What's On in Regional Theatre | February 201714.02.2017
Find out what’s happening in theatre across regional New South Wales this February 2017. This list has been compiled thanks to Theatre in Sydney and NSW.
Rumour Has It: Adele, her Life & Songs
‘The Q’, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW
$37-$52 | Book here
Following standing ovations across the country including acclaimed seasons at the Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall and Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Australia’s smash hit stage spectacular Rumour Has It returns bigger and bolder than ever.
Starring stage and television star Naomi Price (The Voice Australia) in her award-winning portrayal of international superstar Adele, Rumour Has It charts the incredible rise of THE blockbuster soul sensation of the modern age live in story and song.
Hear Adele’s deliciously frank life story come alive in the words of this world-class performer backed by an electrifying six-piece band, delivering the greatest hits from a mega-platinum catalogue, including Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You,Turning Tables, Set Fire to the Rain and the Oscar winning Skyfall.
Rumour Has It evokes the inspirational spirit and talent of a mischievous working class diva from Tottenham as she spills intimate details about a meteoric rise that has captured hearts across the globe.
Always… Patsy Cline
‘The Q’, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan NSW
$47-$52 | Book here
Considered one of the leading female vocal performers of our time and one of the most iconic country singers, Patsy Cline was taken away from us too quickly. Always… Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in a plane crash in 1963 aged 30. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes 27 of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love always… Patsy Cline.” Ultimately, Always… Patsy Cline concerns dreams and persistence. It’s a useful reminder that, no matter how successful we may be, we all need a friend sometimes.
Little Shop of Horrors
Bangalow A & I Hall, Bangalow NSW
$35| Book here
With a cult following – and who doesn’t love a bit of romance, a bit of horror and a whole lot of musical greatness – this show is set to transform the genteel loveliness of the historic A&I Hall into the grimy, hard luck streets of Skid Row in the latter part of this year. Featuring an outstanding lineup of characters, including the love-struck and hapless flower shop assistant Seymour, a trio of ever-present and a little cynical doo-wop girls, and a new breed of plant with unusual and disturbing feeding habits, Little Shop of Horrors will have the audience laughing and gasping their way through its dark and witty narrative.
Chess: In Concert
The Harbour Theatre, Corner Of Addison & Wentworth Street, Shellharbour Village, NSW
$25 – $30 | Book here
The collaborators on Chess are giants of rock music and rock musicals and they have created a complex rock opera that played to full Broadway houses and standing ovations. Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion and the Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes One Night in Bangkok and Heaven Help My Heart.
February 17 – March 4
Doubt: A Parable
Wollongong Workshop Theatre, 194 Gipps Rd, Gwyneville (Wollongong) NSW
$20-$25| Book here
Based upon a few circumstantial details and a lot of intuition, the ultra-stern nun, Sister Aloysius Beauvier believes that one of the priests at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church and School has been molesting a 12-year-old boy named Donald Muller, the school’s only African American student. Sister Aloysius recruits a young, naive nun (Sister James) to assist her in monitoring the suspicious yet charismatic Father Flynn. Contains adult themes and sexual references.
February 19 & 26
You Haven’t Changed a Bit & Other Lies
The Basement Theatre, Cnr Morrow & Tarcutta Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW
$15 – $25| Book here
February 22 – 25
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 32 Burelli St, Wollongong
$49 – $84| Book here
Belvoir makes a welcome return to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre stage with their smash-hit production of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel.
The backblocks of Western Australia. It’s summer, 1965. Charlie Bucktin is 13 and smart. Overseas there’s war in Indochina, Civil Rights marches, the stirrings of women’s liberation – but at home Charlie Bucktin dreams of writing the Great Australian Novel.
When blamed-for-everything Jasper Jones appears at his window one night, Charlie’s out of his depth. Jasper has stumbled on the body of a local girl in the scrub, and he knows he’s the first suspect – that goes with the colour of his skin. He needs every ounce of Charlie’s brains if the truth is to emerge.
As the boys negotiate the secrets of a small town, the winds of change blow – but how do teenage Australians solve the riddles of a grown-up world?
Delighting Sydney audiences in 2016, this production returns to Belvoir St Theatre due to popular demand before heading to Wollongong. Jasper Jones is enthralling storytelling – whimsical, funny, tragic and wise. Recommended for ages 13+. Contains simulated violence and adult themes.
February 22 – 25
Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW
$18 – $25| Book here
David Walliams’ award-winning book comes to life on stage for children 6-12… and their adults! “Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…” – It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Sure he smells a bit, but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her. So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed. Now Chloe’s got to make sure no one finds out her secret, but she’s about to learn that some secrets have a way of leading to disaster. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose……
Monthly Play Readings in Gosford
Uniting Church Hall, Donnison St, Gosford, NSW
DONATION | Info here
Uniting Productions hosts play reading nights on the 4th Friday of every month, starting at 7.30pm. Uniting Productions is a proud supporter of local playwrights, and we love to showcase their work at these events. Entry is FREE with a gold coin donation for a light supper. Hope to see you there!
February 24 – March 4
Hating Alison Ashley
Art House, Wyong, NSW
$21.50 – $26.50 | Book here
Erica Yurken knew she was destined for great things. Never in any doubt about her own genius, she felt superior to everyone at notorious Barringa East… that is, until Alison Ashley turned up. A story about the pursuit of happiness and perfection, the pressures of growing up, the power of friendship, school-girl rivalries, constant embarrassment by family, and painful and often brutally funny awkwardness and insecurity.
Jopuka Productions, one of the Central Coast’s newest Independent production companies, present this classic story as their first production of 2017. The book was made into a movie starring Delta Goodrem in 2005. This production will be loved by the whole family!
February 24 – 25
The Vagina Monolgues
The Rhythm Hut, 135 Fuance St, Gosford NSW
$46 | Book here
VDay – Until the Violence Stops is an international campaign to end violence against women and young girls worldwide. Every February, community organisations and college campus are given free rights to perform theatrical productions written by campaign founder, Eve Ensler… to raise awareness of the movement as well as raise funds for LOCAL women’s shelters and support organisations. 10% of funds raised go to that years ‘Spotlight’ beneficiary. 2017 SPOTLIGHT IS ON WORKPLACE VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION.
Chopin’s Last Tour
Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW
$30 | Book here
Even today Chopin remains a romantic figure and this play features live piano pieces carefully chosen to tell the story of his turbulent life. Chopin’s Last Tour is set in Scotland in 1848, the year before he dies. It is perhaps not the happiest time in his life. He knows he is dying, his relationship with George Sand has ended dramatically and his father died 4 years earlier.
This is the story of Chopin’s life through his music and emotions. It gives the audience an insight into the type of man he was, his family, the importance of Poland, his friendships and lovers and his battle with illness.
February 25 – 27
Griffith High School Hall, Coolah Street, Griffith NSW