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The name Merrigong is thought to be a derivation of the indigenous word for the Illawarra region’s distinctive escarpment. The company’s name acts as a constant reminder that our venues sit on the ancestral land of the Dharawal people. Merrigong Theatre Company acknowledges the Dharawal people as the traditional custodians of this land.

Front cover (from top, L-R): Matt Marshall, actor, Trash Alchemy; Neisha Murphy, local circus artist and Creativity Camp tutor; Jared Crisp, Creativity Camp-er; Arya Cherukurj, Creativity Camp-er; Ethan Green, Merrigong & Disability Trust Ensemble member; Matt Kelly, actor and half of The Listies, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark; Jack Silvestro, performer, Circus Oz: Model Citizens; Scott Sandwich, writer and performer, The Epic; Dayna Huber, Patron Services Coordinator, Merrigong Theatre Company; Amelia Czerwinski, Creativity Camp-er; Jackson Hawkins, Creativity Camp-er; Priya Foley, Creativity Camp-er; Hannah Huebner, Creativity Camp-er; Finn O’Branagáin writer and performer, The Epic; Miles Dyer, Local Drama Student; Mitch Jones, performer, Circus Oz: Model Citizens; Virginia Gay, actor, Calamity Jane; Lucy Crisp, Creativity Camp-er; Richard Higgins, actor and half of The Listies, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark; Future D. Fidel, playwright, Prize Fighter; Nelle Lee, actor, Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine. Young People’s Program Proudly Supported by

The theatre is a gathering place.

Over centuries, it has provided a place for communities to see and hear their own stories, for people to reflect on who they are, and who they want to be. And we live on land where that tradition of gathering for storytelling, particularly through song and dance, is much, much, older than the western theatre tradition. For tens of thousands of years, our First Nations people have come together to share such activities. Whether or not we gather in structures built specifically for the purpose (such as our wonderful theatres at IPAC), in temporary venues (such as the beautiful Spiegeltent), in community halls (like The Wollongong Town Hall), or indeed outdoors, on the street, in parks or public spaces, these occasions provide a vital opportunity for us to express who we are and to learn about others, forging our collective sense of community in the process. For all its power to bring us together, there have been times when theatre has been used as a means of exclusion, of elitism, when the theatre has become a place where the superiority of one group over another has been asserted, and oppression reinforced. So, in the age of ‘fake news’, of divisive plebiscites and savage social media attacks, it’s vitally important that Merrigong, as your local theatre company, reinforces the ability of the theatre to embrace all in our community, to be a place of inclusion, a space where diversity is valued and difference is celebrated. In the coming years, the team at Merrigong will be working even harder to find ways to ensure that our venues, our programs and our audiences better reflect the diversity of the community in which we live. So, from the mix of people you see in our foyers, the range of faces of those seated around you in the theatre, and the diversity of voices and stories on our stages, we want to send a very clear message. At Merrigong, whoever you are, wherever you were born, whoever you love, whatever your ability, whatever your beliefs,

you belong here. Simon Hinton Artistic Director / CEO


Behind the scenes Merrigong Theatre Company offers school groups the opportunity to go behind the scenes and discover how a theatre performance is developed, from ‘page to stage’. The following opportunities give students a unique insight into how stories are developed and realised in professional theatrical productions:

Let’s Make A Show

The Young Playwrights Project

We produce at least one Mainstage show in-house each year and offer students the chance to be in the rehearsal room, engage with the artists and discover how professional theatre is created! In 2018, Let’s Make A Show is being offered with Lost Boys and is free to school groups that book to see the show. See page 9 for show details. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

The talents of Wollongong’s youngest playwrights and performers are showcased in collaboration with The Drama Studio at IPAC. Young playwrights with an exciting play that they would love to see on stage, are invited to apply. Scripts are assessed by professional practitioners, and the playwrights selected will work with a mentor to develop their play over a four week period from July – August 2018. At the end of this process, young actors from The Drama Studio will perform the works and playwrights will be able to enjoy their scripts brought to life on stage. Performance Wed 29 Aug, 7.30pm Venue Bruce Gordon Theatre Criteria to apply • Written by High School Students • 10 mins in length • Inoffensive and suitable for 13 - 18 year olds. • The deadline for script submission is Fri 4 May 2018

Work Experience We manage two of Australia’s busiest, most dynamic regional venues – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and the Wollongong Town Hall. A limited number of week-long work experience placements are made available each year for students to participate in and observe the different departments in operation at Merrigong. For key dates and to download your application form from please visit 2

Please download your submission cover sheet from

KEY DATES 4 May Script Submission 29 June 1st Read Through 6 July Mentor Session 1 23 July Mentor Session 2 30 July Final Script Due 29 August Performance

School Day Matinee Performances

noted on the ‘Year at a Glance’ on the back cover of this brochure.

Highlighted on each show page and on the back cover ‘Year at a Glance’.

Merrigong Talking Points

Visit the backstage areas of our professional theatre venue that hosts national and international theatre, music and dance companies annually. See the secret machinations of the fly tower, where everything fits in the loading dock, what happens in the bio box and more!

Learn more about theatre, the arts and the world around us! Everyone is invited to join our eclectic and engaging series of foyer talks designed to complement our season. Held after Saturday matinee performances of most Mainstage Season shows, Merrigong Talking Points are free and run for approximately one hour. No bookings required. Check the ‘Year at a Glance’ for dates and times.

Post-show Q&As

Sharing Stories

For most shows in our Mainstage Season we offer at least one performance where the audience is invited to stay for a conversation with the cast, and sometimes show creatives too. This is a perfect opportunity to gain deeper insights into a show and how it was made. Dates for performances that include a Post-show Q&A are

This intergenerational story-sharing project returns in 2018 to the Wollongong Town Hall. A heart-warming and joyous celebration of our First Nations’ community is produced in association with Wollongong City Council.

Backstage Tours

Tickets All students should have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of live theatre. We endeavour to remove the barriers to participation by keeping the costs as low as possible, with heavily discounted tickets, and by ensuring that shows are accessible.

School Group Bookings A discounted school group price of $23 per student (for groups of eight or more) is available for school day matinee and evening performances. Friday and Saturday night performances are subject to availability. For each group of eight or more students, a supervising teacher can attend for free. Any additional adults on the same booking can attend for a discounted price.

Passport To Performance Ticket subsidies may be available through our Passport to Performance program for low socio-economic schools. Subsidies are limited and applied on a first-come first-served basis, so please note this on your booking form and submit it early to avoid disappointment.

Great Value Student Group Season Tickets For great savings book a Student Group Season Ticket. Two packages are available for groups of eight or more students. Price per student: 5 Shows for $85 3 Shows for $60 All shows in a Student Group Season Ticket package must be booked at the same time. Packages are transferable and are subject to availability. All students in the group will receive an exclusive Merrigong Loyalty Card, which can be used to receive a 10% discount at The Social Café. 3



Virginia Gay. Photo by Marnya Rothe.

Sunday Telegraph


Calamity Jane Music by Sammy Fain. Lyrics by Francis Webster. Adapted by Ronald Hanmer and Phil Park. From the stage play by Charles K. Freeman. After Warner Bros. film written by James O’Hanlon.

The hot ticket, must-see hit of Sydney’s musical theatre scene rides into Wollongong. Legendary frontierswoman Calamity Jane is one of the most immediately recognisable figures of the old American West. Her story comes to life in this brilliant, madcap, stripped-back live production that shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic and much-loved musical. Starring Virginia Gay (TV’s All Saints, Winners & Losers), this is a theatre experience like no other. From the moment you enter the theatre, you’ll be immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon – alive with colourful characters. Expect an unpredictable and hilarious ride, featuring timeless standards such as ‘Just Blew In From The Windy City’ and ‘Secret Love’, this production injects a raucous spontaneity into the world of musical theatre.

7 – 11 MARCH IMB THEATRE School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $49-$84 Approx. 2 hrs 25 mins. (incl. interval) Recommended for ages 7+. DIRECTOR Richard Carroll MUSICAL DIRECTOR Nigel Ubrihien CHOREOGRAPHER Cameron Mitchell PRODUCTION DESIGNER Lauren Peters LIGHTING DESIGNER Trent Suidgeest CAST INCLUDES Virginia Gay, Laura Bunting, Anthony Gooley, Rob Johnson, Matthew Pearce, Tony Taylor

If you are considering taking your students to a musical this year, make sure it is this one! THEMES & IDEAS Personal Discovery, Individual and Society, Survival, Endurance, Gender. CURRICULUM LINKS Stage 3, 4 and 5 Creative Arts: Performance Appreciation. Preliminary Music: Performance Skills, Musical Appreciation, Form of Musicals. Drama: Appreciating Theatre Review. Stage 4 and 5 History: Case Study of American History. Preliminary Drama - Critically Studying: Dramatic Form, Theatre Review, Theatrical Traditions and Conventions, Performance Skills.

This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd on behalf of MTI Europe.





Lucy Lehmann. Photo by Tim Standing.

The Australian



The Aspirations of Daise Morrow Based on Patrick White’s short story Down at the Dump, featuring the Zephyr Quartet.

From the mighty pen of Australia’s Nobel Laureate, the incomparable Patrick White, comes a timeless story about seizing the day and not letting the bastards grind you down. Set in the suburb of Barranugli, the Hogbens prepare to bury the notorious Daise Morrow, while next door the Whalleys prepare for an outing to the dump. As Daise walks amongst the mourners, hovering on the cusp of memory and rumour, over the fence two young dreamers take their first tentative steps into love. A towering literary genius, Patrick White had a well-documented love for the theatre and in this richly theatrical, word-for-word adaptation, the brilliance of his writing is exposed – funny, insightful, brutal, loving, sad and wise. The wooden-floored expanse of the Wollongong Town Hall will be transformed into a magical earthen-floored space where actors and musicians perform in and around the audience, seated in the round. Accompanied live by the award-winning Zephyr Quartet, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is storytelling rich with music and light, a poignant evocation of the wonders of small beginnings, the complications of compassion, and the grace and majesty of love.

9 – 12 MAY School Day Matinee Thu 10 May, 11am WOLLONGONG TOWN HALL School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $49-$67 Approx. 1 hr 20 mins. (no interval) Recommended for ages 12+. Contains adult themes and strong language. DIRECTOR Chris Drummond DESIGNER Michael Hankin LIGHTING DESIGNER Nigel Levings LIGHTING REALISER Neil Simpson MUSICAL DIRECTOR Hilary Kleinig COMPOSERS Belinda Gehlert, Hilary Kleinig, Jason Thomas, Emily Tulloch CAST Paul Blackwell, Lucy Lehmann, Genevieve Picot, James Smith and Zephyr Quartet

This wonderful production makes one of Australia’s greatest writers immediate and totally engaging for students. THEMES & IDEAS Relationships, Individual and Society, Perspectives, The Nature of Existence, Inner Journeys. CURRICULUM LINKS Stage 4 and 5 Drama: Appreciating: Performance Review, Theatrical Traditions and Dramatic Form. Making and Performing: Use of Short Stories as Stimulus for Improvisation and Play-building. Stage 5 English: Short Stories, Narratives and Adaptation. Preliminary English: Narrative Style and Techniques. Preliminary Extension 1 - Focus on Major Work Options: Short Stories, Play Scripts, Major Work - Script. HSC English: Related Text for Discovery.




Photo by Zakarij Kaczmarek.



Lost Boys By Lachlan Philpott


Exploring a shocking chapter in our recent history, Lost Boys is a fierce and compelling new play by award-winning Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott (Silent Disco, The Trouble with Harry), commissioned and developed by Merrigong.

23 MAY – 2 JUNE

Cy and Robert Murphy are teenagers living a life of sun and saltwater, but as the sun sets, a malevolent culture of homophobia and violence surfaces, with consequences that ripple across generations. Inspired by real events and told through the eyes of three generations of the Murphy family, Lost Boys rips into a dark part of our male-dominated culture, asking how perpetrators of violent crimes live with their unspeakable pasts. Commemorating lives lost, this deeply affecting and potent new work forces us to examine secrets held for decades, and prejudices still held today. Bearing witness to our times, this is vital and unflinching work from a compelling voice in Australian theatre. It’s a story that needs to be told.

School Day Matinee Thu 31 May, 11am BRUCE GORDON THEATRE School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $29-$59 Running time TBC Recommended for ages 16+. Contains strong language, adult themes and simulated violence. DIRECTOR Leland Kean DESIGNER Katja Handt AV DESIGNER Mic Gruchy LIGHTING DESIGNER Jasmine Rizk SOUND DESIGNER Daryl Wallis CAST INCLUDES Jackson Davis, Lucy Heffernan

Challenge your students to reflect on some of the most pressing social issues of today. THEMES & IDEAS Personal Identity, Values in Society, Acceptance, Relationships, Bullying, Sexuality. CURRICULUM LINKS Stage 5 English: A student identifies, considers and appreciates cultural expression in texts. Integrated study of media and advertising. Preliminary and HSC English (Standard and Advanced): Help explore a range of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts. Stage 5 Drama: Making, Performing and Appreciating with strong links to improvisation and play-building the relevant issues. Playback Theatre. Preliminary Drama: Making, Performing and Critically Studying - Group devised response and Individual Performance monologue. Provides background information for Verbatim Theatre and or Playback Theatre. Preliminary SAC: Intercultural Communication, Personal and Social Identity.






Letters to Lindy By Alana Valentine

22 – 23 JUNE

Following an acclaimed premiere season in 2016, we are proud to announce that Letters to Lindy, commissioned and produced by Merrigong, returns to our stage, before it embarks on a national tour.


Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work 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. Letters to Lindy provides a deep insight into one of the most compelling legal and human dramas of our times. It paints a singular portrait of the wisdom and resilience of a grieving mother, and her 30 year fight for justice.

School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $29-$59 Approx. 2 hrs 10 mins. (incl. interval) Recommended for ages 13+. Contains strong language and adult themes. DIRECTOR Darren Yap DESIGNER James Browne CO-COMPOSER/ CO-SOUND DESIGNER Max Lambert and Roger Lock LIGHTING DESIGNER Toby Knyvett CAST Jeanette Cronin, Glenn Hazeldine, Phillip Hinton, Jane Phegan

Perfectly suited to students of Australian History, Drama and English. Verbatim theatre at its best. THEMES & IDEAS Ethical questions of Guilt and Innocence, Trial by the media, Truth, Personal Hardship and Adversity, Individual and Society, Questions of Faith, Australian Values. CURRICULUM LINKS Stage 4 and 5 Creative Arts: Drama making, performing and appreciating drama. Scripted drama. English: Responds to and composes texts; Uses and describes language forms, features and structures of texts; Thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically; Connections between and among texts; Identifies, considers and appreciates cultural expression in texts. HSC Drama: Studies in Drama and Theatre, Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles. Individual Project (Critical Analysis – Portfolio of Theatre Criticism). Preliminary and HSC English (Standard and Advanced): Area of Study - Discovery; Responding to and composing a wide range of related texts. Textiles and Design: Major Textiles Project – Costume. Visual Design: Stage Sets and Props.





Photo by James Green

Arts Hub


The Tragedy of

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

A Badaptation of the Bard By The Listies

10 – 11 AUGUST

The rock stars of the children’s comedy circuit, The Listies, tackle the classics with this very cheeky, very clever, utterly irreverent riff on Hamlet. These maestros of mayhem have pulled apart Shakespeare’s classic, and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, loads of silliness and plenty of interactivity.

School Day Matinee Fri 10 Aug, 11am

Hamlet is already full of things kids love in a good story: ghosts, castles, sword fights, bodily fluids and spooky stuff. Add to the mix some super-sonic gags and expertly timed stage magic, and you have a brilliantly disguised Shakespearean tragedy for everyone aged five and over. And that’s not all… expect bonus pillow fights, pirates, ninjas and a bunch of other hilarious stuff as The Listies take kids and their adults on a fun-filled hour of theatre. The only thing we can be sure of is that everyone dies at the end – including the audience!

IMB THEATRE School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $32 Approx. 1 hr. (no interval) Recommended for ages 5+. CO-CREATED BY Declan Greene, Richard Higgins & Matt Kelly DIRECTOR Declan Greene DESIGNER Renée Mulder LIGHTING DESIGNER Verity Hampson COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER Jed Palmer CAST INCLUDES Richard Higgins, Matt Kelly

The Listies take on Shakespeare, with ninjas. Plus zombies! A perfect introduction to the Bard. THEMES & IDEAS The Listies do storytelling at its best – fast paced, interactive theatrical ride. Shakespeare aside, Hamlet is a brilliant story. Representation and the Canon: whose stories get told on our stages. Theatrical conventions and their disruption. CURRICULUM LINKS Stage 1, 2 and 3: Shakespeare Adaptation, Comedy, Slapstick and Audience Interaction. Stage 4 English: Writing and Appropriation. Stage 4 and 5 Drama: Theatrical Traditions and Dramatic Form with links to Scriptwriting and Play-building. Preliminary English and Drama: Script Writing.





Photo by Rob Blackburn

The Australian


Circus Oz: Model Citizens Celebrating their 40th year Circus Oz explodes back on to our stage, audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australiain their latest high octane circus show Model Citizens, the first creation fuelled by new Artistic Director Rob Tannion. Model Citizens skilfully fuses the risk and beauty of breathtaking physical improbability with theatricality, choreography and Circus Oz’s distinct brand of Australian humour. Stunningly lit, and driven by a sensational live music soundtrack, it will challenge perspective, conventions of scale and concepts of normality. Oversized everyday objects create an intriguing world for an all-human ensemble to expose circus skills in unconventional ways. Let Circus Oz take you on a visually and emotionally charged journey to explore what it really means to be a model citizen in today’s society.

28 – 29 SEPTEMBER School Day Matinee Fri 28 Sep, 12:30pm, 50 mins (no interval) IMB THEATRE School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $29-$59 Approx. 2 hrs 20 mins. (incl. interval) Recommended for ages 5+. DIRECTOR Rob Tannion COSTUME DESIGNER Laurel Frank PRODUCTION & PROP DESIGNER Michael Baxter MUSICAL DIRECTOR Ania Reynolds

This astounding production will be irresistible to students of Dance, Drama and English exploring the themes of identity. THEMES & IDEAS Consumerism, Environmental issues, Modern society and its pressures, Individual and Society, Journeys, Discovery, Exploration. CURRICULUM LINKS Stages 2 and 3 Creative Arts: Live Performance Appreciation, Making and Performing Stimulus. Stages 4 and 5 Preliminary and HSC Drama: Making and Performing, Improvisation and Play-building, Appreciating/Critically Studying, Theatrical Traditions, Dramatic Form. Stage 4 and 5 and Preliminary Dance: Appreciation of a live performance. Creating movement responses to contemporary issues.





Original cast. Photo by Dylan Evans.

The Australian


Prize Fighter By Future D. Fidel

Join us ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill and energy of boxing! Isa is a young Congolese boxer blazing an impressive career between the ropes. Gearing up for the national title fight, he soon discovers it’s not just his opponents he has to outdo, but the demons from his tortuous past as a boy soldier. Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Written with the undeniable force of authenticity, Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of the people he has known. Nominated for four Helpmann Awards, this is skillfully realised theatre, full of complexity, energy and surprising delicacy. It’s an experience that’s not to be missed.

31 OCTOBER – 3 NOVEMBER IMB THEATRE School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $49-$79 Approx. 1 hr 10 mins. (no interval) Recommended for ages 16+. Contains adult themes and simulated violence. DIRECTOR Todd MacDonald DRAMATURG Chris Kohn DESIGNER Bill Haycock LIGHTING DESIGNER David Walters COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER Felix Cross SOUND DESIGN REMIX Busty Beatz VIDEO DESIGNER Optikal Bloc MOVEMENT & FIGHT DIRECTOR Nigel Poulton CAST INCLUDES Margi Brown Ash, Gideon Mzembe

Students will find this inspirational tale food for thought in the study and creation of dramatic and written texts. THEMES & IDEAS Survival through the Refugee story, War and the effect that it has on the weak and vulnerable, Celebration of the human spirit, Personal identity. CURRICULUM LINKS Stage 5 English: A student identifies, considers and appreciates cultural expression in texts. Preliminary and HSC English (Standard and Advanced): to help explore a range of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts. Stage 5 Drama: Making, Performing and Appreciating – stimulus for play-building the relevant issues and an investigation of Playback Theatre. Preliminary Drama: Making, Performing and Critically Studying with a group devised response inspired by the character’s journey. Preliminary SAC: Intercultural Communication, Personal and Social Identity.




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The Epic

14 – 15 MARCH School Day Matinee Thu 15 Mar, 11am School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $25

By Finn O'Branagáin and Scott Sandwich

This is the theatre of way-out tales as told by two irreverent and passionate storytellers. It’s all the best bits of our historical literature mixed in with bits of pop culture, from the cradle of civilisation to the one about the wooden horse. THEMES & IDEAS Indigenous issues, Pop Culture, How our stories contribute to culture and understanding, Contemporary Politics, Government Policies, Freedom of Speech and Democratic ideals. CURRICULUM LINKS Stage 4 and 5 English: Linking to students demonstrating an understanding of how texts can express aspects of their broadening world and their relationships within it. History: Mandatory Australian History and International Perspectives. Preliminary and HSC English (Standard and Advanced): New Syllabus Core Study Narratives that Shape our World in which students explore, examine and analyse the ways in which texts and contexts shape and are shaped by different attitudes and values. Preliminary SAC: The Social and Cultural World. Preliminary Drama: Making, Performing and Critically Studying with a focus on Verbatim Theatre, Theatrical Traditions and Dramatic Forms. 18

Want to be part of something new? Join us for MERRIGONGX, our brand new series of eclectic events by artists from our neighbourhood, and from around the nation. You’ll see the innovative, the independent, and even a cheeky glimpse of some stuff that’s still in development. In 2018, you can look forward to:



Quiet Faith By David Williams

29 – 30 MAY School Day Matinee Wed 30 May, 11am School Groups 8+ $23 | Tickets $25

From award-winning theatre-maker David Williams (The Table of Knowledge), comes a journey into the world of the progressively faithful. Generated from interviews with Christian Australians, it offers a heartfelt portrait of how faith can underpin civic life. THEMES & IDEAS Personal Journeys, Beliefs, Politics, Values of Society, Individuals and Society. CURRICULUM LINKS Stage 4 and 5 English: Narratives, Australian Fiction Review. Drama: Appreciating - Review of Live Theatre, Improvisation and Play-building based on Themes. Preliminary English: Narratives, Australian Fiction, Script Writing. Preliminary Drama: A Contemporary Australian Drama. Preliminary SAC: Case Study on Religion. HSC English: Related Text for Discovery. Stage 5 and 6: Legal Studies and Studies of Religion.


A barrel of laughs, circus tricks and of course…MONKEYS! A STRUT & FRET PRODUCTION

Barrel of Monkeys A great opportunity to introduce the young ones in your life to the magic of the Spiegeltent, as it bursts at the seams with some of Australia’s greatest acrobats. Watch cheeky monkeys trick, toss and tumble in a riotous physical comedy. This high-energy circus extravaganza will bring joy to all ages.

17 – 22 APRIL SPIEGELTENT WOLLONGONG Vacation Care 8+ $15 | Tickets $28 Approx. 50 mins. (no interval) Recommended for ages 5+. DIRECTOR Scott Maidment

Merrigong Creativity Camps Our popular Creativity Camps will be back with more School Holiday theatre fun in 2018. With the guidance of professional artists and educators, our Creativity Camps are designed to activate kids' imaginations and build self-confidence. Campers are encouraged to develop their creative story-telling and acting skills, and develop ongoing friendships with other likeminded children.



SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 16 – 20 APRIL 16 – 20 JULY 8 – 12 OCTOBER WOLLONGONG TOWN HALL PRICE $290 20% discount for additional siblings or when booking all three camps. Cost includes a ticket to see the scheduled school holiday kids’ show with the group. 9am – 3pm (incl. lunch break) AGE 5 – 13. Children are placed into groups based on age and confidence.


Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine Adapted for the stage by shake & stir theatre co

27 – 28 APRIL

Adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George's Marvellous Medicine is a spectacular live show for the whole family.


George's Marvellous Medicine is packed to the rafters with mischief, music, magic and mammoth laughs.

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DIRECTOR Ross Balbuziente DESIGNER Josh McIntosh LIGHTING DESIGNER Jason Glenwright SOUND DESIGNER Guy Webster CAST Johnny Balbuziente, Leon Cain, Tim Dashwood, Nelle Lee, Nick Skubij

Illustration by Quentin Blake

On a good day, George can't stand his Grandma. She complains all the time, she's mean and she smells funny. Wanting to put an end to her constant nagging, he creates a special medicine, greater than any medicine in the history of the world. What he doesn't expect is that this medicine may actually work...

Vacation Care 8+ $15 | Tickets $32 Approx. 55 mins. (no interval) Recommended for ages 6+.



The Treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility, even an open-air movie theatre! The creative team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses return with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series.


The 52-Storey Treehouse



20 – 21 JULY IMB THEATRE Vacation Care 8+ $23 | Tickets $39 Approx. 1 hr. (no interval) Recommended for ages 6+. Relaxed Performance Saturday 21 July, 10am

DIRECTOR Liesel Badorrek DESIGNER Mark Thompson LIGHTING DESIGNER Nicholas Higgins SOUND DESIGNER Ross Johnston


Trash Alchemy By Liesel Badorrek

In a surreal adventure, a man journeys from a bizarre world of advertising bombardment and product overload, through polluted yet magical oceans, to the creation of his own trash civilization. The set, props and puppetry of this ingenious show are made entirely from found and recycled/re-purposed materials, unveiling the value of what we normally discard. Writer and Director Liesel Bardorrek has directed many well-known children’s tales including The 26 Storey Treehouse, The 52 Storey Treehouse and Horrible Harriet. Bardorrek has created original works of beauty, discovery and ingenuity that have had young audiences mesmerised. From the supermarket aisle to the belly of a whale, Trash Alchemy is one person’s magnificent journey to change the way we live in the world. A journey we should all take.

10 – 11 OCTOBER IMB THEATRE Vacation Care 8+ $15 | Tickets $28 Approx. 1 hr. (no interval) Recommended for ages 7+. DIRECTOR Liesel Badorrek CO-CREATOR & PERFORMER Johnny Nasser DESIGNER Bryony Anderson COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER Ross Johnston LIGHTING DESIGNER Matt Marshall



Design Workshops 2018 Explore the world of theatre design with professional Set and Costume Designer, Imogen Ross. Aimed at primary school students who love to create things, this series of holiday workshops will encourage your child to see everyday objects as potent performance-making tools. Please contact Box Office on 4224 5999 to book

Marvellous Masks

Explore the power of the mask using everyday materials and imagination. BOB PEET STUDIO $50 Monday 23 April, 10am - 2pm Only 15 spots available Recommended for ages 8-12

Silly Sock Puppets Introduction to basic puppet making for young designers. THE MUSIC LOUNGE $30 Friday 13 July, 10am – 12pm Only 15 spots available Recommended for ages 6-9

Make a Set and Tell a Story Introduction to basic model making and set design for young designers. THE MUSIC LOUNGE $30 Friday 13 July, 1pm - 3pm Only 15 spots available Recommended for ages 9-12



2018 Booking Form






School / group name: Postal address: Phone number:


Email: n I would like to receive information and updates about Merrigong shows for schools. SEND INVOICES TO Accounts contact: Accounts email:

Phone number:

ACCESS DETAILS Do you have any students who require wheelchair access or mobility assistance? (for consideration when allocating seats). n NO n YES – please specify Do you have any students with other specific needs? n NO n YES – please specify ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Are you interested in participating in related workshops if they are available? n NO n YES Passport to Performance ticket subsidies for targeted priority schools may be available for some performances. Contact the Education Coordinator for more information. Would you like to be considered to receive a subsidy? n NO n YES Is your school a low socio-economic school? n NO n YES BOOKING CONDITIONS 1. Complete, sign and return the booking form. 2. An invoice will be sent to the school. 3. The non-refundable amount stated on your invoice is required by the invoice due date to secure your booking. Unpaid bookings are not held after this date and may be sold to other groups. 4. Payment cannot be accepted on the day of the event. Unpaid groups will not be admitted to the theatre. 5. Additional seats required within 4 weeks of a performance may be charged at full concession price, depending on availability. 6. Booking numbers cannot be reduced within 4 weeks of the event date and your school will be invoiced for the total number of tickets booked. 7. Bookings made within 4 weeks of an event are final. 8. Workshop places are subject to availability and will be confirmed by Merrigong staff. 9. Merrigong must receive full payment (cheque cleared) for the group booking before the date of performance. 25

STEP 2 SELECT YOUR SHOWS Performance Date & Time TERM 1

April School Holidays


No. Students

Year level of students

No. Comp Teachers (per 8 students)

No. Additional Adults

Calamity Jane

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The Epic

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Barrel of Monkeys

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George’s Marvellous Medicine

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The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

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__ (#tix)@$49

Lost Boys

__ (#tix)@$23

__ (#tix)@$0

__ (#tix)@$29

Quiet Faith

__ (#tix)@$23

__ (#tix)@$0

__ (#tix)@$25

Letters to Lindy

__ (#tix)@$23

__ (#tix)@$0

__ (#tix)@$29

The 78-Storey Treehouse

__ (#tix)@$23

__ (#tix)@$0

__ (#tix)@$39

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

__ (#tix)@$23

__ (#tix)@$0

__ (#tix)@$32

Circus Oz: Model Citizens

__ (#tix)@$23

__ (#tix)@$0

__ (#tix)@$29

October School Holidays

Trash Alchemy

__ (#tix)@$15

__ (#tix)@$0

__ (#tix)@$28


Prize Fighter

__ (#tix)@$23

__ (#tix)@$0

__ (#tix)@$49

July School Holidays



Grand total

STEP 3 SIGN THE FORM I agree to the booking conditions outlined on the previous page and sign on behalf of the school/organisation Name: Position: Signature: Date: Return this form with attention to: Education Coordinator Merrigong Theatre Company | 02 4224 5947 PO Box 786, Wollongong, NSW 2520




2018 Booking Form



BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. A Student Group Season Ticket booking must consist of at least eight students. 2. There must be the same number of students for each performance in the Student Group Season Ticket. 3. Only the shows listed below may be part of a Student Group Season Ticket. 4. All students in the group will receive a Season 2018 Merrigong Loyalty Card, which can be used to receive a 10% discount at The Social @ IPAC. 5. Tickets are transferable subject to availability. 6. If you would like to book multiple Student Group Season Tickets please use a separate form, available at

STEP 1 CHOOSE A PACKAGE Package (Please Tick)

Number of Students


n 5 Shows for $85

___(#tix) @ $85


n 3 Shows for $60

___(#tix) @ $60





n Calamity Jane n The Epic n The Aspirations of Daise Morrow n Lost Boys n Quite Faith n Letters to Lindy n Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark n Circus Oz: Model Citizens n Prize Fighter

STEP 3 PROVIDE STUDENT DETAILS Provide the list of students with their year level and email address.

STEP 4 SIGN THE FORM I agree to the booking conditions outlined on the previous page and sign on behalf of the school/organisation. Name:


Signature: Date: Return this form with attention to: Education Coordinator Merrigong Theatre Company | 02 4224 5947 | PO Box 786, Wollongong, NSW 2520


Important Information & Access Please download the Merrigong Theatre Company School Excursion Important Information Pack, including a Risk Assessment Sheet at

Arrival & Entry

Access Services

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the show starts. School groups are advised to meet in the Arts Precinct on Burelli Street.

To enhance accessibility to the theatre for all students we offer the following services:

During The Show

- Live captioning

Students are expected to behave appropriately when visiting the theatre and are required to respect other patrons. Please check running times, as groups will not be permitted to enter or leave during the performance. We reserve the right to remove students who do not respect the theatre and its patrons.

Bags School bags are not permitted in the theatre and should be left at school or on the bus.

Teacher Support Packs To help you integrate excursions to the theatre with classroom learning, teacher support packs are available for most shows in our brochure when you make a booking.

- Hearing assistance - Audio description - Tactile tours - Relaxed performance - Mobility assistance View the ‘Year At A Glance’ list on the back cover to see which shows offer live captioning (C) and audio descriptions (AD). Tactile tours (TT) are available 90 minutes before the start of audio described performances and last for 30 minutes. If you have any questions about the information in this brochure please contact our Education Coordinator, | 02 4224 5947 PO Box 789, Wollongong, NSW, 2520.

Parking and Transport Visit

Buses and Coaches Bus stops and drop off zones for coaches are on Burelli Street, immediately in front of the Arts Precinct.


Thank You Merrigong Theatre Company's major funding partners Merrigong Theatre Company manages IPAC and Wollongong Town Hall on behalf of its major funding partner, Wollongong City Council.

Season 2018 Supporters Media Partners

Accommodation Partner

AV & Technical Services Partner

Hospitality Partner

Partner – Young People’s Program

Supporters of shows in our 2018 Season The producers of the following shows have been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board: Lost Boys, Prize Fighter, Letters to Lindy, Circus Oz: Model Citizens, Quiet Faith, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The 78-Storey Treehouse, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark The following shows have been assisted by the New South Wales Government through Create NSW: Lost Boys, Letters to Lindy, The Epic, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark, Trash Alchemy,

Calamity Jane

Prize Fighter, George’s Marvellous Medicine

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow,

Prize Fighter, George’s Marvellous Medicine

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

Quiet Faith

Model Citizens

Trash Alchemy

Disclaimer: Details in this brochure are correct at the time of printing but are subject to change where necessary and without notice.



32 Burelli St PO Box 786 Wollongong, NSW 2520

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Merrigong Theatre Company is a trading name of Illawarra Performing Arts Centre Ltd. ABN: 87 590 935 138

Year at a Glance TERM 1



Calamity Jane Wed 7 Mar, 7.30pm Thu 8 Mar, 6.30pm Q&A Fri 9 Mar, 7.30pm Sat 10 Mar, 1.30pm C Sat 10 Mar, 7.30pm Sun 11 Mar, 1.30pm Sun 11 Mar, 7.30pm MERRIGONGX The Epic Wed 14 Mar, 6:30pm Thu 15 Mar, 11am Q&A

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow Wed 9 May, 7.30pm Thu 10 May, 11am Q&A Thu 10 May, 6.30pm Q&A Fri 11 May, 7.30pm Sat 12 May, 1.30pm Sat 12 May, 7.30pm Lost Boys Wed 23 May, 7.30pm P Thu 24 May, 7.30pm P Fri 25 May, 7.30pm Sat 26 May, 7.30pm Wed 30 May, 7.30pm Thu 31 May, 11am Q&A Thu 31 May, 6.30pm Q&A Fri 1 Jun, 7.30pm Sat 2 Jun, 1.30pm AD TT Sat 2 Jun, 7.30pm MERRIGONGX Quiet Faith Tue 29 May, 7pm Wed 30 May, 11am Wed 30 May, 7pm Letters to Lindy Fri 22 Jun, 7.30pm Sat 23 Jun, 1.30pm Sat 23 Jun, 7.30pm

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark Fri 10 Aug, 11am Q&A Fri 10 Aug, 6.30pm Sat 11 Aug, 10am Sat 11 Aug, 2.30pm Young Playwright’s Project Wed 29 Aug, 7.30pm Sharing Stories Fri 7 Sep, 10am Fri 7 Sep, 12:30pm Fri 7 Sep, 6:30pm Circus Oz: Model Citizens Fri 28 Sep, 12:30pm Q&A Fri 28 Sep, 7pm Sat 29 Sep, 1pm Sat 29 Sep, 7pm

APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Merrigong Creativity Camp 16 - 20 Apr, 9am - 3pm Barrel of Monkeys Tue 17 Apr, 10am Wed 18 Apr, 10am Wed 18 Apr, 12pm Thu 19 Apr, 10am Thu 19 Apr, 12pm Fri 20 Apr, 10am Sat 21 Apr, 10am Sun 22 Apr, 10am Marvellous Masks Design Workshop Mon 23 Apr, 10am George’s Marvellous Medicine Fri 27 Apr, 10am Fri 27 Apr, 12.30pm Sat 28 Apr, 10am Sat 28 Apr, 12.30pm

JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Silly Sock Puppets Design Workshop Fri 13 July, 10am Make a Set and Tell a Story Design Workshop Fri 13 July, 1pm Merrigong Creativity Camp 16 - 20 Jul, 9am - 3pm The 78-Storey Treehouse Fri 20 Jul, 12.30pm Fri 20 Jul, 3pm Sat 21 Jul, 10am R Sat 21 Jul, 12pm Sat 21 Jul, 3pm


OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Merrigong Creativity Camp 8 - 12 Oct, 9am - 3pm Trash Alchemy Wed 10 Oct, 10am Wed 10 Oct, 2.30pm Thu 11 Oct, 10am

TERM 4 Prize Fighter Wed 31 Oct, 7.30pm Thu 1 Nov, 6.30pm Q&A Fri 2 Nov, 7.30pm Sat 3 Nov, 1.30pm AD TT Sat 3 Nov, 7.30pm


School Day Matinees are highlighted in pink AD

Preview Post show Q&A Audio described for the benefit of patrons who have low vision or are blind


Pre-show Tactile Tour available on request for the benefit of patrons who have low vision or are blind


Live Captioned Relaxed performance

See page 28 for access services and information WCC1474647


Merrigong Theatre Company Kids, Families & Schools 2018  
Merrigong Theatre Company Kids, Families & Schools 2018