Monday, June 13th, 2011

ROLEYSTONE Theatre director Linda Roads doesn’t believe in the saying “never work with children or animals”.

As part of writing and directing the pantomime Grumblebum and the Tricky Witch this July, she’s managed to include both.

The story follows Violet and a prince who have fallen in love – but Violet gets banished from the village, accused of being a witch.

She goes on a quest to find the evil witch of the forest, meeting trees, fairies and animals along the way, to discover if she is also a witch.

Roads was inspired to write another pantomime after the success of her last one, Fairytale and Witch.

“I've never directed a standard play,” she said. “I stick to what I know and I love pantomimes.

“They’re fun and everyone can get involved.”

Starting out with Opera Viva, Roads went on to perform with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA before working extensively with Roleystone and Acorn Theatres.

She has also worked for the production company Waiting in the Wings, where she originally began writing Grumblebum and the Tricky Witch.

The show plays at 8pm, July 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22 and 23 with a 2pm matinee on July 17.

Tickets are $20 adults, $15 children – book on (08) 9397 5730 or [email protected]

Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.

More information is also available at


grumblebum1.jpg: King Grumblebum (Jack Barker), Fairy Goodness Gracious (Sam Hutchins), Violet Crumble (Nicole George) and Prince Rupert (Feidhlim Bennetts) face off the witch (Judy Freind) in Grumblebum and The Tricky Witch during the July school holidays.

grumblebum2.jpg: Violet Crumble (Nicole George) and Prince Rupert (Feidhlim Bennetts) find the path of true love never runs smooth in Grumblebum and The Tricky Witch.

grumblebum3.jpg: Nicole George is Violet Crumble in Grumblebum and The Tricky Witch, on a quest to find out her fate from the evil witch (Judy Freind).

grumblebum4.jpg: Nicole George plays Violet Crumble and Sam Hutchins is Fairy Goodness Gracious in Grumblebum and The Tricky Witch this July.

* Freind is the correct spelling of the actress' surname.

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Roleystone Theatre

Roleystone Theatre in WA has a long tradition with its beginnings in the 1930s as a choral and amateur dramatic society. The theatre group you see today has been evolving since the 1970s when a collection of interested locals began putting on quality performances of plays and musicals.

The theatre currently produces, on average, five major shows every year and is well known for the quality of our performers, sets and technical work.

The building itself has undergone many alterations however the bulk of the auditorium is an art-deco original and is Heritage listed. The building has facilities for persons with a disability or limited mobility, including ramps into the foyer and auditorium as well as an allocated restroom. For your comfort air conditioning and comfortable, padded chairs are features of othe auditorium.

There is also a licensed bar and well-stocked kiosk to cater for your refreshment needs at all performances.
Linda Roads
P: (08) 9398 2835


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