Writer’s Note: David Williamson, RHINESTONE REX AND MISS MONICA

22 Feb 2023

I’ve never written a romantic comedy before and I didn’t think I was writing one when I started to write RHINESTONE REX AND MISS MONICA back in 2010. It was actually based on a real story; I’d heard of a well-known woman in the arts who had renovated her house and eventually fallen in love […]

Video: About CLYDE’S

14 Feb 2023

On a long stretch of highway, Clyde’s truck stop diner sizzles with the aroma of possibility and redemption. Don’t miss the Australian premiere of this Tony Award nominated 2021 Broadway sensation that will leave you satisfied long after you’ve left the theatre. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, grab your tickets to this […]

Program: A BROADCAST COUP

27 Jan 2023

Discover more about A BROADCAST COUP with our digital program. It’s packed full of info about the show including a writer’s note, cast and creative bios, plus photos and more! DOWNLOAD YOUR PROGRAM Now on stage until 4 Mar, don’t miss this whip-smart comedy by Melanie Tait set in the world of public radio. BOOK […]

Director’s Note: Janine Watson, A BROADCAST COUP

19 Jan 2023

Welcome to A BROADCAST COUP. A rigorous, funny, complex play. Interrogating themes and issues that are unquestionably discomfiting. And, depending on whose perspective you most align with, deeply uncomfortable. It reminds me of ancient texts, in a way. The audience must bear witness. Melanie Tait presents every character to us with substance, history, wisdom, compassion […]

Podcast: The Writer’s Toolkit with guest Hilary Bell

18 Jan 2023

Playwright Hilary Bell joined Paul Kalburgi on The Writer’s Toolkit Podcast to chat about our upcoming season of SUMMER OF HAROLD, a play of three intertwining stories that will take you on a hilarious, poignant and magical journey. Tune in on Spotify or Apple Podcasts below! “I interviewed a few other people and they had great […]

Writer’s Note: Melanie Tait, A BROADCAST COUP

17 Jan 2023

A few months after the first lockdown in 2020, I was talking with one of my friends about the fate of A BROADCAST COUP. The play was in its first week of rehearsal the week the world changed and we were shut down. He said something interesting regarding male sexual harassment and misconduct, along the […]

Synopsis: RHINESTONE REX AND MISS MONICA

6 Jan 2023

What do a classical violinist and country western lover have in common? Monica, a highly strung member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is forced to give up the violin because of her RSI. Left to mope around her Glebe apartment full of resentment and anger, renovating her kitchen seems like a good distraction. Enter Gary, […]

Synopsis: CLYDE’S

20 Dec 2022

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE On a long stretch of highway, in the middle of here and there, Clyde’s truck stop diner sizzles with the aroma of possibility and redemption. Between slinging grilled cheese and tuna melts, the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff at Clyde’s dream of creating the perfect recipe. Led by sandwich sensei Montrellous, can the team […]

Program: BOXING DAY BBQ

2 Dec 2022

Discover more about BOXING DAY BBQ with our digital program. It’s packed full of info about the show including writer’s note, cast and creative bios, plus photos and more! DOWNLOAD YOUR PROGRAM Don’t miss this blisteringly comical yet moving family drama about the ridiculous holiday season in all its glory, on stage 5 Dec – […]

Writer’s Note: Sam O’Sullivan, BOXING DAY BBQ

25 Nov 2022

Ensemble Theatre has been an important part of my life ever since I moved to Sydney. My first job was in their subscriptions department and since graduating from drama school, I have appeared in multiple Ensemble productions. When I was asked to work on a new play for them, this time as a writer, I […]

Director’s Note: Damien Ryan, A CHRISTMAS CAROL

23 Nov 2022

Working on Dickens’ atmospheric novel and Hilary’s beautifully playful adaptation, I keep imagining what it must have been like to read the first editions of this book in the candled haze of 1843 London, a time when stories were so viscerally affecting, so necessary as an escape from the brutally industrialising world outside the frozen […]

Photos: A CHRISTMAS CAROL | In rehearsals

23 Nov 2022

Spirits, music and magical surprises – this new adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Hilary Bell has got it all! Take a peek inside the rehearsal room and discover the ghostly world of Charles Dickens’ classic redemption tale. Ensemble Theatre’s commission of the adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL was made possible by the generous donation […]

2023 Ensemble Theatre Sandra Bates Director’s Awards Recipients

7 Nov 2022

We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 Ensemble Theatre Sandra Bates Director’s Award, Emma Canalese and Margaret Thanos. Emma and Margaret will both work as Assistant Directors on two mainstage productions each in our 2023 season and we can’t wait to welcome them to Ensemble next year! “I am honoured to be […]

Synopsis: SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER

4 Nov 2022

Deep amongst the monstrous flytraps and ferns in Sebastian’s garden, tendrils of a sordid family secret are beginning to unfurl. Sebastian Venable died mysteriously last summer and his mother Violet will do anything in her power to protect his memory – and her own reputation. Young cousin Catharine was the only witness to this nightmarish […]

Synopsis: BOXING DAY BBQ

1 Nov 2022

It’s Sydney. It’s Boxing Day.  And it’s stinking hot. Grandad Stephen was the family’s BBQ king and his adult children have gathered to honour his memory. Wine snob Peter and cynical Connie reluctantly get the clan together for round two of festivities – they’ve survived the chaos of Christmas but Boxing Day is set to […]

Tracey Trinder Playwright’s Award

28 Oct 2022

“The Tracey Trinder Playwright’s Award encourages women writers with a slant on comedy. Tracey was a stage and screenwriter and had a unique voice in the world of comedy. This award honours her name and her commitment to women’s writing.”  Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre. The Tracey Trinder Playwright’s Award recognises an outstanding unproduced […]