Daily Until January 23

IMMERSIVE THEATRE: Geelong’s Essential Theatre’s brand new immersive theatrical experience The Dream Laboratory in a city-centre venue. Two 60-minute performances daily at 6pm & 8.30pm .
The event’s promotion reads… “You’re invited into a labyrinth of magic and adventure where reality and dreams collide. 
Part narrative, part roaming, part ‘choose your own adventure’, The Dream Laboratory will provide a unique interactive live experience like nothing Geelong has seen before.”
A Covid-safe performance, find full details and book for the experience at https://www.essentialtheatre.com.au/essential_production/the-dream-laboratory-in-development/


January 6 – 16

PLAY: Geelong Repertory Company opens its 2022 season with Louis Nowra’s Summer Of The Aliens directed by Stacey Carmichael.
An unusual coming-of-age story set in 1962 Australia, written by a modern master and directed by a theatrical gem for Geelong’s oldest theatre company. Book through www.geelongrep.com/summer-of-the-aliens

January 6 through February

FESTIVAL: Summer of Mystery at The Heights
Do you have the qualities of logic and deduction to become a sleuth?
This summer why not explore your criminal imagination and learn to plot a fictional murder. We are celebrating Australian women crime writers and fictional crime fighters. at the National Trust property The Geights in Newtown. Enjoy an immersive recreation of mystery and mayhem in the historical setting of The Heights and join us for a Summer of Mystery.The display features costumes and props from the world of Miss Phryne Fisher, and her niece Peregrine, and recreates scenes from well-known crime novels, showcasing both historical and living authors.
For full details visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-heights-summer-of-mystery-january-tickets-230190214127

W/e January 15

History Alive! CEMETERY TOUR: Geelong’s astonishingly successful tours of Geelong cemeteries return at Geelong West Cemetery. The tour concept is simple. Groups of 25 people are shown around their graveyard by a cemetery ‘resident’ and on the way, they will meet other residents standing by their graves. Each will tel their life story and how they affected Geelong’s – and Australia’s – history.
Every resident is carefully researched, immaculately costumed and played by some of our region’s most experienced and awarded actors. You’ll meet MP Fanny Brownbill, College founder Dr George Morrison, property owner Mrs Lilias Strachan, benefactor Alexander Miller, ute-designer Lewis Bandt and romantic heiress Mrs Fanny Clee. Tours are weekends only at 11.00am and 2.00pm.. Cost is $17, book through the Geelong Cemeteries Trust at https://gct.net.au

Wednesday January 19

TEA WITH THE ANCESTORS: A brand new initiative from Drop Of A Hat Productions, this Afternoon Tea With The Geelong Ancestors takes place 2.00pm at Club Italia, 505 Bellarine Highway. The spacious club is ideal for a Covid-distanced audience – it was originally designed as a ballroom.
The afternoon teas are hosted by four characters drawn from different History Alive! tours. They will greet, serve and tea and scones and chat to their guests. They will also take to the stage and microphone to tell their stories in 5-7 minute chats during the 2-hour presentation. This time Mr Charles Brownlow, Mrs Elizabeth Austin, Mr James Harrison and Mrs Lilias Straughan are in attendance. Cost is $22, book through trybooking.com

January 22 – 26 inclusive

FESTIVAL: Geelong’s annual Festival Of Sails takes place on the waterfront foreshore based at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
The Festival combines history with tradition; heritage with technology; seaboard tactics with teamwork all with on-shore fun and entertainment.
First held in 1844, the Festival has consistently attracted more than 100,000 visitors every January. It’s held on the water with hundreds of racing yachts and also on the foreshore in and around the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Many events are free – all are enjoyable.
The Festival is famous for its opening event- the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race which is the oldest sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere. This race kicks off the festival every year. Find the full programme and details at https://festivalofsails.com.au/


February 18 – 26

MUSICAL: Ladies In Black following a year of Covid-lockdown postponements, Theatre Of The Damned stages the Australian musical with songs by Tim Finn and book by Carolyn Burns.
Set in a snooty 1950s Sydney department store, the show opened in 2015 to much critical acclaim. This is its first time in Geelong.
Ladies In Black is in the Shenton Theatre, tickets at $37.50 including programme, are at try booking

Saturday February 26

FESTIVAL: Pako Festa Reimagined
2022’s Covid-safe Pako Festa will be held at the Northern Community Hub in Norlane.
Despite the move, the Festa organisers promise to deliver what Pako Festa is traditionally all about – multiculturalism.
The scaled-down event will bring people together to celebrate the dress, music, dance, language, art, food of the many cultures that call Geelong home.
“We can’t wait to return the event to Pakington Street!” their promo reads.
“As soon as the regulations and restrictions ease, we intend to bring it home to its original location.
“Until we can bring it home to Pakington Street, we will make the most of this new opportunity for Pako Festa to be in this fantastic new location!”
The Northern Community Hub is at 25 – 41 Arunga Avenue, Norlane. Find all the details at https://www.pakofesta.com.au/


Tuesday March 8

MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY: Your Cheatin’ Heart. Drop Of A Hat’s first Morning Showtime for 2022 is a brand new musical biography of Hank Williams. Researched and written by Colin Mockett, the show will be presented in the company’s familiar format of live music and narration in front of images on the venue’s big screen.
The music for Your Cheatin’ Heart is provided by All Shook Up’s frontman Allan James, who sings 18 Williams’ classics – most f which you’ll know.
Your Cheatin’ Heart is 10.30am in The Potato Shed, Drysdale. Seats aren’t available yet – the season isn’t launched until Feb 2 – but the Potato Shed’s box office number is 5251 1998.