Geelong's Comprehensive 2019 Entertainment Diary

June 2019


Friday June 21

CONCERT: Diana Doherty & Melbourne Chamber Orchestra 

Diana Doherty has been principal oboe with the Sydney Symphony for the past 20 years. She’s playing Corelli Concerto grosso in C minor Op.6 No.3; Avison Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.9 No.7; Chindamo Sanctuary for oboe, cor anglais & orchestra; Vivaldi Concerto for Oboe & Violin in B flat major RV 548; Handel Concerto grosso in C minor Op.6 No.8 and Albinoni Oboe concerto in G minor Op.9 No.8. Brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm in McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St, Newtown. Tickets $50, $45 (conc) $10 (under 25) at the door, or from geelongchamber.org


****

 June 21, 22

MUSICAL: Hercules, The Panto! directed by Nicole Kaminski for GSODA Juniors. Geelong’s Arena turns into the Greek Acropolis for this big production. 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7.30pm) (**5.00pm) at Geelong Arena, tickets $18 - $36 from ticket booth.com.au.

PLAYS: Winter Solstice brings two one act plays and midwinter mulled wine to the Potato Shed, from 8.00pm. All tickets $22, theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998


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Saturday June 22 

CONCERT: Juke Box Brass featuring Geelong West Brass Band - a cabaret style concert featuring the gorgeous Shandelle McGennisken 6.30 for 7pm start at Club Italia 515 Bellarine Hwy Moolap. BYO food & nibbles, drinks at bar prices. Adults $20.00 children under 15 $5.00 full table of 10 $175.00 tickets through TRYBOOKING https://www.trybooking.com/491873 


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Sunday 23 June 

CONCERT: Geelong Jazz Soirée. A popular monthly music series featuring Geelong's finest jazz musicians. This month features local jazz vocalist Michelle Benjamin accompanied by Callum Watson at the piano. 1pm-4pm Tickets $20 from callumwatson.com.au/geelongjaz

July 2019

Tuesday July 2: 

CONCERT: A Morning with Issy Dye - 40 years in cabaret on Australia’s stages, shares his experience and memories. Part of Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed. 10.30am at the Potato Shed, all tickets $17 include refreshments from Baker’s Delight Drysdale. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

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July 3, 4

CONCERT: The B Sharp Big Band plays as part of GPAC’s Musical Mornings season, 10.30am at The Playhouse Theatre, tickets $22 from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au


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July 5, 6, 7*, 11, 12, 13, 14*,  18, 19, 20

PLAY The Book of Everything directed by Ryan Bentley for Geelong Rep. Thought-provoking storytelling built around an imaginative nine-year-old..
7.30pm (*2.00pm) in The Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24  at GPAC 5225 1200 or gpac.org.au .  

****

July 17, 18, 19, 20*

PLAY: Diplomacy directed by John Bell for Ensemble Theatre. Fascinating historical thriller based on the true story of the negotiations for for future of Paris at the end of WWII. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) at The Drama Theatre, GPAC, tickets $62, $59, $53 from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au

****

July 18, 19

MUSICAL: The Sapphires the stage musical adapted from the hit film follows four young aboriginal girls booked to sing to the troops during the Vietnam war. 8.00pm at the Potato Shed, tickets $46 ($42 conc) $22 students, theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998


****

Friday July 19

CONCERT: The Rite of Spring and Firebrand presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. 

Masterworks by Ravel & Stravinsky. 7.30pm in The Costa Hall, tickets $102 ($97conc) $85 ($80) $53 (49) from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au


****

 July 19, 20*, 25, 26, 27*, 28#, 31, (August 1, 2, 3*)

MUSICAL: The Sound of Music directed by David Mackay for Centerstage Geelong. The big Rodgers & Hammerstein  musical in all its glory with a huge Geelong cast. 7.30pm (*1.30pm & 7.30pm, #3.00pm) in GPAC's Playhouse Theatre. Tickets $47.50, $44.00, $40 from GPAC 5225 1200  or online gpac.org.au


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Friday July 26

PLAY: Swan Song  Meet Occi Byrne, the illegitimate child of a single mother in the Catholic west of Ireland. Shunned by Church, state and family, Occi fights his way into adulthood. 8.00pm at the Potato Shed, tickets $40 ($38 conc) theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

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Sunday July 28

CONCERT: Windfire Chamber Choir & Orchestra. 7.30pm at St Mary’s Yarra St. Details from www.musicatthebasilica.org.au


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July 31, (August 1, 2, 3*)

PLAY: Guru of Chai directed by Justin Lewis for Indian Ink Theatre Co. Delightfully funny slice of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods… 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) at The Drama Theatre, GPAC, tickets $58, $54, $48 from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au

August 2019

August 1, 2, 3*

MUSICAL: The Sound of Music directed by David Mackay for Centerstage Geelong. The big Rodgers & Hammerstein  musical in all its glory with a huge Geelong cast. 7.30pm (*1.30pm & 7.30pm, #3.00pm) in GPAC's Playhouse Theatre. Tickets $47.50, $44.00, $40 from GPAC 5225 1200  or online gpac.org.au

PLAY: Guru of Chai directed by Justin Lewis for Indian Ink Theatre Co. Delightfully funny slice of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods… 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) at The Drama Theatre, GPAC, tickets $58, $54, $48 from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au

****

Saturday August 3 AFTERNOON

CONCERT: The Four Seasons with Rebecca Chan presented by Geelong Symphony Orchestra with leader and soloist Rebecca Chang. Vivaldi's Four Seasons performed by our orchestra with glamorous international star violinist Rebecca.3.00 pm in the Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront. Tickets $55, $45 (conc) children under 12 free. Book through GPAC 52251200.

****

Tuesday August 6 

CONCERT:- Plan B the 4 piece band returns to play blues, soul & rock. Part of Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed. 10.30am at the Potato Shed, all tickets $17 include refreshments from Baker’s Delight Drysdale. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

August 15, 16, 17*

MUSICAL: Sunday In The Park With George directed by Dean Drieberg & Sonya Suares for Watch This. Set in Paris 1884, with a strong storyline around an artist, his wife and mistress with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim… Need we say more? 8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) at The Playhouse Theatre, GPAC, tickets $69, $65, $59 ($30 under 18) from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au

****

Friday August 16

PLAY: The Hunter, The Hunted presented Company 13 - this devised physical ensemble theatre melds Gothic melodrama with the passion of the romantic era. 8.00pm at the Potato Shed, tickets $40 ($38 conc) theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

Sunday August 18

CONCERT: Great Moments presented by Geelong Chorale directed by Allister Cox. Arias, duets and choruses from some of the best-loved operas, operettas and musicals. 2.30pm in St Luke's Church, Barrabool Rd, Highton. Tickets $25, $20 from 0407 095 408 or email thegeelongchorale@gmail.com

****

August 23, 24*, 29, 30, 31*

MUSICAL: If / Then Hit Broadway musical from 2014 based on a New York girl starting a new life with double identities. Another musical brought by Theatre Of The Damned as a first for Geelong. 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7.30pm) in the Shenton Centre, East Geelong. Tickets $37.50 from www.trybooking.com.

****

Sunday August 25

CONCERT: Tudor Choristers 3.00pm at St Mary’s Basilica, Yarra St. Details from www.musicatthebasilica.org.au

****

Friday August 30

CONCERT: Elyane Laussade

Here is what the New York Times has said about Elyane Laussade, ‘a pianist with a polished technique... dazzling power... and an impeccable sense of style…’ 

Elyane Laussade has delighted audiences on five continents for her imaginative and strongly individual playing. She’s playing Schubert Sonata in B flat major D.960; Rachmaninoff Elegie in E flat minor; Chopin Scherzo in B flat minor Op. 31; Schmidt The Priestess and the Moon-gods and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm in McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St, Newtown. Tickets $50, $45 (conc) $10 (under 25) at the door, or from geelongchamber.org

September 2019

Tuesday September 3

CONCERT: The Elvis Presley Story - written and presented by Colin Mockett with images on big screen & live music from Allan & Trevor from All Shook Up. Part of Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed. 10.30am at the Potato Shed, all tickets $17 include refreshments from Baker’s Delight Drysdale. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998


****

September 6, 7, 8*, 12, 13, 14, 15*, 19, 20, 21

PLAY And Then There Were None directed by Greg Shawcross for Geelong Rep. New twist on an old Agatha Christie murder mystery.. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in The Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24  at GPAC 5225 1200 or gpac.org.au .  


****

Saturday September 7

MUSICAL: Waistwatchers - The Musical presented by HIT Productions Set in a women’s gym, takes a lighthearted look at four women’s honesty about food, diet, friendships, excercise, love and sex. 2.00pm at the Potato Shed, tickets $40 ($38 conc) ($35 seniors) cabaret seating; $38, ($34 conc) ($30, Seniors) theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998


****

September 18, 19

CONCERT: Lady Beatle featuring Naomi Price with a magical mystery tour linked throughout by the music of the Beatles. 8.00pm at The Drama Theatre, GPAC, tickets $55 from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au


****

Friday September 20

CONCERT: Mozart and Elgar: An Evening of Variations presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth (piano). Paul Lewis (piano) - Mozart’s Piano concerto No 10 for two pianos, plus Mozart variations and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. 7.30pm in The Costa Hall, tickets $102 ($97conc) $85 ($80) $53 (49) from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au

October 2019

October 3, 4, 5*, 6**

PLAY: The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes - the latest from Back To Back Theatre. Five activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public meeting to start a frank and open conversation.. Covering everything from the ethics of food production to the probable impact of artificial intelligence, this is Geelong’s award-winning Back To Back 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) (** 1.00pm) at The Back To Back Theatre. Tickets $58, $54, $48 from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au


****

October 4 - 12

MUSICAL: Kinky Boots directed Christian Cavallo who brings back the 2017 production team behind Heathers to present the recent favourite in Geelong’s Playhouse. Details TBA 


****

Sunday October 6

PLAY: Sherlock Holmes and A Woman’s Wit presented by Lux Radio Theatre as two mystery radio plays enacted live on stage. 8.00pm at the Potato Shed, tickets $40 ($38 conc) theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

Tuesday October 8

CONCERT: The Al Jolson Story, written and presented by Issy Dye. Part of Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed. 10.30am at the Potato Shed, all tickets $17 include refreshments from Baker’s Delight Drysdale. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

Friday October 11

PLAY: My Brilliant Divorce presented by Mandi Lodge in the witty and warm role created by Dawn French in London’s West End.  8.00pm at the Potato Shed, tickets $40 ($38 conc) ($35 seniors) theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

Sunday October 13   CONCERT: Geelong Harmony Chorus  all-woman barbershop-style harmonies from Geelong’s own. 2.00pm at the Potato Shed, tickets $25 ($20 conc, $18 seniors, $15 child) theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

October 16, 17, 18, 19*

PLAY: Scaramouche Jones featuring Colin Friels for Wander Productions. Acclaimed actor Friels takes on the one-man role from Pete Postlethwaite - an ancient clown reflects on the phases of his life which covers some of the darkest moments of the 20th Century. Poignant and funny… 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) at The Drama Theatre, GPAC, tickets $62, $59, $53 from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au


****

Friday October 25

CONCERT: Syzygy Ensemble

After just one year of performing together this group was awarded first prize in the chamber music section of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and, subsequently, were the only Australian group selected to perform at the 2011 Gaudeamus International Interpreters Award in Amsterdam. They’re playing Dargaville After and Before; Debussy Clair de Lune / Cello sonata ; Broadstock Syzygy; Bartok Contrasts and Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No.1 (arr. Webern). Brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm in McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St, Newtown. Tickets $50, $45 (conc) $10 (under 25) at the door, or from geelongchamber.org


CONCERT: Johnny O’Keefe, Roy Orbison, Legends of Rock & Roll presented by Issy Dye. Part of Geelong Seniors Festival. 8.00pm at the Potato Shed. Tickets $40 $38 conc, $35 seniors, cabaret seating, $38 $34 conc, $30 seniors, theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998


****

Saturday October 26

CONCERT: New York To Norway, presented by Geelong Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fabian Russell, soloist Hoang Pham.
A concert of modern classics including Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Greig's Piano Concerto, Sibelius Finlandia.
7.30pm in the Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront. Tickets $55, $45 (conc) children under 12 free. Book through GPAC, 52251200.


****

Sunday October 27

CONCERT: From Broadway to Ballroom, puts opera stars singing Broadway hits alongside champion ballroom dancers. Part of Geelong Seniors Festival. 8.00pm at the Potato Shed. Tickets $40, $38 conc, $35 seniors, cabaret seating, $38, $34 conc, $30 seniors, theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

November 2019


November 6, 7, 8, 9*

PLAY: The 39 Steps directed by Jon Halpin for State Theatre Co of South Australia. The reworked classic British noir spy film makes delicious theatre. 8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) at The Playhouse Theatre, GPAC, tickets $69, $65, $59 ($30 under 18) from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au

****

Sunday November 9

PLAY: This Is Eden, award-winning historical convict drama set in Hobart's Cascade Women’s Factory. 8.00pm at the Potato Shed. Tickets $40, $38 conc, theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

Tuesday November 12: 

CONCERT: Golden Hits of 20th Century presented by the Drop Of A Hatband That’s Geoff, Matiss, Shirley, Sandy & Colin with hits and backgrounds from Piaff to Johns Lennon and Denver and so much more. Part of Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed. 10.30am at the Potato Shed, all tickets $17 include refreshments from Baker’s Delight Drysdale. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

November 15, 16, 17

FESTIVAL: North Bellarine Film Festival presents five full-length feature lfilms along with shorts and experimental films from around the world. At the Potato Shed. Full Fest tickets $60 $50 conc; Opening night $25 $20 conc: Sessions $14, $12(conc). Theatre seating. Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998

****

November 15, 16, 17*, 21, 22, 23, 24*, 28, 29, 30

PLAYOne Man, Two Guvnors directed by Derek Ingles for Geelong Rep. Neat modern adaptation of Italian classic becomes a Tony-award-winning British farce... 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in The Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24  at GPAC 5225 1200 or gpac.org.au .  

****

Friday November 22

CONCERT: Ode For St Cecilia Day featuring Windfire Chamber Choir & Orchestra.. 8.00pm at St Mary’s Basilica, Yarra St. Details from www.musicatthebasilica.org.au

****


December 2019

Tuesday December 3 

CONCERT: A Sassy Christmas with the talented girls os Sassy Soul Sisters in Christmas harmony mode.

All tickets cost $17 including refreshments.   Book at CoGG outlets or on 5251 1998


****

Friday December 13

CONCERT: The Messiah presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Warren Trevelyan-Jones. Jacqueline Porter, soprano, Sally-Anne Russell alto, Robert MacFarlane tenor, Jeremy Kleeman bass and the MSO Chorus present Handel’s Messiah 7.30pm in The Costa Hall, tickets $102 ($97conc) $85 ($80) $53 (49) from GPAC, 5225 1200 or online gpac.org.au

January 2020

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February 2020

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March 2020

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April 2020

****

May 2020


Dates TBA

MUSICAL: Side Show - The Musical  brought by Theatre Of The Damned as a first for Geelong. 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7.30pm) in the Shenton Centre, East Geelong. Tickets $37.50 from www.trybooking.com.****

June 2020

****

July 2020

****

August 2020

Dates TBA

MUSICAL: Ladies In Black - another new  musical  brought by Theatre Of The Damned as a first for Geelong. 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7.30pm) in the Shenton Centre, East Geelong. Tickets $37.50 from www.trybooking.com.****