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29 Jan 2022 - 4 Dec 2022
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Shakespeare’s Ghost

Smile Theatre Co. Inc.
21 Jan 2022 - 30 Jan 2022

Author: Ian Robinson with Peter Eddy

Director: Ian Robinson

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis

Five people arrive at the Scottish Estate of a famous retired actor to undergo a weekend theatre work shop. Mayhem ensures as each reveals their complete lack of talent.

The Devil You Know

Smile Theatre Co. Inc.
21 Jan 2022 - 30 Jan 2022

Author: Ian Robinson with Peter Eddy

Director: Ian Robinson

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis

A politician ends up in limbo following a heart attack. He must face the Devil’s Advocate and the Heavenly Negotiator to see if he is going upstairs or downstairs.

“Hypnosis”

Peridot Theatre Inc
27 Jan 2022 - 12 Feb 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: David Tristram

Director: Pip Le Blond

Genre: Comedy

Agent: By arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French. A Concord Theatrical Company.

Synopsis

A mesmerizing thriller with plenty of twists and a liberal dash of comedy.
The Great Gordo, an alcoholic stage hypnotist in the twilight of his career, randomly chooses Alan Briggs as his next stooge. Briggs, a mild-mannered policeman, is a good sport, the audience laughs, and
everyone goes home. For Gordo, it’s just the end of another show, and time for a drink or three before bed. But someone out there has other ideas. Extraordinary ideas. The mind games begin, the stakes are raised, and we sense there can only be one winner. But who?

12 Angry Men

Windmill Theatre Company
9 Feb 2022 - 12 Feb 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: Reginald Rose

Director: Ben Dowthwaite

Genre: Drama

Agent: By Arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French a Concord Theatricals Company

Synopsis

Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen jurors try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.
9 Feb 2022 - 26 Feb 2022

Author: Oscar Wilde

Director: Ellis Ebell

Genre: Comedy

Agent: N/A

Synopsis

The spirit of Oscar Wilde returns to the WLT stage in the most famous of his plays. The play itself needs no introduction: it has been described as ‘a trivial comedy for serious people’. Although this classic was first performed in 1895, its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make it one of the most performed and enduring of Wilde’s plays.
It has been performed by almost every theatre company worldwide, with the role of Lady Bracknell being played by world famous actors. Our challenge is to give it ‘something different’

The Merchant of Venice

Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group Inc.
10 Feb 2022 - 26 Feb 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: William Shakespeare

Director: Roderick Chappel

Genre: Drama

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.

CLUE on stage

Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Co. Inc.
11 Feb 2022 - 20 Feb 2022

Author: Jonathan Lynn

Director: Viki Wright

Genre: Comedy

Agent: ORIGIN Theatrical

Synopsis

On a dark and stormy night, six unique guests, plus a butler and a maid, assemble for a dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy. When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Soon the guests are racing to find the killer and keep the body count from stacking up.

Based on the popular board game and adapted from the cult classic film, Clue is the comedy whodunit that will keep you guessing (and laughing) to the very end.

Summer of the Aliens

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
11 Feb 2022 - 19 Feb 2022

Author: Louis Nowra

Director: Stacey Carmichael

Genre: Drama

Agent: Performance rights for Summer of the Aliens exclusively licensed by HLA Management Pty. Ltd. P.O. Box 1536, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012 (hla@hlamgt.com.au)

Synopsis

Summer of the Aliens is a vivid and amusing revocation of a family and a neighbourhood whose increasingly strange behaviour Lewis is forced to interpret in the only way he can… the aliens must be among us!
The play centres on relationships, especially the relationship between 14 year old Lewis and 14 year old Dulcie. It is through Dulcie and Lewis begins to understand that the struggle to be adult is the struggle to understand the world around him.

Switzerland

Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
11 Feb 2022 - 26 Feb 2022

Author: Joanna Murray-Smith

Director: Andrew Ferguson

Genre: Drama

Agent: AustralianPlays.org

Synopsis

A chilling and sometimes hilarious two-hander set in the Swiss Alps, where the ailing, reclusive crime/mystery writer, Patricia Highsmith, lives with an impressive collection of books, and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives.

Pat’s solitude is broken when she is visited by Edward Ridgeway from her New York publisher, sent to convince her to write the final instalment of her best-selling Mr Ripley series. Edward’s stay stretches over several days and nights as Patricia struggles to start work. She insists that Edward dream-up the pivotal murder in the story. Their collaboration leads to a blurring of fiction and real-life, with a plot twist at the end of the play, which is worthy of the best of Pat’s writing.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co.Inc.
17 Feb 2022 - 5 Mar 2022

Author: Robert L. Freedman

Director: Alan Burrows

Genre: Musical

Agent: Music Theatre International

Synopsis

After his mother’s funeral, middle-class Englishman Monty Navarro learns an incredible secret – he is the “son of the daughter of the grandson of the nephew of the second Earl of Highhurst”, making him an aristocrat – if he can just find a way to prevent the eight earls preceding him from inheriting the earldom first. An Edwardian style, operatic farce, ‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical.

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