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Published May 27th 2017
Update June 27th 2018
Mt Cotton Theatre Group seems to have ceased to be.

Acting in the suburbs
Affordable Theatre in Brisbane

Do you feel faint when you see the prices of shows at QPAC? Never fear. There is a wealth of high-quality local theatre around.

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ViIllanova Players. All images from groups' websites.

I subscribe to 3 theatre groups (which is even more economical than the already very reasonable single tickets) and I have never been disappointed by any of their shows. The benefit of subscribing is that you are paid up, so you go to everything including things you may not think you'll be interested in. For instance, I didn't like the Wind in the Willows book or cartoon but I LOVED the play.

Produced by the Villanova Players, it was brilliantly done, very amusing and the acting was excellent. There were 5 girls who looked to be about 7 years old and an older boy who played the rabbits and mice and they were a delight to watch and amazingly talented. My 11-year-old granddaughter and her friend were enthralled.

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VIllanova Players have made their home in Yeronga

Villanova Players are currently based at Yeronga High School in the FT Barrel Auditorium in Oakwood St. This group has been around since the 1940s and has an excellent reputation for high quality. They often produce classics like Anne of Green Gables, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Seven Little Australians.

Coming up later this year is Honour from 26 August - 10 September and Much Ado About Nothing. from 3 November - 19 November.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 For Concession and Students and $12 for children. Group Bookings are $15.

Supper of wine, tea, coffee, juice with cheese and biscuits is $2.

St Luke's Theatre Group

St Luke's Theatre Group is another long-standing troupe. I was introduced to them by my Mum many years ago. I really love their play choices - always clever, often amusing and invariably well produced. I love to see the attention to detail and how they change the sets about each time - where will the door be this time?

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A past production.

Coming up: Home Is Where Your Clothes Are A Comedy by Anthony Marriott and Bob Grant.

Dates: 8pm - 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24.June; 2pm - 17, 24 June

The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon.
Performances: 8pm - 25, 26, 28, 30, 1, 2. and 2pm - 26, 2. August

The Sound of Murder A Drama by William Fairchild.
Director: Sharon White.

Performances: 8pm - 24, 25, 27, 29, 1, 2. 2pm - 25, 2 November

Based at the Anglican Church Hall of St Luke's at Ekibin Rd East, opposite the junction of Sexton St, Annerley, there is street parking and parking behind the church if you are early.

Tickets are Adults: $20, Pensioners/Students: $15,
Children (under 12): $5, Group Bookings of 20 or more: $15

Supper can be purchased for a couple of dollars. There is always a charity stall of some sort and a raffle so take some loose change.

Mount Cotton Drama Group
Mt Cotton Drama Group, based in the Redlands, has been entertaining audiences since 1974 performing all sorts of theatre: comedy, drama, one-act plays, mystery, contemporary, musicals and even some they write themselves.
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Mt Cotton Drama Group

Based at the Mt Cotton Hall, you'll have no difficulty finding parking.

Coming up are Confusions by Alan Ackbourn and directed by Roger Nicholls. This is a set of five interlinked one act plays: Mother Figure, Drinking Companion, Between Mouthfuls, Gosforth's Fete and A Talk in the Park.

Dates:28, 29 July; 4, 5, 11, 12 August 2017
Time: Doors open 7:30 pm; Performance 8:00 pm
Cost: $18 full price; $15 concession (pensioners or full time students); $10 member; $13 groups of 10 or more.

A complimentary glass of port or juice is offered on arrival and tea and coffee can be purchased during the interval.

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Past Production: Guilty Party.

Gardens Point Theatre

Gardens Point Theatre sometimes has fantastic shows for kids. I used to take my Year 2 class here every year.

Coming up is Mr Stink, June 24 to July 2 ($29.50)
Horrible Harriet 29 August to 3 September ($27)
Peter Coombe (Still fabulous after all these years) 15 July ($23)

Admission is worth very cent. Have lunch and a run around in the next door Botanical Gardens afterwards.

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Horrible Harriet

Book soon. Tickets go quickly.

Other groups that I've discovered are:

Front Row Theatre Racecourse Rd

Sunnybank Theatre Group

Nash Theatre at Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm 4005.

Sandgate Theatre at the Sandgate Town Hall

All these groups regularly advertise for stage crew, front of house helpers and hold auditions

Check out your local papers and watch out for signs outside halls.
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Why? As good as QPAC
Cost: From $15 to $25 adults
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You might like to try Sunnybank Theatre Group who also put on very excellent plays at very reasonable prices.
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