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LIVE CHRISTMAS SHOW RECORDING 12 DECEMBER 2018


Jaq Avery, Jaclyn Lombardo, April Garreffa, and Imbi Leili Ling - photo by Dan A'Vard

7:30PM 
12 DECEMBER 2018
BRUNSWICK MECHANICS INSTITUTE

SIMULTANEOUS LIVE STREAM!

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Family drama takes centre stage in The Players Christmas special

Christmas cheer comes early to Brunswick when Melbourne podcasters The Players perform their Christmas special to a live audience! The Players invites one and all to be a part of the crowd as they create their very first live recording. It will be a feisty night of folly, frolics and the kind of excitement only thespians can create, and there will be prizes a plenty. 

The Drummonds are hosting Christmas. Emotions are high and it’s drama, drama, drama! 

Amidst opening presents, backyard French cricket, and a formal dinner party Flora can't stop fighting with River, Edward is not happy about …well…anything, and Ruby finds out about Edward's affair with Kirana. Just a normal family Christmas!

Written and produced by Brunswick local Samsara, The Players is a soap-opera style podcast - the audio answer to The Bold and Beautiful. It follows the trials and tribulations of the Drummond and the Bannister families as they navigate their way to launch Dramaticus, a theatre company. Brother and sister fight for artistic direction and their children struggle to find their identities as they are pitted against each other daily. 

Samsara achieved her Masters of Writing For Performance from VCA in 2016. In The Players she combines this talent and her love of soap operas with sound engineering skills developed early in her career working as a sound technician at Arts Centre Melbourne before going on to lecture in the field at Box Hill Institute and then VCA. Samsara works closely with an amazing team of actors to create the intensely emotional and often quite hilarious circumstances the Drummonds and Bannisters find themselves in daily as they try to combine work and family in the always fraught theatre industry.

Like all great family get-togethers, A Very Drummond Christmas promises to be eventful to say the least. Be in the audience as this special podcast recording session is live streamed to The Players audience around the world. The Players is available free on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Tune In and most podcast apps. Search for The Players by Samsara.

Tip: Get up to speed on The Players before the event by listening to the Box Sets at www.theplayerssoapopera.com  

FEATURING:
Scott Knight as Edward Drummond
Jaq Avery as Flora Drummond
Maree Shefford as Ruby Drummond
Justin Groves as Brick Murello
Imbi Leili Ling as River Murello
April Garreffa as Emerald Bannister
Axle Gunn as Michael Bannister
Jaclyn Lombardo as Sienna Bannister
Daniel Brasher as Frank Medford
Damian Vuleta as Henri

Event details:
7.30pm, 12 December 2018
Brunswick Mechanics Institute
270 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Tickets: $10 each, early bird $5 (all tickets bought before 1st December)

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Episode 10 - The Cajoling

INT.  BANNISTER HOME
MICHAEL Wow.  What a lovely meal.  And the thing which made it lovely is sharing it with my two gorgeous daughters.
SIENNA It really was the most fun we’ve had together in a long time.
EMERALD I don’t think I have been this relaxed for weeks.
SIENNA I know what you mean sis.
MICHAEL I know.  These last few weeks have been insanely hectic.  Between getting the building finished and preparing for the launch there hasn’t been a moment to ourselves.
EMERALD Just remember, in two days time you will be as free as I am right now.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to not have to keep reworking Flora’s dress (chuckles)
MICHAEL Well, not really free girls.
SIENNA What do you mean dad?
MICHAEL Once the launch is over we pretty much have to dive into getting our first show up.  We have to maintain the momentum of the launch or else it is really all for nothing.  We have to try and stay in the public eye.  At least for the first year.
SIENNA Groan.  And I was really looking forward to a six month …

CHAPTER 28: The Snubbed Kiss

CHAPTER 28 The Snubbed Kiss LISTEN HERE
SCENE 1: The Snub (cont.) Kirana interrupts Ruby's conversation with Sophia and Henri comes to the rescue.
FEATURING: Jo Boyd, Malaynee Hayden, Maree Shefford, and Damian Vuleta.
SCENE 2: The Kiss Sienna settles Edward into her dressing room to help him with his makeup and their relationship becomes a whole lot closer.
FEATURING: Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Sophie Rose.
SCENE 3: The Celebration The cast of Richard III get an enthusiastic response to their opening performance and they take a moment to celebrate.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Sophie Rose
Transcripts below.

SCENE 1: The Snub
(DRAMATICUS FOYER. OPENING NIGHT PRE-SHOW)
RUBY
Let’s agree we both made the wrong assumptions, eh? Do you like Henri’s designs?
SOFIA
Si. I have always dreamed of wearing and Ensemble gown.
RUBY
We can definitely do something to make that dream come true.
SOFIA
Oh, no. That would be too much.
RUBY
Nonsense. Henri and I are good fri…

CHAPTER 30: The Consumated Operations

CHAPTER 30: The Consumated Operations
LISTEN HERE
SCENE 1: The Consumation Edward invites Sienna up to his hotel room for a night cap after a long day.
FEATURING: Jaclyn Lombardo and Scott Knight
SCENE 2: The Operations (pt 1) Ruby calls the family together for a production meeting.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, Jaclyn Lombardo, Maree Shefford and Samsara
SCENE 3: The Operations (pt 2) The family convinces Ruby to go against her wishes for the good of the company.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, Jaclyn Lombardo, Maree Shefford and Samsara
SCENE 4: The Hiring Maree invites Kirana to her office for a meeting.
FEATURING: Jo Boyd and Maree Shefford.

SCENE 1 (EDWARD’S HOTEL ROOM)
SIENNA I’m exhausted! I am glad the season is only 4 weeks. I don’t think I could handle this marathon for longer than that.
EDWARD Come, come Si. Take a seat while I pour you a brandy.
SIENNA Mmmmm. Brandy! You better be careful Ed or I’ll fall asleep.
EDWARD …