Season Launch 2022


Think 80’s fancy dress, sneak previews of upcoming shows, a talented performer leading karaoke-style singalongs and live music from and awesome band over drinks and nibbles. This is a launch night to remember!

We are bringing our community this COVIDsafe event for FREE to celebrate the biggest year of shows in HPAC’s history. After many challenges for the Arts industry, 2022 is the year for live music, memorable performances and shared events.

Launch Highlights:

  • 5.30pm – An engaging sneak preview of all the exciting shows heading this way in 2022; from live music and drama to drag queens and cabaret!
  • 6.30pm – Nibble on delicious local catering and hit our pop-up bar as you enjoy live music from The Bar Trio!
  • 7pm – Be treated to a special performance of the 80’s cabaret sing-along show; Sunglasses at Night!
  • 8pm + Enjoy drinks, nibbles and music as you share your excitement for the year ahead!

About Sunglasses at Night:

Winding Road Productions presents…. ‘Sunglasses At Night: The 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret!’

“A brilliant blend of sass, satire and pathos, delivered with an electrifying voice that can strip paint off the walls or retreat into haunting vulnerability.”– The Age *****

The 1980’s wasn’t all parties, rah-rah skirts and side-ponytails.  It was the Cold War.  Chernobyl.  The Berlin Wall.  And the best ‘poncing’ about in pop music history.

Enter a world of artsy, decadent 80’s pop music excessas your award-winning host, Geraldine Quinn (Spicks and SpecksAdam Hills Tonight and Rockwiz) gives you a crash course in apocalyptic 80s.

Inflate those luft balloons and sing along to gloriously pretentious hits of the era, from Ultravox, Spandau Ballet, Bonnie Tyler and Pat Benatar to Duran Duran. Geraldine Quinn digs through this fabulous era to present a loving, parodic, hilarious and exotic interactive cabaret like none other.

Lyrics, sartorial tips and dance moves supplied.  Prizes for best pretentious Euro-centric 80s outfit.  Grab your shades.  Pop your trench coat collar – you have a date with GLAMOUR. 

Oh. Vienna.

About Geraldine Quinn

Geraldine Quinn has been performing her award- winning original pop/rock cabaret all around the world for a decade.

Since winning Victoria’s Green Room Awardfor Best Emerging Cabaret Artiste in 2006, Quinn has continued to draw recognition and plaudits in Australia. New Zealand and The United Kingdom. Winning the Short and Sweet Cabaret Competition in 2009, she went on to be highly commended for Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe, and was nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and three Green Room Awards for her 2010 show Shut Up and Sing.

In 2011, she created The Last Gig In Melbourne, a unique suite of original songs inspired by the local live music scene. Geraldine has appeared on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks,Adam Hills Tonight, Upper Middle Bogan, True Story and  She has been a cabaret judge for Short + Sweet, Melbourne Fringe and the Green Room Awards.

Her covers show Sunglasses at Night: The 80's Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaretsold out in Melbourne and Perth and earned her a third Best Cabaret Artiste nomination in the Green Room Awards.

She currently acts as Cabaret Panel Chairfor the Victorian Green Room Awards and released her sixth independent album Fox Poncing in early 2017. She has co-hosted Casey Bennetto’s Swingin’ Bella Christmas since 2014, performing alongside guests such as Paul Kelly, Deborah Conway, Tim Rogers, Rebecca Barnard and Eddie Perfect.

About The Bar Trio:

The Bar Trio are three talented local musicians, singers and songwriters hailing from the Western District; Beau, Angela and Riley.
Based in Hamilton, the newly formed trio have been causing a stir in the local music scene, and we’re delighted to have them perform a selection of awesome covers at our Season Launch.

COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption

Access & Inclusion: This is an accessible, inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Things To Note:

  • Your complimentary ticket includes an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink on arrival, shared nibbles, entry to the performance and the post-show disco.
  • Our pop-up bar can keep you quenched for the rest of the night with cash and card accepted.
  • There will be prizes for the best dressed, so channel your inner 80’s star!

This event is open to everyone over age 13, though you may be asked for ID at the bar, and you must be fully vaccinated or medically exempt.



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    The Handbury Auditorium