THE COURTHOUSE THEATRE  – LYDIARD STREET SOUTH

Her Majesty’s are rapt to include the 2017 Season from Ballarat’s oldest theatre company as part of our Subscription Season.

Adults
$25

Children
$10

Concession
$20

Groups (10+)
$15

Probus & U3A
$15

Members
$15

MR BAILEY’S MINDER
by Debra Oswald

Director: Linda Harvey

7 July Gala Night 8pm
8 July Sunday Matinee 2pm

11 – 13 July Wednesday to Friday 8pm
14 July Saturday Matinee 2pm

Mr Bailey’s Minder centres around Leo Bailey, one of Australia’s greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing, can no longer take care of himself. His resentful daughter has been through a succession of minders, until Therese comes along, fresh out of prison and determined to make a go of her limited options.

Mr Bailey’s Minder is a tough, funny and big-hearted play. It’s about shame and judgment, about who deserves to be loved and forgiven. It looks at how people exploit each other and where they find the beauty; and the qualities of transcendence, letting go and forgiveness.

“Like her character Leo Bailey, playwright Debra Oswald reveals the luminous inner beauty of ordinary men and women emotionally scarred by life.” – Mark Hopkins, Sydney Morning Herald

Mr Bailey’s Minder by Debra Oswald (2005) won the Griffin award for best new Australian play and broke box office records during its 2006 national tour.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jon Jory

Director: Alexandra Meerbach

29 September Gala Night 8pm
30 September Sunday Matinee 2pm
3 – 5 October Wednesday – Friday 8 pm
6 October Saturday Matinee 2pm

Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense — but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

The novel Pride and Prejudice retains the fascination of modern readers, consistently appearing near the top of lists of “most-loved books” among both literary scholars and the general public. This version written by Jon Jory in 2005 has all of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life—in a refreshing fast-paced and engaging new adaptation.

“While he [Jory] has cleverly crafted a narrative structure where everyone moves the plot forward with description and commentary and has shrunk the novel’s regiment of characters to a core of 23 performed by 14 actors, he has also done everything he can to remain true to Austen’s prose, which is why this evening is a treat not only for fans of Austen’s work such as I, but a great entree for the uninitiated to discover the world of Mr. Bennet and his five daughters.”

Mark Turvin, Back Stage Newspapers

CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth

Director: Michael Croome

1 December Gala Night 8pm
2 December Sunday Matinee 2pm
5 – 7 December Wednesday to Friday 8 pm
8 December Saturday Matinee 2pm

A group of extraordinary middle-aged women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women’s Institute (the UK version of the CWA), spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned!

Every stage of their growth has its own beauty, but the last phase is always the most glorious.”

During its 2008/09 Calendar Girls tour broke the British box office record for a play and also continued to sell out during its West End residency. In 2010, the hit comedy embarked on a UK country wide tour, one of the largest ever for a play.

Calendar Girls is based on the very successful film of the same name starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, which in turn was based on the true story of the fundraising by the ‘Calendar Girls’.   Angela Baker’s husband John Richard Baker, an Assistant National Park Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 54 in 1998. During his illness Angela’s friends began to raise money, initially with the aim of purchasing a sofa for the visitors’ lounge in the hospital where John was treated. Nothing could have prepared them for the way their original calendar took off. To date they have raised over £3 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the UK’s leading blood cancer charity.

“It’s marvellous theatre, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and come out singing Jerusalem” ~ Mail on Sunday 

“Dazzlingly funny, shamelessly sentimental and utterly captivating … the mingling of pathos and comedy here is simply unbeatable” ~ Lloyd Evans, Spectator 

Want to be involved?

General auditions are held each year so get your name down or resume in if you’re interested in acting.

If you’re interested in back stage, set construction, front of house, lighting, directing or marketing we’d love to hear from you. Each production requires around 30 people behind the scenes so there are plenty of diverse activities to get involved in. Helping out on shows is a great way to meet people, flex your creative muscles, problem solve and be part of the community.

If you’re interested in getting involved but don’t know what to do don’t worry we’ll help you learn the tools of the trade.

Fundraising

Fundraising opportunities are available for each production. Book an entire night or a group of seats for a standard production night.

BNT would like to help your organisation fundraise so please contact us about options.

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Phone: 0401 609 335