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Playlovers present at Old Mill Theatre "Other Desert Cities" - Aug 4 to 19

Old Mill Theatre
cnr Mends St & Mill Point Rd
South Perth
(opp Windsor Hotel)


Performance Dates:

August 4, 5, 6*, 10, 11, 12, 13*, 17, 18, 19

Times: All shows at 8pm
* except Sunday @ 2pm

Tickets: Full $20, Conc $15

Bookings: 0415 777 173
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Old Mill Theatre & Playlovers presents

"Other Desert Cities"


A gripping contemporary drama written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Barry Park

A family Christmas holiday erupts when a soon-to-be-published memoir dredges up a pivotal and tragic event in Playlovers’ latest offering at The Old Mill Theatre, South Perth.

A richly satisfying, fine-tuned contemporary play that effectively balances comedy with intense family drama.

Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, Baitz’s play examines the lies people tell to protect each other and the damage they cause.

Brothers & Sisters creator and West Wing contributor Jon Robin Baitz skilfully mixes American politics with a family in crisis in this smash hit US drama that bridges the public and the personal.

The play is an intriguing family mystery that delivers a delectable cocktail of humour and pathos.

An affluent, fractious Palm Springs family led by Reagan-like Hollywood Republicans has their Christmas reunion shattered when left-leaning daughter Brooke reveals her intention to publish an explosive family memoir.

It is a tell-all book that dredges up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history that would surely tarnish her parents’ political and social reputations.

Soon, ideological differences, all-but-forgotten slights and painful memories become near-lethal weapons in a war of wit and words that threatens to shatter the entire family as a closely guarded secret is revealed.

Barry Park says that he chose to direct Other Desert Cities ‘as it is a superb, extremely well crafted play with a classic structure, intelligent dialogue and intriguing, memorable characters.’

‘In the play, interesting developments and gradual revelations build steadily towards an unexpected and totally satisfying twist at the end.’

‘This searing comedy-drama depicts a family struggling to keep their fragile façade from shattering,’ Barry comments.

‘As in plays by Arthur Miller, the story moves with ferocity towards its inevitable end in a way that is almost unbearable, yet deeply satisfying.’

‘The dialogue is intelligent, with hilarious, witty comments contrasted with razor sharp, sarcastic banter that verges on outright warfare at times.’

‘Among many other things, the play is about politics, family dynamics, class structure, loss and grief, but it’s also about writers, the people they write about, and what, if any, responsibility the writer has to them.’

The director, Barry Park has won awards here and overseas for his productions. Locally, M. Butterfly picked up gongs for Best Director and Best Play at WA’s annual Finley Awards. His productions of Broken Glass, The Real Thing and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof received several Finley Award nominations. His most recent production Noël Coward’s Design for Living at The Old Mill was very popular, filling houses almost to capacity.

Contains adult language, drug references

Featuring:
Sally Barendse, Cate Jennings, Dean McAskil, Chandra Wyatt and Steven Hounsome.

 

   

Old Mill Theatre & Serial Productions presents "Wife After Death" Aug 25 to Sep 9

Old Mill Theatre
cnr Mends St & Mill Point Rd
South Perth
(opp Windsor Hotel)


Performance Dates:

August 25, 26, 27*, 30, 31,
September 1, 2, 3*, 6, 7, 8, 9

Times: All shows at 8pm
* except Sunday @ 2pm

Tickets: Full $25, Conc $22,
Group 10+ $20 each

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Old Mill Theatre & Serial Productions present

"Wife After Death"


A comedy by Eric Chappell
Directed by Robert Warner

Serial Productions returns to the OId Mill Theatre to bring you this hilarious Eric Chappell comedy.

Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects.

There's Harvey, who wrote Dave's material; Vi, Harvey's wife; Kevin, Dave's agent, and Kevin's wife Jane

Dave's glamorous widow Laura has arranged a funeral to remember, complete with a horse-drawn hearse and an attendant dog.

An unfamiliar woman in flamboyant mourning clothes turns out to be Kay, Dave's ex-wife from before he was famous, and a series of revelations end with Kevin throwing a drink into the coffin and all the guests asking themselves if they ever knew the "real" Dave.

Act II opens three weeks later for the disposal of Dave's ashes

The atmosphere is tense and Kevin is wearing a controversial tie, but as more truths are revealed, even from beyond the crematorium Dave seems to be having the last laugh

"... a terrific evening of love and laughter" ~ The British Theatre Guide

Featuring:
Anna Head, Rodney van Groningen, Susan Meikle, Jacqui Warner, Andrew Govey and Sandra Sando

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Harbour Theatre presents "On A First Name Basis" - Sept 15 to 24

Harbour Theatre
Camelot - 16 Lochee St, Mosman Park


September 15, 16, 17*,
18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*


Times:
All shows at 7.30pm
*except Sunday's at 2pm

Tickets:
$25.50 Full, $23.50 Conc
$20.50
F/T Student + transaction fee

Bookings: TAZ Tix 9255 3336
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Harbour Theatre presents

"On A First Name Basis"

A comedy by Norm Foster
Directed by Peter Kirkwood & Nicola Bond

On A First Name Basis is a rivetting, very funny play about David Kilbride, a successful but cantankerous spy novelist, who comes to realise one day that he knows almost nothing about the woman, Miss Hopperstaad, who has been his maid for the past 28 years.  She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! 

He proposes that they drop the master-servant proprieties for a few hours and get to know one another as if they were “chums”.  The result makes for an extremely funny and at times very moving love story, social commentary and mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery. 

Norm Foster is often called the "Canadian Neil Simon" because he has written so many popular comedies.  On A First Name Basis is no exception.


 
More info soon
 

Featuring:
Jarrod Buttery and Meredith Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Harbour Theatre presents "The Railway Children" - December 1 to 10

Harbour Theatre
Camelot - 16 Lochee St, Mosman Park


December 1, 2, 3*,
4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10*


Times:
All shows at 7.30pm
*except Sunday's at 2pm

Tickets:
$25.50 Full, $23.50 Conc
$20.50
F/T Student + transaction fee

Bookings: TAZ Tix 9255 3336
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Harbour Theatre presents

"The Railway Children"

Written by E Nesbitt
Adopted by Mike Kenny
Directed by Jane Sherwood

 
So well known, this story seems to have become part of our modern culture. Originally serialised in the ‘London magazine’ in 1905, and published as a book in 1906 by Edith Nesbit, the story of three Edwardian children who leave their London home and move to a country village after their father is imprisoned, has entertained and been loved by generations.

Although radio and television adaptations have brought the adventures of Roberta, Phyllis and Peter to audiences, perhaps the 1970 film, directed by Lionel Jeffries gave us the iconic images we remember, and which now define the novel. The Railway Children captures the anxieties and exhilarations of childhood with great tenderness and insight.

 

More info shortly
 

Featuring:
tba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
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