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Bad Boy a New Hope for Outhouse Theatre
‘Bad Boy Bubby’ actor and AFI winner, Nicholas Hope, is making his full- length directorial debut with Four Places, a critically lauded script by US playwright Joel Drake Johnson and presented by Outhouse Theatre Co.
Formed in NYC by two Australian actors, Outhouse Theatre Co successfully produced the US premieres of three Australian plays. Eight years after its formation, Four Places will be the company’s inaugural Australian production.
Recently wrapping on Channel 9’s Gallipoli, Nicholas Hope takes the reigns on this LA Times “Critics’ Choice” script, partnering with actors Amanda Stephens Lee (On The Shore of The Wide World) and Jeremy Waters (2013 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Supporting Actor nominee for Jerusalem) in bringing Outhouse Theatre Co home to Australia. A published author, acting teacher and scholar (he holds a PhD in performance studies from the University of Sydney), Nicholas Hope now adds Director to his list of credits.
Hope says of the project, “The journey of the piece involves a layered series of reveals that take us gradually into a deeper area of understanding. The human need to hang on to a familiar world, no matter what, is explored in painstaking detail. It is quite exquisite! I first worked with Outhouse Theatre Co in Los Angeles. I’ve been inspired by the energy, commitment and insight they bring to their work.”
Four Places will be performed at The Tap Gallery from July 29 to August 10.
Daniel Sparrow Productions presents
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story
Exclusive Sydney Premiere Season – Three Weeks Only
From Tuesday 25 November 2014, Theatre Royal
“Truly captivating…wonderfully vulgar caricatures” – The Age
“It barrels along at terrific pace” – Time Out
“Energetic, ruthless…the crowd was in hysterics” – Crikey
On Thursday 29 August 2013 the Melbourne Theatre Company presented the World Premiere of Rupert, David Williamson’s take on the greatest media mogul of all time, which enjoyed a sell-out season and critical acclaim. The production then had its USA premiere at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, where it received standing ovations.
Rupert is now heading to Sydney for an exclusive premiere season at Sydney’s Theatre Royal opening on Saturday 29 November 2014 for a strictly limited three week season. This Sydney season precedes a transfer to London’s West End in 2015.
With 2 actors playing the roles of Older and Younger Rupert and featuring a 6 strong ensemble cast in a myriad of over 60 roles, Rupert is a timely, theatrically inventive, often hilarious, cabaret infused recounting of the life and times of this influential yet elusive man who has shaped our world. Charting his stellar rise to the top, Rupert tap dances (sometimes literally) his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, discoes toward his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher, and charms some of the most colourful characters of the 20th century, including Tony Blair, Ronald Reagan and Wendi Deng. But what happens when the man behind the news suddenly becomes the news?
“Murdoch is the most powerful Australian in the world” – ABC
Born in Melbourne in 1931 into one of the Australia’s most powerful and influential families, Rupert Murdoch’s passion for print saw him build an unrivalled global media empire. Yet few would argue his rise to the top has not been without controversy or sacrifice. Following the Leveson Inquiry into News International’s phone hacking scandal, Williamson’s play looks behind the news to the man himself – a political kingmaker, devoted father, loving son, ruthless businessman – as he forges his destiny.
“Murdoch is the most admired – and feared – media mogul of all time” – Business Review Australia
“David Williamson has no peer in depicting modern life” – The Age
David Williamson’s impressive career spans film, TV and theatre. The production of Rupert will make it a record-breaking 9th Williamson play to be presented in Sydney in 2014. Williamson’s major works include The Removalists, Don’s Party, Don Parties On, The Department, Dead White Males, The Club, Travelling North, The Perfectionist, Emerald City, The Year of Living Dangerously, Gallipoli, Let the Sunshine and his most recent hit Cruise Control. His many awards include twelve Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards and five Australian Film Institutes’ Awards for Best Screenplay.
“Lee Lewis sets a cracking pace and her cast don’t miss a beat” – The Australian
Lee Lewis directs Rupert, with an all-star cast soon to be released. The cast play a host of powerful characters including Margaret Thatcher, David Frost, Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Tony Blair, Wendi Deng, Rebecca Brookes, Barry Diller, Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch.
Lee Lewis is the Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company. Her Griffin directing credits include The Bull the Moon and the Coronet of Stars, A Hoax, Silent Disco, The Call and The Nightwatchman. Other directing credits include The School For Wives, Twelfth Night for Bell Shakespeare; Honour, ZEBRA! and Love Lies Bleeding for Sydney Theatre Company; This Heaven, That Face for Belvoir; and Highway of Lost Hearts for Darwin Festival.
Producer, Daniel Sparrow is an Olivier Award winning West End producer who is originally from Australia but moved to the UK some 14 years ago where he has since produced 9 plays and musicals in London and in New York. Rupert will be his first production as producer in his homeland.
West End productions include Almodovar’s All About My Mother (Best New Play 2008 Whastonstage Awards), Three Days of Rain, starring James McAvoy, the UK premiere of Holding the Man starring Guy Edmonds and Jane Turner (Kath & Kim), Michel Legrand The Umbrellas of Cherbourgâ directed by Emma Rice, in collaboration with Kneehigh Theatre, the 2013 Olivier Award winning Sweeney Todd starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, Stiles and Drewe new musical Soho Cinders, the recent Palladium revival of A Chorus Line and on Broadway, Exit the King, starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon.
Think you know this man – think again!
On Sale: Tickets On Sale Friday 25 July
Venue: Theatre Royal, 108 King Street, Sydney
Season: Previews from Tuesday 25 November 2014
Opening Night Saturday 29 November 2014 at 7pm
Performance times: Tues – Wed 7pm, Thurs – Sat 8pm (except 29/11 at 7pm),
Matinee performances Wed at 1pm, Sat at 2pm, Sun at 3pm
Ticket prices: From $50
Groups 10+ 02 8240 2290
DARK VOYAGER by John Misto
Director: Anna Crawford; Designer: Anna Gardiner; Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall
With Eric Beecroft, Jeanette Cronin, Belinda Giblin, Lizzie Mitchell, & Kate Raison
Hollywood, 1962. Bette Davis (Jeanette Cronin) and Joan Crawford (Kate Raison) are at war – their careers are on the skids, they are aging rapidly, and they are locked in a titanic struggle for top-billing on their latest movie. When America’s most feared columnist, Hedda Hopper (Belinda Giblin), invites them to supper, they call an uneasy truce. However the evening turns chaotic when an unexpected guest arrives – a very young and very drunk Marilyn Monroe (Lizzie Mitchell). Will old age and treachery defeat youth and courage? Or is there more to Marilyn than anyone could have guessed? From the writer of such hits as The Shoe-Horn Sonata and Harp on the Willow comes a sparkling new comedy inspired by real events, as biting and crisp as a dry martini.
Director Anna Crawford (Great Falls, Seminar, Becky Shaw, My Wonderful Day, A Year With Frog and Toad) has assembled a wonderful cast for this World Premiere production. Jeanette Cronin (Bette Davis) has a regular role in the current ABC TV series Janet King, and recently appeared on television in Crownies and Rake. Her stage credits include The Boys, Bug and Quack for Griffin Theatre, The Taming Of The Shrew for Bell Shakespeare, A Dolls House for STC, The Women Of Troy for Belvoir and Reasonable Doubt for the New York International Fringe Festival. Belinda Giblin (Hedda Hopper) has had a distinguished career in film, TV and on stage over four decades. Earlier this year she appeared in John Misto’s The Shoe-Horn Sonata at Parramatta Riverside, reprising the role she played originally for Railway St. Theatre, which toured nationally in 2005 and again in 2007. Other theatre credits include Absurd Person Singular and Noises Off for Ensemble, Away for STC, Love Child, Dinner and Wicked Sisters for Griffin plus national tours of Steaming and The Vagina Monologues. Early career highlights include regular roles on the TV series Skyways, Sons and Daughters, The Sullivans and The Box. Lizzie Mitchell (Marilyn Monroe) has previously appeared at Ensemble in Neighbourhood Watch and two seasons of the children’s musical A Year With Frog and Toad. Other theatre credits include Bedroom Farce for Darlinghurst Theatre and Karaoke the Musical for Highlight Entertainment. Kate Raison (Joan Crawford) has had a long association with Ensemble Theatre appearing in more than 20 productions over the last 30 years, most recently The Gingerbread Lady, At Any Cost, Ninety, Let The Sunshine and Mary Stuart. Her television roles include the current Channel 10 series Wonderland, and she enjoyed many years playing ongoing roles in All Saints, E Street and A Country Practice. Eric Beecroft (Skip) is a WAAPA graduate and has appeared at Ensemble Theatre in The Glass Menagerie. Other theatre credits include Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet for Sport For Jove, The Will for Abercrombie St Theatre . He also appeared in the film Red.
“Misto’s writing gifts are so enormous as to be daunting” Sydney Morning Herald (for Gossamer)
“It is truly a masterpiece by a sensitive and intuitive Australian playwright” The Daily Telegraph (for The Shoe-Horn Sonata)
“John Misto’s playwriting combines an acutely sensitive humanity with an imagination that’s out of the ordinary and a mischievous sense of humour.” The Sun Herald (for The Shoe-Horn Sonata)
SEASON DETAILS: DARK VOYAGER
VENUE: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli, NSW, 2061
DATES: Previews from 24 July 2014, opening night Wed 30 July, 2014, playing to Sat 30 August, 2014.
PRICES: $25 – $69 (booking charges may apply) School groups $25 per student (one teacher free per 12 students)
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tues 7.30pm, Wed – Fri 8.15pm, Sat 4.30pm & 8.15pm, Sun 5pm. Some Tues and Thurs 11am.
RUNNING TIME: Approx 2 hrs 20 mins including interval
The Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee raise money to enable underprivileged youngsters and children with disabilities to enjoy the magic and wonder of performance.
Their next function is a Bastille Day Brunch at the Union Club (corner of Elizabeth and Bent Streets, 25 Bent Street) on Monday 14th July, 10:30am.
The brunch is a celebration of all things French and special guest artists include cabaret singer Meredith O’Reilly (currently starring in Ruthless at the Seymour Centre) singing songs by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf et al. She is accompanied by her husband, well-known conductor, broadcaster and columnist Guy Noble.
The outrageous, hilarious musical of the world’s most popular TV soap.
THURSDAY 14th AUGUST
“One of the wildest, wackiest shows to ever hit the stage! You’ll die laughing!” – David Jude Allen
Bitch fights and fisticuffs, love triangles, wedding crashing ex-fiancés, transient amnesiac husbands and wives who rise from the dead, it could only be a musical version of “The Bold and The Beautiful”!
The hilarious standout of Slide’s Third Annual Cabaret Festival of 2014 returns after selling out its world premiere performance last month.
Roar with laughter as an incredible cast of stage and screen performers with impeccable comedic timing bring the “surely they won’t go there” scenarios of television’s most loved soap opera to life. Featuring actual dialogue from the TV series, this genre busting mash-up is an all-singing and dancing satire of life with the famous Forrester Family.
The successful live show was created by Aussie songwriter Bianca Moon whose own music for the famed TV show has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy. Says Bianca, “We actually have their blessing to turn the TV show into a musical. Though, frankly I can’t believe no one thought of this earlier, the material is just so, so ripe for parody!”
Featuring a stellar cast of award winning Australian stage and screen actors including:
P.J. Lane as Ridge Forrester
Lesley Hancock as Stephanie Forrester
Debora Krizak as Brooke Logan
and Barry Quin as Eric Forrester
Date: Thursday 14 August
Venue: Slide Lounge, 41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 2010
Prices: $30 Show Only. $70 for 3 Course Dinner and Show
Doors: Doors open 7pm for Dinner. Show time 7:30pm.