A DRAMATIC massacre is about to occur at Stirling Theatre – but it’s not quite what you think.
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s production of A Christmas Carol is a comedy about the horrors of stage stuff-ups, bloopers and blunders.
Everything that could go wrong, does go wrong, as the evening unfolds with missed cues, forgotten lines and collapsing scenery.
Written by David McGillvray and Walter Zerlin Jnr, it comes from a series of plays about the fictional Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society trying to put on a production.
Each show is filtered through the society’s unique blend of misplaced enthusiasm, ego, inappropriate casting and extremely bad acting.
The first of the series debuted at the 1976 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“On this occasion, they’re attempting to stage Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” director Carole Wilson said.
“Even with the best will in the world, just about every disaster that could happen on and off the stage occurs, bringing lots of laughter for everyone.
“Getting the timing right is the main challenge because it is critical to the show.”
Involved with Stirling Theatre for almost 30 years, Wilson has acted, directed and stage-managed a plethora of productions and is a life member.
“I have seen a couple of the Farndale comedies over the years and felt their attempt at a Christmas show would be a good one to present.”
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s production of A Christmas Carol plays at 8pm November 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, December 5, 6 and 7 with 2pm matinees November 24 and December 1.
Tickets are $22, $20 concession and $18 members – book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/ZGVG.
Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.
farndale1: The cast of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s production of A Christmas Carol (Richard Norman, Fran Gordon, Peter Neaves, Jenny Wrenn, Nikki Di Camillo, Kaitlin Okely) raise a toast – except Scrooge (Lis Hoffmann).
farndale2: Actors Nikki Di Camillo, left, and Fran Gordon make do with what they can find backstage to use as treasures when ransacking the house of Scrooge (Lis Hoffmann).
farndale3: The Christmas dinner scene goes awry when actors Peter Neaves, left, Nikki Di Camillo and Fran Gordon find the stage manager only put out one chair for them.
farndale4: Scrooge (Lis Hoffmann, right) is confronted by a ghost (Peter Neaves) while in bed in the play that goes wrong.
Stirling Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and encourage drama and allied arts within the City of Stirling for cultural, educational and recreational purposes.
The group has been in existence since 1970 and prides itself on the quality of its productions and endeavours to produce five or six seasons a year. Stirling Theatre also promotes youth theatre activities through the SPY (Stirling Players Youth) group. It also offers opportunities for community groups to fund-raise through charity nights held during a season.
P: 0448 245 100