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BEYOND BAROQUE

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Music
From an unrivalled musical pedigree and education, JS Bach’s sons blazed a revolutionary path. With Telemann and others, they were the avant-garde forging a new style. Combining awe-inspiring virtuosity, deep feeling, and brilliant colours, this is the music that inspired the Classical era. Rarely heard today, these are some of the most exciting and inventive compositions for chamber orchestra. Christopher Moore is one of Australia’s most recognised chamber musicians, a viola superstar whose verve and mastery of the instrument has seen him perform for audiences all over the world. He performs the great Telemann viola concerto, often thought to be the first solo concerto for the instrument, and a meticulous reconstruction of a lost viola concerto from JS Bach’s own transcriptions.

Performers: Christopher Moore, viola;
William Hennessy, director
Duration: 2hrs
including interval

Portland Arts Centre

Wednesday 3 May 7:30pm

Adult: $45
Concession:$40
Family of 4: $105
Under 18s: $15

www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263

MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB

Lux Radio Theatre

Presented By Lux Radio Theatre
Morning Music

Lux Radio Theatre is back in the region due to popular demand with the rediscovered Australian whodunit, Mystery of a Hansom Cab, the successful book that preceded Sherlock Holmes.
Set in the 1880s in a mansion in the fashionable suburb of St Kilda, at the exclusive Melbourne Club and the criminal haunt of Little Bourke Street, the intriguing story centres around a murder in a hansom cab.
As usual it is interrupted by the vintage soap commercials and features live sound effects created on stage.

Wear evening attire if you so desire.

Portland Arts Centre
Monday 15 May 10.30am

Casterton Town Hall
Tuesday 16 May 10.30am

ALL TICKETS: $15
Duration: 65 Minutes. No interval

www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


THE 18TH MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW

Comedy Festival

Comedy
Buckle up Australia, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival! With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers we’ve got all your comedy bases covered.
Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show.
Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!
THE 18TH MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL
COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW
‘Side-splitting fun,
razor-sharp, high
velocity wit.’
Daily Examiner, Grafton (NSW)

Heywood Community Hall
Sunday 21 May 7.00pm


Travelling from Portland
5.00pm - Buses leave Portland Civic Hall (return after show)
5.30pm - 7.00pm - Little Black Sow catering and Heywood Football Netball Club bar - fundraiser for their Club
7.00pm show commences

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Adult + Bus: $50
Concession + Bus: $45
Bookings are essential for bus tickets, to purchase a show + bus ticket
BOOK YOUR TICKETS here, come into our Box Office or call
(03) 5522 2263.
Show duration: 2½ hours including interval
Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. Recommended for people aged 15 years or older.


Duration: 2½ hours including interval
Warning: Performances often contain coarse
language, sexual references and material that can
offend. Recommended for people aged 15 years
or older.

www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


HIT PRODUCTIONS' SHIRLEY VALENTINE

Hit Productions Shirley Valentine

By Willy Russell
Comedy / Drama
Shirley Valentine, starring Mandi Lodge (Just the Ticket and Always...Patsy Cline) is a wonderfully entertaining monologue by a 42-year-old Liverpool mother whose selfesteem has been battered by school, marriage and life in general. When her best friend
wins a Greek vacation for two, Shirley grasps the chance to head for the sun, to re-find herself, follow her dreams and to get a new lease on life.
With much humour, warmth, sympathy, human insight and a great deal of empathy for his female protagonist, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould in which she was cast by society.

Portland Arts Centre
Tuesday 30 May 7.30pm

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Family of 4: $85
Under 18s: $15

Duration: 2 hours plus interval


www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT - LIVE ON STAGE

Bearhunt

Garry Ginivan Attractions (Aust) in association with KW & NB Ltd (UK)
Children / Families
Adapted from the picture book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. A wonderful story of a family out for a walk and on the lookout for a growling bear - they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness. This mini-musical captures the fun and frolics of a father who is clearly still a child at heart, his three children including a tiny intrepid bear hunter in the making – baby is strapped to dad’s back
plus the family dog and of course....a BIG BROWN CUDDLY BEAR!

Bring along your favourite bear!

WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT - LIVE ON STAGE!
“charming and fun........
perfect for kids 8 years and under ”
The Melbourne Age
Portland Arts Centre
Friday 16 June 10.00am, 11.45am
Saturday 17June 11.00am

Adult: $25
Concession: $20
Family of 4: $70
Under 18s: $15

Duration: 55 minutes. No interval

www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263

LANZA SINGS AGAIN

Lanza Sings Again

The incredible life story and absolute Hits of Mario Lanza one of the
greatest Tenors of our time…
Morning Music
This brand new production coming from Promac Australia, who recently brought us The Mikado and Over There, will be packed with great highlights of the man once dubbed the greatest tenor in the world, MARIO LANZA.
Songs like “Be My Love”, “Because You're Mine”, La Donna E Mobile”, Strangers In Paradise”, Drink Drink”, O Sole Mio”, The Loveliest Night Of The Year”, You’ll Never Walk Alone”, and Granada”, are just some of the hits that will be sung in this production.
The show stars tenor Roy Best and soprano Alison Jones, accompanied by International Concert Pianist Len Vorster.

Portland Arts Centre
Wednesday 12 July 10.30am

Casterton Town Hall
Thursday 13 July 10.30am

ALL TICKETS: $15
Duration: 1 hour


www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


THE CROW FAMILY

The Crow Family

By Maude Davey - Nobody saw this happen so it may or may not be true.

Children / Families

Told by real life family, Maude Davey, David Pidd and their children, Alice (17) and Leo (10) in the tradition of travelling show biz troupes of old, The Crow Family shares an urban parable alongside songs, confessions, tales of famous and infamous families.
It’s about urban scavengers and what we can learn from them, about children growing up and leaving home, about taking care of the world we share with birds and beasts and about becoming whatever it is we want to become. The Crow Family is an insight into the delicate and difficult business of being a family. The stage will become the temporary home of the Pidd Davey family, where beautiful harmonies will be created as a family sings together. Featuring songs by Australian rock legend, Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera), The Crow Family is a gentle, intimate, and beautiful music performance event about remarkable creatures and what makes us human.

THE CROW FAMILY
Portland Arts Centre
Saturday 22 July 7.30pm

Adult: $25
Concession: $20
Family of 4: $70
Under 18s: $15

Duration: 60 minutes
Warning: The Crow Family contains some strong
coarse language and some depictions of dysfunctional
families. Recommended for ages 11 plus.


www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


DIARY OF A WOMBAT

Wombat

Presented By Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
Children / Families
“The beloved, award winning children’s book comes to the stage.” Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained! Monkey Baa and a team of revered artists including Puppetry and Movement Director Alice Osborne (War Horse 2012/13), Designer Imogen Ross (Hitler’s Daughter) and accomplished composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 3+ to the stage.

Portland Arts Centre
Monday 31 July 10.30am

Adult: $25
Concession: $20
Family of 4: $70
Under 18s: $15


Duration: 45 minutes. No interval
School and family audiences aged 3 +.


www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263

ERTH'S PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM

Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium

Presented By Erth - Visual & Physical Inc.

Children / Families

What does a Plesiosaurs skin feel like? How big are a Kronosaurus teeth? And do Kimberella even wear shoes? Deep below the surface, submerged below time, swam some of the world’s most amazing prehistoric marine reptiles. Following the
internationally loved and applauded show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™, the team at Erth have spent years scouring the seven seas,
collecting playful prehistoric creatures of the deep in their giant aquarium; and you can meet them. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium invites children to step into the action of the performance; and some selected young divers will be able to join them on their quest to the bottom of the ocean to ‘swim’with an amazing array of aquatic creatures from bygone eras.

ERTH’S PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM

Portland Civic Hall
Pyjama Show
Tuesday 8 August 6.30pm

Portland Civic Hall
Wednesday 9 August 10.30am

Adult: $25
Concession: $20
Family of 4: $70
Under 18s: $15
Duration: 60 minutes. No interval
Recommended age: 5+

www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


THE RETURN OF THE ACOUSTIC SPECTACULAR

Nick Charles, Paul Wookey and Geoff Achison

THEY'RE BACK!
Three of the finest acoustic guitarists and singer songwriters in the land return to enthral with the 2017 “Acoustic Guitar Spectacular”. There will be wonderful solo performances from the artists as well as exciting and at times unpredictable magical guitar interplay! Once again it features the sublime skills of Geoff Achison, Nick Charles and Paul Wookey- a diverse range of fiery guitar magic, impassioned roots music and classic acoustic instrumentals and songs- a truly stellar evening with these world renowned musicians

Portland Arts Centre
Saturday 12 August 7.30pm

Adult: $40
Concession: $35
Family of 4: $80
Under 18: $15

www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263

HELLO, GOODBYE AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Hello Goodbye Happy Birthday

By Roslyn Oades & Collaborators
Drama / Comedy
Roslyn Oades’ 2014 Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival hit Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two milestone birthdays – eighteen and eighty – major transition points of adult life. One represents untold potential and opportunity; the other a lifetime of experiences, aspirations, fears and memories. Scripted from intimate real-life conversations with people either side of these milestones, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday is a beautifully warm and human new show from Roslyn Oades & Collaborators. Playful and affecting in equal measure, this show sees Oades continue her ground-breaking ‘headphone verbatim’ documentary theatre technique, to create extraordinarily immediate and vivid performances.

Duration: 65 minutes
Warning: Contains coarse language.

Portland Arts Centre
Thursday 17 August 7.30pm

Adult:$35
Concession:$30
Family of 4:$85
Under 18s:$15

“One of the most charming shows of the year” ABC Arts


www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263

BAKERSFIELD MIST

Bakersfield Mist starring John Wood and Julie Nihill

By Stephen Sachs

Drama / Comedy

Is the true value of art in the eyes of the beholder? Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from an opp shop. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy (John Wood), flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover. Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a comedy set in the present day.

Cast: JOHN WOOD, JULIE NIHILL

Portland Arts Centre
Saturday 26 August 7.30pm

Adult: $45
Concession: $40
Family of 4: $105
Under 18s: $15

Duration: 85 minutes. No interval
Warning: Strong language


www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263

THE EXOTIC LIVES OF LOLA MONTEZ

Lola Montez

By Finucane & Smith
Cabaret
From Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith and world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith (Caravan Burlesque) comes the true story of the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez. She horsewhipped the editor of
the Ballarat Times (for a bad review), swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand, escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels, showered with gold nuggets and insults, swathed in scandal. Her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage” (Sydney Morning Herald 1855). In 1855 the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez, toured Australia and its goldfields. The scandal is legend. It stars Caroline Lee (Miss Bronte) and Parisian dance siren Holly Durant and is directed by Moira Finucane.

Portland Arts Centre
Wednesday 6 September 7.30pm

Adult: $35
Concession:$30

Duration: 60 minutes. No interval
Warning: Contains mature themes and haze effects


www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Around the World in 80 Days

The cast of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS features Ian Stenlake,
Pia Miranda and Grant Piro.

Children / Families

The bet is on! Travel AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS in this thrilling new production for all audiences - which takes you from London to Bombay, Yokohama to San Francisco, through typhoons, out-of-control trains and into the deepest reaches of
your imagination and it’s all done with just three actors playing a multitude of roles on stage. Phileas Fogg says he can race from London to London in a mere 80 days, but the pressure is on and time is running out. At his side, a band of quirky adventurers. At their heels, a relentless Scotland Yard detective. At stake, surviving utterly fantastic adventures across India, China, Japan and America - beating the clock - and winning the bet. This is no movie…this is theatre at its most magical and transporting.


Portland Arts Centre
Wednesday 20 September 7.30pm

Adult: $25
Concession: $20
Family of 4: $70
Under 18s: $15

Duration: 2 hours including interval
Warning: lots of excitement

www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


EXPOSING EDITH

Exposing Edith

Wager Productions Michaela Burger & Greg Wain
Cabaret

An award winning cabaret tale of the legendary French star, Edith Piaf. Exposing Edith charts the tragic life of arguably the greatest French singer of all time, Edith Piaf. Experience her life, loves and losses through the songs that shot her to stardom
including La Vie en Rose, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien. Created and performed by Michaela Burger [vocals] and Greg Wain [guitar], Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds. The songs are punctuated with a collection of extraordinary stories of Piaf’s life which are recounted by Burger, who also takes on a multitude of key characters, from Edith’s half-sister Momone, to several of her lovers and, of course, Edith Piaf herself.

Portland Arts Centre
Wednesday 25 October 7.30pm

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Family of 4:$85
Under 18s: $15

Duration: 70 minutes. No interval
Suitable for all ages


www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


TONY LEE - PIANO VIRTUOSO

Tony Lee - Piano Virtuoso

Tony is the winner of the ‘Nancy Weir Best Australian Pianist Prize’ of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and one of the most highly awarded pianists in the country.

Music

He was the first Australian musician to be invited as a soloist in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium and continues to work with the renowned Portuguese pianist Maria-João Pires whilst completing a Master of Music in Performance at the Barratt-Due Institute in Norway with the German pianist Michael Endres. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony
Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly across Europe, China,
USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Portland Arts Centre
Monday 13 November 7.30pm

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Family of 4: $85
Under 18s: $15

Duration: 60 minutes
No interval

www.portlandartscentre.com.au
or call 5522 2263


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