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31 Jul 2021 - 29 Oct 2022
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Death of a Salesman

Essendon Theatre Co.
29 Jul 2021 - 7 Aug 2021

VDL Awards Entry: 2021

Author: Arthur Miller

Director: Michele Haywood & Nicola Taylor

Genre: Drama

Agent: Music Theatre International

Synopsis

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.

Bloody Murder – RESCHEDULED

Frankston Theatre Group Inc.
30 Jul 2021 - 8 Aug 2021

Author: Ed Sala

Director: Neil Barnett

Genre: Comedy

Agent: Origin on behalf of Samuel French ltd

Synopsis

A group of the usual murder-mystery type gather for a weekend retreat at the country estate of Lady Somerset. Suddenly, one of them dies of poison … of course! Her Ladyship refuses to summon the Police! She says she won’t go through ‘all that’ again. But why are they all here? Is this just actually another formulaic, predictable murder mystery? Or is it something diabolically different? So … what would YOU do, if you knew you were going to be murdered … again?!

The Architect

Brighton Theatre Co.
30 Jul 2021 - 7 Aug 2021

VDL Awards Entry: 2021

Author: Aidan Fennessy

Director: Deborah Fabbro

Genre: Drama

Agent: Creative Representation

Synopsis

The Architect is disarming, funny and true, and dances nimbly around sentiment for so long, it feels more akin to the unlikeliest sort of romantic comedy than an end-of-life drama.

When John is heading overseas to indulge his passion for historical re-enactments of famous medieval battles, he decides to employ a carer for his partner, Helen, who is ill.

Initially Helen is appalled by the idea and only agrees by choosing the least likely candidate; a dubious young drifter and jack-of-all-trades. Lennie seems to be a fish out of water but nevertheless makes himself right at home.

A touching rapport develops between him and Helen, delicate and spontaneous, gentle but unflinchingly honest.

Puffs: The Play

CentreStage Pty Ltd
6 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021

VDL Awards Entry: 2021

Author: Sam Cox

Director: Michele Marcu and David Greenwood

Genre: Comedy

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Synopsis

PUFFS; or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic, the record breaking Off-Broadway comedy hit, is now playing at Brisbane Powerhouse.

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of The Puffs who just happened to be there too. PUFFS gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through wizard school.

The Merchant of Venice

Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group Inc.
12 Aug 2021 - 28 Aug 2021

VDL Awards Entry: 2021

Author: William Shakespeare

Director: Roderick Chappel

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis

Antonio, a prosperous merchant of Venice in the sixteenth century, is approached by his old friend Bassanio for a loan. Bassanio wishes to present himself in style and travel to Belmont, in order to woo Portia, a young and beautiful heiress. Antonio’s fortune is currently tied up in his trading ships, and he does not have the required funds in hand. However, he agrees to act as guarantor, if Bassanio can borrow the money elsewhere. Bassanio approaches Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. Shylock hates Antonio, who has always treated him with contempt because he is Jewish, and because he charges interest on money that he lends. However, Shylock agrees to loan Bassanio 3000 ducats, to be repaid in three months. Pretending that it is a mere jest, he specifies that the penalty for failure to pay on time will be a pound of Antonio’s flesh, cut from his breast. Confident that his ships will return to Venice in good time so that the debt can be repaid, Antonio accepts this condition for the bond.

Shylock’s daughter Jessica elopes with Lorenzo, fleeing her father’s house with much of her father’s money, with the intention of becoming a Christian. Shylock is furious at the loss of both his daughter and his ducats.

Under the terms of her late father’s will, no suitor may marry Portia unless they choose correctly between three caskets, made respectively of gold, silver and lead. Portia complains to Nerissa, her maid and confidant, about her lack of freedom to make her own choice of husband. Unsuccessful suitors choose wrongly, and go disappointed away. Bassanio, with his young friend Gratiano, sails to Belmont, where Bassanio chooses the correct casket, to Portia’s delight. Portia and Bassanio prepare to marry, as do Nerissa and Gratiano.

News comes to Belmont that Antonio’s ships have been unexpectedly delayed; he cannot repay the loan on time, and Shylock will demand his pound of flesh at the Duke of Venice’s court. Portia and Nerissa disguise themselves as men – a learned lawyer and her clerk – and travel to Venice, where Portia uses brilliant legal argument to confound Shylock’s malicious intentions, and save Antonio’s life.

After the trial Portia and Nerissa, still disguised, will accept no payment, but each asks only for a ring which she has given her husband, who has sworn never to part with it. Bassanio and Gratiano very reluctantly give the lawyer and clerk these precious rings. Portia and Nerissa later have fun upbraiding their husbands for giving away the rings, before the deception is revealed and all ends happily.

Visitors by Barney Norris

Warrandyte Theatre Company
12 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021

Author: Barney Norris

Director: Grant Purdy

Genre: Drama

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

Synopsis

Described as “infinitely touching” by The Guardian. In a farmhouse on 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 to look after his wife. When a young stranger moves in to care for Edie as her mind unravels, the family are forced to confront the way our lives slowly slip past us.

This much awarded, haunting, beautiful play explores the themes of warmth, compassion and wit. It tackles the harrowing issue of dementia with frankness and humour. Overall, this play about love and how it endures.

Photograph 51

The Basin Theatre Group Inc.
13 Aug 2021 - 4 Sep 2021

VDL Awards Entry: 2021

Author: Anna Ziegler

Director: Sharon Maine

Genre: Drama

Agent: By special arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia) on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc

Synopsis

Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 takes us back to 1950s London, where the discovery of the DNA double helix structure would unlock the ‘secret of life’, and Rosalind Franklin’s contribution would be overlooked for decades. This delicate play puts her back in the picture and shines a light on the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field and the price she paid.
 
Beyond the story, however, Photograph 51 reminds us of the shared intentions of art and science. Both seek to improve our understanding of the world around us, to make sense of life, test ideas and see things from another perspective. The results of these discoveries have the possibility to permanently alter our understanding of the world while continuing to feed our curiosity and pursuit of knowledge.

my brilliant career

Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
14 Aug 2021 - 29 Aug 2021

VDL Awards Entry: 2021

Author: Christine Davey

Director: Christine Davey

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Adapted from the timeless novel by Stella Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career tells the story of Sybylla Melvyn, finding freedom in a world of constraint. This is a theatrical re-imagining, a love letter to language and landscape.

The Pillowman

Powderkeg Players
20 Aug 2021 - 28 Aug 2021

Author: Martin MdDonagh

Director: Sam Chappel

Genre: Drama

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Synopsis

Powderkeg Players Presents The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh opening August 20th, directed by Samuel Chappel.
The play received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for production.
McDonagh’s subject is clear: the dangerous power of literature.
The hero, Katurian, is a writer who has been arrested by the police in a totalitarian state. His crime is not, as we initially assume, political subversiveness: it is that his short stories, dwelling on persecuted children, bear a resemblance to some child murders.
Although Katurian protests his innocence, it transpires that his brother has admitted to the crimes implenting Katurian. The question facing him is whether he should sacrifice his own life and that of his brother in order to ensure the preservation of his stories.
The play contains both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian’s stories.

The Flick

Malvern Theatre Company Inc.
27 Aug 2021 - 11 Sep 2021

Author: Annie Baker

Director: Helen Ellis

Genre: Drama

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty. Ltd.

Synopsis

Helen returns to us after her successful direction of ‘Last Gas’ two years ago. The play she has chosen this time is THE FLICK by Annie Baker, a drama set in a run-down movie theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts. The play follows three underpaid employees, Avery, Sam and Rose. Avery has an encyclopaedic obsession with film and Sam has an unrequited obsession with Rose.

As one late night blurs into another, and this trio of painfully ordinary people bond over movie trivia, low-level embezzling and shared ennui, the play evolves into a deeply moving, sometimes funny and delicate examination of the millions of tiny dramas that make up everyday life. Together they do the humdrum and tedious labour necessary to keep one of the last remaining film projector cinemas running. They bicker, laugh, dream and clean their way through shifts in the empty aisles, banter about their favourite films, astrology, the splitting of ‘dinner money’ and ultimately share a history, but will they have a future?

The Flick, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was the talk of New York and London. This tender drama, both funny and heartbreaking, will awaken you to another Melbourne Spring!

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