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Theatre - What's On
Date
Wednesday January 25

Times
10:30am

Prices
$12



Magic Show and Balloon Twisting Workshop

Join Steve the Magician as he presents Magic and Balloons in a fun 1 and a half hour session for kids of all ages.

It all starts with a 30 minute journey of hilarious side splitting laughs as this heart-warming magician empowers the children with magic and a good dose of self-esteem. Friends will be made and memories will be created all in the name of Magic and Fun.

After the Magic Show the Balloon Twisting Workshop begins. In this 1 hour session you will learn all the basics of balloon twisting and how to make 4 different objects. Then using your new found knowledge and more balloons than you have ever seen before, you will take part in a freedom session where you get to create whatever you like.

It’s colourful, squeaky clean and fun for anyone from 5 yrs to 105 yrs. This really is a treat for everyone, but a must do for the kids these holidays.

Run Time - 90mins (30min Show & 1hr Workshop (No Interval)|Suitable 5+

Date

THUR 23 MAR, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
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Hello Beautiful!

Hannie Rayson   

“as nourishing and delicious as homemade soup” – Noni Hazlehurst

Let Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorrento & Life After George) charm and delight you in this funny and personal evening as she shares her experiences of seeking out extraordinary moments in the everyday, and the city of Melbourne that has always been her home.

Hannie invites you into her big, open-hearted and adventurous life, and makes you feel like you are listening to stories being told by your new best friend.  A love letter to Melbourne, told through 43 vignettes, she pays homage to the city now, its history and its curiosities.

After the show meet Hannie Rayson at a post-show book signing.


60 mins | no interval | Contains coarse language

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Date

SAT 25 MAR, 7PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
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Empyrean  

Melbourne Ballet Company  

Melbourne Ballet company “now finds itself close to the forefront of contemporary classical dance in Australia.” -DANCE AUSTRALIA

Experience this exhilarating and uplifting ballet performed by some of Australia's most accomplished dancers.

Melbourne Ballet Company returns to captivate you at Burrinja  with a beautiful work exploring the concept of Empyrean: outer sky, closest to purity and unconditional love. This critically acclaimed triple bill focusses on a world reigned over by harmony, light and bliss.

Meet the dancers after the show for photos and an informal get together & stay tuned for information on Ballet workshops.


80 mins | 20 min interval | All ages

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Date

THUR 13 APR, 10:30AM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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Ticket packages
3 -family shows $42
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Slapdash Galaxy  

Bunk Puppets

Forget what you think you know about shadow puppets, buckle-in and tear open your imagination for an epic journey with two brothers as they battle the bad guys, and find strength in each other at warp speed.

Delve into the tale of two brothers who must flee their barren planet and embark on an epic quest across the galaxy. Using the contents of your cleaning closet, Bunk Puppets’ Hamish Fletcher conjures up astonishing lo-fi theatrical wizardry using only old boxes, bubble wrap, drinking straws, tennis balls, ping pong bats and old toys. It’s a crazy shadow puppet universe, all made up from bits of rubbish.

55 minutes | no interval
Warnings: Some elements may be scary for children under 5 years of age. Theatrical smoke effects.

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Date

THUR 4 MAY, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
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Stones in his Pockets

Critical Stage | by Marie Jones

An uproarious clash of cultures as Hollywood meets the Quiet Valley of Ireland  

Stones in his Pockets is alternately riotously funny and deeply moving. Universally loved by all who see it, this new production is destined to captivate and delight you with its unfolding tale performed by a cast of two who seamlessly transform between the 15 different characters.  If you love ABC comedy and drama, you’ll love Stones in his Pockets.

Originally gushing at the thrill of being employed as extras, the small community quickly shifts from romance to resentment as it is overrun by a Hollywood film crew capturing the “Quiet Valley”. 

Amidst gut busting comedy, the harsh realities of rural life surface and real stories are poignantly told with this critically acclaimed, award winning play.

110 mins | includes 20 min interval
Recommended 14+ occasional course language and mature themes

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Date

SUN 21 MAY, 2PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
Seniors $22
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Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
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The Mystery of the Hansom Cab

by  Lux Radio Theatre   

Ignite your imagination with this iconic Melbourne whodunit live on stage as a radio play  

Be drawn into the drama and intrigue as acclaimed actors from the theatre and screen indulge your sensors, recreating the pre-television days in the Lux Radio Theatre.

Set in a 1880s St Kilda mansion the exclusive ‘Melbourne Club’ and the criminal haunts of Little Bourke Street, this is the enthralling story of murder in a hansom cab. 

Featuring the acclaimed  James  Wright, Simon Russell (Will Rock You) Lucy Gransbury (Godspell), The Mysetery of the Hansom Cab will delight you with its unexpected plot twists and colourful references to late nineteenth century Victoria.

65 mins | no interval | all ages

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Date

SAT 3 JUN, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
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Dracula

Bram Stoker

★★★★★ ArtsHub
‘Bram Stoker would be turning in his grave with pure enjoyment.’


Forget Twilight – sink your teeth into the blood, gore and fun of Bram Stoker’s thrilling original – Dracula, swooping onto the Burrinja stage in 2017.

Squeal and feel your follicles bristle with this electric classic, re-imagined for the 2017 stage by the award winning Shake and Stir theatre company– you’ll be mesmerised. Stoker’s gothic classic has been enthralling audiences since 1897 – now see it re-imagined for the 21st century.

100 mins | no interval | Suitable ages 15 +

WARNING
Includes simulated violence, sexual and supernatural themes, haze and strobe lighting.

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Date

SAT 10 JUN, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
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Bakersfield Mist

John Wood and Julie Nihill

Ever taken a five buck gamble on a piece of kitsch nick-nackery you thought just might be priceless?

Funny, soul bearing – a masterpiece traversing comedy and drama. Written by Stephen Achs and based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is marvelously entertaining, starring the fabulous John Wood and Julie Nihill.

Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from an opp shop. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy (John Wood), flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover.

205 mins | includes 20 min interval | strong language

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Date

WED 28 JUN, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Tickets

All $28
26 & under $18
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Ticket packages
3 Small Gems $60
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Greek Goddess   

A Small Gem at Burrinja

“What I love most in the world is Greece. But the Greek sea, the Greek hills, the Greek sun, the reflection of the Greek sun on those Greek hills are not for me to see. I am not permitted to return to Greece, this is why I’m here, speaking to you tonight.”
-Melina Mercouri


Award winning Maria Mercedes conjures the flavours and textures of Mercouri’s world, with this captivating cabaret based on the life, work and passions of the actor, singer, activist, politician and icon of Greek popular culture that was Melinda Mercouri.

Dive into her majestic world through the stories and music of her life. Experience love songs, traditional Greek songs, protest songs, songs from films and comedy songs - in English, French and Greek, all accompanied by piano, guitar and bouzouki.

After the show stay for a drink and meet the performers in our intimate Black Box theatre.

90minutes | no interval | all ages

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Date

THUR 29 JUN, 7:30PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
season packages

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Melbourne International

Comedy Festival Roadshow

‘You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter’  Pelican Magazine, Perth (WA)  

Buckle up Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is back on the bus, hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival!

Featuring an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers, we’ve got all your comedy bases covered.  Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy roadtrip rolls into town!

Stay tuned for the 2017 all-star line up!

150 mins | including 20 min interval | recommended ages 15+

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Date

1 JUL – 9 JUL   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Stay tunes for program announcements

Burrinja Circus Festival 2017

With Ruccis circus school   

The 4th Annual Burrinja Circus Festival will be an adventure like no other. Featuring professional circus shows, student performances and classes for everyone, this winter it’s time to get packing and get ready to join the circus at Burrinja.

A winter school holidays must for all ages, the Burrinja Circus Festival 2017 is your one stop family-fun shop for all things circus. Be entertained, be inspired, learn new tricks and ignite the imaginations of your whole family with the fantastical joy of circus.

This year Dislocate bring back the fantastic characters of their original world touring show in 3 Speed Crunch Box Re-booted. More stunts, more slapstick, more laughs and even more stupidity… not to be missed!!


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Date

MON 3 JUL, 3PM & 6:30PM
TUES 4 JUL, 10AM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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Ticket packages
3 -family shows $42
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Garry Ginivan Attractions ( Aust ) in association with KW & NB Ltd (UK)
Adapted from the picture book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

A furiously fun, mini-musical that will get the whole family wriggling along in their seats.

Warm your heart and tickle your fancy with the fun and frolics of a father who is clearly still a child at heart, his three children including a tiny intrepid bear hunter in the making, plus the family dog and of course....a BIG BROWN CUDDLY BEAR!

From the makers of  POSSUM MAGIC, WOMBAT STEW and THERE’S A HIPPOPOTAMUS ON OUR ROOF EATING CAKE comes this exciting new live production WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT!

Running time 55 minutes | no interval | Recommended 2 years – 8 years     


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Date

SAT 15 JUL, 11AM & 2PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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Ticket packages
3 -family shows $42
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The Witches
Roald Dahl’s captivating classic   

Eyes will bulge and nostrils will flair with delight in this fabulously exciting live theatre imagining of Roald Dahl’s brilliant tale The Witches.

Think you can outwit a witch and outrun a mouse? Then grab a seat in the front row for The Witches, bursting onto the stage as a mind-boggling and madcap one-man show.

Brave boys and girls, rat-racers and retirees are in for a wicked and wonderful time. Lucas Jervies directs this bubbling concoction, based on David Wood’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, with one actor running amok in a virtuosic physical performance.

Running time 50 minutes | no interval | Recommended ages 6 +   


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Date

SUN 30 JUL, 2PM   

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Tickets

All $28
26 & under $18
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Ticket packages
3 Small Gems $60
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The Crow Family   
A Small Gem at Burrinja

Swirl up into this tantalisingly gentle, intimate, and beautiful musical tale about remarkable creatures and what makes us human.

A woman lives in the middle of a city, next to a tree that smells of lemons. In this tree lives a family of crows, but their home is threatened by developers. One day, the child of the crows falls from the nest. As night falls, the neighbourhood cats move in for the kill. The woman intervenes and her encounter with the crows and their child transforms her life and ultimately transforms her.

The Crow Family is an insight into the delicate and difficult business of being a family.

After the show stay for a drink and meet the performers in our intimate Black Box theatre. 

60 Minutes | No Interval | Recommended ages 11+

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Date

SAT 12 AUG, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Tickets

All $28
26 & under $18
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Ticket packages
3 Small Gems $60
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Larry Paradiseo
and The Fabulous Dame Farrar

A Small Gem at Burrinja

Get into it with this cabaret tour de force: Carita Farrer Spencer brings you her alter-egos...theatrical cyclone one The Fabulous Dame Farrar and International sex symbol Larry Paradiseo in this world class Double Act (with herself).

Act One - The Fabulous Dame Farrar: Celebrate the glory & disaster of this superbly talented Diva and disgraceful, loveable lush.

Act Two - Larry Paradiseo: A showbiz God. He's got more moves than Mick Jagger and a way with the ladies that makes Tom Jones look a little limp.

After the show stay for a drink and meet the performers in our intimate Black Box theatre.

Run Time - 100 Minutes including 20min Interval | Suitable 18+

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Date

SAT 26 AUG, 10:30AM &  1:30PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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Ticket packages
3 -family shows $42
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The Arrival
Spare Parts Puppets return  

Shaun Tan’s fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, mysterious lights, alien symbols and weird animals.

Based on Shaun Tan’s stunning book, Australia’s leading puppet company Spare Parts Puppets weave this imaginative and uplifting tale through their famous combination of exceptional acting woven with exquisite puppetry.

The Arrival is a universal tale of the challenges, the humour and adventures of arriving in a new country and resonates far beyond any arrival… a new school, a new job, a new town. The absence of words not only makes the story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation that is experienced by many people arriving in a new place.

Running time 50 minutes | no interval


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Date

SAT 16 SEPT, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
book tickets

Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
season packages

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Intimacy

Ranter’s Theatre 

‘This is one of the cleverest and most enjoyable shows you’ll see in a while.'  Prue Bentley, ABC Melbourne  

Be moved by this divinely enthralling play based on real life encounters with strangers on a Melbourne Street.

Through a series of intimate and diverse conversations, Intimacy gives a candid, funny and sometimes disquieting portrait of everyday life where personal anxieties are never far from the surface.

Intimacy shows that the differences between us are often the most surprising points of connection and examines how people can very quickly share the intimate details of their lives with total strangers.

70 mins | no interval

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Date

THUR 21 SEPT, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ 28ea
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Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $190
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The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

Finucane & Smith

“seductive, subversive and bursting at the seams with monstrous talent”  - The Age   

Step into the tantalising, Exotic Lives of Lola Montez the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century. She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review), swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand and escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels. Showered with gold nuggets and insults, swathed in scandal - her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage" (Sydney Morning Herald 1855).

From Burrinja favourites and award winning creators of the smash-hit national touring legend Caravan Burlesque, Glory Box and The Flood, comes a brand new show decked in couture black lace, a thousand true lies, jaw-dropping dance, multi-award winning storytelling, sultry song and a death scene or three.

Meet the cast after the show for a Q&A in the Lola Lounge.

100 mins | no interval | mature themes and haze effects

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Date

FRI 6 OCT 10:30AM & 12:30PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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Ticket packages
3 -family shows $42
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Grug and the Rainbow

Based on Ted Prior’s iconic story book character

Discover and delight with Grug on his search for the rainbow, with this charming new puppetry piece.

Beginning life as the grassy top of a Burrawang tree, Grug has captivated the hearts and imaginations of Australian children for nearly 40 years. Fascinated by the world around him and never short of an adventure, he’s now back by popular demand.

Embarking on his own epic journey to find a rainbow, it always seems just beyond his grasp. But Grug is full of determination and his quests are always full of surprises.

Running time 35 minutes | no interval | Recommended ages 1-5


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Date

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Venue

Burrinja Cultural Centre
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