Last week, New Theatre launched its 2018 Season.

We’re presenting eight plays between February and December: an eclectic, exciting and entertaining mix, showcasing some of the best local and international writing, ranging from recent hits to contemporary classics.

You’ll meet sexual adventurers, angst-ridden adolescents, deranged Irishmen, little black cats, drug-addled matriarchs, squabbling siblings, idiot gulls, lecherous princes, feisty actresses, cross-dressing coppers, blackmailing secretaries and wannabe comics.

We’re thrilled to include two Australian premieres, one Sydney premiere, winners of Pulitzer, Tony and Olivier awards, plus the return of an award-winning contemporary Australian drama.

We kick off with the Australia premiere of Joe DiPietro’s Fucking Men for the 40th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, followed by a revival of Silent Disco by award-winning Australian writer Lachlan Philpott. Then comes a slew of international plays from the UK (The Lieutentant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh and the Australian premiere of Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swayle, winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016) and America (August: Osage County by Tracy Letts and the Sydney premiere of Stupid Fucking Bird, Aaron Posner’s irreverent update of Chekhov’s The Seagull ); and we round off the year with two very different classic comedies:What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton, and Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound.

In 2018, we’ll continue to fulfil our mission statement to give both emerging and established artists – actors, directors, designers and technical crew – the chance to display their work, stretch their skills and have their talents seen and appreciated.

Our directorial team for 2017 includes five women: Artistic Director Louise Fisher, Deborah Mulhall, Deborah Jones, Rosane McNamara, and Danielle Maas, making her New Theatre main-stage debut; and we’re welcoming back Johann Walraven, who directed the acclaimed production of Consensual for us earlier this year. Recent NIDA MFA in Directing graduate Warwick Doddrell will make his New Theatre debut, and Mark Nagle takes on a main-stage production after directing for us during Sydney Fringe Festival last year.

Our Play Assessors panel of six read and report on around 100 plays per year, and advise our Artistic Director and Artistic Associate on those which might be suitable for production at New Theatre. Then it’s a matter of creating a balance, securing rights (and unfortunately, that can mean red-hot favourites have to be dropped due to unavailability), and locking in directors, all of which takes months.

But it’s worth it for the end result. Says Artistic Director, Louise Fischer, of the 2018 offering: “These are plays that will make you think, plays that will make you blush, plays that will make your belly ache from laughing, and plays that will give you a warm fuzzy glow.”

We look forward to seeing you at New Theatre next year and sharing great theatre with you.

For full season details, head to www.newtheatre.org.au