Ah November. Sunshine. Daylight savings. Early Christmas decorations. Gotta love it.
One of the things I love about this time of year is that theatre companies all around Melbourne town have started releasing their seasons for the following year. I hope youâ€™ve received your copy of our Playbill 2016 and have started filling in the subscription form.
Once again, our hard working and not unattractive Play Selection Committee has handed us a fascinating smorgasbord of theatrical endeavour. I thought it might be timely to reflect on what I am most looking forward to when looking at our 2016 offerings.
Iâ€™m looking forward to season one â€“ Sweet Road â€“ which is a good thing given that Iâ€™m directing it. Itâ€™s been quite some time since we last heard Australian accents on the WLT stage (on purpose) â€“ Iâ€™m thinking Two Weeks With The Queen 2011? - so itâ€™s great to start the year hearing about our own stories and experiences and culture.
I love it when WLT is the first company to bring a show to its audience â€“ and this is true of our second season with the Australian premiere of The Nance. Under the direction of the outstanding Chris Baldock, this one looks like itâ€™ll be something special. A fascinating glimpse into the world of war era burlesque.
Season three brings another Australian play, If I Should Die Before I Wake by Rebecca Lister. Iâ€™m looking forward to this because Iâ€™ve never heard of it nor the author before!! But reading the synopsis in the playbill, itâ€™s exactly the bitter sweet kind of play that director Ellis Ebell excels at. Iâ€™m looking forward to laughter through the tears â€“ perfect for mid winter.
Sitting Pretty, season four, has been performed to quite some acclaim around the amateur traps in recent years. Iâ€™m not sure that I can name another play centred around life drawing classes. Iâ€™m hoping Bob Harsley keeps it classy for us!! But it looks like a fascinating exploration of family relationships.
And we end the year with London Suite by Neil Simon, one of my favourite authors. And if you were to hand select anyone to direct Simon, youâ€™d pick Gaetano Santo. Many will be familiar with Simonâ€™s works California Suite and Plaza Suite â€“ collections of short plays all set in the same hotel room. Well London Suite is the third in that trilogy and many believe the best of them. Itâ€™ll be a madcap, Simonesque, Santoesque end to the year.
And, of course, mixed in amongst all this will be the special events marking our 70th birthday.
What a year. What a season. Bring it on!
See you in the foyer!