The Canberra Repertory Society have announced their lineup of plays for next year, their 80th:
Actor, director and past Theatre Players Scholarship winner Ed Whiteman launched this Celebratory Season—introducing productions that have more in common than you would think. Times and places may change, but layers and connections reveal a universal theme— it’s all about people.
2012 opens with a revival of John Spicer’s wonderful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s most famous and well beloved novel. This revival marks the 25th anniversary of its original Rep production. We are delighted that one of Canberra’s best known actors, directors and playwrights, Duncan Ley directs this production.
Former resident director, Ross McGregor returns to direct Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell. This AWGIE award winning play was adapted by Bovell for the screen and produced as the acclaimed Australian film Lantana, which won seven AFI Awards.
Outback Australia meets Italy, in our third production, The Venetian Twins by Nick Enright and Terrence Clarke. When the twins descend on the same town, somewhere between Verona and Jindyworoback, their collision is a mix of farce, larrikin Aussie humour and some of the silliest songs you have ever heard. Tessa Bremner brings her considerable commedia dell’arte, choreographic and directing talents to this show. It’s time to hiss the villain, cheer the heroes, and clap along with the music in this Australian Classic—a retelling of the original play by Carlo Goldoni.
The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2000. This family comedy/drama tests the authenticity of memory, and we welcome the return of ’one of our own’ to direct. As a schoolboy and university student, Ed Wightman appeared in several productions at Theatre 3. He won the ANU University Medal for Drama, the Theatre Players Scholarship and the David Suchet Award at LAMDA, where he trained professionally. He has extensive performing, directing and teaching experience.
Neil Simon and Angela Punch-McGregor join forces in Lost in Yonkers, which won the 1991 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 1991 Tony Award for Best Play. It is a coming of age tale that focuses on teenage brothers Arty and Jay left in the care of their Grandma Kurnitz and Aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
And last in the Season, but by no means least, Corille Fraser will direct Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn. The fast and furious pace will keep you hooked as you experience this truly entertaining and Improbable Fiction. 2012 also celebrates Corille’s 30th year as a mainstage director for Rep.
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