About Barossa PlayersBarossa Players is a not for profit theatre group which started in 2012 and has since staged 14 plays successfully in association with Barossa Arts and Convention Centre at the Eckermann Theatre.
Monthly Play Readings are held on the First Tuesday of the month, February to October, at 7:30pm, at The Barossa Arts & Convention Centre.
Interested people are welcome to attend. Please note that there is no charge for people to attend play readings or to perform with Barossa Players.
20192019 events will be announced at the beginning of the year, thank you for your support.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
When Randle Patrick McMurphy gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the authoritarian Nurse Ratched runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward’s patients. The movie won a fistful of Oscars in 1976, including Best Film, Best Director (Miloš Forman), Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Dourif).
The play opened with the morning rush in a ladies ‘restroom’ which is managed by two attendants gradually builds up. Three office girls come in to do their make-up before work, then two older widows out for a day shopping followed by Grandma, mum and child, all to ‘spend a penny’. Gradually they begin to chat with some very funny misunderstandings and revelations between the generations! It soon focuses on the men in their lives and the ‘rituals’ expected of the various relationships, each group being outraged by the attitudes of the others! Things begin to get a little sinister when the presence of a ‘man’ is suspected!
Susy Connor, 35 year old employee of Life Choice Options, claims that because she failed to meet the sexual demands of her boss, Gary Fitzgerald, she was severely harassed and unfairly dismissed. And so starts Barossa Players production, Brilliant Lies, by decorated Australian playwright, David Williamson (best known for his Australian football play The Club). Director, David Underwood, says, “Brilliant Lies was very fast paced and engaged the audience from start to finish over its 20 different scenes. The play is raw. Emotions were stirred, empathy, tears, revulsion, fascination …. It has everything.
Murder at Checkmate Manor
Barossa Players staged one of their funniest shows The Farndale "Murder at Checkmate Manor". The play is set in the drawing room of Checkmate Manor. The family gathers for the reading of the will of the late Sir Reginald Bishop. However, someone else has designs on the Checkmate millions, and will stop at nothing to get them. A string of grisly murders ensues, where everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect in aclassic whodunit farce. The crunch comes in the final scene when the murderer is about to be revealed, when Mrs Reece, doyenne of the group, saves the daywith a final twist to the plot.
Pass the ButlerPass the Butler, written by Eric Idle (of Monty Python’s Flying Circus fame), is simply blue-black adult comedy at its very best. It is an outrageous and hilarious piece of Python-esque theatre which has audiences in tears of laughter from curtain up to the uproarious and totally unexpected conclusion.
We implore audiences not to reveal the ending to their friends, but to coax or cajole them to see for themselves.
Agnes of GodWritten By John Pielmeier, Directed by Paul Paulenas.
Young novice nun, Sister Agnes (Jess Beattie), radiates innocence, purity and her Lord′s grace. However, a deceased newborn is discovered in her room. Both Agnes and her protector, Mother Miriam (Siobhan Barnden), claim a virgin birth. This gripping drama is not so much a whodunit, as a ‘how could this be possible?’
Court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr Martha Livingstone (Sandy Smith), is charged with determining whether Agnes is in a fit enough mental state to stand trial for infanticide. The powerful battle between scientific certainties and religious commitment is sure to keep you glued to your seat until the very last thread is unravelled.
This highly acclaimed Australian play is about a young university graduate Lewis (Andrew Smith) attempting to direct Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte in a mental institution. Set in Melbourne in 1971, with Vietnam War arguments raging, the plot is driven by the inmates demanding to put on the very ambitious production against Lewis’s better judgement.
Roy (Colin Davis), a manic-depressive, leads the charge to stage Mozart’s comic opera. He recruits Doug (Spencer Scholz), a pyromaniac with a cat problem, a domineering psychotic Cherry (Kelly Adams), obsessive-compulsive Ruth (Sandy Smith), stuttering ex-lawyer Henry (Nicolaas Voorendt), heroin addict Julie and spaced out musician, Zac (Giles Bartram). None of them can sing, but at Roy’s insistence, they forge ahead. Dedicated social worker, Justin, (Martin Bailey), attempts to sort out many of the problems that arise. To complicate things, Lewis’s girlfriend Lucy (Savannah Barnden), is having a ‘relationship’ with Lewis’s best mate, Nick (Micah Miller).
Farewell Brisbane Ladies
Written By Doreen Clarke. Directed by Jo Hough. Cast: Gert (Glenda Oberscheidt) and Winnie (Anita Thiele). In a small house, somewhere in Queensland, in the 80s, a couple of ‘old tarts’ share their past and present relationships with us. What a past it is as the stories of various ‘clients’ add a touch of spice to the reminiscences of Gert and Winnie. Gert has had a stroke of luck, inheriting the little home from a grateful Wilhelm when he passed on. Winnie had no such luck but is keen to use Gert’s assets to go into business running their own ‘parlor’!