Always a Bridesmaid | Castle Hill Players

Image by Chris Lundie

Some decades ago, a group of four best friends promised to be each others’ bridesmaids for better or worse. They didn’t predict, though, how many weddings that would entail over four lifetimes of divorces, abandoned grooms, and even a wedding re-do. Now they gather once again at Laurelton Oaks to give away their goddaughter and relive the memories.

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Dead Skin | White Box Theatre Co

Image by Jasmin Simmons

Andie is practically an adult but there are a few things she’d like to do before her big birthday: go on a date with her best friend, confront her father, and find her mother. In Dead Skin, two girls’ coming of age moments cosmically intertwine in an eerie, off-kilter love story.

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The Dumb Waiter | Beacon Road Productions

After a year of waiting for live theatre to return, it’s only fitting that Beacon Road Productions’s debut production features a lot of waiting. Two men await their orders in a strange basement room. It all seems to be going as usual until they begin receiving messages from the room’s dumbwaiter. The plans have changed but what then are they waiting for?

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The Twins | Shark Island Institute & the ArtsLab Kangaroo Valley

Ian Darling and Greg Fleet discovered their unique stage partnership in a high school production of the Comedy of Errors in 1978. Some 40 years later they want to reclaim those old feelings and return to the stage together but the intervening years have done some damage. In this meta-play, the two old friends sift through two lifetimes of regrets, disappointments, and unexpected triumphs.

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Fuente Ovejuna | Dream Plane Productions

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It’s the kind of story that rallies people together and strikes fear into the hearts of the rich and powerful: the downtrodden rise up and right the wrongs done to them by their oppressors. In the case of Fuente Ovejuna, the history is true. In Angus Evans’s new adaptation of the Spanish classic, the patterns of revolution ring out across time and place.

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Pete the Sheep | Monkey Baa Theatre Company

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Being different can be hard, especially when you’re deviating from tradition. Shaun is a new sheep shearer with some new ideas that really rock the shed and Ratso’s set ways but, together, they open up a whole range of possibilities for the sheep shearing profession.

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Nordic Noir: Phantasy & Fugue | Endangered Productions

Endangered Productions is a new Sydney-based music theatre company dedicated to bringing together artists of all experiences and abilities to perform overlooked theatre pieces. After a sell-out run in 2020, their program from the far north Nordic Noir returns with its Norwegian stories both old and new.

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Lipstick & Girl Shut Your Mouth | Theatre Travels

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For the second week of NO: INTERMISSION the action takes a turn towards the absurd from a whacky turnstile of gay dates to a runaway bride to a war-torn world decorated in florals. In both Lipstick and Girl Shut Your Mouth, the terms of the characters’ lives are unclear with heartwarming and deadly consequences respectively.

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Jali | Griffin Theatre Company

Image by Estelle Yoon

The concept of home and what having one gives to you are things many Australians are lucky enough to take for granted. Stability, safety, a memory of where you’re coming from, and a plan for where you’re going; small things denied to so many. In this autobiographical solo show, Oliver Twist examines his own experiences with starting over as a Rwandan refugee.

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Exit the King | Red Line Productions

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After four hundred years King Berenger’s kingdom is crumbling. He is no longer nature’s master, his armies have deserted, and his doctor predicts his death imminently in an hour and a half. In Megan Wilding’s imagination, the king isn’t merely Eugene Ionesco’s belligerent every man, but the end of the world as we know it and an opportunity for someone new.

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