2020Blithe Spirit – A Comedy to Die For! by Noel Coward March 2020
Boeing Boeing – by Marc Camoletti – Gala Performance November 2019A Christmas Carol – Young Theatricals by Patrick Barlow – Adapted from the Dickens novel December 2019Boeing Boeing – A Real Rib Tickler by Marc Camoletti November 2019A Bunch of Amateurs – An Hilariously Moving Comedy by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman October 2019The Cemetery Club – A Pause for Thought by Ivan Menchell July 2019Challenges – A One Act Play Season May 2019Quartet – A Touching Comedy by Ronald Harwood March 2019
A Piece of Cake – A Romantic Comedy by Lucy Bennett December 2018Sleuth – A Fiendishly Clever Thriller by Anthony Schaffer September 2018The Lion in Winter – A Royal Drama by James Goldman July 2018Dirty Dusting – An Hilarious Comedy by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood May 2018Wait Until Dark – A Chilling Thriller by Frederick Knott March 2018
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
Blithe Spirit – A Comedy to Die For! by Noel Coward
March 2020
Director: Kate Mallory

A Comedy to Die For!

Acclaimed author Charles Condomine and his wife Ruth invite their friends, Doctor and Mrs. Bradman and local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house to help with research for his next novel.

Despite initially thinking the séance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and causes all kinds of mischievous, hilarious trouble between the married couple.

Frustrated by their odd situation, the threesome call on Madame Arcati once more resolve their predicament.

Will Madame Arcati succeed?

An Improbable farce!

Rated PG : Mild Adult Themes
Boeing Boeing – by Marc Camoletti – Gala Performance
November 2019
Directors: Helen Pullar and Robyn Flashman

Gala Performance

A Real Rib tickler!

It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous air hostesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. It is all a question of timetables and a reliable maid who never forgets to change the photos in the bedroom.

However, Bernard’s perfect life is thrown into turmoil when a new and speedier Boeing jet and changed flight schedules could mean the end to his elaborate charade. His friend, Robert, comes to stay and becomes embroiled in the chaos when all three fiancées arrive in town simultaneously and Bernard enlists his help.

A riotous farce recently enjoying hit revivals in London and New York.

Fasten your seat belts. You’re in for a bumpy ride!

Rated PG : Mild Adult Themes
A Christmas Carol – Young Theatricals by Patrick Barlow – Adapted from the Dickens novel
December 2019
Young Theatricals present It’s Dickens, but not as you know it. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on the eve of Christmas. They lead him on a heart-wrenching journey to relive a Christmas long since lost, experience Christmas through the eyes of those less cynical, and sneak a peak at a Christmas yet to come.

Featuring all the characters you know and love (or hate), Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of this classic Christmas story will have you laughing, crying, and even singing in your seats as you experience this heartwarming tale of Christmas spirit in a whole new way.
Boeing Boeing – A Real Rib Tickler by Marc Camoletti
November 2019
Directors: Helen Pullar and Robyn Flashman

Gala Performance

A Real Rib tickler!

It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous air hostesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. It is all a question of timetables and a reliable maid who never forgets to change the photos in the bedroom.

However, Bernard’s perfect life is thrown into turmoil when a new and speedier Boeing jet and changed flight schedules could mean the end to his elaborate charade. His friend, Robert, comes to stay and becomes embroiled in the chaos when all three fiancées arrive in town simultaneously and Bernard enlists his help.

A riotous farce recently enjoying hit revivals in London and New York.

Fasten your seat belts. You’re in for a bumpy ride!

Rated PG : Mild Adult Themes
A Bunch of Amateurs – An Hilariously Moving Comedy by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
October 2019
Director: Shane Mallory
Assistant Director: Aaron Evans

They wished for a star…then wished they hadn’t

Jefferson Steel, an ageing, out of work, vain, Hollywood action hero is desperate to revive his flagging career. When he arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford he believes has landed the role of a lifetime … only to discover he has committed to star as King Lear for a dramatic society in Stratford St. John, a sleepy English village in Suffolk.

Instead of performing with Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judy Dench, Jefferson’s monstrous ego (and insecurity) is tested to the limit by this enthusiastic group of amateurs. As acting worlds collide and his career implodes, he discovers some home truths about himself!

A comedic clash of cultures packed with laugh-a-minute dialogue and plenty of twists and turns ensue in this hilarious and ultimately moving British comedy.

Rated: M – Coarse Language, Sexual References and Adult Themes
The Cemetery Club – A Pause for Thought by Ivan Menchell
July 2019
Director: Chris Greenhill
Assistant Director: Steven Carmichael

Three lifelong friends are out to prove that the best times are still ahead

Three Jewish widows who have been lifelong friends meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life. Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, shop, and catch the eyes of admirers. Doris remains fiercely devoted to her late husband and takes her grave-tending responsibilities very seriously.

Ida is not used to being alone after a long marriage but doesn’t think she’s ready to get involved with a man – that is, until Sam enters the scene. Lucille and Doris see the budding romance between Ida and Sam as a threat to their monthly ritual and begin interfering with devastating results.

A bittersweet comedy about love, marriage, death and the challenges of moving on.

Rated: PG – Mild Sexual References
Challenges – A One Act Play Season
May 2019
Directors: Jim Orr and Sam Hoepner

Scenery is fine, but human nature is finer – John Keats

Bubbles by Tara Routley (Adams)
Pam is a woman in her fifties who has been living with her elderly mother for two years. Her daughter, Kate, comes to visit one weekend and realises that her Gran’s dementia is steadily becoming more difficult for Pam to cope with. Kate’s suggestion to Pam that Gran be moved into an aged care facility is met with strong resistance until a near tragedy makes her reconsider.
A real life, gentle play which will make you want to smile and cry at the same time.

All By Myself by Robert Scott
Seven years alone on an island after being shipwrecked have driven Larry to the edge of sanity, but that’s nothing compared to the shock of discovering he’s not – and has never been – alone.
“Destitute, alone and without a friend” Could things get any worse?

Farmer Will Swap Combine Harvester for Wife by Hugh O’Brien
A fourth-generation grain and beef producer, Cyril Evans promised his father he would never sell the family property. Now a 59-year-old bachelor, Cyril is desperate to honour this promise. When he runs a personal ad in Queensland Country Life offering to swap his reconditioned John Deere 9750 STS combine harvester in return for a wife of ‘breeding age’ – all hell breaks loose!
A chain of events, both comical and serious, are set to follow on!

Rated M: Sexual references and Adult Themes
Quartet – A Touching Comedy by Ronald Harwood
March 2019
Director: Ann Collyer
Assistant Directors: Desley Cronon and Rebecca Noble

Four friends looking for a little harmony

Three old friends Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred, who had been quite famous in the opera world in their day, reside in a retirement home for opera singers and musicians in Kent. They are enjoying their retirement and looking forward to 10th October when, each year, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and they have been asked to sing for the first time.

However, their peace is destroyed when, Jean, a friend from their days as performers arrives as a new resident of the home. She is still a diva and refuses to sing with them at the concert. Old hurts and rivalries resurface as well as secrets being revealed. Their plans for the concert fall into disarray, but, in true theatrical tradition – the show must go on!

A funny and poignant play which celebrates the twilight years and the hilarity of growing old disgracefully.

Rated M: Some Coarse Language, Sexual References and Adult Themes.
A Piece of Cake – A Romantic Comedy by Lucy Bennett
December 2018
Directors: Jane Sheppard and Helen Pullar

Bridget Jones meets Nigella Lawson in this delicious romantic comedy!

When Penelope is suddenly made redundant she seizes the chance to follow her life-long dream – opening a cake shop. She sets about renovating a ramshackle commercial property and making her dream come true, helped by bumbling estate agent David, not-so-bright assistant Lizzie and a handsome carpenter named Peter.

But Penelope soon discovers that running a business is anything but a piece of cake!

A feast of entertainment that will have you laughing on the outside and give you a lovely warm feeling on the inside – just like you’ve eaten a piece of cake.

Rated: PG – Mild Adult Themes
Sleuth – A Fiendishly Clever Thriller by Anthony Schaffer
September 2018
Director: Les Chappell

Andrew Wyke, an immensely wealthy and successful writer of mystery novels, and Milo Tindle, a handsome younger man, have something in common -Andrew’s wife.

In an attempt to find a way out of the potential divorce costing him a fortune in alimony, Andrew invites Milo to the house and suggests that Milo pretends to rob him of his wife’s jewellery so he can claim the insurance. Milo agrees and Andrew leads him through an elaborate charade to fake the robbery.

Once this elaborate fraud has been set up, Andrew pulls out a pistol and reveals that the entire plot was meant to frame Milo as a robber, giving Andrew an excuse for shooting him.

But does this deadly game come to an end just there?

The 1972 film of this mystery thriller earned both of its stars, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine nominations for Academy Awards.

The most fiendishly clever thriller ever written for the stage.

Rated M: Adult themes
The Lion in Winter – A Royal Drama by James Goldman
July 2018
Director: David Austin

Betrayal, treachery, and a sword fight: it’s just another normal Christmas celebration for the royal Plantagenet family of Britain.

King Henry II throws a Christmas feast for the newly crowned King of France, Phillip II. Also in attendance for the holiday celebrations are Henry’s three plotting sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, each eager to take the throne. Henry’s manipulative wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, newly released from house arrest after raising an army against Henry and, Alas, Phillip’s half-sister who is betrothed to Richard but has become Henry’s concubine are also in attendance. Every family has its up and downs!

Even though they need to appear a happy family for the King of France, this doesn’t stop each Plantagenet from secretly plotting to take the others down. While the three sons backstab and squabble to take their place in history, Eleanor and Henry use their offspring as pawns against each other in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Told in marvellously articulate language, with humour that bristles and burns, The Lion in Winter is a play that transcends the historical genre to become a bitingly hilarious family drama.

Rated M: Adult themes
Dirty Dusting – An Hilarious Comedy by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood
May 2018
Director: Chris Austin-Greenhiil

When three longtime office cleaners, Olive, Gladys and Elsie, are facing redundancy they know that their working lives and much-needed income are coming to an end. A chance wrong number gives them a new business start-up idea – why not run a telephone sex line?

They’ve got motive, opportunity and a lifetime of experience – some more than others, mind you!

Provided Elsie can teach the other two a few new tricks there’s no reason why they can’t get rich quick providing they can keep their operation a secret from their boss who continuously taunts them about the fast-approaching end of employment.

The play, set in northern England, unashamedly celebrates the gutsy charm of older women.

Heavily disguised in this hysterical, laugh-out-loud, heartwarming comedy is a searing indictment of ageism in the 21 st Century.

Rated M: Adult themes. Some mild coarse language.
Wait Until Dark – A Chilling Thriller by Frederick Knott
March 2018
Director: Aaron Evans

Sam Henderson undertakes to deliver a doll to a child in hospital in London when the mother is unable to. When the doll goes missing from the flat he shares with his blind wife, Susy, before he can carry out the mother’s request, little does he know the frightening consequences ahead for his wife.
Three very dangerous men also want to find the doll, in which is hidden some extremely valuable merchandise. They devise an elaborate plan to lure Sam out of London so they only have a blind woman to deal with. Susy and a young girl from upstairs who sometimes helps out in the flat become suspicious of the men, and their efforts to stall the plan leads to a terrifying chain of events.
A thoroughly spellbinding, tension-filled, chilling piece of theatre!
Rated M: Some violence
Committed Quiche! – Two Crazy One Act Comedies
November 2017
Directors: Shane & Kate Mallory

Fully Committed by Becky Mode
Director: Shane Mallory
Assistant Director: Kate Mallory

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, histrionics—a 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 with—his 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
Director: Kate Mallory
Assistant Director: Shane Mallory

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
October 2017
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. Simon’s 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
July 2017
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 son’s sexuality and almost over-eager in his support for his son’s 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.
Please Note: Herbal cigarettes are occasionally used in this production
Last of the Red Hot Lovers – A Comedy by Neil Simon
May 2017
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 isn’t 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 mother’s 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, “I’ll never do that again”.

But has he really learned from that one experience?

Featuring the acting talents of:
Shane Mallory
Jo Robbins
Liz Ball and
Lucia Grant

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 hasn’t been fully lived?”

Rated M: Adult themes and occasional coarse language
Please Note: Herbal cigarettes are used on one occasion in this production
An Inspector Calls – A Gripping Drama by JB Priestley
March 2017
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 Goole’s 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 family’s 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
August 2016
Directors: Liz Ball & Rebecca Noble

Like most gun slaying Westerns, this one started over a girl… and it ends over a different girl.
In the small one-horse town of Chesterfield in 1885, the residents face many challenges. Incompetent sheriff, only one general store and too many jobs with not enough people. And to add a prickle to the cactus, the railway is a-coming.
Join the boot-scootin’, rough-ridin’, gunslingin’ townsfolk of Chesterfield, as they battle to save their beloved one-horse town.

‘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.’

Rated PG.
The Final Test – A Comedy by Chris Paling
November 2016
Director: Jane Sheppard

Peter and Ruth have had a long and happy marriage. Or so Peter believes. They each have their own interests – he loves listening to the cricket on the radio, she likes to travel.

But all is not well, as Peter discovers one afternoon when he’s 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 she’s 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.

‘The Final Test is a touching and poignant comedy about marriage, cricket, and the dangerous lure of a beach-side retreat.’

Rated G Suitable for all audiences
Deckchairs – A Series of One Act Plays by Jean McConnell
September 2016
Directors: Chris Austin-Greenhill, Ann Collyer & Aaron Evans

Cupboard Love Peggy and Jane come to rest after jogging on the seafront. As they chat they find to their delight that they have much in common: both are excellent cooks; both are fighting the flab acquired through preparing rich meals for a gentleman friend. When they discover to their horror, they share a passion for the same man, the two women devise their culinary revenge on the deceiver.

Last Post When the widow of a much- respected Army Colonel discovers that his past seems to include a secret child for whom he was paying maintenance, she is naturally very distressed. However, she is determined to protect his reputation and retain her dignity. Not so easy when the mother of the child in question arrives on her doorstep.

Cruise Missile When Janet embarks on her first cruise, she is pursued by an overbearing and know it all cruise ship regular named Goldie who tries to involve her in every shipboard activity. Janet just wants to curl up with a good book and desperately tries to escape from the loud and brassy Goldie. Anyone who has ever been on a cruise will have met a “Goldie”.

‘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
July 2016
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
May 2016
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. Amanda is obsessed with finding a suitor (or ‘gentleman caller’ as she puts it) for Laura. Under pressure from his mother, Tom invites an acquaintance from work, named Jim, home for dinner. Will the ‘gentleman caller’ prove to be the answer to all of their prayers? This play catapulted Tennessee Williams from obscurity to fame when it first appeared on Broadway in 1945. Its allure for audiences is reflected in how often it has been revived on both stage and film. Rated PG – Contains adult themes
Lipstick Dreams – A Comedy by Helen O’Connor and Simon Hopinkson
March 2016
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? A must see play – Laughter, tears, fun and songs that will have you dancing in the aisles Rated PG – Contains some sexual references
Putting It Together – A Musical Review by Stephen Sondheim
November 2015
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!

Rated PG.
Love’s Dilemmas – Two One Act Comedies by Hugh O’Brien
October 2015
Director: Jim Orr, Assistant Director Ann Collyer

Love & Other Flushes
When a young couple is in desperate need of emergency marriage counselling, a knockabout, wise cracking ‘old’ plumber takes it upon himself to knock their marriage into shape.

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
Beverley has successfully run Love of Your Life introduction agency for more than 20 years. When her ‘silent’ partner dies, he leave his half of the business to Reg – a knock about no nonsense former used car dealer. With his own ideas on how to move merchandise and a romantic itch that needs scratching, Reg has no intention of remaining silent!

Both productions are rated PG and contain sexual references.
Dial M for Murder – A Dramatic Thriller by Frederick Knott
May 2015
Director: Les Chappell, Assistant Director Desley Cronin

Featuring the acting talents of:
  • Shane Mallory
  • Rebecca Noble
  • David Harrison
  • Elizabeth Ball; and
  • Josh Nixon
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!
Rated PG. Some violence.
Perfect Wedding – A Comedy Farce by Robin Hawden
March 2015
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!
Worse – during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives, the girl is trapped in the bathroom, the best man pretends the hidden girl is his girlfriend, his real girl friend has to be kept ignorant of the fact, and the hotel chamber maid gets mistaken for everybody’s girlfriend!
By the time the bride’s parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches nuclear proportions!
A rare combination – a riotous comedy and a touching love story at the same time

Comedy farce – contains Mild sexual references. Rated PG.
Entertaining Angels – A Comedy by Richard Everett
November 2014
Director: Jan Paterson

I’ve made four thousand six hundred medium sized quiches and personally baked two tons of light crust pastry. And for what?
As the wife of a clergyman, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband, Bardolph, she is enjoying her new- found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases. But the return of her eccentric missionary sister, Ruth, together with some disturbing revelations, force Grace to confront the truth of her marriage.
This play was first performed in 2009 with Penelope Keith as Grace,
A thought-provoking comedy.
Rated PG Some sexual references
Awards & Awakenings – A Season of One Act Plays
July 2014
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 hilarious short play where the audience is kept in suspense as to who makes the killings.
Rated PG

A Kind Of Alaska by Harold Pinter.
Directed by Les Chappell

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.
This play was inspired by Dr Oliver Sacks’ account of his work with patients suffering from sleeping sickness in his book “Awakenings”.
Rated PG
A New York Minute & A Day to Remember – 2 One Act Plays by Michele Palermo & Ian Pullar
May 2014
Directors: Phil McCormack and Ian and Helen Pullar

Double Bill A New York Minute by Michele Palermo
Director: Phil McCormack
Assistant Director: Reece Major
Melissa and Harry have been best friends since they met at college. When Harry dies and Melissa is packing up his apartment she is helped to make an important discovery about her own life. An acclaimed play which is an intense mix of comedy and tragedy.

An absorbing play about best friends and second chances. Rated M Occasional coarse language

A Day to Remember by Ian Pullar
Directed by Helen & Ian Pullar
In a series of monologues, a girl, two women and a man describe their lives in rural Queensland in 1954. Their stories are funny, poignant, sad and inspiring, dealing with the joys and tragedies of life through the Depression and war in their close-knit rural community. The audience is their close confidant to whom they gradually reveal the intimate details of their lives, and why, for each of them, Anzac Day (April 25) is a day to remember.

Even a humdrum life may have hidden depths.

Rated PG Mild sexual references
Sin, Sex & the CIA – An American Farce by Michael & Susan Parker
March 2014
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.
Some expected but many other uninvited and unexplained characters arrive at the safe house creating a mad house of confusion and fake or mistaken identities. The enthusiastic but hopeless Luke tries to keep control but it’s all total chaos and he even manages to set off his own booby traps.
A raucous, contemporary farce packed with plenty of comic moments and hearty laughs. Rated

Comedy farce – contains Mild sexual references. Rated PG.
The Big Cats & Pier Twelve – Special Preview Nights of Festival Plays
May 2013
Directors: Craig Taylor & Phil McCormack

The Big Cats
This gentle play, told with warmth and tenderness focuses on Lily and Joe who have spent all of their married life in the same two-up, two-down council house. Their lives are shattered when they receive a letter from the Council notifying them that their house is to be demolished and that they are to be rehoused. Lily refuses to go but eventually bows to authority and “the big cats”, and is left to say goodbye to the memories and the life they once shared.

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
December 2013
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 next door to him. She tells Don that her favourite quote is from Dickens: I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.

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.

Comedy- contains mild sexual references.
Good Things – A Romantic Comedy by Liz Lochhead
October 2013
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.

Romantic comedy – contains mild sexual references.
A Few Good Men – A Courtroom Drama by Aaron Sorkin
July 2013
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
May 2013
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.

‘A wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.’

Comedy- contains some coarse language and mild sexual and drug references. Brief scene with herbal cigarettes.
Amigos – A Comedy by David Williamson
March 2013
Director: Suzanne Matulich
Assistant Director: Aaron Evans

In this savagely funny play by David Williamson, Australia’s 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, there’s 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?

‘A play about the emotional costs of masculine culture, the corrosive effect of the pursuit of success above all else and the ultimate hollowness of men’s claims to friendship.’

Comedy – contains some coarse language and adult themes.
Searching for Doctor Branovic – A Comedy by David Tristram (PG)
November 2012
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 what’s coming?

One of David Tristram’s funniest and most inventive scripts to date
After Dinner – A Comedy by Andrew Bovell (M)
October 2012
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)
July 2012
Wouldn’t 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)
June 2012
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 poet’s 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 surgeon’s 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 you’ll ever see.

Directed by Les Chappell with an outstanding cast comprising:

Bonnie Hislop as Abigail Sarclet
Rebecca Noble as Herda Sarclet
Harry Risson as Stephen Cass
Shane Mallory as Edward Sarclet; and
Alan Brown as Fletty

this is one ILT Production not to be missed!
Stepping Out – A Comedy by Richard Harris (PG)
March 2012
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.
Fred and Ginger, eat your heart out!
The Force and I – A Theatre Restaurant
December 2011
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
October 2011
An hilarious whodunit based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 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 Britain’s 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!