We are thrilled to report that Three River Theatre received eight awards at the 2019 Tasmanian Theatre Awards. All wins are in the Community Theatre category.
Congratulations to Stephanie Francis and Travis Hennessy, best actors in supporting roles for Killer Joe; the cast of Our Town, best ensemble; Terry Ryan, best set design for Our Town; Leigh Oswin, best director Our Town; Jimmy Harrison and Kerri Gay, best actors in leading roles for Killer Joe and Our Town respectively; and Killer Joe, best Community Theatre Production.
Congratulations to all nominees - as always there were some truly deserving people who missed out this year. We thank everyone who has supported our work over the last 12 months - it absolutely takes a village to make community theatre successful and we have one of the best tribes. Go safely and make great art everyone.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad passing of our dear friend, and life member, Rebecca Phillips.
Bek's kind words of wisdom and extensive theatrical experience will be forever remembered and cherished, together with her beautiful soul and contagious smile.
Bek was one of our true stalwarts, contributing extensively, and meaningfully, to every facet of our company.
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to Bek's family and friends.
Bek was Three River's "Local Hero" at the 2016 Tasmanian Theatre Awards, and we post her celebratory tribute here.
Three River Theatre are thrilled to support St Giles and initiatives by such grand humans as Gerard Lane who make theatre accessible to people of all abilities. We are honoured and proud to have received some this thanks today. Huge thanks to Pauline Robson for representing Three River Theatre at the presentation ceremony this afternoon!
Thrilled beyond measure to report a huge night for Three River Theatre, receiving nominations in the Community Theatre category of the 2019 Tasmanian Theatre Awards. We have a total of 19 nominations across both of our magnificent productions last year, Killer Joe and Our Town.
The full list is below; the complete list of all 2019 nominations is on the Tasmanian Theatre Council's website. Winners announced at the annual awards night, Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, February 23.
Congratulations to all the nominees across all sectors and all regions of Tasmania!
BEST SOUND DESIGN
GEORGIE TODMAN & CHRIS JACKSON for Killer Joe (Three River Theatre)
CALLUM WESTWOOD for Our Town (Three River Theatre)
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
DARREN WILLMOTT: Lighting Design for Our Town (Three River Theatre)
GRACE ROBERTS: Set Design for Killer Joe (Three River Theatre)
TERRY RYAN: Set Design for Our Town (Three River Theatre)
Cast of KILLER JOE (Three River Theatre)
Cast of OUR TOWN (Three River Theatre)
LEIGH OSWIN for Our Town (Three River Theatre)
GEORGIE TODMAN for Killer Joe (Three River Theatre)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, MALE
JULIUS GODMAN for Our Town (Three River Theatre)
TRAVIS HENNESSY for Killer Joe (Three River Theatre)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, FEMALE
STEPH FRANCIS for Killer Joe (Three River Theatre)
TIA LANDEG for Our Town (Three River Theatre)
GRACE ROBERTS for Killer Joe (Three River Theatre)
BEST PERFORMANCE, MALE
FIONTAN CASSIDY for Our Town (Three River Theatre)
JIMMY HARRISON for Killer Joe (Three River Theatre)
BEST PERFORMANCE, FEMALE
KERRI GAY for Our Town (Three River Theatre)
KILLER JOE (Three River Theatre)
OUR TOWN (Three River Theatre)
The Review is in! A sound endorsement of Leigh Oswin's excellent direction and that of the committed and professional cast and crew. Thanks so much Jeff Hockley.
Three River Theatre, 13 September, 2018
- Jeff Hockley
‘Pretty ordinary town, if you ask me,’ says Mr Webb in Thornton Wilder’s play ‘Our Town’. He couldn’t be further from the truth. In director Leigh Oswin’s capable hands, and given Three River’s production values, ‘Our Town’ transcends the ordinary to become a place of extra-ordinary complexity. Written in 1938 the play has taken an equally extraordinary 80 years to reach us, despite being the most widely performed play in the USA. It’s hard to explain why this Pulitzer Prize winner hasn’t been seen here as Grover’s Corner could just as easily be our home town too. But the theme of the play is universal and Oswin has wisely broken the small-town barrier to give depth to the issues contained within the society of characters in the play.
There’s not much plot to work with though, which puts a lot of pressure on the actors and their ability to make what seems mundane into something memorable. Life in the play is made up of many mundane ordinary moments and we don’t appreciate them until it is too late. Oswin has drilled his cast to catch those moments so the surprise and tragedy which unfolds does not become sentimental but memorable. A single imposed sentence in the play about our own modern time issues jolts us out of historic sentimentality.
Acting as a kind of tour guide throughout is Kerri Gay. Wilder suggests a dryness of tone for this character simply called ‘Stage Manager’. There is no way that Ms Gay is ever going to do that and it is just as well – she clearly loves the town and its people. She laughs and cries with them, shares jokes with them and cares deeply about their lives. It is she alone who stops the play descending into a saccharine fairy tale with narrator, and she works the script and stage brilliantly. Her mountain top speech in Act 3 is acting and story telling at its very best and it alone is worth the price of admission.
Debbie Parish, too, shares in the acting credits, and her ‘goodbye’ speech, also in Act 3, is beautifully studied and the crowning point of her acting/character journey through the play. ‘Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? - every, every minute?’ she says, encapsulating the play in just one perfectly spoken line.
The rest of the cast, too many to name, form a strong cohesive ensemble with an assured ability to present Wilder’s strong poetic passages. They mostly reveal the soul of their parts even if there is sometimes not a lot of deep feeling. Most are graduates or current performing arts students of UTAS which says a lot about their studies and their role in community theatre.
The other production elements are equally good, with perfectly executed costumes and hairstyles, a naturalistic soundscape, and atmospheric lighting to complement the staging.
At the end of the play one has to say that the experience of seeing it was strangely exhilarating. Not bad for a play which explores the commonplace, and ordinary.
Friends - a special "Our Town" edition of the Three River newsletter... here.
Opens this week! Don't miss it!
News items and newsletters will be posted here!