Opening Soon: Popcorn by Ben Elton

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

We’re bringing Ben Elton’s brilliant work ‘Popcorn’ to our stage in 2021, directed by Ash Weidner.

Ben Elton’s wrote the novel and play  was sparked by the controversy of Oliver Stone’s Tarantino-scripted film Natural Born Killers over whether watching a violent film can make people commit violent acts.

Elton sets his story in the Hollywood mansion of film director Bruce Delamitri just before and after he wins an Oscar for his film about a young couple who go on a killing spree.  He has firmly rejected any responsibility for the actions of the Mall Murderers, a young couple who are killing people in a similar fashion to the characters in his movie.

However the real-life murderers break into Delamitri’s house on Oscar night and reveal that they are huge fans of his movies and they want the world to know about it.

First time director Ashley Weidner makes his way to Powderkeg for the first time to bring Elton’s funny, gripping and genuinely thought provoking piece to the Sunshine stage.

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Bruce shoots movies. Wayne and Scout shoot to kill. In a single night they find out the hard way what’s real and what’s not, who’s the hero and who’s the villain. Does art imitate life or does life simply imitate bad art?
Directed by the awesome Ashley Weidner
Bruce Delamitri – Sam Marzden
Wayne Hudson – Patt Ryan
Scout – Lucinda Keating
Farrah Delamitri – Tabitha Veness
Velvet Delamitri – Nataleigh Elzein
Brooke Daniels – Del Jordan
Karl Brezner- Gilbert Gauci
Christian – Steven Saxton
Bill – Carl Reeson



Powderkeg Players Annual meeting is a chance to catch up on what the company has done and what it will be doing for the year ahead.
You can ask questions, volunteer for a role or find our other ways to join in the fun! Meeting goes for around half an hour with a time to catch up before and after. 
Our annual meeting will be held next week, the day after Labor Day public holiday, at Dempster Park Hall in Sunshine, starting from 7.30pm
Everyone is invited to catch up with friends and out the little secrets of what we’re planning for 2021 and beyond.
All position on the team, including executive roles such as president, treasurer and secretary will be available.
All members are eligible to vote, membership available on the night $20 single.


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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President: Stephen Andrews

Secretary: Gemma Francis


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 successful production ever staged by SCT/Powderkeg Players.

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