The Last Five Years
Dramatic Productions presents
The Last Five Years

24 Apr 2015 to 2 May 2015


Treat yourself to a magnificent three course dinner at Teatro Vivaldi Restaurant while enjoying the moving, funny and touching story of The Last Five Years.

Make it an extra special night by joining us for our BLACK TIE opening on Friday 24th April (Cast 1) or Thursday 30th April (Cast 2).

Alternatively have a more casual experience at any of our matinees where canapés will be provided for your additional enjoyment.

The Last Five Years is a fabulous story with both beautiful and stirring music as well as upbeat, toe tapping songs. With a live band and Canberra’s leading performers it is an experience you won’t forget for a long time.

The show follows the five year relationship between Cathy Hiatt and Jamie Wellerstein from when they meet, get married and eventually separate. The ingenious story format sees Cathy tell her story from the end of the relationship back to the beginning while Jamie tells his story from the beginning to the end.

The show was written by Jason Robert Brown and was produced Off-Broadway before going on to have great success internationally.

Don’t miss this incredible show and unique night of theatre!

Cast 1 - Fraser Findlay & Vanessa De Jager (April 24 8pm, April 25 2pm & 8pm, April 26 2pm)

Cast 2 - Mathew Chardon O'Dea & Josie Dunham (April 30 8pm, May 1 8pm, May 2 2pm & 8pm)

Dinner service starts at 6:30.


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Creatives Richard Block Richard Block

Richard arrived on the Canberra theatre scene late in life, somewhere between his 31st and 32nd birthdays. His first show was in Phoenix Players production of Kiss Me Kate in 2006, where he "Fell in love with theatre" and since then he has appeared in dozens of shows ranging from plays to musicals to pantomimes.

In 2010 Richard began his foray into producing shows as the Production Manager for Phoenix Players Disney's double bill - Cinderella and The Aristocats. He found managing two casts of about 50 children set him up to handle adult casts like "no other text book training could ever have". In 2012 he got his first chance direct with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as part of the Phoenix Players - Phoenix Rising Program.

In 2013 he performed leading roles in Ickle Pickle's production of Oliver! playing the "suitably sinister" Bill Sikes, as Frank Butler in Queanbeyan Player's Annie Get Your Gun and as understudy for the role of Javert in Canberra Philharmonic Society's Les Miserable.

In 2013 Richard launched the StageCenta website as a resource and information hub for the theatre scene.

In 2014 Richard established Dramatic Productions to co-produce The Rokitelly Man with Ickle Pickle Productions. And then in 2015 directed and produced The Last Five Years and teaming up with the ANU School of Music Into the Woods which won 3 Canberra Area Theatre awards. In 2016 Richard directed Dramatic Productions 4th show Catch Me If You Can.

2017 saw the last production directed by Richard, Sweeney Todd. Afterwards he would exclusively produce theatre, staging Heathers the Musical in 2018 and then The Producers in 2019, starring Daryl Somers (Hey Hey Its Saturday) and directed by Rachael Beck.

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Cast Vanessa De Jager Vanessa De Jager
Cathy (Cast 1)

Vanessa is a primary school teacher who has been performing on the Canberra musical theatre stage for about 6 years. Most recently Vanessa was seen playing Marta in Everymans 2015 production of Company and earlier that year Rizzo in Queanbeyan City Councils performance of Grease and Cathy Hiatt in Dramatic Productions The Last Five Years. In 2014 she appeared in Queanbeyan City Councils Production of Sunset Boulevard as Betty Schaefer, Free Rain Theatre Companies production of Legally Blonde as Margot and the understudy for Elle Woods and SUPA Productions Witches of Eastwick as Sukie Rougemont.

Vanessa currently studies voice under the tutelage of the fabulous musical maestro Sharon Tree.  Her other theatre credits include Canberra Philharmonic Society’s 2013 production of Les Miserable as Eponine, Everyman Theatre's 2012 RENT as Mimi Marquez, Canberra Philharmonic's 2012 production of Hairspray playing Amber Von Tussle and Pheonix Risings 2012 How to Succeed in Business as Rosemary Pinkleton.

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