Aunt Georgy

A play which take the audience on a journey to a by-gone era. An excellent play; a most worthwhile and memorable theatre experience.
The Friends of Labassa
I was engrossed in this production and returned to my seat after interval wanting to know more about Patrick Bronte. Cenarth Fox has written many plays during his career and I think this is probably his best work. Saucy Pat is of a very high standard and has international appeal. Kevin Trask
In a blend of exhaustive historical research and the art of storytelling, a splendid and entertaining portrait of Patrick Bronte. Jim Murphy

Patrick Brunty was an impoverished Irish blacksmith cum weaver. He changed his station, location and vocation to become the Reverend Patrick Bronte. One popular writer reckoned he should have been shot. We know his famous children but what of their old man? Meet the fascinating, ferocious and falliable father. His wife called him Saucy Pat and you'll be amazed at what he did. Audiences raved about the script, performance and production. It's a great one-man/woman show, terrific play to tour, challenge for a mature performer and a new look at the Brontes.

What a complete and utter triumph!!!! The audience sat spellbound during the amazing performance of Aunt Georgy. The Dickens Fellowship
A wonderful theatrical experience, Aunt Georgy was brilliantly written and Eileen Nelson was marvellous. Southern FM
Cenarth Fox is to be congratulated for his reconstruction of Georgina Hogarth's life. He skillfully picked out the compelling and significant moments in Georgina's life, incidentally giving us fresh insight into the character of Dickens while at the same time supplying a narrative which was in itself an enthralling story, with moments of humour and pathos, triumph and tragedy. Alan Dilnot
It's truly a tour de force performance that embraces the audience with charm and considerable ability. The audience was completely engrossed and showed their pleasure with their applause. Highly recommended." Curtain Up

It was not uncommon in Victorian times for a younger sister of a bride to live with her brother-in-law and his wife. Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth and her younger sister Mary moved in with the newlyweds. Mary died soon after. Several years later, Georgina Hogarth, another of Catherine's younger sisters, took on the role first played by her sister Mary. Georgina became known as Aunt Georgy.

Georgina Hogarth never married, became a helpmate to her sister Catherine who bore Dickens ten children, and a housekeeper/nanny to this family. Georgina became a co-executor of the will of Charles Dickens, edited a collection of his letters and had an intimate view of the comings and goings in the Dickens household.

Dickens once said of Georgina, "No man on earth ever had such a friend as I have had and have in her. She is the most unselfish, zealous and devoted creature". This one-woman play is a fabulous challenge for a mature actress and a brilliant insight in the private life of Charles Dickens. Eileen Nelson's performance is available on DVD
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The Real Sherlock Holmes

Drama - private life of Charles Dickens
1 role [F] 85 minutes

If ever there was a great night of theatre it would have to be The Real Sherlock Holmes. Brian Amos
A well-researched play revealing so much about Conan Doyle. I loved it, a super night. Curtain Up
The full theatre was engrossed.
The Sherlock Holmes Society of Melbourne
It is a wonderful play. Brighton Theatre Company
It was fantastic, history with humour. We just didn't want it to end.
Peridot Theatre Company
This drama is an utter delight. Sherlock Classic Specialities
A cleverly constructed discussion between Conan Doyle, his mother and Sherlock Holmes. The Sounds of the Baskervilles

Then who should pop in but that well-known consulting detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. He too knows a thing or three about Sir Arthur's activities. And what activities. Fairies, ghosts, murder, sport, politics, sex, intrigue, literature and more. Mystery fiction may be intriguing but the truth about Doyle and Holmes is even stranger. The debate rages as to who is the greater - Doyle because he created Holmes or Holmes because he made Doyle famous.

The original production toured for two years and entertained and educated thousands of delighted audience members. It's an ideal play to tour and brilliant for a mystery play during your winter season. Also available as a radio play on CD. See Sherlock.

Shakespeare in Saigon

Drama about Vietnamese boat people, Elizabethan English and love
6 roles [1M and 5F] 100 minutes

An absolutely charming, funny and thoughtful piece that really makes you feel a lot better after seeing it. The play is fresh and new and of today. It’s bubbling with some very funny one-liners and has some rather poignant moments. It’s one of the most delightful plays I have seen in a long time; a damn good night at the theatre. Highly recommended.” John Gunn – Curtain Up
A delightful and touching piece of theatre. John Bell
A delightful play, beautifully written. It’s an unusual and moving love-story with Shakespeare as matchmaker. Don’t miss it. Cenarth Fox's plays are exceptional. Brian Amos Eastern FM Theatre

An unusual love story with Shakespeare as matchmaker.

David Cadwallader is a soon-to-be retired English literature high school teacher. He is passionate about Shakespeare and crazy about the Marx Brothers. His students respect and love him. They send him off in style. Then his colleagues do likewise but the wise-cracking David chokes with emotion during his farewell. Why? Then home to his wife of 30+ years to discover bad news, terrible news and worse. Suddenly David's retirement plans for travel and writing. Like a living nightmare, his life is wrecked. He moves to a working-class suburb, lives alone where many residents speak Vietnamese. He hits the bottle. Then suddenly a stranger, a young woman recently arrived from Vietnam, knocks loudly on his door.

David meets Thanh who too faces a crisis. Their ages are miles apart and neither speaks the other's language. David helps Thanh who repays him with food. A relationship of sorts begins. Then David offers to teach Thanh English. But this is unusual as David teaches Thanh Elizabethan English, the language of Shakespeare. Their lessons proceed with humour and spirit. Is Thanh falling in love with the much older David? Both have secrets and when these are revealed, each is surprised and shocked. The twist is both surprising and heart-warming. A brilliant way to approach Shakespeare in a play greatly loved by audiences.

Comedy/drama about Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes
3 roles [2M or 1F] 90 minutes

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Thriller, murder mystery
7 roles [3M and 4F] 95 minutes

Remain Seated

Saucy Pat

Drama - life story of Patrick Bronte
1 roles [M or F] 85 minutes

A fast-moving mystery thriller with plenty of suspense. Tongala Little Theatre Inc
A combination of drama, comedy and farce with more twists than a country lane. Sunshine Community Theatre Inc
A challenging play for both actors and audiences. The final scene is a real cliffhanger. Kingsport Players
Remain Seated provides the audience with at least one body, several suspects and plenty of motives. It's a thriller in the grand tradition. The clues are there for the observant but the final revelations are sure to surprise. The tight, pacy script leads the audience through many twists and turns and the result is a murder-mystery whodunit with the inevitable, completely unpredictable ending. Piggery Lane Players

Remain Seated is a murder mystery. Well, there is at least one death and we're not certain how the person died. To say any more would probably tell you whodunit. The setting is a performance of a play by your local theatre society. Strange things happen on stage. Every actor has to play two contrasting characters. When the script goes wrong and the pretend murder becomeas a real pretend murder in front od the entire audience, it's time to call the police and ask everyone to 'remian seated'. The plot keeps twisting until the final line.

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The Real Sherlock Holmes Saucy Pat Agatha Crispie Shakespeare in Saigon
Aunt Georgy  Remain Seated Betty's Birthday The Merry Widows
This Is Your Captain Speaking
It'll Be All Wrong On the Night Nursing Holmes

Betty's Birthday

Comedy about sex education
6 roles [3M, 3F] 95 minutes

A very successful productionSTAG
A fun, enjoyable show, another successful script. Melbourne Observer
An amusing and instructive script; it could be a good educative play for parents and teachers and could be popular helping in tuition for sex instruction.
Peter Kemp
A gentle comedy that sets out to entertain and sends the audience away with a smile on its face. Cen Fox has a definite way of reaching an audience without preaching, allowing us to decide our own moral values. There's no crude language but plenty of laughs and so much that, I think old and young can identify with. Curtain Up
This was a delightful play  a fun night and a night from which you came away thinking very closely about what you'd seen. It was a night that you would remember, a really great evening.
Brian Amos

How and when did you learn about sex? Three generations of one family gather to celebrate. Birthday girl Betty is an active retiree and married to retired sailor Rusty who has taken to cooking in his senior years. He's a wonderful chef and a bit of a flirt.
Betty and Rusty's middle-aged son, Brian, is a complainer. He works hard and means well but is inclined to take things too seriously. Brian thinks he may have failed with his first son, Alan, so is keen to succeed with son number two, Peter. Tonight Brian has an idea about the sex-education of his younger son Peter. Brian's wife Jean has a degree in long-suffering. If only Brian would chill out.

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The Merry Widows

Comedy for five fabulous females
 90 minutes

The cast had the audience totally involved right from the start. The final moments were deeply moving and I wasn't the only one with tears in my eyes when the lights went up! Joan Krutli Golden Days Radio
A wonderful, heartwarming, thought-provoking and beautiful production. Great writing, superb casting and beautifully nuanced delivery gave us an inside seat in the lives of The Merry Widows. The sadness, the joy, the laughter and pain and with a twist in the tail, it's a mystery again and a wonderful showMarie Ryan 96.5
A story that touched, profoundly at times, on the suffering and longing, the loneliness, the loyalty and isolation of a group of older women. There were a lot of laughs too. Encore Theatre Company

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This is Your Captain Speaking

Dinner Theatre Comedy
10-20 roles [M and F]

An absolute smash Lachlan Arts Council
Very well received Big River Repertory
What a BIG success Captain proved to be. We included concert items with our passenger actors performing. Our catering classes in home economics provided authentic meals for both first class and economy passengers. It was a highly successful show. Please send a catalogue of your plays as we would be very interested in performing another of your great shows. Glenmore HS
The experience of a lifetime. It was indeed a nutty night of laughter and mayhem enjoyed by all. What did you enjoy most about This Is Your Captain Speaking? All of it! Mordialloc Light Opera Society
An out of the ordinary, fun and laughter-filled evening. An interesting dinner theatre production that will have its audience raving for months to come. Gordon F Kells HS Canada

A madcap, high-flying comedy. It's a play, musical, pantomime, movie and dinner theatre. It's a three-set show where the audience moves to three locations. Suit a hall rather than a theatre but everything is flexible. Your foyer is an airport terminal with shops, check-in venue and crazy characters. Your audiences pass through Customs with all sorts of 'interesting' examinations. They finally settle in the plane and prepare for take-off. On the flight they enjoy a slide show, sing-a-long and medical emergency. Your pilot is short-sighted and the plane is running low on fuel.  A great show for people who don't normally go to live theatre.

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It'll Be All Wrong on the Night

Comedy
8 roles [2 or 3M and 4F] 90 minutes

It'll Be All Wrong On The Night is about staging a play when things don't go as planned. A nightmare for every actor, director and stage manager. An actor falls sick during the play and is replaced by an unrehearsed technician from the bio box. A friend of the technician's who just happens to be in the audience takes over the technical duties. The unrehearsed actor is stuggling and the unrehearsed technician is in even deeper doo-doos. The sound effects don't work or do when they shouldn't, scenery gets stuck, lights miscue and the theatre catches fire, well it appears to catch fire. Apart from that, everything runs like clockwork.

This is a real test for a set designer and builder and of course the cast who have to act as if the well-rehearsed script is not rehearsed at all.

The play was very well received - we found that Act 1 produced a few laughs and was taken fairly seriously, so that when we started on Act 2 with a completely new Brad (25 years older than the original!) they were taken by surprise. The scene where Amanda and Brad get to know each other rather well on the sofa produced fits of laughter too. All in all it was a very successful production. HATS

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Nursing Holmes

Comedy
2 roles [1M and 1F] 90 minutes 

A delightful show, splendidly acted and directed. Don't miss it.
Cheryl Threadgold
Thanks for a great evening. It was wonderful.
Cameron Close
It's a lovely idea to bring Mrs Hudson to the fore and confound Holmes. I've nothing but praise for the play. Roger Johnson
One had to pinch oneself to remember you were watching a play and it wasn't something in real life. The performance was absolutely stunning from both the actors, Kirk Alexander and Eileen Nelson. The audience just loved Nursing Holmes and it was simply one of those magical afternoons. Congratulations to Cenarth Fox for writing and directing another wonderful play. Brian Amos

Nursing Holmes begins with the detective about to depart Baker Street for the last time. It's Christmas 1903 and the great man is sorting case files and packing his worldly possessions. There's many a famous mystery in his belongings even if the filing system leaves a lot to be desired. As usual his ever-present landlady, Mrs Hudson, is there to respond to the demands of her famous tenant.

Holmes and Hudson are firmly in middle age. Had plastic hips been available, Mrs Hudson would certainly have been a consumer and Holmes is finding rheumatic twinges to be an uncomfortable companion. It's been many years since the detective and the landlady first met. Now they are about to part for the last time. Holmes is off to Sussex and a new career keeping bees.

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The night in London is quiet until Holmes receives a great shock. His landlady reveals remarkable news which presents an absorbing and possible life-changing challenge for the great detective. There is a rado adaption of this play and the CD can be purchased here.

 

Arthur Conan Doyle is tidying his belongings. He reflects on his fascinating and remarkable life. But his memory is not all that flash. Fortunately his mother is on hand. He wrote some 1500 letters to the "Ma'am" so if anyone knows young Arthur's deeds and misdeeds, mother does.

The plot thickens. The new Belgian butler arrives. Hercules Grey-Cells is more like a detective. Enter Chief Inspector Sap from Scotland Yard. And when Miss Mary Mead returns, the family are in a spin. A comedy made hilarious if you know anything of Dame Agatha and her tales.

When Brian and Jean's older son, Alan arrives with girlfriend, Leonie, the food and then the topic of sex-education dominates the evening. All three generations reckon they know how to teach kids about the birds and the bees today. Is there a right way? How do kids learn about sex today?

Agatha Crispie

Comedy spoof on Agatha Christie and her characters
8 roles [3 or 4M/5F] 100 minutes

With first-rate direction and especially good acting by the cast, the performance turned out to be a load of fun. Theatrecraft
A wonderful evening of entertainment.
Radio Eastern Theatre
I was delighted to see something so different. PADS
This cleverly constructed play takes us on a whimsical journey into the life of Agatha Christie, I mean Crispie, an author struggling for recognition and acceptance with murder, mayhem and delicious revenge. A brilliant cast of readily recognizable characters was given a new lease of life through the fertile imagination of its playwright. Marie Ryan Inner FM On Stage
Our audiences thoroughly enjoyed our season of Agatha Crispie.
Barossa Valley Drama Society

Agatha Christie and her mystery stories are well-known. But who has heard of her contemporary, the completely unknown writer of mystery stories, Agatha Crispie?  In the south of England not long after WW1, Agatha Crispie scribbles away. Her second husband, Archibald Walloman is big on digging. He owns half of Cornwall. Agatha's mother-in-law and step-daughter are outstanding snobs and regard Agatha's literary efforts as nothing short of scandalous. Even Archibald demands that his wife should attend to dinner parties and flower arranging. Only Pimms, Agatha's long-serving tipsy maid stands by the unpublished author.

One day a well-known writer, Dorothy S. Layers, pays a visit and Archibald is bowled over. But horror of horrors. The lights go out and Archie is left with a body in the library. A body with a peg on its nose. Archie rushes out to get the others but when he returns the body is missing. Agatha is fascinated and wants the police to solve the crime. The others are furious. Absolutely no police.

They compromise and the little old spinster from the village is invited to investigate. Miss Mary Mead has a reputation for solving crimes. Well Miss Mead does solve the mystery with shocking results. So shocking that Agatha is hounded into submission by her rotten relatives. This could mean Agatha's classics will never see the light of day. The world will never read Murder on the Oriental Express, Witness for the Defence and The Rat Trap.

Agatha disappears. But where? Pimms is concerned about the ashes in the fireplace. Oh no! Agatha's been murdered! Or worse. She's done herself in! The ashes are scattered in the rose garden. Everyone is sworn to secrecy. Absolutely no scandal!

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A group of four mature widows meet for weekly coffee.  Beth is ‘normal’, Siobhan’s into toy-boys, Ruby has her late hubby in a carry bag and Joan’s in a time warp. These mismatched matrons share secrets, sorrows and sins helping one another to become very merry widows. Then a fifth and new widow arrives. She’s different, mysterious and striking.  Her life story is amazing.  Her late husband did something dramatically unusual. And this new widow is on a quest. Will it destroy the merry widows? Fabulous reviews.

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