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 oldmilltheatre@iinet.net.au, 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

 

November 2017 – The Sunshine Boys

Note: this is an outside production being presented at the Old Mill Theatre by LALAPALOOZA PRODUCTIONS

Production November 1-4
Play by Neil Simon
Director Dale James

Two legendary – and cranky – comics are being brought together for a reunion and revival of their famous act at the Old Mill Theatre this spring. Written by Neil Simon and directed by Dale James, Lalapalooza Productions is presenting The Sunshine Boys where a young theatrical agent tries to re-unite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion. The two old men have not spoken in 12 years and have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye. Both touching and humorous, the play reveals a profound understanding of the stubbornness, childishness and professional neglect that is often inseparable from old age. Book for The Sunshine Boys HERE.

 

December 2017 – Reprised: a compilation of short plays

Production December 14-16
Plays by David Tristram, James Forte, Yvette Wall
Directors: Christine Ellis, James Forte, Andrew Watson
 

The Old Mill Theatre is rounding out the year with three wonderful short plays for your enjoyment. Spend a night at the theatre and take in David Tristram’s The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley directed by Christine Ellis, Stained-Glass Portrait written and directed by James Forte and Yvette Wall’s Please Sit On My Throne directed by Andrew Watson. BOOK ONLINE…