News & Updates

Since being established in June 2010, Theatresports® has been working hard to build it’s profile.

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Of late, this has been helped by some great media exposure.

Most recently, the Blue Mountains Gazette carried an article featuring the Halloween show (which happened on 21st Oct 2010); and a month ago the tourism magazine ‘Blue Mountains Wonderland’ updated visitors to the region in it’s spring 2010 edition.

In addition, we’re pleased to have also been well supported by the Blue Mountains own radio station, BluFM 89.1.

With luck, TSBM’s media exposure will continue to grow.

Hamlette goes Haunting

On Thursday 21st October 2010, at Jack Thomspon’s Hotel Gearin, the Katoomba audience was treated to a very spooky Halloween Theatresports® Ham Stakes show.

Two gothic teams lined up and pitted themselves against eachother; ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Hitchock’.

They played a series of challenging games and gave the audience more than enough reasons to hold onto their seats and frighten the vampyres away with rib-breaking laughter and applause.

The Katoomba audience got in on the act too, providing terrific sound-effects for a howling storm and other terrible noises. Two victims were selected to join the players on-stage too.

The points being tallied up at the end of the show, showed that team ‘Black Magic’ (lead by their fearless captain Jimmy Tredinnick ) were just that little bit too powerful for the ‘Hitchcock’ team, winning but only 2 points.

Special mention needs to be made of the night’s very special guest Edvard, our very own Igor-esque slave who provided some excellent additional scary action throughout the show.

All in all, everyone had a great time… here’s to the next show at the Gearin; Thursday 18th November 2010.

It was a tough test, however Jimmy Tredinnick, Hannah Robinson, Josh Tredinnick and Zephyr Larkin from the TSBM team ‘Excess Padding’ all survived their first heat of the Cranston Cup competition.

They are know psyching up to play in heat 3 of this demanding improv competition… which happens on Sunday 10th October at 3.30pm.

Be there; Factory Space Theatre, Victoria Road, Marrickville.

More info;

Theatresports® Blue Mountains has been approached by Impro Australia to submit a team into the prestigious Cranston Cup, one of the Sydney improvising community’s most exciting annual competitions.

Our entry into the fray is led by team captain Jimmy Tredinnick. The team, ‘Excess Padding’, also includes other regualar TSBM players; Hannah Robinson, Josh Tredinnick, and Zephyr Larkin.

Excess Padding’s first heat is set for Sunday 3rd October at 7.30pm. The show is being presented at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, Sydney.

For more information about the Cranston Cup, visit the Impro Australia website.

Hamlette goes Haunting

You better not shout, you better not scream… the vampyres might just hear you!

On Thursday October 21st 2010, at Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin in Katoomba, Theatresports® Blue Mountains is bringing you a throat-ripping chiller of a Gothic show, especially for Halloween.

So, bring your pumpkin, silver bullets and holy water because ou just never know who (or what) is around the corner!

For more info about our Halloween show, click here.

As you might recall, on Thursday 23rd September (that’s this week!), Theatresports® Blue Mountains spring has sprung special Ham Stakes show is on at Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin, in Katoomba.

Of course there isn’t a better place to celebrate spring than the Blue Mountains national park. Not only is the Ham Stakes show on, there are also various festivals and other events happing throughout the mountains region, so perhaps it’d be worth your while to come up and make a loooong weekend of it.

So come along to the Ham Stakes show, it’ll will be a night where too much fun will be had by all. We look forward to seeing you there.

Click here for more information and bookings.

Hamlette frollicking with a bunny and two spring chicks

Another action-packed and emphatically entertaining Ham Stakes show is already being planned by the Theatresports® Blue Mountains team.

The show will be presented on Thursday 23rd September at Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin.

Hamlette frollicking with a bunny and two spring chicks

In celebration of the change of seasons at the beginning of the month, TSBM’s cute piggy mascot, Hamlette, has decided to go tip-toeing through the daffodils.

As always, the show will feature teams of skilled improvisers who will create wonderful characters in weird and wonderful new worlds, completely unrehearsed and right before your eyes!

So join us for a night of light-hearted entertainment on Thursday 23rd September 2010.

To read more about the show, click here.

Our mascot Hamlette on the hustings.

It was a terrific show on Thursday 19th August 2010, which was ostentatiously billed as an UN-election special against the backdrop of the looming Australian Federal Election several days later.

Two teams (‘The Umbrellas’ and ‘Team B’) of skilled improvisers faced each-other across the political no-man’s land, and battled it out for absolute supremacy.

It was a heavy contest to sway the voter-audience, however as with all contests there can only be one winner; the awesome talents of Team B won the night by a margin of 3 points with some excellent sketches.

In keeping with the season, several of the local candidates for the Blue Mountains seat of Macquarie attended the show and entered into the fun of it all, by allowing our improvisers to poke a little bit of gentle fun at politicians in general with investigation of such concepts as sincere politicians, kept promises and honesty.

To cap off the show, MC and Theatresports® Blue Mountains Artistic Director, Bryan Cutts, invited the candidates to step up onto stage and deliver with a 30 second speech each, a range of dream promises they’d deliver should they be elected as Australia’s next Prime Minister. The winning bid, achieving the loudest applause from the audience, related to a brave proposal incorporating free beer. Surely a winner indeed; although, the jury’s still out as to whether this promise will actually be delivered:)!

Logo for Get ShirtyAs always, several prizes were given away throughout the show to various audience participants, supplied by two supportive Blue Mountains businesses. Local t-shirt and promotional product business, Get Shirty, made it possible to give away some wonderful printed T-Shirts; and in keeping with the name of the show, Peter’s Meats in Katoomba made available some delicious ham steaks.

All-in-all, fun was had by everyone, even if in the end we were no closer to deciding who we’d all vote for on the following Saturday.

Next show; September 23rd… be there!

Our mascot Hamlette on the hustings.

It’s official, the next Ham Stakes show will feature some very special guests indeed!

With the show preceding the upcoming federal election by only a couple of days, Theatresports® Blue Mountains extended an invitation to all the electoral candidates for the seat of Macquarie to attend for some light-hearted fun and non-partisan frivolity.

So far, three candidates have confirmed they’ll be at Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin on the 19th August; Terry Tremethic of the Carer’s Alliance, Luke Portelli of the Christian Democrats and Jason Cornelius of the Family First party. All other candidates have been contacted and further announcements are expected shortly.

For more information about the show, click here.

Our mascot Hamlette with a very worried Turkey!
Our mascot Hamlette with a very worried Turkey!

Well, there’s not much more you can say when the warmth of the applause is as wonderful as it was tonight!

It was a terrific show, and the audience was quite simply delightful.

There were 4 teams; the Deers, the Turkey Stuffers, the Stocking Fillers and Santa’s Naughty Elves; all vying for the ultimate reward – the undying adulation of the audience.

Reel it in... The show was action packed; we were entertained by Shakespearean drama, sports-style commentary, music and out-and-out comedy – ingredients which guaranteed a night to remember.

In the end, it was Santa’s Naughty Elves who stole first place, followed closely by those Stocking Fillers.

Of course, a show isn’t a show without great music… and we had that in bucket-loads. Opening the show we were treated to a Tom Lehrer classic, presented by the Blue Mountains own Very Small Choir. This magnificent group also gave a us several ditties when we came back from intervals.

Continuing the music theme, all our players were supported by Tim Cunningham, another BM local, who’s been around the music scene for aeons.

We gave away prizes, laughed a lot and generally worked our funny bones to the (well) bone!

Now it’s full steam ahead for the next show, an election 2010 special; Ham Goes Poll-Dancing! Put it in your diary now; Thursday 19th August, 8pm, at Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin.

See you there.