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Are you a director and interested in directing at Eltham Little Theatre? Our play selection committee would love to hear from you.

The current play selection committee membership is:

James Banger (Convenor)

Pat Alcock

Roderick Chappel

Gareth Clarke

Marti Ibrahim

Alison Jones

Drew Mason

Georgina Topp

Trudi Walters

We would love to hear your ideas. One Act plays, rehearsed play readings, full length plays, choir, dance and any other production ideas you may have.

Send your ideas to the play selection committee including the dates you are available. Email

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The Peppercorn Tree by Alison Campbell Rate

 - Directed by Roderick Chappel


The Peppercorn Tree is a moving Australian drama, set in Melbourne in 1993 and first staged in 2010.

Jonah, an Australian ex-serviceman, is nearing the end of his life. He has always been secretive about his wartime experiences, but he has reluctantly agreed to his wife’s suggestion that he recount these experiences to Zoe, a professional biographer. As his story unfolds, he reveals a secret that has an unexpected and powerful impact on his family.


Read Through



Auditions will by individual appointment, at 20 minute intervals. Auditions candidates will be asked to read specific sections of the script, against other actors. There is no need to memorise these for the audition. Please arrive 10 minutes early so that you can fill out an audition form.

Audition Dates

Sunday 4 February - 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Monday 5 February - 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Wednesday 7 February - 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Book an audition

To book an audition time, click or tap here

To contact the Director with inquiries, to request a script and a list of audition pieces, email

Rehearsals & Key Dates

Rehearsals are to be on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Other key dates are to be advised.

Performance Dates

Friday 19 April 2024, 8 PM.

Saturday 20 April 2024, 8 PM.

Sunday 21 April 2024, 2 PM.

Friday 26 April 2024, 8 PM.

Saturday 27 April 2024, 8 PM.

Sunday 28 April 2024, 2 PM.

Thursday 2 May 2024, 8 PM.

Friday 3 May 2024, 8 PM.

Saturday 4 May 2024, 8 PM.

Character Descriptions

Jonah Cloake

An ex-serviceman, age about 75.


Grace Cloake

Jonah’s current and second wife, aged about 65.


Zoe Pilgrim

A biographer, aged 35 to 50.

Michael Cloake

Jonah’s son, aged about 50.

Evie Walker Cloake

Jonah’s late first wife, aged in her 20s, with an English accent, heard from off-stage.


Note: An actor’s true age may be different from their character’s age, if they look and sound right for the part. Please do not hesitate to audition just because you are uncertain whether your age is suitable.




Eltham Little Theatre has a long and happy tradition of working with youth in the theatre. Since ELT’s inception in 1958 there has been a production specifically for youth performers for nearly every one of those years.

It is only in recent times that we have been able to offer any sort of theatre craft education classes on a weekend. As you may imagine, due to the volunteer nature of our organisation, lessons we are able to provide depend heavily on individual member availability each year.

If you would like to be informed of upcoming youth activities at the theatre please email our youth coordinators.

Youth Classes – General information

Our courses are run for 10 to 18 year olds with separate classes for primary and secondary students. The program explores acting and role play, script reading, monologues and audition preparation. We also look at theatre craft and the importance of staging, lighting, sound, sets, costumes, props and how these things impact an actor’s performance.

When available, classes run within the school term for an average of 7 to 8 weeks in duration. Start times and days can vary but usually classes are held on a Saturday morning between 10 and 12 depending and run for 1 hour’s duration.

Lessons will be focussed on various aspects of theatre work each term including but not limited to the following subjects:

  • audition techniques and preparation

  • theatre craft

  • script reading

  • script interpretation

  • improvisation

  • acting techniques

  • musical theatre

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