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THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH : BLACK COMEDY AT ITS BEST

Featured image – Warren Ekermans as Bill, Brian May as Tom, and Michael Curnick as Bert

During the rough and tumble of childhood, most of us can recall a responsible adult saying something along the lines of “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” Usually this ends in a scratch or two, or maybe a bruise. But in the Sutherland Theatre Company’s latest production, the consequences of an innocent rough and tumble between a married couple results in something a lot more serious – and hilarity ensues.

Tom and Annabel are a reasonably happy married couple. One evening they have an argument as to who loves the other most. A rough and tumble follows, and Tom discovers to his horror that Annabel is dead.

So starts a hectic evening of black farce which also involves Tom’s policeman friend and his literary agent. It seems no woman can enter the house without rapidly becoming deceased. Annabel’s mother and Tom’s appalling landlady follow and disposal of bodies becomes an acute problem. The arrival of a grim police inspector complicates matters until a further corpse involves him too. The hysterical ending finds the stage littered with female corpses, frantic males and a potential fifth victim banging on the door. Continue reading THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH : BLACK COMEDY AT ITS BEST

SUTHERLAND THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘A GOOD MAN’ @ THE SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. With death comes a funeral, and The Sutherland Theatre Company’s upcoming production of the entertaining play A GOOD MAN shows what can happen when an everyday funeral goes horribly, hilariously wrong.

Written by American playwright Frederick Stroppel, A GOOD MAN opens on a hot summer day at The Good Shepherd Funeral Parlour, where funeral director Martin Lamb (played by Tony Girdler) is presiding over the wake of the late Walter Porteus. His dream of the perfect wake is undermined by his son Jimmy (Nathan Steel), whose interests are more romantic than funereal, and by the scheming Porteus family members who are already clashing over the will.

To further complicate the situation, the air-conditioning breaks down and the wrong body turns up in the casket, then a mysterious mourner turns up and a valuable piece of jewellery disappears. When the air-conditioning repairman pulls a gun and decides to hold them all hostage, things start to get really interesting.

Director Colleen Boyle has a wealth of experience directing comedies, and was attracted to the wonderful brand of black humour which is prominent in this show.

“The cast have perfectly captured the mood and are creating a zany, manic atmosphere at every rehearsal. We are lucky to have many experienced actors who are well versed in this style of play and know how to handle a farce. It’s also exciting to work with the younger performers, who are learning from the old pros and bringing a fresh angle to the production.”

Boyle can’t wait for audiences to see this amusing production.

“Old and young will love this play and will enjoy the chance to relax, laugh and forget their worries. And you can’t help feeling good about yourself when you see the absolutely appalling ways in which these crazy characters behave. Sit back and enjoy the hilarity!”

A GOOD MAN  features a cast of experienced local performers including Nathan Steel, Tony Girdler, Christiane Brawley, Brian May, Sean Bermingham, Pauline Gardner, Laura Bailey Sarah Loxley, and David Delaney.

The show will play the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from July 28 till August 6.

Tickets can be booked online via Try Booking- http://bit.ly/stcagoodman or by calling 9150 7574.

DATES
Dates: Friday 28 July @ 8pm, Saturday 29 July @ 2pm, Sunday 30 July @ 2pm, Thursday 3 August @ 8pm, Friday 4 August @ 8pm, Saturday 5 August @ 8pm, Sunday 6 August @ 2pm

For more about A Good Man, visit http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au/page2.htm
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HEATHERS THE MUSICAL @ SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

 

Production photography by Grant Lesley.

This was an unremittingly dark as well as entertaining  musical with Emma Taviani delivering a nuanced and compelling performance as Veronica Sawyer. As many will know this musical is based on the cult 1988 Hollywood movie Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Continue reading HEATHERS THE MUSICAL @ SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

THE WOMAN IN BLACK @ SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF ARTS

Do you believe in ghosts?

Regardless of your opinions on the paranormal, you’ll be glancing over your shoulder as you leave the theatre after The Sutherland Theatre Company’s upcoming production of the classic ghost story THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Based on Susan Hill’s gothic horror novel of the same name, The Woman in Black is a gripping ghost story set in a dusty old theatre.

Arthur Kipps, a middle-aged solicitor, engages the services of a professional actor to help him re-enact a ghostly event that he experienced many years before at a deceased client’s old manor house in the English countryside. From the cluttered stage, Kipps begins to read his story: painfully, self-consciously and hesitantly at first, but gradually increasing in confidence.

The actor is enthusiastic and passionate, taking on the role of a young Kipps for the purpose of the performance. But as the two men delve deeper into the spine-chilling events that befell Kipps during his time at Eel Marsh House, the actor gradually realises that not all ghost stories are works of fiction.

In his second show with The Sutherland Theatre Company, Anthony White will play the reluctant storyteller Arthur Kipps.

Dirk Strachan-Thornton is to play the self-assured actor whom he hires to help bring his story to the stage.

Mallatratt’s adaption has been seen by millions of people worldwide and has been running on the West End for 27 years.

Director Belinda Balhatchet was drawn to the play’s use of simple theatrical techniques, rather than a detailed set, to bring the story to life.

“Nowadays, big budget productions can create almost anything on stage. Audiences don’t have to use their imagination as much as they used to because everything is created before them through lavish sets and huge casts. This show is the complete opposite. With a cast of two and an incredibly simple set, The Woman in Black relies on the talent of the cast and the imagination of the audience to create an atmosphere of tension and horror.”

Belinda knew that the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts was the perfect venue for the show.

“The School of Arts is a relatively small theatre in an old building. It fits the theme of the show perfectly, and the small size of the theatre puts the audience right in the middle of the action.”

THE WOMAN IN BLACK will be playing for a strictly limited season at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from May 26-28. Performance times are Friday 26 May @ 8pm, Saturday 27 May @ 2pm, Saturday 27 May @ 8pm, Sunday 28 May @ 2pm.

Tickets can be booked online via TryBooking: http://bit.ly/stcwomaninblack. Alternatively phone bookings can be made on 91507574.

For more about The Woman in Black, visit http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au/index.htm
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SUTHERLAND THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT ANDREW MORTON’S ‘BLOOM’ IN MARCH

The Sutherland Theatre Company is proudly presenting Andrew Morton’s heart-warming play, Bloom, at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from March 3-12.

Following the death of his father, 15-year-old Daniel and his mother Lisa are forced to move to an unfamiliar town. After a violent outburst at his new school, Daniel’s social worker Michelle suggests that he spend a week working with her father, Bobby, an urban gardener of several abandoned lots in the middle in the city.

A week soon turns into a few months and, as the two men spend the summer tending the gardens, they begin planting some much-needed hope in a neighbourhood plagued by blight and help each other heal old wounds.

A finalist at the Write Now festival and a winner of the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award, Bloom is a coming-of-age story about grief, growth and gardening.

Director Christiane Brawley chose the play because of its simple and relatable story about the power of human connection.

“The media is so full of material telling us of our cruelty and indifference to each other, but this story is about the positive ways that human interaction can enrich and revitalise us. I don’t think we can ever have too many reminders about the importance of kindness and family and friendship.”

The heart-warming story at the centre of the show has broad appeal.

“It is gently humorous and reminds us why it is good to be alive. It has characters and situations that everyone will recognise and a story which will make the audience smile and feel good.”

The multi-generational cast of talented local performers includes Graham Yates, Ben Moss, Mel Day, Grace Fabris and Emma Dalton.

PERFORMANCE TIMES –

Friday 3rd March @ 8pm Saturday 4th March @ 2pm Sunday 5th March @ 2pm Thursday 9th March @ 8pm Friday 10th March @ 8pm Saturday 11th March @ 8pm Sunday 12th March @ 2pm

Tickets are available from http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au or by calling (02) 9150 7574.

For more about Bloom, visit http://www.thesutherlandtheatrecompany.com.au
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