Rehearsals are underway…

Congratulations to the cast of Alfred Deakin is Afraid of the Dark!

Alfred Deakin: Martin Bell
Pattie Deakin: Julie Moore
Katie Deakin: Melissa Reeve
Sarah Deakin/ Mrs Cohen: Carole Grace
Ivy Deakin/ Phaedre: Lizzie Rose McPherson
Stella Deakin: Freya Moore
Vera Deakin: Eloise Aiken
Vida Goldstein: Kellie Martin
Cemetery Guide: Margaret Tomkins

Written and Directed by Carla Moore


The Theatre on Chester has a number of ways for you to secure your tickets to the next production.

For all online bookings, please go to our online Box Office. You will be taken through the booking process step by step, then transferred to a secure Pay Pal site for payment. You will also be able to select your own seating!!!!

  • By phone – call 02 9877 0081 (payments by credit card or cheque)

For all phone bookings, please leave a clear message on our answering service and someone from the Box Office team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Ticket Prices

Tickets for all The Theatre on Chester shows are:

$30 – Adult
$27 – Concession
$25 – For groups 20 and over.

If you have any questions about bookings please email the Box Office –

Set Building

Each Saturday morning for a number of  weeks prior to a production a group of Chestie members come together to create the amazing sets that you see during our shows. If you are handy with a hammer or would like to learn to be join us 9am-1:30pm at Theatre on Chester and help us create magic.

Designs for the stylish Eastern Suburbs home of Ziggi Blasko are underway. We being construction on 26th May and continue each week until we open in July.  Please come and join us!

Interested in more info?


Tuesday 31st July & Thursday 2nd August, 7.30pm – 10.00pm
at the Theatre on Chester, Chester St, Epping

Alfred Deakin is Afraid of the Dark

by Carla Moore
A new Australian play.

Alfred Deakin-Australia’s 2nd, 5th and 7th Prime Minister. 40-50
Vida Goldstein- a suffragette 35-40
Pattie Deakin -Deakin’s wife 40 ish
Catherine Deakin- his sister 50 ish
Sarah Deakin- Deakin’s mother 70+
Mrs Cohen/ Cemetery Guide – 40 ish
Ivy Deakin- eldest daughter / Phaedra – a young student in the present 20 ish
Vera Deakin- youngest daughter – teenager
Stella Deakin- middle daughter 20 ish

Please nominate the character that would like to audition for, and any preference for date or time.

Auditions will be approximately 15-20 minutes each. Where possible we will put groups of actors together to play out the scenes.
Memorising the script for the audition is not needed, but please be familiar with your character and the appropriate scenes.
Audition scenes and script excerpts will be sent on booking.

All Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7th August – 30th October. Sundays 21st and 28th October.

PERFORMANCE DATES: Wednesday 31st October – Saturday 24th November
31-Oct 8.00pm 2-Nov 8.00pm 3-Nov 5.00pm 4-Nov 5.00pm
7-Nov 8.00pm 9-Nov 8.00pm 10-Nov 8.00pm 11-Nov 5.00pm
14-Nov 8.00pm 16-Nov 8.00pm 17-Nov 5.00pm 18-Nov 5.00pm
21-Nov 8.00pm 23-Nov 8.00pm 24-Nov 8.00pm


The Theatre on Chester is at the corner of Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping. The theatre is located in the Epping Uniting Church hall, please enter next to the church. The theatre is 5 minutes’ walk from Epping station and street parking outside the theatre is generally easy. Auditions and all rehearsals are held at the theatre.
Audition Times – please let us know your preference for an audition day and time when you book. If you have no preference, please let us know as this helps with timetabling.
Bring to the audition – Your CV, head shot, script and application form in hard copy.
Payment – The Theatre on Chester is a community theatre and as such none of the cast or crew are paid. You will however be rewarded with tea, coffee, biscuits, the occasional pizza and lots of rapturous applause!
Membership of the Theatre on Chester – Actors who are cast for the production will need to be members of the Theatre on Chester, $10 for a year.
Other commitments – Set building for the production will be on Saturday mornings from 9.00am – 1.00pm. It is appreciated if cast members can give a few Saturdays to help with the set. On performance nights, cast members please stay for 5-10 minutes after the show to help the stage manager close up and the FOH team to pack chairs etc. Many hands make light work and then we can all get away at a reasonable time. The Tuesday evening following the final performance is set beak down, help from the cast is appreciated.

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