2022 SEASON

January Season – Spencer

 

Written by: Katy Warner
Production Dates: 21/01/2022 -05/02/2022

 

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…
 

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March Season – Beautiful Thing

Written by: Jonathan Harvey
Production Dates: 11/03/2022 – 26/03/2022

 

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. This play is 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.

April Season – My Mother Said I Never Should

Written by: Charlotte Keatley
Production Dates: 01/04/2022 – 16/04/2022
Directed by: Alide Chaney


Examines the ever-changing mother-child relationship. It is clear that when we are young our lives are formed and as an adult we carry the baggage we have collected and were not able to discard along the way.

June Season – The Sound of Murder

Written by: William Fairchild

Production Dates: 03/06/2022 – 18/06/2022

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.  Can the pair get away with what they consider to be the “perfect murder” or will others conspire to ruin their fool-proof plan?

July Season – Singin' In The Rain Jr.

Presented by Bel Canto Performing Arts
Production Dates: 08/07/2022 – 16/07/2022
Directed by: Blake Jenkins

The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin' in the Rain JR. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin' in the Rain JR. a guaranteed good time for performers and audience members alike.

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August Season – Theft

Written by: Eric Chappell
Production Dates: 05/08/2022 – 20/08/2022
Directed by: Brendan Tobin


Imagine returning from a pleasant anniversary celebration to find that your house has been burgled. In this witty thriller, the culprit is still in the house and, for a while, he convinces the returning couples that he is a policeman. Unmasked as the thief, Spriggs reveals that he knows a number of uncomfortable truths that disrupt two seemingly happy marriages and one formerly strong friendship.

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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 – The Old People Are Revolting!

 

Written by: Devon Williamson
Production Dates: 02/12/2022 – 17/12/2022
Directed by: Dale James

 

The Old People Are Revolting! is a mad cap comedy about seniors seeking revenge! The residents of the Sunshine Retirement Village have had enough: they're revolting! Fed up with being ignored, and relegated to the sidelines of life they've decided to prove to the world just how dangerous seniors can be!