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Dates

Saturday 6 June

Time

2pm & 7:30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

Adults $30 - $36
Concession $25 - $32
Jarmbi $32
Under 16 $20

La Boheme Retold

Utassy Ballet School & Nicholas Chamber Orchestra

An ultimate tragedy, Puccini’s classic Opera adaption for ballet.

In 2011 Utassy Dance Company performed at of the opening of the new 400 seat, Burrinja Theatre presenting excerpts from their 50th Anniversary Playhouse season, along with The Nicholas Chamber Orchestra who presented Peter and the Wolf with a narration by Derek Guille.
Collaborating once again, on Kevin Hocking adaptation of Puccini’s Opera La Boheme, audiences will be delighted with a brand new production of La Boheme Retold accompanied by a 40 piece orchestra on stage.
The flavour is still French, drawing on the influences of 1840’s industrial revolution; Utassy Dance Company setting for La Boheme Retold is more recent. In place of Café Momex, they use the device of the circus (and within it a pantomime poking fun at French Royalty).

By kind permission of the West Australian Ballet Company Arrangement for Ballet Kevin Hocking
 

 
Date

Wednesday 10 June

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Jarmbi $30
Group 6+ $26



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Samual Johnson &
Tottie Goldsmith in 
Sex with Strangers

A Love Story for the 21st Century

Sex with Strangers explores the complex relationship between authors and their adoring fans and the tensions between old and new literature; old and new love.

A play that makes timely and insightful observations about the foibles of first impressions, Sex with Strangers delves into the complexities of love and relationships in the digital age, and the Gen X – Gen Y divide.


‘dark, sexy, funny’ -  New York Times
‘sweet, funny and playful’
- Sunday Telegraph

 ‘… an arresting, involving and shrewdly self-aware new play’ The Australian


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Date

Sunday 21 June

Time

7.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Jarmbi $30
Group 6+ $26

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Give those cheeks a good workout with a solid line up of laughs!

The superstars of Australia’s biggest comedy festival have been set off the leash and on to the road. From Hobart to Hong Kong and back, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is a comedy odyssey, bringing a raft of the world’s best comedy to one big show for a raucous night out.

After 16 years of travelling Australia with the best comedians around, this Roadshow really knows how to bring the party, strut its stuff and leave you rolling on the floor laughing!

FEATURING
Tom Ballard (MC)
Wil Sylvince
Gillian Cosgriff
Nikki Britton
and
David Quirk

'An event no comedy fan should miss.' Satellite

'The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow has such chalk and cheese personalities delivering such a wide assortment of gags, it has everyone's humour covered' The Sunday Times

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Date

Friday 26 June

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Jarmbi $30
Group 6+ $26
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28

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Noni Hazlehurst in Mother

‘I said I was a good mother. They said I was a bad mother. I didn’t know what they meant’

A one-woman play written for acclaimed, award winning actor Noni Hazlehurst, Mother is the newest work from Daniel Keene (Boxman, 2013) directed by his long-time collaborator Matt Scholten.

A fictional story based on the writings of Dorothy Hewett and the ancient Greek play Medea, Mother is a uniquely Australian piece of theatre that honestly tackles the issues of motherhood, poverty and isolation. The combination of powerful script writing, tender direction and Noni’s magnetising performance make for a surprisingly touching and insightful night of intimate theatre.

Christy is a homeless, aging woman, living on the outskirts of suburbia. She is something of a celebrity, attracting the curiosity of the locals, she’s not shy of an audience and amuses herself with telling anyone who will listen to the story of her colourful, troubled life.

One of Australia’s leading actresses, Noni Hazlehurst has received two Logies for her performances in the mini-series Waterfront and Ride on Stranger as well as four AFI Awards for Little Fish, Waiting At The Royal, Fran and Monkey Grip.

If you only see one piece of drama this year, make sure it is Mother – a story and a performance not to be missed.

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Dates

Saturday 27 June,  (students who train on Tues & Wed)
Sunday 28 June,  (Students who train on Thurs & Sat)

Time

Sat 27 June 6:30pm
Sun 28 June 6:30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

Adults $20
Concession $16
Jarmbi $16

Festival Package $52 includes LEFT
+ 2 other shows or workshops
purchase via box office only 9754 8723

Burrinja Circus Festival presents

Dream Big, by Ruccis Circus

Settle in and get comfortable as the students of Ruccis take you on a journey through the land of dreams.
Circus dreams really do come true in our annual whole school production, where students of all ages showcase their wide and varied array of talent. You’ll have the chance to witness all the circus specialties Ruccis has to offer as our students take you beyond your imagination.

 
This show is part of the 2015 Burrinja Circus Festival 27 June - 5 July
9 Days of circus fun- with workshops, professional and student circus performances for the whole family!

See the full Festival Program here.

 

Photo: Darren Clarke
Date

Tuesday 30 June
Wednesday 1 July

Time

Tues - 6.30pm
Wed - 10:30am

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All Tickets $15
Family 4+ $12pp

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Cranky Bear

A hilarious stage version of the best-selling children’s book ‘A Very Cranky Bear’

Cranky Bear is a rollicking new show by Patch Theatre Company, adapted from the best-selling book The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland. Packed with laughter, surprise and mayhem the show is perfect for 4 – 8 year olds and a great laugh for parents.

Flamboyant friends Zebra, Lion and Moose each think they know how to solve the Bear's crankiness, but their shenanigans just make him even crankier. It takes a humble and empathetic Sheep with an open heart and listening ear to solve Bear’s woes.

'The laughs kept coming from all ages thanks to excellent comic timing, clever quips and over-the-top, animated delivery. A must-see!' SA Kids Magazine

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Dates

Friday 3 July

Time

10:30am  (45 minute duration)

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Admission

All $15
Festival Package $52 includes LEFT
+ 2 other shows or workshops
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Burrinja Circus Festival presents

BIG TOPS AND TINY TOTS
by Solid State Circus performer
Luth Wolff


Roll up Roll up! Run away to the circus with this fun and physical show by Solid State Circus performer Luth Wolff!
With Hula-Hoops, Unicycle, Magic and Spinning Plates Luth takes children aged  3 – 5 on a madcap circus adventure, with plenty of help from the audience!
An experienced youth circus coach, Luth has been performing and teaching circus since she was 6 years old.
Ideal for children 3-5 years old

 
This show is part of the 2015 Burrinja Circus Festival 27 June - 5 July
9 Days of circus fun- with workshops, professional and student circus performances for the whole family!

See the full Festival Program here.

 
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Photo: Jayrow Photography
Dates

Saturday 4 July

Time

6:30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

Adults $20
Concession $16
Jarmbi $16
Family 4+ $16 each
Circus festival package!

LEFT circus plus two other shows or workshops for $52
purchase via box office only 9754 8723

Burrinja Circus Festival presents

LEFT - a Long Answers to Simple Questions production

Winner of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe People’s Choice Award, LEFT is a breathtaking, risk-taking, heartbreaking circus. Joyous, funny, heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring, a show all about the importance of community, what it takes to build them and what happens when someone suddenly leaves or is lost.

Show deals with issues of loss and grief,  suitable for all ages

 
This show is part of the 2015 Burrinja Circus Festival 27 June - 5 July
9 Days of circus fun- with workshops, professional and student circus performances for the whole family!

See the full Festival Program here.

 

Photo: Rob Blackburn
Dates

Sunday 5 July

Time

2pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

Adults $20
Concession $16
Jarmbi $16

Circus festival package!
LEFT circus plus two other shows or workshops for $52
purchase via box office only 9754 8723

Burrinja Circus Festival presents

Lucid, by Ruccis Circus

Lucid is a student produced cabaret of contemporary circus arts including aerial silks, hand balancing, walking globe and much much more!
This show is developed and created from start to finish by the Ruccis students themselves, using their wide range of new skills in all areas of production design.

 
This show is part of the 2015 Burrinja Circus Festival 27 June - 5 July
9 Days of circus fun- with workshops, professional and student circus performances for the whole family!

See the full Festival Program here.

 

Photo: Darren Clarke

Date

2015

Venues

Burrinja Cultural Centre
The Memo
Montrose Town Centre
Arts Centre, Warburton

Admission

$22-$28

Classical Tracks

Yarra Ranges Fine Music Program
Winter 2015

Curated by Melbourne Recital Centre, Classical Tracks 2015 brings glorious music and thrilling performances to the Yarra Ranges’ finest performance spaces.
From the grace of the Baroque, through the heroic struggle of Beethoven, to the seductive Tango-infused passion of Piazzolla, this kaleidoscopic series of twelve concerts has something enticing for every taste.
 
For the program visit the Classic Tracks website.


Classical Tracks at Burrinja
Markiyan Melnychenko, Sunday 12 July at 2pm
Ensemble Liaison, Sunday 2 August at 6pm

Date

Saturday 25 July

Time

7pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Jarmbi $30
Youth Under 16+ $18
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28

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Melbourne Ballet: Divenire

Strength, passion, beauty and poise all combine  to present a truly breathtaking experience

The Melbourne Ballet Company return to Burrinja after their enthralling sold out 2014 performance to present Divenire, a striking program of precision, artistry and impressive athleticism. Divenire features four unique works choreographed by Simon Hoy and internationally recognised dancemaker Tim Podesta.

Be spellbound as classical dance, beautiful music, amazing dancers, exquisite costumes and sublime choreography combine to create a truly memorable experience, presented by some of Australia’s finest ballet dancers.

The performance will be matched with special opportunities to meet the Choreographer Simon Hoy, skill up in a workshop, and perhaps even dance on stage with the Melbourne Ballet - it's the whole Dance Package!

'Essential and compelling viewing' The Herald Sun

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Melbourne Ballet Company Workshops program

The Melbourne Ballet Company is offering workshops for local junior and senior dance students with previous ballet experience.
Limited space, bookings essential.
Bookings via Box Office only 9754 8723.

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Date

Saturday 1 August

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $22
Concession $20
Jarmbi $18
Group 6+ $18
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28

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Drowning in Veronica Lake

The Golden Age of Hollywood revisited, and its dark underbelly exposed!

A striking, sultry and honest play that combines the majestic acting prowess of Alex Ellis with Phil Ormsby’s razor sharp and engaging script, and a gown to die for, to produce a thoroughly enjoyable night of theatre. The performance shines a light on celebrity, tragedy and isolation, whilst in the eyes of millions.

Revisit the Golden Age of Hollywood with a darkly comic tribute to 1940s screen siren - Veronica Lake. Smart, sexy, and ice-cool, in 1942 Lake was the hottest discovery in Hollywood, dining with the President and piloting her own plane across the continent. In less than a decade she was stuck in a dramatic nose dive, famously sued by her own mother and bankrupted by the IRS. Now, trapped somewhere between Paramount and Purgatory, she wrestles with stardom, booze, the wrong men and a spectacular decline into obscurity.

'A stunning and mesmerising performance enhanced by an intelligent and sensitive script by Phil Ormsby and expressive soundscape arranged by Colleen Davis... A brilliant cameo featuring an extraordinary talent.' The National Business Review

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Date

Friday 18 September

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Jarmbi $30
Group 6+ $26
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28 

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Caravan Burlesque…..Rides Again!

Wild new acts! Wild new artists! The world’s most provocative variety show returns to Burrinja!

The World’s Most Provocative Variety Show, direct from sell-out seasons in Paris, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, returns to Burrinja bursting with electrifying new acts, gorgeous new artists, all-time favourites set to a party mix tape to die for!

Swing on board this luscious caravan with her velvet drapes, golden tassels and Chinese lanterns for a wild night of smokin’ songs and seductive sirens, gothic queens & demented disco, sizzling circus, backroom ballet and live art exotica!

After a legendary seven months of dancing ovations around Australia in 2012, don’t miss the return of this smash-hit, box office breaking, multi-award winning, genre-busting, diva-encrusted salon!

If you’ve ridden the Caravan before, come see the next wild incarnation. If you missed out before, jump on board and book right now!

Warning: Caravan Burlesque features live Nudity and Sexual References,
Suitable for Ages 16+

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Date

Wednesday 23 September

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $28
Concession $24
Jarmbi $22
Group 6+ $20
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28

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Reserved Seating Only

A Grand Final Week Comedy about Life, Love… and AFL.

Join us on for a Grand Final week AFL comedy, a show for lovers and haters of Football alike. Witness our great game as viewed by an unlikely pair in the reserved section of a major sporting stadium.

Starring real-life couple David Ross Paterson (Frost/Nixon, Benjamin Button, Chopper) as a loud, burly football fan, and Cecelia Specht (Criminal Minds, Castle, Neighbours) as a recently divorced football widow, claiming her ex-husband’s tickets as part of a messy divorce settlement to watch the game for the first time. As a footy “conscientious objector” she is blissfully immune to the attraction of the game and instantly locks horns with her ex-husband’s footy-mate; her reluctant companion over four eventful quarters full of tension, laughter and rediscovery.

Don’t miss out on the critically acclaimed, audience favourite comedy about Life, Love…and AFL. Great fun for the whole team.

'The audience’s enjoyment of this light-hearted play suggests that the divide between sport and art is nonsense.' The Age

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Date

Tuesday 29 September

Time

11am & 2pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All Tickets $15
Family 4+ $12pp

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The Owls Apprentice

A delightful tale about earning your wisdom

Owl’s aren’t born wise you know, they have to learn it from somewhere. A young owl named Poot Poot is sent to study at Owl school. On his journey he meets an Echidna, a Wombat, a Kookaburra, a Lyrebird, a Kangaroo and a Platypus who each share with him their own special kind of wisdom.

But will he pass the final test and become wise enough to save the forest?

The Owl’s Apprentice is a heart-warming, interactive and playful show for families combining puppetry and physical comedy with warm storytelling.

'I loved The Owl's Apprentice. It was excellent.' Erica, audience member

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Date

Saturday 14 November

Time

2pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

Adults $28
Concession $24
Jarmbi $22
Group 6+ / RSL $20
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28


FLAK

Michael Veitch presents tales of heroism, strength and humanity from WWII Airmen

Returning for a special encore performance after the popular 2013 premiere, FLAK is a powerful, profound and moving piece of theatre that presents tales heroism that all Australian’s should hear.

Based on his two best-selling books, Flak and Fly, well-known writer and performer Michael Veitch presents Flak - True stories from the men who flew in World War Two. In this powerful one-man show Michael takes on the roles of former airmen, recounting their extraordinary, true and largely untold stories of combat in the air war of 1939-45.

‘Michael Veitch’s Flak is a marvellous monodrama told with the skill of someone who combines the questing of a journalist, the rigour of a historian and the compassion of a very fine actor.' Dr Mark Williams, Adjunct Professor, School of Art, RMIT University

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