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25 Jun 2024 - 7 Dec 2024
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Lovesong

Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
21 Jun 2024 - 6 Jul 2024

VDL Awards Entry: 2024

Author: Abi Morgan

Director: George Werther

Genre: Drama

Agent: Nordiska Performing Rights Agency

Synopsis

William and Margaret will share forty years of marriage, with moments of joy, but also much sadness. In this poignant and moving play we see them in both their optimistic and joyful younger years, as well as in their latter years, as they experience both happy memories and regrets.
BAFTA awardee Abi Morgan has created a play touching on “magical realism” as ‘Bill’ and ‘Maggie’ intertwine poetically and musically with their younger selves in the home and garden in which they have always lived. British Theatre Guide described Lovesong as “A really beautiful, tender work … an unforgettable, elegiac drama”. This will be the premiere, non-professional staging of this very special play.

Veronica’s Room

Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
21 Jun 2024 - 30 Jun 2024

Author: Ira Levin

Director: Keith Hutton

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary’s Baby & Deathtrap explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion, by its dissolute caretakers, the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long dead daughter of the family for whom they worked, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes she is still alive. Once dressed in Veronica’s clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica’s room. Or is she Veronica in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan trapped in a nightmare?

The Real Thing

Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.
26 Jun 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

Author: Tom Stoppard

Director: Michelle Swann

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis

It’s no trick loving someone at their best. Love is loving them at their worst.

Henry, a successful playwright writes about a failing marriage and the possibility of new love. When does life begin to imitate art? This play by master playwright Tom Stoppard explores the nature of love and commitment, and highlights the differences between reality and appearance, love and lust, passionate commitment and affection. How do we know when we are experiencing ‘the real thing’.

Suite Surender

Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co. Inc.
27 Jun 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

Author: Michael McKeever

Director: Bob Bramble

Genre: Comedy

Agent: ORiGiNTM Theatrical, on behalf of Playscripts, Inc.

Synopsis

It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel – assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance…that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.

Misery

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
28 Jun 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

VDL Awards Entry: 2024

Author: William Goldman

Director: Greg Shawcross

Genre: Drama

Agent: Dramatists Play Service, Inc mtishows.com.au

Synopsis

Famed writer Paul Sheldon is ready to leave his popular series of romance novels featuring Misery Chastain behind in pursuit of work that offers more critical recognition. That is until he is involved in a horrific car accident during a snowstorm in Colorado. Upon regaining consciousness he finds himself in a remote cabin being nursed back to health by his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes.
Based on the bestseller by Stephen King (The Stand, Rita Hayworth And Shawshank Redemption) and adapted for the stage by Academy Award winner William Goldman (All The President’s Men, The Princess Bride), ‘Misery’ takes its audience on a harrowing journey through the depths of a writer’s worst nightmare.

By arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

WAIT UNTIL DARK

Heidelberg Theatre Company
28 Jun 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

Author: Frederick Knott

Director: Dean Banova

Genre: Drama

Agent: by arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company

Synopsis

In 1960s London, blind Susy Henderson innocently comes into possession of a souvenir doll. Little does she know it’s full of heroin and is being feverishly sought by a gang of thugs. Roat, a master of disguise, and his two henchmen try to use Susy’s sightlessness to trick her into giving up the valuable package. Can they convince her? Or will she turn the tables on them?

This tense psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat right to its gripping finale.

A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking

Peridot Theatre Inc
5 Jul 2024 - 14 Jul 2024

Director: Pip Le Blond

Genre: Comedy

Agent: By arrangement with ORIGIN Theatrical in behalf of Concord Theatricals

Synopsis

This two-character comedy takes place in the suburban Westchester County, New York kitchen of Maude Mix, who is having a tough day: her husband is off on a weekend spree with his secretary and she can’t get rid of the pesky neighbor who has just moved up from Texas. Hannah Mae Bindler badgers Maude into friendship and the two eventually join forces against their errant and erring husbands.

Angela Glennie is Maude
Helen Ellis Is Hanna Mae

A Date With Death

Ballarat National Theatre Inc.
5 Jul 2024 - 14 Jul 2024

Author: Various

Director: Various

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Swipe right on a night of variety with Ballarat National Theatre for the best first date of your life – and one that just might be your last! Get tix & chill with us this winter, with a smorgasbord of short plays and monologues that explore a theme that touches every single one of us.
We’re offering 10 separate courses by local and international writers that touch on the joys of life, the crushing inevitability of our mortality, and the curiosity and absurdity of death.
Featuring one act play The Death of Ellen Moore, written & directed by Jon Amesbury, we are showcasing brutal comedies to heart-breaking dramas and everything in between.
The talents of our actors and directors will make you laugh until you cry and just, well…cry.
Put on your glad rags, because Death waits for no-one, not even the hottest date in town!

The Death of Ellen Moore is a one-act drama (45 mins).

Ellen Moore is dying. There is an old lady lying in a hospital bed and the main character is a projection of the woman, in a much younger period of her life. The play deals with the psychological and emotional impact of death for the individual and for the family that are left behind.

A confronting work that breaks well-known theatre traditions, The Death of Ellen Moore won 7 awards in the NZ Theatrefest, including Best Overall Play, Best New Play, Best Actor and Best Technical.

Into the Woods Jr

Eltham Little Theatre Inc.
6 Jul 2024 - 21 Jul 2024

Author: James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim

Director: Gareth Clarke

Genre: Musical

Agent: Music Theatre International (Australasia)

Synopsis

Once upon a time…

Eltham Little Theatre cordially invites you to a far-off kingdom to meet;

“…a fair maiden
a sad young lad
and a childless baker
with his wife…”

Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favourite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.
The musical centres on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

After Dinner

Wyndham Theatre Company
12 Jul 2024 - 20 Jul 2024

VDL Awards Entry: 2024

Author: Andrew Bovell

Director: Fiona Scarlett

Genre: Comedy

Agent: HLA

Synopsis

Set in a suburban pub-bistro on a Friday night. Two sexually dysfunctional and socially crippled males and three desperately unhappy and lonely women are brought together in a night of social tension and humour. They clumsily go about their courting rituals and displays of humanity as the influence of alcohol takes an ever-increasing hold.

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