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 - 2015

Season One 2015
CHAPTER TWO

Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Bruce Cochrane

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

    Session Details

    Thursday 19 February @ 8pm
    Friday 20 February @ 8pm
    Saturday 21 February @ 8pm
    Sunday 22 February @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Wednesday 25 February @ 8pm
    Thursday 26 February @ 8pm
    Friday 27 February @ 8pm
    Saturday 28 February @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Saturday 28 February @ 8pm
    Sunday 1 March @ 2.15pm Matinee
    Wednesday 4 March @ 8pm
    Thursday 5 March @ 8pm
    Friday 6 March @ 8pm
    Saturday 7 March @ 8pm

    News / Special Dates 2015

    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.

    Performance of CHAPTER TWO by Neil Simon
    at The Theatre

    Wednesday 18th February to Saturday 21st February starts at 8.00pm. Sunday 22nd February is a Matinee starting at 2.15pm

    Performance of CHAPTER TWO by Neil Simon
    at The Theatre

    Wednesday 25th February to Saturday 28th February starts at 8.00pm

    Performance of CHAPTER TWO by Neil Simon
    at The Theatre

    Sunday 1st March is a Matinee starting at 2.15pm

    Performance of CHAPTER TWO by Neil Simon
    at The Theatre

    Wednesday 4th March to Saturday 7th March starts at 8.00pm.

    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.

    Season 2015

    Chapter Two

    Written by Neil Simon and Directed by Bruce Cochrane

  • Comedy



    Recent widower, writer George Schneider, is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again. Which sends George into even more depression after a series of bad matches. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone and she's a keeper. Still, it's a bumpy trip on the road to Dreamland for these not-so-young lovers. George and Jennie stumble on, overcoming both their hesitation on the rebound and emotional neediness. In a hilarious, farcical subplot, Leo has a fling with Faye, Jennie's neurotic married friend.

  • Performance Dates: 19th February - 7th March 2015

    Caught In The Net

    Written by Ray Cooney and Directed by Gaetano Santo

  • Comedy /Farce



    The sequel to Run for Your Wife finds the bigamist taxi driver John Smith still keeping his two families in different parts of London, both happy and blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children, a girl from one family and a boy from the other, have met on the Internet and are anxious to meet in person since they have so much in common name, surname and taxi driving dad! Keeping them apart plunges John into a hell hole of his own making. His lodger Stanley could be a savior, but he is about to go on holiday with his decrepit old father who turns up thinking he is already at the guest house. The situation spirals out of control as John juggles outrageously with the truth.

  • Performance Dates: 21st May - 7th June 2015

    Time Stands Still

    Written by Donald Margulies and Directed by Annie Blood

  • Drama



    The newest play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dinner with Friends and Collected Stories, follows a wounded photojournalist and her husband in present day Brooklyn in the aftermath of the Iraqi war. A Tony nominee for Best Play during the 2010 Broadway season.

  • Performance Dates: 20th August - 5th September 2015

    Barefoot In The Park

    Written by Neil Simon and Directed by Leslie Batten

  • Comedy



    Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running "barefoot in the park" would be a start...

  • Performance Dates: 12th November - 28th November 2015

    Audition Notices Season 2 - 2015

    Season Two 2015
    Caught In The Net by Ray Cooney
    Directed by Gaetano Santo





  • Specific requirements: TBA.
    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: The sequel to Run for Your Wife finds the bigamist taxi driver John Smith still keeping his two families in different parts of London, both happy and blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children, a girl from one family and a boy from the other, have met on the Internet and are anxious to meet in person since they have so much in common name, surname and taxi driving dad! Keeping them apart plunges John into a hell hole of his own making. His lodger Stanley could be a saviour, but he is about to go on holiday with his decrepit old father who turns up thinking he is already at the guest house. The situation spirals out of control as John juggles outrageously with the truth.

    Characters:
    JOHN SMITH: (mid 40s) A very ordinary but cheery man.
    STANLEY GARDINER: (40s) A "good soul" but not overly bright.
    MARY SMITH: (40s) She's domineering and controlling, has a fiery temper, but manages to keep her cool much of the time.
    BARBARA SMITH: (40s) Opposite in nature to Mary. Bubbly, buxom, cheery and maybe not so bright.
    GAVIN SMITH: (16yo) (Can be played by an adult actor up to 25yo) Bright and cheery teenage boy. Maybe a computer geek.
    VICKI SMITH: (15yo) (Can be played by an adult actor up to 25yo) Teenager full of angst. Maybe wears goth black clothing and makeup.
    DAD: (mid 80s) Stanley's dad is in his eighties and fluctuates between senility, alertness and is stubborn and obstinate. He uses a walking stick.
    Audition Dates:
    Sunday 1 March @ 7pm and Tuesday 3 March @ 7pm.

    AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

    Proposed rehearsals dates: TBA

    Production Details:
    May 21 to June 7, 2015

    Inquiries: For all inquiries and to book an audition time, please contact the director Gaetano Santo.

    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.

    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
    Publicity

    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.

    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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      Membership: Jo Boyes
      Secretary: Gaynor Phillips

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