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SUMMER family show

Hating Alison Ashley

by Robyn Klein, adapted by Richard Tulloch
Directed by Lyn Collingwood

Alison Ashley is pretty and smart and rich. She's moved into Erica Yurken's class at school.

And Erica's not happy about it.

HATING ALISON ASHLEY is the hilarious Australian story of two very different girls. Erica and Alison find that they're rivals in many areas, but perhaps they're not so different from each other after all.

The play is a dramatisation of the much-loved 1980's novel written by Robin Klein, that will be brought to life on stage at new theatre in January 2004.

HATING ALISON ASHLEY will be directed by Lyn Collingwood ('Colleen' from 'Home and Away'!). It's the perfect school holiday show for kids and adults.

Scenic Ilustrator: Cheryl Ward; Set Design by Tom Bannerman; Lighting design by Spiros Hristias; Sound design by Bernard Teuben

Cast includes: Marion Baird, Kate Cooper, Natalee Duncan, Sharn Hammond, Lori Killesteyn, Greg Livermore, Erin McMullen, Erica Nelson, Kimberley Parkes, Bartholomew Rose, Steve Vasquez, Heath Wilder

Season: Fri 9 Jan - Sat 24 Jan 2004
Thurs, Fri & Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5.30pm.
Saturday matinees 17 & 24 Jan @ 1pm
All tix: $15

NEW THEATRE continues its tradition of Mardi Gras entertainment with the Tony Award winning musical - FALSETTOS, a third season of the popular cabaret show, A TWIST OF LEMON DELICIOUS, and a moved reading of Julian Mitchell's hit play, ANOTHER COUNTRY .


By William Finn & James Lapine
Director: Brendon McDonall
Musical Director: Michael Huxley
12 February - 13 March 2004

When FALSETTOS won the Tony awards for Best Book and Score in 1992, it was hailed as groundbreaking: the first musical to explore the complexities of gay (and straight) relationships in an unexpectedly changing world. It is New York City in 1979 and Marvin wants Trina (his ex-wife), Jason (his 10 year old son) and Whizzer (his gay lover) to be a tight-knit normal Jewish family. But Trina is breaking down, Marvin and Whizzer are breaking up, and Jason likes his Dad's lover more than his Dad. Mendel (Marvin's shrink) falls for Trina, Marvin loathes Mendel, Trina wants Jason to see a psychiatrist, Jason likes girls but his father loves boys, while the lesbians from next door love each other. Together, these unlikely lovers navigate life and love in the Big Apple, until Whizzer falls ill to a mysterious disease on the eve of Jason's Bar Mitzvah....
By William Finn and James Lapine, this funny, witty and acerbic musical is
an affirmation of the importance of family and friends, where sexuality is
secondary to our capacity to love.

Directed by Brendon McDonall (Love's Triumph - Darlinghurst Theatre), with
Musical Director Michael Huxley (Only Heaven Knows - 1995 Australian
production), the cast includes Marianne Patton (The Stars Come Out - Mardi
Gras, Closer Than Ever - London), Todd Goddard (Shout! - original Australian
tour, Assassins - new theatre), Nathan Carter (Jolson, Assassins - new
theatre), Garth Saville (African Gothic, Assassins - new theatre), Meagan
Caratti (Get Happy - Star City, New York Cabaret Convention), Victoria Imber
(Sydney Cabaret Convention, Julius Caesar - Bondi Pavilion) and Liam Gibson
(Carmen, Orpheus in the Underworld - Opera Australia, Eureka! - Australian

Director: Brendon McDonall
Musical Director: Michael Huxley
Set Design: James Browne
Lighting Design: Tony Youlden
Cast: Meagan Caratti, Nathan Carter, Liam Gibson, Todd Goddard, Victoria
Imber, Marianne Patton, Garth Saville
Where: 542 King Street, Newtown
When: Opens Thurs 12 February at 8pm
Plays to: Sat 13 March.
Performs: Wed - Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5.30pm (no show on Sat 6 March)
Tickets: $30 / $25
Bookings: 9519 8958 (*new booking number)

Preview-by-Donation ($5 suggested minimum)
Wednesday 11 Feb @ 8pm

Super-Priced-Sunday: All tickets only $10
Sunday 15 Feb @ 5:30pm

...and more exciting Mardi Gras events from new theatre....


Directed by Louise Fischer & Sheena Crouch

21 February - 13 March 2004

Back by popular demand, the girls from Lemon Delicious return for a third

Lesbian Idol meets Survivor as the girls hit the road and do the outback
like it's never been done before - you've never seen a campfire like theirs.

From belting out the blues to crooning some country to the occasional
sing-along, these citric chicks cover every musical base as they journey
from nowhere to eternity.

Under the direction of Louise Fischer (who recently directed Dancing at
Lughnasa for new theatre) and Sheena Crouch (The Witches of Eastwick,
Assassins), A TWIST OF LEMON DELICIOUS promises to be a tart and tasty treat
this Mardi Gras.

Director: Louise Fischer & Sheena Crouch
Where: 542 King Street, Newtown
When: Saturdays 21, 28 Feb. 6, 13 March at 5pm,
and Sundays 22, 29 Feb. 7 March at 9pm.
Tickets: $15
Bookings: 9519 8958


By Julian Mitchell

A moved rehearsed reading
Directed by Leigh Rowney

17, 24 February & 2 March 2004

Set within the microcosm of a boarding school dormitory, amidst the double
standards of British society, ANOTHER COUNTRY, written by Julian Mitchell,
follows the lives of two young men - one a fledgling communist, the other
defiantly homosexual. The play that shot Rupert Everett to fame is loosely
based on the lives of Guy Burgess and Kim Philby, the Cambridge Spies.

Directed by Leigh Rowney, this moved reading follows two young men of the
privileged class in 1930s England who went on to shock their conservative
country to its core. Exposing the underbelly of the elite, ANOTHER COUNTRY
is a superbly crafted, ironically humorous study of what makes a traitor.

Director: Leigh Rowney
Where: 542 King Street, Newtown
When: Tuesdays 17 & 24 February & 2 March at 8pm
Tickets: $10
Bookings: 9519 8958


'DOUBLE TAKE: Shakespeare Scenework'

Co-ordinator: Kate Flaherty
Directors: Kate Flaherty, Niki Samer, Louise Luccarini and Frank McNamara

For senior highschool students and all those with a passion for Shakespeare, DOUBLE TAKE will utilise four directors and four casts, providing an opportunity to compare and contrast different directorial approaches.

Two directors bring to life scenes from 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA', while another two tackle 'THE TEMPEST'. Come and help yourself to a double serving.


Thurs 25 March, 2 & 6pm
All tix: $10


Thurs 1 April, 2 & 6 pm
All tix: $10


by William Shakespeare

16 April - 29 May 2004

There is something perversely intoxicating about bad boys.

New Theatre reveals what the future may bring as Shakespeare's great political tragedy follows Richard, Duke of Gloucester, on his murderous quest for the throne.

New Theatre's production dives into a murky world sometimes in the future. Globalisation has failed, civilisation has broken down, survival of the fittest reigns supreme, and an evil without remorse is threatening to gain power.

Here Richard's real deformity is not physical, but a pathological thirst for the power which he desires above everything else.

For Richard, it's nothing personal. People who get in his way become "collateral damage". Still, love him or hate him, he'll take you on one hell of a ride.

In a world of terror, globalisation and political corruption, New Theatre's Richard III holds up a mirror to the civilisation that creates such a "monster". It is a representation of one possible future based on today's global trends and the move away from humanity.

Directed by Louise Fischer (Dancing at Lughnasa and Lemon Delicious - New Theatre) and designed by Katja Handt (Dancing at Lughnasa - New Theatre, Little Malcolm and his Struggle against the Eunuchs - Old Fitzroy, Rhinoceros - B Sharp), and featuring a cast of twenty one actors, New Theatre's Richard III brings to life one of Shakespeare's most diabolical, yet charismatic villains in a world of uncertainty, terror and a lust for power.

Director: Louise Fischer
Set Design: Katja Handt
Costume Design: Kate Shanahan
Lighting Design: Tony Youlden

Cast: Margaret Barnaby, Ritchie Black, Matt Butcher, Kate Cooper, Sheree da Costa, Mark Daly, Simon Freestone, Diana Holt, Henry Jennings, Rohan Maloy, Fiona Nash, Jenelle Pearce, Caitlin Procter, Kath Perry, Jeffrey Prewett, Kurt Sneddon,Patrick Spicer, David Sutton, Donald Sword, Daisy Tester, Cheryl Ward

When: Friday 16 April to Saturday 29 May
Thurs - Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5.30pm.
Matinees: Sat 1 & 15 May @ 2pm
Tickets: $25 Full, $20 Concession, ($17 School Groups 10+)

SPECIAL DEALS: ALL TICKETS $10 on Thurs 15 (preview), 22, 29 April 8pm, and Sun 18, 25 April 5.30pm.


Our Town

by Thornton Wilder
Director: Lee Lewis
Design: Joshua Mason

Cast: Allyson Araya, Bridget Brooklyn, Rebecca Clay, Florette Cohen, Jack Fairweather,Paul Lyons, Rita McCormick, Rhys Robinson, Bartholemew Rose, Leigh Rowney, Steve Vasquez, Liz Young

OUR TOWN spans the first thirteen years of the twentieth century in the life of Grover's Corners, a small town in America's rural New Hampshire. A place where the names on the oldest gravestones are the same as those of the townspeople today. Where the kids share an ice-cream soda, their mothers sing in the church choir, and a girl grows up and really does marry the boy next door. It's the archetypal town of American mythology.

While OUR TOWN imagines a way of life which in reality was never achieved, America today is the shambles of this hope destroyed.

Often interpreted as a folksy American nostalgia piece, scratch the surface and OUR TOWN is no quaint tale of hayseed family life, but a work of social criticism which indicts us with personal responsibility for the way we see our lives. Not so much a play of memories as a play about memory, private and public, it evokes nostalgia to warn against it, and argues instead for an acceptance of transience, and a celebration of life while it is lived. Wilder demands we live here and now, simply and fully. By confronting us with our own mortality the play challenges us to explore our small allotment of years and recognise that small, unknowable fragment of the self that is eternal.

Ultimately, OUR TOWN transcends twentieth-century America and becomes an enduringly relevant work about memory, fantasy, and the power and price of both.

Lee Lewis is a recent graduate of the NIDA Directors' course who has trained and worked extensively in Australia and in America. She recently won Best Director in the annual 'Short and Sweet' theatre festival, as well as directing 'Big Love' at NIDA's Parade Theatre, and 'Julius Caesar' for Theatre Nepean. She will also be directing Danial Keene's play 'Half and Half' at Belvoir Street Downstairs. Lee is also an accomplished performer who has been seen in 'Gabriel' at New Theatre, and most recently in the successful 'I've Got The Shakes' at Darlinghurst Theatre.

Friday 11 June to Saturday 10 July
Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 5.30pm
Matinees: Saturday 19 & 26 June @ 2pm
Tickets: $25 Full / $20 Concession. $17 School Groups 10+
All Bookings: 9519 8958
World English Language Premiere


by Lars Norén.
Friday 23 July - Saturday 21 August 2004
Moved Reading


by Georg Büchner. Tues 31 August & Wed 1 September at 8.00 pm

An English version by Michael Briggs.

The last week in the life of one of the architects of the French Revolution, subject of Andrzej Wajda's great film starring the young Depardieu. Is good always good? Is evil always evil? An incredible masterpiece by the passionate 23-year-old genius who during his tragically short career set the course of modern drama. Kim Knuckey as Danton, Donald Sword as Robespierre head an all-star cast. Directed by Anne-Louise Luccarini with Olivia Olley.

Moved Reading.


by Lee Blessing.
[By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia]
Tues 21 & Wed 22 September at 8.00 pm
Tix: $10 (available at the door only from 7.30pm only, no bookings, no credit cards)

An eye specialist in a charming English village treats a VIP patient from an African republic who turns out to be seeking much more than eye surgery. The doctor finds herself faced with the greatest ethical dilemma of her life. Featuring Pamela Jikiemi and Angela Bauer, directed by Michael Briggs.

Moved Reading


by Marguerite Duras.
Tues 12 & Wed 13 October at 8.00 pm
Tix: $10 (available at the door only from 7.30pm only, no bookings, no credit cards)

A Duras double! Two poignant short plays exploring love that has ended and the role of memory, by the distinguished and much-loved post-war French novelist, screenwriter and dramatist. Casting to be announced.

Directed by Dariusz Kurzelewski.


Now in its fifth year, New Directions continues to bring new works and new directors to New Theatre. This year's selection includes the Australian premiere of GAGARIN WAY by Gregory Burke, and the contemporary Australian dramas NAVIGATING by Katherine Thomson and FEATURES OF BLOWN YOUTH by Raimondo Cortese.

new theatre is proud to present

Play 1 - An Australian premiere


by Gregory Burke
Directed by Alice Livingstone
27 August - 11 September 2004

In the storeroom of a Scottish computer factory, Eddie and Gary, two accidental anarchists, are making the ultimate political statement. Frank is the target - but he's not playing the game. And Tom? Tom just came back for his hat.

Tarantino meets Beckett in this debut play by a remarkable young writer. Since it was first performed in 2001, sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Festival and the National Theatre in London have been followed by over 20 productions internationally.

This black comedy speaks to a world choked by globalization, where the spirit of the individual and the bonds of community have been suffocated by economic rationalism, profit margins and the need to serve 'the big picture'. The writing is tough, the ideas challenging, the outcome shocking.

Directed by Alice Livingstone ('Mother Clap's Molly House', 'In Angel Gear'), The cast includes is Rob Flanagan, Jason Langley ('Bat Boy', 'Out in the Open'), Andy Leonard and Phil Scott ('The Wharf Revue'). Joshua Mason ('Our Town') is the season designer with Spiros Hristias as lighting designer.

"It's terrific...a tightly spun thriller, a scathing comedy...full of explosive action" The Observer

"A sensational debut...grippingly theatrical...exceptionally entertaining" The Daily Telegraph

"Bitterly funny...a ton of theatrical dynamite" The Guardian

Please note: this production contains violence, and language that may offend some patrons
  • Designer: Joshua Mason
  • Lighting Design: Spiros Hristias
  • Cast: Rob Flanagan, Jason Langley, Andy Leonard, Phil Scott
  • Dates: 27 August - 11 September 2004
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 5.30pm
  • Tickets: $15

Play Two:


by Katherine Thomson.
Directed by Juliette Ferrier. By arrangement with HLA Management

What would you do if you discovered proof of corruption among people you thought you knew? Would you tell? And if you did, could you survive your friends and neighbours abandoning you one by one?

Against a backdrop of small town politics within a rural community, Navigating tracks one woman's journey from naive bystander to courageous whistleblower.

Bea, a middle-aged public servant living with her younger sister in a small seaside town, stumbles on damning documentary evidence of deep-seated corruption amongst respected local authorities. Long buried secrets are revealed, bringing to light a cover-up which has had devastating effects on the lives of the two women. Turning for support to one trusted friend after another, Bea finds herself alone and defenceless against a conspiracy of fear and deceit which threatens to destroy her life.

A compelling story from one of Australia's finest contemporary playwrights, Katherine Thomson (Harbour, Wonderlands, Diving For Pearls, Grass Roots).

Directed by Juliette Ferrier, the cast includes Christine Greenough, John Keightley, Greg Kennedy, Peter McAllum, Jill McKay, Alison Peters and Meredith Porteous. Joshua Mason (Our Town) is the season designer with Spiros Hristias as lighting designer.

"An ability to marry the public and the private is but one of the qualities I admire in Katherine Thomson's work....[and] her unsentimental treatment of her characters coupled with her remarkable ear for dialogue" - Associate Professor Paul Thomson, New York University

Strictly limited season: 16 September - 2 October 2004
Thurs - Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5.30pm
All tickets: $15
Bookings: 9519 8958


3pm Sunday 26 September before the 5.30 performance of Navigating.

Panel discussion about whistle-blowing and its effects. The panel of high-profile experts will include playwright, Katherine Thomson, and the New Theatre looks forward to a very free open forum on this vitally important topic.

new theatre is proud to present

Play Three:


by Raimondo Cortese
Directed by Fiona Hallenan
Strictly limited season: Thurs - Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5.30pm 7 - 23 October 2004

It's the inner city; a student, a stripper, a struggling writer, a cynical idealist and a wannabe tough guy are living in a shared house. Enter a naive skinhead, an ambitious prostitute and their very dangerous landlord and everyone's world implodes. A raw, violent and ultimately provocative Australian drama.

Written by Raimondo Cortese this ensemble piece explores what happens to a generation of people who have nothing to rail against and nothing to aspire to. Loneliness and frustration lead to sexual obsessions that unravel in drug use, violence and pushing moral boundaries. This darkly humorous and gritty play is perhaps even more relevant today than when it was first performed in Melbourne in 1997.

Directed by Fiona Hallenan the cast includes Les Chantery, Kimberley Hews, Lori Killesteyn, Francesca Savige, Patrick Spicer, Lucy Taylor, Johann Walraven and Gerard Williams. Joshua Mason (Our Town) is the season designer with Spiros Hristias as lighting designer.

All tickets: $15 Bookings: 9519 8958

Please note: this production contains sexual references, nudity, drug use, violence, and language that may offend some patrons


Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY)

Directed by Pete Nettell
Designed by Wayne Harris
Featuring Jeannie Lewis as "The Witch"

Would you be prepared to lie, to cheat, to steal or kill, to make your wish come true?

Join Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Jack, the Baker and his Wife, as they venture deep into the woods on a quest for happiness.

Face the Witch, flee the Wolf, slay the Giant or break the Curse. Once you've gone into the woods you'll never be the same again.

In a stunning new production, director Pete Nettell approaches this classic of modern musical theatre with a fresh and original vision to focus on the deep humanity of the story and the power of the music and lyrics.

Imaginative staging, deceptively simply design, pared back musical arrangements and performers physically at one with the space combine to create a world of dress-ups and play, where fantasy and dreams take hold.

Proud Sponsor KAWAI Digital and Acoustic Pianos

Season: 12 Nov - 18 Dec 2004 Thurs - Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5.30pm
Tix: $30 / $25 conc Bookings: 9519 8958

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by Lyn Collingwood

***Carols*** Magic*** Santa***

Dickson Space, 35 Dickson St Newtown
All tix $15 (no free list)
Bookings: 02-95198958
  • 7pm on 15-18,21-24 December 04
  • 3pm on 18 December 04
  • 1pm on 19 December

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