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Of Mice and Men


Theatre Onset is excited to present a production of  John Steinbeck’s classic story, Of Mice and Men to the people of the Bega Valley in May.  It is a play about mice and puppy dogs, dreams and hardship mateship and heavy burdens.  Set in the Great Depression in the US in the 1930s, we follow the poignant story of two very different men striving towards their shared dream.

Under the experienced direction of David Stocker, Theatre Onset has gathered a great cast for this production.  There are some experienced favourites with Jamie Forbes, John Fitzmaurice, Robert Buck and Indigo Walker.   Karl Auer comes to us from Pambula’s Footprint Theatre and James Cook is fresh from a successful cricket season.  There are a few exciting new faces in Ethan Dack, a Bega mechanic, Malcolm Oastler who used to manage a racing car team and Peter Byrne from Tanja who is a dry-stone waller who started his career in Cornwall.  To cap it all off, we have Warren Foster from Wallaga Lake who has made time for the play from his part in a zombie movie being filmed out west.

This is one of John Steinbeck’s few plays.  It is elegantly written and rightfully considered a classic.  Not to be missed.

Catch the production at the Funhouse in Bega on Friday 11 May and Saturday 12 May at 7:30pm, Sunday 13 May at 3pm then Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May at 7:30pm and the final performance on Sunday 20 May at 3pm.  Tickets are $20/$15 conc and available through  Limited tickets will be available at the door.  Strongly not recommended for children under 15.

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Booking for Of Mice and Men are now open.

Of Mice and Men … and home improvement injuries


Of Mice and Men performance dates!

Friday May 11, 7.30pm
Saturday May 12 , 7.30pm
Sunday May 13, 3pm
Thursday May 17, 7.30pm
Friday May 18, 7.30pm
Saturday May 19, 7.30pm
Sunday May 20, 3pm.

Funhouse, Bega.

Theatre Onset Annual General Meeting

Theatre Onset AGM. Wednesday, December 6, 6.30pm. Jamie and Becky’s place. All interested parties welcome.

Auditions for Flora and Ulysses.

First round of auditions have turned up some great young talent BUT, where are the oldies?

This show can’t go ahead without the commitment of a crew that could be part of a really inventive and colourful show.

We need

Actors Male and female (mid 40’s)


People with imagination and skill to build a colourful set

People with the imagination and skill to create a live sound yes folks no recordings  loud bang crash Grrrrw noises from on stage

People to  create costumes.


Please make contact with Nic  64922619

If the timing of this show ( Nov Dec Jan  rehearsal, production) is a problem please indicate.

Auditions, readings

Theatre Onset in Bega is holding auditions and play readings for two plays to be performed in 2018:

1.       The first is for a play to be directed by Alex Nicol and performed in January 2018 (need to be available throughout November, December and January for rehearsal and performance). We are looking for a cast of 7.   Flora and Ulysses, adapted from the children’s book by Kate D’Camillo, is the unlikely tale of a squirrel sucked into a vacuum cleaner and who, as a result, has super powers. He gets his name from the enormous Ulysses 2000 X vacuum cleaner that sucked him up. Our super powered squirrel, like all good super heroes is strong and can fly but better yet, he writes poetry. He is adopted by Flora the ten year old daughter of a romance writing mother and a dithering father.

We would like to hear from people interested in the following:

·         a cast of seven with some actors doubling in smaller roles

i.      two young people capable of playing ten year old Flora and eleven year old William Spiver (ideally teenagers)

ii.      an actor capable of voicing Ulysses and manipulating a hand puppet.

iii.      A great character part for an older woman

iv.      two  roles for thirty/forty something women and

v.      a poor sad sack of a dad.

·         a designer who could bring the comic book  style of set to life

·         costume makers for the bright simple costumes,

·         carpenters for the comic-book cut out furniture; and

·         a live orchestra – someone with imagination to come up with weird ways of making sounds and performing them live during the show

Anyone interested in performance, backstage or technical roles should come to the Funhouse in Bega on Sunday 22 October 2-5pm.  Actors interested in auditioning are invited to call Alex Nicol on 6492 2619 to arrange an appointment.


2.       The second is for the play,  Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, directed by David Stocker.  A play about hard decisions in a hard time, set in the Depression years.  Cast needed is for mainly males (piece workers on a barley farm).  This is a good play for new actors as there is a bunch of smallish parts.  A playreading will be held at the Funhouse on Sunday 5th November from 2pm at the Funhouse.  Please call David Stocker on 6492 6117 for further info, otherwise just turn up.  Set designers and builders also required.

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