FRI 26 APRIL 8PM
SUN 2 JUN 7.30PM
Grab a mate, grab a date… grab a ticket to the Roadshow!
Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to town. Forget I-Spy, spotto and stale servo snacks, this road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, specially selected to bring the fun of the Festival to towns and cities nationwide. With a line-up of artists sure to tickle anyone’s funny bone, the Roadshow has something for everyone.Line up & more info
SAT 27 APR 8PM
SUN 28 APR 7PM
The world-famous Circus Oz comes to the Hills!
A Circus Oz cabaret celebrating the gloriously gaudy, glammed up ‘80s.*
This is an unapologetic, funny, and downright dirty dancing cabaret where circus meets comedy and song in an unforgivably big shoulder pads night out. NEON delivers stunning acrobatic and aerial acts, breathtaking feats of circus, with a smattering of Flashdance choreography in some rather uncomfortable gym wear. *Warning: May contain hazardous levels of hair gel
THURS 23 MAY 8PM
$22 Friends of Burrinja
$22ea Group 6+
$18 26 & Under
One Man’s Life Of Grit, Terror And Heartache.
Do not miss this achingly brilliant, ovation worthy theatre show.
Abused and isolated, Occi struggles to avoid his ghosts and tortured memories of mental institutions. He is violent and vulnerable, soaked in alcohol and yearning, seeking redemption. Our challenge is to perceive Occi as more than a thug – as he and his mother fight for survival in a tough garrison town on the edge of a cruel and unforgiving world. Directed by [Melbourne Fringe co-founder] Greg Carroll, Swansong is an acclaimed production, and roller-coaster ride transporting its audiences into the life of an enraged ‘Occi’ played by Andre De Vanny (‘Best Actor’, 2015 Green Room Awards).
Some trigger warnings (mental health, family abuse, domestic violence, strong course language)
Running Time | 80 mins | no interval | Appropriate Age Range: 15+
SUN 26 MAY 5PM
$54 Friends of Burrinja*
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Irish Song Book Tour 2019
When you put together three brilliant Tenor voices with natural Irish charm, singing spine-tingling Classical, Folk, Irish, Gaelic and Pop favourites in stacked three-part harmonies, then mix them up with quick witted banter, you have THE CELTIC TENORS.
The Celtic Tenors perform The Irish Songbook on their Australian tour with such classics as Finnegan’s Wake, In The Gloaming, Song For Ireland, Danny Boy, The Dutchman, Caledonia, You Raise Me Up and many more favourites.
The charismatic, globe-trotting trio are the most successful classical crossover artists ever to have come out of Ireland. With just two Victorian shows, one at Burrinja.
““…stacked in tight three-part harmony, they become one magnificent flawless instrument.” Jon Jackson - Classic Melbourne
Running time 110 minutes | plus 20 minute interval
FRI 7 JUN 8PM
Captivating True Crime Drama not to be missed.
Classic psychological thriller from one of France’s most renowned authors; Marguerite Duras
A brutal murder is committed in a small town in France. The dismembered corpse is dropped from a railway viaduct onto passing trains below… All except the head. Based upon an actual event, L’amante Anglaise is a beautifully poignant and emotionally powerful portrait of lost passion. This modern classic psychological thriller from celebrated French author, Marguerite Duras, takes you right inside the heart and mind of the perpetrator. A fascinating and compelling true crime story. Pierre (Rob Meldrum) and Claire Lannes (Jillian Murray -2015 Green Room winner, Best Female Performer, Independent Theatre) are ordinary human beings leading everyday lives until catastrophe occurs. Over the course of the drama, they effortlessly reveal the beauty and brutality of their inner selves, and create a painstaking portrait of lost passion. Performed exquisitely and directed by Laurence Strangio, L’Amante Anglaise is a rare and unmissable work of theatre.
FRI 14 JUN 8PM
Revel in two of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians and composers performing together on Burrinja’s stage!
A collaboration of two of Australia’s most respected artists. Singer/songwriter Lior shot to the public’s attention following his 2005 debut album Autumn Flow, which became one of the most successful independent releases in Australian history. His collaboration with composer Nigel Westlake, won best classical album at the 2014 ARIA awards. Paul Grabowsky is an acclaimed composer, pianist and polymath who has received numerous awards in his illustrious 40 year career. Together they will be reinventing some of Lior’s most cherished songs as well as bringing their own individual voices to this special show.
FRI 5 JULY
Perception is more than just seeing.
Be captivated and challenged by this playfully provocative exploration of the senses.
How would you adapt without sight - blindfolded? Would you rise to the challenge or trip over your own feet? Three highly trained interdisciplinary performing artists work to explore how the human body can move and interact when sight is compromised. A quirky and atmospheric interpretation of the relationship between being sighted and not sighted -exploring shifts in power, poignant moments and pure physicality. My Sight Their Sight engages with the audience to show us how movement, dance, and circus can transcend something that most of us take for granted – SIGHT. Join creator Abbie Madden, Director of the company Blindful, for an insightful Q&A after the performance.
SAT 6 JULY 1PM & 3PM
Whitehorse Orchestra Children's Concert
A deep dive into the world of the Orchestra for inquisitive youngsters!
Don’t miss this entertaining and popular introduction to the Orchestra, complete with a full orchestra on stage, music, songs, story line, narrators, characters in costume and wonderful video imagery. The Orchestra will be performing The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (L'Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant) by Francis Poulenc (1940). The story of Babar the Elephant has been a much-loved children’s favourite for almost 100 years now, from the original French books and A.A. Milne’s English versions; to animations, feature films and major concert works. Babar is one of the most recognized children's characters in the world, with publications in over 17 languages. Come and explore the musical world of Babar with the Whitehorse Orchestra.
FRI 19 JUL 8PM
Featuring Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham & The Weeping Willows
The Taste Of Tamworth show is a unique concert experience that brings a tasty sample of Australia’s biggest festival, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, right into your own backyard. Four multi- award winning acts, led by Golden Guitar winners Carter & Carter, team up to bring you the excitement and entertainment of a festival which has produced artists like Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Keith Urban and many more. Each act performs a set of their own hits, before teaming up for a fun filled finale. Four award winning acts together in one big show – A Taste Of Tamworth you’ll never forget.
This years performers are:
Carter & Carter – Australia’s most successful independent country music act with a Golden Guitar, 12 National #1 hits and 12 Independent Country Music Awards
Lyn Bowtell – 6 time Golden Guitar Winner, Toyota Starmaker Winner and Finalist on The Voice in season 6
Jayne Denham – Winner Australian Independent CM Rising Star, five top 10 videos on the Country Music Channel and three national #1 hits on country radio.
The Weeping Willows – 5 X Golden Guitar Finalists, 4x Country Music Channel Finalists and APRA/AMCOS Australian Independent CM Single Of The Year
SAT 20 JUL 8PM
Gripping. Challenging. Confronting. Enlivening.
Delve into fresh, new theatre devised by the award-winning youth company ‘Bearfoot’.
"Two people trapped in a room. One is almost finished but the other is not yet ready. The other will be ready, but just not yet." I Hope it’s Not Raining in London is a contemporary, hybrid- experimental work in its exploration of our perceived realities and the effects of trauma. A sophisticated short play that places two strangers together in a mysterious room. Neither of them has knowledge of where they currently exist and how they got there- and the newest to arrive has no memories whatsoever.
SAT 14 SEP 8PM
WED 5 JUN 7.30PM
The most intimate telling of this now much-loved story yet.
The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of Tony Brigg’s mother – the incredible journey of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing Motown 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. The Sapphires is one of Australia’s best-loved stories. This multiple award- winning musical play, that inspired the film, is lighting up the stages of the Memo & Burrinja for Culture Tracks 2019.
SAT 21 SEP 6.30PM
A captivating story for the whole family – sure to delight audiences of all ages.
For anyone who’s ever patted a dog or been moved by an artwork.
Picasso and His Dog is inspired by the true life story of Pablo Picasso and his sausage dog Lump. This delightful show celebrates the animals with whom we share our lives while exploring what it is to be creative and to create. Created by Lemony S Puppet Theatre, this work is an inventive mix of live art-making on-stage, puppetry and magic realism. Picasso and His Dog is about how the animals in our lives can inspire us to be excellent humans (and artists).
THU 26 SEP 2PM & 6PM
A show for cubby creators and den dwellers!
Rollicking fun with spectacular acrobatics, clowning and poetic visuals, celebrating imagination and adventure.
Have you ever built a… FoRT? … The wonderful crew at Asking for Trouble delve into the art of play and the creation of worlds from everyday objects. Two strange characters appear hunting for whispers of adventure. A couch, table, cushions, sheets and broomsticks transform into rockets, trampolines, cliffs and tents - places to explore. Images appear and disappear. FoRT is full of ridiculous clowning, spectacular acrobatics, poetic visual imagery and celebrates the kind of creative genius that has been known to turn lounge rooms into volcanoes, trees into castles and cardboard boxes into racing cars.
SAT 5 OCT 8PM
FRI 13 SEP 2PM
My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Aron is the radiantly witty and warm personal account of Angela. Dumped by her husband for a younger model, we follow her achingly funny story as she fumbles through the days and the dating scene, rediscovering herself and hoping to find the love of her life! A smash hit for Dawn French on the West End, Mandi Lodge will star in HIT’s 2019 Australian production of this irresistibly funny “stand up tragedy!”
SAT 12 OCT 8PM
An enthralling comedy about ageing in an image obsessed world
Satire with sting and songs with cringe… it must be Fringe Fun Follies time!
Do you still feel like you’re 25 even though your birthdate stubbornly insists you’re not? Are you enquiring about Botox ‘for a friend’? This hilarious cabaret from Amity Dry (author of the musical ‘Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life’) was a sell-out success at last year’s Adelaide Fringe and is sure to be a great girls night out. From her childhood home perm to the eve of her 40th birthday Amity explores the pressure women face to maintain the beauty ideal and how social media, Botox and the Kardashians have forever altered the quest for eternal youth. She pokes fun at her '80s childhood and '90s teen exploits, and questions whether 40 is the new 30 or just something you say to make you feel better.
SUN 13 OCT 2PM
Grip the edge of your seat as Lux Radio Theatre brings these wonderful ‘whodunit’ stories to life.
Before television, the entertainment highlight of the week was the Sunday night radio play. The Lux Radio Theatre recreates those days with distinguished actors playing multiple roles, creating the live sound effects and the vintage soap commercials. Let your imagination run free as you watch two intriguing Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Paul David Goddard leads the cast as Sherlock Holmes and the woman he admires is played by Lucy Gransbury.
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