March – April

What’s On

Brighton Theatre Company – IN THE NEXT ROOM or THE VIBRATOR PLAY – Set in the 1880’s, a play about medical treatments and relationships
15 February – 3 March  Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton
brightontheatreco.com  1300 752 126  * VDL Awards Entry *

Heidelberg Theatre Company – CROSSING DELANCEY – a charming story exploring the bonds of family, tradition and the romantic benefits of a new hat
16 February – 3 March  36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna
htc.org.au  9457 4117

Mordialloc Theatre Company – ALL THE KING’S WOMEN – five comedic plays and three monologues based on real events in the life of Elvis Presley, seen through the eyes of sixteen women
16 February – 3 March  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141

Malvern Theatre Company – LAST GAS – a touching comedy with the lonely manager of the last store for petrol before the Canadian border to the north or the North Maine Woods to the west
17 February – 4 March  29A Burke Rd, East Malvern
malverntheatre.com.au  1300 131 552

The Basin Theatre Group – IT’S NEVER TOO LATE – What happens when your husband leaves for a younger woman? How do you kick-start your life when you’ve never had to work? How do you cope with the realisation that time is not on your side?
16 February – 10 March  Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Roads, The Basin
thebasintheatre.org.au  1300 784 668

Watch This Productions – A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – Stephen Sondheim musical, 1973 winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book & Best Original Score
22 – 24 February   Playhouse Theatre, Geelong PAC  5225 1200
28 February – 3 March   National Theatre, St Kilda
9 & 10 March  Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading
watchthis.net.au/productions.php   9262 6555

Eighteen Twelve Theatre – CALENDAR GIRLS – among the top-selling plays in British theatre history
22 February – 17 March  Lowe Auditorium, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully
1812theatre.com.au  9758 3964  * VDL Awards Entry *

Eltham Little Theatre – THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Oscar Wilde’s immortal masterpiece with Lady Bracknell and the handbag
23 February – 4 March  Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Rd Research
elthamlittletheatre.org.au  9437 1574   * VDL Awards Entry *

PEP Productions – THE DEVIL IN THE DANCE – one act plays, The Devil in the Detail and The Salsa Plays
1 – 10 March
    Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd.
pepproductions.org.au  0418 549 187

Ballarat Lyric Theatre – JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – the iconic Lloyd Webber / Rice rock opera
1 – 11 March  Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, 1220 Howitt Street
ballaratlyrictheatre.com.au   Bookings: wcpa.com.au  5338 0977

Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group (STAG) – WAIT UNTIL DARK – A sinister con man and two ex-convicts have traced a doll’s location to the apartment of Sam Henderson and his blind wife . . .
1 – 11 March  Strathmore Community Hall, Loeman Street, Strathmore
stagtheatre.org  9382 6284

Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company – SYLVIA – Empty nester Greg brings home a stray dog, much to the consternation of his wife . . .
1 – 17 March  Lilydale Athenæum Theatre, Castella Street, Lilydale
lilydaletc.com  9735 1777

Beaumaris Theatre Inc. – CHICAGO – John Kander & Fred Ebb’s musical tour de force
2 – 17 March  82 Wells Rd, Beaumaris
beaumaristheatre.com.au  9583 6896

Kyneton Theatre Company – HEATHERS – musical with bitchy schoolgirls galore
9 – 24 March 
Bluestone Theatre, Hutton Street, Kyneton
trybooking.com/320691   0438 508 066

Gemco Players – FALLING FROM GRACE – Hannie Rayson’s drama on female friendships & ethics
9 – 24 March 
The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald
gemcoplayers.org

The Mount Players – THE OFFSHORE ISLAND – ten years after a nuclear explosion, a widow and her children live in an isolated valley unaffected by the war or contamination until a group of American soldiers arrive to ‘rescue’ them
9 – 25 March  Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith Street, Macedon
themountplayers.com  5426 1892  * VDL Awards Entry *

Essendon Theatre Company – OLD ACTOR’S NEVER DIE…they just lose the plot! – at The Mount Home for Retired Theatricals the serial womaniser husband of three of the residents has gone missing – apparently on the run from Russian gangsters
15 – 24 March  Bradshaw Street Hall (enter off Buckley St.)
essendontheatrecompany.com.au  0422 029 483  * VDL Awards Entry *

Warrandyte Theatre Company – FOUR QUIRKY PLAYS Smitten, Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread, A Little Box of Oblivion and Albert
16 – 24 March  Warrandyte Mechanics Institute, cnr Yarra St & Mitchell Ave
warrandytehallarts.asn.au/theatre

Sherbrooke Theatre Company – IT’S A DAD THING – five young fathers meet to construct an adventure playground for the local kids . . .
16 – 24 March  Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
sherbrooketc.org.au  1300 650 209

CenterStage Geelong – 42nd STREET – taking us back to the 1930s with toe-tapping tunes
16 – 24 March  Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Little Malop Street
gpac.org.au  5225 1200

Leongatha Lyric Theatre – CALIFORNIA SUITE – Neil Simon comedy in 3 acts, set in the same hotel suite
16 24 March  Mesley Hall, Leongatha
lyrictheatre.net.au  0490 252 482

SLAMS – SHREK THE MUSICAL – from the film with Shrek, the Donkey & Princess Fiona
16 – 24 March  Knox Community Arts Centre, cnr Mountain Hwy & Scoresby Rd, Bayswater
www.slams.org.au  9720 3205  

StageArt – bare – Everyone has a secret . . . a contemporary cult classic pop opera set at a Catholic boarding school in the early 2000s.
20 March – 15 April  Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
stageart.com.au  Bookings: chapeloffchapel.com.au  8290 7000 

Elly Poletti & David Dower – RETURN TO THE RHYTHM – a jazz infused musical experience
24 – 25 March
  7pm 24, 1pm 25  The Rhythm Café, 3 – 5 Bridge St., Foster
Bookings essential: 5682 1612

ARK Theatre – ARKfest SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL – 10 minute theatre, Aussie writers, theatre groups, people’s choice, entertainment, food
24 – 25 March 
Lilydale Heights Performing Arts Centre, 17 Nelson Rd, Lilydale
arktheatremelb.com

BustCo – THIS ROSE HAS THORNS – Rose & Lilly, daughters of a lord, are informed that their boyfriends have been imprisoned in the Tower of London and expect to be executed . . .   * VDL Awards Entry *
5 – 7 April  Vermont Secondary College, 27-63 Morack Rd.
www.trybooking.com/UHXX

Eighteen Twelve Theatre & redfox3 – CONSTELLATIONS – Two people, infinite possibilities. A romantic, intimate, quantum mechanics comedy about love, friendship, destiny and honey.
5 – 28 April  bakery@1812, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully
1812theatre.com.au  9758 3964

YouthARK Theatre  NEXT TO NORMAL – powerful and thought-provoking 2008 American rock musical revealing a mother’s struggle with worsening bipolar disorder and its effects on her family
6 – 14 April  Lilydale Heights Performing Arts Centre, 17 Nelson Rd, Lilydale
arktheatremelb.com

Fab Nobs Theatre – VIOLET –  the story of a young disfigured woman who journeys by bus all the way from her farm in North Carolina to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed
6 – 21 April  The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater
fabnobstheatre.com.au  0499 442 839

Offshore Theatre – COSÌ – Louis Nowra’s theatrical masterpiece set in an asylum during the Vietnam War
12 – 21 April  7:30 12, 13, 19, 20, 21  2pm Saturday 14  4pm Sunday 15 April
Cowes Cultural Centre, 91 – 97 Thompson Street, Cowes, Phillip Island

Panorama Theatre Company – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – A hideous beast, really a prince under a spell, must win the heart of the maiden or he and his household are doomed for eternity
13 – 22 April  Frankston Arts Centre, Davey Street, Frankston
artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au  9784 1060

Williamstown Little Theatre – STONES IN HIS POCKETS – a poignant Irish tale underlies this beautiful comedy and asks, ‘Is imagination a curse?’
19 April – 5 May  2 – 4 Albert Street, Williamstown
wlt.org.au  9885 9678

Frankston Theatre Group – THE FARNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD DRAMATIC SOCIETY MURDER MYSTERY
20 – 29 April 
Mt Eliza Community Centre, Canadian Bay Road, Mt Eliza
frankstontheatregroup.org.au  1300 665 377

Mordialloc Theatre Company – ALL THINGS CONSIDERED – a professor of philosophy is tired of life. His only desire is to control the timing and manner of his death. His plans for ‘self-deliverance’ are however disturbed by the earthly demands of people around him
20 April – 5 May  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale
mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141

Malvern Theatre Company – OUR TOWN – Small town life in 1901 – a play with universal truths about what it means to be human told with humour, wit and powerful storytelling.  * VDL Awards Entry *
20 April – 5 May  29a Burke Rd, East Malvern
malverntheatre.com.au  1300 131 552

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company – THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI – In 1930’s Chicago Arturo Ui, a down on his luck gangster, dreams of making it to the top of the vegetable trade
20 April – 5 May  Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong West
www.geelongrep.com   Tix: gpac.org.au  5225 1200  * VDL Awards Entry *

Encore Theatre – AWAY – one of the most widely produced Australian plays with three families holidaying on the coast for Christmas 1968.
20 April – 5 May  Clayton Community Centre Theatrette
encoretheatre.com.au  1300 739 099

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group – DOOKIE THE MUSICAL – Dean, a soldier from Dookie, returns from duty in Afghanistan to his father’s farm with his wounded comrade Steve, both carrying scars from their war experience. The musical investigates the effects of war on soldiers and small towns, celebrating the healing spirit of a rich community in a funny, heart warming and moving way.
25 – 28 April  Riverlinks WestSide PAC, 70 Welsford St., Shepparton
stagtheatre.com  Tix: http://www.riverlinksvenues.com.au  5832 9511

Off the Leash Theatre – MINEFIELDS AND MINISKIRTS – Memories of the Vietnam War from a female perspective
25 – 29 April
  The Old Drouin Butter Factory, Drouin
offtheleashtheatre.com.au   0407 444 430

Peridot Theatre – THREE ONE ACT PLAYSEnglish Made Simple, On The Edge, A Little Box Of Oblivion
26 – 29 April  Unicorn Theatre, Mt. Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd.
peridot.com.au  9808 0770 or 1300 138 645

FAMDA – THE WEB –  a whodunit for the modern age
27 April – 5 May   8pm 27, 28, April 2, 4, 5  May  2pm 29 April & 5 May
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre   * VDL Awards Entry *
www.trybooking.com/VAHI

Heidelberg Theatre Company – THE HOUSE OF BERNARDO ALBA – Five daughters, a tyrannical mother and a cynical marriage advanced with tragic consequences for the whole family
27 April – 12 May  36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna
htc.org.au  9457 4117

Eltham Little Theatre – ONE ACT PLAY SEASONRed Hot in Amsterdam, A Fete Worse than Death, Home is the Hunted & Roses are Red, My Love
27 April
12 May  Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Rd Research
elthamlittletheatre.org.au  9437 1574