Synopsis: A BROADCAST COUP

27 Oct 2022

WORLD PREMIERE Cut-throat journalist Jez Connell is out for her next sting. It’s been a year since she brought down one of TV’s most lauded stars for behaving badly and now she’s got Michael King, the top-rated darling of public radio, in her sights. This time, it’s personal. With the loyalty of his longstanding producer […]

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Synopsis: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

17 Oct 2022

Gather your mistletoe, hang your stocking and join the Crummles family in their home as they bring to life this classic festive tale of villainy, injustice, transformation and redemption. This Victorian troupe will immerse you in the magic of Dickens’ ghostly world as they conjure up spirits with music, pantomime and other thrilling surprises. Visited […]

Program: THE CARETAKER

12 Oct 2022

Discover more about THE CARETAKER with our digital program. It’s packed full of info about the show including a director’s notes, cast and creative bios, plus photos and more! + DOWNLOAD YOUR PROGRAM Playing 14 Oct – 19 Nov, discover Harold Pinter’s literary masterpiece exploring turbulent relationships between a homeless man and two polar opposite […]

Director’s Note: Iain Sinclair, THE CARETAKER

11 Oct 2022

Aston: Where were you born then? Davies: (Darkly) What do you mean? Max Stafford Clark who ran The Royal Court Theatre in UK taught me the most important lesson I have ever learned in directing and he used the above two lines from THE CARETAKER to do so. You can feel the potential brimming out […]

Synopsis: THE CARETAKER

16 Sep 2022

In Harold Pinter’s extraordinarily mischievous comedy, Aston asks down-and-out Davies to be a live-in caretaker. Davies leaps at the chance to change his fortunes, but the trouble is he doesn’t know what a caretaker should do, especially in a room filled with junk. When Aston’s manipulative brother Mick shows up, the power struggle begins. Why […]

Program: PHOTOGRAPH 51

5 Sep 2022

Discover more about PHOTOGRAPH 51 with our digital program. It’s packed full of info about the show including writer’s and director’s notes, cast and creative bios, plus photos and more! DOWNLOAD YOUR PROGRAM On stage until 8 Oct, don’t miss out on this compelling story inspired by true events. BOOK NOW

Director’s Note: Anna Ledwich, PHOTOGRAPH 51

24 Aug 2022

The story of Rosalind Franklin, and her pivotal role in unlocking the structure of DNA, has been dissected, debated, politicised and dramatised ever since that momentous discovery in 1953. The exact nature of her contribution has fuelled conflicting versions of events. Was she woman at odds with the scientific patriarchy, or one half of a […]

Writer’s Note: Anna Ziegler, PHOTOGRAPH 51

19 Aug 2022

I was so thrilled to learn that PHOTOGRAPH 51 would be produced at the venerable Ensemble Theatre. I have yet to get to Sydney myself, but I’m glad one of my plays will precede me. I very much hope you enjoy the play – this one is near and dear to my heart. I wrote […]

2023 Brochure Request

10 Aug 2022

Our 2023 season has landed and we are so excited for all that 2023 will bring to Ensemble Theatre! Want a printed copy of our new brochure delivered to your mailbox? You’ll need an Ensemble Theatre online login to make your request, which can be set up in a few easy steps: Already have an account? […]

Synopsis: PHOTOGRAPH 51

3 Aug 2022

It’s 1951 and the race is on to unlock the secret to life. An ambitious young scientist, Rosalind Franklin, holds the key to decoding DNA and has a Nobel Prize worthy discovery within her reach. Franklin’s pioneering work using x-ray diffraction photography could lead to the biggest breakthrough in biological history. Hindered by her own […]

Program: THE ONE

19 Jul 2022

Discover more about THE ONE with our digital program. It’s packed full of info about the show including writer’s and director’s notes, cast and creative bios, plus photos and more! + DOWNLOAD YOUR PROGRAM Playing 22 Jul – 27 Aug, secure your seats to this energetic and provocative new comedy today. BOOK NOW

Director’s Note: Darren Yap, THE ONE

11 Jul 2022

I remember when I was seven, a man told my mum to ‘go back to where you come from’, she replied ‘what Melbourne?’  I was so embarrassed by mum! I only realised years later this was mum’s truth. She was Australian. More than Chinese….and so for me one of the themes THE ONE digs into […]

Writer’s Note: Vanessa Bates, THE ONE

7 Jul 2022

‘Writer’s notes’ are funny things; part memoir, part confession, part joyous outburst: yay, it’s a play! With an audience! In a pandemic! Two Eurasian siblings, Mel and Eric, Malaysian and Australian, feeling both and neither. Mel’s memory of childhood is not the same as Eric’s even though they are siblings who experienced similar childhood upbringings. […]

Photos: THE ONE | In rehearsals

7 Jul 2022

All the ingredients are coming together as rehearsals for THE ONE heat up! We can’t wait to bite into this exuberant comedy by Vanessa Bates when it hits our stage on 22 Jul.    Photography by Jaimi Joy Playing 22 Jul – 27 Aug, don’t miss this fast-paced and eccentric family comedy unravelling what it […]

Photos: A DOLL’S HOUSE

29 Jun 2022

Now playing, don’t miss A DOLL’S HOUSE! Renowned playwright Joanna Murray-Smith gives a fresh perspective to Ibsen’s classic about throwing open the door to life’s possibilities. Photography by Prudence Upton.   Playing until 16 Jul, don’t miss this fresh adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s timeless classic. BOOK NOW

Synopsis: THE ONE

27 Jun 2022

Mel’s got a lot on her plate. Between the anxiety-inducing return of her mother from their old home in Malaysia, her brother Eric’s mysterious double life and the pressure of caring for her mother’s prized poodle, Mel is hungry for more simplicity. In the world premiere of this new and eccentric family comedy, award-winning playwright […]