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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 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.


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


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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to Apr 15

Take Ten Play Writers' Season 2018: 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:
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 eighth year of Take Ten why not make it the year you take part.
April - during PAVE Festival (8-15 April)

A Rose By Any Other Name
By Sarah Fernee

All Lucas wanted was to buy his girlfriend some flowers for Valentine’s Day, not the crash course in Floriopgraphy that Shelly takes it upon herself to provide.

Chinese Whispers
By Sarah Fernee

Ava and Liam like each other, but it’s difficult to figure that out when their words are lost in translation.

My Perfect Mate
By Ethan Bortman

Sam, 60+ years old, has been mourning the loss of his partner for a year.  His good friend Jake, also 60ish, calls on him in an effort to shake him loose from his “funk.”  The dialogue reveals the depth of their friendship as well as their vast differences in viewpoint.

By Rex McGregor

Two rival bloggers finally meet in person. If they can just put their antagonism aside…

Kindness Pays
By Rex McGregor

Brooke is a privileged student experiencing public transport for the first time. Her social conscience is in for quite a workout.

It started with a Thwack
By John Jennings

Ever had one of those days where just one thing has to go wrong and then your whole world is turned upside down?  For Zoe and Sally, it was the surprise test.

A Chick Pic
By Katie Lee

Three women try to navigate the dangers of Tinder and the infamous ‘pics’ that guys keep sending them.

Beige Weddings and Coral Dresses
By Katie Lee

Weddings are romantic and beautiful, and a true expression of love … Actually, weddings are complete bullshit!
Four friends debate the relevance of getting married.

Truth or Dare
By Katie Lee

Four 30 year olds begin playing a game of truth or dare, only to discover there’s an underlying tension between each of them that can’t be fixed be re-reading the script!

So Sorry For Your Loss
By Joe Starzyk

Donna’s husband has died.  At the wake she meets a very interesting stranger.  This meeting reveals things that she never knew about her husband and herself.

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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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to Jul 17

Gemco Players One Act Play Season 2016


Friday 15, 8pm
Saturday 16, 8pm
Sunday 17, 3pm (matinee)

One week before the Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival, Gemco Players will put on a Season to show our possible submissions to the Festival and for the One Act circuit.


By Marc T Williams
Directors: Marc Williams assisted by Ross Housham

Synopsis: Comedy - A True Story. (... sort of). A sci-fi based in Australia that's a cross between " The Dish" and "Big Bang Theory".
What happens when the most boring thing suddenly becomes the most important thing in the history of humanity ... EVER!?

Last Bread Pudding

By Nick Warburton
Directors: Terri Williams assisted by Evie Housham

Synopsis: Comedy - The committee of an amateur drama group is meeting to discuss a new play. We notice that, strangely, the presentation of the meeting to us is reflecting the ideas put forward by the committee, making the play a demonstration as well as a discussion of those ideas.

Peace of Angels

By John Jennings and Richard Keown
Director Richard Keown

Synopsis: Drama - It's about two friends from country Victoria who are both Australian nurses serving in Vietnam during the war, and through a series of monologues give us an insight into a time when both have to make choices .

The Struggles

by Kendra Thomas (adapted for Senior Youth Gemco).
Directed by Jackson Cowan and Evie Housham

Synopsis: - Drama - This story centers around Megan, a young girl coping with learning challenges.  It’s a world filled with embarrassing read-alouds, late papers, missed assignments and forgotten homework.  As she is confronted by her differences she recognises the relevance of her struggles.

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