Home Chat | the Genesian Theatre

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Can men and women every really be just friends? It’s a question that has continued to plague romantic comedies since well before Noel Coward’s 1920s take on it in Home Chat. But now, in a repeat of the Roaring 20s, most of us can agree that the question is out-dated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t poke fun at the fuddy-duddies with issues of propriety and reputation up their noses.

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A Passage to India | the Genesian Theatre

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In an attempt to capture a poetic representation of 1920s English and Indian relations during British occupation, EM Forster’s classic novel and Martin Sherman’s stage adaptation place an exoticising lens on Indian people, place, and culture to explore power imbalances of race, class, and gender.

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The Secret of Chimneys | the Genesian Theatre

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Hidden in obscurity since its cancelled 1931 premiere, the Secret of Chimneys makes its Australian debut nearly a century later in a rather more subdued 20s era. From the prolific crime writer Agatha Christie, this tale features stolen jewels, mistaken identities, political intrigue, and, of course, murder.

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William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) | the Genesian Theatre

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Reduced Shakespeare Company have made quite a name for themselves by reducing enormous works of theatre and literature into short and witty stage plays. After the success of Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) the company added to their repertoire William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged).

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Sherlock Holmes & the Death on Thor Bridge | Genesian Theatre

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Crime fiction has long been a source of dark entertainment; imaging the worst case scenario, exploring the evil that lurks in plain sight, using a smattering of clues to hunt down a killer. Sherlock Holmes, the iconic detective, and his faithful assistant Dr Watson return to the Genesian stage in this new adaptation of the Death on Thor Bridge.

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The Ladykillers | the Genesian Theatre

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Is there anything less suspicious than a doddery old lady? It’s an assumption Marcus is literally banking on as he chooses the new headquarters for his next high stakes robbery in the spare room of an unsuspecting accomplice. Irish comedy writer Graham Linehan’s script the Ladykillers plays with misunderstanding and misdirection in an adaptation of the original black comedy crime mashup.

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Ladies in Black | the Genesian Theatre

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 Times were a-changing in mid-century Australia: the traditional gender roles were opening up to allow women to work and attend university, immigration was booming, and consumerism was on the rise as people celebrated new prosperity. Lesley Miles is on the cusp of this new world, hoping to step into herself and become something special.

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Towards Zero | the Genesian Theatre

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It’s a typical September day of tennis and swimming at Gulls Point where Lady Tresilian has gathered her family and friends for their seaside holiday tradition. Only this year, Nevile’s complicated romantic connections have added an uncomfortable tension that may or may not have not contributed to a murderous outburst. In this Agatha Christie classic, past passions boil over in a mix of deception and misdirection.

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Persuasion | the Genesian Theatre

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Persuasion is often labeled the most romantic of Jane Austen’s novels for its mixture of love, regret, and a sense of destiny in the lead couple, much like more recently love stories like The Notebook or Always Be My Maybe. Two people fall in love but the circumstances drive them apart only for them to be reunited in the future when rekindle their young romance.

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