Glen Street Theatre Season 2008 Announced

Glen Street Theatre Director, Rob Robertson has announced the Glen Street 2008 subscription season of plays to a packed house at the company’s season launch. Guest speakers at the launch included TV’s 2006 Gold Logie Award Winner, John Wood; one of Australia’s favourite television and stage actors, Henri Szeps; emerging Australian playwright, Tommy Murphy and Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company Director, Peter Ross. Special video presentations were screened from some of the presenting companies. These featured Sydney Theatre Company’s Robyn Nevin and Cate Blanchett, The Wharf Revue’s funnymen, Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe and Queensland Theatre Company’s Associate Director Jon Halpin alongside veteran actor Max Gillies.

2008 SEASON OF PLAYS

Hit Productions’ THE CLUB By David Williamson
Feb 7 – 23

Starring 2006 Gold Logie Award winner John Wood, The Club is David Williamson at his best. The Club is about people in groups and the institutions they inhabit. It’s a story about egotism, commitment, power, jealousy and greed. The story covers the transition of Australian sport into Australian business. The culture and rituals of an old football club are torn to shreds as the mighty dollar takes over. Directed by Bruce Myles.

Queensland Theatre Company’s HEROES By Gerald Sibleyras Translated by Tom Stoppard
March 5 – 15

First World War veterans Henri (Max Gillies), Gustave (Robert Alexander) and Philippe (Denis Olsen) spend their autumn years reflecting upon the peculiar circumstances of their equally peculiar nursing home. Time is running out for our three ex-Musketeers, until they hatch a daring plan to seize the day: their own great escape from the nursing home! Directed by Jon Halpin.

Sydney Theatre Company’s THE WHARF REVUE - BEWARE OF THE DOGMA By Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott
March 25 – April 6

Leap once more to the barricades to defend free speech as the Wharf Revue team dare to go where few others can be bothered. As the country beats a rapid retreat towards the gurgler, it’s time to once more dissect the body politic. The Wharf Revue team continues to make Sydneysiders laugh at themselves and each other. Directed by Jonathan Biggins.

Griffin Theatre Company’s STRANGERS IN BETWEEN By Tommy Murphy
May 13 - 24

Strangers in Between is a brilliant comedy from the pen of Tommy Murphy, writer of Griffin Theatre Company’s smash hit comedy drama Holding the Man. There’s a climate of fear in friendly Goulburn and Shane is forced from his family. And so he flees, naturally to Kings Cross. Shane is unsure of his sexuality, more unsure how to find intimacy and completely thrown by having to choose between laundry liquid and powder. Directed by David Berthold.

Sydney Theatre Company’s THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING By Joan Didion
June 4 - 15

Over the course of one brutal year a woman loses her soul-mate suddenly and their only child (a young mother herself) slowly. The woman at the centre of this terrible series of events is Joan Didion (Robyn Nevin). One of the great American essayists and novelists of the last fifty years, her writing is marked by a unique combination of the personal and the universal. Robyn Nevin will be directed by Cate Blanchett.

Kookaburra: The National Musical Theatre Company’s TELL ME ON A SUNDAY Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Don Black
August 5 - 1

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's Tell Me On A Sunday charts the course of a young girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to seek success, companionship and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether - in fact - she's been looking for love in all the wrong places. Directed by Peter Ross.

Merrigong Theatre Company’s VALLEY SONG By Athol Fugard
August 19 - 30

In a tiny village, in a valley in the South African countryside live seventeen year old Veronica and her aging grandfather, Buks. Her strong desire to leave the valley and follow her dreams is matched only by his determination to protect her and resist the inevitable changes enveloping them. A newcomer to the village further threatens the simple life they have lived for so long.  This touchingly personal tale comes from Athol Fugard, recognized as South Africa’s greatest playwright. Directed by Anne Louise Rentell.


Steady Lads and Parramatta Riverside’s CODGERS By Don Reid
September 9 – 20

Eavesdrop on six senior Aussie men, some of them mates since war service, as they sweat it out together each week in a gym and are taken on inter-connected journeys that are challenging, touching and very funny. Codgers…everyone either knows one, is related to one, lives with one, or is one! Cast includes Henri Szeps and Ron Haddrick. Directed by Wayne Harrison.

Perth Theatre Company’s BOMBSHELLS By Joanna Murray-Smith
October 14 – 25

Hugely entertaining, Bombshells navigates the emotional terrain of six larger than life women who are each at a crossroad. A stressed-out yummy mummy; a backtracking bride-to-be; a geeky cactus cultivator; a widow who finds pleasure in the unexpected; a diva newly returned to the stage; and an all-singing, all-dancing teenage talent contestant. Murray-Smith enlightens and entertains us with her portraits of women struggling to come to terms with their inner life and their everyday existence.

Special add on production:

Company B’s KEATING! By Casey Bennetto
July 15 – 26

KEATING! burst into life at the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It has since won six Helpmann Awards including this year’s Best Musical. Casey Bennetto’s scathingly hilarious lyrics tear through the reign and tragic fall of the Placido Domingo of Australian politics. Part French farce, part Greek tragedy, and all Australian history, “the musical we had to have” transports you back to a time less politically grey. Keating! is a runaway juggernaut – a must see show for all Australians that has become a household name! Directed by Neil Armfield.

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