chance. In 2016, right here in Wollongong, Merrigong and Circa forged a new type of circus, and now it’s being seen around the world. In Landscape with Monsters there are no traditional circus acts, no trapezes and not a red nose in sight. Instead, from a world of simple wooden boxes, a hard floor and tall metal structures, the meeting between ourselves and our environment is thrillingly brought to life. In this telling of the story of the transforming of our industrial city, metal and wooden objects intersect with fast-paced acrobatics. This intensely physical show is at once humorous and brutal, savage and beautiful. Set to a soundtrack of popular songs and electronic music, Landscape with Monsters is bursting with the thrills that are the hallmarks of Circa performances. Don’t miss it in its strictly limited return season as part of an extensive Australian tour. Recommended for ages 10+
July 28-29 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($30-$48)
Sept 6-9 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
8pm Thurs Sept 14 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$40)
8pm Fri Sept 15 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat Sept 23 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
ENCORE - presented by Dubbo Theatre Co.
July 28-29 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre, Dubbo NSW ()
Dubbo Theatre Co Inc is thrilled to be celebrating 60 years in a musical of musicals…and a smidgeon more! Cast your mind back to much-loved characters and songs from hit productions presented by Dubbo Theatre Company over the past six decades. Join our talented core company, voices from the past and our stars of the future in a celebration of theatre. Dubbo Theatre Company has a history of presenting the highest quality theatrical productions to sell-out houses and standing ovations; including Les Miserables, South Pacific, Noises Off, Evita, Fawlty Towers, ‘Allo ‘Allo and Godspell. Dubbo Theatre Company’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was a fitting number for the official opening of the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre in 2010.
STARTING AUGUST 2017
BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY by Ken Ludwig, presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
August 2017 at Lieder Theatre, Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW
An American farce
AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (adapted by Toby Hulse, based on the novel by Jules Verne and directed by Award-winning director Terence O’Connell) proudly supported by Moving Light Productions
Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant Passepartout as they set out to win an outrageous wager by circling the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as three actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in one of the great adventures of all time!
August 2-5 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($ - $)
7.30pm Wed August 23 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($25-$49)
BENNELONG (choreography by Stephen Page with Bangarra Dancers) - presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre
August 3-5 at Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT ()
World premiere at Sydney Opera House in June 2017. In 2017, Bangarra presents a new contemporary dance work, choreographed by Artistic Director Stephen Page, inspired by true events. Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. In a tumultuous time of Australia’s history, Bennelong and the Eora Nation transcended “first contact”, leaving us a legacy that is still so tangible in our 21st century. Bennelong highlights the extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy that led an Aboriginal community to survive a clash of cultures. This brand-new work is Bangarra at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company embraces history – celebrating the continuation of life and culture with the power, artistry, passion and physicality of the country’s most acclaimed dancers.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH by Lally Katz, directed by Kate Blackhurst, presented by Canberra Repertory Theatre
August 3-19 at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton (Canberra) ACT ()
An Australian Comedy about hope, death, alienation, and budding friendship set in multiple locations, and yet mainly on a street in suburban Australia. Lally Katz’s Neighbourhood Watch is “enchantingly disarming, charming, and definitely warm-hearted”. An older widowed Hungarian émigré and a younger Australian woman are neighbours with more than physical walls between them, until they share their lives. Well-known REP actress and Canberra director, Kate Blackhurst will direct this Australian Drama.
CIRQUE AFRICA - presented by Unique Entertainment
Cirque Africa is a one of a kind show that is sure to amaze and enthral all who see it. A 100% African cultural experience, Cirque Africa is a vibrant and highly entertaining blockbuster production, which transports each audience to the positive side of Africa through a modern stage performance. Produced and directed by the director who brought you the hit Broadway show Cirque Mother Africa, Papa Africa aka Winston Ruddle. Cirque Africa features the world-renowned African troupe, consisting of 25 performing artists from 6 African countries including acrobats, dancers, percussionist, musicians and contortionists, performing an awe-inspiring show. Highlighted with stunning colourful African costumes, high energy knuckle-biting acrobatic acts, humorous comedy, modern original composed music and vibrant dance routines, this is a superb show is for all ages of the family.
7pm Thurs August 3 at Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri NSW ($39-$49)
August 11 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
August 17 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
August 18 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
7.30pm Sat August 19 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($49-$79)
7.30pm Wed Sept 6 at at Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong NSW ($49-$79)
Sept 7 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
8pm Fri Sept 8 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($49-$79)
ÁLLO ÁLLO (directed by Anna Swift) presented by Wagga Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre (SoACT)
August 6-27 at The Basement Theatre, Cnr Morrow & Tarcutta Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
VINCENT - presented by LJ Projects
Vincent is a new dance theatre work exploring an abstract dialogue of the tortured life and man behind the brush of artist Vincent Van Gogh. During our 2016 premiering season, Vincent was described amongst other rave reviews as “immersive theatre of the first order”. Vincent utilizes a choreographic structure that allows the audience to experience a multi-disciplinary performance of dance, original music, spoken word and visual design.
August 10-11 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
7.30pm Wed Sept 13 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ()
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST by William Shakespeare, directed by Liam Walsh and Joanne McAndrews, presented by Reamus Youth Theatre
August 11-26 at Maitland Repertory Theatre, 244 High Street, Maitland NSW ($17)
One of Shakespeare’s earlier comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost is a witty battle of the sexes that makes fun of the scholarly world of literarians in love with language while taking up a serious issue of Shakespeare’s day, that of swearing and foreswearing oaths.
A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED by Agatha Christie - presented by Woy Woy Little Theatre
August 11-27 at Peninsula Theatre, Cnr McMasters Road & Ocean Beach Road, Woy Woy
A classic murder mystery
WICKED - presented by Arcadians Theatre Group
August 11-19 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC), Burelli St, Wollongong
SALTBUSH by Compagnia TPO & Insite Arts in co-production with Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana Toured by Performing Lines
Saltbush is an exquisite interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, celebrated through live dance, music, song and stories. An ensemble of Aboriginal artists collaborated with Insite Arts and the internationally acclaimed Italian company Compagnia TPO to create this highly acclaimed work. Saltbush centres on the journey of two friends from different Aboriginal backgrounds as they cross Australia on foot. Their journey sees them travel across diverse Australian landscapes (countries) – river country, urban landscapes, the desert and the sea, all the while discovering the land and better understanding and acknowledging our own challenges and personal journey.
August 11 at Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW ()
August 14-15 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($18-$26)
GUERNICA - presented by Melbourne Ballet Company
August 15-16 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($18-$39)
Guernica is a tragic love story inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, set in the Spanish Civil War In this atmosphere of destruction and sense of fear, when the darkness takes over, two young characters find the light in their hearts: a wonderful love story, inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy. With the illusion of being able to deal with the dark reality that surround them, the two lovers believe that the feeling of bliss found in their love can win out against this evident human cruelty. Outside the narrative, the central inspiration behind Simon Hoy’s Guernica is Picasso’s arresting 1937 master-work “The Guernica” which to this day predominates as one of the most powerful antiwar symbols.
LES MISéRABLES - presented by Metropolitan Players
August 16-26 at Civic Theatre, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
HORRIBLE HARRIET - presented by CDP Productions
Look out! Here comes Horrible Harriet. She’s wicked, wild and wonderful! Horrible Harriet lives in the roof of her school and keeps teachers chained in the cellar to do her homework. Harriet and the other children don’t see eye to eye - but all Harriet really wants is a friend. When Athol Egghead lands in his hot air balloon, Harriet finally meets someone who understands her. Then Mr Chicken arrives to disrupt the whole show! Fortunately Horrible Harriet knows how to handle him... or does she? The team behind the hit stage productions The 13, 26 and 52-Storey Treehouses, The Gruffalo, and Mr Stink, bring the works of Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, to life on stage. Join Harriet’s search for identity and friendship, with songs, laughs, mischievous fun - and not least Mr Chicken himself!
August 17-18 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($-$)
Sept 6-10 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($ - $)
Sept 13 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
SONG CONTEST - THE ALMOST EUROVISION EXPERIENCE by Glynn Nicholas, directed by a team including Alyson Whiteoak, Jenelle Davis and others to be announced, presented by Nowra Players
August 18 - Sept 3 at Nowra Players Theatre, Meroo St, Bomaderry NSW ($)
A glitzy comedic and loving tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s as close to the real thing as you can get, with eleven countries competing, a multitude of anxious contestants, a gushing hostess and all the quirkiness that both delights us and makes us cringe in a single breath. The audience voting is authentic with the potential for a different winner every night (come a couple of times and you will see it’s not rigged.) If you love Eurovision more than kittens or would rather chew alfoil that sit through it, you will adore this show.
JAM - JUNIOR ALBATROSS MUSICAL - presented by Albatross Musical Theatre Company Junior Company
August 18-20 at Studio Theatre, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ()
RUMORS by Neil Simon, presented by ??
August 18-27 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
Can you keep a secret? Four wealthy couples gather at the town house of the Deputy Mayor of New York and his wife to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. When they arrive, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host has shot himself. All hope of dignity is abandoned in their frantic attempts to uncover the truth and prevent a scandal, with hilarious consequences. As the confusion and miscommunication mounts, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. Spread the rumour...
Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumors_(play)
INTIMACY (Written By: Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Raimondo Cortese, Paul Lum and Patrick Moffatt. Directed By: Adriano Cortese.) a ranters Theatre production presented by The Street
August 23-27 at The Street, 15 Childers St, City West (Canberra) ACT ()
Differences between us are often the most surprising points of connection. A few years ago, Adriano Cortese, the director of Intimacy, was living above a shop on a street filled with bars, cafes and restaurants, in Melbourne Australia. One night he decided he wanted to meet some new people so he walked onto the street and introduced himself to strangers walking past. This was the beginning of a night filled with intense personal dialogue and shared intimacy. This work is based on this event and subsequent meetings with various strangers. Divided into four seamlessly connected scenes, we witness one person as he experiences the intimate lives of others and is confronted with his own. Why is it sometimes easier to be honest with a total stranger than with someone we know? Is this really honesty or just another performance, Intimacy explores the personal and often very intimate revelations that occur when strangers meet. Ranters Theatre is interested in the nature of performance both in the theatre and outside of it. Intimacy promises to give the audience a truly intimate experience through both the subject matter of the show and the intimate style of the presentation.
THE WHARF REVUE (ages 15+) a Sydney Theatre Co production
The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have been keeping the nation’s political and cultural leaders on their metaphorical toes since before Sydney hosted the Olympics. In 2017, they return with an all-new, up-to-the-minute, fibre-to-the-node dose of side-splitting sketches and rib-tickling songs. (BYO hyphens). From the highs to the lows, expect a parade of the year’s most memorable characters - and the moments they’d prefer to forget. So, whether you want to calm your nerves or double your disillusion, we all need a fresh serve of laughter, dance and foolishness. And The Wharf Revue is here to deliver (in spades).
August 23-27 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong NSW ($49-$79)
Sept 29-30 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$52)
POEM EVERY DAY (ages 13+) presented by Canberra Youth Theatre
7pm Thurs-Sat August 24-26 at Ainsley Arts Centre, Braddon ACT ()
An immersive work of theatre responding to the poetry of Joshua Bell. This work will be highly theatricalised, drawing on the practices of Pina Bausch, Omar Naharin and Bertolt Brecht. It will comment on the experience of the individual upon hearing the words written by Joshua Bell.
More info: http://www.cytc.net/production/poem-every-day/
INHERIT THE WIND by Jerome Lawrence & Robert Edwin Lee - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
Aug 26 - Sept 9 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()
RICE by Michele Lee, drected by Lee Lewis, a Griffin Theatre production presented by Hothouse Theatre
August 29 - Sept 2 at Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga VIC (From $20-$49)
Working late, high up in a skyscraper, is Nisha, a business prodigy and second-in-command of an Australian rice company. Smart and sassy, she’s on the brink of closing a massive deal with the Indian government. Working later still is Yvette, the Chinese-Australian cleaner who clears up her take-away. ‘Indian princess’ and ‘Chinese cleaner’ is at first all they see when they face each other across the desk. They’re from different cultures and different generations – but as the nights wear on, and the women trade stories about their days, they discover the many ties that bind them. Brimming with wickedly humorous observations on globalisation, power, politics and family, Rice recently won Michele Lee the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016 – 2017. This terrific co-production from Queensland Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company is directed by Griffin’s Helpmann Award winning director Lee Lewis.
HELLO, GOODBYE AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY - A production by Roslyn Oades. Originally produced by Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty, the major transition points in adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, the accumulation of a lifetime of experiences. Filled with humour and heartache, this production employs Roslyn Oades’ ground-breaking ‘headphone verbatim’ technique. Rather than reciting memorised lines, the actors wear headphones and speak aloud carefully edited real-life audio interviews, including every inflection, cough, stumble and breath. This results in performances that are extraordinarily immediate and vivid. Winner of a Green Room Award for Outstanding Writing, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is one of the most charming shows you will ever see; a truly celebratory glimpse of the vitality and resistance of those grappling with how to say goodbye; and those unsure where to begin. It is playful and affecting in equal measure.
Aug 30 - Sept 2 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong NSW ($29-$59)
GLORIOUS by Peter Quilter, presented by HIT Productions
Glorious! tells the hilarious true story of the world’s worst opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins. This West End and world-wide hit was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award -Best New Comedy (2005) and has been seen by two million plus people across six continents. In the 1940s the singer everyone wanted to see perform live in New York was the enthusiastic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins - ' the first lady of the sliding scale'. Surrounding herself by devoted friends, almost as eccentric as she, this deliciously happy and delusional woman paid scant attention to her critics and would screech and warble to her audiences, most falling about with laughter. This heart-warming comedy moves from Florence's charity recitals and lavish balls, through to her very odd recording sessions and her ultimate performance triumph at New York’s Carnegie Hall, incorporating her wonderfully colourful relationships along the way.
8pm Wed August 30 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($45-$49)
Sept 23 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Sept 1 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
STARTING SEPT 2017
CAROUSEL - presented by Maitland Musical Society
Sept 2017 at a venue near Maitland NSW ()
ROMAN & JULES - presented by Theatre on Brunker
Sept/Oct 2017 at Theatre On Brunker, Brunker Rd, Adamstown (Newcastle area) NSW
OLIVIA! by Malcolm Sircom, a senior production presented by Pied Piper Productions
Sept/Oct 2017 at Canberra College Performing Arts Centre, Canberra ACT ()
DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller - presented by Two Tall Theatre
Sept 2017 at a venue in Newcastle NSW ()
PROOF - presented by Coast Theatre Company (Wyong Drama Group)
Sept 2017 at a venue in Wyong NSW ()
GURANGAATCH AND MIRRIGAN presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
Sept-Nov 2017 at Lieder Theatre, Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW
A new Indigenous play created from stories told by Alfie Walker
DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR - presented by Arcadians Theatre Group
Sept 2017 at Miner's Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway, Corrimal, Wollongong
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler - presented by Pigs Fly Productions (Mittagong)
Sept 2017 at a venue in Mittagong or elsewhere in the Southern Highlands, NSW ()
SLACKY FLAT by Wendy Richardson, presented by the Phoenix Theatre
Sept 2017 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, 24 Bridge St, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW ($20/c.$15/$10)
A tale of Wollongong during the Great Depression
MADE FROM SCRATCH #3 (ages 16+) - presented by Merrigong Theatre Co.
7pm Sat Sept 2 at The Music Lounge at The Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong NSW ($19)
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.
ROMEO & JULIET - RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE
The forever romance,the hundred year classic ,the most heart-warming dancing you will see this year. The Russian National Ballet Theatre is coming back. They will bring the world’s greatest classic ballet Romeo and Juliet this time. The seamless choreographed by Evgeny Amosov based on the Prokofiev ballet in three Acts and classical music.The Russian National Ballet Theatre will bring audience into a antiquity tradition of tragic romances story. “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo” – From William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.This dramatic ballet stays loyal to Shakespeare’s original tragic ending. The romantic pas de deux, taut fight scenes and the festive street dances will leave you awe-inspired.
Sept 2-3 at Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW ()
Sept 26-27 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
Sept 28-29 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
THE MARVELLOUS WONDERETTES - presented by Ballina Players
Sept 8-24 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina NSW ()
The story takes place at Springfield Highschool, it's prom night and the gym is decorated with homemade decorations. The show begins when the school's principal, Principal Varney welcomes the class of 1958 to their Super Senior Prom and introduces the night's entertainment, The Marvelous Wonderettes....
THE EXOTIC LIVES OF LOLA MONTEZ - written by Jackie Smith, directed by Moira Finucane, presented by Finucane & Smith
In 1855, the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez, toured Australia. The scandal in legend. From Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith and world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith comes the story of the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez. She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review). Swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand. Escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels. Showered with gold nuggets and insults. Swathed in scandal. Her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage" (Sydney Morning Herald 1855). In 1855 the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez, toured Australia and its goldfields. The scandal is legend.
7.30pm Wed Sept 13 at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Tuggeranong (Canberra) ACT ()
8pm Fri Sept 15 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
BIRTHRIGHTS David Williamson, directed by Sharon Brodie, presented by Lismore Theatre Co.
Sept 15-24 at Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah NSW ()
A rich contemporary drama
GRUG AND THE RAINBOW - a Windmill Theatre Company production
Sept 15-16 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails. Ted Prior’s hugely popular character (with 110,000 Facebook fans!) is brought to life for this magical stage production for our very young theatre lovers.
CIRCA - CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
The Circa Carnival comes to town with whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. Our zebras juggle and flip… Our kangaroos skip and somersault… We’ve elephants with street-cred and rhythm… And even our dinosaur bones shake, clatter and roll to the music. Carnival of the Animals whisks you away on a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins. Circa’s acrobats bring this classical music suite to life for a whole new generation of circus, music and animal lovers.
Sept 16 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
Sept 26 at Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW ()
EXPOSING EDITH - presented by Wager Productions
7.30pm Sat Sept 16 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
Follows the tragic life of arguably the greatest French singer of all time, Edith Piaf. Experience her life, loves and losses through the songs that shot her to stardom including La Vie en Rose, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien. This performance will be cabaret style seating at small and large tables, platters will be available for purchase closer to the month of the event.
THE ARRIVAL (ages 5+) Based on the book by Shaun Tan, directed by Philip Mitchell, presented by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
A Fusion of Tan’s beautiful and surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, Haunting music and fine acting. Built on the animation of images from Shaun Tan’s new book a fantastical world comes to life in a strange and Wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, alien objects and weird animals. It is in this place that our hero Aki makes his home. The Arrival is a universal tale of the challenges, the humour and adventures of arriving in a new country and resonates far beyond any arrival….a new school, a new job, a new town. The absence of words not only makes the story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation that is experienced by many people arriving in a new place. This is Spare Parts Puppet Theatre's most visually stunning and emotional moving production to date and has been received with absolute critical claim.
Sept 19 at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore NSW ()
Sept 27-30 at The Street, 15 Childers St, City West (Canberra) ACT ($18-$22)
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, directed by Guil Noronha and Lesley Coombes, presented by Maitland Repertory Theatre
Sept 20 - Oct 7 at Maitland Repertory Theatre, 244 High Street, Maitland NSW ($22/c.$17)
On her thirteenth birthday, Anne Frank’s parents give her a diary. She’s excited because she wants someone—or something—in which to confide all her secret thoughts. Even though she has a rich social life, she feels misunderstood by everyone she knows. Anne starts writing about daily events, her thoughts, school grades and boys. But, within a month, her entire life changes....
SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL by Ray Lawler, directed by Karen Vickery, presented by Pigeonhole Theatre Co.
Sept 20-30 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($47 - $52)
It is a play that has become part of Australia’s history and psyche and one that every Australian should see. Set in Melbourne in 1953 the story takes place in the lay off season when Queensland cane cutters Barney and Roo travel south again for a summer of fun and frivolity with city barmaids Olive and her friend Pearl. However, this summer is different to the summers that came before; it is full of tensions, strains to recreate lost youth, as they struggle to recapture the magic of the past. A play about passion, expectations and disappointment, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll tells how life’s illusions — both public and private — inevitably shatter.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Dale Wasserman, presented by Roo Theatre Company
Sept 22-30 at The Harbour Theatre, Corner Of Addison & Wentworth Street, Shellharbour Village, NSW ($)
SPAMALOT - presented by Players Theatre, Port Macquarie
Sept 22 - Oct 8 at Players Theatre, 33A Lord St, (cnr Gordon & Lord Streets), Port Macquarie NSW ()
THE STORY ONLY I CAN TELL by William Yang, presented by Performing Lines
In this very special event, Orange Civic Theatre presents William Yang, Australia’s foremost, internationally-renowned storyteller, in his captivating work The Story Only I can Tell. Over the past twenty-five years William has invented a way of telling stories using projected images and spoken word. Although the process is simple, the results are engaging, audiences are involved and moved by his performances. Born to Chinese Australian parents he grew up on a tobacco farm in North Queensland. William always felt he did not fit in. He felt Australian but looked Chinese. His journey was to find his Australian Chinese identity, and this story has resonated with Australians who are mostly immigrants of some sort. William has since become an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and storyteller, and his works have been presented all over the world. In the lead up to the performance William will be working with a small group of local residents, helping them to craft their own stories of place with words and photos. These stories will be shared on stage, as an entree to this evening. Truly a one-off evening — not to be missed.
7.30pm Fri Sept 22 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$48)
MARRUGEKU: Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning, the guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning — to miss the call is to drown. An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, daughter of Broome. By turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from a broken past through a fragile present and on to a future still in the making. The production considers the legacy of Australia’s history for Aboriginal people in northwest Australia today and asks: what does it take to decolonise Aboriginal people’s minds, to unlock doors and to face cultural change? Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning to a community facing massive industrialisation on traditional lands, loss of language and major gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous wellbeing. Drawing on a physicality born of Pigram’s Asian–Indigenous identity, and in a unique collaboration with Belgian choreographer Koen Augustijnen and visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, Pigram builds a dance language to capture this moment in time for her people.
Sept 22-23 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($30-$48)
Sept 26-27 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($22-$35)
JUMP FIRST, ASK LATER - presented by Force Majeure & Powerhouse Youth Theatre & Dauntless Movement Crew
Sept 22 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT (a pantomime by Graham Barraclough) directed by Doug Williams, presented by Tweed Theatre Company Inc.
Sept 23 - Oct 8 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Tweed Heads NSW ($16/child $8)
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)
STARTING OCTOBER 2017
RENT - directed by Daniel Stoddart - presented by Hunter Drama
October 2017 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/
PANTOMIME - presented by Murwillumbah Theatre Company
Oct 2017 at Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah NSW ()
CHICAGO - presented by Gosford Musical Society
Oct/Nov at at a venue near Gosford NSW ()
PROOF (A play by David Auburn. Directed by Warren Bartik) presented by Armidale Drama and Musical Society
Oct 2017 at at TAS Hoskins Centre, the Armidale School, Armidale NSW ()
THE DAPPER ONE by Paul Ryback, presented by the Phoenix Theatre
Oct 2017 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, 24 Bridge St, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW ($20/c.$15/$10)
SWEENEY TODD - presented by Dramatic Productions
October 2017 at a venue in Canberra ACT ()
SONG CONTEST - THE ALMOST EUROVISION EXPERIENCE - presented by Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Society
October 2017 at a venue in Muswellbrook NSW ()
JOURNEY THROUGH THE IMPOSSIBLE by Jules Verne, presented by Lieder Theatre Co.
October 2017 at Lieder Theatre, Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW
A crazy magical journey
CURTAIN UP by Peter Quilter - presented by CHATS Productions Inc (Coffs Harbour)
Oct/Nov 2017 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
KNICKERS! by Sarah Quick - presented by Cooma Little Theatre
Oct/Nov 2017 at Cooma Little Theatre, Monaro Ave, Cooma NSW ()
The paper mill that long propped up the economy of Elliston Falls has been shut down, sending the town spiraling into an economic depression. When a chipper but overwhelmed tourism officer arrives to lend a hand, she discovers an unlikely business partnership in the three brassy friends that make up the local chapter of Weight Watchers. Could the ladies' plan for a custom underwear business (complete with giant knickers as a roadside attraction) really be the town's salvation? This hilariously irreverent comedy celebrates determination, entrepreneurial spirit, and the willingness to bare it all.
LOVELY LADY LUMP - presented by Lana Schwarcz
7.30pm Tues Oct 3 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC (Full $32, Cube members $25 $5 from every ticket sold goes to the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre)
In 2014, Lana was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an unmissably vibrant mix of storytelling, rounded character work, stand-up, silly dances, ridiculous puppetry, and animated projections of her real imaging, she has made a show that is touching, real, raw and hilarious, skilfully making mutated cells the butt of her joke. Cause cancer seriously deserves to be laughed out of town.
ROOM ON THE BROOM - a Tall Stories Production presented by CDP
How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind… The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?
Oct 3 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
Oct 13 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
Oct 18 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
Oct 19-20 at Orange Civic Theatre , Oraange NSW ($18-$25)
Oct 23 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($-$)
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 4 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($61-$96)
Oct 8-10 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong NSW ($72-$92)
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 ()
A FLEA IN HER EAR (directed by Tamika-Jade Boyd) presented by Wagga Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre (SoACT)
Oct 5-15 at The Basement Theatre, Cnr Morrow & Tarcutta Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW ()
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST by William Shakespeare - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
Oct 7-21 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()
RECEPTION THE MUSICAL (ages 14+) presented by Bethany Simons
8pm Sat Oct 7 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
It’s the office memo you don’t want to miss! A celebration of all things administration, Reception: The Musical tells the story of a receptionist who finds joy in the manic world of customer service, stationery orders and thinking on your swivel chair. Inspired by true stories from behind the front desk, this original cabaret comedy is a must-see for office workers and theatre lovers everywhere. It’s the office memo you don’t want to miss! Written by award-winning writer/performer Bethany Simons and leading Melbourne composer Peter de Jager, this uplifting and hilarious production features a toe-tapping original score. Songs include My Name is Bethany (Not Stephanie), Do You Have Sticky Tape, I Can’t Help But Help, They Ring My Bell and many more.
GISELLE - Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour
Starring guest artists from The Australian Ballet, and graduating students from The Australian Ballet School, don’t miss this special staged production when it sweeps audiences away in 2017. Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has captured the imagination and torn at the heart. This transcendent love story follows an innocent village girl transformed into a tender spirit after dying of a broken heart. With its hauntingly beautiful ensemble of white tutus, classical technique and heartbreaking story of boy-meets-girl, Giselle is the perfect must-see ballet.
Oct 10-11 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($29-$72)
Oct 13-14 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
Oct 18-19 at Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW ()
Oct 21 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
VERSIONS OF US (ages 13+) presented by Canberra Youth Theatre
7pm Thurs-Sat Oct 12-14 at Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon ACT ()
An exploration of the many different identities we have as individuals, according to who’s around us. It will ask how do I be? How do I know this is me? Who am I when I’m with my friends/family/strangers? Am I just a version of what others want me to be? Who lets me feel like me? Do I need to be me now? Versions Of Us will be a fictional work. It will be scripted through a series of creative developments with cast, directors and award winning Australian playwright, Emily Sheehan.
THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare, presented by Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (S.P.A.T.)
Oct 13-14 + Oct 20-21 at a venue in Stanwell Park, NSW ()
LES MISÉRABLES - presented by ??
Oct 13-21 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ($34-$39)
Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
RUFF #2 2017 - presented by Merrigong Theatre Company
11am Sat Oct 14 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW ($15)
Want to know what’s cooking in the minds of the Merrigong creatives? Wondering what’s hiding in Hinton’s head? RUFF is your chance to get inside the machine and be part of our theatre-making process. Join us in the Bruce Gordon Theatre on a Saturday morning (maybe with a fresh coffee from The Social) and enjoy ‘work-in-progress’ readings/showings of the works we have in the works, possibly destined for your stage in future seasons. Get the inside scoop, and join us afterwards for an informal post-show chat where you’ll have your chance to give us feedback and have some input into the development of the work. Supporting the development and presentation of work by independent artists.
BTP's DOUBLE FEATURE YOUTH PRODUCTION (HOUSE ON FIRE + ALL SHOOK UP)
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 Sept 18, 2017 at Bargain Box, Homemaker Centre Cranbrook Rd, Batemans Bay, NSW. By phone: (02) 4472 5984
HOME - Created by Janie Gibson and the Tantrum Trajectory Ensemble, presented by Tantrum Youth Arts
Oct 16-21 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
What happens if the place you call home vanishes beneath your feet? The world you once knew, now gone. “Home” is unfamiliar, strange. You feel at sea in the very place where you were once completely grounded. In an intimate performance Tantrum’s Trajectory Ensemble weaves a sea of stories from original poetry, found texts, songs, myths, music, interviews with grandparents and rewritten history books in an eco-biographical exploration of the places we love and how they change. Beneath the roads, beneath the concrete, under buildings, roads and streets, deep down into the layers of history, there is a story waiting to be unearthed... (In development from Feb-Sept 2017)
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 18-21 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
Oct 24 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Oct 26 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
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.
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.
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
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!
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?
STARTING NOVEMBER 2017
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)
HISSYFEST - presented by Tantrum Youth Arts
Nov 2017 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
Short plays, written to a theme
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE DONKEY - a Junior show, directed by Nina Stevenson, presented by Pied Piper Productions
Nov 2017 at a venue in 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 ()
THE MOMENTUM PROJECT - (A NEW PLAY BY 7 LOCAL NEWCASTLE WRITERS)
Nov 2017 Panel reading at a venue in Newcastle NSW Australia
THE SOUND OF MUSIC - presented by Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy Company
Nov 2017 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
DOGFIGHT - presented by Arcadians Theatre Group
Nov 2017 at Miner's Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway, Corrimal, Wollongong
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 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.
THE ALIENS - presented by Stooged Theatre
Nov 9-18 at The Royal Exchange, 32-34 Bolton St, Newcastle NSW ()
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.
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.
STARTING DECEMBER 2017
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
STARTING JANUARY 2018
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 ()
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 ()
STARTING FEBRUARY 2018
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.