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THE MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE THEATRE ASSOCIATION OF SA INC VOL 28 NO 9 OCTOBER 2013

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS Who took the Curtain Calls at the ATG’s gala night? Page 3

MEET THE PLAYBOY Independent’s latest Irish comedy Page 7

Facing our harsh and brutal past University of Adelaide Theatre Guild present a chilling mystery Set on  the  edge  of  white  settlement  in  Australia  in  the  1850s,   Holy  Day  is  a  chilling  mystery  of  fear  and  survival  which  is   being  presented  by  University  of  Adelaide  Theatre  Guild   from  October  8. On  the  white  frontier  in  mid-­‐nineteenth  century  Australia,  a   lone,  bloodied  woman  arrives  at  a  traveller’s  rest  in  the  midst   of  a  violent  desert  storm  with  a  shocking  story  to  tell.   At  the  core  of  the  play  is  the  apparent  murder  of  a  missionary,   the  kidnapping  of  his  infant  daughter  and  the  burning  of  his   church  by  the  local  aborigines.     The  only  witness  to  what  actually  happened  at  the  mission  is   an  aboriginal  woman,  who  is  reluctant  to  tell  what  she  saw. What  would  cause  a  missionary’s  wife  to  lie?   What  chance  does  the  word  of  an  Aboriginal  woman  have   against  hers? This  chilling  drama  draws  together  the  lives  of  four   extraordinary  women  and  their  men,  all  struggling  to  survive   in  a  hostile  and  misunderstood  landscape. It  is  a  harsh,  brutal  play  set  in  a  harsh,  brutal  environment,   where  the  need  to  survive,  fed  by  fear  of  the  unfamiliar,  can   lead  people  to  commit  harsh,  brutal  acts. Director  John  Graham  says   the  play  is  a  stark  reminder   of  our  past. “It’s  a  past  which  needs  to   be  told  and  remembered,”   he  says.

“a stark reminder of our past which needs to be told and remembered.”

Award-­‐winning playwright  Andrew  Bovell,  who  is   famous  for  his  hit  plays  When  the  Rain  Stops  Falling  and   Speaking  in  Tongues,  taps  into  some  of  the  most  damning   historical  aspects  of  Australian  history:  the  convict  era,  the  

Robert Bell and Cate Rogers in Holy Day

genocide of  aboriginal  communities,  the  Stolen  Generation  and   the  disappearance  of  Azaria  Chamberlain.     The  first  time  it  was  presented  in  SA,  critic  Murray  Bramwell   said  the  play  was  “a  relentless  and  gripping  account  of  events   from  first  contact  which,  in  recent  national  political  debate,   have  often  been  systematically  repudiated  and  belittled.” With  set  design  by  Normajeane  Ohlsson  and  lighting  by   Richard  Parkhill,  this  production  features  Robert  Bell,  Brant   Eustice,  Matthew  Houston,  Fiona  Lardner,  Carissa  Lee,   Steve  Marvanek,  Nicolle  Orr  and  Cate  Rogers. What: Holy Day When: October 8-19 Where: Little Theatre, The Cloisters, University of Adelaide How: www.adelaide.edu.au/theatreguild


ENCORE EDITORIAL OCTOBER 2013

Bravo Sybil

ENCORE MAGAZINE

The monthly publication of the Theatre Association of SA Inc.

Our first worthy winner

Editor: Dave Simms E: encore-editor@tasaonline.org.au T: 0409 255 181

“Each year  the  Theatre  Association  of  SA   will  recognise  a  person  or  a  company  that   has  made  the  most  significant  contribution   to  top  quality,  non-­‐profit  theatre  purely  for   the  love  of  theatre.     They  will  have  demonstrated  passion  and   dedication,  achieved  high  standards   through  best  practice  and  expect  no   reward  other  than  doing  a  great  job.

Senior writer: Benjamin Brooker SUBMISSIONS AND DEADLINES: Members can provide flyers, photos, articles, media releases, notices by 15th of the month for free inclusion. Please supply flyers or posters as in colour in portrait A4 shape. Colour photos should be at least the size of a postcard and between 500kb and 2MB. Editor Dave Simms

Our independent  judging  panel  including   Samela  Harris,  John  Wells  and  Aaron  Macdonald,   determined  that  this  year’s  award  recipient  was   Sybil  Woollard,  who  continues  to  be  a  behind-­‐the-­‐scenes   guru  at  St  Jude’s  Players.     For  60  years  Sybil  has  been  quietly  getting  on  with  the  job   of  ensuring  the  set  is  built,  painted  and  dressed  with  just   the  right  props.  And  she  expects  no  accolades. And  yet  it  was  Sybil  who  was  chosen  from  all  the  nominees   to  be  presented  with  the  inaugural  Bravo  Award,  and  $500,   at  the  Adelaide  Theatre  Guide  Awards  ceremony. Every  company  needs  a  Sybil.    Many  companies  are  lucky  to   people  in  similar  roles  -­‐  working  away  show  after  show,   never  expecting  applause. Make  sure  you  count  your  lucky  stars  if  you  have  a  ‘Sybil’   and  thank  them.    Often.

NOTICEBOARD OCTOBER 2013

Maybe you  could  nominate  them  for  the  award  next  year?”

AUDITIONS

SEASON: 8-10 & 13-1 7 May 2014 SHOW:  The Boy from Oz Director:  Max Rayner  Musical Director: Jillian Gulliver  Choreographer: Carme l Vistoli COMPANY:  Metropo litan Musical Theatre Co INFO NIGHT:  Monday N ovember 11 VENUE:   Maylands Ch urch of Christ Hall, cnr Portrush Road & Nora Street, Ma ylands AUDITIONS:  Sunday No vember 17 from 2 pm & Monday November 18 from 7:30 pm AUDITIONEES:  18 yea rs and over INFORMATION:  Mary on 8250 0379

AUDITIONS DATE: Tuesday October 8 & 15 from 7pm VENUE: Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Rd, Stirling SHOW:  The Inheritance by Hannie Rayson COMPANY:  Stirling Players DIRECTOR: Geoff Brittain  SEASON:  February 21 to March 8 2014 REHEARSALS: Tue, Thu, Sun evenings ROLES: 6 Male and 6 Female. (  includes 2 young girls 15 to 16 years )   Enquiries to  stirlingplayerssecretary@gmail.com 

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The TASA Committee: President: Fran Edwards; Vice-President: Laraine Ball; Secretary: Jacqui Wall; Treasurer: Patsy Thomas; Committee members: Therese Hornby, Aaron MacDonald, Paul Rodda, Dave Simms.

AUDITIONS INFO NIGHT: Tuesday 12 November – 7.45 pm Therry Clubrooms, 2/1 Regina Court, Beverley AUDITIONS: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November – by appointment at information night or by contacting our director Patsy Thomas SHOW:  She Loves Me COMPANY:  Therry Dramatic Soc DIRECTOR:  Patsy Thomas; Musical Director: Martin Cheney; Choreographer: Madeline Edwards SEASON: June 4-14 2014 Enquiries:  Patsy – 0409 007 654 or dth27480@bigpond.net.au or therry@chariot.net.au.

AUDITIONS pm DATE: Sunday November 17 at 1.30 638 Marion Rd. Hall, ity mun Com e Holm Park UE: VEN iere prem SA an rs, Hou SHOW:  Loves and p Grou tre Thea eon Gall Y:  PAN COM DIRECTOR:  Erik Strauts SEASON:  May 21-31 2014 March 16 REHEARSALS: Tue, Thu Sun from 20s) s,1x 1x30 0s, (2x5 Male 4 ES: ROL 6 Female (2x40s, 1x30s, 3x20s) strauts@bigpond.net.au Contact Director Erik Strauts at


NEWS OCTOBER 2013

Winners are grinners Curtain Call Award winners take a bow Ian Rigney  was  honoured  with  this   year’s  Richard  Flynn  award  for   Sustained  Excellence  and  Contribution   to  Theatre  in  South  Australia  at  the   Curtain  Call  Awards. Receiving  a  standing  ovation,  Ian  was   clearly  a  popular  choice  in  recognition   of  50  years  contribution  to  our  theatre   community  and  many  theatre   companies  both  as  a  performer   and  director. Ian  has  also  played  key  roles  in  running   the  Theatre  Association  of  SA. The  ninth  award  ceremony  organised   by  the  Adelaide  Theatre  Guide  once   again  saw  around  300  guests  from   across  SA's  theatre  community   celebrate  theatre  and  reunite  with   old  friends.  

Ian Rigney takes out the Richard Flynn award for Sustained Excellence and Contribution to Theatre in South Australia. All award night photos by photographer Mark Anolak.

Best Show  -­  Drama:

Best Female  Performance:

All My  Sons  Adelaide  Repertory  Theatre

Helen Geoffreys  for  Dinner  

Best Show  -­  Musical:

Best Male  Performance:

Damon Hill,  Alex  Ramsey,  Chris  Golding,   Darren  Sheldon,  Anne  Humphries  &  Fran   Edwards  for  Production  &  Costume  Design   Into  The  Woods,  Northern  Light  Theatre  Coz

The Drowsy  Chaperone  Hills  Musical  Co

Scott Nell  for  The  Drowsy  Chaperone

Best Show  -­  Comedy:

Best Ensemble:

TASA’s Bravo  Award  ‘for  the  love’:    

God of  Carnage  Stirling  Players

God of  Carnage  Stirling  Players

Sybil Woollard,  St  Jude’s  Players

The night  was  hosted  by  talented  MC   Johanna  Allen  . Nikki  Gaertner,  from  ATG  applauded   all  the  winners.   “Congratulations  are  extended  to  all  of   the  nominees  for  being  recognised  for   excellence  within  their  respective   areas,”  she  said. Best  Technical:

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PREVIEWS OCTOBER 2013

David Williamson’s The Club Footy fever comes to Galleon Theatre Group this month The Club  by  David  Williamson,  although  first  staged  in   1977,  is  surprisingly  reflective  of  many  issues  still  facing   Australian  Rules  Football  teams:  money  rather  than  team   spirit  or  tradition  govern  the  management  of  clubs;  coaches   are  sacked;  administrators  control  decisions;  players  are   bought  for  absurd  sums;  and  bitter  disputes  are  played  out   in  the  media.   The  only  difference  is  the  number  of  zeros  after  the   dollar  sign.   The  play  is  being  revived  by   Galleon  Theatre  Group   from  October  31. It  records  the  turning  point  in   the  70's  when  VFL  was  heading   to  AFL,  coaches  were  no  longer   ex-­‐players  from  the  team  they   coached  and  businessmen  took   over  clubs.  

“Australian men engaged in macho competitive battles”

This popular  Williamson  play  encapsulates  the  thing  he  does   best;  writing  about  Australian  men  engaged  in  macho   competitive  battles.   Ted,  the  blustering  President,  conspires  with  his  oily  

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administrator, Gerry,  and  bully-­‐boy  board  member,  Jock,  to   replace  ex-­‐player/coach,  Laurie,  and  to  buy  top  players  in   order  to  win  the  club's  first  premiership  in  19  years.   The  club  is  riddled  with  sabotage,  betrayal,  backstabbing   and  resentment.   “If  you  want  a  secret  kept  do  not  tell  any  of  these  men,”  says   brave  director  Vicky  Horwood. “The  play  is  big,  broad  and  very  funny  even  if  you  know   nothing  about  footy.  “ Hal  Bruce,  Andrew  Horwood,  Aldo  Longobardi,  Warren   McKenzie,  Peter  Smith  and  Myles  Teakle  star  in  the  show.

What: David Williamson’s The Club When: October 31-November 9 Where: Marion Cultural Centre, Oaklands Park How: 0437 609 577 or galleon.org.au


The MET’s 50th Birthday Production of Grease!

Altar Boyz

PREVIEWS OCTOBER 2013

It’s back to the 50s

It’s time for a second coming! Davine Interventionz  are  set  to   reprise  their  production  of  this  Off   Broadway  award-­‐winning  musical   comedy  for  ten  more  performances   this  month. Daniel Fleming, Tegan Baldacchino, Emily Schwab and Buddy Dawson star in Grease

An eight-­‐year  run  on  Broadway  and   two  subsequent  revivals  along  with   innumerable  school  and  community   productions  place  Grease  among  the   world’s  most  popular  musicals.   The  musical  premiered  on  Broadway   in  1972  and  played  for  3388   performances  becoming  the  longest   running  musical  at  the  time  and  has   triumphed  throughout  the  world   ever  since. In  1978  Grease  went  on  to  become  a   hugely  successful  film,  starring  John   Travolta  and  Olivia  Newton-­John. This  month   Metropolitan   Musical  Theatre   will  stage  their   own  production   evoking  the  look   and  sound  of  the   1950’s  in  this   rollicking  musical.

“The musical premiered on Broadway in 1972 and played for 3388 performances”

Just in  case  you   need  a  reminder  the  story  is   about  the  duck-­‐tailed,  hot-­‐rodding   Burger  Palace  Boys  and  their  gum-­‐ snapping,  hip-­‐shaking  Pink  Ladies  in   bobby  sox  and  pedal  pushers  who  are   Rydell  High’s  senior  class  of  1959. Head  greaser  Danny  Zuko  and  new,   good  girl,  Sandy  Dumbrowski,  try  to   relive  the  high  romance  of  their   Summer  Nights  as  the  rest  of  the  gang  

sings and  dances  its  way  through  such   songs  as  Greased  Lightnin’,  Alone  At   The  Drive  In  Movie  recalling  the  music   of  Buddy  Holly,  Little  Richard  and   Elvis  Presley  that  became  the   soundtrack  of  a  generation.   This  production  also  features   Hopelessly  Devoted  To  You  and  You’re   The  One  That  I  Want. Director  Amanda  Rowe  says  Grease  is   a  celebration  of  everything  that  was   good  about  the  1950’s.   “With  its  unforgettable  music  and   beloved  characters,  the  well-­‐known   story  will  take  you  back  to  a  simpler   time,”  she  smiles. “At  time  when  Rock  ‘n  Roll  and  putting   grease  in  your  hair  were  the  most   important  things  in  life.”   This  production  will  feature  Buddy   Dawson  as  Danny,  Emily  Schwab  as   Sandy,  Tegan  Gully  Baldacchino  as   Rizzo,  Daniel  Fleming  as  Kenickie,   Celeste  Barone  as  Marty  and  Jessica   Rossiter  as  Frenchy  as  well  as  a  very   energetic  cast. The  Musical  Director  is  Gordon   Combes  with  choreography  by   Carmel  Vistoli. What: Grease the musical When: October 17-26 Where: Arts Theatre, Angas St, City How: 8264 3225 or metmusicals.com.au

This show  represents  a  success  story   for  company  founder  David  Gauci. “It’s  the  first  show  I’ve  directed  in   Adelaide,  and  it’s  the  first  time  I’ve   gone  out  on  my  own  to  produce  and   create  a  show”  he  says. “This  has  been  a  project  I’ve  wanted  to   get  on  stage  and  put  my  mark  on  since   I  heard  about  it  in  New  York  back  in   2006  and  I  couldn’t  be  more  excited   than  I  am  now  to  put  it  on  in  my   home  town.” Altar  Boyz  is  a  musical  comedy  that   tells  the  Boyz  to  Men  story  of  five  young   urban  type  guys,  Matthew,  Mark,  Luke,   Juan  and  Abraham  (Yes  he’s  Jewish!),   who  meet  at  a  local  church  and  are   given  divine  inspiration  to  start  a  boy   band  and  tour  the  world  spreading  the   good  word  through  Funk  and  Rhyme. Fans  of  90’s  boy  bands  like  N  Sync,   or  Boyzone  and  recent  Adelaide   visitors  One  Direction  will  love   reliving  their  favorite  dance  moves  and   concert  moments. The  comedy  recreates  the  final  night  of   the  fivesome’s  Raise  The  Praise  tour.   “As  with  any  ending,  this  final  show  is   filled  with  strong  and  raw  emotions,”   says  David. “And  there  are  a  more  than  a  few   confessions  that  need  to  be  made   and  absolved!” What: Altar Boyz When: October 23-November 2 Where: Star Theatres, Sir Donald Bradman Dr How: trybooking.com

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IT’S BACK TO THE 50’S FOR OUR 55TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

THE METROPOLITAN MUSICAL THEATRE CO OF SA INC By arrangement with Origin™ Theatrical Pty Ltd – www.origintheatrical.com.au

BOOK, MUSIC & LYRICS BY JIM JACOBS & WARREN CASEY

Galleon Theatre Group Inc presents By arrangement with The Cameron Creswell Agency Pty Ltd

PRESENTS

DaviD Williamson’s

The Club Directed by Vicky Horwood

DIRECTOR

AMANDA ROWE

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

GORDON COMBES

CHOREOGRAPHER

CARMEL VISTOLI

ARTS THEATRE 53 ANGAS STREET, ADELAIDE

17-19 & 22 -26 OCTOBER 2013 EVENINGS AT 8 PM MATINEE SATURDAYS – 19 & 26 AT 2 PM SPECIAL PRICE NIGHT – TUESDAY 22 AT 8 PM

MET BOOKINGS:

www.metmusicals.com.au

PHONE BOOKINGS & FUNDRAISER GROUPS: 8264 3225 BASS BOOKINGS: bass.net.au or phone 131 246

NORTHERN LIGHT THEATRE COMPANY

Book by CRAIG CHRISTIE Music and Lyrics by CRAIG CHRISTIE & ANDREW PATTERSON by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd

Director - Brian Godfrey Vocal Coach - Blake Parham Assistant Director - Drew Webb Choreographers - Kerreane Sarti, Sue Pole, Shenayde Wilkinson-Sarti, Amber Skye Ashlee Platten, Lauren Noble, Paula Cooney, Rebekah Stonelake

SHEDLEY THEATRE ELIZABETH - 2013 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 Oct at 8pm Matinee 12 Oct 2pm BOOKINGS 8281 5026 (9am-9pm) tickets@northernlight.org.au www.northernlight.org.au BASS - 131 246

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Independent Theatre’s latest Irish comedy is the most famous of all because it caused a riot! As its  final  production  for  2013,   Independent  Theatre  is  staging  that   most  famous  of  all  Irish  comedies  –   John  Millington  Synge's  1907   masterpiece,  The  Playboy  of  the   Western  World. Over  a  hundred  years  ago  the  opening   night  audience  considered  the  play  so   irreverent  and  subversive  that  there   were  riots  in  Dublin's  Abbey  Theatre.

PREVIEWS NOVEMBER 2013

Playboy of the Western World

“Nowadays, its  wildly  anarchic  black   humour  still  makes  you  gasp",  says   director  Rob  Croser. Independent  has  established   something  of  a  tradition  of  staging  of   comedies  by  Irishmen,  with  several   productions  of  Bernard  Shaw  plays,   Oscar  Wilde's  The  Importance  of   Being  Earnest,  as  well  as  SA  premieres   of  two  of  Martin  McDonagh's  plays  –   The  Cripple  of  Inishmaan  and  A  Skull   in  Connemara.     Rob  says  that  all  of  them,  in  their   various  ways,  are  wildly  irreverent.     “Martin  McDonagh  himself  freely   admits  that  his  plays  owe  a   considerable  debt  to  Synge's   masterpiece,”  explains  Rob. "There's  something  unique  about  Irish   authors  and  the  way,  with  their  love  of   anarchy  and  subversion,  they  take  a   sideways  look  at  everything.

“I fell in love with it, instantly. It has such a brilliant blend of quirkiness, poetry, romanticism, and dark, dark humour” "I first  saw  the  play  nearly  40   years  ago  in  1972,  when  the  State   Theatre  Company  performed  it  in   Union  Hall.     “I  fell  in  love  with  it,  instantly.     It  has  such  a  brilliant  blend  of   quirkiness,  poetry,  romanticism,   and  dark,  dark  humour,”  says  Rob.

Will Cox and David Roach in Playboy of the Western World.

confesses to  having  killed  his  drunken   old  man  with  a  shovel.     Instead  of  turning  him  over  to  the  law,   the  locals  turn  him  into  an  instant  hero. Propelled  into  rock-­‐star  status,  he  finds   himself  besieged  and  fought  over  by  all   the  girls  in  the  district. Still  strikingly  modern,  Synge's  play  is  a   timeless  parable  on  the  way  societies   love  to  create  instant  celebrities,  and   then  –  just  as  quickly  –  love  to  tear   them  down. "After  all  these  years  of  loving  the  play,   I'm  delighted  to  finally  have  a  chance  to   bring  it  back  to  the  audiences  of   Adelaide,  and  with  such  a  brilliant   cast",  says  Rob  Croser. It’s  another  play  where  the  cast  have  to   tackle  a  strong  Irish  accent.

It would  appear  that  the  play  hasn't   been  seen  in  Adelaide  since  then.

Audiences, too,  will  want  to   concentrate  as  the  dialects  and  phrases   used  by  John  Millington  Synge  are   taken  directly  from  life.

A weedy  young  man,  Christy  Mahon,   crawls  into  an  Irish  wayside  pub,  and  

“In writing  The  Playboy  of  the  Western   World,  as  in  my  other  plays,  I  have  used  

one or  two  words  only  that  I  have  not   heard  among  the  country  people  of   Ireland,  or  spoken  in  my  own  nursery   before  I  could  read  the  newspapers,”   he  explains  in  the  preface  to  the  script. “A  certain  number  of  the  phrases   I  employ  I  have  heard  also  from  herds   and  fishermen  along  the  coast  from   Kerry  to  Mayo,  or  from  beggar-­‐women   and  ballad-­‐singers  nearer  Dublin;   and  I  am  glad  to  acknowledge  how   much  I  owe  to  the  folk  imagination  of   these  fine  people.”   He  appears  to  be  a  master  of   understatement,  too! The  play  stars  Will  Cox,  Catherine   Hancock  and  Tracey  Walker,  with   Jared  Gerschwitz,  Michael  Pole,   David  Roach,  Angus  Henderson,   Alex  Daly,  Anna  Bampton,  Georgia   Penglis,  Grace  Berwald,  Emma   Bleby  and  Mark  Mulders.

What: Playboy of the Western World When: November 8-16 Where: Odeon Theatre, Norwood How: 131246 or independenttheatre.org.au

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SPOTLIGHT ON YOU SEPTEMBER 2013

> Dave Simms and Penni-Hamilton-Smith celebrate two wins for Adelaide Rep!

< A double win for Scott Nell and the team from Hill Musical’s The Drowsy Chaperone

> Sybil Woollard from St Jude’s Players sheds a tear as we say Bravo!

< Ian Rigney celebrates with friends at the ATG Curtain Call awards

All award night photos by photographer Mark Anolak.

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Boy bands are all the rage as the Altar Boyz prepare for their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;second comingâ&#x20AC;? for Davine Interventionz

SPOTLIGHT ON YOU SEPTEMBER 2013

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> Ryan Cunningham channels Russian boy band the KGBoyz in rehearsals for Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision for Northern Light

< The team from Stirling Players celebrate a double win at the Curtain Call Awards

> Brant Eustace has to drag Robert Bell on stage for Holy Day at the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild!

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REVIEWS SEPTEMBER 2013

SCOUT SHOUTS

VANITY FAIR

NOW HIRING

Scouts Youth Theatre

Adelaide Repertory Theatre

Adelaide Gang Show

Review by Paul Davies September 4 2013

Review by Dave Smith September 5 2013

Review by Richard Lane September 16 2013

What sort  of  a  lunatic  organises  nearly   70  kids  (I  tried  to  count  them  at  one   point)  of  all  ages,  heights,  and  abilities   into  an  evening’s  entertainment  that  is   effectively  two  shows  rather  than  one?

Adelaide Repertory  made  a  very  good   fist  of  the  Declan  Donnellan  stage   adaptation  of  Thackeray’s  sprawling   satirical  novel.  They  adopted  the  useful   style  of  having  all  seven  players  on   stage  throughout,  retreating  to  the   sides  and  back  whenever  they  weren’t   directly  in  the  action.

Hail hail  the  gang’s  all  here.  And  at  Scott   Theatre  on  opening  night,  they   certainly  were.  What  a  logistical   enterprise  it  must  have    been  for   Performing  Arts  Director  Darran   Swain.  It  was  certainly  worth  the  effort   as  the  show  was    a  night  of  tremendous   entertainment  aimed  cleverly  at  a   younger  audience.  

The first  half;  The  Enchanted  Toyshop  is   a  delightful  tale  of  good  and  evil  and  of   reconciliation.  It  started  with  everyone   on  stage  before  you  knew  it,  and  just   went  from  one  high  to  the  next.   My  seven-­‐year-­‐old  son  who  joined  me   said  his  favourite  was  the  Mr  Potato   Head  running  gag.   But  to  be  fair  I  had  to  twist  his  arm  to   get  him  to  choose,  there  were  many   stand-­‐outs,  -­‐Elvis,  Punch  and  Judy,  the   toy  hospital  nurse,  Fireman  Sam,  The   Toy  Soldiers,  And  Dexter  and  Mr  Peel,   the  latter  being  like  the  love-­‐child  of   Rick  Mayall  and  Chico  Marx! The  stand-­‐outs  in  this  sort  of  ensemble   are  always  the  ones  who  smile.   Rule  one:  Smile!  Even  if  you’re  a  bit   self-­‐conscious,  -­‐You’ll  get  noticed,  and   you’ll  get  away  with  anything!   The  second  half;  Shouts  got  Talent  is  a   great  way  to  showcase  the  various  and   varied  talents  of  this  cast.  It’s  tough  to   pick  my  favourite  too,  but  you  can’t  go   past  a  seven  foot  shoe,  and  blokes  in   drag  –hilarious  fellers! There  is,  they  say,  a  fine  line  between   lunacy  and  genius,  this  lunatic  concept   and  all  that  hard  work  has  paid  off,  and   brought  out  some  genius   performances,  some  life-­‐long   memories,  and  quite  possibly  some   stars  of  the  future.   We  went  home  smiling,  sharing   and  laughing.  

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In this  way  director  Brian  Knott   achieved  a  unity,  fluency  and  pace  that   the  cast  sustained  through  most  of  the   action.  Things  only  noticeably  slowed   towards  the  end  of  Act  1.  The  seven   actors  played  numerous  roles,  as  well   as  sharing  the  narration  and   Thackeray’s  commentary,  sometimes   even  on  their  own  character’s   behaviour  and  motives.  Because  the   convention  was  soundly  established   early,  the  transitions  were  fluent  and   the  characters  credible. The  casting  was  generally  even.   Belinda  Knott  shone  as  Becky  Sharp.   She  precisely  captured  her  self-­‐seeking   and  manipulative  nature.  Mason  Wills,   especially  as  the  rather  stuffy  George   Osborne,  was  convincingly  ramrod-­‐ straight,  while  James  Whitrow  did  very   well  to  differentiate  his  many  roles,   showing  subtle  expression  and  keen   timing.  He  was  at  his  best  as  Dobbin.   Alex  King  as  Rawdon  and  Lindy   LeCornu  were  also  most  convincing  in   their  several  roles.  Keith  Manson  was   suitably  odious  as  Joseph,  although  his   declamatory  style  and  sense  of   dramatic  timing  occasionally  let  him   down.  Abi  Devries  was  a  charming   and  convincingly  naïve  Amelia,   providing  the  necessary  clear  contrast   with  Becky. The  company  brought  a  versatile  and   skilfully  nuanced  production  to  the   stage.  They  deserved  a  bigger  audience   than  attended  on  opening  night.

A tried  and  true  formula,  born  of  Gang   Show  tradition  over  52  previous   seasons,  worked  wonders.  The  formula   goes  like  this.  Take  a  bunch  of   enthusiastic  Scouting  youngsters  who   are  keen  to  produce  their  very  best   talents,  a  pop–rock  band,  a  crew  of  120,   some  fantastic  costumes,    lots  of  good   choreography  and  a  few  funny  sketches   and  there  you  have  it!! It  mattered  not  a  jot  on  opening  night   that  a  few  lines  were  fluffed,  and  the   band  didn’t  always  come  in  on  cue.  And   that  some  of  the  scene  shifting  was   occasionally  awkward,  because  the   essentially  young  audience  (plus  mums   and  dads  of  course)  didn’t  care  and   loved  every  moment  of  it! Mention  must  be  made  of  the   costumes,  cobbled  together  by  a   22-­‐strong  team  of  clever  seamstresses,   particularly  those  in  the  final  bracket  in   Act  I,entitled  Office. The  band    was  fine,  but  was  occasionally   too  big  for  the  young  voices. Act  II  really  ramped  up  the  action,     particularly  Tradies  which  was  a  riot.     So  too  was  Finale  which  included  some   terrific  numbers.   It  is  impractical  and  perhaps  not  quite   appropriate  to  single  out    specific   performers  as  standouts,  so  let  it  be   said  that    these  wonderful  young   performers  all  gave  their  very  best.


May 8-17 THE BOY FROM OZ

Bridget and Grandma become roommates. TEA TREE PLAYERS, teatreeplayers.com

It’s going to be Monday forever UNSEEN THEATRE, unseen.com.au

It’s the Aussie musical classic THE MET, metmusicals.com.au

October 4-19 THE LADY IN THE VAN

November 13-29 BOSTON MARRIAGE

A quirky but true tale from Alan Bennett STIRLING PLAYERS, stirlingplayers.sct.org.au

BUTTERFLY THEATRE/BURNSIDE PLAYERS, feast.org.au

SA Premiere GALLEON THEATRE, galleon.org.au

October 4-19 EUROBEAT

November 15-30 LOVE RIDES THE RAILS

June 4-14 SHE LOVES ME

It’s a musical banquet - it’s almost Eurovision! NORTHERN LIGHT, 8281 2056

Morland Cary’s hilarious fast-paced melodrama BLACKWOOD PLAYERS, blackwoodplayers.org.au

A musical comedy based on Parfumerie THERRY DRAMATIC SOC, therry.com.au

October 4-26 RESERVOIR DOGS

November 15-23 THEATRICAL THREESOME III

October 3-18 THE COLLABORATORS

Tarantino’s blood-soaked heist live on stage! MATT BYRNE MEDIA ,mattbyrnemedia.com.au

Another trilogy of one act plays VENTURE THEATRE, 0416 625 490

An absurd and seriously funny view of Stalin STIRLING PLAYERS, stirlingplayers.sct.org.au

October 5-19 HOLY DAY

November 19-23 A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL

HERCULE POIROT

Andrew Bovell's mystery about survival THEATRE GUILD, adelaide.edu.au/theatreguild

Alan Ayckbourn’s take on the Beggar’s Opera! ST JUDE’S PLAYERS, 8270 4205

October 10-12 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

November 21-30 MYSTERY OF THE HANSOM CAB

Disney's smash hit musical comes to life ADELAIDE YOUTH THEATRE, ayt.com.au

A comedy melodrama with a local twist! ADELAIDE REP, adelaiderep.com

October 17-26 GREASE

November 22-December 7 CINDERELLA

Grease is the word! THE MET, metmusicals.com.au

A traditional pantomime TEA TREE PLAYERS, teatreeplayers.com

October 19 JACK THE RIPPER

November 22-30 LUCK THE MUSICAL

A Sherlock Holmes mystery musical NOARLUNGA & UPSTAGE, 0415 768 911

When bad luck meets good luck what happens? TOP OF THE TORRENS, 8568 2496

October 23-November 2 ALTAR BOYZ

November 22-30 DAD’S ARMY

The sing, dance and talk to God on their mobiles! DAVINE INTERVENTIONZ, trybooking.com

Don’t panic it’s the Home Guard! NTC, noarlungatheatrecompany.com.au

October 31-November 9 DAVID WILLIAMSON’S THE CLUB

December 5-8 CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW

The VFL AFL comedy classic GALLEON THEATRE, galleon.org.au

A variety show with a Christmas flavour SALOS, 8294 6582

November 7-16 CORPSE!

January 31-February 8 OLIVER!

A frightfully funny comedy about rival twins THERRY DRAMATIC SOC, therry.com.au

Back by popular demand! G&S SOCIETY, gandssa.com.au

November 8-23 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

February 21-March 4 THE INHERITANCE

Moving moments of regret and desire HILLS MUSICAL, www.hillsmusical.org.au/

Family speculation is rife at an80th birthday party STIRLING PLAYERS, stirlingplayers.sct.org.au

November 8-16 PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD

April DRACULA

The greatest Irish comedy ever written INDEPENDENT, independenttheatre.org.au

Gothic horror, sex and violence! ADELAIDE REP, adelaiderep.com

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May 21-31 LOVES AND HOURS

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November 8-23 THIEF OF TIME

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October 2-12 NANNA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS

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WHAT’S ON LISTINGS OCTOBER 2013

Who’s on first?

Don’t keep your show a mystery and turn our editor into a detective! Tell us about your show and we’ll list it here! davemixedsalad@mac.com

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