Upcoming Season of Short Plays

Dear theatre lovers of the Bega Valley,

Theatre Onset will be presenting a season of short plays in mid-late September in Bega. We think that by September, it will be possible to have a small audience attend the theatre but we will have to wait and see how many that is.

We have decided to launch this project as the casts will be small with rehearsals able to be at the discretion of Directors and Actors. We will work within the current social distancing requirements (whatever they are by July/August/September) and we will make sure that the production is held safely and all personnel involved looked after. Audiences too. If by then, there is another spike in COVID-19 cases and we go back into lockdown, we will of course, cancel the production!

The plays will need to have small casts and small production requirements. We are not sure of the venue yet so don’t think too big! We are looking for:

· Directors – if you have a short play you would like to present and would like to direct it, we would like to hear from you. It may be possible to split the Directors and the plays, ie. if you would like to direct but don’t have a play, or if you have a play but don’t want to direct, please let me know.

· Actors – we will need actors of course. Casting will be up to the directors.

· Props and costumes – if you are interested and have time to help make props and costumes in the privacy of your own home, please let me know in case we need you.

We will be curating the show to make sure we have a good spread of plays. If you would like to be a part of this show, please send me an expression of interest and we would like to see a copy of the play by Friday 19th June (scan and send to me preferably). We will be deciding on the show by the end of June.

Hopefully, we will be able to go ahead with our plans – we are all itching to get back into it!

I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you around the Valley sometime.



Secretary, Theatre Onset

Abstract Expressionism

Here’s a message from Mahamati Currie about the new production for Theatre Onset:

Dear theatre friends,
In amongst the devastation in our beautiful part of the world, my thoughts turn to performance. I would like to produce a play and would like to hear from anyone interested in helping out either on or off stage. We will rehearse the play from Feb-May and perform in mid May – all over by end of May. The play is called “Abstract Expressionism” by Theresa Rebeck, an American playwright. The play is witty, biting, full of relationship with some great roles. I am looking for:
· Female 60’s
· Female, late 30’s
· Female, late 20’s
· Character, mid 50’s. Written as a black male, if necessary, the part could be either male or female, black or white (I might be wrong about this but we will give it a go).
· Male, mid 50’s
· Male, 40
· Male, 30
· Male or female x 2, mid 30’s-40’s – smaller parts

I will be having an initial read through and we can all express our interest this Thursday 16th January at Mumbulla School at 6pm. If you would like to EOI but can’t be there at that time, please call me, text me or email me. And, of course, if the weather and fire emergency turns nasty again, we will postpone. Also looking for costumiers, set designers and builders, backstage help, marketing wizards, gofers and helpers of all sorts.

May you all be safe and come through this time with joy still in your hearts,
Mahamati 0448 248 322
Theatre Onset

AGM and Bit of a Do

Dear Members & Friends of Theatre Onset Inc,

Theatre Onset will have its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18th December at 5pm at our President, Robert Buck’s house at 62 Parabell St, North Bega.  If you have energy and availability and would like to join the committee, you would be very welcome.  We are a small committee so more active hands would be great!  If you can’t make the AGM but would be happy to be on the committee, let me know.


  1. Ratify minutes from last year’s AGM
  2. Reports from President, Treasurer and Secretary
  3. Election of office bearers
  4. Any General Business


This sounds very dry but we will make it short and snappy and then we can nibble and have a drink!  Bring a plate and a drink if you can.

RSVPs would be appreciated.




Theatre Onset

Annual General Meeting — come along!

Dear theatre lovers of the Bega Valley,

Theatre Onset will be having its AGM on Wednesday 14th November from 6:30pm at the Funhouse in Bega.  We would love you to come and share your thoughts, your ideas, your theatre wishes and your energy for Theatre Onset moving into the future.  We are always happy to welcome new people into the company and are always on the lookout for actors, directors, producers, stagehands – anyone who would like to get involved.  Theatre is a great place for forging new friendships.


We hope to bring you some exciting theatre in 2019 and this will be the place where we toss ideas around.


Food & drink will be available – TBC.  For now, if you are able to join us, just keep the date free in your diary!



Theatre Onset

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 www.trybooking.com/UKZA.  Limited tickets will be available at the door.  Strongly not recommended for children under 15.

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