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Choosing shows for Merrigong’s season each year doesn’t get any less exciting the more times I do it (this is my eighth season for Merrigong).

companies, Kneehigh Theatre, who’ll bring us their stunningly stylish version of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter. And we’ll be able to share one of the great thrills of theatre-going - seeing a world premiere of a new theatre work – not once but twice. Our theatre-making program, Make It @Merrigong, will bring to the stage Van Badham’s cheeky, charming new play The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars (a co-production with Griffin Theatre Company and Hothouse Theatre) and Alana Valentine’s stunning verbatim exploration of the tragic human aftermath of the Waterfall train disaster, Dead Man Brake (a Merrigong commission).

It helps that there is no limit to the great theatre being made all over the world by incredibly imaginative playwrights, inventive directors and designers, and talented actors. Still, seeing as much theatre as I do could leave one a little jaded. But when we start putting together our season each year, something clicks inside, and there’s a little thrill as each possibility arises, as each show falls into place. Some of the shows I’ve seen already – in Sydney or Adelaide, London or Edinburgh. Some haven’t been made yet, but I’ve been excited by a script or the production concept a director has pitched. But with all of them, what excites me most is the thought of seeing the show here in Wollongong, with you, our audience. So each year by the time I have to write this message for the brochure I can hardly wait for the coming year. This season is certainly no exception.

Putting together our annual season is fun, but it’s also a responsibility we take very seriously. The question I ask myself as we consider each possible show is whether I am excited at the thought of sitting in our theatre here in Wollongong with you and watching it. I can honestly say I’m thrilled at the thought of doing that for each of the shows in this brochure. OK, no more talking about it. I can’t wait for the opening night of our 2013 season. I look forward to seeing you there.

In 2013, I’m looking forward to sharing a lot of laughter with you. Our theatre season is filled with humour - from the unrivalled wit of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession to the beautiful daggy-ness of School Dance; from the inspired lunacy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) to the comic genius of the real thing, Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.

Simon Hinton Artistic Director / CEO

We’ll also see some of the finest theatre performers in the world – the sublime Helen Morse in Sundowner, national treasure Jack Charles telling his own story in Jack Charles V The Crown, the extraordinary Zimbabwean actors Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyebvu (Two Gents) with their infectious, ‘township style’ versions of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona and Kupenga Kwa Hamlet, and one of the UK’s most acclaimed and highly original 2

6 School Dance 8 Two Gentlemen of Verona / Kupenga Kwa Hamlet 10 Sundowner 12 Mrs Warren’s Profession 14 The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars 16 Jack Charles V The Crown 18 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 20 Frankenstein 22 Dead Man Brake 24 The Comedy of Errors 26 Brief Encounter

28 BLAK 29 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 30 G 31 The Hansard Monologues 32 The Wharf Revue 2013 33 Flamenco Fire - Al-Andaluz

34 The Vault Cabaret 35 Studio Sessions

36 April - Cautionary Tales for Children 37 July - The Listies in 6D 38 September/October – Dinosaur Petting Zoo and Sydney Opera House Babies Proms: The Four Seasons 39 40 42 43 45 48

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Every Season Ticket has a significant discount – the more shows you see, the more you save! Save up to 45% on single ticket prices. Plus, unlike purchasing single tickets, there are no transaction fees on Season Tickets.

Is there a show you know your friend will just love? What about the kids? You can buy unlimited tickets for friends and family members, many at discounted prices, at the same time as you book your Season Ticket. Just enter the number of tickets in the ‘Additional Tickets’ section of your booking form.

Returning 2012 Season Ticket Holders have priority access to the best seats in the house until Friday 14 December. Seats are exclusively available to Season Ticket Holders (new and returning) until Sunday 20 January, so you are guaranteed seats to all 2013 Season shows – even those that may sell out (your first choice of dates may not always be available). Single tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday 21 January (excluding School Dance, which goes on sale on Monday 3 December).

Swap each ticket in your Season Ticket package once for free; this can be into another performance of the same show, or for a performance of another Season 2013 show. Where ticket prices vary, the difference will be charged. Unlimited additional exchanges can be made, but a $3.50 fee will be charged per ticket, per exchange. 4

Introduce a friend to the benefits of a Merrigong Season Ticket and you’ll get a FREE ticket to the Season 2013 show of your choice. To be eligible, your friend must list you on their booking form. (Only valid when introducing a firsttime Season Ticket Holder at a different residential address to yours.) Or purchase a Season Ticket to 9 or more shows and get a free ticket to a Season 2013 show of your choice.

If paying by credit card, you can choose to pay half of your Season Ticket (and any additional tickets) when booking. We’ll charge your card for the remaining 50% on or close to 9 April 2013. (A $7.50 handling fee applies.)

Enjoy $1 off beer, wine and soft drinks at the IPAC bar. You can also enjoy special deals on accommodation, Illawarra Mercury subscriptions and wine offers. See page 42 for more details.

Purchase a Season Ticket to 9 or more shows and get an invitation to our RUFF – New Works In Progress showings and be a valuable part of the theatre making process.

Season Ticket Holders receive notifications of free Merrigong Talking Points and special oneoff events at the theatre, so you will always be in the know. (Of course, you can choose to opt-out if you prefer!)

Returning Season Ticket Holders will enjoy a free ‘welcome back’ drink voucher (standard beer, house wine or soft drink) for use at the IPAC bar at the show of your choice. 5

“Windmill has all bases covered. School Dance is a hit� The Australian

A WINDMILL THEATRE PRODUCTION

School Dance by Matthew Whittet

A hilarious rite-of-passage comedy for anyone aged 14 to 114 A sell-out when it premiered at the Adelaide Festival in 2012, and heading to Wollongong straight from its 2013 Sydney Festival season, School Dance is a wonderfully original mash-up of `80s kitsch and kooky, tongue-in-cheek humour - perfect for anyone who is, or has ever been, a teenager. Set in the midst of that terrifying rite of passage known as the school dance, the play follows three loveably awkward

teenaged boys on a hormone- and mee goreng-fuelled quest for social acceptability. Written by and starring Matthew Whittet (The Book of Everything), School Dance draws inspiration from the 1980s teen angst films of John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) to create a nostalgic, boisterous and achingly real theatrical gem that you won’t want to miss.

Director Rosemary Myers Designer Jonathon Oxlade Lighting Richard Vabre Animation Chris More Movement Gabrielle Nankivell Original Soundtrack Luke Smiles – Motion Laboratories Cast Amber McMahon, Jonathon Oxlade, Luke Smiles, Matthew Whittet

7 – 9 FEBRUARY IMB THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $51 - $61 UNDER 30s: $36 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 10 mins (no interval)

Luke Smiles. Photo by Shane Reid

Recommended for ages 14+. Contains some strong language and violence

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“A masterful Hamlet in which its actors perform with passion, energy and confidence… a most engaging piece of theatre” The British Theatre Guide (UK) for Kupenga Kwa Hamlet

“A striking gem of a production“ Whatsonstage.com (UK) for Two Gentlemen of Verona

~ INTERNATIONAL HIT PRODUCTION ON TOUR ~ TWO GENTS PRODUCTIONS’

Two Gentlemen of Verona Kupenga Kwa Hamlet Played in repertory

Two brilliantly energetic reinterpretations of Shakespeare’s classic plays Blending a fresh cultural perspective with physically engaging and intimate performances, the award-winning, London-based Two Gents Productions has received enormous critical acclaim for their explorations of Shakespeare’s classic plays through the eyes of modern Zimbabweans. In broad, loud, triumphantly energetic `township style’, the two actors slip into all of the play’s characters – from amorous suitors to sullen daughters – bringing Shakespeare’s verse to life in new and unfamiliar ways. Two Gentlemen of Verona From Verona to Milan, via Harare and Bulawayo, two great friends vie for the love of the same woman. When one is banished, their friendship is threatened and only through disguise, deception and intrigue are they reconciled in this charming version of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies.

Kupenga Kwa Hamlet In the twilight of a pre-colonial Zimbabwe – a world of unyielding beliefs and ritual, where the afterlife and the present co-exist – Hamlet, a tribal prince, returns home to find his father murdered, his mother incoherent and a new, dangerous chief ruling over his homeland.

Adapted and created by Denton Chikura, Tonderai Munyebvu and Arne Pohlmeier Director Arne Pohlmeier Cast Denton Chikurs and Tonderai Munyebvu

5 – 9 MARCH IMB THEATRE

Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyebvu

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SINGLE TICKETS: $39 - $49 UNDER 30s: $29 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 20 mins (no interval) Recommended for ages 12+

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“Morse is splendid... Director Kate Denborough seizes every opportunity to bring to life the collisions between the past and the present happening in the woman’s mind� The Australian

A KAGE PRODUCTION

Sundowner

by Kate & David Denborough Helen Morse stars in a story that celebrates the love that binds families together Sundowner is the result of years of research, community engagement and creative development, and was the subject of a highly regarded ABC Artscape documentary. It expertly combines theatre, beautiful choreography and imagery in a story of lament, grief, and ultimately, love. Complemented by original music by Paul Kelly, Megan Washington and Kelly Ryall, Sundowner is a simple, yet powerful story of family, love and loss told through the eyes of three generations.

“It’s the strangest thing. No longer being able to tell what is the past and what is the present...” Writer Peggy is in her late 50s and has younger onset dementia. Her relationship with memory and immediacy, the present and the past, is beginning to dissolve. If a loved one starts to lose their memories, what role can we play in holding on to them? And how can we care for them in the present while honouring their memory?

Director Kate Denborough Lighting Designer Damien Cooper Composer Kelly Ryall with additional music by Paul Kelly and Megan Washington Set Concept Dan Potra Set Realisation Julie Renton Costume Designer Paula Levis Cast Helen Morse, Jackie Rees, Timothy Ohl, Gabrielle Nankivell, Craig Bary with The Tivoli Lovelies

20 - 23 MARCH IMB THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $51 - $61 UNDER 30s: $36 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 MOVES PACKAGES: see page 41

Helen Morse. Photo by Jeff Busby

RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 20 mins (no interval) Recommended for ages 14+

Created in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. Toured by Performing Lines for Road Work

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“There are no secrets better kept, than the secrets that everybody guesses” Mrs Warren’s Profession (Sir George Crofts, Act III)

A SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION

Mrs Warren’ s Profession by George Bernard Shaw Enjoy Shaw’s trademark devilish wit and verbal mastery in this much-loved classic Legendary playwright George Bernard Shaw dissects the precarious bond between mother and daughter, as well as the thorny issues of class and privilege, in this period drama that remains remarkably relevant. Vivie Warren is an optimistic young ‘bluestocking’ working her way towards social independence and a successful career, when she makes a discovery that rocks her world: her comfortable upbringing and expensive education were bankrolled by her mother Kitty’s

unorthodox profession. Although written in 1893, Mrs Warren’s Profession was not performed publically in London until 1925, having been banned for its frank discussion of a taboo topic, but also for its forthright challenge of the Victorian status quo regarding the rights of women. Helen Thomson (In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll) and Drew Forsythe (The Wharf Revue) star in a play that sparkles with a vitality and wit belying its 120 years.

Director Sarah Giles Designer Renée Mulder Composer and Sound Designer Max Lyandvert Cast includes Simon Burke, Eamon Farren, Drew Forsythe, Martin Jacobs, Lizzie Schebesta, Helen Thomson

10 – 13 APRIL IMB THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $62 - $72 UNDER 30s: $46 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: approx. 2 hr 15 mins (including interval) Helen Thomson. Photo by Michele Aboud

Recommended for ages 14+. Contains adult themes

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“One day she decided to wear the blue dress. It wasn’t provocative. He was married.” The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars (Part 1: The Bull)

~ WORLD PREMIERE ~ A MERRIGONG THEATRE COMPANY, GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY AND HOTHOUSE THEATRE CO-PRODUCTION

The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars by Van Badham

A delightfully indulgent fairytale for grown-ups In 2013, Merrigong is pleased to be co-producing with Australia’s premier new writing theatre company, Griffin Theatre Company, and our fellow regional powerhouse, Albury Wodonga’s Hothouse Theatre. This play is an absolute gem - a romantic comedy of epic proportions set in the world of art and antiquity. As the sexual tension between Marion and Michael mounts, the museum is haunted by strange stirrings, and rumours of a monster abound. One night, alone together amongst the ancient relics, the

lights go out and there is nothing but an unravelling ball of string to protect them from the creature in the darkness… Inspired by the Greek myths of Ariadne, Theseus and Dionysis, The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars is a whimsical, sensual and charmingly humorous love story. Award-winning playwright Van Badham (Camarilla, The Sameness of the Days - 4 Plays About Wollongong) and director Lee Lewis will lure you into an orgy of antiquity, cupcakes and beachside frivolity.

Director Lee Lewis Cast includes Matt Zeremes

17 – 27 APRIL GORDON THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $39 - $49 UNDER 30s: $29 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: to be advised Matt Zeremes. Photo by Katie Kaars

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains strong language and adult themes

Supported by Make It @Merrigong Making great theatre locally

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“Steeped in decades of our history (social, political, theatrical), surprisingly upbeat… a warm-hearted, very entertaining evening.” Sydney Morning Herald

AN ILBIJERRI THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION

Jack-Charles vThe Crown

by Jack Charles & John Romeril The colourful life of an Australian treasure, in his own words From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the `70s, from film sets to Her Majesty’s prisons, Jack Charles V The Crown runs the gamut of a life lived to its utmost. Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend of the stage and screen, and his unswerving optimism transforms this tale of addiction, crime and doing time into a kind of vagabond’s progress – a map of the traps of dispossession and a

guide to reaching the age of grey-haired wisdom. Full of pathos and resolve, this deftly performed one-man show played to sell-out audiences at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Belvoir St Theatre and the Brisbane Festival. Now, Australia’s oldest indigenous theatre company brings us this beautiful and big-hearted theatrical experience.

Director Rachael Maza Dramaturge John Romeril Set & Costume Designer Emily Barrie Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill Audio Visual Designer Peter Worland Musical Director Nigel Maclean Percussion Phil Collings Bass Malcolm Beveridge Cast Jack Charles

29 MAY – 1 JUNE IMB THEATRE

Jack Charles. Photo by Bindi Cole

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SINGLE TICKETS: $51 - $61 UNDER 30s: $36 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 15 mins (no interval) Recommended for ages 12+. Contains strong language and adult themes Toured by Performing Lines

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“An international comedy staple… rapid-fire, topical, enjoyable fun” The Australian

A STATE THEATRE COMPANY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA PRODUCTION

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

A hilarious and irreverent romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays A hit for over 20 years, including a nine-year run in London’s West End, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is an international comedy-theatre phenomenon that will leave you rolling in the aisles and hollering for more! Three talented actors brazenly blend the best of the Bard with the bottom of the absurdity barrel in this feast of inspired lunacy. It’s a side-splitting roller

coaster ride of improvisation, pop culture and audience participation, and features the fastest, funniest Hamlet you’re ever likely to see. With a stellar cast including one of Australia’s best-loved stand-up comedians, Damian Callinan, The Complete Works is a brilliant and loving farcical deconstruction that remains true to Shakespeare’s essence (well… sort of). It’s perfect for everyone from first timers to aficionados.

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield Director Adam Cook Designer Ailsa Paterson Lighting Designer Ben Flett Composer Stuart Day Cast includes Damian Callinan, Tim Overton

24 - 27 JULY IMB THEATRE

Damian Callinan. Photo by Kris Washusen

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SINGLE TICKETS: $39 - $49 UNDER 30s: $29 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: approx. 2 hrs 30 mins (including interval) Recommended for ages 12+ Performed by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd

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“…here is a catastrophic accident and nobody wants to ask anybody what happened…” Special Commission of Inquiry into the Waterfall Rail Accident

“Brilliant… a humane, intelligent retelling of the original story” The Guardian (UK)

AN ENSEMBLE THEATRE PRODUCTION

Frankenstein by Nick Dear

Mary Shelley’s monster gets his voice back There have been almost 100 theatrical and film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s classic, and this latest by BAFTA Award-winner Nick Dear gets to the heart of Shelley’s story, exploring scientific responsibility, parental neglect and the nature of good and evil. When the Creature is cast out into society by his creator, the young Dr Frankenstein, he is shunned for his grotesque appearance. But when a blind man takes him under his wing,

the Creature begins to question his existence and yearn for a future without loneliness. This poetic adaptation by Nick Dear was a huge success at the National Theatre in London in 2011, and breathes new life into the great 19th century gothic novel. This Australian premiere production features original music from acclaimed composer Elena Kats-Chernin played live on stage. But be warned – Frankenstein is not for the faint-hearted.

Director Mark Kilmurry Designer Simone Romaniuk Lighting Designer Nick Higgins Cello Heather Stratfold Original Music Elena Kats-Chernin Cast includes Katie Fitchett, Andrew Henry, Lee Jones, Brian Meegan, Michael Rebetzke, Michael Ross, Olivia Stambouliah

6 – 10 AUGUST IMB THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $51 - $61 UNDER 30s: $36 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 40 mins (no interval)

Image by Dario Gardiman

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains partial nudity and adult themes

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“…Here is a catastrophic accident and nobody wants to ask anybody what happened…” Special Commission of Inquiry into the Waterfall Rail Accident

~ WORLD PREMIERE ~ A MERRIGONG THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION

Dead Man Brake by Alana Valentine

A powerful, compassionate examination of tragedy and human resilience In January 2003, a State Rail train travelling from Sydney to Port Kembla derailed just south of Waterfall station. Seven people were killed and dozens injured in what became known as the Waterfall train disaster. A Special Commission of Inquiry concluded that the accident could have been avoided if earlier safety warnings regarding the `deadman’s emergency brake’ had not been ignored. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of this tragic event, Merrigong is honoured to commission and produce this new work from critically-acclaimed playwright Alana Valentine. Using verbatim sources including the Inquiry

transcript, as well as original text, the play explores the impact of this tragedy, not only on the individuals involved, but on the community as a whole. At the heart of the work is an acknowledgment of those who, after tragedies such as Waterfall, are brought in to counsel survivors and the families of victims. Through the words of these extraordinary individuals, the work explores profound questions about the nature of tragedy, offering a compassionate insight into the human condition. Dead Man Brake is ultimately an uplifting and powerful examination of human resilience in the face of tragedy.

Director Anne-Louise Rentell

28 AUGUST – 7 SEPTEMBER GORDON THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $39 - $49 UNDER 30s: $29 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: to be advised Recommended for ages 15+. Contains strong language and adult themes

Supported by Make It @Merrigong Making great theatre locally

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“Every why hath a wherefore.” The Comedy of Errors (Dromio, Act II, scene ii)

A BELL SHAKESPEARE AND STATE THEATRE COMPANY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA CO‐PRODUCTION

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare Chaos abounds in Shakespeare’s splendidly entertaining comedy Everybody loves a case of mistaken identity, and this time Shakespeare doubles up on the doubling up with The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of identical twins are separated at birth when they’re rescued from a shipwreck. When they end up in the same shifty port‐town of Ephesus as adults, we join them on their bizarre journey of reconciliation. As they collide unknowingly

with each other’s friends and family, it’s not long before this absurd tale of mistaken identity and far‐fetched coincidence unfolds into chaotic hilarity. Director Imara Savage takes on Shakespeare’s well-loved comedy, where sharp banter and comical word‐play lure us into a world where characters are reinvented, individuality is fluid, and bigger themes lie just below the surface.

Director Imara Savage Designer Pip Runciman Lighting Designer Mark Pennington Cast includes Elena Carapetis, Jude Henshall, Nathan O’Keefe, Hazem Shammas

22 – 26 OCTOBER IMB THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $51 - $61 UNDER 30s: $36 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: approx. 2 hrs 15 mins (including interval)

Nathan O’Keefe. Photo by Kris Washusen

Recommended for ages 12+

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“...As imaginative as it is achingly romantic.” Broadway World (US)

“Every why hath a wherefore.” The Comedy of Errors (Dromio, Act II, scene ii)

~ INTERNATIONAL HIT PRODUCTION ON TOUR ~ A KNEEHIGH THEATRE PRODUCTION

Noël Coward’s

Brief Encounter Adapted and directed by Emma Rice

Direct from the UK, the acclaimed adaptation of Coward’s classic love story Switching seamlessly between live theatre and film footage, this extraordinary retelling has been a hit both on Broadway and in the West End, taking audiences back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen. With live musicians on stage, characters jumping in and out of film screens, and a couple so in love that they literally float on air, Brief Encounter will take you on a breathtaking, funny and poignant ride filled with Noël Coward’s debonair songs. Nominated for four Olivier Awards, Brief Encounter is not to be missed.

“I’m a happily married woman. Or rather I was until a few weeks ago.” David Lean’s classic 1945 film Brief Encounter, based on Noël Coward’s original stage play Still Life, is the starting point for this lovingly rendered homage to both great classics and is remembered as one of the most haunting love stories of all time. We’re thrilled to present this widely acclaimed production from the UK’s esteemed Kneehigh Theatre, last seen in Australia at the Sydney Festival with The Red Shoes.

Scenic and Costume Designer Neil Murray Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth Projection Designers Gemma Carrington, Jon Driscoll Sound Designer Simon Baker Original Music Stu Barker Producer for Kneehigh Theatre Paul Crewes

20 – 23 NOVEMBER IMB THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $57 - $67 UNDER 30s: $41 SEASON TICKETS: see page 40 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 30 mins (no interval)

Photo by Kris Washusen

Recommended for ages 12+ Presented exclusively in NSW by Merrigong Theatre Company and The Concourse, Chatswood. Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia. Originally produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Cineworld

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“Highly theatrical... striking, layered, surprising... absolutely transporting.’ Sun Herald

BLAK

The songline continues with Stephen Page and Daniel Riley McKinley The internationally-acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre presents BLAK, a new production in three parts about the challenges and rewards for Indigenous young people transitioning into adulthood. Embracing their responsibilities, Indigenous young people provide an intrinsic link in the songline that connects the ancient past to our shared future. Based on the artists’ personal experiences and their appreciation of traditional customs and practices, BLAK challenges the sacred

place of culture and language in the context of changing social behaviours. The subtlety and strengths of male and female energies are evident in Scar by Daniel Riley McKinley and Yearning by Stephen Page respectively, and then in Keepers, both choreographers explore a 21st century sensibility. BLAK is about the rites of passage for young men and young women, ultimately reaffirming their powerful desire for belonging, to family and to country.

17 & 18 MAY

Choreography Stephen Page & Daniel Riley McKinley Set Design Jacob Nash

IMB THEATRE

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SINGLE TICKETS: $62 - $67 UNDER 30s: $41 MOVES PACKAGES: see page 41 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 15 mins (no interval) Recommended for ages 10+

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Daniel Riley McKinley. Photo by Greg Barrett

BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE’S

“…A ribcage-rattling dose of humour.”

Photo by Jim Lee

The Illawarra Mercury

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow A great value night of big laughs Now in its 15th year, the Roadshow is one of Wollongong’s favourite nights out, and will again offer a selection of Australian, international and special guest comedians; literally the best bits of the Comedy Festival condensed into the one `all killer’ travelling event. Last year, comedians taking part in the Roadshow performed to enthusiastic crowds in 60 cities across Australia, as well

as a highly successful stint in Singapore and a sold-out return season in Hong Kong. Given such popularity, this year’s Roadshow plans to connect with even more comedy fans and share the kind of humour that’s had Festival attendees weeping with laughter. Lock up your serious side and throw away the key, because this will be a dangerously funny night.

21 – 23 MAY IMB THEATRE

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TICKETS: $34 - $39 RUNNING TIME: approx. 2 hrs 30 mins (including interval) Recommended for ages 15+ May contain strong language, sexual references and material that may offend

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“…the most thrilling Australian dance work you could hope to see.” The Advertiser

G

by Garry Stewart A breathtakingly physical dance theatre masterpiece In 2008, with some of the world’s most famous theatres, Merrigong co-commissioned a new work from globally acclaimed choreographer, Garry Stewart. G has since gone on to tour extensively across Europe, and we’re delighted to at last be able to present this extraordinary dance work. G is a thrilling deconstruction of the ballet Giselle, fusing the technical prowess of classical ballet with explosive choreography from Helpmann Award-winner Stewart.

The eleven dancers push contemporary dance to its limits, with jaw-dropping athleticism accompanied by a haunting electronic music score and a hovering panorama of LED screens. Australian Dance Theatre has showcased their dynamic style on TV programs like So You Think You Can Dance, but it is as a live experience that their work truly shines. G is sophisticated, virtuosic and incredibly physical.

Director & Set Designer Garry Stewart Choreography Garry Stewart & the ADT dancers Assistant Choreographer Larissa McGowan Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham Composer Luke Smiles - Motion Laboratories Production Manager Paul Cowley Costume Designer Gaelle Mellis and Daniel Jaber Dramaturgical Consultant Anne Thompson

7 & 8 JUNE at 8pm

IMB THEATRE SINGLE TICKETS: $56 - $61 UNDER 30s: $39 MOVES PACKAGES: see page 41 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr (no interval)

G has been co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work (New York), Southbank Centre (London) and Merrigong Theatre Company, and co-produced by Theatre de la Ville (Paris)

Recommended for ages 15+ Contains partial nudity

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Photo by Chris Herzfeld - Camlight Productions

AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE’S

“‘As she comes into parliament it is almost as if she is trying to earn frequent liar points.”

Photo by Mike Bowers

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Federal Member for Warringah

~ WORLD PREMIERE ~ A MERRIGONG THEATRE COMPANY, SEYMOUR CENTRE AND CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE CO-PRODUCTION

The Hansard Monologues: A Matter of Public Importance A verbatim play by Katie Pollock and Paul Daley Merrigong is delighted to be co-producing a new verbatim theatre event to be performed during the winter parliamentary recess in July 2013. What will we remember about the 134th Parliament of Australia? That it was supposed to be about us - but was really about them. Always them. As the election nears, this verbatim play will take the words of Hansard, the factual record of what our MPs say

in parliament, to relive the highs and lows, the `ayes’ and `nos’ of our national discourse. In the tradition of The Vagina Monologues, The Hansard Monologues: A Matter of Public Importance will let our MPs speak for themselves. Each performance will also feature a guest star direct from Canberra! This is the story of how our country makes itself, over and over again. It’s about us.

19 & 20 JULY

Conceived and Produced by Peter Fray Directed by Timothy Jones

at 8pm

IMB THEATRE

Supported by Make It @Merrigong Making great theatre locally

TICKETS: $34 - $39 UNDER 30s: $29 RUNNING TIME: to be advised Recommended for ages 14+ 31

“For an evening of penetrating humour livened up with the odd cheap shot, you can’t do better.” Sydney Morning Herald

The Wharf Revue 2013

by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott Their mission: to make Australia’s political landscape funnier than it already is The mighty and the ridiculous will duck for cover as The Wharf Revue team swoops in for another go at poking politics and popular culture in the eye with its carefully sharpened satire stick. The Wharf Revue has been an institution for more than a decade, attracting a large and loyal band of fans over the years. Even those at the pointy end of the stick are

known to sneak in to the audience. They sing, they dance, they wear ridiculous costumes and sometimes even speak in tongues, all in glorious service of the comic cause. If the looming federal election fails to go your way you can depend on one good news story: the provision of plenty of new material for these talented satirists.

17 – 21 SEPTEMBER

Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall Cast includes Jonathan Biggins, Amanda Bishop, Drew Forsythe

IMB THEATRE

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TICKETS: $56 - $61 UNDER 30s: $39 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 30 mins (no interval) Recommended for ages 15+

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Drew Forsythe and Jonathan Biggins. Photo by Tracey Schramm and Collider

A SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION

“…The best of flamenco: it’s right here on our doorstep.”

Photo by Jamie Robertson

Courier Mail

RED CHAIR’S

Flamenco Fire - Al-Andaluz The beauty, elegance and passion of flamenco

Australia’s only national flamenco company has been thrilling audiences with their heady mix of traditional and contemporary flamenco music, dance and song for over a decade. Now, for the first time, Flamenco Fire is coming to Wollongong. Drawing from over five centuries of music and culture, Al-Andaluz traces the evolution of flamenco from the 15th century to its golden age in 19th century

Seville. Featuring an evocative mix of music spanning diverse influences from North Africa through to Northern Europe, the show captures the exotic clash of cultures that formed the foundation of the art form. With compelling rhythms, stirring song, and dazzling choreography, Al-Andaluz is a mesmerising feast for the senses.

10 – 12 OCTOBER

Director & Musical Director Andrew Veivers Choreographer Simone Pope Lighting Designer Richard “Zak” Harrison Costumer Designers Tarnya Cox, Pauline Hibbard & Effie Patrikios Production Manager Philip Dunbavan Company Manager Angie Dunbavan

IMB THEATRE

See back cover for performance times

SINGLE TICKETS: $56 - $61 UNDER 30s: $39 MOVES PACKAGE: see page 41 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr 55 mins (including interval) Recommended for ages 3+

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The Steel City speakeasy celebrates its 10th year of eclectic entertainments! Always popular and hugely entertaining, The Vault Cabaret is a bi-monthly event showcasing acts as diverse as sideshow, stand-up, circus, dance, burlesque and live music, all performed by the very best established

and emerging local artists at The Vault venue in downtown Port Kembla. Featuring a different theme each night and plenty of audience participation, you’ll fall in love with this charming, cheeky and quirky happening.

16 FEBRUARY, 20 APRIL, 15 JUNE, 17 AUGUST, 19 OCTOBER at 8pm THE VAULT VENUE 72 MILITARY LANE, PORT KEMBLA TICKETS: $20 AT THE DOOR No pre-booking RUNNING TIME: approx. 2 hrs 30 mins (including interval) Recommended for ages 15+ Supported by Make It @Merrigong Making great theatre locally

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Tamara Campbell. Photo by Nina Kourea

MERRIGONG THEATRE COMPANY’S

Drayton Morley, Rachel Murphy and Alicia Battestini. Photo by Nina Kourea

MERRIGONG THEATRE COMPANY’S

STUDIO SESSIONS Merrigong is committed to commissioning and developing new Australian works for future production, as well as supporting the work of local independent artists with established performance platforms and regular development opportunities through our Make It @Merrigong program. You can see the outcome of these developments in regular Studio Sessions throughout the year. Studio Sessions enable Merrigong to put new work that is in development for

future production in front of an audience (Ruff - New Works in Progress), give local emerging and established artists the opportunity to present the first public outing of new work they have been developing on site. They also provide a context for other performance platforms such as Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Raw Comedy, Australia’s biggest and most prestigious annual open mic comedy competition for aspiring comedians.

2013 Studio Sessions include:

Raw Comedy 2013 22 FEBRUARY AT 8PM • TICKETS: $22

Ruff 1 - New Works in Progress 1 JUNE AT 2.30PM • TICKETS: $15

Ruff 2 - New Works in Progress 20 JULY AT 2.30PM • TICKETS: $15 Supported by Make It @Merrigong Making great theatre locally

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“A very funny and wickedly entertaining performance for children and adults alike.” Aussie Theatre

ARENA THEATRE COMPANY’S

Cautionary Tales for Children Based on the verse by Hilaire Belloc

A whimsical, musical and very funny cabaret for ages 8 and up From the wild imaginings of one of Australia’s most celebrated creators of theatre for young audiences, springs a lyrical, satirical cabaret like no other! Meet our musical troupe of four, who’ve just stepped out of a time machine. They’re on a mission to teach today’s rascally kids a thing or two about the importance of being

well-behaved, and are armed with Hilaire Belloc’s classic comic poems from the 1900s about wayward children and the outlandish fates that befall them. This delightful, colourful family production is proof that learning lessons about good behaviour has never been quite so hilarious.

23 & 24 APRIL

Adapted by Claudia O’Doherty Director Chris Kohn Composer Mark Jones Designer Jonathon Oxlade

IMB THEATRE

See back cover for performance times

TICKETS: $22 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr (no interval) Recommended for ages 8+

This work has been developed with the assistance of Arts Centre Melbourne, Carnegie 18 New Music Theatre Series, the Australia Council for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Centre’s New Visions/ New Voices program.

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“If your kids have never been to the theatre before, do them a favour and make this their first experience. It’s something they will never forget.”

Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins. Photo by Andrew Wuttke

The Scotsman (UK)

The Listies in 6D* (*That’s twice as good as 3D!)

Laugh until you cry with the funniest children’s entertainers in the country The Listies impressed us so much in 2012 that we had to invite them back for more school holiday fun, this time with their brand new show about movies, The Listies in 6D! Imagine the best movie you’ve ever seen, then times it by a million and add 1. That’s how good The Listies 6D movie is going to be. They are probably going

get an Oscar, or a Tony, or at least meet someone called Oscar or Tony. Matt and Rich are The Listies, a comedy duo quickly making a name for themselves as Australia’s favourite children’s entertainers. Expect the unexpected with this cheeky, interactive, totally irreverent and wildly funny show.

12 & 13 JULY

Devised and performed by Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly

GORDON THEATRE

See back cover for performance times

TICKETS: $22 RUNNING TIME: approx. 1 hr (no interval) Recommended for ages 5+

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ERTH’S

Dinosaur Petting Zoo

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After `roaring’ success in 2010, Erth’s amazingly life-like dinosaur puppets return to stimulate our imaginations with their awe-inspiring show! Children will meet Erth’s astonishing prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants. It’s a fun, educational and unique performance event that will delight children of all ages.

30 SEPT & 1 OCT IMB THEATRE

See back cover for performance times

TICKETS: $22 RUNNING TIME: approx. 50 min (no interval) Recommended for ages 5+

“...Technical brilliance, cultural insight and enchantment all in one go.” Sydney Morning Herald

A CDP PRODUCTION

Sydney Opera House

Babies Proms: The Four Seasons The Four Seasons is Antonio Vivaldi’s best-known work, and is among the most popular pieces of Baroque music. In this rich musical experience, children aged two to five and beyond will have the opportunity to meet the musicians and be introduced to the instruments and their sounds, from the silvery pizzicato notes of winter to the dramatic final movement of the summer thunderstorm.

3 OCTOBER IMB THEATRE

See back cover for performance times

TICKETS: $18 “Babies Proms… have inspired imaginations and brought joy to thousands of children over the years”

RUNNING TIME: approx. 35 min (no interval) Recommended for ages 2+

Originally produced by Sydney Opera House

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Inner Circle

“I moved to the Illawarra two years ago and can’t imagine my life here without Merrigong Theatre Company. To support your wonderful annual program of the best in theatre and dance, and have the opportunity to find stimulation, and fun, in the special events you offer Inner Circle patrons are just two reasons to join.” A. Raymond, Inner Circle patron

Merrigong provides our community with a range of creative opportunities and experiences. We commission, develop and produce new theatre that tells important stories about our region and community, as well as support independent artists through our Make It @Merrigong program. We also deliver a number of specific communityfocussed programs, such as educational opportunities for young people through workshops and other events, and our mixed-abilities theatre project, working with performers with disabilities.

Support the arts for future generations If your love of the theatre inspires you to be part of our history and to ensure future generations have exciting arts opportunities, please consider remembering Merrigong in your will. Contact us to find out how to go about setting up a bequest.

All of this artistic and community work costs a lot to keep going – more than we can cover through Government funding alone, which amounts to just 20% of Merrigong Theatre Company’s total revenue. To keep these important programs running (and to grow them in the future) we need your financial support.

Become a Merrigong volunteer We have a great team of people who volunteer their time on everything from ushering to assisting in our office. We also offer a few longer term roles, where people volunteer their time and gain experience in a specific area of the performing arts industry.

When you make a tax deductible donation of $150 or more you become part of Merrigong’s Inner Circle. For 12 months you will:

Corporate opportunities

• Have your donation acknowledged on displays in the IPAC foyer, and in Merrigong’s annual report

Align your organisation with Merrigong through direct financial or in-kind support. Corporate supporters receive a tailored package of benefits, which includes corporate entertaining opportunities for your clients, theatre tickets for employee incentives or competitions, and specific marketing benefits. We’ll work with you to develop a package that suits your budget and requirements.

• Receive a VIP invitation to Merrigong’s Season Launch (includes reserved seating) • Receive occasional invitations to exclusive “behind the scenes” special events • Receive occasional updates on how donations are being used to support our programs. Your support can make a huge difference. Donations can be made on the Season Ticket booking form or by contacting Judi Douglas at jdouglas@merrigong.com.au or (02) 4224 5902.

For more information on supporting Merrigong, please contact Judi Douglas at jdouglas@merrigong.com.au or call (02) 4224 5902.

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Merrigong offers a range of Season Tickets, starting from 5 shows through to ‘The Whole Shebang’ (17 shows).

The Whole Shebang – 17 Shows Our best value package: 17 great shows with a huge saving off single ticket prices! What’s included: 12 Theatre Season shows + 3 Merrigong Moves shows + Ruff New Works in Progress (2 shows). You also receive: • Invitations to a range of exclusive money-can’t-buy events throughout the year. In 2012, Whole Shebang Season Ticket Holders enjoyed drinks and backstage tours of the Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Circus Oz sets, and attended the first day of rehearsal of Charcoal Creek • One free ticket exchange per show

• A Merrigong Loyalty Card, offering a range of great discounts • A VIP invitation to Merrigong’s Season 2014 Launch (including access to reserved seating) • One additional free ticket for a friend to a Theatre Season show of your choice • Returning 2012 Season Tickets holders receive a free welcome back drink.

Adult $522 Concession $452 (save up to $376!)

Season Tickets – 11, 9, 7 or 5 Shows Purchase 11, 9, 7 or 5 shows in the 2013 Theatre Season and reap the benefits. The more shows you include in your package, the greater the savings!

Adult

choose any performance times

Adult Early Week Special

11 Shows

9 Shows

7 Shows

5 Shows

(save up to $222!)

(save up to $182!)

(save up to $143!)

(save up to $97!)

$418

$360

$301

$225

$396

$342

$287

$215

$363

$315

$259

$195

$341

$297

$252

$185

(Mon –Thurs performances)

Concession

choose any performance times

Concession Early Week Special

(Mon –Thurs performances)

As a Season Ticket holder you also receive: • A free invitation to Ruff - New Works in • One free ticket exchange per show Progress (11 and 9 show Season Ticket Holders • A Merrigong Loyalty Card, offering a range of only) great discounts • Returning 2012 Season Tickets holders receive • An invitation to Merrigong’s Season 2014 a free welcome back drink. Launch event • One additional free ticket for a friend to a Theatre Season show of your choice (11 and 9 show Season Ticket Holders only) 40

The ‘Flexi’ 10 Pack Theatre Pass Only available until 20 January The ‘Flexi’ enables you to take advantage of great savings on tickets without locking yourself into any performances, dates or times upfront. This option is ideal for those who need greater flexibility. Secure your pass of ten theatre admissions now and use them for any performance of any Merrigong Season 2013 show you like. You can get one ticket to ten shows or use all ten to just one show – the choice is yours! We’ll even remind you later in the year of how many passes you have left. As a ‘Flexi’ ticket holder you also receive: •

A Merrigong Loyalty Card, offering a range of great discounts

An invitation to Merrigong’s Season 2014 Launch event

Returning 2012 Season Tickets holders receive a free welcome back drink.

Ten admissions: $480

Merrigong Moves Packages Purchase all of our dance and movement-based shows in one great package Choose either 3 or 4 of the following shows at fantastic package prices: Sundowner, BLAK, G, Flamenco Fire - Al-Andaluz. A discounted Season Ticket Combo price is available to anyone purchasing this package at the same time as a Theatre Season ticket.

Merrigong Moves Package Standard Pricing 4 Shows (save up to $78!)

3 Shows (save up to $57!)

Adult

$172

$135

Concession

$148

$117

Merrigong Moves ‘Season Ticket Combo Price’ (available if booked at the same time as a Season Ticket)

4 Shows (save up to $98!)

3 Shows (save up to $69!)

Adult

$152

$120

Concession

$132

$105

With your Merrigong Moves package you also receive: • One free ticket exchange per show • A Merrigong Loyalty Card, offering a range of great discounts

• An invitation to Merrigong’s Season 2014 Launch event • Returning 2012 Season Tickets holders receive a free welcome back drink. 41

• 5% off their best available rate of the day across all Medina Apartment Hotels when staying 2 or more consecutive nights. Just call 1300-MEDINA (1300 633 462) and quote your Loyalty Card number and mention this offer to book your preferred hotel. Offer subject to availability and not valid over peak event periods

In addition to great savings on amazing theatre shows, every Merrigong Season Ticket Holder will receive an exclusive Loyalty Card, which entitles you to the following benefits: • $1 off beer, wine and soft drinks from the IPAC bar • Save 60% off the regular newsstand price on a 7 day subscription to the Illawarra Mercury and The Sun Herald. Sign up to have the Illawarra Mercury and The Sun Herald delivered to your home for an amazing $208 for 52 weeks, that’s only $4 a week! Simply call (02) 4221 2234 between 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday and quote MERRIGONG to redeem this offer

• 20% off Zilzie Wines when buying 12 bottles online at www.zilziewines.com. Enter code MERRIGONG to redeem • 10% off all wines at Coolangatta Estate’s cellar door. Present your Loyalty Card to redeem. All offers are valid from 1 January - 31 December 2013.

Phone 4224 5999 www.merrigong.com.au NAME:

Kate Blanchett

CARD NO.

0001

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Merrigong Theatre Company is committed to achieving equal access to great theatre for all of our patrons.

Wheelchair access and mobility assistance

Audio description Select performances in Season 2013 will be audio described for the benefit of patrons who are blind or visually impaired. In an audiodescribed performance, actions, expressions and gestures are described by professional describers trained by Vision Australia to bring out the imagery in a performance. Patrons will hear the description through headsets.

A number of seats and wheelchair positions in each IPAC theatre are held for wheelchair users or patrons with other mobility concerns. Patrons must advise the box office at the time of booking if they wish to access these.

Patrons wanting to use the audio description service must specify this to box office staff when booking tickets to the performance. To book, please phone the box office on (02) 4224 5999 and advise box office staff how many headsets you require, and if you will be attending the tactile tour. Please see the back cover of this brochure for audio described performances.

Hearing assistance Both IPAC theatres are equipped with sound enhancement facilities. The IMB Theatre has an FM system for hearing augmentation. The Gordon Theatre has an induction hearing loop compatible with T-switch hearing aids. Receivers can be obtained free of charge from the box office prior to performances on a first come, first served basis.

Tactile tours Before commencement of audio described performances, patrons will have the opportunity to come on stage and participate in a 30-minute tactile tour of the set and costumes. Being amongst the scenery establishes the scene for the participant and allows for a deeper theatrical experience for patrons who are blind or visually impaired.

Live captioning Merrigong Theatre Company captions select season shows for the benefit of deaf and hearing impaired patrons. Captions are displayed on plasma screens at the side of the stage. Please check the seat map when booking online or mention your interest in captioning when booking at the box office to ensure you are in the best position to make use of this service. Please see the back cover of this brochure for live captioned performances.

Large-print cast sheet

Companion Card

Large-print, plain text copies of the cast sheet for any Season show are available on request (at least 5 working days prior to a performance), to be collected on the evening from the box office. Please inform us if you prefer 18 point, 22 point or a larger format.

Companion Card holders are entitled to tickets at our Concession rate, and carers’ entrance is free. These can only be booked by visiting or phoning the box office on (02) 4224 5999. Please ensure you present your companion card when you collect your tickets. 43

Important dates

Exchanging tickets

Season Tickets go on sale immediately following the Season Launch on Monday 5 November 2012.

Season Ticket Holders and Merrigong Moves package buyers can swap each ticket in their package once for free into another performance of the same show, or a performance of a different show in Merrigong’s 2013 Season. Where performance prices vary, the difference will be charged. Unlimited additional exchanges are permitted at an exchange fee of $3.50 per ticket, per exchange.

There is a priority processing period for return Season Ticket Holders until Friday 14 December 2012. Single tickets go on sale from Monday 21 January 2013 (excluding School Dance, on sale from Monday 3 December).

Proof of concession

Refunds

Discounted ticket prices are available to Pensioner Concession Card or Seniors Card holders, as well as full-time students. Proof of concession (such as a signed photocopy of your concession card) must be included with your booking form. Proof of concession may also be requested prior to admission to the theatre.

Tickets cannot be refunded after purchase except if an event is cancelled, rescheduled or significantly relocated as outlined in the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice. For more details, visit liveperformance.com.au.

Under 30s / child tickets

Special assistance

Under 30s prices apply to all Season shows. While we provide age recommendations for shows, parental discretion is advised. Proof of age (such as driver’s license) is required when purchasing tickets at the Under 30s price. Under 30s tickets are not available online.

If you would like access to hearing assistance, wheelchair seating, audio description, or other assistance, please indicate this on your booking form, or advise box office at the time of booking.

Season Tickets for groups To ensure that your group is seated together, please ensure that all booking forms are returned at the same time (in the same envelope if possible). Please include the names and addresses of everyone in the group if using one booking form.

Transaction fees A $5.10 fee per transaction is payable for tickets purchased online or over the phone (regardless of the number of tickets purchased). No transaction fees are payable for purchases at the box office, or for Season Tickets (or additional tickets purchased as part of your Season Ticket booking).

Need help filling out your form? Merrigong’s box office staff will be happy to help. Simply call us on (02) 4224 5999 or email info@merrigong.com.au for assistance or to make an appointment with one of our team.

Running times Running times of performances are subject to change. Please check the Merrigong website or contact the box office closer to the performance date for more accurate information.

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Booking Form

Booking Form

Merrigong Theatre Company gratefully acknowledges the assistance of our funding partners and sponsors: Merrigong Season 2013 sponsors Wollongong City Council is the major funding partner of Merrigong Theatre Co

Supporters of shows in our 2013 season: The Australian Government is proud to be associated with these tours through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia, which gives Australians across the country the opportunity to see some of our best performing arts: Sundowner, Jack Charles V The Crown, Frankenstein, The Comedy Of Errors, Cautionary Tales For Children, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), G The producers of the following shows have been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body: School Dance, Sundowner, The Comedy Of Errors, Cautionary Tales For Children, G, BLAK, Mrs Warren’s Profession, The Wharf Revue, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Jack Charles V The Crown, The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars The following shows have been assisted by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW: Frankenstein, The Comedy of Errors, BLAK, Mrs Warren’s Profession, The Wharf Revue, Dead Man Brake, The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars, The Vault Cabaret, The Hansard Monologues, Studio Sessions

Sundowner, Jack Charles V The Crown

Sundowner, Cautionary Tales For Children, The Listies in 6D, Jack Charles V The Crown

Frankenstein

Sundowner

School Dance, G, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Jack Charles V The Crown

Cautionary Tales For Children

BLAK

Merrigong Theatre Company is a trading name of Illawarra Performing Arts Centre Ltd. 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong NSW 2500 PO Box 786, Wollongong NSW 2520 Box Office tel: 02 4224 5999 Administration tel: 02 4224 5959

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Fax: 02 4226 9696 Email: info@merrigong.com.au Web: www.merrigong.com.au

The Hansard Monologues

Disclaimer: Season and show details were correct at the time of printing but are subject to change where necessary and without notice. The name Merrigong, found in early accounts of European exploration of the Illawarra, is thought to be a derivation of the indigenous word for the region’s distinctive escarpment.

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School Dance Thurs 7 Feb 6.30pm Fri 8 Feb 11am Fri 8 Feb 8pm Sat 9 Feb 2pm Sat 9 Feb 8pm Two Gentleman of Verona Wed 6 Mar 11am Thurs 7 Mar 8pm Sat 9 Mar 2pm Kupenga Kwa Hamlet Tues 5 Mar 11am Wed 6 Mar 6.30pm Fri 8 Mar 8pm Sat 9 Mar 8pm Sundowner Wed 20 Mar 6.30pm Thurs 21 Mar 8pm Fri 22 Mar 8pm Sat 23 Mar 2pm Sat 23 Mar 8pm Mrs Warren’s Profession Wed 10 Apr 8pm Thurs 11 Apr 6.30pm Fri 12 Apr 8pm Sat 13 Apr 2pm Sat 13 Apr 8pm The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars Wed 17 Apr 7.30pm (preview) Thurs 18 Apr 7.30pm (preview) Fri 19 Apr 7.30pm Sat 20 Apr 2.30pm Sat 20 Apr 7.30pm Tues 23 Apr 6.30pm Wed 24 Apr 7.30pm Friday 26 Apr 7.30pm Sat 27 Apr 2.30pm Sat 27 Apr 7.30pm

Jack Charles V The Crown Wed 29 May 6.30pm Thurs 30 May 8pm Fri 31 May 8pm Sat 1 Jun 2pm Sat 1 Jun 8pm The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Wed 24 Jul 6.30pm Thurs 25 Jul 11am Thurs 25 Jul 8pm Fri 26 Jul 8pm Sat 27 Jul 2pm Sat 27 Jul 8pm Frankenstein Tues 6 Aug 6.30pm Thurs 8 Aug 11am Thurs 8 Aug 8pm Fri 9 Aug 8pm Sat 10 Aug 2pm Sat 10 Aug 8pm Dead Man Brake Wed 28 Aug 7.30pm (preview) Thurs 29 Aug 7.30pm (preview) Fri 30 Aug 7.30pm Sat 31 Aug 2.30pm Sat 31 Aug 7.30pm Tues 3 Sep 6.30pm Wed 4 Sep 7.30pm Thurs 5 Sep 11am Thurs 5 Sep 7.30pm Fri 6 Sep 7.30pm Sat 7 Sep 2.30pm Sat 7 Sep 7.30pm The Comedy of Errors Tues 22 Oct 6.30pm Wed 23 Oct 11am Wed 23 Oct 8pm Fri 25 Oct 8pm Sat 26 Oct 2pm Sat 26 Oct 8pm

Brief Encounter Wed 20 Nov 8pm Thurs 21 Nov 6.30pm Fri 22 Nov 8pm Sat 23 Nov 2pm Sat 23 Nov 8pm

BLAK (Bangarra Dance Theatre) Fri 17 May 8pm Sat 18 May 2pm Sat 18 May 8pm Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Tues 21 May 8pm Wed 22 May 6.30pm Thurs 23 May 6.30pm Thurs 23 May 9.30pm G (Australian Dance Theatre) Fri 7 Jun 8pm Sat 8 Jun 8pm The Hansard Monologues Fri 19 Jul 8pm Sat 20 Jul 8pm The Wharf Revue 2013 Tues 17 Sep 8pm Wed 18 Sep 6.30pm Thurs 19 Sep 8pm Fri 20 Sep 8pm Sat 21 Sep 2pm Sat 21 Sep 8pm Flamenco Fire Al-Andaluz Thurs 10 Oct 6.30pm Fri 11 Oct 8pm Sat 12 Oct 2pm Sat 12 Oct 8pm

Raw Comedy Fri 22 Feb 8pm RUFF 1 – New Works in Progress Sat 1 Jun 2.30pm RUFF 2 – New Works in Progress Sat 20 Jul 2.30pm The Vault Cabaret – Port Kembla Sat 16 Feb 8pm Sat 20 Apr 8pm Sat 15 Jun 8pm Sat 17 Aug 8pm Sat 19 Oct 8pm

Cautionary Tales For Children Tues 23 Apr 2pm Wed 24 Apr 10am Wed 24 Apr 1pm The Listies in 6D Fri 12 Jul 10am Fri 12 Jul 12.30pm Sat 13 Jul 10am Sat 13 Jul 12.30pm Dinosaur Petting Zoo Mon 30 Sep 12pm Mon 30 Sep 2pm Tue 1 Oct 10am Tue 1 Oct 12pm Sydney Opera House Babies Proms: The Four Seasons Thurs 3 Oct 10.30am Thurs 3 Oct 11.30am Thurs 3 Oct 12.30pm

A Talking Point will be held for each Theatre Season show in 2013. Dates, topics and guests to be announced.

Post-show Q&A: Stay after the show for a discussion with members of the cast and creative team Captioned for the benefit of deaf and hearing impaired patrons, and audio described for the benefit of patrons who are blind or visually impaired Audio described for the benefit of patrons who are blind or visually impaired Please note that any weekday matinee may be attended by school groups


Merrigong Theatre Company Season 2013