About us


Brighton Theatre Company began its days as “The St Andrew’s Players” performing at St. Andrew’s Church Hall in Brighton. The company then moved on to St Peter’s Parish Hall, Were Street and were known as “Brighton Repertory Company”, later changing their name to “Brighton Theatre Company”. An invitation was received from Brighton Council to use the main auditorium of the Town Hall, and in 1984 we began operations on that site. With the redevelopment of the Town Hall as an Arts & Cultural Centre, the company moved to the former library and constructed our own “little theatre” – seating 84 patrons. In 2009, the Bayside Council made a number of alterations to the interior of the building including a new entrance and modern foyer for the theatre. We have installed new seating and now seat 93 patrons.


BTC stages four productions each year. Plays are selected by the Play Reading Committee from scripts submitted by its chosen Directors, as well as those suggested by members. The company aims to produce a range of theatrical experiences from comedy to drama, by a wide variety of Australian and international authors. Our directors are chosen from around Victoria, each one bringing new ideas and a wealth of experience to the company. Feedback from patrons is strongly encouraged as we like to produce the kind of theatre that audiences enjoy, as well as giving our casts and crew members the opportunity to extend their creativity and further their technical skills. BTC productions are always an entertaining night out, with highly enjoyable extras such as pre-show sherries, followed by supper after the final curtain and a chance to meet the cast and crew.

Current / Next Production - Season 4 - 2014

Season Four 2014

Written by Ed Sala
Directed by Andrew McMillan

  • Book Tickets: 1300 752 126
    or Email: Box Office Manager

    Session Details

    Thursday 13 November @ 8pm
    Friday 14 November @ 8pm
    Saturday 15 November @ 8pm
    Sunday 16 November @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Wednesday 19 November @ 8pm
    Thursday 20 November @ 8pm
    Friday 21 November @ 8pm
    Saturday 22 November @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Saturday 22 November @ 8pm
    Sunday 23 November @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Wednesday 26 November @ 8pm
    Thursday 27 November @ 8pm
    Friday 28 November @ 8pm
    Saturday 29 November @ 8pm

    News / Special Dates 2014

    Management Meeting
    at The Theatre

    Starts at 7.00pm.

    Play Reading

    Starts at 1.30pm.

    Email: Lesley Batten, or call her on 9598 4636, if you would like to come along and join in.

    Management Meeting
    at The Theatre

    Starts at 7.00pm.

    Play Reading

    Starts at 1.30pm.

    Email: Lesley Batten, or call her on 9598 4636, if you would like to come along and join in.

    Performance of BLOODY MURDER by Ed Sala
    at The Theatre

    Thursday 13th November to Saturday 15th November starts at 8.00pm. Sunday 16th November Matinee starting at 2.15pm

    Performance of BLOODY MURDER by Ed Sala
    at The Theatre

    Wednesday 19th November to Saturday 22nd November starts at 8.00pm. Saturday 22nd November and Sunday 23rd November have Matinees starting at 2.15pm

    Performance of BLOODY MURDER by Ed Sala
    at The Theatre

    Wednesday 26th November to Saturday 29th November starts at 8.00pm.

    Play Reading

    Starts at 1.30pm.

    Email: Lesley Batten, or call her on 9598 4636, if you would like to come along and join in.


    Starts at 7.00pm.

    Email: Margaret Baxter, or call her on 9528 1653, if you would like to come along.


    Starts at 10.00am.

    Email: Lesley Batten, or call her on 9598 4636, if you would like to come along and help.

    Management Meeting
    at The Theatre

    Starts at 7.00pm.

    Season 2014

    As Bees In Honey Drown

    Written by Douglas Carter Beane and Directed by Peter Newling

  • A satirical comedy/drama set in 1990s New York

    Evan Wyler, a twenty-something New York writer savouring the success of his debut novel, has just finished a photo session. Defined by the media as the “hot, young thing of the moment”, Evan captures the attention of Alexa Vere de Vere who wants him to write the screenplay of her life story. Black clad and mysterious, Alexa makes the world of celebrity her home. In fact it’s her religion. Is she a film producer? Is she a film agent? “Just spend time with me,” she says “and you’ll learn all you need to know... You’re not the person you were born – who wonderful is?”

  • Performance Dates: 20th February - 8th March 2014


    Written by John Logan and Directed by Vicki Smith

  • A drama set in late 1950s New York

    Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for best play

    Mark Rothko is a brilliant artist. Ken is his new assistant. A New York studio - like the depths of a cell, the smell of paint, a canvas waiting for a splash of red, Rothko bullies, snaps, abuses, teaches. Ken listens, casually observes, causes arguments. Together they make and mix paint. Together they create art. Art for the new Four Seasons restaurant. Is Rothko selling out or simply baring his soul?

  • Performance Dates: 22nd May - 7th June 2014

    Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee

    Written by Aidan Fennessy and Directed by Nick Opolski

  • Thriller

    When a body is found in a disused ice works and a man confesses to killing his lover, two detectives are caught in a labyrinth of clues starting with the phrase ‘my beautiful Annabel Lee’. Set in a seedy nether-world, this play explores the nature of crime and guilt, both real and figurative. Inspired by classic film noir and the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe, spun round the confessions of a writer and his muse fatale, this is a world of seductive and compelling stories of betrayal, loss and lust in a highly intriguing plot that will have you guessing right to the last minute.

  • Performance Dates: 21st August - 6th September 2014

    Bloody Murder

    Written by Ed Sala and Directed by Andrew McMillan

  • Mystery / Comedy

    A group of the usual British murder mystery types gather for a weekend retreat at the sumptuous country estate of the esteemed Lady Somerset. There’s the major who served in India; the inebriated, failing actor; the innocent ingénue; the exotic lady in red; the mysterious Chinese gentleman; the rich dowager aunt accompanied by her faithful maid and worthless nephew. Suddenly one of them dies of poison. Well, of course! But wait... Her Ladyship refuses to summon the police! She says she won’t go through all this again. All what again? And why were they all invited here in the first place? Is this actually just another all-too predictable mystery? Or is it something diabolically... different? Agatha Christie meets Pirandello as characters rebel against their author.

  • Performance Dates: 13th November - 29th November 2014

    Audition Notices Season 1 - 2015

    Season One 2015
    Chapter Two by Neil Simon
    Directed by Bruce Cochrane

  • Specific requirements: The cast of four have scope for some comedy and a bit of pathos but this is not a cliché story. It will be helpful if you understand the play well enough to relate to the characters’ situation.
    Rehearsals will be 7.30–10.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and from 2.30pm Sundays.
    Actors need to be able to commit not only for the performance season but for all scheduled rehearsals for which their character is involved.

    Synopsis: Recent widower, writer George Schneider, is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again, which adds to George’s gloomy state after several failed matches. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone who is divorced and also wary of dating. It’s not plain sailing for these two but George and Jennie stumble on in what is a bitter sweet comedy and in an unlikely subplot development, Leo has a fling with Faye, Jennie's neurotic married friend. The time is the present, setting New York.

    George: 40’ish At first unsure of being involved before responding to a woman who touches his heart.
    Jennie: 30’s Bright, honest and resilient. A range of moods and some big slabs of dialogue.
    Leo: 40’ish A bit more ebullient than his brother and provides impetus for plot swings. Several big slabs.
    Faye: 30’s More than a match for Leo’s directness and has some great retorts.
    Accents can be non regional and not exaggerated.

    Audition Dates:
    Sunday 30 November @ 2.00pm and Monday 1 December @ 7.30pm


    Proposed rehearsals dates:
    Rehearsals will be 7.30–10.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and from 2.30pm Sundays.

    Production Details:
    February 19 to March 7, 2015

    Inquiries: For all inquiries and to book an audition time, please contact the director Bruce Cochrane or call him on 0423 347 960

    Past Plays

    Management Team

    Annie Blood
    Artistic Director

    Annie has only been with BTC since 2008 since arriving back in Melbourne after many years living, studying and working in Adelaide. During that time, Annie has been a Director, Actor, Stage Manager, Designer, Company President and Artistic Director even scoring a couple of professional stage crew gigs with “The Boy from Oz” and “Hello Dolly” at the Festival Theatre. Since joining BTC, she has taken on the role of Staging Director and also works as one of the technical crew – operating lighting and sound for a number of productions. Annie will be directing BTC's final production in 2012.

    Gaynor Johnson

    Gaynor joined Brighton Repertory Company in 1981 when the group were resident at St Peters Church in Moffat Street. They later moved on to the Town Hall at the Council’s request, during which time, Gaynor acted as Secretary. Gaynor directed three of BTC’s melodramas and has appeared on stage many times and assisted backstage. Musicals are her first love. She remembers BTC as a “family company” with the children working alongside parents all having a jolly time. Members took on many roles – if you weren’t selected in the next production you would do lights, wardrobe, backstage etc. She retired from acting about 15 years ago but recently appeared in a production at Peridot Theatre last year. She rejoined the BTC committee in 2005 as Secretary.

    Deborah Fabbro

    Deborah has been involved in theatre since childhood. She has playing many roles over the years with a number of companies and also performed at many One Act Play festivals in the 1990s. In recent years she moved to the other side of the footlights and has directed for Brighton, Malvern, Peridot and Sherbrooke Theatre Companies. She has adjudicated for ‘in-house’ awards at Malvern, Beaumaris and Mordialloc theatre companies. She first came to BTC in 1989 and became part of the committee in April 2000 as Treasurer, a position she still holds. From 2005 she also held the position of Acting President until the change in the Management Structure of the company in 2007. Away from BTC, though still connected to theatre, she works as a volunteer for The Victorian Drama League.

    Lesley Batten
    Staging Director

    Lesley's involvement in community theatre has been spread over many years and with a number of Melbourne based companies. During this period she has directed, stage managed, designed and helped construct sets, adjudicated, worked front of house, served on a variety of committees and has made an appearance on stage on one or two occasions. Lesley has been a member of BTC for seven years and has served on the Management Team in the position of Social Events/Activities Co-ordinator for the past two years.

    Jo Boyes
    Membership Co-ordinator

    Jo always enjoyed the theatre as an audience member. Jo joined Shepparton Theatre Arts Group when her daughter decided to try her luck onstage. For the next ten years Jo worked on almost every show Shepparton Theatre did in roles from crew to production co-ordinator and finally taking on the role of President. After moving to Melbourne Jo joined Brighton Theatre, she has loved every minute with Brighton and is looking forward to her time on the Management Team.

    Christina Carolan
    Theatre Administrator

    Christina and her husband Tony moved to Melbourne from Sydney ten years ago along with their two daughters, son-in-law and two grandchildren. Previously Christina has been a nurse, secretary and finally an early childhood/primary teacher, teaching in Sydney at Cranbrook Grammar and in Melbourne at Haileybury. Joining the Brighton Theatre Company as a member, opened up an avenue of interest into helping with set building, dismantling, front of house and of course meeting enthusiastic and dedicated people.  It has given her a very hands on experience into understanding what goes into the production of Community Theatre and appreciate all the voluntary talent offered to maintain this wonderful source of entertainment.

    Brenda Wheelahan

    Brenda's involvement with BTC dates back to 1991 when Gaynor convinced her to take on the ticket secretary role, after directing her in the melodrama, The Red Barn. At that time, shows were performed in the town hall with patrons seated at tables, eating and drinking! Brenda's role soon expanded to Front of House Manager as well. So, setting up the hall, washing tablecloths and tea-towels each night were all part of the job description, along with phone bookings and being "the face" of BTC to our regular patrons. Brenda has performed in only one other production - our Jack O'Hagan Tribute Musical. It was then that she caught the eye of Peter Guthrie - set builder (later BTC President, life member and co-builder of our raked auditorium). They married in 1997. Brenda was made a life member in 2001 and remains committed to assisting with Front of House. She believes our patrons receive such wonderful service at BTC.

    Suzie Martens
    Box Office Manager

    Suzie has enjoyed seeing BTC productions over the past 10 years and with the retirement of Edda Dawson in 2013 took over the role of Box Office Manager. She is continuing in this role and also decided to join the Management Team this year to assist with the many tasks of the Committee. Suzie currently works at Drama Victoria, an association that provides workshops, conferences and resources to drama teachers and their students. Combining work, BTC and having twin teenage girls, Suzie feels that her life, at present, is full of dramatic moments!

    Wilf Seelig
    Technical Director

    Wilf has had about 28 years experience in community theatre with Peridot Theatre Company involved in many aspects of theatre including front of house, set builds, Bio box, Board of Management and Production Co-ordinator. His first involvement with Brighton Theatre Company started in the Bio box in 2011 operating the sound for Blyth Spirit. Since then he has operated sound for five more productions with Brighton and receiving an award for Echoes and As Bees in Honey Drown.


    Ticket Prices are as follows:

    FULL PRICE: $23
    Concessions are applicable to Seniors, Pensioners and Students.

    Our evening performances commence at 8.00 pm sharp and matinee performances at 2.15pm sharp.

    Sherries are served in the foyer 30 minutes prior to curtain up.

    Doors will open 20 minutes before the commencement of all performances.
    Patrons are asked to be in their seats at least five minutes before the advertised start time to ensure a prompt and undisturbed commencement of the play.

    Out of courtesy to both performers and audience, latecomers will be admitted only when there is a suitable break in the performance.

    Please ensure that mobile phones, pagers and watches with automatic alarms are switched off as these disturb other patrons and the performers.

    To purchase tickets for our productions, please call the Box Office Manager on 1300 752 126
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    • Visit us

      Building: cnr Wilson and Carpenter Streets,
      Brighton, 3186
    • Mail us

      Postal Address: Brighton Theatre Inc
      PO Box 189, Middle Brighton, VIC, 3186
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      Phone/Tickets: 1300 752 126
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      Tickets: Box Office
      Membership: Jo Boyes
      Secretary: Gaynor Phillips

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