For the next week (May 22-31), four famous women from history, a group of World War Two soldiers and a defence lawyer will grace the stage at the Sandgate Theatre.
They are bringing with them a remarkable chance for Brisbane locals to set their minds wandering through different eras and cultures.
Jennifer Marie Sancho's drama, 'Politically Correct', is set in the 'common room' of an asylum where four inmates plan an escape. Jane Austen, Margaret Thatcher, Emmeline Pankhurst and Florence Nightingale must work together to flee their incarceration and advance the causes of women.
In 'I Dream before I Take the Stand' by Arlene Hutton (best known for 'The Nibroc Trilogy'), a defence lawyer cross-examines a women during a sexual assault case – and in doing so horribly distorts her innocent walk in the park.
Hutton is an alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Dramatists' Guild. Her plays have been performed across the US, in London, Edinburgh to name just a few locations.
The third and final play is 'The Magistrate'. Written by Sandgate Theatre member Alec Adsett, this will be the play's first-ever showing. A small group of soldiers fighting in WW11. One of them is near mortally wounded and in his near death state meets the mysterious figure of the Magistrate. She decides if the wounded soldier should ascend, descend or be returned to the mortal plain.
Intermissions between the plays will feature Award Winning Bush Poet Ron Leikefett, a former Australian Champion and recent winner at the prestigious 'Oracles of the Bush' poetry competition at Tenterfield NSW.
Sandgate Vice-President and Co-Director David Jones with daughter Caitilin of Politically Correct says the one Act Plays are presented by a great mix of highly experienced actors and a sprinkling of new talent. "They provided a great opportunity to showcase Alec's new play and introduce some new Directors to our group. I'm very excited to be involved in putting this night together with a great bunch of people."
Sandgate Theatre is again offering 'Dining with the Stars' which is proving very popular. This concept invites the audience to bring whatever food and drink they want (table seating provided) while watching the show.
Amateur theatre has been performing at the Sandgate Town Hall since 1958. At the time they started with a donation of £5.5 from the local Rotary group under the name The Sandgate Little Theatre Group.