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The Elephant Man

June 11, 2018

Season 2 2018:  24 May to 9 June 2018

(Matinees Sun 27 May, Sun 3 June and Sat 9 June.)  

The Elephant Man A play by Bernard Pomerance, Directed by Chris Shaw.

By special arrangement with Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd


This is the true story of an orphan named John Merrick, who was so physically deformed that he became known as the “Elephant Man.”  Despite his hideous deformities, Merrick was an incredibly sweet, sensitive and intelligent human being, forced to display himself as a “sideshow freak” in travelling shows.  He is found, and befriended, by a brilliant surgeon, who gives him a home in a London hospital for the remaining few years of his life.  There he becomes the toast of Victorian London’s high society, but his thirst for normality brings about his eventual demise.  A thoroughly moving and thoughtful play, which addresses the simple issue of what it means to be human.





“Congratulations on an excellent production. We have been subscribers for a few years and always enjoy your performances. However this one stood out for the acting, particularly of the main characters, the handling of the complex social and emotional issues and the quality of the costumes and sets.” -Season Ticket Holders.




John Merrick

Michael Fenemore


Frederick Treves

Blake Stringer


F.C. Carr Gomm / Scottish Gentleman

Phillip Stephenson


Ross / Lord John / Will

Tony Clayton


Bishop Walsham How / Snork / Pinhead Manager / English Policeman

Laurie Jezard


Mrs Kendal / 1st Pinhead / Day Nurse

Kellie Bray


Nurse Sandwich / 2nd Pinhead / Princess Alexandra

Donna Cleverley


Duchess / 3rd Pinhead / Nurse Ireland / Flower girl

Anna Ruth Laird


Belgian Policeman / Orderly / Businessman

Aaron Milroy


Belgian Policeman / The town fool / Doctor / Waiter / Orderly

Darren Amor



Marion Armitage






Chris Shaw


Production Manager:

Angela Glennie


Set Design:

Chris Shaw


Lighting Design:

Robin Le Blond


Sound and Visual Design:

Chris Shaw



Sylvia CarrMargaret Bayley and Maria Smedes


Stage Manager:

Janet Francis


Stage Assistants:

Marion Armitage, Steve Tanner, Aaron Milroy and Jeremy Brown


Lighting Operator:

Tyler Ennis


Sound & Visual Operator:

Daniel Koster



Chris Shaw


Set Construction:

Les Wallis, Luc Hermans, Ernie Hicks, Ray Bell, Keith Boulton and Steve Nichols


Set Painters:

Emily Carter & Alexandra Carter, Tanya Burton, Meagan Burton & Stephen Burton, Angela Glennie & Paul Glennie, Maria Fleming and Chris Shaw


Emily Carter


Web page:

Laurie Bell


Promotional Video:

Regan Wood



Alexandra Carter


Program Design:

Nicholas Ryan


Program Printing:

Snap Printing, Lilydale


Office Administration:

John Martin


Box Office & Administration

Anne Rogers-Davidson


Front of House Manager

Lesley Bailey

Assisted by Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company Volunteers


Acknowledgements: Heidelberg Theatre Company for the loan of costumes. Harry Milward for designing and making of the hood and cloak.























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