In 1997, the City of Oakleigh Repertory Company (CORC) and Elwood Theatre Company merged to become Encore Theatre Company Inc. The new company commenced operations in the Clayton Auditorium, with the first official production being the Australian play Caravan, directed by Fran McGrath.

The company has staged many wonderful productions since it began with hundreds of people contributing to this success. Encore Theatre Company productions have been nominated for and won awards at both the Victorian Drama League (VDL) and Lyrebird Award competitions.

In 2008, Encore moved to a brand new, purpose-built theatrette in Cooke Street, Clayton, over the road from the old Clayton Auditorium. The original theatre was demolished.

Productions & Directors

Rumpelstiltskin dir. Christine Simmonds
Shakespeare in Saigon dir. Cenarth Fox
The Housekeeper dir. Geoff Hickey (VDL Awards Entry)
Cactus Flower dir. Ewen Crockett

Little Red dir. Karina Hudson
The Dining Room dir. Horrie Leek
An Inspector Calls dir. Lesley Batten
Table Manners dir. Deborah Fabbro

Robin Hood dir. Christine Simmonds
A Doll’s House dir. Annie Blood
Cash On Delivery dir. Bill Irvine
The Ghost Train dir. Andrew Ferguson

Treasure Island dir. Christine Simmonds
Love, Loss and What I Wore dir. Helen Ellis
Arsenic and Old Lace dir. Richard Burman
The Woman in Black dir. Tim Long

Dick Wittington dir. Christine Simmonds
Summer of the 17th Doll dir. Kevin Trask
The Club dir. Keith Hutton
The Merry Widows dir. Cenarth Fox

Cinders dir. Christine Simmonds
Rumors dir. Annie Blood
Sylvia dir. Peter Newling
The Kingfisher dir. Lesley Batten

Aladdin dir. Christine Simmonds
Hay Fever dir. Horrie Leek
Life After George dir. Doug Bennett
The Cemetery Club dir. Deborah Fabbro

Jack and His Amazing Technicolour Beanstalk dir. Christine Simmonds
Our Town dir. Jeff Hood
Daylight Saving dir. Kevin Trask
Eat Your Heart dir. Ewen Crockett

Find the Lady dir. Tony Bird
I Ought to be in Pictures dir. Tim Long
Wit dir. Vicki Smith

Over the River and Through the Woods dir. Edna Bartlett
Haywire dir. Christine Simones

At this time, Encore moved from its original theatre to the new performing space, the theatrette in the Clayton Community Centre, hence the limited season in 2008.

Shadowlands dir. Mark Stratford
The Prisoner of Second Avenue dir. Lesley Batten
Sherlock, Stock and Barrel dir. Cenarth Fox
I Remember Mama dir. Ron Conroy

The Importance of Being Earnest dir. Ray Russell
How to Enjoy Your Own Funeral dir. Cenarth Fox
Set The Traps dir. Christine Simmonds
Shakespeare in Saigon dir. Doug Bennett
Still Mad About the Boy dir. Horrie Leek

Emerald City dir. Horrie Leek
The Odd Couple dir. Kevin Trask
Resting dir. Doug Bennett
Season’s Greetings dir. Jan Sheppard

Lost In Yonkers dir. Nick Walter
Laura dir. Graeme Moore
The Real Sherlock Holmes dir. Kevin Trask
Stepping Out dir.Jan Sheppard

Quartet dir. John Bishop
The Exorcism dir. Vicki Smith
Moving On dir. Alan Burrows
My Three Angels dir. Ron Paddon

Mad About The Boy dir. Horrie Leek
Away dir. Mark Stratford
Cinderella dir. Kate Llewelyn

The Sentimental Bloke dir. Horrie Leek
Travelling North dir. Jan Sheppard
It’s My Party (and I’ll die if I want to) dir. Graeme Moore
Furtive Fortunes of Fickle Fate dir. Ron Paddon

Taking Sides dir. Kevin Trask
Sylvia’s Wedding dir. Charmaine Hart
Ebeneezer’s Dream Written and directed by Eileen Nelson

After Dinner dir. Roberta Reed
Beyond Reasonable Doubt dir. Graeme Moore
I Am a Camera dir. Horrie Leek
Come Blow Your Horn dir. Shirley Fitch
Gallipoli Revisited dir. Norma Guthrie
St Andrew’s Night dir. Eileen Nelson

Dinkum Assorted dir. Eileen Nelson
Time of my Life dir. Shirley Fitch
Dirty Work at The Crossroads dir. Ron Conroy
Christmas Treats dir. Kevin Doherty

Caravan dir. Fran McGrath

Rumpelstiltskin 2017

Little Red 2016

The Dining Room 2016

An Inspector Calls 2016

Table Manners 2016

The Ghost Train 2015