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Simons Final Sound

A rib aching adult Aussie Comedy
A great spinner of fantastical tales Finegan Kruckemeyer wrote Simon’s Final Sound for four gifted comedic performers. It’s the tale of Simon, a no-hoper who is going deaf. He goes in search of a magical, possibly mythical island, where he thinks
he will find consolation. He teams up with Michael, a dull banker, with a duller life, and Michael’s wife Ginny, who is about to leave him. Along for the ride is Claude, a blisteringly annoying blockhead with zero social skills. Launching from a jetty of loss and melancholy, Simon’s Final Sound takes the audience on a colourful voyage of hula skirts, high-jinx and belly laughs. It makes land on an island of insight and

Portland Arts Centre
Monday 22 August 7.30pm

$40 Full price $35 Concession
Running time 2 hours 10 minutes Q & A after the show
Strong language, adult themes, general naughtiness
or call 55222263


Dave Arden

Gunditjmara, Kokatha songman, and storyteller

Dave Arden is one of Australia’s most prolific and accomplished musicians. A talented songwriter and storyteller. The audience loved Dave when he launched our 2016 program in January. This is your chance to see Dave Arden live in concert.
Backed by a full band, this performance features twelve original songs and stories taking you on a journey into Dave’s two countries of the Gunditjmara and the Kokatha tribes. Dave was nominated for a Deadly Award for Best Male Artist in 2012, and again in 2013 for Best Single Release of the Year for the acclaimed track, Freedom Called. Dave is mesmerizing on stage, weaving music, storytelling, culture and history. He has toured and performed with Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Tiddas and many more.

Heywood Community Hall
Friday 2 September 7.30pm

$30 Full price $25 Concession
$10 Student $65 Family
Running time 70 minutes
or call 55222263


Miss Bronte

Miss Brontë has a secret
Inspired by the letters and novels of Charlotte Brontë, along with the many biographical works about her life, Miss Brontë tells a story of ambition, forbidden love
and the bond of family. How could an unmarried woman living in a secluded parsonage, with only her sisters for company write one of the world’s greatest love stories? She had tasted love and her secrets echo in the pages of Jane
Eyre. A play for theatre and literature lovers alike. Directed by award winning Lyndee-Jane Rutherford. Written and performed by Mel Dodge. Presented by BRAVETheatre.

Portland Arts Centre
Saturday 3 September 7.30pm

$40 Full price $35 Concession
$10 Student $85 Family

Adult themes. Not appropriate for children under 12 years.
Running time 75 minutes. Q&A after the show

FREE Writing from History Workshop
– with performer and writer Mel Dodge
Suits writers and budding actors
Participants will develop skills to help them find authentic voices for characters from history. The workshop will include performance exercises which will help them to find their characters physically and in improvisation, as well as focused writing tasks.These workshops would suit writers and budding actors/theatre makers equally.

Saturday 3 Sept. 12-2pm
Limited bookings. Call 5522 2263
or call 55222263

LOOSE ENDS - Jens Altheimer

Lose Ends

A story about friendship, loyalty and inventiveness

Dive into a theatrical adventure that feels like the magic box of a bygone trickster – perfect for makers, creators and story lovers. Journey to an eccentric place where gadgets are poetic, puppets are naughty, machines are untamed, and circus tricks pop up when you’re least expecting them. This is a world where music appears from lemons, carrots and a bunny’s bum, monsters go crazy, and birthday parties are
ferociously celebrated. Loose Ends is the story of a man who thinks he can organise his life in boxes, and has a knack for getting into mischief. Can this tinkerer learn enough about real friendship to keep him out of trouble? This show makes inventions and machines fun and adds a quirky edge to puppetry.

Portland Arts Centre
Tuesday 13 September 7.30pm

Casterton Town Hall
Thursday 15 September 7.30pm

$25 Full price $20 Concession
$10 Child $55 Family
60 minutes. No interval
Highly recommended for ages 5 -12 and their families.


La Mauvaise Reputation

French gypsy swing virtuosos La Mauvaise Réputation are Australia’s most authentic interpreters of the wild rhythms and passion of 1930s Parisian hot jazz and the beautiful melodies of classic French chanson - sung en français.
This highly accessible music is defined by its distinctive rhythm - la pompe. It’s a percussive, energetic and technically challenging strumming style that gives the music a bounce and the upbeat dance tunes their infectious appeal, but also maintains a lively pulse through even the slow ballads.
The four piece ensemble is Paul Gillett on vocals and guitar, Salvatore Greco on accordion, double bass player Enzo Ruberto and the internationally acclaimed
manouche guitarist Jon Delaney. The group’s repertoire specialises in the timeless songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean Sablon and the unique sounds of Django Reinhardt.

Portland Arts Centre
Friday 16 September 7.30pm

$30 Adult $25 Concession
$10 Student $65 Family
60 Minutes plus interval
or call 55222263


Snugglepot & Cuddlepie

The timeless charm of May Gibbs’ classic
The Gumnut babies are on a mission to see a human – but only in the distance! On their journey to the big city they meet friends and foes including Professor Kookaburra, Mrs Fantail, Mr Lizard, Mr Frog, Mrs Snake, Mr Possum and, of course, Little Ragged Blossom. Can Snugglepot lead the way?
Can Cuddlepie hold his nerve? Can they avoid falling victim to the Big Bad Banksia Man?
These much loved characters come to life on stage as this funny & charming new production introduces today’s children to the wonderful world of May Gibbs .

A CDP Production in association with Monkey Baa
Theatre Company adapted by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra
Eldridge and Tim McGarry from a series of books
by May Gibbs by arrangement with The Northcott
Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Portland Civic Hall
Wednesday 5 October 1.30pm & 6.30pm

$25 Full price $20 Concession
$10 Child $55 Family

Running Time: 55 minutes, no interval.
5 -10 year olds and their adults
or call 55222263


Always Patsy Cline

Always...Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.
The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS... Patsy Cline.”
The musical play, complete with down home country humour, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes 27 of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight.
It stars Australian Country Music singing sensation Courtney Conway and popular stage star Mandi Lodge (Just The Ticket).

“Go to see Always...Patsy Cline to hear the memorable songs and you’ll discover a heartfelt story that will lift your spirits.” Chicago Critic

Portland Arts Centre

Tuesday 11 October 7.30pm
$45 Full price $40 Conc
$10 Student $95 Family

Running time 2 hours including a 20 min interval
or call 55222263

Otto & Astrid

Fans of Spinal Tap and Flight of the Conchords, say “Hallo” to your new favourite band! Utterly dysfunctional siblings Otto & Astrid are Berlin’s Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop.
They are Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots), self proclaimed “Best Band in the World”! Orphaned as kids, the brother and sister duo found shelter in a Berlin squat and never rockin’ well looked back.
A lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving duo, Die Roten Punkte is a wild, rock ‘n’ roll ride, full of hilarious, truly catchy and award winning pop songs. Following sell out shows in Edinburgh, Montreal and Dublin, Otto & Astrid tour Australia with one of the most irreverent and funny gigs you are ever likely to see.

WINNER Melbourne Green Room Awards for Cabaret
2008 & 2014. WINNER Most Outstanding Show
London Fringe 2015.

Portland Arts Centre
Wednesday 19 October 7.30pm

$30 Full price $25 Conc
$10 Student $65 Family

Warning: Coarse language and adult themes. Suitable for ages 14+
70 Minutes. No interval. Q & A
or call 55222263



Another yarn from the master of madness, Paul Jennings

Stephen’s bra is starting to slip. His pantyhose are sagging. His knickers keep falling down. Oh, the shame of it. He stole a gizmo-and now it’s paying him back.
The Paul Jennings phenomenon began with the publication of Unreal in 1985. Since then, his stories have been devoured all around the world.
The whirling, twirling illuminating Gizmo keeps on putting Stephen in extra-ordinary situations! The energy packed performance includes great music and
sound, gadgets, physical storytelling and amazing visual effects.
“…The Gizmo is laugh a minute fun but with a great
message” - The Daily Advertiser

NCM production of The Gizmo. Written by Verity
Laughton. Adapted from the novel by Paul Jennings.
Published by Penguin Australia.

Portland Arts Centre
Monday 31 October 7.30pm

$25 Full price $20 Conc
$10 Child $55 Family

Running time: 60 minutes, no interval. Post show Q and A
Suitable for families and children over 6.
or call 55222263


Over There

Our Wars in Hit Songs and Stories
With letters home, great dialogue and narration as well as over 20 hits that arose from WW2 and the Vietnam War, ‘Over There’ will stir the memories. Starring popular Australian tenor Roy Best, international soprano Alison Jones, music theatre star Jaz Flowers, Opera Australia mezzo Caroline Vercoe with narration by Chris McKenna and all under the musical directorship of Len Vorster it promises to be a great show.
This show is loaded with memorable songs from the likes of the Andrew Sisters, Vera Lynn and many more. It also includes a special tribute to Normie Rowe and the music of the Vietnam War.

Portland Arts Centre
Saturday 5 November 7.30pm

$35 Full price $30 Conc
Student $10 $75 Family
1 hour 30 mins plus interval

Casterton Town Hall
Sunday 6 November 2pm

$25 Full price $20 Conc
$10 Student $55 Family

1 hour 30 mins. Cuppa after the show
or call 55222263


Waking Up Dead

How do you grieve for someone you shared a life with, when that life was a lie?

Inspired by the true story of the intriguing case of Herman Rockerfeller.
Waking Up Dead is a suspenseful production that explores the story of an ordinary woman whose husband disappears and is later found murdered.
Through the investigation of his death, it becomes clear that for most of their married life he conducted an elaborate secret life as a swinger. Following such shocking events, how does the woman go on with her life? If so much of her life and identity was built on secrets and half-truths, how does she know who she is? With the use of a giant drawing-board in a beautifully rendered, intimate atmosphere, the woman
recreates key memories of her lost relationship, grappling with the complex nature of love, identity and betrayal.

Portland Arts Centre
Thursday 17 November, 7.30pm

$40 Full price $35 Conc
$10 Student $85 Family

Running time: 60 minutes, no interval
Recommended for ages 15+ - Some adult themes and sexual references
or call 55222263

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