Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy are...
Partners In Crime
After touring smash hit sensation ABBA-solutely Fabulous for two years, award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy return with the most iconic duos of all time!
The original dynamos from the worldwide sensation Mamma Mia! will thrill audiences with the world’s most legendary partnerships. Featuring Sonny and Cher, Patsy and Eddie, The Blues Brothers and Dolly and Kenny to name just a few; it’s guaranteed to have the audience in stitches from start to finish.
Backed by a sizzling hot band, the dynamic duo will explode onto the stage whilst delivering dazzling renditions of hit after hit! Think Jailhouse Rock, Shake Your Tail Feather, Rehab, I Got You Babe, Islands in the Stream, This is the Greatest Show, I’m A Believer, Stand By Your Man, Proud Mary and many more!
Prepare yourself for a high octane thrill ride with your favourite Partners in Crime - jam-packed with classic songs, dance and uncontrollable laughter from start to finish! With their hysterical anecdotes and undeniable chemistry in tow, audiences across the country will experience a side-splitting evening of entertainment like no other. The amount of fun both Rhonda and Lara have on stage should be…illegal!
Don’t miss your chance to experience Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy’s hilarious new live show. It’ll be a crime to miss it!
BJORN AGAIN 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
ABBA fans it's time to get excited as Bjorn Again are celebrating their 30th Anniversary Tour and you’re invited to the party! Playing ABBA’s greatest hits in a world class show that generates an audience atmosphere that has to be seen to be believed.
YOU WILL HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE
DON’T MISS BJORN AGAIN ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR – BOOK NOW
Plays and playwrights go in and out of fashion but some endure and speak to each subsequent generation. Lawler’s much-loved tale of Queensland cane cutters and Melbourne barmaids has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true, so beautifully observed, so humorous and so poignant.
A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London’s West End where it won an award for best new play, this 2020 production of the Australian classic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll celebrates the 65th Anniversary of this iconic play.
For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different. One of the barmaids has ‘settled down’ and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found. This ‘off-season’ proves challenging for them all.
Part of HIT’s Australian Voice Tours for 2020, this production will be directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence whose history with HIT includes many successful productions including Shirley Valentine, Always…Patsy Cline, Educating Rita, Glorious! Hotel Sorrento and most recently, My Brilliant Divorce. Denny will be supported by a highly-experienced creative team.
Note: This show contains adult themes and is suitable for ages 15+.
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission
The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood...
If you loved The Gruffalo, don't miss the sequel, which returns following previous sell-out Australian tours - now in a new West End production!
Join the Gruffalo's Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book.
One wild and windy night the Gruffalo's Child ignores her father's warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist... does he?
The team behind The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The 13, 26, 52, 78 & 91 Storey Treehouses return with The Gruffalo's Child, brining together physical theatre, music and puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their adults.
Judith Lucy is single again…and 51.
She recently reflected on her entire history with men and concluded that maybe it was time to shut up shop.
‘Whatever it is that I’m selling, a lot of straight guys simply aren’t that interested in buying it and I’m including people like my father.’
In amongst exploring stereotypes and her own desires, Judith Lucy will recount her full history with the opposite sex and leave it up to the audience to determine whether she should ever date again.
Should Judith hang up her vagina for good?
In 2019 Judith did a massive sell-out tour around the Capital cities asking this question, but she wants a second opinion. Gippsland, the decision is yours!
“Gutsy and gut-bustingly funny, right to the end.” ★★★★ Herald Sun, 2019
“If you love your comedy uncompromising, deadpan and drop-dead funny, buy a ticket.” ★★★★ The Advertiser, 2019
WINNER – People’s Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017
WINNER – Best Comedy Performer, Helpmann Awards 2015
Salute To The ANZACs
More great songs of the war years, containing many hit songs, stories, and laughter that came from WW1, WW2, and The Vietnam War in front of a backdrop of incredible images on the big screen.
With a stunning cast led by Narrator Chris McKenna, Star Tenor Roy Best, Musical Theatre Star Jaz Flowers, International Soprano Alison Jones and Opera Australia’s Caroline Vercore, this production will be one of the highlights of the year…and of course performed around ANZAC Day 2020..
There are many great singers who performed during the Wars that are highlighted in this wonderful production. Dame Vera Lynn, The Andrew Sisters, Bob Dylan, Normie Rowe and many more.
Songs include, White Cliffs of Dover, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Blowin In The Wind, and a stirring version of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables.
This production is dedicated to those brave men and women who gave of their lives in service of our Country.
She's known to millions around the world as the "Angel of Australia" - the name given to her by the famous Dutch violinist, André Rieu.
This concert is part of Mirusia's National Tour in 2020 saluting the music of The Seekers, performing the chart-topping hits including “I’ll Never Find Another You”, “A World Of Our Own”, “The Carnival Is Over”, “Georgy Girl” and more in a 2 hour show with band that will also include the CLASSICS she has performed with André Rieu around the world and her original songs.
Mirusia is an Australian born Soprano with Dutch heritage. With 12 years of extensive international touring and successful concerts under her belt, Mirusia is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world. Her albums always place highly on the ARIA Album and DVD chart rankings, with numerous albums and DVDs reaching the number one position on the Pop, Classical Crossover, Jazz & Blues and Music DVD Charts in Australia. Her latest album "A Salute to The Seekers" debuted at the #1 position on the ARIA Jazz & Blues Chart with a sold-out shows at QPAC Concert Hall, Sydney Recital Hall and Melbourne’s Recital Hall.
Mirusia studied opera at Griffith University's Queensland Conservatorium in Australia and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. After graduation, her career blossomed when she toured the world as star soprano with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra for over 10 years. The stadium-size concerts have forwarded Mirusia the most wonderful opportunities of singing before country leaders, royalty and millions of fans have marvelled at the clarity, dexterity and the exquisite sound of her voice.
Mirusia still tours with André Rieu, but also has a flourishing solo career.
She has touched the hearts of many audiences. Her performances have been declared; “heart-warming, personal and they leave you no choice but to love Mirusia.”
André Rieu about Mirusia: “I’m proud to have been there from the start and to see her career take off. After having worked with this incredibly talented young lady I can only wish her all the best in her solo career.“
Mental As Everything is an original new stage concept by Melbourne based writer, musician and performer, Damon Smith. His personal day to day experiences with a diagnosis of both OCD and Bipolar disorder have helped Damon develop a transparency regarding his dealings with these two, widely misguided disorders and as a writer/entertainer, creating a show that blends comedy and music alongside an honest and though-provoking, reserched narrative.
As a creator, Damon invites you to pull up a seat next to him at the bar. There's a sense of intimacy, a hint of sass, and with MAE, there's more than a hint of the real man behind his work. Damon's performances ae peppered with moments of improvisation and with a wry and thought-provoking stage manner, he can turn the tone to comedic absurdity in the blink of an eye. Just like the mania and depression that he experiences in his personal life with bipolar disorder, the mood of the show changes rapidly, which helps to make Mental As Everythinga truly unique experience, allowing it to work on many, audience engaging, levels.
In this two-man show, Damon and his musical cohort, Adam Coad, will take the audience on a brilliantly unique and often awkward journey inside their own heads with hilarious onstage buffoonery and songs pertaining to Mental Illness. Mental As Everything features both original music and a few existing songs, written by well-known artists that have experienced mental illness.
60 minutes, no intermission
Warnings: Potentially triggering content or themes, including mental health.
Appropriate Age Range: 15 and over
We have all heard their songs and we have all enjoyed their musicals. They were known as America’s most
successful musical theatre writing team and their partnership has been called the greatest of the 20 th Century.
Join us for a very special event paying tribute to the timeless music from the legendary Richard Rodgers and
Oscar Hammerstein II.
Featuring your favourite tunes from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and many more,
Some Enchanted Evening is truly an enchanted concert of exquisite songs from the golden age of musicals.
In an intimate setting amongst the stars, come on a whimsical journey through song and dance, and be
captivated by the beautiful music of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘Younger Than Springtime’, ‘I Have Dreamed’,
‘Climb Every Mountain’, and ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’.
With beautiful costumes, extraordinary dancing and a song list that also includes music from their partnerships
with Jerome Kern and Lorenz Hart, Some Enchanted Evening is a magical, uplifting experience that is not to be
Written, Directed and Produced by Margaret Fisk
Choreography by Jeremy Hinman
Design by Christina Logan
Lighting Design by Brooke Van Eerden
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's best-selling book comes to life on stage for children aged 6+ and their adults!
Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91-Stories! It's now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider.
But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry and Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?
The team behind the 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6+ and their adults.
Just beware of the Fortune Teller…
Jimeoin - Ramble On
A Stalwart of Australian comedy and all round likeable rogue, comedian Jimeoin in his new stand up show Ramble On! happily imparts his clever and quirky observations on everyday suburban life in his trademark devil-may-care style.
'Recalls the familiar at fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess' (Scotland on Sunday).
'Hilarious... If laughter's the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids... Don't miss it!' (Edinburgh Evening News).
Since Wicked first opened in New York in 2003, crowds around the world have flocked to enjoy this stunning musical. Now, at last, Warragul Theatre Company can bring all the magic and wonder of the smash hit musical to our region.
This wonderful production will be led by the team who produced last year’s magical production of Beauty and the Beast and the whole family will once again be entranced by the spectacular sets, lighting and costumes combined with the amazing talents of the cast and musicians.
Everyone knows the story of the Wizard of Oz, but who knows the untold story of the unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba? After this show, you will know them in a whole new way.
World of Musicals brings the very best of musical theatre to life. This incredible production will return to Australia in 2020 with a brand new production and the wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre hits including such classics as; The Lion King, Fiddler On The Roof, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Miss Saigon, The Boy from Oz, Hairspray, Les Misérables and The Blues Brothers.
World of Musicals features colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an international star-studded cast, presenting the audience with entertainment at the highest level. Whether a soloist - duet or the entire ensemble, the performers of this musical event will inspire in this musical whirlwind. Direct from their USA tour, this select cast of highly talented and accomplished performers have featured in worldwide smash hits including; Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, West side Story, Titanic, Les Miserables, Wizard of OZ, Mary Poppins, Me and My Girl, Evita, The King of Narnia, Rent and Avenue “Q”.
"ALL THE HITS IN ONE SHOW" - that is the motto of this musical gala, full of highlights; the emotional and varied journey into World of Musicals will delight the audience.
World of Musicals is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favorite and much-loved musicals in one unforgettable evening.
World of Musicals simply not to be missed. Book Now!
“The cast is supremely talented and an absolute joy to watch” Broadway World
“Emotional ballads, stunning solos and rousing ensemble performances" Main Echo
Rachael Beck is a multi-faceted, award winning powerhouse whose talents span both stage and screen as an acclaimed vocal artist and actress.
This Girl is a New York style Cabaret Concert starring Australia's own Rachael Beck. Heart-warming, funny and full of gossip, she cruises from Sondheim to Jason Robert Brown.
Songs range from Running up that Hill, to I Dreamed a Dream to The Stars and the Moon.
Come and enjoy an intimate performance from one of Australia's greatest Triple Threats!
It’s funny how quick the world can change. Accidents happen, people are born, movements rise.
SLAP. A video of 16 year old Immi hitting a soldier goes viral. BANG. Sofia’s searing speech for local school shooting victims makes headlines worldwide. KISS. In the Wangaratta Woolies carpark, friends and strangers rally around Darby and Daniel as they set out to break the world record for the longest kiss.
Can young people really change the world? Multi-award-winning playwright Dan Giovannoni knows they can. In SLAP. BANG. KISS. he tracks three individuals whose stories kick-start a series of events none of them could have anticipated. But when their stories go viral and the world is watching, what will they do next?
Warning: This performance contains coarse language and mature themes. Recommended age 14+
Soaring woodwinds and deep, resonant brass have made Dvorak's New World symphony consistently one of the world's favourite orchestral works. Melodies inspired by Native American and African-American music evoke the beauty of wide open spaces and a connection to the land. With its soulful lament and lingering echoes of darker memories, it's no wonder this work is a 'must-see' of classical music fans everywhere.
The brilliant Australian-Chinese cellist Li-Wei Qin tackles Saint Saens' Cello Concerto, knwon for its solo part which demonstrates the cello's lyrical and dramatic qualities.
Completing the program is Ravel's tribute to Baroque style, his 1919 orchestral suite, Le Tombeau de Couperin.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Tianyi lu conductor
Li-Wei Qin cello
Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1
Dvorak - Symphony No.9 From the New World
Running time: 2 hours including intermission
This performance sees one of Australia’s most successful and respected singer/ songwriters performing an intimate concert of songs drawn from his most recent album – ‘Between You and Me’ as well as selections from his vast back catalogue of recordings.
This is a chance to hear the acclaimed singer songwriter Lior in a manner harking back to archetypal ‘salon’ concerts; where both audience and performer share an evening enjoying the connection that only proximity can offer.
Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album - ‘Autumn Flow’. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by ‘This Old Love’ and subsequent singles ‘Daniel’ and ‘Autumn Flow’, the album became one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history.
A swag of accolades followed, amongst them three Aria nominations (including Best Male Artist), as well as Triple J’s prestigious ‘J Award’ nomination for Album of the Year. Subsequent releases ‘Corner of an Endless Road’, (2008) and ‘Tumbling into the Dawn’ (2010) were also a huge success, debuting at #2 on the Australian Albums chart and topping the Independent charts for several weeks, as well as earning the gifted songwriter a further three Aria nominations.
Lior is known for his dynamic and moving performances, and has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers. He is part of a rare breed of artists that has achieved a great degree of success and critical acclaim, whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft.
Don’t miss the chance to see him in this one-off intimate solo show.
ROFLSHALBOWCO (Rolling On The Floor Laughing So Hard A Little Bit Of Wee Comes Out)
Does it have a burpershop quartet?” Yes, yes it does.
“Does the show feature the world’s most annoying song?” Totes!
“Is there a mini panto fairy tale called ‘Jack and the Beans-Talk’ about a boy who eats magic beans and farts himself into space?” YES I MEAN WHAT SHOW DOESN’T HAVE THAT?
“Will I roll on the floor laughing so hard a little bit of wee comes out?” Yes, yes you will… you should probably bring a towel.
Gratuitous, ridiculous, hilarious, joyous and possibly hazardous, Rich and Matt are The Listies, Australia’s maestros of kidult comedy, a multi-award winning duo who win over everyone who comes to see them with their insane, interactive, illogical and irreverent escapades.
ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING SO HARD A LITTLE BIT OF WEE COMES OUT is the freshest double act sketch comedy in kid’s entertainment. It’s all of the most popular bits of The Listies’ sell-out shows jam-packed with a brand new set of hilarious comedy routines that will have the whole family in stitches.
The Songs of Eva Cassidy is a celebration of one of the great voices of the 20th Century and who better to pay tribute to this genius, than Australia’s own Silvie Paladino.
Silvie is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers. She is a popular concert performer, recording artist and has starred in musicals such as Mamma Mia, Cats and Les Misérables in Australia and on London’s West End. She is also well known to Australian audiences as a regular on Carols by Candlelight.
Before Eva died at the tender age of 33, she was unknown outside of Washington USA, but within two years of her death, her albums topped the charts in the UK, Europe, Australia and the rest of the World.
The show features her inspired re-imaginings of such classic tunes as Over the Rainbow, Fields of Gold, Autumn Leaves, Time After Time, Ain’t No Sunshine, Bridge Over Troubled Water, What a Wonderful World and, of course, Songbird.
When Ophelia moves with her family to the seaside, she’s not impressed. She doesn’t like the beach, misses her old home and thinks the people in this town are pretty strange. While unpacking her room she discovers a mysterious box full of gadgets, parts and pieces, and a strange note that reads ‘You. Make. Me.’ Her curiosity gets the better of her and she spends all night assembling the objects into Olivetti, a robot with a typewriter chest and an alarm clock heart. Made up of pieces, but more than the sum of her parts.
Will Ophelia be able to keep Olivetti’s true identity a secret? Will the bully, Otis, fulfil his dream of proving to Ophelia how great their seaside town is whilst at the same time trying to run her out of it? Will Orson ever overcome his allergies and manage to leave his house? Will Ms Ogilvie ever lighten up or will she be Olivetti’s downfall?
But a bigger challenge is coming – can the pair save their friend and reunite him with his mother?
My Robot reminds us that we are all made up of different parts, and that when we feel less than whole we can find – or make – a part that fits.
Animal Farm, one of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorizes and satirizes communist governments while illustrating with stunning simplicity how greed and power corrupts with devastating consequences to all who yield.
Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fueled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. However, it is not long until the rules that promised equality and freedom become the shackles that bind the animals once again.
Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Warnings: Haze, smoke and strobe effects, loud music
TUBULAR BELLS FOR TWO - AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2020
One album, two men, too many instruments! The multi-award winning hit show Tubular Bells For Two returns to tour Australia in 2020.
Two highly talented musicians, Daniel Holdsworth and Tom Bamford, battle with a stageful of instruments to reproduce Mike Oldfield’s classic Tubular Bells album live. One slip, and it could all go horribly wrong! The barefoot duo dash around the stage, performing a multitude of instruments live in an intricately choreographed, thrilling piece of theatre. For the audience, the fun lies in not only hearing the music of a classic album beautifully played, but also in the tension of knowing that the slightest mistake could bring the whole show crashing to a halt!
Tubular Bells For Two made its debut at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2010, where it won the award for ‘Best Musical Moment.’ It then went on to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012, where it wowed critics and audience alike, winning 5-star reviews and much-coveted Herald Angel and ‘Sixth Star’ Bobby awards, and has sold out concerts around the globe since.
For more details go to: www.tubularbellsfortwo.com
Watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdMVOs5e-ZY
Vivaldi would be totally astonished by the fame of his Four Seasons today. As a priest working in an orphanage, the majority of his music was heard by only a relatively small circle of people in Venice, and almost all of it was forgotten, lost or disregarded for nearly two centuries after his death.
The Four Seasons is not just well-known: it's one of the most exciting, colourful and innovative works from the Baroque era. Each concerto is accompanied by a sonnet, and the hallmarks of each Italian season, from birdsong in Spring to pesky flies in Summer, are imagined in amazingly vivid musical form.
Written more than 200 years after Vivaldi, Ottorino Respighi's quartet (opulently arranged for string orchestra) evokes a different, romantic image of Italy - picturesque town squares, languorous sunny days by Lake Como, young love and good living.
Vivaldi - Concerto in F major RV141
Respighi Quartet in D major P53 (arr string orchestra)
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Katherine Lukey Violin
Jennen Ngiau-Keng Violin
William Hennessy AM Violin
Markiyan Melnychenko Violin
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Running time: 2 hours including 20 minute intermission
A COMEDIAN AND AN OPERA SINGER’S WORLDS COLLIDED
David Hobson and Colin Lane have been friends for 25 years. From vastly different backgrounds, they have observed one another’s worlds and always thought, “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have a go at what that other guy does?” So here’s their chance to see whether the grass is a little greener. It’s a unique and hilarious experiment that promises to enthral and entertain. “In Tails” launched in 2016/17 with a selection of shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices, Albury Entertainment Centre, Spiegeltent Hobart and Capital Theatre Bendigo to a resounding applause. Colin Lane, Comedian/Professional Show Off is best known as the Lano from Lano and Woodley. David Hobson, tenor & composer, is one of Australia’s best-known award-winning Opera performers.
Come and Celebrate the magical hits of The King Of Rock n Roll in a sensational 2 hour Concert Spectacular.
All of Elvis” No 1 hits will be performed in the original style that made Elvis the greatest performer that ever lived.
Internationally Acclaimed sensation Mark Anthony, one of the most dynamic Elvis tribute artists in the world today, brings this unique period to life – the songs, the costumes, the emotion, the energy, the raw power – all brought together in a two hour concert spectacular.
Mark Anthony is officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland USA as one of the top Professional Elvis Tributes in the world to date. Mark’s stage presence, incredible vocal ability and authentic costuming, is backed by his amazing and energetic band. Together they bring the Elvis experience to a whole new level.
If you only see one Elvis show this year, make sure it is ELVIS – If I Can Dream starring the people’s favourite the dynamic Mark Anthony.
As a founding member of the internationally famous The Seekers, Keith Potger is known to countless fans and this is obvious in the welcome given to him by audiences around the world.
Keith's program contains some old favourites from The Seekers, a touch of Nashville, some beautiful original ballads from his three solo CDs and a few covers of hits from the 1960s to the 1980s that appeal to the generation who grew up with their folks playing The Seekers albums. Throughout his show, Keith shares some amusing anecdotes from over 50 years on the international music scene.
In all, this is an up-beat, heart-warming event that leaves audiences reliving their memories of the past while sharing the joy of new beginnings that are the hallmarks of Keith Potger's solo concerts.
Based on the picture books by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement.
Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun.
Meanwhile the Keepers are in hot pursuit, hunting high and low to relocate their crowd-pleasing, much-loved feathered attraction. Edward stays one step ahead until he’s ready to head home; concluding that being an emu might be just right after all. Back at HIS pen, a very shocking but welcome surprise awaits... he’s been replaced by the rather wonderful Edwina the Emu!
Lonely no more, the pair are soon the expectant parents of 10 eggs. With the impending arrival of their large family, Edwina is driven to find the right job to support her brood. Whilst Edward assumes nesting duties, she throws her hat in the job-market ring and heads out into the world. Trying all sorts of roles on for size, from dancer to waiter, she discovers she’s not the right fit for any of the human jobs!
The award-winning Monkey Baa team brings to the stage the classic Australian tale of two emus searching for their identity. The emus’ journey of hilarity and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you!
Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating classic, much-loved productions for young people for over 20 years. Edward the Emu carries on the vision to make theatre an intrinsic part of young people’s lives with the quality, humour and heart that has made Monkey Baa a favourite of families across Australia.
It was the sound of beach parties and summer romance. The Beach Boys created the soundtrack of a generation with their jukebox hits, soaring melodies, glorious harmonies and revolutionary arrangements
Supported by his band, cabaret star Drew Downing brings their acclaimed and timeless songbook to life.
Surfer Girl, I Get Around, Surfin; USA, Barbara Ann, Good Vibrations, In My Room, God Only Knows, When I Grow Up (To Be A Man), In My Room, and many more
"I wanted to write joyful music that made other people feel good" - Brian Wilson
Caught between her desire for love and a longing for freedom, Carmen faces an impossible choice. She’s enigmatic and elusive: a femme fatale you can’t forget. Captivating Don José with her sensual Habanera, he abandons everything to pursue her. But Carmen won’t be owned and finds herself a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo. Don José’s jealousy is untameable and in a gripping finale, Carmen is destined to fight for her life.
This new production highlights the colour and vibrancy of postcard Spain, with vintage-inspired costumes it evokes an era of bikers and shady police in a post-war setting of teen angst and rebellion.
A cast of some of Australia’s finest opera singers assemble with a chamber orchestra and local children’s chorus to perform the world’s most popular opera. Hear the famous Habanera and the Toreador Song when you join us for Opera Australia’s 25th Anniversary tour of Bizet’s Carmen.
*Sung in French with English surtitles. Performed with a live chamber orchestra.
Running time: 2 hours and 35 minutes including intermission.
Written & Directed by Tony Briggs
The Sapphires is a heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of Tony Brigg' mother. Set in 1968 during landmark changes to Aboriginal rights, it tells the story of a singing group of four young Yorta Yorta women, discovered by a talent scout at St Kilda's Tiki Club. He convinces them to tour Vietnam to sing classic soul songs for the troops and it becomes a life-altering trip to the depths of war and back again. Whilst The Sapphires explores issues such as race, prejudice and pleas for acceptance, it is an energetic and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.
Darren Coggan is one of Australia’s most exciting and diverse artists, a masterful storyteller with a knack of weaving fascinating and perceptive tales through his songs. Darren welcomes us to his campfire for an entertaining morning of story and song, articulating moments of laughter, joy and reflection through timeless tunes that the whole world sang along with.
An intimate performance, around a campfire, featuring songs Darren has embraced and remarkably re-created throughout his career, celebrating artists such as Glen Campbell, James Taylor, John Denver and of course his hugely successful and critically acclaimed portrait of Cat Stevens, 'Peace Train - The Cat Stevens Story'.
From humble beginnings, strumming a guitar by ‘the ‘Bidgee’ river in his beloved hometown of Wagga Wagga, to selling out The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with Peace Train, Darren has forged a unique, diverse career that has seen him embrace the Australian Country Music, Musical Theatre and Television industries with aplomb.
Grab a cuppa and settle in for a morning of warmth and friendship by Darren Coggan's Campfire.
Each year we have enjoyed getting together in December to celebrate the final show in our Daylight Entertainment Season with our traditional Christmas show, and to celebrate the year and the spirit of the season.
For our 2020 celebration, we are doing something even more special:
We are dusting off our jingle bells, polishing a reindeer’s nose, hey-ho-ing the holy, putting up the mistletoe, brushing up the dance steps and producing our very own WGAC Christmas show, just for you!
This show will feature a wonderful line-up of special guest artists from both the professional stage and our local stage (including singers from our region), complete with all the fun Christmas trimmings.. and of course, many opportunities for you to sing along with us.
We will even take the chance to launch our 2021 Daylight Season as part of the show and will present special Christmas performances from some of the featured artists coming up in next year's Daylight Entertainment Season.
This is certain to be A Very WGAC Christmas and we are looking forward to bringing you something very special and just a little bit different!