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WHAT: EDYTHE BROOK COOPER PLAYWRITING COMPETITION, 2020 ONE ACT PLAY FINALISTS

WHEN: 12th November, 2020, 7.30pm

WHERE: Buderim War Memorial Hall, Cnr Church and Main Streets, Buderim.

BATS THEATRE COMPANY INC. are holding auditions for performance of the three finalists in the Edythe Brook Cooper Playwriting Competition, 2020 One Act Plays, as below:

The plays are listed in no particular order.  All ages listed are a guide only.

  1. PLAY ONE

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE, BY SUE SEWELL, QUEENSLAND

DIRECTED BY KATHY HICKSON (BLACK COMEDY)

Mum denies her gambling addiction; “Everyone has a little flutter”, she says.  Although her daughters point out the futility of thinking she will get rich one day, Mum is determined to ‘show ‘em’, even though her behaviour is having devasting effects on herself and her family.

CHARACTERS: (4 females)

Abbie, Bella and Crystal – sisters aged between 20 and 40 years of age.

Mum, age to suit her three daughters, as above.

Any queries, please phone Kathy on telephone number 5476 1724 – 0400 446 197 kathyhicko59@hotmail.com

  1. PLAY TWO

ONE STARRY NIGHT, KEVIN NEMETH, VICTORIA

DIRECTED BY ALICE REA (DRAMA)

Robert, an American soldier met Sarah while he trained at radar school in a Queensland coastal town.  He visits her before he is shipped home. 

CHARACTERS: (1 male, 1 female)

Robert, late twenties

Sarah, early twenties

Any queries, please call Alice on 0427 856 680 or email:  reaolive@gmail.com

  1. PLAY THREE

ASHES TO DUST, YVETTE WALL, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

DIRECTED BY DAVID WILSON  (COMEDY)

CHARACTERS:  (2 females, 2 males)

Catherine, late twenties

Lydia, late fifties

Dhavit, 40 to 60 years of age (perhaps of Indian heritage)

Kevin, late twenties

Lydia, a recent widow brings home a suitor, before her late Husband’s ashes are laid to rest, much to her daughter’s (Catherine) dismay.  Meanwhile, Kevin, Catherine’s husband is preoccupied with the cricket.

Any queries, please contact David Wilson on 0432 953 008/5445 5716 or email: willease2@bigpond.com

PERFORMANCES DATES:  12, 13, 19 and 20 FEBRUARY, 2021.  AT THE BUDERIM WAR MEMORIAL HALL.

REHEARSAL NIGHTS WILL BE EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY EVENING COMMENCING 7.30 PM to 9.30 PM, WITH A BREAK FOR CHRISTMAS.

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Life Membership

Life Membership for Bruce Olive

Congratulations to Bruce on being given Life Membership of Bats at the recent AGM. Bruce has worked in a number of areas with the company for many years and we thank Bruce for his service. Congratulations to the new members of the committee and returning and new office bearers.

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Gatsby Postponed

Hi all, as many of you are probably now aware, the Government and health authorities have increased restrictions on public gatherings. As a consequence and in view of increasing concerns in relation to health and safety of the vulnerable in our community we will have to postpone the production.

We are committed to bringing this wonderful production to audiences. Ticket sales showed an incredible engagement by the local community and prior to COVID-19 concerns we were on track to sell out the season. We have been inspired by the dedication and positivity of cast and crew as we have navigated the challenges, collaboratively and optimistically.

Thank you to the on-going support of the BWMCA, affiliate groups and the local community. Let’s keep that positivity and collaborative support going.

Tickets are being refunded but we encourage everyone to re book once the season is relaunched later in the year. Community theatres and artists are going through very challenging times and continued support of patrons is vital for our future.

We believe we have created something very unique and special for the community and though we have a hiatus for a time, we will come back, with a combined energy and determination to entertain and engage the public.

This time of enforced isolation measures and containment serves to protect the vulnerable in our community. Our combined thoughts are with them and their loved ones.

We will get through this together. Once we are through these difficult times, we will need to have opportunities for people to be entertained and re-connected to community and each other.

BATS and many other community theatres will be back, to bring top notch entertainment to our healing community.

Look after each other and try and stay positive. Bats will be providing online connection via website and FB. Let’s stay in touch till we meet again 🙂

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THE GREAT GATSBY

BOOK YOUR TICKET TO THE ROARING 20’S

Not long now to opening night. There has been much interest generated in this production and we encourage those who have not yet booked a ticket, to do so. We have opened up more seating to accommodate the demand. Don’t miss out.


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The Great Gatsby

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Adapted by Barry Lowe, Directed by Peta Beattie

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is marking the start of the 2020’s by presenting the 1920’s American Classic, The Great Gatsby. We have assembled a stellar multi-talented cast and a live jazz band. This production will be a visual and aural treat, featuring the music of the early jazz age and authentic costumes by Nancy Moule, of the Roaring 20s.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, adapted beautifully by Australian playwright Barry Lowe was first presented in the historic setting of Rippon Lea Estate in Melbourne. This production, is also set in an historic building, the Buderim War Memorial Hall. The Hall was originally the School of Arts building and was filled with live theatre, dances and concerts from 1924 when it was constructed. In 1945, the people of Buderim decided the School of Arts should serve as a ‘living’ memorial to the fallen soldiers of the community. The Buderim War Memorial Hall has seen many performances over the years by different groups and BATS is proud to continue its association with the venue.

This production will feature a live band, singing and dancing and the hall will be decked out in the splendor of yesteryear, with old photographs of Buderim on display from the 1920s.

The story, narrated in part by Nick Carraway, deals with the events of a summer in Long Island in 1922. Nick introduces us to the various characters and we have an invitation to the enigmatic Jay Gatsby’s party.

Vintage cars will complete the picture of the past as audiences are asked to step back in time and come dressed in Gatsby inspired attire

Gatsby is drawn by the green light across the bay and dreams of what might be. Soon two very different worlds collide, one of ash, and one of green-the past and future blur and nothing will ever be the same again.

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