One of Australia’s best-known playwrights, David Williamson, returns to Ensemble Theatre this month with an exciting world premiere of his clever new satire THE BIG TIME. Ensemble Theatre has produced 30 seasons of David’s plays since 1995, 18 of which have been world premieres. Now with the 31st season on the way, we thought we’d take […]
Take a peek inside rehearsals for David Williamson’s new play THE BIG TIME. Hitting the stage for its world premiere 18 Jan – 16 Mar, this razor-sharp and clever comedy is not to be missed!
As part of Ensemble Theatre’s Guiding Light Outreach Program, key creatives from THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE travelled over 3000km to the Tiwi Islands to work with students at Tiwi College. Melanie Tait (playwright), Priscilla Jackman (director) and Claire Nesbitt-Hawes (producer) delivered workshops exploring play-building and theatrical storytelling to the enthusiastic students, focusing on the […]
In the entertainment industry there’s only one place all the hopefuls want to be. The Big Time. If they make it, they become wealthy, but perhaps even more importantly they are finally treated with respect. If you’re a struggling writer or actor who hasn’t made The Big Time no one reads your scripts, no one […]
Celia and Vicki were best friends at drama school, but the game of life has dealt them very different hands. Celia is a high profile soap star earning ridiculous amounts of money and the requisite harbourside views. Meanwhile Vicki is scraping by in gritty, critically acclaimed roles in independent theatre. When Vicki proposes they collaborate […]
Looking to turn your trilogy day into a fabulous theatre and dining experience? – Bayly’s Bistro and Jim’s Foyer Bar have you covered with a delicious selection of food and drinks for lunch and dinner. LUNCH AFTER PLAY 1 – TABLE MANNERS JIM’S FOYER BAR Cheese plates: small $15/large $30 Sandwiches: chicken, ham or roast veg $8.50 Olive and […]
Before you see THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, take a look at this quick guide for all the info you need to know about this award-winning trilogy. What is THE NORMAN CONQUESTS? THE NORMAN CONQUESTS is a trilogy of plays that follow the same story set over one weekend in an English country house. Each self-contained play […]
THE NORMAN CONQUESTS are about relationships and the fraught, funny, sad, sometimes preposterous way husbands and wives act and react with each other. The trilogy looks at a desperate weekend in which the family is thrown together. Even though the plays were written in 1973 and set in Britain, their universal and timeless themes are […]
While I’m sitting in my backyard enjoying a Monday off, the crew are at the theatre “bumping in” in preparation for our first paying audience on Friday night. Last week we actioned Mark’s plan to run two plays per day before finishing the week with a “company run” of each show. By the end of […]
Our downloadable program is filled to the brim with exciting THE NORMAN CONQUESTS information! Check out Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry’s insightful director’s note, photos of the cast, synopsis and more. DOWNLOAD PROGRAM (PDF)
The cast of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS is having an absolute ball in rehearsals! Take a peek inside the side-splittingly hilarious rehearsal room and see for yourself. Photography by Prudence Upton.
Back at Ensemble after the long weekend and we’ve got just under two weeks left in the rehearsal room(s) before moving into the theatre to begin tech. (But who’s counting). We can now run all three plays independently, which was a very satisfying milestone to reach. Looking forward, initially Mark’s rehearsal plan was to spend […]
It’s been a busy few months for us here at Ensemble Theatre, but thanks to the team at Evolve, our renovations are now complete! With a fresh and modern vibe, our new-look Foyer Bar and Bayly’s Bistro are the perfect places to sit back, relax and enjoy your Summer nights. Check out the photos and […]
Norman doesn’t exactly look like one of the world’s great lovers. There’s no square jaw or twinkle in his eye. Instead he has a beard that wanders aimlessly, a penchant for puffa puffa rice and the libido of an oversexed sheepdog. Over the course of one weekend in the English country, Norman has a simple […]
Actors get asked a lot about how they manage to remember all their lines. And going into rehearsals for three plays the sheer volume of text does cause a feeling of concern initially. As the process goes on, however, you would be surprised at how much your brain can actually hold. In a way, thinking […]
A few weeks ago, some of the amazing women from THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE dropped by the theatre for an exciting 2-day creative development of Melanie Tait’s laugh-out-loud script. This brand new Australian comedy, which will have its world premiere at Ensemble Theatre in 2019, is a heart warming story about standing up for […]