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Alfred Deakin is Afraid of the Dark

Written and Directed by Carla Moore

Australia’s most surprising Prime Minister Alfred Deakin who stood comfortable in the same social democratic tradition as the Australian Labour Party, yet was also the Father of the modern Liberal Party. Deakin was a man surrounded by women who adored him; a man who believe in Ouija boards and mediums, yet ironically was afraid of the dark, a man who wrote poetry to his wife, yet was the architect of the White Australia Policy. Come see this original and lively interpretation of the life of Australia’s 2nd, 5th and 7th Prime Minister – get your tickets quickly before the PM changes again!

Starring: Martin Bell, Julia Moore, Melissa Reeve, Carole Grace, Mary Coustas, Freya Moore, Eloise Aiken, Kellie Martin and featuring the talents of Phil Lye


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 –



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

It’s really funny!
CARAVAN Takes a lighthearted look at friendship, age and holidays you should never have. Five best friends, in their early forties and hating it, take their first holiday together in a caravan. One of them brings along his new, and all-too-young girlfriend, who threatens the holiday from the start. Tensions are compounded with the heat, the wildlife, frayed relationships and inevitably, rain! In the confined space of a caravan, stress levels explode and the laughs begin!
First performed in 1983 by the Ensemble Theatre Company (Sydney), Caravan has been described as one of Australia’s ‘most successful local comedies’. The play was produced throughout Australia, has been performed in New Zealand, and in 1991 toured provincial centres in the UK.

Theatre on Chester
Cnr. Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping

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.

Penny Robinson (40s) – neurotic, keen to keep the peace, but has her own secrets
Parkes Robinson (40s) – proud caravan owner. Penny’s chauvinistic husband
Rodney Rice (40s) – intellectual, self-absorbed and less than faithful
Monica Rice (40s) – snooty, laconic, would rather be shopping in Paddington (must be tall)
Pierce (40s) – bachelor, untouched by responsibility and with a never ending string of increasingly younger girlfriends.
Gwendolyn (early 20’s) – young girlfriend of Pierce – who’s been living in an ashram in India, studying with a guru (a non-drinker – which is a problem in this group!)

Rehearsals are held at Theatre on Chester, Cnr Oxford and Chester St, Epping
All Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 15 2019
There will be a couple of Sunday afternoons just prior to the opening
A full rehearsal schedule will be given at the first reading

29, 30*, 31* March and 3, 5, 6, 7*, 10, 12, 13*, 14*, 17, 19, 20 April
*performances are at 5pm all others are at 8pm. Cast required 1-hour prior.


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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2019 Season

PLAY ON in our intimate 100 seater theatre! After 63 years of presenting quality Community Theatre in Epping, Theatre on Chester are pleased to announce our 2019 season of plays: a delightful Australian comedy, a classic British who-dunnit-spoof and a Pulitzer winning American drama.

PLAY ON in 2019 and enjoy three superb plays, with supper and a program included in your ticket price for only $60.
Subscribers gain their first or second choice of dates and are offered the best seats available. Each season includes FIVE matiness- two Saturdays and three Sundays.
Subscriptions close Monday 11th February 2019
Subscribe here!

And for the First 160 subscribers:
Table theatre restaurant style – BYO picnic supper. Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th February at 6pm
The three directors introduce the 2019 season with rehearsed readings from the three play. PLUS there will be a short entertainment of a work in progress. Admission is free but reservations are essential. Please complete the section on the previous page. A receipt for the 2019 Season Evening will be emailed/mailed to you with your subscription tickets. Please note there is a MAXIMUM of four tickets per subscriber as each night is restricted to 90 subscribers only.


by Donald McDonald
Directed by Joy Sweeney
March 29th – April 20th


by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Isaac Owen
July 19th – August 10th

DOUBT: A Parable

by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Carla Moore
November 1st- November 23rd

Artwork by Michael Arvithis