Theatre – What’s on at the Riverside Theatres 2011

November 8th, 2010


What’s on in Sydney Theatre – Breast Wishes, Little Gem, Commercial Farce, Rainbow’s End, Capture the Flag, In The Next Room, The Magic Flute, The Sum of Us, The Woman In Black, Who Killed Mario Lanza, The 2011 Wharf Revue, This Year’s Ashes

  • 2011 Performance Season

Riverside’s 2011 Performance Season will kick off with Anne Looby, Simone Parrott & Neil Gooding’s Breast Wishes, an uplifting Australian musical about life, love, family and silicon. Meet a family of women; add a fumbling boyfriend, a well meaning husband and a bra-fitter who’s seen it all and you will be taken on a witty and heart-warming journey through laughter to triumph.

Award-winning hit of the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival and the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Gúna Nua Theatre’s Little Gem explores love, sex, birth, death, dildos and salsa classes and follows three generations of Dublin women on a wild and constantly surprising journey. Irish company, Gúna Nua Theatre is known for their innovative and vibrant productions and their commitment to creating new work.

Malthouse Theatre’s A Commercial Farce tells the story of Bill, an experienced theatre director on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Enter Jules, the name that’s going to sell the tickets. Without him the show is doomed. But when Jules fails to perform the simplest of acting tasks, Bill’s raison d’être becomes teaching his young pupil the very meaning of farce. Driven by wit, cynicism and thigh-slapping humour, A Commercial Farce pokes fun at commercial theatre.
Set against the Queen’s visit in 1954, Riverside Productions’ Rainbow’s End bares the stories of three generations of Koori women, who live on the edge of a country town in a shack on the banks of a flood prone river. Under the direction of award winning Director, Craig Ilot and with the return of the powerful original cast including Christine Anu, Lillian Crombie and Chenoa Deemal, this tender, funny play celebrates the fierce optimism of the women as they struggle for community acceptance in Menzies era Australia.

Set in 1945 Berlin, Critical Stages and Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company’s Capture the Flag tells the compelling story of three young boys huddled for days in the sewers as the Russian tanks rumble through the streets above. Members of the Hitler Youth and desperate to become men before their time, the boys’ favourite game has changed and now the bullets are real. Capture the Flag is written and directed by Toby Schmitz.

Sydney Theatre Company’s In The Next Room or the vibrator play is an utterly beguiling play that explores love and science. Dr Givings fails to understand his wife’s sudden fascination with his practice. The remedial treatment that he administers to females suffering from hysterical disorders is an important medical invention and nothing more. The Chattanooga Vibrator is absolutely nothing for his healthy, happy wife to get her bloomers in a twist about. The cast includes Mandy McElhinney, Jacqueline McKenzie, Helen Thomson and Sara Zwangobani.
Pacific Opera presents a cheeky and playful look at Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The Queen of the Night sends the noble prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter Pamina from the tyrant Sarastro. Like any proper hero, Tamino has a roguish sidekick, the birdcatcher Papageno, and magical gadgets for protection – a flute for Tamino and chimes for Papageno.

Riverside Productions and Simply Opera are producing the premier of a new work based on the life of the great romantic tenor Mario Lanza, Who Killed Mario Lanza. It will star leading Opera Australia soloists Aldo de Toro in the role of Lanza and Tiffany Speight as the women in his life.

Christine Harris & HIT Productions’ The Sum of Us is a touching portrayal of a father’s unconditional love for his son and the quest to find the right mate. Widower, Harry, played by Steve Bisley loves his gay son, Jeff, played by Patrick Harvey and even takes an active part in Jeff’s search for Mr. Right. In the meantime, Harry finds himself Joyce, played by Nell Feeney, who may not be as understanding of Jeff.

A spine chilling ghost story, The Woman in Black from Garry Ginivan and Associates combines the power and intensity of theatre with the cinematic quality of film noir. Arthur Kipps asks an actor to help him relive his experiences with the mysterious woman, an exorcism through improvisation.

They’re back. After a decade of delivering world’s-best-practice satire, the ever-popular Wharf Revue returns in 2011, serving up Sydney’s tastiest smorgasbord of irreverent humour, pastiche and extravagant production values. Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott return to make Sydneysiders laugh at themselves and each other.

A hilarious, touching urban fable of connection and redemption, of moving and moving on, Griffin Theatre Company’s This Year’s Ashes is a reluctant romantic comedy about Sydney, grief and cricket. Ellen lives a shiny life in the heart of a shiny city. In an act of escapism she turns to strangers for anonymity but is confronted when it’s not so anonymous after all. This Year’s Ashes is written by the brutal, insightful and bitingly funny Jane Bodie and joining her is one of the hottest new directing talents, Shannon Murphy.

2011 Performance Season Dates
Anne Looby, Simone Parrott & Neil Gooding
Breast Wishes
January 31 – February 5 

Critical Stages & Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company
Capture the Flag
May 24 – 28

 Garry Ginivan & Associates
The Woman In Black
September 28 – October 1
Gúna Nua Theatre
Little Gem
February 22 – 26
Sydney Theatre Company
In The Next Room
June 15 – 18

Riverside Productions & Simply Opera
Who Killed Mario Lanza
October 10 – 16  

Malthouse Theatre
A Commercial Farce
March 15 – 19

Pacific Opera
The Magic Flute
August 8 – 13

Sydney Theatre Company
The 2011 Wharf Revue
November 8 – 13
Riverside Productions
Rainbow’s End
April 28 – May 6

Christine Harris & HIT Productions
The Sum of Us
August 23 – 27

Griffin Theatre Company
This Year’s Ashes
November 22 – 26  

BOOKINGS: Riverside Theatres Box Office 8839 3399 or
Season Packages on sale from November 17
Single Tickets on sale from December 1
Full season announced November 15

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