Past productions – Javeenbah Theatre Company (1996 – current)

1996

1st – 22nd June 1996

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

By David Mamet
Directed by James Wallace

A morality play filled with obscenity and comic banter of real estate salesman and their attempts to sell under-developed land.


31st August – 21st September 1996

ALL MY HUSBANDS

By George Feydeau
Directed by Vera Kasals-Anderson

A frivolous French farce about the bride and groom, the mother and the lover! Who is married to whom – if anybody!


16th November – 7th December 1996

BAZAAR AND RUMMAGE

By Sue Townsend
Directed by Trevor Love

1997

15TH February – 8th March 1997

ON GOLDEN POND

By Ernest Thompson
Directed by Brett Edwards

A gentle comedy about family and friendships


19th April – 11th May 1997

EDUCATING RITA

By Willy Russell
Directed by James Wallace

This hilarious and moving comedy is about Rita, a hairdresser desperately looking for life throughout learning and Frank, her tutor, who is looking for the life that has slipped him by.


21st June – 13th July 1997

CHILDREN OF THE WOLF

By John Peacock
Directed by Pat Aldam

An edge of your seat thrilled right up until the last line.


23rd August – 14th September 1997

STRAIGHT AND NARROW

By Jimmie Chin
Directed by Anne Coombe

A hysterical comedy in the best English tradition. Sharing an apartment is more than being able to get along with others, sometimes its all-out war!


1st November – 30th November 1997

CHORUS LINE

Music by Marvin Hamlach

One of the world’s most popular and best loved musicals.

1998

14th February – 7th March 1998

RUMOURS

Written by Neil Simon
Directed by James

Several affluent couples gather for an anniversary dinner party. However, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing and the host has shot himself through the earlobe.


18th April – 9th May 1998

WHO SAW HIM DIE?

Written by Tudor Gates
Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown

This thriller sees former Police Superintendent Pratt driven by desire to track down the criminal who has eluded him for so long.


20th June – 11th July 1998

BEYOND THERAPY

By Christopher Durang
Directed by Sue McGrath

This farcical comedy focuses on Prudence and Bruce, two Manhattanites who are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggest the patient place a personal ad.


29th August – 19th September 1998

TIME TO KILL

Written by Leslie Darbon
Directed by Pat Aldam

Four bored housewives decide to take justice into their own hands by shackling a man to their living room chair who they accuse of causing their neighbours suicide.


31st October – 28th November 1998

TWO WEEKS WITH THE QUEEN

By Mary Morris and Morris Gleitzman
Directed by Brett Edwards

When Colin’s brother is diagnosed with cancer, the boys are sent to London to visit relatives. Colin decides the Queen is the one person who can help them which begins the crazy adventure to save his brother’s life.

1999

13th February – 6th March 1999

THE MATILDA WOMEN

By Sue Rider
Directed by Di Francis


17th April – 8th May 1999

DEADLINE

By Geoff Bateman and Emily Pritchard
Directed by Trevor Love


19th June – 10th July 1999

COSI

By Louis Nowra
Directed by Brett Edwards


28th August – 18th September 1999

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

By Stephen Mallatratt
Directed by Dolores Clifford and Alistair Beer


30th October – 20th November 1999

THE CEMETERY CLUB

By Ivan Menchell
Directed by Julie Moran

2000

12th February – 4th March 2000

A LETTER FROM THE GENERAL

By Maurice McLoughlin
Directed by Jim Dickson

This gripping tale from the Far East is set in a convent during a revolution. Wonderful characters, from the impressionable young Irish novice to the dying nun, as well as some unexpected visitors.

Who can save them all?


15th April – 6th May 2000

MURDER ON THE NILE

By Agatha Christie
Directed by Terry Callaghan


24th June – 15th July 2000

AWAY

By Michael Gow
Directed by Di Francis

1968 – a watershed year for Australia, still at war in Vietnam. AWAY shows how change affected the lives of three families, as it did for us all, with laughter and sadness.


19th August – 9th September 2000

THE CARETAKER

By Harold Pinter
Directed by James Wallace

English – certainly, but the themes are universal. Add to this an all-female cast and you have a not-to-be missed, thought-provoking piece of theatre.


28th October – 18th November 2000

CLEVER DICK

By Charles Marowitz
Directed by Barry Gibson

A comedy send-up of the British aristocracy. It’s not politically correct but it’s hilarious! Start the millennium with laughter!

2001

22nd February – 10th March 2001

SECRET BRIDESMAIDS BUSINESS

By Elizabeth Coleman
Directed by Julie Moran

It’s the night before Meg’s wedding, but as her bridesmaids begin to celebrate, scandal threatens to ruin the whole affair!


26th April – 12th May 2001

HOUSE GUEST

By Francis Durbridge
Directed by Terry Callaghan

This play bears all the hallmarks of suspense, mystery, murder, shock and surprise. In this fast paced plot, Robert and Stella are horrified to learn that their young son has been kidnapped, but twist follows twist until the ingenious ending.


12th July – 28th July 2001

ALL MY SONS

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Brett Edwards

Powerful, passionate and frightening relevant, this play was Millers first major success. His merciless expose of wartime profiteering and the capitalistic ethic is told through a compelling father and son conflict. A magnificent human drama.


6th September – 22nd September 2001

FAMILY PLANNING

By Frank Vickery
Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown

When Tracey discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t know how to tell her family. Gran, who sees all and knows all, helps to pave the way for her announcement. Unfortunately, hypochondriac father jumps to the wrong conclusion and mishaps and misunderstanding abound!


1st November – 17th November 2001

CARAVAN

By Donald McDonald
Directed by Barry Gibson

How well do you know your friends? There’s nothing like spending a holiday with them to find out!

2002

15th February – 9th March 2002

BLACK ROCK

By Nick Enright
Directed by Brett Edwards

The raw edge of life. Acclaimed Australian playwright, Nick Enright, captures in this gripping play the events that occurred in NSW ten years ago when a wild teenage party led to rape and death. Very course language and adult themes.


26th April – 11th May 2002

NATURAL CAUSES

By Eric Chappell
Directed by Terry Callaghan

A bumbling inventor of an undetectable poison, three scheming victims, a naïve social worker and a rubber plant. Who will receive the poison? Be careful – you too might die (of laughter) at this black comedy!


5th July – 20th July 2002

UNDER MILKWOOD

By Dylan Thomas
Directed by Marion Parry

Dylan Thomas’ classical work of the lives and loves of eccentric characters in a Welsh seaside town. A unique production by Marion Parry, or as she would be known in Wales, Parry the Play.


13th September – 28th September 2002

ALARMS AND EXCURSIONS

By Michael Frayn
Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown

Our lives are full of minor calamities. Nobody observes them better than Michael Frayn. His sense of the ridiculous makes us see the funny side of life in this uproarious evening of sketches and playlets.


15th November – 30th November 2002

LETTICE AND LOVAGE

By Peter Schaffer
Directed by Jim Dickson

One of the sharpest, wittiest, most passionate and elegant plays of the year.

2003

15th February – 8th March 2003

LONG GONE LONESOME COWGIRLS

By Philip Dean
Directed by Jocelyn Moore-Carter


2nd May – 24th May 2003

A FEW GOOD MEN

By Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Brett Edwards


11th July – 26th July 2003

AND SO SAY ALL OF US

By Ian Austin
Directed by Pat Aldam


19th September – 4th October

WAIT UNTIL DARK

By Frederick Knott
Directed by Shane Caddaye


21st November – 6th December

CHRISTMAS AT TURKEY BEACH

By Michael Richards
Directed by Dolores Clifford

2004

13th February – 28th February 2004

THE CRUCIBLE

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Brett Edwards


23rd April – 8th May 2004

THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR

By Alan Seymour
Directed by Eric James


2nd July – 17th July 2004

LADIES NIGHT

By Anthony McCarten and Stephen Sinclair
Directed by Jim Dickson


10th September – 25th September 2004

TAPE

By Stephen Belber
Directed by James Wallace


19th November – 4th December

AFTER JANUARY

By Phillip Dean
Directed by Amy-Louise Anderson

2005

27th – 29th January 2005

XSTACY

By Margaret Forde
Directed by Priscilla Scott


18th March – 9th April 2005

LAYING THE GHOST

By Simon Williams
Directed by Pat Aldam


20th May – 4th June 2005

A STING IN THE TALE

By Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner
Directed by Terry Callaghan


22nd June – 25th June 2005

JINX

By Margaret Wild
Directed by Carol Nash Paterson


22nd July – 6th August 2005

SILLY COW

By Ben Elton
Directed by Trevor Love


23 September – 2 October 2005

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Jim Dickson


24th November – 10th December 2005

MACK AND MABEL

By Jerry Herman
Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown

2006

26th – 28th January 2006

SPURBOARD

By Nick Enright
Directed by Carol Nash Paterson


17th March – 1st April 2006

ONE FOR THE ROAD

By Willy Russell
Directed by Pat Aldam


19th May – 3rd June 2006

NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY

By Douglas J Cohen
Directed by Gillian Crow


21st July – 5th August 2006

BUTCHERBIRDS CRY AT MIDNIGHT

By David Scott
Directed by Trevor Love


22nd September – 7th October 2006

ART

By Yasmin Reza
Directed by Andrew Trump


24th November – 9th December 2006

BERMUDA AVENUE TRIANGLE

By Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna
Directed by Jim Dickson

2007

18th – 20th January 2007

48 SHADES OF BROWN

By Philip Dean
Directed by Kylie Scott


2nd – 17th March 2007

FORGET ME KNOT

By David Tristam
Directed by Pat Aldam


27th April – 12th May 2007

TRIBUTE

By Bernard Slade
Directed by Jim Dickson


24th – 26th May 2007

ONE ACT SEASON:

  • ECHOES IN THE MIST by David Scott. Directed by David Scott.
  • THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR by Jean Watson. Directed by Graham Simpson.

21st September – 6th October 2007

AGNES OF GOD

By John Pielmeier
Directed by Barry Gibson


23rd November – 8th December 2007

ME AND MY GIRL

By Noel and Rose Gay
Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown

2008

25th January 2008

THE YEAR NICK MCGOWN CAME TO STAY

By Rebecca Sparrow
Directed by Priscilla Scott


7th March 2008

ONE-ACT SEASON:
GATHERING SHADOWS

Written by David Scott
Directed by David Scott


IT'S A CRUST

Written by by Len Randall
Directed by John Mullan


2nd May 2008

MASKERADE

By Stephen Briggs; book by Terry Pratchett
Directed by Gillian Crow


10th July 2008

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

By Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown


19th September 2008

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

By Robert Harling
Directed by Barry Gibson

2009

23rd January – 7th February 2009

ORPHANS

By Lyle Kessler
Directed by James Wallace


27th March – 11th April

THE WINSLOW BOY

By Terence Rattigan
Directed by Eric Summers


5th June – 4th July 2009

CATS

By Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Kim Reynolds


24th July – 1st August 2009

ONE-ACT SEASON:
EFFIE's BURNING

By Valerie Windsor
Directed by Gillian Crow


LEVEL 12

By Kate Beck
Directed by Barry Gibson


18th September – 3rd October 2009

UP'N'UNDER

By John Godber
Directed by Ralph Lenton


20th November – 5th December 2009

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES

By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Jim Dickson

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.

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