Sundays in August – Shirley Valentine

Bookings are now open for Wagga School of Arts’ exciting new production, Shirley Valentine.

Funny, thoughtful and always enjoyable, Shirley Valentine will be presented under the sponsorship of Mantra Pavilion Hotel for the School of Arts’ popular Month of Sundays in August, in the Basement Theatre, Morrow Street.

The production has special significance as the group’s first one-woman show, with Jo Darby taking on the challenging role of Shirley Valentine.

With a background of extensive acting experience in South Africa, Jo has appeared in Wagga in “Tenx10″ plays for SoACT, as well as supporting roles in the community productions of “My Fair Lady” and “Away”.

She is now bringing to life the lovable English housewife, Shirley Valentine, as she longs for excitement in her life, finally breaking free to holiday on a Greek island.

The play won the 1988 Laurence Olivier award as best new comedy and became a popular film starring Pauline Collins in 1990.

Wagga audiences can meet Shirley Valentine at 3pm each Sunday afternoon in August, beginning on 2 August.

Bookings can be made at the Civic Theatre Booking Office on 02 6926 9688.


Concessions $20

Adults $25

Groups of 10 or more $15.

Sundays in August – Shirley Valentine

Inside Mrs Joe Bradshaw – 42 year old mother of two grown children – is the former Shirley Valentine longing to get out.  Find out how she escapes from talking to the kitchen wall, cooking the nightly meal and seizing an opportunity to fulfil her dreams to have a totally different lifestyle in the Greek Islands. Winner of the 1988 Laurence Olivier Award for the Best Comedy.  Written by Willy Russell.

Sundays in August at the Basement Theatre 3 pm

Dates 2,9,16,23,30 August.

Bookings Civic Theatre Booking office 02 6921 9688 .


Concessions $20

Adults $25

Groups of 10 or more $15.

Starring Jo Darby
Director Nancy Blacklow
Assistant to the Director Fay Walters

Ten x 10 Playfest

Life and Laughter is the theme chosen for the 2015 Ten x 10 Play Fest as the chosen scripts reflect this theme in varied and numerous ways.  The writers chosen this year include two local writers which is a bonus as the aim of this Play Fest was to encourage up and coming playwrights, both locally and abroad.
The directors working on scripts are Margaret Bannister, Di Lovett, Ainsley Jenkins, Saasha Mc Millan, Tim Stait, Fay Walters , Sarah Hun Mozes, to name a few.  We are excited to see some new faces as actors and directors for this year.  New Directors being Saasha Mc Millan, Ainsley Jenkins, and Sarah Hun Mozes, Marilyn Starr. New actors include Bryce Thomas, Feliks j. Waltersdorf, Marol Brown,Tom Butler, John Paul Bacey,Haya Arzidin, Douglas Spafford,Marilyn Starr, Saasha Mc Millan.Urzula Hadler.
Bookings are now open at the Wagga Commercial Club and the season of the Ten x 10 Commences on Friday 29th May at 8 pm and runs Saturday 30th May 8pm and Sunday 31st May at 2 pm.  Ticket Prices are $25 and $20.  Riverina Water is the Naming rights sponsor for the fourth year running for the Ten x 10 Play Fest.  Convenor is Nancy Blacklow and she is delighted with the final selection of plays for 2015 Ten x 10 PLay Fest.
Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre take this annual Festival as a landmark event in their annual theatre calendar.  It takes a lot of work and effort to bring to Wagga audiences but is always received with great acclaim.


Once again we are planning for the 2015 Ten X 10 Play Fest to be held on May 29,30,31 at the Wagga Commercial Club.
We have a an entertaining list of plays with varied roles so we are now inviting you to join us at auditions for the festival plays in the Basement Theatre on Tuesday May 5 at 5 pm.
Please contact the SoACT office (email:  or phone 02 6921 2594) as soon as possible if you will be attending these auditions or, if this not suitable could you advise an alternative time you would be available to meet with directors.
The Plays:
1. How to Write a Ten – Minute Play – By Pete Malicki
2. Storm – by Robyn Horwell
3. by Seth Freeman
4. Family Dinner by Heidi Silberman
5. Ask Not for Whom the Phone Rings – by Felix Carlyle
6. Coulrophobia by Dean Lundquist
7. Santa’s Three by John Tilbrook
8. What’s On the Menu by Gwen Andrews
9. The First Fireworks by Alex Broun
10. Plus or Minus 40 Weeks by Suzy Wilds
Phone: 026921 2594



Dont miss the chance to see this great performance – this Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th at 7.30pm and Sunday 26th at 3.00pm

Contact the Civic Theatre to book your tickets now on 02 6926 9688, or contact the SoACT office on 02 6921 2594 or email

cast of Seventeenth Doll

NB: The Anzac Day performance scheduled for Saturday 25th April has been cancelled in respect of the special  centenary of Anzac Day.



This classic Australian play by Ray Lawler, recreates the idyllic summers of the past, highlighting the struggles of love and life for seasonal workers Roo and Barney, played by Tim Stait and Logan Franklin. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll was among the first naturalistic Australian plays performed some 60 years ago. The School of Arts production is being reverent about all facets of the original script, set costumes, and authenticity of the script.To give this authenticity a hands on approach Olive (Kristil–Rae Mobbs) and Pearl (Anna Swift) were taken to the Riverina Hotel to have some input from the owner Stephen Lawler. They had to work behind the bar, serve some drinks, whilst the remainder of the clients and cast watched with bated breath for their beers and checked the heads on each glass.

bw Anna Tim Logan Tim barAnna, Kristil-Rae, Tim and Logan

Ray Lawler, the author of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, would appreciate that the Riverina Hotel has a very strong resemblance to a 1950’s Carlton Hotel, however the icing on the cake is the name of the proprietor is Stephen Lawler who as it turns out, is a second cousin to the playwright.Stephen Lawler Sharon HornerStephen Lawler and Sharon

The Anzac Day performance scheduled for Saturday 25th April has been cancelled in respect of the special  centenary of Anzac Day. This performance has been replaced by a special Matinee on Saturday 18th April at 3 pm. This Matinee offers patrons a one off special deal where you can buy one adult ticket and get 50% off your second ticket purchase.

The other performances Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th at 7.30pm and Sunday 19th at 3 pm. The second week run is Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th at 7.30pm and Sunday 26th at 3.00pm.


Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Our first major production in 2015 will be Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, with a two-week season in April at the Basement Theatre.

Director Sharon Horner has selected a very strong and talented cast for her production that requires experienced actors. cast of Seventeenth Doll

Front: Margaret Bannister; Rear: (L to R) Anna Swift, Tim Stait, Kristil-Rae Mobbs, Logan Franklin, Grace Nicholson, Tim Lancaster, Sharon Horner (Director)

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an Australian classic that is celebrating 60 years this year since its original performance. The classical nature of this play and the fact that 2015 marks a significant anniversary, are only some of the many attributes that make this a great Australian play for Wagga audiences to engage with and enjoy a compelling theatrical experience.

Rehearsals are now well under way and we encourage members and friends to mark the dates in your diary.

The season commences in the Basement Theatre on Thursday 16th April and will run Thursday Friday 17th, Saturday 18th at 7.30 and Sunday 19th at 3 pm. The second week run is Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, Saturday 25th at 7.30pm and Sunday 26th at 3 pm.


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