Dramatic Society

The Grenfell Dramatic Society has had a very long association with the Henry Lawson Festival. They are very busy with rehearsals now in earnest for this year's Lawson Festival Play "Australia Day".


Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins, by arrangement with David Spicer Productions.

The Australian flags are up, and two costume rehearsals take place this week before next Sunday's evenings first performance of Australia Day, by Jonathan Biggins, by arrangement with David Spicer Productions. The Grenfell Dramatic Society are performing this hilarious satire on Sunday evening and Monday afternoon of the long weekend, and the following Friday and Saturday night.
After being an Australia Day Ambassador on a number of occasions, Jonathan Biggins wrote Australia Day not as a criticism of Australians or their day of celebration, but rather as a satirical look at "the committee" (any committee), about cultural beliefs, the political process and "change".
Whether you have served on a community, cultural, sporting or church committee we are sure you will recognise some of the characters or the views they express in this biting comedy.
The Grenfell production features Matthew Lynch as mayor Brian Harrigan, Adam Herdman as hid deputy Robert Wilson, Peter Soley as builder as small scale developer Wally Stewart and Jesse Friend as a new to the town school teacher. Gai Lander plays CWA president Maree and Di Donahue plays Helen McInnes a local greens councillor, relatively new to the district.
Roma Sinclair as prompt, and Stephen Griffin as director have led the Dramatic Society team.
Book your tickets at C J Anderson, or come to the Little Theatre in Rose Street one hour before each performance to secure you tickets for a fun show.

Performance dates at the Little Theatre are:

  • Sunday 10th June 2018 - 7.30pm
  • Monday 11th June 2018 - 2pm
  • Friday 15th June 2018 - 7.30pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 - 7.30pm

Location:Little Theatre, Rose Street Grenfell

Tickets: Adults $20 & High School Students 16 yrs & over $15 available at CJ Anderson's (89 Main Street, Grenfell). Please note coarse language.

Previous years


In 2016 the Dramatic Societys Festivals play 'The Cemetery Club' was something a little bit different. Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband's graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife's grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida's heart.


In 2015 the Dramatic Society reverted to the Rose Street Theatre for their venue, and, for the first time ever, they presented a full-length play with an all-female cast. The play chosen was "Around The Clock", by an American author Nick Hall, but their Director "Australianised" it, and it translated well - this could be in any rural University town in our country.

They were very pleased to introduce players who have not trodden the boards before; the first time for Sandra Holmes and Shelley Ryan. Kath Holmes directed, assisted by Cathy Gilbert, and both of them also played major roles. They were also very pleased to welcome back Jaime Elms and Rebecca Knight and were grateful for the invaluable help of Society stalwart, Geoff Earl.

What is Susan's Secret was the Grenfell Dramatic Society's presentation for the 2014 Henry Lawson Festival, and it was somewhat of a departure from the usual. Most of the 3-act plays in the past have been of English heritage and have been very popular with the large audiences, however, this year the Society members have decided to showcase an American play that is fast, snappy and very funny. The play is titled "What is Susan's Secret" and is written the by the popular American husband and wife team of Michael and Susan Parker - (All rights courtesy of Samuel French Inc.). The whole play centre's around the "Cider Mill Inn" and is a study in the foibles of mankind and things not always being what they seem to be.

The Cider Mill Inn is an old rustic and somewhat run down inn owned and operated by an endearing elderly couple, Michael and Susan Edwards. At first they appear to be bordering on senility. However, the audience quickly learns that they are very clever con artists, preying on their unsuspecting guests, by advertising huge discounts to various tradesmen and conning them into performing various jobs and improvements to the inn during their stay.

To discover what Susan's Secret is you will have to attend this riotous farce where the answer will only be revealed in the last few second's of the play.

In 2013 the Grenfell Dramatic Society festival production was ‘And Then There Were None’ (rights from Origin Theatrical). A play based on the fiction novel by Agatha Christie, it is Christie's best-selling novel making it the world's best-selling mystery ever. It is a murder mystery; ten people who had been complicit in the deaths of other human beings but either escaped notice or were not subject to punishment are lured on to an island. They are the only people on the island, and cannot escape due to the distance from the mainland and the inclement weather. Each guest is successively murdered. The play stared all local talent and was directed by Darryl Knapp.