Privates On Parade

“In fairyland, my dears, there’s nothing new, true love, a song, a dance, a death or two”.


in association with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

11 FEBRUARY – 8 MARCH 2014

Writer Peter Nichols

Music Denis King

Director Alice Livingstone

Assistant Director Mark Croasdale

Musical Director John Short

Choreographer Trent Kidd

Set Designer Allan Walpole

Lighting Designer Tony Youlden

Sound Designer Ashley Walker

Dialect Coach Gabrielle Rogers

Stage Manager Jo Jewitt

LX Operator Ole Borch​



Matt Butcher, Jamie Collette, Peter Eyers, David Hooley, Morgan Junor-Larwood, James Lee, Henry Moss, David Ouch, Diana Perini, Martin Searles, Gerwin Widjaja

The young and innocent Private Steven Flowers finds himself in a company of military misfits as he is posted to entertain the British troops during the Malayan Emergency in 1948.

Peter Nichol’s delightful coming-of-age comedy is underpinned by darker political themes and personal stories of fear, loneliness and falling in love, all served up in a camp concoction of songs, dance, blokes in frocks and very naughty laughs.

“An excellent choice for Mardi Gras” - Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See


“By turns funny, perceptive and thought-provoking … the cast is energetic, enthusiastic, multi-talented … there is much contemporary relevance in this very poignant play” - Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers


“Absolutely fabulous … the entire cast has so much fun on stage, all with great individual moments … riotously entertaining” - Nathan Finger, Dinner and a Show


“A great Mardi Gras choice … a tightly choreographed and directed ensemble piece … the joy of the show is contagious … if you needed an excuse to get to the theatre, this is as good as any.” - SOYP


“A seriously funny play … direction and choreography is inspired … the actors do an exceptional job .. a dazzling production” ‪ - The Buzz From Sydney


“An exuberant production that gives full vent to the show’s camp humour and production numbers … an enjoyable evening” - Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph


“hugely entertaining .. a wittily staged production … an excellent cast. Well worth seeing.” - SX Magazine

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