This Semester in Theatre
Student theatre is bristling with energy and excitement this semester. Ensconced within universities UTS, Sydney and UNSW are autonomous worlds of student theatre that enthral their audiences with performances that can be arresting and avant garde. The variety on offer is an indication of a kind of unabashedness: university theatre companies may appear limited at times in terms of budget, but they more than make up for it when it comes to approaching aspects of subject matter and its treatment. Here's what's on offer during the first semester at different universities:
April 23 – 24 – UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Turning our attention down the road, UTS thespians Backstage will hold their "Short Play Night" on April 23 & 24. A number of short plays have been selected for performance. Quick, shots of theatrical extravagance.
$5 for Backstage members / $10 for Students / $15 General Admission
Where: Backstage @ UTS
Find more information here.
April 30 - May 10 – UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
The end of April brings SUDS next production, "The Detective's Handbook.”
Claiming to be a 'farce noir', it’s a musical comedy that combines elements of jazz and the spoken word in a noir setting.
Where: Studio B
How to get to Studio B.
June 12 - 14 – UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Following “Short Play Night,” comes a production of "Another Country" in the month of June. First performed in 1981, the play raised issues of class, sexuality and the role of education in Thatcherite England. Backstage’s production intends to draw new paradigmatic connections from the text concerning class dynamics and issues of inquality in contemporary Australia.
Find more information + map here.
August 6 - 16th – UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Come August, SUDS’ repertoire will transitions from the experimental to the classical: its major production for this year is "Hamlet." With an extremely talented cast and director at the helm, this interpretation of the Shakespearean revenge tragedy aims to bring a fresh perspective to the canon.
Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre - Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St
12 - 14 August – UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
The third major production for Backstage this year will be the Broadway musical "Urinetown." A long drought has led to the government imposing a ban on private toilets, forcing citizens to pay to use public toilets. It's the story of a man who leads a lavatory revolution!
Lend Lease Theatre, Darling Quarter.
NUTS have also decided to indulge in a bit of Shakespeare, with a production of “Twelfth Night.” More details about this production will be revealed closer to the date. There's something for everyone to sink their teeth in this semester. Have you made up your mind about which productions take your fancy?
Where: Lend Lease Theatre, Darling Quarter
By Virat Nehru