to Sep 15

Take Ten Play Writers' Season 2019: 10 x 10 Minute Plays

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Greg Hedges and Ross Housham in Karma Fairy from 2017. Photo by Focus Light

Greg Hedges and Ross Housham in Karma Fairy from 2017. Photo by Focus Light


Sunday 29 July, 2.30pm

Show Dates:
Friday 13, 8pm;
Saturday 14, 8pm;
Sunday 15, 2pm (matinee)

Tickets: $15
Book of Plays for sale on the day: $15

The vision for Take Ten short play festival was to provide a forum for writers, so it is structured around this, from the initial reading to production and, the ultimate prize for every writer, publication. The publishing of the final 10 plays, so that they live beyond the production, provides an ongoing legacy and spreads the word beyond the narrow confines of a small community. This is the ninth year of Take Ten why not make it the year you take part.

Play details to come.

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to Oct 26

Troll Bridge - Film


During the Going Postal season, we are showing a film produced by Snowgum Films

This is a Gemco Players Fundraising event

Tickets: $8 and $5

Show times one hour before Going Postal starts

In the Hall, The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald

Film length: 25 mins


An old barbarian and his talking horse embark on a suicidal quest to battle a bridge troll

"Cohen the Barbarian was angry. Angry that he never died in battle, angry that the world had forgotten him, and angry that his knees were starting to play up in the cold.

He was also angry that his faithful mount had been gifted the ability of magical speech. The horse was insisting that they had made a wrong turn back at Slice.

He was also angry that the horse was probably right.

This was not how it was supposed to end for the barbarian. This was not how the Discworld’s greatest hero imagined it at all."

Troll Bridge is a live action / hand animated hybrid, a fifteen year filmmaking odyssey, and a love letter to the author Terry Pratchett

Troll Bridge is based on the short Discworld story originally published in After the King, and now available in A Blink of the Screen

Troll Bridge is a community project of impossible scale

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Murder on the Puffing Billy Express
7:30 PM19:30

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express is an interactive dinner experience aboard Puffing Billy. The cast that perform are members of Gemco who rehearse on Monday evenings and perform once or twice a month on Friday or Saturday nights. If you would like more information about upcoming auditions, email Sam Griffiths at

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to Jul 21

25th Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival

JULY 2019

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Saturday 20


After All These Years
Mount Players. M - Drama
Why does Emma contact John, after all these years, and mysteriously ask for a "catch up"?

Gemco Players. PG - Comedy
Have you tried turning it on and off again? A call to the technical department goes awry.

The Consultation
Essendon Theatre Company. G - Drama
Gordon is a practicing psychotherapist who lives a privileged but indulged lifestyle where money is the main concern. He loathes his job and refuses to admit it. The client from hell arrives and upends all the certainties in his life and makes him realise that unless he changes he could lose the things he cares most about.

Shalafron Productions. G - Drama
This play is of Shakespearean nature where the Poet ponders onto a crossroad. When he is approached by a guide who tells him that he will be visited by his emotions who remind how his life has been affected.


I Love the Way You Cook
Something Catchy Productions. M - Drama
Welcome to the chart-smashing daytime television cooking show with a twist, 'I Love The Way You Cook!' Meet the dynamic power-couple Brad and Maddison Heartly - who put the 'heart' into the food industry. Their mouth-watering delicacies are a mouthful! Their successful show is in its fourth season and going strong.... or is it? Supported by their production crew Jim and Jess - who manage to keep the show going as we explore the ins and outs of this culinary comedy!

Dizzy Productions. M - Drama
Stacey and Sandra ending up in a alleyway and meet Mr Arlo . The play has no meaning, just pure entertainment.

Hartwell Theatre Company. M - Drama
Estranged couple, Ellen and Andrew are unexpectedly brought together to deal with a violent incident involving their teenage son. The play follows their emotional journey over a brief period coming to terms with their son’s actions and examines themes around relationships and responsibilities.

Sex Addicts
Here There & Everywhere. MA - Comedy
A comedy about doing it, thinking about it, talking about it, and doing it some more!
Just like alcoholics have AA and relationships have Marriage Counselling, sex addicts also have their support meetings .. But perhaps this session isn’t that supportive!

Sunday 21


Boy Meets Girl
Gemco Players. PG - Comedy
Follow Sam and Katie as they go through the trials and tribulations of love at the tender age of five in this hilarious and sweet take on young romance.

Shalafron Productions. G - Drama
Unhinged -This play deal with a character with multiple personalities, who kidnaps two women and is eventually caught by the police.

The Frosted Glass Coffin
Hartwell Theatre Company. PG - Comedy
It is morning and the old men at the Ponce de Leon Hotel (Miami, 1950s) gather to gossip and watch the daily line-up of oldsters at the cheap restaurant across the street. The prices have just gone up a few cents per item! The reality of the nearness of death is also fresh in their minds. For are they not all living in frosted glass coffins, through which light, and life, can just barely be perceived?


TheatreBox. M - Comedy
Three students perform their final play depicting the trials and tribulation of attending an under privileged school.

The Visit
Essendon Theatre Company. G - Drama
During the mid – to-late 1950’s, post war Melbourne was in the grip of a massive shortage of public housing. Vast tracts of land were given over to the Housing Commission to help alleviate the problem and to place hundreds of inner City slum dwellers as the city was “cleaned up” prior to the 1956 Olympic Games. Waiting lists were long and selective. Tenancy was prized, but not guaranteed. This is the story of two young mothers’ efforts to challenge and expose corruption in their world, at their risk, finding courage they didn’t think they had.

Mother Figure
Adelphi Theatre. G - Comedy
A harassed young mother, apparently abandoned by her husband, puts in their, pathetically suburban, place a nosy couple from next door who wants to know what is going on.

Awards at 7.30pm

Tickets $15 per session - available when sessions have been decided
$35 for whole weekend - available now
Also available at the door.

Adjudicator: John Jennings

DROAPF Co-ordinator: David Lawson-Smith

Gemco Players is looking forward to holding yet another friendly festival in our theatre The Gem, and we invite you to come along and watch plays from all over Victoria.

As always, food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the Bar.

The Gem Theatre,
19 Kilvington Dr, Emerald Vic 3782
Enquiries: 5968 2844

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to Jun 23

Gemco Youth Mid-year Performance

Tickets: $5 per seat.
Seats are not allocated.
If your child can sit on your lap then there is no charge for them.

Twice a year our Youth groups put on a performance to show parents and others, what they have been doing and to give them an opportunity to be in front of an audience. It’s a very exciting time for our young members and a wonderful opportunity to see how they have grown in confidence.

Mid-Year Performance - June
22 and 23 at 3pm

Sometimes a short play or a showcase of skills, or a preview of our Youth submissions to the One Act Play Festival.

Program TBC

End Year Performance - December

At the end of the year our Youth put on plays either as individual groups or as a combination of all three, for example, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods in 2016, or Snow Queen in 2010.

Tickets $5

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10:00 PM22:00

Extended deadline - Submit your Ten Minute Play by Friday 14 June 2019

Extended Deadline
Friday 14 June 2019

Entry Guidelines

1. Plays can be of any length up to 10 minutes. Any play longer than 10 minutes, in the view of Gemco Players selection group, will be automatically rejected.

2. The play must utilise no more than four actors (more than four characters is permissible if the play allows actors to double up).

3. The play(s) submitted must not have been previously performed or published any where in the world.

4. Monologues accepted.

5. No more than three entries per Author

6. Entries must be submitted with the entry form and payment of AUD $10 per script (there is a 30c booking fee with Trybooking).

6. Successful writers will have their chosen play published by Gemco Players Community Theatre and performed on condition that they permit their work to be published and performed, at the current festival, without fees or royalties asked for.

7. Authors retain ownership of the copyright.

8. Gemco will publish the winning plays after selection.  Authors agree that they will not receive royalties from the sale of this book.  A copy of the book will be sent to winning authors.  This publication does not prevent authors from publishing the play elsewhere after the Take Ten Festival.

Format for submissions

1. All plays should have a cover page with the name of the play, author's name, email and postal address.  Please do not put your name on any page other than the cover page.

2. The file must be either attached to your email as a .doc or rtf file.  If you do not have email, please contact Carmela on 0419 592 317 to discuss alternate entry.

3. The document must be double line spaced and ranged left.

Any play not received in the above format will be disqualified.  If you need assistance with this please contact us.

For additional information please call Carmela on 0419 592 317 or send an email to

Our process  and people's choice award

The plays received will be shortlisted by a selection group.  The shortlisted plays will be read to a panel of judges and ten plays will be selected for performance and publication.  The top ten plays will be performed at our Take Ten Festival in April and the audience will vote for their favourite plays.  The author of the play that wins will receive the Peoples' Choice Award -- a AU$200 prize!!

So ....

Please fill in the Take Ten Submission Form and follow the link (at the top of the page) to trybooking for payment.

If you have any questions please email or call us.


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8:00 PM20:00

Open Stage 2019


Presented by Gemco Players

Hosted by Carol McCoy and Ted Horton with assistance from Joy McLeary and Mark Caile

First Saturday of the Month

Current dates:
July 6
August 3
Sept 7
Oct 5
Nov 2

Set up: 7.30pm - all help welcome

Venue: The Gem Hall, 19 Kilvington Dr, Emerald

Tickets: Performers $3 ... Audience $5
no audience bookings required

Licensed Bar available. No BYO. Bring a plate to share.

If you're a budding actor, fire-breather, belly-dancer, singer, comedian, poet, or if you just want to test out your latest guitar piece in front of an audience - this is the event for you. If you're not a performer yourself, why not come along and be part of the audience? Bring some friends and make an evening of it.

If you'd like to perform  just turn up and register your interest when you arrive with Carol McCoy or Ted Horton.

NOTE: Sometimes the above dates can change due to unforeseen events, so please sign up for our newsletter or like us on Facebook so we can notify you easily.

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Immunisation - Cardinia Shire
9:30 AM09:30

Immunisation - Cardinia Shire

Free immunisation service

We provide a free public immunisation service for adults and infants according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Sessions are held monthly at 7 locations in Cardinia Shire.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against many diseases. The risks associated with these diseases are greater than the very small risks associated with immunisation.

No need to book.

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to Mar 23


This is a play about passion, ethics and what it means to live with the shadow of death (our own and other species). Does it matter if the tiger quoll’s days are numbered? Perhaps extinction is just part of the cycle of life or is human intervention necessary? No one in this play is wicked. No one is entirely virtuous. What unites them all is the one urgent question, in the age of global warming, how are we to live?

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Immunisation - Cardinia Shire
9:30 AM09:30

Immunisation - Cardinia Shire

Free immunisation service

We provide a free public immunisation service for adults and infants according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Sessions are held monthly at 7 locations in Cardinia Shire.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against many diseases. The risks associated with these diseases are greater than the very small risks associated with immunisation.

No need to book.

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12:30 PM12:30

U3A Classic Films


Remember that as it is a U3A requirement please ensure that you bring and wear your Membership badge. There are newly updated badges available on the notice board at U3A House
Please remember to bring along some snacks to share at the interval where we can chat about movies, have a tea or coffee and prepare for the main feature.

I Look forward to seeing you there
Dale Allen - Cinema Classics Convenor

  • Enquiries: Dale Allen - 5968 6137 or 0409 976 206

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Puppy School
6:30 PM18:30

Puppy School

Puppy Pre-school

Emerald Vet Clinic is proud to offer Puppy Pre-School Classes in conjunction with Southern Cross Animal Stars.

Socialising your pup and getting them out and about is very important for their early development.

With over 15 years of training Experience, our fun and interactive classes encourage the whole family to get involved in the training and socialisation of your new furry family member.

Puppy pre-school is a 4 week program, that covers all of the topics to help you get through the puppy times and to help set you and your puppy up for a happy future together.

We cover things like: mouthing and biting, jumping up, house training, as well as introducing basic social manners, obedience skills and relaxed compliance-using a release word.

In conjunction with the free Puppy checks that we provide at the clinic you can rest assured that this is a safe and happy environment to socialise in.

We invite puppies from ages 8-20 weeks with a minimum of their first vaccination to enrol.

Classes are held on a Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm.

Please get in touch with our reception staff to book for our next class (03)5968 6600

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Immunisation - Cardinia Shire
3:00 PM15:00

Immunisation - Cardinia Shire

Free immunisation service

We provide a free public immunisation service for adults and infants according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Sessions are held monthly at 7 locations in Cardinia Shire.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against many diseases. The risks associated with these diseases are greater than the very small risks associated with immunisation.

No need to book.

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to Dec 16

A Mutiny of Pirates - Gemco Youth End of Year Shows

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December 15
and Sunday 16 at 2pm

Tickets are $5 per seat - There is no seat allocation.
If your young child can sit on your lap there is no charge for them.

If you don’t want to book online, please text Evie with the number of seats you would like on what day: 0400 327 970. Don’t forget to tell me your name :)

The Theatre, The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC

A Mutiny of Pirates

Intermediate Youth

The King of Spain's Treasure by Geoff Bamber

Jim Hawkins, now in possession of the tattered map of a distant tropical island, sees a life of adventure and great riches beckoning but, as the story unfolds, he realises that he is not the only one with an interest in the treasure.

Running time: approx 40 mins

Junior Youth

The Pint Sized Pirates adapted by Joy McLeary

This is a pirate play for youngsters which has been adapted from the original, Peggy the Pint Size Pirate by DM Larson, which is a morality tale which illustrates that the size of our bodies matters less than the size of our hearts. As exemplified by the actions of our three protagonists who, prompted by a sense of adventure, loyalty and compassion take on a seemingly impossible task.

Running time: approx 30 mins

Senior Youth

All at Sea by Peter Ayre

Sinbad the Sailor sets out to thwart the designs of Blackbeard the pirate and win the hand of the lovely Charlotte. (All this and a fairy too.)

Running time: approx 35 mins

There will be an interval of 15 mins

We invite you to stay on after the show for our Christmas Party, bring a plate to share.

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