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About Dust & Ruin


  • Genre: Drama

  • Directed and Designed by Julian Oldfield

Cast - I Spy

Peter Nethercote

The Man

Cast - Gooseberry

Phillip Quinn


Justine Morris


Cast - Norma

Sonja Kinnersly


Peter Nethercote


Marilyn Chestnut

The Ex-Film Star

Bruce Eldridge

The Porter

Sharnarra Crawley

The Reporter

Cast - Marble Beach

Gabrielle Leeds

Mrs. Morgan

Barrie McCausland

Mr. Frute

Fay Scetrine


Hedley Thomson

The Lawyer

Bill Scetrine

Cpt. Morgan


  • Stage-Manager
    Michael Cooper
  • Lighting
    Frank Hanrahan with Liza Hill
  • Sound Recording
    Michael Zala
  • Sound Operator
    Amanda Gunn
  • Crew
    David Bradley, Justine Morris, Josh Noble, Megan Pinkerton, Philip Quinn and others
  • Set Construction
    Frank Lilley, Ivan & Yvonne Downing, Gary & Wendy Hall, Tony McGuinness, Peter Nethercote, Bronwyn Oldaker, Julian Oldfield, Val Sarah, Andrew Seeary
  • Front of House
    Yvonne Downing & BNT Members
  • Graphic design
    Justin Weyers
  • Photography
    Mark Holgate

Performance Gallery



Past Loves provide present pleasure

Under the collective title of Past Loves, these four delightful comedies take a light-hearted look at relationships which, for one reason or another, are past.
The director, Julian Oldfield, has drawn together a team that includes several established BNT regulars – Marilyn Chestnut, Sonja Kinnersley, Gabrielle Leeds, Barrie McCausland, Peter Nethercote, Bill Scetrine, Hedley Thomson – and introduces Sharnarra Crawley, Bruce Eldridge, Justine Morris and Philip Quinn.

I was particularly intrigued by the clever introduction of characters from the other plays subtly intermingled to bring the three plays together.
The first play introduces Justine Morris and Phillip Quinn in a perky little piece of theatre that shows how jealousy can ruin a relationship.

The second brings in all the emotions of loneliness, vanity, love, infidelity, humility, humour and lies. Gabrielle Leeds is excellent as Mrs. Morgan a woman who left her husband some years ago. The husband, a man of social stature, is played superbly by Bill Scetrine. Barrie McCausland plays the very single detective Mr. Frute. Hedley Thomson is the lawyer. Eventually, a lie brings a very happy ending.

The third play, wonderfully acted by Sonja Kinnersly and Peter Nethercote, is about two lovers. He is in love with her but she, after telling her husband about the affair, feels guilty and wants to call it off.
The fourth play, starring the very talented Marilyn Chestnut, is about an aging film actress. Bruce Eldridge is The Porter and Sharnarra Crawley is the Reporter from Australia. Anyone who has ever been in love, had a lover, a wonderful marriage or found themselves "on their own" will relate to one or all of these plays.