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Home of community theatre in the Redlands...
nurturing an inclusive performing arts community for over 30 years.

MATES Theatre Genesis Inc. is a community theatre group founded in 1990 by a group of actors, singers and their families who had a love of theatre and wanted somewhere to perform.

The group were officially incorporated in 1990 as the "Musical and Theatrical Entertainment Society of the Redlands".  Affectionately known as MATES, their first official production was "Dimboola" at the Donald Simpson Centre in 1990. In the early days, they used several local venues before setting up home base at the Birkdale School of Arts Hall.

In 2016 MATES Theatre Society merged with another local community group, Theatre Genesis who performed a variety of shows at the Redlands Museum and MATES Theatre Genesis Inc. was born.

In 2018, the outgoing Mt. Cotton Drama Group were encompassed by MATES.

From a small, local presence MATES have been building a reputation that attracts  patrons from local areas and the wider Brisbane community.

2022 Past Shows

Radio Frenzy - 20-27th October,2022

Radio Frenzy – A number of One-Act staged radio plays that will have audiences laughing in the aisles.
ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE AT THE DONALD SIMPSON CENTRE, CLELVELAND

Summer Wonderland - May,2022

Hilarious Christmas comedy about fake snow, fairy lights, and the great Australian Dream.
Directed by Suze Harpur

Performances: May 5 – 15
at Donald Simpson Community Centre, Cleveland

2021 Past Shows

Miss Bilby - 25-31 October, 2021

Miss Bilby and the Moss-Covered Cleric is a light-hearted spoof of an Agatha Christie whodunit.
This radio play has every cliche of plot and sound effect.

Gather Round, Hear Our Voices - 26-27 February, 2021

About the ShowCelebrating the stories and collective wit and wisdom of women.Local women raise their voices to share their stories.  Includes original readings, poems and scripts.  Laughter, tears and song.Proceeds will be donated to The Centre for Women & Co., a local not for profit organisation who provide specialist domestic violence and womens’ well-being services.CastGlenda…

Sailing South - 25 Jan-7 Feb 2021

The rollicking adventures of the “Sailing South” crew and ticket of leave prisoners. Set in the 1850’s a lot of leeway has been given with this little ditty aimed as providing plenty of laughs.

2020 Shows

Vagina Monologues - 14-15 Feb 2020

The award winning play is based on Eve Ensler’s interview with more than 200 women. Based on a collection of readings celebrating what it is to be a women the humour and grace.

Barbecue 25 Jan-9 Feb 2020

Smell the snags on the barbie and listen to the sound of a tinny being cracked open. ‘Barbecue’ is a grassroots Australian comedy set around the cultural ritual of the backyard barbecue.

2019 Shows

Writers Block - 18-26 October, 2019

Set against 1940’s and modern backdrop, Writer’s Block is a comical romance with a hint of drama that voices some of the unique processes occurring in the writer’s head as she arduously pieces together the scattered thoughts of her overactive imagination to ultimately produce that perfect work of art – she hopes!

Christmas Day - 25 Jan-9 Feb,2019

An Australian play about family relationships at Christmas. Past lives and deepest fears are confronted in ‘Christmas Day’, a play about suppression, emotional inheritance and ‘letting go’.

Order

Play

Author

MATES Director

When

Where

85

84

Miss Bilby & The Moss-Covered Cleric

Kitchen Diva

Linda Aronson

Norman Price

Suze Harpur

Diana Gogulski

21_Oct

21_Jun-July

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

83

Gather Round Hear Our Voices

Individuals

Elizabeth Ross

21_Feb

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

82

Sailing South

Judith Prior

Kath Kunde

21_Jan-Feb

Redland Museum

81

Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler

Elizabeth Ross

21_Jan-Feb

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

80

Barbecue

Daryl Peebles

Tereska Hart & Diana Gobulski

20_Jan-Feb

Redland Museum

79

Writer's Block

Kellie Silver

Shane Webb

19_Oct-Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

78

My Husband's Nuts

Devon Williamson

Mark Harrison

19_Jul-Aug

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

77

The One Day of the Year

Alan Seymour

Jan Nary

19_Ap-May

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

76

Christmas Day

Claire Hayworth

Debbie Spearritt

19_Jan-Feb

Redland Museum

MATES Theatre Genesis Inc. encompassed Mt. Cotton Drama Group in 2018

 

75

Drinking Habits

Tom Smith

Debbie Spearritt

18_Oct

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

74

Love Letters

A. R. Gurney

Chad Sherrin

18_Jan

Redland Museum

73

Summer of the 17th Doll

Ray Lawler

Ray Noonan

17_Nov

Hilliard State School, Alexander Hills

72

The Odd Couple - Female Version

Neil Simon

Debbie Spearritt

17_Jun

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

71

Australia Day

Jonathan Biggins

Ray Noonan

17_Jan-Feb

Redland Museum/Magda's

70

It's Only Murder

Sam Bobrick

Mark Harrison

16_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

69

A Family Affair

Happy Birthday Mum

Monologues

Christopher Owen

Helen Wyngard

Various

Debbie Spearritt

Ray Noonan

Jan Nary

16_Mar

Birkdale School of Arts Hall/DramaFest

68

Uncle Jack

Judith Prior

Chad Sherrin

16_Mar

Redland Museum/Birkdale School of Arts Hall/Magda's

Mates Theatre Society merged with Theatre Genesis to become MATES Theatre Genesis Inc. in 2016

67

MATES on Broadway/Christmas Edition

n/a

Mel Rhodes

15_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

66

MATES' Christmas Concert

n/a

Shane Webb

14_Dec

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

65

Where There's a Will There's a Relative

Roger Karshner

Elise O'Brien

14_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

64

Death by Golf

Gregg Kreutz

DJ Cronin

14_May

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

63

Thriller of the Year

Glynn Jones

Elise O'Brien

13_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

62

Shades of MATES4

  • The Great Dark
  • Radio Redlands
  • Music for the Masses

 

  • Dan Totheroe
  • n/a
  • n/a

 

  • Ray Noonan
  • Mark Harrison
  • Marine Went & Donna Magrath

13_Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall/DramaFest

(The Great Dark)

61

A Kick in the Baubles

Gordon Steel

Craig Smith

12_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

60

Shades of MATES3

  • Apart
  • Golf, Marriage & Other Murderous Matters
  • Music for the Masses
  • Anna Bennetts
  • Debra Chalmers
  • n/a
  • Marnie Went
  • Craig Smith
  • Marnie Went

12_Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

59

COSI

Louis Nowra

Gareth Kent

12_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

58

MATES On Broadway 2

n/a

Mel Rhodes

12_Feb

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

57

Mother Goose   / B37

Ron Hall

Mel Rhodes

11_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

56

Wizard of Oz 

n/a

Mel Rhodes

11_Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

55

Secret Bridesmaid's Business

Elizabeth Coleman

Marnie Went

11_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

54

MATES On Broadway

n/a

Mel Rhodes

11_Feb

RPAC

53

Jest Call Me Cowboy

Judith Prior

Shane Webb

10_Oct-Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

52

Shades of MATES2

  • Be Prepared
  • Split Ends
  • Big Songs

 

  • Ian Austin
  • Frank Vickery
  • n/a

 

  • Mark Harrison
  • Gary Annable
  • Marnie West

10_Jun-Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

51

Move Over, Mrs Markham

Ray Cooney & John Chapman

Adelle Givney

10_Ap_May

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

50

Jest At The West

Judith Prior

Marnie West

10_Oct-Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

49

Shades Of MATES

  • The Eulogy
  • The Ladybirds
  • Big Songs- Big Movies

 

  • John Cundill
  • Tony Layton
  • n/a

Shades of Mates

  • Ray Noonan
  • Mark Harrison
  • Marnie West

09_Jun

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

48

Strictly Murder

Brian Clemens

Mark Harrison

09_Ap-May

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

47

Mystery on the Orient Express

Maverick Musicals

Victoria Nicholson

08_Oc-Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

46

A Mid Life Crisis

Margaret Daikin

Ray Noonan

08_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

45

Uncle Jack

Judith Prior

Victoria Nicholson

07_Oc-Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

44

Noises Off

Michael Frayn

Liz Quinn

07_Ap-May

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

43

Steel Magnolias

Robert Harling

Grahame Brown

06_Oc-Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

42

There Goes The Bride

Ray Cooney & John Chapman

Ray Noonan

06_Ma-Jun

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

41

The Odd Couple - the female version

Neil Simon

Craig Smith

05_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

40

Ghostwriter

David Tristram

Marnie Went

05_Jun

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

39

Relatively Speaking

Alan Ayckborn

Di Gillies & Pat Brown

05_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

38

Wait Until Dark

Frederick Knott

Ray Noonan

04_Jun

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

37

When the Cat's Away

Johnnie Mortimer & Brian Cook

Di Gillies & Ray Noonan

04_Mar-Ap

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

36

Ma Baker's Tonic

Mary McMahon

Victoria Nicholson

03_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

35

Rumours

Neil Simon

Shirley Hamilton

03_Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

34

The Cemetery Club

Ivan Menchell

Craig Smith

03_Mar-Ap

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

33

Harem Scarem

Maverick Musicals

Victoria Nicholson

02_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

32

Butterflies are Free

Leonard Gershe

Shirley Hamiliton

02_Jul-Aug

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

31

In for the Kill

Derek Benfield

Di Gillies

02_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

30

Lost At The Front

Victoria Nicholson & Gina Eastes

Victoria Nicholson & Gina Eastes

01_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

29

Look Who's Talking

Derek Benfield

Di Gillies

01_Jun

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

28

The Stardust Room

Marnie West

Marnie West

00_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

27

The Murder Room

Jack Sharkey

Victoria Nicholson

00_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

26

Keeping Down With The Jones

John Chapman & Jeremy Lloyd

Gary Annable

99_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

25

The Gingerbread Lady

Neil Simon

Di Gillies

99_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

24

MATES in Cabaret

n/a

Pat Brown & Isa Annable

98_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

23

Wild Goose Chase

Dertek Benfield

Lyn Rowland

98_Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

22

The Anniversary

Bill Macilwrath

Pat Brown

98_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

21

Full Circle-Silver Wedding/Countdown/Resting Place

n/a

Di Gillies

97_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

20

Flying Feathers

Derek Benfield

n/a

97_Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

19

The Odd Couple - the female version

Neil Simon

Grahame Brown

97_Apr

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

18

Flashback

n/a

Grahame & Pat Brown

96_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

17

Mirth & Melodies - Room22/Be Prepared

Pamela McManus/Ian Austin

Mim Deegan/Tim Kethel

96_Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

16

Tomb With A View

Norman Robbins

Marnie Brown

96_Mar

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

15

Hit It Blossom

n/a

Robert Storrie

95_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

14

Sailing South

Judith Prior

Ray Fellows

95_Jul

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

13

Fish Out of Water

Derek Benfield

n/a

95_May

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

12

Lost At The Front

Victoria Nicholson & Gina Eastes

Victoria Nicholson & Gina Eastes

94_Nov

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

11

They Came Fron Mars

David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin,Jr

Victoria Nicholson

94_May

Birkdale School of Arts Hall

10

Broadway to Hollywood

n/a

Grahame & Pat Brown

93_Nov

RPAC

10

Broadway to Hollywood

n/a

n/a

93_Nov

RPAC

8

Mirth & Mayhem

n/a

Jeanette Woodward

93_Jun

RPAC

7

Musical Extravaganza

Lyn Rowland

Lyn Rowland

92_Nov

CWA Hall Cleveland

6

Play On

Rick Abbott

Lyn Rowland

92_Jul

CWA Hall Cleveland

5

The Devil Made Me Do It

n/a

n/a

92_Feb

CWA Hall Cleveland

4

Room 22 / Remains to Be Seen

n/a

n/a

91_Oct