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Cast Announcement - A Streetcar Named Desire

Following their acclaimed production of Speaking in Tongues in 2023, Free-Rain Theatre Company returns in 2024 with one of the most influential plays of the twentieth century, with Amy Kowalczuk as Blanche DuBois, Alex Hoskison as Stanley Kowalski, and Meaghan Stewart as Stella Kowalski.

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Review, 'Billy Elliot' - That Guy Who Watches Canberra Theatre

Mitchell Clement has the skill and ability to pull this off with aplomb, dancing impeccably but also giving us a Billy who is anxious, hopeful, connected and strong. ..This is a strong production of a heartfelt, powerful musical and well worth the catching.

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Review, 'Billy Elliot' - Frank McKone

It’s the real-life warmth of feeling that flows off the stage that makes this production so enjoyable to see… The audience in The Q were as energetic and enthusiastic as the onstage dancers, singers and actors.
Overall, a highly successful production of a rather different kind of musical.

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Review, 'Billy Elliot' - John P Harvey

The musical numbers, some of them very complicated interweavings almost operatic in their complexity, were consistently arranged and performed beautifully, and Fergus Paterson did some outstanding solo singing.

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Review, 'Billy Elliot' - Len Power

The director, Jarrad West, has brought together a show that is grand entertainment. It’s colourful, has extraordinary dancing, fine singing and polished performers in this often raw and strong musical.

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Review, 'Billy Elliot' - Bill Stephens

This production… contains a surfeit of excellent performances. Fergus Paterson, as Billy, He delighted in the effervescent duet ‘Expressing Yourself’ partnered by his friend Michael, this role performed with considerable panache by Charlie Murphy. Paterson astonished in the spectacular ‘Swan Lake Dream Ballet’ which he shared with accomplished ballet dancer, Jordan Dwight and broke hearts with his rendition of  ‘The Letter’ with mum, Jo Zaharias.

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Review, 'Billy Elliot' - Peter Wilkins

Take a producer with an instinct for success, a director with vision, musical directors with passion, and a choreographer with imagination and flair, and you have a hit on your hands. Add to this the talented cast, musicians and creatives and Free-Rain Theatre’s Billy Elliot The Musical  playing at the Q Theatre in Queanbeyan becomes a smash hit.

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Through dancing, oppressed Billy bounces back

20 March 2024 Canberra CityNews’ Helen Musa interviews Jackie Elliot (Billy’s Dad) – Joe Dinn, Tony Elliot (Billy’s brother) – Lachlan Elderton, Choreographer – Michelle Heine, and Billy – Mitchell Clement.

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Moulds are broken and passions awoken in Billy Elliot The Musical

Canberra Weekly interviewed Director Jarrad West and our two Billies – Fergus Paterson and Mitchell Clement for this lovely piece.

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Reviews of 'Speaking In Tongues'

How much suspicion can a relationship take? News and reviews of Free Rain’s production of the play ‘Speaking In Tongues’ by Andrew Bovell. The play ‘Speaking In Tongues’ by Andrew Bovell opened at ACT Hub in the Causeway Hall in Kingston on Thursday 25 October 2023 and ran til 4 November 2023. We have collated […]

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