Essendon Theatre Company


Summer of the Aliens

By Louis Nowra

Directed by David Runnalls


The year is 1962 and the world is worrying about the Cuban missile crisis, except for Lewis, a youth on the cusp of manhood, growing up in a Melbourne housing commission suburb. He is preoccupied with flying saucers, much to the disgust of his friend Brian who can think only of losing his virginity.

The play centres on relationships, especially the relationship between 14 year old Lewis and 14 year old Dulcie. It is through Dulcie that Lewis begins to understand that the struggle to be adult is the struggle to understand the world around him.

Summer of the Aliens is a vivid and amusing evocation of a family and a neighbourhood whose increasingly strange behaviour Lewis is forced to interpret in the only way he can… the aliens must be among us!


5 – 8 & 12 – 14 September 2019

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm

9 Bradshaw Street, Essendon

(Entry off Buckley St)


Lewis – Ben Smalley

Dulcie – Marniesa Martinez

Narrator – Donal Taylor

Norma – Sonja Prater

Grandma – Sandy Green

Brian – Lochie Curran

Eric – Darren Gregor

Bev – Jess Gregor

Uncle Richard and Stan – Andrew Pitt

Mrs. Irvin – Angela Trakula

Mr. Pisano – Gilbert Gauci

Beatrice – Lauren Preston

Japanese Woman – TBC


Ticket prices: $20 adult; $18 Concession

CASH ONLY Payments at the door



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