Committed Quiche! – Two Crazy One Act Comedies November 2017Stage Directions – A Light Drama by Aaron Evans October 2017The Sum of Us – An Uplifting Drama by David Stevens July 2017Last of the Red Hot Lovers – A Comedy by Neil Simon May 2017An Inspector Calls – A Gripping Drama by JB Priestley March 2017
This is the Wild West – Young Theatricals – A Theatre Restaurant by Christine Ferdinands August 2016The Final Test – A Comedy by Chris Paling November 2016Deckchairs – A Series of One Act Plays by Jean McConnell September 2016The Narcissist – A Comedy by Stephen Carleton July 2016The Glass Menagerie – A Drama by Tennessee Williams May 2016Lipstick Dreams – A Comedy by Helen O’Connor and Simon Hopinkson March 2016
Putting It Together – A Musical Review by Stephen Sondheim November 2015Love’s Dilemmas – Two One Act Comedies by Hugh O’Brien October 2015Dial M for Murder – A Dramatic Thriller by Frederick Knott May 2015Perfect Wedding – A Comedy Farce by Robin Hawden March 2015
Entertaining Angels – A Comedy by Richard Everett November 2014Awards & Awakenings – A Season of One Act Plays July 2014A New York Minute & A Day to Remember – 2 One Act Plays by Michele Palermo & Ian Pullar May 2014Sin, Sex & the CIA – An American Farce by Michael & Susan Parker March 2014
The Big Cats & Pier Twelve – Special Preview Nights of Festival Plays May 2013Butterflies are Free – A Comedy by Leonard Gershe December 2013Good Things – A Romantic Comedy by Liz Lochhead October 2013A Few Good Men – A Courtroom Drama by Aaron Sorkin July 2013Five Women Wearing the Same Dress – A Comedy by Alan Ball May 2013Amigos – A Comedy by David Williamson March 2013
Searching for Doctor Branovic – A Comedy by David Tristram (PG) November 2012After Dinner – A Comedy by Andrew Bovell (M) October 2012The Importance of Being Earnest – A Comedy by Oscar Wilde (PG) July 2012Duet for Two Hands – A Drama by Mary Hayley Bell (PG) June 2012Stepping Out – A Comedy by Richard Harris (PG) March 2012
The Force and I – A Theatre Restaurant December 2011The 39 Steps – Smash Hit Comedy October 2011
|Committed Quiche! – Two Crazy One Act Comedies
|Directors: Shane & Kate Mallory
Fully Committed by Becky Mode
This devastatingly funny and immensely entertaining comedy ride follows a day in the life of Sam, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionicsa cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation, or the right table.
Amid the barrage, Sam’s got his own needs to contend withhis recently widowed dad wants him home for Christmas, and he’s up for a choice role at Lincoln Centre Theatre. While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, can he manage to look out for himself
Experienced ILT actor Shane Mallory takes on forty wildly diverse characters in this hilarious and at a times touching but sparkling one-man tour de force that gallops along at a swift, almost frantic pace.
Rating M: Occasional coarse language
5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche by Andrew Hopgood and Evan Lindner
It’s 1956 and the charming widows of the Susan B Anthony Society For The Sisters Of Gertrude Stein are getting together to celebrate their annual Quiche Breakfast. The threat of a Communist attack sparks the rise of some closeted secrets and desires. Whatever could they be?
The women will have you laughing until you cry and possibly even craving quiche!
This award winning Off-Broadway smash took America, then Brisbane, by storm! If you missed it in Brisbane, now is your chance to attend the annual Quiche Breakfast for a great night out!
Rating M: Adult themes
|Stage Directions – A Light Drama by Aaron Evans
|Director: Aaron Evans
A professional Melbourne theatre company is experiencing some drama during rehearsals for its latest production. Simon Mc Drew, a washed up movie star, has returned home to Australia to try and regain some credibility within the entertainment industry.
He immediately creates problems by falling out with a fellow cast member, who leaves the show. Simons assistant, Sandra, is yet again left to try and pick up the pieces. Gerald Adams, the director of the play is now left desperately looking for the right actress for the show, and a new actor to replace the one who left.
He casts Olivia Grand Matthews, a sassy drama queen and Michael, a new kid to the realm of professional theatre, and the sparks really begin to fly. Will this show go on?
A funny and sometimes sobering look at what life can be like behind the glare of the stage lights!
Rated M: Occasional coarse language
|The Sum of Us – An Uplifting Drama by David Stevens
|Directors: Doug Moses and Chris Austin-Greenhill Assisted by Lucia Grant
A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues. While he is searching for Miss Right, his son is searching for Mr. Right.
Harry lives with his rugby playing, gay son, with both men struggling in their search for true love. Harry is completely comfortable with his sons sexuality and almost over-eager in his support for his sons search for a boyfriend. When each does find a new love interest, the odd couple relationship between father and son creates big issues for them all.
When the play was released as a movie in 1994 it was number one at box offices throughout Australia with Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson in the lead roles.
An abundance of comedy, as well as a certain depth of sadness, in an exploration of unconditional family love.
Rated: M 15+ Adult themes and coarse language.
|Last of the Red Hot Lovers – A Comedy by Neil Simon
|Directors: Robyn Flashman & Melinda Park
Barney Cashman is happily married and the owner of a successful New York seafood restaurant but he is facing a severe midlife crisis. He has come to the realisation that his whole life can be summed up in one word: nice. Barney has decided that nice simply isnt enough in the swinging sixties.
Determined to experience for one afternoon a memorable romantic episode before he dies, he overcomes his timidity and arranges a tryst with an attractive woman who has been a patron at his restaurant. He plans to use his mothers Manhattan apartment because she volunteers at a hospital for a few hours each week. Barney is a gentle soul with no experience in seduction and this liaison proves to be a complete disaster. He says as he buries his head in his hands, Ill never do that again.
But has he really learned from that one experience?
Featuring the acting talents of:
A play which will make you laugh out loud but also examines what it means to grow older, and asks the question, What do you do when it seems as if your life hasnt been fully lived?
Rated M: Adult themes and occasional coarse language
|An Inspector Calls – A Gripping Drama by JB Priestley
|Director: Les Chappell
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.
Interrogating each family member in turn, Inspector Gooles incisive questioning reveals that each one not only had a connection to the girl but also may have played a significant part in her demise. As the familys callous actions are brought to light, so are dark and shameful secrets that threaten to tear the Birling family household apart and destroy its reputation.
Set in 1912, the play vividly evokes a thriving industrial age built on crippling social inequality.
An enthralling mystery and a scathing critique of a hypocritical, class-obsessed society!
Rated PG : Mild adult themes
|This is the Wild West – Young Theatricals – A Theatre Restaurant by Christine Ferdinands
|Directors: Liz Ball & Rebecca Noble
Like most gun slaying Westerns, this one started over a girl… and it ends over a different girl.
‘Be part of a hoot ‘n’ nanny night of laughs, food and great entertainment as you see the future stars of ILT’s main stage under the stars as Young Theatricals perform in the in ILT’s new courtyard.’
|The Final Test – A Comedy by Chris Paling
|Director: Jane Sheppard
Peter and Ruth have had a long and happy marriage. Or so Peter believes.
But all is not well, as Peter discovers one afternoon when hes dozing in his deckchair and listening to the final test from The Oval. His wife announces that she has sold the house from under him and shes moving to the coast with her lover. When the new owners move in later that day they discover they have more than they bargained for: an elderly, cricket-loving squatter who refuses to move out of their garden.
Rated G Suitable for all audiences
|Deckchairs – A Series of One Act Plays by Jean McConnell
|Directors: Chris Austin-Greenhill, Ann Collyer & Aaron Evans
‘A delightful trio of plays which are funny, and at times, moving stories about human loving and longing.’
Rated PG. Contains adult themes.
|The Narcissist – A Comedy by Stephen Carleton
|Director: Shane Mallory
Xavier is a narcissist. He is a jaded, single, urban professional living in New Farm and the prospects of finding a psychosexually well-adjusted partner are beginning to fade. Enter Bronwyn, an equally committed boozy malcontent and best friend who challenges Xavier to a duel ‘Six weeks to bag a man! No ifs, no buts, no limits, no boundaries and no rules!’
Let’s be honest – it’s all about ME!
The Narcissist is a riotous and politically incorrect post-modern comedy of manners. Guaranteed to leave audiences in gasping fits of laughter, this play is about middle-class, middle-age sexual politics.
Rated MA 15+ Frequent Coarse Language, Sexual References
|The Glass Menagerie – A Drama by Tennessee Williams
|Director: Jan Paterson
Amanda Wingfield, a faded southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy apartment with her son, Tom, in his early twenties, and his slightly older sister, Laura. Amanda yearns for the comforts and admiration she remembers from her younger days as a feted debutante. She worries especially about the future of her daughter who has a crippled leg and who hides away from the outside world, spending much of her time polishing and arranging her collection of little glass animals.
|Lipstick Dreams – A Comedy by Helen O’Connor and Simon Hopinkson
|Directors: Doug Moses and Chris Austin-Greenhill
Lipstick Dreams is a light-hearted look at the lives of four very different women, each with their own dreams and disappointments. The play is set in the Blue Heaven Ladies Hairdressing Salon in a small country town. Jo, the manageress, is advised by the bank that the salon is no longer a viable concern. Since ‘Brett and the boys’ opened a salon across the road Jo and her girls haven’t been taking enough to cover the tea bill let alone the interest repayments to the bank. So, with the help of her employees, Jo enters a talent quest at the local Chinese restaurant in the hope that ‘if they win’ the publicity would start bringing the customers back. On the very day of the contest one of the staff resigns. – Enter one of their customers – Is this the break they need to save the Blue Heaven?
|Putting It Together – A Musical Review by Stephen Sondheim
|Director: David Austin
A musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim and his incomparable career in musical theatre. Songs in the production are drawn from shows including Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened , etc., Putting It Together revolves around five people thrown together at a party in a Manhattan penthouse. Our Incinerator Theatre space will be transformed into an estate in Sweden, an island outside of Paris, a street off the Roman Forum, the woods of a fairy tale, a mythical town in the American Southwest and even the stage of an abandoned theatre!
A sumptuous feast for the senses!
|Love’s Dilemmas – Two One Act Comedies by Hugh O’Brien
|Director: Jim Orr, Assistant Director Ann Collyer
Love & Other Flushes
His reluctant partner in this instant marriage repair is a woman who is no mood to counsel anyone because her own marriage of 31 years has just been flushed down the toilet!
Love or Nearest Offer
Both productions are rated PG and contain sexual references.
|Dial M for Murder – A Dramatic Thriller by Frederick Knott
|Director: Les Chappell, Assistant Director Desley Cronin
Featuring the acting talents of:
Tony Wendice, a former tennis pro has married his wife, Margo, for her money. When he discovers that she has had an affair, he now wants revenge as well as her money. Full of resentment, jealousy and greed he plans to blackmail a former student associate to murder her. But things go wrong…. Dangerously wrong.
This classic of the stage was adapted for film and directed by Hitchcock, starring Grace Kelly in the 1950s. The play has endured the years and is a beautifully crafted, engrossing and entertaining murder mystery.
A stylish, psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat!
|Perfect Wedding – A Comedy Farce by Robin Hawden
|Director: Doug Moses Assistant Director Chris Austin-Greenhill
An appalling situation. A bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite, with his bride-to-be about to arrive any moment, and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. What’s more she is an extremely attractive girl and, in the depths of his post stag-night hangover, he can’t remotely remember even having been introduced to her!
|Entertaining Angels – A Comedy by Richard Everett
|Director: Jan Paterson
Ive made four thousand six hundred medium sized quiches and personally baked two tons of light crust pastry. And for what?
|Awards & Awakenings – A Season of One Act Plays
|Roses Are Red, My Love by Pat Woods
Directed by Les Chappell
Things are not what they seem to be when two old dears vie for prizes in the local Garden Club. Someone is killing off people pretty regularly in the village.
A Kind Of Alaska by Harold Pinter.
Deborah was a pert, lively 16 year old and part of a close-knit family, when her body froze into a state of immobility. Twenty-nine years later, watched over throughout by the same doctor, she comes to life and gradually and poignantly tries to adjust to the world around her; the doctor, the death of her mother and the ageing of her younger sister.
|A New York Minute & A Day to Remember – 2 One Act Plays by Michele Palermo & Ian Pullar
|Directors: Phil McCormack and Ian and Helen Pullar
An absorbing play about best friends and second chances.
A Day to Remember by Ian Pullar
Even a humdrum life may have hidden depths.
Rated PG Mild sexual references
|Sin, Sex & the CIA – An American Farce by Michael & Susan Parker
|Directors: Doug Moses and Sheryl Roche
Huge oil reserves have been discovered in The Chagos Islands and the islanders are seeking to place themselves under USA protection. OPEC, however, is out to ensure that they have control of these new found oil reserves. A meeting between representatives of the two governments is arranged at a safe house under the protection of a very young and an incompetent CIA agent, Luke, on his first assignment. OPEC operatives have been sent to derail the meeting.
Comedy farce – contains Mild sexual references. Rated PG.
|The Big Cats & Pier Twelve – Special Preview Nights of Festival Plays
|Directors: Craig Taylor & Phil McCormack
The Big Cats
Pier Twelve is set on a remote section of the waterfront,where a total stranger helps a despairing young woman understand her place in the greater world. It involves an act of desperation which leads to an act of kindness and ultimately an act of sacrifice. It is a piece fraught with emotion and sustained by faith. The meeting of this man and woman could be described as a confronting journey into the dark side of desire and salvation.
Be the first to experience our 2013 Festival plays before they hit the circuit!
|Butterflies are Free – A Comedy by Leonard Gershe
|Director: Les Chappell
Assistant Director: Desley Cronon
A heart-warming comedy about relationships and commitment that is both funny and touching. Don Baker has lived all his life with his dominating mother and now feels the need to moved into an apartment of his own–to be free. He makes a contract with his mother that she will not come to see him for at least two months.
One month passes before the beautiful Jill Tanner moves into the apartment
But how free can Don be when his possessive mother turns up unexpectedly, catches the pair in their underwear and demands that Don returns home?
A genuinely touching play that deals with the freedom to be who you are.
|Good Things – A Romantic Comedy by Liz Lochhead
|Director: Jane Sheppard
Suddenly single with a dreaded milestone birthday glaring her in the face, Susan also has to cope with a father in his second childhood, a daughter in the throes of aggravated adolescence and an ex who unfortunately still has the power to wound.
Set midst the bric-a-brac and an array of interesting characters in the charity shop where she is a volunteer, Susan embarks on a quest to find love, supported by exuberant friend and co-worker, Fraser.
A poignant, hilarious play about finding love for the second (or third or fourth) time.
|A Few Good Men – A Courtroom Drama by Aaron Sorkin
|Director: Shane Mallory
Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee is a brash Navy lawyer who is charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier in a military hazing incident allegedly known as a ‘Code Red’. These Marines, Kaffee and others involved in this case, are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honour, dealing with the Marines most sacred code and the Corps most formidable warrior, Colonel Nathan R Jessop. Haunted by his own demons and his famous father, Kaffee journeys with these Marines towards a fate that is life changing for all involved.
More widely known as the constantly gripping and compelling movie, ‘A Few Good Men’ was first a unanimously acclaimed stage play written by the gifted playwright and screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin is also known for his screenplays ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Social Network’, together with TV series, ‘The West Wing’.
Partially based in fact from an incident involving Sorkin’s sister in her position as a military litigator in the late 1980’s.
There is a dangerous difference between following orders and following one’s conscience.
Courtroom Drama – contains some coarse language, sexual references and low level violence.
|Five Women Wearing the Same Dress – A Comedy by Alan Ball
|Director: Doug Moses
Assistant Director: Sheryl Roche
During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.
They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behaviour; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye.
As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond.
|Amigos – A Comedy by David Williamson
|Director: Suzanne Matulich
Assistant Director: Aaron Evans
In this savagely funny play by David Williamson, Australias most popular and successful playwright, looks at what happens when mateship and mating collide.
Of the Four Amigos who won a rowing bronze at the Mexico Olympics, three are still alive – Jim, an investment banker, Dick, a heart surgeon and Stephen, the least successful, grieving the death of his son. They and their wives come together for a two-week holiday in paradise. Sure, theres a bit of bad blood between them and a few old scores to settle, but when it all comes down to it, mates are mates, right?
|Searching for Doctor Branovic – A Comedy by David Tristram (PG)
|Emma Tyler mourns the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, Joe. But all is not as it seems and, deep in the bowels of a nearby hospital, something stirs. Enter Detective Munroe a man who knows a thing or two about the unexpected. Last memorably seen in Forget-Me-Knot, the grumpy, beleaguered detective soon finds himself right in the middle of another mystery which threatens to unhinge his sanity.
How did Joe manage to walk out of his own post-mortem? Where is the mysterious Doctor Branovic? How did the toaster get dented on both sides? Why has Munroe got a hole in his right hand? And, most crucially of all, does Emma Tyler really own a cat?
Throughout this highly unusual romp, the audience often knows far more than the characters. But can they possibly see whats coming?
One of David Tristrams funniest and most inventive scripts to date
|After Dinner – A Comedy by Andrew Bovell (M)
|In this hilarious Australian comedy, from the man who brought us Strictly Ballroom, nothing is quite as it first seems.
Three female office workers are seeking a good night out at a suburban pub bistro on a typical Friday night. At an adjoining table, Gordon, recently abandoned by his wife and Stephen, upwardly mobile, are seeking the same but with different ideas. As the evening unfolds inhibitions and social restraints are abandoned, exposing the foibles, pain and humour of the characters inner lives. This is an acutely observed but tender-hearted account of relationships and behaviour.
A fast paced, black comedy which is sharp and clever, funny and insightful.
Please note: This show contains occasional coarse language and sexual references. Rated (M).
|The Importance of Being Earnest – A Comedy by Oscar Wilde (PG)
|Wouldnt it be wonderful to use a pseudonym so that no one would know who you are? You could do whatever you wanted! You could never ruin your reputation!
That is the Importance of being Earnest for Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff. Whenever Jack Worthing slips away to London from his Hertfordshire estate he says he is going to see his fictitious wayward brother Ernest. Once there, he keeps his privacy by calling himself Ernest – luckily so, as his beloved Gwendolen declares she could only love an Ernest.
Her cousin Algernon is the one person who knows Jack’s secret and one day he travels down to the estate, announcing himself to Jack’s attractive ward, Cecily, as bad brother Ernest. Cecily is much taken with him and with his name, so on Jack’s return home and Gwendolen’s unexpected arrival it becomes clear there are both too many and too few Ernests earnestly courting.
This iconic comedy sparkles with brilliant dialogue and wit and will have you hanging on every earnest word.
|Duet for Two Hands – A Drama by Mary Hayley Bell (PG)
|A thriller set in the Orkney islands in 1903.
For years Dr. Edward Sarclett has been scoffed at for his progressive and unorthodox experiments in surgery. When the sensitive young poet, Stephen Cass, loses his hands in a climbing accident, Sarclett performs a miraculous operation successfully grafting the hands of a dead man to the poets wrists.
Sarclett at last gains the recognition he deserves. However, the poet finds himself moved by strange and unfamiliar memories as well as sinister impulses. There is a foreboding sense of impending horror when he feels himself drawn towards Abbie Sarclett, the surgeons daughter. Abigail, too, suspects her love for the young poet contains some strange hidden meaning.
Then the pair learns that the hands are those of an executed murderer a man whom Abigail had loved since childhood.
Perhaps the most chilling love story youll ever see.
Directed by Les Chappell with an outstanding cast comprising:
Bonnie Hislop as Abigail Sarclet
this is one ILT Production not to be missed!
|Stepping Out – A Comedy by Richard Harris (PG)
|This heart-warming comedy chronicles several months in the life of a beginners dance class attended by a group of people from a variety of backgrounds. Each one has his or her own reason for joining and they all make a point of coming each week to chat, relax and, if they can manage to, learn a couple of dance steps.
Led by Mavis, their eternally patient instructor, and accompanied by the pianist Mrs Fraser, the students strive to master the basics of dance. But the steps and routines are just the background for the real focus of the play the relationships and interactions of these ten very different people.
By their final performance, not only have the class members developed some degree of skill, but they have also overcome the inhibitions, awkwardness and personality conflicts that have kept them out of sync.
|The Force and I – A Theatre Restaurant
|A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away
For over 30 years the whole world has come to love the stories and the characters of that galaxy far, far away. But did you know, that they could dance and sing as well as use the mystic powers of the Force?
Come and see your favourite Rebel, Lube Skystalker, as he convinces some friends to sing and dance their way to save Princess Laidup, from of the vile clutches of Dark Vapour and his Imperial lackeys.
Come see the Droids! Come feel the Force! Come have a blast! Watch a Jedi Master risk his life and fight Dark Vapour!
May the farce be with you!
|The 39 Steps – Smash Hit Comedy
|An hilarious whodunit based on Alfred Hitchcocks classic original film. A beautiful woman. An unsuspecting victim. A whole lot of fun!
One part epic spy-tale, one part madcap comedy extravaganza. The 39 Steps follows innocent bystander Richard Hannay as he races cross-country from London to Edinburgh and back to solve a mysterious crime: before it’s blamed on him!
Nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spectacular version of Britains most spell-binding thriller legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death-defying (or nearly!) finale at the London Palladium!