Oily Rag Theatre are done and dusted for 2018. Given that we currently aspire to undertaking only one full production per year, we definitely hit our first year's goals with our premiere production of dark drama Wolf Lullaby followed by a slightly impromptu two-performance season of the absurdist comedy Matt & Ben . Next up is our Adelaide Fringe 2019, a guided walking tour entitled Kreepy Kensington , written and designed by Shannon Norfolk. Please see the menu or sidebar for a page listing our previous productions. Each page contains information including a cast and crew list, plot synopsis, director's notes, reviews, and photos. It's a very short page for now, but hopefully that will change!
We didn't actually plan on doing a second show in 2018. Then we got an invitation to register for the Back 2 Back Short Show Festival at Star Theatres, and whipped this quickie comedy out for two performances. Thank you to Malcolm Harslett and the team at Star Theatres. SYNOPSIS An award-winning absurdist comedy written by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, Matt & Ben is the story of two struggling young actors and BFFs, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and the day a screenplay falls from the sky onto the coffee table in Ben's apartment. The title: Good Will Hunting . The authors: them! Is this the big break Matt and Ben have been waiting for... or are they being tested by a higher power? DIRECTOR'S NOTES Much like the screenplay for Good Will Hunting falling from the sky into Ben’s apartment, this opportunity to do Matt & Ben came about quite unexpectedly when Malcolm Harslett reached out to Oily Rag Theatre informing us about the Back 2 Back Short
Oily Rag Theatre's first official production under our official name. Response to this challenging play was mixed (see the reviews below) but we are not inclined to take the path of least resistance. Thanks and gratitude to everyone who supported us, especially Martha Lott and Holden Street Theatres. SYNOPSIS A small boy is found dead in a popular children's play spot and suspicion quickly falls on nine-year-old Lizzie Gael. Local policeman Ray is already set against Lizzie due to recent antisocial behaviour. Her father Warren is outraged at what he perceives as a witch hunt against his daughter. But her mother Angela finds herself torn between a natural instinct to protect her child and a growing fear that Lizzie did the deed. Lizzie herself can only give increasingly strange and contradictory accounts of her movements on the day in question, and wakes up screaming from nightmares in which a menacing "Wolf" looms out of the darkness to devour her. Insp
An honorary Oily Rag Theatre production. In 2016, Kristin and Shannon had a "test run" at producing their own show, under the guidance and banner of Moore Books SA, a company they had both worked with on several previous shows. This production was originally going to be the Australian premiere of a stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Preparations had well and truly commenced when Kristin got the bad news from the playwright that Hulu had got exclusive rights to the property for an upcoming TV series adaptation so our stage production would have to be cancelled. So a Plan B was required and quickly. Kristin has loved Death and the Maiden since high school, and made several unsuccessful attempts to apply to other groups to direct it for them. The production very fortunately fit the timeline and budget already in place for The Handmaid's Tale and actress Cheryl Douglas was amenable to staying on board for a totally different role in a tota