This is our tenth year presenting dynamic shows from some of Australia’s finest production companies and independent producers.
Come with friends or come alone, dress up or dress down, we will always make you feel welcome. We look forward to seeing you soon.
This year you will see shows from Shift Theatre, Performing Lines and Kage, Theatre Works, La Mama, Hit Productions and the State Theatre of South Australia, just to name a few.
Ross Le Clerc, Venue Manager
If you’re up to the challenge and want to see compelling performances, I have personally selected in July two La Mama’s Theatre Season shows featuring two brilliant Green Room award winning actors. Our partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria is also an exciting endeavour as we plan our first ever free ‘Emerge’ Multicultural Event on Saturday 5 October, celebrating cultural diversity in the arts across Wyndham.
Front cover image: Rhythms of the Pacific, DWV Photography
VISUAL ARTS IN WYNDHAM Wyndham City has appointed Visual Arts Curator, Dr Megan Evans. Megan is based at the Cultural Centre and curates the Wyndham Art Gallery showing contemporary art in the suburbs. The purpose built gallery is on the upper mezzanine level with hanging space and five display cases in the foyer. Open daily 9am – 5pm. For all arts, culture and event information go to www.experiencewyndham.com.au/artsculture
The Man in the Mirror REFLECTIONS OF MICHAEL JACKSON
There is no disputing the simple fact that there will never be another Michael Jackson, but the legacy he left behind continues to thrill audiences via the Man In The Mirror show starring Paul Rizzo, Australia’s No. 1, internationally recognised, award-winning Michael Jackson tribute/dance artist along with his sensational dance team! The Man In The Mirror show continues to go from strength to strength with constant performances throughout Australia, New Zealand and Sth East Asia. New Years Eve 2011 saw The Man In The Mirror perform as the headline act for approx 7,000 people at Melbourne’s Harbour Town at Docklands. A Michael Jackson experience like never before.
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jeff Kidney
“The public interest in this show was absolutely phenomenal. A big thank you team for a great show!” Kristie Bradford
SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY, 8PM D URATION 110min including interval C OST Adult $39 Conc./Group 10+ $35 Student $15 Subscriber $29/$33
MAIN SEASON SHOW
Image: Nick Merryle es Image: Nancy Flamm ea
THE SHIFT THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AUSPICIOUS PROJECTS PRESENT
The Girls in Grey The Shift Theatre’s production of The Girls In Grey dynamically re imagines World War One through the eyes of three Australian Army Nurses. In a story woven from diaries and eyewitness accounts, we share their lives, in this candid retelling of life on active service.
Brought to the stage by some of Melbourne’s finest performers and acclaimed by historians as deeply authentic and moving, The Girls In Grey is an important and widely accessible new Australian play that reaches across the generations, uniting young and old in a compelling fusion of contemporary theatre and history.
WRITTEN BY Carolyn Bock Helen Hopkins ORIGINAL DIRECTION BY Karen Martin CAST Carolyn Bock Helen Hopkins Lee Mason
ENJOY Q&A WITH THE CAST AFTER THE SHOW! LIGHTING DESIGNER Nick Merrylees SOUND DESIGNER Nick van Cuylenburg SET DESIGN Alexandra Hiller
“The three women’s voices blend like a Greek chorus in this engaging ensemble”
FRIDAY 15 MARCH, 8PM D URATION 75min no interval C OST Adult $35 Conc./Group 10+ $31 Student $15 Subscriber $29/$33
Kate Herbert, Herald Sun
MAIN SEASON SHOW
Boxman BY DANIEL KEENE
A powerful, critically acclaimed new Australian play, Boxman is a one man show written by Daniel Keene and directed by Matt Scholten with the extraordinary African actor Terry Yeboah performing. Boxman continues the respected and prolific collaboration of Daniel Keene and Matt Scholten that began in 2008 and continues to flourish in Melbourne’s West. Meet Ringo, homeowner and survivor. Displaced from an African homeland and disconnected from this new one, come spend some time with him at his new address in a local park: a home he has made from the things most of us throw away without a second thought.
STARRING Terry Yeboah WRITTEN BY Daniel Keene DIRECTED BY Matt Scholten
DESIGNED BY Kat Chan LIGHTING BY Lisa Mibus MUSIC BY Ben Keene
“It’s intimate and epic, almost at the same time. …makes for a very memorable night at the theatre...Daniel Keene plus Matt Scholten – an unbeatable combination” Keith Gow
TUESDAY 23 APRIL, 11AM WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL, 8PM D URATION 75min no interval WARNINGS Not suitable for children under 12 C OST Adult $39 Conc./Group 10+ $35 Student 11am $10 Student 8pm $15 Subscriber $29/$33 MAIN SEASON SHOW
Photography: Jeff Busby
PRESENTED BY KAGE
“It’s the strangest thing. No longer being able to tell what is the past and what is the present…” The realm of memory remains a great mystery. Through the eyes of three generations, Sundowner tells the story of so many Australian families. If a loved one starts to lose their memories, what role can we play in holding on to them? How can we care for them in the present while honouring their memory? Starring Helen Morse, Sundowner combines theatre, dance and physicality in a story of lament and at times, grief and sorrow. Ultimately though, this is a story of love: love of family, love of history and love of life.
DIRECTOR Kate Denborough WRITTEN BY David Denborough PERFORMERS Helen Morse Jackie Rees
Craig Bary Gerard Van Dyck Gabrielle Nankivell Tivoli Lovelies Created in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia
“…it succeeds in what it sets out to do: engage, affect, educate and entertain”
SATURDAY 25 MAY, 8PM D URATION 80min no interval C OST Adult $39 Conc./Group 10+ $35 Student $15 Subscriber $29/$33
Toured by Performing Lines for Road Work, with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia and Arts Victoria.
MAIN SEASON SHOW
Now We’re Swinging SALUTES THE MASTERS OF SWING
Tom’s illustrious career stretches from acting and singing, to television host and theatrical producer. He first shot to stardom in the 80’s when he was cast in the role of The Man from Snowy River, becoming one of the most successful Australian movies ever made. Come fly with Tom Burlinson, and a fabulous band of top musicians, as he salutes the masters of vocal swing: Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, and Bobby Darin. Also celebrating the swing superstars of today – Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams.
STARRING Tom Burlinson
PRESENTED BY Downunder Promotions
“…had a capacity audience on its feet twice on opening night... a truly honest production... Burlinson has got Sinatra under his skin” The Australian
SATURDAY 15 JUNE, 8PM D URATION 135min including interval C OST Adult $49 Conc./Group 10+ $43 Subscriber $29/$33
Accompanying Tom on stage will be an eight-piece band, including some of the finest jazz musicians.
Winner of the Outstanding Male Vocal Performer Award 2011 The 14th Annual ACE Awards
MAIN SEASON SHOW
The Shrink & Swell of Knots
Robots Vs Art
A man starts building his own coffin but decides to turn it into a raft. He is struggling to untie his emotional and mental knots so he can leave the kid with some simple important advice, before the tide turns and it’s time to go.
When robots decree planet earth will not survive unless human beings are destroyed, they execute 90% of them and send the rest to underground sustainable mines. Robot Vs Art is a thrilling and original production. Think Oscar Wilde merged with Salvador Dali… then cube it.
BY BEN GRANT
“Superior theatre… The Shrink and Swell of Knots blends his visual theatre, poetry, musical composition and performance into a distinctive and compelling whole” The Age
BY TRAVIS COTTON
“A gem of a production: funny, smart, surprising and beautifully executed. Not to be missed” Artshub
“I have personally selected these two shows from the La Mama theatre season, Australia’s home of great independent theatre” Ross le Clerc
FRIDAY 19 JULY, 11.30AM & 8PM D URATION 140min including interval C OST Adult $33 Conc./Group 10+ $29 Student 11.30am $10 Student 8pm $15
MAIN SEASON SHOW
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF
William Shakespeare (Abridged) A STATE THEATRE COMPANY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA PRODUCTION
In a world where we constantly lament that we are “time-poor”, who has the time or indeed the stamina to endure the daunting length of the Immortal Bard’s canon? Join us as we present a bold, speedy, irreverent romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays that aims to out-Python Monty! Three brave actors brazenly blend the best of the brilliant Bard with the scrapings from the bottom of the absurdity barrel in this farcical feast of inspired lunacy. A roller coaster ride involving improvisation, pop culture and audience participation, as well as the fastest, funniest “Hamlet” you’re ever likely to see.
WRITTEN BY Adam Long Daniel Singer Jess Winfield DIRECTOR Adam Cook DESIGNER Ailsa Paterson
LIGHTING DESIGNER Ben Flett COMPOSER Stuart Day CAST INCLUDES Damian Callinan Tim Overton
“Absolutely brilliant! One of the funniest shows I have ever seen” Kristen, Facebook
Performed by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd. This tour is supported by Playing Australia. State Theatre Company of South Australia is supported by Arts SA and the Australia Council for the Arts.
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST, 8PM D URATION 140min including interval C OST Adult $35 Conc./Group 10+ $31 Student $15 Subscriber $29/$33
MAIN SEASON SHOW
The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell
“A talented production and a chance to see well-known actors in a creepy piece of Aussie horror” The Age
STRAIGHT JACKET PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH ELLIS PRODUCTIONS
Under an ochre sky something happened at Mt. Ragged. The incident inspired celebrated bush poet Daniel Gartrell’s most analysed poem - the final verse has never been published. Now an enigma, Gartrell lives as a recluse in the suburbs, his only contact is with his daughter. Gartrell is at home, thinking very oblique thoughts when an emerging actor from Bondi knocks on his door. Ambitious and optimistic, he has been cast to play Gartrell in a biographical movie, and in his research for the role, is ready for anything …or so he thinks. Audience are sure to experience a journey that stretches their senses, hits their funny bone and delivers a poignant message for all.
WRITTEN BY Reg Cribb CAST INCLUDES Max Gillies Samuel Johnson DIRECTOR Lucy Freeman SET DESIGNER Andrew Bellchambers
SPECIAL EFFECTS DESIGNER Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart LIGHTING DESIGN Scott Allan SOUND DESIGN David Ellis
“An undeniably moving piece of theatre” Upstart Magazine
SATURDAY 28 SEPT, 8PM D URATION 85min no interval C OST Adult $39 Conc./Group 10+ $35 Student $15 Subscriber $29/$33
MAIN SEASON SHOW
The 39 Steps JOHN BUCHAN AND ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S
The 39 Steps is a fast-paced, side-splitting comedy for all the family, featuring 150 characters played by four actors. Based on the 1935 Hitchcock spy thriller movie and novel by John Buchan, the stage production is currently the longest running comedy in the West End and winner of major theatrical prizes from Tony Awards® to the Olivier and Helpmann Awards. Featuring 150 characters in a whirlwind of action, it follows the heart racing adventures of a handsome hero chased by international spies. A rip-roaring night out for all the family, don’t miss this theatrical tour-de-force already seen by over 3 million people in more than 60 countries.
DIRECTED BY Terence O’Connell ADAPTED BY Patrick Barlow ORIGINAL CONCEPT BY Simon Corble Nobby Dimon
PRODUCER Christine Harris & HIT Productions by arrangement with Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Limited
“Hugely entertaining… Clever, witty, ingenious”
WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER, 8PM D URATION 2 hours plus 20min interval C OST Adult $39 Conc./Group 10+ $35 Student $15 Subscriber $29/$33
The Sunday Times
MAIN SEASON SHOW
â€œA phenomenal display of rotation that will leave you dizzy with excitement!â€?
Emerge IN WYNDHAM FESTIVAL
BY ONYX PRODUCTIONS
360 ALLSTARS reinvents the traditional circus by presenting contemporary performance styles instead of conventional circus art forms. Replace acrobats with breakdancers, substitute a basketball freestyler in place of a juggler, swap the unicyclist for a BMX flatlander, and throw in a Roue Cyr artist and you get an exhilarating circus performance! With live looping, plus music, from musician Gene Peterson, 360 ALLSTARS is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding.
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MON 15 APRIL,7PM TUES 16 APRIL,7PM WED 17 APRIL,7PM D URATION 80min C OST Student/Youth/ U23 $10 Conc./U28 $18 Adult $25 YOUTH SPECTACULAR
Celebrating the colours, flavours and sounds of multicultural Wyndham. Wyndham Cultural Centre and Multicultural Arts Victoria invite you to be part of this massive cultural celebration as the theatre opens its doors to welcome a wave of amazing new cultures and talents from refugee and emerging multicultural communities who have made Wyndham their home in recent years.
FREE EVENT SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER
The Music Series 2013 LL SHOWS INCLUDE COMPLIMENTARY A MORNING OR AFTERNOON TEA!
STARRING DAVID SCHEEL If you enjoyed David performing in his one man expose ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’ then you can’t miss this brilliant show!
“…one of the best shows ever”
ALL TICKETS $13 EACH
The Clocktower Centre
SUNDAY 18 AUG, 3PM D URATION 70min no interval
BOOKINGS: 8734 6000 OR WWW.WYNCC.COM.AU
The Girls from Oz
Denis Walter in Concert
STARRING JANE O’TOOLE
PRESENTED BY THE GASLIGHT COMPANY
In this fast paced, dynamic show memories of past eras are brought to dazzling life in a cavalcade of songs, stories and glamorous costumes recreating the triumphs of these great sopranos’ stellar careers and giving revealing glimpses into their complex personal lives.
The Women of the 60’s
SUNDAY 17 MARCH, 3PM D URATION 75mins no interval
SUNDAY 6 OCT, 3PM D URATION 80min no interval
The Spirit of Wyndham Christmas
Mothers Day Gift Idea!
STARRING GINA HOGAN
This high class, interactive show will take you back in time to the fabulous music of the 60’s, featuring songs by artists such as Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Shirley Bassey and more.
Denis Walter is one of Australia’s finest concert performers and rarely these days, due to his radio show on Melbourne’s 3AW , does he get to sing on stage. Denis will sing songs from his multi platinum albums and share great stories of his life in show business. Denis Walter is a concert not to be missed!
PRESENTED BY THE GASLIGHT COMPANY
SUNDAY 19 MAY, 3PM D URATION 65min no interval
Led by compere Chris McKenna the Gaslight performers have stamped themselves as Australia’s leading daytime show company and their annual Christmas production is always a hit all over the country. With a mix of traditional carols and contemporary Christmas songs to wind up another fantastic year.
TUESDAY 17 DEC, 11AM D URATION 80min no interval
BASED ON BOOKS BY DUNCAN BALL
Take a theatrical journey, with an adventurous heroine, Emily and discover her extraordinary gift to see things differently. It’s 60 minutes of enjoyment, silly antics and good old fun!
“Combines the silliness of Ripping Yarns with the wackiness of Scooby Doo” SMH
A GARRY GINIVAN ATTRACTION THE FINAL FAREWELL TOUR!
“…sure to charm children and parents …highly recommended!” Canberra Times
Grandma Poss made bush magic. She made Wombats blue and Kookaburras pink, Dingos smile and Emus Shrink, but the best magic of all was the “POSSUM MAGIC”, that made Baby Hush invisible. First published in 1983 Possum Magic was an instant success with children and parents alike. In 1990 the musical stage adaptation was SOLD OUT before it opened. The Musical is now firmly established as the most successful musical for children and families ever.
Based on the book written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas. This adaptation created under license from Scholastic Australia Pty Limited.
WED 5 JUNE, 6.30PM THURS 6 JUNE, 10.30AM & 1PM D URATION 55min C OST Adult $15 Conc. $13 Student $10
THURS 22 AUG, 6.30PM FRI 23 AUG, 10.30AM & 1PM D URATION 60min C OST Adult $15 Conc. $13 Student $10
Squaring the Wheel
School holiday show!
PERFORMED BY LEO CARTOUCHE
Squaring the Wheel brings together circus skills, puppetry, magic, wacky mechanisms, unexpected music and audience participation. It is all inserted into a theatrical stage extravaganza with a comical and physical language.
“A comical visual feast which simply has to be seen…” Artshub
TUESDAY 1 OCT, 10.30AM & 1.30PM D URATION 90min C OST Adult $15 Student/ Conc. $13 FAMILY THEATRE
LOCATION 177 Watton Street, Werribee. Public carpark beside the venue. Melway map 205 J9 BOX OFFICE Open Mon–Fri, 9am–4.30pm and open one hour prior to performance. Box Office: 8734 6000
ACCESS The venue is wheelchair accessible. Wyndham Cultural Centre supports the Companion Card Scheme. For enquiries visit companioncard.org.au or phone 1800 650 611 CONCESSIONS Applies to Senior and Pension Card holders, unemployed and carers
PAYMENTS Cash and credit card (Visa or MasterCard) accepted. Cheques only applicable to schools and social club group bookings. No refunds or exchanges EVENT INFORMATION Visit wyncc.com.au or Wyndham City’s website wyndham.vic.gov.au for event information SUBSCRIBER DISCOUNTS Choose 5, 7 or 9 shows to take advantage of the savings. Great gift idea for family or friends Conditions: The subscription prices are available ONLY as part of packages, not as ‘single ticket’ buys. Main Season subscribers may exchange tickets for another show by returning tickets.
THE THEATRE Tattersallâ€™s Theatre can accommodate 477 patrons and all seats have an excellent view of the stage. People who subscribe to five or more shows will have first priority on the best seats in the house and receive a substantial price reduction. The Wyndham Cultural Centre is a literal arts hub, providing a platform for Australiaâ€™s finest production companies and independent artists. Reinvented in 2001, the five million dollar facility also comprises a striking atrium Foyer, contemporary art gallery, Council Library and leased cafe. WANT TO SIT WITH YOUR FRIENDS? Simply attach all booking forms together and we will organise the best seating.
How to book
VISIT 177 Watton St, Werribee PHONE Box Office (03) 8734 6000 ONLINE Online ticketing, visit www.wyncc.com.au BOOKING FORM Mail to: Wyndham Cultural Centre, PO Box 197, Werribee VIC 3030
Booking form STEP 1 – ORDER TICKETS 5 SHOWS
Select 5 shows below
SUBSCRIBER PACKAGES 7 SHOWS
Select 7 shows below
BU AN Y M D S OR A E 9 SHOWS VE Select all shows below
$165 QTY $145 QTY $231 QTY $203 QTY $297 QTY $261 QTY Please tick your show selection: The Man in the Mirror 16 February, 8pm The Girls in Grey 15 March, 8pm Boxman 23 April, 11am Boxman 24 April, 8pm Sundowner 25 May, 8pm Now We’re Swinging 15 June, 8pm Robots vs Art + The Shrink and Swell of Knots 19 July, 11.30am Robots vs Art + The Shrink and Swell of Knots 19 July, 8pm The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 15 August, 8pm The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell 28 September, 8pm The 39 Steps 16 October, 8pm
SINGLE TICKETS ONLY CONC. & STUDENT MAIN SEASON SHOWS ADULT GROUP 10+ The Man in the Mirror 16 Feb, 8pm
The Girls in Grey 15 March, 8pm
Boxman 23 April, 11am
Boxman 24 April, 8pm
Sundowner 25 May, 8pm
Now We’re Swinging 15 June, 8pm $49 QTY
Robots vs Art + The Shrink and Swell of Knots 19 July, 11.30am
Robots vs Art + The Shrink and Swell of Knots 19 July, 8pm
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 15 August, 8pm
The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell 28 September, 8pm
The 39 Steps 16 October, 8pm
STEP 2 – TOTAL PAYMENT Total payable amount = $
Booking form STEP 3 – YOUR DETAILS First name Surname Address Suburb Postcode Phone Mobile Email Tick here if you’d like to receive show updates via email STEP 4 – ACCESS REQUIREMENTS Wheelchair Aisle (Not guaranteed) Hearing assistance STEP 5 – SPECIAL REQUESTS I would prefer to sit in row I wish to sit with friends (forms must be supplied together) STEP 6 – PAYMENT Cash Credit card (please fill in your credit card details) Visa MasterCard Please charge $ Card number:
Name on card
Signature STEP 7 – SECURE YOUR BOOKING To secure your booking, detach this form and submit by: Mail or in person Cultural Centre, 177 Watton Street, Werribee 3030 Phone Box Office 8734 6000 Fax 9741 9648 We respects the privacy of all our customers and business contacts, and is committed to safeguarding the personal information which you provide us. Wyndham Cultural Centre is subject to the requirements of the National Privacy Principals which are in the Privacy Act 1988. We will not distribute your information to others and will only use your information for the express purpose for which it was collected. Wyndham Cultural Centre will maintain safe storage of personal information and will dispose of it where it is no longer needed to fulfil the purpose for which it was collected. Providing this address will allow us to send you information about up coming shows and events. We will not distribute your email address to others and will not use your personal information for any purposes other than our own administration, distribution and communication purposes relating to ticketing and program.
LOCATION 177 Watton St, Werribee
BOX OFFICE 03 8734 6000
BOOK ONLINE www.wyncc.com.au
The details in this brochure are correct at the time of printing. Management retains the right to make alterations to times, dates and venue where changed circumstances require, however, ticket holders will be contacted and advised of any changes. Published by: Wyndham Cultural Centre. The Commonwealth Government, through Playing Australia, is proud to be associated with Wyndham Cultural Centreâ€™s Theatre Season.