All posts by Esta Stearnes

Trained as improvisation actor with Lyndal Rowe (MTC) 1968 involved with Melbourne Theatre Co training with Malcolm Robert- son, John Bell, Jennifer Claire, Helmut Baikatis, Alan Hopgood, Maggie Millar, Graeme Blundell , Lyndell Rowe, Peter Hepworth, & others. Assistant to Kristian Fredrikssen, costume & Set Design MTC Lennox St Richmond. 1969-1970 St Martins Theatre South Yarra. Viaduct Theatre Club South Yarra 1978-1986 BA & MA Uni of NSW 1995-1997 Worked as Researcher, Producer, & Interviewer with Shoah Foundation - Universal Studios L.A. Project established & funded by Steven Spielberg after 'Schlindler's List' To Record as much Eye-witness Testimony of Survivors as possible. Have a love of the magic of Theatre.

DYLAN THOMAS’ ‘UNDER MILKWOOD’ @ GENESIAN THEATRE

Production photography by Chris Butel.

In their impressive opening night of UNDER MILKWOOD by Dylan Thomas,  the Genesian thespians have intrigued and entertained their audience once again.

This was a wonderful stage adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s radio drama from 1954. Director Yularia Rogers and Assistant Director Michael Heming bring to life in miniature the  goings-on in everyday life in a close-knit, but cliquey Welsh fishing village, in which Thomas with his wry wit  dubbed ‘Liareggub’ – where bugger all (the spelling backwards) happens!

Even before the performance,  in the tiny Genesian foyer, we have an ocean tang of the nautical  events set to unfold on the stage.  Under the opaque lamps,  glass mooring  buoys are strung.

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WYONG DRAMA GROUP PRESENTS THREE PETER KOCAN ONE ACT PLAYS @ THE WYONG GROVE THEATRE

Award winning Australian poet, novelist and playwright Dr Peter Kocan
Award winning Australian poet, novelist and playwright Peter Kocan

Wyong Drama Group (WDG) recently presented an Australian One-Act Play TRIPLE BILL written by the remarkable playwright and author Peter Kocan.

Kocan is a lifetime member of the Company and has for many years challenged and entertained local audiences with his work both as a performer and as a playwright. Continue reading WYONG DRAMA GROUP PRESENTS THREE PETER KOCAN ONE ACT PLAYS @ THE WYONG GROVE THEATRE

The Cemetery Club @ The Wyong Grove Theatre

Cem Club- featured

Whilst we are fortunate enough to be in a loving couple relationship we try to avoid thinking about what life would be like if we lost our trusted companion and lover. That is, losing not only a husband  but a life partner and trying to make a difficult or emotionally fraught transition to being a widow?  In the program notes Margaret Holdom, who plays the widow Ida, wrote a poignant tribute to her late husband Peter.

THE CEMETERY CLUB  written by New Yorker Ivan Menchell examines the way society is centred around coupledom and flounders around the advent of widowhood.  With Menchell’s play Ron Baker has taken on a challenging brief, and has excelled right down to the finer details of the script.

In his program note, Baker acknowledges the depth of research undertaken by every member of the cast to  authentically  recreate the New York characters. Continue reading The Cemetery Club @ The Wyong Grove Theatre