2020 Season

Artwork by Michael Arvithris

After 64 years of presenting quality Community Theatre in Epping, Theatre on Chester is pleased to announce our 2020 season of three beautiful plays focusing on

LOVE and MARRIAGE

IN DUTY BOUND

By Ron Eisha
Directed by Carla Moore
By Special Arrangement with Smith and Jones Management
17th April – 9th May

It’s Australia 1969 and the sabbath in the Berkowicz household when the extended family gathers joyously for the occasion. Good humour and high spirits prevail around the dinner table but their youngest son has news to impart that will blow this homey scene wide open. At the centre of this family confrontation is Christine, an outsider, a Gentile. Ron Elisha is a world renowned playwright of numerous productions, and a Winner of four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards. In Duty Bound is a funny, thought-provoking and totally absorbing play exploring the dynamics of family and faith.

BLYTHE SPIRIT

By Noel Coward
Directed by Cate Cunningham
By Special Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical
24th July – 15th August

Charles Condomine a popular novelist, lives a simple country life with his second wife, Ruth. Searching for inspiration for his newest novel, they invite Madame Arcati and their closest friends, round for a séance. Instead of conjuring up a random ghoul for the night however, Madame Arcati manages to accidentally bring back Charles’ first wife Elvira, who died seven years previously of a heart attack while laughing at a BBC Light Program on the radio. Elvira attempts to disrupt his marriage to Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Exploring themes of deception, love, loyalty, and the complex legacy of past relationships, Blithe Spirit is one of Coward’s most acclaimed plays.

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE

By Andrew Bovell
Directed by Kaye Lopez
Exclusively licensed by HLA Management Pty Ltd
6th – 28th November

One year in the life of an Australian family as they discover the sweet pain of finding out the truth about each other and themselves. Bob and Fran Price have been married for 30 years, brought up four children and kept their sense of humour. Their eldest is married with children of her own, the boys are successfully pursuing careers and their youngest has just left home to backpack around Europe for a year. It should be time to stop and smell Bob’s precious roses. But just when things should be slowing down, it becomes clear that a parent’s work is never really complete. Funny and poignant, Things I Know to be True is a beautifully crafted play from award winning Australian playwright Andrew Bovell.

Subscriptions for LOVE and MARRIAGE 2020 are open now! Look out for your subscription brochure in the mail or complete the form below.

About Us

The Theatre on Chester

Established in 1956, the Theatre on Chester has delivered over 63 years of quality theatre to the community. The Group prides itself on its excellent reputation, a varied choice of plays and a high standard of production, three times a year.

Location

Cnr Chester St and Oxford St Epping

The theatre has wheelchair accessible ramps just to the left of this image

The Theatre on Chester is located an easy 5 minute walk from both Epping railway station and bus terminal. There are a number of restaurants and cafés located close to Chester St, offering a variety of meals to suit all budgets.

Please note that there is only street parking, and those arriving by car should allow sufficient time to park in order to be on time for the show.

Bookings

For information on bookings please go to our Bookings page.

For information on how to contact the Theatre on Chester go to our Contact Us page.

Members

Becoming a Member 

The group encourages new members who can contribute new skills, new ideas or just be willing to lend a hand! We welcome your interest and involvement, no matter what your level of experience or expertise. There are a varied number of roles: lighting and sound operation, front of house, set design and set building, stage and production management, directing and acting.

As a member you will receive a monthly newsletter “Chestie Chatter”, discount rates for opening nights and invitations to all group social functions and club nights.

If you feel you would like to become involved with a highly regarded, well-established theatre group, please download the Membership Form and email it to the Secretary – secretary@theatreonchester.com.au.

If you have any questions about membership please email the Secretary – secretary@theatreonchester.com.au or leave a message on our answering machine by calling 02 9877 0081.