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Sep
13
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

Show Dates:
September
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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Extinction
Mar
8
to Mar 23

Extinction

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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Dec
15
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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Dec
10
7:30 PM19:30

Audition (2) - Extinction by Hannie Rayson

Director: Sharon Maine

At The Theatre, The Gem,
19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC 3782

Auditions

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Sunday 9 December 4-7pm and
Monday 10 December 7.30-10.30pm

Booking essential with the director Sharon Maine at sharonjmaine@gmail.com.

Characters

Dr Piper Ross (30), she is a conservation biologist on secondment from the San Diego Zoo

Harry Jewell (45), CEO of Powerhouse

Professor Heather Dixon-Brown (50), director of the CAPE Institute

Andy Dixon (35), a vet, brother of Heather

Synopsis

Extinction is set on the windswept coast of southern Australia, where the dense temperate rainforest sweeps down to the blue wilderness of the Great Southern Ocean. One wild winter night, Harry Jewell is driving along the Great Ocean Road, when he hits an animal. He stops and discovers that the creature is still alive. He picks it up and drives through the storm to a wildlife shelter, where an American zoologist, Dr Piper Ross, is on duty as a volunteer. Harry Jewell recognizes that the animal is a tiger quoll, once common in these parts, but now on the verge of extinction. The quoll dies, but the two of them are bonded by their attempt to save its life. A week after the quoll incident, Harry Jewell shows up at the CAPE Institute, where he meets with the director, Heather Dixon-Brown. He slaps two million dollars on the table and says that he wants to fund a research project to save the tiger quoll. However, there is a complication. Harry is the Managing Director of Powerhouse Mining. He has a license to explore the Otways for brown coal. Meanwhile Heather Dixon-Brown’s brother, Andy is facing his own crisis of mortality. Getting into bed with Big Coal and letting Powerhouse mine the forest, will happen over his dead body. 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?

Presented by Gemco Players

Performance rights for EXTINCTION exclusivley licensed by HLA Management Pty Ltd, PO Box 1536, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 (hla@hlamgt.com.au)

 

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Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

Audition (1) - Extinction by Hannie Rayson

Director: Sharon Maine

At The Theatre, The Gem,
19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC 3782

Auditions

extinction book cover.jpg

Sunday 9 December 4-7pm and
Monday 10 December 7.30-10.30pm

Booking essential with the director Sharon Maine at sharonjmaine@gmail.com.

Characters

Dr Piper Ross (30), she is a conservation biologist on secondment from the San Diego Zoo

Harry Jewell (45), CEO of Powerhouse

Professor Heather Dixon-Brown (50), director of the CAPE Institute

Andy Dixon (35), a vet, brother of Heather

Synopsis

Extinction is set on the windswept coast of southern Australia, where the dense temperate rainforest sweeps down to the blue wilderness of the Great Southern Ocean. One wild winter night, Harry Jewell is driving along the Great Ocean Road, when he hits an animal. He stops and discovers that the creature is still alive. He picks it up and drives through the storm to a wildlife shelter, where an American zoologist, Dr Piper Ross, is on duty as a volunteer. Harry Jewell recognizes that the animal is a tiger quoll, once common in these parts, but now on the verge of extinction. The quoll dies, but the two of them are bonded by their attempt to save its life. A week after the quoll incident, Harry Jewell shows up at the CAPE Institute, where he meets with the director, Heather Dixon-Brown. He slaps two million dollars on the table and says that he wants to fund a research project to save the tiger quoll. However, there is a complication. Harry is the Managing Director of Powerhouse Mining. He has a license to explore the Otways for brown coal. Meanwhile Heather Dixon-Brown’s brother, Andy is facing his own crisis of mortality. Getting into bed with Big Coal and letting Powerhouse mine the forest, will happen over his dead body. 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?

Presented by Gemco Players

Performance rights for EXTINCTION exclusivley licensed by HLA Management Pty Ltd, PO Box 1536, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 (hla@hlamgt.com.au)

 

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Oct
5
to Oct 20

Season 2 - Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Opening Night fundraiser

Gemco Players will donate profits from the opening night to disaster relief for the people of Sulawesi through Lions Club International. Throughout the run there will be a donations box on the bar for additional contributions.

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Director: David Lawson-Smith

Synopsis

A child cannot feel pain. A man has a secret. A woman wants an affair.
A scientist dissects a brain. Someone tells the police. Another puts an elephant on the stairs. In a series of tantalising vignettes, over 100 vibrant characters search for meaning in their lives. Through sex, death, feeling, thinking, they discover each other. Within their intimate whispers, philosophical exchanges and life-changing revelations, we see ourselves and the people we love.

Show dates:

Friday 5 at 8pm
Saturday 6 at 8pm
Sunday 7 at 6pm (twilight)
Friday 12 at 8pm
Saturday 13 at 8pm
Sunday 14 at 2pm (matinee)
Friday 19 at 8pm
Saturday 20 at 8pm

Ticket prices:

$25; $22 (Children of 15 and under, Students, and concession card holders.); groups of 4 $80 (this ticket has a plus 1 option)

At The Gem Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC 3782

Presented by Gemco Players

An Amateur Production by Arrangement with ORiGiN (TM) Theatrical,
on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

 

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Jun
15
to Jun 17

One Act Play Season - Launch of Gemco Little Theatre

One Act Play Season

To launch our new concept of our Little Theatre we present a One Act Play Season of two short plays written by Kylie Rackham.

Director Sharon Maine

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Ravaged

Ravaged combines three stories – based on the real events of Black Saturday. The characters are confronted with a force which changes everything and results in them needing to re-evaluate their lives and consider what is really important.

Aftermath

Four strangers come together In  the most challenging of circumstances. Responders to a car accident, they must not only deal with the immediate situation, but the aftermath of the crisis. The play examines the notions of responsibility, and explores what we are capable of when we are put to the test.

Tickets: $10 - only limited seats

16+


Gemco Little Theatre - our new Blackbox

The idea behind developing our Hall into an alternative performance space from the main theatre was to encourage new and more experimental works (with less cost to the directors and actors). It could be a teenager wanting to try out their new script; it may be a director who wants to experiment with a collection of short scenes; perhaps our actors want to get in amongst the audience ... but whatever it is we look forward to seeing what appears.

An article from TDF Theatre Dictionary

Black Box Theatre

It’s essentially a magic box.

What do David Mamet, the Wooster Group, and The Vagina Monologues have in common? Not a lot, actually. But they did all get their start in black box theatres.

A black box is a bare room with a movable seating area, a movable stage, and a flexible lighting system. It became popular during the explosion of experimental theatre in the 1960s, when storefronts, church basements, and even old trolley barns suddenly became intimate performance venues. This was an enormous break from the traditionally elaborate proscenium theatres, which still make up the majority of Broadway houses.

The concept of the black box has its roots in the European avant-garde of the early 20th century, through such pioneers as director/playwright Harley Granville Barker and designer Adolphe Appia. Barker’s ideal was, actually, “a great white box,” a vision that Peter Brook brought to life with his landmark 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

As per the name, however, black boxes are often painted black and are square or rectangular in shape, with the idea that this is the most neutral setting in which to give productions a wide array of design and staging choices.

Today, there are scores of black box theatres in the United States alone, including Soho Rep in New York and Steppenwolf’s Garage Theatre in Chicago. They are also prominent at colleges and universities—for example, the Walt Disney Modular Theater at the California Institute of the Arts—where students are encouraged to immerse themselves in a variety of theatre styles and interpretations.

These future artists can tell you that there are five basic ways to stage a play: with the audience on one side (proscenium style), two sides (center stage), three sides (thrust), four sides (theatre in the round), or environmental staging, in which the audience and actors intermingle. The beauty of a black box theatre is that you can have any of those possibilities within one theatre space, sometimes within the same show.

–Andy Buck

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Apr
7
to Apr 8

Theatre for Children - The Owl and the Pussycat

Gemco Players present Theatre for Children

Show Days:
April - Saturday 7 at 10am and 2pm
and Sunday 8 at 10am and 2pm

Illustrations by Raquel Carter

Illustrations by Raquel Carter

The Owl and the Pussycat

A classic tale adapted from the poem by Edward Lear by Tim Bray
Lyrics by Christine White
Music by Margie Gemmell

The owl and the pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat
They took some honey
And plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five pound note.

The wonderfully quirky and nonsense poem comes to life on stage with all the fun of the turkey who lives on the hill and the piggy-wig with the ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose ...

A short story of approx 45 mins, with songs. For children up to 10 years, however, everyone is welcome.

At The Theatre, The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald Vic

Director: Evie Housham
with assistance of Ash Herring

Music and sounds - Margie Gemmell

Cast for 2018:

Owl - Lachy Castricum
Pussycat - Ash Herring
Parrot - Sonia Morison
Piggy-wig - Candace Peterton
Turkey - Joy McLeary

Chorus - Trevor Mills and Evie Housham

Lights - Ross Housham

Please note:

We looked forward to bringing you another play but unfortunately couldn't organise the Rights with the publisher. We hope to bring you another tale in the future. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive more information about our theatre.

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