By Eddie Perfect
After surviving a nasty near-death experience, a group of 30-somethings decide it’s time for a change of scenery, upping stumps to invest in a tree-change. The couples swap the hustle and bustle of inner city Melbourne for the quiet calm of the countryside, to dabble in sustainable produce and dress in farm-chic designer wear on the reg.
But the laws of nature are often brutal, as is the gruesome task the friends are faced with when they must slaughter a young cow! What happens next will shock and horrify, as some startling truths begin to reveal themselves as utter carnage unfolds on stage.
Commissioned and premiered by the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2013, this is a razor sharp, modern black comedy written for a uniquely Melbourne audience. Full of references everyone including the hipster-elite among us will no doubt understand, The Beast will rip your notions of morality to shreds with it’s hilarious rant on urban culture, organic lifestyles and infidelity.
WARNING: No living creatures are harmed during the performances, however there will be high levels of graphic violence and stage blood, so proceed with caution!
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AGED 15 YEARS OR UNDER
DIRECTED BY: Tess Maur
WRITTEN BY: EDDIE PERFECT
Rob Lloyd as ROB
James Antonas as SIMON
Julia Lambert as MARGE
Ben Mitchell as THE SKIPPER
KYLIE RYAN as SUE
Caitlin Yolland as GEN
Div Collins as BAIRD
All For Peter Pan
by Stephen Andrews
Directed by Gemma Francis
Powderkeg Youth Theatre proudly presents All for Peter Pan.
Come along to what will be a series of fun afternoons that will take you back to your childhood. Share the thrill of live performance with your favourite young ones by bringing them along.
Most importantly, support the future generation of actors who bravely grace the Powderkeg stage like many before them.
By David Williamson
Directed by Lee Cook
Season: 5-20 October 2018
Jack Manning, a community conference convenor, has brought together the family of a rape and murder victim and the family of the perpetrator with the hopes that the discussion will give both families the chance to grieve openly and help the healing process for both families to begin.
A Conversation is a realistic, emotionally charged and hard-hitting play by David Williamson that peeks in on the community conference process and delves into the horror, destruction and unspeakable pain that the crimes of rape and murder wreak on people’s lives. The play pulls no punches with its material as it explores the impact of the crime on both families and questions what conditions in someone’s life give rise to such a heinous action and, when all is said and done, whether those conditions even matter at all.
One Act Play Season – Slut & The Adam/Eve Protocol
Season: 29-30 June 2018
Cast: Casey Bohan, Reschelle O’Connor, Julia Lambert, Malaynee Hayden and Jaclyn Lombardo.
This June, Powderkeg Players presents two one act plays for two nights only.
Patricia Cornelius’s Slut is an edgy, raw and provocative play that examines the part women play in slut-shaming. Slut follows the central character, Lolita, and a chorus of young women who watch her rise and final devastating fall. Directed by the award winning Natasha Boyd, Slut will tour Victoria as part of the One Act Play Festival circuit.
Second feature is the premier of The Adam/Eve Protocol, written and directed by longtime Powderkeg friend Donna Prince. Adam/Eve explores the human condition of relevance in the context of an uncertain future.
Agnes of God
Season: 4-12 May 2018
Directed by: Drew Mason
Written by: John Pielmeier
Cast: Gemma Francis, Veronica Hannebery and Marti Ibrahim
Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingston’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith.
An amateur production by arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
History of Shows:
2017 – (Last year of Sunshine Community Theatre)
Breakfast With The Bears (Youth Theatre)
Once Upon a Rhyme (Youth Theatre)
Wake Me Up Before You Burgle
Firehouse Zoo (Youth Theatre)
C U Next Tuesday
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Youth Theatre)
Shh…Don’t Tell the Bride
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest (Youth Theatre)
And The Big Men Fly!
Wait Until Dark
Jen and the Magic Mud (Youth Theatre)
There’s More to Life than Money and Sex
High Seas (Youth Theatre)
The Importance of Being Earnest
Fluffy’s Christmas (Youth Theatre)
Secret Bridesmaid’s Business
Bad Year For Tomatoes
Key For Two
Absurd Person Singular
Robin Hood (Youth Theatre)
Only an Orphan Girl
A Bed Full of Foreigners
2001 – (Moved to Dempster Park Hall, North Sunshine)
Little Red Riding Hood
1998 – (The Tin Shed, St. Albans)
James and the Giant Peach
1997 – (Last year at the old Powderkeg Playhouse)
On A Golden Pong
The Farndale Avenue Estate Townspeople’s Guild Society Murder Mystery
Post Horn Gallop
Jack and the Beanstalk (Youth Theatre)
Agnes of God
Snow Black and the Seven Dorks (Youth Theatre)
Sleeping Beauty (Youth Theatre)
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Doll’s House
Trap For A Lonely Man
Little Red Riding Hood (Youth Theatre)