RELATIONSHIP DILEMMAS: PACT House Productions will perform its latest production Lovers and Other Strangers at The Live Room this weekend.
RELATIONSHIP DILEMMAS: PACT House Productions will perform its latest production Lovers and Other Strangers at The Live Room this weekend. Chrissy Harris

Packed house expected for youth theatre production

A THEATRE company is offering Gladstone a new avenue of the arts, with its latest production proving to be a big success.

PACT House Productions has spent the past seven months organising and rehearsing its play, Lovers and Other Strangers.

A cast of 10 demonstrates five common complications in relationships, in a comedic way.

Written by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, Lovers and Other Strangers was a hit on Broadway and later made into a film.

Cast member and co-producer Hannah Phillips spoke to Pulse this week and said the not-for-profit group had worked hard to bring the play back to life.

"There are five unrelated themes about different relationship complications," Ms Phillips said.

"You've got your one-night stand, work affecting sex life, affair, cold feet before a wedding and divorce," she said.

The opening night was held last weekend, and Ms Phillips said there were plenty of laughs.

"The audiences laughed at different points; sometimes it was surprising," she said.

"There were definitely lots of belly laughs though."

The performances have been held at The Live Room, behind Anthony Breed's College of Music.

The room was recently renovated for live performances.

"It's such a good venue. Everything you need is there, they've got a stage, lighting a sound desk, and it's nice and black too so we could set up our curtains," Ms Phillips said.

"It's only going to get better now that people are starting to be aware of it," she said.

This is the group's first production in four years.

"We've done serious, comedic and school productions," she said.

She said for most of the cast, it was their first time with PACT House Productions.

"There are lots of sports in Gladstone and you can go to the pub, but this is just another hobby for people," she said. "There's drama and arts in Gladstone but most of it is suited to school-aged people.

"It's nice to be able to offer something like this for after people have left school, or if they've been out of school for a few years."

"And it gives others something to do too because it's a good night out."

EVENT DETAILS:

  • September 4, 5, 11, 12 at The Live Room
  • Doors open 7.30pm
  • Tickets: $22 at oztix.com.au
  • PACT House Productions is a not-for-profit group


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