About us

History

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.

Productions

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 1 - 2016

Season One 2016
Bette and Joan

Written by Anton Burge
Directed by Alan Burrows

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

    Session Details

    Thursday 18 February @ 8pm
    Friday 19 February @ 8pm
    Saturday 20 February @ 8pm
    Sunday 21 February @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Wednesday 24 February @ 8pm
    Thursday 25 February @ 8pm
    Friday 26 February @ 8pm
    Saturday 27 February @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Saturday 27 February @ 8pm
    Sunday 28 February @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Wednesday 2 March @ 8pm
    Thursday 3 March @ 8pm
    Friday 4 March @ 8pm
    Saturday 5 March @ 8pm

    News / Special Dates 2016

    Management Meeting
    at The Theatre

    Starts at 7.00pm.

    Management Meeting
    at The Theatre

    Starts at 7.00pm.

    Performance of BETTE and JOAN by Anton Burge
    at The Theatre

    Thursday 18th February to Saturday 20th February starts at 8.00pm. Sunday 21st February is a Matinee starting at 2.15pm

    Performance of BETTE and JOAN by Anton Burge
    at The Theatre

    Wednesday 24th February to Saturday 27th February starts at 8.00pm. Saturday 27th February also has a matinee starting at 2.15pm and Sunday 28th February is a Matinee only starting at 2.15pm

    Performance of BETTE and JOAN by Anton Burge
    at The Theatre

    Wednesday 2nd March to Saturday 5th March starts at 8.00pm.

    Management Meeting
    at The Theatre

    Starts at 7.00pm.

    Brighton Theatre Company 40th Birthday
    at The Theatre

    Details To Be Advised

    Season 2016

    Bette and Joan

    Written by Anton Burge and Directed by Alan Burrows

  • Drama



    Screen divas and rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford go head to head in this play based on their legendary feud. The stars, both at low points in their careers, meet on the set of the movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? The high-risk shocker becomes a surprise hit that propels them back to stardom. Bette & Joan depicts the two stars, in adjacent dressing rooms, between takes on the set. While Joan manages her anxiety by lacing her Pepsi with vodka and signing photographs for her beloved fans, Bette chain-smokes and muses on her lovelife, and her ability to pick a decent script, never a decent man. Behind the bitching and the practical jokes we see each woman’s insecurities and regrets, and their rivalry is revealed to be underpinned by grudging respect as they attempt to identify their new roles in life as well as in their careers.

  • Performance Dates: 18th February - 5th March 2016

    Over My Dead Body

    Written by Derek Benfield and Directed by Brad Lowry

  • Comedy



    Following his wife’s recent death, Gerald hopes to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories. But he reckons without his late wife’s “forward planning”, which results in a series of unexpected events that Gerald had not anticipated. With the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Gerald strives to maintain his independence and keep unexpected visitors at bay. The recalling of memories revives events from the past that are both funny and sad.

  • Performance Dates: 19th May - 4th June 2016

    Blood Brothers

    Written by Willy Russell and Directed by Loretta Bishop

  • Drama



    This fast moving, perceptive, thought provoking and entertaining play is very funny but ultimately tragic. It tells the tale of twin brothers, born into a large working-class family and the consequences of one of them being adopted by a neighbouring middle-class family. “Blood Brothers” looks at the differences and conflicts of their upbringings, their relationships with each other, and with their real and adopted mothers.

  • Performance Dates: 18th August - 3rd September 2016

    Other People's Money

    Written by Jerry Sterner and Directed by Ewen Crockett

  • Drama



    Wall Street takeover artist Lawrence Garfinkle’s computer is going to tilt over the undervalued stock of New England Wire & Cable. If the stockholders back his takeover, they will make a bundle but what will happen to the 1200 employees and the community when he liquidates the assets? Opposing the rapacious financier is the genial man who has run the company since the year one and his chief operations officer. They bring in a young lawyer who specialises in fending off takeovers. Should she use green mail? Find a white knight? Employ a shark repellent? This compelling drama explores whether corporate raiders are creatures from the Black Lagoon of capitalism or realists.

  • Performance Dates: 10th November - 26th November 2015

    Audition Notices Season 2 - 2016

    Season Two 2016
    OVER MY DEAD BODY by Derek Benfield
    Directed by Brad Lowry





  • Specific requirements: It is highly desirable that anyone wishing to audition should know the play well enough to be able to describe the “story”. The director will provide scenes for you to read over in advance, it is not expected you learn these off by heart.

    Actors need to be able to commit unconditionally not only for an entire performance season but also for all scheduled rehearsals at which their attendance is required.

    Synopsis: Following his wife’s recent death, Gerald hopes to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories. But due to his late wife’s “forward planning”, a series of unexpected events occur that Gerald had not anticipated. With the help of his daughter, and son-in-law, Gerald strives to maintain his independence and keep unexpected visitors at bay. The recalling of memories revives events from the past that are both funny and troubling for all.

    Characters: All characters will have an English accent, with the exception of Mrs Capstick who may be Scottish.
    GERALD JAMES: A widower (Age – Late 50’s to Late 60’s) Struggling for independence, a loyal father and husband. Good natured, witty and loveable. Gerald is a very large role as he almost never leave’s the stage.
    SHIRLEY TYLER: His daughter (Age – Late 30’s to Mid 40’s) The ever doting daughter, Shirley has a bright personality and just wants to do what’s right by her father, slightly overbearing at times and a terrible cook. Not the brightest knife in the draw at times but always good intentioned. (Large Role).
    MARK TYLER: His son-in-law (Age – Late 30’s to Mid 40’s) Awkward and not great at relationships, Mark tends to stumble from awkward moment to awkward moment. Sometimes Gerard’s only real ally. (Large Role).
    AMANDA EDDISON: His sister-in-law (Age – Late 50’s to Late 60’s) Confident, forgetful, enthusiastic, overbearing and a traveler of the world. Amanda turns up a week late for her sister’s funeral and continues to make matters worse from there. (Large Role).
    ISOBEL FRENCH: An old friend (Age – Late 50’s to Late 60’s) Attractive, funny and vivacious, dear friend and former neighbor of Gerald’s. Saddened by the recent events and appears to provide support. (Medium Role).
    CAROL CAPSTICK: A cleaning lady (Age – Late 20’s to Early 30’s) Scottish (potentially), funny, attractive and full of energy. Good intentioned, but also a little overbearing. (Minor Role only in Act 2)

    Audition Dates:
    Sunday 13 March @ 5.00pm and Monday 14 March @ 7.30pm.

    AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
    Email: Brad Lowry, or call him on 0439 433 771, to book in a time.

    Proposed rehearsals dates: Routine rehearsals will be 7.30–10.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and 6.30pm–9.00pm Sunday evenings.

    Production Details:
    May 19 to June 4, 2016

    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
    Secretary

    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
    Treasurer

    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 since 2003. She previously held the position of Social Secretary.

    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.

    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!

    Mike Skillington
    Theatre Administration

    Mike Skillington grew up in Hobart. He studied in both Hobart and Melbourne and has lived half of his 30 year working life outside Australia. After an interest in theatre at high school and university, he had a long break and only recently rediscovered amateur theatre during a four year assignment in Port Moresby. He assisted at the Port Moresby Arts Theatre and performed in five productions there including Shakespeare (Twelfth Night and King Henry IV Part 1) and various comedies. He lives in the local bayside area and is married with 3 children. Since returning to Melbourne in December 2014, he is enjoying life particularly through his connection with the Brighton Theatre Company and the Glen Eira City Choir.

    Ewen Crockett
    FOH Manager

    Ewen has been involved in theatre for eons. He has performed in, directed, built sets, designed & operated lights & sound, found props, painted scenes & worked front of house for more productions than he cares to remember and at more theatre companies than he can count. He was on the board of the Moomba Festival of Theatre for ten years, then the biggest theatre festival in the southern hemisphere. More recently he has been one of the adjudicators for The Victorian Drama League. He has been a member of BTC since 1989 and has served as President, Staging Director, Workshop Co-ordinator and is pleased to return to the role Front of House Manager which he previously held between 2008-2014.

    Tickets

    Ticket Prices are as follows:

    FULL PRICE: $23
    CONCESSION: $21
    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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      Building: cnr Wilson and Carpenter Streets,
      Brighton, 3186
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      Postal Address: Brighton Theatre Inc
      PO Box 189, Middle Brighton, VIC, 3186
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      Secretary: Gaynor Phillips

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