Lismore Theatre Company 2023 Season

Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah

Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah

Lismore Theatre Company is pleased to announce its 2023 season.
The program of plays will open in April with the premiere of Hungry Ghosts written by James May and directed by Junia Wulf.

Hungry Ghosts, James May’s first full length play, exposes the heart and soul of the gritty side of life on the fringe in an Olympic city. Compulsions, addictions and obsessions torture the lives of these often misunderstood people.

Director Junia Wulf says ‘I feel honoured to bring James May’s vision to life.’ James, who calls Lismore home, recently has his short play Sissy as a finalist in the Drill Hall Theatre’s Hot Shorts competition.

Our second play to be staged in August, is David Williamson’s Dead White Males, an exploration into the importance of language and truth.

Director Sharon Brodie says, ‘I love plays that make me think and question ideas long after I have left the play and this one does it well.’

In this play by Australia’s most famous playwright, we follow a young woman at university as she learns how to critically think and challenge ideas. We also get to explore her family of origin and re-evaluate the “truths” she has always assumed about her family.

‘Nothing is as it appears at first and sometimes we have to be challenged to change,’ says Sharon Brodie.

Rounding off the season in November is Closer by Patrick Marber to be directed by Kylie Fuad.

In Closer, a quartet of strangers are caught in a sexual square dance in which partners are constantly swapped, caught between desire and betrayal. This award winning play by Patrick Marber is a brilliant exploration into the brutal anatomy of modern romance.

Director, Kylie Fuad says. ‘I chose this play as it’s an intense, dark and challenging work that allows me to work with four talented local actors to bring it to life.’

LTC President Sylvia Clarke expects 2023 will again see Rochdale Theatre’s calendar of performances augmented by external bookings for a variety of other events.

‘With many Lismore facilities closed as a result of the floods, our theatre was used in 2022 for music events, parties, workshops, drama classes, school performances, meetings, church services and many other events. Those bookings that provide welcome additional income to our theatre, are sure to continue into the new year’ Sylvia said.

Also in the new year, the company will hold an open audition day for anyone interested in acting can come and try out. Follow our Facebook page to keep up to date.

The theatre always welcomes new members interested in any of the numerous on or off stage roles. Membership is open via our website and ensures members receive our regular newsletters and are covered by insurance.

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