2021 Season

February

Summer Of The Aliens by Louis Nowra

 

Directed by Stacey Carmichael

 

The year is 1962 and the world is worrying about the Cuban missile crisis, except for Lewis, a youth on the cusp of manhood, growing up in a Melbourne housing commission suburb. He is preoccupied with flying saucers, much to the disgust of his friend Brian who can think only of losing his virginity. The play centres on relationships, especially the relationship between 14 year-old Lewis and 14 year-old Dulcie. It is through Dulcie that Lewis begins to understand that the struggle to be adult is the struggle to understand the world around him. A vivid and amusing evocation 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!

 

Performance rights for SUMMER OF THE ALIENS exclusively licenced by HLA Management Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 1536, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 (hla@hlamgt.com.au)

2022 Season

March

The Weekend by Michael Palin

 

Directed by Ben Crowley

Faced with a family gathering, world-weary Stephen Feeble does his utmost to be difficult. When his daughter, her dreary husband Alan, their precocious child and - not least - the dog come to stay for the weekend it's enough to make him reach

for the whisky, and for the sarcasm. The climax arrives on Saturday night when his patient wife Virginia has laid on a dinner party and the chiropodist comes too. The Weekend, by Monty Python’s Michael Palin, was written in 1994 and premiered on the

West End in the same year.  Michael Palin’s first stage play is a look at family values which is not only very funny but also has its darker side. 

An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

April/May

Extremities by William Mastrosimone

 

Directed by Debbie Fraser

Extremities contains the seeds of all the things that interest me as a writer – politics, ethics and morals and psychology. A woman alone, a man enters, the play begins. From the very first, we see a contagion of violence pass from Raul, to Marjorie, to Terry, to Patricia. It grows in the language and in the action like a germ culture. The monster in all of us is just under the skin. Scratch the skin deep enough and it come leaping out full blown. In order to survive Raul, Marjorie has to become like Raul. To do that is to lose herself. The victim and victimizer, the cager and the caged, form each other. Thus the psychological play leads to the moral play – How does one deal with evil without becoming evil oneself? Marjorie has a choice - to act or not to act.

An Amateur Production by Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical On Behalf of Samuel French A Concord Theatricals Company.

July

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by James Goss & Arvind Ethan David. Based on the novel by Douglas Adams.

 

Directed by Xavier McGettigan

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. 

An Amateur Production by Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical On Behalf of Samuel French A Concord Theatricals Company.

September

Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute

 

Directed by Georgia Chara

Your career as a writer is blossoming, your beautiful, young fiancee is waiting to get married and rush off to Cancun by

your side—so what is your natural reaction? Well, if you're a man, it's probably to get nervous and start calling up old girlfriends. And so begins a single man's odyssey through four hotel rooms as he flies across the country in search of the perfect woman (that he's already broken up with).  By turn humorous and serious, this portrait of the artist as a young seducer casts a truthful, hilarious light on a typical young American male as he wanders through the heart of darkness that is himself. 

An Amateur Production by Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical On Behalf of Samuel French A Concord Theatricals Company.

Nov/Dec

The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan

 

Directed by Kelly Clifford

The original cast and production team are thrilled to return in this 10th anniversary production of the award-winning and

sell-out Rep season of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, The 39 Steps! This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache

as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

Wonderfully inventive, this gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. See what the New York Post calls “the funniest show on Broadway!”

An Amateur Production by Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical On Behalf of Samuel French A Concord Theatricals Company.

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