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The Basin Theatre Group

11-Aug-2017 to 02-Sep-2017


A Happy and Holy Occasion

Author: John O'Donoghue

Director: Loretta Bishop

Theatre: Doongalla Road, The Basin

Melways Reference: Map 66 Ref. A6

Performances: 11 August 2017 - 2 September 2017

Prices: Evening and Matinee performances $27

Bookings: 1300 784 668 (7PM TO 9PM only)

Company Email: subscriptions@thebasintheatre.org.au

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

Synopsis: The play is set early 1942 in Newcastle, just before the fall of Singapore in WWII. It tells the story of a family gathering in the home of the working class Irish-Catholic O’Mahon family. The “happy and holy occasion” is the farewell dinner for the youngest child, before he leaves to train for the priesthood. The play takes a snapshot of that era covering racism, misogyny, sexual mores’, domestic violence, and understanding of the Catholic Church as it was back then: all fear, rigidity, and repression. The end result, an evening far from a happy and holy occasion.

Other Information: Company Email: subscriptions@thebasintheatre.org.au

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

Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co.Inc.

17-Aug-2017 to 02-Sep-2017

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High Society

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Author: Cole Porter from the book by Arthur Kopit

Director: Alan Burrows

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: Tracy Lord's ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven, refuses to let her marry the bland George Kittredge as planned and the two reporters who arrive to cover the wedding find much more than they'd anticipated among this niche of high society. Imagine that Philip Barry had written “The Philadelphia Story,” his classic 1939 romantic comedy, not as a play but a musical, with Cole Porter as his collaborator, and you have … HIGH SOCIETY! It’s not only the show’s title but the show’s first song, in which the Lord Family’s amazing staff sets the scene (the Lord family lives on a waterfront estate in Oyster Bay now, not Philadelphia). Come join the Lords for a weekend of fun and games! If you enjoyed the movie, you’ll love the musical!

Other Information: Matinees:
Sunday 20 August
Saturday 26 August
Sunday 27 August

Brighton Theatre Co.

17-Aug-2017 to 02-Sep-2017

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The Garden Of Granddaughters

Agent: The Yellow Agency

Author: Stephen Sewell

Director: Andrew Ferguson

Theatre: Bayside Cultural Centre,
Cnr Wilson and Carpenter Sts Brighton

Performances: 8.00 pm evening performance
2.15 pm matinee

Prices: $23.00, $21.00 concession

Bookings: 1300 752 126

Company Email: enquire@brightontheatreco.com

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

Synopsis: Most of life's questions are evaded, avoided and ignored in this compassionate comedy.A family of many individuals coming together raises emotion and reflection — what could the parents have done better in raising their children? What is the value of our lives, whether they are devoted to child raising or creative expression? Is there any great knowledge the old can pass along the timeless chain of human existence? When Max, a world renowned Australian conductor, and his wife return unexpectedly to Melbourne from New York to visit their three daughters and three granddaughters we are introduced to three generations and all their resentment and tenderness for each other. Their three daughters, Michelle, Fay and Lisa, are in various stages of decline, success and reproduction. They are women who have chosen very different lives, but all feel "checked up on" by their parents. They are unprepared for the self-examination the visit will spark. Their granddaughters are full of hope, promise and childhood dreams.

Beaumaris Theatre Inc.

18-Aug-2017 to 02-Sep-2017

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August Osage County

Agent: Hal Leonard

Author: Tracey Letts

Director: Fred Pezzimenti

Theatre: 82 Wells Road Beaumaris

Performances: 18th August 8 pm, 19th August 8 pm, 25th August 8 pm, 26th August 8 pm, 31st August 8 pm, 1st September 8 pm, 2nd September 8 pm and Sunday 27th August at 5 pm

Prices: $27 and $24 concession

Bookings: www.beaumaristheatre.com.au

Company Email: info@beaumaristheatre.com.au

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

Synopsis: The Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy about the dysfunctional Weston family, who are forced to come together and confront their personal demons after tragedy strikes.

The Mount Players

18-Aug-2017 to 10-Sep-2017

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The Full Monty

Agent: By Special Arrangement with Hal Leonard Aust Pty Ltd

Author: Book by Terrence McNally Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek

Director: Leo Vandervalk

Theatre: Mountview Theatre
56 Smith Street, Macedon

Performances: Evenings 8pm
Matinees 2pm

Prices: Adult $30. Conc/Child $25

Bookings: 5426 1892

Company Email: secmountplayers@gmail.com

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

Synopsis: While spying on their wives at a "Girls' Night Out," a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo, New York sees how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they're stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to "let it go."

Other Information: Set in Buffalo New York

Malvern Theatre Company Inc.

25-Aug-2017 to 09-Sep-2017

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Author: Noel Coward

Director: Horrie Leek

Theatre: 29 Burke Road, East Malvern

Performances: Evenings 8.15 pm. Matinees 2.00 pm

Prices: Single $22.00 – Groups(10 or more) $20.00 per person.

Bookings: 1300 131 552 or on-line

Company Email: home@malverntheatre.com.au

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

Synopsis: Brief Encounter - A bitter sweet love story of two strangers who meet, by chance, on a railway station and who develop a doomed relationship over the course of several months. Running parallel with their story, we witness the more colourful exchanges of the railway staff and other travellers.

We Were Dancing - Coward at his wittiest in this light hearted slice of life in a far flung outpost of the British Empire. Again, involving a passionate love at first meeting. This time involving a flirtatious colonial wife and a handsome stranger. Will they or won't they?

Track Youth Theatre

01-Sep-2017 to 02-Sep-2017

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Agent: Melissa Dioguardi

Author: Peter Sala

Director: Sophie Jevons

Theatre: Renaissance Theatre
826 High Street
East Kew, Victoria 3102

Performances: 1st Sept, 7.30pm
2nd Sept, 2pm & 7.30pm

Prices: Adults $20, concession $12.50

Bookings: 0424523222

Company Email: trackyouth@gmail.com

Company Website: http://trackyouththeatre.com/

Synopsis: Superheroes is an original musical set in Melbourne which follows the story of a professor who invents a machine to transform ordinary citizens into superheroes and the team of baddies out to use the machine for evil instead of good.
With a cast of 38 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 16 years, Superheroes is set to entertain and amuse audiences of all ages.

Other Information: www.trybooking.com/QJDK to buy tickets or at door


01-Sep-2017 to 09-Sep-2017



Author: Donald MacDonald

Director: Mike Pullar

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


01-Sep-2017 to 09-Sep-2017

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Agent: Rick Raftos Pty Ltd

Author: Donald MacDonald

Director: Mike Pullar

Theatre: Monash Hall
Reserve Street
Yallourn North Vic. 3825

Performances: Performances: Fri at Sept. 8 pm
Sat 2nd Sept. 8 pm
Sun 3rd Sept. 4 pm
Thurs 7th Sept. 8 pm
Fri 8th Sept. 8 pm
Sat 9th Sept. 2 pm

Prices: Prices: $25 concession or groups of 10+
$30 full price

Bookings: 0438 579 987 or 5127 6514

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

Synopsis: Five best friends, nudging forty and hating it, take their first holiday together in a caravan. One of them brings along his new and all-too-young girlfriend...

In the caravan's confined space, tensions rise and the laughs begin.
Other Information: Patrons can arrive 1/2 hour before each respective show time to enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles plus an exhibition of art works by local artists.

Tangled Web Theatre Productions

01-Sep-2017 to 09-Sep-2017

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The Mercy Seat

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Author: Neil La Bute

Director: Natasha Boyd

Theatre: Gasworks Studio Theatre
21 Graham Street,
Albert Park Vic 3206

Performances: Fri September 1 at 8 pm.
Sat September 2 at 3 pm.
Sat September 2 at 8 pm.
Wed September 6 at 8 pm.
Thu September 7 at 8 pm.
Fri September 8 at 8 pm
Sat September 9 at 3 pm.
Sat September 9 at 8 pm.

Prices: General $25.00
Concession $22.00

Bookings: (03) 9699 3253 (+B/F)

Company Email: tangledwebtheatre@hotmail.com

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

Synopsis: The Mercy Seat is a moral love story set against the backdrop of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Set on September 12, it concerns Ben, a man who worked at the World Trade Center but was away from the office during the attack, with his mistress, Abby, who is also his boss. Expecting that his family believes that he was killed in the towers’ collapse, Ben contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover.

Other Information: More details at

online bookings


Eltham Little Theatre Inc.

01-Sep-2017 to 16-Sep-2017


It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play

Author: Joe Landry

Director: Terese Maurici-Ryan

Theatre: 1603 Main Rd
Victoria 3095

Performances: 8pm

Bookings: 0411 713 095

Company Email: elthamlittletheatre@gmail.com

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

Synopsis: Inspired by the classic American film, It's a Wonderful Life, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. The story of George Bailey who was a man who’d given up his dreams in order to help others. His imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.

01-Sep-2017 to 16-Sep-2017

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Equally Divided

Author: Ronald Harwood

Director: Cheryl Ballantine Richards

Theatre: Shirley Burke Theatre
64 Parkers Rd

Performances: Evenings: 8 pm
Matinees: Sunday 3, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 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: Set on the south coast of England, EQUALLY DIVIDED begins shortly after the funeral of Edith and Renata’s mother.
Edith - severe, embattled, and unmarried - has sacrificed her life to nurse the bedridden old woman.
Renata - glamorous and married several times - has spent her life doing what she pleases. When the contents of the will are made known, childhood rivalries recur in this astute and intelligent play.
Ronald Harwood is the playwright of the very successful QUARTET.


Melbourne French Theatre Inc.

07-Sep-2017 to 16-Sep-2017

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Every trick in the book! Le Système Ribadier

Author: Georges Feydeau

Director: Alec Gilbert

203-205 Canning Street, CARLTON - corner Neill Street - grey-blue building

Melways Reference: Melway Ref: Map 43 K2

Performances: Thursday 7 September 2017 to Saturday 9 September 2017
3 evenings 8 pm +
2 matinees 2.30 pm Friday 8 September 2017 + Saturday 9 September 2017
Thursday 14 September 2017 to Saturday 16 September 2017
3 evenings 8 pm +
2 matinees 2.30 pm Friday 15 September 2017 + Saturday 16 September 2017

5 + 5 shows

Prices: Tickets $20 to $37
includes pre-show snacks and drinks

Full Price $37.00
Concessions1 $33.00
MFT CURRENT Subscribers $29.00
FULL TIME Students etc $20.00

Bookings: 03 9349 2250

Company Email: bookings@mftinc.org

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

Synopsis: Set in the glittering 1930s Hollywoodien, by director Alec Gilbert, Ribadier thinks he has got it right by ... hypnotising his wife Angèle ... which all comes unstuck when Thommereux her former boyfriend learns the technique and tries it too with unforeseen consequences ... bring in Gusman, lovestruck by Ribadier's maid Sophie and wine merchant Savinet into the mix and nothing prepares you for the finish ... one of Feydeau's thinking person's comedies with a twist …

Other Information: Producer Michael Bula

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Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.

07-Sep-2017 to 23-Sep-2017


The Seafarer

Agent: Curtis Brown

Author: Conor McPherson

Director: Bruce Akers

Theatre: 2 Albert Street Williamstown 3016

Melways Reference: 56 B7

Performances: Tuesdays - Saturdays 8.15 pm
Sundays 5.00 pm

Prices: $25/22

Bookings: 9885 9678 or www.wlt.org.au

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

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve in North Dublin, recovering alcoholic Sharky Harkin finds himself hosting a card game with three old friends at the dingy house that he shares with his brother, Richard, who’s recently gone blind. Enter the mysterious Mr Lockhart, a man of refined appearance. Over the course of the drunken evening, Mr Lockhart reveals the devilish truth about the ghoulish reason he is there.

"Succinct, startling and eerie, and the funniest McPherson play to date"- Observer (London)


Shepparton Theatre Arts Group Inc.

08-Sep-2017 to 09-Sep-2017


Calender Girls

Author: Tim Firth

Director: Bron Prater

Company Email: info@stagtheatre.com

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

Heidelberg Theatre Co.

08-Sep-2017 to 23-Sep-2017



Agent: Cameron Cresswell Agency

Author: David Williamson

Director: Gavin Williams

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: The Club is set in the 70's when amateur-based footy was turning professional, coaches were no longer ex-players from the teams they played in and businessmen took over the running of the clubs. Written in 1977, The Club presciently depicts the big issues still facing football teams today: money rather than team spirit governing club management, coaches summarily sacked, administrators controlling decisions, players bought for outrageous sums, and bitter disputes played out in the media.

The Club shows Williamson at his best; writing about Australian men engaged in macho competitive battles. The play is big, broad and full of humour... even if you know nothing about footy.

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co.

08-Sep-2017 to 23-Sep-2017


Exit Laughing

Agent: Origin Theatrical, Australia on behalf of Samuel French, New York

Author: Paul Elliot

Director: Geoff Gaskill

Theatre: 15 Coronation Street,
Geelong West 3218

Melways Reference: 401 C3

Performances: 7.30 pm Evening
Matinees 2 pm ( 10th & 17th September)

Prices: Adults $30
Concession $28
Students $24

Bookings: GPAC 52291130

Company Email: geelong.repertory@gmail.com

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

Synopsis: When the biggest highlight of your life for the past thirty ears has been your weekly card night with the girls, what do you do when on of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you're Connie, Leona and Millie, you do the most daring thing you've ever done.
You 'borrow' the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game and the wildest, most exciting night of their lives begins with a police raid, a stripper, laughs and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you're truly living.

Essendon Theatre Co.

14-Sep-2017 to 23-Sep-2017

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Baby with the Bathwater

Agent: Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Inc

Author: Christopher Durang

Director: Drew Mason

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

Melways Reference: Melways 28B3

Performances: 14 ďż˝ 17 & 21 ďż˝ 23 September 2017
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: When two young parents bring home their newborn child, it becomes quickly apparent that they have no knowledge of how to care for the baby. Determined not to look at the gender of the child, so as not to be impolite, they assume incorrectly that the baby is a girl. What follows is an erratic look at the family unit as the child is raised by incompetent (but loving) parents and a nanny who turns out to be the anti-Mary Poppins. Not to mention several years of therapy for the baby...all while trying to write an essay on Gulliver's Travels...and complete University before he turns thirty.
For anyone who has, was, or is a parent, this contemporary classic from Christopher Durang will have you both laughing and gasping as we lampoon modern parenting.


Warrandyte Theatre Company

15-Sep-2017 to 23-Sep-2017



Agent: Origin Theatrical

Author: David Auburn

Director: Caroline Shaw and Lisa MacGibbon

Theatre: Cnr Yarra Street and Mitchell Avenue

Performances: Evening 8:30
Matinee (23rd) 2:30pm

Prices: Adult $25
Concession $20

Bookings: 9844 5727

Company Email: aderice@tpg.com.au

Company Website: http://warrandytehallarts.asn.au/theatre

Synopsis: Proof is the story of an enigmatic young woman, Catherine, her manipulative sister, their brilliant father and an unexpected suitor. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof. This poignant drama about love and reconciliation unfolds on the back porch of the family's home in suburban Chicago.

Other Information: Online booking link

Hartwell Players Inc.

28-Sep-2017 to 01-Oct-2017

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Agent: By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc New York

Author: Moises Kaufman and members of The Tectonic Theatre Project

Director: Kellie Tweeddale

Theatre: Ashwood High School Performing Arts Centre,
Vannam Drive, Ashwood

Performances: Thurs 28 Sept, Fri 29 Sept, Sat 30 Sep @ 8pm
Sat 30th Sep @ 2pm
Sun 1 Oct @ 5pm

Prices: $20 Adult
$15 Concession
Groups (10 or more to same session) $15

Bookings: 9513 9581 (message service).

Company Email: info@hartwellplayers.org.au

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

Synopsis: The Laramie Project comprises of monologues and dialogue based on hundreds of interviews, news reports and court transcripts taken from the people of Laramie after the brutal death of Matthew Shepard.

Matthew was a 21 year old University of Wyoming student who was kidnapped in 1998, severely beaten, tortured and tied to a fence to die – all because he was gay. His battered body was found the next day and he died in hospital shortly afterwards.

The Laramie Project is both an uplifting illustration of the human mind and spirit, and a tragic outline of the ways in which ignorance can often blind us.

Other Information: CAST:
Melanie Rowe
Adam Steel
Colin Donald
Robert Harsley
Aaron Halstead
Amelia Hunter
Shani Williams
Rebekah Abblitt
Susannah Woodward
Warrick Smith
Neville Drake

5 performances only - don't miss out!

Book your tickets online: www.trybooking.com/ONJF
or check our website (www.hartwellplayers.org.au) for details.

THE LARAMIE PROJECT is Hartwell's entry into the 2017 Victorian Drama League Awards.


Leongatha Lyric Theatre Inc.

29-Sep-2017 to 07-Oct-2017


Our Country's Good

Author: Timberlake Wertenbaker

Director: Sue Lindsay

Company Email: enquiries@lyrictheatre.net.au

Company Website: http://www.lyrictheatre.net.au