September – October

What’s On

The Basin Theatre Group – BOURKE’S COMPANY – an award winning drama, a recreation of the disastrous 1860 Burke and Wills’ expedition
10 August – 1 September  Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Rd., The Basin
www.thebasintheatre.org.au   1300 784 668

Brighton Theatre Company – OTHER DESERT CITIES – an emotionally charged play about a family coming to terms with long held secrets expressed in funny and witty yet lacerating ways.
16 August – 1 September  Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton
www.brightontheatreco.com  1300 752 126

Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company – MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS – Based on historical events, the making of David O. Selznick’s famous movie Gone With The Wind with a script writer who hasn’t read the book
16 August – 1 September  Lilydale Athenæum Theatre, 39–41 Castella Street
www.lilydaletc.com  9735 1777

Beaumaris Theatre Inc. – ECHOES – Even the frailest of old ladies in nursing homes were once beautiful young women who fell in love. Our memories make us what we are – and sometimes they hold the secrets of the past.
17 August – 1 September  82 Wells Rd, Beaumaris
www.beaumaristheatre.com.au  9583 6896

Essendon Theatre Company – AN UNSEASONABLE FALL OF SNOW – by Gary Henderson, directed by Div Collins
23 August – 1 September
  Bradshaw Street Hall, West Essendon
www.essendontheatrecompany.com.au  0422 029 483

PEP Productions – CRY-BABY – a rockabilly musical by some of the Hairspray team
23 August – 2 September    Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd.
pepproductions.org.au  0418 549 187

Off the Leash Theatre – RENT La Bohème story restyled from 19th Century Paris to 1990s New York
24 August – 1 September  West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul
www.offtheleashtheatre.com.au  0407 444 430

Malvern Theatre Company – DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE – Jean is sitting in a café when a man’s cell phone rings and keeps on ringing.  The man doesn’t answer because he’s dead . . .
24 August – 8 September  29a Burke Rd, East Malvern
www.malverntheatre.com.au  1300 131 552

CPAC (Cardinia Performing Arts Company) – ROCK OF AGESa jukebox musical with classic rock songs from the 1980s
25 August – 7 September  40 Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd., Pakenham
www.cardiniaperformingarts.com  0407 090 354 or 9587 1750

Warrandyte Theatre Company – VERE – uproarious yet poignant play where the battle of science versus religion is fought out in the crumbling mind of a physics professor as he succumbs to Alzheimers.
31 August – 8 September  Warrandyte Mechanics Institute, Yarra Street
warrandytehallarts.asn.au/theatre

Mordialloc Theatre Company – PACK OF LIES – Based on a true story, a couple and their teenage daughter are friendly with their neighbours, Peter and Helen Kroger, until they are arrested and charged with espionage in 1961
31 August – 16 September  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
www.mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141

MOaRTZ Theatre Company – RUMORS – hilarious Neil Simon farce set in New York
7 – 15 September  Monash Hall, Reserve St, Yallourn North
5127 6514 or 0438 579 987 

Williamstown Little Theatre – SILENT SKY – Early 20th century astronomer, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, and her female colleagues at Harvard University act as ‘human computers’, using maps and measurement to chart the skies without ever being allowed to touch a telescope
7 – 22 September  2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown
www.wlt.org.au  9885 9678

Heidelberg Theatre Company – BLUE STOCKINGS – 1896 at Girton College, Cambridge, the first British college to admit women, four young women, over one tumultuous academic year, fight for the right to graduate alongside their male peers
7 – 22 September  36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna
www.htc.org.au  9457 4117

Eltham Little Theatre – ON GOLDEN POND – remember the movie with Katharine Hepburn and Henry & Jane Fonda?
722 September  Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Rd Research
www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au  9437 1574

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company THE CHARITABLE SISTERHOOD OF THE SECOND TRINITY VICTORY CHURCH – roads are flooded and bridges are washed out but it takes more than a little rain to keep the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood from fulfilling their sworn mission to meet and organise a relief effort for homeless Guatemalans
7 – 22 September  Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation Street, Geelong West
www.geelongrep.com.au    Bookings: www.gpac.org.au  5225 1200

Mornington Players Theatre Company – THE WEDDING SINGER – musical based on the 1998 film
September   Cranbourne Community Centre, Brunt Street, Cranbourne
www.morningtonplayers.com.au     8399 9499

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group – WICKED – the musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz
21 – 29 September  Riverlinks WestSide Performing Arts Centre, 70 Welsford St., Shepparton
www.stagtheatre.com  Tix: www.riverlinksvenues.com.au  5832 9511

Leongatha Lyric Theatre – DEATH AND THE MAIDEN – drama and suspense in South America
27 September – 6 October   Mesley Hall, Leongatha
www.lyrictheatre.net.au  0490 252 482

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group – THE BOYS – A powerful picture of a family without moral, material, aesthetic or imaginative resource
September – October  WTG Rooms, State Coal Mine Reserve, Garden St.
www.wtg.org.au

Eighteen Twelve Theatre – GULLS – a gentle comedy with a brain-damaged man cared for by his sister at a beach cottage. Unable to converse with those around him, he shares his feelings and thoughts with the audience
4 – 27 October  bakery@1812, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully
www.1812theatre.com.au  9758 3964

Babirra Music Theatre – DUSTY – THE ORIGINAL POP DIVA the Dusty Springfield story
12 – 20 October  Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading
www.babirra.org.au  9262 6555

CLOC Music Theatre – JEKYLL AND HYDE – a musical horror-drama loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella
October  National Theatre, 20 Carlisle Street (Cnr Barkly Street), St Kilda
www.cloc.org.au  1300 362 547

Encore Theatre – SPEAKING IN TONGUES – Andrew Bovell’s play about marital infidelity, with multiple narratives and a mystery at its core
12 – 27 October  Clayton Community Centre Theatrette, Cooke Street
www.encoretheatre.com.au  1300 739 099

StageArt – NINE – Maury Yeston musical based on Fellini’s film, 8 ½ 
12 – 28 October   Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St., Prahran
www.stageart,com.au  www.chapeloffchapel.com.au  8290 7000

PEP Productions – HOLDING THE MAN – a poignant drama based on Timothy Conigrave’s book
October – November
   Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
www.pepproductions.org.au  0423 935 320

CenterStage Geelong – LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – the Queen Musical
26 October – 10 November  Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Little Malop St.
www.gpac.org.au  5225 1200

Malvern Theatre Company – TARANTARA!  TARANTARA! – The famous Gilbert and Sullivan partnership with musical excerpts from the well-known operas threaded into the story
27 October – 11 November  29a Burke Rd, East Malvern
www.malverntheatre.com.au  1300 131 552

Nova Music Theatre – DOCTOR ZHIVAGO – Russia 1917–1922, a musical based on the Boris Pasternak novel. Remember the movie with Omar Sharif and Julie Christie?
27 October – 11 November  Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
www.novamusictheatre.com.au  1300 304 433  or  9262 6555

Fab Nobs Theatre – THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK –  2000 musical based on John Updike’s novel
October – November  The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater
fabnobstheatre.com.au  0401 018 846