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


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

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

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
http://www.baytheatreplayers.org.au/whats-on/a-murder-is-announced/
http://www.baytheatreplayers.org.au/contact-us-purchase-tickets/

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.
http://www.maitlandreptheatre.org/index-01-events.html#section25

CATS (Abridged) - presented by Young People's Theatre, Newcastle
July 10 - Aug 12 at Young Peoples Theatre, Cnr Lindsay & Lawson Sts, Hamilton (Newcastle)
http://www.ypt.org.au/

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. ...
http://www.theq.net.au/julia-the-musical/

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.
http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/theatres/event-detail/2017/07/14/theatres-calendar/twelve-angry-men

THE SEA by Edward Bond - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
July 15-29 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()
http://www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au

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)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/blue-love.html
August 16-17 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/blue-love/
Oct 20-21 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($30-$48)
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Season-2017/Season-Shows/Blue-Love

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.
https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=THEAGEOF17
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Season-2017/Season-Shows/The-Age-of-Consent
https://www.facebook.com/TwoTallTheatre/events/

LEGALLY BLONDE JR - presented by CHATS Productions Inc (Coffs Harbour)
July 20-30 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
http://chats.org.au/
Tickets: http://jettytheatre.com.au/

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.
http://www.wyongdramagroup.com.au/and-then-there-were-none

CANNIBAL THE MUSICAL - presented by the Phoenix Theatre
July 21-29 at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston, 24 Bridge St, Coniston (Wollongong) NSW ($20/c.$15/$10)
Cannibal The Musical by the creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon is the twisted musical tale of Alfred Packer. Alfred Packer was a mountain guide and sole survivor of a party of pioneers that got lost in the mountains in winter. Accused and convicted of murdering and eating his traveling companions, he was to be executed by hanging. The show begins at his trial, where he pleads his innocence to an unsympathetic audience. Only reporter Polly Pry will listen to his story.
http://www.phoenixtheatre.net.au/tickets.html
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/294954

THE REMOVALISTS by David Williamson, presented by Wollongong Workshop Theatre
July 21 - August 4 at 190 Gipps Rd, Gwynneville, Wollongong NSW ()
The Removalists is a play written by Australian playwright David Williamson in 1971 and directed by David Lester. The main issues the play addresses are violence, specifically domestic violence, and the abuse of power and authority. When two sisters report an incident of domestic abuse at a small suburban police station, the two officers on duty take matters into their own hands. Loaded with themes of violence, authority, class and corruption, the play is often interpreted as a metaphor for Australian society in the early 70’s. (M) mature audience.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/884173538387096/
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/288741

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)
http://www.tweedtheatre.com.au/

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 ()
Bittersweet morsels
http://lismoretheatrecompany.org.au/

ACT THREE, SCENE FIVE by Terry Ortwein, presented by Cooma Little Theatre
July 21 - August 5 at Cooma Little Theatre, Monaro Ave,  Cooma NSW ($16.50)
Five students are rehearsing Act 3, Scene 5 from 'Romeo and Juliet'. Things are not going well, the cast have been at work now for weeks but are not close to performance level. Inexperience, egos and jealousies seem to be becoming more important than the show. The sometimes comic, always touching, love story of Romeo and Juliet is paralleled by a growing offstage relationship.
https://www.clt.org.au/act3scene5
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/296586

INTENTIONS - An original work by Simone Smith & Matthew Heys
8pm Sat July 22 at Royal Exchange Salon Theatre, 32-34 Bolton Street Newcastle
An original theatre work created, produced and directed by Simone Smith and Matthew Heys, 'Intentions' aims to ruffle your feathers and question some of our contemporary ideas on navigating the world of dating, courtship, relationships and revealing your true self. Who are we really trying to be when we’re aiming to woo or win another person’s affection? The primping and the preening and the peacocking and pretending. What are our intentions really? We all have our different masks- the one we show out in the public sphere and in our social lives, or that carefully curated image we’re trying to portray in order to impress another. The body armour we wear and the war paint we slap on to get us ready for battle, when all we really want is genuine connection. The Real You and the Real Me- just as we are. Intentions is a new collaborative theatre work created by Matthew Heys and Simone Smith devised by a collective of performers and theatremakers exploring these ideas.
http://royalexchangenewcastle.com.au/comingshows/

WEST SIDE STORY - presented by Kinross Wolaroi School
July 22 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($30/c.$24)
West Side Story is an adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet". In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of American teenagers called the Jets, led by Riff, compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, led by Bernado, to "own" the neighbourhood streets. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending.
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=649884&leca=618
Tickets: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=KWSWESTS17

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
July 22 at Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW ()
http://themec.com.au/bookonline/bakersfield-mist-starring-jon-wood-and-julie-nihill/
July 25 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au/shows/bakersfield-mist
July 27 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/theatre/page.asp?p=DOC-YON-67-52-23
August 2-5 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/bakersfield-mist.html
August 8 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/all-shows

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 22 + July 24 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($24-$42)
https://www.bmec.com.au/hello-goodbye-happy-birthday.html
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/152268521979506/
August 2-5 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $29-$59)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/hello-goodbye-happy-birthday.html

NOT THAT FAR FROM SYDNEY - STANWELL PARK - presented by Stanwell Park Arts Centre
7.30pm Sat-Fri-Sat July 22,28-29 at CWA Hall, Stanwell Park, NSW ($20/c.$15)
Kings Cross and Stanwell Park are only 75 minutes apart by train. In two new plays we explore what happens when these two diverse places interact and how mayhem, comedy, and tragedy come out of the meeting. Neither one is that far from Sydney.
Tickets: http://www.ticketebo.com.au/spat/not-that-far-from-sydney-stanwell-park.html

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.
http://www.entertainmentvenues.com.au/events/736/PINAFORE_&_SO_MUCH_MORE/
http://www.tms.org.au/

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.
http://www.hothousetheatre.com.au/hurt/

MR STINK (ages 6+) presented by CDP Productions
http://www.cdp.com.au/mrstink.html
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!
July 25-26 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($16-$30)
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Season-2017/Season-Shows/Mr-Stink

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 ()
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/1984/

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
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/poisoned-sea-quantum-leap/

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.
Tickets:
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=613752&leca=618
http://www.orangetheatreco.com.au/

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - presented by Gosford Musical Society
July 28 - August 12 at a venue near Gosford NSW ()
Tickets: http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/theatres/event-detail/2017/07/28/theatres-calendar/young-frankenstein
http://www.gosfordmusicalsociety.com.au/

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 ($)
http://www.roo-theatre.com.au/2017-season.html
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/272016

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 ()
http://www.playerstheatre.org.au/

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)
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Season-2017/Season-Shows/Landscape-With-Monsters
Sept 6-9 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/landscape-with-monsters/
8pm Thurs Sept 14 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$40)
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=613995&leca=618
8pm Fri Sept 15 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/theatre/page.asp?p=DOC-BEG-48-33-14
2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat Sept 23 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/landscape-with-monsters.html

MONTHLY PLAYREADINGS IN GOSFORD NSW
7.30pm Friday July 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: August 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 24

http://www.unitingproductions.org.au/

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.
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/512-encore-by-dubbo-theatre-company?eventaction=view

LOVE AND INFORMATION by Caryl Churchill, directed by Chloe Perrett assisted by Louisa Newton, presented by Stooged Theatre Co.
July 29 - August 6 at Catapult Dance Studio, 880 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW ()
Love and Information / are profoundly human needs. But do we know too much? Feel too much? Stooged Theatre is exceptionally excited to bring to life this vibrant work of diverse vignettes by Caryl Churchill. A new work, new venue, new faces, and an ever-evolving new Stooged Theatre 2017. Stooged Associate Director Chloe Perrett returns to directing after a two and half year break presenting this kaleidoscope masterpiece that spotlights over 100 vibrant characters in their search for meaning. Love and Information questions how are we connected to one another, and what is means to be alive. It explores our capacity for knowledge, communication and love.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/311017529328940/
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/285916

BLUE MOUNTAINS RADIO PLAYERS PLAYREADINGS
2.30pm Sunday July 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: August 27, Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26

https://sites.google.com/site/bmradioplayers/performances

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!
July 31 - August 1 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/514-were-going-on-a-bear-hunt?eventaction=view
August 3-4 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($18-$28)
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=613987&leca=618
August 9-10 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
http://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/We%E2%80%99re-Going-On-A-Bear-Hunt-%E2%80%93-Live-On-Stage-August-2017
August 11-12 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, 337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
http://jettytheatre.com/were-going-on-a-bear-hunt/

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
http://www.liedertheatre.com

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 ($ - $)
http://www.theq.net.au/around-the-world-in-80-days/
7.30pm Wed August 23 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($25-$49)
http://shoalhavenentertainment.com.au/live/around_the_world_in_eighty_days

THE HOARDERS NEXTDOOR - presented by  the Catholic Schools Diocese - Maitland & Newcastle (ASPIRE)
August 2-5 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW (From $10-$35)
“The old junk lovers, why are you hanging with them?” Toni loves her elderly neighbours George and Mavis Smith or the Hoarders as everyone in the street refers to them. But Toni doesn’t care what anyone else thinks not Sean her best friend and especially not Bobbi her EX bestie. Bobbi doesn’t care about anything anymore, especially not a couple of smelly old people and definitely not her clean freak mother! Including a host of eccentric, colourful characters and an all Australian musical soundtrack, The Hoarders Next Door is a heart-warming tale about life, love and the importance of community.
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Whats-On/All-Shows/ASPIRE-The-Hoarders-Next-Door

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.
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/bennelong/
https://www.bangarra.com.au/whatson/productions/bennelong-2017

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.
http://www.canberrarep.org.au/page/neighbourhood-watch

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-$49)
http://www.crossingtheatre.com.au/event_detail.html?id=71
August 11 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
http://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/Cirque-Africa-August-2017
August 17 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au/shows/cirque-africa
August 18 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/515-cirque-africa?eventaction=view
7.30pm Sat August 19 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($49-$79)
https://www.bmec.com.au/cirque-africa.html
7.30pm Wed Sept 6 at at Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong NSW ($49-$79)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/cirque-africa.html
Sept 7 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/theatre/page.asp?p=DOC-CLY-40-33-15
8pm Fri Sept 8 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($49-$79)
http://shoalhavenentertainment.com.au/live/cirque_africa

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 ()
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/251304

VINCENT - presented by LJ Projects
http://vincenttheshow.com/
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 ()
https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/theatre/page.asp?p=DOC-IHQ-32-25-07
7.30pm Wed Sept 13 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ()
http://alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au/whats-on/vincent

SUNDAY PEOPLE - written and Performed by Alex Nicol, via Theatre Onset
Fri-Sun August 11-13 + Sat-Sun August 19-20 at The Fun House, Bega NSW (Tickets $25/c.$18, phone: 02 6492-2619)
On Friday 11 August  a one man show written and performed by Alex Nicol and based on his experiences of producing and presenting All Ways On Sunday opens at the Funhouse. All Ways On Sunday was a three and a half hour national radio program that Alex started back in 1969 (it's still running under Ian Mcnamara as Australia All Over). The show runs for one and a half hours of story telling. The venue is the Old Video store in Bega, now the Fun House. Performances Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August, and Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 August. Big discounts are available for group bookings and social groups etc might like to look at it as a fund raiser.
https://theatreonset.com.au/2017/07/20/sunday-people-written-and-performed-by-alex-nicol/

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.
http://www.maitlandreptheatre.org/index-01-events.html#section25

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
http://www.woywoylt.com
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/249777

WICKED - presented by Arcadians Theatre Group
August 11-19 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC), Burelli St, Wollongong
http://www.merrigong.com.au/shows/wicked.html
http://arcadians.org.au/

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 ()
http://themec.com.au/bookonline/saltbush/
August 14-15 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($18-$26)
https://www.bmec.com.au/saltbush.html

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.
http://shoalhavenentertainment.com.au/live/guernica

LES MISéRABLES - presented by Metropolitan Players
August 16-26 at Civic Theatre, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Whats-On/All-Shows/Les-Miserables
http://www.metropolitanplayers.com.au/

'COUNTRY' : PLAYREADINGS - VARIOUS - read by 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year Acting students from Charles Sturt University, Wagga
7.30pm Thurs-Fri August 17-18 at CSU Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
1st, 2nd and 3rd year acting students collaborate to present a performance of song, poetry, and performed readings from classic and contemporary stories and plays. Based on the theme of "country". audiences will be taken on a journey through narratives exploring place, identity and belonging.
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/at-the-playhouse

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 ($-$)
http://www.thearthousewyong.com.au/whats-on/horrible-harriet
Sept 6-10 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($ - $)
http://www.theq.net.au/horrible-harriet/
Sept 13 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/theatre/page.asp?p=DOC-IDV-51-45-26

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.
http://nowraplayers.com.au/2017-season/
Tickets:

JAM - JUNIOR ALBATROSS MUSICAL - presented by Albatross Musical Theatre Company Junior Company
August 18-20 at Studio Theatre, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ()
http://www.amtc.org.au/PetesTheatre/?page_id=3859

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...
http://capitoltheatretamworth.com.au/events/725/RUMORS/
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.
http://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/intimacy

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)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/the-wharf-revue-2017.html
Sept 29-30 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$52)
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=614007&leca=618

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/

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.
August 25-26 at The 'Q': Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW ($ - $)
http://www.theq.net.au/melbourne-ballet-company-presents-arche/

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 ()
http://www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au

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.
http://www.hothousetheatre.com.au/rice/

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)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/hello-goodbye-happy-birthday.html

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.
7.30pm Wed August 30 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ($28-$48)
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=613989&leca=618
Sept 2 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
http://capitoltheatretamworth.com.au/events/726/A_MIDSUMMER_NIGHT_S_DREAM/
7.30pm Fri Sept 8 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
http://www.thecubewodonga.com.au/whats_on/
Sept 14 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($-$)
http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/theatres/event-detail/2017/09/14/theatres-calendar/a-midsummer-night's-dream
7.30pm Fri Sept 16 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, 337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
http://jettytheatre.com/a-midsummers-nights-dream/

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)
http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au/shows/glorious
Sept 23 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/all-shows/glorious!
Sept 1 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/518-glorious-by-peter-quilter?eventaction=view

STARTING SEPT 2017

CAROUSEL - presented by Maitland Musical Society
Sept 2017 at a venue near Maitland NSW ()
http://maitlandmusicals.wixsite.com/homev2

THE RED BALLOON - presented by High Country Theatre (Armidale)
Sept 2017 at a venue in Armidale NSW ()
'The Red Balloon' follows young  Pascal who, on his way to school one morning, finds a large red balloon tied to a lamp-post. He claims the balloon and quickly develops a strong affection for it. On that first day, he slowly realises it has a mind of its own. It follows Pascal everywhere he goes – playing mischievous games with him. This play is based on the work of Albert Lamorisse and was originally set in the streets of 1950’s Paris. His cast included his own son and mother. Come and see the show to watch this unique friendship grow.
https://highcountrytheatre.com/

ROMAN & JULES - presented by Theatre on Brunker
Sept/Oct 2017 at Theatre On Brunker, Brunker Rd, Adamstown (Newcastle area) NSW
http://theatreonbrunker.com/

OLIVIA! by Malcolm Sircom, a senior production presented by Pied Piper Productions
Sept/Oct 2017 at Canberra College Performing Arts Centre, Canberra ACT ()
http://pied-piper.com.au/olivia/

DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller - presented by Two Tall Theatre
Sept 2017 at a venue in Newcastle NSW ()
https://www.facebook.com/TwoTallTheatre/events/

PROOF  - presented by Coast Theatre Company (Wyong Drama Group)
Sept 2017 at a venue in Wyong NSW ()
http://www.wyongdramagroup.com.au/2017

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
http://www.liedertheatre.com

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 ()
https://www.facebook.com/pigsflyproductions/
http://www.pigsflyproductionsinc.com/copy-of-current-production

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
http://www.phoenixtheatre.net.au/tickets.html

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.
Sept 1 at Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($35-$56)
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Season-2017/Season-Shows/Merchant-of-Venice
Sept 5 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
http://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/The-Merchant-of-Venice-Season-Sept-2017
Sept 7-8 at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore NSW ()
http://norpa.org.au/events/the-merchant-of-venice-bell-shakespeare/
Sept 12 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/520-the-merchant-of-venice?eventaction=view
Oct 3-4 at Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW ($18-$45)
http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/theatres/event-detail/2017/10/03/theatres-calendar/the-merchant-of-venice
Oct 10 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/all-shows/the-merchant-of-venice
Oct 13-21 at Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT ($37-$95)
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/the-merchant-of-venice/

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.
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/made-from-scratch-3.html

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 ()
http://themec.com.au/bookonline/russian-national-ballet-theatre-romeo-and-juliet/
Sept 26-27 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/russian-national-ballet-romeo-juliet/
Sept 28-29 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
http://www.thecubewodonga.com.au/whats_on/

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - presented by WEA Hunter
Sept 7-9 at Newcastle Civic Theatre, Civic, Newcastle NSW ($26.55)
Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit, hustles her way into the powerful clique, but before she can get comfortable she falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler: the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicised ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet… Written by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives) and Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) Heathers: The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based one of the greatest cult movie classics of the 80s. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, WEA Academy of Creative Arts’ production of Heathers is set to be the most subversively funny show of 2017 and so “Very” you may have to kill to get a ticket! Are you in, or are you out?
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Whats-On/All-Shows/Heathers-The-Musical

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....
Synopsis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marvelous_Wonderettes#Synopsis
http://www.ballinaplayers.com.au/performance/the-marvellous-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 ()
http://www.tuggeranongarts.com/shows-tuggeranong-arts-centre/
8pm Fri Sept 15 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/theatre/page.asp?p=DOC-CHY-00-83-65

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
Sept 13-16 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong NSW (From $49-$79)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/cyrano-de-bergerac.html

LAZZI - directed by Dominique Sweeney, presented by 1st Year Acting students from Charles Sturt University, Wagga
7.30pm Thurs-Sat Sept 14-16 at CSU Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Short commedia dell'arte pieces that show off the actors' skills: comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited!
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/at-the-playhouse

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
http://lismoretheatrecompany.org.au/

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.
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/all-shows/grug

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 ()
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/522-carnival-of-the-animals?eventaction=view
Sept 26 at Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW ()
http://themec.com.au/bookonline/circa-carnival-of-the-animals/

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.
http://www.thecubewodonga.com.au/whats_on/

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 ()
http://norpa.org.au/events/the-arrival/
Sept 27-30 at The Street, 15 Childers St, City West (Canberra) ACT ($18-$22)
http://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/arrival

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....
http://www.maitlandreptheatre.org/index-01-events.html#section25

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.
http://www.theq.net.au/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

THE VICAR OF DIBLEY - presented by the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society
Sept 22 - Oct ?? at Cowra NSW ()
http://www.cowraguardian.com.au/story/4695215/auditions-open-for-the-vicar/
https://www.facebook.com/cowramds/?ref=pb

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 ($)
http://www.roo-theatre.com.au/2017-season.html
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/

SPAMALOT - presented by Players Theatre, Port Macquarie
Sept 22 - Oct 8 at Players Theatre, 33A Lord St, (cnr Gordon & Lord Streets), Port Macquarie NSW ()
http://www.playerstheatre.org.au/

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)
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=614006&leca=618

GUDIRR GUDIRR
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)
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Season-2017/Season-Shows/Gudirr-Gudirr
Sept 26-27 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst NSW ($22-$35)
https://www.bmec.com.au/gudirr-gudirr.html

DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR - presented by Arcadians Childrens Theatre
Sept 22-24 at Miner's Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway, Corrimal NSW ()
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.
http://arcadians.org.au/show/disneys-high-school-musical-jr/

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 ()
https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/theatre/page.asp?p=DOC-EOR-10-84-65

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)
http://www.tweedtheatre.com.au/

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)
http://www.ypt.org.au/

DANCING PLACE - devised by Robert Lewis and the 2nd Year Acting students via Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. Directed by Robert Lewis and designed & supported by 1st, 2nd & 3rd year Design students
7.30pm Wed-Sat Sept 27-30 + 2pm Sat Sept 30 at CSU Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
Dancing Place, a devised performance created by the second year Bachelor of Stage & Screen (Acting) students, explores narratives, true (and not so true) tales and myths of the Wagga Wagga region. A mix of verbatim theatre, phyiscal theatre and naturalistic drama, Dancing Place is a contemporary exploration of the past, present and future through the lense of fantasy, fused with reality.
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/at-the-playhouse

STARTING OCTOBER 2017

PANTOMIME  - presented by Murwillumbah Theatre Company
Oct 2017 at Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah NSW ()
https://www.facebook.com/murwillumbahtheatre/events/

CHICAGO - presented by Gosford Musical Society
Oct/Nov at at a venue near Gosford NSW ()
http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/theatres/
http://www.gosfordmusicalsociety.com.au/

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 ()
http://www.adms.org.au/

9 TO 5 : THE MUSICAL (Director: Belinda McGrath / Musical Director: James Whalan) presented by Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society
Oct 2017 at Parkes Little Theatre, Parkes NSW ()
http://www.parkesmandd.com.au/index.php/shows
Tickets: http://www.parkesmandd.com.au/index.php/box-office

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)
http://www.phoenixtheatre.net.au/tickets.html

SWEENEY TODD - presented by Dramatic Productions
October 2017 at a venue in Canberra ACT ()
https://www.facebook.com/dramaticproductionsaustralia?fref=ts

SONG CONTEST - THE ALMOST EUROVISION EXPERIENCE - presented by Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Society
October 2017 at a venue in Muswellbrook NSW ()
http://www.mats.org.au/shows/upcomingshows/

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
http://www.liedertheatre.com

CURTAIN UP by Peter Quilter - presented by CHATS Productions Inc (Coffs Harbour)
Oct/Nov 2017 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
http://chats.org.au/
Tickets: http://jettytheatre.com.au/

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.
https://www.clt.org.au/copy-of-all-shook-up

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.
http://www.thecubewodonga.com.au/whats_on/

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 ($-$)
http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au/shows/room-on-the-broom
Oct 13 at Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth NSW ()
http://capitoltheatretamworth.com.au/events/731/ROOM_ON_THE_BROOM/
Oct 18 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/530-room-on-the-broom?eventaction=view
Oct 19-20 at Orange Civic Theatre , Oraange NSW ($18-$25)
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=614009&leca=618
Oct 23 at The Art House, 19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW ($-$)
http://www.thearthousewyong.com.au/whats-on/room-on-the-broom
Oct 25 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($15-$25)
http://shoalhavenentertainment.com.au/live/room_on_the_broom
Oct 27 at The Cube, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC ()
http://www.thecubewodonga.com.au/whats_on/

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)
http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Whats-On/All-Shows/Festival-of-Russian-Ballet
Oct 8-10 at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong NSW ($72-$92)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/a-festival-of-russian-ballet.html
Oct 23-24 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/festival-russian-ballet/
Nov 1-2 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
http://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/Festival-of-Russian-Ballet-November-2017
Nov 4 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/534-a-festival-of-russian-ballet?eventaction=view
Nov 8 at Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury NSW ()
http://alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au/whats-on/a-festival-of-russian-ballet
Nov 12 at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place, Griffith NSW ()
https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/theatre/page.asp?p=DOC-GMX-21-15-86

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 ()
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/251305

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 ()
http://www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au

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.
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/526-reception-the-musical?eventaction=view

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)
https://www.bmec.com.au/giselle.html
Oct 13-14 at Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo NSW ()
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/528-giselle?eventaction=view
Oct 18-19 at Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree NSW ()
http://themec.com.au/bookonline/giselle-the-australian-ballet/
Oct 21 at Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW ()
http://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/GISELLE-Season-October-2017

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.
http://www.cytc.net/production/versions-of-us/

SASS - STAGE AND SCREEN SHOWCASE - presented by 3rd Year Acting students from Bachelor of Performance (Acting), supported by 2nd Yr Design students, via Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Oct 12-14 + Oct 19-21 at CSU Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
3rd Year Bachelor of Performance (Acting) students perform in brand new, brave, theatrical works. This season of cutting edge theatre is part of SASS, an event showcasing 3rd Year graduating students from the Bachelor of Stage & Screen Production, Design and Acting program.
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/at-the-playhouse

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 ()
http://www.spat.org.au/

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.
http://alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au/whats-on/les-miserables

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.
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/ruff-2-2017.html

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.
7.30pm Sat Oct 14 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW ($45-$49)
http://shoalhavenentertainment.com.au/live/rumour_has_it

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  
http://www.baytheatreplayeers.org.au  

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)
http://www.tantrum.org.au/projects/trajectory/home.html

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-$79)
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/the-popular-mechanicals.html
Oct 24 at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW ()
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/all-shows
Oct 26 at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW ($-$)
http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au/shows/the-popular-mechanicals
Nov 1-4 at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic, Canberra ACT ()
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/popular-mechanicals/

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

THE LITTE MERMAID - presented by Blue Mountains Musical Society
Oct 21 - Nov 5 2017 at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub, Springwood NSW ()
http://bmms.org.au/show/disneys-little-mermaid-2017/

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

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
http://www.woywoylt.com
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/249780

ANNIE - presented by Tamworth Musical Society
Oct 27 - Nov 11 at Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW ($29-$44)
Leapin’ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes centre stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Everyone’s favourite, Annie…a feel good musical perfect for the whole family!
http://www.entertainmentvenues.com.au/events/733/ANNIE/
http://www.tms.org.au/

ESSGEE'S PIRATES OF PENZANCE - presented by Orange Theatre Company
Oct 27 - Nov 4 at Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW ()
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?pagemode=indiv&module=GIG_GUIDE_OCC&page_id=614116&leca=618
http://www.orangetheatreco.com.au/
http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfm?display=181776

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?
http://www.drtcc.com.au/upcoming-events/532-secret-bridesmaids-business-by-wesley-house-players-inc?eventaction=view

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)
http://www.phoenixtheatre.net.au/tickets.html

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 ()
http://pied-piper.com.au/the-good-the-bad-and-the-donkey/

ALLO ALLO - presented by Coast Theatre Company (Wyong Drama Group)
Nov/Dec 2017 at a venue in Wyong NSW ()
http://www.wyongdramagroup.com.au/2017

MARY POPPINS - presented by Lithgow Musical Society
Nov/Dec at Union Theatre, Lithgow NSW ()
https://www.facebook.com/LithgowMusicalSociety/

THE MOMENTUM PROJECT - (A NEW PLAY BY 7 LOCAL NEWCASTLE WRITERS) 
Nov 2017 Panel reading at a venue in Newcastle NSW Australia
https://www.facebook.com/knockandrun/

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - presented by Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy Company
Nov 2017 at Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW ()
Tickets: http://jettytheatre.com.au/
http://www.coffsharbourmusicalcomedycompany.com/2017-season.html

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)
https://miltonfollies.org/

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+.
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/diving-for-pearls.html

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

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.
http://www.thecubewodonga.com.au/whats_on/

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.
http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre/upcoming-shows/all-shows/wicked

THE ALIENS - presented by Stooged Theatre
Nov 9-18 at The Royal Exchange, 32-34 Bolton St, Newcastle NSW ()
http://royalexchangenewcastle.com.au/comingshows/

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.
http://www.amtc.org.au/PetesTheatre/?page_id=3825
Tickets: http://shoalhavenentertainment.com.au/live/the_little_mermaid

HISSYFEST SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL - presented by Tantrum Youth Arts
Nov 10-11 at Civic Playhouse, Hunter St, Civic, Newcastle NSW ()
Short plays, written to a theme
http://www.tantrum.org.au/
http://www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Home

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

DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS - presented by Young People's Theatre, Newcastle
Nov 11-25 at Young Peoples Theatre, Cnr Lindsay & Lawson Sts, Hamilton (Newcastle)
http://www.ypt.org.au/

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.
http://www.hothousetheatre.com.au/hotel-bonegilla-reading/

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.
http://www.canberrarep.org.au/page/australia-day

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.
http://nowraplayers.com.au/2017-season/
Tickets:

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 ()
http://www.playerstheatre.org.au/

MARY POPPINS - presented by Ballina Players
Nov 17 - Dec 10 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina NSW ()
http://www.ballinaplayers.com.au/performance/mary-poppins/

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.
http://merrigong.com.au/shows/made-from-scratch-4.html

RELATIVE VALUES by Noel Coward - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
Nov 18 - Dec 2, 2017 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()
http://www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au

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!
https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/mamma-mia/

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.
http://capitoltheatretamworth.com.au/events/734/I_AM_MY_OWN_WIFE/

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
http://lismoretheatrecompany.org.au/

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.
http://norpa.org.au/events/djurra-by-norpa/

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 ()
http://www.spat.org.au/

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
http://www.thecubewodonga.com.au/whats_on/

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 ()
http://www.baytheatreplayers.org.au/

THE LITTLE MERMAID - presented by Ballina Players
Jan 2018 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina NSW ()
http://www.ballinaplayers.com.au/

TALKING HEADS by Alan Bennett - presented by Newcastle Theatre Company
Jan 20 - Feb 3, 2018 at Newcastle Theatre, 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW ()
http://www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au

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.
http://www.canberrarep.org.au/page/oh-what-lovely-war


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