Dramatic Society

"This year, for only the second time in the history of the Henry Lawson Festival, the Grenfell Dramatic Society is unable to present their stage production.
We have looked at two stage musicals, and one two act comedy, but sadly we have not had sufficient players to take part.
Our best wishes for this year's Lawson Festival. We look forward to partnering with the festival again in 2020."
Stephen Griffin
GDS President

Previous years


The Grenfell Dramatic Society performed the hilarious 'Australia Day' as their 2018 performance. 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 play ‘Crazy Ladies’ written by Devon Williamson was selected for the 2017 Lawson Festival production by the Grenfell Dramatic Society. Pamela Browne (Kathy Holmes) has organised a 25 year reunion for her four best friends from high school. From the moment Kay (Kelly Luthje), now a chocoholic gun toting funeral director, arrives the wheels begin falling off Pamela’s meticulously planned weekend. Added to the mix is Sandy (Marion Knapp), who is now apparently a nun; Dianne (Sandra Holmes) married the school nerd and a mother of eight sons; Rachael (Erica Moore), a runaway teenager on a mission to dig up some dirt on her mother and Shaun (David Knapp), the greasy motel janitor.


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.