What is ACT II?
FTG’s ACT II began in 2016, with Louis Nowra’s brilliant Australian classic, COSI, directed by Daragh Wills with Connor McRae in the role of Lewis.
Thereafter, the youth members formed their own committee and their next production, the 19th century classic by Brandon Thomas, CHARLEY’S AUNT, saw COSI alumni, Lachlan Casey-Roleff step up as director. This production was nominated as FTG’s entry into the Victorian Drama League Awards. Almost the entire cast and crew were present at the Awards dinner to see their production win three awards outright and be nominated for two more! A better validation couldn’t have been delivered!
It was a financial and critical success, and was followed in 2017 by 12 ANGRY MEN by Reginald Rose, with a mixed gender cast and Conner took the directorial reigns. Again, the production was a success, winning several awards at FTG’s Annual Peake Awards, including Best Director for Connor McRae.
In 2019, Chris Hollins from CHARLEY’S AUNT read the Gothic thriller GASLIGHT, and with assistance from Lachlan Casey-Roleff, cast and directed a remarkable production, full of menace, emotion and drama, which drew great acclaim from its audiences.
This year, 2020, Sarah Jeffs, alumni of all previous youth productions, has drawn on members of ACT II, FTG adults and some members new to both groups to present Alan Bennett’s stunningly entertaining THE HISTORY BOYS.