Archive | April, 2016
Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present

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Drama written by Willy Russell
Directed by Catherine Steer

Blood Brothers is a compelling story of friendship, loyalty and fate. The Johnstone twins, born into poverty in the 1950’s are separated at birth when their mother cannot afford to keep them both. Mickey and Edward grow up streets apart, becoming best friends but never knowing the truth of their heritage. They bond as blood brothers but when they both fall in love with the same girl this causes a tear in their friendship.

Originally written as a play by Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine) in 1981, Blood Brothers was developed as a musical in 1983 and became the third longest-running musical production in London West End history.

The staggeringly emotional climax of the play questions whether it was destiny, or the inevitable difference of class, that led to the conflict of two brothers who were once so close.

#NOTE: This is the play version, not the musical.

Performances

June 17, 18, 24 and 25 2016 at 7:30pm
Matinee: June 19 2016 at 2pm

Bookings will open in late May

Production photos – One Act Plays 2016

Production photos – One Act Plays 2016

Buderim War Memorial Hall, April 2016

Buderim War Memorial Hall, April 2016

Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square

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Shaun Bennett, Eileen Walder

Shaun Bennett, Eileen Walder

Eileen Walder

Eileen Walder

Shaun Bennett, Eileen Walder

Shaun Bennett, Eileen Walder

Shaun Bennett, Eileen Walder

Shaun Bennett, Eileen Walder

Senses Working Overtime

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Luke Buxton, Susan M Brown

Amy Maguire, Luke Buxton, Knox Cameron, David Frank

Amy Maguire, Luke Buxton, Knox Cameron, David Frank

Amy Maguire, Knox Cameron

Amy Maguire, Knox Cameron

Susan M. Brown, Amy Maguire, Pamela Burchall

Susan M. Brown, Amy Maguire, Pamela Burchall

David Frank, Luke Buxton

David Frank, Luke Buxton

Knox Cameron, Amanda Zinn

Amanda Zinn

Amanda Zinn

Love in a Food Court

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Rochelle Cameron, Samantha Rose

Rochelle Cameron, Samantha Rose

Rochelle Cameron, David Wilson

Rochelle Cameron, David Wilson

Nicholas Smith, David Wilson

Nicholas Smith, David Wilson

Nicholas Smith, Samantha Rose

Nicholas Smith, Samantha Rose

David Wilson, Samantha Rose, Rochelle Cameron

David Wilson, Samantha Rose, Rochelle Cameron

Rochelle Cameron, David Wilson

Rochelle Cameron, David Wilson

Congratulations to the prize winners

Congratulations to the prize winners

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At the end of the final performance of the season of One Act Plays, the winners of the Edythe Brook Cooper Playwriting Competition were announced.

First prize was awarded to Rob Attenborough for his play Senses Working Overtime.

Second prize was awarded to Bruce Olive for his play Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

Third prize was awarded to Hugh O’Brien for his play Love in a Food Court.

BATS also awarded the following trophies for the season:

Best director: Sue Sewell, Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

Best actor (male): Shaun Bennett, Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

Best actor (female): Rochelle Cameron, Love in a Food Court.

Audience choice award for best play: Senses Working Overtime.

Congratulations to all the prize winners, and thank you to the directors and casts of all three plays. Thank you also to the backstage crew, technical crew and front of house crew, who all helped make this a highly successful season for BATS Theatre Company.

Don’t miss out on a night to remember!

Don’t miss out on a night to remember!

The three finalists in the playwriting competition, together on opening night

The three finalists in the playwriting competition, together on opening night: Bruce Olive, Rob Attenborough and Hugh O’Brien

The first weekend of BATS season of One Act Plays was highly successful, with excellent houses, and many positive comments on the plays and performances. Limited seats are still available for the final two performances this coming Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm. Book early to avoid disappointment. Book online using our secure server or ring 5445 2515.

Audience members at all performances can vote for their favourite play for the Audience Choice award. And at the conclusion of the last performance on Saturday night, the winners of the Edythe Brook Cooper Playwriting Competition will be announced, as well as the BATS awards for Best Director, Best Actors (male and female) and Audience Choice play.

Here is a review from Lawrance Chadwick of Noosa Community Radio:

“Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square”, by Bruce Olive.
“Senses Working Overtime”, by Rob Attenborough.
“Love in a Food Court”, by Hugh O’Brian.

The first play has a jaw dropping performance by Shaun Bennett. He performs multiple characters with frightening reality. His opposing character played by Eileen Walder gets a theatrical battering that leaves the audience stunned. It is a play about domestic violence and pulls no punches. It is a very intense production, not for the faint hearted. There was no curtain call for the pair. They deserved a solid applause.

The second play in complete contrast is a lively comedy. It appears like a Star Trek crew on the Starship Enterprise controlling all human bodily functions.
The two lowest members of the crew in Hi-Viz working jackets run amock in the organisation. Luke Buxton bounces and rolls about the stage doing a great performance then exits stage right in silence. Shame on the audience; he should have brought the house down with applause. Amanda Zinn as Daydreams did an amazing ethereal performance. All good fun. Well done the seven performers in this production.

The last play is about sexual relations and how to deal with them if you have some of those well known syndromes. It’s a pairs game with many funny interactions.
You may recognise the symptoms named after well known personalities.
It’s a bit table tennis with amorous connections.

The complete production is definitely a night to remember. You will have difficulty forgetting the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

Yours in great theatre,
Lawrance Chadwick.