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The Sweet Science of Bruising

The year is 1869. Four very different Victorian (Victorian as in UK during Queen Victoria’s reign) women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Charlie Sharp. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each one finds an unexpected freedom in the boxing ring. 

As their lives begin to intertwine, their journey takes us through drawing rooms, back allies, bustling theatres and strange halls where the women fight inequality as well as each other. But with the final showdown approaching, only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World.

The Sweet Science of Bruising is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism set against the backdrop of Victorian London.

Main actors:

Professor Charlie Sharp – Gregg Jacobson

Polly Stokes – Buckley Weirman

Matty Blackwell – Louise Anderson-Clemence

Violet Hunter – Kaitlen Adams

Anna Lamb – Felicity Huston

Paul Stokes – Randall Kelly

Emily and Nancy – Nikki Brown

Gabriel Lamb – Jake Skukan

Dr James Bell/referee/hangman – Damien Cavanagh

Aunt George – Heather Hibbitt

Directed by Ken Cotterill

Opens Friday 20th August 2021

Tickets on Sale 19th July 8am

Aladdin jr

Malanda Youth Theatre is delighted to be back in action in 2021 and their production of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ promises to be a fun-filled and colourful event.

Based on the award winning movie about the ‘diamond in the rough’ street rat who learns that true worth lies deep within, this show contains most of the characters who appear in the movie including the Genie, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, the Sultan and of course the villains Jafar and Iago.

This is a musical with well known songs including ‘Friend like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’.

The cast of more than 40 students, ranging in age from 9 to 17, has been supported by a production team of directors, musicians, choreographers, costume makers, stage crew and set builders.

One act plays

The MTC One Act Plays are back!

Auditions! Auditions! Auditions!

Attention all Actors!

Malanda Theatre Co. will be holding a weekend of One Act Plays to be held on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April at our home in the Majestic Theatre. We are seeking a range of Actors to play a variety of roles in some of the following Plays;

ME AND JIMMY HARRIS – Directed by Gill Harrington

Jimmy Harris , a boy of about 7 or 8 is building a billycart helped (or hindered) by his tomboy friend Karen. Their friendship is tested when a  very feminine girl, Helen comes to the street and  latches on to Jimmy.

The playwright intended the play to be performed by older children or as I think we will do, by adults.

Cast: I male and 2 females.

Running time approximately 15 minutes.

RHINOCEROS HIDES – Directed by Graham Harrington

BY LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT KEN COTTERILL

The play is set outside a city that has just been destroyed by a nuclear explosion. The only survivors are the 4 cast members. The characters are Doolan and Mary-Anne, politicians of the ruling party, Lucas a politician of the opposition party and a female tramp. The politicians wrangle over which of them  is going to rule the  country.

Running time approximately 30 minutes.

TRANSACTIONS- Directed by Randall Kelly

2 Characters, a man and his prostitute meet up in a motel room, for what the audience is led to believe is “Pay to Play” however not all is what it seems, This comedic one act play will leave all members of the Audience crying of laughter.

Running time Approximately 15 Minutes.

DEATH OF A LEGEND – Directed by Mark Baker

When two hitmen turn up at an apartment to have a “meeting” with their target and as they wait for him to arrive, some “Hits” don’t always go to plan!

3 male roles; one aged 18-30 and 2 aged 20-80

Running time Approximately 15 Minutes.

Anyone interested in performing is encouraged to contact the directors respectively.

Graham Harrington E: riflebird1@gmail.com

Randall Kelly E: randallkelly97@gmail.com

Mark Baker E: mark@coolplanetfilms.com

Or contact Malanda theatre Company malandatheatre@gmail.com

Hope to see lots of eager faces at the Majestic

DON’T BE LATE!

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2020

Malanda Theatre Company would like to wish all our Patrons and Volunteers a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

Sorting Out Rachel

It’s time to buy your tickets for ‘Sorting out Rachel’.
David Williamson, Australia’s best-known playwright has once again written a tale that tackles social issues that we are all familiar with. Put together a teenager, Rachel, who hates her family and lives on social media, her grandfather, Bruce, who earned his millions by bending the rules and Rachel’s parents, the long-suffering Julie and lazy, money-grabbing Craig and the scene is set for conflict. To this mix is added Tess, Bruce’s illegitimate daughter, who the family had no knowledge of. The conflict now has the potential to become a war. The cast is a mixture of familiar and new faces. Rachel is played by Kaitlen Adams, Bruce by Mark Kerwin, Tess by Lioni Wilkinson, Julie by Catriona Arnold-Nott and Craig by Bill Tranter The cast and crew have been rehearsing and are almost ready for an audience.

Performance dates are

16th October – 7.30pm

17th October – 7.30pm

18th October – 2.30pm

23rd October – 7.30pm

24th October – 7.30pm

25th October – 2.30pm

Tickets will be available from Monday 14th September with reduced seating to allow for social distancing

Cant wait to see you all at the Majestic

COVID SAFE TICKETING PLAN

PURCHASING TICKETS:

‘Book together to sit together’  You may only sit together as a group if you book together. At the time of booking you will need to provide the name of each person in the group.

You will not be able to book specific seats at this stage. Seats will be allocated to groups and individuals when you arrive at the theatre.

The doors will open one hour before the start of the performance.  

Friday and Saturday – 6.30pm   Sunday – 1.30pm

Have your ticket ready to present to the person at the ticket desk.

You will be allocated seats to ensure social distancing.  You must stay in the seat allocated to you.  It is not possible for you to change seats. You will be issued with a ticket indicating your seat number.

You will be required to provide name, phone number and address of each person. This data will be kept by the Malanda Theatre Company for 56 days. This is a requirement of the Queensland Government.

The bar will be open for patrons and raffle tickets and programs will be   available.

Sanitisers will be provided at the entry to the theatre, all service areas and toilets.

People who are sick or have been overseas recently should not attend.

Spamalot

Spamalot

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.

TICKETS ON SALE FROM THE 21st OCTOBER 8am

The 39 Steps

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.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!