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David Spicer at Bondi Beach

Stage Whispers Magazine is excited to announce that it has saved the Book Nook Performing  Arts Bookshop from closure and re-launched the business on http://www.booknook.com.au

Founded more than 35 years ago, Book Nook was about to close due to COVID-19 earlier  this year, when Stage Whispers moved to rescue its collection from a fire sale. 

Book Nook is a one-stop supermarket for performing arts books from publishers  worldwide.

The new website divides the collection of 2000 publications into categories including Acting  and Auditions, Drama Teaching Resources, Plays, Stagecraft, Biographies, Musical Theatre, Music, Dance and Opera, Theatre History and Practice, On-Special, New Releases and more. 

To celebrate the launch of the new merged businesses 15% of all sales will go to the Alliance of Australasian Performing Arts Benevolent Funds until Sept 30.  

Customers of Book Nook will also receive bonus subscription to Stage Whispers print or  on-line. 

The co-owner of Stage Whispers Magazine David Spicer said, “Book Nook has been a  remarkable resource for drama teachers and students over the years and its disappearance would have left a big gap in the market.” 

“One of the goals of our magazine has been as a resource for people putting on a musical or  play, so Book Nook is a natural fit for us.” 

The editor and co-owner of Stage Whispers Neil Litchfield said, “many years ago in my  previous life as a Drama teacher, I regularly purchased the latest teaching resources from the  Book Nook desk which was a feature at conferences.” 

Stage Whispers magazine is looking forward to expanding the variety of books and resources  available on the website, so it appeals to theatre doers and theatre goers. 

“Like many in the arts industry we have had to pivot during this extraordinary time to stay  afloat and diversifying into a related industry is our way of keeping the ghost light on,” said  Mr Spicer. 

“We are still continuing to (heroically) publish a magazine in print – thanks to the hard work  of our team of contributors from across Australia and assistance we have received from  various levels of Government.”




Tony Laumberg

Tony Laumberg is a passionate man. He is passionate about the law – having been in practice almost forty years. He is passionate about his golf game- he plays twice every week and is keen to get his handicap down. And he is passionate about his writing. He has written some 13 plays, mostly with a legal bent, and he has produced everyone of them himself.

His plays drew the attention of producer and theatrical agent David Spicer who put Tony Laumberg on his books. This led to a Tasmanian Theatre Company, the Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society,  getting in touch with David last year to get permission to put  on his play ‘Bondi Legal’.

For the first time Tony wasn’t the producer. Tony was used to being in total control of every aspect of the production. The Company invited him down, paying for his flight and accommodation,  to see the play which was performed for five weeks.  Tony was very happy with the production which he saw two times. He was very impressed with the way the play actually took place in a court room. Continue reading A PROFILE : LAWYER AND PLAYWRIGHT TONY LAUMBERG