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What is the AFL player hiding?
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The Guild Theatre is proudly presenting a special limited season of Managing Carmen, written by David Williamson, one of Australia's best-known dramatists and playwrights.

This fast-paced comedy is directed by the talented and experienced Chris Searle and features an exceptional cast of local actors.

Brent (played by Russell Godwin) is a young, handsome AFL star. Brent's ruthless manager Rohan (David Hines) is loud-mouthed, abrasive and loves all the money that Brent is making him. Rohan is being offered hundreds of thousands of dollars for advertisements with Brent's endorsement but he cannot put Brent in front of the cameras; Brent is a completely wooden actor and cannot learn to loosen up.

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Desperate, Rohan hires Jessica, a consultant psychologist (played by Donna Randall) to 'unlock' Brent so he can avail of these lucrative advertising deals. Jessica discovers that Brent has a surprising secret; a quirky addiction that could be enough to ruin Brent's AFL career, as well as his already rocky relationship with his self-absorbed trophy girlfriend, Clara (Caitlin Gleeson).

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To make matters worse, the notorious sports journalist Max Upfield (Chad Smith) senses a story and is continuously digging for clues as to what might be going on with Brent.

Managing Carmen is the second production of The Guild's exciting 2019 season.

Chris Searle previously directed David Williamson's When Dad Married Fury at The Guild in 2015, while Russell Godwin and Donna Randall shared the stage in The Guild Theatre's May 2018 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (playing Bottom and Titania/Hippolyta, respectively).

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Caitlin Gleeson was last seen on the Guild stage in 2017, playing American air hostess Gloria in the hilarious farce, Boeing-Boeing. David Hines and Chad Smith are established performers at the Guild, having performed in many plays throughout the years.

Managing Carmen will have audiences laughing heartily while giving them a little food for thought at the same time.

The modern play contains 41 scenes, a great deal of original film content and original music composed by cast member David Hines.

Purchase your tickets today and get caught up in this acclaimed Australian comedy created by master playwright David Williamson.

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Managing Carmen plays at The Guild Theatre from May 17 – June 8, 2019. Tickets are now on sale - choose from the following performances:

  • Friday 17 May 8 pm

  • Saturday 18 May 2 pm

  • Sunday 19 May 2 pm

  • Wednesday 22 May 8 pm

  • Friday 24 May 8 pm

  • Saturday 25 May 2 pm

  • Sunday 26 May 2 pm

  • Wednesday 29 May 8 pm

  • Friday 31 May 8 pm

  • Saturday 1 June 2 pm

  • Sunday 2 June 2 pm

  • Wednesday 5 June 8 pm

  • Friday 7 June 8 pm

  • Saturday 8 June 2 pm

  • Saturday 8 June 8 pm

    Secure your tickets now at

    Tickets are priced as follows: Adults $25, Concession $20, Theatre Parties (20 people or more) $20 and Special prices for Wednesday Nights – contact bookings.

    For more information on Managing Carmen and ticketing options, please visit

    * Please note that there is some strong language in the play.

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    When: May 17 – June 8, 2019
    Where: 87 Railway St & Walz Street, Rockdale NSW 2216
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