Marloo Awards night for 2014

A fantastic night was held at Marloo Theatre on Saturday 10th January 2015 to celebrate a great year of theatre for 2014.

A wonderful dinner was enjoyed by 75 members, followed by an amazing array of deserts made by Marjorie DeCaux.

Throughout the night the awards for 2014 were presented by MC Chris Bedding.

A special thanks to Gail Palmer for co-ordinating the event and to our Adjudicators for the 2014 season, Anita Bound, Ken Harris, Fred Peterson & Brendan Tobin. The award winners would not have been easy to select from the vast range of talented people that were involved in our productions for 2014.

Marshall Award for Best Costumes: Marjorie De Caux for Macbeth.
Swan Magazine Award for Best Set: George Boyd for Kiss Me Kate.
Award for Music or Dance: Jake Fryer for Kiss Me Kate
Award for Best Ensemble Work: Mabeth
Duncalfe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Male: David Bain for Macbeth
Duncalfe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Female: Nyree Hughes for Kiss Me Kate
Sue Bethel Award for Best Actor - Female: Kylie Isaia for Macbeth
Brenda Stanley Award for Best Actor - Male: Joe Isaia for Macbeth
Phil Harris Award for Best Director: Douglas Sutherland-Bruce for Macbeth
Ena Harris Award for Best Production: Macbeth
Graham Sharpe Award for Best Cameo Role in a Production: Phil Mackenzie for Macbeth
Outstanding Contribution to a Production: Justin Freind as stand-in Lead Role for Kiss Me Kate
Best Props Management in a Production: Liz Rusha & Jan Hole for Farndale Macbeth
Ray Ward Award for outstanding contribution throughout the year: David Bain

My apologies for the poor photo quality, these were taken on the phone during the night.

Kiss Me Kate November 2014

Hills Festival of Theatre September 2014

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One Act Season September 2014

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2014 One Act Season

This year we presented 3 plays with Shakesperean themes to blend with our year of Celebrating the 450th year since the birth of Shakespeare. 

The Mechanic of Venice
by James Forte
Directed by Marjorie De Caux

Two Gentlemen of Soho 
by A.P. Herbert
Directed by Cecilia Allen

Alls Well That Ends As You Like It
by Michael Green
Directed by Hayley Derwort

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Production of Macbeth

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth

The Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre, presented their July production of the wonderful comedy The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth, directed by the well- known and accomplished director, Gail Palmer.

The Ladies guild has been working hard for nine months to put on a remarkable production of Macbeth for the local drama competition guessed it! Everything that can go wrong does go wrong! Vanishing actresses, broken legs, confused directors and stage fright all combined to produce a show of hilarious laughs. 

Cast in order of appearance;

Marjorie De Caux, Neroli Burton, Rodney Palmer, Ray Egan, Rachel Vonk, Alyssa Burton, Taneal Thompson, Siobhan Vincent, Fi Livings, Richard Coleman

    Review by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce

Shakespeare Birthday Festival April 2014

Shakespeare Birthday Festival

William Shakespeare is almost without debate the greatest playright in the English language. He was born in April 1564 which made April 2014 the 450th anniversay of his birth.

Three local community theatre groups, The Darlington Theatre Players Inc, Garrick Theatre and Kalamunda Dramatic Society combined to produce a repertory-style Festival of three of Shakespeare’s most important plays, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Othello. 

Lucy Eyre directed "Othello" for KADS

Peter Clark dirrected "A Midsummer Nights Dream" for Garrick Theatre

Douglas Sutherland-Bruce directed "Macbeth" for Marloo Theatre

All three productions were performed on the Marloo Theatre stage which will be built as an Elizabethan stage.

This was an exciting prospect to stretch all and provide clubs, actors, cast and crew with a rich opportunity to learn, entertain and engage.

Festival Director, Douglas Sutherland-Bruce, who also directed Marloo's entry, Macbeth, says: "It was a slightly terrifying prospect, directing what is arguably the greatest play ever written in the English language. As well as every person in the audience having seen the play at least once before, they've seen it with people like Lord Olivier, Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir Ian McKellan in the part.

Asked about the well-known curse that leads actors to call the play 'The Scottish Play' because even to say the name brings down terrible ill-luck, Sutherland-Bruce replied with a laugh: "Don't believe in it - any play performed that often has a fair change of racking up a catalogue of accidents, quite apart from the fact that there are so many fight scenes and opportunities for error. But as long as I've got my lucky rabbit's foot ..."

Peter Clark said of Garrick’s play: A Midsummer Night's Dream inspired four hundred years of stories and pictures of tiny, butterfly-winged people living in the woods. Walt Disney's fairies are their descendants.

Cinderella November 2013

Directed by Brendan Tobin


Of all the things that England has given the world – Imperialism, Devonshire Teas, Cucumber sandwiches and Fish and Chips – almost certainly the one which has brought the most pleasure is the English Pantomime.

The 'Principal Boy' is traditionally played by a gorgeous young girl in breeches, the 'dame' is most frequently a man in drag and lots of audience partic­ipation in the form of 'He's behind you!', 'Oh, yes it is' and 'Oh, no it's not'.

It is in this spirit that Marloo Theatre is presenting Cinder­ella as a full traditional English pantomime, complete with two dames (Joe Isaia and Clay­ton Mitchell) a gorgeous lead playing Cinders – the very lovely and talented Gemma Sharpe and mice, Buttons, Baron Hardup, Prince and King.

The Prince must marry (otherwise his stipend will be cut off) and holds a ball to choose a bride. Cinderella is banned by her ugly sisters and cruel stepmother, but her fairy godmother ensures a happy ending.

Trilogy September 2013

Trilogy of one act plays at Marloo

Marloo’s One Act Play Season this year is a little bit different than usual. For one thing, all three plays are written by local playwrights. Noel O’Neill is well-known to community theatre audiences and was the winner last year of the Hills Festival of Theatre best production.

This year’s play by Noel is the tale of two sisters, Ivy and Holly who have lost their mother just before Christmas. This play has won many awards since its first production in 2007, as have the actors who took parts - Sandra Sando and Noel O’Neill himself.

Political Correction, the second play is a light and fluffy piece by new playwright, James Forte, who after a long career as a mathmatician, has settled into writing. His first poem To Rise Again was published in 1998. James has written nine one-act plays (and several monologues) under the collective title The Young People of Today.

These were designed for undergraduate or community theatre with small cast - a girl, a boy (both students in their late teens or early twenties) and an older man - no scene changes, everyday clothing, simple lighting and sound. Political Correction fits into this frame neatly as it concerns a brother and sister (Harrison MacLennan and Melissa Scott) who take exception to the hollow promises of a local politician and so determine to teach him a lesson.

The final offering is La Divina Speaks by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce. It is an evening with legendary opera singer, Maria Callas, who will tell tales, name names and spill beans. Douglas’ previous one act play at Marloo, The Last Lion about Sir Winston Churchill won a number of awards at the various festivals both for writing and acting. For this play Marloo is thrilled to announce that the part of Maria Callas will be taken and sung by international opera singer, star of Opera Australia, Elisa Wilson. This is an outstanding opportunity to see this remarkable and sublime performer.

The Shifting Heart July 2013

Directed By Rachel Vonk

The Shifting Heart

An Australian classic

An award winning and moving Australian classic, The Shifting Heart follows the life of an Italian family attempting to make a new life in Australia, in the aftermath of World War II.
Melbourne of the 1950's in its first faltering attempts at multiculturalism provides an evocative background to this humorous and ultimately tragic story.
Playwright Beynon dedicated this play to a Polish immigrant known as 'Mr. Leczycki' who cut his throat because his work colleagues couldn't understand a word he was saying.
The Shifting Heart was Richard Beynon's first play, and was chosen as best Australian play of 1956 for which he earned Sydney Journalists' Club award and was placed 3rd (out of 2,000 entries) in London Observer World Play Competition.
 Set in 1950's Collingwood, The Shifting Heart is a story of racism and prejudice. Following the family life of Momma and Poppa Bianchi who immigrated to Australia 8 years ago with their daughter Maria now heavily pregnant during the Australian summer and their son Gino getting into all sorts of trouble with the locals.
With a mixed set of neighbours and set in their backyard, we hear how this Christmas turns out for this Italian family.
Produced by the well-regarded Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre this production is played straight, as written. It featured such well-known community theatre actors as Michael Hart and Jacqui Warner and some newcomers to the Marloo Theatre.
Directed by Rachel Vonk, assisted by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce, the play reflects modern Australia with its reaction to 'illegal immigrants' as much as it did the immediate post-war period. 

Sex Toys April 2013

Directed by Sallie Ketteringham

Sex Toys

Adult Without Being Lewd

Sex Toys - The Full Length Version is the continuation of the lives of Jillian, Carol and Cameron with all the intricacies and much, much more of the previous multi-award winning one-act play Sex Toys and introducing more diverse characters – very diverse.
This could be non-fiction: plenty of partnership doubts, mistrust, love, anger, forgiveness, diversity and sex all put into an exhilarating play delivered with great humour and insight.
Carol is increasingly angry with Bobby when he gives her yet another "special gift"; Jillian is her usual "out-there and live life to the full" woman; Cameron remains the supposed confident man-about-town but occasionally shows his vulnerable side.
Trisha is a mere apprentice compared to Jill but is willing to learn; and Madame Triple X has done it all, and more and she's accompanied by Mr. Killjoy. Add to this motley crew a bunch of Cam's friends and a good time is had by all.
Local playwright, Carl Aspden Pomfret, has captured faithfully the mood of the one-act staged four years ago. It is a fast paced journey into the lives of a group of friends and cleverly illustrates the ambiguity which everyday life presents to us all.
Director, Sallie Ketteringham, who directed Sex Toys as a one-act, is delighted to bring to the stage the "full length version"!
Sex Toys - The Full Length Version, is for adults but the content is neither lewd nor gratuitous and the production promises to give an audience a pleasurable night out.

Key For Two February 2013

Directed by Andrew Warwick
Key for Two
Get Out Of Those Wet Clothes - Quick
Farce is always built on lies and Harriet  can tell whoppers.

Lie number 1: she has two lovers, Gordon and Alec, both married men, each unknown to the other and each with a key to the luxury apartment they both subsidise. Thus the title - "Key For Two".
Everything is working beautifully until her lifelong friend, Anne, arrives from New Zealand with a drunken husband she has dumped elsewhere in England, just as Gordon breaks his ankle and has to be put to bed.
This means his 'appointment' with Harriet clashes, for the first time, with Alec's. So, 
Lie number 2: Alec is told that Gordon is Anne's husband followed rapidly by lie number 3: Gordon is told that Alec is Anne's husband.
Gordon phones his wife to explain why he can't come home to her birthday party, because he has broken his leg and 'is in a nursing home'. When his wife, Magda, tracks down the address from the telephone number we get lie number 4: Harriet has to pretend to be the matron of the 'nursing home' and Anne is the nurse.
When her drunken vet husband arrives Magda is told lie number 5: He is the doctor! And that's only the first five lies. Get the idea?

The Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre are known for the quality of their productions and this is no exception under the skilled direction of the much-awarded long-experienced Andrew Warwick and employing the acting skills of such luminaries of the community theatre stage as Joe Isaia, Keith Scrivens, Kerry Goode and Siobhan Vincent.

A Wet & Windy Night November 2012

Diected by Amanda Minutillo

A Wet and Windy Night

The play is a farce by Declan Cleary with all the twists and misunderstandings of the genre.

Act 1 introduces husband and wife Phil and Terri. Phil is having an affaire with his gay lover Sam; Terri is having an affaire with Robin. Both couples arrive at Phil and Terri's cottage unbeknown to each other. Robin and Terri arrive soaked and Terri has left Robin's suitcase at the office. Robin is forced to improvise.

Phil's boss Arthur Norman has been involved in a car accident when his car ran into a river. He and his weekend girlfriend whom he introduces as his "niece" - Samantha arrive unexpectedly at the cottage. - confused yet?

If you're not confused, bewildered and helpless with laughter by the end of the play then you haven't been paying attention.

Marloo is well-known for the quality of its productions and this is no exception. Only the second time ever produced (the first in Plumpton, Sussex in the UK) A Wet and Windy Night is sure to lighten your hearts and bring a smile to your face. Saucy without a single swear word, cheeky with no nudity, although with lots of underwear and cross-dressing this is the very epitome of enjoyable English farce.

Three For the Price of One September 2012

Three For the Price of One

Every year the Darlington Theatre Players Inc put on a series of one act plays at Marloo Theatre to introduce new directors and old to their loyal audiences.
This year is no exception. They have struck the usual balance between comedy, drama and thought-provoking scripts. The three this year are, firstly, An Idea For A Play by Richard Tydeman, directed by Rachel Vonk as her first attempt at solo direction, after acting on stage and assisting Douglas Sutherland-Bruce in the direction of Lloyd George Knew My Father.
With an extremely large cast of eight actors playing such anthromorphs as Humanity, The cast includes Science, Education, Religion and so on the play both touches and moves to laughter.
The cast includes Jessica Russell, Chris Ball, Tania Morrow and Alex Sutton, all of whom are Marloo stalwarts.
The second play is directed by Jesse Wood, from an acting and professionally musical family. Jessse himself has been on stage many times and now attempts his directing debut with Gum and Goo.
The playwright, Howard Brenton described the play thusly: ""Two boys transformed into fantasy gremlins by autistic girl. Girl pushed into a hole and found 'not dead - worse, she's silent.'"
The third play is directed by long-time professional actor, director and playwright, Alice Dale. Professional actors aren't always in work and during one of her periods of 'resting', Alice tried real estate.
Real Estate Reel is the product of her realty experiences - a lively jamboree of Vera, a real estate rep trying to sell a heritage-listed house to a variety of prospects while a younger colleague uses the place as a venue for seduction, a previous occupant in tears and an American lady with a really bad case of flatulence.
A cast of twelve cleverly interweave in this delightful romp.

Lloyd George Knew My Father August 2012

Directed by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce

Lloyd George‏ Knew My Father

It is 1972 in Southern Warwickshire. Edward Heath is Prime Minister, Bobby Fischer became World Chess Champion, The Joy of Sex was published and Gough Whitlam has just become Prime Minister of Australia.
Dr Beeching has closed most of the railway stations and the whole network of highways, freeways and bypass roads is beginning to crawl across the face of rural England.
Slap in the middle of the bypass plans through Boothroyd Park stands Lady Shelia Boothroyd, determined to prevent the desecration of the estate, given to the family by King James the First.
Lady Boothroyd says there are no steps too drastic to take to prevent the bypass, up to and including suicide. Her husband, General Sir William Boothroyd, thinks she’s barking mad, the son, Hubert Boothroyd MP, thinks she’s a bump in the road of progress and she thinks she’s the only one fighting for the family.
It’s a gently witty, whimsical, black comedy/drama of love, faith and determination.
Lloyd George Knew My Father was written by William Douglas-Home.
A prolific playwright whose reputation has not survived as his contemporaries Coward and Rattigan have, Douglas-Home wrote more than fifty plays. His other works include The Chiltern Hundreds, The Reluctant Debutante and The Dame of Sark, all of which were made into films.
Marloo’s production features some very experienced actors and crew.
The pivotal role of Lady Boothroyd is filled by the diminutive but feisty Rosemary Mowbray, a latecomer to acting but very talented and the winner of Best Actress in the Hills Festival of Theatre. Sir William is played by the highly experienced, and much awarded, Ray Egan. The cast also includes Keith Scrivens (My Fair Lady); Nerida Watson (Witness For The Prosecution); Richard Coleman; Bill Nind; Martha Wood; and David Bain.

Aida June 2012

Directed by Peter Clarke


Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA, is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them the young lovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

With a pop-rock score that features ballads and rousing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing.

AIDA premiered on Broadway on March 23, 2000, running for 1,852 performances until September 5, 2004 (34th longest running Broadway musical). The musical also ran from 2001-2003 and from 2006-2007 during two US national tours, and also ran in international productions which performed in 20 different countries. AIDA was nominated for five Tony Awards and won four Tony Awards in 2000, including Best Musical Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. AIDA was also named by Time Magazine in 2000 as one of the top ten theatre productions of the year. The First National tour was nominated for nine National Broadway Theatre awards (now “Touring Broadway Awards”) and won five awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Rookery Nook April 2012

Directed by Lyn Devonish

Rookery Nook

Darlington Theatre Players are proud to announce their performance of Rookery Nook, a farce by Ben Travers.

Fast-paced and full of witty repartee, this stylish 1920s British farce is comparable to the comedies of Travers' contemporary, Noel Coward. On holiday at the Somerset seaside, two fun-loving young friends, Gerald and Clive, get caught in a tangled web of silly white lies and flirtatious innuendos. But what's a gentleman to do when a pretty girl arrives in wet pyjamas seeking protection and a shoulder to cry on? With tyrannical Nosey Parkers for relatives and neighbourhood busybodies lurking in the kitchen (with the cat!), Gerald could find his six-week old marriage in the lurch!

The Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo theatre invite you to enjoy Rookery Nook, a production full of charm, nostalgia and humour. This is a play not to be missed. Director Lynne Devenish has gathered a group of very talented thespians to ensure that your theatrical experience will be a delightful one.

Variety Night (Marshall Benefit Concert) March 2012

This Benefit Concert was organised and performed by voluntereers from Marloo Thetare to help raise funds to assist one of our loyal & long standing family's with some unexpected expenses. Many artists got together to provide 2 nights of entertainment to full houses. It was a very succusful event, both on a social level & as a fundraiser. Our thanks to everyone involved either as a performer, helper, or audience member.

Almost Oklahoma February 2012

Almost Oklahoma
A Senior Youth Theatre Production
There is a good blend of everything that was enjoyed in those lovely 50s Western Musicals and it all has been combined in the production of Almost Oklahoma.
LaVerne Kirton, writer and director, believes she has achieved this with an interesting mix of characters - some likeable larrikins, a baddie, of course, and a couple of romances thrown in for good measure.
Synopsis: Sarah is the owner of the 'Windy Oaks Ranch' which she farms with the help of Billy and Dusty, her two nephews, and Ellie, her niece. Her neighbour, Morgan Williams, owner of the Lazy B Ranch has discovered that the Railroad Company wants to obtain a 'compulsive government purchase order' to buy up the two ranches so they can run the rail tracks across their respective lands.
Dusty Oaks and his sidekick, Noah Count, have a secret of their own happening. Meanwhile farmhand, Dan Druffy, an obnoxious character, enamoured of Ellie, is jealous of her affection for Joe McNally. He also hates Montana, the female farm hand, and is out to cause trouble for her. Add a Travelling Quack Medicine Doctor/Preacher into the mix and anything can happen.
Will Sarah and Morgan be forced to sell out to the Railroad Company? Is this the end of 'Windy Oaks' and the 'Lazy B'? Will true love ever run smoothly for the folks at the ranch?
Romance, Jealousy, Intrigue, Loveable Rogues, Sassy Women and more…Take a step back in time to the days of those good, old fashioned, Western Style Musicals.
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