Scary movie at drive-in
This year the Sydney Film Festival is expanding its geographical footprint to Blacktown with a special 40th anniversary restoration of the cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Forty years after it was released, Tobe Hooper's classic is a tale of five young friends who encounter a family of cannibal psychopaths. With very little explicit violence the movie remains one of the most notorious and terrifying motion pictures ever made. It will be shown during a special late-night screening at Blacktown's Skyline Drive-In on June 13, 11pm. Tickets: $10 a person in the car, tix.sff.org.au.
Recalling days of radio plays
Radio Active Live will be on at the Hills Lodge Hotel in Castle Hill on June 15 and 22. Four short comedy plays will be presented in the style of live radio. Member of the Radio Active Live group Helen Everingham said she remembered when there weren't many live theatres in Sydney. "The 2GB Macquarie Auditorium would put the radio plays live to air and people would dress up in formal wear to go out and listen. We won't be putting ours to air but it's the same sort of style with actors around the microphone." The plays are on from 3pm to 5pm for $25. Bookings: 0402 003 355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richmond Players' latest production, Twelve Angry Men, is on this Saturday, May 31, at the Richmond School of Arts. The play, by debuting director Nathan Zamprogno, is about one juror trying to convince the others of the defendant's innocence. The rights of the play were unavailable for years and Mr Zamprogno said he prepared "an authentic period adaptation". Tickets cost $15 (concession) or $20. Performances are on at 2pm and 7.30pm. The Richmond School of Arts is on the corner of March and West Market streets, Richmond. Details: 8006 6997.