Theatre - What's On
Date

Saturday 3 May

Time

8.00pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

Adult $26
Concession $22
Jarmbi $20
Group 6+ $18

The Traveling Medicine Show

‘Step Right up Ladies and Gentlemen and put your pennies on the line’

Rejoice as you enter a world where cabaret, burlesque and comedy collide in the phenomenon of the Porcelain Punch Miracle Cure, the extraordinary ‘Elixir of Immortality’. Curer of incurable conditions, bestower of beauty and extender of the under endowed. Experience amazing acts, fantastic feats, exquisite oddities and old fashioned integrity guaranteed or your money back!

Note: Results may vary….

Porcelain Punch Traveling Medicine Show draws influence from the infamous 'Medicine Shows' that once travelled the countryside offering programs of comedy, music, circus and other novelties along with complex displays and a 'hard sell' of assorted tonics, salves, elixirs and the ever unattainable 'miracle medicinal cure'.

‘Entertainment with an old timey flavour that had me leaving with a face sore from laughing nearly non-stop’ Artbeat Adelaide

'A one-hour show stopping acrobatic/slapstick extravaganza, exploring the weird, wonderful and slightly ridiculous'  Timeout Magazine

Mild sexual content, children under 15 with adult supervision.

Date

Saturday 24 May

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $34
Concession $30
Jarmbi $28
Group 6+ $26

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An Evening with Max Gillies: Once Were Leaders

One of Australia’s best loved political satirists, Max Gillies’ cutting edge insights into the foibles of our political leaders has made us both laugh and probably cry through national hit shows such as The Gillies Report and No Country for Old PMs.

In 2014 Max is back to ask the big questions: Is Australia suffering a leadership drought? There was a time when politicians could inspire us. But were they really any better than the current crop? Is it a case of the more things change the more they stay the same?

Max Gillies has been a keen observer of the political combat zone for half a century, and his parody and caricature are renowned. Max discards the make-up and wigs for a rich collection of pen-portraits. Join him as he shares his memories of a life spent on the fringes of power mining the archive for his favourite moments.

Date

Saturday 31 May

Time

1pm & 7pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $22
Concession $18
Family 4+ $16

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Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui

Playwright Jason De Santis brings a Tiwi twist to an old favourite to create a modern Aboriginal adventure story, inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui is a joyful romp through a familiar tale of myth, magic and adventure.  Narrated  by Japarra the Moon Man, join Wulamanayuwi, daughter of a Tiwi warrior, on her journey to rescue her seven little brothers transformed by Jirrakilala, her evil stepmother into seven mischievous spirits, the seven Pamanui.

Puppets, song and dance combine to make this a whole family adventure featuring the language and rhythm of the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin. Packed with spirit and humour, Wulamanayuwi will delight audiences young and old.

‘De Santis is a real talent: mischievous, poetic and assured’  The Australian

‘Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui is a feast of colour, movement and culture that completely satisfies the appetite for a spirited night out at the theatre’  The Barefoot Review

‘Beg, borrow or steal to get into this delightful family play, even if you’re hard-working adults’  City News

Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council are proud to be a part of the Blaklines Indigenous Theatre tour program

Date

Sunday 1 June

Time

2.00pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $22
Concession $17
Jarmbi $17
Group 4+ $15

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Nicholas Chamber Orchestra
With Tracey Roberts and Elyanne Laussade

Nicholas Chamber Orchestra and Burrinja Cultural Centre present a special one off concert to launch the Classical Tracks program – a full winter of Sunday afternoon fine music across the yarra ranges.

This stunning program of classical music will include; Thievish Magpie Overture by G. Rossini, Piano Concerto no 1 by L.V. Beethoven featuring soloist – Elyanne Laussade, followed by a one off collaboration between local favourite Tracey Roberts and the Nicholas Chamber Orchestra. Tracey will be singing a collection of jazz standards as well as one of her own original compositions.

Classical Tracks 2014 brings together sumptuous music and virtuoso performances in the sublime setting of the yarra ranges’ very best performance spaces. Think crisp winter days, hazelnuts roasting on open fires, towering mountain ash and rows of vines rolling through verdant valleys – all combined with the best classical music in Australia. Every Sunday afternoon throughout winter we’re bringing you some of the best known classical ensembles and performers in the country.

Whatever your taste in classical music, we have something for you. Sundays in winter have never sounded so good.

Date

Sunday 15 June

Time

7.00pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

Adult $34
Concession $30
Jarmbi $28
Group 6+ $26

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

It’s that time of year again - the ultimate comedy roadtrip returns to the Hills!

We’ve let the superstars of Australia’s biggest comedy festival 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.

Be prepared for our cast of comic travellers to have you belly-laughing, as we take the Roadshow to eager comedy fans across the nation.

Every year audiences are wowed by our incredible lineups, and this year is no exception. With a mix of local heroes and international stars as well as the hottest newcomer discoveries of the Festival, we’ve got all your comedy bases covered.

Roadshow enjoyed enormous success in 2013, performing a staggering 109 shows in over 60 regional towns and cities across Australia, before concluding the tour with a sell-out international leg visiting Singapore, Hong Kong, and India.

Burrinja Line Up: MC - Dave Callan
Four special guest to be announced soon!

Date

Thursday 19 June

Time

7.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Listen

Listen to songs from
Dust of Uruzgan here

Tickets

Adult $22
Concession $18
RSL/Armed Forces $15

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Dust of Uruzgan

In 2011, songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith returned from 18 months in Uruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan with a collection of songs he released as the album Dust of Uruzgan. The album won rave reviews and coverage on national radio, television and print.

The show combines songs, humour, and commentary with a stunning set of projected photographs by military and civilian photographers. Smith was actually there and the stories he tells are of real people and events.

The Dust of Uruzgan is a unique and important opportunity for the Australian public to know what Afghanistan was all about, and to understand the experiences of 10,000 young Australians who, for the last eight years, have struggled to make a difference in one of the poorest provinces of this war-ravaged country.

Poignant, educational, and at times humorous, Dust of Uruzgan is an enlightening and entertaining live music performance.

Date

Tuesday 1 July
Wednesday 2 July

Time

6.30pm - Tues
10am - Wed

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All Tix $15
Family 4+ $12

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Wombat Stew

A Big Beaut Aussie Musical for Families and Kids!

In 2014, Wombat Stew will celebrate 30 years in print. The simple story of a dingo who catches a wombat and decides to make wombat stew, has been cleverly developed into a “true-blue-dinky-di-big-aussie-musical” complete with blobs of mud, very fine feathers, creepy crawlies, flies, gum-nuts and a big bubbling billy can!

With a cast of 6 multi-talented performers, Wombat Stew is a mouth-watering combination of story-telling, mime, music, dance and puppetry, which is bound to be the highlight of children’s theatre for 2014 and well into the future.

 'Dinky-di and true blue, Garry Ginivan Attractions does wonders with Wombat Stew. High quality, professional children’s theatre.......A potful of fun-filled colour, song and action.’ Canberra Times

‘A stellar piece of entertainment that transcends it's ‘for children's’ label.’  Theatre Australia

Date

July 4 to 14

Time

TBC

Venue

Burrinja Cultural Centre


 

Burrinja Circus Festival 2014

Ever wanted to run away with the Circus? Even when you are all grown up?

Well this July School Holidays you can, Burrinja are teaming up with circus troupes, Dislocate and Ruccis, to make this dream possible. There will be death defying stunts, feats of physical prowess, unbelievable tricks and a bundle of belly laughs, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to discover the magical world of circus. The week will feature a range of exciting performances as well as circus skills workshops for everyone young or young at heart!

Put this week aside for the return of the sell-out Circus Festival in 2014 - details and tickets to be released soon! Burrinja E-Newsletter to stay informed, and don't forget the circus is never around for long!

Date

Sunday 6 July

Time

2.00pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $22
Concession $18

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Zoe Black & Joe Chindamo

This new collaboration between two celebrated artists from different worlds has immediately established itself as a formidable force in Australian chamber music.

Zoe Black has long been thought of as a violinist's violinist, and pianist/composer Joe Chindamo's unique musical gifts place him in a class of his own. 

The repertoire is an eclectic mix of radical reinventions of works by the masters, original compositions by Chindamo plus a few unlikely surprises. The programme will include works by Puccini, Chopin, Gershwin and Dolly Parton – all reimagined by the duo.

Together, Joe and Zoe are creating an entirely new genre of Australian music, combining lyricism, urbane rhythms, a modern romanticism, making this music thrilling, passionate, daring and alive.

Classical Tracks 2014 brings together sumptuous music and virtuoso performances in the sublime setting of the yarra ranges’ very best performance spaces. Think crisp winter days, hazelnuts roasting on open fires, towering mountain ash and rows of vines rolling through verdant valleys – all combined with the best classical music in Australia. Every Sunday afternoon throughout winter we’re bringing you some of the best known classical ensembles and performers in the country.

Whatever your taste in classical music, we have something for you. Sundays in winter have never sounded so good.

Date

Thursday 10 July

Time

6.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Reviews

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Admission

All Tix $15
Group 4+ $12

Swamp Juice

A shadow puppet comedy, about one man's romp through a swamp.

From the company behind Sticks Stones Broken Bones comes a brand new feast for the imagination. Using shadow puppets made from bits of rubbish, acclaimed Canadian performer Jeff Achtem presents a gurgling adventure about life in a swamp, with an eye popping 3D finale! 

Winner of the Edinburgh Total Theatre Award in 2011, Swamp Juice showcases puppetry at its finest and the astonishing visual effects are sure to impress and delight audiences. Be prepared to meet all manner of swamp creatures, but a word of warning: watch out for jellyfish!

Swamp Juice is a playful and immersive puppet experience for all ages.

‘Wonderfully enchanting, an absolute delight!... breathtaking moments!’ London Evening Standard

‘One of the most spellbinding moments of puppet theatre I have ever encountered’. The Stage (UK)

‘Gasps of wonder and amazement’ Edinburgh Reporter

Date

Saturday 19 July

Time

8.00pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $34
Concession $30
Jarmbi $28
Group 6+ $26
Premium Ticket $40

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Melbourne Cabaret Festival Gala

For the first time the acclaimed Melbourne Cabaret Festival is touring in 2014!

Now you can enjoy a titillating selection of acts from one of the world’s largest cabaret festivals. Performances range in style from Broadway-style glamour and sophistication; to burlesque artists; and risque, provocative and melodic acts.

Lush blue curtains and a smattering of sparkling stars sets the scene for an intimate taste of this beloved art form. The Gala will be hosted with all the flair, playful wit and costume changes one could hope for. This is an ideal time of year to make your way into an intimate performance space to have your soul sparked by some of the best in the business.

A degustation of some of the shiniest performances from the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, spanning a massive variety of cabaret traditions.

“The Gala night did Melbourne proud. Huge and vicariousness thrills are to be had. (4 ½ stars)” – Arts Hub

“This Gala was the perfect initiation into the superb world of cabaret. All the acts were tremendously chosen.” – Theatre Press

Premium ticket holders will be seated in cabaret style seating on stage, bookings for premium tickets via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Suitable for people aged 15 years or older.

Date

Friday 1 August

Time

7.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Reviews

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Tickets

Adult $34
Concession $30
Jarmbi $28
Group 6+ $20

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Barassi! The Stage Show

The ‘football meets theatre’ event of the year.

Barassi is the story of iconic Australian footballer, coach, motivator and father of modern football Ron Barassi depicted in an epic fashion, from child to elder statesman, it is a story of passion and courage, of success and failure.

The story starts in World War II, when Ron’s champion footballer father is tragically killed in Libya. It follows the development of young Ron under the care and mentorship of legendary coach Norm Smith, as he develops into ‘the father of modern football’. Ever driven to challenge himself and to live up to the impossible memory of his father, Barassi makes the transition from champion player to the game’s most ferocious, unstoppable Super Coach achieving the status of legend along the way. His football success knows no bounds while his marriage, business and old Melbourne club crumble.

From tragedy to legendary, award-winning playwright Tee O’Neill’s stage show about this remarkable man, will uplift and inspire with plenty of laughs along the way.

Get your team mates together and prepare for a great night out!!

'This is a winner: good writing, committed performances and astute direction do justice to the man and the game.’ The Age

Date

Saturday 2 August

Time

7pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $34
Concession $30
Jarmbi $28
Youth Under 16 $16

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Melbourne Ballet: Infinite Space

Infinite Space is a breathtaking example of classical dance being re-interpreted to be relevant and inspiring for both new and loyal ballet audiences. It takes audiences on a choreographic journey leading them through four original works that have been acclaimed as both thrilling and compelling.

Infinite Space is comprised of:
In One Day: Choreographed by Simon Hoy and Robert Kelly, to the music of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’. This is a 35 minute work that is remembered for its sheer physicality and athleticism.

Dark Before Daylight: This Pointe Shoe and TuTu work is an impression of the classic story of Swan Lake. Choreographed by Simon Hoy, to the music of Elgar.

Phrased Without Word: Choreographed by Simon Hoy, to Arvo Pärt’s ‘Spiegel in Spiegel’. Phrased Without Word, is a breathtaking physical expression of this inspiring score.

Infinite Space: Choreographed be Simon Hoy, to the music of Mozart’s 27th piano concerto, Infinite Space has become a signature piece for the Melbourne Ballet Company. This uplifting work is a celebration of hope and beauty.

The stunning performance will also be preceded by a day of workshops with Melbourne Ballet performers for budding dancers.  Full details here

‘a joyful experience ‘ The Age
‘I came out of this performance feeling uplifted ‘Dance Australia
‘Essential and compelling viewing’  The Herald Sun

Date

Sunday 3 August

Time

2.00pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $22
Concession $18

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Australian Boys Choir

The Australian Boys Choir is a not-for-profit organisation recognised internationally for its high musical standards. Its performance program is supported by a world-class education program designed to help boys and young men achieve their potential, both musical and personal.

The Classical Tracks program will highlight the Choir’s favourite pieces from its 75 year history.

The Choir has worked under acclaimed international conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Jorge Mester, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Noam Sheriff, John Hopkins, Richard Divall and Sir Bernard Heinze. Performances have also been given with the Israel Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

The Choir has released four CDs, regularly appeared on radio and television and contributed to the sound tracks of several internationally acclaimed films, including the Oscar nominated film ‘Elizabeth’, and ‘The Dish’.

Classical Tracks 2014 brings together sumptuous music and virtuoso performances in the sublime setting of the yarra ranges’ very best performance spaces. Think crisp winter days, hazelnuts roasting on open fires, towering mountain ash and rows of vines rolling through verdant valleys – all combined with the best classical music in Australia. Every Sunday afternoon throughout winter we’re bringing you some of the best known classical ensembles and performers in the country.

Whatever your taste in classical music, we have something for you. Sundays in winter have never sounded so good.

Date

Saturday 23 August

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $26
Concession $22
Jarmbi $20
Group 6+ $20

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Just the Ticket

‘So here I am – with the same dream and the same rucksack... but with 40 years of extra baggage!’

Meet Susan – she’s scatty, chatty and in a league of her own.

Life may have left her friends looking forward to their next facelift, the arrival of grandchildren, or a shred of gossip about the neighbours, but Susan dreams of escape.

To hell with middle age! She’s off to relive the fun of her younger years.

Eccentric, clumsy and unwaveringly optimistic, for Susan the only way forward is back. She wants to feel alive again, to be on the edge – and preferably, seated at the bar. She packs her bag and heads to Sydney to retrace the steps of a holiday she took with friends years ago. Determined to have as much fun as in her 20s, Susan’s adventures lead her back to old ground… but is it like old times?

 ‘I’m living it. Whatever it is. Not just existing – living. There’s a big difference. Don’t sip it. Drink it.’

Just the Ticket is written by West End and Broadway playwright Peter Quilter (End of the Rainbow, Duets), who’s work has been translated into 27 languages and performed in over 40 countries.

Date

Wednesday 24 September

Time

2.00pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All Tix $12

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Aussie Kids Rock!

Aussie Kids Rock are a stunning and whacky rock band that entertain kids (and Mums and Dads too!).  Funky guitarist Rusty, cool bass man C.J, and the ever-comical, and sensational drummer Deano, take the audience on a time machine journey through music covering many different styles including punk rock, hip hop, jazz and disco.

This spectacular show aimed at kids throughout the whole primary school age bracket has proven repeatedly to be a great experience for the whole family.

Don’t miss this loveable and loud show loaded with laughs! 

Date

Wednesday 8 October
Thursday 9 October

Time

Wed - 8pm
Thurs - 11am

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $26
Concession $22
Jarmbi $20
Group 6+ $20
Matinee $17

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The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

The 39 Steps is a fast-paced, side-splitting comedy featuring over a hundred characters played by four actors. Based on the 1935 Hitchcock spy thriller movie and novel by John Buchan, the stage production is currently the longest running comedy in the West End and winner of major theatrical prizes from Tony Awards® to the Olivier and Helpmann Awards.

Handsome hero Richard Hannay meets a mysterious woman, who reveals a plot to smuggle military secrets out of the country. That night, she is found murdered in his apartment. With the police and international spies hot on his heels, Hannay races to solve the mystery of the man with the missing finger. His heart-racing adventures involve death-defying escapes from planes, trains and automobiles with the beautiful blonde bombshell Pamela by his side.

A rip-roaring night out for all the family, don’t miss this theatrical tour-de-force already seen by over 3 million people in more than 60 countries.

Date

Saturday 11 October

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All Tix $25
Group 6+ $20

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The Neil Diamond Story

The Neil Diamond Story  is not only a stunning presentation of Diamond’s hits, but also tells the tale of this once struggling Broadway songwriter, who became one of the worlds most loved performers.  Hear Neil Diamond’s legendary songbook performed in chronological order; songs from the mid-sixties bang records days such as: Solitary Man, Cherry Cherry and Girl You’ll be a woman soon, right through to the multi-platinum selling Jazz Singer album, which includes: Love on the Rocks and Hello Again.

Dominic, who is a former member of the eighties million sellers Cutting Crew ‘I Just Died in your Arms’ was inspired to be a musician after hearing Neil Diamond’s music as a child, since he has performed all over the world and released several solo albums. Join us on this journey through time as we celebrate the life and times of one of the most iconic figures in music, Mr Neil Diamond!

Performed for the first time with the full band on the big stage in the wonderful Burrinja Theatre!!

Date

Sunday 19 October

Time

3.00pm

Venue

Black Box Studio

Admission

Adult $22
Concession $15
Jarmbi $15

Holy Dying

Written and directed by Stephanie Osztreiecher with original music by Evan Lawson and Robbie James, this physical theatre piece explores the idea and absurd nature of death and its influence over life thus creating a performance about death which is really about how we choose to live.

The concept of the project has been inspired and partially adapted from the book ‘The Rules and Exercises of Holy Dying’ written by Jeremy Taylor in 1651. Taylor, referred to as the Shakespeare for the divine, wrote the book as a religious text, showing the reader the way to a divine death. Holy Dying will be exploring the absurd presence death has in all beings no matter what one might believe in.

Holy Dying is a co-commission between Burrinja and La Mama Theatre, this work was developed with the assistance of Testing Grounds.

Visit www.forestcollective.com.au for more information on the collective.
Not suitable for children under 15.