Callout for more aspiring actors to join the stage

Published 5:00am 1 June 2024

Callout for more aspiring actors to join the stage
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

An emerging theatre group from Bribie Island is on the lookout for more aspiring actors to come and join the fun of performing on stage.

Established in 2021 by drama teacher Afra Feeney, 6 Mangrove Productions Community Theatre is committed to developing the performing arts sector in Bribie and the surrounding regions.

“When I first started the group, I put a call out in a Facebook group at 1am asking if anyone was interested, and the next morning I had 90 notifications from people who were keen,” Afra says.

“None of us knew each other, but over time we have all become good friends.

“Now, we have got around 30 members, but I would like to see that grow.

“All of our cast are retired, and I am still working as a drama teacher, so I would like to see more younger parents and school children become involved.

“You don’t need to be a professional to come and join us – we welcome anybody who would like to try something new and meet new friends.”

Since that first social media post, 6 Mangrove Productions have put on more than half a dozen shows, performed several readings, and even won some awards.

“We have done six or seven productions in the last two-and-a-half-years, which is a good start,” Afra says.

“With each production we do three shows, including a matinee, and our two evening shows always sell out.

“We always offer nibbles of some sort to make it a nice night out for everyone.

“We have also done some community readings, hosted themed movie nights where everyone dresses up, run a developmental workshop, and started 6MP On the Move, which is where we go on bus trips to other theatres to see different shows.

“But what I am the proudest of is how we have entered several drama festivals and won multiple awards.

“We were also involved in the Anywhere Festival in 2023 where I devised a completely new piece of work with a group of ladies which was about feminine empowerment, which saw us win another award.”

With more performances scheduled this year, Afra is hoping to see a big turnout in the audience and some fresh faces in the cast.

“We will be putting on a murder mystery dinner show in July, a number of one act comedy plays around September, as well as a Christmas Crackers show in December, which will be a variety show blended with trivia and performances,” Afra says.

The theatre group is well supported by several businesses on the island including the Bribie Island RSL, who allow them to rehearse onsite before every show, as well as the Bribie Community Centre, which is where each production is performed.

Find out more

For more information about auditions, show times, or to subscribe to the 6 Mangrove Productions mailing list, visit their website.  


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