The company’s genesis lay in the hands of those founding members who decided to make a break from their associated company STAG and form their own theatre company. The first etc committee meeting was held on September 19, 1976 with that year also heralding the first production under the new banner – 3 One Act plays and a melodrama Cinderella were the offerings of that fledging year.
ETC has some very committed and proud members confirms Eileen Bentley President: "(etc) is a local not for profit, community-based organization that is run on the love and commitment of passionate theatre lovers and volunteers dedicated to amateur theatre. On average our shows attract 400 people per production season, and is steadily growing. Also, we have many members of the community signed up to be on etc’s mailing list."
Over the years etc has stood proud, enjoying success at the annual VDL Awards. The company has celebrated nominations every year since its first awards entry in 2002 and was acknowledged in 2008 with a Silver Award awarded to Eileen Bentley for Best Costume Design for Enchanted April as well as the Gold Award for best Comedy Enchanted April and Gold Award for Best Director of a Comedy awarded to Brett Turner for Enchanted April. Last year saw further VDL Gold for Best Actress in a Comedy with Kirsty Jarvis being honoured for her role in Steaming.
The company has also had success at the One Act Play Festivals earning an Honourable Mention Certificate and 3rd Prize at Kyneton; Adjudicator’s Special Award, Most Promising Performer, Best Director Award, Best Production Award, Best Female Actor Award, Best Female Support Nomination at Macedon; 1st Prize at Maroondah Rose St.; and Best Staging Nomination, Best Supporting Actress Nomination, Best Actress Nomination and Best Director Awards at Peridot.
The current play is Away by the Australian playwright Michael Gow. First performed by the Griffin Theatre Company in 1986, it tells the story of three internally-conflicted families holidaying on the coast for Christmas, 1968. It is directed by Susan Flint and cast list includes: Samantha Bound, Michael McStay, Gabrielle Salter, Bevan Uren, Margaret Rawlinson, Michael Bentley, Michelle Tanner, Donal Taylor.
March 18th,19th,20th @8:00pm
March 21st Sunday Matinee @2:00pm
March 25th,26th,27th @8:00pm
Theatre Restaurant Style, BYO Food, Drinks
7:30pm sit down for an 8:00pm start
Bradshaw Street Community Hall
Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street)
All Evening Performances $15 per ticket
All Matinee Performances $12.00 per ticket
*nb. Please note table position bookings will be surrendered
if you are later than 15 minutes to curtain up time
Eileen – 9330 4808
For more information about etc please visit: http://www.essendontheatrecompany.com/