Musical Director’s Note: THE LAST FIVE YEARS

25 Mar 2019

The musicals of Jason Robert Brown are performed infrequently in Australia, but as a musical director I would often come across individual songs in cabarets and auditions, and beyond the unique fusion of pop, gospel and musical theatre idioms, one common feature was often a fiendishly difficult piano accompaniment. Robert Brown writes – “I’m not […]

Program: THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE

25 Mar 2019

Our downloadable program is filled to the brim with THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE info! Check out Melanie Tait’s insightful writer’s note, synopsis, photos and more. DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM (PDF)

Photos: THE LAST FIVE YEARS THE MUSICAL in rehearsals

25 Mar 2019

The rehearsal room is alive with the sounds of THE LAST FIVE YEARS. Love, heartbreak, humour, music… what more could you want from an amazing Off-Broadway hit? From 29 Mar, don’t miss it! At Ensemble Theatre 29 Mar – 27 Apr, book here.

PHOTOS: THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE IN REHEARSALS

18 Mar 2019

Take a look inside the incredibly funny rehearsal room of THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE by Melanie Tait. Hitting the stage for its world premiere 22 Mar – 27 Apr, don’t miss this hilarious new Australian comedy! ‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race’ is proudly supported by Jenny and Guy Reynolds AO.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS

22 Feb 2019

Jason Robert Brown’s masterful and well loved work chapters the relationship of Cathy and Jamie over five years. However, events do not unfold in a linear progression of time: Jamie’s story is told from first kiss to last goodbye, while Cathy’s journey starts with the breakup and ends with that first kiss. In crafting the […]

SYNOPSIS: THE LAST FIVE YEARS

15 Feb 2019

Two young and ambitious New Yorkers. Cathy is an actor. Jamie is a writer. They fall in love and dive head first into a relationship. What could possibly go wrong? Brilliantly funny, playful and tender, THE LAST FIVE YEARS chronicles the couple’s passionate romance from both perspectives: Jamie from the beginning with all the optimism […]

DIPLOMACY Tour Announcement

6 Feb 2019

Following an overwhelming response to the sold out season of DIPLOMACY at Ensemble Theatre in 2018, the smash-hit thriller with John Bell and John Gaden will be heading out on tour in 2019. But first… DIPLOMACY premiered at Ensemble Theatre in March, with the five week season selling out before it even opened. As a […]

Soundtrack: THE LAST FIVE YEARS

6 Feb 2019

Before you see the incomparable talents of Elise McCann (Miss Honey – MATILDA THE MUSICAL) and Christian Charisiou (Hayes Theatre’s CRY BABY) in the hit musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS in March, get to know the songs sung by the original Off-Broadway cast and fall head over heels in love with the sensational music that will […]

PHOTOS: THE BIG TIME

30 Jan 2019

Set in the high-stakes game of celebrity, David Williamson’s trademark satirical pen finds razor-sharp form in this clever and witty comedy. Until 16 Mar, don’t miss THE BIG TIME. BOOK NOW Photography by Brett Boardman.

Archive: David Williamson

18 Jan 2019

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 […]

Program: THE BIG TIME

14 Jan 2019

Our downloadable program is filled to the brim with THE BIG TIME information! Check out David Williamson’s insightful writer’s note, Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry’s director’s note, synopsis and more. DOWNLOAD PROGRAM (PDF)

Q&A: Elise McCann, THE LAST FIVE YEARS

11 Jan 2019

She blew you away with her incredible, award-winning role as Miss Honey from MATILDA THE MUSICAL and now, Elise McCann prepares to dazzle you as Cathy in our 2019 production of the enthralling musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS. Before she takes to the stage at Ensemble Theatre, we thought we’d get to know the triple threat […]

Photos: THE BIG TIME in rehearsals

8 Jan 2019

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! BOOK NOW

On Tour: TWO by Jim Cartwright

19 Dec 2018

Ensemble Theatre’s hugely successful production of TWO by Jim Cartwright is heading out on the road! Seen by Ensemble Theatre audiences in 2017, TWO introduces fourteen colourful characters, all skilfully played by Brian Meegan and Kate Raison. Set in the local pub, you’ll meet all the regulars, a misfit crowd of eccentric and hilarious individuals. There’s […]

Director’s Note: Mark Kilmurry, THE BIG TIME

19 Dec 2018

It is always a pleasure working on a new David Williamson play and particularly one that deals with issues underlining the make it or break it world of entertainment. THE BIG TIME has at its core loneliness, desperation, jealousy, ambition and betrayal while creating a world of likable characters that make us laugh. Quite an […]

Ensemble Ed travels to the Tiwi Islands

17 Dec 2018

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 […]