Coming Next

OUR CURRENT PRODUCTION
'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abr)'|

See below for what critics have previously had to say!
And see the cast and 'behind the scenes' at rehearsal.


AND:

OUR 2023 SEASON PREVIEW

March/April       'Speaking in Tongues'                                  

July                       'The Flick'                                  

September          'Accidental Death of an Anarchist'                          
                        


CURRENT PRODUCTION


THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged)

written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Directed by Jethro Pidd
Season: 9-24 September 2022

And now for something completely different . . .

For the final production in our 50th-anniversary year, The Stirling Players are presenting something completely different – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, presenting all of Shakespeare’s plays and some sonnets in less than two hours!

The show parodies the plays of William Shakespeare with all of them being performed in comically shortened or merged form by only a small number of actors.  Typically, the actors  play themselves rather than specific characters. Improvisation plays an important role and it is normal for the actors to deviate from the script and have spontaneous conversations about the material with each other or the audience.

Part bawdy comedy, part melodrama, part parody, this is a highly energetic, irreverent and yet affectionate tribute to the one playwright whom absolutely everyone has heard of, and many may even have read.

Although the play was originally scripted for three male actors, Jethro Pidd’s unusual audition call was for three to six actors. “I wanted a more diverse cast, and I really wanted mixed genders, and in the end, I have six fantastic people. I am trying to take a collaborative approach.  Everyone who is in the show brings something different to the party"

The Complete Works reflects a shift by The Stirling Players towards encouraging younger directors and seeking a greater contrast between the two shows that it produces each year. The aim is to have at least one which is more “serious” in the sense that the audience can identify with the emotions and dilemmas portrayed. The other can be more of a chance to lighten up and have a bit of fun.

Even if it means that if some over-acting tragedian has to be stabbed with a retractable plastic sword and die on stage from a surfeit of Shakespearian quotations – Then, forsooth, so be it!

Here is a list of the stellar cast; Louie Collins, Grace Colsey, Genevieve Hudson, David Salter, April Stuart and Rory Miller-Frost

And here are a couple of links to 'Behind the Scenes', tongue-in-cheek comments from them made during the rehearsal period. 

Behind the Scenes 1
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h4ppjMgrW2Rpn5Zn3ZRvjUQnj9GrOT_X/view?usp=sharing

Behind the Scenes 2
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D8E_Iw6zr_Z3jBZPrBnaml385QGfJvf5/view?usp=sharing

This show promises to be a mad-cap, fun-filled rollick with plenty of laughs.  Don't miss it!

 You may ask:
All 37 plays in 97 Minutes!   Is it possible?
Read what the critics had to say about previous productions

Press Quotes:

“A madcap condensation that features nonstop laughs. Done at a whirlwind pace and with great delight, it is sure to win over even the most skeptical. And there is no doubt that William Shakespeare himself … would approve.” —Daily Variety

“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” —The Today Show

“The funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime.” —The Montreal Gazette

“Shakespeare as it was back in the Bard’s day: bawdy, irreverent, sublimely entertaining.” —The Miami Herald

“PITHIER THAN PYTHON. IRRESISTIBLE.” New York Times

“IF YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW. IF YOU HATE SHAKESPEARE YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW!”  The Today Show

Warning! This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness. The RSC cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers!

PERFORMANCES:
SEPTEMBER 2022

Friday 9, 16 and 23 at 8pm
Saturday 10, 17 and 24 at 8pm
Sunday 11 and 18 at 3pm

STIRLING COMMUNITY THEATRE, Avenue Road, Stirling
Ticket +programme Adult $27, Concession $22, groups of 10+ $20

 


 

AND OUR 2023 SEASON

MARCH/APRIL           'Speaking in Tongues' by Andrew Bovell

JULY                              'The Flick' by Annie Baker

SEPTEMBER                'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' by Dario Fo

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SPEAKING IN TONGUES    
Directed by Geoff Brittain

Speaking in Tongues is a play written by Australian playwright, Andrew Bovell, and follows nine different characters (played by 4 actors) who are all connected by affairs and infidelities.

Two couples set out to betray their partners… A lover returns from the past and a husband doesn’t answer the phone  A woman disappears and a neighbour is the prime suspect… Contracts are broken between intimates and powerful bonds are formed between strangers.

In Andrew Bovell’s masterfully interconnected polyphony, an evocative mystery unravels at the same time as a devastating tale of disconnection between individuals, partners and communities.

This powerful study of infidelity and interwoven lives was filmed as the award-winning Lantana.

The audition process for Speaking inTongues' is complete

CAST

TIM WILLIAMS
GEORGIA STOCKHAM
GARY GEORGE
NICOLLE RUTTY

Rehearsals begin in January 2023

SEASON: Friday, 17th March to Saturday, 1st April 2023,
With performances at 8.00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 3.00pm on Sundays.
STIRLING COMMUNITY THEATRE

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THE FLICK    
Directed by Rory-Miller-Frost & Louie Collins

Hilarious and touching.  In a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35mm film projectors in the state.  

Their tiny battles & not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lacklustre, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is an hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity  in a fast-changing world.

CAST STILL TO BE DECIDED

 

SEASON: Friday, 14th July to Saturday, 23rd July 2023,
With performances at 8.00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 3.00pm on Sundays.


 


ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST     
Directed by Leslie Reed

Written to show up and send up institutional corruption after a true event, Dario Fo’s 1970 farce Accidental Death of an Anarchist remains relevant, allowing us to laugh in the face of high level cover ups.

The play begins with a sly yet charming ‘maniac’ being interrogated at Milan police headquarters. By impersonating a range of characters including a judge, he outwits bumbling police and begins to expose the truth behind a recent ‘accidental’ death in custody of a political activist. 'Outrageously funny’-Limelight Magazine

Director Lesley Reed enhances the absurdity and buffoonery with female actors as male police in this hilarious English-language adaptation.

 The audition process is complete

CAST
Maniac – Danii Zappia
Maniac understudy – Phoebe Wilson
Superintendent – Georgia Stockham
Pissani – Anita Canala
Bertozzo  – April Stuart
Constables – Olivia Jane Parker
Feletti – Bronwyn Palmer 

 

Rehearsals begin in June 2023
SEASON:  Friday 8 to Saturday 23 September
With performances at 8.00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 3.00pm on Sundays.
STIRLING COMMUNITY
THEATRE
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