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An ingenious play that entertains on so many levels
From left to right: Andrew Tighe, Christa Nicola and Peter Kowitz. Photography by Prudence Upton.

Taking Steps, a classic farce by British comic master Alan Ayckbourn, is now playing at the Ensemble Theatre for a strictly limited season. Tickets are now on sale for this critically acclaimed production, performing over the Christmas period, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Start your New Year with a healthy dose of laughter and great entertainment with the hilarious Taking Steps.

Book your tickets for Tuesdays 2nd January, 8:15pm performance and receive 2 tickets for the price of 1 with our SPECIAL FESTIVE SEASON '2 for 1 TICKET OFFER' for WEEKENDNOTES SUBSCRIBERS. Click on the link here to take advantage of this exclusive offer!


"Frothy yet fiendishly difficult, Alan Ayckbourn's 1979 Taking Steps is farce with the doors off. Ayckbourn conjures a stern test of directorial traffic management and actorly timing. Director Mark Kilmurry's production is well thought-out and choreographically sound. London is appealing …. Kowitz is in growling good form…Livingstone provides the piece with a small beating heart as Tristram." Sydney Morning Herald
From left to right: Emma Harvie, Simon London, Peter Kowitz and Drew Livingston. Photography by Prudence Upton.

The riotous comedy is a delicious cocktail of mismatched lovers, dirty dancing, bad hair and real estate!

Taking Steps takes place in three rooms on one chaotic night in a creaky Victorian mansion, ripe for re-development.

Elizabeth wants to leave Roland; Roland wants to buy the house for Elizabeth; Leslie wants to sell the house to Roland; Kitty wants to leave Mark and Mark wants to keep Kitty. Tristram, meanwhile, is extremely worried about seeing a ghost...

From left to right: Peter Kowitz, Andrew Tighe and Drew Livingston. Photography by Prudence Upton

Ensemble Theatre's Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry has assembled a stellar cast for this ingenious play that entertains on so many levels.


"Mark Kilmurry's direction is superb... What really makes TAKING STEPS ... a great show, is the cast... TAKING STEPS is a play you should not miss. It is thoroughly enjoyable." Sydney Arts Guide

From left to right: Emma Harvie and Drew Livingston. Photography by Prudence Upton

Taking Steps is playing at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli, NSW, 2061. The season will continue until Saturday 13 January, 2017. Closed for Xmas Eve, Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day! Click here to see the performance times.

Tickets are priced from $42 to $71 and booking charges may apply.

To make a booking, please contact 02 9929 0644 or visit www.ensemble.com.au

Taking Steps is recommended for ages 12 and up.

From left to right: Simon London and Christa Nicola. Photography by Prudence Upton.


"In Drew Livingston the production has the absurd yet rock-solid central performance and he is a daft delight. Christa Nicola too is very funny as the dancer with the leastest…her frenetic practice routines and pretensions are pleasurably awful. Simon London brings wide-eyed puzzlement to his role as her boring brother whose aim in life is to open a fishing tackle shop and live happily ever after with Kitty – who sensibly made a run for it, but has inexplicably returned. Emma Harvie carries off this mix of hopelessness and indecision with aplomb and comical gloom. It's a treat to discover these three talents on the Ensemble stage. Peter Kowitz and Andrew Tighe are the well known vets of the company and do what they do with deceptive ease and skill…The fresh faces are a pleasure, Drew Livingston is splendid and a lot of people in the opening night audience got a lot of laughs. Now much looking forward to The Norman Conquests" Stagenoise

"The production is a sleek one, with good energy from a well-rehearsed cast… a classic farce. Peter Kowitz is particularly credible…effortlessly charming. Emma Harvie and Drew Livingston are refreshing presences" Suzy Goes See

"...physical humour abounds...All the performances are strong..." Oz Baby Boomers


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When: Previews from 23 November, 2017, opening night Wed 29 November, season to Sat 13 January, 2017.
Phone: 02 9929 0644
Where: 78 McDougal Street, Kirribilli
Cost: $42-$71 (booking charges may apply)
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