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Money And Friends

It is said, “you can ask a friend for anything… except money.” The Ensemble Theatre is presenting Money And Friends by David Williamson as a play reading directed by Mark Kilmurry. Imagine a lovely relaxing beach holiday with friends. Sunset cocktails by the ocean or by the pool in your charming holiday resort, away from the […]

Managing Carmen

This August, Lane Cove Theatre Company are bringing Australian playwright David Williamson’s Managing Carmen to the stage for a two-week season. Directed by Isaac Downey, the play features a plethora of colourful characters, focusing on AFL star Brent Lyall. On the field, Brent is the darling of Australian football. He’s the captain of the leading […]

Managing Carmen

This August, Lane Cove Theatre Company are bringing Australian playwright David Williamson’s Managing Carmen to the stage for a two-week season. Directed by Isaac Downey, the play features a plethora of colourful characters, focusing on AFL star Brent Lyall. On the field, Brent is the darling of Australian football. He’s the captain of the leading […]

REVIEW: The Big Time

Finally, after 51 (or is it 52?) plays and the same number of years, David Williamson has turned his satirical blowtorch onto his own industry in this latest offering at the Ensemble Theatre on Sydney’s lower North Shore. He says, “If you’re a struggling writer or actor who hasn’t made 'The Big Time'… being near […]

REVIEW: The Club

David Williamson’s quintessential Australian drama, The Club, is set in the 1970s in the blokey world of a debilitated Australian Rules football club. With a six male character cast, it’s an unlikely performance choice for three female actors, yet Jude Henshall, Louisa Mignone and Ellen Steele from Adelaide’s isthisyours? theatre company have managed to pull […]

REVIEW: Sorting Out Rachel

With his 53rd (or is it his 54th or 55th)) play, David Williamson once again explores the flaws  and foibles of his Australian characters through a family that is threatened by a dark secret from the past. That secret is revealed in the first scene where Bruce, played by the well-known John Howard, meets his […]

REVIEW: STC’s Dinner

Snobbish upper-class English hostess Paige (Caroline Brazier) wants to serve up some interesting fare for her guests, including murder, after a series of get-the-guests games in which all are complicit. The ostensible excuse for this extravagant dinner party is the launch of husband Lars’ (Sean O’Shea) book called Beyond Belief, which she hasn't read but […]

Ensemble Theatre’s 2018 Season and 60th Anniversary

The Ensemble’s 2018 season includes four world premieres from Australian writers, an adaption of an award-winning French play, four comedy classics from master playwrights and two gripping international dramas. Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry is directing five of the plays, while the other five are directed by guests John Bell, Mitchell Butel, Susanna Dowling, Nadia Tass […]

The Plant

People take solace in strange things when faced with tough situations. For Sue (Sandy Gore), three years after the sudden death of her husband, that thing might be a pot plant. Kit Brookman (A Rabbit for King Jong-Il, Small and Tired, and The Great Fire) developed his new play The Plant through the 2016 Ensemble […]

REVIEW: Odd Man Out

The Odd Man Out of David Williamson’s latest play is Ryan (played with great insight by Justin Stewart Cotta), the Asperger’s genius who’s brilliant on physics and cold, hard logic but lacks the emotional intelligence to succeed in his personal relationships. The play opens with a humorous scene in which he is trying to court […]