Workshop Theatre opens its first play of the 2018 Season, “The Dresser”

The Dresser

Wollongong Workshop Theatre presents, The Dresser by Ronald Harwood directed by Peter Scrine from Feb 23rd to March 10th, 2018

The play is set during World War Two England when on one fateful night in a small regional theatre, a troupe of touring actors stage a production of King Lear. Bombs are falling, the sirens are wailing, the curtain is up in an hour but “Sir” is not to be seen. His dresser Norman must scramble to keep the production alive but will Sir turn up in time and if he does will he be able to perform that night?

The show is being directed by Peter Scrine who is well known for producing intense dramas including Death of a Salesman, Steel Magnolias, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolfe.

When asked why Scrine chose this particular play he said “There aren’t many plays that truly embrace the real struggles of an actor and manager better than The Dresser. Loosely based on the authors own personal experiences as a dresser for a patriarch actor, this scripts offers actors roles that stretch their abilities and offers audiences a compelling storyline. The Dresser is one of those classic scripts that weave a series of relationships and never quite lets the audience know where it will finish. As the director, I saw this play as a challenge to direct an experienced cast and get more out of them, to work alongside a great crew and deliver a style of production different from my past efforts.”

The cast boasts many of the Illawarra’s finest actors including

  • Sir – Gordon Streek
  • Norman(The Dresser) – James Philpot
  • Her Ladyship – Kim Griffin
  • Madge – Susie Hamers
  • Geoffrey – Colin Coakes
  • Oxenby – Lajos Hamers
  • Irene – Isabelle Fredericks

IMG_5442Sir – Gordon Streek

Gordon came to Australia in 1976 as a TV Director for “You say the Word. Having studied drama in Bristol UK and has appeared in Shakespeare, Opera to Broadway Musicals. He was a founding actor and director with Theatre South later founded Roo Theatre,1987; Where he was Artistic Director for 12 years. In 2000 he spent 6 months’ in New York working with David Mamet at the Atlantic Theatre and went on to work with Max Gilles, Ron Haddrick, Sir John Gielgud, and directed a young Mel Gibson (who appeared in green tights) for a pantomime. In a one man show at the Sydney Opera House, Gordon appeared as Bill Evans, the American jazz pianist. Gordon directed and narrated “Marriage of Figaro” for Opera South, has written several plays and music theatre pieces for Roo and was honoured with the prestigious Cultural Heritage Award for “Quarry”. Gordon was recognized as the face of “The Creative Community” in the Illawarra by Telstra and received the Kiama Municipal Council’s Community Arts Award in the 2010 Australia Day Honours. In 2012 he again tackled “Les Miserables” and received multiple nominations in the CAT Awards. Gordon returned to the stage in 2014 in Roo’s production of “ Jesus Christ Superstar” as King Herod and in the smash comedy “It runs in the Family”.

IMG_5455Irene – Izabelle Fredericks

This is both Isabelle’s first production at Wollongong Workshop Theatre and her first since completing her Diploma of Arts (Acting) at Sydney Theatre School. Isabelle has always loved performing and grew up doing drama classes in the local area though only got involved in community theatre three years ago when she was involved in Roo Theatre’s Othello.

Since then Isabelle has had so many wonderful opportunities in the acting world and she is very grateful for the joy and learning her experience with The Dresser has given her.

Performances are on Fri and Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm Tickets $25 Adult and $20 Concession. Plus a booking fee if booked on line. Bookings can be made by calling 0467 091 146 or online http://www.wollongongworkshoptheatre.eventbrite.com

The rest of the 2018 Season includes:

4 – 6 May | Broken Lane( A new play written by a local writer), written by Brendan Bate

5 – 20 Oct | 6 Dance Lessons in 6 weeks, directed by David Lester | Angels in America – Part 1, directed by Gabi Harding

16 Nov – 1 Dec | A New Brain, directed by Troy Lester

14 and 15 Dec | Thark, a joint Headway and WWT Production

Wollongong Workshop is the Illawarra’s longest running amateur Theatre Company in the Illawarra and is located at 190 Gipps Road, Gwynneville(behind the Senior Citizens Club)

For more information contact

For photo opportunities the cast rehearse Mon and Wed nights from 7 till 10 pm and on Sundays from 2 pm

Peter Scrine Director 0419 710 777 or

Juliet Scrine Producer 0417 433 660

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