Featured photo – Ensemble Patrons Georgie Parker and Todd McKenney.
All photos by Ben Apfelbaum (c).
At a swish function held at the theatre, the Ensemble announced its 2018 season. The foyer was overflowing with both subscribers and theatre identities.
Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry unveiled details of the season and the theatre’s 60th birthday celebrations, with an opening song by Queenie Van De Zandt accompanied by Max Lambert from her cabaret BLUE – THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL.
Guests then enjoyed a Spanish themed after launch party in the downstairs Bailey restaurant with George Washingmachine’s trio playing in the background.
The 2018 Season includes four world premieres from Australian writers, a novel adaptation of a French play, four comedy classics, and two gripping international dramas from master playwrights.
Mark Kilmurry is directing five of the plays and there will be five guest directors; John Bell, Mitchell Butel, Susanna Dowling, Nadia Tass and Janine Watson. Theatre legend Reg Livermore will be performing his new one man show, The Widow Unplugged.
Other highlight 60th birthday events include a season of Pop Up Cabarets, featuring Mitchell Butel, Todd McKenney and Queenie Van De Zandt and a series of ‘Mornings with Sandra’- 11am matinee sessions featuring Australia’s longest serving Artistic Director , recounting some of the theatre’s history and highlights with Ensemble founding members , Lorraine Bayley and Reg Livermore together with acclaimed playwright David Williamson.