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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 […]

Neville’s Island

Nominated for the Oliver and Evening Standard Awards for best comedy 1992, Neville’s Island, written by popular playwright Tim Firth is showing at the Ensemble Theatre to provide an entertaining night out for the audience. This comedy follows four business men who find themselves trapped on an island in the Tasman sea. They can see […]

REVIEW: The Rasputin Affair

Petrograd, 1916: three men walk intently around a small table upon which is a fine china plate upon which is a single cup cake topped with bright pink icing. They examine the cup cake scrupulously and regard it with awe - for this same cup cake may determine their own fortunes and the future of […]

TWO

Jim Cartwright is one of Britain’s most prolific and well-known playwrights, and his play, Two, is one of the most well produced plays across the UK and Europe. Two has been done in several languages all over the world. Cartwright is quite insightful, and a beautiful creator of characters. The play has been localised with […]

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 […]

Review: Relatively Speaking

Alan Ayckbourn is a prolific British playwright, and a keen observer of human flaws and cultural idiosyncrasies. He is particularly good at examining English sensibilities and translating them through comedy that borders on sardonic. Relatively Speaking, his first successful play, is a good example. Written in 1967, its plot is a twisted pretzel of misunderstanding, deception […]

Review: e-baby

Catherine (Danielle Carter) is a privileged Australian attorney living in London. In her mid-40’s, she has endured 18 cycles of IVF and is now desperate to have a child. Nellie (Gabrielle Scawthorn) is her surrogate, a feisty, honest, God-fearing redhead from Boston. e-baby, Jane Cafarella’s first full-length play, tackles the sensitive and heart rendering issue […]

Review: Barefoot in the Park

The Ensemble’s decision to stage the 1960's smash hit Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon will definitely pay off, with an almost certain guarantee of full houses during its Sydney season. With a small cast of just five, the play focuses on the relationship of Corie and her lawyer husband Paul Bratter, a newly […]

Review: Betrayal

It is not surprising that Harold Pinter’s play Betrayal received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (1979): it is as perfect a piece of theatre as you are likely to see on stage, and the Ensemble production certainly does it justice. The work is a reverse chronological examination of an affair (from 1977 […]

Review: Betrayal

Lies, deceit and wine may be the essential ingredients for a night of treachery, but Ensemble Theatre’s production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, falls a little short of highlighting the lingering itch of guilt or the hollow bleakness that might reside in corrosive relationships. Betrayal begins with the stilted reunion of past lovers Emma (Ursula Mills) […]