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Our next production opens 14th October 2022


Powderkeg Players presents The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh directed by Sam Chappel

This black comedy widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years, examines the role of the artist in society and asks what price do we pay for freedom of expression.

In a totalitarian state a Writer is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister? 

β€œThe Pillowman is a spellbinding stunner of a play. Comedies don’t come any blacker than this.” BEN BRANTLEY, NEW YORK TIMES

β€œWe like executing writers. Dimwits we can execute any day. But, you execute a Writer, it sends out a signal…”


Friday October 14th 7.30pm

Saturday October 15th 2pm & 7.30pm

Thursday October 20th 7.30pm

Friday October 21st 7.30pm

Saturday October 22nd 2pm & 7.30pm
Dempster Park Hall
82 Phoenix Street, North Sunshine Vic 3020



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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

πŸŽ–Adjudicators Award to Donna and David Prince for creation of the cow
πŸ₯ˆSilver Award to Tess Maurici and Carol Own for best properties
πŸ† 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
πŸ…Nomination Tess Maurici Best director in a Comedy
πŸ„ Nomination Powderkeg Players best production of a comedy
πŸ™ŒCongratulations 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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