to Torquay Theatre Troupe.
What’s been happening?
An entertaining and fun night was had by all at the EntertainmentGeelong Awards night on Sunday, run by Colin Mockett and his team. Thanks, Colin, for taking the initiative and getting theatre companies from all over Geelong, the Bellarine and Surf Coast together in one place!
TTT once again figured prominently in the nominations with about a quarter of the nominations being for TTT actors and productions!
We were also delighted to receive Awards on the night and to be rewarded again in front of our peers for our endeavours.
Here are the details. NOTE: These do not include one-act plays (for which we won 3 separate awards in Anglesea at the one-act play Festival).
Of the 50 nominations for Drama Awards, Torquay Theatre Troupe
members were nominated for a total a total of thirteen. The
- Best Overall Production: Strangers on a Train AND Any Given Monday
- Best Director: Michael Baker (Strangers on a Train) and Gay Bell (Any Given Monday)
- Best Female Lead Actor: Lisa Berry (Any Given Monday)
- Best Male Actor: Lachlan Errey, Lachlan Vivian-Taylor (Strangers on a Train) and Michael Baker (Any given Monday)
- Best Supporting Female Actor, Catherine Crowe and Maryanne Doolan (Strangers on a Train) and Siobhan Linde (Any given Monday)
- Best Supporting Male Actor: Ethan Cook (Strangers on a Train) and Fred Preston (Any given Monday)
Of the six Drama categories, Torquay Theatre Troupe won three
- Best Overall Production: Any Given Monday Directed by Gay Bell
- Best Male Actor: Michael Baker (Any Given Monday)
- Best Supporting Male Actor: Fred Preston (Any Given Monday)
These results out of 150 nominations are a fantastic result for the
Surfcoast thespians which are only made possible by the ever-growing
audiences drawn from our residents and their visitors.
Who were we competing against? see details on the EntertainmentGeelong website
On Tuesday 27th November, Council will be voting on a recommendation (Option 2) to put a line item in the 2019-2020 budget for a Theatre / Arts Space in Torquay. TTT is asking its supporters to get along to the Council Offices (Merrijig Drive, Torquay) at 6pm on Tuesday to display support for the theatre proposal and to recommend the Councillors choose Option 3 (three) which would initiate building designs sooner rather than later… BYO Zany hat! It worked last time!
November 25 Auditions for ‘Memory of Water’ (Performances in May 2019) – details here
The next full-length play is a black comedy (language warning) by Bruce Graham and directed by Gay Bell.
‘Any given Monday’
Set in contemporary Philadelphia, we find that teacher Lenny’s (Fred Preston) wife, Risa (Lisa Berry), has left him for a sleazy property developer and Lenny’s friend Mickey (Michael Baker) has “done Lenny a favour”. When Lenny’s daughter (Siobhan Linde) comes home on a surprise visit from her University course, she has a new perspective on the situation.
This may make you feel guilty for laughing…
Following Graci Lynch’s first-time involvement with Torquay Theatre Troupe and work done on-stage by Kathryn O’Neill, Mary Steuten and Fred Preston as the actors, we are delighted to announce that TTT accepted 3 of the 12 Awards at the Anglesea One Act Play Festival in mid-August 2018.
- Best original Script – Christine Davey
- Best Female actor – Mary Steuten
- Best production (3rd place)
We would like to thank Christine Davey for her great script, Graci Lynch for her terrific direction, the actors for their moving and talented performances across the season (5 shows comprising 2 at The Price Street Theatre, one at Anglesea and two at local retirement villages) and the Troupe Committee for supporting the performances by looking after publicity, props, transport, support, ticketing, front of house, catering, lights, seating and taking a risk with a new script and a Director new to TTT.
It was another great season bringing together some local (and Geelong) talent and some very satisfied audience members.
Cathy – Kathryn O’Neill
Francine – Mary Steuten
Sudan – Fred Preston
Author – Christine Davey
Director – Graci Lynch
A big congratulations to Anglesea Performing Arts and their energetic team for organising so many plays, coordinating and wrangling artists, putting on food and drink for the many punters and completing yet another fine production for 2018. There are too many names to mention here (and many working in the background whose names are seldom mentioned) but WELL DONE to all of you. Take a bow!
- Thursday 16 August, “Sudan” by TTT plus a one-act comedy by Anglesea Performing Arts “Love, loss and what I wore” By Nora and Delia Ephron, Directed by Nikki Watson (No supper)
- Friday 17 August, “Sudan” by TTT by Christine Davey, Directed by Graci Lynch, plus a question and answer session with the playwright AND a lovely finger food supper. (yum)
Saturday 18 August (Anglesea one-act play Festival) – we were on at 8:50pm but there were 19 plays!
(25 & 26 August – Private performances at 2 Torquay retirement villages).
Our last play was enthralling from the first moment. ‘Strangers on a Train’, is a classic thriller written by Craig Warner based on a book by Patricia Highsmith was made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock and we performed it with a monochrome set, a skilled cast, a full suite of light and sound effects and all