Plays – 2015

PLEASE NOTE: While the Old Mill Theatre tries to keep to the advertised program, it is sometimes necessary to alter productions and occasionally dates – please check with the theatre, this website or your latest newsletter before making any bookings. 

The Old Mill Theatre is presenting a year of all-Australian plays in 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

 

February 2015 – Jigsaws

Production February 6-21
Play by Jennifer Rogers
Director Adam Salathiel
 

Jigsaws is an incisive and witty play concerning three generations of women in the same family where life seems like a jigsaw puzzle. The puzzle is often incomplete; it’s great when all the pieces fit and infuriating when they don’t. As the play opens, a Christmas visit has been taking place but the reunion is not exactly fulfilling the spirit of the season. Revelations of their past and present surface, matched with changing attitudes and circumstances. Set in the mid-1980s, the play deals with sensitive issues and is a fresh, bold and rewarding look at life. MORE…

 

April 2015 – Hail Mary

Production April 10-24
Play by Noel O’Neill
Director Noel O’Neill
Assistant Directors Valerie Dragojevic, Caroline McDonell
 
Hail Mary is an irreverent comedy about a group of unconventional nuns who discover their convent is to be sold because it is costing too much to continue operating. Together with the local priest, they devise various dubious schemes to prevent this happening. One of the young nuns with a vivid imagination insists she has seen the Virgin Mary walking on the convent roof, inspiring the nuns to proclaim the convent a holy place. This results in visitors flocking to the place and the spin-off from selling the nuns’ home-made wine and bread soon fills the coffers The Archbishop hears of these events and hurries to find out what’s going on and, although initially suspicious, eventually concedes making money by these means doesn’t contravene any Christian principles. Decidedly irreverent without being blasphemous, anyone with a sense of humour will see the funny side – and a few truths as well. MORE…

 

June 2015 – Summer of the 17th Doll

Production June 5-20
Play by Ray Lawler
Director Trevor Dhu
 

This compelling Australian play was a success in London and hailed by critics in New York for its vigour, integrity and realistic portrayal of two itinerant cane cutters: Barney, a swaggering little scrapper, and Roo, a big roughneck. They have spent the past 16 summers off with two ladies in a southern Australian city. Every year, Roo has brought a tinsel doll to Olive, his girl, as a gift to symbolise their relationship, but this 17th summer is different somehow. Old patterns must be broken, new ways found, as all four lovers come to face certain unpleasant truths about themselves. An unusual, compelling love story. MORE…

 

July-August 2015 – Wolf Lullaby

Production July 31-August 14
Play by Hilary Bell
Director Alida Chaney
 

Is there intrinsic evil in the world? In a bleak, remote town, a small child is murdered. Suspicion falls on nine-year-old Lizzie. Convinced her daughter is guilty, Lizzie’s young mother must make the torturous choice between ignoring her intuition and presenting Lizzie to the police. Lizzie is not the only one who is changed forever by the act. The adults around her, bewildered and full of denial, find their accepted beliefs crumbling around them in a play that explores the sources of violence and its legacy. MORE…

 

September 2015 – An Anzac Duo

Production September 2-5
Plays by: Yvette Wall, Noel O’Neill
Directors: Mary Wolfla, Valerie Dragojevic

Two Anzac-themed one-act plays, billed collectively as “An Anzac Duo”:

  • Dolls From the Sky written by Yvette Wall, directed by Mary Wolfla. MORE…
  • Armistice Day, written by Noel O’Neill, directed by Valerie Dragojevic. MORE…

 

October 2015 – The One Day of the Year

Production October 9-24
Play by Alan Seymour
Director Brendan Ellis

The One Day of the Year explores the universal theme of father-son conflict against the background of the beery haze and the heady, nostalgic sentimentality of Anzac Day. The likeability and genuineness of the characters give the play its memorable qualities: Alf, the nobody who becomes a somebody on this day of days; Mum, the anchor of the family; Hughie, their son, with all the uncertainties and rebelliousness of youth; and Wacka, the Anzac, with his simple, healing wisdom. MORE…

 

December 2015 – No Names, No Packdrill

Production December 4-19
Play by Bob Herbert
Director Kristen Twynam-Perkins

No Names, No Packdrill is set in wartime Sydney in 1942. After recovering from a gunshot wound sustained during battle, 24-year-old Marine Sergeant Harry ‘Rebel’ Porter docks in Sydney and decides he’s had enough of fighting. After drowning his sorrows in a Kings Cross pub, Rebel is invited to a party in a young woman’s apartment and ends up crashing the night. Sydney postal worker Kathy McLeod is 28 with both her husband and brother both away fighting in Papua New Guinea. Kath finds the US Marine asleep in her lounge room and wants to rid herself quickly of the uninvited guest. But later that morning a telegram arrives and her whole world changes… MORE…