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A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Alan Ayckbourn’s A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL is a play within a play, a dark and intricate comedy, concerned with the Pendon’s Amateur Dramatics Society, situated in a smallish British town.

The actors life off stage is filled with  clever political and business intrigue as well as sexual shenanigans and resultant jealousy.

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SISTER CITIES BY COLETTE FREEMAN @ THE STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

 

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This delightful black comedy concerns four very different dysfunctional step-sisters who have returned home to mourn their mother’s successful suicide.

Their mother caused these four estranged step-sisters to have quirky and completely different lives, smart females each as different as the cities for which they were named. Life is complicated and having a close-knit family is so important, but they have learnt to disagree about everything, making each woman very memorable, long after the play ends.

Deftly directed with vision nuance and care, director Roz Riley, has applied her unique paradigm to choosing a solid and compelling ensemble cast of five superb actors, each pitch perfect for their role, for this powerful and emotional play. Each sister presents as an authentic articulate individual with fascinating and realistic back-stories. The mother’s personal life choices are nothing short of shocking. Continue reading SISTER CITIES BY COLETTE FREEMAN @ THE STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHORUS LINE @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Chorus LineThis is  a pure entertainment experience first seen in 1975, and coming from that time when the Broadway musical scene was in full unrivaled glory,

Be taken on a life affirming, two hour emotional roller coaster ride delivered in song and dance. A CHORUS LINE the entire cast delivers emotionally charged performances, and triumphantly delivers the ultimate expression, of what all musicals need to be.

Conceived by Michael Bennett, dancers try out for a new musical, before a very demanding director. Based on stories from real Broadway dancers, as remembered by fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett. Book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, is still very fresh and marvellously creative, with its dancer audition line-up of twenty-six unique individuals. Full of life characters, with true-to-life back stories. Continue reading MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHORUS LINE @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

FACTORY SPACE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

 

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The Factory Space Theatre Company’s new production at their home venue in Manly, the Star of The Sea theatre, is EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN by Edward Albee.

EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN (1967) is Albee’s adaptation  of Giles Cooper’s play (1962) and premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on 16 November 1967.

Roz Riley’s production  featured a huge, well chosen cast and was carefully directed by Factory Space’s Artistic Director. Continue reading FACTORY SPACE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS EVITA @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

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Keira Connelly gives a stellar performance in the lead role. Production photography by Jim Muir.

Manly Musical Society is currently presenting the evergreen musical EVITA charting the extraordinary journey of Eva Peron (Keira Connelly) from the slums, heading to the top of society, until she becomes the most powerful woman in Argentina.

Director Carl Olsen, has brought the world of the play vividly to life, and we follow everything that happened to Eva up until her untimely death in 1952 including her extensive charity work and her passionate romances, most famously with President Peron (Neville Bereyne)

In this excellent revival every member of the ensemble was in great voice. Costumes, choreography and the minimalist and very flexible set added to the experience.

After interval, Eva’s costumes were truly magnificent. A guilty pleasure was the wonderful quality of the presentation of the many love songs and ensemble pieces.

 Duration 120 minutes with one interval.

Remaining performances are:-

Thursday 26 November  at 7.30pm
Friday 27 November  at 7.30pm
Saturday 28 November at 2.00pm
Sunday 28 November at 7.30pm

Official website:-

http://www.manlymusicalsociety.com/

Venue:-

The Star of the Sea Theatre
52 Eurobin Avenue,
corner Iluka & Collingwood Avenue
Manly, NSW

MATILDA WALTZ @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

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The Factory Space Theatre Company is currently presenting THE MATILDA WALTZ, written and directed by Deborah Mulhall. The play premiered in a very abbreviated form at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2014.

The play spans 100 years of Australian history through the eyes of five generations of Australian women, each woman being the daughter of the woman before.

THE MATILDA WALTZ begins in Sydney in 1894, where we meet siblings Vera and Ida Templeton, their lawyer Mr. Andrew (Banjo) Paterson and the charming rogue, Horrie. We follow the Templeton family tree, through the First World War and the Second World War and onto the Vietnam War. We visit France, New York, Sydney, Queensland and outback NSW with clever locations changes, made with the change of a street sign. Continue reading MATILDA WALTZ @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE

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MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE directed by Roz Riley, is a fresh new collection of short plays on these popular themes by a talented group of writers including Sky Yeager, Alex Broun, Emma Watson, Geneieve Mortiss, Micah Joel, Julia Lewis, Pete Malicki, James Hazelden and this year’s competition winner, Therese Cloonan’s Number 141.

A strong ensemble cast brings these vignettes alive including Karoline Rose O’Sullivan, Leon Kowalski, James Belfrage, Sandra Bass, Rhianne Evelyn-Ross, Neil Modra, Elly Hiraani Clapin, Robyn Makhoul, Katharine Marie Robertson, Rob White and Amanda Jermyn. Refreshingly different night out on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which will keep you talking for many hours afterwards.

All the pieces are linked by the Presiding Angel (Zephon), who takes over the beautiful body of a suicide victim, and then arrives back on earth, to find out how humans manage their lives of free will, with all the bittersweet consequences and all the existential angst that comes with it.

My pick of the plays was Diabolical written by James Hazelden as directed by Alison Albany, which had an very unusual take on what happens when you use public transport on a night out,  still with one unanswered question about the wife.

A Factory Space Theatre Company production,  MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE is playing at the Star of the Sea Theatre, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly, (located in the grounds of the Stella Maris College) until Saturday 18th October 2014.