Geelong Theatre Is Back!
The good news is that following almost two years of Covid-affected closures, postponements and/or severely restricted-audience performances, Geelong’s theatre, concert and festival seasons are back! And be assured that all of our region’s plays, music and performance will appear on these pages.
Turning 33 isn’t easy in Torquay
It’s a busy time, the first weekend of June. Quite apart from Les Mis opening in the Costa, Torquay, Theatre Troupe opens a new play in its Shoestring Theatre. It’s titled Thirty Three, directed by Skye Staude and it’s promoted thus: For most of us, turning 33 is just another day – signifying nothing but our slow procession towards the absolute cessation of our being and the undoing of our bodies. Worst still, birthday parties suck. Just ask Saskia, the hero of this production. For ole Sassy, her birthday shindig is marked not with cake and good times but with anguish and trouble, as the sudden reappearance of a figure from her past sends her life into turmoil… 8.00pm in TTT’s new(wish) Shoestring Theatre 77 Beach Rd Torquay. Tickets $23 – $25 are available at try booking
Les Mis is back at The Costa
The world’s most popular musical, Les Miserables, is returning to Geelong’s most prestigious venue. A new production from Geelong’s CenterStage will present the musical at the 1,400 seat Costa Hall early June. Tickets are on sale now.
The show, set at the beginning of the French Revolution, has become the world’s biggest and most successful musical with more than 100 international awards and having been seen by more than 65 million people. It was last staged in Geelong at the Costa Hall by Lyric Theatre Company.
The new CenterStage Geelong production will be directed by the experienced and awarded Martin Croft.
Les Miserables is in the Costa Hall, Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus June 3 – 11. Tickets from $51.90 – $42.90 are available through geelongartscentre.org.au
Beatles, Hollies, Kinks in The Shed
Following the highly successful History Of Rock & Roll Morning Showtime in The packed Potato Shed, comes another history-based musical form Drop Of A Hat Productions. Titled With The Beatles, the show is presented in the company’s familiar format of live music and narration in front of images on the big screen. Researched and written by Colin Mockett, the show’s title has a double meaning. With The Beatles was the title of the group’s second album released in 1963. It contained some now-classic numbers – think All My Lovin’; Money (That’s What I Want); Roll Over Beethoven and more, which are included. But
the show then looks at other groups that swept to stardom in the wake of the Beatles worldwide success. So The Hollies, The Kinks, The Monkees, Billy J Kramer and many more are brought back in what is essentially a musical nostalgia trip for those in the Baby Boomer generation. As aways, the cast and production is all-Geelong, with Colin joined on stage by master musician and Beatles aficionado Adam Parsons.
With The Beatles is in The Potato Shed 10.30am TuesdayJune 7. All tickets cost $17 and they include interval refreshments. Book them online at https://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/events/calendar/item/8d9dc055f26ebef.aspx
Windfire brings Bach’s Passion
Geelong’s annual Windfire Concert Series presented under the Music At The Basilica banner and directed by Frank De Rosso will be appearing twice in 2022. The 12th Annual Windfire Music Festival, postponed from 2021, was presented with much success at churches throughout the Geelong region during March.
Now the programme for the second Windfire Season, always planned for 2022, has been released with the opening concert set to be memorable. It’s J S Bach’s St John Passion presented by the Windfire Choir and Orchestra with the Geelong Chorale and star soloists in St Mary’s Basilica October 7. It’s followed by concerts on October 8 , 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16 in Geelong’s churches. There are free lunchtime recitals, too.
Find booking details our diary page and the full festival at https://musicatthebasilica.org.au/music-festival/