After 65 years of presenting quality Community Theatre in Epping, Theatre on Chester is pleased to announce our 2021 season of three beautiful plays focusing on
By Ron Eisha
Directed by Carla Moore
By Special Arrangement with Smith and Jones Management
23rd April – 22nd 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.
By Noel Coward
Directed by Cate Cunningham
By Special Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical
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.
By Peter Quilter
Directed by Joy Sweeney
By Special Arrangement with Origin Theatrical
5th – 27th November
Based upon a true story, this comedy is set in 1940’s New York, about the worst singer in the world Florence Foster Jenkins known as ‘the first lady of the sliding scale’. Florence, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect, warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman followed her dreams and paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was. “Glorious!” premiered in London’s West End in November 2005, receiving a Laurence Olivier Award nomination as Best New Comedy.
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