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28 Jan 2021 - 27 Feb 2022
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Psycho Beach Party

Essendon Theatre Co.
18 Mar 2021 - 27 Mar 2021

VDL Awards Entry: 2021

Author: Charles Busch

Director: Christopher Hill

Genre: Comedy

Agent: Origin Theatrical on Behalf of Samuel French LTD

Synopsis

Surf’s up, and murder’s afoot, as “Psycho Beach Party” mashes up ’50s psychodramas, ’60s surfer films and ’80s slasher horror flicks into a truly madcap comedy. Think Gidget meet’s Mommie Dearest! It’s 1962 and teenage tomboy Chicklet Forrest desperately wants to be a part of the surfer crowd on Malibu Beach. The one thing getting in her way, however, is her unfortunate tendency towards multiple personalities … and her most dangerous alter ego — voracious vixen Ann Bowman — has nothing less than world domination on her mind! Hilarity ensues as mischief, madness and the passionate pursuit of the perfect wave come crashing over the heads of the audience as beach blankets and Hitchcockian psychological suspense thrillers are tossed around in this rollicking, zany comedy.

Flipside

Brighton Theatre Co.
9 Apr 2021 - 24 Apr 2021

Author: Ken Duncum

Director: David Collins

Genre: Drama

Agent: Playmarket.org.nz

Synopsis

Based on a true story, four men are sailing to Tonga when their boat overturns in a storm and they spend the next 119 days adrift. Flipside tells the story of what the men went through and then what happened after.

Their survival story is told as a flashback throughout the play. The present day features two of the former ‘shipmates’, as one keeps a bedside vigil to the other who is dying. There are elements of this journey between the two of them that echo what they endured with the others on the boat.

Over the course of the show, the four men confront the elements, each other, and themselves.

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight

Eltham Little Theatre Inc.
16 Apr 2021 - 1 May 2021

Author: Peter Colley

Director: Jane Carter

Genre: Drama

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

Synopsis

Gothic thriller with a splash of comedy in between the screams of terror!
Jan has recently had a nervous breakdown, and her husband Greg, an archaeologist, has rented an old farmhouse in the country where she can recover. The old farmhouse is near an archaeological dig where he can continue his studies. When George, the hilarious farmer they rent the house from, tells stories about a terrible murder that once took place in the farmhouse and the ghost that reputedly stalks the night, Jan’s imagination gets fired up. The situation gets even worse when Laura, Greg’s beautiful but manipulative sister arrives. Soon Jan finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night, and visions of the vengeful ghost. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad? When she tries to defend herself from this apparition, events take an unexpected turn in a night of unimaginable suspense.

Looped

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
16 Apr 2021 - 1 May 2021

Author: Matthew Lombardo

Director: Geoff Gaskill

Genre: Comedy

Agent: BROADWAY PLAY PUBLISHING INC 148 W 80th St NY, NY 10024

Synopsis

Looped depicts an actual 1965 recording session in which an intoxicated Tallulah Bankhead required eight hours to dub a single line from her final movie Die! Die! My Darling! while antagonizing the film editor assigned to the job..
“Matthew Lombardo’s riveting new play is as funny as it gets in theatre! … A seductive, funny and frequently moving piece.” —The Hollywood Reporter

Things I Know to be True

Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
23 Apr 2021 - 8 May 2021

Author: Andrew Bovell

Director: Geoff Arnold

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

Bob and Fran Price have loved each other for 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 new classic play 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.

Mamma Mia!

Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Co. Inc.
7 May 2021 - 23 May 2021

Director: John Lewis

Genre: Musical

Agent: Hal Leonard Australia

Synopsis

Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.

Death of a Salesman

Essendon Theatre Co.
17 Jun 2021 - 26 Jun 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.

Ladies in Retirement

Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
18 Jun 2021 - 3 Jul 2021

Author: Edward Percy & 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.

Tuesdays with Morrie

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
25 Jun 2021 - 10 Jul 2021

Author: Mitch Albom & Jeffrey Hatcher

Director: Greg Shawcross

Genre: Drama

Agent: By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc New York.

Synopsis

Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Peridot Season of One Act Plays

Peridot Theatre Inc.
7 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021

Author: "Anna By Lamplight" Author: Alison Knight; "Cycle" Author: Natalie Burns; "Catfish Jumping" Author: Greg Roberts.

Director: "Anna By Lamplight" Director: Jane Carter; "Cycle" Director: Natalie Burns; "Catfish Jumping" Director: Anna Ruth Laird.

Agent: By arrangement with the authors

Synopsis

“Anna By Lamplight”
Berlin, November 1938,two days after Kristallnacht. A dangerous time to be a Jew. But who presents the greater danger to Anna:the Nazis or her abusive husband Max? And who is the stranger lurking under the Lamplight.

“Cycle”
The laundromat is a sanctuary, an escape from the outside world, a welcomed mundane. A place to disconnect from your daily life as you focus in on the hum of the wash and the tumble of the dry. Until a stranger enters that safe haven ¦and begins to ask questions and takes it upon themselves to break the cycle.

“Catfish Jumping”
A whodunnit with a twist! Our two detectives have their work cut out in this murder mystery. Is it the fact they missed a clue? Is it a fact they don’t have a clue? Everyone is a suspect including the catfish!

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