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This website’s editor, principal critic and webmaster, Colin Mockett, was awarded the Order Of Australia Medal in last week’s Australia Day Honours. The award was for services to the Arts and local history in Geelong. Central would have been this website, which was set up specifically to support local arts, theatre and music communities by publishing news and details of upcoming plays, concerts and events free of charge – as well as reviewing local productions. Colin says he sees the reward as a tribute to the quantity and high quality of the arts scene in Geelong. We can all count ourselves winners!

Perfectly written black satire

Opening this weekend in Geelong is a new satirical play written by Eddie Perfect.
Titled The Beast the work was written originally for the Melbourne Theatre Company. The Geelong version, directed by Derek Ingles & Kat Eadie for Geelong Repertory is in the company’s WoodbinTheatre.
It’ will be ‘s the play’s Geelong premier. Promoted as ‘a cutting, modern day satire that tears our notions of morality to shreds with a hilarious rant on urban culture, organic lifestyles and infidelity’, The Beast will run in the Woodbin until February 18, Booking details are on our website’s Diary page HERE , and you can read our REVIEW HERE

Chuck Berry’s Morning Glory

Drop Of A Hat production’s first Morning Showtime at The Potato Shed for 2023 is a brand new show that tells the life and music of iconic rocker Chuck Berry. Researched, written and presented by Colin Mockett, Hail Hail Rock & Roll tells the astonishing stories of a controversial – but so significant rock pioneer. The show’s music is played by favourite rockers All Shook Up!
So get ready to Roll Over Beethoven because you’ll meet a Brown Eyed Handsome Man who’s really proud of His DingaLing! Hail Hail Rock & Roll is 10.30am the Potato Shed Tuesday March 7, tickets are $17 including refreshments. Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

Ireland’s Story told in Song

Drop Of A Hat second Morning Showtime at The Potato Shed is another newly written show on a controversial – but beautifully lyrical -subject. Titled Conquest and Rebellion – a short musical History of Ireland, the show was again researched, written and presented by Colin Mockett, with music provided by Geoff Sinnbeck and the Drop Of A Hatband. The show traces the nation’s story from the arrival of the Celts to the present on the way explaining many of Ireland’s musical roots- with some surprising revelations. Conquest and Rebellion – a short musical History of Ireland, is 10.30am Tuesday May 9 at the Potato Shed. Tickets are $17 including refreshments. Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

Catch Me in a new venue

Geelong’s Theatre of the Damned will present the hit Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can in May 2023 at another new school venue. It’s the Damned company’s strategy to bring shows to Geelong for the first time, and that’s the case with Catch Me If You Can. The show about a happy and successful con-man opened on Broadway in 2011 and took several awards. It was based on the 2002 film of the same name, which in turn was based on Frank Abagnale’s 1980 autobiography. The new TotD production will be staged in Belmont High School’s new 300-seat Performing Arts Centre in Rotherham St, Belmont. Tickets are available now through
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Windfire Festival dates.

Geelong’s annual Windfire Music Festival which places fine music in our region’s churches and excellent acoustic venues has announced its 2023 dates and artists. The Festival will run from Friday 6 October to Sunday 15 October, 2023. It’s Festival Program will be available soon. and season passes will be available in the second half of 2023. The 2023 Windfire festival will feature:
The Geelong Chamber Orchestra, director – Jamie Parker with guest artists – Lee Abrahmsen (soprano), Joy Lee (harpsichord), Rosemary Hodgson (lute) & Christopher Watson (tenor).
The Melbourne Women’s Choir: Director – Faye Dumont
Melbourne Conservatorium Staff and students Brass ensemble – director – Joel Brennan
Trio Stella Marcus Allport – violin, Alison Feiner – viola, Timmothy Oborne – cello and associate artists Emily and Terry Norman (harpsichord).
The Exelsis Choir director – Tom Buchanan.

Along with Free lunchtime concerts on the coast –at Queenscliff, Torquay, Point Lonsdale,Portarlington and Drysdale

Keep watching this website for further details.

Want to join Geelong’s Awkwardstra?

Geelong’s newest musical entity is designed for those who love to play instruments together in a group – but without the rigours and discipline of a formal band or orchestra. You don’t need to audition to join, and the Geelong Awkwardstra meets weekly to play together in whatever configuration the group’s individual instruments make up. That puts a little pressure on the Awkwardstra conductor/arranger Ian Crowther, but it’s a challenge he relishes. The Geelong Awkwardstra’s repertoire is suitably eclectic, ranging from pop to classics -so if your interest is piqued, simply roll up with your instrument 7.15pm on a Monday evening at the Vines Rd Community Centre in Hamlyn Heights.