PREVIEWS Good Works - July 2023 - Theatre at Dairy Road
**PREVIEWS**Good Works written by Nick Enright
What's a preview performance? A preview is a full run of the show with costumes, running from beginning to end. If everything is going well, the preview will not be interrupted but the Director or Stage Manager may stop the show. Previews are an essential part of the production process and they are under-utilised in Australia. It is not the same as watching a rehearsal but you might notice a few creaks or bumps and this is reflected in the reduced ticket price.
The opening night of this show is Wednesday 19 July.
The Mill Theatre at Dairy Road
This 67 seat, intimate theatre opened in November 2022. It was built by the Molonglo Group and technically fit out by Elite Event Technology. The technical fit out is what turned a cool room into an actual theatre and Elite Event Technology is the ongoing and major partner. It is the first private enterprise theatre in the ACT. Good Works is the fourth production for this independently run venue. Independent theatre means professional theatre where cast and creatives are paid but without subsidy payment is not equivalent to full time salaries. Some creatives are fully trained, some have a lot of experience and are doing their first paid gig and some members are part of the shadow-emerge-mentoree program which provides training for time. We don't yet know what this space will be, but we can promise that it ain't like Netflix.
Duration: 120 minutes approximately with one interval.
Audience suitability: adult themes, loud noises and use of haze.
Would you ruin someone's life, separate them from their soulmate and their only son, all the time telling yourself you're doing the right thing? Leaping back and forth between the 1920s and the 1980s, Good Works follows the lives of two women and their two sons as they struggle to cram their complex lives within the narrow confines of Catholic morality. By turns angry, incisive, tender and tragic, Good Works is Nick Enright's most complex and most personal play.
Tim/Eddie: Oliver Bailey
Shane/Neil: Martin Everett
Rita: Adele Querol
Mary Margaret: Lexi Sekuless
Alan/Brother Clement/Barry/Mr Donovan: Neil Pigot
Mother John/Mrs Kennedy/Mrs Donovan: Helen McFarlane
Playwright: Nick Enright
Director: Julian Meyrick
Designer: Kathleen Kershaw
Sound Designer: Damien Ashcroft
Lighting Design team: Stefan Wronksi, Jennifer Wright, Tim Sekuless
Choreographer: Belynda Buck
Stage Manager: Jess Morris
COVID Contingencies: Rachel Howard and Rhys Hekimian
Front of House: Fi Peel, Katrina Williams, Fiona Wade
Producer: Lexi Sekuless Productions
Major partner: Elite Event Technology
Event supporter: Events ACT
All tickets are $35 inclusive of GST but exclusive of Humanitix booking fees. Tickets are fully refundable and transferable for all COVID related issues.
Tickets are for entry only. Theatre tickets are available online until one hour before the show. From that point, box office tickets in person are available for purchase.
There is a special PREVIEW + SHOW ticket available for $60 for those who would like to attend twice. Watching a preview is like being let in backstage and seeing the very end of rehearsals. You become part of the process! For this price you get to see the show twice. Once this ticket is booked we will contact you to ensure we can secure the right dates for you to attend the show.
- All tickets are general admission and no seats are reserved so the earlier you arrive, the better position you will have.
- Seating is in an L-shape to create a dynamic and intimate playing space.
- The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs with a ramp from the P3 parking spot and same level access from entry into building 3.3 into the theatre all the way to the accessible seating positions inside the Mill. We have two wheelchair seating positions both with very different views. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can talk through the options. One option is on the short side, the other option is on the long side. All accessible bookings will be reserved.
- Every seat in the house has a great view, and a different view. Patrons walk through the set to find your seats, adding to the intimacy of the space. This means, late arrivals or patrons who leave the theatre before intermission or the end will NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE THEATRE.
ARRIVAL & PROTOCOLS
- Please head to the Box Office on arrival. If you have already purchased a ticket, the Front of House team checks off the name of every booked attendee. If you haven’t purchased a ticket, you can get one onsite an hour before show time.
- The doors open approximately 15 minutes before show time. The Front of House team will let you know when you can enter.
- You may be temperature checked before being allowed into the venue. Your temperature needs to be below 37.5.
- Please do not attend if you are experiencing any of the following: fever; flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; shortness of breath or have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of coronavirus.
- Due to the unique layout of the venue, the audience walks through the stage to take their seats. This means we cannot accommodate anyone slipping in late for the beginning of the show or for the return after intermission.
- The Front of House team rings a bell and counts the audience to ensure you won’t miss out but please don’t tempt fate otherwise you will be locked out and we cannot let you in.
CAST AND CREW
We have two COVID-contingency cast members. This process means that should any cast or crew be unwell, our contingency cast will step in to ensure the safest environment for the company and audience. The Front of House team will ensure audiences are alerted to any changes before each show.
The Mill Theatre is in Building 3.3, the Screencraft and KeepCo building which is a short walk from Capital Brewing. There are two easy ways to approach the Theatre:
PARK in P3 at the back of the precinct. From there you will see building 3.3 which has a large Screencraft sign. The public entrance is just up from that sign (not underneath it!). Once inside, walk about 5 metres and the theatre is to the right, next to Mojo Guitars.
WALK from Capital Brewing or the Less sculpture into the KeepCo building, pass Ramen Daddy and at the end of the corridor we are on the left.
All parking in the precinct is free with several accessible parking spots in all the parking locations. The best spot to park is P3 at the back of the precinct. If you park elsewhere please be warned that signage and way-finding around the precinct is extremely difficult. Arrive in plenty of time to possibly get lost, possibly be in a bad mood, and remedy that with a drink at Vertikal or Ramen Daddy before enjoying a smashing show!