2020 Season

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Paint your year with colourful theatre experiences at CTG

Mr Bailey’s Minder by Debra Oswald

 2005 Australian family drama  

Director  Janine Francis

Audition 14 December 2019 at 2pm

Season  – 7,    13, 14, 15   20,21,22   27,28 March

 

The fictional story of Leo Bailey one of Australia’s greatest living artists who battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing. Only his resentful daughter Margo, one of his many children is prepared to help, but she does so at arm’s length by presenting Leo with a succession of minders who could not stand his vicious tongue and wild antics but along comes Therese, with a checkered past, down to her last job and determined to make a go of it…. With the introduction of kind-spirited handyman Karl, four damaged souls struggle to accept their own and each other’s demons with resilience and a hope of forgiveness.

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  Love, loss and what I wore 

By Delia and Nora Ephron book by Ilene Beckerman

2008 American     Comedy/ Nostalgia/Staged reading

Director   Rhyll Bucknell

Audition – 22 February at 2pm

Season – 16,   22, 23, 24,  29, 30, 31 May  05, 06 June

 Written by Nora and Delia Ephron the screenwriters of When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and based on the 1995 book by Ilene Beckerman. Performed as a staged reading by five actresses in a series of monologues and ensemble pieces using clothing, accessories, and the memories they evoke to tell hilariously funny and often poignant stories about women in which all audiences can connect covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, buying bras, hating purses and why we only wear black. A beautiful play about women using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman’s life.

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 Radium Girls   

D.W. Gregory

2000  American   Historical/Biographical drama    

Director  Jason Nash

Audition – 18 April at 2pm

Season – 18 ,    24 , 25,  26   31 July, 01, 02   07 and 08 August

 In the 1920s a group of factory workers advocate for safer work conditions after colleagues become ill from radium exposure. A gripping drama based on the true story of female factory workers in New Jersey who contracted radiation poisoning by painting watch dials with self-luminous paint, finely pointing their brushes by moulding the bristles with their mouths. The factory’s new owner excited by radium’s promising future believed in the potential for growth supported by Marie Curie who believed radium provided many health benefits and could even cure cancer. The story fiercely examines the commercialization of science, the pursuit of both health and wealth, the power of the underdog, and the fierce injustice labourers have faced, and may even continue to face in the present.

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Unnecessary farce

Paul Slade Smith 

   2006 American farce    Classic contemporary    Adult language

Director     William McCreery-Rye

Audition – 27 June at 2pm

Season – 12,   18, 19, 20   25, 26, 27 September,    02 and 03 October
Extra 2pm matinee 26 September

 Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! In a cheap motel room an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant while in the room next-door two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape ……but there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

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Go Back for Murder

Agatha Christie

   1942   British Murder mystery

Director    Kurt A Lerps

Audition – 22 August at 2pm

Season – 7,   13,  14,  15 , 20, 21, 22 , 27 and 28 November
Extra 2pm matinee 21 November

 After receiving a letter from beyond the grave Carla Crale who believes her dead mother was wrongly convicted of her father’s murder consults a young lawyer and they embark on some sleuthing, discovering that on the day of the murder there were five other people at the house – the ‘five little pigs’ of Christie’s original novel. In a passionate attempt to clear her mother’s name Carla persuades those present on the day of her father’s death to return to the scene of the crime and ‘go back’ 16 years to recount their version of events examining the danger of relying on personal testimony that may be shaped by time, prejudice and perception.

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

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.