Variety to light up theatre stage

WARRNAMBOOL’S Lighthouse Theatre isn’t taking any chances with next year’s season. 

The new seven-month program will again be split in half, doubling the appeal to both sides of the age gap. 

“The season has two parts — the lights-up season which is more classic and mainstream performances and the fuse season which is more edgy and contemporary,” theatre manager Greg Diamantis explained ahead of last night’s official launch. 

“We keep on responding to what people like. It’s about what’s on offer and making sure we have a balance of comedy, drama, classical and contemporary stuff."

Up to 16 shows have been announced from March to October.

“We’ve got everything from the Australian Ballet Dancers Company to indigenous dance with the Djuki Mala dancers from the Northern Territory.” 

A gripping adaptation of George Orwell’s dark classic 1984 is also on the bill. The season won’t be confined to the Lighthouse stage either.  “We’re taking shows to Mortlake, Camperdown and Port Fairy,” Mr Diamantis said.

Comedy is the genre in demand this season. 

“We keep on responding to what people like. It’s about what’s on offer and making sure we have a balance of comedy, drama, classical and contemporary stuff.

“I think they’re looking for a little bit of light relief and humour but that’s not all you should give them. If we’ve got a cracking production of 1984 we’re not, not going to put it on because it’s a little harder to sell.

“Oz Opera are coming back to us with The Magic Flute but this time it’s set up in a really accessible style — they’re doing it Indiana Jones style.”  The season starts on March 1 with Tom Burlinson, ending on October 4 with comedy Unpack This. 

s.mccomish@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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