STRAY DOGS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

MEDEA

EURIPIDES

Translated and directed by Michael Ewans

A Greek tragedy.

Jason has two sons with Medea;  in the past she has used her magical powers to save his life and help him achieve his goals. But now he has dumped her for an advantageous new marriage to a teenage princess.

What could drive a woman to kill her own children?

Euripides’ Medea (431 BCE) is one of the most exciting of the surviving Greek dramas, here presented in modern dress in a new, accurate and actable translation by Michael Ewans, who also directs.

The title role is one of the most demanding in the world repertory, encompassing both rational dialogue and highly emotional scenes of grief and anger. In our production Claudia Bedford will play Medea and Phillip Ross  will play Jason, with a talented supporting cast.

WED 12-SAT 15 MAY 7:30 PM

AND SAT 15 MAY 2 PM

BOOKINGS: 4952 4958 


The House of Bernarda Alba is a modern adaptation by Rona Munro of the play by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Following the gangland execution of her husband, a crime boss and father to four of her five daughters,

the formidable matriarch Bernarda Alba will do anything to safeguard her family’s dubious fortune

and the future of her five daughters.

A deal is struck: a marriage of convenience is set up between her eldest girl and the son of a business

rival. All she has to do is ensure that the wedding happens and quickly too, but five headstrong

daughters cooped up in a penthouse apartment above a night club in an emotionally-charged

atmosphere of jealousy, rivalry and repressed sexuality make that an epic challenge.

Set in Australia during a hot, steamy summer, this production is electrifyingly transposed to the money-laundering world of crime-ridden Melbourne. The play is full of waspish black humour and it is hard

not to laugh right up until this contemporary family drama reaches its bitter and bloody end.

The House of Bernarda Alba plays June 5 to 26, with the preview performance on Friday June 4 benefitting the John Hunter Children’s Hospital Kids Club.


Steel Magnolias tells the story of six women and how the bonds of their friendships strengthen through good times and bad.

The play is set in the fictitious southern town of Chinquapin, Louisiana, in Truvy’s beauty shop where all the ladies, and anyone who is anyone, come to get their hair done. Wise-cracking beauty shop owner Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to her customers – “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realise it’s marching across your face” – and is helped by her new assistant Annelle.

Her customers include Miss Clairee, widow of the former Mayor, “the only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorise”; Ouiser, a wealthy curmudgeon “I’m not crazy…I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years”; M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, who is about to marry her sweetheart, Jackson.

Steel Magnolias plays 24 July to 14 August, with five matinees – Sunday 25 July, Saturday 31 July, Sunday 1 August, Saturday 7 August and Sunday 8 August.

Grab your best friends and come and see this heart-warming play. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.


Barefoot In The Park is a romantic comedy by Neil Simon. The play premiered on Broadway in 1963, starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley.

The story focuses on a pair of newlyweds, Corie and Paul, as they begin married life in a tiny, 5th-floor walkup apartment in a Manhattan brownstone.

Paul is a strait-laced attorney, while Corie has a far more spontaneous, free spirit.

As the young couple contend with a lack of heating, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbour Victor Velasco, and Corie’s well-meaning mother, they must also reconcile their own personal differences in how they approach life’s challenges.

Adjusting to married life isn’t so easy!

Plays 9 to 30 October


Past Productions

Glorious

Glorious is a hilarious and moving comedy based on the true story of the wealthy socialite dubbed the worst singer in the world. In 1940’s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins was the performer everyone wanted to see. An enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect, Florence was “the first lady of the sliding scale”, warbling and screeching her way through performances to an audience who mostly fell about laughing. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, supported by a circle of devoted friends almost as eccentric as her. This heartfelt play spins from Florence’s charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions, as we witness a true star follow her dreams all the way to her greatest triumph.

Directed and starring Cheryl Sovechles

The Road to Tibooburra

This is a rock concert with a story to tell, an Outback tinged twang! trimmed with a lot of great jokes and stark juxtaposition – somewhere between Priscilla and Wake in Fright.

Experience a rollicking rock’n’roll bus ride, a ‘getting the band back together’ feeling, a surreal trip into the Australian interior.

A sprawling work of performance art, complete with odd angry rants and broken down hillbillies, The Road To Tibooburra is a vigorously painted canvas, a drama playing out in the Australian desert at the time of COVID-19.

Thursday 11th March: 8pm-9.30pm

Friday 12th March: 8pm-9.30pm

Saturday 13th March: 8pm-9.30pm 

Sunday 14th March: 2pm-3.30pm

Two

The first show of NTC’s 2021 Indie Season is Two.

Set in a typical northern England pub in the late 1980s, Two explores the realities of life for working class people through a series of vignettes which are hilarious and often moving. They range from caustic exchanges between the landlord and landlady to interactions between various locals who frequent their establishment, some of whom look for love, others solace, others for something more than the ordinary.

These characters – all played by two actors – you will recognise and relate to. So, buy a drink and take a seat. Promises will be made, hearts broken, stories shared, and long-hidden secrets revealed. Tonight’s a night just like any other…or is it?

3, 5 and 6 March 2021

Love Letters

The charming play Love Letters traces the relationship of two characters – Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner – through the notes, letters and cards that they exchange over the course of 50 years.

Beginning with thank you notes, summer camp postcards and Valentines, their romantic attachment continues through middle school and into their boarding school and college years, through the trials of World War 2 and their relationships with others. These love letters are testament to their friendship and affection for each other. 

Plays 24, 26 and 27 February 2021.


MURDER ON THE NILE

Directed by

Fran Hodgson

Crew
Assistant DirectorBrayden Porter
Production ManagerClaire Williams
Stage ManagerJane Cobley
Assistant SM / crewVivien Brown
Assistant SM / crewCarly Crispin
Lighting designPhil Haywood
Lighting operatorJenny Brook
Sound designBrayden Porter + Noel Grivas
Sound operator 
Set constructionDavid Murray & Stephen Hill
Set design & dressingFran + Robyn Greenwell
Costume DesignFran Hodgson
Cast  
Simon MostynPaul Predny
Kay MostynMarigold Pazar
Jackie de SeveracBelinda Hodgson
Canon PennefatherDavid Gubbay
Dr BessnerBrayden Porter
The StewardNoel Grivas
Miss ffoliot-ffoulkesHelen Comber
Christina GrantMegan Connelly
SmithLiam McKenna
LouiseNahana Hussain

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