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Tickets now available for The Pillowman opening August 20th 2021. Go to the Book Tickets Now tab

Powderkeg Players Presents The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh opening August 20th, directed by Samuel Chappel.
The play received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for production.

McDonagh’s subject is clear: the dangerous power of literature.

The hero, Katurian, is a writer who has been arrested by the police in a totalitarian state. His crime is not, as we initially assume, political subversiveness: it is that his short stories, dwelling on persecuted children, bear a resemblance to some child murders.
Although Katurian protests his innocence, it transpires that his brother has admitted to the crimes implenting Katurian. The question facing him is whether he should sacrifice his own life and that of his brother in order to ensure the preservation of his stories.

The play contains both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian’s stories. 

It’s Powderkeg’s 50th anniversary! We’re celebrating with an old fashion Gala Night Chicken & Champagne and a Trivia Night! 

Got the lock down blues? We’ve got news to get you up and about!
Our 50th Anniversary bash (Retro chicken and Champagne Trivia Night) has been re-scheduled to:
Saturday 2nd October!
Share with your Powderkeg/SCT friends!
Hope you can join us on the new date

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A party to celebrate all the old times at Powderkeg Players/Sunshine Community Theatre/Dear Park Drama Group from 1971 to 2021, held at our current venue Dempster Park Hall.

Chicken and Champagne will be available to make it feel like the Gala night’s of old back in Deer Park.

GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON ON THE NIGHT AND A HUGE CELEBRATION IS IN ORDER (in a Covid safe way)

BYO or drinks, prizes, stories, photographs, questions of long lost but not forgotten Powderkeg shows. 

Walk down memory lane, meet some old friends, tell those stories of theatre shows again and again! Help us piece together our history by filling in the gaps.

Contact secretary Gemma Francis with any question or if you have something historical you’d like to contribute, phone 0432 973 381 or email powderkegplayers@gmail.comTickets available, $15 per head all funds go towards support Powderkeg Players for the next 50 years.

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We’re thrilled to announce our most recent director Ashley Weidner will be out emcee of our 50th Anniversary celebration occurring on Saturday 17th July 2021 at Dempster Park Hall – 82 Phoenix St North Sunshine.
Ash might have recently come back to Powderkeg, but it’s been a long time coming. Ash has his own stories to tell of visiting the ‘playhouse in the middle of road’ in Deer Park back when he was a kid. If you’ve ever caught Ashley hosting a show at Witches in Britches while enjoying your pumpkin soup in the castle, you’ll know the will be entertaining! Tickets are available for our 50th Anniversary celebration on 17th July. 
 

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23rd Victorian Drama League Awards held on Sunday 24th November 2019

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Highlights from Powderkeg Players The Beast by Eddie Perfect direct by Tess Maurici

🎖Adjudicators Award to Donna and David Prince for creation of the cow
🥈Silver Award to Tess Maurici and Carol Own for best properties
🏆 Winner Ben Mitchell best actor in a minor role
🎈Nomination Caitlyn Yolland best actress in a minor role
🎈Nomination Kylie Ryan best actress in a leading role
🎈Nomination James Antonas best actor in a leading role
🏅Nomination Tess Maurici Best director in a Comedy
🐄 Nomination Powderkeg Players best production of a comedy
🙌Congratulations to all who won awards and nominations!

 

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Who are we?

President: Stephen Andrews

Secretary: Gemma Francis

Contact: powderkegplayers@gmail.com

Location:  Dempster Park Hall 82 Phoenix Street North Sunshine

Born in Melbourne’s west, the Powderkeg Players date back to the 70s and 80s where they staged several plays a year to a packed audience. We began life as the Dear Park Drama Group after a group of parents and teachers put on a Christmas production at Deer Park Primary school in 1971.  The play was so well received that the group negotiated a lease with the Commonwealth Department of Supply on the Albion Explosive Factory on Station Road. With a small grant from the Sunshine City Council, the group turned the empty hall into the Powderkeg Playhouse and their home.

Powderkeg Players acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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