2017 PRODUCTIONS
17 February - 25 March

BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE
by Leonard Gershe
Directed by Neil Moulang

This 1969 American comedy-drama was adapted to film in 1972. All that aspiring singer-songwriter Don Baker wants is to establish his independence, which is not easy as he has been blind since birth. He finally moves into an apartment on his own, away from his over-protective mother, and makes a contract with her not to visit for two months. One month in, he meets and falls for his new neighbour Jill Tanner, a free-thinking actress from whom Don learns the kind of things that his mother would never have taught him. Jill in turn learns from Don what growing up and being free is really all about and helps him break free from the smothering influence of his mother, who makes it very clear that she disapproves of the relationship.

 

12 May - 17 June

OTHER DESERT CITIES
by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Cheryl Butler

Other Desert Cities is an award-winning Broadway play that premiered in 2011. It is Christmas Eve 2004 and Brooke Wyeth returns to her wealthy family home in Palm Springs after a 6-year absence and announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history. Lyman and Polly Wyeth are old-guard Republicans and Polly's sister Silda, a Democrat, is also living with them, having recently been released from rehab. Deep seated issues are dredged to the surface and the characters are forced to grapple with the consequences of the choices they made in the distant past. Written by the creator of the television series Brothers and Sisters, this play is a sharply observed dark comedy.

 

4 August - 9 September

SHADY BUSINESS
by Robin Hawdon
Directed by Tom Richards

This witty comedy has plent of action to keep the pace fast and entertaining. Mandy and Tania are struggling night-club dancers living in Soho in London and they are in crisis. Will possessive club owner Big Mack find out about Mandy's affair with Gerry and Tania's affair with Terry? Will he discover he's owed money that was stolen from him in the first place, gambled on his own roulette table in the second place? Will Gerry be found hiding in Mandy's bathroom and Terry be caught delivering the dinner? Will Terry reveal that he is really Gerry and Gerry is Terry? Will anyone ever find out what the hell is going on?

 

27 October - 2 December

WAIT UNTIL DARK
by Frederick Knott, Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by James Bruce

It is 1944, and in Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix is a young woman adjusting to two recent life-altering events. A car accident has taken away her sight, and she's just married Sam, a photographer she met while recuperating. While he is away, Susan becomes the target of con-men searching for jewels Sam has unknowingly brought home hidden in a doll. Employing disguise and deception, the crooks become desperate. Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller's chilling conclusion.

Performance dates: 27 October - 2 December

 
 
2016 PRODUCTIONS
12 February - 19 March

PROOF
by David Auburn
Directed by Gavin Leahy

David Auburn's acclaimed play focusses on a young woman's world as she reaches a signifcant milestone ... turning a quarter of a century. Over one weekend, Catherine receives a visit from her estranged sister Claire and attracts unwanted attention from Hal, a PhD student who idolises her father and his mathematical work. Absent, yet also strangley present at times, is the famous professor, setting the framework for an intruiging story about the mind of a genius.

Cast
CATHERINE - Gretchen Mach
ROBERT - Michael Gooley
HAL - Ethan Harvey
CLAIRE - Angela Gibson

 

6 May - 11 June

MOON OVER BUFFALO
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Tom Richards

George and Charlotte Hay are fading stars of the 1950s. They are performing in a rep company in Buffalo, New York. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George's dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word they might have one last shot at stardom. Frank Capra is coming to see their matinee. If he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does, abetted by a visit from their daughter's clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they are actually performing.

Cast
CHARLOTTE HAYS - Lynda Leavers
GEORGE HAYS - Emmanuel Nicolau
ROZ HAYES - Julia Hunt
PAUL - Luke Austin
HOWARD - Daniel Cawthorne
RICHARD - Gary Clark
ETHEL - Allanah Jarman
EILEEN - Camila Ponto-Alvarez

 

29 July - 3 September

MY WONDERFUL DAY
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Sue Turner and Victoria Vinson

An unwell Winnie accompanies her heavily pregnant mum to clean the house of Kevin Tate, a philandering, minor television personality. For the next few hours Winnie will amass plenty of material for her homework essay 'My Wonderful Day', as a variety of adults parade before her: Kevin's patronising mistress, his vengeful wife, and the hungover family friend. As events reach a frenzied climax, Winnie's essay will speak volumes.

Cast
THE MAN - Brian Jones
LAVERNE - Angela Gibson
JOSH - Haki Pepo Olu Crisden
WINNIE - Alexandra Rigby
TIFFANY - Erin Thomas
PAULA - Kerry Turner

 

28 October - 3 December

LOOT
by Joe Orton
Directed by James Bruce

Lunacy presented with a poker face is the engine driving this classic comedy. Set in London in 1965, the story revolves around the members of the McLeavy family and the events surrounding the death and subsequent burial of the family matriarch. Playing with the conventions of popular farce, the play examines English attitudes and perceptions in the mid twentieth century to death, religion and the public perspective of the police force with regard to laws and corruption. They play won several awards in its London run.

Cast
McLEAVY - Vincent O'Neill
FAY - Natalie Banach
HAL - James Raxworthy
DENNIS - Blake Leonard
TRUSCOTT - David Stewart-Hunter

 
 
2015 PRODUCTIONS
6 February - 21 March

RABBIT HOLE
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Cheryl Butler

Becca and Howie Corbett's perfect world is shattered after the accidental death of their young son. In dealing with their grief, each makes their way long their individual dark path as they struggle to reconnect with each other as wife and husband. Painful, poignant, and at times surprisingly funny, Rabbit Hole is a beautifully written story about what can happen after tragedy.

Cast
BECCA - Gretchen Mach
HOWIE - Gavin Leahy
IZZY - Angela Gibson
NAT - Suzy Wilds
JASON - Dylan Yates

 

1 May - 13 June

ROLE PLAY
by Alan Ayckbourne
Directed by James Bruce

Set in Justin Lazenby's flat on a riverside in London's Docklands while a storm rages outside, a couple whose parents are about to meet for the first time are planning on announcing that they are engaged. With the action set at the dinner party from hell, they warn each other about their parents and it becomes clear that marriage is an escape for both of them. A guesomely funny clash of cultures and families, this is Alan Ayckbourn at his classic best.

Cast
JULIE-ANN - Erin Youngblutt
JUSTIN - James Phipps
PAIGE PETITE - Jesse Seeley
MICKY RALE - David Wrightson
DEREK JOBSON - Bill Ayers
DEE JOBSON - Beryl Ayers
ARABELLA LAZENBY - Susan Geldart  

Trainee Director: Matt de Haas
Stage Managers: Ann Sayegh, Betty Lyon and Rhonda Rourke
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Wardrobe and Props: Christine Weeks
Photography: Barry Taunton and Port Hacking Camera Club

 

24 July - 5 September

PERFECT WEDDING
by Robin Hawdon
Directed by Tom Richards

A bridegroom wakes up in the bridal suite on his wedding day and finds a stange girl in bed beside him. During the ensuing panic the bride arrives, the stranger is trapped in the bathroom and the best man has to pretent the stanger is his girlfriend. By the time the bride's parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches nuclear proportions!

Cast
JULIE - Rachael Williams
JUDY - Debra Ades
RACHEL - Kerstyn Walsh
BILL - Nick Merce
TOM - Craig Reeve
DAPHNE - Narelle Jaeger

Assistant to Director: Di Mifsud
Stage Managers: Shirley Miranda, Betty Lyons and Di Mifsud
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Wardrobe and Props: Christine Weeks
Photography: Port Hacking Camera Club

 

16 October - 28 November

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by Adaptation by Wendy Kesselman
from the original stage play by Goodrich and Hackett
Directed by Neil Moulang

This drama portrays the lives of eight Jewish people who hid from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in Amsterdam from 1942 - 1944. Anne Frank's diary captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence: their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Through her writing, Anne emerges from history as a sensitive and spirited young woman, her diary celebrated as an eloquent testament to human spirit.

Cast
The Franks
ANNE - Natasha Kay
MARGO - Katrina Morel
MR FRANK - Nicholas Ryan
MRS FRANK - Natalie Kahlefeldt

The Van Daans
PETER - Rikky Fitgerald

MR VAN DAAN - David Hines
MRS VAN DAAN - Christine Morel

MR DUSSEL - Bill Jordan
MIEP GIES - Kirstie
Bolitho
MR KRALER - Neil Moulang

 
 
2014 PRODUCTIONS
7 February - 22 March

TWELVE ANGRY JURORS
based on the play Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
Adapted for the stage by Sherman Segal
Directed by Neil Moulang

This play is considered to be one of the most compelling dramas ever presented on stage. At the end of closing arguments in a family murder case, a jury of ordinary citizens deliberates the fate of one man and whether he should live or die.

Cast
FOREMAN - Peter Chappell
TWO - Natalie Kahlefeldt
THREE - James Phipps
FOUR - Kathy Petrakis
FIVE - Hayden Splitt
SIX - Kim Rosengren

SEVEN - Brian Jones
EIGHT - David Hines

NINE - Betty Lyon/Teresa MacAlpine
TEN - Steve Keene
ELEVEN - Brad Yee
TWELVE - James Smithers

Script Supervisor: Jo Peters
Stage Managers: Shirley Miranda, Di Mifsud and Ann Sayegh
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costume Coordination and Props: Christine Weeks
Original Music: David Hines

 

2 May - 14 June

THE MATING GAME
by Robin Hawdon
Directed by Tom Richards

Set in a smart ultra-modern apartment full of automated furniture and gadgets with minds of their own, this comedy features a celebrity television personality with a reputation as a great stud, but whose romantic interludes are in reality always interrupted by accidents, fate or his own incompetence.

Cast
DRAYCOTT HARRIS - Gary Clark
JAMES HARRIS - James Cameron
HONEY TOOKS - Julia Hunt
JULIA - Gretchen Mach
MRS FINNEY - Shirley Miranda

Assistant Director: Stephanie Williams
Stage Managers: Cheryl Butler, Michele Potter, Liz Bird
Stage Hands: Vern Dale-Johnson and Kurt Nakkan
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Wardrobe: Christine Weeks
Photography: Port Hacking Camera Club

 

25 July - 6 September

SECRET BRIDESMAIDS' BUSINESS
by Elizabeth Coleman
Directed by David Hines

It's the night before Meg Bacon's wedding and her bridesmaids Lucy and Angela stumble upon some information that has the potential to shatter her dream. Should they tell or not tell? In the hilarious chaos that follows secrets are exposed and friendships tested.

Cast
MEG - Donna Randall
LUCY - Clare Tamas
ANGELA - Kirsty McGowan
JAMES - Brad Yee
NAOMI - Desiree Belcastro
COLLEEN - Susan Stapleton

Stage Managers: James Bruce, Betty Lyon, Teresa MacAlpine
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Wardrobe and Props: Christine Weeks
Photography: Port Hacking Camera Club
Original Music: David Hines

 

17 October - 29 November

THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR
by Alan Seymour
Directed by James Bruce

Alan Seymour's The One Day of the Year has become a classic of the Australian stage since its first publication in 1958, a time when its subject matter generated some controversy - and indeed, it still does.

The play does not pull any punches, following the story of a young university student, Hughie Cook, who helps his girlfriend Jan write a newspaper article which is critical of the ANZAC Day memorial and celebrations. Hughie's father is an ex-serviceman, and conflict engendered between Alf and his son is at the emotional heart of the play's action.

Cast
ALF COOK - Philip Chaffey
WACKA DAWSON - Steve Keene
DOT COOK - Lynda Leavers
HUGHIE COOK - Matt de Haas
JAN CASTLE - Jessie Seeley

Stage Managers: Ann Sayegh, Betty Lyon, Michael Tartaglia
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Wardrobe and Props: Christine Weeks
Photography: Port Hacking Camera Club
Original Music: David Hines

 
     
2013 PRODUCTIONS
6 February - 23 March

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Neil Moulang

Cast

EDDIE - David Hines
CATHERINE - Gretchen Mach
BEATRICE - Victoria Vinson
RODOLPHO - James Phipps
MARCO - Emanuel Nicolaou and Joshua Coombes
TONY - Brett Simeon
ALFIERI - Steve Keene and Robert Drew

Stage Managers: Betty Lyon, Shirley Miranda and Teresa MacAlpine
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Original Music Composer: David Hines
Wardrobe: Christine Weeks


1 May - 15 June

WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH
by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz
Directed by Cheryl Butler

Cast
RAVENSWAAL - Graham Egan
ANITA - Gretchen Mach
DOMINIC - Gary Clark
NURSE - Jacqueline McFarlane  

Stage Managers: Michele Potter and Betty Lyon
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Props: Christine Weeks


24 July - 7 September

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE
by Jim Cartwright
Directed by Gavin Leahy

Cast
LITTLE VOICE - Jennifer Parberry
MARIE HOFF - Suzy Wild
SADIE - Cheryl Butler
BILLY - James Cameron
RAY SAY - Mick Gooley
MR BOO - Bill Jordan

Stage Managers: Sabine Klust, Heather Sedman and Michael Tartaglia
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Props and Wardrobe: Christine Weeks


16-October - 30 November

CALENDAR GIRLS
by Tim Firth
Directed by Susan Geldart

Cast
ANNIE - Narelle Jaeger
CELIA - Julie Holbrook
CHRIS - Liz Coote
CORA - Donna Barnard and Susan Geldart
ELAINE/ Marie - Di Mifsud
JESSIE - Susan Kennedy

JOHN - Graham Yates
LADY CRAVENSHAW - Betty Lyon
and Allanah Jarman
LAWRENCE - James Phipps
ROD/LIAM - David Wrightson
RUTH - Ann Sayegh

Stage Managers: Sue Turner, Jenny Valentic and Victoria Vinson
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costume Coordination: Christine Weeks

 
2012 PRODUCTIONS
2 May - 16 June

TRAP FOR A LONELY MAN
by Robert Thomas
Directed by James Bruce

Cast

THE MAN - David Hines
THE INSPECTOR - Vincent O'Neill
THE PRIEST- Gary Clark
THE WOMAN- Carmen Russo
THE TRAMP - Donny Muntz
THE NURSE - Ann Sayegz
POLICE PERSON - Stephanie Williams

Stage Managers: Sabine Klust and Michele Potter
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Scenic Artist: Simone Nunnen
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costumes and Props: Christine Weeks
Photography: Ilene Bennett
Publicity: Jenny Valentic


25 July - 8 September

COSI
by Louis Nowra
Directed by Susan Geldart

Cast
LEWIS – James Biasetto
LUCY – Rachel Smith
NICK – Nathan Turnbull
JUSTINE – Donna Barnard
ROY – David Wrightson
HENRY – George Porthouse
DOUG – James Phipps
CHERRY – Victoria Vinson
JULIE – Lianne Zimbler
RUTH – Elizabeth Coote
ZAC – David Barnard   

Assistant Director: Sue Turner
Stage Managers: Rhonda Rourke and Ann Sayegh
Set and Lighting Design: Jamesw Bruce
Scenic Artist: Simone Nunnen
Sound Productions: Dennis Batchelor
Costumes and Properties: Christine Weeks
Photography: Theo Spykers


17 October - 1 December

GLORIOUS
by Peter Quilter
Directed by Gavin Leahy

Cast
COSME– James Biasetto
FLORENCE FOSTER-JENKINS - Allanah Jarman
DOROTHY - Lynda Leavers
ST. CLAIR - D
onny Muntz
MARIA - Becky Mendham
MRS JOHNSON - Ann Sayegh and Jo Peters

Stage Managers: Cheryl Butler and Heather Sedman
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Scenic Artwork: Simone Nunnen
Costume Design: Michael Astill
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Wigs: Mavia Timmer
Pianist: Jayne Hamilton

 
2011 PRODUCTIONS
9 February - 26 March

ON GOLDEN POND
by Ernest Thompson
Directed by Neil Moulang

Cast
NORMAN THAYER - Donny Muntz
ETHEL THAYER - Allanah Jarman
CHARLIE - Steve Keene
CHELSEA THAYER - Carmen Russo
BILLY JNR - Sean Coles
BILL SNR - Peter Chappell

Stage Managers: Ann Sayegh, Betty Lyon and Natalie Kahlefeldt
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Scenic Artist: Simone Nunnen
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costume Co-ordination: Christine Weeks
Original Music: David Hines
Photography: Theo Spykers
Publicity: Michele Potter


4 May - 18 June

DOUBT
by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Cheryl Butler

Cast
SISTER ALOYSIUS - Suzy Wilds
FATHER FLYNN - Gavin Leahy
SISTER JAMES - Gretchen Mach
MRS MULLER - Becky Mendham

Stage Managers: Michele Potter and Heather Sedman
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costume Co-ordination: Christine Weeks
Photography: Theo Spykers
Publicity: Michele Potter and Jenny Valentic


20 July - 3 September

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
by Robert Harling
Directed by Susan Geldart

Cast
TRUVY - Elizabeth Coote
CLAIREE - Sue Turner
ANNELLE - Victoria Vinson
SHELBY - Julie Holbrook
M'LYNN - Norah George
OUISER - Narelle Jaeger

Stage Managers: Jenny Valentic, Betty Lyon and Donna Barnard
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costume Co-ordination: Christine Weeks
Photography: Theo Spykers
Publicity: Jenny Valentic
Hair Consultant: Sarah Moulang, iN Salon, Woolaware


12 October - 26 November

MY FRIEND MISS FLINT
by Donald Churchill and Peter Yeldham
Directed by David Hines

Cast
TOM - Gary Clark
LUCY - Gulseren Musa
ALBERT - Steve Keene
SARAH - Tennielle Willis
DODDS - Vincent O'Neill
CYNTHIA - Isa East

Stage Managers: Sabine Klust, Cheryl Butler and Ann Sayegh
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Scenic Artwork: Simone Nunnen and Laurie Keane
Original Musical Score: David Hines
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costumes: Christine Weeks
Photography: Theo Spykers
Publicity: Jenny Valentic

     
2010 PRODUCTIONS
10 February - 27 March

DEATH TRAP
by Ira Levine
Directed by Neil Moulang

Cast
SIDNEY BRUHL - Graham Egan
MYRA BRUHL - Narelle Jaeger
CLIFFORD ANDERSON - Glen Gary Ross
HELGA TEN DORP - Anita Lenzo
PORTER MILGRIM - Peter Chappell

Script Supervisor: Jo Peters
Stage Managers: Natalie Kahlefeldt and Betty Lyon
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costume Coordination: Sabine Klust
Photography: Theo Spykers
Original Music: David Hines


5 May - 19 June

A SHOT IN THE DARK
by Harry Kurnitz
Directed by Jan Lord

Cast
SEVIGNE - David Hines
MORESTAN - Colin Bisset
LABLACHE - Aidan Basnett and Emmanuel Nicolaou
ANTOINETTE - Carnita Morales
JOSEFA - Allira Gibson
DOMINIQUE - Kathy Goddard
BEAUREVERS - Steve Keene

Assistant Director: Steve Keene
Script Supervisor: Jo Peters
Stage Managers: Ann Sayegh, Caro Seeto and Betty Lyon
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce, David Sedman, Laurie Keanm Robert Haley and Steve Keene
Costume Coordination: Christine Weeks
Photography: Theo Spykers
Original Music: David Hines


21 July - 4 September

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 AND 3/4
by Sue Townsend
Directed by Susan Geldart

Cast
ADRIAN MOLE - David Wrightson
GEORGE MOLE - David Barnard
PAULINE MOLE - Elizabeth Coote
MR LUCAS - Gary Clark
MRS LUCAS/MATRON - Tennielle Willis
PANDORA - Mathilda Werner
GRANDMA/QUEENIE - Allanah Jarman
NIGEL/BARRY KENT - Matt de Haas
BERT BAXTER/SCUTTON - Vince O'Neill
ELECTRICITY BOARD OFFICIAL- Brett Simeon
DOREEN - Susan Geldart

Musical Director: David Hines
Stage Managers: Sue Quy, Jenny Valentic and Donna Barnard
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce, David Sedman, Laurie Keene and Robert Haley
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Graphic Design: Brendan Shaw
Photography: Theo Spykers

Music and Lyrics: Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley
Musical Arrangement: David Hines


13 October - 27 November

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
by Neil Simon
Directed by Judith Bedard

Cast
CORRIE - Bianca Bateman
PAUL - Clint Facey
MOM - Lynda Leavers
VELASCO - Emmanuel Nicolaou
HARRY PEPPER (TELEPHONE MAN) - Pranam Janney
DELIVERY MEN - Ben Lenzo and Matt Kelly
REMOVALISTS - Ben Lenzo, Matt Kelly and Pranam Janney

Stage Managers: Matt Kelly and Ben Lenzo
Set and Lighting Design: James Bruce
Sound Production: Dennis Batchelor
Costumes and Props: Christine Weeks and Tanya Woodland
Graphic Design and Scenic Painting: Simone Nunnen
Wigs: Mavia Timmer
Photography: Theo Spykers