For 60 years, in an idyllic location at Kirribilli, the Ensemble Theatre has been providing entertainment in an intimate format. Its plans for 2021 follow a well-established pattern: seven entertaining plays that don’t hector the audience on gender and race issues while giving opportunities to a range of writers, actors and directors. No wonder audiences have been transferring their allegiance from other companies. For several years now, it has been the theatre of choice for David Williamson, the doyen of Australian playwrights, whose plays have provided rivers of revenue for theatre companies.
The 2021 season has begun with Kenny, a stage adaptation of Clayton and Shane Jacobson’s hugely successful film of the same name. It is already doing the job both for critics and audiences. Other highlights include Outdated, a bitter-sweet comedy about the stresses of modern dating for people in their 40s, written and directed by Mark Kilmurray.
Honour by Joanna Murray Smith can rightly be described as a modern Australian classic; a funny and penetrating examination of a modern marriage with Lucy Bell. There’s a modern British classic thriller The Woman in Black. David Williamson’s play is Nearer the Gods, examining egos and politics around Isaac Newton and his Laws of Motion.
Three of the Chaser boys: Andrew Hansen, Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor will take on Yasmin Reza’s international hit Art, probably the best material they’ve had to work with in years.
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