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Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to town. Forget I-Spy, spotto and stale servo snacks, this road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, specially selected to bring the fun of the Festival to towns and cities around the nation.
For 20 years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been touring far and wide, bringing giggles, guffaws and good times to Australia and further afield. Whether you’re in Katherine, Quirindi, Kyneton or Cairns, you can still experience Australia’s largest and best-loved comedy festival in your own backyard. We’ve got over 80 destinations on the laugh-laden schedule, and a line-up of artists to tickle anyone’s funny bone. The Roadshow really has something for everyone!
‘It is a wonder how the roaring auditorium found any time to remember to breathe.’ 9 Inch Tales Malaysia
WARNING: Contains Adult Themes. Recommended for ages 15+. Smoke machine or Hazer in use.
Written by: Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins
Four women. Many stories. A century of service.
Follow the personal journeys of four women, Lilian, Mary, Tam and Catherine, united in their determination to utilise their skills in the field of medicine on active service within the military.
From the pioneers of World War One, first denied military service, throughout the battles of World War two- through contemporary conflicts, and as peacekeepers in times of humanitarian crisis; these and other stories come to life in vivid accounts of revelation, loss, struggle and kinship. Together they share moments of hope and humour that punctuate the otherwise harrowing task of conflict medicine.
“It is so timely as we move towards the conclusion of the Anzac centenary commemorations that women’s voices are included in our national narrative. Carolyn and Helen have delivered an exceptionally powerful and faithful depiction of their adventures from the battlefields of World War I through to contemporary operations in Afghanistan.”
Susan Neuhaus Colonel (Rtd) Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
Afternoon Tea from 4pm included in ticket price
by VIRGINIA WOOLF
adapted by Peta Hanrahan
“If I could not grasp the truth about women in the past, why bother about women in the future?” Virginia Woolf
In Sentient Theatre’s inaugural piece, we celebrate the beautiful literacy and conceptual genius of Virginia Woolf, one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, and her classic work, A Room of One’s Own.
The piece both energetically debates and gently reflects on the history of gender disparity, while keeping Woolf’s striking use of metaphor and charming humour alive.
“A Room of One’s Own [is] witty, supple, and conducted in a spirit of restless inquiry, anchoring emotion with intellect, infusing argument with narrative technique. This luminous, accessible production captures the beauty of Woolf’s prose and the complexity of her ideas [and] gives her potent words vivid voice.” Cameron Woodhead, The Age
Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live
Back to San Quentin – 50 Years On
In 1969, off the back of the huge success of 1968’s At Folsom Prison album, Johnny Cash recorded the second of his legendary prison albums at California’s notorious maximum security prison, San Quentin.
With the Folsom album kick starting a golden era of Cash’s career, At San Quentin continued his meteoric rise to his place as a legendary figure and icon of 20th century popular music.
During the February 24 recording session, in typical Johnny Cash fashion, he got the already enthusiastic inmates on side with his song San Quentin which opens with the lyrics “San Quentin, you’ve been living hell to me” and he immediately replayed the song at the request of his cheering audience with both versions included on the original release of the At San Quentin album. Most notably the album included the worldwide smash hit single, A Boy Named Sue, which undeniably made Cash a global superstar and household name. Sue became Cash’s highest ever charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was only held out of the number one spot by the Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Women’.
50 Years on, Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live hits the road celebrating this legendary album and the career of the Man in Black.
A brand new show featuring more than 35 hits, Back to San Quentin – 50 Years On includes the great moments of the San Quentin album plus hits and favourites spanning Cash’s entire 50 year recording career.
After 6 National tours and having performed more than 175 shows, Johnny Cash Live has become lauded as one of Australia’s premier tribute acts. With powerhouse backing band, The Tennessee Express and led by Australia’s own Man in Black, Daniel Thompson, Johnny Cash Live presents an unforgettable night paying tribute to one of music’s most iconic and influential figures.
With more than 60 thousand tickets sold Australia wide, don’t miss your chance to see what has audiences on their feet and coming back each year for more.
Our very own Community Orchestra
Everyone who has attended these concerts over the past decade says how enjoyable they are! There is always an amazing variety of music so you can be sure of hearing something that really appeals to you.
Many people also point out how lucky we are to have such a talented group of musicians in the region, inspired and led by Angus Christie who studied conducting with Sir Charles Mackerras in Sydney and later at the Vienna Conservatorium.
As an uplifting and enjoyable afternoon of musical entertainment, the HSO concerts are hard to beat. After the show, join everyone for delicious refreshments in the Function Room.
Conductor: Angus Christie
Rediscover The Beatles’ immortal catalogue reimagined and reinterpreted through sparkling original arrangements performed live by this world-class vocalist and a virtuosic band of Australia’s top musicians.
Starring UK-born Australian stage and screen star Naomi Price (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Rumour Has It, Ladies in Black, The Voice Australia) and inspired by true accounts, Lady Beatle is a rollicking magical mystery tour sound tracked by The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers, including Eleanor Rigby, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Yellow Submarine and Penny Lane.
“Naomi Price has the kind of voice that can raise goosebumps on arms when singing any song – combining this talent with the music of The Beatles is a stroke of genius… Fans of The Beatles will love the music, fans of cabaret will adore Price’s energy and emotional range.” Australian Stage
Rossini Overture to L’Italiana in Algieri
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins
Schubert Symphony No.3
The MSO presents a breathtaking evening of classical masterworks, including Schubert’s dramatic Third Symphony, a high-spirited and charming romp imbued with the composer’s youthful vigour. Soloists love to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and it’s easy to see why, with its vivacious rhythms and hummable melodies. Then, Vivaldi provides an extra dose of violin in his Concerto completing an evening both elegant and exhilarating.
Enhance your concert experience by attending a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Join us for an informative conversation about the evening’s program, where you’ll learn about the composers and gain insights into the music.