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28 Sep 2022 - 2 Dec 2023
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“War of The Worlds”

Peridot Theatre Inc
22 Sep 2022 - 2 Oct 2022

Author: Adapted by Howard E. Koch -Based on the novel by H.G.Wells

Director: Pip LeBlond

Genre: Drama

Agent: By Arrangement with Origin Theatrical on Behalf of Samuel French Ltd .A Concord Theatrical Company.

Synopsis

Broadcast from New York’s Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H.G.Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E.Koch, co-writer of “Casablanca”, the broadcast was narrated and directed by Orson Welles, with the original script detailing the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial invasion.

Calendar Girls

Warrandyte Theatre Company
23 Sep 2022 - 8 Oct 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: Tim Firth

Director: Susan Rundle

Genre: Comedy

Agent: By arrangement with OriGin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd

Synopsis

When Annie’s husband John is diagnosed with leukaemia, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee for the hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade some friends and fellow members of the local Women’s Institute (W.I.), to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from amateur photographer Lawrence, much to the horror of the their W.I. chairman, Marie.

Mr. Bennet’s Bride

Ballarat National Theatre Inc.
24 Sep 2022 - 29 Sep 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: Emma Wood

Director: Megan J Riedl

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis

Have you ever wondered how a couple like Mr and Mrs Bennet ended up wed?

This is the story of how it all began.

The young Mr Bennet is under pressure to find a suitable bride, but his refusal to play by the rules sets in motion a series of events that are both comic and moving.

A Pride and Prejudice prequel by award-winning playwright Emma Wood that tells the story of how an unlikely couple like Mr and Mrs Bennet got together. A story applauded by critics for capturing Austen’s style, but still be accessible for those new to Austen’s works.

Reviews of other adaptions around the world give the script these reviews:

“…witty, charming and quite delightful… loyal to the Jane Austen style.”
“A clever and sophisticated script… Even the most loyal Austeniens would approve.”
“An ingenious look at Jane Austen’s characters.”

Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic: Young Wizards Edition

TRIBE Youth Theatre
29 Sep 2022 - 2 Oct 2022

Author: Matt Cox

Director: Kerry Turpie

Genre: Comedy

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Synopsis

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who happened to be there too.

Puffs is a story about growing up – which we have all done at one point or another. It’s a play for anyone who has never been destined to change to world!

Wayne Hopkins is a regular (not very cool) boy who learns that he is a wizard and is sent to a magic boarding school. He is sorted into the Puffs house, which is full of students who aren’t brave, smart or ruthless. Wayne makes two best friends and together they have loads of adventures, but they are not very heroic.

Together the Puffs navigate the challenges of magic school – bullies, spells, the most famous wizard in the world, nearly dying many times over, and defeating evil. Familiar characters are peppered throughout the script such as a certain potions master, Professor McG, Mr Voldy, and a popular kid called Harry.

It’s a funny, fast-paced romp through adolescence with a wizard filter. It’s like a tiny golden ball with wings… Our version is family-friendly and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Gentlemen Incorporated

The Basin Theatre Group Inc.
6 Oct 2022 - 16 Oct 2022

Author: Deborah Mulhall

Director: Julie Cunningham

Genre: Comedy

Agent: Australian Script Centre

Synopsis

A slightly risqué Australian Comedy directed by Julie Cunningham.

Damien is a male escort who runs a rather successful business that caters to wealthy and successful women.

When his old friend Marc returns from backpacking around Europe, Damien talks him into ‘helping’ with an over-tight schedule. But unbeknownst to Marc and Damien, Marc’s mother Elinor is one of Damien’s clients. So is his girlfriend’s boss..

The History Boys

The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
6 Oct 2022 - 29 Oct 2022

Author: Alan Bennett

Director: Dexter Bourke

Genre: Drama

Agent: CONCORD THEATRICALS

Synopsis

An unorthodox teacher and his colleagues at a British grammar school try to prepare gifted young charges for the upcoming Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams. The students absorb the facts and figures thrown at them by academia, and in the process, they also learn a little about life.

When Dad Married Fury

Encore Theatre Inc.
14 Oct 2022 - 29 Oct 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: David Williamson

Director: Damian Jones

Genre: Comedy

Agent: Cameron's Management

Synopsis

No-nonsense businessman Alan is filthy rich – and he’s made no apologies about stepping over the little people to get there. His two sons Ian and Ben, and their wives Sue and Laura, have all come together to celebrate Alan’s 70th birthday. But of course, things are never as simple as they seem. For left-leaning Laura though, it’s tricky. Her father recently committed suicide after following Alan’s business advice and losing everything, leaving her mother in a miserable rental with a bung leg. And when Alan’s new wife, young American beauty Fury, enters the scene, the bombs start to drop. And they don’t stop.

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/CARMG

Harp On The Willow

Torquay Theatre Troupe Inc.
20 Oct 2022 - 29 Oct 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: John Misto

Director: Gay Bell

Genre: Drama

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Synopsis

John Misto’s play, Harp on the Willow, is the incredible true story of Mary O’Hara, the internationally famous Irish singer and harpist who entered an enclosed order of nuns after the death of her husband. When a destitute alcoholic, Kane, descends on the convent, he turns Mary’s calm life into chaos.
Harp on the Willow is the story of their feisty relationship. It is filled with songs, drama and humour as these two unusual people transform each other’s lives.

Steel Magnolias

Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Co. Inc.
21 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2022

Author: Robert Harling

Director: Judy Taylor

Genre: Drama

Agent: By Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical On Behalf of Samuel French A Concord Theatricals Company

Synopsis

Hilarious and touching, this play for six women is set in a beauty parlour in Louisiana. Through four scenes spanning three years the staff and customers engage in small-town gossip but we see a deep strength and purposefulness emerge when Shelby – a diabetic – prepares for a kidney transplant operation. The title suggests the “female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel”.

The Lady in the Van

Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
28 Oct 2022 - 12 Nov 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: Alan Bennett

Director: Nick Opolski

Genre: Drama

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Synopsis

This is the true story of the relationship between writer, Alan Bennett, and the singular Miss Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman of uncertain origins, who takes up residence in a London street where many famous names live. She is a well-known ‘character’ around Camden Town, sometimes mocked and persecuted by passers-by as she lives in a decrepit, hand-painted yellow van crammed with old shopping bags and bits of carpet. After systematically outstaying her welcome outside every other house in the street, Miss Shepherd ‘temporarily’ parks in Bennett’s driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. Their unique story is funny, poignant and life-affirming. The Lady in the Van is her story as seen through Alan Bennett’s eyes.

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