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COMPREHENSIVE

DIARY


May 2017


May  25, 26, 27
PLAY: The Laramie Project   directed by Zina Carman for Torquay Theatre Troupe. Super staging of a powerful play based on a true incident that changed people’s lives in country Wyoming. Eight VO acting nominations. 8.00pm in the Price St Theatre, Torquay. Tickets $21, $17  from  www.trybooking.com  
Read our No-Nonsense Review HERE

See the play’s VO nominations HERE


*****

Friday May 26
CONCERT: MSO plays Petrushka Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey conductor, plays Kats-Chernin (WORLD PREMIERE of new work) along with  Bartók Piano Concerto No.3,  and Stravinsky Petrushka. 7.30pm (free pre-concert talk from 6.30pm) at the Costa Hall, Deakin University’s waterfront campus. Tickets $102, $97, $85, $53 from GPAC 5225 1200

 
STAR PRESENTATION: Hello Beautiful written and performed by Hannie Rayson. Yes, the award-winning sharply funny playwright on stage and telling aspects of her story  as part of the Potato Shed’s 2017 season. 8.00pm (*2.00pm) at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets $36, $32, $28 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

May  26, 27, 28*
PLAY: Behind: Behind The Arras written and directed by Ben Mitchell for Theatre of the Winged Unicorn. Warm behind-the-scenes look at amateur theatre, a tribute to Dennis Mitchell’s original play. 7.30pm (*5.00pm) in Ceres Hall. Tickets $30, $29, $28 from www.trybooking.com/255773  or phone  5249 1350

Read our No-Nonsense Review HERE


*****

May 31 (June 1)
CONCERT: Ian Stenlake - In My Musical Life  part of  GPAC’s Musical Mornings. 10.30am in the Playhouse Theatre, tickets $20 at GPAC 5225 1200 


*****


June 2017


June 1, 2, 3*
PLAY: Coranderrk by Ilbijerri Theatre Company & Belvoir. Recreates a historic encounter between black & white Australia in the late 19th Century. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $58, $54 (Senior), $48 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.  

*****

Tuesday June 6
MUSICAL: The Glorious Male Voice Choir  Featuring the International Harvester Choir and it’s diminutive Welsh director Jeanette Johns.  Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

June 9 - 12
FESTIVAL: The National Celtic Festival  takes over the seaside town of Portarlington, providing our nation’s biggest Celtic celebration and Victoria’s largest winter festival. International stars include Calan (Wales) Feis Rois (Scotland) Daire Mulhern (Ireland)  and the locals are headed by Eric Bogle. Tickets $50 - $165, details and book at www.nationalcelticfestival.com


*****

June 14, 15
CONCERT: Great Composers Of London’s West End  for GPAC’s Musical Mornings. 10.30am in the Playhouse Theatre, tickets $20 at GPAC 5225 1200 


*****

Friday June 16
CONCERT: Haydn’s Creation Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conductor Sir Andrew Davies, plays Haydn’s masterwork with Siobhan Stagg, soprano; Andrew Staples, tenor; Neal Davies, bass and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. 7.30pm (free pre-concert talk from 6.30pm) at the Costa Hall, Deakin University’s waterfront campus. Tickets $102, $97, $85, $53 from GPAC 5225 1200 

June 16, 17
PLAYS: Winter Solstice short one-act plays presented by Theatre 3222 as part of the Potato Shed’s midwinter celebration. 8.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets $20 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Sunday June 18
SING: For The Joy Of Singing The Classics  a one-off chance to join a big choir hosted by members of Geelong Chorale to sing classic choruses. This time it’s Requiem by Wolfgand Amadeus Mozart conducted by Manfred Pohlenz. 2.00pm to 5.00pm at St Luke’s Uniting Church, cnr Barrabool & Scenic Rds, Highton. Cost $15 includes afternoon tea. more on 0412 524 316.


*****

Friday June 23
CONCERT: Desperate Housewives Meet Priscilla a ladies-only musical night themed around Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. Presented by The Gems, 8.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets $25 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.

*****

June 24*, 30, (July 1*)
MUSICAL: The Little Mermaid directed by Emily Donoghue for GSODA Juniors. Classic Disney musical presented by Geelong’s foremost young theatre group. 7.30pm (2.00pm & 7.30pm) at the Playhouse, GPAC. Tickets $35 & $25 from GPAC 5225 1200 

*****

June 28, 29, 30 (July 1*)
PLAY: Minnie & Liraz from Melbourne Theatre Co, set in the Autumn Retirement Village in Caulfield, the bridge club has a crisis which exposes human failings, politics and more.. Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $69, $65 (Senior), $59 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.  

*****

Friday June 30 

CONCERT: MSO Plays Das Lied von der Erde

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conductor Sir Andrew Davies, plays Schubert Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished), Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

Soloists Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano; Stuart Skelton,  tenor; 7.30pm (free pre-concert talk from 6.30pm) at the Costa Hall, Deakin University’s waterfront campus. Tickets $102, $97, $85, $53 from GPAC 5225 1200


*****


July 2017


Saturday July 1
PLAY: The Witches by Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood and performed by Joshua Brenna. 11.00am and 1.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets $15, $13, family $45 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.

MUSICAL: The Little Mermaid directed by Emily Donoghue for GSODA Juniors. Classic Disney musical presented by Geelong’s foremost young theatre group. 2.00pm & 7.30pm at the Playhouse, GPAC. Tickets $35 & $25 from GPAC 5225 1200 

PLAY: Minnie & Liraz from Melbourne Theatre Co, set in the Autumn Retirement Village in Caulfield, the bridge club has a crisis which exposes human failings, politics and more.. Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 1.00pm & 8.00pm in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $69, $65 (Senior), $59 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.  

*****


Tuesday July 4
CONCERT: Peter Paul and Marion returns by popular demand to sing the classic 1960s songs of Peter Paul & Mary. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****


July 7, 8, 9*, 13, 14, 15, 16*, 20, 21, 22,
PLAY: Pygmalion,   written by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Alard Pett for Geelong Rep.  The classic tale of Eliza Doolittle and Prof Henry Higgins - coincidentally Rep’s first ever play - continues the company’s 2016 season. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 at GPAC 5225 1200


*****

July 12, 13, 14, 15*
PLAY: Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday from Melbourne Festival and Malthouse Theatre. Life’s milestones examined through the celebration of two epic birthdays, at age 18 and 80.  Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $58, $54 (Senior), $48 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****


July 14 - 29

MUSICALOliver! Lionel Bart’s now classic musical will leave you asking for more. Presented by Geelong’s CenterStage at GPAC. Details, booking at GPAC 5225 1200.


*****

July 21, 22* 27, 28, 29*

MUSICALAltar Boyz   a new foot-stomping rocking musical about a Christian Boy Band from Ohio. 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7.30pm) at the Shenton Centre, East Geelong. Tickets $37.80 from trybooking.com


*****


August 2017


August 4, 5
PLAY: The Exotic Lives Of Lola Montez directed by Moira Finucane for Finucane & Smith. Cabaret with historical burlesque stars Miss Caroline Lee and Parisian siren Holly Durant.  8.00pm  at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets $36, $32, $28 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

August 11 - 26

PlayA Room With A View directed by Christine Davey for her Skin Of Our Teeth theatre company. In East Geelong’s Shenton Centre,   times, tickets, details TBA.


*****

Tuesday August 15
CONCERT: Soul Sister Swing returns by popular demand to sing the girl’s choice of close-harmony classics. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

August 16, 17, 18, 19*
PLAY: Bakersfield Mist from Tasmanian Theatre Co and Straightjacket Productions. The value of art is examined when a woman buys what she thinks is a masterwork in an op shop... Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $58, $54 (Senior), $48 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****

Friday August 18
CONCERT: Arcadia Winds brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society. Musica Viva’s first FutureMakers ensemble with a diverse programme including Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St. Tickets $50, $45, $10 from http://www.gcms.org.au, GPAC 5225 1200 or at the door.

*****


Thursday August 24
BALLET: A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged and presented by Melbourne City Ballet. Shakespeare’s classic comedy staged as a fast-paced ballet as part of the Potato Shed’s 2017 season.  8.00pm  at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets $36, $32, $28 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Friday August 25

CONCERTGeelong Symphony Orchestra presents A Night In Vienna. Fabian Russell conducting,  Frank Celata clarinet soloist. Programme consists of Mozart: Overture Don Giovanni; Mozart: Clarinet concerto in A Major and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 in A Major Op 92. 8.00pm in the Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus, tickets $55 & $45, with generous discounts for early and series booking. Details from GPAC 5225 1200 or go to www.gpac.org.au/gsoearlybird 


*****

Sunday August 27
CONCERT: Voices Of Our Time - Music of contemporary composers  sung by the Geelong Chorale. 3.00pm  at All Saints Church, Noble St Newtown.

*****


September 2017


September 6, 7, 8, 9*
PLAY: Pike St. from Epic Theatre & Melbourne Arts Centre. Human dramas unfold in the shadow of Manhattan Bridge.  Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $58, $54 (Senior), $48 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****

September 8, 9, 10*, 14, 15, 16, 17*, 21, 22, 23
PLAY: Exit Laughing   written by Paul Elliott,  directed by Geoff Gaskill for Geelong Rep.  A wild exciting ride that starts at a card night with the girls  continues Rep’s 2016 season. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 at GPAC 5225 1200


*****

Tuesday September 12
CONCERT: Pictures Worth 1,000 Words presented by Colin Mockett and Shirley Power. Images and films of old Geelong presented with a 21st Century slant.  Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Friday September 15
CONCERT: Stephen McIntyre brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society. Our eminent Australian pianist brings piano milestones from  Scarletti to Chopin, Debussy to Prokofiev. 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St. Tickets $50, $45, $10 from http://www.gcms.org.au, GPAC 5225 1200 or at the door.

*****

September 15, 16
DANCE: Women directed by Sally Pearson for Dance Initiative. Four women’s lives interpreted in modern dance as part of the Potato Shed’s season.  8.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets  $32 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

September 21, 22, 23*
PLAY: What Rhymes With Cars And Girls from Melbourne Theatre Co. Based on You Am I’s album of the same name, the songs, performed live,  are woven into a love story described as ‘an intimate musical jewel’.  Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $69, $65, (Senior), $59 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****

Friday September 22

CONCERT: MSO Plays Ravel Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conductor André de Ridder plays Mozart Symphony No.3, Chin Mannequin (AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE), Ravel Piano Concerto, Ravel La Valse, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano. 7.30pm (free pre-concert talk from 6.30pm) at the Costa Hall, Deakin University’s waterfront campus. Tickets $102, $97, $85, $53 from GPAC 5225 1200

*****



October 2017


October 6 - 14
MUSICAL: Heathers directed by Christian Cavallo for GSODA Senior company.  GPAC.  Dates, times, booking info not yet released.


*****

Sunday October 8
CONCERT: Sing Into Spring with Geelong Harmony Chorus as part of the Geelong Seniors Festival.  2.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets  $22, $18, $15, $12 includes afternoon tea. Available from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Tuesday October 10
CONCERT: Pure Gold from the Drop Of A Hatband returning by popular demand the Hatband’s choice of classic hits presented in their own inimitable way... Colin explains the story behind the songs - then the band plays it beautifully. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

October 11, 12, 13, 14*
PLAY: The Popular Mechanicals from  State Theatre Co of  South Australia. Shakespeare’s most popular clowns, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a reimagined modern comedy classic.  Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $69, $65 (Senior), $59 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****

Thursday October 12
PLAY: Birdcage Thursdays written by Sandra Fiona Long and brought from La Mama as part of the Potato Shed’s season. A theatrical look at the tragedies of hoarding 8.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets  $36, $32, $28 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Sunday October 15
CONCERT: Marvellous Deakin - The Man Who Dreamed Australia  a musical documentary biography of the man voted Australia’s best PM. Presented by historian Colin Mockett with musician Shirley Power as part of History Week 2017. 3.00pm in the Coach House Room at the Vue Grand Hotel, Queenscliff.
Tickets $15 from the Queenscliff Historical Museum, Hesse St.


Sunday October 22
FAMILY DAY: The Potato Shed’s Free Family Fun Day Out attracts thousands to the Shed between 11am and 3.00pm with live performance, music, activities  Free, just turn up - more info phone 5251 1998.


SING: For The Joy Of Singing The Classics  a one-off chance to join a big choir hosted by members of Geelong Chorale to sing classic choruses. This time it’s Requiem by Johannes Brahms conducted by Anne Pilgrim. 2.00pm to 5.00pm at St Luke’s Uniting Church, cnr Barrabool & Scenic Rds, Highton. Cost $15 includes afternoon tea. more on 0412 524 316.


CONCERT: Marvellous Deakin - The Man Who Dreamed Australia  a musical documentary biography of the man voted Australia’s best PM. Presented by historian Colin Mockett with musician Shirley Power as part of History Week 2017. 3.00pm in the Coach House Room at the Vue Grand Hotel, Queenscliff.
Tickets $15 from the Queenscliff Historical Museum, Hesse St.


*****

Friday October 27

CONCERT Geelong Symphony Orchestra presents Last Night Of The Proms with conductor Kevin Cameron with guest artists, soloists and chorus including the Geelong Chorale. Music by Borodin, Elgar, Holst, Handel, Williams etc including the famous Jerusalem, Land Of Hope And Glory and more. You’re invited to bring and wave flags, throw streamers and make the occasion memorable. 8.00pm in the Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus, tickets $55 & $45, with generous discounts for early and series booking. Details from GPAC 5225 1200 or go to www.gpac.org.au/gsoearlybird 


*****

Sunday October 29
MUSICAL: Exposing Edith created and performed by Michaela Burger and arriving as part of the Potato Shed’s 2017 season.  The life story - and songs - of Edith Piaf . 2.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets  $36, $32, $25 available from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****


November 2017


Tuesday November 14
CONCERT: A Very Grumpy Christmas those Grumpy Old Men, Bryan, Robert & Colin, their Grumpy Old Manhandler Shirley and some surprise guests present Christmas from a Grumpy point of view. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

November 17, 18, 19*, 23, 24, 25, 26*, 30 (Dec 1, 2)
PLAY: The Butler Did It   written by Tim Kelly and directed by Jon Mamonski for Geelong Rep.  Rep’s now traditional end-of-season comedy parodies just about every British mystery play from an American comedy viewpoint. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 at GPAC 5225 1200


*****

Friday November 24
CONCERT: Melbourne Chamber Orchestra brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society. With a Russian-flavoured concert featuring violin soloist Shane Chen.  7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St. Tickets $50, $45, $10 from http://www.gcms.org.au, GPAC 5225 1200 or at the door.

*****

Sunday November 26
AWARDS: Geelong’s Theatre Awards Ceremony Geelong’s glamorous night of nights begins 6.00pm when the red carpet is rolled out at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  
The venue will be at its glossiest for an event that will see Geelong’s theatre people at their best in suits and posh frocks for their ‘best of’ musical and non-musical 2017 awards ceremony which replaces this website’s Virtual Oscars. It’s cabaret seating, BYO nibbles, free soft drinks, tea and coffee with the bar open and stocked with celebratory bubbly. All tickets $20, book at 5251 1998 or CoGG service centres.


*****


December 2017


Saturday December 2
CONCERT: A Carol To Sing Geelong Chorale’s annual celebration for Christmas. 5.00pm  at All Saints Anglican Church, Noble St Newtown.

*****

Tuesday December 12
PLAYS: 12 X 12 Festival presents twelve new plays each 12 minutes long on the 12th December. 7.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale. Tickets $20 from CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****


Sunday December 24

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: In Johnstone Park from dusk presented by Geelong Ys Mens club. Fine artists give their time for Geelong’s traditional candlelit celebration. 
Free entry.


*****


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