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1938 - 2018

1938 - 2018

BNT celebrates 80 years of live theatre entertainment.
Mr Bailey's Minder

Mr Bailey's Minder

The play centres around Leo Bailey, one of Australia's greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing, can no longer take care of himself. His resentful daughter has been through a succession of minders, until Therese comes along, fresh out of prison and determined to make a go of her limited options.

Starts 7th July 2018

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet's most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it's difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense -- but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems.

Starts 29th September 2018

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Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls

A group of extraordinary middle-aged women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women's Institute (the UK version of the CWA), spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they'd ever planned!

Starts 1st December 2018

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By turns funny and poignant, the play's London premiere was in 1999. In a home for retired opera singers. Each year the inhabitants put on a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. Three of the current residents are wondering what they should perform, when a new resident arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on.......

Cast

Cecily Robson Wendy Holgate
Reginald Paget Peter Nethercote
Wilfred Bond Ellis Ebell
Jean Horton Margaret Jarvis

 Pre-Production

Set Construction Frank Lilley ably assisted by,
David Bradley, Ross Coleman, Fred Fargher,
Wendy Hall, Brydie Howell, Eddie Lawson
Tony McGuinness, Peter Nethercote, Matt Noble,
Josh Noble, Julian Oldfield, Megan Pinkerton
Ken Prato, Andrew Seeary
Foyer Yvonne Downing and BNT Members
Photography Helen Irving
Graphic Design Peter Freund
Sound David Bradley
Props Sarah Kernighan

Production Credits

Directed by Gabrielle Leeds
Designed by Julian Oldfield
Stage Manager Bruce Eldridge
Lighting Frank Hanrahan
Sound Set-Up Michael Zala

Gallery

 Quartet
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PN2
Wendy3
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Wendy  PN2
Wendy 2 Boys2

Review

Reviewer - Gail Sjogren

In a Home for retired opera singers, four aging stars find themselves asked to perform their most famous quartet at a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. By turns very funny and equally poignant Quartet makes the most of this potentially explosive situation as the four singers show that age may have weakened them physically but it has not diminished their desire for the limelight or their ability to command an audience.
Quartet is directed by Gabrielle Leeds, well known for roles in many local productions as well as her film role in Dalkeith. The outstanding cast includes two of Ballarat’s best known actors in Wendy Holgate and Peter Nethercote, playing the dotty contralto and the artistic, highly strung tenor. They are joined by two equally talented newcomers to the Ballarat scene, Ellis Ebell as the raunchy and ever optimistic baritone and Margaret Jarvis as the domineering but ultimately touching soprano.

The intimate setting of the Courthouse Theatre is ideal for a play which takes us into the lives of four people whose indomitable spirit makes the best of growing older. Their dilemma, to reproduce their youthful success with voices no longer at their peak, is resolved in a manner which provides a triumphant conclusion to an excellent night's entertainment.

 

 

 

 

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