New student play opens at Ponton Theatre

14 AUGUST 2019

New student play opens at Ponton Theatre

A new short play devised by Charles Sturt University students will open at the recently-renovated Ponton Theatre in Bathurst on Thursday 15 August for a three-night season.

  • Top Secret: Area 51 opens Thursday 15 August for three-night season at Charles Sturt in Bathurst
  • A comedic sci-fi adventure that showcases a range of performance styles from scripted dialogue to physical slapstick
  • Production flirts with current pop culture tropes and questions what’s real in the world of the unknown

A new short play devised by Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) students will open at the recently-renovated Ponton Theatre in Bathurst on Thursday 15 August for a three-night season.

Top Secret: Area 51 is a 30-minute performance devised and directed by theatre media students in the Charles Sturt School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst.

The production is a comedic sci-fi adventure that follows an unlikely group of friends who manage to sneak into the mysterious Area 51 military base.

It features a cast of crazy characters and showcases a range of performance styles, from scripted dialogue to physical slapstick.

Co-director Mr Lucas Murphy said, “This energetic production flirts with current pop culture tropes and poses questions of what’s real in the world of the unknown.

“The fascination with the unknown and the sense of endless possibilities is one of the key themes the play explores, and we’ve really tried to inject a sense of fun and playfulness into the show.”

Top Secret: Area 51 is suitable for audiences age 12 years and over.

Tickets are available online and at the door. Online tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children and concession, and tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $8 for children and concession.

Performance times and dates are 6.30pm with a 7pm start on Thursday 15, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August at the Ponton Theatre, building 1434 at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.

For tickets, enquiries and other information visit https://topsecret.shop.csu.edu.au or find the Facebook page Top Secret: Area 51. For further enquiries please contact the production’s marketing and front-of-house manager Ms Tianna Parubotchy on 0467 938 736.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews contact Bruce Andrews at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0418 669 362 or news@csu.edu.au

Photo: A publicity still for Top Secret: Area 51

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