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Exciting times! FAMDA has two entries in this year’s festival, adding local interest to the thrilling line up of plays coming in from across Victoria.

The Wylah Valley Book Club’ by Edwin Coad
Seven members of a book club who find they have something in common.

          Amanda  . . .  Margaret Rudge
Anne  . . .  Alison Hodgson
          Bronwyn   . . .  Dianne Berryman
          Melanie   . . .  Dianne Paragreen
          Edith  . . .  Jean Moore
          Trish   . . .  Judy Barnard
          Frances  . . .  Lynn Atkinson

Play #2 in SESSION 3 – 7:30 Saturday 

Bus Stop’ by Edwin Coad
The tale of a chance encounter of two men at a bus stop.
          Man A  . . .  Mike Street               Man B  . . .  Noel Stringer
Play #2 in SESSION 5 – 1:30 Sunday 

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. . . You’re Perfect . . .

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Want to display your theatrical talents in really showy roles?
Here is your chance!BOOK YOUR  AUDITION NOW
0427 832 303 or pell.tania.l@edumail.vic.gov.au 


FAMDA is staging the delightfully quirky revue style musical called ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ 13 – 28 April 2018.

The show is a brilliantly funny, fast-paced series of songs and vignettes about modern love and relationships, moving from the perils and pitfalls of the first date, to marriage, newborns, family road-trips, and looking for love in the twilight years of life.

Written by Joe DiPietro with music by Jimmy Robert, it is the second-longest running Off Broadway musical, running continuously for over 5000 performances between 1996 and 2008.  It has since been staged in many parts of the world and is now coming to Foster. 


At least four singer / actors are required to play the 56 characters contained in the show’s clever script. It requires talented singer / actors to play multiple roles including soppy parents, quarrelling lovers, egotistical one-night stands and senior romantics.
The show was originally cast with four cast members (2 men; 2 women) between the aged 25-35 who created the show’s different characters.
The actors need to be versatile and have strong comic timing.
All must be capable of singing both strong solos and close harmonies.
It is not a dance intensive show; there is only a couple of choreographed numbers/sequences.
The main challenge for actors will be to create a variety of comedic characters.

All auditionees should prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off their vocal range. Actors should be prepared to read from the script.
Roles are available for performers aged 18 and up.

WOMAN 1: Female – can play 20s to early 30s.  Soprano
WOMAN 2: Female – can play late 20s to early 40s.  Alto
MAN 1: Male – can play 20s to late 30s. Baritone-Tenor
MAN 2: Male – can play late 20s to early 40s. Baritone

We may increase the cast to six and expand the character age range accordingly.

For more information about the project or to book an audition, please contact
Tania Pell – 0427 832 303 or Laura Gibb – 0477 525 890

Play Reading Invitation

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Play readings are a great means to a theatrical social time without the stress of rehearsals three times a week.  They enable people to get together with others in a relaxed environment to read through an old favourite or enjoy the excitement of a new play.

A play reading is also ideal for someone wanting to give theatre a go but too shy to audition or for an old hand who would like to try reading new roles without the pressure of auditions on their shoulders.


You are invited to our next play reading at 7:00 on Friday May 12 at Dianne and Robert Paragreen’s home, 38 Devlin Road, Foster.

On the menu is a brand new Australian play called Counting Sparrows written by Alison Campbell Rate who also wrote The Peppercorn Tree which FAMDA staged very successfully in 2015.

Counting Sparrows is set in the overflowing sorting room behind a local op shop where four workers find themselves sifting through more than cast-off clothes as pasts are uncovered and emotions laid bare. 
A compelling story of lost and found, of grief and grace.

Come along to enjoy a night of do-it-yourself theatre with no rehearsals, no lines to learn and no need to read unless you choose to volunteer!

You don’t have to be a FAMDA member to come to the play reading so everyone is warmly invited to this most enjoyable social and theatrical event. 
For more detail phone: 0407 883 600

There is no charge but you are asked to bring drinks and a plate for a shared supper.

A FAMDA play reading at the Fish Creek Hotel
Catherine McGlead, Nicole Cooper, Tania Pell, Arie Bos & Barbara Partridge


The Vagina Monologues

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Brad Beach directed The Vagina Monologues for FAMDA as a prelude to the 2017 Prom Coast Seachange Festival.

Six talented women delivered these inspirational and provocative monologues
Dianne Berryman, Nicole Cooper, Cindy Hasthorpe
Laura Muranty, Alison McIntyre & Hadassah Wanstall

VM orange FAMDA.
Staged with permission of Creative Artists Agency

Director – Brad Beach
Set Design – Colin Mitchell
Production Manager – Kay Lancefield
Stage Manager –  Tania Pell
Lighting Design & Operation – Andrew Oldroyd
Costume Design – Colin Mitchell
Make-Up Design – Tania Pell 
Set Construction – Peter Clyne, Graeme Green & Men’s Shed Crew
…………………….. Ben Cooper
, Andrew Oldroyd
Set Painting – Colin Mitchell, Arie Bos
Front of House Manager – Edwin Coad
Venue Box Office – Jennifer Paragreen, Noel Stringer
Photography – Robert Paragreen, Ben Cooper 
Publicity, Marketing & Programme – Jennifer Paragreen

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The Vagina Monologues is a play written by the American writer and actor, Eve Ensler who was inspired by interviews with hundreds of women worldwide in her research and originally performed all the monologues herself in a compelling one woman show.
Despite the rather confronting title, The Vagina Monologues is spellbinding, funny and at times incredibly moving.
The project is designed to be equal parts entertaining, informative and empowering – and above all, to send a strong message about violence against women.

An episodic play, The Vagina Monologues was first staged in 1996 at the Westside Theatre in New York where Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called it “probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.”
The Vagina Monologues is made up of several monologues selected from dozens written by Eve Ensler over the years.
Each  monologue deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, orgasm and birth.
A recurring theme throughout the show is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, the ultimate embodiment of individuality and also that violence against women should never be condoned.

FAMDA staged this thought-provoking production directed by Brad Beach in the lead up to the 2017 Prom Coast Seachange Festival.

Prom Coast Seachange Festival

2 big weekends with an amazing variety of events
March 24 – 26 & March 31- April 2

For more information about this powerful show check out: