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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

Family of 4:$85
Under 18s:$15

“One of the most charming shows of the year” ABC Arts
or call 5522 2263


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.


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
or call 5522 2263


Lola Montez

By Finucane & Smith
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

Duration: 60 minutes. No interval
Warning: Contains mature themes and haze effects
or call 5522 2263


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
or call 5522 2263


Exposing Edith

Wager Productions Michaela Burger & Greg Wain

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
or call 5522 2263


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.


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
or call 5522 2263


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