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Welcome to the 2014


We remain committed to presenting high-quality performances which are professionally produced and represent a broad range of Australian and internationally recognised companies and performers. Two of our internationally acclaimed performances will be presented a little differently this season. To mark the uniqueness of these particular productions, the foyer area will be transformed and the evening will begin at 7.15pm with ‘bubbles and canapés’ included in the ticket price. The 2014 season will again be supported by popular concert tours, including return performances of Looking Through A Glass Onion and Marina Prior and works for young people and schools. While we do our best to keep you up to date with productions throughout the year, please remember that our website will have the latest information about what’s coming up and what isn’t included in this brochure. Speaking of the website, watch for the launch of our new site this year. Given the growth and popularity of social media, we will be regularly posting snippets of information about what’s going on at the PAC so please check in and like us so you can keep up to date as it happens. Our 2014 season sees the return of two outstanding companies that presented in 2013. Queensland’s Shake & Stir (who could forget their brilliant production of Animal Farm!), and Hit Productions returns with another biting piece from the pen of David Williamson - Managing Carmen. Our joint initiative with the Civic Theatre Newcastle continues and I’m sure that our members will be thrilled with what they are offering at reduced rates this year. Be sure to note these two great shows on your calendar.

Amusing, uplifting and a little challenging!

Vicki Sienczuk Centre Coordinator

4 REASONS to become a Member 1. SAVE MONEY Members receive generous discounts on all productions presented by the Centre. The more shows you see, the more you save. Secondly, we have a joint initiative with the Civic Theatre that allows CPAC members to see two great productions - Circuz Oz and The Tap Pack at the Civic Theatre Subscriber rate.

2. RESERVATION PRIVILEGES As a member you are able to have tickets on reserve for up to 28 days prior to a performance.

3. SPECIAL OFFERS Two for one ticket offer to one performance of your choice presented by CPAC and invitations to attend special events with priority notice given to members.

4. ADDED EXTRAS Complimentary early bird glass of bubbles if you arrive by 7.30pm. Entry in the annual Members’ Prize draw. Membership Card.

Another way you can get involved The Performing Arts Centre, like other similar centres, is keen to hear from interested members of the community with a love of the performing arts who would like to volunteer their time and gain experience in the performing arts industry. Our volunteers are essential in providing our audience members with information about the centre, assisting them in locating their seats, watching over the audience during performances and serving behind our bar during intervals. Anyone interested in being involved should contact Rose at the centre on 02 4990 7134.


ADAPTOR Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij DIRECTOR Michael Futcher DESIGNER Josh McIntosh LIGHTING DESIGNER Jason Glenwright SOUND DESIGNER Guy Webster MEDIA PRODUCERS optikal bloc CAST Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets, Nick Skubij and David Whitney



by George Orwell

adapted & created by shake & stir theatre co Strap yourself in for this terrifically frightening theatrical event set against a towering wall of plasma screens. Oceania; a Nation perpetually at war, where cameras watch every move and Thought Police roam the streets. A place Winston Smith calls home. By day, Winston is an editor at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history to align the past with the radical political agenda of the ruling party and its illusive leader, Big Brother. By night, Winston pursues a forbidden love affair with the mysterious Julia in an attempt to rebel against the oppressive regime set down by the party and maintain some control over his otherwise totally controlled life. When Winston and Julia are discovered, they are violently separated, detained and prepared for conversion. Locked in the Ministry of Love and interrogated by the quietly terrifying O’Brien, Winston is beaten, manipulated and subjected to sickening torture in an attempt to make him reject dreams of liberation and understand that free thought and logic is the only true enemy. From the team that brought you Animal Farm, this new stage adaptation brings George Orwell’s final novel screaming into the present. “Their adaptations of classic texts are done with innovation, soul and meticulous care.” The Courier-Mail

“This is a flawless production, with flawless performances ... I couldn’t fault anything about it, and the fact that I was almost physically sick with tension and terror says as much about Michael Futcher and his cast as it does about the power of George Orwell to chill us to the bone.” A Little Gossip

25 March 8pm 1HR 25MINS NO INTERVAL

Adult $40 | Concession $35 Group 8+ $35 | Member $33

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body

Tour managed and coordinated by arTour, an initiative supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland


Some ladies will do ANYTHING for a good cause! When Annie’s husband John dies of Leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new sofa in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with their modesty spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements and a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer, Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund (part proceeds to Leukaemia Research), Calendar Girls became the fastest selling play in British theatre history, received the What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy in 2010 and is now a worldwide comedy hit! “It’s marvellous theatre, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and come out singing Jerusalem.” Mail on Sunday

“Dazzlingly funny, shamelessly sentimental and utterly captivating...the mingling of pathos and comedy here is simply unbeatable.” Spectator


Adult $38 | Concession $34 Group 8+ $32 | Member $32

A Critical Stages and The Shift Theatre production



by Carolyn Bock & Helen Hopkins With the Centenary of the Great War on our doorstep, The Girls in Grey is both a timely and powerful story for all Australians. Inspired by the diaries and letters of our own Australian Army Nurses, their stories are boldly realised, in this vivid and candid retelling of life on active service. Elsie, Grace and Alice leave our shores in 1914 determined to prove their worth and find adventure. Serving in Egypt, Lemnos Island and the Western Front, they rally with courage and endurance as the tragedy of war unfolds. Commended by historians for its authenticity, and featuring a fine ensemble cast, this inspirational play brings the voices of the nurses into the world of theatre. “The Girls In Grey is a tribute to the courage of Australian Military Nurses.” The Age

“The acting was superb…well researched and beautifully written...The Girls in Grey is inspiring, poignant and honest, and encompasses the spirit of the ANZACS from an alternative and powerful perspective.” Artshub

WRITTEN BY Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins CAST Carolyn Bock, Helen Hopkins, Lee Mason DIRECTED BY Tom Healey ORIGINAL DIRECTION BY Karen Martin SET DESIGNER Alexandra Hiller COSTUME DESIGNER Lyn Wilson LIGHTING DESIGNER Nick Merrylees SOUND DESIGN Nick van Cuylenburg Originally produced by The Shift Theatre in association with Auspicious Arts


Adult $38 | Concession $34 Group 8+ $32 | Member $32

Image: Wayne Quilliam

Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring presents


[chooky dancers] Directed and Produced by Joshua Bond

For over a decade, dance innovators Djuki Mala have been exploring and re-establishing the notions of contemporary Aboriginal performance. Hailing from Galiwin’ku Community (Elcho Island) in North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala became a YouTube sensation after a three minute clip of them performing ‘Zorba the Greek’ was uploaded onto the site. Always exuberant, and blending contemporary experience as young people with traditional culture, their identity as Yolngu people remains in the foreground. Djuki Mala continue to redefine the unique physical language they are known and loved for, by marrying it with acrobatics and diverse flavours of dance and theatre, and their own keen sense of humour. Dressed in traditional costumes and ochre, they create a work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning, warming both the heart and soul. Behind the humour is a startling movement, skill and discipline, drawn from traditional culture. Djuki Mala promises audiences both laughter and insight. This is a rare opportunity to engage with performers from a very remote part of this vast and diverse country and continues our commitment to presenting Indigenous works (2012 Rainbows End, 2013 Jack Charles V The Crown). “Vibrant celebration of ingenuity and energy.” The Age

“The Chookys present more to an audience than one could imagine possible.” The Herald Sun


Adult $38 | Concession $34 Group 8+ $32 | Member $32




ROADSHOW The ultimate comedy roadtrip returns!

We’ve let the superstars of Australia’s biggest comedy festival off the leash and on to the road. From Hobart to Hong Kong and back, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is a comedy odyssey, bringing a raft of the world’s best comedy to one big show for a raucous night out. Be prepared for our cast of comic travellers to have you belly-laughing, as we take the Roadshow to eager comedy fans across the nation. Every year audiences are wowed by our incredible lineups, and this year is no exception. With a mix of local heroes and international stars as well as the hottest newcomer discoveries of the Festival, we’ve got all your comedy bases covered. After 15 years of travelling the many highways of this wide, brown land, the Roadshow is back with another jam-packed tour. Look out Australia – we’re coming to a venue near you! “The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow has such chalk and cheese personalities delivering such a wide assortment of gags, it has everyone’s humour covered.” The Sunday Times

“An event no comedy fan should miss.” Satellite WARNING | Performances may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

Presented in association with DLW Corporate Services


All Tickets $50

A production by Christine Harris & HIT Productions Australia’s Premier Theatre Touring Company


david williamson's

managing carmen Sports manager Rohan Swift needs to uncover what is troubling his star player. Brent Lyall is at the top of his game: captain of the footy team, with two Brownlows and a beautiful girlfriend... but he has a penchant for designer dresses and his alter ego ‘Carmen’ is about to go public. Acclaimed Australian playwright and National Living Treasure David Williamson delivers another hilarious football story – this time, with a twist. In spectacular form, Managing Carmen takes a satirical look at the characters behind the nation’s favourite sport: greedy sports managers, champion footballers, bimbo girlfriends and notorious tabloid writers. After nationwide tours of acclaimed Williamson plays Let the Sunshine and When Dad Married Fury, HIT Productions has assembled its awardwinning creative team once again to bring you this new production of Managing Carmen. “By full time, Williamson’s witty banter and colourful characters have hit their mark. Williamson deftly plays the field of gender identity politics with style and sequins. Managing Carmen has all the wit of Williamson’s 1978 hit The Club, with a twist. The audience loved it.” The Australian

“David Williamson is at the top of his game. It’s immensely funny, zips along faster than the NBN, and has a pay-off that’s poignant in its plea for tolerance in our sport-obsessed society.” Stage Whispers WARNING | Contains strong language and adult themes.


Adult $40 | Concession $36 Group 10+ $32 | Member $35

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding bodies and advisory body





Groucho is today considered the father of modern comedy whose influence extends from M*A*S*H to Jerry Seinfeld to Woody Allen. Irreverence, satire, social commentary filtered through ingenious physicality and wordplay are hallmarks of Groucho’s humour. Award winning actor Frank Ferrante recreates his New York, London and PBS acclaimed portrayal of the legendary Groucho Marx in this fast-paced comedy; packed with songs, stories and inspired audience interaction. An evening filled with Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including Hooray for Captain Spalding and Lydia, the Tattooed Lady, the audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante adlibs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Jim Furmston, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico and Zeppo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx Foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. Collaborating with the Marx family for three decades, Frank Ferrante was cast off-Broadway in Groucho written by Groucho’s son Arthur. Performing this role more than 3,000 times, he earned a New York Theatre World Award and a nomination for London’s most distinguished honour – the Laurence Olivier Award. To mark the uniqueness of this particular production the foyer area will be transformed and the evening will begin at 7.15pm with ‘bubbles and canapés’ included in the ticket price. “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material.” The New York Times

16 July 7.15pm 1HR 30MINS WITH INTERVAL

Adult $40 | Concession $36 Group 10+ $32 | Member $35




Following on from its outstanding success in 2013, the Sydney Comedy Festival is back on the road with an awesome line-up of the hottest international and local comedians from the 2014 Festival! We hand-pick the funniest and freshest acts of Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event and squeeze them into one hilarious night of world-class entertainment, and the best news is we deliver it straight to your doorstep! With a cavalcade of comedians that will tickle everyone’s funny bone, this is the best value ticket in town, so don’t miss out! “…guaranteed to have you messing up punch lines as you try to quote your favourites to your mates” the AU review

4 September 8pm 2HRS WITH INTERVAL

All Tickets $35

Grace Barbé


The Afro Sound of the Seychelles a Kultour touring event

Seychelles islander Grace Barbé is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the 21st century, with the talent, looks and voice to match. Grace’s soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage (African, Asian and European). Following the release of her debut album Kreol Daughter in 2009, Grace has performed at major festivals all over the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, La Reunion and Seychelles), as well as at many of Australia’s leading music festivals, including WOMADelaide, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival. A colourful and energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, reggae, pop, rock and latin flavours, Grace’s “Afro-Kreol” sound is original, fresh and funky. Grace lights up the stage with a vibrant and engaging presence that compels the audience to get up and dance. Her voice is a remarkably powerful instrument, and as a songwriter she has a rare and natural gift for rhythm and melody. Grace plays guitar and bass and sings in three languages; English, Kreol and French. Grace was a Musicoz 2012 finalist and her band has been awarded “Best World Act” an incredible four years running in her home state of Western Australia. “Led by Grace Barbé, a charming, beautiful islander woman from the Seychelles, the band puts on an intricate, fun and engaging performance full of island reggae, creole rhythms, and complex, intense vocals in French, Creole and English - an amazing, uplifting experience.”

16 September 7.15pm 1HR 30MINS WITH INTERVAL

All Tickets $35 Bubbles and canapés included in ticket price.

Kultour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body, as an initiative of the Arts in a Multicultural Australia policy.

Photographer: Rob Blackburn


CIRCUS OZ 2 Hours of non-stop ridicule, grace, marvellous mayhem and acrobatic mastery for audiences of all ages. Astounding, spectacular and very, very funny! From its beginnings in 1978, Circus Oz has become one of Australia’s most successful touring troupes nationally and internationally. From New York to the Amazon rainforests, Circus Oz has performed across the globe, spanning 5 continents, 28 countries and over 3 million jaw-dropping spectators, all to huge critical acclaim. The Circus Oz show is a rock-n-roll, animal free circus that delivers breathtaking stunts, irreverent humour and crackling live music in a stunning show for adults and children to enjoy together.

“A blend of high energy acrobatics, juggling, magic, exuberant clowning and all around derring-do, accompanied by a pounding rock score.” New York Post

12-13 SEPTEMBER CIVIC THEATRE Box office: (02) 4929 1977

Photographer: John Fick


THE TAP PACK They sing. They dance. They joke. They bring a new, invigorating energy to a timeless style. With dazzling performances on stage, dressed in slick suits and equipped with sharp wit, The Tap Pack is the tale of 5 performers finding themselves within a show, within a performance, within real life, within a theatre. Inspired by the real life Rat Pack of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, The Tap Pack combines old school coolness with a fresh flair, all infused with the infectious energy of a live band, The Tap Bandits. The skills are stunning, the characters are alluring and the presentation is bold and irresistible, surprising and exhilarating audiences with the ultimate ‘feel good’ show. With many favourite classic songs integrated into a fascinating storyline and mixed with brilliant dance, The Tap Pack is a fantastic night out!

24-26 OCTOBER CIVIC THEATRE Box office: (02) 4929 1977

GENERAL INFORMATION LATECOMERS Please be aware that latecomers cannot be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. EXCHANGES/REFUNDS We regret to advise that there are no refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases except as required by law. RESERVATIONS In general, reservations will only be held for up to seven days. It should be noted, however, that Presenters reserve the right to vary the length of time for reservation holds and in some cases may not permit tickets to be held as reservations. GROUP BOOKINGS To be eligible for a group discount, tickets must be purchased at the same time in one transaction. CONCESSIONS You must present a valid identification card, as proof of eligibility, when purchasing tickets at a concession or discount price. Concession tickets are available to valid cardholders of the Centrelink Pension Card, NSW Seniors Card, Tertiary Student Card and School Student ID Card. COMPANION CARD Companion card holders are entitled to a ticket at a concession rate (if applicable) and carers entrance is free. A companion card must be presented at the time of booking or upon collection of tickets. SPECIAL SEATING REQUESTS Patrons requiring wheelchair access or with mobility concerns are encouraged to advise the Box Office at the time of booking their seats. Accessible seats cannot be booked on-line. HEARING ASSISTANCE The auditorium is equipped with an induction hearing loop compatible with T-switch hearing aids. THEATRE ETIQUETTE Please switch off or set your mobile phone to silent before entering the theatre. With the exception of bottled water, please also remember that food or drink is not permitted in the auditorium. Photography, audio and/or visual recording of a performance is not permitted under any circumstance.

BAGS AND PRAMS For the safety and comfort of patrons, large bags and prams are not permitted in the auditorium during a performance. PARKING Seventy car spaces (including two accessible spaces) are available and the car park is well lit at night. The entrance is via Cumberland Street and parking is free of charge. GIFT VOUCHERS Gift certificates make an ideal gift for Christmas or a birthday and can be redeemed within twelve months of issue. Purchase your gift voucher from the Box Office and slip it into our Season booklet! BOX OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm The Box Office is also open one hour prior to a performance start time. Call 02 4990 7134


Thursday 6 March 8pm Stayin’ Alive THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW Saturday 15 March 8pm 75 Years on BUDDY HOLLY Saturday 29 March 8pm John Waters LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS ONION Saturday 24 May 8pm ABBA The Concert Experience Saturday 6 September 8pm ROY ORBISON & DELL SHANNON 50th Anniversary Celebration Friday 10 October 8pm MARINA PRIOR

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