Manly Musical Society presents their gorgeous new production of Les Misérables, the world’s longest running musical. Featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time, this true modern classic musical is based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel, set in 19th-century France, the era of the Paris Student Uprising of 1832, the French Revolution. Follow the lifetime journey of parolee Jean Valjean, constantly chased by ruthless police inspector Javert.
Bold and innovative theatre, brand new Australian play, meeting the denizens of Sydney suburbia set in a shopping centre. Interesting charity fundraising message drama, about the different methodology between Volunteers and Non-Volunteers (un)successfully collecting donations for charities, and their questionable motives with rejection avoidance their only concern, whilst being constantly economical with the truth. You are made to wonder what kind of multi-national corporate black hole is being used to make disappear every year, all of the combined millions of dollars of charity donations. Continue reading HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND MAKE BANK DOING IT at LIMELIGHT ROOM, Limelight on Oxford
DITCH is Beth Steel’s brutal dystopian thought-provoking debut play from 2010, and now receives a splendid Australian Premiere at the boutique performance venue, Limelight on Oxford. Man-made climate apocalypse, gloom and doom as most of the United Kingdom is now underwater, together with the sheer stupidity of an impending global nuclear annihilation.
This play is a stark and lucid reminder of the possibilities, caused by any of the world’s governments failing to prevent global warming. Bleak unpleasant future, London is long gone, and Manchester’s draconian government remains strong, and Manchester Security Services are constantly sending their able-bodied men to die in Venezuela. Continue reading DITCH BY BETH STEEL @ LIMELIGHT ON OXFORD
Charles Schulz’s beloved PEANUTS comic strip, comes brilliantly alive on the stage, in Clark Gesner’s family-friendly Broadway musical comedy, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN. Explore one day in the life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang friends, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Linus, and Snoopy. Charles Schultz’s PEANUTS comic strips have delighted countless generations with their joyful innocence. Continue reading YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN – the musical
Sydney premiere. Starting at night on Jennifer and Bob Jones’s front porch, in a small mountain town, they meet and greet their brand new neighbours Pony and John Jones, who are now renting the house next door. Will Emo has carefully crafted a unique slow-burning and quite wistful play about two unrelated married couples absurdly both named Jones, who are getting to know each other, via highly eccentric and memorable Q and A.
Marriages under substantial stress, due to the constantly erratic but eclectic behaviour of both husbands. Praiseworthy direction by Julie Baz, and she has chosen an impeccable ensemble cast at the height of their craft, with each actor delivering earnest character-driven performances.
The two husbands, Bob Jones (Jeff Houston) and John Jones (David Jeffrey) are both dying, however they are keeping the exact same secret, that will be fully revealed in the Second Act. Discomfort easily generating laughter, their ever evolving back story, grows exponentially as multiple truths revealed.
John Jones displays assertive behaviour whilst delivering comedy immortal one-liners, with effective wordplay that sends the story forward in the most interesting and very entertaining ways, intentionally limiting and setting and respecting relationship boundaries. Continue reading THE REALISTIC JONESES @ LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Pompey Bum, who works for Mistress Overdone as a pimp, but disguises his profession by describing himself as a mere “tapster” (the equivalent of a modern bartender), avers to the imprisonment of Claudio and outrageously explains Claudio’s abhorrent sexual crime against a woman as “Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.”
“A PECULIAR RIVER” was beautifully adapted by Emma Willis, the author of the recent FSTC production of “An Unexpected Execution”. This dark comedy features a superb cast, and provides a fast paced and very entertaining night of live theatre, directed with style and panache by Roz Riley.
The source material for “A PECULIAR RIVER” is one of the very rarely performed problem plays as written by William Shakespeare, that is believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604, that for any audience, always needs to be adapted to make sense of the mess that is the raw script for MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
Claudio is arrested by Lord Angelo, who has been appointed by The Duke as the temporary leader of Vienna. Angelo is left in charge by The Duke, Vincentio, who deliberately pretends to leave Vienna. However The Duke has chosen to be a stalker by dressing-up as Friar Lodowick to observe the fresh intrigues and the machinations caused by his absence. The story unfolds concerning what will happen to Claudio. Continue reading A PECULIAR RIVER