Zeal Theatre Australia

Zeal History


1.  THE SCAM


Written and directed by Stefo Nantsou
Cast: Rob Dilley, Ian Dunn, Meg Dunn, Stefo Nantsou & Kerry O'Hearn.
Zeal Theatre's 1st production premiered in February 1989. Dealing with State Government cuts to schools funding and the ramifications on teachers, students and families, "THE SCAM" was performed 50+ times throughout Hunter Valley high schools and a public season at the New Lambton Community Centre.


2.  SHATTERED PAIRS


Devised and performed by Rob Dilley, Ian Dunn, Meg Dunn, Stefo Nantsou & Kerry O'Hearn.
Created with the assistance of Parents Without Partners, the Zeal ensemble premiered "SHATTERED PAIRS" as part of a double-bill with "THE SCAM" at the New Lambton Community Centre in Newcastle in April, 1989. The show also toured Hunter Valley high schools throughout 1989 as part of Zeal's inaugural season.


3.  WORKFORCE


Written and directed by Stefo Nantsou
1989 Cast: Rob Dilley, Ian Dunn, Meg Dunn, Stefo Nantsou & Kerry O'Hearn.
(Paul Makeham also performed in the original season.)
1990-91 Cast: Alan Gannaway, Karen Lantry, Stefo Nantsou & Kerry O'Hearn.
Zeal's performance style was further developed with this ambitious epic portrayal of the Australian workforce which played public seasons at the Newcastle Workers Club as well as touring Hunter Valley high schools 1989-91. Stefo Nantsou was awarded a CONDA (City of Newcastle Drama Award) for Best Director for "WORKFORCE" in December 1989.


4.  SPLIT


Written and directed by Stefo Nantsou
Cast: Rob Dilley, Meg Dunn, Stefo Nantsou & Kerry O'Hearn
Music by Ian Dunn
Premiering at the T.P.I. House in Newcastle in September 1989, "SPLIT" was a semi-autobiographical account of three generations of southern European immigrants and their cultural, political and familial journey's from homeland village to suburban Australia and back again.
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