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 NORMAN CONQUESTS trilogy is a special theatrical event like no other and comes along once in an actor’s career. For Brian Meegan and Danielle Carter, who play Reg and Sarah, this is something that has been on their acting bucket lists for a very long time. Find out more about how the pair are […]
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 […]
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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 […]
The devil is in the details. I don’t know if I’ve ever used those words in earnest before but this week has given me a new appreciation of what that phrase might mean. As we cycle back through the plays, still running them quite slowly in order to detail and discuss them, we’re all finding […]
The enthralling and powerful LUNA GALE by Rebecca Gilman, performed by an exceptional ensemble cast. Photos by Phil Erbacher.
Late last week we had some observers in the rehearsal room as part of Ensemble Theatre’s Director at Work program. They watched as we started to put ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN on its feet and although we were constantly stopping and starting, trying things out and pausing for discussion, effectively, this was our first […]
THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, the masterful comic trilogy written by Alan Ayckbourn, first premiered in Scarborough in 1973. Loved and performed all over the world, the shows have won several awards and have even been made into a television version. Before you see the hilarious trilogy at Ensemble Theatre, get to know the plays and playwright with […]
Take a peek into THE NORMAN CONQUESTS rehearsal room through the eyes of actor Sam O’Sullivan. Alan Ayckbourn wrote THE NORMAN CONQUESTS in 1973. The three interconnected plays take place over a single weekend in a family’s country home. Each of the plays – TABLE MANNERS, LIVING TOGETHER and ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN are […]