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FRI 16 MAR 8PM
Sharply written comedy Michael Veitch & Simon Oats
Hilarious, full of drama, intrigue and the fireworks of good old fashioned rivalry.
Tune in as comedy legend Michael Veitch and handsome young blade Simon Oats dust off their double breasted dinner suits and transport us back to when radio was king. Mystery in the Air takes us backstage into a vintage studio where the drama exudes from more than just the scripts.
The times are changing as star rivalry comes to a head between a beloved radio veteran and the dashing new darling of the airwaves. Step into the glamorous days of the 1940s show business and witness the unravelling mayhem in the studio as things boil over both on and off air!
‘With two radio plays, twenty voices and a pile of live-to-air sound effects to get through – all performed live by two chaps, the show must go on.’
Running time 60 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
Some adult concepts
SAT 17 MAR 8PM
The Bob Dylan Story
“Folk Singer, Rebel, Beat Poet, Rock Star” – take a trip through the life, times and music of the legendary Bob Dylan.
Dylan changed music forever when he burst onto the 1960s Greenwich Village scene. Join us for a special journey through the stories of key moments from Bob’s life, with spellbinding live performances of more than 40 of his finest songs. Including ‘Blowin in the Wind’, ‘Lay Lady Lay’, ‘Tangled up in Blue’, ‘Rolling Stone’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and many more, Jeff Jenkins and his electrifying 4-piece band stun audiences with their authentic, powerful homage to one of the 20th Century’s greatest songwriters.
‘Jeff Jenkins not only sounds like His Bobness but he understands him, even inhabits him. DYLANesque was one of the most engaging and enjoyable couple of hours I’ve spent in ages.” - Glenn A. Baker
Running 150 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
Big Dance Australia Workshops
Big Dance is the largest free celebration of dance in the world and it's hitting Australia in 2018!
Presented by Ausdance Victoria, Big Dance is a free participatory dance festival, a celebration of dance for all ages and all levels of ability. Join thousands of people around Australia to perform the Big Dance, choreographed by acclaimed choreographers, Frances Rings and Craig Bary.
In partnership with Burrinja Cultural Centre and Yarra Ranges Council, workshops will be held in March and April to help you learn the Big Dance routine. These sessions are free and open to people of all ages and abilities. Register to secure your spot as spaces are limited.
No prior dance experience is necessary to participate.
This is an inclusive event. If you require mobility assistance or an interpreter, please let us know
18 March 2018 (Sun), 11am - 12.30pm
18 March 2018 (Sun), 1.30pm - 3.00pm
11 April 2018 (Wed), 2.00pm - 3.30pm (ages 5 - 9)
17 April 2018 (Tues), 2.00pm - 3.30pm
19 April 2018 (Thurs), 10.00am - 11.30am
22 April 2018 (Sun), 11.00am - 12.30pm
22 April 2018 (Sun), 1.30pm - 3.00pmBook your spot now
SAT 24 MAR 8PM
A brave and quietly devastating performance
A one-man tour-de-force theatre piece re-telling the lived experiences of Stolen Generation survivors.
Throughout Australia’s history, an unknown number of Indigenous children have been forcibly removed from their families. Parents driven mad, grandparents heartbroken, siblings torn apart, language lost, culture stripped away.
Using testimonials from the Stolen Generations, Melbourne Fringe and Adelaide Fringe award-winner and Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of this country.
“A brave and quietly devastating performance… Moving theatre that handles some emotionally harrowing material with dignity and grace.” Cameron Woodhead, The Age
Running 50 minutes | no interval
Warnings: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains images of deceased persons.
Ideal ages 12+
SAT 7 APR 11AM
From the popular book by Elizabeth Honey
A heart-warming story of friendship, planting and playfulness.
Funny, full of surprises and alive with music, puppetry and animation, ‘That’s not a Daffodil’ is a captivating music theatre show about trust and friendship between young and old from different worlds.
'That's not a daffodil! That's an onion!' says Tom when his neighbour presents him with a bulb to plant. ‘That’s not a daffodil, that's a green beak!' he says when the first shoot pokes up…
Inspired by the popular picture book That's not a Daffodil! by Elizabeth Honey, this is a show about understanding between young and old from different worlds. It's about the importance of planting and growing, giving and sharing, and seeing the relationship between all things. It celebrates living imaginatively through friendship, language, music and play.
‘Light-hearted, funny, and wonderfully creative; pitch-perfect for little kids and their grown-ups.’ - Alison Lester
Running time 45 minutes | no interval
Ideal ages 3 - 6
WEDS 11 APR 11AM
Loveable, loud, and loaded with laughs!
Get the whole family rocking and laughing out loud with the groovy guitar, ace bass and debonair drumming of this hilarious music show.
Aussie Kids Rock brings unique comedy and rock music to the front line of family fun.
Whether drumming Deano is arriving late from his cake decorating class, travelling in his time machine to a 1970’s Discothèque or trying to learn how to use brushes on the snare drum to play jazz, the infectious humour of this show is right on note!
Armed with instantly catchy songs, and manic comedy skits, ‘Aussie Kids Rock’ gets everyone in the groove with fabulous fun costumes, diverse musical styles and even some audience volunteers!
‘The whole family was in stitches with the antics of these talented musicians come comedians and the kids left really inspired.’
Duration 55 minutes | no interval
Ideal for ages 5-9
FRI 13 APR 8PM
the Memo, Healesville
The notion of slowing down isn’t particularly suitable when describing Dan Sultan. The hard working Melbourne musician will hit the road for a run of intimate theatre shows throughout regional and metro centres from March through to June. Leaving his incredible band at home, the Killer Solo Tour will see the Melbourne musician strip things back to basics – just Dan Sultan, his piano and guitar.
Each intimate and acoustic performance will see Sultan reimagining all of his most recent release, the stirring ARIA #5 debuting, critically acclaimed Killer (out now via Liberation Records), including singles ‘Hold It Together, ‘Kingdom’, ‘Magnetic’ and fan-favourites ‘Cul-de-sac’ and ‘Reaction’. In addition fans will be treated to a handful of classics from his decade-long back catalogue (expect hits from Blackbird, Dirty Ground, Get Out While You Can and Homemade Biscuits).
Running 80 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
FRI 27 APR 8PM
By Daniel Tobias of ‘Die Roten Punkte’
"Whip-smart, hilarious and deeply moving." The Age
A comedy about an atheist surviving cancer by finding God in Lance Armstrong.
Reflecting on Daniel’s real life (and almost death) experience, ‘The Orchid and the Crow’ is a solo performance that is part story-telling, part-theatre, featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Otto & Astrid (Die Roten Punkte).
Daniel Tobias effortlessly draws us into the inspiring tale of his near-death experience in this funny, uplifting story of faith, family and survival. Delve into this original, hilarious, brilliantly clever and ultimately moving story that audiences have described as 'life-changing'. Join Tobias as he delves into rarely discussed themes with a humour that makes them accessible.
Running time 70 minutes | no interval
Suitable for audiences 15 and over
Occasional coarse language and adult themes
SUN 29 APR 2PM
The Yarra Ranges based Nicholas Chamber Orchestra presents music reflecting the beauty of English gardens, such as inspired the orchestra's name – the Alfred Nicholas Gardens. Hear enchanting and poignant works by English masters Vaughn Williams and Elgar, and soaring musical eloquence from Mozart, Greig and Telemann, interpreted for you by the Dandenongs based English born conductor and pedagogue, Alan Took, and with a special performance by Evonne Hampton on flute. Let this programme soothe your cares away – just like a pleasant afternoon in a fragrant garden.
'We are excited to work again with Alan to present such an evocative selection of works by some of our favourite composers'. Judy Hamilton, Nicholas Chamber Orchestra
Running 90 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
SUN 13 MAY 2PM
Created and performed by Hilary Henshaw and Will Conyers
A rib-tickling musical celebration of the wonderful and hilarious women of yesteryear.
Join Hilary Henshaw and Will Conyers for this rib-tickling tour de force, remembering best-loved comedy pieces of yesteryear, rediscovered gems, more recent funnies and sensational signature songs. Be enthralled with fabulous music and stories from comedy icons including Gracie Fields, Beatrice Lillie, Joyce Grenfell, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Blossom Dearie, Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim!
Just direct your feet to the funny side of the street for your quota of humour, nostalgia, unexpected surprises and of course some ridiculously rapturous tunes.
“A funny fabulous show. Loved every minute!” - John-Michael Howson OAM
Running time 90 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
FRI 25 MAY 8PM
Hannie Rayson’s iconic Australian drama
Sweep into this multi award winning, iconic Australian drama.
Hotel Sorrento is a potent tale of family, loyalty, the importance of blood ties and collective memory - whether true or false.
Be drawn into ‘Hotel Sorrento’s ‘enthralling story of a family in crisis, pulled together after a long period apart. A mood of melancholy and strong sense of place engulf a family whose members are all forced into reassessing themselves, their past and their affections before facing an unknown future.
Playwright Hannie Rayson’s award winning pen-ship ( Life After George, Inheritance and Two Brothers,) deftly encapsulates larger social, political and cultural issues through the prism of a personal and domestic conflicts.
“Rayson puts all the issues out there and explores corners of the human heart…” The Sunday Mail
Running time 100 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
SUN 27 MAY 2PM
*please note 2PM is correct time - incorrect time was advertised in Burrinja printed program.
Songs Without Words
Indulge your senses in an afternoon with one of Australia’s finest classical guitar duos: the Grigoryan Brothers.
The Grigoryan Brothers return to Burrinja with their passion for sumptuous new arrangements and their own evocative compositions. Consistently pushing classical guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music, the brothers know no boundaries as they traverse new musical frontiers.
For this special Burrinja concert The Grigoryan Brothers will perform works from their latest release ‘Songs Without Words’, marking a return to classical repertoire. With songs by composers including Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce all masterfully arranged for the brothers by their father Edward.
“Guitar playing of uncommon originality and authority. Musicality, expressivity and daring,” - The New York Times
90 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
SAT 2 JUN 8PM
A home-delivery of hot and tasty comic treats!
A bounty of belly laughs is rolling into Burrinja - pack your laughing gear and get on board the hilarity and fun of the Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow!
Gather a gaggle for a night of giggles and laugh out loud entertainment you won’t forget with some of the best comedians of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! This roving tour-de-comedy features funny-makers from Australia and beyond, showcasing everything from stand-up and sketch to satire and song - in one side-splitting show!
Stay tuned for this year’s stellar line-up of fabulous comedians.
‘You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter’ Pelican Magazine, Perth (WA)
Running 115 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
May contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend
Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance
SUN 10 JUN 2PM
Be drawn into the drama, suspense and intrigue of Agatha Christie’s fabulous murder mysteries with Lux Radio Theatre’s classic recreations of two recently rediscovered radio plays.
High society cocktail parties, railways stations, boarding schools and ghostly callers set the scenes as Agatha Christie’s ‘Personal Call’ and ‘Butter in a Lordly Dish’ come to life on the Burrinja stage.
Find yourself on the edge of your seat as acclaimed Lux Radio Theatre actors bring these fabulously enthralling tales to life on stage - complete with hand crafted sound effects and vintage soap commercials. Let your imagination run wild as this group of top Melbourne theatre and screen actors recreate the pre-television days live on stage.
‘It was like stepping back in time to days when the family would gather around the wireless to listen to their favourite radio play.’
Running time 65 minutes | no interval
FRI 22 JUN 8PM
Tune into the lingering and luscious tones of Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky live on the Burrinja stage.
Based on their new album featuring a survey of intimate ballads, ‘Provenance’ showcases the superlative craftsmanship of platinum-selling legendary singer Vince Jones and multi-ARIA-winning pianist Paul Grabowsky.
‘Provenance’ marks a renewed collaboration between this pair of Australian music legends after decades apart. It also describes the music: ballads that showcase the essential elements of their craft, fundamentals that have been the foundations of their astonishing careers, pared down to an intimate combination of piano and voice (and occasionally piano and flumpet – a hybrid of trumpet and flugelhorn).
“Undoubted vocal expression aided by superb piano accompaniment” -The Advertiser John McBeath
Running time 90 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
SAT 30 JUN 11AM and 2PM
By the Trash Test Dummies
Rub-a-dub-dub, The Dummies are back with some splish splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter.
From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions! Splash Test Dummies are ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus filled hilarity for the whole family. Prepare your eyes to be boggled with this brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.
Join the Dummies and come dive from bathtubs to beaches in this new aquatic adventure.
“filled with hi-jinx, acrobatics dancing and juggling but where they really excel is their clowning around and slapstick humor.” Ed Fest Mag ★★★★★
Running time 60 minutes | no interval
Ideal ages 5 – 14 years
SAT 30 JUN – SUN 8 JUL
Burrinja Cultural Centre
Program and tickets available May 2018
With Ruccis circus school
Roll-up into the 6th annual Burrinja Circus Festival!
Get your Winter holidays sparkling with a week of fun circus entertainment for the whole family.
Set your circus groove to a gallop with awe inspiring professional shows, student shows, classes and family activities for all skill levels and interests.
This year’s circus festival feature brings the electrifying Trash Test Dummies back to the Burrinja stage with their hilarious new show ‘Splash Test Dummies’. With awe-inspiring stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and side-splitting, slapstick comedy, get the whole family ready to laugh and join them on this new aquatic adventure of oceanic proportions.
‘Burrinja’s circus festival is my families favourite school holiday activity, there’s something for everyone - the kids leave with new skills and we are all entertained and inspired.’
Ideal for ages 2+
MON 9 JUL 11AM and 2PM
Burrinja Black Box
A fabulous fun family show
Buckle up and take a trip in a giant time machine to get up close and personal with a life-sized T-Rex!
Excite you inner palaeontologist with this glimpse back into an unforgettable history. Let science and the creative visual imagery of this masterpiece of children’s educational entertainment charm you with wonder and delight in a fabulous family show of circus, puppetry, simple narrative and imaginative play.
‘Dinosaur Time Machine’ is a fabulous fun family show presenting up to date science and discoveries made about dinosaurs and the world in which they lived. Be part of the action with inclusive storytelling and imaginative play - full fun facts and entertainment.
“an articulate, entertaining, educational and extremely funny mix of the science of dinosaurs and comedy… Dinosaur Time Machine is good, really good. It's funny and clever… Take the kids and be prepared for a wild ride and watch out for the TRex!” - Weekend Notes 2017
Duration 55 minutes | no interval
Ideal for ages 3-9
FRI 20 JUL 8PM
Featuring Carter & Carter, Felicity Urquhart, Travis Sinclair and Anthony Taylor
Dust off those cowboy boots and get ready to bust out some serious boot-scooting as Burrinja prepares to welcome ‘A Taste Of Tamworth’ - Australia’s biggest music festival to the stage with four award winning acts in one big show.
Golden Guitar Winners – Carter & Carter, Felicity Urquhart and Travis Sinclair team up with rising star Anthony Taylor, to bring you an authentic taste of Tamworth.
With each act presenting their own form of music and unique personality on the Burrinja stage, hear the artist’s intimate accounts and stories behind the songs, then join in for a big team fun filled finale.
‘You don’t know country music until you’ve seen Tamworth’
Running 140 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
SUN 22 JUL, 2PM
Compositions by Jacqui Rutten, Johanna Selleck and Dindy Vaughan
Breeze into the harmonious tones of new compositions by three female composers presenting their works for combinations of mezzo soprano, violin, viola, flute, harp and wind quintet in a special intimate Gallery concert at Burrinja.
Inspired by the natural environment, these exceptional composers of international recognition come together to present a very special performance highlighting the musical talent of contemporary female composers.
Experience this refreshing and un-amplified concert as part of our ‘Women Painting Women’ exhibition presenting women’s voices front and centre stage at Burrinja. Join Jacqui Rutten, Johanna Selleck and Dindy Vaughan for a sensational musical experience surrounded by beautiful paintings by some of Australia’s most prominent female painters.
Be moved by this classically inspired, intimate and relaxed concert and enjoy special insight into the music as the composers discuss the creative processes behind the works and their influences.
Jacqui Rutten’s "Compositions[are] sincerely crafted, they hold together in a very personal way." – John Rose
Running time 60 minutes | no interval
TUES 24 JUL 8PM
A mother’s loss, a nation’s obsession
Portrayed with humour and heartbreak, this enthralling work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine (Parramatta Girls, Head Full of Love) explores the public’s relationship with one of 20th Century Australia’s most iconic figures.
The story captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child, her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. The media circus, the rumours, the mob mentality, and a nation’s prejudices laid bare.
Based on the gamut of human responses to Lindy’s story expressed in over 20,000 letters, this piece offers an enthralling, moving, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the nation.
“…a fascinating collage depicting Australian attitudes to grief, justice, celebrity, and to women who do not conform to expectations…” - Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
By Alana Valentine
A Merrigong Theatre Company production in association with Canberra Theatre Centre
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body
Running time 110 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
Contains strong language and adult themes
Recommended for ages 13+
SAT 8 SEP 8PM
Welcome back our carryover champion!
One man, one remote, one screen. Three suits, eight nights. One moment in the maelstrom to define a lifetime - or face national humiliation.
Burst into the hilarious, silly and life affirming story of 1990s Australia and one man’s attempt to scale the summit of all Australian quiz shows, Sale of the Century.
With direction from Stephen Abbott, best known as The Sandman this is an hilarious true story of dedication, perseverance and grit. Written and performed by Russell Cheek ‘Who Am I’ shares his story of climbing out of unemployed-actor poverty by attempting to win the jackpot on Sale of the Century in 1993.
"An Absolute treat…carefree and comic delight. Fascinating and funny. Winning, warm and rewarding.” - Australian Stage
Written and performed by Russell Cheek
Directed by Stephen Abbott
Running time 80 minutes | no interval
Warnings: some adult language
Age recommendation 15yrs+
SUN 16 SEP 2pm
Pre-show Talk 1pm
Icarian brings a spirit of daring and vision to a chamber music program that combines the sparkling lightness of Beethoven's early chamber music with the soaring melodies of Brahms and Piazzolla's toe-tapping tango.
Mary Finsterer's Icarian is an atmospheric new work that soars the heights of achievements beyond ordinary human capacity, to transcend limits of human endeavour whilst knowing the fragility of life itself.
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio No.8 in B-flat, WoO39
Josef Suk - Elegy
Mary Finsterer – Icarian
Smetana - Piano Trio Bedrich Smetana Piano Trio in G Minor, Op.15
Running 60 minutes | no interval
TUES 2 OCT 6:30PM
WEDS 3 OCT 11AM
An hilarious cautionary tale
A funny, fake-bloody tale of greed and power - this is Shakespeare unplugged and re-wired, performed with stupidity and skill!
Get into the guts of this Shakespearean delicacy - a hilarious, cautionary tale, spiced with rich evocative language and a healthy dose of invention and idiocy - like Horrible Histories live on stage.
This side-splitting interpretation of the haunting classic tale pulls no punches, leaving in all the murder and foul play; the injustice and cruelty, and the horror of one man’s ambition gone horribly wrong... in a fun and fabulous way.
Company 13’s Macdeth is a cracking, updated, kid-friendly classic, filled with physical comedy and the tastiest morsels of Shakespeare’s prose.
‘…the play brings the violent tale to life with clowning prowess, false teeth falling in the cauldron and fake blood explosions of silly string spewing all over the stage.’ Theatre Press, Rebecca Waese
Running time 60 minutes | no interval
Ideal ages 8 -15
SAT 6 OCT 11AM & 2PM
Based on Eric Carle's books
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.
Journey through four of Eric Carle’s incredible stories performed live on stage in this enchanting theatre show. Featuring the ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and other delightful characters from Eric Carle’s bestselling classic tales including, ‘The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse’, ‘Mr. Seahorse' and ‘The Very Lonely Firefly’.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller and directed by Naomi Edwards, this magical show comes to life with 75 exquisite puppets created by New York's Puppet Kitchen.
“and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”
Running time 50 minutes | no interval
Age recommendation 0-7
FRI 16 NOV 8PM
Step into a pumping RnB concert, Tiwi Islands style!
Mamanta –‘friend’ in Tiwi – pairs seven piece band B2M’s acclaimed R&B music and performance with captivating footage of life and culture in the Tiwi Islands. Showcasing their new album, Mamanta is a vibrant cultural experience told through a mix of dance, chants and song.
Find yourself tuned to the beat of their unique sound as they bring you a rare insight into their island culture delivered with their trademark wit, musicality and charm. If you haven’t had an opportunity to travel to the Tiwi Islands, this unique blend of contemporary and traditional sounds is sure to take you on an illuminating and uplifting journey.
‘“B2M…wow, the music, the joy, the talent- it was contagious. It would have been a standing ovation that demanded an encore- but everyone was already on their feet dancing! We couldn’t get enough of them!” Phaedra Watts, Artistic Director, Nannup Music Festival
Running 70 minutes | no interval
Strobe and Laser lighting
SAT 17 & SUN 18 NOV
Available in 2018
Inspired by the brave and excited by the bold.
Explore live art in a forest edge festival and find yourself engaging with experimental artists and their enthralling works
hillsceneLIVE is a weekend live art festival inspired and created by artists who take juicy risks, ask big questions and make bold statements with their work. Experience live art and performance, including Theatre, Dance, Sound Art, Comedy, Spoken Word, Circus and especially those works that don't fit easily into these categories.
Each year the hillsceneLIVE festival comes to life in an under utilsed space in the Dandenong Ranges, from old offices and heritage cottages to public gardens. Explore live art in a forest edge festival where you’ll find yourself in spaces from wide landscapes, to nooks and crannies – engaging with experimental artists and their enthralling works.
“hillsceneLIVE was an incredible journey on which you never knew what was around the corner. It was a chance to interact and step outside your comfort zone and the more you went along with it, the more you were able to gain. I cam away feeling inspired to create.” Audience member - 2016
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