Playbill 2023

1. Puffs
or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

By Matt Cox

Directed by Alexander Gibbs

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Season Dates: 23 -26  March & 30 March – 1 April 2023
Thursday, Friday & Saturday performance at 8pm;
Sunday Matinee at 2pm

2. We Wrote Some Plays!

A Series of One Act Plays 


ETC presents a series of One Act Plays written and directed by Members of the Essendon Theatre Company

Between Life & Death By Angelo Snell
Directed by Shobana Sebastian

An exploration of how a father and mother come to terms with the unexpected loss of their son. We join Arthur and Abigail, one week prior to Julian’s funeral, as they endeavor to navigate not only the aftermath of his sudden absence, but also contend with the wreckage of their fractured marriage. Arthur, plagued by relentless regret, searches for answers in Julian’s journals.

Arthur – Joel Beiling
Abigail – Emily Goode
Julian – Angelo Snell
Willow – Alyssa Campagna

The Worst Thing Is… By Melissa Forge
Directed by Casey Bohan

We meet Olli & Jules on the worst day of their lives – Olli has just received a terminal cancer diagnosis, Jules has been unceremoniously sacked from her high- profile job.
Both women must process the loss of the futures they had imagined.

Olli – Sophie Stewart
Jules – Melissa Forge

Garry Written and Directed By Audrey Farthing

Being a hardboiled, wisecracking Private Investigator isn’t always a life of danger and excitement. Sometimes it’s about making ends meet. All he needs is one more case to keep the wolves from his door. This smokey dame could be the answer to his prayers, but something about her story just doesn’t add up. As if this summer wasn’t hot enough, now that busy body Detective Inspector keeps sniffing around…

Man – Warrick Smith
Woman – Luisa Romeo

Season Dates: 3 – 6 August & 10 – 12 August 2023
Thursday, Friday & Saturday performance at 8pm;
Sunday Matinee at 2pm

3. The Odd Couple (Female Version)

By Neil Simon

Directed by Angelo Snell

Olive and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped apartment. As the game continues, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. However, Olive and Florence have VERY different personalities. Where Olive is messy, untidy, and unconcerned about the state of her apartment, Florence is obsessively clean, tidy, and obsessed with hygiene. Olive’s easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers, their differences come to a head and sparks fly.

Season Dates: 23 – 26 November & 30 November – 2 December 2023
Thursday, Friday & Saturday Performance at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm