Brand new plays
Unexplored classics by great writers
If a play hasn’t previously been staged in Adelaide then it’s our honour and mission to bring it to you.
Along with a splash of dazzling contemporary plays, you can still expect to see great plays by great names such as Aristophanes, Euripides, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Havel, Albee, Mamet and a long list of others. Many of their wonderful works have never received a public performance in Adelaide.
This is the Red Phoenix Theatre mission.
Artistic Director, Michael Eustice says,
"We have embarked on a theatrically themed voyage. During the next four years we will explore the old adage about the things we are told we should never discuss in polite company; politics, religion, money and sex. 2017 will be the first year of our vision’s journey and we will stage three plays all linked by the theme of Politics. This will be followed by Religion & Faith (2018), Money (2019) and 2020 will be a year filled with Sex. We refuse to bite our tongues"
by Albert Camus (translated by David Greig)
Directed by David Eustice
In this darkly comic drama, the charismatic but dangerously unpredictable Roman Emperor tries to understand the meaning of life. Not all goes well for those around him!
Following the death of his beloved sister, Caligula deserts the Roman Assembly for three days and nights. During his absence, he imagines a perverse campaign of murder and horror in a quest to discover personal freedom and happiness.
Nobel Prize winner, Albert Camus's internationally acclaimed drama creates a captivating theatrical balance between terror, intrigue, and dark comic moments.
This rip-roaring translation by Scottish playwright, David Greig played to rave reviews on London's West End.
Directed by Michael Eustice and featuring an outstanding cast of Adelaide actors including Adrian Barnes, Robert Bell, Joshua Coldwell, Brant Eustice, Ruby Faith, David Grybowski, David Lockwood, Mark Mulders, John Rosen, Malcolm Walton, Tracey Walker and Lyn Wilson.
May 24 – June 2
By Vaclav Havel
This hysterically funny play by one of Europe's most admired playwrights is receiving its Australian premiere at Holden Street Theatres.
In a fictional country, the government invents a conspiracy to justify military force, censorship, and torture to preserve its democratic ideals.
NOV 2 – 11, 2017
By Jerome Bixby
Directed by Robert Kimber
Cast includes: Fahad Farooque, Andrew Horwood, Brant Eustice, Tony Busch, Gary George, and Lyn Wilson.
A wonderful stage adaptation of the sci-fi cult movie. History professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the University where he has been lecturing for 10 years. But he won’t tell his friends why he is leaving or where he is going. He plans to leave all his friends and his girlfriend behind. As he is packing to leave his colleagues arrive for a surprise farewell party. They spend the night trying to unravel the mystery and then they hear something they never expected. But is it true?
Tempers rise and emotions flow as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, but it soon becomes clear that his tale is as impossible to disprove as it is to verify. What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax. Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome Bixby, writer of the original Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, first conceived this story back in the early 1960's. It would come to be his last great work.
August 16 – 25
by Hannie Rayson
A boat packed with refugees sinks and 250
people drown. What happens when two
powerful but politically opposed brothers
encounter deadly conflict?
MAY 18 – 27, 2017
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by Tim Firth
Cast includes: Tracey Walker, Sharon Malujlo, Bronwyn Ruciak, Lyn Wilson, Cheryl Douglas and Nick Fagan.
Mizzis Horrocks' class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads -- and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles he's not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won't stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes. The children are played by adults, who later play their parents so the set changes accordingly to reflect the different in scale. This warm, witty, funny play is an ideal alternative to the usual Christmas fare with original lyrics set to the tunes of the usual Christmas carols. It was first performed to critical acclaim at the Liverpool Playhouse
November 8 – 17
THE WHITE HOUSE MURDER CASE
By Jules Feiffer
A Presidential election is pending. The USA is at war with Brazil when there is a catastrophic blunder on the battlefield, followed by a bizarre murder in the White House.
How can this madness be spun to the voting public, especially when the President’s wife is a ‘make love not war’ protestor?
AUG 10 -19, 2017