2021 AGM minutes

THEATRE ONSET – AGM

SUNDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2021

Present:  Jamie Forbes, Rebecca Lupton, Mahamati, David Stocker, Dennis Stanton, Robert Buck, Amber Little

Apologies:  Alex Nicol, Di Nicol, Skye Etherington, Donna Cotter, Rachelle Blick, Corinne Markov, Kerry Hynes

Minutes of AGM 8th November 2020 read out and accepted

President’s Report – It’s always good to have something in the pipeline!

  • Despite a year of lockdowns, reduced audience capacity and the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was a good year.  
  • The Chump St tour held in March was fun, although the audiences were small and the workshops did not attract many participants.
  • “Venus in Fur”, held at Candelo Town Hall, was a great production.  Financially, was one of our most successful shows.  With only two in the cast, it was easier to get this show up and running.
  • “Goldilocks and the 3 Bros” written by Jamie, was workshopped with actors and the musicians in readiness for production in July 2022.
  • The committee spent time looking at the old Uniting Church in Bega with a view to using it as a theatre venue.  We started using it as a rehearsal and performance space until Covid hit. We will continue to use as needed.
  • Twyford Theatre is being built in Merimbula but is not ready yet and may not be ready for 2022 season.
  • The Bega Showground revamp is rumoured to have a theatre included.

Treasurer’s Report

  • No bank activity since July 2021
  • “Venus in Fur” was our highest grossing show ever, and we were able to pay our Sound and Lighting operators.
  • Outgoings:
    • $725 for insurance
  • Income
    • Grant for Chump St tour

New Committee elected:

  • President:  Jamie Forbes
  • Vice President:  David Stocker
  • Treasurer:  Rebecca Lupton
  • Secretary:  Mahamati
  • Committee:  Amber, Dennis, Robert
  • Public Officer:  Alex Nicol

General meeting followed:

  • “Mr Bailey’s Minder” was being rehearsed when the Covid lockdown hit and has not re-started.  Mahamati directing
  • Sandy Glass brought a children’s play to Theatre Onset with the view to performing it for local schools in 2022. 
  • “Odd Couple” and Äugust : Osage County” are on the backburner till Theatre Twyford is ready .
  • “Goldilocks and the 3 Bros” will be performed in July (indoor venue) and/or at Christmas in an outdoor venue (Magic Mt?)

Goldilocks and The Three Bros

We’re doing a reading of Goldilocks and The Three Bros at the old Uniting Church (125 Gipps Street, Bega) on Sunday, May 2, at 3pm. We just want to see what the first draft of this strange play for kids and strange people reads like before we put the finishing touches on the songs and start to workshop it with an aim to a November production. Please come along and lend us your talented opinions and opinionated talents.
Feel free to spread the word to any others who might be interested.

Venus in Fur opens soon, book now!!!

Bega’s Theatre Onset is excited to present Venus in Fur by David Ives at the Candelo Town Hall in March, 2021. The play features Amber Little and Jesse Tankard, and is directed by Mahamati.

Thomas Novachek is auditioning actresses to star in his new play, an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in Furs, the 1870 novel that inspired the word masochism. So far Thomas has found no-one up to playing his lead, Vanda. He’s about to give up when a sexy, brash and seemingly clueless actress barges in and demands an audition.

Her name?
Vanda.
As a storm descends on the city outside, Thomas and Vanda embark on a journey that will challenge him and define her.
Venus in Fur is spellbinding and kinky, hilarious and frightening, seductive and brilliant. Just like Vanda.

And the Lord hath smitten him and delivered him into a woman’s hands …

Performances between Friday 19 March 2021 and Sunday 28 March 2021. Night time

performances at 7:30pm and 2 matinees at 3pm at the Candelo Town Hall. (conc). Bookings essential –
https://www.trybooking.com/BOWVE
Running time 90 minutes.

Venus in Fur will be performed in one act and will not include an interval. Suitable for adult audiences.