‘Swim, Dorph, swim….”

Mantra Pavilion Hotel Wagga is the major sponsor of Airswimming with support from Kooringal Pharmacy and Independent Commodity Services. The production will be seen in the Basement Theatre for eight performances from October 9-19.

Director Diana Lovett has drawn together two actors, Catherine Dawson and Grace Nicholson, who are as enthusiastic and as insanely driven as she is….which is quite appropriate for this play.

Based on a true story, Airswimming reflects the journey of two women, a Miss Kitson and a Miss Baker, who were incarcerated into a mental hospital for the criminally insane because they were women with human ‘failings’. They faced the injustice of a society whose desire was to hide what it did not want to accept. A situation that was only too prevalent in the 1800’s and pre 1970’s.

These two women represent the many who fell prey to the embarrassment to which families succumbed. So what were their crimes? And did they deserve life sentences? They were released in 1972 having spent 49 years and 51 years respectively in St Dymphna’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Catherine Dawson plays Persephene and her alter ego Porph, who is obsessed with Doris Day while Grace Nicholson plays Dora and her alter ego Dorph, who is a walking encyclopedia on military history.

Airswimming will have you laughing and crying as you reflect the injustices and the nightmares these women endure. Persephone and Dora will take you on their journey of survival.

Bookings can be made at the Civic Theatre   02 6926 9688

Group bookings (10+) at the Basement office 02 6922 2594


Make a date to go to the School of Arts Basement Theatre and see our production of Proof directed by Michael Mitchell.  Proof is a beautiful piece of theatre with outstanding acting by a great cast.
Featuring – Tony Trench ( Last seen as Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman) Jasmine Mc Donald, Sarah Hunn Mozes, Tim Mc Donald.
Sundays in August 10,17,24,31 at 3 pm.  Bookings at Civic Theatre 69269688
or at the door .
Prices – Adults $25, Concessions and School of Arts Members $20, Under 25’s $15 groups of 10 or more $15 per Person.
Don’t miss this great production.

Proof Poster Final


Proof by David Auburn
Directed by Michael Mitchell
On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer and Tony Awards, this Wagga Wagga School of Arts inc. production is proudly presented by Bee Dee Bags by arrangement with Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.
Catherine – Jasmine MacDonald (Top Left)
Robert – Tony Trench (Top Right)
Harold – Tim MacDonald (Bottom Left)
Claire – Sarah Hunn Mozes (Bottom Right)

Auditions for Airswimming


23rd  and 24th July 2014

To be held at the Senior Citizens Club on Tarcutta Street

Time 7.30pm


Contact SoACT office for details

Nunsense Auditions


WHEN:- Saturday July 20
Singing and Dialogue – prepare a   comedy monologue, 2 – 3 mins. and your own song choice, please bring backing track.
WHERE: Senior Citizens Club, Tarcutta Street
2 pm TO 5 pm


WHEN – Sunday 20th July
WHERE: Senior Citizens Club, Tarcutta Street
2 pm TO 5 pm

EMAIL – or phone 02 6921 2594


JOB DESCRIPTION: Five dedicated and reliable women who are strong singers, excel in acting and have a dance background.


Ten x 10 – An Assessor’s response!!

Following is an extract from an email sent to SoACT from Bethany Simons (one of the assessors) after the recent Ten x 10 playfest…

……Thank you once again for asking me to be an assessor for the Ten x 10 Play Fest, and for inviting me to attend the final performance on Sunday 1 June. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I know how much work goes into arranging the event, so my congratulations and I hope that it continues to be a festival that celebrates Australian voices and local talent.

Attached is a picture of the winners receiving their trophy. So glad that script made it to the stage!photo

Alliance Française de Wagga Wagga French Film Festival


For information regarding this film festival, go to the link below:


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