DSP News

Daryl R Peebles of Tasmania meets Daryl R Peebles of South Carolina.

Daryl Peebles the writer of Shenanigan's Wake, BBQ and Aussie Rules the Musical ( all excellent for theatre restaurant also http://www.davidspicer.com/Plays-dp.htm ) has had the most bizarre encounter with a man the same age with the same name on the other side of the world.

Here is a transcript of the story which appeared on ABC TV news a few weeks back.

Welcome Judith Prior

Each year more than 40 theatres around Australia stage one of Judith Prior's 16 classic comedies.

From Phantom of the Music Hall to Jest at the West to Pirate Prince to Opportunity Knocks! ( and many more ) Little theatres and schools stage the 'cheeky' comedies usually in theatre restaurant style.

Every imaginable theme is available from Ancient Egypt to Colonial England - to the Wild West to the Aussie outback. Theatres choose their own well known music to go with the script.

Season's Greetings

I wish you all a very safe and merry festive season. Hope you return from your Christmas break refreshed and renewed.

Vale Jim Sperinck

I am sad to report the passing of pantomime writer Jim Sperinck. I had the great privilege of meeting Jim during my visit to London last year.

Jim is the founder of Jasper Publishing and writer of many hit pantomimes including his red hot favourite Panto at the OK Corral. I enjoyed a pint in a lovely pub with this very jolly gentleman. Jasper Publishing lives on. His son is taking over the empire - and is about to launch an exciting new web-site for the company to honour his father's memory.


A big welcome to two new writers to DSP Clem Gorman and Pamela Whalan.

Clem Gorman is a prolific playwright who has had 11 plays staged by professional companies in Australia over twenty years.

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Eureka is an accomplished and entertaining musical" Sydney Morning Herald 2004.

I am very proud to announce the release of the rights to community theatre and schools of the stage musical Eureka.

Sample the sights and sounds of this musical at the Eureka web-site. http://www.essgee.com/html/Eureka/index.htm


If you have not received my 2007 catalogue yet please email me your postal address and a copy will be sent immediately. 2007 will be the tenth anniversary of my theatrical agency.

DSP started with one composer in 1997. It now licences more than 100 productions a year in Australia and New Zealand and another 60 in countries including Canada, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, China, Norway - and across the UK.

The catalogue includes Musicals, Plays, Pantomimes, Theatre Restaurant and Children's theatre.



Sad news came through this morning that Alan Burke the writer of the Book for Lola Montez passed away overnight in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.

I had the great pleasure of attending a production of Lola Montez with Alan, Peter Stannard and Peter Benjamin in regional New South Wales just a few years ago.

HOT Hot Shoe Shuffle set for hire

CLOC Music Theatre  in Melbourne sold more than 6000 tickets to their dazzling production of Hot Shoe Shuffle. What an honour for me to have this company stage two shows  I represent in one year. Many companies are using CLOC's BFO costumes and set. Now their dazzling Hot Shoe Shuffle backdrops are available for hire.

If you are interested email grant.alley@cloc.org.au

Peter Allen Exhibition opens at The Victorian Arts Centre

The Victorian Arts Centre is celebrating the life of Peter Allen for the next three months. A new free  exhibition includes Peter Allen's maracas,  his dazzling designer stage outfits and trademark Hawaiian shirts.

Also on display are some of the most spectacular costumes used in The Boy From Oz.