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Brighton Theatre Co.

16-Feb-2017 to 04-Mar-2017

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Face to Face

Agent: Cameron's Management Pty Ltd

Author: David Williamson

Director: Tim Long

Theatre: Bayside Cultural Centre
Cnr Wilson and Carpenter Streets,


Performances: Evening performances - 8.00 pm
Matinee 2.15 pm

Prices: $23.00

Bookings: 1300 752 126

Company Email: enquire@brightontheatreco.com

Company Website: http://www.brightontheatreco.com/

Synopsis: A conflict resolution session scrutinises the lives and relationships of several employees of a medium-sized business, all of whom may have played a part in a violent encounter that threatens to send one of them to gaol. This session has been convened to explore reasons why young, simple-minded firebrand Wayne has attacked Greg Baldoni the owner of the business.
What starts out as a simple confrontation between two men escalates into a very complicated affair, based on the eminently sensible notion that what initially meets the eye is often simply the tip of an iceberg. The big issues pile up - workplace bullying, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, worker exploitation, child abuse - and culpability for Wayne's stupid act moves far beyond any straightforward cause-effect scenario.
Greg’s wife Claire, Wayne’s mum Maureen, childhood friend Barry, and other employees, like sexy secretary Julie, middle-eastern muscle Hakim, downtrodden foreman Richard and shy Asian bookkeeper Therese are also participants.


Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.

17-Feb-2017 to 04-Mar-2017

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Outside Mullingar

Agent: George Lane/CAA

Author: John Patrick Shanley

Director: Helen Ellis

Theatre: Shirley Burke Theatre
64 Parkers Rd

Performances: Evenings: 8 pm
Matinees: Sunday 19, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 February at 2.30 pm

Prices: Adults: $25.00
VIPs and concessions: $23.00
Groups (10 or more) and children $21.00

Bookings: 9587 5141 or online at www.mordialloctheatre.com

Company Email: mordialloctheatre@gmail.com

Company Website: http://www.mordialloctheatre.com

Synopsis: Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving.
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

Malvern Theatre Company Inc.

17-Feb-2017 to 04-Mar-2017

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Agent: Alison Campbell Rate

Author: Alison Campbell Rate

Director: Deborah Fabbro

Theatre: 29 Burke Road, East Malvern

Performances: 17th February to 4th March 2017
Tuesday (except 27th February) to Saturday at 8:15 pm
Matinees: Saturday 18th and Sunday 26th February at 2:00 pm.
Gala Night: Saturday 25th February at 8:15 pm.

Prices: Tickets: $22.00 (No Concessions).
Groups (10 or more): $20.00 per person.
Gala Night: $8.00 extra per person.

Bookings: 1300 131 552 or online at www.malverntheatre.com.au

Company Email: home@malverntheatre.com.au

Company Website: http://www.malverntheatre.com.au

Synopsis: “Look around! The past is in piles all around us! This is where we’ve chosen to be! We’re breathing it in. Treasures and rubbish all mixed up. How do you know what to keep and what to let go?” A box of worn-out dolls.
A bag of out-grown baby things. A cupboard full of secrets …
In the overflowing sorting room behind a local op shop, hard to like Fran, sociable Molly, easy-going Jim and newcomer 50-something Cat, find themselves sifting through more than cast-off clothes as pasts are uncovered and emotions laid bare. A story of lost and found, of grief and grace.

Heidelberg Theatre Co.

17-Feb-2017 to 04-Mar-2017



Agent: David Spicer Productions Pty Ltd

Author: Jonathan Biggins

Director: Joan Moriarty

Theatre: 36 Turnham Ave.
VIC 3084

Melways Reference: 32A1

Performances: Weeknights and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays and final Saturday at 2:00 pm

Prices: $27.00 Adult
$24.00 Concession Card Holders and Members
$22.00 Groups of 10+

Bookings: www.htc.org.au OR (03)9457-4117

Company Email: htc@htc.org.au

Company Website: http://www.htc.org.au

Synopsis: Australia Day celebrations are an important event in the small country town of Coriole. The organising committee of six members discuss, argue and fight over what will be on the program. The big day finally arrives, and with it, hilarity and disaster in equal measures. The portaloos overflow, the sausages are past their use-by date and the heavens open.

Come along and enjoy these crazy characters and the mayhem they create.

The 1812 Theatre

23-Feb-2017 to 18-Mar-2017


Steptoe and Son

Agent: Classiccomedyscripts.co.uk

Author: Ray Galton & Alan Simpson

Director: Christine Grant

Theatre: 3-5 Rose Street
Upper Ferntree Gully 3156

Melways Reference: 74 F6

Performances: Evening's: 8pm
Matinee's: 4pm

Prices: $27.00

Bookings: 97583964

Company Email: admin@1812theatre.com.au

Company Website: http://www.1812theatre.com.au

Synopsis: Three classic BBC TV Comedy's.

Eltham Little Theatre Inc.

24-Feb-2017 to 05-Mar-2017

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Director: Drew Mason

Theatre: 1603 Main Road Research 3095

Performances: Friday 24th February 8pm
Saturday 25th February 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 26th February 2pm
Thursday 2nd March 8pm
Friday 3rd March 8pm
Saturday 4th March 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5th March 2pm

Prices: Adult $25
Concession $20

Bookings: 0411713095

Company Email: elthamlittletheatre@gmail.com

Company Website: http://www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au

Synopsis: Midsummer is one of Shakespeare’s most well known and widely performed plays. The play deals with the clash of the human world and that of the faeries… comic misunderstandings, love, marriage, confusion and magic. It’s about the world’s most popular pastime: falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all. Love is crazy, love is mad. Will love win out in the end? This production will be set in the 1960s with an eclectic look and sound: a multicultural cast and great folk music score highlighting the dawn of a new era….and lots of psychedelics! Think Shakespeare meets Hair….

Other Information: This production is table seating. BYO food and drink

The Mount Players

24-Feb-2017 to 11-Mar-2017


Little Gem

Agent: Dominie Pty Ltd

Author: Elaine Murphy

Director: Richard Keown

Theatre: Mountview Theatre
56 Smith Street

Melways Reference: n/a

Performances: Evenings: 8:00pm
Matinees: Sun 26 Feb & 5 Mar 2pm

Prices: Adult: $30.00
Concession: $25.00

Bookings: Trybooking via wwww.themountplayers.com or 5426 1892

Company Email: secmountplayers@gmail.com

Company Website: http://www.themountplayers.com

Synopsis: Three generations of women tell their individual and collective stories with an enormous amount of humour. It is a journey of three generations of women from a single family seen over the course of a year and the play takes the form of entwined monologues that teasingly build a complex and touching portrait of these women's unremarkable but fully lived lives and above all has heart, soul, insight, humour and compassion.

Other Information: This is proposed as the 2017 VDL Award Entry.

The Basin Theatre Group

24-Feb-2017 to 18-Mar-2017

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Agent: Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Author: Richard Harris

Director: PIP LE BLOND

Theatre: Doongalla Road,
The Basin

Melways Reference: Map 66 A7

Performances: Feb 24 - 8:00 PM
Feb 25 - 8:00 PM
Feb 26 - 2:00 PM )Matinee)
Mar 02 - 8:00 PM
Mar 03 - 8:00 PM
Mar 04 - 8:00 PM
Mar 05 - 2:00 PM )Matinee)
Mar 09 - 8:00 PM
Mar 10 - 8:00 PM
Mar 11 - 8:00 PM
Mar 12 - 2:00 PM )Matinee)
Mar 16 - 8:00 PM
Mar 17 - 8:00 PM
Mar 18 - 8:00 PM

Prices: General Tickets - $27
Groups of 10 or more for Thursdays - $15

Bookings: 1300 784 668 (7pm-9pm only)

Company Email: subscriptions@thebasintheatre.org.au

Company Website: http://www.thebasintheatre.org.au

A hilarious comedy set against a cricket pavilion about the trials and tribulations of the players and their wives and girlfriends. Roger has his work cut out as he desperately tries to assemble a cricket team to play against the British Railways Maintenance Division Reading East. However, these problems are the least of his worries compared to the complications occurring amongst their wives and girlfriends who try to help and hinder with devastating effects. As a final catastrophe, rain starts to fall.

Strathmore Theatre Arts Group

02-Mar-2017 to 12-Mar-2017


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Author: Edward Albee

Director: Natasha Boyd

Theatre: corner of Loeman and Napier Sts. Strathmore

Performances: 8pm evening (Thurs-Sat)
2pm matinee (Sunday only)

Prices: $20 Full
$15 Concession

Bookings: www.stagtheatre.org 9382 6284

Company Email: stag_publicity@optusnet.com.au

Company Website: http://www.stagtheatre.org/

Synopsis: On a warm Saturday night in the early autumn of the 1950s, Nick, an opportunistic university
professor and his wife are invited to an after party by the University President’s daughter Martha and her husband George, a senior professor. As the drinks flow and inhibitions are lowered, what is supposed to be a pleasant nightcap quickly turns into something unexpected. As they talk about their pasts, a casual slip of the tongue reveals something tragic that has defined and shaped the older couple’s lives. Edward Albee’s work has captivated audiences for over 50 years on stage and film, and STAG is most happy to present this iconic play which will be their VDL entry for 2017.

Other Information: This is STAG's propsed VDL Awards Entry

Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co.Inc.

02-Mar-2017 to 18-Mar-2017

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Absent Friends

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Director: Peter Roberts

Theatre: 39-41 Castella Street, Lilydale.

Performances: Evening Shows: Curtain up @ 8:15pm (sherries from 7:45pm)
Matinees: Curtain up @ 2:15pm (sherries from 1:45pm)

Prices: Adults: $25 each
Concession: $23.00 each
Season Tickets: $80 per person (for 4 shows)

Bookings: 9735 1777

Company Email: a.t.c@bigpond.net.au

Company Website: http://lilydaleatc.com/

Synopsis: This frantic comedy comes from one of England’s most acclaimed playwrights, Sir Alan Ayckbourn. It is the summer of 1974, and a well-intentioned tea party descends into chaos. Wealthy, unfulfilled housewife Diana arranges a gathering of old friends to cheer up bereaved Colin, whose fiancée drowned two months earlier. Paul, her bullying, self-absorbed husband, has had a recent dalliance with Evelyn, the glamorous wife of his friend and incompetent business associate, John. The party is completed by long-suffering Marge, who has left Gordon, her hypochondriac spouse, ailing at home. Preparations for the party spark tensions and open old wounds. As lingering resentments and deep-rooted jealousies surface, an unexpectedly cheerful Colin strolls into the mayhem. Acerbic and painfully funny, Absent Friends explores friendship, marriage and what it ultimately means to be happy. In one of his finest plays, Ayckbourn’s craftsmanship and acute social observation have never been sharper or more biting.

Other Information: Matinee Dates:
- Sunday 5 March
- Saturday 11 March
- Sunday 12 March

Beaumaris Theatre Inc.

03-Mar-2017 to 18-Mar-2017

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A Chorus Line

Agent: ORiGiN Theatrical

Author: Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett. Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, Music by Marvin Hamlisch and Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Director: Director- Debbie Keyt, Musical Director- Rhonda Vaughan and Choreographer- Camilla Klesman

Theatre: 82 Wells Road Beaumaris

Melways Reference: 86 G7

Performances: Friday 3rd March 8 pm, Saturday 4th March 8 pm, Sunday 5th March 5 pm, Friday 10th March at 8 pm, Saturday 11th March 8 pm, Sunday 12th March 5 pm, Thursday 16th March 8 pm, Friday 17th March 8 pm, Saturday 18th March 8 pm

Prices: $30 Full $27 concession

Bookings: www.beaumaristheatre.com.au

Company Email: info@beaumaristheatre.com.au

Company Website: http://www.beaumaristheatre.com.au

Synopsis: A CHORUS LINE is a stunning musical-vérité about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration.

Memorable musical numbers include I Can Do That, At the Ballet, Dance: Ten; Looks: Three, The Music and the Mirror, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation) and I Hope I Get It.

It is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama. The show was instantly recognized as a classic.


Peridot Theatre Inc.

04-Mar-2017 to 04-Mar-2017

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Play In A Day

Agent: N/A

Author: Various

Director: Various

Theatre: Unicorn Theatre, Mt Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Road Mt Waverley.

Melways Reference: Map Ref: 61 F11

Performances: 8pm

Prices: $15

Bookings: 9808 0770 or www.peridot.com.au

Company Email: tickets@peridot.com.au

Company Website: http://www.peridot.com.au

Synopsis: Welcome to the realm of innovative theatre – where it takes only 24 hours to create, write, direct, rehearse and perform a series of short plays. Play In A Day is raw, exciting, and, above all, tons of FUN for everyone involved.

Foster Arts Music & Drama Association (FAMDA)

09-Mar-2017 to 24-Mar-2017


The Vagina Monologues

Agent: Creative Artists Agency

Author: Eve Ensler

Director: Brad Beach

Theatre: Foster War Memorial Arts Centre
79 Main Street, Foster

Performances: 8pm Thursday 9 & Friday 10 March
8pm Friday 17 March
2pm & 8pm Saturday 18 March
2pm Sunday 19 March
8pm Thursday 23, Friday 24 March

Bookings: 0418 342 445 or 5682 2077

Company Email: famda@dcsi.net.au

Company Website: http://www.famda.org.au/

Synopsis: For just over twenty years, 'The Vagina Monologues' has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.
Inspired by interviews with over 200 women worldwide, 'The Vagina Monologues' is spellbinding, funny and at times incredibly moving.
It shouts a resounding ‘no’ to violence against women and children and is also a joyous celebration of women’s sexuality, strength and humour.

Other Information: Adult themes, coarse language
Unsuitable for U18

Sherbrooke Theatre Co. Inc.

17-Mar-2017 to 01-Apr-2017

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Steel Magnolias


Author: Robert Harling

Director: Dexter Bourke

Theatre: Doncaster Playhouse
679 Doncaster Road
Doncaster Vic 3108

Performances: March 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 & April 1 - 8pm
March 19 & 26 - 2pm

Prices: Adults - $28
Concession - $25
Groups of 10 or more - $24
Subscribers - $22

Bookings: 1300 650 209

Company Email: barbers@iinet.net.au

Company Website: http://www.sherbrooketc.org.au/

Synopsis: The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in
Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody"
come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play combines beautiful writing with wit, pathos & tragedy.

Encore Theatre Inc.

17-Mar-2017 to 01-Apr-2017

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Shakespeare in Saigon

Agent: Fox Plays

Author: Cenarth Fox

Director: Cenarth Fox

Theatre: 9-15 Cooke Street
Clayton VIC 3168

Melways Reference: 79 C3

Performances: SEASON DATES: 17 MARCH TO 1 APRIL 2017
Opening Night: March 17 at 8pm
Gala Night: March 25 at 8pm
Matinees: March 19 and 26, and April 1 at 2.15pm
Evenings: March 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1 at 8pm

Singles $25 – Seniors/Concessions $23
Groups (10 or more) $21 per person
Gala Night $4 extra per person

Bookings: 1300 739 099

Company Website: http://www.encoretheatre.com.au/

Synopsis: Encore Theatre proudly presents “SHAKESPEARE IN SAIGON", written and directed by Cenarth Fox.

“Shakespeare in Saigon” is a modern Australian love story with a difference.

David is about to retire as a high school English teacher, but faces major problems. His retirement plans are ruined when his family and fortune suffer, and he falls on hard times.

He moves to a new world in working-class Footscray, living alone in a rented flat. David meets his neighbour, Thanh – a young Vietnamese woman who has recently arrived in Australia. Thanh speaks no English, makes clothes for a pittance, and lives with her Vietnamese grandparents. David's salvation comes when he decides to teach Thanh to speak English using the language of Shakespeare.

A love story where communication is a mixture of mirth and misunderstanding, Shakespeare in Saigon rejoices in the beauty of a language that has stood the test of time.

Essendon Theatre Co.

30-Mar-2017 to 08-Apr-2017

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Agent: Hal Leonard Australia PTY LTD on behalf of Dramatists Play Services Inc, New York

Author: J.T. Rogers

Director: Stephanie Gonelli

Theatre: Bradshaw Street Community Hall
Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street)
West Essendon VIC 3040

Melways Reference: Melways 28B3

Performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm

Prices: $20 Adult $18 Concession

Bookings: Phone/SMS 0422 029 483 or book online at www.essendontheatrecompany.com.au

Company Email: essendontheatrecompany@gmail.com

Company Website: http://www.essendontheatrecompany.com.au

Synopsis: Madagascar is the haunting story of a mysterious disappearance that changes three lives forever. At three different periods in time, three Americans find themselves alone, in the same hotel room overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome: June, a young woman who works as a tour guide of the city’s ancient ruins; Lilian, her wealthy and elegant jet-setting mother; and Nathan, a rumpled university economist and the best friend of Lilian’s famous deceased husband. They each tell their individual story of how and why they are here. Their relationship to each other, what this room means to them, and why they have been called to it slowly reveal themselves. Their stories spill out, weave back and forth – each contradicting, clarifying, deepening what the others say – becoming strands of one gripping and disquieting tale.

Frankston Theatre Group Inc.

31-Mar-2017 to 09-Apr-2017

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The Importance of Being Earnest.

Agent: out of copywright

Author: Oscar Wilde

Director: Chris Davies

Theatre: Mt Eliza Community Centre
Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza

Performances: Fridays & Saturdays......7-30 for 8-00pm

Sunday matinee...........1-30 for 2-00pm

Prices: Full price $28
Concession $26
Tables of ten $26

Bookings: Rob Davies on 1300 665 377

Company Email: secretary@frankstontheatregroup.org.au

Company Website: http://www.frankstontheatregroup.org.au

Synopsis: This is a wonderful comedy by Oscar Wilde, and is a send up of the accepted etiquette of the upper class society of the 19th century.

Other Information: This is a cabaret setting with tables of ten available.
Complimentary sherry, BYO drinks and nibbles.