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 "The Cemetery Club".


The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell

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.

You will enjoy this year's Festival Play. Something a little bit different, it's funny and it's colourful.

Performance dates at the Uniting Church Hall are:

  • Sunday 12th June 2016 - 7.30pm
  • Monday 13th June 2016 - 2pm
  • Friday 17th June 2016 - 7.30pm
  • Saturday 18th June 2016 - 7pm

Location:Uniting Church Hall, Forbes Street Grenfell

Tickets: $15 each and are available at CJ Anderson's (89 Main Street, Grenfell). Commencement date of bookings will be announced here and in the Grenfell Record.

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Inc.

Previous years


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.