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Twelfth Night

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 October & 4, 5, 6 November

Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm


The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents

Not quite Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT

a Rock & Roll Musical with Circus Interludes featuring an All-Female Cast.

Tickets:  $20 and $15 concession

Online (30c booking fee) or at The Bookshop, Mullumbimby



It’s over 400 years since Shakespeare wrote this play which turned out to be his farewell to pure comedy. After TWELFTH NIGHT his comedies have a darker element that may have been influenced by the death of his son Hamnet, the many deaths caused by the plague, advancing age or the perfection of his tragedies. Luckily for us he celebrated the Elizabethan dolce vita with a romantic comedy that balances the gaiety and boisterousness of the drunken carousing of Sir Toby Belch with the pathos of unrequited love and the pomposity and self-deception of Malvolio and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. The twelfth night after Christmas was an Elizabethan festival on which the close of the Christmas / New Year season was celebrated and it was the night when this brilliant comedy was first performed. It conjures a carnival world of mistaken identity and gender confusion infused with the poetic genius of its creator.

In Director, Mike Russo’s words, “It seems more appropriate to me to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of our greatest poet with a rollicking comedy rather than a tragedy and TWELFTH NIGHT is one of our greatest comedies. I’ve edited the script to make it more accessible and to enliven the celebration even more. I have set our production in the 1950’s and included eight songs played by a live band and four circus interludes. In Shakespeare’s day only males were allowed to perform on stage which led to young men playing women who sometimes pretended to be young men. I decided that, after 400 years, it was time to experiment with the alternative and chose an all-female cast. I’m delighted to report that the experiment has been a great success.

We’ve had a lot of fun working on TWELFTH NIGHT and look forward to presenting it to you.”


Acting Workshops

Free Acting Workshops for Adult Actors of All levels of Experience

The Drill Hall Theatre Company’s “Free to Members” Acting Workshops are conducted every Monday night 6:30 to 8:30pm. 

These two hour workshops, which have been running for 7 years, are conducted in a fun atmosphere by Mike Russo and are aimed at freeing up our creativity and imparting some performance skills. Anyone 18 or older is welcome to attend.

Membership is only $15 per annum and entitles you to concession rates to all of our shows.

For further information contact Mike at drillhalltheatre@gmail.com


The Incorruptible

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 26, 27,28,29 January and 3,4,5 February 2017


The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents an Oakman Project


The Playwright, Louis Nowra (photo by Adam Knott)

The Playwright, Louis Nowra (photo by Adam Knott)

Ed (Gabo) Gabelich, political kingmaker, plucks Ion Stafford, a plain talking conservative Christian sugar cane farmer from the relative obscurity of the deep north and plants him firmly in the most powerful position in Queensland. But THE INCORRUPTIBLE high moral ground that Ion fights so hard to maintain feeds entrenched political corruption. A monster is created that devours all in its path. Louis Nowra’s razor-like wit cuts to the quick of Australia’s political past and helps us to understand our current malaise as a nation.

The director Gregory Aitken (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ballad of Edgar and Mary) has assembled a brilliant cast and creative team. The play opens on Australia Day and plays for seven shows only 26, 27,28,29 January and 3,4,5 February. Tickets will be on sale in a few weeks.


The Incorruptible Cast and Creatives

Daryl White:  Ion Stafford, sugar cane farmer and Premier of QLD
John Rado:  Ed Gabelich, (Gabo), a conservative politician
Kasadevi Curtis:  Louise Porter, the Premier’s press secretary
Max Donati:  Tim Blackburn, the Premier’s assistant & Couperus, a prisoner
Chris Kitchener:  Ray, a waiter & a sick man
James Morau:  Calcroft (leader of Liberal Party) & Burgess a property developer
Laurance Axtens:  Samuel Coogan a country drunk & The Prime Minister
Des Mayblom:  Police Commissioner Collins & Conrad a property developer
Gregory Aitken:  Simon Porter a Judge
Gray Wilson:  Dyson, a holiday maker who is soon to become a senator


Director:  Gregory Aitken
Executive Producer:   Alan Raabe
Producer:  Roy Oakman
Production Design and Graphics:  Sue Rado
Asst. Director & Movement Coach:  Michael Hennessy
Lighting Design:  Sunita Bailey
Music and Soundscape Design:  Michael Hennessy and Alex Benham



If you are interested in being involved in any of the Drill Hall Theatre Productions, either as cast or crew please email your interest to drillhalltheatre@gmail.com and we will keep you informed.


Coming Up …..

Other performances planned include:

The Incorruptible – January 2017

The Call – early 2017

Virginia Wolf – Mid 2017

Vere – Mid 2017

Do Not Go Gentle – October 2017, a joint international production with Everyman Theatre Company from Cardiff, Wales.  For more information click here:  DO NOT GO GENTLE

Hot Shorts – November 2017



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