Season 2012

February 2012 – Falsettos

Production February 3-18
Musical by William Finn
Director John Milson
Musical director Alistair Smith

The Old Mill Theatre is opening its 2012 season this with the WA premiere of the acclaimed, award-winning musical Falsettos. A production that provokes laughter and tears in equally copious amounts, the story follows a warring modern family in an age of liberated sexual choices and shifting social rules. It also comes with top-notch theatrical credentials, winning two Tony Awards in 1992. MORE…

March 2012 – Flesh Wounds

Production March 9-24
Play by Jessica Messenger (with assistance from Stages WA)
Director Jessica Messenger

Coming this March is the premiere of Flesh Wounds, a multi-character drama with live music, written and directed by Jess Messenger with assistance from Stages WA. It follows the lives of six young people, as they struggle to grow up and deal with their baggage. The play ponders… sometimes we feel damaged beyond repair but is it just a flesh wound? From alcoholic buskers to aspiring singer songwriters, pregnant waitresses and traumatised post office clerks and a love triangle between God, a conservative Christian and another man – there’s something for everyone! MORE…

May 2012 – Parramatta Girls

Production May 11-26
Play by Alana Valentine
Director Siobhan O’Gara

The inmates of Parramatta’s Girls Training School had about as hard an upbringing as you can get in Australia. But theirs is also one of the great untold stories of making good in tough times. Based on the testimony of dozens of GTS old-girls, the WA premiere of this play is a joyous and harrowing dramatisation of the experiences of eight inmates and their reunion 40 years later. Interspersed with song and storytelling, Parramatta Girls is a tribute to mischief and humour in the face of hardship and inequality. MORE…

June-July 2012 – The Beast and The Beauty

Production June 22-July 14
Play by David Stevens
Director Mark DeFriest

WORLD PREMIERE: The Sum of Us and Breaker Morant author David Stevens has turned this classic fairytale of magic and enchantment on its head, setting it in the Australian outback of the 1880s.  There is no evil spell lifted, no dark curse removed… the Beast isn’t a beast at all – just an ordinary man, horribly disfigured by the Australian nightmare… bushfire. MORE…

August/September 2012 – The Vagina Monologues

Production August 24-September 8
Play by Eve Ensler
Director Megan Burley

Based on author Eve Ensler’s “vagina interviews” conducted with women from all around the world, this hilariously witty and moving collection of tales give voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories. Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, menstruation, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the variety of names for the vagina or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. MORE…

October 2012 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Production October 11-20
Play by Edward Albee
Director Garry Lawrence

After it debuted in 1962, audiences and critics alike could not get enough of Edward Albee’s masterful play. A dark comedy, it portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. By the evening’s end, a stunning revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. With the play’s razor-sharp dialogue and the stripping away of social pretense, Newsweek foresaw Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as “a brilliantly original work of art… surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire “. MORE…

December 2012 – Plaza Suite

Production December 6-December 15
Play by Neil Simon
Director Susie Conte

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one  they honeymooned in 23 years before. This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years, she has idolised him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The third couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or, as her mother, yells: “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!” Described as one of Neil Simon’s most popular and celebrated plays. MORE…