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 – SEASON CANCELLED

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

The Basin Theatre COVID0-19 Update – Season 2 Cancelled

The health and safety of our audiences, subscribers, members, cast, and crew is our highest priority.

Sadly, The Basin Theatre’s production of “Scenes from A Separation” has been cancelled due to the global coronavirus epidemic, COVID-19.

At present, no decision has been made on Season 3 “Vincent in Brixton”. We will continue to monitor the situation, and ensure that members and patrons are regularly informed about the developing situation.

If you have tickets to Season 2, please be reassured that our Ticket Secretary will contact you shortly to arrange a refund.

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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The Misanthrope

Dionysus Theatre
17 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020

The Misanthrope is a farcical satirical social commentary where the wit is in the words.

This production will be set in the early 1960s and the comedy will be highlighted to reflect this era. There will be some classic surf/mambo style dance sections between scenes, think ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ VS ‘Psycho Beach Party’ in style.

SYNOPSIS (Wikipedia)
Much to the horror of his friends and companions, Alceste rejects la politesse, the social conventions of the seventeenth-century French salon. His refusal to “make nice” makes him tremendously unpopular and he laments his isolation in a world he sees as superficial and base, saying early in Act I, “… Mankind has grown so base, / I mean to break with the whole human race”.

Despite his convictions, however, Alceste cannot help but love the flighty and vivacious Célimène, a consummate flirt whose wit and frivolity epitomize the courtly manners that Alceste despises. Though he constantly reprimands her, Célimène refuses to change, charging Alceste with being unfit for society.

Despite his sour reputation as “the misanthrope”, Alceste does have women pining for him, particularly the prudish Arsinoé and the honest Eliante. Though he acknowledges their superior virtues, his heart still lies with Célimène. His deep feelings for her primarily serve to counter his negative expressions about mankind, since the fact that he has such feelings includes him amongst those he so fiercely criticizes.

When Alceste insults a sonnet written by the powerful noble, Oronte, he is called to stand trial. Refusing to dole out false compliments, he is charged and humiliated, and resolves on self-imposed exile.

Arsinoé, in trying to win his affections, shows him a love letter Célimène wrote to another suitor. He discovers that Célimène has been leading him on. She has written identical love letters to numerous suitors (including to Oronte) and broken her vow to favor him above all others. He gives her an ultimatum: he will forgive her and marry her if she runs away with him to exile. Célimène refuses, believing herself too young and beautiful to leave society and all her suitors behind. Philinte, for his part, becomes betrothed to Eliante. Alceste then decides to exile himself from society, and the play ends with Philinte and Eliante running off to convince him to return.

Agent: N/A

Author: Moliere

Director: Melanie Thomas

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A Flea In Her Ear

The 1812 Theatre
30 Jul 2020 - 22 Aug 2020

A Flea in Her Ear is world-renowned as the funniest and most famous of all French farces. It’s perfectly formed in its comic timing, shamelessly saucy and completely bonkers. We’re in Paris, 1908. After years of married bliss, Madame Raymonde Chandebise suspects her husband is having an affair. In an effort to catch him in the act she causes a lot more trouble than she bargained for. Spiraling into a high-octane storm of sexual intrigue, mistaken identities and bed-revolving mayhem, a cavalcade of characters get in on the act. Some want sex and revenge, several want to preserve their honor. All want to avoid being shot. Nobody gets any sleep. You will laugh out loud.

Agent: RGM Artists Pty Ltd

Author: Andrew Upton

Director: Malcolm Sussman

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Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
28 Aug 2020 - 12 Sep 2020

This production has been cancelled owing to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
It was to have been our VDL Awards entry.

Death of a Salesman

Essendon Theatre Co.
10 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020

The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.

Author: Arthur Miller

Director: Michele Haywood & Nicola Taylor

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