Plays – 2017

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 on 9367 8719 or, this website, our Facebook group or your latest newsletter before making any bookings. 

February 2017 – Fat Pig

Production February 10-25
Play by Neil LaBute
Director Les Hart

Beautifully sweet, wickedly funny and heartrendingly cruel, Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig tells the story of Tom, a handsome professional, who falls for Helen, a funny, bright and sexy woman – who happens to be plus-sized. Can Tom stand up for love in the face of hostility from friends and colleagues? Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, Fat Pig takes a provocative look at society’s slavish adherence to ideals of beauty. MORE…


April-May 2017 – Design For Living

Production April 21-May 6
Play by Noël Coward
Director Barry Park

Design for Living is a wickedly witty dark romantic comedy by Noël Coward. Initially banned in the UK, this provocative play portrays three amoral, glib and stylish characters and their hopelessly inescapable, if also unconventional, emotional entanglement.  From 1930s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels between vivacious interior designer Gilda, playwright Leo and artist Otto – three people unashamedly and passionately in love with each other. With Coward’s trademark piquant style, this lively, funny but also atypical play looks at dazzling, egotistical creatures and their self-destructive dependence on each other. MORE…


June-July 2017 – Cloudstreet

Production June 16-July 1
Play by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo (based on the Tim Winton novel)
Director Brendan Ellis

Adapted from the acclaimed Tim Winton novel, Cloudstreet follows the fluctuating fortunes of two families who inhabit a rambling old house in Perth over 20 years. As their lives become slowly intertwined, an epic story of love, happiness and drama unfolds that is both funny and uplifting. MORE…


August 2017 – Other Desert Cities

Note: this is an outside production being presented at the Old Mill Theatre by PLAYLOVERS
Production August 4-19
Play by Jon Robin Baitz
Director Barry Park

A richly satisfying fine-tuned balance between comedy and intense family drama, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winner examines the lies we tell to protect each other and the damage they cause. The Wyeth family Christmas holiday erupts when daughter Brooke arrives bearing a soon-to-be-published memoir, dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history.
It’s a wound they don’t want re-opened — the suicide of Brooke’s brother Henry who had been involved with the radical underground subculture. Book for Other Desert Cities HERE.


August-September 2017 – Wife After Death

Note: this is an outside production being presented at the Old Mill Theatre by SERIAL PRODUCTIONS
Production August 25-September 9
Play by Eric Chappell
Director Rob Warner

Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died and, on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. There’s Harvey, who wrote Dave’s material; Vi, Harvey’s wife; Kevin, Dave’s agent, and Kevin’s wife Jane. Dave’s glamorous widow Laura has arranged a funeral to remember, complete with a horse-drawn hearse and an attendant dog. An unfamiliar woman in flamboyant mourning clothes turns out to be Kay, Dave’s ex-wife from before he was famous, and a series of revelations end with Kevin throwing a drink into the coffin and all the guests asking themselves if they ever knew the “real” Dave. Act II opens three weeks later for the disposal of Dave’s ashes. The atmosphere is tense and Kevin is wearing a controversial tie but, as more truths are revealed, even from beyond the crematorium Dave seems to be having the last laugh… book for Wife After Death HERE.


October 2017 – The Nightwatchman

Production October 6-21
Play by Daniel Keene
Director Siobhán O’Gara

Bill has lived a life among the rambling beauty of the old family home. Now he’s gone blind and his children Helen and Michael have returned for a few days to move him away. On the outside, Bill is stoic, resigned to his fate, but inside he silently rages against the darkness. Drawn together in a garden full of echoes, the three discover tender memories of a shared past unwilling to release them. The Nightwatchman is moving, poetic ode to the human spirit and the memories that define us.


December 2017 – Camelot

Production December 1-16
Musical by Lerne and Loewe
Director Neroli Burton

Lerner and Loewe’s majestic Camelot brings the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table to life with an extraordinary score and a story that poignantly dramatises the human conflict at the heart of this classic tale. Based on TH White’s novel The Once and Future King, Camelot tells the story of Arthur, a young squire who becomes King after extracting the sword Excalibur from its legendary rock.