1970 – 1980

Ali’s Barbara – An Arabian Nightmare

December 1980

First production as the ‘drama wing’ of the Mullumbimby District Cultural Centre

Fumed Oak/Art for Arts Sake 

by Noël Coward

June 1980

Fumed Oak is a short play in two scenes by Noël Coward, one of ten that make up Tonight at 8.30, a cycle written to be performed across three evenings. Coward billed the work as an “unpleasant comedy in two scenes”. The play concerns a downtrodden, middle-aged salesman who, having saved up enough money to cut all ties, walks out on his wife, mother-in-law and “horrible adenoidal daughter”, having first told all three what he thinks of them.

In the introduction to a published edition of the plays, Coward wrote, “A short play, having a great advantage over a long one in that it can sustain a mood without technical creaking or over padding, deserves a better fate, and if, by careful writing, acting and producing I can do a little towards reinstating it in its rightful pride, I shall have achieved one of my more sentimental ambitions.”

The play was first produced in 1935 in Manchester and on tour and played in London (1936) and New York (1936–1937). It has enjoyed several major revivals and has been adapted for film. 


The Walrus and the Carpenters

by R J Boswell

June 1979

Directed by Helen Holmes


Eden House

by Hal Porter


Eden House is a 1969 play by Australian author Hal Porter.
It was adapted for TV in 1970. 

The played toured the UK in the 1970s with Jean Kent, and Dermot Walsh in leading roles. It was retitled ‘Home on the Pigs back.


The Mocking Bird



Arsenic and Old Lace

by Joseph Kesselring


Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well.