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REVIEW: A Doll’s House at Ensemble Theatre

Henrik Ibsen’s classic 1879 play A Doll's House gets a make-over in Joanna Murray-Smith’s adaptation for the Ensemble Theatre. In this adaptation there are fewer characters, it’s set in modern times, and some of the plot details have been updated. Whether the play survives the transformation with its original vision in tact is a moot point. […]

REVIEW: Nearer The Gods

What happens when David Williamson turns his attention to the men of the Enlightenment to examine their genius, their discoveries, their rivalries, their humanity and their relationship with God? He finds they are as fallible, envious, spiteful and petty as the next man. The focus of Nearer The Gods is on the reclusive genius Isaac […]

Killing Katie: Confessions Of A Book Club

Ensemble Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry invited Francesca Savige to direct Killing Katie when she finished her stint with the Sandra Bates Directors Award two years ago. After several postponements due to COVID since 2019, the show will finally be staged in early 2022. Killing Katie playwright Tracey Trinder was “an extraordinarily funny and brilliant woman with a […]

‘The Casting Couch’ with Nancye Hayes & Todd McKenney

Todd McKenney joins Nancye Hayes in this two-hander in which he interviews her about her long and successful career in Australian show biz. They will talk, sing and dance their way into the hearts of their audiences in this intimate show which presents some of the most memorable moments in the history of Australian live […]

REVIEW: The Woman In Black

Originally written as a novel by English author Susan Hill in 1983, The Woman In Black was adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt in 1987. Once it hit London’s West End in 1989, it was destined to become a hit, turning out to be the second longest-running non-musical play in West End history after […]

REVIEW: The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black is a gothic mystery thriller set in and around a haunted house in the early 20th century. It is not the usual fare for the Ensemble Theatre where playwrights Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Neil Simon have always been the popular choice. Director of the Ensemble and of this play, Mark […]

Jamie Oxenbould in ‘Woman In Black’

Jamie Oxenbould, currently appearing in the play Woman In Black at The Ensemble Theatre, is a highly accomplished actor in his own right. In fact he comes from a whole family of actors, including his famous brother Ben Oxenbould, so how could he not have talent? Having seen Oxenbould's incredible performance as Archie in Baby […]

REVIEW: Honour

Joanna Murray-Smith takes a familiar domestic scenario – a man who leaves his wife of many years for a much younger woman – and examines the perspectives and feelings of each in detail with great humour and compassion. She also presents the effect of the breakup on the daughter of the couple, as well as […]

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 […]

REVIEW: Crunch Time

After an extremely successful career spanning 50 years playwright David Williamson has announced his retirement leaving audiences with his final theatrical production, an engaging story of family relationships. Veteran actor John Wood is Steve, a headstrong and insensitive father of two sons who “has won an incredibly unlucky lottery” and is dying of cancer. He […]