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Dark Voyager Presented By The Castle Hill Players

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe Meet
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The theatre poster (website image)


Dark Voyager by John Misto, directed by Annette van Roden and presented by Castle Hill Players is a voyage into a mythical meeting of glamorous greats. Four women and one man take control of the stage as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, up and coming starlet Marilyn Monroe, gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, and her house boy Skipper. After three decades Bette and Joan are nearing the end of their respective careers after many movies and marriages and although rivals in work they unite against a common foe in the young and vivacious Marilyn.

Theatre, drama, movies, Castle Hill, retro, legends, Hollywood
Bette and Joan (image Chris Lundie)


This is a dark comedy full of intrigue, gossip and scandal and you may learn something new about these iconic stars. A lot of the humour is cringeworthy and uncomfortable as it comes from bullying, sexism and racism and would not be understood by younger audience members. There are many allusions to 'sleeping' your way to the best roles similar to recent 'Me Too' incidents.

Drama, theatre, Castle Hill, humour, entertainment, glamour, Hollywood, satire
Hedda and Bette (image Chris Lundie)


Conspiracy theories abound and there is a plethora of oneliners especially in the first act, as well as slapstick, singing and dancing. Dark Voyager is not politically correct by any means but the humour is indicative of the 1960s. The actors approach their roles with gusto aided by the simple effective set and great costumes.

Theatre, drama, glamour, Hollywood, Pavilion theatre, Castle Hill
Marvellous Marilyn (image Chris Lundie)


Dance, drama, theatre, Castle Hill, entertainment, humour, community theatre, nightlife, satire
It takes two to tango (image Chris Lundie)


The play is detailed and at two hours is probably about 15 minutes too long. The second act is not as funny as the first and the plot becomes convoluted and confusing but it is still entertaining.

That being said I found Dark Voyager an enjoyable theatrical experience and now want to investigate further into the lives of these people.

Drama, theatre, Pavilion Theatre, glamour, Hollywood, Castle Hill, entertainment
Secret love ( image Chris Lundie)
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Why? Great entertainment in the Hills
When: 8:15pm on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 4:30pm on Sundays (no show on April 19)
Phone: 9634 2929 for bookings
Where: Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill Showground Doran Drive, Castle Hill
Cost: $27 adults, $22 concession (no booking fee for online bookings)
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