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									Issue June 2011                                                   www.batstheatre.com
Life, Laughter and Latte 2011
Thankyou to all our actors, directors, backstage crew, front of house and all the behind the scenes workers who helped to
bring this production of one act plays to the stage. Unfortunately our first weekend audiences were down on numbers but
that picked up over the second weekend. This year we were able to present a great diversity of plays and comments from the
audience were positive and encouraging. Other input we had was that the promotional material was too similar to the
promotional material for Snapshots 2011 and also that because we use the same name – Life, Laughter and Latte or
Laughter and Latte each year for our one act play season, people see the name and think “Oh, I’ve seen that”. We will take
all this on board for next year. If you have any thoughts, comments or suggestions please email me at
pritchardelec@bigpond.com.au. Your input is valuable to us. Below is the review done by Simon Denver to be published in
the National Theatre Magazine Stage Whispers.

Review - Life, Laughter and Latte 2011
When you see the average three one act plays you usually get a good, a bad .and an ugly. Great to see three good ones in a
row - and more than that great to see a lot of new blood running around the paddock and to see the work of ... ... (insert
Hallelujah Chorus here) .. .. New Directors!! Hugh O‟Brien‟s Love and other Flushes (Directed by John McMahon).
When you go to a party and have to bring wine you can spend hours looking or, if in doubt, just go straight for the Wolf
Blass. I think Mr. O‟Brien‟s plays are like that. Perfect for community theatre. Well chosen and well executed - it did the
job. In keeping with farce‟s ability to give the improbable plausibility - A plumber on an emergency call out ends up as a
marriage counselor. The plumber (John McMahon) takes the place of the Client‟s husband - who has unceremoniously
just dumped her after 31 years. The menopausal client (Jacqui Mata- Luque) watches her rigid mentoring/counseling
methods get shredded in favour of the plumber‟s home spun wisdom. Naturally the young couple, (Claire Watkins and
John McKenna) skip off down the yellow brick road at the end with new hope breathed into their relationship. Strong
characters and a good chemistry between Jacqui Mata Luque and John McMahon drove this play with a good passive,
balanced support by the young couple. Sure this play delivered naive solutions to dire emotional problems - but this was a
farce. Good fun. Christopher Durang‟s, The Actor’s Nightmare was a little gem. It‟s not important whether it was a
dream or an alternative reality. What is important is that George (Adam Freeman), armed only with a brief case and
Catholic guilt, suddenly finds himself being thrown cold into an array of plays. Without any knowledge of the plots or
scripts - let alone what he‟s doing there - bounces his way through these genres while learning to play the game on the
hoof. Neat, smart direction by Cathy Sheargold and committed ensemble playing by Claire Watkins, Catriona
McKechnie, Mandi Hardcastle and Joel Ivory made for a fast intelligent comedy. The strength was the playing of the four
genres and the flow that connected them. Shakespeare‟s “Hamlet”, Beckett‟s “End Game” and Robert Bolt‟s “Man for
All Seasons” were all right royally lampooned, and lampooned correctly. Fast and depriving the audience to come up for
air were the strengths. Basically, what was there not to like. An intelligent comedy done with intelligence.
Geraldine Aron‟s Bar and Ger was sad, funny and realistic. More than that it was a good theatrical aerobic workout for
the two actors (Harry Bayliss as Bar and Leea Gilmour as Ger). Great direction by Catherine Steer was the standout in this
production. Ms Steer worked her cast both physically and performance wise. A very spartan set forced the audience to
stay with the actors. Ritual and mime anchored down the story of a brother and sister (Bar and Ger) as it follows them
from Bar‟s birth to his untimely demise at 17. The whole emotional gambit was thrown in - and done well. It had
something for everyone. Random snapshots of their lives and memories were all brought sensitively to the fore and
portrayed with honesty. Having two sisters I can recognise those shared memories that link us all. For an evening of
laughter, it was good to see a lot of wet eyes by the end of the play. Incidentally - brave choice to do its original Belfast
accent. Good result with Harry and Leea pulling it off.
So. A good night out. New directors, new casts and new results. Now if only we just get some new blood in the audience
ring.




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                                            OPENING SOON
           SECRET BRIDESMAIDS’ BUSINESS
                                             AUSTRALIAN COMEDY
                                              Written by Elizabeth Coleman
                                               Directed by David Corben
Starring: Naomi Clasohm, Jesse Hana Ellison, Shaun Bennett, Jen Somerville, Katrina Harvey and Susie Pritchard.
This very funny Australian comedy is set in a hotel suite in Melbourne, Meg Bacon along with her mum and bridesmaids,
have gathered for a pre-wedding last night celebration. Meg has waited a long time for „Mr. Right‟ to come along, and
she is sure that James is just the right partner for her. Mrs. Bacon is flustered somewhat by the impending nuptials, but
remains bossy and clearly in charge of proceedings. Angela, who married quite young, has left the family at home and
excitedly relives some „lost youth‟ moments. Lucy turns up with the knowledge that James may not have been entirely
faithful, but will she tell Meg? Naomi replaces Lucy as bridesmaid and James arrives to set things straight. Will the
wedding go ahead?
                                               PERFORMANCES:
                     GALA OPENING NIGHT: JULY 22nd at 7pm, $25 (no concessions).
                       Pre show nibbles, glass of bubbly and programme included in ticket price.

                            OTHER PERFORMANCES: JULY 23rd, 29th, 30th AT 8PM
                                          MATINEE: JULY 24th AT 2PM
            Ticket Prices: Adults $18, Concession $16, Members $14, School Students $12, Groups 10+ $15
                                          (Group bookings to be prepaid).
                             BOOKINGS: Phone Bernadette on 5445 2515

Calling All Directors
Submissions are now open for 2012. If you have a full length play, musical or 10 minute play you would like to direct
next year please send a copy of the script to: The Secretary, BATS Theatre Co. Inc. P.O. Box 223, Buderim. 4556.
As usual our production times are dictated by the availability of the venue – please see below for dates of performances
for 2012.
In this economic climate we need to keep our costs to a minimum, so when you are looking at possible submissions please
take into consideration the royalty costs. For example, for our 10 minute play season, 6 x plays at $80 per performance
each for 5 performances is nearly two and a half thousand dollars expense before we even start. There are some excellent
plays with no or minimal royalties to be sourced on-line and also plays published by Maverick Musicals have lower
royalties and they have a very comprehensive selection. www.mavmuse.com For our May One Act play season for 2012
we will be producing the winners of the inaugural Edythe Brooke-Cooper Playwriting Competition (see details later in
this newsletter) and will be calling for directors to direct the three winning plays. If you would like to be considered
please register your interest with our Secretary Alice Rea on 54767785/0427 856 680 or email oliverea@bigpond.com or
Susie Pritchard on 54537283 or email pritchardelec@bigpond.com.au
If you have any enquiries regarding submissions please contact Alice.
                                                     DATES FOR 2012
Production 1             March 2, 3, 4, 9 & 10

Production 2            May 25, 26, 27, June 1 & 2

Production 3            July 13, 14, 15, 21 & 22

Production 4            October 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13




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10 Minute Plays 2012 - Playwrights and Directors
This years‟ season of 10 minute plays was hugely successful, both with interest shown by directors and playwrights and
audience response. We had full houses for most performances. If you are interested in being a part of this production for
2012 as a Playwright or Director please let me know. First time Directors are welcome on the condition that they will
take advice from our experienced directors. We already have a number of plays that playwrights have submitted to us
following our very successful 2011 season of 10 minute plays but no decisions have been made and we are more than
happy to read more. If you can find any ten minute plays on the net that are Royalty Free, please let us know. We will
NOT be paying Royalties for new material but will give playwrights their own complimentary table of 8 at an evening
performance of their choice. We are looking for six plays and six Directors to direct them. It is possible that we may
double up on Directors should be not receive six. Playwrights please keep your setting as simple as possible so that we
are able to flow smoothly from one play to the next. Remember we have the use of the Projector to put images onto the
back wall. In the first instance, please register your interest with Susie at pritchardelec@bigpond.com.au or by phone on
5453 7283.

                                      WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO THE SHOW
 We are looking for a name for this production – this year was “Snapshots 2011” but we would like you to be a part of
                   naming the 2012 production. The winner will receive a double pass to the show.
              Email your ideas to pritchardelec@bigpond.com.au with 10min Comp in the subject line.


                                        The Year Ahead – 2011
         All auditions, familiarisations and performances held in the Buderim War Memorial Hall.
        DATES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE SO PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE OR CONTACT
          SECRETARY ALICE REA ON 54767785/0427 856 680/EMAIL: oliverea@bigpond.com
                                     BOOKINGS FOR ALL SHOWS: 5445 2515

                                             THE MOUSETRAP
                                            A MURDER MYSTERY
                                                Written by Agatha Christie,
                                                Directed by Nancy Kinmond
The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has the
longest initial run of any play in history, with over 24,000 performances so far. The world's longest running play has lost
none of its form. Indeed, the reputation of this murder mystery masterpiece goes from strength to strength as new
generations of theatregoers are tricked and teased by a plot with more twists than a really twisty thing! A group of people
gathered in a remote part of the countryside discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it
be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity
and the motive are finally revealed. A cracking yarn and an irresistible treat for amateur sleuths everywhere.
    FAMILIARISATION: Monday 18th July 7.30pm (NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM LAST NEWSLETTER)
                                          AUDITIONS: Monday 25th July 7.30pm
                  Enquiries: Director Nancy Kinmond 5450 0495/Email: nancykinmond@hotmail.com
                      GALA OPENING NIGHT: OCTOBER 14th at 7pm, $25 (no concessions).
                       Pre show nibbles, glass of bubbly and programme included in ticket price.

                          OTHER PERFORMANCES: OCTOBER 15th, 21st, 22nd AT 8PM
                                    MATINEES: OCTOBER 16th & 23rd AT 2PM
            Ticket Prices: Adults $18, Concession $16, Members $14, School Students $12, Groups 10+ $15
                                          (Group bookings to be prepaid).
                              BOOKINGS: Phone Bernadette on 5445 2515


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                                  THE EDYTHE BROOKE-COOPER
                                   PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
                                      2012 ONE ACT PLAYS
Edythe Brooke-Cooper was a member of BATS Theatre Co. Inc from the late 1980‟s until her death in 2003. Her first
play to be produced by BATS was “Kisses In The Sky”, set in Milton in Brisbane behind the Castlemaine brewery, and
the name referred to the four X‟s on the roof. This was followed by many others over the next 20 years. Writing was
Edythe‟s passion. Many of her plays have been published by The Australian Script Centre. Prior to her passing, Edythe
made provision in her Will for the Edythe Brooke-Cooper Trust, established to sponsor a local playwriting competition.
Considering Edythe‟s affiliation with BATS Theatre Co. Inc., they were chosen by the Trustees to act as administrators of
this competition under specific guidelines set down by Edythe. BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is very proud to present this
competition on behalf of Edythe. The competition is to be run biennially alternating between one-act plays and full
length plays. It is the objective of this competition to foster and encourage playwrights.
The 3 winning One Act Plays will be produced on stage for a 5 performance season in May 2012

                                           ENTRIES CLOSE 31st OCTOBER 2011.

                                                         Co-coordinators:
           Susie Pritchard                        Ph: 54537283            Email: pritchardelec@bigpond.com.au
         Jacqui Mata Luque                        Ph: 54455464              Email: jacmata_2@hotmail.com

For more information and entry forms please go to www.batstheatre.com.au or contact Susie or Jacqui.

Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2011
Entry forms and rules of entry are now available to download from the Live Theatre website: www.livetheatre.com.au .
For more information or to be added to the mailing list for entry forms please email us at: festival@livetheatre.com.au.
This year the Open and Youth/Intermediate sections will be held on different weekends and at different venues. The Open
section is on August 19th, 20th and 21st at the Buderim War Memorial Hall and the Youth/Intermediate section is on
Saturday September 3rd at the Lind Lane Theatre in Nambour.
You do not have to be representing a Theatre to enter, you can enter independently.
PLAYREADINGS
Playreadings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the BATS Clubroom. These are run by Jacqui
Mata Luque and everyone is welcome.

                                                POSITIONS VACANT
           BACKSTAGE CREW, LIGHTING AND SOUND CREW – Contact Susie Pritchard 5453 7283

FRONT-OF-HOUSE STAFF, BAR STAFF – Contact Patsy Flint 5444 4140
                      Experience is a bonus - but inexperienced applicants will be trained.
 Wages: a sense of satisfaction for a job well done, being part of a great team, having fun, being appreciated for
                                                    your efforts.

An Invitation to Members
BATS Committee meetings currently are held in the BATS clubroom at 4.00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. All members
are invited to come along and see what their committee is doing for them. If you have an item for discussion you may contact the
Secretary (Alice Rea) ph: 5476 7785/0427 856 680, email: oliverea@bigpond.com no later than the Sunday prior to the meeting in
order that it may be included in the agenda.


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BATS WEBSITE
For all show and audition details and photos of shows check out our website www.batstheatre.com
Thankyou to Robyn Ernst who maintains this website.
Or check out what‟s happening on our Facebook Page – the link is http//www.facebook.com/pages/BATS/195970973771266
Thankyou to Cathy Sheargold who has set up and updates this page. Cathy also maintains our part of the Live Theatre Website.

Committee Contacts
President:              Susie Pritchard           54537283         pritchardelec@bigpond.com.au
Vice President:         Jacqui Mata Luque         5445 5464        jacmata_2@hotmail.com
Treasurer:              David Edwards             5445 5759        daviedwa@qld.chariot.net.au
Secretary:              Alice Rea                 5476 7785        oliverea@bigpond.com.au
Committee Members:
Patsy Flint (Front of House)                      5444 4140
John McMahon                                      5445 2515        johnnymac45@hotmail.com
Mary Newton                                       5478 8823
Kennedy Fox                                       54501747         brunleab@bigpond.net.au


                                  Sunshine Coast Alliance Theatres
                                         Website: www.livetheatre.com.au
 Buderim-BATS Theatre Co. Inc.            5453 7283                Caloundra Chorale                    5437 2719
 Coolum Theatre Players                   5446 1947                Jally Productions Inc             0422 492 735
 Noosa Arts Theatre                       5449 9343                The Independent Theatre at Eumundi 5472 8200
 Nambour-Lind Lane Theatre                5441 1814


Around The Theatres (For more information visit the website www.livetheatre.com.au
for June/July/August
BATS Theatre Co. Inc.: Secret Bridesmaids Business: Comedy: Gala Opening Night July 22 at 7pm for 8pm show
start. Other performances July 23, 29 & 30 at 8pm. Matinee July 24 at 2pm.
Bookings For All Shows: 54452515
The Independent Theatre at Eumundi: Comedy and Consommé: Dinner & 3 comedies: July 15, 16, 22 & 23 at
6.30pm for 7pm. Matinees: Sunday 17 at 2pm, Sunday 24 at 5pm.
Bookings For All Shows: 54728200 or online at www.eumundilivetheatre.com
Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Co: Little Shop Of Horrors: June 22, 23, 24 & 25, July 1, 2 ,6, 8 & 9 at 7.30pm.
Matinees: Sunday June 26, July 3 & 10 at 2pm.
Bookings: 54448675
Noosa Arts Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: July 27, 28, 29 & 30, August 3, 4, 5& 6 at 7:30pm
Matinee: July 31 at 2pm.
The Art of the Pianist Composer: By David Scheel, a comedic pianist in the mold of Victor Borge.
As part of his National Tour: August 7 & 8 at 7:30pm Matinee: August 7 at 2pm
Bookings For All Shows: 5449 9343 or online at www.noosaartstheatre.org.au.
Nambour Lind Lane Theatre: “Blood Brothers” Lind Lane‟s major youth production for the year. July 1, 2, 3, 6 & 8 at
8pm. Matinee: July 9 at 2pm.


GIFT VOUCHERS
The perfect gift for someone who has everything, or just enjoys the theatre. Gift vouchers for one or more
shows to BATS Theatre Co. Inc productions for 2011 are now available. Contact Secretary Alice Rea on
54767785/ 0427 856 680
 or email oliverea@bigpond.com to purchase yours.


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