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GENESIAN THEATRE COMPANY REOPENS ITS DOORS WITH A SHERLOCK HOLMES

The Genesian Theatre Company is reopening its doors with ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Death on Thor Bridge’ by Arthur Conan Doyle in a fresh adaptation by Sandra Bass.

Sherlock Holmes has grown weary. A bizarre series of shootings using antique firearms is taking place amid a drug war in London’s East End, but Scotland Yard insists it has investigations under control. This leaves Holmes slumped deep in boredom and without a case to challenge his formidable powers of deduction. Enter Grace Dunbar, an intelligent and independently minded governess, who is chief suspect for the murder of her employer’s volatile and passionate Brazilian wife.

The facts point to a crime of passion, but as we go deeper into the story, other suspects emerge. Was it the super-wealthy Mr Gibson who murdered his wife? Was it the housekeeper, who has been keeping her double-life under lock and key? Was it the young maid from a troubled family? Continue reading GENESIAN THEATRE COMPANY REOPENS ITS DOORS WITH A SHERLOCK HOLMES

WHAT SANTA DOES OTHER DAYS OF THE YEAR : NEWS FROM NUMBER 1 NORTH POLE

Roger Gimblett’s play is a lot of fun and a good family show in time for the festive season.

Walking into the theatre to collect the tickets everyone was in good spirits- Christmas decorations were up and the bar staff were wearing reindeer antlers and serving champagne.

WHAT SANTA DOES OTHER DAYS OF THE YEAR started with Alf the Elf played by a very energetic Puck like Tristan Black doing a bit of a comic spot.  His face appeared from out of the curtain and then he came out and started complaining about the guy in the bio box not lighting him properly. It was the start of a host of jokes including : ‘you behave and raise the curtains or it will be curtains for you’ and ‘the lighting man only took the job because it was light work’.  (Before moving on, just a note to say that Act 2 started in a similar vein with some byplay by Alf the Elf).

Alf the Elf went on to introduce all the characters taking part in the play. There was of-course Santa Claus played by a  endearing Doug Rumble. We find out what Santa does the other days of the year – prepare of-course. Get the presents ready. Reply to mail. Spend time with the family. All from his home at Number 1 North Pole. Garry Bates’ set of Santa’s living room was nicely laid out with including of-course a Christmas Tree, sofa and chairs, mailbox, a fireplace with a stocking hanging out and a stable door for the reindeer. Continue reading WHAT SANTA DOES OTHER DAYS OF THE YEAR : NEWS FROM NUMBER 1 NORTH POLE

VICKI FROM LANE COVE THEATRE CO

Production photos: Dawn Pugh

VICKI is playing a short season at Lane Cove Theatre Company.  It’s a new work, a musical, home grown and it’s great fun as only community theatre can be.  As I left the hall tonight I was hearing people who had enjoyed themselves, chatting about the show and even beginning the conversation about some of the ideas that the production had thrown their way.  No wonder either, because that last song, a reprise, with the four cast members singing together is a ripper and a great way to finish the night.  Continue reading VICKI FROM LANE COVE THEATRE CO

HOTEL SORRENTO

Sarah Purdue as Hilary, Melanie Robinson as Meg, and Gemma Munro as Pippa as the three sisters in Hannie Rayson's HOTEL SORRENTO. Pic Mark Banks
Sarah Purdue as Hilary, Melanie Robinson as Meg, and Gemma Munro as Pippa as the three sisters in Hannie Rayson’s HOTEL SORRENTO. Pic Mark Banks

‘Melancholy’ is the title of Meg’s autobiographical novel that has brought her fame and a tilt at the Booker Prize, and which sets the sparks flying within her family in leading Australian playwright Hannie Rayson’s 1990 play, HOTEL SORRENTO. It is also a good word to describe the tone of Rayson’s play which has a Chekhovian feel to it, that deep sense of time passing, and the inevitability of the winds of change sweeping away everything in its path.

HOTEL SORRENTO charts an emotional reunion between two sisters, Meg (Melanie Robertson) and Pippa (Gemma Munro) who have been living overseas, Meg in London, Pippa in New York, and their elder sister, Hilary (Sarah Purdue) who has been the carer of their frail father, Wal (Barry Moray) and is also the mother of a sweet ten year old boy, Troy (Oliver Beard). The reunion is held at the family home in the pretty, sleepy Victorian seaside town of Sorrento situated on the Mornington Peninsula.

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