Sandra Bates and Mark Kilmurry today announced the 2015 season, which will be Sandra Bates' last season as Artistic Director. Sandra announced she will retire from her position of Governing and Artistic Director in Jan 2016, celebrating 30 years at the helm of the theatre.
Sandra Bates writes: "2015 is my final season. What an incredibly joyous 30 years and it has been my privilege to have shared it with you all. I've had a ball. So if it's such fun, why stop? Macular degeneration is beginning to take its toll and it's time Mark Kilmurry, in whom I have total confidence, takes his turn to steer Ensemble Theatre into the future, without me peering over his shoulder. Hopefully, eyesight permitting, I'll be back to direct productions in the future. I want to thank all those people who have ensured Ensemble Theatre has not only survived but thrived over these 30 years: the creatives, the back-stage folk and the incredibly hard working staff, a number of whom have been with Ensemble Theatre almost as long as I have. Most of all my heartfelt thanks go out to you, the audience, because without you, there is no us."
Mark Kilmurry writes: "Sandra's final year as Artistic Director is sad and hard to think about. There are not many people in the world who give you an opportunity that changes your life. When Sandra invited me to be Associate Director at the Ensemble Theatre in 2005 she quite simply changed my life in many brilliant and wonderful ways. For that I will be forever thankful, and when the time comes, I will miss her hugely. I regard Sandra as my mentor, my colleague and my good friend. Of course Sandra won't be far away and I will be bugging her to direct every season and for as long as she wants to... So for this next season: here's to Sandra Bates with my love and thanks."
PLAY 1: WORLD PREMIERE, DREAM HOME by DAVID WILLIAMSON (from Jan 31)
Directed by David Williamson, Cast includes: Justin Stewart Cotta, Guy Edmonds, Katrina Foster, Haiha Le, Libby Munro, Olivia Pigeot
PLAY 2: WORLD PREMIERE THE ANZAC PROJECT , Two one act plays by Geoffrey Atherden and Vanessa Bates (from April 2)
Commissioned to commemorate 100 years since the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli
DEAR MUM AND DAD by Geoffrey Atherden & LIGHT BEGINS TO FADE by Vanessa Bates
Directed by Mark Kilmurry, Cast includes: Eric Beecroft, Lucy Bell, Amy Mathews
PLAY 3: THE SHOE-HORN SONATA by John Misto (from May 15)
Directed by Sandra Bates, Cast: Sandra Bates, Lorraine Bayly
Winner 1995 Australia Remembers Prize
PLAY 4 EDUCATING RITA by Willy Russell (from May 21)
Directed by Anna Crawford , Cast: Mark Lee, Catherine McGraffin
PLAY 5 : LADIES IN LAVENDER by Shaun McKenna, adapted from the screenplay by Charles Dance (from July 3). Directed by Nicole Buffoni. Cast includes: Penny Cook
PLAY 6 : SYDNEY PREMIERE: MOTHERS AND SONS by Terrence McNally (from Aug 21) Directed by Anna Crawford, Cast includes: Deborah Kennedy
PLAY 7: THE BOOK CLUB by Roger Hall (from 26 Aug)
Directed by Rodney Fisher, Cast: Amanda Muggleton
PLAY 8: MY ZINC BED by David Hare (from Oct 10)
Directed by Mark Kilmurry, Cast includes: Danielle Carter, Sean Taylor
PLAY 9 WORLD PREMIERE BLOOD BANK by Christopher Harley (from Oct 16)
Directed by Anna Crawford, Cast includes: Michelle Doake, Gabrielle Scawthorne, Tom Stokes
PLAY 10: THE GOOD DOCTOR by Neil Simon after Anton Chekhov (from Nov 27)
Directed by Sandra Bates, Cast includes: Glenn Hazeldine, Mark Kilmurry, Kate Raison