The Depot Theatre have celebrated the past year and revealed what’s in store for their 2017 Season. When announcing the season Julie Baz, Co-Artistic Director, said “Collaborating with some of Sydney’s most exciting new and established indie theatre makers, we have programmed a diverse range of shows, 11 in total, including five brand new works and three Australian premieres.”

Sirine was at the launch and we will have her report of the evening out very soon. So lets have a look at the season.

Last year of the 14 productions were staged at the theatre,  2 where by The Depot Theatre and the remaining were presented by 12 other theatre companies. This year The Depot Theatre has announced 11 productions to be presented by only seven theatre companies. The Depot Theatre will be presenting three, Jack Rabbit Theatre (returning company) will present 2 shows, Secret House (returning company) will also present two shows and Tunks Productions (returning company) will present one. The new theatre companies presenting work in 12017 will be First Fleet VenturesFledgling Theatre Company and Bazonka Productions.

The 2017 Season kicks off in March with new Australian play presented by First Feet Ventures ELLIE, ABBIE & ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT, a common love story, rarely told by award winning writer and actress Monica Zanetti. It’s followed in April by another new Australian work presented by JackRabbit Theatre, SEX OBJECT by Charlie Falkner which explores millennial lust in an age of new media. In May, The Depot Theatre presents a production for school students, the contemporary classic EDUCATING RITA by Willy Russell. In June, Tunks Productions presents the gritty family drama and black comedy, BITCH, the newest play by acclaimed dramatist, Wayne Tunks. At the end of June, JackRabbit Theatre presents another new work FRONT by Michael Abercromby, which shows that it’s never just about the music.

In July, The Depot Theatre presents the Australian premiere of the multi‐award winning, bold, moving and magical celebration of life, love and missing parts, TECHNICOLOR LIFE by Jami Brandli. Another Australian premiere presented by Fledgling Theatre Company follows in August, MODERN JESUS by Chrisopher Neels which demonstrates that there is nothing more dangerous than the bored and educated. Late September, Secret House presents Shakespeare’s THE WINTERS TALE, and in October The Depot Theatre presents the Australian premiere of the Lucille Lortel Award Nomination THE BIG MEAL by Dan LeFranc, the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. In November, Bazonka Productions presents the new Australian political satire, VIOLENT EXTREMISM: AND OTHER ADULT PARTY GAMES by Richie Black; the truth – especially in politics – can hurt. And, to finish the year, Secret House presents another classic, THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov.

“Over the past year and a half, we have refurbished, reinvented and breathed new life into the venue providing opportunities for hundreds of indie theatre makers,” said Co‐Artistic Director David Jeffrey. “We look forward to a wonderfully creative year ahead in 2017.”