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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present

Romeo and Juliet

A drama

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Catherine Steer

This classic tragic love story is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. An exhilarating and engaging production, incorporating live music and dance scenes from the early 1960’s.

Please note: this production includes music and adult themes


Preview Night – Friday 15 June – 7:30pm
Special online-only prices

Evenings: Saturday 16 June; Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2018, at 7:30pm.
Matinees: Sunday 17 and Saturday 23 June at 2:00pm.

Ticket Prices: Adults $30, Seniors $24, Members / Students $22
Group Bookings – 10+ $22 per person (group bookings must be prepaid)
Belfry Bar open for all performances.
Bookings: Book online, or phone Nan on 0466 923 395.


Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim


Catherine Steer

Catherine Steer is a working theatre practitioner, with 25 years of experience in directing and developing actors for the stage.

She has a lifetime of working in theatre, starting as a Butlins’s Redcoat, then starting a children’s entertainment company, touring as a puppeteer across England for 12 years which sustained university life, studying for a degree in Performing Arts. Working in Theatre in Education for The Wolsey, Ipswich and then forming Impact Theatre Company to bring shocking and moving productions to the public, Catherine then left touring to settle down for a bit after having two sons. She applied to be a volunteer teacher at her local high school and was offered the full time post of Head of Drama instead:

“I think that moment was a huge turning point in my life, I’d underestimated my ability as a theatre practitioner probably because I’d always found it so easy to create and get on with projects, so I took the job and ran the Drama department for 6 years, rewriting the outdated entire drama curriculum taking on all the examination work before deciding to emigrate to Australia. I’m not very good at settling down, I always have to have a challenge!”

Arriving in Nambour in 2009, with husband, two sons and the dog, she ultimately wanted to continue as a high school teacher but passion for acting and directing led her down another path. She had to wait three months for her teacher registration to come through and so while she was waiting decided to start up a youth theatre at Lind Lane Theatre. She ran it for two years and then opened a private theatre school, Queensland School of Performing Arts, in Nambour. She never got to take on a full time contract in high school as she liked running her own business too much.

“Life is always exciting, I manage my sons rock band, Led Angels and held the first Youth Shakespeare Festival last year with my company. Specialisms are Shakespeare for Young people, mask work and Commedia Dell Arte. Oh, and dogs. I can’t live without dogs. Dogs and Theatre have never let me down.”

For BATS, Catherine directed Blood Brothers in 2016.

Assistant Director

Alaxzandra Allen

Alaxzandra is a fourth year Bachelor of Creative Industries student at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is Assistant Director and Stage Manager for this production on internship from the University. Alaxzandra recently worked with acclaimed director Daniel Evans in “Cosi” as Cherry and is president of Ursa Major Theatre Association. She has performed in the 2017/2018 Anywhere Theatre Festivals and aims to create more original theatre productions for the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.


Tom JermynLord Capulet

Tom has spent eleven years performing in youth theatre, in such productions as Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracul, Romanov, and many other well known plays. Tom is not new to Shakespeare, as this will be his second time performing in Romeo and Juliet where he previously played Paris and Benvolio. Tom is enjoying playing Lord Capulet on this occasion as well as being involved in this ensemble.

Tom is an avid supporter of community arts and looks forward to being a part of more productions on the Sunshine Coast and beyond, and we hope to see more of Tom at BATS.

Sian AytonLady Capulet

Sian is studying for a Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Arts at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her experience in theatre has been through the University, Queensland School of Performing Arts and BATS doing shows such as Hamlet, Blood Brothers and various contemporary and physical theatre performances through University.

She is excited to be playing Lady Capulet as well as for the first time singing in front of an audience. She has immensely enjoyed working with such a large ensemble and the idea of reimagining ‘a tale of old as time’ play such as Romeo and Julie and giving it a fresh new look with mafia, disco and tribal people. Sian hopes that by the end of the degree, she will be teaching youth drama as well as directing her own shows and performing in others. Theatre will always be a strong part of who Sian is. She does not plan to stop soon! Welcome back Sian, BATS loves your work.

Peta BeattieTybalt

Peta has taught Drama to over 3000 students privately, in youth theatre and at various primary and secondary schools on the Sunshine Coast since 2000. She is currently studying Social Work and Drama Therapy and has a keen interest in promoting the Arts that connect to social issues. Peta has directed over 50 productions and has written numerous plays and adapted works for the stage. She also has a keen interest in classic literature and world history and many of her plays reflect this love. Shakespeare is one of Peta’s not-so-secret passions and the obsession extends to her knowing several plays word for word having acted and directed them on multiple occasions.

For BATS, Peta directed The Crucible (2007) (STAAR Award for Best Drama), To Kill a Mockingbird (2008), Pippin, Midsummer Night’s Dream (STAAR Award in 2000 for Best Production, Lighting, Stage Management), Oklahoma, Pippin, and Theatre Festival, One Act Play seasons. She taught BATS Youth Theatre from 1998 to 1999 before it became BYTE. Her acting credits include Eponine in Les Miserables for BATS in 2008.

Previously Peta has been on the BATS committee from 2005 until 2009. This year we welcome Peta Beattie once again to the BATS Committee in the capacity of Production Manager.

Peta is enjoying playing the part of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. This role is one she relishes as she does the challenge of presenting this villain with a unique twist.

Audrey RoseJuliet Capulet

Audrey starred in her high school’s production of Oliver, and Grease, where she played the roles of Oliver Twist and Sandy Dumbrowski, respectively. This is her first adult production and first with BATS. She has enjoyed this experience of being in an ensemble and meeting fantastic and talented new people and loves how hard everyone works to make the show a success.

Audrey plans to audition for the Griffith Conservatorium later this year in the hope of being accepted for the Bachelor of Musical Theatre course, a goal she has had for several years. BATS welcomes Audrey.

Samantha RoseMercutio

Samantha has played numerous roles throughout High School. Since returning to the Sunshine Coast she has been active with BATS, as stage manager in And Then There Were None, and performing in Love in a Food Court, one of the Edythe Brook Cooper finalist plays. Samantha enjoys being part of this ensemble and loves characterisations. BATS is pleased to have Samantha back in this active part and she hopes to be in more productions with BATS in the future.

Alice ReaPrincess of Verona

Alice studied in Sydney with the Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Jesters, and Phillip Street Theatre. She was with a casting agency in Sydney and performed in a few plays. Since arriving on the Sunshine Coast, Alice has performed in over forty plays, mainly with Airmar Theatre, The Lind, Coolum Theatre Players, Caloundra Chorale and now with BATS.

She enjoys all aspects of theatre and the arts. Alice has also directed and written plays, which she loves to do as well as perform. She won an award for her first written play and hopes to write more in the future. She has been active in dance and sang in a choir at Maleny for many years.

Alice has performed in many plays with BATS, most recently A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody. She was in Catherine’s previous play Blood Brothers, and enjoys the experience greatly. She is always up for a new challenge and particularly working with Catherine in this innovative and creative production of Romeo and Juliet. Alice is passionate about art (as an artist), yoga (as an instructor), and dance. She has been on the Committee of Airmar, The Lind and is now President of BATS.

Martin FogartyRomeo

Martin is currently a drama student at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Recently he played Doug in a USC production of Cosi. He is excited to be involved with this production and learning how to cooperate with a large ensemble to put on a memorable show. Of course, he doesn’t like the experience of killing himself!! Martin says that playing the role of Romeo is far beyond anything he has ever done. It has enabled him to become more confident as he has had to challenge himself greatly in creating a memorable and unconventional, iconic character. He has loved working with Catherine and the rest of the amazing ensemble. BATS loves having Martin on board, and hopes to see more of him in the future.

Felix NichollsBenvolio

Felix spent three years with BYTES. He played Captain von Trapp in Sunshine Coast Grammar School’s The Sound of Music. He has attended a number of acting workshops, most notably with Shake and Stir Theatre Co, as well as professional coaching with the Meisner Acting Technique and studying the Howard Fire method of acting at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Felix says he has learnt that maintaining good relationships with your fellow actors is vital to the cohesion of the performance, and is enjoying working with a passionate cast.

Sam BustonLord Montague

Sam has attended Stagecoach and is trained in acting, singing and dance. He has had roles with Harvest Rain and workshops with Black Swan Theatre Company, WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Sam played Tha in The Play Lovers production of The Jungle Book. He feels fortunate to be a part of this wonderful production of Romeo and Julie and has really enjoyed working with the director Catherine. He looks forward to what the future has in store for him. We hope Sam auditions for more shows with BATS.

Lloyd SteerSampson

BATS is pleased to have Lloyd return, whom you may recall from Blood Brothers. Lloyd is a musician and actor and decided to use his free time between studying a double Bachelor of Management and Marketing degree and rocking out with his band Led Angels, to perform in Romeo and Juliet. He has been in two musicals, one in the band for NHS Production of Little Shop of Horrors and the other as the star of The Wiz, plus multiple gigs throughout the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane with his band.

Nicholas SmithParis

Nick has acted on and off in the UK, Argentina and Australia for many years. He performed in a number of plays in South America (both in English and Spanish) and in the UK, starting at university, in plays ranging from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie. He has been involved with BATS from when he moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2015.

His first production with BATS was a One Act Play called Love in a Food Court, and followed that up, amongst others, as one of the brothers in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, the Inspector in Night Must Fall and now as Paris in Romeo and Juliet.

With his second time working with Catherine Steer as director – he believes she is highly motivating and innovative, and the ensemble method works beautifully for the cast in general and for Nick, in particular.

Nick has learned a huge amount in this rehearsal process, and has found the cast to be, without exception, motivated, talented and great fun!

Nick feels sure the audience will love this production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Ethan Farquharson1st Servant, Cupid, Musician 1

Adele TrumanPeter, Watchman 2

Adele has been with BATS for the last couple of years and we are pleased to welcome her back in this wonderful play in the role of Peter. Her first production with BATS was in Blood Brothers, also directed by Catherine. Adele has been in the pantomime, Red Riding Hood. Adele loves entering a new world and stepping away from normality. We would love to see Adele again at BATS.

Lauren WillettApothecary, 2nd Citizen, Watchman 1, Musician 3

This is Lauren’s first play with BATS. Lauren is studying a Bachelor of Social Work/Criminology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Being involved in Romeo and Juliet is a welcome reprieve from her busy life and having the opportunity to be a part of the ensemble has reinvigorated her love for theatre. She has previously acted in productions such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a part of BYTES for over eight years during primary and high school years. She has enjoyed meeting new people in this production and the talented actors. Lauren hopes she will be able to use the skills she has learned during her time in Romeo and Juliet and be involved in more acting and theatre opportunities in the future, such as this wonderful production.

Holly WileyPotpan, Lady Montague, Angel

Holly has been involved in numerous plays including OZ and Alice in Wonderland, both presented by The Little Seed Theatre Company, and The Miracle Worker at the Lind Theatre. Her most recent production was in the play Metamorphosis which took part in the Anywhere Theatre Festival. She has attended an intensive holiday course at NIDA, and a masterclass at NIDA. She has previously been part of The North Shore Drama Academy in Sydney. Recently Holly attended weekly classes at The Little Seed Theatre Company and now the Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence. She loves being involved in this ensemble and working with talented actors where everyone shares the same goal supporting each other, and, of course sharing a love of theatre. This production has intensified Holly’s passion for acting, allowing her to appreciate the magic of theatre, which she has not previously experienced. We hope to see more of Holly in the future.

Cameron Halliday2nd Servant

Cameron and his family have recently moved from Victoria to the Sunshine Coast. He is enthusiastic about exploring his interest in theatre. Previously Cameron has completed ten adult acting classes with Catherine Steer and is a talented pianist. He is pleased to be involved in this ensemble and working with BATS has found the atmosphere friendly and accommodating with the amateur and advanced members involved in this production. We hope to have Cameron involved in further productions. Welcome Cameron.

Samantha WhittakerFriar John, Musician 2

This is Samantha’s second play. The last play which she performed in and really enjoyed was Blood Brothers in 2016, which was also directed by Catherine and produced by BATS, hence wanting to be in Romeo and Juliet. She loves the ensemble and being part of a team working together, where everyone is able to express their ideas openly. She loves the mix of people from all walks of life and ages; leaving the real world behind for a few hours. Samantha says ‘her memory is very poor and she won’t be in any lead roles unless there is little to say.’

Dominique PahudFriar Laurence

Dominique commenced community theatre in 2015 and had previously only acted in school productions, some 35 years prior. Her first adult play was as the dizzy Fairy Godmother in Alice in Wonderland for Coolum Theatre Players. Since then she has appeared in 10,000 Cigarettes, Moving Shortly, Mad Woman of Athens in Lysistrata, and Waiting for Godot. She has attended classes with Little Seed Theatre Co, Suzuki Method with Jo Loth, as well as clowning workshops in the U.K. BATS sees Dominque back after her last performance in Blood Brothers. Playing Friar Laurence is Dominique’s biggest part to date, where she has learned discipline to learn lines, having a greater appreciation of the huge amount of work that goes into being an actor and producing a play of this calibre. BATS is hopeful Dominique will be back in future productions.

Sangita GhodkeFriar John, Gargoyles, Angel

Sangita is a first timer with ‘real’ theatre and with BATS of course. There is nothing that Sangita does not love about ensemble theatre, except, perhaps, when it is time to stop, and getting up early the next morning for her job at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Outside of theatre and her paid job, Sangita helps her husband with his business and is a chauffeur with an attitude to her two teens.

Kiti BruinsmaNurse

BATS welcomes back Kiti who has performed in many plays on this stage including Cinderella, Long Story Short in 2015, Million Dollar Question, Old Fashioned Manors to name a few. Kiti asks, “Why do we have “tongue twisters” when we have Shakespeare?’ – she describes this ensemble as like a bag of ‘mix-ups’. Some crispy, some nutty and others colourful. She believes there is no better leader than Catherine, to bring humour and tragedy to BATS in this production. Thanks Kiti, and BATS loves having you on board.

Kyria GahanAbraham Balthazar

This is Kyria’s first play with BATS. During her time at University in Brisbane, she was a member of the mass ensemble for the productions of both Hairspray and Grease with Harvest Rain Theatre Company. She also performed in musicals in her hometown of Bundaberg, such as Into the Woods, Fame and 13 the musical. Kyria is very happy to continue her passion for theatre by teaching dance and drama to high school students on the Sunshine Coast. We will be seeing more of Kyria as she has successfully been cast in our next production in late September/October, The Fox on the Fairway, playing a major part as Louise.

Jeremiah MarlandGregory, Cousin Capulet

Jeremiah has been a student of drama for many years as he made his way through high school. He became completely immersed in stage production and truly found his niche amongst theatre friends, putting on amazing and exciting productions for all the world to see; well friends and family at least! As an adult, it has been a few years since his last rush of adrenaline on the stage. When an opening came for him to be involved in Romeo and Juliet, he came on board and could not hesitate to accept this role and being part of this wonderful ensemble. This is Jeremiah’s first play with BATS. We love having him on board.


BATS Theatre Co Inc

Annual General Meeting 2018


WHEN: Tuesday 27th March, 2018
TIME: 7.30 p.m. sharp
VENUE: The Buderim War Memorial Hall,
Cnr. Main and Church Streets, Buderim

All current members of the Committee shall retire from office, and are eligible for re-election.

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is looking for nominations for the following positions:

President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Members.

We would very much welcome some new people to the committee with fresh ideas and energy.

We would also love to have on board a Grants Officer, Publicity Officer and Sponsorship Officer. These do not have to be Committee positions.

In order to be eligible to nominate, you need to be a financial member for 2018.

Download the nomination form here.

Nominations must be received by close of business 14 days prior to the A.G.M., in this case being 13th March 2018.
Forms can be posted to The Secretary, BATS Theatre Company. P.O. Box 223, Buderim. 4556.

The business to be transacted at every Annual General Meeting shall be;
(i) the receiving of the Committee’s report and the balance sheet and statement of accounts for the preceding financial year.
(ii) the receiving of the auditor’s report upon the books and accounts for the preceding financial year.
(iii) The election of members of the Committee
(iv) the appointment of an auditor

Committee Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. At the time of nomination all nominees, proposers and seconders must be financial members approved by the committee.

Hope to see you at the meeting. Remember this is your Theatre Group so your participation is encouraged and welcome.

Alice Rea
Secretary, BATS Theatre Company Inc.
0427 856 680

Deep Eternity

Deep Eternity

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present

Deep Eternity

A drama

Winning play of the 2018 Edythe Brook Cooper National Playwriting Competition

By Cerise de Gelder

Directed by Jacqui Mata Luque

In an Australian seaside town, fisherman Vincent Beacon and his wife Coralee are trying to start a family. When his mother reveals a terrible secret from her past, Vincent is faced with impossible choices, and finally decides on a desperate course of action. But for his plans to succeed he must make friends of his enemies and strangers of his loved ones, find the family he never had, and chase a vision that might only exist in his mind.


Gala Opening Night – Friday April 6 – 7pm- pre show nibbles and glass of bubbly.
$30 – no concessions – bookings essential

Evening: Saturday 7 April; Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April 2018, at 7:30pm.
Matinees: Sunday 8 and Saturday 14 April at 2:00pm.

Ticket Prices: Adults $25 Concession $23 Members $21
Group Bookings – 10+ $22 per person (group bookings must be prepaid)
Belfry Bar open for all performances.
Bookings: Book online, or phone Bernadette on 07 5445 2515


Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim


Jacqui Mata Luque

Jacqui has been an active member of BATS for 27 years and has been honoured with Life Membership for her hard work and commitment to BATS. She is an award winning director and actor, a playwright and has been a performance adjudicator at Theatre Festivals on the South East Queensland and Central QLD Festival Circuits. Jacqui’s most memorable production is Snow Angel, which was performed at BATS and travelled the S.E. Queensland Festival circuit winning over 20 awards.


Vincent: Kevin Blair

Kevin Blair has studied directing, acting & production at NIDA summer schools with (now) wife Lisa, and together they established & ran a theatre company in WA for 10 years. Having recently celebrated his first year of life on the Sunny Coast he’s back at BATS for his second production, this time as an actor. Last year he directed the comedy Doggies as part of the season of Deckchairs. Kevin has won various state awards for his acting & directing, loves to teach professional workshops & also enjoys improvisation. He’s relishing being in a drama this time around, his favourite genre to perform.

Coralee: Susie Pritchard

Susie has been involved with BATS both on stage and behind the scenes, for over 40 years, her last appearance on stage at BATS was in the one act play All About Jack in 2015. Her favourite role to date is a toss up between Gloria in Wait Until Dark at the age of 12 or Margaret in the David Williamson play Money and Friends.

Serina: Katrina Pitman

Katrina has been performing for as long as she could walk and talk. From singing in choirs to acting summer camps in her school days, and now pursuing her acting and singing through theatre and film. Katrina has recently moved to the Sunshine Coast from Hervey Bay where she was involved with the local ZPAC Theatre and Maryborough Players. Roles Katrina has loved playing include Annette in God of Carnage, Terry in A Night of Dark Intent and playing the traditional part of female lead male in the pantomime 1001 Arabian Nights. Katrina was also Magrat in the Maryborough Players world premiere of Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad. She looks forward to performing for the first time with BATS and is excited to continue being involved in further productions in the future.

David: Luke Buxton

Luke has been theatrical since a young age and has performed both on stage and on screen the majority of his life. He has appeared in various commercials, films and television shows, including Channel 10’s Big Brother in 2012 as part of the “Fake House” challenge. In 2015 Luke competed at the World Championship of Performing Arts in California, bringing home a gold, five silvers and a bronze as well as an industry award.

Sophie: Teula De`Gars

Teula began in dance and theatre at 7 years old. She was offered a scholarship at 16 years old for Australian College of Entertainment majoring in Acting. After performing in several small productions in Sydney, she went to Queensland University of Technology to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama, coupled with a Bachelor of Education. As a drama teacher Teula taught drama and directed several one act plays for Townsville One Act play festival, co-directed 3 School Musicals, including Grease and Oliver and a Rock Eisteddfod piece. Currently, Teula is the artistic principle of Rehearsal For Real Life, a ‘Theatre as applied theatre’ drama school on the Sunshine Coast. She has enjoyed performing in Brisbane fringe festivals and at The Brisbane Powerhouse with physical theatre pieces, such as Senakulo. This is her first performance for BATS on the Sunshine Coast.

Lex: Kate Cullen

Beginning at Coolum and Airmar theatre over twenty years ago, Kate has enjoyed performing regularly on the coast in nearly every theatre group. She has acted in some memorable productions including Streetcar Named Desire, Steel Magnolias, Steaming, Death on the Nile, God of Carnage and many pantomimes, as well as directing, and penning a couple of one act plays as well. She has played a rat, a dog, a chook, a bag lady, a silly willy, a witch, a seventy year old, and sometimes just her plain self. Theatre, to say the least, is her life’s passion. After an unbearable year’s break without theatre, Kate is eagerly returning to BATS where she gleaned a lot of her early day experience as a novice in many one act plays and the memorable Hotel Sorrento, and The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness.

Winning Playwright – Cerise De Gelder

Cerise De Gelder is a Melbourne-based playwright whose work has travelled around the world and appeared on stage, film, TV and radio. Her plays have been performed by independent theatre companies across the country, and have won several national playwriting awards. Cerise has had three plays in the Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival, and last year was fortunate enough to have Jacqui Mata Luque direct Unforgettable. She’s thrilled that Deep Eternity was chosen as the winner of the 2018 Edythe Brook Cooper National Playwriting Competition and that it is being performed at BATS. She is also thrilled to be working with Jacqui again, and is very excited to have another reason to travel north to one of her favourite parts of the world.

2018 Edythe Brook Cooper National Playwriting Competition

Winner – Trophy and $5000 prize money

Deep Eternity written by Cerise De Gelder from Victoria

Runner up – Trophy and $1000 prize money

True Colours written by Danny Vendramini from NSW.

Danny Vendramini was a multi-award winning film and theatre director and scriptwriter before becoming interested in evolutionary biology. He is the author of two books on theoretical biology: Them and Us: How Neanderthal predation created modern human (2009) and The Second Evolution: The secret role of emotion in evolutions (2015). He is also a prize-winning poet and sculptor, working mainly with found objects. He lives in the Blue Mountains of NSW.


This year’s entries have been judged by a panel of adjudicators who are experienced in various aspects of theatre. The reading panel for this year was comprised of:

Ron Kelly: Playwright, screenplay writer, director and actor, and performance adjudicator
Felicity Bassingthwaite: Graduate of USQ Theatre Department, speech and drama teacher, performance adjudicator and actor
Jacqueline Twigg: Writer, director, founding educator of Australia’s first specialist performing arts high school

The adjudicators assessed each script independently and anonymously, within the guidelines of the criteria provided to them. Their assessments were then collated by the co-ordinators and the winning play and runner up were confirmed.

About Edythe Brook Cooper

Edythe Brook Cooper

Edythe Brook Cooper

Edythe Brook Cooper was a member of BATS Theatre Co. Inc from the late 1980’s until her death in 2003. Her first play to be produced by BATS was “Kisses In The Sky”, set in Milton in Brisbane behind the Castlemaine brewery, and the name referred to the four Xs on the roof. This was followed by many others over the next 20 years.

Writing was Edythe’s passion. Many of her plays have been published by The Australian Script Centre.

Prior to her passing, Edythe made provision in her will for the Edythe Brook Cooper Trust, established to sponsor a local playwriting competition. Considering Edythe’s affiliation with BATS Theatre Co. Inc., they were chosen by the Trustees to act as administrators of this competition under specific guidelines set down by Edythe.

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is very proud to present this competition on behalf of Edythe.

About the competition

The competition is to be run biennially, alternating between one-act plays and full length plays. It is the objective of this competition to foster and encourage playwrights, whether amateur or professional, who will be judged on the quality of their written script, and its suitability in a theatre setting (see Rule 3. b), c) & d). These scripts will be judged anonymously and equally by an adjudication panel.

For information about the next competition, see Edythe Brook Cooper 2020 National Playwriting Competition.


Full length plays

Winning Play – $5000 and Trophy

Runner Up – $1000 and Trophy

One act plays

Best Play – $3000 and trophy

2nd Best Play – $2000 and trophy

3rd Best Play – $1000 and trophy

Auditions – Romeo and Juliet

Auditions – Romeo and Juliet


“Romeo and Juliet”


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Catherine Steer


Written by William Shakespeare in 1595, Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story. Two young lovers from opposing families meet and marry in secret but then the feud interferes in their plans for a life together. Director Catherine Steer will bring an exhilarating production as you join us on our journey into one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, creating an engaging, violent production with live music and dance scenes from the early 1960s. Experienced actors and theatre beginners welcome.


Tuesday 13 March 2018 at 7.30pm
Where: BATS clubroom, at the rear of the Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

When you arrive at the Hall there is parking available to the back of the hall and side. Enter the Clubroom from the rear of the building.

Tea/Coffee will be provided.

Please note, everyone auditioning will be given short instruction of how to read Shakespeare, however, familiarity with the plot is recommended before audition. Try these links:


Watch the DVD Romeo + Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann

For your audition, please familiarise yourself with the plot and the characters so that you gain an idea of which role to audition for. You do not need to read the play to do this; plot and character descriptions can be found online.

All ages from age 16 plus and all levels of acting experience are welcome. Ages of characters are flexible. If you wish to audition for this play just turn up, no appointment necessary. There are roles for leads, roles with a few lines and non-speaking parts. We also seek people who wish to be involved in a technical capacity, choreography, musicians, singers and backstage roles, such as stage manager, sound and lighting assistants.

In audition, there will be improvisation, readings and scene work. No need to prepare a speech. Auditionees will be guided in text reading if necessary.


As mentioned, a blend of experienced and beginner performers, from age 16 plus. No upper age limit. Cast will work as an ensemble to enhance the production process and outcome. There will be meaningful improvisation activities that serve as a means to discovering the internal characteristics and objectives of the characters.

All ages given are only a guide to “stage age” of the characters

ESCALUS, Prince of Verona – Male 16 plus
PARIS, a young Count, kinsman to the Prince – Male 18–30 years of age
MONTAGUE, head of Montague house – Male 30 plus
CAPULET, heads of Capulet house – Male 30 plus
ROMEO, son to Montague – 18-25 years of age
TYBALT, nephew to Lady Capulet – 18-30 years of age
MERCUTIO, kinsman to the Prince and friend to Romeo – 18-30 years of age
BENVOLIO, nephew to Montague, and friend to Romeo – 18-30 years of age
FRIAR LAURANCE, Franciscan – 20 plus
FRIAR JOHN, Franciscan – 20 plus
BALTHASAR, servant to Romeo – 20 plus
ABRAM, servant to Montague – 20 plus
SAMPSON, servant to Capulet – 20 plus
GREGORY, servant to CAPULET – 20 plus
PETER, servant to Juliet’s nurse – 18-30 plus
LADY MONTAGUE, wife to Montague – 25-40 year of age
LADY CAPULET, wife to Capulet – 25-40 years of age
JULIET, daughter to Capulet. Actual 13 years of age. An experienced young teenager can be cast or actor aged from 16-25 years of age who bears a young appearance
AN OFFICER – 16 plus
NURSE TO JULIET – 35 plus. Comical, bawdy character
CITIZENS OF VERONA, Gentlemen and Gentlewomen of both houses; Maskers, Torchbearers, Pages, Guards, Watchmen, Servants, and Attendants – 16 plus years of age.

Musicians and Dancers

Three confident singers or actors who can be trained.
Musicians: competent, particularly electric guitarist/drummer/bass player
Dancers able to jive, or learn to jive.

All cast need to wear loose casual clothing and bring a pair of trainers to rehearsals for fight choreography. Thank you. All levels of fitness welcome.


The play will leave its original setting of the Renaissance period in Verona, Italy. It will be set using two eras, the late 1950’s and modern day. This forms the divide between the two families. Live Soul Music, singing performances will feature.

There are many ways to set Shakespeare. To set a Shakespeare in a different time frame has always been debatable. Ultimately, setting a Shakespeare play in a different era should complement the kernel of the play, and ideally, enhance his original work.” – Catherine.


CATHERINE STEER, BA Hons. M Prof Prac (Performing Arts)

Catherine is a professional theatre practitioner and actor. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Sunshine Coast Actor Training School, Queensland School of Performing Arts. She specialises in physical theatre, directing, Mask, Puppetry and Stage fight choreography and introducing Shakespeare to those less familiar with his works. Catherine has directed over 15 Shakespeare productions with casts of children, teenagers and adults, in Australia and England.

For this production we are keen to include experienced actors but also people who are interested in trying performance for the first time. An excellent opportunity to experience being in a theatre company and working on classical text in a refreshing and interesting way.

A free workshop will be held at the first rehearsal session for familiarisation with text and introduction to synopsis to enhance the experience of this Shakespeare production.

Director’s last note

“I always say in the initial audition for producing a Shakespeare play, that I am not ‘an expert in Shakespeare’. I am, however, a very good communicator, I have a great sense of humour and have bags of imagination and have worked in the performing arts – teaching and training and performing for thirty (30) years.

I have directed many Shakespeare plays with actors of all ages. I love introducing people to Shakespeare that have never experienced reading his plays or performing them.

The first thing that people usually comment on is the thought of having to get through his difficult use of language….so here comes my little story……..

I did not read my first Shakespeare play until I was 26 years of age purely because I had been led to believe, in school, that Shakespeare would be too hard to our B stream English class. Shakespeare wrote in poetry and prose – not a foreign language like French or Sanskrit. Upon reading my first play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ I was saddened and annoyed that I had been kept in the dark about his works for so long. I understood the entire play and was bewitched, not frightened by the poetic language. This is why I think it’s important for everyone who is remotely interested to be introduced to his works. The language is the least of your problems, I’d say the fight choreography in this production might be more challenging!

Shakespeare wrote his plays for the masses, not the elite, and certainly not just for kids in A Stream English class.

They are for everyone and if this is your first introduction to working with Shakespeare I hope you join us for this production.”


Mondays and Thursdays 7.30pm beginning Monday 9th April 2018, at the Buderim War Memorial Hall

Friday 15, Saturday 16, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2018 at 7:30pm
Matinees: Sunday 16 and Saturday 23 June 2018 at 2:00pm

For more information, contact the director Catherine Steer at or phone 07 5476 4376.

A short recess

Our production of A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody has concluded very successfully, with good audiences and appreciative feedback. A big thank you to all involved, including director David Corben, the fabulous cast, and all the hardworking crew. A special thank you to Mel Stewart for combining duties of front of house and stage manager.

BATS Theatre will now be taking a short recess from presenting shows at the Buderim War Memorial Hall while the floor is being renovated. Our next production will be the winning play of the Edythe Brook Cooper playwriting competition, which will be presented in April next year.

Meanwhile, our other activities will continue, including our monthly playreading nights and social get-togethers. For more information, contact our Secretary, Alice Rea. Her details are on the Contact page.

Directors workshop

Directors workshop

BATS Theatre Co Inc presents

Directors workshop for emerging directors

In this workshop participants will analyse an extract of a play and explore how to gain the best out of auditionees.  Once the cast is chosen we move onto learning how to direct a scene, blocking, to staging styles.  Your piece will be shown to the workshop audience and critiqued towards further improvement each time.

Over two sessions, this 4 hour workshop will prepare you to enter and move forward into the world of directing.  There will be a small amount of homework, with post workshop guidance for a successful future in directing.

The workshop will be led by Catherine Steer, Artistic Director of Queensland School of Performing Arts (Sunshine Coast).  Catherine has directed a variety of stage work over 25 years, musicals, one act plays and full length.  She has published and devised various works.  She also writes plays for young people, directing and producing up to 10 small scale productions per year.  She recently directed Blood Brothers for BATS.  Catherine is currently a Masters student on the Professional Practice course at University of the Sunshine Coast tutored by Lynne Bradley and Simon Woods of ZenZen Zo.

Catherine has interest in mask, puppet and political theatre and has trained with Trestle Theatre Company, Norwich Puppet Theatre and Rob Pensalfini of QSE in Theatre of the Oppressed.

Catherine states “Directing is no different to being a painter placing his/her own art in a gallery. Like any artist, directing requires confidence, imagination and a set of basic, specific skills. Once a new director has these they can work towards preparing a piece of theatre art for an audience. If you feel you want to be directing plays, then you probably should be, and this workshop will get you started.”

The cost of the workshop is $10.00 per session. So this is an opportunity too good to miss.

DATES: Thursday 20th July 2017 and Thursday 27th July 2017

TIME: 7.30 p.m.

AT: Buderim War Memorial Hall, Cnr Main and Church Street, Buderim

PRICE: $10.00

All welcome. Contact Alice to confirm your interest, or just turn up on the night!

Alice Rea
0427 856 680

Edythe Brook Cooper playwriting competition 2018

Edythe Brook Cooper playwriting competition 2018

Entries are now open for the



Edythe Brook Cooper
Playwriting Competition

2018 Full Length Play

Fostering Australian Playwriting

Presented by


$5,000 First Prize
$1,000 Runner Up
Entries close 31st OCTOBER 2017

The winning play will be performed on the BATS stage in 2018

For more information, see the competition entry form