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A Chorus of Disapproval at Star of the Sea Theatre

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Alan Ayckbourn's classic live on stage
This April, Factory Space Theatre Company is proudly presenting a limited season of the classic dark comedy 'A Chorus of Disapproval'.

Written by English playwright Alan Ayckbourn, 'A Chorus of Disapproval' centres on young innocent widower, Guy Jones, who joins an amateur theatrical group currently staging a production of "The Beggars Opera".

Guy eventually secures the lead role but life soon imitates art as he makes friends (and enemies) with his fellow cast members, all in a riot of sex, death and theatrical frenzy.

This hilarious fast-paced comedy is a cautionary tale of a man who couldn't say no to wine, women or song and features the original songs from 'The Beggar's Opera' (however they are sung in a new context).

The exciting production is directed by Roz Riley with musical direction by Susan Briedis. The cast incudes Sophie Almada, Ella Arendelle, Danny Bolt, Susan Briedis, Andrew Cougle, Julie Dimond, Maria Hempill, Keith McIlroy, Luke Reeves, Micky Rose, Jerome Studdy, Kurtis Wakefield and Sally Williams.

From the review by Sydney Playwright W Lewis:

"It's Alan Ayckbourn so you just know it will have crazy characters, bizarre monologues & much hilarity. But this one has extra punch: a wacky Welshman who holds things together by the skin of his teeth…just. ".... The show is dotted with songs from the opera – beautifully performed by all – an added bonus!"

Tickets are now on sale for this strictly limited season at Star of the Sea Theatre.

Performance times are as follows:

  • Friday 7th April at 7.30pm [Opening Night]

  • Saturday 8th April at 7.30pm*

  • Sunday 9th April at 3.00pm*

  • Friday 21st April at 7.30pm*

  • Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm*

  • Sunday 23rd April at 3.00pm*

  • Friday 28th April at 7.30pm*

  • Saturday 29th April at 7.30pm [Closing Night]

    ** No performances on Easter Weekend **

    Tickets are priced as follows:

  • Adult - $35

  • Concession - $28 (Senior, Pension, Student, MEAA Member)

    Bookings can be made online via TryBooking and early bookings are advised.

    For more information on this production and ticketing options, please visit

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    When: From Friday 7 April 2017 to Saturday 29th April (not playing over Easter weekend)
    Phone: 94391906
    Where: Star of the Sea Theatre, Collingwood & Iluka Avenue Manly, NSW, 209
    Cost: $35/$28
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