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Sun Rising: The Songs That Made Memphis

Sun Rising: The Songs That Made Memphis

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Rufus Thomas Jnr, Howlin' Wolf and many more, all had one thing in common. They all launched their careers at the famous Sun Record Company in Memphis, discovered by the great Sam Phillips.

For the last six years, 'Sun Rising- The Songs That Made Memphis' has traveled the country, playing sold out performances and dazzling crowds with their incredible musicianship, infectious passion and standout renditions of this timeless music.

You're promised an unforgettable night as Sun Rising perform their critically acclaimed theatre show at the Portland Arts Centre.

Relive the amazing music and classic tales of Sun's early years. This show is not to be missed so break out the brylcreem, whack on the dancing shoes and book now to reserve your seat and avoid disappointment!


PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Friday 14 February, 7:30pm
$30 / $20 Conc.

2 hours and 10 minutes including interval
Suits all ages with appropriate supervision
Licensed event

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Italian Guitar - Slave Grigoryan with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Slava Grigoryan

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra is joined by virtuoso guitarist Slava Grigoryan to perform a concert of sparkling, vibrant music from Italy. Music includes Giuliani's first guitar concerto, concerti by Vivaldi and music of Handel and Verdi.

CASTERTON TOWN HALL
Friday 28 February, 7:30pm
$35 / $20 Conc. / $15 Children under 16

2 hours including interval
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra advises parental discretion when bringing small children

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What's New Pussy Cat?

What's New Pussy Cat?

A joyous, foot stamping, hand clapping celebration of the swinging sixties

Vocal pyrotechnics! Breathtaking harmonies! Off the wall humour!

The hits of Tom Jones, Burt Bacharach, The Mamas and The Papas, Petula Clark, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Carole King and The Fab Four performed by Australia’s favourite cabaret duo.

It was the era of protest, civil unrest and under garments being thrown inappropriately onto stage. Melissa Langton & Mark Jones by no means discourage these acts during their show!

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Thursday 19 March, 2:00pm

All tickets $15

70 minutes
Suits all ages
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Splashtest Dummies

Splashtest Dummies

The Dummies are here with some splish-splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter!

From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions! Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous. Join the Dummies and come diving from bathtubs to beaches in this new aquatic adventure!

The Dummies have been delighting audiences young and old with a nuanced blend of circus, comedy and imaginative play, creating shared and treasured experiences for families across Australia and around the world. Now, they're ready to take you on a new adventure.

The blend of physical comedy, circus and imaginative play give the show a unique wonder and charm. Like a Pixar film or an episode from Sesame Street, the show appeals on several levels with cultural
Regional Arts Victoria Marketing Essentials 2 references that resonate across generations. At the forefront of the show is the timeless and universal sense of fun and imaginative play.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Monday 30 March, 11:00am
All tickets $15

60 minutes
Suits ages 5-12 and their families

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Rouge

Rouge

Presented by Highwire Entertainment

Escape the everyday and join Rouge for the sexiest live circus cabaret experience.

Winner of Best Circus at the 2019 FringeWorld and 2018 Adelaide Fringe Weeklies, Rouge is a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque. A non-stop celebration of the astonishing, surprising, subversive and the supremely sexy from award-winning Australian circus sensation Rouge.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Saturday 18 April, 7:30pm
$40 / $20 Conc.

60 minutes
Adult Audiences only
Contains Partial Nudity, Adult Themes, Sexual References, Strobe Effects, Haze Effects, No Flash Photography

Licensed event

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Salute to the ANZACs

Salute to the ANZACs

Hit songs, stories, and indeed laughter, that came from WW1, WW2, and the Vietnam war, all in front of a backdrop of incredible images on the big screen.

The stunning cast is led by narrator Chris McKenna, star tenor Roy Best, musical theatre star Jaz Flowers, international soprano Alison Jones, and Opera Australia’s Caroline Vercore.

There are many great singers who performed during the wars that are highlighted in this wonderful production. Dame Vera Lynn, The Andrews Sisters, Bob Dylan, Normie Rowe and many more.

Songs include, White Cliffs Of Dover, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Blowin’ In The Wind, and a stirring version of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Wednesday 22 April, 3:30pm

All tickets $15

60 minutes
Suits all ages

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The Merger

The Merger

Let them play, let them stay

Now an acclaimed feature film adaptation starring Damian Callinan, Kate Mulvany and John Howard, Callinan returns to the stage with the one man tour de force that inspired the OzFlix Best Film, Cinema Australia Audience Awarded and dual AACTA nominated ‘instant classic’ (Film Blerg).

In this Barry Award nominated classic, Damian brings to life Bodgy Creek: a township that has seen better days. The mill's closed; the Tidy Town sign has fallen into the long grass and no-one knows why the Christmas Market happens in September. The dying town is about to claim its next victim: the footy club. The dysfunctional Bodgy Creek Roosters Footy Club is in trouble and will either have to fold or merge with their arch rivals - the Hudson’s Flat Cougars. But prodigal son coach Troy Carrington has other ideas; to save the club he embarks on a programme to recruit refugees and unwittingly takes the community on a journey of change.

Fans of the film will watch beguiled as Callinan deftly plays every role and proves that he is ‘one of Australia’s finest character comedians’ (Herald Sun).

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Friday 1 May, 7:30pm
$30 / $20 Conc.

75 minutes
Suits ages 14+
Mild coarse language, Adult themes, Mild nudity

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Ann Droid: The Wonderful Adventures of Robot Girl

Ann Droid


Spell-binding and award-winning dance with live animation from Hungarian group Bandart

Ann-droid is a family show that combines theatre with the newest digital technology: projection, a smart LED costume, a robot ball and a drone.

The show implements the story of Pinocchio in the 21st century, where Pinocchio is a little robot girl called Ann. Alfred her playful inventor would substitute his shallow human relations with his creature but due to unexpected circumstances, both of them have to evolve.

Alfred gives Ann only one task: to collect the lost creatures. During her magical journey on
the ground, in the air and underwater, she learns what it means to be a human. Follow her
path to find out what she really discovers in this magical world!

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Thursday 7 May, 6:30pm
Friday 8 May, 10:30am Sold Out
Friday 8 May, 1:00pm Sold Out

All tickets $15

60 minutes
Suits ages 4 and up

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Small Night In: Lloyd Spiegel

Lloyd Spiegel

Our popular Small Night In sessions return for 2020!

Picking up the guitar at age four, Lloyd Spiegel played his first professional show at age ten and was touring the east coast of Australia at 12.

By 16 he was on tour in the United States, cutting his teeth as a true travelling blues man. Lloyd’s travels not only honed his craft, earned him a swag of awards and brought him to take counsel with the founding fathers of modern blues – it taught him the most important part of being a blues musician: connecting with everyday people.

Lloyd has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. His contributions to music have earned him myriad accolades, such as Best Artist and Best Album at the Australian Blues Awards and being named as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Australian guitarists of all time.

He has also supported the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James, and sat in with masters of the blues genre such as Brownie McGhee and Luther Allison.

“A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.”
– Rolling Stone Australia

Friday 15 May
Bar opens 6:30pm
Music from 7:00pm

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

comedy 2020

Australia’s favourite comedy convoy is locked, loaded and hitting every corner of the country!

Join our diverse line-up of the hottest acts direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a very special show that is sure to tickle everyone’s funny bone. After several years at Heywood, the Roadshow will be presented for the first time this year in the Portland Civic Hall.

Featuring a cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and special guest international performers, we’re home-delivering Australia’s largest comedy festival in one jam packed night of the biggest and best belly laughs you’ll have all year.

For over twenty years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song to towns and cities across Australia. From Mandurah to Mackay, Devonport to Darwin and 80 destinations in between, this really is the rip-roaring road trip of a lifetime!

PORTLAND CIVIC HALL
Sunday 24 May, 7:00pm
$35 / $15 Conc.

2 hours and 30 minutes, including 20 minute interval
Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.
Smoke machine/Hazer may be used during this performance

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The Gospel According to Paul

The Gospel According To Paul

The smash hit comedy about a critical time in Australian history and the man that shaped it.

One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser.

Like so many Australians, Jonathan has long been fascinated by Keating and what Keating means to Australia. Showcasing his eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, The Gospel According to Paul distils Keating’s essence into 90 minutes, focusing on key biographical milestones, landmark political achievements and personal obsessions. It shows the man who grew up in the tribe of the Labor Party and gained an education at the knee of Jack Lang, who treated economics as an artform, and demanded we confront the wrongs of our colonial past.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Friday 29 May, 7:30pm
$35 / $20 Conc.

90 minutes
Suits ages 15 +
Contains Coarse Language

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Archie Roach: Tell me Why

Archie Roach

A new work sharing stories and songs from Archie's new memoir and companion album.

Not many have lived as many lives – from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, to social advocate and First Nations leader, and 2019 Victorian Australian of The Year – but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was.

He is Archie Roach.

Tell Me Why, the title of his new memoir, is an intimate, moving and often confronting account of his resilience and strength of spirit, and also of a great love story. It’s an extraordinary odyssey of love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music.

​We are beyond honoured to welcome Archie Roach AM to the stage in Gunditjmara Country to tell his story, in words and song.


PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Saturday 6 June, 7:30pm
$40 / $20 Conc.

80 minutes, no interval
Suits all ages

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Chasing Smoke

Chasing Smoke

Presented by Natano Fa'anana & Cluster Arts

65,000 years of old-time ways told through now-time circus

Tumbling through life while juggling an existence where Australia’s First Nations culture, tradition, and lands are under threat.

Chasing Smoke stomp, dance, flip and weave their message showcasing a people not defeated by adversity, but instead, celebrate survival, modern-day Aboriginality and pride. The world’s oldest living civilisation is the life force that empowers the stories within Chasing Smoke told through the lens of Australia’s only all First Nations circus ensemble.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Sunday 7 June, 4:00pm
All tickets $15

70 minutes
Suits ages 8+ Some coarse language. Theatrical haze.

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The Sapphires

The Sapphires

Written and Directed by Tony Briggs

One of the Australia’s best-loved stories.

Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing uniforms of sequins, armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Thursday 25 June, 7:30pm
$35 / $20 Conc.

2 hours 20 minutes, including interval
Suits ages 7+. Some adult themes, simulated warfare and a small amount of coarse language.

Licensed event

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I See You Like This

I See You Like This

A unique parent & child creative photo studio experience

With our growing appetite to document our lives through photos and selfies, children are so often the reluctant subjects of parent’s cameras; asked to smile, look natural, look that way, and come in closer.

I SEE YOU LIKE THIS is your chance to be a part of a unique art project, turning the camera back and allowing children to see their parents as subjects through the lens of their own imaginations.

The experience begins with questions to the child about what kind of person their parent is. They then choose a key object, before directing a creative portrait directly onto their 'subject's' face. The pair then enter the studio to direct the photoshoot. After an exhibition at the Portland Arts Centre (with participants agreement) each pair receives a copy of their portrait to take home and treasure.

PORTLAND CIVIC HALL
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July
45 minute sittings - strictly limited sessions per parent / child pair each day.

$20 per sitting including a professional portrait printed on high quality paper.

Bookings essential

Mental As Everything

Mental As Everything

Presented by Under The Microscope

Bringing mental illness and music together with refreshing transparency and uplifting humour.

Mental As Everything is a raw and honest cabaret performance that explores the multifaceted nature of mental illness. Creator and performer, Damon Smith, will take you on a journey of his deeply personal experience of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder, backed up by his anxious musical cohort Adam Coad.

In this two-man show, Damon and Adam, will invite you inside their own minds and take you on an often-awkward journey of hilarious onstage buffoonery and original songs pertaining to mental illness.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Saturday 18 July, 7:30pm
$30 / $20 Conc.

60 minutes
Suits ages 15+

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The Listies: Rolling On The Floor Laughing So Hard A Little Bit Of Wee Comes Out, or, ROFLSHALBOWCO

ROFLSHALBOWCO

Hilarious, ridiculous fun for your kids that will have the whole family in stitches.

Does it have a burpershop quartet?” Yes, yes it does.
“Does the show feature the world’s most annoying song?” Totes!
“Is there a mini panto fairy tale called ‘Jack and the Beans-Talk’ about a boy who eats magic beans and farts himself into space?” YES I MEAN WHAT SHOW DOESN’T HAVE THAT?
“Will I roll on the floor laughing so hard a little bit of wee comes out?” Yes, yes you will… you should probably bring a towel.
Gratuitous, ridiculous, hilarious, joyous and possibly hazardous, Rich and Matt are The Listies, Australia’s maestros of kidult comedy, a multi-award winning duo who win over everyone who comes to see them with their insane, interactive, illogical and irreverent escapades.

ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING SO HARD A LITTLE BIT OF WEE COMES OUT is the
freshest double act sketch comedy in kid’s entertainment. It’s all of the most popular
bits of The Listies’ sell-out shows jam-packed with a brand new set of hilarious comedy
routines that will have the whole family ROFLSHALBOWCOing.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Tuesday 21 July, 6:30pm
Wednesday, 22 July, 10:30am
Wednesday, 22 July, 1:00pm


All tickets $15

60 minutes
Suits ages 4 and up

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A Taste of Tamworth

A Taste of Tamworth

Put four Multi Award Winners together in one big concert, and you’ve got a Taste of Tamworth at its best.

Golden Guitar Winners – Carter & Carter, Jetty Road and Andrew Swift team up with rising star Anthony Taylor, to give you an authentic taste of Tamworth – still Australia’s biggest country music festival.

HEYWOOD COMMUNITY HALL
Sunday 2 August, 7:00pm
$35 / $20 Conc.

Approx 3 hours, including interval
Suits all ages with appropriate supervision
Licensed event

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Kings of the High Cs

Kings of the High Cs

Following the outstanding success and several standing ovations, of the Caruso to Carreras: The Great Tenors production that toured Australia in 2019, Promac Productions are delighted to present this tribute to the “Big 3”…PAVAROTTI, DOMINGO & CARRERAS. Staring tenor ROY BEST and Soprano ALISON JONES

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Friday 14 August, 10:30am
Musical Matinee - all tickets $15

CASTERTON TOWN HALL
Friday 14 August, 7:30pm
$30 / $15 Conc.

Suits all ages


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Bach by Candlelight

Bach by Candlelight

Chris Howlett solo cellist

Bach by Candlelight is a performance that verges on the sublime– The minimalism and simplicity of candlelight and flickering shadows enhancing the fine music performance as Howlett performs arguably the most famous solo cello works ever written. Throughout the journey Chris shares insight into the history of Bach, the suites and the challenges of performing them - making the concert accessible to both novice and the classical music lover.

NARRAWONG MECHANICS INSTITUTE HALL
Saturday 29 August, 7:30pm

MUMBANNAR SOLDIERS MEMORIAL HALL
Sunday 30 August, 1:00pm
All tickets $15

Suits ages 12+

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Lamb

Lamb

by Jane Bodie.

A Red Stitch & Critical Stages Touring Production

A play about family, the land and being the one who stays, with original music by Mark Seymour (Hunters and Collectors).

LAMB follows two generations of family, set on an Australian sheep farm. A bittersweet story of Annie, Kathleen and Patrick, three siblings born onto their parents’ property, LAMB explores the lies and secrets kept, loves lost and opportunities missed.

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PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Saturday 5 September, 7:30pm
$30 / $20 Conc.

2 hours and 10 minutes, including interval
Contains Moderate Coarse Language, Adult Content. Suits ages 15 +

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Edward the Emu

Edward the Emu

A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production
EDWARD THE EMU

Based on the book by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement / Written for the stage by Eva Di Cesare / Directed by Eva Di Cesare

A brand-new stage adaptation of an Australian classic

Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun.

With the keepers in hot pursuit, Edward stays one step ahead until he’s ready to head home; concluding that being an emu might be just right after all.

Back at HIS pen, a very shocking but welcome surprise awaits... he’s been replaced by the rather wonderful Edwina the Emu! Lonely no more, the pair are soon the expectant parents of 10 eggs. Whilst Edward assumes nesting duties, Edwina throws her hat in the job-market ring and heads out into the world. Trying all sorts of roles on for size, from dancer to waiter, she discovers she’s not the right fit for any of the human jobs! The emus’ journey of hilarity and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. You!

Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating classic, much-loved productions for young people for over 20 years. Edward the Emu carries on the vision to make theatre an intrinsic part of young people’s lives with the quality, humour and heart that has made Monkey Baa a favourite of families across Australia.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Thursday 10 September, 6:30pm
Friday 11 September, 10:30am Sold Out
Friday 11 September, 1:00pm Sold Out

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All tickets $15

50 minutes, no interval
Suits ages 4 to 9 year olds and their families

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra - Mozart / Salieri

Mozart / Salieri

A musical rivalry and friendship comes alive

Were Mozart and Salieri rivals or friends? Both wrote gorgeous music— from Mozart, the superlative Jeunehomme Concerto, with pianist Hoang Pham, and from Salieri, we perform a rarely-heard overture and symphony, No 28.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Tuesday 15 September, 7:30pm
$35 / $20 Conc. / $15 Children under 16

2 hours including interval
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra advises parental discretion when bringing small children


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Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dancehall

Baby Disco

Get glam and put your disco-dancing-booties on!

A retro-fabulous music and dance event for parents/carers and children under 5, hosted by DJ Monski Mouse and her fabulous Monski Mouse Dancers, including a soft furnishing ‘baby area’ for the non-walkers to roll around!

Performing at arts festivals internationally since its sold-out debut season at the Adelaide Fringe in 2012, Monski’s Disco has graced spiegeltent and theatre dance-floors around Australia and the UK. For the last seven years, Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall has played an extended five month summer season in the West End in the London Wonderground at Southbank Centre.

Monski Mouse developed the Baby Disco Dance Hall with input from early childhood theatre director and choreographer, Ninian Donald and early childhood education specialist, Emma Anderson. The party is specifically designed to spark your babies interest in dance, music and movement. Not all children dance straight away at the show, some are taking it all in and will dance at home, or another time. We recommend the more their adults dance, play and participate the more your children will get out of the show. The cast are there to bring the party, but as the audience YOU ARE the party!

At Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall expect to do some high-energy smiling to retro hits, pop favorites and funky nursery rhymes as heads and shoulders, knees and toes bop till they drop.

PORTLAND CIVIC HALL
Saturday 19 September 11:00am

All tickets $15, Family of four $55. Babies under 6 months free

50 minutes
Suits babies, toddlers, and their carers

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Small Night In: Dave Graney

Dave Graney

Our popular Small Night In sessions return for 2020.

Dave Graney is an Australian rock musician, singer-songwriter and author from Melbourne. Since 1978, Graney is generally accompanied by drummer, Clare Moore. The pair have fronted numerous bands including The Moodists (1980 to 1987), The White Buffaloes (1989 to 1990), Coral Snakes (1987 to 1989, 1991 to 1997), The Dave Graney Show (1998 to 2003) , Dave Graney and Clare Moore featuring the Lurid Yellow Mist or Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist (2004 to 2011) and currently, dave graney and the mistLY.

He was awarded 'Best Male Vocalist' at the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 for his work on The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound, while "Feelin' Kinda Sporty" won 'Best Video' in 1997 and he has received seven other ARIA Award nominations. He has also co-presented a radio show on Melbourne's Triple R community radio station for five years (from 2009) called Banana Lounge Broadcasting aka "BLB".

He is Australian alternative music royalty, and we're delighted to welcome him to the stage in Portland for an intimate night in.

Friday 9 October
Bar opens 6:30pm
Music from 7:00pm


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Wilde Readings

Wilde Readings

Curated by Brook Powell and Michael Veitch

Oscar Wilde's dazzling genius in words, music and song.

WILDE Reading brings the genius of Oscar Wilde to the stage in a compact tour de force of some of his most dazzling moments in theatre, prose and poetry. Stalwarts of Australian stage and screen, John Wood and Michael Veitch, are joined by some wonderful new musical and dramatic talent for an evening of wit, charm and elegance, all in the name of that great, larger-than-life Irishman, Oscar Wilde.

We'll bring you a selection of some of his most delicious characters in their most memorable stage scenes: poor Ernest Worthing attempting to explain that particular inscription in his cigarette case; Lord Goring's awkward re-acquaintance with the alluring Mrs Cheverley, and of course, she of the famous 'handbag' scene, the redoubtable Lady Bracknell.

Let us reacquaint you with favourites such as the moving genius of the Ballad of Reading Gaol, usually performed by a male, our version with Abigail Pettigrew will reframe the experience; the chilling undertones of Dorian Grey; and the tragic beauty of Wilde's Nightingale and the Rose soaring with original vocals and exquisite cello accompaniment.

Let us read to you, play for you and sing the song of a Nightingale. All in the name of Oscar Wilde.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Friday 16 October, 7:30pm
$40 / $20 Conc.

70 minutes, no interval
Suits book lovers of all ages

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Gene & Judy

Gene and Judy

The Golden Age of Hollywood glamour comes to life on stage

They were both contracted to Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and met as one was on the way up and the other was already a huge star. Now in one brilliant song and dance spectacular, Gene & Judy brings together the extraordinary talents of the legendary Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in a spellbinding concert dedicated to these magnificent stars of Hollywood and Broadway’s golden age of musicals.

Step back in time as we take you on a musical journey through the life, music and dance of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland with songs like Me and My Gal, Be a Clown, Get Happy, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Singin in the Rain, I Love a Piano, Almost Like Being in Love, You Made Me Love You, Ol’ Man River, I’ve Got Rhythm, The Trolley Song - well the list simply goes on.

With powerhouse vocals, stunning tap dancing and fabulous costumes, and featuring some of the most beloved songs from their three movies together as well as songs from their own films and TV Shows, GENE & JUDY is pure entertainment bliss.

Brought to you by the team behind such great productions like Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews and A Fine Romance – The Magic of Fred Astaire.

Presented in partnership with Glenelg Shire Council Aged & Disability, Arts and Culture and the State Government of Victoria as part of the Seniors Festival. Lunch provided at the historic Portland Civic Hall following show.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Thursday 19 March, 2:00pm

All tickets $15

80 minutes
Suits all ages

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Jude Perl - I Have A Face

I Have A Face - Jude Perl

An honest and hilarious discussion of mental health with a theatrical twist

Ever wondered if you’re doing it right? Well did you read the label? Life didn’t come with a label, but you will be told your whole life how you should behave or who you should be. You will be told that if you have a problem, there’s a quick fix you can buy… but somehow the problem doesn’t ever seem to really go away.

Jude Perl’s insight into her personal and relatable mental health struggles of being an adult, will make you want to sing along, cry and laugh all at once. Sometimes labels are super useful, particularly when you’re washing your fave jumper. But at other times, labels can halt your growth and suppress your very existence.

Jude reminds us when to be aware of these labels, and when the labels are totally useless – and most importantly, that we are not alone. She’ll talk about some tough stuff, make you laugh and make you feel truly human.

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Saturday 24 October, 7:30pm
$30 / $20 Conc.

60 minutes
Suits ages 15 +
Contains occasional coarse language, mild sexual references, very mild drug references, and themes relating to mental health

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The Alphabet of Awesome Science

The Alphabet of Awesome Science

From A To Z With Quirky Science (And Explosions!)

Debuting to rave reviews as part of the 2019 Adelaide Fringe, The Alphabet of Awesome Science uses BIG words to inspire BIG science – with a performance that’s equal parts explosive, messy, spectacular,
hilarious, fascinating and gross.
Kids love great big sesquipedalian words – almost as much as they love mind-blowing scientific surprises. This fast-paced cracker of a show is artfully filled with both. It’s an hour of carefully crafted chaos that’s “so
jam-packed with information that you’re sure to leave smarter than when you arrived”.

Professor Lexi Con has curated a collection of her absolutely favourite words – one for every letter of the alphabet. Each word provides Professor Noel Edge with an inspirational jumping off point for 26 quirky,
(sometimes explody!) scientific demonstrations.

And if things weren’t exciting enough, every show is different, with audiences determining the order in which the letters are revealed and explored. Plus, did we mention, this is a race? The dynamic duo have just 52 minutes to complete their alphabetical, scientifical countdown. That’s just 2 minutes per experiment!
Will they make it in time…?

PORTLAND ARTS CENTRE
Wednesday 11 November, 6:30pm
Thursday 12 November, 10:30am Sold Out
Thursday 12 November, 1:00pm Sold Out

All tickets $15

60 minutes
Suits ages 5+ and their families

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