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Eighteen Twelve Theatre – LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE by Roy Clarke, directed by Pip Le Blond ~ stage adaptation of the timeless television series
3 – 26 August        8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays    2pm 2nd & 3rd Sundays of the season
Lowe Auditorium, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully 
www.1812theatre.com.au   9758 3964

Peridot Theatre – LIFE AFTER GEORGE by Hannie Rayson, directed by David-Lawson-Smith ~ Professor Peter George has died. His wife, two ex-wives and a daughter gather for the funeral – a moving and perceptive insight into social change across three decades
11 – 26 August  8pm Thursdays to Saturdays  2:15 1st Sun & 2nd Sat  4pm 2nd Sunday
Unicorn Theatre, Mt. Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd, Mt Waverley  
www.peridot.com.au  9808 0770 

Skin of Our Teeth Productions – A ROOM WITH A VIEW ~ drama adapted from novel by E.M. Forster
11 – 26 August     Shenton Theatre, Garden St., Geelong      * VDL Awards Entry *
www.facebook.com/skinofourteeth     0409 389 461

The Basin Theatre Group – A HAPPY AND HOLY OCCASION by John O’Donohue, directed by Loretta Bishop ~ a family party on the eve of the eldest son’s entrance into a seminary and the fall of Singapore – a portrait of the Irish-Australian heritage of romanticism, humour, guilt and vulnerability
11 August – 2 September     8pm Thursdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays
Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Roads, The Basin   www.thebasintheatre.org.au   1300 784 668

PEP Productions – CARAVAN ~ Australian family holidays  * VDL Awards Entry *
17 – 26 August
          Thursdays to Saturdays
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
www.pepproductions.org.au     0423 935 320

Wyndham Theatre Company – THE VICAR OF DIBLEY directed by George Benca ~ adapted from the television series
17 – 26 August    8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Matinee 2pm Saturday 19 August
Crossroads Theatre, Cnr Duncans Rd and Synott St, Werribee
www.wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au

Strathmore Theatre Arts Group (STAG) – THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Joanna Murray-Smith, directed by Mark Stratford ~ An intruder invades a feminist writer’s home in a deliciously wicked comedy which deftly walks the tightrope between satire and farce
17 – 27 August      8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sundays
Strathmore Community Hall, Cnr. Loeman & Napier Streets, Strathmore
www.stagtheatre.org       Drew: 9382 6284 (ah)

Lilydale Athenæum Theatre – HIGH SOCIETY Cole Porter’s music, directed by Alan Burrows ~ Tracy Lord is about to marry her second husband, the dullest man on earth, and her ex-husband is blackmailed into allowing two reporters, posing as guests, to cover the wedding for a scandal magazine.
17 August – 2 Sept.  8:15 Weds to Sats + Tuesday last week   2:15 Sun 20, Sat 26 & Sun 27 August
Lilydale Athenæum Theatre, Castella Street, Lilydale    www.lilydaletc.com   9735 1777

Brighton Theatre Company – THE GARDEN OF GRANDDAUGHTERS by Stephen Sewell, directed by Andrew Ferguson ~ most of life’s questions are evaded, avoided or ignored in this compassionate comedy
17 August – 3 Sept.  8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays & middle Saturday
Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton (Enter off Wilson St.)
www.brightontheatreco.com   1300 752 126

Beaumaris Theatre – AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts, directed by Fred Pezzimenti ~ a black comedy, the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama  * VDL Awards Entry *
18 August – 2 September  8pm Fridays & Saturdays + Thursday 31 August  5pm Sundays
Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Rd     www.beaumaristheatre.com.au      9583 6896

The Mount Players – THE FULL MONTY ~ an upbeat musical  comedy by David Yazbek with a book by Terrence McNally, based on the movie but in an American setting
18 August – 10 September  8pm  Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sundays
Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith Street, Macedon
www.themountplayers.com        5426 1892

SOUTH GIPPSLAND ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
19 & 20 August 2017

Foster War Memorial Arts Centre

CPAC (Cardinia Performing Arts Company) – BONNIE & CLYDE ~ ill-fated lovers and outlaws during the Great Depression with Frank Wildhorn’s non-traditional score, combining rockabilly, blues and gospel music
19 August – 1 September  19, 20, 26, 27 & 31 August and 1 September
Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham
www.cardiniaperformingarts.com     0407 090 354, 9587 1750 a/h

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group – CHICAGO ~ Set in 1920s Chicago, John Kander & Fred Ebb’s musical satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the ‘celebrity criminal’
19 August – 2 September   8pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Wednesday 30 August
2pm Saturdays 26 August & 2 September, Sunday 20 August        5pm Sunday 27 August
Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, 96 Graham St., Wonthaggi       www.wtg.org.au

Malvern Theatre Company – BRIEF ENCOUNTER & WE WERE DANCING two one-act plays by Noël Coward, directed by Horrie Leek ~ Assignations in a railway station refreshment room and a country club in the South Pacific
25 August – 9 September  8:15 Wednesdays – Saturdays + Tuesday final week 
2pm Sundays & 1st Saturday
29a Burke Rd, East Malvern      www.malverntheatre.com.au    1300 131 552

Tangled Web Theatre – THE MERCY SEAT by Neil LaBute, directed by Natasha Boyd ~ a 2002 play set the day of the World Trade Center attacks, it concerns a man who worked there. Expecting that his family believes that he was killed in the towers’ collapse, he contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover.
1 – 9 September   8pm Wednesday – Saturday   3pm both Saturdays
Gasworks Studio Theatre, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park   * VDL Awards Entry *
www.tangledweb.com.au       9729 8368

MOaRTZ – CARAVAN ~ vintage Australian comedy by Donald MacDonald       
1 – 9 September  Fridays, Saturdays, Thursday 7 & Sunday 3 (Fathers’ Day)
Monash Hall, Reserve St, Yallourn North     VDL Awards Entry *
5127 6514 or 0438 579 987 

Mordialloc Theatre Company – EQUALLY DIVIDED by Ronald Harwood ~ From the writer of Quartet, an English drama about two sisters as childhood rivalries recur when the contents of their mother’s will are made known
1– 16 September    8pm Thursdays to Saturdays   2:30 Sundays & second Saturday
Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale   www.mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141

Eltham Little Theatre IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE directed by Tess Maurici-Ryan ~ Inspired by the classic American film, It’s a Wonderful Life: A live radio play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience
1 – 16 September     * VDL Awards Entry *
Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Road, Research
www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au     9437 1574       0411 713 095 

Pursued by Bear – FIRST DATE the Musical ~ now set in Melbourne, a show for anyone who has ever experienced the awkwardness, the undeniable thrill and the absolute trauma of a first date
2 – 11 September
Chapel Off Chapel, Little Chapel Street, Prahran
http://www.pursuedbybear.com.au/

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group – CALENDAR GIRLS ~ Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund
8 – 9 September   7:30 Friday    2:00 & 7:30 Saturday
WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Mooroopna      * VDL Awards Entry *
www.stagtheatre.com  Tix: www.riverlinksvenues.com.au   5832 9511

Impact Theatre – FULL STOP ~  Small town. Tall building. A play about unanswered questions, a pair of red shoes, and the courage of reaching out.
8 – 10 September     8pm Friday & Saturday    5pm Sunday
Warragul Exhibition Hall, 15 Howitt St, Warragul (Next to Warragul Show Grounds)
www.trybooking.com/QVGO     0435 902 747

Williamstown Little Theatre – THE SEAFARER by Conor McPherson directed by Bruce Akers ~ Christmas Eve in North Dublin and a card game is in progress with three friends and a mysterious stranger . . .
7 – 23 September      8:15 Tuesdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays
2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown       www.wlt.org.au     9885 9678

Heidelberg Theatre Company – THE CLUB by David Williamson, directed by Gavin Williams ~ Written in 1977, The Club presciently depicts the big issues still facing football teams today: money rather than team spirit governing club management, coaches summarily sacked, administrators controlling decisions, players bought for outrageous sums and bitter disputes played out in the media
8 – 23 September     8pm Wednesdays – Saturdays   2pm Sundays and final Saturday
36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna        www.htc.org.au      9457 4117

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company EXIT LAUGHING ~ When the biggest highlight of your life for the past thirty years has been your weekly card night with the girls, what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies?
8 – 23 September     7:30 Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sundays
Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation Street, Geelong West     
www.geelongrep.com.au   Bookings: www.gpac.org.au   5225 1200

PEP Productions – ROCK OF AGES ~ At the tail end of the big, bad 1980’s in Hollywood the party has been raging hard. Sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality . . .
September         Thursdays to Saturdays
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd.   www.pepproductions.org.au    0423 935 320

Essendon Theatre Company – BABY WITH THE BATHWATER ~ Lampooning modern parenting
14 – 23 September    8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sunday
Bradshaw Street Hall (enter off Buckley Street)   
www.essendontheatrecompany.com.au   0422 029 483

SLAMS Music TheatreLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS ~ Sci-Fi classic with book & lyrics by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s music
15 – 23 September   8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 21 September
Knox Community Arts Centre, 790 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater
www.slams.org.au      9720 3205

Hartwell Players Inc. – THE LARAMIE PROJECT ~ Powerful drama by Moises Kaufman & Members of Tectonic Theater Project
28 September -1 October        * VDL Awards Entry *
Ashwood College Performing Arts Centre, Vannan Drive, Ashwood  www.hartwellplayers.org.au  9513 9581

Leongatha Lyric TheatreOUR COUNTRY’S GOOD ~ 1988 play adapted from the Thomas Keneally novel, The Playmaker, about a group of Royal Marines and convicts in 1780s New South Wales putting on a production of The Recruiting Officer
29 September – 7 October   8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 5   
2pm Sunday 1 & Saturday 7 October        * VDL Awards Entry *
Mesley Hall, 1 Nerrena Rd (Cnr Horn St), Leongatha
www.lyrictheatre.net.au      0407 538 245  (0439 873 368     0490 525 482)

Eighteen Twelve Theatre – NEVER THE SINNER by John Logan, directed by Geoff Hickey ~ In 1924 Chicago Nathan Leopold Jr., age 18, and Robert Loeb, age 19, killed 14 year old Bobby Franks. Why would wealthy young men murder an innocent boy?
5 – 28 October        8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays    2pm 2nd & 3rd Sundays of the season
Bakery@1812, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully   www.1812theatre.com.au   9758 3964

Babirra Music Theatre – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE directed by Karl McNamara ~ in the 1920s, with music to match, a naive young woman finds herself in the midst of a series of madcap adventures when she sets her sights on marrying her wealthy boss
6 – 14 October       8pm Thursdays to Saturdays,   2pm Saturdays & Sundays
Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading www.babirra.org.au   9262 6555

Wyndham Theatre Company – ALMOST MAINE ~ nine short plays exploring love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost in Maine USA
13 – 14 October        7:30           * VDL Awards Entry * 
Joy Bevan Theatre, Duncans Rd Werribee (Werribee Secondary College Campus)
http://www.wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au/

Dionysus Theatre – MACBETH ~ William Shakespeare’s Scottish play
13 – 21 October      
McClelland College PAC, Frankston East  * VDL Awards Entry *  www.dionysustheatre.com.au

Encore Theatre – CACTUS FLOWER by Abe Burrows, directed by Ewen Crockett ~ packed with fast jokes, mistaken identities and misunderstandings – the film starred Walter Mattau, Ingrid Bergman & Goldie Horn
13 – 28 October  8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 26 Oct    2:15 Sundays & final Saturday
Clayton Community Centre Theatrette, Cooke Street
www.encoretheatre.com.au     1300 739 099  (0409 210 870)

Off the Leash Theatre – THE LARAMIE PROJECT directed by Todd Miller~ in 1998 Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence, left to die near Laramie, Wyoming. Tectonic Theatre Project visited Laramie to conduct over 200 interviews with townspeople after this brutal murder.  From these interviews came The Laramie Project
13 – 28 October

Old Scotch Music & Drama Association – CHESS ~ A Cold War tournament with music by Abba’s Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice
19 – 28 October
     7:45 Thursdays – Saturdays & Wednesday Oct 25, 3pm Sunday Oct
Geoffrey McComas Theatre, Scotch College Campus, 1 Morrison St. Hawthorn
www.osmad.com.au    0414 413 013

CLOC Music Theatre – A CHORUS LINE by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban, directed by Richard Perdriau ~ Seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line . . .
20 – 28 October      8pm Wednesday  – Saturdays      2pm Saturdays & Sunday Oct 22
National Theatre, 20 Carlisle St. (Cnr Barkly St.), St Kilda   www.cloc.org.au    1300 362 547

Malvern Theatre Company – TWENTIETH CENTURY by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, directed by Nicholas Opolski ~ a domineering Broadway producer, recently bankrupted by failed theatrical projects, is on the Twentieth Century – a train that goes between Chicago and New York.  Also on board is a chorus girl he transformed into a Broadway star. Pandemonium ensues among the trainload of eccentric characters
27 October – 11 November    8:15 Wednesdays – Saturdays + Tuesday final week 
2pm Sundays & 1st Saturday         * VDL Awards Entry *
29a Burke Rd, East Malvern     www.malverntheatre.com.au   1300 131 552

Singing Strong – LITTLE WOMEN ~ the Broadway Musical based on Louisa M Alcott’s famous novel
27 – 29 October    7:30 Friday & Saturday   1:30 Saturday & Sunday
Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Grey Street, Traralgon
0407 505 608

Nova Music Theatre – LES MISÉRABLES by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg ~ the musical masterpiece set in revolutionary France based on Victor Hugo’s novel
28 October – 12 November    8pm Thursday to Saturdays  2pm Saturday & Sunday May 20
Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
www.novamusictheatre.com.au       1300 304 433  or 9727 0192

Fab Nobs Theatre – CHICAGO ~ Set in 1920s Chicago, Kander & Ebb’s musical satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the ‘celebrity criminal’
3 – 18 November  8pm Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 Nov  5pm Sundays
The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater
www.fabnobstheatre.com.au     Anne 0401 018 846

Tangled Web Theatre & Avid Theatre – BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter, directed by Bruce Cochrane, co-produced with Michael Finnemore ~ a 1978 play about love, lust, trust and infidelity
November       The Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick?
www.tangledweb.com.au          9729 8368

Strathmore Theatre Arts Group (STAG) – CHARITABLE INTENT & FACE TO FACE selections from the Jack Manning Trilogy by David Williamson, directed by Roderick Chappel ~ two plays using community conferencing to explore workplace conflict
9 – 19 November      8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sundays
Strathmore Community Hall, Cnr. Loeman & Napier Streets, Strathmore
www.stagtheatre.org       Drew: 9382 6284 (ah)

Mooroolbark Theatre Group – BECKY’S NEW CAR  ~ Caught in middle age, middle management and a marriage on cruise control, Becky is about to take the ride of her life.
9 – 19 November    8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sunday
Red Earth Theatre @ Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Bryce Ave Mooroolbark
www.mtg.org.au    0490 769 245

Brighton Theatre Company – THE RETURN by Reg Cribb, directed by Deborah Fabbro ~ a thug and his junior partner in crime take a late night train from Perth to Fremantle, menacing passengers along the way. Riding the uneasy line between comedy and terror, a tautly written study in peer pressure, anxiety and suppressed violence.
9 – 25 November  8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays and middle Saturday
Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton (Enter off Wilson St.)
www.brightontheatreco.com   1300 752 126

Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company – SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS by Richard Alferi, directed by Alan Burrows ~ A frantic comedy, acerbic and painfully funny, exploring friendship, marriage and what it ultimately means to be happy.
9 – 25 Nov.  8:15 Wednesdays to Saturdays + Tuesday 21    2:15 Sun 12, Sat 18 & Sun 19
Lilydale Athenæum Theatre, Castella Street, Lilydale    www.lilydaletc.com   9735 1777

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company – RENT ~ Jonathan Larsen’s update on the La Bohème story set in 20th Century New York
10 – 25 November      
Williamstown Mechanics Institute     www.wmtc.org.au     1300 881 545

Mordialloc Theatre Company – LEADING LADIES by Ken Ludwig, directed by Tim Long ~ From the writer of Lend Me a Tenor, a comedy set in the 1950s about two Shakespearian actors who resolve to pass themselves off as beloved relatives to secure an old lady’s fortune
10– 25 November     8pm Thursdays to Saturdays   2:30 Sundays & second Saturday
Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale    www.mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141

Beaumaris Theatre – DEATH BY FATAL MURDER by Peter Gordon, directed by Robyn Morris ~ a black comedy, the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
10 – 25 November    8pm Fridays & Saturdays + Thursday 23 Nevember    5pm Sundays
Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Rd     www.beaumaristheatre.com.au      9583 6896

The Basin Theatre Group – AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins ~ the local committee is planning the town’s biggest party but it’s hard yakka as everyone from the Greens to the local mayor and the CWA wants a piece of the party pie
10 November – 2 December     8pm Thursdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays
Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Rd., The Basin    www.thebasintheatre.org.au     1300 784 668

Eltham Little Theatre MURDER’S IN THE HEIR ~ almost every character in the hilarious mystery has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder
16 November – 2 December   Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Road, Research
www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au       0411 713 095

Williamstown Little Theatre – THE 39 STEPS by John Buchan adapted by Patrick Barlow, directed by Barbara Hughes ~ The 39 Steps – what is their devilish secret? To find out, Richard Hannay must travel to the Scottish Highlands, foil dastardly foreign agents, cross the moors (many times) and win over the girl. Join the cast of hundreds (well, four actually – all we could afford) in this mad-cap whodunit based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film.
16 November – 2 December      8:15 Tuesdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays
2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown    www.wlt.org.au     9885 9678

Heidelberg Theatre Company – BLOOD BROTHERS by Willy Russell (Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine), directed by Bruce Akers ~ Set in Liverpool, the captivating and moving tale of the Johnstone twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences
17 November – 2 December 8pm Wednesdays – Saturdays   2pm Sundays & last Saturday
36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna       www.htc.org.au      9457 4117

Warrandyte Theatre Company – BRIEF ENCOUNTER  ~ Vintage Noel Coward comedy with songs
17 November  – 2 December  8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sunday
Mechanics Institute Hall, Yarra St, Warrandyte

Peridot Theatre – BLOODY MURDER by Ed Sala, directed by Dexter Bourke ~ Hilarious murder-mystery as a group of the usual types gathers at a country estate. Suddenly one of them dies of poison but why won’t her ladyship call the police?
17 November – 2 December    8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2:15 1st Sunday & 2nd Saturday   4:00 2nd Sunday
Unicorn Theatre, Mt. Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd, Mt Waverley  
www.peridot.com.au  9808 0770

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company THE BUTLER DID IT by Tim Kelly, directed by Jon Mamonski ~ This comedy parodies every English mystery play ever written: but with a decidedly American flavour.
17 November – 2 December    7:30 Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sundays
Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation Street, Geelong West     
www.geelongrep.com.au   Bookings: www.gpac.org.au   5225 1200

The Mount Players – PRESENT LAUGHTER ~ Vintage Noel Coward with an aging, philandering matinee idol as its focus
17 November – 3 December  8pm  Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sundays
Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith Street, Macedon  
www.themountplayers.com        5426 1892


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