VDL Awards Entries 2020

Fool for Love

Strathmore Theatre Arts Group
20 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020

A dark story about two former lovers who reunite in a cheap hotel room in the Mojave Desert. Eddie is a transient presence in and out of May’s life and together they represent a co-dependent, toxic yet magnetic pair sorting through the emotional tumult of their lives in a constant power struggle. The old man contributes to their story from an insider’s perspective while Martin witnesses the story unfold without means to stop it.
Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was written during Shepard’s own personal struggles with relationships.

Agent: By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd London

Author: Sam Shepard

Director: Reschelle O'Connor

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They Came From Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church

Beaumaris Theatre Inc.
28 Feb 2020 - 14 Mar 2020

The Farndale Avenue Ladies are performing the story of a Martian who wants to steal the newly invented Roberta the Robot in order to learn the secrets of macrame. Trouble is, the actress playing the robot has been accidentally dosed up with a handful of Valium , the lady playing the leading man is stuck in the toilet with the runs and everyone is having trouble with their lines. So awful, it’s funny!

Author: David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr

Director: Robyn Morris

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The Mount Players Inc
28 Feb 2020 - 15 Mar 2020


Switzerland is a metaphysical thriller set in the secluded home of Patricia Highsmith, famous author of the Tom Ripley novels. When meek and mild Edward Ridgeway is sent by Highsmith’s publisher to coax a new Ripley novel out of her, Patricia takes him in in spite of her usual reservations. As the two of them begin to flesh out the new book a power struggle plays out between them.

Written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray Smith, Switzerland is a play that blends reality and fiction and explores the plight of the author struggling to stand outside the shadow of their most famous creation.

Author: Joanna Murray-Smith

Director: Lee Cook

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Rabbit Hole

Off The Leash Theatre Inc.
27 Mar 2020 - 4 Apr 2020

Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture perfect family life in the suburbs of New York until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief, and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart.

Author: David Lindsay-Abair

Director: Annette O'Shea

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The History Boys

Frankston Theatre Group Inc.
27 Mar 2020 - 5 Apr 2020

Eight Northern English history students are pursuing an undergraduate place at Oxbridge in the 1980s.

Their headmaster is determined to see them break records and enlists a new teacher to coach the boys into intellectual shape.

Seduced though they are by his promises, the boys are concerned that there is more to the pursuit of learning than exams and grades.

Agent: Origin for Samuel French

Author: Alan Bennett

Director: Sarah Jeffs

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Scenes From A Separation – CANCELLED

The Basin Theatre Group Inc.
15 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020

All remaining seasons in 2020 have now been cancelled due to the impacts of the coronavirus. Even with the relaxing of restrictions in Victoria it would be impossible for us to safeguard our patrons attending the theatre for the remainder of the year.

We are all disappointed that these productions will not go ahead in 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that all our members and patrons are regularly informed about the developing situation through our web pages, Facebook pages, and newsletter emails.

We are currently planning an exciting performance program for 2021 with the expectation that shows will be able to be staged by February 2021.

Please refer to http://thebasintheatre.org.au/TBTG/Notifications.html for refunds.

Stay safe and keep well!

Agent: HLA Management Australia on behalf of the Rights Holders

Author: Andrew Bovell and Hannie Rayson

Director: Sharon Maine

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Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
3 Sep 2021 - 18 Sep 2021

In a farmhouse at the edge of Salisbury Plain a family is falling apart.
Stephen can’t afford to put his mother into care. Arthur can’t afford to stop working and look after his wife. When a young stranger moves in to care for Edie as her mind unravels, the family is forced to ask: Are we living the way we wanted?
Visitors is a sharply funny love story that takes a haunting, beautiful look at the way our lives slip past us.

Author: Barney Norris

Director: Deborah Fabbro

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Blithe Spirit

Catprint Theatre Company
15 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021

Skeptical novelist Charles Condomine invites self-proclaimed medium Madame Arcati to his home for a séance, hoping to gather material for a new book. When the hapless psychic accidentally summons the spirit of Condomine’s late wife, Elvira, his home and life are quickly turned into a shambles as his wife’s ghost torments both himself and his new bride, Ruth.

Agent: Samuel French New York

Author: Noel Coward

Director: Claire Bamford

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