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5 Dec 2022 - 2 Dec 2023
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The Effect

Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
17 Feb 2023 - 4 Mar 2023

Author: Lucy Prebble

Director: Claire Abagia

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

The Effect is set during a clinical trial where paid volunteers test new pharmaceutical drugs in hopes of finding a cure for depression. Under the supervision of Dr. Lorna James, two patients, Connie and Tristan, are tested in more ways than one. Their attraction to each other becomes increasingly passionate and out of control as the dosage of the drug gets higher. The question is whether the growing intensity between the two is a side effect of the drug or real. Throughout the trial, opposing views within the medical profession are presented through Dr. James, the physician in charge, and the Pharma company doctor Toby Sealey. The sudden and illicit romance between Connie and Tristan forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work.

THE LADYKILLERS

Heidelberg Theatre Co.
17 Feb 2023 - 4 Mar 2023

Author: Graham Linehan

Director: Chris McLean

Genre: Comedy

Agent: ORIGIN TM Theatrical on Behalf of Samuel French Inc. A Concord Theatrical Company

Synopsis

The Ladykillers is a classic thriller farce set in 1950s London, England. A sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits.

Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent a ‘rehearsal room’ in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. But, when Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse, Marcus concludes there’s only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. Who will be forced to face the music?

An evening of hilarity with characters improvising at frantic speed.

The Revlon Girl

Brighton Theatre Co.
17 Feb 2023 - 4 Mar 2023

Author: Neil Anthony Docking

Director: Natasha Boyd

Genre: Drama

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Synopsis

Winner of the 2018 Offie (Off West End) Award for Best New Play and nominated for a 2018 Olivier Award, The Revlon Girl is a story of grief, hope, guilt and make-up in the aftermath of the 1966 Aberfan disaster. In this tragic incident 144 people, including 116 children, were killed when a mountain of coal waste crushed homes and a school in the small Welsh town. While the immediate aftermath was recently portrayed in The Crown S3, this play is set eight months after the disaster and depicts four bereaved mothers who meet with a Revlon makeup artist in the local pub one evening to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty – all while navigating how to cope with heart-breaking loss.

“Fortune’s Fool” by Fredrick Stroppel

Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group Inc.
23 Feb 2023 - 4 Mar 2023

Author: Fredrick Stroppel

Director: Audrey Farthing

Genre: Drama

Agent: Samuel French, Inc

Synopsis

The play, set in New York City and California. Is a light-hearted look at love and marriage in suburbia, which centres on betrothed couple Chuck and Gail, and their respective best friends Jay and Bonnie, who dislike each other so intensely that their eventual romance is all but preordained. Chuck is so smitten with Gail that he makes up stupid rhymes like “perfect life and perfect wife.” Jay on the other hand is less smitten with feminist, vegetarian, Bonnie. After their first meeting he remarks that he has experienced “…an overwhelming rush of instant contempt.” Things don’t always work out the way we expect and the twists and turns in these two relationships are definitely a unique look at the institution of marriage.

Two and Two Together

The Basin Theatre Group Inc.
23 Feb 2023 - 5 Mar 2023

Author: Derek Benfield

Director: Bob Bramble

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis

Rachel’s husband Victor never suspects that she is keeping an assignation with a young man in the house of her good friend Georgina.

Why should he? He has other things on his mind- in the shape of the said Georgina, who he is meeting secretly while her husband Henry, an actor, is safely occupied in the theatre.

But Henry returns home unexpectedly, and the two couples are forced into a riotous whirlwind of lies and misunderstandings…

Puffs

Beaumaris Theatre Inc.
10 Mar 2023 - 25 Mar 2023

Author: Matt Cox

Director: Kristina Doucouliagos & Dan Bellis

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 justbhappened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Puffs is not authorised, sanctioned, licenced or endorsed by J.K Rowling, Warner Brothers or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.

The Other Place

Torquay Theatre Troupe Inc.
16 Mar 2023 - 25 Mar 2023

Author: Sharr White

Director: John Bishop

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Just as Juliana Smithton’s research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.

Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

Essendon Theatre Co.
23 Mar 2023 - 1 Apr 2023

Author: Matt Cox

Director: Alexander Gibbs

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 just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Shoe-Horn Sonata

The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
23 Mar 2023 - 22 Apr 2023

Author: John Mistro

Director: Andrew Ferguson

Genre: Drama

Agent: An Amateur Production by Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French

Synopsis

In 1945 Sheila and Bridie were freed from a Japanese POW camp. Now after a halfcentury separation, the filming of a TV documentary
forces them to relive the past. Woven into their fifty years of
separation are a shoe-horn and the threads of loyalty and love which form their ‘uncommon bond’.

Things I Know To Be True

Frankston Theatre Group Inc.
24 Mar 2023 - 2 Apr 2023

Author: Andrew Bovell

Director: David Dodd

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

SYNOPSIS
Bob and Fran Price have loved each other for over thirty years. They have built a home and raised four strong children. At the end of it all, they are left asking: Was it worth it? Who are we, now that the children have gone?

Things I Know to be True is a funny and honest account of family life in the Australian suburbs. Over the course of one year, the four adult Price children struggle to establish their identities and deal with personal crises.

Bovell structures his play around a single year, and over its course each of the Price children hits a point of emotional rupture with their parents. Terrible words are said and entire life paths are questioned. Each one of the Prices must face the fact that (in Rosie’s words): ‘People aren’t perfect. Even the people you love. Especially the people you love.’

This classic play, written in 2016 , by Andrew Bovell (Lantana, The Secret River, When the Rain Stops Falling) is about growing up and moving on, even if you’re not ready to.

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