Season – 2022

January Season – Spencer

Written by: Katy Warner
Production Dates: 21/01/2022 -5/02/2022
This is a brand new comedy-drama looking at a gloriously dysfunctional Australian family, and is modern storytelling at its best!
Spencer tells the story of a tight-knit family led by single-mum and matriarch Marilyn and her three adult children – wayward daughter Jules, mouthy coulda-been Ben and AFL player and golden-boy Scott.
About to meet the young son – Spencer – he never knew he had, Scott and the family have returned home to help mark the occasion. With the surprise appearance of the father they barely remember, the entire family is forced to work together to clean up both the house and their own fractured relationships as the clock ticks down to Spencer’s arrival.
Written by award-winning playwright Katy Warner (2016 Green Room Nomination for A Prudent Man), Spencer asks us to consider how much our family defines who we are, and whether we ever really grow up…
More detailed information available on Serial Productions website www.serialproductions.com.au

March SeasonBeautiful Thing

Written by: Jonathan Harvey
Production Dates: 11/3/2022 – 26/3/2022
A bittersweet comedy about young love
Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey is at his insightful and hilarious best in this iconic portrait of adolescent self-discovery.
In a run-down Thamesmead council estate, Jamie is bullied at school and Ste is bullied at home. One evening, Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s. Something exciting and beautiful begins.
At turns tough and tender, this upliftingly optimistic play captures exquisitely and joyously what it is to be sixteen, in the first flush of love and full of optimism.
Deftly combining comedy with ardent drama, the play sings, with characters that abound with attitude, energy, frankness and humour.
A gloriously nostalgic trip back to the early nineties, bright with sensitivity, pathos and wit, it has a summery soundtrack of beautiful Mama Cass songs.
This endearing play is directed by award-winning director Barry Park.

“Deliciously upbeat… Harvey crafts his play with astonishing maturity and grounds the drama in a tangible sense of reality. He draws his characters with such delicate detail that when the fantasy takes flight the audience is more than ready for take-off… Truly a most unusual and beautiful thing.” — Guardian (London)

“Only a theatregoer with an ice cube where his heart should be would remain indifferent to the plight of Jamie and Ste, the teen-age heroes of BEAUTIFUL THING, Jonathan Harvey’s endearing, lopsided smile of a comedy about a boy who falls for the boy next door… warm and rewarding” — NY Times.

“BEAUTIFUL THING’S crisply authentic dialogue darts between aching, soul-searching emotion and sharp winning comedy, perfectly capturing the thrill of a first love.” – Drama Online
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June SeasonThe Sound of Murder

Written by: William Fairchild
Production Dates: 3/6/2022 – 18/6/2022
Directed by: Peter Neaves
A writer of children’s stories is popular in his field but not at home, where he is a calculating sadist. His wife turns to another man for affection, and eventually the two of them devise a fool-proof plan to do away with the husband.  Unfortunately, however, the writer’s frustrated secretary learns of it and uses her information to trap the other man into marriage after he has killed the husband. They go away together and the police are led to believe that the husband drowned chasing a prowler. But some weeks later there is a surprise in store when the husband turns up hale and hearty — having been warned in time by his secretary. True to form, he takes a brutal delight in tormenting his wife, and later goes up for a bath.  Meanwhile, the secretary could not go through with the wedding, and the paramour returns. The Husband is still in the way. Or is he? According to the law, he died three weeks ago. 

October Season – Radium Girls

Written by: D.W. Gregory
Production Dates: 14/10/2022 – 30/10/2022
Directed by: Ellis R. Kinnear
Radium Girls is D.W. Gregory’s gripping drama based on the true story of female laborers who were poisoned and killed by their factory’s radium-based paint. Though Radium Girls ranges from 1918 through the 1940’s, the bulk of the narrative is centered on events in New Jersey in the mid 1920’s.  The play highlights Grace, Irene, and Kathryn who paint dials in the U.S. Radium Plant and are instructed to finely point their brushes by molding the bristles with their mouths while painting. The factory’s new owner, Arthur Roeder, is excited by radium’s promising future and believes in the company’s potential for growth. Roder’s mindset is supported by Marie Curie, the internationally famous scientist, who believes radium provides many health benefits and could even cure cancer.  But soon many of the the girls begin to notice disturbing health issues, and one of their co-workers dies, but her death is brushed aside. The plant tries to keep the girls who are getting sicker from talking to the press, push back their court dates, and deflect any negativity toward the company. Some of the surviving girls finally get settlements and medical coverage for the rest of their shortened lives.  Radium Girls fiercely examines the commercialization of science, the pursuit of both health and wealth, the power of the underdog, and the fierce injustice laborers in America have faced, and may even continue to face in the present.

December Season – A Month of Sundays

Written by: Bob Larbey
Production Dates: 2/12/2022 – 17/12/2022
Directed by: Dale James
The play by Bob Larbey, is a bittersweet comedy about growing old. It is mostly a two-hander, with a few minor supporting roles. The main character, Cooper, has voluntarily gone into a nursing home rather than become a burden on his family. We deduce his valiant determination to hold on to his remaining dignity and independence through his banter, as he jokes with the other old folks, flirts with the female staff, and keeps a close check on his own “record of physical deteriorations”. Cooper is on stage throughout, driving the emotional development of the play with his acerbic wit and waspish asides, but we also glimpse his vulnerability.  His friend Aylott is a foil to Cooper, who is the more dominant of the two. Aylott is a sensitive gentle soul, nowhere near as hearty or self-important as Cooper. The two geriatrics agree that their lives now can only be endured if they treat life as a comedy. Whether the play is showing the painful ritual of a Sunday duty visit by Cooper’s daughter and son-in-law, or the inevitable condescension shown by the young and fit to the old and infirm, Cooper and Aylott behave with humour and wit. Yet throughout there is underlying sadness. Where some writers would highlight the harrowing elements of the gradual onset of senility, Bob Larbey shows us the same experince with a sharp comedy. The two inmates of the retirement home are covering their fear of what awaits them with a brave veneer of humour.