Development

Ensemble Development is a creative hub where seeds are sown, sparks ignite and creative conversations unfurl. With a focus on artistic development, it is an inclusive program where we explore potential, commission new work, nurture emerging talent and trial works in development, all of which shape the future of Ensemble Theatre.

Ensemble Theatre Sandra Bates Director's Awards

Supported by Deborah Thomas and Jinnie and Ross Gavin.

We’re thrilled to offer two aspiring directors the Ensemble Theatre Sandra Bates Director’s Award. Awarded each year, the successful applicants will receive the valuable opportunity to work as an Assistant Director on two of our mainstage productions and Ensemble Development projects.

2019: Adam Deusien and Erin Taylor

2018: Liz Arday and Felicity Nicol

2017: Shaun Rennie and Francesca Savige

2016: Priscilla Jackman and Janine Watson

Director At Work

An exclusive opportunity for theatregoers and aspiring theatre makers to go behind-the-scenes and see our skilled directors at work. Join a small group for an intimate afternoon in the rehearsal room to discover how a play is brought to life, and share these exciting insights with your friends.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS with Elsie Edgerton-Till
Tuesday 12 March 3.30pm–5.30pm
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MURDER ON THE WIRELESS with Mark Kilmurry
Tuesday 28 May 3.30pm–5.30pm
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BABY DOLL with Shaun Rennie
Thursday 26 September 3.30pm–5.30pm
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$35 per session.

Spaces are limited. For bookings call Box Office on (02) 8918 3400 or book on the links above.

The Director At Work program is proudly supported by George and Diana Shirling ‘Supporting the next generation in theatre’

Play Readings

Ensemble Development Play Readings are a unique experience for audiences to discover exciting new and classic plays. Be among the first audience to see a new work in development and help shape its future by participating in  a lively creative discussion with the actors, director and writer to provide feedback about your experience. Play Readings will be announced throughout the year. Make sure you don’t miss out by signing up to our e-newsletter.

The play reading series is proudly supported by George and Diana Shirling ‘Supporting the next generation in theatre’

Commissions and new play development

Ensemble Theatre aims to give voice to untold stories reflecting Australia’s changing cultural identity, and reinforcing theatre’s relevance as a vehicle for social change. We are committed to commissioning and developing new work, and to ensuring the success of these productions by providing dramaturgical support and creative development.

THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE
By Melanie Tait
Script Development and Creative Development 2018 / in production 2019
Supported by Jenny and Guy Reynolds

DIPLOMACY
By Cyril Gély
Translation and adaptation by Julie Rose, commissioned 2017/ produced 2018
Supported by Jinnie and Ross Gavin

THE PLANT
By Kit Brookman
Ensemble Theatre New Writing Commission 2016 / produced 2017
Supported by David Williamson

THE BIG DRY
Based on the novel by Tony Davis
Adapted by Mark Kilmurry
Commissioned 2015 / produced 2016

THE ANZAC PROJECT
By Geoffrey Atherden and Vanessa Bates
Commissioned 2014 / produced 2015

Rory Potter and Noah Sturzaker in THE BIG DRY. Photo by Clare Hawley

Dig deeper with a post-show Q&A

Ever wondered how the cast learn so many lines? Or what really resonates about the play with the director? Join us at one of our post-show Q&A sessions for an engaging conversation about the play. Simply purchase tickets to a Q&A performance and stay in your seats after the show.

THE BIG TIME

1 Feb 8.15pm
14 Feb 11am
28 Feb 11am

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THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE

4 Apr 8.15pm
16 Apr 11am

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS

10 Apr 8.15pm
23 Apr 11am

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FOLK

17 May 8.15pm
30 May 11am

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MURDER ON THE WIRELESS

28 Jun 11am
5 Jul 8.15pm

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DIPLOMACY

3 Jul 8.15pm
9 Jul 11am

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

2 Aug 8.15pm
22 Aug 11am

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THE LAST WIFE

13 Sep 8.15pm
19 Sep 11am

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FULLY COMMITTED

24 Oct 8.15pm
29 Oct 11am

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BABY DOLL

25 Oct 8.15pm
5 Nov 11am

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THE ODD COUPLE

6 Dec 8.15pm
19 Dec 11am

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Share your love of theatre with a teen

Introduce theatre to the teenager  in your life with a free ticket to join you on one of our Free Teen nights. These are subject to availability and can be booked alongside one adult subscription or single ticket.

2019 Free Teen nights

27 Feb 7.30pm THE BIG TIME +BOOK NOW

28 Apr 6.15pm THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO +BOOK NOW

17 Apr 6.15pm THE LAST FIVE YEARS +BOOK NOW

29 May 7.30pm FOLK +BOOK NOW

3 Jul 6.15pm MURDER ON THE WIRELESS +BOOK NOW

9 Jul 6pm DIPLOMACY +BOOK NOW

21 Aug 7.30pm A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE +BOOK NOW

18 Sep 7.30pm THE LAST WIFE +BOOK NOW

31 Oct 6pm FULLY COMMITTED +BOOK NOW

13 Nov 8.15pm BABY DOLL +BOOK NOW

28 Dec 8.15pm THE ODD COUPLE +BOOK NOW

Ensemble Theatre also supports PLAYWAVE, a program aimed at connecting 15 – 19 year olds with the arts. Along with discounted tickets to our shows, members of PLAYWAVE can access an array of special events and offers across art forms. See playwave.com.au for details.

PLAYWAVE