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Date

Sunday 8 March

Time

2pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $28
Concession $24
Jarmbi $22
Group 6+ $20

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The Grigoryan Brothers

Classical guitar playing at its absolute best – emotive and brilliant

Join us for a sublime performance from Melbourne’s own Slava and Leonard Grigoryan as we launch our 2015 season in style!

One of the world’s leading Guitar Duo’s will return to the Burrinja Theatre after a Sell-Out 2013 performance. This captivating afternoon of music will feature works from their new album which was recorded in Norway at the legendary Rainbow Studio.

'..guitar playing of uncommon originality and authority. Musicality, expressivity and daring...' The New York Times 

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Date

Friday 20 March

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Tickets

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

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Anya Anastasia’s Fear-Eater Theatre

'Stunning, confident, alluring and wildly funny, 4.5 stars’ Rip It Up 2014

Theatrical cabaret songstress Anya Anastasia performs devilishly funny original songs that are sparkling with glamour, laced with satire, and daubed with social awkwardness.

Lose your head at the Fear-Eater Theatre where fairytales and iconic stories unravel and twist to present a view of our world that rings strangely true.

Anya’s former shows have been nominated for ‘Best Music’ Dunedin Fringe and ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Prague Fringe Festival

'Forget commercial comedy and half-baked theatrics. This is Fringe at its wild and spunky best.' ★★★★★ - The Advertiser

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Date

Wednesday 8 April at 6pm
Thursday 9 April at 1pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

All Tix $19
Family 4+ $15

Pants Down Circus ROCK!

AC-DC with Acrobats
Big Hair, Big Tricks, Big Air Guitar = One Awesome Show, perfect for the whole family!

It’s a long way to the top, the big top, and these guys are livin’ on a prayer for nothin’ but a good time.
This all ages event showcases the incredible skill of four rock stars of Australian circus. Imagine the greatest rock band ever, as a circus. It’ll shake you all night long, set to a pumping classic rock soundtrack with a wide range of circus acts from trapeze and acrobatics to juggling and hula hoops. It is a show that is sure to entertain every audience member whether you like death-defying stunts, incredible displays of strength and agility or just plain silly nonsense.

'This vibrant show is a delight and entertained its audience of all ages. The degree of skill displayed in this show is impressive.' 5 Stars - theatreguide.com.au

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Date

Friday 1 May

Time

8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $28
Concession $24
Jarmbi $22
Group 6+ / RSL $20
Youth Under 16 $15
Theatre Sampler Package $79
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28

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Gallipoli - A Manual of Trench Warfare

The soldiers’ perspective on tales of heroism that forged the ANZAC spirit

Join us in both celebrating and commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings with this powerful play that tells confronting, heart-warming and jovial tales from the soldiers’ perspective at the front line.

Gallipoli - A Manual of Trench Warfare takes place in a sandbagged trench at Gallipoli 1915 and follows Barry Moon, a country boy battling not only the enemy, but himself and the establishment. Gallipoli presented a time and place where our diggers experienced psychological and physical trauma, and yet also witnessed the evolution of the resilient ANZAC Spirit that we hold so dear to this day.

Join Barry Moon behind the trenches and hear these tales of heroism, tragedy and nation building.

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Date

Sunday 3 May

Time

2.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

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

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Evelyn Krape in More Female Parts

Finally, Evelyn Krape’s long-awaited follow up to the classic Female Parts

Evelyn’s follow up to the incredibly popular Female Parts from the 1980’s is a lean, highly physical theatrical performance with strong imagery, sensory experiences and a playful, revealing and heartfelt subtext.

Follow the renowned and much-loved actress Evelyn Krape through three powerful, modern and moving monologues. Each piece celebrates the “older woman” with wit, ardour and positivity. Touching on issues of ageing, conflicting needs, divorce, body image and the associated pressure of the modern era all from the perspective of a 60-something woman and her barely recognised place in the community.

Evelyn last brought her popular and compelling stage craft to Burrinja before our new theatre was a reality, so join us in welcoming her back with her captivating new show.

'… it is a joy and a privilege to watch … Krape is a magnetic performer and a stalwart of Melbourne theatre who we see infrequently on stage these days’ 
Kate Herbert, Herald Sun

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Date

Saturday 9 May

Time

7pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $28
Concession $24
Jarmbi $22
Youth Under 16 $15
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28 

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Luminous Flux 

by Tasdance

Flirtatious. Playful. Switched On. An experience of Dance that Captivates and Illuminates

Tasdance’s Luminous Flux explores multiple interpretations of light in an illuminating double-bill, featuring the best dancers and choreography from this renowned State Dance Company.

Luminous Flux is a must see experience of dance at its most evocative, bringing you alternative interpretations on varying wavelengths…

Tanja Liedtke’s Enter Twilight, choreographed for the company in 2004, is an intriguing and thoughtful foray into the tension between light and dark, rapture and melancholy. Contrastingly, Byron Perry’s Light Entertainment is a fast-paced and joyously hypnotic work that leads the viewer from theatrical vignettes to light as entertainment.

With a musical journey from Australian electronica by DJ Tr!p to Beethoven, Luminous Flux illuminates the astonishing physicality, versatility and talents of the Tasdance ensemble. 

‘WOW! Luminous Flux is as incandescent as its title and confirms there’s much more to Tasdance than could ever meet the eye..’ - Write Response

Date

Wednesday 27 May

Time

11am & 8pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Jarmbi $30
Youth Under 16 / Group 6+ $26
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28 
Theatre Sampler Package $79

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Australia Day

by Jonathon Biggins

A Cracker Comedy that explores the multiple meanings of Australia Day

Drawing on his own experiences as an Australia Day Ambassador, Jonathan Biggins pieces together a play full of fearless wit and straight up Aussie humour.Welcome to the Aussie country town of Coriole, where life is laidback and carefree, unless you're a member of the Australia Day committee, who couldn't raffle a chook in a pub. The Australia Day Committee is deciding how to celebrate the day in a multi-cultural way.

Watch as the celebrations disintegrate into predictable chaos with some wonderfully comedic moments.

A wonderful way for ages 15+ to dig deeper into what it means to be Australian.

‘Jonathan Biggins has ways of making you laugh….. lots of them.’ - Time Out

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Date

Wednesday 10 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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Sex with Strangers

The tensions between old and new literature (and old and new love) writ large.

Samuel Johnson (Secret Life of Us and Rush) and Tottie Goldsmith (Starting Out and Prisoner) star in this dark, sexy and funny play about the lives of two people equally capable of ambition, kindness and cruelty.

A show for lovers of books, authors and the complex and dynamic relationship between authors and their adoring fans. First staged by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2011, and recently by Sydney Theatre Company, this is story telling at its best. ‘Sex with Strangers’  makes timely and insightful observations about the foibles of first impressions and delves into the complexities of love and relationships in the digital age.

Trapped in a rural writer’s retreat by a snowstorm, serious writer turned professor Olivia is settling down to write her second novel. In walks Ethan, a brash, handsome, successful, Gen-Y blogger with aspirations of literary legitimacy. Olivia succumbs to his obvious charm and poetic soul, but can love really bloom between an old-school book lover and a man whose publicity-generating tell-all memoir ‘Sex with Strangers’ chronicles his rambunctious sex-ploits on an internet blog?

How far will Olivia and Ethan go to get what they want?

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Date

Sunday 21 June

Time

7.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Jarmbi $30
Group 6+ $26
Theatre Sampler Package $79
15% Early Bird Discount until Feb 28

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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!

'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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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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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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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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