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All my love performance

Their lives could have been written so differently: the story of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore’s lost love.

Still revered across Australia, Henry Lawson is one of the nation’s favourite writers and poets. His contemporary, Mary Gilmore, was a literary icon and radical socialist.
Both were heroes of literature that had enormous influence over each other.
Both were secretly betrothed to each other.

At the end of the 19th Century, Mary Gilmore was introduced to the young Henry Lawson. As their friendship developed, Mary found herself caught in the midst of an intense relationship between Henry and his formidable mother, the suffragette Louise Lawson.
What followed was the beginning of a love affair, soon thwarted by a devastating deception.
Taken from excerpts from the couple’s surviving letters, this is the first time Henry and Mary’s forbidden relationship has been brought to the professional stage.

Portland Arts Centre
Friday 16 March, 10:30am & 7:30pm
Adult: $35, Concession: $30, Under 16s / Student: $20

Duration: 100 minutes including interval


Oedipus Schmoedipus

Oedipus Scmoedipus

Comedy / Drama

Oedipus Schmoedipus is about death: real death, fake death, and the Western theatrical canon. It’s joyful and dark, stupid and smart, hilarious and confronting.

An ambitious epic and an intentionally impossible task, Oedipus Schmoedipus takes dozens of the great theatre classics, picks out the death scenes, mixes them together and hands them back to the people.

For this mammoth undertaking of gore, laments and requiems, post are joined by a new cast of 25 locals for each performance. It’s a democratic theatrical extravaganza – there really isn’t anything quite like it.

Anyone can register their interest to be part of this dark hilarious performance - no experience necessary!

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Portland Arts Centre
Wednesday 21 March, 7:30pm

Adult: $40
Concession: $35
Under 16s / Student: $20
Duration: 1 hour
Warning: Strong language



Mission Songs Project

Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state-run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated in the early 20th century.

Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Mission Songs Project looks to explore the day to day life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light on the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities.

Portland Arts Centre
Friday 23 March, 7:30pm

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Under 16s / Student: $20
Family: $90
Duration: 60 minutes. No interval

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A town named war boy

“We hit Cairo like a train! … Every dirty little alley, every dusty back room bar - the pyramids are marvellous, but I could spend the rest of my days quite happily in the arms of your temptation.”

Based on the State Library of NSW’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men that set sail for the far side of the world.

Award winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this funny and moving play that sold out in its premiere Sydney season and provides “the most moving Anzac experience of all.” – The Australian

Developed and presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW.

Portland Arts Centre
Monday 16 April, 7:30pm
Tuesday 17 April, 10:30am
Adult: $40
Concession: $35
Under 16s / Student: $20
Duration: 75 minutes. No interval.


Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow


The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow will once again grace the stage and fill the room at Heywood Community Hall on Sunday 27 May.

Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far.

Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show!

Keep an eye out for more details on bus transport.

Rhys Nicholson
Daniel Connell
Nath Valvo
With 2 more acts to be announced.

15+ Adult content that may offend.

Heywood Community Hall
Sunday 27 May, 7:00pm
Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Duration: 2 hours plus interval


Small Night In with Mark Lang

SNI Mark Lang

Mark Lang is an Australian singer/songwriter. A renowned lyricist and storyteller, he has written three critically acclaimed albums making many album of the year lists as the singer-songwriter of Australian indie band Skipping Girl Vinegar.

Thrilling audiences from the main stages at Australia’s premier festivals including solo sets at Bluesfest, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Woodford Folk, Falls Festival and many more. Mark’s work has received extensive airplay on major national broadcasters Triple J, ABC, Double J and community radio, as well as US college radio play with 7 weeks in the Top 100 CMJ charts, 46 top 10s and numerous #1 & #2 positions across the US.

Mark toured across Canada in 2017 returning home to record his debut solo release with friend, producer and creative force Nick Huggins in their home town of Point Lonsdale.

Mark launches his debut solo release at the Portland Arts Centre on Friday 11th May as part of his National launch tour.

Friday 11 MAY
Doors open at 6:30pm with Support Act.




Presented by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

A story about dreams, believing in yourself ... and a dancing kangaroo.

Josephine Wants to Dance is a brand new Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

Perfect for young audiences from 4 to 9 years and their families, and brought to you by the team that created the award-winning Pete the Sheep, this hilarious new work by Monkey Baa brings to life a tale about a bush Kangaroo you’ll never forget!

Written for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry. Directed by Jonathan Biggins with original music composed by Philip Scott and choreographed by Australian Ballet choreographer Tim Harbour.

Pyjama Show

Tuesday 29 May, 6:30pm
Tickets: $20
Family of 4: $70
Duration: 45 minutes.
Recommended for ages 4+




Melbourne Chamber Orchestra - Performers: Anna Goldsworthy, piano; William Hennessy, director.

Mozart and the Classical Age brings together three of the great Classical minds whose music epitomises the elegance, joy and clarity of this unmatched period of music history: Kraus, the Swedish composer sometimes called the “Swedish Mozart”; Mozart, the young impresario taking Vienna by storm; and Haydn, the father figure of the Classical period.

Anna Goldsworthy enthralled audiences with her MCO debut in 2014 with her intensely satisfying performances of Mozart’s final piano concerto. For this concert, she joins the orchestra for two gems rarely heard on the Melbourne stage: Mozart’s sixth concerto, written at age 20, and the exuberant D major concerto of Haydn.

Thursday 14 June, 7:30pm
Adult: $40
Concession: $35
Under 16s / Student: $20
Family: $100

Duration: 2 hours including interval.




Presented by Christine Harris and HIT Productions - Written by Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson’s award winning play, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento.

Hilary, the oldest of three sisters, lives in the family home in seaside Sorrento with her father and teenage son.
Middle sister Meg, married to an Englishman and residing in London, is a successful writer whose latest book is semi-autobiographical and short-listed for the Booker prize.

The youngest of the three is Pippa, a businesswoman who lives in New York. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life and how responsibility, loyalty and guilt continue to engulf them all.

Thursday 28 June, 7:30pm
Adult: $40
Concession: $35
Under 16s / Student: $20

Duration: 2 hours plus interval.



Pac Cole Porter

Written by best-selling author Anna Goldsworthy (Piano Lessons, Welcome To Your New Life). Musical Direction by Michael Griffiths.

Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths explores the colourful life and timeless songs of Cole Porter including You’re The Top, It’s De-Lovely, Let’s Do It and Night and Day. Hedonism, grave misfortune, enduring love and a legacy that sparkles with wit and wisdom. Premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival by invitation of Barry Humphries and top rated cabaret show Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

“Heartbreak is always bubbling under the surface as the beautifully melancholic tunes, such as Night and Day, transport the musical mind to another era full of glamour and tragedy…” Herald Scotland.

Tuesday 17 July, 10:30am
All tickets: $20

Duration: 60 mins, no interval




The Melbourne Guitar Quartet are a brilliant addition to Australia’s musical landscape. As Melbourne’s leading guitar ensemble, MGQ’s blend of innovative arrangements, technical flair and superb ensemble playing is a joy to experience.

Avid lovers of chamber music, guitar aficionados as well as concert first timers will no doubt be left captivated and fascinated by the award winning ensemble's inimitable re-workings of established classics and feel invigorated by more contemporary and newly commissioned works. With MGQ at the helm, guitar performance is set to transform as they embark upon a voyage of exploring the world of guitar as you have never heard it before.

Benjamin Dix - guitar
Dan McKay - guitar
Jeremy Tottenham - guitar
Michael MacManus - guitar

Saturday 28 July, 7:30pm
Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Under 16s / Student: $20
Family: $90

Duration: 2 hours plus interval.




Melbourne Chamber Orchestra - Performers: Sophie Rowell, violin; William Hennessy, director

A humble orphanage in Venice became home to a music academy and orchestra famous throughout Europe. Its young musicians were leading virtuosi of the day and feted well beyond Italy. Their leader was Antonio Vivaldi, who composed hundreds of violin concertos for his charges, including some of the most beloved music of the Baroque.

Leading violinist Sophie Rowell joins members of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a concert dedicated to some of the most spectacular of these concertos, including concerti for two and four violin soloists and the dazzling concerto Grosso Mogul.

Friday 10 August, 7:30pm
Adult: $40
Concession: $35
Under 16s / Student: $20
Family: $100

Duration: 2 hours including interval.




A boogie-woogie midlife crisis comedy

Damian Callinan, renowned character and stand-up comedian, confirms what many had already suspected: he suffers from OTTDs [Over The Top Dance Syndrome].

After years of eschewing partner dancing and cutting up dance floors on his own, he discovers that the only cure is to learn how to Swing Dance.

Swing Man sends Callinan on a journey back to the incidents in his adolescence that set him on his path - a fracas at a Bush Dance, unrequited love at Ballroom Dancing, and the revelation that as a 17 year old he was abducted by Swing-era obsessed aliens who set him an ultimatum to learn how to Swing dance by the time he is 51.

‘Lindy Hop’ on down to watch the three-time Barry nominee ‘Shag’ his way through his ‘Boogie Woogie’ midlife crisis.

Tuesday 21 August, 7:30pm
Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Duration: 90 minutes

Warning: Mild coarse language and adult content.




Her horrific voyage at an end, she appeared as a ghost ship.

Michael Veitch’s story of the Ticonderoga delves into our Australian emigrant history, explores the themes of unimaginable courage, of family and shines the light on a monumental, but almost forgotten, human story. This one his own.

In 1852, the emigrant ship Ticonderoga limped into Port Melbourne after a nightmare voyage from England in which nearly 200 of her passengers had died of typhus. Her saga of tragedy, loss and heroism gripped the people of the young nation like nothing before. This though, is just the beginning of the story.

Michael Veitch takes us on one-man’s journey through one of Victoria’s most horrific maritime events.

Wednesday 12 September 7:30pm
Adult: $35
Concession: $30

Duration: 70 minutes


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