Powderkeg Players

Welcome to Powderkeg Players Inc. (Formerly Sunshine Community Theatre)

Submit a show for 2020 – still open!

Production submissions for season 2020!
Powderkeg is looking for potential directors to submit shows for productions in 2020.
The Powderkeg style is a little explosive and we’re kinda after director’s to light the fuse.
You know what we do here, do you wanna join us?
email: powderkegplayers@gmail.com or call 0407 802 165

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Join Powderkeg Player’s for their second show of the year, directed by Liam Gillespie and performed by a stellar ensemble cast including:

Seth Kannof as MICHAEL NOVAK
Melanie Rowe as VERONICA NOVAK
Jonathan Best as ALAN RALEIGH
Casey Victoria Bohan as ANNETTE RALEIGH

Before the play begins, two 11-year-old children, Benjamin and Henry, get involved in an argument because Benjamin refuses to let Henry join his ‘gang’. Henry knocks out two of Benjamin’s teeth with a stick. That night, the parents of both children meet to discuss the matter. Henry’s father, Alan, is a lawyer who is never off his mobile phones. Henry’s mother, Annette is in “wealth management” (her husband’s wealth, to be precise), and consistently wears good shoes. Benjamin’s father, Michael, is a self-made wholesaler with an unwell mother. Michael’s wife, Veronica, is writing a book about Darfur. As the evening goes on, the meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments, and their discussion falls into the loaded topics of misogyny, racial prejudice and homophobia.

AUDIENCE INFO: This production runs for approx. 90mins with no interval. It contains some adult themes and is suitable for people aged 16 years and older.

THE KEG – Powderkeg’s new bar will be open for business serving liquor and snacks pre and post each performance. For specific opening times check back closer to performance dates.


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Youth Theatre Show 2019 – adults welcome! Come and have fun!

Auditions are now open for kids and adults for our end of year family production “The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel” by Steph DeFerie.  We are open to both KIDS and ADULTS WHO ACT LIKE KIDS to participate – (this is not a youth only production)

What’s it about? –
It should be a piece of cake for a fairy godmother to tell the story of Snow White but her wand is bent and things aren’t going quite as they should. Then, to make things worse, she’s interrupted by a couple of English policemen who are hot on the trail of two very devious and dangerous criminals — children who are causing no end of trouble in the forest. Their names? Hansel and Gretel!
The show stars Hansel, Gretel, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, Papa and Mama and Baby Bear, Fairy God Mother, Goldilocks, Jack and Jill and just anyone who has ever been in a fairy tale!

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President: Stephen Andrews

Secretary: Gemma Francis

Contact: powderkegplayers@gmail.com

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.

Opening in 1973, the Powderkeg Playhouse was a named in tribute to it’s former life as an explosive factory and shortly after the Deer Park Drama Group changed their name to Powderkeg Players. For the next two and half decades the playhouse saw 85 productions and became the spiritual home of amateur theatre in Melbourne’s west. The group produced up to five shows a year with each dragging in an audience of almost one thousand people a season. It was at this time that the Powderkeg Players recognised the wider western suburbs community and decided to change their name Sunshine Community Theatre (SCT).

In 1998 the Powderkeg Playhouse was condemned and demolished, sending Sunshine Community Theatre searching for a new home. By the early 2000s a new multi-purpose venue was found in the heart of North Sunshine, at Dempster Park Hall. The group shared the venue with other community groups, which now meant they had to pack away the set and stage, each night after a performance and re-set it again the following day. ‘Bumping in’ and ‘bumping out’ on a daily basis in the same venue and other challenges contributed to lesser productions for the company.

A new wave began to develop towards the end of the 2000s as a young generation of talented locals joined the company which revived the enthusiasm in long standing members.  SCT started to grow again, winning the 2015 VDL Gold Award for Best Drama Production, for Ruben Guthrie, written by Brendan Cowell and directed by Racheal Holt.

Members have often reminisced about the glory days at the Powderkeg Playhouse, so in 2018 Sunshine Community Theatre decided to honour its past and change its name back to the Powderkeg Players, coming full circle.  2018 produced the award winning one act play ‘Slut’ by Patricia Cornelius and directed by Natasha Boyd.  Slut won one act play festivals at Macedon, Dandenong, South Gippsland and Seymour among a slew of other awards making it the most sucessful production ever staged by SCT/Powderkeg Players.




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