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Powderkeg Players Presents The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh opening August 20th, directed by Samuel Chappel.
 
The play received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for production.
 
McDonagh’s subject is clear: the dangerous power of literature.
 
The hero, Katurian, is a writer who has been arrested by the police in a totalitarian state. His crime is not, as we initially assume, political subversiveness: it is that his short stories, dwelling on persecuted children, bear a resemblance to some child murders.
 
Although Katurian protests his innocence, it transpires that his brother has admitted to the crimes implementing Katurian. The question facing him is whether he should sacrifice his own life and that of his brother in order to ensure the preservation of his stories.
 
The play contains both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian’s stories.
 
Cast: 
TupolskiCraig Lenaine-Smith
ArielBenji Groenewegen
KaturianJames Chappel
MichalMatthew Freeman
 
Show Dates: 
Friday August 20th 8pm
Saturday August 21st 2pm (matinee) & 8pm
Thursday August 26th 8pm
Friday August 27st 8pm
Saturday August 28th 2pm (matinee) & 8pm
 

PAST PRODUCTIONS:

2021

Popcorn

by Ben Elton

Directed by Ashley Weidner 

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?
Winner! 1998 Laurence Olivier Award, Best New Comedy
Winner! Barclays Theatre Award for Best New Play
“Bloodcurdling comedy.” – London Sunday Times
“First rate entertainment, funny, gripping and genuinely thought provoking.…

Cast
Bruce Delamitri – Sam Marzden
Wayne Hudson – Patt Ryan
Scout – Lucinda Keating
Farrah Delamitri – Tabitha Veness
Velvet Delamitri – Nataleigh Maree
Brooke Daniels – Del Jordan
Karl Brezner- Gilbert Gauci
Christian – Steven Saxton
Bill – Carl Reeson

Crew
Director – Ashley Weidner
Assistant Director – Daniel Cooper
Associate Director – Maria Roitman
Stage Manager – Sinead Mccullough
Audio Effects – Ashley Weidner & Daniel Cooper
Video Production – Foundry Films

2019

The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel

By Steph DeFerie

Directed by Rachael Wright

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!

God Of Carnage

By Yasimina Reza

Directed by Liam Gillespie

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two New York couples: The Novak’s and the Raleigh’s. Residents of a hip Brooklyn neighbourhood, the Novak’s have invited the Raleigh’s onto home turf (the sitting room of their brownstone terrace, of course!) to discuss a violent playground incident that occurred the day before, 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.
 
Seth Kannof as MICHAEL NOVAK
Melanie Rowe as VERONICA NOVAK
Jonathan Best as ALAN RALEIGH
Casey Victoria Bohan as ANNETTE RALEIGH
 

The Beast

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

STARRING:
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

Beast (2) final flyer from Kate

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.

all peter pan poster

 

2018

A Conversation

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.

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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.

Slut by pat

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.

Flyer Final Agnes of God

History of Shows:

2017 – (Last year of Sunshine Community Theatre)

Breakfast With The Bears (Youth Theatre)

Veronica’s Room

 

2016

Once Upon a Rhyme (Youth Theatre)

Mad Forest

Wake Me Up Before You Burgle

 

2015 

Firehouse Zoo (Youth Theatre)

Ruben Guthrie

C U Next Tuesday

2014 –

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Youth Theatre)

Shh…Don’t Tell the Bride

Family Spirit

 

2013 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest (Youth Theatre)

And The Big Men Fly!

Boston Marriage

Wait Until Dark

 

2012 

Jen and the Magic Mud (Youth Theatre)

There’s More to Life than Money and Sex

Dirty Bird

Breathing Corpes

 

2012 

High Seas (Youth Theatre)

The Tank

The Importance of Being Earnest

 

2011 

Fluffy’s Christmas (Youth Theatre)

Secret Bridesmaid’s Business

 

2010 

Accommodations

Bad Year For Tomatoes2009 –

Engattica

Perfect Pitch

 

2008 

Busybody

Relatively Speaking

 

2007

Key For Two

 

2006

Absurd Person Singular

Legacy

 

2005

Robin Hood (Youth Theatre)

 

2003

Only an Orphan Girl

Rumpledtrenchcoat

 

2002

A Bed Full of Foreigners

Cindy Rella

 

2001 – (Moved to Dempster Park Hall, North Sunshine)

Little Red Riding Hood

Dimboola

 

2000

The Club

 

1998 – (The Tin Shed, St. Albans)

James and the Giant Peach

 

1997 – (Last year at the old Powderkeg Playhouse)

On A Golden Pong

Theft

The Farndale Avenue Estate Townspeople’s Guild Society Murder Mystery

Post Horn Gallop

Jack and the Beanstalk (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1996

Mixed Doubles

Agnes of God

Plaza Suite

Man Alive

Snow Black and the Seven Dorks (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1995

Nightmare

Blithe Spirit

Steel Magnolias

East Lynne

Sleeping Beauty (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1994

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Doll’s House

Trap For A Lonely Man

Venus

Little Red Riding Hood (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1993

The Crucible

Run For Your Wife

Golden Legion of Cleaning Women

A Night At the theatre

Peter Pan (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1992

My Three Angels

Don’t Just Lie There

2 One Act Plays – Spiders, Chamber Music

Arsenic and Old Lace

Rudolf Saves Christmas (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1991

Ghost Train

Daisy Pulls It Off

The Late Mrs Early,

Cindy Rella Wises (Youth Theatre)

 

1990 

A Wind in Heaven

House on a Cliff

Key for Two

 

1989 

My Friend Miss Flint

Busybody

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Jack and the Beanstalk (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1988

Dial M For Murder

Cat on a the Fiddle

Move Over Mrs Markham

Cinderella Goes Disco (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1987

Sraight Up (moomba) 

Prime of Miss Jean BRodie

Remain Seated; Hans

Witch and Goblin (Junior Broadway Youth Theatre)

 

1986

Round and Round the Garden

Death Trap

 

1985

Boeing Boeing

Table Manners

Night of January 16th 

Temptation Sordid or Virtue Rewarded

 

1984

Snap 

Murder at the Vicarage

Charley’s Aunt

The Chalk Garnden (25th show) 

 

1983

The Uninvited

Traveling North

Norman, Is That You?

 

1982

Marty

Bell, Book and Candle

Secretary Bird

The Great Western Melodrama

 

1981

Equus

Murder in Company 

Gingerbread Lady

 

1980

The Anniversary

Triple Cross

 

1979

Butterflies are Free

Woman in a Dressing Gown

 

1978

Accommodations

 

1977

Loot

 

1976

Say Who You Are

 

1975

The Odd Couple

The Shifting Heart

 

1974

And the Big Men Fly

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

 

1973

Compulsory Centure

 

1972

Bad Seed

A Triangel Has Four Sides

Will the Real Jesus Christ Please Stand Up (One Act Play)

Windows (One Act Play) 

The American Dream (One Act Play) 

 

1971

Only An Orphan Girl

Murder For The Asking

There’s No Business (One Act Play)

Sorry Wrong Number (One Act Play)

Black Comedy (One Act Play)

 

1970 (Prior to the formation of the Deer Park Drama Group) 

Man Alive

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