Plays – 2017
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February 2017 – Fat PigProduction 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 LivingProduction 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 – CloudstreetProduction 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.
August 2017 – TBCProduction August 4-19 Play by TBC Director TBC
August-September 2017 – Wife After DeathNote: 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 TBC
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…
October 2017 – The NightwatchmanProduction 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 – CamelotProduction 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.