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What's On in Regional Theatre | March 2017

Find out what’s happening in theatre across regional New South Wales this March 2017. This list has been compiled thanks to the work of Theatre in Sydney and NSW.

March 2-3
Mr. Stink
Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, Dubbo, NSW
$20 – $30 | Book here

March 6-7
Orange Civic Theatre, Orange, NSW
$12 – $72 | Book here

March 8
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst, NSW
$16 – $90 | Book here

March 10
Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW
$20 – $80 | 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……


Australia Day
Union Theatre, Lithgow, NSW
More info here


March 28, 31
Whatever Gets You Through the Night
Upper Hunter Conservatorium Of Music, 80 Bridge St, Muswellbrook, NSW
$25 | Book here

The premiere season of a new Australian comedy about motherhood. Witness the trials and tribulations of three very different young women as they battle with pregnancy and the post birth struggles of a new born, their husbands and work-life. Written over the course of many years by Australian actor and drama teacher, Nicole Peelgrane. She penned her own experiences and those of others to create this unique and very relatable piece of theatre.


March 3-4, 10-11
Macbeth: Shakespeare in the Gardens
Albury Botanic Gardens, Albury, NSW
$10 – $20 | Book here

Award winning company, The Other Theatre Company, once again brings Shakespeare’s work to Albury Botanic Gardens this March with Macbeth. Considered one of William Shakespeare’s darkest plays, this contemporary interpretation of the original story is told with a backdrop of war, confusion, elation and opportunities to go on to bigger and better things. Macbeth will meet with the witches and scoff at their prophecy… until it comes true. Through his own ambitions and his wife’s urging, he will plot and scheme and murder until he is King of Scotland. but through the guilt of his actions and more prophesies, he will descend into madness and lose everything. Audiences will find this stylised adaptation of Macbeth dark and sexy, all with a hint of tartan. This is an outdoor event. BYO picnic and chairs. Vendors will be available on site selling food and drinks. Gates open at 7pm.


March 3-18
Laycock Street Community Theatre, Laycock Street, North Gosford, NSW
$40 – $42 | Book here

Gosford Musical Society presents its take on the classic musical, Evita. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Evita concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron – from her early life, rise to power, charity work and eventual death.


March 3-18
Laycock Street Community Theatre, Laycock Street, North Gosford, NSW
$40 – $42 | Book here

Gosford Musical Society presents its take on the classic musical, Evita. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Evita concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron – from her early life, rise to power, charity work and eventual death.


March 3-18
Uncle Vanya
Players Theatre, 27 Meroo Street, Bomaderry, NSW
From $23 | Book here

Uncle Vanya is the story of Ivan Petrovich Voynitsky who is affectionately known as Uncle Vanya by his family and friends. Set on a rural Russian estate, Uncle Vanya tells the events of the visit to the estate by an elderly professor (Aleksandr) and his glamorous, much younger second wife (Yeléna) whose urban lifestyle has long been supported by the estate.


March 3-19
The Addams Family: A New Musical
‘The Q’, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan, NSW
$44 – $59 | Book here

‘They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, the Addams Family.’

The Addams Family Musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, now eighteen years old, has found herself experiencing a surprising new sensation, one that frightens both her and her family: she has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. So Lucas Beineke, the object of Wednesday’s affections, and his parents Mal and Alice are on their way to the Addams estate to become better acquainted with the family over dinner. Meanwhile Morticia finds herself conflicted over her ever-maturing daughters newfound feelings, while Gomez simply wishes things would remain the way they were. As they learn to relate to the Beinekes and cope with Wednesday’s romance, one thing is certain: the Addams family will never be the same.The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family Musical, a magnificently macabre new musical comedy by the creators of Jersey Boys. We’ll leave the lights off for you!


March 4
All This Living!
Funhouse Studio, 3 Hill Street, Bega, NSW
$12.30 – $25 | Book here

A one-woman theatre show written and performed by Canberra performer Camilla Blunden.

Jay feels invisible and anti-ageing ads worry her, but it’s being ignored once too often as ‘just an old woman’ that finally inspires her to investigate what this ‘third stage’ of life is. All This Living! explores the offbeat world of the invisible, shrinking older woman. It premiered at The Street Theatre, Canberra in 2015 and is currently touring NSW.

There will be two performances: 3.00pm & 7.00pm on Saturday 4 March 2017.


March 8,10,15,22,29
No Holds Bard
Upper Foyer of the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW
$10 | Book here

No Holds Bard is a wicked Shakespearean mash up of the Bard’s cheekiest moments. Devised and directed by local theatre legend, Peter Cox, you should bring your lunch with you to enjoy this bite sized theatrical experience. Local acting talents Jo Darby, Adam Drummond and Stephen Holt will delight you with magic moments from William Shakespeare’s best known works. The first two shows will take place on the Wednesday and Friday of Seniors Week, then other Wednesdays during March. All the action will unfold in the Upper Foyer of the Civic Theatre which means capacity will be limited.


March 9
Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree, NSW
$25 – $55 | Book here

March 11
Capitol Theatre, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
$16 – $55 | Book here

March 14
Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie, NSW
$35 – $59 | Book here

March 21 – 22
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst, NSW
$24 – $42 | Book here

March 23
Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo, NSW
$25 – $50 | Book here

March 25
Orange Civic Theatre, Orange, NSW
$48 – $52 | Book here

March 28 -2 9
Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW
$42 – $45 | Book here

When young lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he’s not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table – he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all – blood.


March 10 – 26
When Dad Married Fury
Peninsula Theatre, Cnr McMasters Road & Ocean Beach Road, Woy Woy, NSW
$8 – $30 | Book here

David Williamson’s brilliant black comedy.


March 11
Lismore Laughs: Noodlenut – A Show for Kids
Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
$18 – $30 | Book here

Fans have been asking for it for years. Now, the wait is over… Frank Woodley is doing a show for kids! Now’s your chance to introduce little comedy fans to Australia’s most physical comedian in his natural habitat, on stage, performing for the pure joy of it. Whether he’s singing songs about sneezing, doing chaotic magic or impersonating animals playing sport, comedy master Frank Woodley has kids rolling around laughing in the palm of his hand. Frank has been delighting Australian audiences for years, with his acclaimed duo Lano and Woodley, solo stage shows and his own ABC series Woodley. In 2015 Frank turned his formidable talents to the world of kids comedy with the release of his much-anticipated children’s book series, Kizmet.


March 11
Shirley Valentine
Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo, NSW
$25 – $50 | Book here

March 17 – 18
Jetty Memorial Theatre, 337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW
$50 – $55 | Book here

This funny but moving piece won the award for Best Comedy at the 1988 Laurence Olivier Awards. It takes the form of a monologue by a 42-year-old Liverpool mother and housewife, Mrs Joe Bradshaw, before and after a transforming holiday to Greece. Inside Mrs Joe Bradshaw is the former Shirley Valentine longing to emerge. Her self-esteem battered by school, marriage and life in general, she finds herself talking to the wall while her husband is out working. She feels that her life is terribly mundane as she compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like. When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley grasps the opportunity to head for the sun and leave her current drudgery behind. The note in the kitchen reads “Gone to Greece, back in two weeks”. With much humour, warmth, sympathy and human insight, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould in which she was cast by society.


March 15 – April 1
Twelfth Night
The Goulburn Club, 19 Market St, Goulburn, NSW
$15 – $30 | Book here


March 17 – 25
The Vicar of Dibley
The Art House, Wyong, NSW
$27 – $30 | Book here

The stage adaptation follows the lives of your favourite Dibley Parish Council members in four classic episodes; Arrival, The Easter Bunny, The Engagement and Radio Dibley. Of course we can’t forget a few Alice jokes, escaping cows, disastrous sandwiches and Kylie Minogue along the way.


March 17 – April 2
Jack the Ripper
Players theatre, 33A Lord St, (Cnr Gordon & Lord Streets), Port Macquarie, NSW
$18 – $30 | Book here

A comical but scary treatment of the serial killer who terrorized London in the 1800’s.


March 17 – April 1
The Real Inspector Hound
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah, NSW
TBA | Book here

The Real Inspector Hound is a one-act play by Tom Stoppard. The plot follows two theatre critics named Moon and Birdboot who are watching a ludicrous setup of a country house murder mystery, in the style of a whodunit. By chance, they become involved in the action causing a series of events that parallel the play they are watching.


March 22
The World of Musicals
Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury, NSW
$64.90 – $220 | Book here

March 31
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
$64 – $69 | Book here

The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical Theatre to life. This incredible production brings the big company numbers from, Les Miserable, Lion King, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Cabaret, Wicked as well as stunning solo and duet numbers from Phantom of the Opera, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chicago, Once, Evita, Singing in the Rain, Little Shop of Horrors, Miss Saigon, and Cats to the stage.


March 22
Swan Lake
Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie, NSW
$65 – $250 | Book here

March 27
Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC), Dubbo, NSW
$60 – $89 | Book here

March 28
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), Bathurst, NSW
$65 – $85 | Book here

Following their 2015 sell-out performances of Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet La Classique makes a triumphant return to Australasia presenting their spectacular performance of Swan Lake. The most splendid Ballet of all time is brought to life by Petipa & Tchaikovsky’s spectacular score masterpiece. From the moon-lit lake where elegant swans silently glide to the magnificent opulence of the palace ballroom, odile, the temptress in a cloud of black tulle provides a ravishing counterpoint to the purity and innocence of odette the beautiful swan queen. A fairy tale story conveying all the drama of a tragic romance. Moscow Ballet ‘La Classique’ was established in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov. In this 2 acts performance of Swan Lake the illustrious Moscow Ballet ‘La Classique’ with their Ballet skills, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets will capture the imagination, the passion and the romance of this Classical Ballet fairytale.


March 23 – April 2
Death by Design
Laycock St Theatre, 5 Laycock St, North Gosford, NSW
$30 – $42 | Book here

Presented by Wagga Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre (SoACT).


March 23 – 25
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Basement Theatre, Cnr Morrow & Tarcutta Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW
$18 – $30 | Book here

Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work, set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events – but it’s seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. This will be a core production produced by the ​full-time students at Nate Butler’s Studio. This thrilling musical theatre blockbuster will be on the main stage of Laycock Street Community Theatre.


March 23 – 25
The Government Inspector
Michael Hoskins Centre, TAS Armidale, Armidale, NSW
$15 – $25 | Book here

In an age when utter buffoons can occupy the highest of offices, Nikolai Gogol’s satirical play The Government Inspector may, at this moment, be more dramatic realism than comedic farce. Greed, corruption and stupidity seem to be de rigueur in politics nowadays with obstinately obnoxiously lies and bigotry shovelled into us 140 characters at a time. But never fear! Here to lighten the tone is the Armidale School with a bizarre, wacky and irreverent adaptation that delights in stretching and skewing the classic Russian farce while honouring the sharp social commentary of the original. There will be zany and grotesque characters, colourful sets and costumes and a bit of song and dance thrown in there for good measure. In our post-truth, alternative-fact, draining-the-swamp-while-building-a-wall-and-making-it-all-great-again world I think we could all do with a bit of comedy. Just don’t forget what Gogol says: “Well, those who laugh the most will be laughing at themselves!”


March 23 – 26
Lord of the Flies
Richley Reserve, Blackbutt, NSW
More info here

Vicious, vindictive and just plain violent! To open our Hunter Drama 2017 season we kick things off with William Golding’s visceral and violent, Lord of the Flies. The rough and ready outdoor surrounds of Blackbutt Reserve will set the scene for our modern retelling of this compelling classic. Performed by an all female cast made up of Hunter Drama’s young female ensemble, this version is an experiment into how gender behave differently…or the same! Hunter Drama’s Lord of the Flies will look and sound different, but the violence and desperation is the same and is sure to be more gritty and powerful than the original. Suitable for ages 12 and up.


March 23 – April 1
Wyrd Sisters
Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
$20 – $25 | Book here

“Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off.’” The King is dead, long live the King! Well actually no, because the New King, the evil Duke Felmet, murdered the previous King and will stop at nothing until the whole Kingdom is under his iron hand. The only person who could take the throne would be the missing infant Prince hunted by the Duke’s men. The baby finds safety under the protection of three local witches. The witches Granny Weatherwax (Geoffrey Scotford) intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful, Nanny Ogg (Pat Slattery) down-to-earth, vulgar and Magrat Garlick (Rebecca Pakes) naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies are who stand between the Kingdom and destruction.


March 23 – 25
Stones in his Pockets
‘The Q’: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan, NSW
$37 – $52 | Book here

Stones in his Pockets is the hilarious and moving tale of a quiet Irish community turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood movie shoot. The film’s story of a budding romance between a rich girl and a local farmer, is played out in stark contrast with the growing friction that develops between the locals hired as extras on the film and the Hollywood big shots. Alternately riotously funny and deeply moving, the play is universally loved by all who see it. Over a dozen characters, including the extras, are played by just two actors, throughout the production. This involves lightning fast character transformation, often from one word to the next, with only minimal props and costume shifts possible to support these changes. As such it requires a high level of dexterity in physical and vocal transformation, a feat achieved bythe outstanding cast. It is an artistically vivid and original production, moving and funny, theatrically inventive and entirely engaging for a broad audience.


March 24 – April 1
Maitland Repertory Theatre, 244 High Street, Maitland, NSW
$17 | Book here

What if dreams had Neo-Nazis, truckers with Koala heads, and a best friend who convinces you to murder people? Willy and Noah are young white youths, trying to both define themselves and make a stamp on their society. They dream of joining the American Nazi party. Both men have dreams – they need something to make them stand out. They dream of doing something big. They dream of it day and night. Until it becomes hard to tell whether they’re awake or dreaming… Dreamtime is inspired by the true story of the murders of two university professors in a small Vermont town. Two high school boys from Vermont came to their home under false pretences and murdered them for a hundred dollars in cash.


March 24 – April 1
Blithe Spirit
Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina NSW
$15 – $30 | Book here

Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years….


March 24 – April 8
All Shook Up
Cooma Little Theatre, Monaro Ave, Cooma, NSW
TBA | Book here

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, and Don’t Be Cruel….


March 24 – April 2
Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
$20 – $38 | Book here

Geoffrey explores the effect of mental illness on the lives of two men, and how their loved ones somehow cope and lead the way to redemption. Written by local poet Peter Langston, and featuring work from some of the region’s finest creatives, Geoffrey is a premiere production from the Tamworth Dramatic Society. Geoffrey has a distinctly Australian voice, telling a story that might previously have been told in hiding, in the suburbs, possibly even about someone next door. Shining a light on the courage, the love, the destruction, and the recovery which can be mental wellness, this is a play with a story to tell which is both current and important. Suitable for audiences 15+: occasional course language and mature themes.


March 25
It’s About Time
Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW
$15 | Book here

Theatre Sports, Improv Night – Fun and Games! Join local playwright and theatre legend, Donatella Parise, for a hilarious night of comedy, improv, theatre sports and general fun and games! It’s About Time – we all gave this theatre caper a red hot go! Part Rockwiz – part Thank God You’re Here – part Spicks and Specks! Bring your friends along for an outrageous night of theatre games and general mayhem.


March 27 – 28
Diary of a Wombat
Manning Entertainment Centre, 33 Manning River Drive, Taree, NSW
$16 – $25 | Book here

March 30
Glasshouse Theatre, Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie, NSW
$22 – $95 | Book here

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat, and now this delightful tale from Australian Children’s Laureate (2014/15), Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!


March 31 – April 8
Farndale Murder Mystery
The Harbour Theatre, Corner Of Addison & Wentworth Street, Shellharbour Village, NSW
$20 – $25 | Book here

Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor.” And just in case the audience should get bored there’s a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! The crunch comes in the denouement when the “murderer”, about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.
Starring ​Veronica Dzelde as Mrs. Phoebe Reece, Jessica Barnes as Thelma Greenwood, Tania Giustiniani as Audrey, Roshelle Williams as Felicity and Paul Girdlestone as Gordon Pugh.


March 31 – April 10
Hedda Gabler
Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah, NSW
$15 – $20 | Book here

Lismore Theatre Company is proud to open their 2017 season with Hedda Gabler – “the female Hamlet?” The season kicks off on March 31st with HEDDA GABLER, Henrik Ibsen’s classic stage masterpiece. The title role of Hedda is considered one of the greatest dramatic roles in theatre. Many famous actresses have played Hedda – including Glenda Jackson, Diana Rigg, Ingrid Bergman, Kate Blanchett and Judy Davis – and the part has been referred to as “the female Hamlet”. The production, directed by David Addenbrooke, features Sharon Brodie in the title role of Hedda. Supporting Sharon will be Graham Whittingham, Jenny Dowell, Kylie Fuad, Charles Derek, and Vilma Giacomini.