The year is swiftly coming to a close, but not before we suggest to you some of the best theatre to see for those who are looking for a production that fits into their budget. Welcome to your October Cheap Thrills!
In this Cheap Thrills edition, Justin has 6 shows to recommend that sit around the $40 mark, and a few sneaky ways to use your age to your advantage. The biggest tip we can give you this month is to look at your calendar and be flexible with days to book your best ticket price.
There are also two recommendations for those with a bit of extra cash who are willing to stretch their budget for some awesome shows to see this October. Read on to get your cheap thrills from this October.
Never Closer – 25A, Belvoir St Theatre
I had the privilege of seeing this production on its opening night and it was possibly one of my favourite productions of the year. In fact, I’m taking my own advice and booking tickets to see it again!
Northern Ireland, 1987. Deirdre is trapped between nations, conflicts, and lives almost lived. She’s getting ready to celebrate Christmas alone when fate (or coincidence) brings her oldest friends together for the first time in years. In this small pocket of time, they find an ember of warmth on the darkest winter night… until someone arrives with a new English boyfriend. Set against the backdrop of The Troubles, this multi-award nominated new play (Griffin, Rodney Seaborn & Theatre503 International Playwriting) is a tender exploration of love, forgiveness, and whether we fight or flee.
All tickets are $25 and are available online and on the door.
Book your tickets: https://belvoir.com.au/productions/never-closer/
The Italians- 25A, Belvoir St Theatre
23rd Oct – 6th Nov
Having recently sat down with two of the performers of The Italians, Emma O’Sullivan and Philip D’Ambrosio, I can safely say that this show is going to be a riot! Not only that, but Belvoir St will have two Italian-Australian stories playing at the same time in their theatre, The Italians will be in 25A and Looking for Alibrandi will be upstairs. Talk about la dolce vita!
Joe has a successful business, handsome boyfriend and wealthy AF future in-laws. He’s clawed his way out of the working class and he’s got freshly steamed linen trousers to prove it. But his plans for full-blown assimilation take a nasty turn when Joe’s estranged cousin drops by and exposes an enormous family secret. Suddenly, Joe’s on a mission out to South-Western Sydney, to the Italian-Australian heartland and the place where his family’s story began.
Preview tickets are $20 and season tickets are $25. Tickets are available online or at the door.
Book your tickets: https://belvoir.com.au/productions/the-italians/
End Of. – Griffin Theatre Company
Preview 13 & 14 October
Opening Night 15 October
Season 17 – 5 November
Griffin Theatre are on a roll of providing top knotch entertainment from new artists that write and perform their own work, and Ash Flanders is continuing this trend!
There’s no crueler thing you can say to an actor than ‘Don’t quit your day job’. Fortunately, thanks to cover bands and theatre restaurants, Ash Flanders never needed one. But after years of glittering appearances on stages and in school gyms across the country, Ash unceremoniously finds himself seated at a computer terminal in a decidedly un-sparkly corporate office. No longer an acclaimed playwright and performer, Ash is now a legal transcriptionist—typing the words of suspected criminals who are not nearly as fascinating as TV suggested.
Concession tickets ($46), Under 35’s ($38). Monday Rush tickets are your best bet to grab them on the cheap ($20) – available online and over the phone on Mondays from noon, for that evening’s performance until sold out.
Book tickets at: https://griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/end-of/
The Demon – Sydney Opera House
13th – 15th October
Go for something outside of the box and see a Lynchian style piece of theatre at the Sydney Opera House.
The Demon is a Lynchian crime thriller that stretches across generations. The intersectional creative team draw on their Chinese, Arab, Anglo-Celtic settler and Indigenous backgrounds to weave a surrealist allegory for the Australian demon of racism.
Tickets range from $35-45. Book at: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/unwrapped/2022/the-demon.html
A Streetcar Named Desire – Redline Productions
Previews: 27 – 28 October 2022
Season: 29 October – 26 November 2022
Tennessee William’s classic gets a steamy modern adaptation from Redline Productions. This is one to look out for as Redline theatre continues to present high quality, independent theatre.
Fading southern belle Blanche DuBois is adrift in the modern world. When she arrives to stay with her sister Stella in a crowded, boisterous corner of New Orleans, her delusions of grandeur bring her into conflict with Stella’s crude, brutish husband Stanley Kowalski. Eventually their violent collision course causes Blanche’s fragile sense of identity to crumble, threatening to destroy her sanity and her one chance of happiness.
Previews ($36), Concessions ($40), Cheap Tuesday ($36), Adults ($48). Book Tickets at: https://redlineproductions.iwannaticket.com.au/event/a-streetcar-named-desire-MjU3ODU
One Hour No Oil – Kings Cross Theatre
Oct 26th – Nov 5th
Presented by Kwento, One Hour No Oil, presents modern ideals of toxic masculinity set in rural mining towns.
Four years after migrating to Perth from the Philippines, aspiring primary school teacher Bhing works as a massage therapist. He struggles to reach a more satisfying life by regaining his teaching credentials and supporting his extended family, whilst working between clients. Scott, a coal miner, arrives for his appointment, full of tension and unreasonable demands. Caught up in the gruelling cycle of the FIFO system, he faces a work culture that drills at his psyche.
Through an inventive theatrical and musical language One Hour No Oil interrogates the dilemmas of people of colour working in the Australian service industry, toxic masculinity, mental health within the mining work culture and finding friendship with people we have been conditioned to hate.
Tickets range from $30 – $45. Book at: https://events.humanitix.com/one-hour-no-oil
Ones to Stretch Your Budget For
Okay, these ones break beyond our “Cheap” quota, but there are still ways to capture the best bang for your buck and also see some quality theatre in the meantime.
The Lovers – Bell Shakespeare Company
23rd Oct – 20 Nov
What’s not to love about this? Shakespeare’s romantic comedy play now a musical, and a Bell Shakespeare production to boot. Sporting a stellar cast, this is one to go and see.
Oberon and Puck have devoted centuries trying to craft the perfect happy ending. However, as they look out over an increasingly disconnected world where would-be lovers are afraid to ‘catch feels’ and the path to romance is always one swipe away, Oberon fears there will be no more happily-ever-afters. Until one day, they happen upon four young lovers.
Under 30’s – 4 Tickets per transaction, only available Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday performances – Tickets range from $38-$48
Under 18’s – 4 Tickets per transaction – Tickets range from $38-$48
Concession – Australian Pensioners, Full-Time Students and MEAA members – Tickets range from $53-$83
Full Price – Tickest range from $58-$98
Book your tickets at: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/bell-shakespeare/2022/the-lovers.html
Let the Right One In – Darlinghurst Theatre Company
12th Oct – 20th Nov
This is one for the spooky season! From the original Swedish novel and film, to the American adaptation, and stage play from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne, Let the Right One in is a visceral new production at Darlinghurst Theatre. Plus it stars Heartbreak High alumni Will McDonald!
Oskar is a lonely, bullied teenager who lives with his mother in a bleak apartment building on the edge of town. Eli just moved in next door – she doesn’t go to school and never leaves her flat. They quickly become unlikely friends, but when a series of grisly unexplained murders plague the neighbourhood, their friendship is tested beyond all imaginable limits.
Darlinghurst also has Pay What You Can Tickets for those who can’t access theatre.
Theatre isn’t accessible, but it should be. It puts up further barriers to historically excluded groups being part of the show. So, we have reserved four (4) tickets for each performance for those who face social barriers to attending theatre, especially those who identify as Indigenous and/or Black and/or People of Colour, those who identify as transgender and gender diverse, those experiencing disability or those experiencing economic hardship. To access these tickets, please contact email@example.com
Previews – $54-$80
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday Matinee & Sunday – $72-$110
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evenings – $79-$120
Under 30’s (Only available Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday) – $66-$99
Book Tickets at: https://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/lettherightonein
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