“Promise” opens next week!

After the success of Bench earlier this year, Theatre Onset returns in May, uniting with In Theatre for Promise, a funny, tender, vibrant and moving play by English playwright, Megan Barker and directed by David Stocker.

Involving a large cast of adults and students and intricate staging, Promise tells the story of a small town set upon by scavenging media hordes determined to beat up a news piece about a teen suicide cult. They’ll stop at nothing to tell the tale their editors and producers want them to tell. They certainly won’t let the facts or the feelings of the town’s young people or their families get in the way.

Introspective high schooler Jay Jones stays quite literally above it all, spending as much time as he can alone atop a tree which holds many memories for him. Jay feels alienated from his family and misunderstood by his peers until he meets the mysterious Asha and a careful love story begins to unfold.

Timely and intelligent, featuring some of the best theatrical talent the valley has to offer, Promise  is an unforgettable drama that is most certainly not to be missed.

Promise opens at the Thimble Theatre , Bega High School on Friday 25th May, with performances on Saturday 26th May, and Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June.  The show then travels for one night only to the Murrah Hall on Friday 8th June and completes its season at the  Candelo Town Hall on Saturday 9th June.  All shows start at 7:30. Tickets $15/$10 and are available at the door.  Recommended for 14 years and above.

Mr Jones’ season ending soon

Mr Jones is now in the second week of performances…and true to form, we are now on our fifth Mrs Dwight. It may seem the role is cursed, but unlike the drummer in Spinal Tap, all our Mrs Dwights are alive and kicking. They just had…other things to do.

And so we welcome Mahamati into the cast, along with alternates Maddy Stocker as Jenny and Annalise Nolan as Grof (or Grof 2, as she is affectionately known).

Tickets can be bought at the door, but we are always cheered by knowing we have bookings, so if you would like to warm our hearts a little, please book on 02 6492 2619.

Adults $20, concession $15.

There is an interval and refreshments will be available. The show starts at 7:00PM on Friday and Saturday and 3:00PM on Sunday. The running time is about an hour and a half.


And now for Mr Jones

Our next production with history making for Theatre Onset – as surprising as it may seem, this is the first joint InTheatre and Theatre Onset production, with hopefully many more to come.

A dark, absurd comedy set in a year 10 classroom over a school period, maths teacher on the edge Mr Jones finds himself in front of an insolent, hot and bothered drama class. Will he get out of this with his faculties intact and his trousers on? Will he get out of it at all?

Mr Jones comes with some history; written by Jamie Forbes in 1989,  Mr Jones was initially produced by the Endeavour Theatre Company and was the first external production to be performed at the then newly renovated Thimble Theatre. Since then it has been workshopped and performed by St Martins youth theatre in Melbourne, produced as a radio play by the ABC (apparently the only one ever to generate a fan letter) and is, appropriately, currently being studied by an HSC drama class in Queensland. It has been re-written with several incarnations marking the different eras of production – this one includes updated references to celebrities, reality television and there are mobile phones.

Many, many mobile phones.


Jamie reprises his original role as Mr Jones and Rebecca Lupton is also once again appearing as the daft Senior Constable Beatrice Radish.


Performances are scheduled for two weekends commencing November 19th. Stay tuned for further information and booking details.