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May 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – The Bleeding Tree

23 May @ 8:00 pm - 26 May @ 8:00 pm

In a dirt-dry town in rural Australia, a shot shatters the still night. A mother and her daughters have just welcomed home the man of the house with a bullet. The only issue now is disposing of the body. Triggered into thrilling motion by an act of revenge, The Bleeding Tree is an Australian murder ballad blown up for the stage, with three strong women fighting back. Throughout, Cerini is writing is powerfully lyrical, bracingly funny and a highly original…

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Bellarine Dance Festival

26 May

The Bellarine Dance Fest is an opportunity for all dance schools, clubs and groups of the Bellarine and Greater Geelong to showcase their work. The Festival is open to all dancers aged 6-18 years to perform on stage in costume. This Festival is a stepping stone to the more formal competitions and eisteddfods presented in Melbourne and other regional centres. All dancers and teachers are welcome. Come join us – embrace the dance!

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Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine

26 May @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine bounds off the page in a spectacular live show for the whole family. On a good day, George can’t stand his Grandma. She complains all the time, she’s mean and she smells funny. On this particular day, Grandma is much more annoying than usual an George has had enough. “George – make me a cup…

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HUNGRY GHOSTS -Melbourne Theatre Company at The Potato Shed

29 May @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

HUNGRY GHOSTS by Jean Tong How long is a piece of string if you tie one end to your home country and the other to your heart? A young Malaysian–Chinese woman leaves the security of family for the freedom of life in Australia.  Part mystery and part dark comedy, Hungry Ghosts explores what it is to be ‘missing’ – from being absent at the family dinner table to the still-missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. This is a play for those…

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HUNGRY GHOSTS -Melbourne Theatre Company evening at The Potato Shed

29 May @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

HUNGRY GHOSTS by Jean Tong How long is a piece of string if you tie one end to your home country and the other to your heart? A young Malaysian–Chinese woman leaves the security of family for the freedom of life in Australia.  Part mystery and part dark comedy, Hungry Ghosts explores what it is to be ‘missing’ – from being absent at the family dinner table to the still-missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. This is a play for those…

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A Prudent Man

31 May @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lab Kelpie presents A PRUDENT MAN http://www.copacc.com.au/Events/A-Prudent-Man “Theatre at the very top of its game”  The Music “Warners script is whip smart….a brilliant piece”  Australia Times A well-groomed, confident-looking man enters the room and sits on a comfortable and expensive-looking leather chair. A bright light shines on him. There’s water and a glass on a table, but that’s all. Perhaps this is an investigation. What has he done wrong? This award-winning darkly comedic political thriller will have you on the…

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June 2018

Fringe Sundays

3 June @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:  Geelong’s newest event “Fringe Sundays” sees local musicians collaborate on innovative, genre-spanning projects at Geelong’s iconic Black Hatt Hotel. Expect something new at every event. Growing on the success of this first event Fringe Sundays will continue with a new show that will gather a new ensemble of eclectic Geelong and Surf Coast musicians for an afternoon exploring approaches to adding potent Jazz stylings to past and present top 40 hits, This will be explored through a selection of…

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GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – Sense and Sensibility

7 June @ 8:00 pm - 9 June @ 8:00 pm

Kate Hamill’s sparkling adaptation of Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen on theatrical steroids. In the hands of the State Theatre Company Ensemble it will be a night at the theatre that you won’t want to miss. The newly widowed Mrs Dashwood, under much reduced circumstances, must move herself and her three daughters, the very sensible Elinor, the wild romantic Marianne and the spirited Margaret, from their grand family home to a modest cottage. But reduced social circumstances do not…

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National Celtic Folk Festival

8 June - 11 June

The National Celtic Folk Festival is an annual event held each June long week-end  in Portarlington on the Northern Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong. The festival kicks off on Friday night and runs through until Monday afternoon. The program offers a diverse range of art forms, including Traditional and ‘purist’ expressions of culture, and the evolution of these art forms overtime, along with the many interpretations of Celtic and Folk culture within the Australian setting. Come along to concerts, master classes ,workshops, …

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Musical Mornings Presents Downtown – The Songs of Petula Clark

13 June @ 10:30 am - 14 June @ 10:30 am

Downtown is a hand-clapping, toe-tapping tribute to the woman who at the height of Beatlemania wrestled the Fab Four for the number one position on the music charts – and came out on top!  Melissa Langton, music theatre favourite and star of the internationally renowned girl-group The Fabulous Singlettes, brings us the incredible songs and the fascinating story of one of Britain’s most cherished entertainers – Petula Clark. In the swinging 60’s Petula repeatedly topped the charts in every corner…

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Josephine Wants to Dance

16 June @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A story about dreams, believing in yourself… and a dancing kangaroo.  From the award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you’ll never forget.  Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop – but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air.  When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully Josephine learns that there…

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16 June @ 8:00 pm

Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher, and the world goes on forever. It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two Black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home. ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be…

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2018

30 June @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll!  Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far. Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show! For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere…

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July 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – The Events

11 July @ 8:00 pm - 14 July @ 8:00 pm

Clair is a charismatic Reverend, a feminist, a lesbian and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. It’s made up of all sorts: the lonely, outsiders, strangers – and the privileged, the comfortable. In short, she has built a community. But when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a semi-automatic, this community and the ideas that formed it – are blown apart. The Events is set in a wake of this…

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August 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – The Season

9 August @ 8:00 pm - 11 August @ 8:00 pm

The Season is a warm and laugh-out-loud comedy about an Aboriginal family who come together each year for the traditional Mutton Bird harvest on Tasmania’s Dog Island.  It is a time for the family to come together, to catch up, to reminisce and to look forward together. But as with any family, tension is simmering just below the surface, and can bubble over with both heartbreaking and hilarious results.  The show is big-hearted, accessible, upfront and honest, providing a fascinating…

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GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – Jurassica

29 August @ 8:00 pm - 1 September @ 8:00 pm

Jurassica is a story of family, migration, language and growing old. It is a heart-warming tale, told with humour and pathos and spoken in both English and Italian. It is also about dinosaurs – but not necessarily those from pre-historic times. Ralph and Sara migrated from Tuscany in the 1950s to their concrete-front-yard house in suburban Moorabbin. Their son, Ichlis, never really forgave them for his misunderstood name, and grandson Luca is struggling to talk to his father or grandfather.…

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September 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – The Almighty Sometimes

13 September @ 8:00 pm - 15 September @ 8:00 pm

Anna has been medicated for a range of mood and behavioural disorders for as long as she can remember. Now she wants to know what life would be like without pills and prescriptions. More fulfilling? More exciting? More real? As Anna tries to find out who she really is, her mother, Renee (played by Hannah Waterman), remains determined to protect her. She can’t bear to watch her daughter go through the anguish all over again, to throw it all away…

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October 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – Prize Fighter

3 October @ 8:00 pm - 6 October @ 8:00 pm

Get ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing. Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of the people he has known. Isa is a young Congolese boxer blazing an impressive career between the ropes. Gearing up for the national title fight, he…

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

27 October @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

“and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”  One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.   Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show. Featuring some other delightful characters from three of Eric Carle’s bestselling classics tales including The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mr. Seahorse and The…

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