NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH REVISED EDITION
St Jude's Players

Written By: Lally Katz
Directed By: Lesley Reed

Set in Australia in 2007-2008 and also in the remembered past in war-torn Hungary, Neighbourhood Watch is a poignant, often funny drama and memory play.

Mary Street is in a typical Australian neighbourhood. Most people are not much more than nodding acquaintances with neighbours. Here lives 80-year-old Hungarian-Australian widow Ana, whose bark is not unlike that of her apparently aggressive dog, Bella.

Ana is a deeply war- affected refugee who is often lost in memories of her past life. She is generally perceived by neighbours as a little nosy and pushy.

Scenes move from the present to the past and back again in often dreamlike fashion as Ana befriends neighbour Catherine, a young out of work actor who is also haunted by the past.

So begins a tender, mutual dependence from which life lessons come for both women. Spiced with humour, neighbours and Bella’s bark, this is a beautiful and unforgettable play.



Roles Available:
NOTE:
-*Playwright changed some character names in this revised edition of play.

-The roles of ANA and KATRINA (*Previously Christina) plus a GYPSY SINGER/VIOLINIST have ALREADY BEEN CAST.

ROLES AVAILABLE:

CATHERINE -mid to late 20s. Major role.
Out of work, possibly anorexic actor. Hopes better times are on their way. Shares a house on Mary Street with Ken. Emotionally a little fragile and has an underlying deep sadness. Ana befriends her. Actor also to play Young Ana.

KEN-Late 20s-early 30s. Excellent role.
Catherine's housemate who wants to be more than that to her. Caring and health conscious, especially due to his own diabetes. Worries about Catherine's eating habits. A writer but spends a lot of time in computer games. He is obsessed with World of Warcraft. Actor also to play soldier in infirmary.

JOVANKA (*Formerly Milova)-late 70s. Strong role.
Serbian neighbour of Ana's on Mary Street. Constantly tries to befriend Ana who is suspicious and dismissive of her. Jovanka is harmless though and clearly lonely. Moves in a laboured way. Much of her characterisation is in her physicality, rather than her words. Actor also to play doctor’s receptionist, Nancy and Ana’s mother.

MARTIN– Late 20s-late 30s. Strong role.
Catherine’s former boyfriend. She can't move on from him. Only later in the play do we discover the truth of why they are no longer together. Actor also to play a Russian soldier and male ambulance officer.

CHEMIST/ARTUR -mid 20s-40. Both strong roles.
Chemist is local to Mary Street. Catherine catches his eye.
Artur is Ana's mother’s godson from Ana’s Hungarian childhood. Dangerous and deceptive man. Actor also to play soldier’s father.

INJURED SOLDIER/POLICEMAN-early 20s. Great roles.
Soldier is strong, poignant role. Young Ana’s first love during the war. Returns to her a tragic figure with shattered legs. Feels Young Ana will not love him now because of his injuries.
Policeman runs a Neighbourhood Watch meeting at which Ana is intrusively outspoken. Actor also to play postman and various delivery people.

ALL ACTORS EXCEPT THOSE PLAYING ANA AND CATHERINE ALSO PLAY MULTIPLE NON-SPEAKING CHARACTERS.






Rehearsals:
Rehearsals Tuesday & Thursday evenings & Sunday afternoons, beginning either mid-May or early June 2025.Rehearsal times TBC.

Performances:
Wed 6 (preview), Thurs 7&14, Fri 8 &15, August 7.30 pm, Sat 9 &16 August, 2pm.

Venue:
St Jude’s Hall (Grundy Hall), 444 Brighton Road, Brighton, SA.

Auditions:
Saturday, July 6, 2024, all auditionees at 1.30 pm. Group audition-no individual times.

Note-registration to audition is required by emailing Director prior to attending. Please also include mobile details as well as which role(s) auditioning for.

Audition material will then be forwarded. No need to learn material.

Venue:
St Jude’s Hall (Grundy Hall), 444 Brighton Road, Brighton, SA.

More Information:
Contact Lesley Reed on or email lesleystage@hotmail.com

KIPPS: HALF A SIXPENCE
Now Productions

Written By: Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs & Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles & Anthony Drewe
Original Songs by David Heneker
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed By: Joe Russell

Arthur Kipps, an orphan, is an over-worked draper’s assistant at Shalford’s Bazaar, Folkestone, at the turn of the last century. He is a charming but ordinary young man who, along with his fellow apprentices, dreams of a better and more fulfilling world, but he likes his fun just like any other, except not quite. When Kipps unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society, it confuses everything he thought he knew about life.

Watching him wrestle with his new identity is his childhood companion and not-quite girlfriend, Ann Pornick, who sees with dismay how Arthur is being made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. She is always there with helpful hints on how Arthur could improve himself and make his life richer and more meaningful, if only he would believe in himself, and listen to her. Both of these young women love Arthur – there is no doubt about that – but which should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.

Roles Available:
Auditioning for all Principal & Ensemble roles

Rehearsals:
Saturdays and Sundays from 27th July to 28th September - rehearsals - various times on Saturdays - after 1pm on Sundays - Riverbanks College in Angle Vale
Sunday 13th October - final rehearsals - times to be confirmed - Riverbanks College, Angle Vale
Saturday 19th October & Sunday 20th October - compulsory final rehearsals - times to be confirmed - (no absences will be approved on these dates) - Riverbanks College, Angle Vale
Monday 21st October to Saturday 26th October - compulsory dress rehearsals & performances - times to be confirmed - some may be during business/school hours - (no absences will be approved on these dates) - Shedley Theatre in Elizabeth.

Performances:
Thursday 24th - Saturday 26th October

Venue:
The Shedley Theatre, Elizabeth

Auditions:
Saturday 6th July:
1.00pm Ensemble Audition - School Years 3-6
2.00pm Ensemble Audition - School Years 7-10
3.00pm Ensemble Audition - School Years 11-12 & Adults
4.00pm Principal Audition - School Years 3-8
5.30pm Principal Audition - School Years 9-12 & Adults

Sunday 7th July:
From 1.00pm onwards - Call Backs

Venue:
Riverbanks College, Angle Vale

More Information:
Contact Joe Russell on or email nowproductionssa@gmail.com

HANSEL AND GRETEL
Venture Theatre Company

Written By: Alan P Frayne
Directed By: Shelley Carman and Olivia Richardson

Can Bluebell, the Fairy of the Forest, manage to rescue Hansel and Gretel before they are eaten by Nightshade, the Wicked Witch of the Woods, who is determined to turn the tables this time and finally get her way? Meanwhile, the comic twosome, Nut-Meg and Basil, add to the turmoil when they try to sell all sorts of foolish food and fake fare foraged from the forest!

Roles Available:
Hansel
Gretel
Fritz - Hansel & Gretels Father. A woodcutter, Kind & honest.
Hildegard - Hanel & Gretels mean Stepmother.
Peggy Pumpernickel - A jovial gypsy woman and bargain hunter.
Wally - Peggy's silly son
Heather - Peggy's adult daughter. Bright and warm hearted.
Prince Johann
Wolfgang - The Prince's Equerry
Nut-Meg - A daft forager (Part of the silly duo)
Basil - The Forester and game keeper (Part of the silly duo)
Bluebell - The good Fairy of the forest.
Nightshade - The Wicked Witch of the Woods
Klaus - A Circus Ringmaster
Russel & Sheryl - Two Nasty Crows. Nightshades assistants.
Otto - A snowy Owl

Chorus
- Villagers
- Lumberjacks
- Circus Performers / clowns
- Gypsies
- Nightshades minions
- Gingerbread Men

Rehearsals:
Days and times TBC (likely to be a Sunday and a night during the week)

Performances:
6, 7, 13, 14 December

Venue:
Marino Community Hall Theatre

Please note our new venue is under construction. If the expected opening is not complete in time, we will perform at an alternate venue.

Auditions:
Sunday July 7th 3:00pm- Information Session and Auditions
Wednesday July 10th 6:30pm - Information Session and Auditions


Venue:
Trott Park Neighborhood Centre
34 Hessing Crescent, Trott Park

More Information:
Contact Shelley on or email Venturetheatreco@gmail.com

HANSARD
The Stirling Players

Written By: Simon Woods
Directed By: Sally Putnam

'Hansard' is an intimate domestic drama about a long and troubled marriage. It is also a comedy about politics.
The set is a lovely country mansion inf the Cotswolds. The time is a Saturday morning in the summer of 1988, towards he end of the Thatcher years. It is the home of Tory cabinet member, Robin Hesketh and his politically-opposed, stay-at-home wife of 30 years, Diana.
The play ends with a 'delicate', heart-rending revelation.

Roles Available:
ROBIN HESKETH: A junior minister in Margaret Thatcher's Tory government. He is a product of his upper class upbringing and proud of the part he has played in the recent passing of controversial legislation relating to homosexuality. He essentially considers himself a 'decent', well-bred, well- educated man with absolute unquestioning self-confidence; privileged without being aware if it.

DIANA HESKETH: Robin's long-suffering wife who is diametrically opposed to her husband's political stance. She is a compassionate, caring person, but angry, bored and very cynical about her foundering marriage and her life in general. She is intelligent and ambitious but has never been taken seriously. She feels a combination of frustration and regret about what she could have achieved.

Rehearsals:
Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons, either in the Stirling Community Theatre or a nearby hall, commencing mid-June 2025.

Performances:
Friday, 5th to Saturday, 20th September 2025

Fridays: 7.30pm
First two Saturdays: 3.00pm
Final Saturday: 7.30pm
Sundays: 3.00pm

Venue:
Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling

Information Night:
N/A

Auditions:
Saturday, 13th July 2024 from 1.30pm

To book an audition please contact John Graham at contactstirlingplayers@gmail.com

Venue:
Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling

More Information:
Contact John Graham on 0404 555 808 or email contactstirlingplayers@gmail.com