Under Milk Wood

"To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black..."

October/Nov 2023

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas Under Milk Wood is a play written for radio by the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. It’s a poetic, lilting and humorous portrayal of the dreams, hopes and regrets of a small seaside community. CTC’s production was directed by Michelle Dorian, who has directed seven full-length plays with community and […]

Romeo and Juliet

Directed by Rob Jorritsma

19 May - 4 June 2023

Our 2023 production of Romeo and Juliet will be like no other: a contemporary take on the classic tale. Set in the dark and gritty laneways and alleys of the inner city, two star-crossed lovers navigate the seedy underworld of warring powerful families in a haze of love, hope and tragedy. Cast: Sam Archer, Fynnian […]

Qubit Reading

A Studio Reading of a brand new script by Libby Angel and Helen Johnstone

Saturday 25 Feb 2023, 8pm

Etty Street Rehearsal Studio, Upstairs at ‘Autoplex’, 35 Etty Street, Castlemaine Join us for a relaxed rehearsed reading of an intriguing and hilarious new play by local writer Libby Angel and Brisbane-base writer Helen Johnstone. Qubit is set in the near future, when 3 hapless computer scientists are trying to boot up their new quantum […]

Speak the Speech: Shakespeare Summer School

Facilitated by Rob Jorritsma and Toby Heydon

Sunday 22 January, 10am-5pm, Etty Street Studio, 35 Etty Street, Castlemaine

This Summer holidays, the Castlemaine Theatre Company is holding a one day Shakespeare Intensive Workshop: ‘Speak the Speech’  for 15-25 year olds. Hosted by Rob Jorritsma and Toby Heydon, the workshop will take participants through some of Shakespeare’s diverse offering of works, from plays to soliloquies, teaching the meaning of the language behind his words […]

Peter Panto – or One Flew Over the Second Star on the Right

Adapted and directed by Kate Stones from the original by JM Barrie

4-20 November 2022, Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine

Running time: 2 hours Suitable for ages 8 – 500 (and you don’t have to bring kids along to enjoy it!) BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE About the Production This is the story of Peter Pan told in the form of a Pantomime. Which means a Dame in drag, plus lots of opportunities for the audience to […]

CTC Winter Speakeasy

We're creating a space for creatives to present a five or ten minute play-reading to the theme of BEAT

Etty St Studio, July 23, Doors Open at 7.30pm

Attention writers, actors and supportive audiences! We’re creating a space for informal, short play-readings, welcoming experienced and not so experienced creatives to have a go and try something new. Optional Theme: BEAT (Beat the winter blues? Beat of your own drum? Beat Generation?) Come with a five or ten-minute scene that you have written or […]

Walk with Us: Untold Castlemaine

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! See short stories unfold on street corners and behind buildings, along alleys and in front of monuments.

21-30 Jan and 1- 3 April 2022

Performances: Friday/Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 5.30pm. Meet at The Market Building on Mostyn Street. CTC is thrilled to announce a reprise of our fun, thoughtful, outdoor theatrical journey. Led by flamboyant guides, the audience will travel in covid- safe groups through the backstreets of Castlemaine, stopping in hidden spots to be entertained by […]

The Tempest: A Sound Project

Directed by Kate Stones, with original music by David Thrussell.

Listen to The Tempest Podcast More digital audio visual content from the CTC “Listening right now to The Tempest. Marvellous! Sound design is beautiful and immersing. The shipwreck…stunning. Oh, and the music…fantastic! Very good performances overall and seamlessly embedded in the atmospherics. Congratulations!” Is blood thicker than water? Two charismatic sisters, one mad (perhaps…), the […]


Find out how we are fighting off infections of boredom with covid safe activities and special offers!

It’s midwinter 2020 and here in Victoria we are still facing restrictions that make it very difficult to produce shows in the traditional way. NEVER FEAR! we are still going to bring you some great drama experiences, and some awesome offers. First up: SPECIAL COVID PRICES! In 2020 we have super cheap memberships available at […]

60th Birthday Bacchanal

17 August 2019

SEXY 60th BIRTHDAY BIG BACCHANAL on Sat Aug 17 at The Bridge Hotel In 2019 CTC turned 60 and we threw a party to celebrate! We invited everyone to come along and dance the night away with us at the Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine on 17 August. There were 2 costume prizes with the THEME: Sci […]

Frankenstein’s Children

by David Carlin

17 May-2 June 2019

Directed by Stephen Mitchell The Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine A black comedy set in Regency London, where our cross-dressing heroine negotiates a venal world of Bodysnatchers, villainous Surgeons, dishonest Undertakers, drunk Prostitutes and the occasional Solemn Angel and Foul Demon. Accompanied by the raucous songs of street balladeer Penny Dreadful, Frankenstein’s Children dives […]

Blood Wedding

"They were deceiving themselves, but the blood couldn’t be denied"

Nov 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and Dec 1 and 2 2018

BLOOD WEDDING by Federico Garcia Lorca Directed by Rob Jorritsma Performance Dates: Nov 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and December 1 and 2 Castlemaine Town Hall Blood Wedding – one of Lorca’s famous rural tragedies Federico García Lorca (1898 – 1936) lived at a time when the art world was exploding in new […]

As You Like It

"All the world's a stage..."

May 18 - June 3 2018

by William Shakespeare directed by Rob Jorritsma performed at The Phee Broadway Theatre May 18- June 3 Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm/Sundays at 2pm. Box Office opens 30mins before the show starts “Just saw, nay! – experienced As You Like It by The Castlemaine Theatre Company. It was brilliant! Flowing, effervescent, modern and accessible. If […]

Gallipoli The Musical

by Mark Penzak, directed by Kate Stones

10-26 November 2017

Gallipoli The Musical performed at Punctum’s ICU, Castlemaine Old Hospital, 1 Halford Street, Castlemaine 10-26 November, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. http://www.elliottmidnews.com.au/story/4840891/actors-called-to-the-stage/ The title of the show ‘Gallipoli, The Musical’ by local writer and theatre maker, Mark Penzak has caused some brows to furrow and wonder, ‘What the…?’ Well, for starters, it’s […]

Arsenic and Old Lace

Another fabulous live Radio Drama in the CTC's Armchair Theatre series, adapted and directed by John Rowland

7, 8, 9 July; 14, 15, 16 July at The Faulder Watson Hall, Castlemaine and 22, 23 July at Newham Mechanics Institute

Arsenic and Old Lace provides another opportunity for audiences to relive the magic of 1940s Radio Theatre, in the vein of The Ghost Train performed at the end of 2016.  Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, was originally performed on stage in the early 40s, before being adapted for the silver screen in 1944 […]

The Ghost Train

by Arnold Ridely of 'Dad's Army' fame! Directed by John Rowland

Fr 9, Sat 10 (7.30pm) 11 Dec (2.30pm) 2016

The Ghost Train is coming to Faulder Watson Hall in Barker Street, Castlemaine for three shows only – Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December at 7:30 pm, and Sunday 11th December at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20 / $15 concession. To book your tickets head to our Ticket Sales page and follow the links. Take eight […]

The Peach Season

A contemporary Australian play evoking the heat, scent and hard slog of a peach farm at harvest time.

Apr 29, 30, May 1, 6, 7 and 8, 13, 14 and 15 2016

by Debra Oswald directed by Rob Jorritsma Castlemaine Town Hall, April 29-May 15 2016 Cast: April Bevin, Seamus Curtain-Magee, Bronwyn Lamb, Izrael Little, Sebastian Marshall, Clare Shamier After the fatal shooting of her husband in a service station hold-up, Celia has shut herself and her 16-year-old daughter Zoë away, toiling on a peach farm in […]


Louis Nowra's Australian Favourite

April 9 (Preview), 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

by Louis Nowra, directed by Ron Moore Phee Broadway Theatre, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 April 2015 “Oh my god, I almost wet my pants!” – Cosi audience member Our first show of the year was an Australian favourite, Cosi by Louis Nowra, written in 1992. This popular black comedy has […]

Vinyl Vera’s Variety Show

MC Tim Ratcliffe hosts an evening of music, comedy, theatre sports, a quiz, prizes, auctions.....

29 November 2014

On Saturday 29 November MC Tim Ratcliffe and the lovely Vinyl Vera will be hosting the CTC’s inaugural fundraiser cabaret and vareity show. There’ll be acts, a stage and screen trivia quiz, prizes and fun for all The fun starts at 7.30pm and the venue is the Castlemaine Senior Citizens Hall, next to the Phee […]

Monkey and the Monk

Nov 27, 28, 29; Dec 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 2015

directed by Kate Stones The Making of Monkey and the Monk documentary film Monkey and the Monk Learning Guide “Absolutely superb production, loved every minute!” Vyv Rodnight “Fanstastic!!!! Sooo funny, sooo wise and sooo visually delicious and the casting was perfect!!!!!” Miss Evie Danger cast: Yen Kong (Monkey), Michael Gillies Smith (Tripitaka), Morgan Kurrajong (Pigsy), […]

Playhouse Creatures

A contemporary script by April de Angelis about the very first women actors to perform on the London stage during the Restoration period - the reign of Charles II in the 1660s.


Directed by Kenneth MacLeod with (in order of appearance) Kate Stones; Zenith Flume; Tiffany Naughton; Donna Steven; and Bridget Haylock. A contemporary script by April de Angelis about the very first women actors to perform on the London stage during the Restoration period – the reign of Charles II in the 1660s. ABOUT PLAYHOUSE CREATURES […]

Cinderella with the Lot

A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Opening Fri Nov 22 2013 at 7pm, Sat Nov 23 at 3pm, Fri Nov 29 at 7pm and Sat 30 Nov at 3pm

Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine Tickets on sale NOW from Maine Shoes and Accessories, 174 Barker Street, Castlemaine 5472 1136 and www.trybooking.com Search for ‘Cinderella’ (not Cinderella with The Lot) Nov 22 at 7pm, Nov 23 at 3pm, Nov 29 at 7pm and Nov 30 at 3pm $15/$10 conc and $35 for a family […]


Senior Citizens Centre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine

8pm 23, 24, 29, 30 Aug 2013

Burqa is a new work written by acclaimed local author Ian Nash, author of the award winning Challenged Trilogy (CTC 2011). Burqa is directed by Kate Stones, and performed by Bairbre Williams and Briega Young. It tells the story of a young Anglo Australian woman who has fallen in love with a Muslim man. Much […]

Embers, an excerpt

Market Building, Mostyn St, Castlemaine

Friday 23 Aug 2013, 6pm

Artfields 2013 Artfields is an arts festival organised by the local Shire to showcase local artists practicing across a wide range of artforms. The CTC will be featured in a performance night on Friday 23 August at The Market Building on Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. Actress and CTC Committee member Donna Steven will be directing a […]


by Paul Brown and the Newcastle Workers Committee, directed by Tricia O'Hara

24 May - 9 June 2013

Death by Auction (Youth)

Nov 2012

Macbeth – an excerpt

Artfields Festival, August 2012

New Blood

A mini festival of first time directors tackling short plays

June 22-July 1 2012

May/June 2012

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (Youth)

Nov 2011

The Hypochondriac

Aug 2011 by Moliere, Directed by Kenneth MacLeod

Challenged – A trilogy

Three short plays written and directed by Ian Nash

19 and 20 Feb 2011, Welshmans Reef Winery, Newtsead-Maldon Road

Challenged is a trilogy of short plays, Bonnie, Kaaris and Tapestries, with a focus on disability. Bonnie has been the mother and full-time carer of her now 43 year old brain-damaged daughter for more that three decades; Kaaris is an imaginative, middle-aged woman who, at 150kgs, seeks release from the virtual prison of her own […]


Nov 2010 Directed by Kenneth MacLeod “scary and comical…confronting and suspenseful. Everyone who is old enough should see CTC’s production…a great story and it gets you thinking” Emlyn Johnson, Castlemaine Independent

Dirty Work at the Crossroads

May 2010 Directed by Kenneth MacLeod

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