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2 Jul 2022 - 22 Apr 2023
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Ladies in Retirement

Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
17 Jun 2022 - 2 Jul 2022

Author: Edward Percy and Reginald Denham

Director: Martin Gibbs

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Set in an isolated cottage on the Thames Estuary in 1885, a former showgirl/actress, Miss Fiske, and her long-time companion and housemate, Ellen, become involved in competing schemes that grow more sinister after the arrival at their home of Ellen’s two sisters. A surprise turn of events will keep you glued to the unfolding story that has been described as one of the best stage thrillers of its time.
First staged in 1939 as England was starting WWII, London was in a blackout, and most theatres were closed it was an enormous hit, running for a total of 301 performances.

Nobody’s Perfect

Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
24 Jun 2022 - 9 Jul 2022

Author: Simon Williams

Director: Lisa McNiven

Genre: Comedy

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty. Ltd.

Synopsis

Harriet Copeland is running a competition at a feminist publishing house to find new romantic fiction; their motto is ‘For Women By Women’. So aspiring writer, Leonard Loftus, is forced to submit his novel under the female pseudonym of Myrtle Banbury. When Myrtle wins the first prize, Leonard begins to have major problems which are made worse when he falls hopelessly in love with Harriet. With domestic complications from his wayward daughter and rascally old father, he tries frantically to keep up the charade of Myrtle. Life can be a comedy of errors where decisions and actions can create challenges that result in beneficial outcomes – Nobody’s Perfect and that’s a good thing.

Shirley Valentine

Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.
29 Jun 2022 - 16 Jul 2022

Author: Willy Russell

Director: Brett Turner Valenta

Genre: Comedy

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Synopsis

Shirley is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband’s chips ‘n’ egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she’s stagnated and in a rut.

But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid holiday to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world – and herself – in a new light.

Alice’s Aventures in Wonderland

Encore Theatre Inc.
30 Jun 2022 - 9 Jul 2022

Director: Matthew CW

Genre: Other

Synopsis

Alice sees a white rabbit, falls down a hole and meets a whole cast of crazy characters. We all know the story of Alice in Wonderland……don’t we? But is there more to the Mad Hatter’s story? Why is the Red Queen so angry? What date is the White Rabbit late for? And most importantly….why does the Cheshire Cat never make any sense!

Prepare to explore Wonderland in a way you’ve never seen it before! As Alice journeys deeper into Wonderland, she learns many valuable lessons about friendship, being responsible, and never giving up. Filled with pop culture references, songs and plenty of jokes for humans big and small, this is one adaptation that will be just as exciting with its twists as it is nostalgic for any Alice in Wonderland fans.

This show is suitable for ages 4+. Approx. running time is 60 minutes.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
1 Jul 2022 - 16 Jul 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: James Goss By Arvind Ethan David Based on the novel by Douglas Adams

Director: Xavier McGettigan

Genre: Comedy

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

Synopsis

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by James Goss & Arvind Ethan David. Based on the novel by Douglas Adams. What do a missing cat, a computer genius, a professor of Choronology, the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an impossible couch, Bach and pizza have in common? Well… not much. Until Dirk Gently sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, and unravelling a mysterious mystery – not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction (at no extra charge, naturally) along the way. Based on the original novel by Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was once described by Adams himself as “a thumping good detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic”. Confused? Don’t be – everything is connected.

Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited (TYU) Winter drama camp.

4 Jul 2022 - 9 Jul 2022

Genre: Other

Cosi

Off The Leash Theatre Inc
7 Jul 2022 - 23 Jul 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: Louis Nowra

Director: Tracey Rabl & Kellie Bray

Genre: Comedy

Agent: HLA Management PL

Synopsis

In a burnt-out old theatre adjoining the grounds of a mental institution, a motley crew is assembling. Corralled by the manic depressive Roy – in equal parts endearing and insufferable – and encouraged by social worker Justin, the eccentric group of patients is attempting to stage a production of Mozart’s opera, Cosi fan Tutte.
Fresh out of university and somewhat adrift, Lewis has agreed to direct the amateur production, but between the impossibly elaborate artistic vision of Roy, the laborious obsessive compulsion of Ruth, the escapist tendencies of pyromaniac Doug and the small hurdle that no one can sing, Lewis has his work cut out for him.
Against a backdrop of political unrest, Lewis begins to realise what truly matters to him, as he works outside the box to get this unusual production off the ground. The more time he spends with these patients, the more he realises they understand something his friends on the outside just don’t…

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

Heidelberg Theatre Co.
8 Jul 2022 - 23 Jul 2022

Author: Martin McDonagh

Director: Joan Moriarty

Genre: Drama

Agent: Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company

Synopsis

Set in the deceptively idyllic, west Irish countryside, this is a darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a lonely spinster in her early forties, and Mag, her devious ageing mother. Mag’s interference in her daughter’s first and only chance of love starts a chain of events that lead inexorably to a tragic result.

This powerful work from Martin McDonagh won the 1998 Drama League Award for Best Play and the 1998 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play.

Tiny Beautiful Things

Essendon Theatre Co.
14 Jul 2022 - 16 Jul 2022

Author: Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos

Director: Alexander Gibbs

Genre: Drama

Agent: Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French

Synopsis

“Sugar” is trying to finish a book. To make ends meet she reluctantly agrees to take on work as an anonymous advice columnist. In a series of connected vignettes, “Sugar” gets to know several different people and their plethora of personal problems – and in turn, they (and the audience) discover some of her deepest, darkest secrets.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

BATS Theatre Company
15 Jul 2022 - 24 Jul 2022

VDL Awards Entry: 2022

Author: Dale Wasserman

Director: James McAllister

Genre: Drama

Agent: ORiGiN Theatrical

Synopsis

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest tells the story of a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce disciplinarian. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; making a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. McMurphy’s new influence on the hospital is more than Ratched can handle with shocking consequences.

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