Rep makes an early begin to new season

REP stalwarts at their dwelling theatre in Acton. Picture: Helen Musa.

CANBERRA Repertory Society launched its 2023 season at its dwelling theatre in an occasion for subscribers, members, and buddies with a dramatic bit of reports for patrons – reveals will henceforth begin at 7.30pm, not the standard 8pm!

In a really odd piece of reasoning, they argue that as a result of they moved into their current dwelling on the sting of the ANU campus in 1973 they might henceforth begin at 7.30pm – “in recognition of 1973.”

An extra purpose introduced at this night’s launch (October 28) by Rep president Antonia Kitzel was that with public transport consideration and upgrades to the tram community, the transfer to a 7.30pm efficiency time will hold the theatre “accessible for all.”

In 2023, the six performs to be produced and introduced by Rep are themed to discover “what occurs when creativeness and interpretation weave collectively to confront the previous within the face of the long run”.

That leaves the sphere huge open to virtually something, so the opening play, “Agnes of God” by John Pielmeier, to be directed by Rachel Hogan, a few novice accused of murdering her new child.

Subsequent up, directed by Karen Vickery, is the comedy “Crimes of the Coronary heart” by Beth Henley, the place the three MaGrath sisters are collectively for the primary time in a decade of their Mississippi hometown, the place solar, previous resentments bubble to the floor.

In June, Alexandra Pelvin returns to stage “House, I’m Darling” by Laura Wade, during which Judy, on a quest to be the right ’50s housewife to her husband Johnny, finds that being a home goddess isn’t as straightforward because it appears.

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Veteran Rep director Cate Clelland will then direct an previous Rep favorite, “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer, a battle of jealousy between seasoned composer Salieri and youthful genius Mozart.

“Mr Bennet’s Bride” by Emma Wooden sees Stephen Pike again because the director of a kind-of prequel to “Pleasure and Prejudice”, the place Mr Bennet decides he could come to repent.

And is there a Christmas farce? Not a little bit of it.

The ultimate present, directed by Ylaria Rogers, might be a 100-minute romp by means of the Bard’s comedies, histories, and tragedies by three actors – “The Full Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” by Adam Lengthy, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield.


  • “Agnes of God” February 16-March 4.
  • “Crimes of the Coronary heart” April 27-Might 13.
  • “House, I’m Darling” June 15-July 1.
  • “Amadeus” July 27-August 12.
  • “Mr Bennet’s Bride” September 7-23.
  • “The Full Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]”, November 16-December 2.

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Ian Meikle, editor