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The Ensemble’s 2018 season includes four world premieres from Australian writers, an adaption of an award-winning French play, four comedy classics from master playwrights and two gripping international dramas.

Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry is directing five of the plays, while the other five are directed by guests John Bell, Mitchell Butel, Susanna Dowling, Nadia Tass and Janine Watson. Reg Livermore will make an appearance with his new one-man show The Widow Unplugged.

Audiences will be delighted by Sorting Out Rachel by David Williamson. Director Nadia Tass says the play is “witty, sharp, multi-layered and confronting”. No surprises there.

The comedy Unqualified by Genevieve Hegney and Catherine Moore will also have its world premiere during the season, as will The Widow Unplugged, by our own Reg Livermore.

Australian audiences will see Diplomacy by Cyril Gely for the first time. It is translated by Julie Rose and directed John Bell, who also plays a part. Bell says Diplomacy is “an edgy and brilliant piece of theatre”. The cast also includes Jennifer Hagan and John Gaden.

Two other Australian premieres during the season are Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, with a cast of four led by Maggie Dence, and Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, featuring Georgie Parker.

We will also get to see Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell.

Finally, we will be treated to Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests, three related comedies portraying simultaneous events in a dysfunctional household over one wild weekend.

Tickets & Info: www.ensemble.com.au

By Irina Dunn