"I know I will never forget NUTS. Let me tell you why.
It transformed my pipedream about being a famous actor working alongside Al Pacino, into a passion for an industry. NUTS allowed me to actually believe that I can find a place and continue to love and be involved in theatre.
NUTS has given me occasional bumps and bruises, and an occasional actor’s ego. NUTS has taught me about great plays, and unknown plays, and about bringing those plays to life, and bringing characters to life, and bringing sets to life, and bringing lighting plans and sound designs to life too.
But the MOST important thing is that NUTS has done, is allow me to work with so many very amazing people who manage to volunteer their time every year without fail, regardless of other work, uni, or family commitments. All of you - the people who ruin their clothing to paint endless flats and set pieces, and stress out when we haven’t sold enough tickets, or use up copious amounts of energy to sing overheard show tunes in the most dramatic way possible. Thank you for being a part of my time in NUTS, I feel really lucky to have spent that time with everyone here.
Looking back on some of our old archives throughout this year, seeing pictures, and a long list of shows, I am amazed to realise that there are 30 years worth of people who really love NUTS. 30 years worth of people who have had their lives taken over by NUTS in great or small ways. 30 years worth of people who have been taught amazing things about art and collaboration, or stressful things about art and particularly collaboration. 30 years worth of people who feel a part of something special. "
- 2015 President Shannan Ely (NUTS 30th Gala)
Productions and events
Welcome Back Cabaret
It was NUTS tradition to begin the year with a bang, and because it's the 30th Anniversity of NUTS, musical genius Harry brought it back with one saucy Cabaret!
Don your best flapper dress, Gatsby inspired suit and bring along your most expensive cigar (kidding, we can’t smoke in the venue) for our Roaring Twenties inspired event with singing, dancing, and Mad Men inspired cocktails, all taking place in the smooth and smoky Club NUTS (Studio One with some dressing vaguely reminiscent of a jazz club).
Musically Directed by Harrison Collins
Into the Woods
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
With cast and orchestra drawn largely from the theatre and music programs at the University of New South Wales, this was a top quality revival of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning classic.
Directed by Mathew McEwen
Produced by Lauren Schramko
Musical Director was Harry Collins
Triple Bill Show
NUTS first Triple Bill in years!
Helena's Husband (written by Phillip Moeller)
This historical comedy explores how an unhappy marriage with scheming spouses leads to war between two of Greece’s greatest cities; Sparta and Troy.
Co-directed by Melwin Nelapati and Cassie O'Brien
Superhero Support (written by D.M. Larson)
When a group of superheroes are drawn together to meet a mysterious doctor, she promises to rid them of the burdens of their super powers. How will they cope being ordinary?
Directed by Elizabeth Stern
The Master Poisoner (written by Maxwell Bodenheim)
The Master Poisoner follows an evening in the laboratory with Sobe, an evil Alchemist. Sobe’s heretical experiments have placed him on the brink of conquering Death itself.
Directed by William Burke
When the Rain Stops Falling
Written by Andrew Bovell
It begins with a fish falling from the sky and ends with that same fish eaten for dinner. A rich tapestry of family memory spanning eight decades and two nations; When the Rain Stops Falling is a rising Australian classic.
Directed by Andrew Signor
Produced by Keri Tscaoucis