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About Rumours

14th April - 22 April 2023

  • Genre: Drama

  • Director: Julian Oldfield


Peppa Sindar

Chris Gorman

Andrew Seeary

Ken Gorman

Marilyn Chestnut

Claire Ganz

Fred Fargher

Lenny Ganz

Matt Noble

Ernie Cusack

Pamela Maiden

Cookie Cusack

Julian Oldfield

Glenn Cooper

Bev Harris

Cassie Cooper

Tony McGuinness


Sarah Kernighan



  • Directed by
    Julian Oldfield
  • Stage Manager
    Tony McGuinness
  • Crew
    David Bradley, Yvonne Bonell, Sarah Kernighan, Josh Noble
  • Lighting
    Frank Hanrahan with Kieran & Leon Hanrahan & Megan Pinkerton
  • Sound Set-Up
    Michael Zala
  • Foyer
    Yvonne Downing and BNT Members
  • Photography
    Helen Irving
  • Graphic Design
    Peter Freund
  • Set Construction
    Frank Lilley ably assisted by David Bradley, Fred Fargher, Aaron Glenane, Wendy Hall, Sarah Kernighan, Eddie Lawson Tony McGuinness, Matt Noble, Josh Noble, Megan Pinkerton, Ken Prato, Val Sarah, Andrew Seeary, Margaret Solomon, Peter Zala.

Performance Gallery


Reviewer - John Poliness

Neil Simon, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is one of the funniest and most influential of modern playwrights. In recent times Ballarat National Theatre has given us two of his plays, The Odd Couple, and The Sunshine Boys. 'National's current production, Rumors, is another of his successes.

The action occurs in a New York apartment cleverly devised by Frank Lilley's set. Here, as guests arrive at the home of the deputy mayor and his wife, gunfire is heard.

All are concerned for their reputations, and their attempts to avoid scandal lead to hilarious events. The talented cast makes the most of the confusion and chaos, the dialogue is rapid and witty, and the American accents generally well sustained. Marilyn Chestnut, Fred Fargher and Andrew Seeary are outstanding and are ably supported at the Courthouse by Peppa Sindar, Pam Maiden, Julian Oldfield and Tony McGuiness.

This is one of the most experienced comedy casts we have seen at the Courthouse for several years, and newcomers Bev Harris and Sarah Kernighan are valuable additions to this team.