2019 Season

(Poster artwork by Tara Hale)

Each performance will:

  • Start at 7.30 on a Friday & Saturday night
  • Start at 6pm on the first Sunday
  • Start at 2pm on the second Sunday
  • Be Auslan interpreted on the second Friday night of each season.

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Heroes by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Margaret Bell

Season – 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30 March

“A play about camaraderie, hope and small acts of heroism”

Heroes is a 2005 translation into English and adaptation of the 2003 French play Le Vent Des Peupliers by Gérald Sibleyras.

Tom Stoppard’s contribution is of course his magnificent wit and choice of scintillating language.” – Curtain Up Review

“Hilarious and moving…achingly funny and piercingly sad.” – The Daily Telegraph

Gustave, Philippe, and Henri – war heroes, all – are plotting an escape. They’ve had enough of the tortures of their confinement: dictatorial captors, untrustworthy fellow prisoners, and far too many birthday parties. Indeed, life in a retired soldiers’ home is almost unbearable! So, while keeping each other company on the back patio, they hatch a plan to escape to Indochina, or at least to a picnic under the poplars on a nearby hill. Winner of London’s prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of this French play is playful, bawdy, and heartbreakingly funny.

Silver Lining by Sandi Toksvig

Directed by Brian Hinselwood

Season – 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 May and 1 June

“Enjoy the ride with these diverse characters in their plight to beat the rising waters”.

How unbelievably dull my life was. I did everything I was supposed to. I was such a good girl. I lived in the house he chose and cleaned a dead woman’s furniture. I bought hats, who the hell wears a hat? And all the time I wanted to scream because I was so bored.

On one dark and stormy night in the upper day room of the Silver Retirement Home, five elderly women are trading stories of their remarkable (or sometimes unremarkable) lives. With the storm floods rising and no rescue team in sight, the ladies are faced with the sudden realisation that in order to survive they are going to have to do what they have done for their entire lives – do it themselves!

Silver Lining is a hilarious comedy by Sandi Toksvig. It tells the tale of a group of extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape – senior-citizen style.

Don’t Get your Vicars in a Twist by Lesley Bown  and Ann Gawthorpe

Directed by William McCreery-Rye

Season – 20, 26, 27 and 28 July, 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10 August

A fast-moving farce full of fun, frolics and lots of doors.

Desperate to find funds to pay for his daughter’s wedding, church warden George Williams (actor Greg Seckold) seizes the opportunity to rent out the vicarage while waiting for a new vicar to be appointed. The booking is taken by a touring company, which is set to stage a murder mystery weekend in which a female vicar and a bishop are among the cast of eleven.

It is a hilarious farce about Church Warden George Williams, who rents out what was believed to be the empty vicarage, to a travelling drama company for a Murder Mystery weekend, all to pay for his daughters wedding! Rev. Caroline is one of the first women to be appointed as a Vicar in the church, much to the consternation of some. The chaos mounts when the new Vicar, the actors, the guests and the Anglican Bishop appear at the vicarage at the same time! George is determined to keep the Murder Mystery going and resorts to all sorts of antics to manage the situation.

Mr. Bailey’s Minder by Debra Oswald

Directed by Janine Francis

Season – 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 September, 4 and 5 October

“A deeply moving piece about friendship, ego, art and the secret longing for a better life.”

Leo Bailey is one of Australia’s greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing.

Only one of his many children, his daughter Margo, is prepared to help, but she does so at arm’s length. Margo finds a live-in-minder, Therese who is fresh out of prison and desperate for a home. Then along comes Karl, a handyman who has the job of removing a valuable mural but who keeps returning with offers of practical friendship.

Pulp by Joseph Zettelmaier

Directed by Cam Castles

9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30 November.

“A genre bending literary noir comedy”

Los Angeles, 1933. PI Frank Ellery doesn’t know it, but he’s taken on the strangest case of his life. A literary agent has been gruesomely murdered. The four suspects: his remaining clients, all writers for different pulp magazines. Frank dives into the mystery, and his world turns upside down as life begins to imitate literature. Science fiction, romance, adventure, horror … and one down-on-his-luck gumshoe who’s about to learn what really lurks between the lines.

2019 Season Launch …

9 DECEMBER AT 2PM

we will be launching our 2019 Season

Acts of Kindness, Moments of Heroism …

Drinks & Nibbles provided ..

All welcome – free event.

At the Chelmer Community Centre, Cnr Queenscroft & Halsbury Streets, Chelmer

Our first Auslan interpreted performance

Was held on Friday 16 March, in conjunction with Auslan Stage Left.   True Minds is a very wordy play, and is performed without an interval.  The play goes for 1 hour and 40 minutes.      Our interpreters on the night were Kahli & Sarah.    They did a wonderful job — keeping up with the dialogue with style and elan.

Kahli signed the men's roles, and Sarah the ladies.     Their faces were gloriously expressive, and it was easy to see, if they were signing a conversation between two girls (or boys) which character they were signing.    

The CTG is very proud to be able to bring Auslan interpreted theatre to their audiences.    It's an exciting new venture, and we look forward to many more — it's a very learning experience.  

 
 

Kahli & Sarah hard at work …

A well earned curtain call …

Season 2018

(artwork for postcard done by Tara Hale Art)

This year, in conjunction with Auslan Stage Left,  the second Friday of each CTG season (28 July for War of the Worlds) will be a Auslan Interpreted production.

True Minds

by  Joanna Murray Smith
directed by Gary O’Neil

 Audition – 17 December 2017

Season – 3    9, 10, 11     16, 17, 18   23 & 24 March
Auslan Interpreted performance – 16 March

 Full of potential comical high jinks. The title derives from the Shakespeare sonnet about love ''Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments'' and the story is all about a young woman on the rebound from her dream of a druggie boyfriend who decides she'll marry the heir of a right-wing matriarch who also happens like her left-liberal dad, to be a media power in the land.-Part of the comedy comes from the fact that our heroine has just gotten a lot of attention for writing a book about the fact that guys don't have a chance if they try to get hitched to girls of whom their mothers disapprove. A cogent and facetious situation comedy and an irresistible portrait of courage and inner conviction. When two families on the brink of matrimonial union become stranded in a freak storm will the couple’s dawning incompatibility coax them to fight for integrity as the only reliably stable choice?

  

The Shifting Heart

by Richard Benyon
Directed by Janine Francis

Audition – 24 February

Season – 12   18, 19, 20   25, 26, 27 May   1 & 2 June
 Auslan Interpreted performance – 25 May

An award winning and moving Australian classic, by Richard Beynon “The Shifting Heart” follows the life of an Italian family attempting to make a new life in Australia, in the aftermath of World War II.                                                                                        Melbourne of the 1950's in its first faltering attempts at multiculturalism provides an evocative background to this humorous and ultimately tragic story.

What the critics say:

“A study of the psychology of racism and its victims” – Oxford History of Australian Literature

“This Australian play won a prize in the Observer Play Competition and it is easy to see why. For it is a strong play set in strong words; and strongly played, it leaves a strong imprint on the imagination.” – the Observer

“A piece of theatre which is exciting, funny and intensely moving.” – Daily Herald

“Has irresistible warmth and a compelling sincerity that makes it an experience not to be missed.” – the Star

“A back-porch view of an immigrant family trying to sink their racial pride in a hostile suburb.” – Daily Mail

“Something very near greatness.” – Evening News.

War of the Worlds:  The Panic Broadcast

by HG Wells as adapted by Joe Landry
directed by Cam Castles

Audition – 5 May

Season 21, 22     28, 29 July   4, 5 and 11 August

 6pm Supper and show
 Auslan Interpreted performance – 28 July 2018

 

“Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin…” 80 years ago the world's greatest broadcast hoax began, sparking mass hysteria across America. The date was October 30 1938 and the event was Orson Welles' radio adaptation of HG Wells' War of the Worlds. A young actor, Wells presented the story graphically as an uninterrupted series of news bulletins, and dance music beginning with reports of explosions on Mars and something “moving towards the Earth with enormous velocity…” Newspapers the following day were full of tales of panic, people fleeing and even attempting suicide, or arming to face the alien foe. Written to mark the 75th anniversary of the original broadcast War of the Worlds this radio script picks fact from fiction and examines the story, the stars, the radio advertisements and the circumstances that conspired to bring about the greatest Halloween trick of all.

 

 

Breath of Spring

by Peter Coke
directed by Gary O’Neil

Play reading with High tea

19 August – 2pm

When Dame Beatrice Appleby (whose reduced circumstances have caused her to take in paying guests) is given a mink stole by her maid, she is reminded of the maid's shady past and immediately suspects that it was stolen from the next flat. A former army officer and other lodgers endeavour to return the stole and the group put aside their differences,  pulling together under the Brigadier’s planning and organisation to return the fur before it is missed. The excitement gets to all of them and they decide to steal furs to raise money to help those in need. When the police turn up and all Hell breaks loose the gang try desperately to cover up every trace of their illegal activities. A big hit when it was originally released and quickly adapted into the 1960 film Make Mine Mink which starred several great British actors including Terry Thomas, Hattie Jacques, and a young Billie Whitelaw as the maid – the title of this play may seem odd at first, but Breath of Spring was the name given to a naturally pale blue coloured, quite rare mink pelt used in very expensive and exclusive clothing.

“Two hours of…moments when I was helpless with laughter.” – London Daily Mirror

Outside Mullingar

by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Rod Felsch

Audition 7 July

Season 15   21, 22, 23     28, 29,30 September     5 & 6 October
Auslan Interpreted performance 28 September

From the author of Doubt and Moonstruck comes this charmer of a romantic comedy set in the farmlands of Killucan Westmeath. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40, both living with an ageing parent. Anthony Reilly is painfully shy and has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland nursing a broken heart along the way. Rosemary Muldoon living on the farm right next door has loved him since she was 6 and is determined to have him – at all costs! She has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe but these yearning eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness despite their families’ feuding over an access road. Poetic, uplifting, dark, and funny, Outside Mullingar is a compassionate work about how sometimes the very things we’re looking for happen to be right in front of us the whole time.

Towards Zero

by Agatha Christie
directed by Kurt A Lerps

Audition  01 September

Season 10   16,17,18   23,24,25   30 Nov & 01 December
Auslan Interpreted performance – 23 November

When a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the Cornwall cliff top home of Lady Tresillian, earlier events come to a dramatic head. It's all part of a carefully laid plan – for murder… When the elderly widow is murdered Neville Strange, her nephew finds himself caught between his ex-wife Audrey and his new flame Kay. What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl and the romantic life of a famous tennis player? To the casual observer, apparently nothing. A nail-biting thriller – the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder. A carefully investigation unpeeled before our eyes in Christie’s final Superintendent Battle book brings the story to a pointed ending.

2018 Season Launch

CTG will be launching its 2018 season on 10 December 2017 at 2pm.

All welcome – drinks & nibbles provided.

Past launches have been an occasion for catching up with theatre acquaintances and celebrating all that is good about community theatre.