Past productions – Javeenbah Theatre Company (2010 – current)

2010

29th January 2010

RUBY MOON

By Matt Cameron
Directed by Jocelyn Moore-Carter


12th March

WHO GOES BARE?

By Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon
Directed by Dorothy Henderson


30th April 2010

ZIGZAG STREET

By Philip Dean, book by Nick Earls
Directed by Amy-Louise Anderson


19th July 2010

SWEET CHARITY

Written by Neil Simon, music Cy Coleman, lyrics Dorothy Fields
Directed by Kim Reynolds


17th September 2010

HAS ALICE FRIKKIN A GHOST OF A CHANCE?

Written by David Scott
Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown


26th November 2010

I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE

By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Iain Hogg

2011

11th January – 5th February 2011

PERFECT MURDER

By Ken Cotterill
Directed by Gillian Crow

This was the premier of this Gold Coast thriller written by Ken Cotterill


18th March – 2nd April 2011

LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICH MUSICAL

Directed by Amy-Louise Anderson


20th May – 4th June 2011

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Helen Maden

A Streetcar Named Desire deals with a culture clash between Blanche DuBois, a relic of the Old South, and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban working class.


14th July – 23rd July 2011

ALL IN THE TIMING / WOMBERANG

By Alison Campbell and Sue Townsend
Directed by Trevor Love

A night of the best Aussie and British comedy.


9th September – 24th September 2011

13!

Directed by Kim Reynolds

Evan Goldman has it all – he’s popular, has the perfect family and lives in the greatest city in the world – New York! That is until his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move with his Mom…. To Indiana.


3rd November – 26th November 2011

THE MOUSETRAP

By Agatha Christie
Directed by Jim Dickson

Eight estranged people are snowed in at a guesthouse right after a murder has taken place. A detective investigating the murder is forced to take shelter at the guesthouse and uncover the murderer before it’s too late.

2012

20th January – 4th February 2012

DOUBT

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Michael Lill

This production is in association with Dream Run Theatre Company. Doubt is a superb drama that explores moral uncertainty. Set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, a strong-minded nun wrestles with conscience and indecision as she is faced with concerns about one of her male colleagues.

Winner of the 2005 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Best Play and 2005 Tony Award for Best Play among others, Doubt is passionate, potent and engrossing.


16th – 31st March 2012

NUNSENSE THE MUSICAL

By Dan Goggin
Directed by Iain Hogg

Five nuns, the only survivors among their order after a food poisoning epidemic, put on an amateur show to raise money for their sisters’ burials. This intimate musical provides hilarious entertainment from madcap dance routines, toe tap-ping tunes and even a live audience quiz.


11th May – 26th May 2012

RUNNING UP A DRESS

By Suzanne Spunner
Directed by Amy-Louise Anderson

Running Up A Dress by Suzanne Spunner explores the complex and dynamic relationship between mothers and daughters using various metaphorical sewing terms that underlines these relationships. The production is timed well for mother’s day and will delight mothers and daughters alike.


13th July – 28th July 2012

THE ODD COUPLE; FEMALE VERSION

By Neil Simon
Directed by Jim Dickson

In Neil Simon’s revised version of The Odd Couple, house-proud hypochondriac Flo is forced to move in with the slovenly Olive after her marriage collapses. The two mismatched roommates are hilarious in this contemporary comic classic—with a feminine touch!


7th – 22nd September 2012

PROOF

By David Auburn
Directed by Barry Gibson

Proof follows the story of Catherine, the daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician who is recently deceased. Catherine has inherited his genius but tries to come to grips with another possible inheritance: his insanity. Will her fear of following in her father’s footsteps prevent her from proving his genius scientific theory?


9th – 24th November 2012

SPRING AWAKENING THE MUSICAL

Book & Lyrics by Steven Slater. Music by Duncan Sheik.
Directed by Joshua McCann Thompson

Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that will not soon be forgotten. Set in late-19th century Germany, it follows teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany due to its portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape and suicide. The Tony Award winning musical employs an alternative rock infused score.

2013

18th January – 2nd February 2013

THERE’S A BURGLAR IN MY BED

Written by Michael Parker
Directed by Nathan Schulz

William Worthington III and his wife Ashley both go away for the weekend on arranged trysts with the respective lovers. Inevitably their paths cross at the family beach house and a divorce is in the air. With neither willing to give up the world-famous Worthington necklace, each devises a plan to steal it. This American farce by Michael Parker is full of slap-stick hilarity.


22nd March – 6th April 2013

THE ANNIVERSARY

Written by Bill McIllwraith
Directed by Dawn China

Mother keeps a tight hold on all three of her sons with gifts, threats and ruthless exploitation of their weaknesses. But as the family is unwillingly brought together to celebrate Mum’s wedding anniversary (regardless of deceased Dad), revolt is in the air. One son gathers the courage to tell Mum he is moving to Canada; another breaks the news of his impending marriage. Can Mum keep her ruthless grip on the family?


24th May – 8th June 2013

OUR MAN IN HAVANA

Written by Graham Green
Directed by Eric James

James Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman who spends his days drinking in seedy bars worrying about teenage daughter Milly’s spending habits. Wormold is living a half -life since his wife ran off leaving him in semi-exile in Havana. So when an Englishman turns up out of the blue and recruits Wormold to the secret service, he signs up in attempt to liberate himself from the debts Milly has accumulated.


26th July – 10th August 2013

RENT

Directed by Iain Hogg

Performed with permission by Hal Leonard. Rock musical Rent follows a group of impoverished young artists and musicians finding it hard to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side. The characters struggle to navigate the harsh realities of love and life, under the shadow of AIDS.


27th September – 12th October 2013

THE BURLESQUE EFFECT

Written by Wayne Tunks
Directed by Gillian Crow

James is your typical young 1950’s kind of guy. Steady office job, attractive young wife, saving for the dream home – life’s right on track. That is until his friend, Larry, introduces him to the Scarlet Lounge. It’s a whole new world far beyond his wildest fantasy – the world of Burlesque. There’s the girls, the music, the dancing, the costumes, the girls ….. and there’s Honey Gordon…


22nd November – 7th December 2013

ALBERT NOBBS

Written by Gordon Steel
Directed by Jim Dickson

After a life of hard work, retirement isn’t all that Albert Nobbs expected. Instead of relaxing and taking things easy, Albert finds himself bored and nagged senseless by his wife Connie. Albert’s world is soon turned upside down by her sudden death. Albert struggles to carry on until Connie returns as a ghost and tries to sort out his life.

2014

24th January – 8th February 2014

CARAVAN

By Donald McDonald
Directed by Barry Gibson

Two weeks, three couples and one caravan – what could possible go wrong? We know the couples; they’re our best friends, the people we know and love and the people we love to hate. We recognise the qualities that come to the surface when the pressure is on! What a lovely, funny Aussie romp.


21st March – 5th April 2014

QUARTET

By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Joan Stalker Brown

Picture a retirement home for musicians. Three elderly former opera singers are joined by newcomer Jean, a major star in her day and to whom one of the male residents was once unhappily married. A gala concert is set to take place at the retirement home—some are keen to recreate the third act quartet from Rigoletto and some are not. Is there any chance that these four will ever sing together again?


23rd May – 7 June 2014

FOOTLOOSE

Music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and the book by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Directed by Jocelyn Moore-Carter and Amy-Louise Anderson

A rebellious teenager moves to a small middle American town where dance is forbidden. He encourages his classmates to defy the local pastor and call for a rock’n’roll prom. Footloose explodes onto the stage with classic 80s anthems including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, and of course the title track Footloose.


25th July – 9th August 2014

MORNING SACRIFICE

By Dymphna Cusack
Directed by Jim Dickson

Morning Sacrifice is set in the staff room of the Easthaven Girls’ High School, on the eve of the second world war. It’s a time when the double standards of Victorian sexual morality are alive and well, female teachers are forced to tackle the dilemmas of modernity in a time when women had far from gained equality. A brilliantly tense drama, flooded with wit and love.


26th September – 11th October 2014

MR WONDERFUL

By James Robson
Directed by Gaye Gay

Forty-five year old Norma works in a factory and cares for her bedridden mother. She’s trying to find her Mr Wonderful by using a dating agency. We see her with some unlikely partners, until she finds Geoff. She invites him to meet her mother Phoebe, who lives vicariously on her daughters experiences, although terrified that, one day Norma will leave her for her Mr Wonderful.


21st November – 6th December 2014

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS

By Alan Ball
Directed by Dawn China

During an ostentatious wedding reception, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, The women come to realise that they, despite their differences, have more in common with each other than any of them do with the bride.

2015

16th – 31st January 2015

ACCOMPLICE

By Rupert Holmes
Directed by Nathan Schulz

Accomplice begins as a straightforward English thriller. A sex-starved wife and her lover plan to murder her husband. The husband is murdered, but reappears…


13th – 28th March 2015

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

By Woody Allen
Directed by Roger McKenzie

A film critic depressed over his wife’s abandonment places himself in a film fantasy life where he is coached by his hero, Humphrey Bogart.


15th – 30th May 2015

RABBIT HOLE

By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Barry Gibson

Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies after being hit by a car.


10th – 25th July 2015

HOTEL SORRENTO

By Hannie Rayson
Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown

Hilary lives in seaside Sorrento, Pippa is visiting from New York and Meg from England. Three sisters, reunited after ten years, again feel the constraints of family life.


4th – 19th September 2015

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY

Directed by Amy-Louise Anderson

This hilarious cabaret revue sharply spoofs popular show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals. Forbidden Broadway is a great opportunity for people to laugh at the cheesy, ridiculous elements of music theatre, whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or new to musical theatre. It’s a one-stop ticket to non-stop laughs. The fall-down funny musical roast has picked up 9 Drama Desk Awards, a Special Tony®, an Obie, a Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award.


13th – 28th November 2015

THE GAME’S AFOOT; HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Jim Dickson

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play “Sherlock Holmes”, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Sherlock Holmes, to track down the killer.

2016

29th January – 13th February 2016

WRITER’S BLOCK

By Kellie Eatock
Directed by Kellie Eatock

Reclusive writer, Jane, battles her overactive imagination which takes the form of her two very vocal lead characters as she pecks out her newest play – a WW2 drama that embodies all the romance she seems to lack in her own life.


1st – 16th April 2016

MINEFIELDS & MINISKIRTS

By Terrence O’Connell from the original book by Siobhan McHugh
Directed by Gaye Gay

Nearly a thousand Australian women played an integral part in the Vietnam war as nurses, entertainers, journalists and volunteers. The lives of all these women were changed forever by Vietnam; these are their stories, interspersed with iconic songs of the era.


27th May – 11th June 2016

COMMUNICATING DOORS

By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Annie Lotocki

In this ingenious time-hopping comedy thriller, a dominatrix arrives at a swanky hotel to service an elderly wealthy businessman but she’s forced to run for her life through a communicating hotel door in a time space continuum where a woman has escaped being murdered, one is about to be murdered, and the other was murdered two decades before.


22nd July – 6th August 2016

AFTER JANUARY

By Phillip Dean adopted from Nick Earls’ novel
Directed by Amy Louise-Anderson

After January is a play about what happens when you stop waiting for life to happen. Alex has 18 days of waiting before he knows the answer which will determine the course of his life. The waiting seems unbearable until he meets a girl… After January is a touching portrayal of the awkwardness and inexperience of first love.


16th September – 1st October 2016

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

By Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Trevor Love
Musical Director Rachel Love

This contemporary musical weaves characters and history together, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. This moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices we make.


18th November – 3rd December 2016

THE SMELL OF MONEY

By Peter Maden
Directed by Helen Maden

Dennis is convicted of drink driving and sentenced to community service at a local AFL club with a long history of failure. When the Club President sees Dennis arrive in a limousine, he assumes Dennis is wealthy and has the answers to the club’s problems. The Smell of Money is a unique Aussie comedy that reminds us why it’s no fun to be on a committee!

2017

27th January – 11th February 2017

‘NIGHT, MOTHER

By Marsha Norman
Directed by Barry Gibson

And I told you! …The gun is for me! …I’m going to kill myself, mama! Shoot myself. In a couple of hours.


24th March – 8th April 2017

SWEET ROAD

By Debra Oswald
Directed by Gaye Gay

Sweet Road is an Australian play by award-winning playwright and scriptwriter, Debra Oswald, the author of the TV series Offspring and The Secret Life Of Us. Sweet Road shows us a slice of life about a collection of diverse characters, as they set off on road trips through the Australian outback. Some of the travellers are trying blindly to find their destinations, while others are trying to find a highway to anywhere.


26th May – 10th June 2017

THE KINGFISHER

By William Douglas Home
Directed by Nathan Schulz

This effervescent romantic comedy takes a look at the lives and loves of three characters. As he peruses The Times obituaries, Cecil Warburton makes a discovery that has him whistling in the bath! At last, the dull Reggie Townsend has died, widowing the only woman that Cecil truly loved… and lost. With only one thing on his mind – matrimony – he arranges to meet Evelyn under the same tree in his garden where he kissed her years earlier.


21st July – 5th August 2017

BILLY LIAR

By Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall
Directed by Dawn China

Set in the early 1960s, Billy Liar is a young man with a hyperactive imagination, who is prone to inventing and telling lies to avoid his humdrum Northern family and job as a clerk in a funeral home. Billy Liar is black comedy at its best, and who could forget the 1963 film starring Tom Courteney and Julie Christie.


15th – 30th September 2017

I REMEMBER YOU

Created by Gai Byrne
Directed by Gai Byrne

A musical revue showcasing the Hit Parade from the Fabulous 1950s through to the Swinging 1960s. With Parody Advertisements in the “Satire” style genre threaded throughout the show. We will hear major hits from such artists as Neil Sedaka, Bobby Daren, Connie Francis, and The Platters, and some one hit wonders! Songs that were one in a million best sellers such as the title of our show, “I Remember You”, sung by Frank Ifield in 1964. A show full of entertainment that will leave you with a smile on your dial and a song in your hearts.


17th November – 2nd December 2017

OBSESSION

By Kellie E. Silver
Directed by Kellie. E Silver

When Lily and Tom inherit an old house, they are over the moon about having a place to raise their baby when it is born. However, as they set about restoring the dilapidated family home to its former glory, they begin to wonder if the house was more of a curse than a gift. The couple quickly begin to second guess their decision to take on the “renovators delight” as their unusual families and a past will not let go.

2018

12th – 27th January 2018

WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING

By Andrew Bovell
Directed by Kaela Gray

This award winning Australian play interweaves a series of connected stories, as seven people confront the mysteries of their past in order to understand their future, revealing how patterns of betrayal, love and abandonment are passed on.


9th – 24th March 2018

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Written by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Bradley Chapman

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is an hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.


11th – 26th May 2018

THE DOG LOGS

Written by CJ Johnson
Directed by Jocelyn Moore-Carter

From a tough rottweiler with neighbour problems to an aging mongrel who discovers love late in life, this collection of hilarious and heartbreaking monologues examines the lives of dogs from every breed, age and situation. Telling stories of friendship, romance and revenge, The Dog Logs is a refreshing take on canine life that is touching and surprisingly human.


5th – 15th July 2018

PACK OF LIES

Written by Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Nathan Schulz

The Jacksons are a nice middle aged English couple. Their best friends are their Canadian neighbours, the Krogers. All is blissful in their world until a detective from Scotland Yard asks to use their house as an observation station to try and foil a Soviet spy ring operating in the area. The Jacksons become more and more put out as Scotland Yard’s demands on them increase.


7th – 22th September 2018

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS

Written by Richard Alfieri
Directed by Gaye Gay

Lily, the widow of a Southern Baptist Minister, signs up for dance lessons with Michael. Each of their six lessons is filled with laughter and tears, as they learn more about each other’s lives, while sharing more than dance steps. This is a modern romantic comedy not to be missed.