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Welcome to Burrinja Season 2017

Enjoy spectacular savings when you book for a collection of 3 or 5 Burrinja 2017 shows, 3 Family Shows, or all 3 Small Gems shows!


FRI 6 OCT 10:30AM & 12:30PM   


Burrinja Theatre


All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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3 -family shows $42

Grug and the Rainbow

Based on Ted Prior’s iconic story book character

Discover and delight with Grug on his search for the rainbow, with this charming new puppetry piece.

Beginning life as the grassy top of a Burrawang tree, Grug has captivated the hearts and imaginations of Australian children for nearly 40 years. Fascinated by the world around him and never short of an adventure, he’s now back by popular demand.

Embarking on his own epic journey to find a rainbow, it always seems just beyond his grasp. But Grug is full of determination and his quests are always full of surprises.

Running time 35 minutes | no interval | Recommended ages 1-5

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10AM - 3PM


Burrinja Cultural Centre



Mayors Big Day Out

Mayor, Cr Noel Cliff is inviting the community to a free event.There will be art, activities, entertainment and a community expo, showcasing the best of the Yarra Ranges and giving residents a chance to learn more about the area.

The gallery will be open with artwork on display, performances will be held in the main theatre, and everything at the event will be accessible, enjoyable and interactive for people of all ages and abilities.

Children will be well-catered for, with a magician, children’s workshops and drumming activities available on the day, while adults can visit the community expo to learn more about community groups that call the Yarra Ranges home.

The shire will be on show throughout the day, with various teams from Council present to explain their roles and what they do to make the community a better place to live, work and play in.

Upwey CFA running a community sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation.

This will be a show day for the community where they can enjoy free events and activities, while learning more about the Yarra Ranges, Council’s role within the community.




Thu 12 Oct 7.30pm
Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey

Sat 14 Oct 7.30pm
The Memo, Healesville

Sat 28 Oct 7.30pm
Arts Centre, Warburton


Adult $28
Concession $24
26 years and under $18


Masterclass with Gerard Van Dyck of KAGE | Sun 24 Sep 2.30pm - Montrose Town Centre - FREE

Creative Development Open Rehearsal with KAGE |
Sun 8 Oct 3.00pm - Burrinja, Upwey - FREE

In Conversation with KAGE |
Sun 8 Oct 4.30pm - Burrinja, Upwey - FREE

by KAGE Dance Theatre

Multi-award winning dance company KAGE is coming to the Yarra Ranges to create an exciting new work for our region in 2017.

Expect… the Unexpected

Join us to experience, explore and enjoy a new contemporary dance performance that will take you on an exhilarating journey. 

KAGE- Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck – have been rethinking dance for 20 years, and now it is the Yarra Ranges’ chance to be a part of their unique performances.

Kate and Gerard specialise in collaborating with extraordinary artists and communities to find original ways to present dance in new contexts, creating exquisite performances which harness the dramatic potential of dance and extreme physicality with irreverence and humour.

TONIC is a new work conceived in the form of a visual story. Through the use of choreography and soundscape, Kate and Gerard will create and perform a duet which chronicles the relationship that humans and animals have to their sense of home. Inspired by the preservation of ecosystems within the Yarra Ranges, TONIC explores the implicit relationship we all have to the health of our environment.

With a loyal supporter base across Melbourne and Internationally, Kate and Gerard have earned the admiration of their peers and audiences – KAGE are an original voice in live physical performance, telling stories that resonate with broad audiences. 

50 mins |no interval

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Sat 14 Oct, 4:30pm


Burrinja Black Box


$18    All
$16    Groups 4+

The Storey Players present:

Burke and Wills Grand Adventure

"The use of lyrical text, humorous exposition, visual set pieces, and poignant sound choice left me engrossed, joyful, dismayed and even a little tearful."

After four months on tour in Outback Australia, The Storey Players are back home in The Hills and proud to present the untold story of the Race-to-the-Gulf.

A bored teenager struggles with her history homework until she gets caught up in this incredible tale of hardship, bravery and near-misses.

Using a mix of storytelling and theatre, you will re-live every moment of this epic expedition from its ambitious beginning to its tragic end at Cooper Creek as the Ghost of John King tells his amazing story.

“An amazing performance of their own take on the Burke and Wills expedition”
“I was captured deeply with emotion and the performance of Simon Storey who created a very deep heartfelt story of John King who was the only survivor of the Burke and Will’s expedition.”
“The audience ranged in age from six to sixty plus, and everyone was mesmerised by the drama”
“We really appreciate opportunities like this as they are rare to our remote community, and cannot thank you enough for coming to visit, entertain and educate us”.

Run Time - 90 Minutes | No interval


10 – 12 NOV



Performance | Dance | Sound Art | Cabaret | Spoken Word | Live Art

Express your interest in being part of the 2017 festival HERE.
Expressions of Interest close ​31 May 2017.

A unique live art and performance festival in the Dandenong Ranges that nourishes and challenges the arts community in the hills and beyond!   

Dedicated to supporting artists who take juicy risks, ask big questions, and make bold statements though live art and performance, hillsceneLIVE is the only program of its kind in the Dandenong Ranges.

Now celebrating its 6th festival, the program brings together and supports the development of new work by artists of diverse practices, forging new partnerships between artists, makers and the community.

The program begins with an open call for participants and includes a full series of professional development opportunities, workshops and forums throughout the year. hillsceneLIVE 2017 will culminate in a blistering 3 day live art festival on the 10th - 12th November, featuring an incredible array of artists spanning Dance, Theatre, Sound Art, Live Art, Installation and interdisciplinary practices. The festival weekend also includes conversations, workshops, and a free community feast for 100 locals!

Full program announced June 2017.

Find out more www.hillscenelive.com
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