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Our 2018 season is full of provoking, intelligent and magical stories brought to life by a collection of your favourite actors and exciting characters. As a leading regional theatre, Orange Civic Theatre sees its role as presenting and collaborating with the best artists as they tell contemporary stories. Through dance, words, illusion and music, these artists do more than bring pleasure – they make sense of life and the world we live in. Orange Civic Theatre wants to be a part of your search for new ideas, new forms, new stories; we also want to thrill you with live performances that spring from surprising collaborations between magicians, dancers, physical performers, political satirists, clowns, actors, musicians and comedians. Such fresh collaborations form the basis of our programming and education mantra, energised by young people and our belief that learning never stops. Orange Civic Theatre provides the excuse for a little laughter, a little foolishness, in the company of friends and the joy of shared experience. I encourage you to take advantage of our subscription season and the variety of entertainment on offer. I look forward to seeing you at the Theatre.

Michelle Pearce Manager Performing Arts and Venues

Subscribe & win! Subscribers to Orange Civic Theatre’s 2018 Season have the opportunity to win one of three fabulous theatrical prizes. The draw will take place at the Orange Civic Theatre, 12 noon Tuesday 12 December 2017. Winners will be contacted by phone, mail and email by Friday 15 December 2017. If we receive your completed subscription form by 5pm on Monday 11 December 2017 you will automatically be placed in the draw for:

• First Prize – Complimentary Season

Tickets to the subscription package you indicate on your 2018 subscription will be presented to you with our compliments, up to the value of $450.00

• Second Prize – Complimentary Season

Tickets to the subscription package you indicate on your 2018 subscription will be presented to you with our compliments, up to the value of $300.00

• Third Prize – Complimentary Season

Tickets to the subscription package you indicate on your 2018 subscription will be presented to you with our compliments, up to the value of $250.00

Lottery-Trade Promotion-Single Promotion. Licence Number: LTPS-17-18762

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Contents The Diamonds 7 Isaiah Live In Concert 9 François Leleux and the French Connection 11 Calamity Jane 13 Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River 15 A Town Named War Boy 17 Bosom Buddies 19 Legally Blonde 21 Quiet Faith 23 Stolen 25 Reviewing the Situation 27 Present Laughter 29 Letters to Lindy 31 Melbourne International Comedy Festival 33 Julius Caesar 35 Which Way Home 37 ab [intra] 39 Falling In Love Again 41 Madame Butterfly 43 The Season 45 B2M Mamanta 47 Circus Oz - Model Citizens 49 Hotel Sorrento 51 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase 53 The Little Mermaid 55 Virtuoso #3: David Pereira ‘Cello Concertante’ 57

Shows for families The 78-Storey Treehouse George’s Marvellous Medicine Yo Diddle Diddle The Magic Pudding

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Information Subscribe & win 4 Workshops 63 Subscriber information 64 Acknowledgements 66

“Don’t miss the feel good show of the year” “Absolutely breathtaking” - Paula Duncan OA

SMA Productions presents

The Diamonds

Aretha Franklin | Diana Ross & the Supremes | Whitney Houston | Donna Summer | Tina Turner and many more From the creators of international hit show Boys in the Band comes global sensation The Diamonds - a celebration of the greatest divas of all time! Grab your friends and get ready to boogie as this hit after hit concert extravaganza brings to life some of the best female anthems the world has ever known. Backed by their sensational live band The Players, this spectacular show weaves together more than five decades of music with amazing harmonies, stunning costumes, and choreography by internationally renowned Cameron Mitchell (So You Think You Can Dance).

Performances Sunday 4 February at 3pm

110 minutes including interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $42.00 ADULT $50.00 CONCESSION $46.00 JUNIOR $39.00

Songs include: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Respect, Rescue Me, Say A Little Prayer, Hot Stuff, It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, All The Single Ladies, I’m Every Woman, Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, Born This Way, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and many more. Labelled “Nine carats of pure talent” the show features an unbeatable combination of high octane glamour, knock out talent and songs the world adores.

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Credits Performing with his live five piece band

HIT Productions Pty Ltd presents

Isaiah Live In Concert Turning small town dreams into international streams With a population of just over 5,000 people, Moama is hardly the kind of place you expect to find a superstar… well, no one told Isaiah that. In the past two years, the talented teen has transformed from a small town singer with big dreams, to one of Australia’s most successful artists. Along the way he’s won The X Factor, released a debut single that charted all over the world, notched up over 120 million international streams, supported the incredible Jessica Mauboy on her Australian tour and represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, finishing in the top 10, viewed by over 250 million people. All that at just 17 years of age.

Performances Thursday 8 February at 8pm

90 minutes

Prices SUBSCRIBER $60.00 ADULT $68.00 CONCESSION $62.00 JUNIOR $62.00

After winning The X Factor in 2016, Isaiah buckled down and released his debut album, anchored by lead single, It’s Gotta Be You. The song quickly found an international audience, with It’s Gotta Be You now racking up more than 112 million streams, going double platinum in Sweden, gold in Norway and Australia. There’s no denying that Isaiah is on fire.

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Image: Uwe Arens/Sony Classical

Artists Conductor, oboe and cor anglais François Leleux

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Program FAURÉ Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite HUMMEL Introduction, Theme and Variations for oboe and orchestra DEBUSSY arr. Silvestrini Rhapsody for cor anglais and orchestra BIZET Symphony in C

Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents

François Leleux and the French Connection One of the great oboists of our time, François Leleux, joins the SSO for a breezy program with a French theme. And this multi-talented and charismatic musician will be playing oboe, its low-voiced cousin the cor anglais, and conducting! He’s chosen a brilliant oboe ‘concerto’ by Hummel (a contemporary of Beethoven) and a new arrangement for cor anglais of Debussy’s sublime saxophone rhapsody.

Performances Saturday 24 February at 2pm

95 minutes including interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $66.00 ADULT $72.00 CONCESSION $68.00 JUNIOR $40.00

These two solo pieces are framed by the sheer lyrical beauty of Fauré’s music for Maeterlinck’s play Pelléas et Mélisande (famous for its rippling Sicilienne) and the youthful exuberance of Bizet’s Symphony in C. A concert to leave you smiling! Leleux is “a fearless, flawless player... His sound is plush and enormous.” - The Herald, Scotland

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Credits Lyrics by

Paul Francis Webster

Music by

Sammy Fain

Directed By

Richard Carroll

Musical Director Nigel Ubrihien


Cameron Mitchell

Production Designer Lauren Peters

Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest

This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd on behalf of MTI Europe. Image: Marnya Rothe

One Eyed Man Productions, Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre presents

Calamity Jane

Adapted by RONALD HANMER and PHIL PARK From the stage play by CHARLES K. FREEMAN After WARNER BROS. film written by JAMES O’HANLON Legendary frontierswoman; notorious daredevil; profane storyteller; unwomanly radical - Calamity Jane is one of the most immediately recognizable figures of the old American West. From the famous 1950s Doris Day movie musical to the HBO series Deadwood, the courageous individuality of Calamity Jane has delighted audiences for decades. With a fierce disregard for gender expectations and cultural limitations that was centuries ahead of her time, there’s no better time to re-visit and re-examine this remarkable woman. This stripped-back, rough-and-ready reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical. Directed by Richard Carroll, the production stars Virginia Gay (Channel 7’s All Saints and Winners & Losers) as the magnetic, masculine heroine – joined by a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians who share all the other roles. From the moment they enter the theatre, audiences are immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon – alive with whores, gamblers, and habitual jeopardy and can expect an unruly and unpredictable ride. This particularly goes for the dozens of audience members seated onstage at saloon tables, who will be a part of the action whenever they least expect it!

Performances Wednesday 28 February at 8pm Thursday 1 March at 8pm Friday 2 March at 8pm Saturday 3 March at 2pm & 8pm Sunday 4 March at 2pm & 8pm

150 minutes including interval WARNING: Contains simulated smoking, ukulele, and metatheatrical devices

Prices SUBSCRIBER $62.00 ADULT $69.00 CONCESSION $65.00 JUNIOR $60.00

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Credits Director

Chris Bendall

Set & Costume Designer Dann Barber

Composer & Sound Designer Kingsley Reeve

Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage


Pippa Bailey & Chris Bendall


Grant Cartwright, Francesca Savige, Nicholas Papademetriou & Bjorn Stewart

Produced by

Stone Soup Theatre & Critical Stages

Image: Robert Catto

A Stone Soup & Critical Stages Production

Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River By Reg Cribb

The Murray family have been farming the land along the Darling River for five generations. For Tom Murray, it’s all he’s ever known. When his childhood friends Lucy and Billy reappear, deep friendships are tested, and secrets, long buried, are finally awakened – Tom must make the long journey down-stream to reconcile past wrongs and to fight for his wife. From the multi-award winning screenwriter of Last Cab to Darwin comes a thrilling new Australian drama, brought to you by the producers and creative team behind Stones in his Pockets including Grant Cartwright in the title role (Barracuda). “Big sky. Big river. Big betrayal. Big secrets exposed as the river recedes. Thomas Murray is a lot of play for your money.” - Sydney Morning Herald, Jason Blake

Performances Thursday 8 March at 8pm

130 minutes including interval WARNING: Suitable for audiences 15 and over. Occasional coarse language and adult themes. Theatrical haze may be used in this production.

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $46.00 CONCESSION $42.00 JUNIOR $28.00 SCHOOL GROUP $20.00

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Credits Director

Fraser Corfield


Adrienn Lord

Lighting Designer

Emma Lockhart-Wilson


Steve Francis

Sound Designer Alistair Wallace

Assistant Directors

Lisa Mumford and Julia Patey


Ryan Morgan (Tom), Josh McElroy (Snow), Edward McKenna (Huddo) and Simon Croker (John).


Australian Theatre for Young People Image: Luke Stambouliah

A Performing Lines tour

Australian Theatre for Young People’s

A Town Named War Boy By Ross Mueller

Performances Wednesday 21 March at 7.30pm

75 minutes no interval

“We hit Cairo like a train! … Every dirty little alley, every dusty back room bar - the pyramids are marvellous, but I could spend the rest of my days quite happily in the arms of your temptation.”


Based on the State Library of New South Wales’ jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men that set sail for the far side of the world.


Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their hand-writing, feel the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts. Award winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this funny and moving play that sold out in its premiere Sydney season and provides: “the most moving Anzac experience of all.” – The Australian Developed and presented in partnership with the State Library of New South Wales

Department of Communications and the Arts

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Credits Devised by

Peter J Adams


Jason Langley

Musical Director Michael Tyack

Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish

Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney


Bosom Buddies

Friday 6 April at 8pm Saturday 7 April at 2pm & 8pm

A Christine Dunstan Production 120 minutes including interval

She is Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre. He is Australia’s favourite song and dance man. Together on stage, these two stars are brightly shining. Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney are pals, chums, bosom buddies. Both are multi award winners and true showbiz legends. In this new show, they reflect on their stage careers and their lives off stage as well as on! They sing, they dance, they reminisce - about the lows as well as the highs. They tell back stage stories never before told and they show video footage never before seen. This true story is, in turns, moving, poignant and hilarious. As part of each performance the audience is invited to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask. Answers guaranteed!

Prices SUBSCRIBER $60.00 ADULT $68.00 CONCESSION $64.00

“Nancye Hayes is a master in keeping an audience riveted” - The Age “McKenney outshines the sequins on his shirts” - Herald Sun



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Credits Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia) All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia


Blake Thomas

Assistant Director Bruce Buchanan


Wendy Campbell

Musical Director David Shaw


Angela Mason

Orange Theatre Company Presents

Legally Blonde

Book by Heather Hach Music & Lyrics Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin “Whoever said tangerine is the new pink is seriously disturbed!” Omigod you guys, this fabulously fun, international award-winning musical, based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde the Musical is coming to Orange. It tells the story of Elle Woods - Sorority President of Delta Nu who, after being dumped by her boyfriend Warner, enrols at Harvard Law School to try to win him back. Whilst attending Harvard, Elle struggles with peers, professors and her ex, as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in the pursuit of her dreams. Throughout the show, Elle struggles to fit in, that is until she meets Paulette (a crazy dog loving hairdresser) and Emmett (her Law Professor’s nemesis), both of whom accept Elle for who she is and play a key part in her journey of self-discovery.

Performances Friday 11 May at 7.30pm Saturday 12 May at 7.30pm Sunday 13 May at 1pm Thursday 17 May at 7.30pm Friday 18 May at 7.30pm Saturday 19 May at 1pm & 7.30pm Sunday 20 May at 1pm

150 minutes including interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $42.50 ADULT $52.50 CONCESSION $47.00 JUNIOR $30.00 FAMILY OF FOUR $150.00

Orange Theatre Company cannot wait to take audiences on an equally hilarious and heart-warming ride, all while turning Orange… PINK!

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Credits Writer & Director David Williams


Jonathon Oxlade

Sound Designer Bob Scott

Lighting Designer Chris Petridis

Outside Eye Roz Hervey

Original performer & collaborator Ashton Malcolm


Suzie Franke for Alternative Facts

Image: Heath Britton & Jennifer Greer-Holmes

Alternative Facts presents

Quiet Faith

Performances Friday 1 June at 7.30pm Saturday 2 June at 7.30pm

By David Williams

From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (Smurf in Wanderland, Grace Under Pressure, The Table of Knowledge), comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful. The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism. Many members of the current Federal Government profess deep Christian beliefs and groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby loudly intervene in public policy debates. Yet, new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way actively campaign against government policies. The spectacle of religious leaders undertaking non-violent acts of civil disobedience, including prayer vigils in the offices of Christian politicians, has captured the imaginations of many.

70 minutes no interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $60.00 ADULT $68.00 CONCESSION $62.00 JUNIOR $62.00 SCHOOL GROUP $20.00

Generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians, Quiet Faith offers a beautiful, immersive and heartfelt portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

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Credits Director

Vicki Van Hout

Image: Amanda James

A National Theatre of Parramatta Production


By Jane Harrison Stolen is a must see for all Australians. On the 20th anniversary of its premiere season, this timely revival of Jane Harrison’s landmark play is as powerful today as it was for its very first audience. Stolen interweaves the stories of five children taken from their families – Ruby, Jimmy, Shirley, Sandy and Ann. Their stories are from different times and different places, but the five characters interact with each other as if their experiences were shared. Theirs are the stories of many. With a background in dance, Wiradjuri director Vicki Van Hout’s acclaimed production is vibrant and inventive, with playground-inspired choreography, a rhythmic soundscape and an eerily colourful yarn-bombed tree as a key feature of the set.

Performances Tuesday 5 June at 11am & 7.30pm

90 minutes no interval WARNING: Coarse language and adult themes

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $46.00 CONCESSION $42.00 JUNIOR $28.00 SCHOOL GROUP $20.00

With endearing characters and plenty of humour, Stolen is ultimately a play about love and loss, resilience and hope. As we recognise that more Indigenous children are being removed today than at any other time in Australian history, this contemporary retelling is a thoughtful and moving reminder of our past and our present, that will resonate long after you return home.

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Credits Written by

Phil Scott & Terence O’Connell

Directed by

Terence O’Connell

Image: Amanda James

Tenacious C Presents

Reviewing the Situation By Terence O’Connell and Phil Scott

In this one-man show, Phil Scott plays the English/Jewish composer and lyricist Lionel Bart. We meet Lionel in his final years. The audience are party guests in his tiny flat . Lionel is impoverished and alcoholic but still sociable. He reminisces over his early life: his successes writing pop songs for the likes of Cliff Richard in the 1950s, and early shows like Fings Ain’t What They Used to Be, dropping names and providing examples at the piano between drinks (even though he is supposed to be “on the wagon”).

Performances Friday 22 June at 8pm

75 minutes no interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $46.00 CONCESSION $42.00 JUNIOR $28.00

A long section featuring many of the famous songs from his hit show Oliver! reminds us of Lionel at his peak in the early 1960s: Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, and of course Reviewing the Situation. We realise that his boozy later years were only randomly productive, and perhaps he lost his chutzpah, but he remains (in Cameron Mackintosh’s phrase) the “least bitter man” in show business. To the strains of Be Back Soon, Lionel finally closes the piano, raises a glass and staggers offstage, leaving behind an unforgettable body of work and a remarkable life.

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Orange Theatre Company presents

Present Laughter

Written by Noel Coward Directed by Rod Jones and Greg Pringle In 2018, Orange Theatre Company is proud to bring back the genius of Noel Coward to the Orange Civic Theatre in their production of Present Laughter. Directed by Rod Jones and Greg Pringle, this hilarious three act play is witty, sparkling and eminently theatrical. Its star is matinée idol Garry Essendine, suave, hedonistic and too old, says his ex-wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line of eager, adoring débutantes is largely tolerated among his small circle of intimate friends, but playing closer to home, it’s not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa, the curtain is drawn back on a whole tangle of his misdemeanours. In between hustling infatuated conquests out of sight into the spare room, Garry gives a dazzling performance, centre stage in a light, charming, farcical comedy.

Performances Friday 29 June at 7.30pm Saturday 30 June at 7.30pm Sunday 1 July at 1pm & 7.30pm

150 minutes including interval WARNING: Parental guidance recommended for people under 15 years

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $45.00 JUNIOR $35.00

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Credits Director

Darren Yap


James Browne

Co-Composer & Co-Sound Designer Max Lambert & Roger Lock

Lighting Designer Toby Knyvett

Cast Includes

Jeanette Cronin

Photo by AP via AAP

A Merrigong Theatre Company production in association with Canberra Theatre Centre

Letters to Lindy By Alana Valentine

Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine (Parramatta Girls, Head Full of Love) explores the public’s relationship with one of 20th Century Australia’s most iconic figures. The story captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child, her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. The media circus, the rumours, the mob mentality, and a nation’s prejudices laid bare. Over three decades, from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report, the public wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy Chamberlain. From sympathy to abuse, letters from children and letters from those who have lost a child, these letters traverse the gamut of human response to Lindy’s story. Letters to Lindy draws on this correspondence, as well as extensive interviews with Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton herself, to create an enthralling, moving, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the nation. Directed by Darren Yap and featuring the critically acclaimed performance from Jeanette Cronin as Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, Letters to Lindy provides a deep insight into one of the most compelling legal and human dramas of our times. It paints a singular portrait of the heartbreak, wisdom and resilience of a grieving mother and her 30 year fight for justice.

Performances Thursday 5 July at 7.30pm

130 minutes including interval WARNING: Contains strong language and adult themes.

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $46.00 CONCESSION $42.00 JUNIOR $28.00 SCHOOL GROUP $20.00

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Credits The Comedy Festival Roadshow features a cast of five of the Festival’s funniest acts including big local names, newcomers and overseas guests, hand-picked by Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Produced by Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll! Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far. Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one sidesplitting show! For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between. There’s nowhere our exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so we’re bound to be heading your way.

Performances Friday 6 July at 8pm

135 minutes including interval WARNING: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older. Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance.

Prices SUBSCRIBER $32.00 ADULT $38.00

You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia - pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow!

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Credits Written by

William Shakespeare


James Evans


Kenneth Ransom Ivan Donato Emily Havea Louisa Mignone Nick Simpson-Deeks Russell Smith

Image: Pierre Toussaint

Bell Shakespeare presents

Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare Director James Evans

Brutus is suspicious. Cassius is conspiring. Caesar’s days are numbered. Loved by the people, Caesar’s power is growing – which is dangerous if you live in a world driven by ego and idealism. Those that rise too fast must be dealt with. For the good of the country. For the good of those who wish to be rulers themselves. Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s political thriller, a masterpiece of intrigue and treachery. Stand witness to the assassination that leads to a life and death struggle for power in the Republic. Citizens mutiny, Mark Antony schemes, and the fate of Rome hangs in the balance.

Performances Friday 13 July at 7.30pm Saturday 14 July at 7.30pm

150 minutes including interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $44.00 ADULT $52.00 CONCESSION $48.00 JUNIOR $28.00

Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans, will direct a production that’s seething with rage, leaving audiences breathless at how quickly violence reveals the fragility of democracy. Experience the tension between aspiration and ambition, the triumphal entrances and brutal exits, as it is all laid on the line for Rome.

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Credits Writer

Katie Beckett


Rachael Maza


Katie Beckett & Kamahi Djordon King

Sound Designer

Mark Coles Smith

Set & Costume Designer Emily Barrie

Lighting Designer Nik Pajanti

Dramaturge Jane Bodie

Stage Manager

Kellie Jayne Chambers

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company presents

Which Way Home A road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever. It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home. ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Infused with humour and heart Which Way Home draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

Performances Thursday 19 July at 7.30pm

70 minutes no interval WARNING: Occasional coarse language and sexual references

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $46.00 CONCESSION $42.00 JUNIOR $28.00 SCHOOL GROUP $20.00 WHICH WAY HOME is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Originally developed with the support of the City of Darebin, The Besen Family Foundation, the Australian Government Indigenous Languages & Arts Program & Playwriting Australia.

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Credits Composer Nick Wales


Damien Cooper

Costumes & Set David Fleischer

Sydney Dance Company presents

ab [intra]

Performances Saturday 4 August at 7.30pm

Explore the depth of human impulse with the world premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s ab [intra], meaning ‘from within’ in Latin.


Sydney Dance Company’s 2018 season opens with an electrifying journey into the extremes of human nature. Discover what drives our relationships and ignites our ambitions in this visceral new piece showcasing Australia’s best contemporary dancers.


ab [intra] is Bonachela’s latest collaboration with composer Nick Wales and his first full-length work since the epic masterpieces 2 One Another and the critically acclaimed Project Rameau with Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2012. A dynamic work of exquisite athleticism, ab [intra] exposes the shared instincts that drive us apart and bring us back together

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Credits Devised by

Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Grant Winterburn


Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Grant Winterburn (piano) and Aaron Coddel (bass).


Andrew Malmo

Andrew McKinnon presents

Falling In Love Again Jennifer Ward-Lealand, New Zealand’s first lady of stage and screen, pays tribute to the legendary actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, in Falling in Love Again. This show was devised in collaboration with musical director and pianist Grant Winterburn. Singing highlights from Miss Dietrich’s films, concerts and recordings, Jennifer features songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger. Jennifer and Grant are joined by bass player Aaron Coddel.

Performances Tuesday 7 August at 7.30pm

90 minutes including interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $54.00 ADULT $69.00 CONCESSION $64.00 JUNIOR $29.00

Beautifully lit by lighting designer Andrew Malmo, and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich’s famous gowns, this acclaimed show vividly captures the timeless style and glamour of a Hollywood icon. “The spellbinding web this trio weaves is nothing short of captivating... it was wonderful to overhear older members of the audience swooning excitedly after the show about how perfect every detail was” - Huxley, 3rd August 2017

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Credits Conductor

Warwick Stengards


John Bell

Set & Costume Designer Jennie Tate

Set & Costumes Realised By Julie Lynch

Lighting Designer Matt Scott

Choreographer Sachiko Tange

Image: Georges Antoni

Opera Australia presents

Madame Butterfly

Performances Tuesday 28 August at 7.30pm


150 minutes including interval

A man enchanted by the beauty of the East. A woman in love with the promise of the West. Separated by a vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love?


Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time.

SUBSCRIBER $66.00 ADULT $72.00 CONCESSION $68.00 JUNIOR $40.00

U.S. Naval officer B.F. Pinkerton is ashore in Japan, and enchanted with its beauty and freedoms. He decides to take a wife, and when the gorgeous geisha Butterfly arrives, he is transfixed by her charms. She falls hopelessly in love, and a passionate marriage begins. Years later, Pinkerton has returned home. Abandoned by her family, Butterfly waits faithfully for her husband to return. Dawn breaks on a ship in the harbour. What will become of her great hope?

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Credits Writer

Nathan Maynard


Isaac Drandic


Peter Matheson

Set and Costume Designer Richard Roberts

Lighting Designer Rachel Burke

Sound Designer Ben Grant


Tasmania Performs


Trevor Jamieson, Lisa Maza, James Slee and Nazaree Dickerson

The Season By Nathan Maynard A Tasmania Performs production

Performances Saturday 1 September at 8pm

100 minutes including interval

Families are like seasons: you don’t get to pick them, and when they show up you’d best be ready.

WARNING: Contains course language & sexual references

Somewhere between mainland Australia and its southern-most mate Tassie lies Dog Island. For six weeks every year that’s where you’ll find the Duncans, a mob as funny as they are unforgettable.


They come back to roost for mutton-bird season, and have done for as long as anyone can remember. Amid the threat of snakes and Pop’s explosive temper, the family reunites with a country and culture still very much alive. But their long memories and smart-arse streak mean it’s not just the birds sticking their beaks where they’re not welcome.

SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $46.00 CONCESSION $42.00 JUNIOR $28.00

Old secrets are dug from their burrows and fledgling rivalries begin to take flight - it might all fall apart if it wasn’t for the fierce love that holds this bunch together. “Nathan Maynard’s play has an ebullience and a warmth about it that is utterly endearing” – The Australian

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Credits B2M Musicians

Shelton Murray, Greg Orsto, Fabian Kantilla, Daniel Cunningham, Damien Narul, Darren Narul, Jeffrey Simon


Skinnyfish Music

Tour Coordinator

Liz Rogers, Artback NT

Music Co-Producer & Collaborator Michael Hohnen


James Mangohig

Multi-media Creator Juno Aragon


Rob Collins

Artback NT & Skinnyfish Music presents

B2M Mamanta

Building on their international touring acclaim, B2M (Bathurst to Melville), are embarking on their first major national tour. Come and see this seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands as they showcase their new album with its unique blend of contemporary and traditional sound. Mamanta – meaning ‘friend’ in Tiwi – is a pumping RnB performance, Tiwi style! Incorporating footage and imagery of the Tiwi Islands, Mamanta is a vibrant cultural experience told through a mix of dance, chants and song. In an historic show of support from the Tiwi Elders, B2M have gained permission to use traditional Tiwi chants and blend them with modern musical elements.

Performances Friday 7 September at 8pm

70 minutes no interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $44.00 ADULT $52.00 CONCESSION $48.00 JUNIOR $28.00

If you’ve never had an opportunity to travel to the Tiwi Islands before, this show is sure to take you on an illuminating and uplifting journey. Hailed as “Australia’s answer to the Backstreet Boys” - Huffington Post, this unique boyband have conquered China, East Timor, Taiwan and Ireland. You’ll find yourself dancing as they bring you a rare insight into their island culture delivered with their trademark wit, musicality and charm.

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Credits Artistic Director Rob Tannion

Image: Rob Blackburn

Circus Australia Ltd presents

Circus Oz - Model Citizens Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk and beauty of breathtaking physical improbability with theatricality, choreography and Circus Oz’s distinct brand of Australian humour. Stunningly lit and driven by a sensational live music soundtrack, Model Citizens unfolds within a cleverly designed model-kit world that challenges perspective, scale and concepts of normality. In Model Citizens over-sized, everyday objects are used as unexpected circus equipment that create an intriguing new playground for the allhuman ensemble. Acrobats will back-flip off a giant vertical clothes peg, become tangled in an oversized cotton reel, balance on a house of oversized collapsing cards and fly high in an enormous pair of aerial undies!

Performances Saturday 15 September at 7.30pm

120 minutes including interval WARNING: May feature fire, smoke machines and strobe lighting

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $46.00 CONCESSION $42.00 JUNIOR $28.00

Exposing circus skills in unconventional ways, Model Citizens presents stunning group acrobatics with a twist. Model Citizens is a visually and emotionally charged journey by the multi-talented Circus Oz ensemble, which explores what it really means to be a model citizen in today’s ‘model kit’ society.

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Credits Directed by

Denny Lawrence


Hannie Rayson


Christine Harris


Denny Lawrence

HIT Productions presents

Hotel Sorrento By Hannie Rayson Hotel Sorrento, by Australian playwright Hannie Rayson, is a highly commercial and relatable comedy/drama and familial story for a mainstream audience. This award winning play, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento. Hilary lives in the family home in Sorrento with her father and 16 year-old son. Pippa, a business woman, is visiting from New York and Meg, a successful writer, has retuned from England. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life. A semi autobiographical book written by middle sister and expat Meg triggers the familial tensions and dramas that eventuate.

Performances Friday 12 October at 8pm

140 minutes including interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $46.00 CONCESSION $42.00 JUNIOR $28.00

The play is about family in a literal and metaphorical sense and the importance of blood ties and collective memory, true or false.

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Credits Presented by

2018 Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase


The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the sixth year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2018 Festival to Orange!

120 minutes including interval

Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hardhitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs! So call your pals and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year – don’t miss out on a huge night of laughs!

Saturday 13 October at 8pm

WARNING: recommended for mature audiences 15 years and over. May contain coarse language and adult themes.

Prices SUBSCRIBER $33.00 ADULT $37.00

“The comedians all knew what they had to do to get a laugh, and had the crowd in constant stitches... the talent on show definitely left the crowd wanting more...” - AU REVIEW

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Credits Director

Lindsay Punch

Musical & Vocal Director Hannah Wisse

Adviser to Vocal Director Graham Sattler

Choreographer Jamie Schmich

Production & Stage Managers Tim May & Lou Carroll

Music by

Alan Menken

Lyrics by

Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater

Book by

Doug Wright

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Orange Theatre Company presents


The Little Mermaid In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Orange Theatre Company is pleased to present this hauntingly beautiful love story for all ages, based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colourful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Performances Friday 26 October at 7pm Saturday 27 October at 1pm & 7pm Sunday 28 October at 1pm Friday 2 November at 7pm Saturday 3 November at 1pm & 7pm

140 minutes including interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $42.50 ADULT $52.50 CONCESSION $47.00 JUNIOR $30.00 FAMILY OF FOUR $150.00

This fishy fable will capture your heart with its magical visual effects and it’s irresistible, well known songs, including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl and Part of Your World.

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Credits Solo Cello

David Pereira


Andrew Baker Colour City Chamber Orchestra

Colour City Chamber Orchestra presents

Virtuoso #3: David Pereira ‘Cello Concertante’ In this third concert of Colour City Chamber Orchestra’s Virtuoso series, the emergence of the cello as a solo and instrument will be showcased. David Pereira is one of the world’s esteemed cello soloists. Australian born, David has led a celebrated international career as soloist, composer, improviser, pedagogue, author and recording artist. He has won numerous awards including the Sounds Australia National Award for the Best Performance of an Australian Composition.

Performances Saturday 17 November at 8pm

150 minutes including interval

Prices SUBSCRIBER $40.00 ADULT $45.00 CONCESSION $35.00 JUNIOR $20.00

In collaboration with Colour City Chamber Orchestra (led by local violinist Andrew Baker), David will lead the audience through repertoire for solo cello and string orchestra, from the baroque to uniquely Australian compositions, in a dazzling display of virtuosity and musicianship.

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experience the

Magic Shows for families

A CDP Kids Production

The 78-Storey Treehouse Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre. Speaking of movies, our friends are going to be famous! The legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster! But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey – well, a gibbon named Mel Gibbon – the battle is on. Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere?

A play by Richard Tulloch Adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

55 minutes no interval



PLAYING: February

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A shake & stir theatre co and QPAC production

Roald Dahl’s

George’s Marvellous Medicine Adapted for the stage by shake & stir theatre co What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine bounds off the page in a spectacular live show for the whole family. On a good day, George can’t stand his Grandma. She complains all the time, she’s mean and she smells funny. On this particular day, Grandma is much more annoying than usual and George has had enough. “George – make me a cup of tea! George – rub my feet! George – stop growing!” Ugh. Wanting to put an end to her constant nagging, George creates a special medicine, greater than any medicine in the history of the world. What he doesn’t expect is that this medicine may actually work – just not in the way he thinks...


Sound Designer


Lighting Designer

Ross Balbuziente Josh McIntosh 55 minutes no interval

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Guy Webster

Jason Glenwright

Cast features

Johnny Balbuziente, Leon Cain, Tim Dashwood, Nelle Lee & Nick Skubij

Illustration by Quentin Blake




Friday 4 at 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm Saturday 5 at 2pm & 5pm

Patch Theatre presents

Yo Diddle Diddle Adapted by Patch Theatre from the book The Cow Tripped Over The Moon by Tony Wilson What if your dream was only one jump away? Cat tells us the story of Cow & her dream to jump the moon, and the night the famous nursery rhyme was created. Cow tries and tries again, encouraged by the wise and resourceful Cat, and the musical and inventive Houston. Her friends band together to help Cow to keep trying while Cow discovers what it takes to achieve your dreams. Exploring the theme of resilience, Yo Diddle Diddle is the first work by Patch Theatre’s new Artistic Director Naomi Edwards.


Naomi Edwards


Ailsa Paterson

Lighting Design Nic Mollison

Production Manager Ben Flett

45 minutes no interval

Composer & Sound Design DJ TR!P




Wednesday 30 at 10am & 12.30pm

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Michael Sieders Presents

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay Adapted by Vanessa Bates In celebration of the 100th anniversary of this classic piece of Australian children’s literature being published, Michael Sieders Presents an all new exclusive production of Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding with an all puppet cast. The Magic Pudding was first published in 1918, and thousands of children and their parents have been relishing it ever since. This timeless classic follows the adventures of a debonair young koala Bunyip Bluegum, sailor Bill Barnacle and penguin Sam Sawnoff - owners of the much-desired Magic Puddin’ Albert - who try to out-wit Possum and Wombat, the professional, and extraordinarily persistent, puddin’-thieves.

Written by

Adapted by

Executive Producer

Production Designer

Norman Lindsay Michael Sieders

50 minutes no interval

Vanessa Bates James Browne



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Workshops Add a bit of drama into your year with shake & stir’s 2018 Orange Theatre In Residency.

improve self-confidence as they ignite their imaginations in ridiculous ways.

Over the course of 5 days students will delve into the wonderful world of Roald Dahl, exploring his stories poems and revoltingly hilarious characters.

At the culmination of the week, students will show off the creative fruits of their labour in a theatrical mega-mix of marvellous moments for friends and family at the Orange Civic Theatre.

Led by the nationally experienced cast of George’s Marvellous Medicine, this residency will encourage cooperation, creative storytelling and vocal character choices to

Don’t miss this opportunity to rehearse and work with some of Australia’s finest performers. Places are strictly limited.


16 - 20 April Contact the Theatre for details

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Subscriber information Who is a subscriber?

A subscriber is a person who buys at least FIVE productions (up to 30) from our entire 2018 season in one commitment. Subscribers receive first choice of seats, benefit from huge discounts on ticket prices and receive notice and discounts for other events at the theatre during the year.

Subscribe with friends

If you wish to be seated with friends, please ensure all forms are returned together to avoid a delay in processing.

Speed and accuracy

Subscription bookings are processed in strict order of receipt, so subscribing early ensures the best possible seats. Upon receipt of your tickets, please check to ensure the dates and times are correct.

Expanding your subscription

Subscribers may purchase tickets to additional performances at subscriber prices at any time.

How to book tickets

Once you have completed your booking form: MAIL TO: Subscriptions Orange Civic Theatre PO Box 35 ORANGE NSW 2800 or EMAIL TO: or DELIVER TO: Orange Civic Theatre Box Office Box Office hours are 9am–5pm Monday to Friday and 1 hour prior to performance. All prices are inclusive of GST where applicable.

Refunds or exchanges

We understand that the dates you choose at the beginning of the season may not be suitable at performance time. As a subscriber, we offer you an exchange to another performance of the same show — a minimum of 2 weeks notice prior to performance date is required for this to occur. NOTE: For single performance shows there are no refunds or exchanges.

Delayed payment option

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year. Approximately two weeks before each of your chosen performances this amount will be charged to your credit card and the tickets mailed to you. Please notify the Box Office of any changes to your ticketing requirements prior to the processing of your tickets. Strict conditions are applicable: ~ Offer only available to a credit card holder ~ Subscribers are committed by signature to paying the full amount indicated on their Subscription Bookings form.

Ticket collection

It is requested that tickets be collected at least half an hour prior to the start of a performance.

Admittance and latecomers

The auditorium doors open 20 minutes prior to the commencement of a performance. Please be aware, latecomers will not be admitted into the theatre until there is a suitable break in the performance.

Food and drink

Food is not permitted in the theatre. According to the terms of our license alcohol is not permitted in the theatre however patrons may take in bottled water.

Bags and prams

For the safety and comfort of Orange Civic Theatre patrons, bags larger than a small, A4-sized handbag and prams are not allowed in the auditorium during a performance.

Babies in arms policy

Orange Civic Theatre’s children’s programs are designed to encourage access for younger audiences to the performing arts. For the children’s programs babes in arms (that is babies who remain in their carers’ arms during a performance and do not participate in the event), are admitted free of charge. Any child aged 12 months or older must have a ticket to these events.

For the comfort of others

We request that mobile phones, pagers and alarms be turned off prior to entering the theatre. Cameras or any forms of electronic recording equipment are not permitted in the auditorium.

Childcare groups

The number of free tickets provided for registered carers is strictly limited. These tickets are only available for childcare staff accompanying children as a condition of their paid employment. In order to be eligible for the special childcare rates and free carer tickets, a childcare/ vacation care group must be registered for the Government Childcare Rebate. The registration or customer reference (CRN) number is required when booking.

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School groups

One complimentary teacher ticket will be allocated with every 20 students booked. A school group rate is applicable for a group of 10 or more in the booking. Please advise us at time of your booking if any student has special needs.

Special assistance

Wheelchairs and mobility impaired patrons can be comfortably accommodated in the theatre. A hearing loop is available from any position within the theatre. Please indicate your requirements on your booking form. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Box Office on 02 6393 8111.

Acknowledgements Where this logo appears This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Stay Updated

Now there are even more ways to keep up to date with what’s happening at Orange Civic Theatre. Visit us online at www. where you can find a full list of the subscription season shows and much more. Join the mailing list to receive news direct to your inbox, or follow us on Facebook and stay connected Every effort has been made to ensure that performance dates, ticket prices and other information contained in this brochure are correct at time of printing. Performance dates, ticket prices and programs are subject to change, amendment, cancellation or postponement without notice. When purchasing tickets please confirm that there is no variation. - PAGE 66 -

Where this logo appears This project is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW.

Orange Civic Theatre is a facility of Orange City Council

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Orange Civic Theatre & Ticketek — Code of Practice

OCT and Ticketek are committed to observing the Code of Practice for the Ticketing of Live Entertainment in Australia, as compiled by the Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA).

This booklet was designed in-house by Orange City Council

Details in this brochure are correct at the time of publication. Management reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and vary the program should the necessity arise.

Orange Civic Theatre 2018 Subscription Season  
Orange Civic Theatre 2018 Subscription Season