Independent Theatre

I HOPE ITS NOT RAINING IN LONDON @ PACT THEATRE

“Two people, trapped in a room. One is almost finished but the other is not yet ready. The other will be ready, but just not yet.”

In June/July this year, a team of six young artists will be touring from Newcastle to Tuggerah, Sydney and Melbourne! They will perform sixteen times at six different venues over the span of four weeks.

I HOPE IT’S NOT RAINING IN LONDON is a contemporary, hybrid-experimental theatre piece which sets out to explore our perceived realities and the effects of trauma. The production is directed by Riley McLean.

Young emerging artist, Nicholas Thoroughgood, has written a sophisticated short play, which places two strangers together in a mysterious room. Neither of them has knowledge of where they are currently existing and how they got there- and the newest to arrive has no memories whatsoever. Small boxes appear sporadically- containing objects which trigger memories for them both and gradually their significant life stories are remembered and painfully explored.

Playwright: Nicholas Thoroughgood
Producer/Director: Riley McLean
Stage Manager: Tyler Atcheson
Cast: Daniel Cottier, Cassie Hamilton, Nicholas Thoroughgoodand Zoe Walker.

The production contains strobe lights, loud noises and mature themes including language, violence, sex, assault and suicide. Suitable 14+

Tickets for I Hope it’s Not Raining in London are on sale at our Sydney Venue: PACT- Australia’s original centre for emerging and experimental art.

Early bird $30 tickets available until the end of the month!

The cast of four alternates leads each performance.

DATES

WED 26th JUNE: 7pm (CAST: Nicholas & Cassie), THURS 27th JUNE: 7pm (CAST: Nicholas & Daniel), FRI 28th JUNE: 7pm (CAST: Zoe & Daniel), SAT 29th JUNE: 2pm (CAST: Nicholas & Daniel), SAT 29th JUNE: 7pm (CAST: Zoe & Cassie) at Pact Theatre, Erskineville.

For more about I Hope it’s Not Raining in London, visit http://www.pact.net.au/
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SUICIDE, INCORPORATED : THE RETURN SEASON

Knock and Run Theatre is set to spark conversation about men’s mental health in the return season of their award-winning production “Suicide, Incorporated” in late March 2019. After an outstanding reception to the company’s first production of the dark comedy in 2016, Knock and Run are collaborating with Newcastle Theatre Company to re-stage the show as a part of their Indie Season, in hopes of reigniting the discussion about suicide prevention.

The play “Suicide, Incorporated”, by American playwright Andrew Hinteraker, follows Jason who lands a job at Legacy Letters, a company that specialises in writing suicide notes. Unbeknownst to his employer, Jason has a secret agenda to get their clients to reconsider taking their own lives, however he must do so without losing his job.

Cast members James Chapman, Phillip Ross, Carl Gregory and Cooper McDonald are all returning to their roles, with newcomer Ned Keogh entering the role of Tommy.

Director Patrick Campbell, who was nominated for a CONDA for his direction of the 2016 production, says “It’s been fantastic to reunite with the team on a play that’s very dear to all of us. A great opportunity to further develop the production, with four fifths of the original cast, and we’re excited to have Ned on board to bring a new life to that role.”

After the return Newcastle season, Knock andRun hope to tour the work around regional New South Wales. Producer James Chapman says “Suicide is a real problem in Australia, particularly in regional communities. It’s the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, and men and Indigenous people in particular are at a greater risk. We want this play to open up the conversation about mental health and reduce the stigma around getting help.”

Knock and Run’s first run of “Suicide, Incorporated” won Best Dramatic Production at the 2016 CONDA awards, and received nominations for Excellence by a Director (in Drama or Comedy) and Excellence in Lighting Design.

The return season of “Suicide, Incorporated” will mark Knock and Run Theatre’s sixth production, with more 2019 productions to be announced soon.

DATES FOR THE DIARY  
28th March 7pm, 29th March 7pm, 12pm 30th March, 8pm 30 March.

Tickets are $20 and available online via NTC’s website or at the Box Office.

For more about Suicide, Incorporated (Return Season), visit https://newcastletheatrecompany.com.au/
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RABBIT HOLE – GIVEAWAY TO THIS PULITZER WINNING PLAY

RABBIT HOLE by David Lindsay-Abaire, is a delicate and intimate work.   For Exit Game Productions, Christie Koppe directs this 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

RABBIT HOLE which tells the heart-breaking story of Becca and Howie Corbett who have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. RABBIT HOLE charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

RABBIT HOLE   from Exit Game Productions plays at Chippen Street Theatre April 18-27.  Tickets here.

With thanks to EXIT GAME PRODUCTIONS Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass giveaway for either Thu April 18 or Fri April 19.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with RABBIT_HOLE as the subject AND the performance you wish to attend. 

Competition closes Midnight on Friday March 22, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available at the Box Office on the night.

APPROPRIATION FROM FLEDGLING THEATRE COMPANY. GIVEAWAY.

Hamlet is dead. What next? APPROPRIATION, written by Paul Gilchrist, tells the imagined story of Fortinbras, a rash hothead who learns from his politically gifted wife when to wield a sword and when to weave a story. Raw, poetic and darkly funny, the performance is a surgical assault on how we use stories to establish power and gain prestige.

Fledgling Theatre Company are an international theatre company that explore raw and visceral new writing through a distinctly physical approach to theatre making. They are dedicated to creating theatre that excites and challenges audiences, utilising stage combat skills coupled with dynamic movement sequences to create confronting imagery. Since their inception in 2014, FTC have produced six new works including a UK tour, a critically acclaimed Edinburgh run, as well as residencies in London and Sydney. Continue reading APPROPRIATION FROM FLEDGLING THEATRE COMPANY. GIVEAWAY.

DELTA SIERRA JULIET – AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL MYSTERY ON STAGE. GIVEAWAY

Tim Walker starts in DELTA SIERRA JULIET

DELTA SIERRA JULIET, an original production which is based on true events surrounding the mysterious 1978 disappearance of Frederick Valentich.  The show features the use of headphones to create an intimate atmosphere for the audience.

A new Australian work, dealing with loss, grief and our obsession with the unknown. it was initially presented as part of the Director’s and Designer’s Graduating Productions at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.  The team for this revival is built of alumni and current students of the NIDA.

Delta Sierra Juliet [ Facebook Event] plays 107 Projects, Redfern March 14-16. Tickets here.

To celebrate the revival of this extraterrestrial production Sydney Arts Guide has 2 double pass giveaways for the evening of your choice.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with DELTA_SIERRA_JULIET as the subject AND the performance you wish to attend. 

Competition closes Midnight on Sunday March 3, 2019 when the winners will be drawn. Only the winners will be notified and the passes will be available at the Box Office on the night.

IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU

“I thought a lot about love. About how it can happen out of the blue, about how it can change everything when it does. How it can give direction when you feel lost.”, writes Irish playwright, John O’Donovan, about his first full-length play, ‘IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU’.  It is set in Ennis, County Clare, where he spent much of his childhood.

This beautifully written, feisty play is rich with humour and pathos. It was written in 2015 as the same sex marriage referendum was happening in Ireland, exploring the personal struggles, duality and insecurity of two men in love. The play defies stereotypes and takes us on a delightful rollercoaster.                             Continue reading IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU

BAR’D WORK : THE SHAKESBEER SESSIONS : MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The innovative company Bar’d Work will soon be going into selected pubs around Sydney performing Shakespeare’s classic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT THING.  Below is a list of venues and dates.  What will the show be like? Their website has a picture of Shakespeare with a beer in his hand. There is a note on the website – Shakespeare as he intended- drunk.  The implication is that one needs to be drunk to really enjoy Shakespeare. An interesting notion. Best leave your car at home if you decide to go and see this show.

DATES
Friday 22nd February : Forresters Hotel, Surry Hills Saturday 23rd February: The Shakey, Surry Hills Wednesday 27th February: The Bank Hotel, Newtown Friday 1st March: The Tudor Hotel, Redfern Thursday 7th March: The Carrington, Surry Hills Saturday 9th March: The Shakey, Surry Hills Sunday 17th March:The Oaks Hotel, Neutral Bay

For more about Bar’d Work – The Shakesbeer Sessions: Much Ado About Nothing, visit https://www.bardwork.com/
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COMING SOON : FACTORY SPACE THEATRE PRESENTS ‘A PECULIAR RIVER’

“A battle between mercy and justice set in a city of unlimited appetites. A fractured fairytale of the Duke, the deputy and the damsels in distress. When the Duke tries to clean up his realm, he finds that reality bites ”

Factory Space Theatre company presents “A Peculiar River” by Emma Willis.

Tickets available at www.trybooking.com/BAPEO
$35/$28 (Early bird ticket prices will apply)

March 8th – March 23rd.
Friday and Saturday shows – 7.30pm
Sunday Matinees at 2pm

Directed by Roz Riley
Photography by John Reeves
Production Manager: Lindsay Walton

Starring:
Rohin Thompson, Kurtis Wakefield, Lewis Scamozzi, Lisa Stewart, Tahlia Merlino, Diab Metry, Tivy Siripanich, Daniella Lavorenti and Zara Paternoster                           

DATES FOR THE DIARY
8/3/19, 9/3/19, 15/3/19, 16/3/19, 22/3/19 and 23/3/19 – 7.30pm. 10/3/19 and 17/3/19 – 2pm at the Star of The Sea Theatre, Manly

For more about A Peculiar River, visit
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WYNGARDE! A CELEBRATION + QUEEN BETTE. DOUBLE BILL. GIVEAWAY

G.bod Theatre & Old 505 Theatre Present:
WYNGARDE! A CELEBRATION + QUEEN BETTE. DOUBLE BILL .

With Garth Holcombe as Wyngarde! and Jeanette Cronin as Queen Bette.

Performed back-to-back, this double bill of one-person shows explores the lives of infamous British actor Peter Wyngarde and Hollywood icon Bette Davis. Continue reading WYNGARDE! A CELEBRATION + QUEEN BETTE. DOUBLE BILL. GIVEAWAY

METAMORPHOSIS : A NEW ADAPTATION : COMING SOON

Following Clock and Spiel Productions’ sell-out tour of The Screwtape Letters in 2016/17, and critically acclaimed production of Freud’s Last Session; the company returns with a new take on Kafka’s candid and cautionary tale.

The Samsa family have their ordinary, everyday lives turned upside down when their son Gregor wakes up transformed into a monstrous insect. Revulsion turns to resentment as they contemplate continuing to recognise Gregor as part of their family. A new adaptation of the iconic Kafka tale; Metamorphosis is going to be theatrical, terrifying and bizarrely comic. As the ordinary and everyday become unusual and hostile, what would it be like to be completely transformed and yet still desperately need to belong? Continue reading METAMORPHOSIS : A NEW ADAPTATION : COMING SOON

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25. PART OF OLD 505’S FRESHWORKS SEASON.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 is part of Old 505 Theatre’s FRESHWORKS season.

The new one-and-a-half woman show!  Stand-up comedian Becca Hurd is bringing her new one-woman-show to The Old 505 Theatre in Newtown. Featuring original music and an original story, THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 is hysterical and heartfelt play is written and performed by Becca Hurd.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 tells the story of Amory, who, despite her best instincts, reluctantly agrees to become the surrogate for her sister’s baby. But after her sister and brother in-law unexpectedly die in a car crash, Amory finds herself stuck, pregnant and on the other side of 25.

The production team behind THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 almost entirely made up of female-identifying artists, something that was very important to Becca Hurd. “I wanted to tell a female-centric story, that captured the humour and pressure of a woman in her twenties.

More than just a story about surrogacy, THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 examines the expectations placed on young women, exploring pregnancy, family dynamics, and what it means for a young woman to grow up. In an age where the ‘kidult’ is king, the play takes the audience on an uproarious journey through the experiences of a very feisty female.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 plays 5-9 February as part of Old 505 Theatre’s FRESHWORKS season.   Tickets here.