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Bjorn Again

FRIDAY 27 MAY, 2022 at 8PM BJORN AGAIN – THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE ABBA SHOWMAMMA MIA! WE ARE BACK AGAIN! 2022 TOUR Dust off those flares, platform shoes and satins and get ready to sing, dance and have the time of your life on Bjorn Again’s MAMMA MIA! WE ARE BACK AGAIN! Tour. Bjorn Again are so excited to back playing all of ABBA’s biggest hits in an action-packed, highly-entertaining concert that is ABBA-SOLUTE fun for the whole family. Bjorn Again have performed over 7000 in over 120 countries world-wide, are endorsed by the members of ABBA and are regarded as the most successful tribute show of all time. Their critically acclaimed shows have been attended by JK Rowling, Tom Jones, Dave Grohl and Paul Kelly, Metallica, Robert Plant, Bill Gates and Nirvana just to name a few. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘If ABBA reformed they wouldn’t be as much fun as Bjorn Again’Q Magazine UK 'One of the most entertaining live shows in the world today'Time Out New York ‘Bjorn Again are phenomenal in every sense of the word!'The Stage UK ‘I like Bjorn Again because they are the ABBA for this generation. Why should we miss out?’David Lawrence UK 'Fans had better make the most out of Bjorn Again because that’s the closest they are going to get to seeing ABBA. ABBA will never reform!'Benny Andersson of ABBA 'The best of luck. Anyone who looks like me ought to have a successful career!'Bjorn Ulvaeus So what are you waiting for? Send out an SOS and RING RING Fernando and Chiquitita and TAKE A CHANCE on BJORN AGAIN’S MAMMA MIA! WE ARE BACK AGAIN! 2022 AUSTRALIAN TOUR Sneak Peek Tickets:Adult $69Concession $65Student / U17 $65Groups of 8 or more $65 each COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

THURSDAY 2 JUNE, 7.30PM at HPAC The ultimate comedy road trip returns in 2022! Strap yourself in Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation and it’s stopping to give you that much-needed live comedy fix at both Dunkeld and Hamilton. For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide. Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your comedy cravings! REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Impeccable jokes, faultless antics and stomach-aching gags’ Perth Now  ‘You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter’ Pelican Magazine  Warnings: May contain coarse language, adult themes, sexual references and material that may offend. The show is recommended for people aged 16 years or older. Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance. 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. Tickets:Adult $40Seniors $38Concession $35Under 30 $30Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

FRIDAY 3 JUNE, 7.30PM at DUNKELD The ultimate comedy road trip returns in 2022! Strap yourself in Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation and it’s stopping to give you that much-needed live comedy fix at both Dunkeld and Hamilton. For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide. Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your comedy cravings! Book early to get a table. Get a group together or come on your own. Limited tickts available. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Impeccable jokes, faultless antics and stomach-aching gags’ Perth Now ‘You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter’ Pelican Magazine Warnings: May contain coarse language, adult themes, sexual references and material that may offend. The show is recommended for people aged 16 years or older. Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance. 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. Tickets:Adult $40Senior $38Concession $35Under 30 $30Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Sterling Place, Dunkeld Community Centre

subvenue Sterling Place

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Unsung - The Women who Pioneered Music

SATURDAY 4 JUNE, 7.30PM Celebrating Our Pioneering Women Of Aussie Pop & Rock Written By: Amelia Ryan On a hot summer’s day in 1965, Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner walked into the public bar of the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane, calmly chained themselves to the bar rail, and ordered a beer. What happened next would change the course of Australian history - and a little less obviously - the course of music in Australia for women, forever. Join award-winning cabaret powerhouses Amelia Ryan and Libby O’Donovan in a rollicking, raucous celebration of songs and stories from 1960’s Australia. Hear the likes of Lynne Randell, Little Patti, Judy Stone, Marcie Jones, Margret Roadknight, Wendy Saddington, and Alison McCallum in an uplifting and nostalgic hour that pays homage to the women who blazed the trails for generations to come. Through history, heart, and hilarity, they bring these incredible women – and their music - out of the sidelines, and into their rightful place in Aussie music history. About The Cast Amelia Ryan is a multi- award winning cabaret artist, writer, presenter, and coach. Since co-winning the 2012 International Cabaret Contest, her critically acclaimed shows have traversed the Australian cabaret circuit, as well as NYC, London and Edinburgh, playing to 5 star reviews and standing ovations. Her self-devised work includes A Storm In A D Cup, Lady Liberty, The Breast Is Yet To Come and Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John & Peter Allen (with Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths). In 2019 Amelia received the Adelaide Cabaret Festival inaugural ‘Frank Ford Commission’ and created UNSUNG - a proud celebration of Australia’s female singers from the 1960s, coperformed with Libby O’Donovan. The show received rave reviews, and is touring throughout Australia in 2021. During COVID19, Amelia created and launched The Cabaret Lab with Michael Griffiths; a coaching company dedicated to nurturing emerging cabaret talent. Being tremendously passionate about education, they’re committed to fostering future generations of performers in the craft of cabaret, self-producing and performance mindset and well-being. Libby O’Donovan is a “powerful and sassy performer” (SMH), renowned for her nuanced interpretations and extraordinary voice. She is a critically acclaimed Jazz and Cabaret performer and an award-winning Musical Director. Libby has entertained audiences world-over with her unique talents, performing in New York, Tokyo and Toronto as well as Australia-wide. Equally at home in small ensemble acts as well as solo performances, she has been a proud member of ARIA nominated Coco’s Lunch, Flat on Your Bacharach and Women With Standards, for which she won a Green Room Award for Musical Direction and the Helpmann Award nominated The Cowgirl and The Showgirl with Australian country music stalwart, Beccy Cole. Highly regarded as a solo artist, Libby has performed seasons for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Spring Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, the International Jazz Educators Convention, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, and has performed across India as part of the Hindu Festival. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Amazing...engaging...inspiring... Breathtaking and the talent is world class' - Glam Adelaide Sharp wit...an outstanding event' - Clothesline Review 'A powerhouse combination, oozing energy & talent' - Theatreview Sneak Peek 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. Tickets:Adult $35Senior $32Concession $30U30 $25Child $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Circus, Comedy, Music

Rebel

THURSDAY 23 JUNE, 7.30PM Rebel is a live rock tribute – with a bit of comedy and a bit of circus -  to the original rebel, David Bowie. Stage dive into the mosh pit for a night of live music, glittering glam rock and spectacular heart stopping sideshow. Live music combined with comedy brings to life an incredible body of work that spanned over 50 years and an aesthetic that broke ground and inspired generations. Rebel has been inspired by the words of Bowie; "I want to tart rock up. I don't want to climb out of my fantasies in order to go up on stage — I want to take them on stage with me.” Rebel is your Bowie fantasies realised - a live band and a spectacular rock and roll sideshow. Rebel is much more than a tribute show, with aesthetics and theatricality inspired Bowie fed into a live rock and roll extravaganza. Headlined by the incredible multi-award winning Stewart Reeve and featuring a rockstar band of artists from across artistic genres. Co-created by Highwire Entertainment, the production house behind Rouge, Papillon and Pop Party. Throwdown among others, Rebel is a non-stop rock and roll party. Sneak Peek Tickets:Adult $45Seniors $42Concession $40Under 30 $37Friends - 10% off full ticket price COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Pop Music, Music

The Best of the Bee Gees with Colin 'Smiley' Petersen

FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 8PM   “I’ve never seen a more professional tribute to the Bee Gees with those beautiful harmonies which are so difficult to achieve. They have worked hard to reproduce the unique sound of my brothers. So tastefully done. Absolutely brilliant and I didn’t want to leave. If you’re a Bee Gees fan, this is the concert for you.” Lesley Evans (Gibb) The Best of the Bee Gees  Show  brings a massive catalogue of mega-hits and first-hand stories from original Bee Gees drummer Colin “Smiley” Petersen. Colin was a child drumming protégé, an actor with 3 international films under his belt before he was a teenager, and the first official non-Gibb band member. He also shares screen time in multiple music clips (including America’s Ed Sullivan Show) and the 2021 Emmy nominated bio-pic, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. Essential to the Bee Gees sound, Colin was driving the evolution of the supergroup on stage and in the studio over four albums and #1 singles – Massachusetts, To Love Somebody, New York Mining Disaster, I Started A Joke and many more. Colin says: “It’s wonderful that these incredible songs live on through this great show and I am thrilled to add another dimension by sharing my memories.” The Best of the Bee Gees  has brought global audiences hustling to their feet for more than two decades and also features Evan Webster (Barry Gibb), Russell Davey (Robin Gibb) and Greg Wain (Maurice Gibb). It would be a Tragedy to miss this ultimate tribute celebrating an iconic set list of soaring, three-part harmonies and timeless classics – Saturday Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love, Stayin’ Alive, Grease, Jive Talkin’, Spicks & Specks, Words, To Love Somebody, Massachusetts, I Started a Joke, I’ve Got to Get a Message to You, Too Much Heaven, You Should Be Dancing and others. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Well, that was certainly a spectacular show that Evan and the boys put on, on Sat Night at the DEC. Colin "Smiley" Petersen narrating throughout the performance was awesome, then to top it off he gets up and plays the drums to his favourite song! Colin, you are a legend. Darwin got to see another great show! - Stotty Had an awesome night watching the Best of the Bee Gees! Best concert I’ve seen in a very long time. Also had the chance to see one of the original Bee Gees Colin Petersen play his first gig in 45 years. Thanks again Evan for a very bloody good night and what an awesome show you put on! - Charlie McKenzie Empire Theatre Toowoomba 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. Tickets:Adult $79Concession $69Groups 6 or more $69 eachFamily (2 Adults at $79 each and 2 Children - aged between 3 & 17yrs free) $158

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Peaceful Piano

SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 7.30PM A double-bill tour featuring Australia's foremost neoclassical pianist/composers. Luke Howard and Nat Bartsch are at the forefront of the growing post-classical piano movement in Australia. Drawing from classical, electronic, film, minimalism and jazz influences, their beautiful music has had a powerful impact on people from all walks of life, connecting with audiences worldwide and being streamed online over 50 million times! For many years, Luke and Nat have worked in collaboration in both live and recorded settings. They co-produced several of Nat’s albums, including her acclaimed album of lullabies, Forever, and No Time At All, and her newest release Hope. They have curated many sold out Melbourne concerts, and Nat edited Luke’s popular sheet music book, 28 Transcriptions for Solo Piano. As solo artists they have both received ARIA nominations, and have toured across the world. For this special double bill tour, Luke and Nat will each perform a set of their music, joining forces at the end for a special collaboration that blurs the lines of composition and improvisation, acoustic and electronic. This is an unprecedented opportunity to explore both artists introspective, meditative and lyrical approach to the piano. Coinciding with the release of new music by both artists, Peaceful Piano is a unique event tailored to all music lovers – classical or otherwise. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nat:“Listening to Bartsch’s music is akin to feeling a reassuring hand resting on one’s shoulder.” – Jessica Nicholas, The Age Luke:“Absolutely heavenly.” – MaryAnne Hobbs, BBC6 Tickets:Adult $35Senior $32Concession $30U30 $25Child $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children, Family

The Wiggles - Superhero Tour!

MONDAY 4 July, 10am and 12:30pm   Calling all superheroes… The Wiggles are flying onto stages with their brand-new action-packed Superhero Tour! The world's most popular children's entertainment band, The Wiggles are travelling across regional Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia to perform for you! Anthony, Tsehay, Lachy and Simon are super excited to once again sing, dance and play music for their fans, and will be bringing along their Wiggly friends too! Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn are coming along for the fun PLUS special appearances by Caterina Wiggle and John Wiggle from the Fruit Salad TV Wiggles series! The Wiggles Superhero Tour will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as ‘Do the Propeller!’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-a- Bye Your Bear’, as well as new and catchy tunes such as Dippy Do Dinosaur Dance! It’s time to sing and dance to your favourite Wiggles tunes both old and new!   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.   TicketsAll Tickets $33.90Kids under 12 months that do NOT occupy a seat are free

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

The Sapphires

FRIDAY 15 JULY, 8PM The Sapphires is one of the Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album. There was one challenge left and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages like Hamilton’s and across the nation. Writer Tony Briggs will direct his work in a version he promises will be the most intimate telling of The Sapphires story yet. “I hope the audience will feel a fresh sense of connection to a story that has already successfully infiltrated the psyche of the Australian theatre and movie going public and get a sense of joy and understanding of who Aboriginal people are and walk away from ‘The Sapphires’ with a smile on their faces.” Said Tony. 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. The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of writer Tony Briggs’ mother. It tells of the incredible journey of a singing group of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams. 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. Tickets:Adult $42Senior $40Concession $38U30 $35Child $25Secondary Student $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Country

Leaving Jackson

THURSDAY 11 AUGUST, 7.30PM Fall into the ring of fire in this unforgettable music concert dedicated to the music, love and lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. Their love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written, from the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues, to the iconic Ring Of Fire. This 2 hour live concert event will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Ticket Prices:Adult $55Concession $49Group 6+ $49School Student $25 COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Bach to Broadway

TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER, 11AM La Scala, Milan, Covent Garden, New York…” The Classics from J.S. Bach thru to contemporary Broadway hits. This new production will highlight some of the classic opera songs from all the great European Opera Houses and wind its way thru to contemporary Broadway hits from the “City That Never Sleeps” - New York. Plus, you will hear about the fascinating story behind some of the worlds most loved songs and their composers. Starring in this new production will be star tenor Roy Best, international soprano Alison Jones, Opera Australia’s Caroline Vercoe all beautifully backed on the grand piano by rising virtuoso William Schmidt, who will perform two stunning Bach pieces. All this will be narrated and compered by Christopher McKenna who will provide the usual laughs along the way. Some of the highlights – ‘Oh My Beloved Father’, ‘Mon Cur’, ‘Granada’, ‘O Sole Mio’ right thru to Broadway Classics, ‘If I Loved you’, ‘Time to say Goodbye’ and many more along with a specially arranged musical tribute to Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. Morning tea included from 10.30am. 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. Tickets:Adult $30Seniors $27Concession $25Child $20

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Dining

Dirty Dicks Theatre Restaurant

WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 7PM Come along and enjoy this special 50th Anniversary show with ALL the 'Best Bits' of Dirty Dick’s. Dirty Dick’s is more than just a night out. Laugh-a-long, Sing-a-long and Clap-a-long AND enjoy a fantastic, fully themed night of Olde English merrymaking. From the moment you arrive, the fun starts. Join our wondrous wenches, lively lads and merry minstrels as they settle you into the spirit of the evening. Then sit back and be entertained by a host of historical (or should that be hysterical!) stage characters as they recount some of history’s more notable events. Whether you’re a 'first timer' or you’ve been before, there is always something new and different for you to enjoy. Come and (RE) discover Dirty Dick’s. Dress: Smart CasualShow finishes: 10.20pm Then stay and enjoy the PAC's facilities till closing timeDirty Dick’s is ideal for small or large groups, for the young and not so young, for special celebrations or just a great night out. Arrive: at 6.30pm for 7pm startTickets: $70ea which includes the brilliant stage showPLUSMeal: A magnificent 3 course dinner COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue Function Room

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Drama

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER, 8PM Plays and playwrights go in and out of fashion but some endure and speak to each subsequent generation.  Lawler’s much loved tale of Queensland cane cutters and Melbourne barmaids has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true, so beautifully observed, so humorous and so poignant.  A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, it was followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London’s West End where it won an award for best new play.  For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different.  One of the barmaids has ‘settled down’ and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found.  This ‘off-season’ proves challenging for them all.  This production will be directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence whose history with HIT includes many successful productions including Shirley Valentine, Always…Patsy Cline, Educating Rita, Glorious! Hotel Sorrento and most recently, My Brilliant Divorce. Denny will be supported by a highly-experienced creative team. 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. Tickets:Adult $57Seniors $55Concession $53Under 30 $50Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Pop Music

From Motown To Memphis

FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER, 8PM TALENT OZ ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS Platinum Selling Young Diva KATE DEARAUGO & International chart sensation GREG GOULD are a "knockout" in this critically acclaimed smash hit show FROM MOTOWN TO MEMPHIS - a celebration of some of the greatest songs of all time! From the birthplace of Rock N Roll to one of the most influential sounds of the 20th Century, this show pays homage to Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, Carole King & the Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin! After a sell out season in 2019, Australia’s Got Talent Runner Up, Greg Gould is back by popular demand bringing along with him one of Australia's finest female vocalists in this “stage-shaking” production that transports you through the music that shaped the industry! Gould has toured the world with his infectious energy and incredible vocals with a #1 album under his belt and over 20 million views of his groundbreaking music videos. After winning Australian Idol Kate has had incredible success as both a solo artist topping the charts and touring to sold out shows across the country and being a founding member of the hugely successful girl group Young Divas! Strap yourself in as two powerhouse voices perform all the hits including Chain Of Fools, Suspicious Minds, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Pretty Woman, Son Of A Preacherman, Superstition, Midnight Train To Georgia, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, I Want You Back and Proud Mary! For the “hottest ticket in town”, jump on board with Greg, Kate & their rockin’ band for this NOT-TO-BE-MISSED concert experience! COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy

Participation Award

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM A musical comedy that asks the question - why does school suck so much?! Is it the compulsory sporting events? The one size fits all grading methods? Maintaining your precarious position in a volatile social food chain? Or is it just the arbitrary bullying? Using comedy, music, dancing (of the boy band variety), Perl takes her audience on an incredible journey through primary school life as an outcast. It’s not a new story, by any means, but the Melbourne comic makes the tale so hilariously personal that it becomes completely original. Delivered with her signature high-energy, high-awkward, vulnerable-when-no-one-asked-her-to-be musical story-telling, Jude explores confrontation through the ages (her ages). As it turns out, confrontation isn’t so hard if you just close your eyes, and imagine you are in a calmer, distant place… then all you have to do is move to that place, change your name and hair colour, and that way the person you are confronting has no way of ever finding you. Jude Perl is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and comedian based in Melbourne. In her hometown, she has created a name for herself by writing and performing hilarious, yet brutally honest, stream-of-consciousness style lyrics, set to undeniably catchy and well-crafted songs. Her last show I Have A Face has won multiple awards, toured all over Australia to sold out audiences and has been widely praised for its unique voice and honesty. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “One of the most genuine, honest feeling performers going around" - Theatre People "Jude, you made me laugh, cry and then do that weird laugh-cry thing where you aren’t exactly sure what emotions you’re feeling but snot and tears are dribbling down your face and yet you’re still laughing.“ - AU Review Tickets:Adult $37Senior $35Concession $33U30 $30Secondary Student $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Marina Prior & David Hobson - The 2 Of Us

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 8PM After 4 years of selling out 170 + shows around the country and over 80,000 tickets, Soprano and Tenor powerhouse legends of Musical Theatre and Opera, Marina Prior & David Hobson embark on their Encore Tour, ‘The 2 Of Us’ in up close and personal mode.  Brand new songs, back-stage and life stories, and including the classics from their vast repertoire spanning 35 years in a 2 hour spectacular show. Accompanied by renowned pianist David Cameron, in a two-hour intimate performance, Marina and David will perform their classics from productions such as The Phantom of The Opera,Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and La Boheme, to name but a few, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums. ‘It’s been beyond our wildest dreams to travel this beautiful country of ours being supported by Australians in our own backyard” says Marina & David.  “We’ve met so many wonderful people and made new friends along the way and we privileged to be able to do this and do not, for once take it for granted’, says Marina & David. 'It’s great that we have the opportunity to take the show to the people, in areas around the country, that we may not have otherwise been able to get to with some of the bigger productions we perform in’ says Marina.  ‘With the Up Close & Personal show, it’s like you’re in our living room and we’re in yours, singing both your and our favourite songs with a few funny career stories thrown in’, says David. David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known operatic tenors, musical theatre performers and recording artists.  He has sung and performed many roles for Opera Australia, performed lead roles in musical theatre, sung for the Queen, featured at the AFL Grand Final, Carols by Candlelight, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two and has been a presenter on Foxtel’s Arts Channel, Studio. Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre.  She is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, to name just two.   She has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris and Jose Carreras.  Well known for her Carols by Candlelight performance each year, she was recently seen on the ABC TV series The Divorce.  In 2006, Marina was honoured with an induction into Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century. Hear the classics, their recorded favourites with a hint of humour thrown in!  Definitely a show not to be missed! Sneak Peek of Marina & David Tickets:Adult $69.95Concession $64.95Groups 6 or more $64.95Under 17 $34.95

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Bjorn Again

FRIDAY 27 MAY, 2022 at 8PM BJORN AGAIN – THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE ABBA SHOWMAMMA MIA! WE ARE BACK AGAIN! 2022 TOUR Dust off those flares, platform shoes and satins and get ready to sing, dance and have the time of your life on Bjorn Again’s MAMMA MIA! WE ARE BACK AGAIN! Tour. Bjorn Again are so excited to back playing all of ABBA’s biggest hits in an action-packed, highly-entertaining concert that is ABBA-SOLUTE fun for the whole family. Bjorn Again have performed over 7000 in over 120 countries world-wide, are endorsed by the members of ABBA and are regarded as the most successful tribute show of all time. Their critically acclaimed shows have been attended by JK Rowling, Tom Jones, Dave Grohl and Paul Kelly, Metallica, Robert Plant, Bill Gates and Nirvana just to name a few. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘If ABBA reformed they wouldn’t be as much fun as Bjorn Again’Q Magazine UK 'One of the most entertaining live shows in the world today'Time Out New York ‘Bjorn Again are phenomenal in every sense of the word!'The Stage UK ‘I like Bjorn Again because they are the ABBA for this generation. Why should we miss out?’David Lawrence UK 'Fans had better make the most out of Bjorn Again because that’s the closest they are going to get to seeing ABBA. ABBA will never reform!'Benny Andersson of ABBA 'The best of luck. Anyone who looks like me ought to have a successful career!'Bjorn Ulvaeus So what are you waiting for? Send out an SOS and RING RING Fernando and Chiquitita and TAKE A CHANCE on BJORN AGAIN’S MAMMA MIA! WE ARE BACK AGAIN! 2022 AUSTRALIAN TOUR Sneak Peek Tickets:Adult $69Concession $65Student / U17 $65Groups of 8 or more $65 each COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

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Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

THURSDAY 2 JUNE, 7.30PM at HPAC The ultimate comedy road trip returns in 2022! Strap yourself in Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation and it’s stopping to give you that much-needed live comedy fix at both Dunkeld and Hamilton. For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide. Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your comedy cravings! REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Impeccable jokes, faultless antics and stomach-aching gags’ Perth Now  ‘You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter’ Pelican Magazine  Warnings: May contain coarse language, adult themes, sexual references and material that may offend. The show is recommended for people aged 16 years or older. Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance. 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. Tickets:Adult $40Seniors $38Concession $35Under 30 $30Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

FRIDAY 3 JUNE, 7.30PM at DUNKELD The ultimate comedy road trip returns in 2022! Strap yourself in Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation and it’s stopping to give you that much-needed live comedy fix at both Dunkeld and Hamilton. For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide. Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your comedy cravings! Book early to get a table. Get a group together or come on your own. Limited tickts available. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Impeccable jokes, faultless antics and stomach-aching gags’ Perth Now ‘You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter’ Pelican Magazine Warnings: May contain coarse language, adult themes, sexual references and material that may offend. The show is recommended for people aged 16 years or older. Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance. 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. Tickets:Adult $40Senior $38Concession $35Under 30 $30Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Sterling Place, Dunkeld Community Centre

subvenue Sterling Place

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Music

Unsung - The Women who Pioneered Music

SATURDAY 4 JUNE, 7.30PM Celebrating Our Pioneering Women Of Aussie Pop & Rock Written By: Amelia Ryan On a hot summer’s day in 1965, Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner walked into the public bar of the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane, calmly chained themselves to the bar rail, and ordered a beer. What happened next would change the course of Australian history - and a little less obviously - the course of music in Australia for women, forever. Join award-winning cabaret powerhouses Amelia Ryan and Libby O’Donovan in a rollicking, raucous celebration of songs and stories from 1960’s Australia. Hear the likes of Lynne Randell, Little Patti, Judy Stone, Marcie Jones, Margret Roadknight, Wendy Saddington, and Alison McCallum in an uplifting and nostalgic hour that pays homage to the women who blazed the trails for generations to come. Through history, heart, and hilarity, they bring these incredible women – and their music - out of the sidelines, and into their rightful place in Aussie music history. About The Cast Amelia Ryan is a multi- award winning cabaret artist, writer, presenter, and coach. Since co-winning the 2012 International Cabaret Contest, her critically acclaimed shows have traversed the Australian cabaret circuit, as well as NYC, London and Edinburgh, playing to 5 star reviews and standing ovations. Her self-devised work includes A Storm In A D Cup, Lady Liberty, The Breast Is Yet To Come and Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John & Peter Allen (with Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths). In 2019 Amelia received the Adelaide Cabaret Festival inaugural ‘Frank Ford Commission’ and created UNSUNG - a proud celebration of Australia’s female singers from the 1960s, coperformed with Libby O’Donovan. The show received rave reviews, and is touring throughout Australia in 2021. During COVID19, Amelia created and launched The Cabaret Lab with Michael Griffiths; a coaching company dedicated to nurturing emerging cabaret talent. Being tremendously passionate about education, they’re committed to fostering future generations of performers in the craft of cabaret, self-producing and performance mindset and well-being. Libby O’Donovan is a “powerful and sassy performer” (SMH), renowned for her nuanced interpretations and extraordinary voice. She is a critically acclaimed Jazz and Cabaret performer and an award-winning Musical Director. Libby has entertained audiences world-over with her unique talents, performing in New York, Tokyo and Toronto as well as Australia-wide. Equally at home in small ensemble acts as well as solo performances, she has been a proud member of ARIA nominated Coco’s Lunch, Flat on Your Bacharach and Women With Standards, for which she won a Green Room Award for Musical Direction and the Helpmann Award nominated The Cowgirl and The Showgirl with Australian country music stalwart, Beccy Cole. Highly regarded as a solo artist, Libby has performed seasons for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Spring Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, the International Jazz Educators Convention, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, and has performed across India as part of the Hindu Festival. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Amazing...engaging...inspiring... Breathtaking and the talent is world class' - Glam Adelaide Sharp wit...an outstanding event' - Clothesline Review 'A powerhouse combination, oozing energy & talent' - Theatreview Sneak Peek 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. Tickets:Adult $35Senior $32Concession $30U30 $25Child $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Circus, Comedy, Music

Rebel

THURSDAY 23 JUNE, 7.30PM Rebel is a live rock tribute – with a bit of comedy and a bit of circus -  to the original rebel, David Bowie. Stage dive into the mosh pit for a night of live music, glittering glam rock and spectacular heart stopping sideshow. Live music combined with comedy brings to life an incredible body of work that spanned over 50 years and an aesthetic that broke ground and inspired generations. Rebel has been inspired by the words of Bowie; "I want to tart rock up. I don't want to climb out of my fantasies in order to go up on stage — I want to take them on stage with me.” Rebel is your Bowie fantasies realised - a live band and a spectacular rock and roll sideshow. Rebel is much more than a tribute show, with aesthetics and theatricality inspired Bowie fed into a live rock and roll extravaganza. Headlined by the incredible multi-award winning Stewart Reeve and featuring a rockstar band of artists from across artistic genres. Co-created by Highwire Entertainment, the production house behind Rouge, Papillon and Pop Party. Throwdown among others, Rebel is a non-stop rock and roll party. Sneak Peek Tickets:Adult $45Seniors $42Concession $40Under 30 $37Friends - 10% off full ticket price COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Pop Music, Music

The Best of the Bee Gees with Colin 'Smiley' Petersen

FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 8PM   “I’ve never seen a more professional tribute to the Bee Gees with those beautiful harmonies which are so difficult to achieve. They have worked hard to reproduce the unique sound of my brothers. So tastefully done. Absolutely brilliant and I didn’t want to leave. If you’re a Bee Gees fan, this is the concert for you.” Lesley Evans (Gibb) The Best of the Bee Gees  Show  brings a massive catalogue of mega-hits and first-hand stories from original Bee Gees drummer Colin “Smiley” Petersen. Colin was a child drumming protégé, an actor with 3 international films under his belt before he was a teenager, and the first official non-Gibb band member. He also shares screen time in multiple music clips (including America’s Ed Sullivan Show) and the 2021 Emmy nominated bio-pic, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. Essential to the Bee Gees sound, Colin was driving the evolution of the supergroup on stage and in the studio over four albums and #1 singles – Massachusetts, To Love Somebody, New York Mining Disaster, I Started A Joke and many more. Colin says: “It’s wonderful that these incredible songs live on through this great show and I am thrilled to add another dimension by sharing my memories.” The Best of the Bee Gees  has brought global audiences hustling to their feet for more than two decades and also features Evan Webster (Barry Gibb), Russell Davey (Robin Gibb) and Greg Wain (Maurice Gibb). It would be a Tragedy to miss this ultimate tribute celebrating an iconic set list of soaring, three-part harmonies and timeless classics – Saturday Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love, Stayin’ Alive, Grease, Jive Talkin’, Spicks & Specks, Words, To Love Somebody, Massachusetts, I Started a Joke, I’ve Got to Get a Message to You, Too Much Heaven, You Should Be Dancing and others. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Well, that was certainly a spectacular show that Evan and the boys put on, on Sat Night at the DEC. Colin "Smiley" Petersen narrating throughout the performance was awesome, then to top it off he gets up and plays the drums to his favourite song! Colin, you are a legend. Darwin got to see another great show! - Stotty Had an awesome night watching the Best of the Bee Gees! Best concert I’ve seen in a very long time. Also had the chance to see one of the original Bee Gees Colin Petersen play his first gig in 45 years. Thanks again Evan for a very bloody good night and what an awesome show you put on! - Charlie McKenzie Empire Theatre Toowoomba 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. Tickets:Adult $79Concession $69Groups 6 or more $69 eachFamily (2 Adults at $79 each and 2 Children - aged between 3 & 17yrs free) $158

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Peaceful Piano

SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 7.30PM A double-bill tour featuring Australia's foremost neoclassical pianist/composers. Luke Howard and Nat Bartsch are at the forefront of the growing post-classical piano movement in Australia. Drawing from classical, electronic, film, minimalism and jazz influences, their beautiful music has had a powerful impact on people from all walks of life, connecting with audiences worldwide and being streamed online over 50 million times! For many years, Luke and Nat have worked in collaboration in both live and recorded settings. They co-produced several of Nat’s albums, including her acclaimed album of lullabies, Forever, and No Time At All, and her newest release Hope. They have curated many sold out Melbourne concerts, and Nat edited Luke’s popular sheet music book, 28 Transcriptions for Solo Piano. As solo artists they have both received ARIA nominations, and have toured across the world. For this special double bill tour, Luke and Nat will each perform a set of their music, joining forces at the end for a special collaboration that blurs the lines of composition and improvisation, acoustic and electronic. This is an unprecedented opportunity to explore both artists introspective, meditative and lyrical approach to the piano. Coinciding with the release of new music by both artists, Peaceful Piano is a unique event tailored to all music lovers – classical or otherwise. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nat:“Listening to Bartsch’s music is akin to feeling a reassuring hand resting on one’s shoulder.” – Jessica Nicholas, The Age Luke:“Absolutely heavenly.” – MaryAnne Hobbs, BBC6 Tickets:Adult $35Senior $32Concession $30U30 $25Child $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children, Family

The Wiggles - Superhero Tour!

MONDAY 4 July, 10am and 12:30pm   Calling all superheroes… The Wiggles are flying onto stages with their brand-new action-packed Superhero Tour! The world's most popular children's entertainment band, The Wiggles are travelling across regional Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia to perform for you! Anthony, Tsehay, Lachy and Simon are super excited to once again sing, dance and play music for their fans, and will be bringing along their Wiggly friends too! Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn are coming along for the fun PLUS special appearances by Caterina Wiggle and John Wiggle from the Fruit Salad TV Wiggles series! The Wiggles Superhero Tour will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as ‘Do the Propeller!’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-a- Bye Your Bear’, as well as new and catchy tunes such as Dippy Do Dinosaur Dance! It’s time to sing and dance to your favourite Wiggles tunes both old and new!   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.   TicketsAll Tickets $33.90Kids under 12 months that do NOT occupy a seat are free

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

The Sapphires

FRIDAY 15 JULY, 8PM The Sapphires is one of the Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album. There was one challenge left and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages like Hamilton’s and across the nation. Writer Tony Briggs will direct his work in a version he promises will be the most intimate telling of The Sapphires story yet. “I hope the audience will feel a fresh sense of connection to a story that has already successfully infiltrated the psyche of the Australian theatre and movie going public and get a sense of joy and understanding of who Aboriginal people are and walk away from ‘The Sapphires’ with a smile on their faces.” Said Tony. 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. The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of writer Tony Briggs’ mother. It tells of the incredible journey of a singing group of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams. 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. Tickets:Adult $42Senior $40Concession $38U30 $35Child $25Secondary Student $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Country

Leaving Jackson

THURSDAY 11 AUGUST, 7.30PM Fall into the ring of fire in this unforgettable music concert dedicated to the music, love and lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. Their love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written, from the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues, to the iconic Ring Of Fire. This 2 hour live concert event will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Ticket Prices:Adult $55Concession $49Group 6+ $49School Student $25 COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Bach to Broadway

TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER, 11AM La Scala, Milan, Covent Garden, New York…” The Classics from J.S. Bach thru to contemporary Broadway hits. This new production will highlight some of the classic opera songs from all the great European Opera Houses and wind its way thru to contemporary Broadway hits from the “City That Never Sleeps” - New York. Plus, you will hear about the fascinating story behind some of the worlds most loved songs and their composers. Starring in this new production will be star tenor Roy Best, international soprano Alison Jones, Opera Australia’s Caroline Vercoe all beautifully backed on the grand piano by rising virtuoso William Schmidt, who will perform two stunning Bach pieces. All this will be narrated and compered by Christopher McKenna who will provide the usual laughs along the way. Some of the highlights – ‘Oh My Beloved Father’, ‘Mon Cur’, ‘Granada’, ‘O Sole Mio’ right thru to Broadway Classics, ‘If I Loved you’, ‘Time to say Goodbye’ and many more along with a specially arranged musical tribute to Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. Morning tea included from 10.30am. 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. Tickets:Adult $30Seniors $27Concession $25Child $20

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Dining

Dirty Dicks Theatre Restaurant

WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 7PM Come along and enjoy this special 50th Anniversary show with ALL the 'Best Bits' of Dirty Dick’s. Dirty Dick’s is more than just a night out. Laugh-a-long, Sing-a-long and Clap-a-long AND enjoy a fantastic, fully themed night of Olde English merrymaking. From the moment you arrive, the fun starts. Join our wondrous wenches, lively lads and merry minstrels as they settle you into the spirit of the evening. Then sit back and be entertained by a host of historical (or should that be hysterical!) stage characters as they recount some of history’s more notable events. Whether you’re a 'first timer' or you’ve been before, there is always something new and different for you to enjoy. Come and (RE) discover Dirty Dick’s. Dress: Smart CasualShow finishes: 10.20pm Then stay and enjoy the PAC's facilities till closing timeDirty Dick’s is ideal for small or large groups, for the young and not so young, for special celebrations or just a great night out. Arrive: at 6.30pm for 7pm startTickets: $70ea which includes the brilliant stage showPLUSMeal: A magnificent 3 course dinner COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue Function Room

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Drama

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER, 8PM Plays and playwrights go in and out of fashion but some endure and speak to each subsequent generation.  Lawler’s much loved tale of Queensland cane cutters and Melbourne barmaids has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true, so beautifully observed, so humorous and so poignant.  A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, it was followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London’s West End where it won an award for best new play.  For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different.  One of the barmaids has ‘settled down’ and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found.  This ‘off-season’ proves challenging for them all.  This production will be directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence whose history with HIT includes many successful productions including Shirley Valentine, Always…Patsy Cline, Educating Rita, Glorious! Hotel Sorrento and most recently, My Brilliant Divorce. Denny will be supported by a highly-experienced creative team. 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. Tickets:Adult $57Seniors $55Concession $53Under 30 $50Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Pop Music

From Motown To Memphis

FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER, 8PM TALENT OZ ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS Platinum Selling Young Diva KATE DEARAUGO & International chart sensation GREG GOULD are a "knockout" in this critically acclaimed smash hit show FROM MOTOWN TO MEMPHIS - a celebration of some of the greatest songs of all time! From the birthplace of Rock N Roll to one of the most influential sounds of the 20th Century, this show pays homage to Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, Carole King & the Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin! After a sell out season in 2019, Australia’s Got Talent Runner Up, Greg Gould is back by popular demand bringing along with him one of Australia's finest female vocalists in this “stage-shaking” production that transports you through the music that shaped the industry! Gould has toured the world with his infectious energy and incredible vocals with a #1 album under his belt and over 20 million views of his groundbreaking music videos. After winning Australian Idol Kate has had incredible success as both a solo artist topping the charts and touring to sold out shows across the country and being a founding member of the hugely successful girl group Young Divas! Strap yourself in as two powerhouse voices perform all the hits including Chain Of Fools, Suspicious Minds, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Pretty Woman, Son Of A Preacherman, Superstition, Midnight Train To Georgia, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, I Want You Back and Proud Mary! For the “hottest ticket in town”, jump on board with Greg, Kate & their rockin’ band for this NOT-TO-BE-MISSED concert experience! COVIDSafe measures apply, including the requirement that all attendees show proof of vaccination status or exemption.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy

Participation Award

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM A musical comedy that asks the question - why does school suck so much?! Is it the compulsory sporting events? The one size fits all grading methods? Maintaining your precarious position in a volatile social food chain? Or is it just the arbitrary bullying? Using comedy, music, dancing (of the boy band variety), Perl takes her audience on an incredible journey through primary school life as an outcast. It’s not a new story, by any means, but the Melbourne comic makes the tale so hilariously personal that it becomes completely original. Delivered with her signature high-energy, high-awkward, vulnerable-when-no-one-asked-her-to-be musical story-telling, Jude explores confrontation through the ages (her ages). As it turns out, confrontation isn’t so hard if you just close your eyes, and imagine you are in a calmer, distant place… then all you have to do is move to that place, change your name and hair colour, and that way the person you are confronting has no way of ever finding you. Jude Perl is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and comedian based in Melbourne. In her hometown, she has created a name for herself by writing and performing hilarious, yet brutally honest, stream-of-consciousness style lyrics, set to undeniably catchy and well-crafted songs. Her last show I Have A Face has won multiple awards, toured all over Australia to sold out audiences and has been widely praised for its unique voice and honesty. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “One of the most genuine, honest feeling performers going around" - Theatre People "Jude, you made me laugh, cry and then do that weird laugh-cry thing where you aren’t exactly sure what emotions you’re feeling but snot and tears are dribbling down your face and yet you’re still laughing.“ - AU Review Tickets:Adult $37Senior $35Concession $33U30 $30Secondary Student $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Marina Prior & David Hobson - The 2 Of Us

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 8PM After 4 years of selling out 170 + shows around the country and over 80,000 tickets, Soprano and Tenor powerhouse legends of Musical Theatre and Opera, Marina Prior & David Hobson embark on their Encore Tour, ‘The 2 Of Us’ in up close and personal mode.  Brand new songs, back-stage and life stories, and including the classics from their vast repertoire spanning 35 years in a 2 hour spectacular show. Accompanied by renowned pianist David Cameron, in a two-hour intimate performance, Marina and David will perform their classics from productions such as The Phantom of The Opera,Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and La Boheme, to name but a few, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums. ‘It’s been beyond our wildest dreams to travel this beautiful country of ours being supported by Australians in our own backyard” says Marina & David.  “We’ve met so many wonderful people and made new friends along the way and we privileged to be able to do this and do not, for once take it for granted’, says Marina & David. 'It’s great that we have the opportunity to take the show to the people, in areas around the country, that we may not have otherwise been able to get to with some of the bigger productions we perform in’ says Marina.  ‘With the Up Close & Personal show, it’s like you’re in our living room and we’re in yours, singing both your and our favourite songs with a few funny career stories thrown in’, says David. David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known operatic tenors, musical theatre performers and recording artists.  He has sung and performed many roles for Opera Australia, performed lead roles in musical theatre, sung for the Queen, featured at the AFL Grand Final, Carols by Candlelight, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two and has been a presenter on Foxtel’s Arts Channel, Studio. Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre.  She is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, to name just two.   She has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris and Jose Carreras.  Well known for her Carols by Candlelight performance each year, she was recently seen on the ABC TV series The Divorce.  In 2006, Marina was honoured with an induction into Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century. Hear the classics, their recorded favourites with a hint of humour thrown in!  Definitely a show not to be missed! Sneak Peek of Marina & David Tickets:Adult $69.95Concession $64.95Groups 6 or more $64.95Under 17 $34.95

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium