Whatson Notices

2016 2017 2018
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Malvern Theatre Company Inc.

27-Oct-2017 to 11-Nov-2017

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Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty. Ltd.

Author: Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur

Director: Nicholas Opolski

Theatre: 29 Burke Road, East Malvern

Performances: Tuesday (except 31st October) to Saturday at 8:15 pm.
Matinees: Saturday 28th October and Sunday 5th November at 2:00 pm.
Gala Night: Saturday 4th November at 8:15 pm.

Prices: $22.00 (No Concessions).
Groups (10 or more): $20.00 per person.
Gala Night: $8.00 extra per person.

Bookings: 1300 131 552 or on line at www.malverntheatre.com.au

Company Email: home@malverntheatre.com.au

Company Website: http://www.malverntheatre.com.au

Synopsis: Oscar Jaffe is a domineering Broadway producer whose recent theatrical projects have failed miserably, sending him bankrupt. He is on the Twentieth Century – a train that goes between Chicago and New York. As luck would have it, also on board is Lily Garland, the chorus girl he transformed from a nobody into a Broadway star and who ran away to Hollywood where she became a movie star. If he can persuade her to do his next show he will be back on top. As Oscar tries to talk Lily into playing Mary Magdalene in his new theatrical project, pandemonium ensues among the trainload of eccentric characters.

Malvern Theatre Company Inc.

27-Oct-2017 to 11-Nov-2017


20th Century

Author: Ben Hecht & Charles MacArhtur, adapted by Ken Ludwig

Director: Nicholas Opolski

Company Email: home@malverntheatre.com.au

Company Website: http://www.malverntheatre.com.au

Torquay Theatre Troupe

06-Nov-2017 to 18-Nov-2017


When Dad Married Fury

Agent: Camerons Management

Author: David Williamson

Director: Michael Baker

Theatre: 16 Price St

Melways Reference: Map 506 A7

Performances: November 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00pm
November 12 matinee 2:00pm

Prices: Adult $23
Concession $20

Bookings: www.trybooking.com

Company Website: http://www.ttt.org.au/

Synopsis: When Alan arrives home with a new young wife his adult sons and their wives see their inheritance slipping away. But events take some unexpected turns.

Other Information: Enquiries 5261 6111

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Strathmore Theatre Arts Group

09-Nov-2017 to 19-Nov-2017


Charitable Intent and Face to Face (2 Plays from the Jack Manning Trilogy)

Agent: By special arrangement with The Cameron Creswell Agency Pty Ltd.

Author: David Williamson

Director: Roderick Chappel

Theatre: corner of Loeman and Napier Sts, Strathmore

Performances: 8pm Thurs to Sat
2pm Sun

Prices: $20 Full
$15 Concession

Bookings: www.stagtheatre.org 9382 6284

Company Email: stag_publicity@optusnet.com.au

Company Website: http://www.stagtheatre.org/

Synopsis: In the 1990s David Williamson, Australia’s best-known playwright, saw the dramatic potential of Community Conferencing—a process which
facilitates communication between people who are in serious interpersonal conflict or are dealing with anti-social behaviour. Williamson demonstrated the pow-er of Community Conferencing by translating it to the stage in his Jack Manning Trilogy.
These two short plays from the Trilogy explore very different cases of workplace conflict, with contrasting outcomes. Charitable Intent deals with a charity fund-raising company which has been undergoing disruptive organisational change. In Face to Face, a victim of workplace bullying has then been fired after vandalising his boss’s expensive car. In each intriguing situation there are unexpected developments, as secrets are revealed and human emotions and motivations come to the surface.

Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co.Inc.

09-Nov-2017 to 25-Nov-2017

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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Author: Richard Alfieri

Director: Alan Burrows

Theatre: 39-41 Castella Street, Lilydale.

Performances: Evening Shows: Curtain up @ 8:15pm (sherries from 7:45pm)
Matinees: Curtain up @ 2:15pm (sherries from 1:45pm)

Prices: Adults: $25 each
Concession: $23.00 each
Season Tickets: $80 per person (for 4 shows)

Bookings: 9735 1777

Company Email: a.t.c@bigpond.net.au

Company Website: http://lilydaleatc.com/

Synopsis: “Thoughtful, razor sharp, charming, funny and genuinely moving" (Hollywood Reporter). This play is a touching and human comedy about Lily, an aging but formidable retiree, who hires Michael, an acerbic dance instructor, to give her dance lessons in her condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Antagonism between a gay man and the wife of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot, and cha-cha while sharing barbs and intimacies along with the dance steps. During the sixth lesson, Lily reveals a closely guarded secret, and Michael shares his greatest gifts - loyalty and compassion. As Michael takes Lily in his arms on their final meeting, they transcend fear and mortality as the sun sets on their last dance. A poignant comedy with music and dance that will stay with you long after the final dance is over.

Other Information: Matinees:
Sunday 12 November
Saturday 18 November
Sunday 19 November

Brighton Theatre Co.

09-Nov-2017 to 25-Nov-2017

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The Return

Agent: the Yellow Agency

Author: Reg Cribb

Director: Deborah Fabbro

Theatre: Bayside Cultural Centre
Cnr Wilson and Carpenter Streets

Performances: 8.00 pm evening performance
2.15 pm matinee

Prices: $23.00; $21.00 concession

Bookings: 1300 752 126

Company Email: enquire@brightontheatreco.com

Company Website: http://www.brightontheatreco.com/

Synopsis: A thug and his junior partner in crime take a late night train from Perth to Fremantle, menacing passengers along the way. For an hour they own the train. Riding the uneasy line between comedy and terror, The Return is a tautly-written study in peer pressure, anxiety and suppressed violence in a social class which is often silenced. The main theme of the play is that of the ever-present violent element in society and the way in which it makes people look at the relative security and/or vulnerability of their own lives. Of course, The Return also deals with the other side to this coin; how the socially disenfranchised feel eternally on the outer of mainstream society. The themes of class resentment, homophobia, poverty and violence make this play a gripping experience that makes no effort to solve any of these problems; it simply provides a way of provoking an audience into thinking about these issues in the context of their own lives.

Cribb later adapted the play for the screen as Last Train to Freo.


Mooroolbark Theatre Group

10-Nov-2017 to 19-Nov-2017

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The Savage Dilemma

Agent: Dramatists Play Service INC.

Author: John Patrick

Director: Arline Myers

Theatre: Mooroolbark Community Centre
125 Brice Ave.
Mooroolbark, Vic

Performances: Evenings Nov 10, 11 16 17 18 Curtain up 8pm
Matinees Nov 12 & 19 Curtain up 2pm

Prices: Full $20.00
Concession $18.00

Bookings: (03) 97264282

Company Email: mooroolbark_theatre_group@optusnet.com.au

Company Website: http://www.mtg.org.au/

Synopsis: When to inept young thieves break into the Cloisters, an institution for those who have checked out of reality, they get more than they bargained for, including a person willing to be held for ransom to get a cut of the money.

Other Information: Table seating. BYO wine & nibbles.
Complimentary sherry on arrival and tea, coffee & cake at interval.

Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.

10-Nov-2017 to 25-Nov-2017

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Leading Ladies

Author: Ken Ludwig

Director: Tim Long

Theatre: Shirley Burke Theatre
64 Parkers Rd

Performances: Evenings: 8 pm
Matinees: Sunday 12, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November at 2.30 pm

Prices: Adults: $25.00
VIPs and concessions: $23.00
Groups (10 or more) and children $21.00

Bookings: 9587 5141 or online at www.mordialloctheatre.com

Company Email: mordialloctheatre@gmail.com

Company Website: http://www.mordialloctheatre.com

Synopsis: Set in the 1950s, LEADING LADIES focuses on two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find their careers in a rut.
They are currently performing SCENES FROM SHAKESPEARE on the Moose Lodge circuit of the Amish county in Pennsylvannia. When they hear that an old lady in York PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, the actors resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash.
Hilarity ensues when it turns out the relatives are actually nieces, not nephews. Things get even more complicated when Leo falls madly in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister.


The Basin Theatre Group

10-Nov-2017 to 02-Dec-2017

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Australia Day

Agent: David Spicer Productions

Author: Jonathan Biggins

Director: Angela Ellis

Theatre: The Basin Theatre
Doongalla & Simpsons Road
The Basin

Performances: 10th November to 2nd December

Prices: Adults: $27
Groups 10+: $22
*FUNDRAISING SPECIAL*: Your opportunity to purchase blocks of seats (minimum 10) for Thursday only performances, for your organisation to resell as a fundraiser: $17

Bookings: 1300 784 668 (between 7pm to 9pm)

Company Email: subscriptions@thebasintheatre.org.au

Company Website: http://www.thebasintheatre.org.au

Synopsis: A modern comedy set in a rural Australian town about the members of the Australia Day celebrations committee. Before they can get to the business of organizing the towns biggest party, they have to sort themselves out first!!

Eltham Little Theatre Inc.

16-Nov-2017 to 02-Dec-2017

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Murders in the Heir

Author: Billy St. John

Director: James Chappel and Phil Holmes

Theatre: 1603 Main Rd
Victoria 3095

Bookings: 0411 713 095

Company Email: elthamlittletheatre@gmail.com

Company Website: http://www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au

Synopsis: Turn the game Clue into a play and you have the masterfully entertaining Murder’s in the Heir! Almost every character in this hilarious mystery has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder. And it’s up to the audience to decide who actually did it! Each of the heirs to the tyrannical billionaire Simon Starkweather has the means and the motive to do away with him. Starkweather gathers his family and employees to announce the contents of his will. Predictably, the lights go out, and Simon is discovered murdered. Simon III is determined to find his grandfather’s killer, with the help of detective Mike Davis. The play’s unique ending, utilizing secret ballots gathered at intermission from the audience, determines the killer in this Billy St. John maze of murder.

Other Information: Table Seating : BYO drinks, food and sense of humour

Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.

16-Nov-2017 to 02-Dec-2017

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The 39 Steps

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Author: John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow

Director: Barbara Hughes

Theatre: 2 Albert Street Williamstown 3016

Melways Reference: 56 B7

Performances: Tuesdays - Saturdays 8.15 pm
Sundays 5.00 pm

Prices: $25/22

Bookings: 9885 9678 or www.wlt.org.au

Company Website: http://www.wlt.org.au/

Synopsis: Richard Hannay’s boring life is turned upside down when he meets beautiful spy, Annabelle Schmidt. When Annabelle is murdered, Richard finds himself being hunted by the mysterious organisation, The 39 Steps. Who are they? And what is their devilish secret? To find out, Hannay must travel to the Scottish Highlands, foil dastardly foreign agents, cross the moors (many times) and win over the girl.
Join the cast of hundreds (well, four actually – all we could afford) in this mad-cap whodunit based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film of John Buchan’s novel. We know that you’ll love it.


Peridot Theatre Inc.

17-Nov-2017 to 01-Dec-2017

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Bloody Murder

Agent: Origin Theatrical, exclusive agent of Dramatic Publishing Co of Woodstock, Illinois

Author: Ed Sala

Director: Dexter Bourke

Theatre: Unicorn Theatre, Mt Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Road, Mt Waverley 3149.

Melways Reference: 61 F11

Performances: November 17,18,22,23,24,25, Dec 1,2 at 8pm
November 19,25 at 2.15pm
November 26 at 4pm

Prices: $23/$27

Bookings: 9808 0770

Company Email: peridotboxoffice@yahoo.com.au

Company Website: http://www.peridot.com.au

Synopsis: A group of the usual British murder-mystery types gather at Lady Somerset’s country estate. Suddenly, one of them dies of poison! Well, of course. Oh, what fun! But why won’t her Ladyship summon the police? And why were they all invited there in the first place? Is this actually just another formulaic, all-too-predictable mystery story? Or is it something diabolically ... different? Audiences will be thoroughly entertained with this hilarious murder mystery.

Other Information: tickets@peridot.com.au

Heidelberg Theatre Co.

17-Nov-2017 to 02-Dec-2017

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Agent: Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Limited

Author: Willy Russell

Director: Bruce Akers

Theatre: 36 Turnham Ave.
VIC 3084

Melways Reference: 32A1

Performances: Weeknights and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays and final Saturday at 2:00 pm

Prices: $27.00 Adult
$24.00 Concession Card Holders and Members
$22.00 Groups of 10+

Bookings: www.htc.org.au OR (03)9457-4117

Company Email: htc@htc.org.au

Company Website: http://www.htc.org.au

Synopsis: Set in Liverpool, Blood Brothers is the captivating and moving tale of the Johnstone twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Written by Willy Russell of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine fame, this play is both funny and sad as it explores the differences and conflicts of the boys� upbringing, their relationship with each other, and with their real and adopted mothers.
�...it carries one along with it in almost unreserved enjoyment.� The Guardian.

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co.

17-Nov-2017 to 02-Dec-2017


The Butler did it

Agent: Origin Theatrical Australia on behalf of Samuel French New York

Author: Tim Kelly

Director: Jon Mamonski

Theatre: 15 Coronation Street
Geelong West 3218

Melways Reference: 401 C3

Performances: 7.30 pm Evenings
Matinees 2 pm ( 19th & 26th November)

Prices: Adults $30
Concession $28
Students $24

Bookings: GPAC 52291130

Company Email: geelong.repertory@gmail.com

Company Website: http://www.geelongrep.com/

Synopsis: Miss Maple, a dowager with a reputation for 'clever' weekend parties, invites a group of detective writers to eerie Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island where they are to impersonate their fictional characters. The hostess has arranged all sorts of amusing incidents: a mysterious voice on the radio, a menacing face at the window, a mad killer on the loose.
Who is that body in the wine cellar anyway?
Laughs collide with thrills and the climax is a real nail- biter as the true killer is unmasked and almost Rooney turns out to be everyone else!


Sherbrooke Theatre Co. Inc.

17-Nov-2017 to 02-Dec-2017

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The Odd Couple


Author: Neil Simon

Director: Michelle Swann

Theatre: 679 Doncaster Road Doncaster Vic 3108

Melways Reference: Map 47 E1

Performances: Nov 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, Dec 1, 2 at 8pm
Nov 19, 26 at 2pm

Prices: Adults $28
Concession $25
Groups of 10 or more $24 each

Bookings: 1300 650 209

Company Email: birdtony50@gmail.com

Company Website: http://www.sherbrooketc.org.au/

Synopsis: Divorced from his wife, Oscar lives in the cheerful chaos his carefree nature thrives on. Into the midst of his smoke-laden, beer-sodden weekly poker session, comes Felix, newly separated from his wife and, so he says, suicidal. At Oscar's invitation Felix moves in, and is soon finding comfort in performing, with the same thoroughness which lost him his wife, the cooking, cleaning, polishing and laundry until Oscar is almost reduced, by continuous nagging, to a nervous wreck.

Frankston Theatre Group Inc.

17-Nov-2017 to 03-Dec-2017

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Caught In The Net

Agent: Origin Theatricals

Author: Ray Cooney

Director: Roy Thompson

Theatre: Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza
Vic 3930

Performances: Fridays & Saturdays 8.00pm
Sunday matinees 2.00pm

Prices: Full $28
Con $26
Children $15

Bookings: 1300 665 377

Company Email: secretary@frankstontheatregroup.org.au

Company Website: http://www.frankstontheatregroup.org.au

Synopsis: This is the sequel to ' Run For Your Wife ' and finds our bigamist taxi driver, John Smith, still keeping both families happy and blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children, one form each marriage, one boy one girl have met online !!!
It soon dawns on John this is a catastrophe in the making !
The ever spiralling situation gets increasingly out-of-hand as John busts a gut to juggle with the truth.

Other Information: This is cabaret seating, BYO drinks & nibbles.

Complimentary sherry& tea and coffee.