Update from our Artistic Director

17 August 2020

Today we were looking forward to starting rehearsals for KILLING KATIE: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK CLUB and welcoming the cast and creative team. However, the NSW Government’s restriction to one person per four square metres within the theatre greatly impacts our audience capacity. With ticket sales amounting to almost 90% of our income and without ongoing government funding, it just simply isn’t financially viable for us to open at the moment.

Set builds, costume design and rehearsals commence six weeks out from opening night, so we’ve had to make the hard decision now to postpone KILLING KATIE: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK CLUB (18 Sep – 24 Oct), but the good news is you won’t have to wait long. Once we turn the page on 2020, we’re hopeful next year will be a brand new chapter featuring the premiere of Tracey Trinder’s book club exposé. To hear more about the female tour de force behind this new Australian work, tune into Ensemble Conversations this week with Director Francesca Savige and actor Chantelle Jamieson, set to play the title role of Katie.

With design work for the following productions hot on our heels and actors required to fly interstate, we’ve also taken the heartbreaking decision to postpone UNQUALIFIED 2: STILL UNQUALIFIED (29 Sep – 24 Oct) and OUTDATED (30 OCT – 21 NOV), but we’re devoted to keeping you entertained. The comedy duo behind the hilarious UNQUALIFIED sequel, Genevieve Hegney and Catherine Moore, have created a hilarious mini-series. Check out their latest shenanigans in Felicity and Joanne’s Lockdown Lowdown. Plus watch out for a special OUTDATED episode of Ensemble Conversations coming soon.

You can choose to experience these brand new Australian comedies in the future by transferring your ticket to a Credit Voucher. Or you can convert your tickets into a donation which helps to keep us here. All ticket options are listed below, please review and email your preference to our Box Office team.

We’re committed to providing a safe environment for everyone and plans to make small operational changes (and spruce up the theatre while we’re at it) are well underway. Thank you for your much needed support ensuring that when restrictions are lifted, we’ll be ready to welcome you back.

Keep well and stay safe,

Mark Kilmurry
Artistic Director


Impacted Performances

  • Postponed CELEBRATING 50 YEARS WITH DAVID WILLIAMSON | 23 Mar – we will be in touch with a new date in due course
  • Cancelled CRUNCH TIME | until 9 Apr
  • Cancelled A BROADCAST COUP | 17 Apr – 23 May
  • Cancelled KENNY | 29 May – 4 Jul
  • Cancelled HONOUR | 9 Jun – 4 Jul
  • Cancelled THE CARETAKER | 10 Jul – 8 Aug
  • Postponed JOHN BELL: AND ANOTHER THING | 19 & 28 Jul – we will be in touch with a new date in due course
  • Postponed THE WOMAN IN BLACK | 14 Aug – 12 Sep – new dates will be announced
  • Postponed KILLING KATE: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK CLUB | 18 Sep – 24 Oct – new dates will be announced
  • Postponed UNQUALIFIED 2: STILL UNQUALIFIED | 29 Sep – 24 Oct – new dates will be announced
  • Postponed OUTDATED | 30 Oct – 21 Nov – new dates will be announced


Ticket Options

Please review the ticket options below and email your preference to with the name of the play(s) in the subject line.

Due to the unprecedented volume of enquiries, our small team is working hard to respond to ticket holders by priority of performance date.

Credit voucher
Convert your ticket(s) to a credit voucher and when we announce our exciting 2021 season, you can use this towards any play next year or choose to enjoy a delicious meal at Bayly’s Bistro.

A tax-deductible donation
Please consider donating the price of your ticket to help secure the future of Ensemble Theatre. Ticket sales amount to almost 90% of our overall income and as we have no ongoing government funding, every ticket sold is crucial to our survival. We really appreciate your ongoing support. Thank you.

Another way to watch CRUNCH TIME
As they say ‘the show must go on’ and our committed cast and crew staged a special performance for a broadcast quality recording. Offered exclusively to CRUNCH TIME ticket holders, for a tax-deductible donation of your ticket price you can still enjoy David Williamson’s final play from the safety and comfort of your own home.  Should you choose this generous option, we will be in contact with viewing details including a password protected link.

Enjoy THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE for a tax-deductible donation
To show our gratitude to KENNY, HONOUR and THE CARETAKER ticket holders who are able to kindly donate the price of their ticket, we are delighted to share the opportunity to view THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE by Melanie Tait. Whether you’re re-visiting this heart-warming tale or seeing it for the first time, we’ve no doubt it’ll make you crack a smile. We’ll be in touch with a link to view shortly.

If the above options are not suitable, we will of course arrange a ticket refund as soon as possible.

Mix of the above
If you’ve purchased tickets for multiple shows, we completely understand you may want to select more than one option, e.g. donate your KENNY tickets and convert your HONOUR tickets to a credit voucher, and we can process this for you too.


Future Performances

While we are stretched to capacity, and the situation continues to change, we would really appreciate if you could hold off contacting us about future shows. We will continue to act on advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and Live Performance Australia, the national peak body for the live performance industry, keeping you up to date with any changes affecting Ensemble Theatre.


For the latest information on novel coronavirus visit or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line 1800 020 080 or the NSW Health Hotline 1800 022 222. Both lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.