Welcome to Powderkeg Players

Covid-19 and Season 2020

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The team at Powderekeg have made the tough decision to cancel the remaining  (adult) shows shows for 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The option to continue with the annual youth show that is normally presented in November will be known in August 2020.

We’ve considered a number of factors is making this decision:

  • Brimbank City Council who own the facility in Phoenix Street North Sunshine, have closed the building and have not advised Powderkeg Players a timeline on which access will be available.
  • Current restrictions see the gathering of people indoors to soon be less than 20 and which has to take into account on-stage and back-stage volunteers, technicians and front of house staff.  Once this is increased to less than 50, reconsideration can be made in regards to social distancing indoors.
  • The timeline to organise a show, promote auditions/rehearsals and confirm performance dates is unknown and variable in the current climate and it is reasonable to consider this would apply for up to the next six months.
  • The cancellation of the VDL Awards and One-Act Play seasons throughout Victoria means projects that were specified for those purposes would be re-scheduled in 2021.

We know that artists and creatives are not able to do what they do as much at the moment. We all have to contribute to the restrictions on our society so we can beat this thing.

Their time will come again. And when it does, let’s be the first to support them, to buy tickets, to share pieces of work, to encourage, to discuss, to praise, to critique.

We’ll be back!  We’re not going anywhere.  Oh and 2021 has a little surprise for you all.


-Stephen Andrews. (President)

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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!

2019 Pantomime November 8-17

Hansel and Gretel is a well-known German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812.

Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a witch living in a forest in a house constructed of cake, confectionery, candy, and many more treats. The two children escape with their lives by outwitting her…. or so we believe.

Exactly what are Hansel and Gretel up to?

Find out in 2019 pantomime opening in two weeks!

The (almost) True Story of Hansel an Gretel by Steph DeFerie
Tickets at trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BGIFV

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!

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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

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two, hip New York couples. Residents of a trendy Brooklyn neighbourhood, the Novak’s have invited the Raleigh’s onto home turf (the Novak’s sitting room inside their brownstone terrace, of course!) to discuss a playground incident between their 11 year old sons. What follows is an 80 minute display of churlish, childish and disastrous parental carnage.
#GodofCarnage by Yasmina Reza is a dark comedy about manners – without the manners.

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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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