1985

Trap for a Lonely Man

by Robert Thomas

Directed by Bill Alderman

 

November 1985

Set in an isolated chalet in the French Alps, Trap For A Lonely Man is a gripping psychological thriller concerning a man who has apparently lost his wife, and is rapidly losing his mind. After having reported his wife’s disappearance to the police, Daniel Corban is visited by a young priest who claims he has found Madam Corban well and repentant for running out on her husband. When Daniel’s wife enters the chalet however, he is outraged to discover that she is not Madam Corban, though she insists she is. It becomes increasingly apparent to Daniel that he is facing some sort of conspiracy, as various witnesses declare that she is indeed the Madam Corban they have seen happily ensconced in the chalet with Daniel before her disappearance occured, and when the police fail to believe his story he can only conclude that they are trying to drive him mad – or worse still, to his death. We learn that there is a considerable inheritance at stake, which is reason enough for a scheme of deception and corruption – but just who is telling the truth and to what lengths can a person go to distort the facts? The tension and mystery are sustained to the very last moments of the play.

 


Come Blow Your Horn

by Neil Simon

August 1985

What does it mean to “grow up?” When does it happen? And, does everyone have the same experience? Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play, Come Blow Your Horn examines all of these questions through the lens of the Baker Family. There is Mr. Baker, who began working at age eleven and was married at twenty-one; Alan, his eldest son, is a thirty-three-year-old confirmed bachelor and womanizer; Buddy, the youngest, is Alan’s opposite — hard-working, obedient, reserved, and unsure; Mrs. Baker is adept at the art of emotional manipulation and is prone to hysterics. Throughout the course of the play, the family struggles to understand and adjust to one another, as the two sons begin to grow up, and the parents realize that they are growing old.


Toad of Toad Hall

by A A Milne ( Adapted from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows )

Directed by Audrey Hoving

June 1985

Toad of Toad Hall, written by A.A Milne was adapted from the Kenneth Grahame children’s book “Wind in the Willows.” The story follows the adventures of an out-going and sometimes recalcitrant toad. Toad often shocks his friends with his outrageous behaviour. Badger, Ratty and Mole are always trying to convince Toad that he needs to be nicer and not run off on a whim chasing an unreal dream. This wonderful play thrills young and old alike. It is truly a play for all ages.


No Room for Dreamers

by George Hutchinson

Directed by Peg Gloor

April 1985

Based on the life of William J Chidley, (1860-1916). In turn-of-the-century Sydney his name rapidly became a household word as he strode the city streets and the Domain dressed in a Grecian-style tunic proclaiming to all who would listen that he had found the answer to all the problems of mankind.

 

 


Snow White

(a production for Australia Day)

January 1985