The Stirling Players Inc. present Variation on a Theme, by Terence Rattigan, directed by Dave Simms

A beautiful sunny deck in the French Riviera is the setting of The Stirling Players’ opening production for 2016. Enchanting socialite Rose, has her next millionaire husband lined up and is enjoying the entertainments on offer in this delightful location. After a spot of bother at the casino, dashing

young ballet dancer Ron comes to her rescue, and presents an alternative direction for Rose’s life to take. As she sips her way through another brandy, will Rose be won over by the allure of the younger man, or will the realities of her life bring everything crashing down?

Based on Alexandre Dumas’ La Dame aux Camelias, Terence Rattigan’s self-professed variation on this theme originally debuted in London in 1958, but has rarely been performed over the intervening half-century. Director Dave Simms will apply his distinctive flair in bringing this story of desire, deception, and disenchantment to the Stirling Community Theatre. While the production retains the original 1950’s setting of Rattigan’s adaptation, the themes continue to resonate in a world where those with money have the power, and those with aspirations may be willing to put the attainment of wealth and social standing above all else.

The cast is led by Stirling favourite Allison Scharber as Rose, with the ever-impressive Julie Quick relishing the role of her disapproving companion Hettie, and Nick Duddy making his Stirling Players debut as Ron. Also featured are Alan Crawford, Kate van der Horst, Rebecca Kemp and Jonathan Pheasant. Together they present a classy night of entertainment that highlights the emotional turmoil, shady dealings and hard truths that can hide behind a glamourous façade.

PERFORMANCES: Fridays & Saturdays 19, 20, 26 & 27 February; 4 & 5 March at 8pm. Sundays 21 & 28 February 4pm.
(Meet the cast, Q&A and backstage tour after the matinee on 21 February)

Bookings are now open.

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Stirling Community Theatre
Adelaide
19 February , Friday 20:00

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