Bareboards began in late 2010 as a way to provide members with additional acting opportunities in addition to the mainstream plays. Not all members have the time to dedicate to a mainstream play, which is about 5 months. There are those times when members are just not right for the parts available, so it can be a long time between gigs.

In 2010, Bareboards put on a 5 day run of Shoehorn Sonata, which was a huge success and other short run productions are in the pipeline. In 2015 we launched the Voices Project, a complete performance of eight 10 minute plays all written and performed by Arts Theatre Cronulla members, to much acclaim.

2016 saw us up the ante to performing four half hour plays, all written an performed by members, in the project titled Half and Half, performed in September 2016. 

In 2017 Bareboards will be presenting a 4 night run of the one man play "I am My Own Wife" by Doug Wright based on his conversations with German Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Wright received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this work.

We are also hoping to run a 6 week voice workshop focusing on breath, voice, movement and accent later in the year. The workshops will be led by NIDA voice teacher Gavin Leahy.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for members to view interesting work, get involved in smaller productions as techies, stage managers, actors and to present their own works as writers and directors.

Our first meeting will be held on Monday 29 May at the theatre, with future meeting dates to be determined. Check this web site and the Facebook page for updates.

Bareboards is open to all members.

Contact: Cheryl Butler by email.

Crash Test drama is a great way to try out and develop ten minute plays. It also provide opportunities for actors and directors to practice their craft while the writers learn more about the art of writing for the stage.

If you or someone you know would like to write a short (10 minute) script and see it performed on stage contact the convener of Crash Test Drama for details on how we can make it happen.

Anyone who would like to try their hand at directing a short piece is also encouraged.

Anyone (experienced or newcomer) who wants to try acting can turn up on the day at 2pm for the chance to be cast in one of the short plays. There is some rehearsal for about 90 minutes then the pieces are performed while reading from the script - no lines to remember!

All participants must become theatre members, which can be processed on the day.

Another great collection of plays on Finals day. The judging was done by Pete Malicki, artistic director of the Short+Sweet Festival and went as follows:

Best Actress: Mel Day
Best Actor: Graham Eagan
Best Play: The Pacific Solution by Bill Jordan
Best Director: Joy Roberts for Smarty
Audience Vote: Smarty by Rod Marsden

A big thanks to all our contributing writers, directors and actors - especially those who jumped in at very short notice. Also massive thanks must go to Melanie Roffey and Neil Moulang who made sure the FOH facilities ran as smoothly as always. See you all next year!

Writers and Directors Contact: Graham Yates on 0423 141 949 or email.
Actors: Just show up on the day.