Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
KALGOORLIE-Boulder’s Stage Left Theatre and Perth’s Groovy Boots Theatre have joined forces for a special one night only performance on May 29.

Featuring three plays from Perth playwright Chris Thomas, the evening has been dubbed A Night on the Chris, featuring performances of his short plays Reality Matters, SMS Mess and Pickles.

Thomas will be in town with fellow Groovy Boots Theatre performer Phil Barnett to perform his own Reality Matters, a slightly surreal piece that will keep the audience thinking long after the play has finished.

“The MC is constantly interrupted as he tries to introduce a show and forced to question his own perception of reality by another enigmatic character,” Thomas said.

“This stranger tries to strip away his many masks, forcing him to think outside the square for a moment, and I decided to leave the piece open-ended as to whether the events occur for real or in the main character’s mind.”

Stage Left Theatre regular Lisa van Oyen has taken on the challenge of SMS Mess, a one-woman show exploring the trials and tribulations of text messaging.

“The play mixes comedy with a pointed look at the perils of modern technology and explores how we continually find ways of isolating ourselves from actually talking to people, whether it’s via email, text messages, Facebook or MySpace,” van Oyen said.

“Chris’ inspiration for SMS Mess came from observations of people who seemingly live and breathe their life via text messages, almost having entire relationships that way.”

Another Stage Left trooper, Kevin Blair, is playing five different roles in Pickles, a story about a family so wrapped up in their day-to-day lives they don’t know what hidden dangers may be lying in wait from others in their street.

“It’s a great opportunity for an actor to challenge himself and convey different characterisations, including a small boy, elderly lady, emo teenager, bored housewife and frustrated husband,” he said.

“Normally you only get to play one character in a play but Pickles goes for broke with its rapid character changes in its short timeframe.”

Billed as a night of merriment and mayhem with skits, monologues, comedy and more, A Night on the Chris starts at 7pm, May 29, at the Stage Left Barracks.

Tickets are $20, $15 concession and for Stage Left Members – book on (08) 9088 6900 from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, or at

The Stage Left Barracks is located at 61b Burt Street, Boulder. Doors open 6.30pm.

A Night on the Chris - Chris Thomas and Phil Barnett - Reality Matters: Chris Thomas and Phil Barnett are heading to Kalgoorlie on May 29 to perform Reality Matters.

A Night on the Chris - Lise - SMS Mess: Lisa van Oyen is performing the one-woman show, SMS Mess, a tale about the troubles of text messaging.

A Night on the Chris - Kev - Pickles: Kevin Blair will play five very different roles in Pickles on May 29.

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Stage Left Theatre

Stage Left Theatre Troupe Goldfields WA Inc. is located in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, in the regional outback. We are located 600km inland from the capital city, Perth.

Stage Left was formed in late 2007 in response to calls to “keep community theatre alive and well” throughout the region.

After incorporating in January 2008, our first production was Are You Being Served? With no bank account, no money and only a handful of members it was a scary project at the time, but paid off in droves with a successful season, increased membership and dollars in the bank at the end.

Since then, Stage Left has made its mark on the Goldfields and Perth theatrical scenes.

Our mandate is to making community theatre accessible to our audiences – to “take theatre to the people” and we have done this by touring one-act plays to outlying regional towns and communities, as well as to the coast and to Perth to compete in the annual DramaFest activities amongst our peers.

We have mounted original productions; offered new writers the chance to showcase their works; conducted “Directing Theatre” workshops to train new directors and offered mentoring to younger members.
Lisa van Oyen
P: 0439 091 391

KADS Theatre

KADS Theatre is the premier community theatre group in Kalamunda, Western Australia.

Its first production was in 1972 and the theatre has been entertaining Hills residents every year since. The Town Square Theatre is located in the centre of Kalamunda, between the Coles shopping centre and the post office.
Chris Thomas
P: 0430 374 250


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