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Sorting Out Rachel


It is with considerable sadness that Malanda Theatre has decided to cancel the performances of ‘Sorting out Rachel’ which were scheduled to begin on Friday.

In light of the government directives regarding non-essential gatherings and the wish to protect the health and safety of both the community and theatre company members we have made the difficult decision to postpone the show until the COVID-19 crisis has abated. I am sure you appreciate that this was a very difficult decision for the company and we have a very disappointed team.

Money for tickets purchased will be refunded shortly.

Our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

We look forward to seeing you all in happier times in the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information or clarification.

Refunds are being organised but this may take a little time.  Apologies for the inconvenience caused by this cancellation.

If you paid cash at Tablelands Books, Please call Gill on 0448277720



Malanda Theatre Company’s final production for 2019 will be the zany musical comedy (with the emphasis on comedy) Spamalot.

Based on the movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ the musical contains many characters and sketches familiar to Python lovers, and lots of lively,  toe tapping songs.  With a cast of 36 people ranging in age from 11 to 80+ colour, movement  and fun will be the hallmark of this production.

SPAMALOT re-tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Guided by the The Lady of the Lake, the knights battle their way past various cows, killer rabbits, and French people in pursuit of claiming the legendary Grail.

The cast includes Jake Skukan as King Arthur, Marg Procter as his loyal servant and horse Patsy, Dani Riding as the Lady of the Lake and Damien Cavanagh, Howard Smith, Niilo Gobius, Matthew English and Biku Adams Hume as Arthur’s intrepid Knights. The cast play several parts each so action behind the scenes is going to be as frenetic as on stage with actors changing costume in minutes or in some cases seconds. Lesley Hoare, Jan Hannam, Frances Langtree and a team of helpers have been madly sewing to produce the more than 100 costumes required.

Spamalot is directed by Gill Harrington, Ro Mountney and Karen Mahoney. They are supported by Kirsten Adams as Choreographer, Tyson Manley as Musical Director,  Felicity Stoetzel as Singing Coach and Mark Kerwin as Set Designer and Stage Manager.

Performance dates:  November 29th, 30th and December 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th.


The 39 Steps


Adapted from John Buchan’s famous novel, but turned into a riotous farce by Patrick Barlow

The Malanda Theatre CO production is co-directed by GILL and GRAHAM HARRINGTON with Assistant Director Louisa Crossle.

The Harrington’s were enthralled by the London production but felt it was too technically difficult  for mTc. But then they saw an amateur version in Torquay, England and were convinced that it was a goer.

Based on the spy thriller of the same name by John Buchan, it is a spoof. Richard Hannay is a gentleman of means living in London. He inadvertently gets involved with a woman, who is on the run from a foreign spy network. They murder her and pin the blame on Hannay. Only it is difficult to work out who are the real police and who are imposters. Hannay is chased to Scotland, where he is trying to deliver warning of an unexplained tragedy. No one is interested except the foreign oglers. He is arrested by the “police” but their car is stopped by a flock of sheep (it IS Scotland!). Whilst they are trying to remove the sheep, they handcuff Hannay to a hostile, female witness. Hannay escapes none the less and spends the rest of the play trying to present an honest, reliable citizen whilst joined irrevocably to the woman. “And then with a single bound he is free”.

Performance dates :

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July

Friday 2nd,  Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August

Please note:  Sunday performances will start at 3pm to allow our patrons to drive home in daylight. Other nights start a 7.30pm.



The Malanda Theatre company are proud to present, COSI, a classic Australian play (& film) set in a Melbourne mental hospital in 1971. A twenty-something Australian man has trouble holding down a job, and his latest venture is to direct a play, an effort that is encouraged by the social worker Justine, and his best friend Nick and his lover Lucy. Only he’s not a very good director, and this isn’t an ordinary production. His task is to helm an offbeat adaptation of the Mozart opera, `Cosi Fan Tutte’, that will be performed by the patients at a psychiatric hospital.

Performance Dates –

Friday 22nd March 7.30pm

Saturday 23rd March  7.30pm

Sunday 24th March 3.30pm

Friday 29th March 7.30pm

Saturday 30th March 7.30pm

Sunday 31st March 3.30pm


by Jean Newman





Butterflies Are Free is a play by Leonard Gershe.

This famous comedy was made into a film starring Goldie Hawn in the 1960-s.  It deals with a handicapped young man who has set up on his own in New York and falls in love with the girl in the flat next door. His Mother disapproves and the action stems from that.

This production is directed by MTC veteran Graham Harrington, with assistance from Louisa Crosslé. The cast of four, Buckley Weirman, Catriona Arnold-Nott, Damien Cavanagh and Jake Skukan, are well into rehearsals, supported by an experienced production team and backstage crew. TICKETS ON SALE 26/10/18

Performance dates – 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th of November and the 1st and 2nd December. Tickets will be available the end of October


Blithe Spirit

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Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Mervena Watson as Madame Arcati

Jo-Anne Dittman as Ruth Condomine 

Jim Hill as Charles Condomine

Mikayla Dilena as Mrs Bradman

 Jake Skukan as Dr Bradman

Lioni Wilkinson as the maid Edith

Director – Jim Hill

Opening Night….Friday 27th July at 7.30pm – Saturday 28th, 7.30pm – Sunday 29th 4.00pm.

Friday 3rd Augusts – Saturday 4th ,7.30pm – Sunday 5th 4.00pm

The Outlets are…..Elders, ECHO Malanda and Tableland Books, Atherton or book online on the button below.





Production of

Music and Lyrics by

Sammy Cahn, Sammy Fain, Michelle Tumes, Xavier Atencio, George Bruns, Jack Lawrence, Frank Churchill, Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Oliver Wallace and Ray Kelley

Music Adapted & Arranged and Additional Lyrics by Eric Svejcar

Book adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Zellnik

Based on the screenplay by Ted Sears, Erdman Penner, Bill Peet, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, Ralph Wright and William Cottrell

Based on the play by J.M. Barrie 

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

The classic story of Peter Pan, Peter Pan was written by J. M. Barrie in 1911, this is the Disney junior adaption of the play. Peter lives on Neverland, a magical island, with the fairies and the Lost Boys, his band of followers. The story details his adventures with the Darling family of England: Mr. and Mrs. Darling and their three children Wendy, John, and Michael.

Performance Dates and Times

Friday June 22.  7.00pm

Saturday June 23. 7.00pm

Sunday June 24.  11.00am and 3.00pm


Adults $10

Students $5



One Act Plays

On behalf of the Far North Queensland Amateur Theatre Company, Malanda Theatre Company is hosting a One Act Play Festival in May!

Performers from as far away as Mt Isa and Townsville plus those closer to home such as Malanda, Atherton, Mareeba and Cairns will perform a large number of plays over 5 performance sessions on the long weekend in May.

In addition, Sydney based playwright, director and actor Alex Broun will run a number of drama workshops. Alex will also be the adjudicator for the plays providing useful feedback for all involved. It is through the generous support of the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, and TRC by way of a RADF Grant that we have been able to engage Alex for this weekend.

For the full program, click on the link below

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Workshop 1:   Friday May 4

10am to 1 pm

Malanda State High School Drama Room


Workshop 2: Saturday May 5

9am to noon

Malanda State High School Hall


Workshop 3: Sunday May 6

9am to noon

Malanda State High School Hall