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  • 2020 Season

    Bathurst Regional Council

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  • A Message From The Mayor

    In 2020 Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre will celebrate its 21st year. This coming of age will be celebrated with a first class Annual Season which contains a broad range of performance styles including the premiere of a new play that has been written and developed in Bathurst. Kangaroo by local playwright Miranda Gott will have its world premiere here before transferring to the Joan Sutherland Theatre in Penrith for the season there.
     
    The BMEC Annual Season, along with BMEC’s other programs such as Local Stages, the Bathurst Writers’ and Readers’ Festival and numerous other events mean there is something happening in the year for all members of our community to enjoy.
     
    In 2020 Gravity and Other Myths (GOM) will return to Bathurst with their show Backbone. GOM’s show A Simple Space was a highlight of the 2018 Annual Season. Since then the company has been touring the world to sell out crowds and it is wonderful to have these international stars returning. While in Bathurst GOM will be running workshops and inspiring the next generation of circus artists.
     
    Music lovers are in for a treat with a contemporary version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Opera Australia’s Carmen, the Sydney Symphony and The Australian Haydn Ensemble who return with special guest Carla Blackwood who grew up in Bathurst. 
     
    For children and families there is a special installation in City Hall in July. Firefly Forest and Glow are free activities which will run during the Bathurst Winter Festival. These installations will delight young and old through the magical way they play with light while the audience is fully immersed in the experience.
     
    The 2020 BMEC Annual Season is again, packed with fabulous performances and experiences for the community. I look forward to seeing you in the foyer.
     
    COUNCILLOR BOBBY BURKE
    MAYOR OF BATHURST
  • A Message from our Principal Sponsor

    We are delighted at the variety of musical acts, performances and showcases that have highlighted both local and international talent in our hometown of Bathurst. These programs enhance the lifestyle of the region, and supports our desire of raising the financial and social well-being of our community.

    Reliance Bank has supported the financial well-being of Bathurst and thesurrounding communities for more than 50 years. Our history of being one of the first Customer Owned banking institutions established in Bathurst provides us with an understanding and connection to the region. Being a good corporate citizen that plays an important role within the community is something we are very proud of.

    The level of community support we provide to over 100 organisations and charities across the region and our long standing association with BMEC is a great example of how a locally owned banking institution can help improve the well-being of the region. During the past twelve months, Reliance has donated over $300,000 to local charities, community events, schools and sporting organisations.

    We are extremely pleased to be the Principal Sponsor of BMEC and we wish them and their audiences an entertaining and memorable 2020 season.

     

    MARK GENOVESE

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  • A Message from the Centre Manager

    A MESSAGE FROM THE CENTRE MANAGER

    The launch of the Annual Season is always a wonderful time for us at BMEC and we anxiously anticipate the quality, diversity, challenge and joy the Annual Season offers you, our community. The Annual Season represents at least two years of searching, planning and negotiating. Two years of scanning the country and overseas to bring you the very best in the performing arts that is available to us.

    We are also very proud of the local contribution to the Annual Season. Our aim is to include at least one new local work each year, supporting the development of local performing arts capacity and ensuring that local stories are part of the mix that you see on stage. The works we support in this field of endeavour are world premieres which have generally had at least a three year gestation.
    In 2018 we brought you The Climbing Tree which then toured to Parramatta Riverside Theatres and which we hope will return in 2021 followed by a national tour. 2018 also saw the superb collaboration between the Mitchell Chamber Orchestra and the Western Sydney based MC L-Fresh the Lion. In 2019 we supported the premiere of Mighty by the wonderful local physical theatre company Lingua Franca in association with the acclaimed sculptor Harrie Fasher. The 2020 Season includes the play Kangaroo, a new play with great depth and resonance by a new local playwright Miranda Gott. It will be a highlight of the coming season.

    In 2020 we continue our exceptional Principal Sponsor relationship with Reliance Bank, a 21 year relationship which has allowed the stability to expand and take risk. In 2020 we mark a point where our second longest sponsorship supporter, Ben Gelin joined by wife Martha, has made the wonderful decision to increase sponsorship in the support of our Local Stages program and the development of local performing arts practice. We will soon announce a donation program where you, as individuals or businesses, can join this support of local performing arts practice at a level that is comfortable for you. We see this project as the cornerstone of our future relevance locally, nationally and internationally.

     

    STEPHEN CHAMPION
    CENTRE MANAGER

     

  • Karen Knowles From The Heart

    Seniors Festival Special Event

    RUNNING TIME   60 mins

    AGE RECOMMENDATION   All ages

    Gold and platinum award winner, Karen Knowles is one of Australia’s favourite singers. Star of the musical BIG RIVER and lead singer with The Seekers in the early 1990s, Karen started her career on Young Talent Time and became the highest selling Australian female recording artist for two consecutive years.

    Karen’s best known hits include Why Won’t You Explain, You are the Reason, By Request, La Vie en Rose, Amazing Grace and Moonglow.

    The lovely Karen Knowles will perform with musical director Beverley Kennedy on piano and Caerwen Martin on cello.

    “ONE OF THIS COUNTRY’S BEST SINGERS”   Australian Stage

    “BEST SHOW I HAVE SEEN FOR MANY A DAY. COME BACK SOON PLEASE!” Audience member

    Adult Member 37Concession Member 32Adult 42Concession 37Student/Junior 25

    Pensioner Matinee 18Family of Four 125Additional Child 18Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • H.M.S. PINAFORE

    A Hayes Theatre Co Production

    Tuesday 10 March 2020 07:30 PM

    WARNINGS    Haze will be used

    RUNNING TIME   1 hr 45 min inc. 20 min interval

    AGE RECOMMENDATION All ages

     

    Set sail on the high seas with Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comedy of star-crossed lovers, mismatched marriages and mistaken identities. Award winning director, Kate Gaul, makes her Hayes Theatre Co debut with this re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

    This nautical caper is overflowing with infectious tunes such as I am the Monarch of the Sea, I’m Called Little Buttercup and He is an Englishman. H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp satire of the English social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age.

    Pinafore’s extraordinary popularity in Britain, America and elsewhere was followed by the similar success of a series of Gilbert & Sullivan works, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Don’t miss out on this rollicking farce and get set for some hysterical hi-jinks on the high seas.

    Music by Arthur Sullivan Libretto by W. S. Gilbert 

    PHOTO: HARVEY HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
    (MODEL LARA LIGHFOOT; HAIR & MAKEUP NATALIA LADYKO)

    Adult Member 42Concession Member 36Adult 48Concession 42Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 135Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • The Australian Haydn Ensemble

    With Carla Blackwood

    Thursday 2 April 2020 07:30 PM

    RUNNING TIME 1hr 50min

    AGE RECOMMENDATION Suitable for all ages

    MOZART HORN QUINTET
    THE ENCHANTED CALL OF THE HUNTING HORN

    Virtuoso Australian horn player Carla Blackwood returns to Bathurst to perform with The Australian Haydn Ensemble after ten years performing in Europe. The Ensemble is delighted to welcome her back to perform Mozart’s much-loved Horn Quintet alongside his string quartet The Hunt and Haydn’s Fifths.

    Mozart completed his delightful Horn Quintet in 1782 for the horn player Ignaz Joseph Leutgeb, an old friend of the family from Salzburg. Throughout, the horn is called upon to match the agility and range of the string instruments, so much so that Alfred Einstein has described the Andante as “a little love duet between horn and violin”. The fast outer movements are touched by some of the same humour that characterised the friendship between Mozart and Leutgeb.

    “... MAYBE THE BEST MUSIC FROM THE BEST ENSEMBLE IN AUSTRALIA ... A CONCERT OF WORLD -CLASS MUSIC THAT LEAVES A LISTENER WANTING MORE.” Canberra City News 2019
     

    PROGRAM
    HAUFF Horn Quintet in E Flat Major
    MICHAEL HAYDN Romance in A Flat Major for Horn and String Quartet (arrangement of Mozart’s Horn Concerto slow movement)
    MOZART String Quartet No 17 in B Flat Major K 458 The Hunt
    HAYDN String Quartet Op. 76 No.2 Fifths in D Minor
    MOZART Horn Quintet in E Flat Major K 407

    Adult Member 48Concession Member 42Adult 52Concession 48Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 135Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • Backbone

    Gravity and Other Myths

    Friday 17 April 2020 07:30 PM

    Saturday 18 April 2020 07:30 PM

    WARNINGS Haze effect and loud music
    used during performance

    RUNNING TIME   80 mins

    AGE RECOMMENDATION     All ages

    Backbone examines the various perceptions of what strength is, where it comes from and how it is measured. This frenetic celebration of human interconnectedness will test the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective. It is set in the here and now. We won’t be transporting the audience to Verona. We are on a stage. In a theatre. In front of them! Backbone is this amazing circus company’s third work. Their last show A Simple Space, achieved huge international success and has been performed more than 530 times at 76 festivals and theatres across 24 countries.

    “MAGNETIC WORLD PREMIERE, A PERFECT COMBINATION OF FLUIDITY, METTLE AND DANGER.”  *****   Limelight Magazine

    “WITH BACKBONE, GRAVITY AND OTHER MYTHS HAS PRODUCED SOMETHING SO INTENSELY  BEAUTIFUL IT MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE HUMAN. AND IN OUR CURRENT GLOBAL CLIMATE, THAT’S A RARE AND WONDERFUL THING.” Alison Flett, InDaily

    Backbone has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, through the Confederation of International Arts Festivals Inc. commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Festival & Sydney Festival.

    PHOTO: CARNIVAL CINEMA

    Adult Member 40Concession Member 34Adult 46Concession 40Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 135Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • Mission Songs Project

    by Jessie Lloyd, Produced by Performing Lines

    Friday 24 April 2020 08:00 PM

    RUNNING TIME   60 mins

    AGE RECOMMENDATION    12+

    Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Jessie Lloyd explores the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves through music.

    Presented as an acoustic trio, Jessie Lloyd takes audiences on a musical journey across Australia. She engages through intimate storytelling, moving harmonies and historical insights, using humour and truth to share the voices of elders as they would around a warm campfire or kitchen table.

    From cultural identity to love and loss, these rare songs performed by an extraordinary trio of Indigenous musicians consist of almost forgotten stories that illuminate the history of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait elders, families and communities.

    “…PROFOUNDLY MOVING… THE ENTIRE COLLECTION IS SUBLIME.” The Australian

    “THE STORIES ARE HEARTFELT AND BEAUTIFULLY SUNG..” Elizabeth Walton Timber & Steel

    Mission Songs Project is produced by Performing Lines and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Indigenous Languages and Arts program.

    Adult Member 37Concession Member 32Adult 42Concession 37Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 125Additional Child 18Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • Permission to Speak

    CHAMBER MADE PRESENTS

    Monday 27 April 2020 07:30 PM

    Tuesday 28 April 2020 07:30 PM

    WARNINGS Some coarse language

    RUNNING TIME 60 mins

    AGE RECOMMENDATION 12+

    CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY TAMARA SAULWICK
    COMPOSED BY KATE NEAL
    FEATURING GIAN SLATER, GEORGIE DARVIDIS, EDWARD FAIRLIE
    AND JOSH KYLE WITH CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS JETHRO WOODWARD, BOSCO SHAW AND MARG HORWELL

    Delicately poised between concert and theatre, Permission to Speak explores the dynamic relationship of parent and child as it exists and evolves through a lifetime.

    This collaboration between Chamber Made Artistic Director and performance maker Tamara Saulwick and composer Kate Neal pairs contemporary performance with musical composition. Musings, diatribes, recollections and hindsight find voice as four performer–vocalists are fused in choral counterpoint with an assembly of pre-recorded voices to construct a revealing portrait of what is often left unspoken. The work premiered in 2016 to critical and audience acclaim.

    Winner ‘State Award for Performance of the Year’ APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2017
    Nominated ‘Choral Work of the Year’ APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2017
    Nominated ‘Sound Performance’ in Contemporary and Experimental Performance category Green Room Association Awards 2016. ****½

    “THE INTERWEAVING HARMONIES COMPOSED BY KATE NEAL ARE SO BEAUTIFUL, SO DELICATE, THAT IT FEELS LIKE SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO WITNESS THE CREATION OF THIS SOUND ON STAGE … PERFORMED WITH A STYLISED SIMPLICITY THAT IN NO WAY DIMINISHES COMPLEXITY, THIS PIECE IS A SOFT JOY, A CATHARSIS, AN HONEST ACT OF CONNECTING.  Theatre People

    PERMISSION TO SPEAK [IS] REMARKABLE … WHAT DIRECTOR, TAMARA SAULWICK, AND HER CAST AND CREW HAVE MADE IS A PIECE BUILT ON FEROCIOUS DISCIPLINE, YET STILL MANAGES TO FEEL FRESH … SONIC HIGHWIRE ARTISTS WITHOUT A NET, THEY CAUGHT EACH OTHER EVERY TIME.” Australian Arts Review  

    Permission to Speak was commissioned by Chamber Made with support from Helen & Peter Murdoch and Sue Kirkham. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Permission to Speak has also been supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House and by the Australian Research Council and SIAL Sound Studios through the Agile Opera Project.

    Adult Member 48Concession Member 42Adult 52Concession 48Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 135Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • Bonachela / Lane

    Sydney Dance Company

    Saturday 20 June 2020 08:00 PM

    WARNINGS There will be strobe lighting,
    theatrical smoke and haze.

    RUNNING TIME  90 mins

    AGE RECOMMENDATION  8+

    In 2020, Sydney Dance Company will explode the everyday and take you into the sublime with an electrifying double bill featuring Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation Impermanence and Melanie Lane’s critically acclaimed WOOF.

    IMPERMANENCE SEES ARTISTIC DIRECTOR RAFAEL BONACHELA JOIN FORCES WITH BRYCE DESSNER OF ICONIC AMERICAN ROCK BAND THE NATIONAL WHO WILL COMPOSE A WORLD PREMIERE SCORE THAT EXPLORES THE EPHEMERAL NATURE OF ALL THINGS. COMPLETING THE DOUBLE BILL IS MELANIE LANE’S SMASH-HIT WOOF. SET TO A BOLD ELECTRONIC SCORE BY UK MUSICIAN CLARK, WOOF IMAGINES A FUTURISTIC, APOCALYPTIC FANTASY WITH CHOREOGRAPHY THAT IS ‘WITTY AND FRESH’      ****     The Sydney Morning Herald

    2020 IS THE YEAR TO EXPERIENCE DANCE THAT WILL MAKE YOUR HEART BEAT FAST AND YOUR BLOOD RUN HOT. DON’T MISS SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY IN ALL THEIR QUICKSILVER BRILLIANCE.  ****

    “A THRILLING DANCE WORK FLUSH WITH WIT AND INVENTION” Daily Review (WOOF)

    Bryce Dessner’s music composition Impermanence is commissioned by the Australian String Quartet and Sydney Dance Company. This commission has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

    PHOTO: PEDRO GREIG

    Adult Member 48Concession Member 42Adult 52Concession 48Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 135Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra

    Great Classics: Mozart and Bruch

    Friday 26 June 2020 08:00 PM

    RUNNING TIME 1hr 50 mins including interval

    AGE RECOMMENDATION 12+

    Umberto Clerici conducts the Sydney Symphony in two of the greatest works in the classical repertoire.

    Sydney Symphony Concertmaster Andrew Haveron is the soloist in Bruch’s gorgeous Violin Concerto, and Clerici conducts Mozart’s triumphant and exhilarating Jupiter Symphony, undoubtedly one of the greatest symphonies ever written.

    PROGRAM

    BRUCH Violin Concerto No.1

    MOZART Symphony No.41 Jupiter

    ARTISTS

    CONDUCTOR UMBERTO CLERICI

    VIOLIN ANDREW HAVERON

    Adult Member 54Concession Member 48Adult 60Concession 54Student/Junior 30

    Family of Four 146Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • The Comedy of Errors

    Bell Shakespeare

    Thursday 9 July 2020 07:30 PM

    RUNNING TIME  2 hrs 40 mins

    AGE RECOMMENDATION  12+

    Shipwrecked and separated 25 years earlier, two sets of long-lost twins miraculously find themselves in the same city on the same day. What could possibly go wrong?

    The Comedy of Errors is a hilarious romp of swapped identities, misguided love, mistaken imprisonment and chaotic mishaps, leading to an unbelievably crazy day for bumbling twins.

    At the heart of this tale of comedic misfortune is an old man searching for his lost children who has found himself in the fight of his life… to save his life. As far-fetched coincidences unfold, chaotic hilarity ensues and a man’s life could be saved — if only everything would go to plan.

    Directed by Janine Watson (Romeo and Juliet, Ensemble Theatre’s Unqualified) this is a beautiful story about reunion, wrapped up in an evening of entertainment and laughter.

    After a day of mistaken identity leading to unfair thrashings, wrongful arrests and false charges of infidelity, robbery, madness and even demonic possession, can the twins possibly reunite and live happily ever after?

    “BELL SHAKESPEARE HAS MASTERED THE ART OF PRESENTING SHAKESPEARE IN A MANNER THAT IS ACCESSIBLE TO THE MODERN-DAY AUDIENCE, WHILE STILL ENDEARING THOSE WHO LOVE THE TRADITION.”   Australian Stage
    “BELL SHAKESPEARE – ARGUABLY THE BEST SHAKESPEAREAN THEATRE COMPANY” Herald Sun

    DIRECTOR: JANINE WATSON
    DESIGNER MELANIE LIERTZ
    LIGHTING DESIGNER: KELSEY LEE
    COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER: BEN PIERPOINT
    MOVEMENT DIRECTO: SAMANTHA CHESTER
    CAST: JULIA BILLINGTON
    DIRECTOR: JANINE WATSON
    DESIGNER: MELANIE LIERTZ

    Adult Member 47Concession Member 42.50Adult 56Concession 50Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 140Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • Fireflies Forest & Glow

    Patch Theatre Presents

    Friday 10 July 2pm – 8pm

    Saturday 11 July 2pm – 8pm

    Monday 13 Thursday 16 July 2pm – 5pm

    Friday 17 July 2pm – 8pm

    Age recommendation 4+

    Firefly Forest is an immersive magical lighting installation created by Patch Theatre’s new Artistic Director, Geoff Cobham, and his longtime collaborator Chris Petridis.

    This timeless piece, inspired by an unexpected sublime moment in a paddy field under a full moon and next to a volcano, is an inspiration for all ages.

    Our fireflies leave trails of ever-changing ember coloured light. Please come and sit beneath them and be transported to another time and place.

    Glow is an interactive installation that allows playful exploration of light and shadow. Glow will spark your imagination and give you an immersive ‘hands on’ experience you will never forget.

    This is a free event.

     

  • Kangaroo

    Local Stages, QTheatre and Lingua Franca Present

    Friday 24 July 2020 07:30 PM

    Saturday 25 July 2020 02:00 PM

    Saturday 25 July 2020 07:30 PM

    WARNING  Adult Themes and Coarse language

    RUNNING TIME 65 minutes

    AGE RECOMMENDATION 14 +

    Writer Miranda Gott
    Director Becky Russell

    Three strangers, intricately entwined by the events of one fateful night.

    In a small regional town, three people share their own funny, yet tragic, stories that cause their lives to converge.

    Melissa, a mother at 18, escaping a home life with an emotionally abusive father. Her daughter is now 5, and Melissa is coming to realise that history is repeating itself.

    Mick, an enthusiast for his work – tending the sewage facility and collecting the town’s garbage. Once a bright child, betrayal by a trusted adult forms his home-grown philosophy about life’s disposability.

    Barbara, a former university lecturer in art, who has made a fresh start in the town with her investment speculator husband. Settling into country life, her academic understanding of death is confronted by the reality of life and death among rural animals.

    Kangaroo is a truly inspired new work by a first time playwright based in Bathurst NSW. It weaves and dances, revealing a dark and poetic world of solitude, strength, survival and death.

    This work has been supported by ROUTES – a regional partnership between Lingua Franca, Local Stages and Q Theatre.

    Adult Member 37Concession Member 32Adult 42Concession 37Student/Junior 25

    Pensioner Matinee 20Family of Four 125Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • Bizet's CARMEN

    Opera Australia

    Wednesday 5 August 2020 07:30 PM

    Running Time  2hrs and 35 mins

    Age Recommendation 12+

    Caught between her desire for love and a longing for freedom, Carmen faces an impossible choice. Carmen is enigmatic and elusive: a femme fatale you can’t forget. She captivates Don José with her sensual Habanera and he abandons everything to possess her. But Carmen won’t be owned and finds herself a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo.

    Don José’s jealousy is untameable, Escamillo’s appeal is strong, 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 a local children’s chorus to perform one of the world’s most popular opera. Hear some of opera’s most famous tunes such as the 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

    PHOTO BEN SYMONS

    Adult Member 54Concession Member 48Adult 60Concession 54Student/Junior 30

    Family of Four 146Additional Child 20Student Rush 25High School Group 17

  • Robot Song

    Arena Theatre Company

    Tuesday 11 August 2020 11:00 AM

    Tuesday 11 August 2020 06:30 PM

    Running Time   60 mins
    Recommended Age    8+
     

    When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. After exhausting all other avenues her parents’ resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

    Based on a true story, Robot Song illustrates the profound, transformative nature of creativity that when combined with unconditional love, becomes an unstoppable force.

    “LAUGH OUT LOUD HILARIOUS, GORGEOUSLY TOLD AND SUPERBLY CRAFTED, A MUST SEE.” Fiona Parker, ABC

    “Miss Cummings, if we’re all different, doesn’t that kind of make us all the same?”  - Juniper May, Robot Song

    This is a Family Club show!  See Box Office for special deal

    Adult Member 25Concession Member 23Adult 27Concession 25Student/Junior 25Pensioner Matinee 18

    Family of Four 92Additional Child 18Student Rush 18High School Group 17Primary School Group 12.50

  • Animal Farm

    by George Orwell

    Monday 17 August 2020 07:30 PM

    Tuesday 18 August 2020 10:00 AM

    Running Time   90 minutes

    Age Recommendation   12+

    CREATED BY SHAKE & STIR

    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.

    “SHAKE & STIR’S PRODUCTION OF GEORGE ORWELL’S CLASSIC POLITICAL ALLEGORY IS A VIGOROUSLY PHYSICAL AND IMPRESSIVE THEATRICAL RENDERING. THIS IS A WORK FOR ANY ADMIRER OF ORWELL OR ANYONE APPRECIATIVE OF GOOD THEATRE IN WHICH A GREAT STORY IS TOLD BY PEOPLE OF REAL TALENT.” THE CANBERRA TIMES

    “ONE OF THE MOST RAW PIECES OF THEATRE PRODUCED IN THIS COUNTRY IN RECENT DECADES… DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE.” AUSTRALIAN STAGE 

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland
     
    PHOTO: JUSTINE WALPOLE

    Adult Member 40Concession Member 34Adult 46Concession 40Student/Junior 25

    Pensioner Matinee 20Family of Four 135Additional Child 20Student Rush 20High School Group 17

  • Dads

    Dance Makers Collective Presents

    Wednesday 16 September 2020 07:30 PM

    Running Time  60 mins

    Age recommendation   All Ages

    Dance Makers Collective have discovered a secret underworld of Dad dancing and for their new show they have asked their Dads to help them create it.

    The team interviewed their Dads and revealed secret headphone and tambourine routines, African Dance lovers, 1960’s Rock n Roll partner dancing and more. The dads won’t be busting their moves on stage in Dads, but audiences will hear the interviews recorded by their sons and daughters, and their musical preferences form the soundtrack to the show. The team have taken inspiration from the shared collective of family history with dance, memories of dance, and what becomes more than just daggy dad dance moves but a beautiful foray into the layman’s perspective on art.
     
    “DADS VENTURES A SUBTLE ENQUIRY INTO MALE FRAILTIES. IT CHALLENGES STEREOTYPES OF PATERNITY AND MASCULINITY AND EXPOSES A CHARMING VULNERABILITY IN OLDER MEN…. DADS, AS DANCE MAKERS COLLECTIVE’S TRIBUTE TO THEIR FATHERS, MANAGES TO LINK
    CONTEMPORARY AND SOCIAL DANCE VIA A TOUCHING EXPLORATION OF THE PARENTOFFSPRING RELATIONSHIP”   Tony Osbourne, RealTime
     
    “THERE’S A SURFEIT OF INVENTIVE AND JAW-DROPPING MOMENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORK….” Matt O’Neill, Australian Stage

    PHOTO DOMINIC O’DONNELL

     

     

    Adult Member 37Concession Member 32Adult 42Concession 37Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 125Additional Child 18Student Rush 20High School Group 17Primary School Group 12.50

  • Mara! Big Band

    Friday 18 September 2020 08:00 PM

    Running Time  110 mins

    Mara Music is excited to announce a new development for Australia’s leading World/Jazz ensemble Mara!

    For over 3 decades the Mara! Quintet has been developing a new genre of contemporary Australian music, exploring the intersection between jazz and world music. This has earned them two ARIA awards and two final ARIA nominations and taken them across the globe many times with tours to 23 countries.

    Now they’ve expanded into the Mara! Big Band, a 12-piece ensemble that straddles the Eastern European Gypsy Brass Band and Jazz Big Band traditions, to augment their signature sound with a kaleidoscope of musical colours including brass, piano accordion, percussion and voice.

    The Mara! Big Band features some of the greatest names in Australian jazz and world music.

    Mara Kiek, voice and percussion
    Llew Kiek. bouzouki, bağlama, acoustic and electric guitars
    Sandy Evans, soprano and tenor saxophone
    Paul Cutlan. clarinets (Ab, Bb, bass)
    Lloyd Swanton, double bass
    Plus
    Andrew Robson, alto and baritone saxophones
    Sam Golding, trumpet, sousaphone
    James Greening, pocket trumpet, trombone
    Gary Daley, piano accordion
    Tunji Beier, drums and percussion
    Silvia Entcheva, voice (soprano)
    Jarnie Birmingham, voice (alto)

    Adult Member 37Concession Member 32Adult 42Concession 37Student/Junior 25

    Family of Four 125Additional Child 18Student Rush 20High School Group 17Primary School Group 12.50

  • Loose Ends

    Wednesday 14 October 2020 06:30 PM

    Thursday 15 October 2020 10:00 AM

    Thursday 15 October 2020 12:30 PM

    Running Time   60mins

    Recommended Age  5-12years

    Step into a magical world of wonders and wacky contraptions. A quirky tale of friendship with a touch of Mr Bean.

    Makers, creators, and story lovers; dive into a theatrical adventure that feels like the magic box of a bygone trickster!

    Journey to an eccentric place where gadgets are poetic, puppets naughty, machines untamed and circus tricks pop up when you’re least expecting it! This is a world where musicappears from lemons, carrots and bunny’s bums, monsters go crazy and birthday parties are ferociously celebrated.

    Loose Ends is the story of a man who thinks he can organise all his life in boxes, and has a knack for getting into mischief. Can this tinkerer learn enough about real friendship to keep him out of trouble?

    Built from hard rubbish and op-shop treasures, the set is a celebration of the capricious: household items are transformed and given new uses and contexts, offering a humorous and surprising look at things.

    This breathtaking show is highly visual, emotional and unpredictable. It makes inventions and machines fun and adds a few quirky edges to puppetry

    A comical visual feast which simply has to be seen to be believed.” ArtsHub
    “Pure junkyard genius.” Sydney Morning Herald

    Nominated "Best Production for Children" Adelaide Fringe 2017

    This is a Family Club show!  See Box Office for special deal.

     

    Adult Member 25Concession Member 23Adult 27Concession 25Student/Junior 25Pensioner Matinee 18

    Family of Four 92Additional Child 18Student Rush 18High School Group 17Primary School Group 12.50