Congratulations, Players!

A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of the hugely successful production of Playmates Illawarra 2012. A great turn-out of audience enjoyed watching the five groups do themselves proud in the annual improvisation battle of the companies.
2011 Champions Roo Theatre have backed up their inaugural win by again taking out the Grand Final playoffs against The Drama Studio – who along with  Wollongong Comedy enjoyed their first Playmates involvement.
Stanwell Park Arts Theatre showed great passion, skill and teamwork and will be a force to watch out for in 2013, and university’s as always showed what they are capable of with an all round great performance.

Thank you to our wonderful hosts Jim Fishwick and Sam Jenkins who were simply incredible, and also huge thanks to judges Olav Lehman, Deb Mulhall and Rupert Degas.

With all proceeds being donated to The Denny Foundation, playmates has again played its part in both celebrating and promoting the strength and versatility of the Illawarra performing arts, and doing their part for the general community. Congrats all!

 

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Welcome Players!

Playmates Welcome the Next Generation of Local Talent

A warm welcome to our Playmates new comers who will be joining 2011 champions Roo Theatre Co, as well as SPAT and Uni in this year’s Playmates.

We are very excited to welcome NSW’s oldest running community theatre group, the Nowra Players into the mix, as well as The Drama Studio (IPAC) and also the Illawarra’s comedy sensation Wollongong Comedy (also known as Craichouse Comedy).

The Nowra Players are a non-profit community organisation and have been bringing live theatre to the Illawarra/Shoalhaven community since 1951.  The 142 seat Players Theatre is located in Meroo Street, Bomaderry. They incorporate a wide variety of styles from the classics, to children’s pantomimes, to musicals, right through to contemporary Australian dramatic pieces.

Wollongong Comedy  is Wollongong’s longest running and most successful comedy club, operating out of The Illawarra Master Builders Club. The Craichouse is on the last Thursday of each month and feature top quality headline acts from the Illawarra, all over Australia and some international acts as well, including comedy superstars such as Tommy Dean, Claire Hooper and Tom Ballard.

The Drama Studio is a dynamic drama school established in 1988 run by Fiona Finley at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. We are pleased to see this new generation of talent fielding a team of their own, after helping teams out in previous years!

We are excited to have you all on board this year, which is again looking like a great night of improvised comedy!

Stay tuned for more information about our newcomers, and more about our returning theatre groups.