Uni Revue: Make Tasmania Great Again
May
12
May 27

Uni Revue: Make Tasmania Great Again

  • Theatre Royal

Presented by The Old Nick Company

Old Nick Celebrating their 70th year and Making Tasmania Great Again. Expect all the classic from songs to satire, politics to panties

Patron advice: High level language, nudity and adult themes

Hobart 12 – 27 May
Launceston 31 May – 3 June Launceston

After Dinner
May
12
May 27

After Dinner

  • Playhouse Theatre

Presented by the Hobart Repertory Theatre Society Inc.

It's the 1980's and at a suburban pub bistro, the office girls have come out to paint the town red or maybe, just a deep shade of embarrassment. It's Monika's first night out in years, Paula just wants a table with a good view of the band and Dympie just wants everything done her way. Semi-eligible blokes Gordon & Stephen are out & about, shaking off the office. What could go wrong?

Patron advice: Contains sexual references, 80's fashion! Tickets available from Centertainment in Elizabeth Mall.

Whistle Down the Wind
May
12
May 27

Whistle Down the Wind

Presented by Devonport Choral Society Inc

“Whistle Down the Wind” follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young. With music by theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Jim Steinman, of Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell" fame, this production is a Tasmanian premiere!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
May
24
May 28

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • Earl Arts Centre

The play is set in the Day Room in a ward of a State Mental Hospital somewhere in the US Pacific Northwest in the 1960s. Randle P. McMurphy (Mac) is a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. It was written as a novel by Ken Kesey in 1962 and was adapted into a Broadway play by Dale Wasserman. The film, released in 1975, also based on the novel, won 5 Academy awards. Time Magazine included the novel in its 100 Best English language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Heathers: The Musical
Jun
1
Jun 10

Heathers: The Musical

  • The Playhouse Theatre

Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit hustles her way into the powerful clique, but before she can get comfortable she falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler: the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicised ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet…

Written by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”) and Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde), Heathers: The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based one of the greatest cult movie classics of the 80s. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, the Tasmanian premiere of Heathers is set to be the most subversively funny show of 2017, and so “Very” you may have to kill to get a ticket! Are you in, or are you out?


Madam Speaker
May
11
May 13

Madam Speaker

  • Sorell Memorial Hall

Presented by Sorell on Stage

"Madam Speaker', music and script written by Saakia Itchins, musical arrangement by Ian Williams, is a new musical, taking a crazy look at a political ramble in the House of Representatives. Question time is never like this! Madam Speaker finds it an uphill battle to keep control of members of Parliament. A little bit of love, unruly topics, send ups, crossing the floor, ringing the bells and yet another election in the offing sends her a little crazy if she isn't already. Tickets $18, from Sorell News Agency. Please book seats/tables on 6106 0071. Bring friends and some of your favourite nibbles and enjoy drinks from adjoining RSL.

Established 2010, Sorell on Stage has presented many productions with the majority written and directed by its members, talented artists who spend months working towards bringing entertainment to the public.SOS also in conjunction with Lufra Hotel at Eaglehawk Neck, present an annual music hall/dinner show each July. This year the date will be Saturday 22nd. "Madam Speaker" is their first show for 2017, followed by "Furball of Death" in August and "The Peach Boy" in November.

Tickets $18 from Sorell News Agency. Seats/table bookings: 6106 0071
Bring friends and some of your favourite nibbles and enjoy drinks from adjoining RSL.

 

Winnie the Pooh
Apr
19
Apr 30

Winnie the Pooh

  • Pear Ridge

Everyone’s favourite silly old bear, Winnie the Pooh, is coming to Hobart during the April school holidays!

Come and play with Christopher Robin and all your favourite characters, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Roo and of course, Winnie the Pooh, as they play with bees and balloons, hunt for heffalumps and go on exciting expeditions in the 100 Aker Wood. 

Directed by Chris Hamley and performed by our fantastic cast: Andrew Casey, David Gilkes, Chris Hamley, Sarah Phillips, Ellen Roe, Samantha Sangston, Emma Skalicky, Kate Vosper and Matt Wilson.

Join in the fun of all the singing and dancing, parties and honey pots, for this Easter school holiday adventure in the beautiful gardens of Pear Ridge, Margate.

e-baby
Mar
20
Apr 1

e-baby

  • Patrick Street Theatre

Presented by The Tasmanian Theatre Company

Catherine, an Australian expat living in London, has everything – a husband, money and an international life. Everything except a child. 

In a last desperate attempt to fulfil her dream of motherhood, she hires Nellie, a mother of two and first-time surrogate, living in the surrogacy friendly state of Massachusetts in the US. Together they embark on a journey that creates and changes lives.

e-baby brings together two of Tasmania's most brilliant actresses in Jane Longhurst and Katie Robertson - Errol winners for best female actor 2015 and 2016 - a delicious prospect!

Babel
Mar
18
Mar 25

Babel

  • Hobart Council Centre

Babel is a site-based durational sound work performed live by members of the community who spoke another language before English.

Choreographer and creator Glen Murray, composer Heath Brown and sound and lighting designer Jason James join with Tasmanians for whom English is not their first language to give voice to a hidden population. Together they have created an embracing, confronting and tender work that evokes contemplation and conversation about language and humanity.

If you understand nothing that is said, you will look for the unsaid and it will speak volumes.

The Frock
Mar
17
4:30 pm16:30

The Frock

  • Peacock Theatre

In a unique meeting of the traditional and the technological, two of Australia’s foremost dance creatives, Graeme Murphy AO and Janet Vernon AM collaborate with Tasmania’s Mature Artist Dance Experience (MADE) to bring to the stage a dance theatre work like no other.

Spoken word, song, soundscape, installation, costume and machine are used to create an innovative theatrical experience that embroiders together a tale inspired by photographs from ensemble members in their “best dress”. The Frock is a patchwork of personal recollection and aspiration that expands on ideas of how Australians lived, have loved, why they dance and what makes their hearts sing.

The Season
Mar
16
Mar 19

The Season

  • Theatre Royal

Presented by Tasmania Performs

It’s mutton-bird season and the Duncans are back in their plucking shed. Amid the threat of bird gurry, tiger snakes, Aunty Marlene and Pop blowing a pooper valve, the family reunites with a country and culture still very much alive. Hatchets are buried, secrets told, pranks pulled and deep connections drawn.

Set on Dog Island in Bass Strait, The Season is written by Tasmanian Aboriginal writer and performer Nathan Maynard, who has been endorsed by elders to share the stories of his community. His voice is as sharp as a tack and as blunt as a brick, and with it he tells a disarming, funny story with a crucial point to make; “We’re still here”.

Featuring some of the best Aboriginal talent from around the country including Trevor Jamieson (The Secret River) and Tammy Anderson (I Don’t Wanna Play House). You’ll be fascinated and inspired. And you’ll laugh your head off.

You Me and the Space Between
Mar
16
Mar 26

You Me and the Space Between

  • Earl Arts Centre & Peacock Theatre

Presented by Terrapin Puppet Theatre

The Island of the Proud Circle has sprung a leak and its citizens must find a way to stop their home from disappearing altogether. It takes the wandering, wondering mind of a child to save the island, its people and their ways. Adventures happen, horizons widen, important things are said: “Unknowns, which worry us, can actually hold unthoughtofs, which teach us.”

Artist Tom O’Hern will draw the story as actor Jane Longhurst narrates it and puppeteer Felicity Horsley brings it to magical life. With words by Finegan Kruckemeyer, direction by Sam Routledge and a musical score by Dean Stevenson, this is storytelling at its creative best. Laugh, lift, think, hope. For all the family. 

HOBART
Peacock Theatre
Venue Details
Fri 24 Mar 2017 6pm
Sat 25 Mar 2017 6pm
Sun 26 Mar 2017 2pm

LAUNCESTON
Earl Arts Centre
Venue Details
Thu 16 Mar 2017 6pm
Fri 17 Mar 2017 6pm
Sat 18 Mar 2017 2pm

Frida and Derek
Mar
16
Apr 4

Frida and Derek

  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

This is a celebration of the lives of two of the 20th century’s most idiosyncratic, charismatic icons: Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo and English punk filmmaker Derek Jarman.

These fascinating characters have captured the world’s imagination and now leading Tasmanian theatre director Robert Jarman sets them free in some of Tasmania’s most stunning gardens.

The lives of these striking individuals share surprising parallels. Both had almost mystical regard for colour, both practised their art with exuberant excess, opulence and flirtation, and both kept exotic gardens.

Derek was a loud and proud gay activist; Frida a committed communist. Pain, injury and illnesses stalked Frida for her whole life, while Derek’s final year was veiled in blindness.

You are invited to share their stories in a performance piece of vibrant beauty.

“… Brilliant, gorgeous, painted, gay / Vivid, flaunting, tearaway. Glowing, flaring, lurid, loud / Screaming, shrieking,marching, proud …” – Derek Jarman, Chroma

MOLTEMA
Villarett Gardens
Venue Details
Thu 16 Mar 2017, 7pm 

LAUNCESTON
Hatherley House
Venue Details
Sat 18 Mar 2017, 7pm 

CLAREMONT
Claremont House
WHEELCHAIR
Venue Details
Wed 22 Mar 2017, 7pm Thu 23 Mar 2017, 7pm 

HOBART
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Venue Details
Tue 28 Mar 2017, 7pm
Wed 29 Mar 2017, 7pm
Thu 30 Mar 2017, 7pm
Fri 31 Mar 2017, 7pm
Sat 1 Apr 2017, 7pm

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Feb
24
Mar 11

The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Playhouse Theatre

Presented by Hobart Repertory Theatre Society

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a funny makeover. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate with a look of terror still etched on his face and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker St. Holmes with Dr. Watson in tow begins to unravel the mysteries including the ancient curse surrounding this death. Director Scott Hunt has gathered a delightfully small cast to portray one of his favourite detective stories.

9 to 5
Feb
24
Mar 4

9 to 5

  • Mt Nelson Theatre

Presented by Hobart Theatre Summer School / The Old Nick Company

Hobart Theatre Summer School (Old Nick Co.) is now in it's 13th year. This year's production of '9-5 The Musical' follows the story of Violet, Doralee and Judy - 3 co-workers who concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, hypocritical boss! With a cast of 45 young students between the ages of 14-19, representing 14 different schools from Southern Tasmania, this is a great opportunity to come along and see the talent of Hobart's young performers.

The Effect
Feb
15
Feb 25

The Effect

  • Moonah Arts Centre

Presented by Loud Mouth Theatre Company

The wonders and terrors of love, neuroscience and big pharma are put under the microscope and examined with charm and humour in this Critics' Circle Best Play Award winner by Lucy Prebble; author of the likewise critically acclaimed Enron and ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl. 

Tristan and Connie, two young volunteers on a clinical trial for a new antidepressant, meet and fall head over heels for each other. But is it the drug, or is it real? And most importantly - does it matter?

Written by Lucy Prebble
Directed by Maeve Mhairi McGregor

Bombshells
Feb
10
Feb 25

Bombshells

  • Multiple Venues, Northern Tasmania

Presented by Serenity Hill Sound

Bombshells is a one woman show, originally written to showcase the astonishing talents of Caroline O'Connor. Although the show was inspired by Caroline, these theatrical portraits of four very different women, belong to the wider world of female performance. Michelle Best will perform all four monologues of women ranging in age from 25 to 64. These unforgettable characters struggle sometimes hilariously, sometimes tragically, to bridge the chasm between the wilderness of their inner worlds and the demands of their outer worlds. An evening of comedy, truth and rapture is assured.

Playing at:
Gawler Room Ulverstone, Feb 10 & 11
Gallery 9 Deloraine, Feb 17
St James Church, Waratah, Feb 18
Uniting Church Hall, Burnie, Feb 24 & 25

Little Shop of Horrors
Feb
3
Feb 11

Little Shop of Horrors

  • Playhouse Theatre

Before AladdinBeauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken created the musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS that went on to become a cult classic all over the world, winning the Drama Critics Award, Drama Desk Award and Evening Standard Award all for Best Musical, and spawning the 1986 film starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis.

Meek and mild flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn has stumbled across a peculiar new plant species, which he names after his stunning but vulnerable colleague Audrey. The sinister plant seems like his ticket to fame and fortune, but the plant grows and grows…and GROWS! Seymour discovers that feeding his ambition starts to require juicier & juicier ingredients. Before he knows it, Seymour and Audrey must battle the perilous and persuasive plant not just for their lives, but for the very future of planet earth! The score combines 1960s rock and roll with soul and includes the smash-hit songs ‘Feed Me’, ‘Suddenly Seymour’ and ‘Somewhere That’s Green’.

With John Xintavelonis as Audrey II

Director - Robert Manion
Musical Director - Melfred Lijauco