2021 was a year full of fresh starts, false starts, innovation, isolation, transformations, revitalisations, devastations and inspiration. A year defined by one word: hope.
Hope and History are sisters, one looking forward and the other one back. As we look back over the last 2 years our hope reshapes and redefines itself morphing slowly but surely into our future.
Join us on November 28th for a live-streamed event from our new second venue as we unveil everything that next year has to offer. Moving into 2022 we bring a lot of our history with us both metaphorically and literally, the return of programming not yet realised, new programs, new artists and works, and perhaps most importantly more hope.
THEATRE WORKS | THE FUTURE IS NOW
17 – 27 NOVEMBER | LIMITED $20 TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
The first show to light up the Theatre Works stage since July, COMMON DISSONANCE is a contemporary circus work by Na Djinang Circus.
Na Djinang Circus is known for being a First Nations led company imbued with traditional and contemporary styles of performance with shapes, images, and styles of indigenous performance, rituals, and iconography.
To celebrate a return to live performance, we’re offering ten $20 tickets per session with Welcome Back Tickets – on sale now! But hurry, numbers are strictly limited!
IN CONVERSATION WITH HARLEY MANN OF NA DJINANG CIRCUS
“For me circus is inherently political, and it’s my medium for expressing my political views, so in such a politically turbulent time it’s been very difficult not having that platform for expression.”
Read the full interview with COMMON DISSONANCE Co-Creator Harley Mann on our Backstage Blog!
BLACKBOX MAKERS MARKET
6 NOVEMBER FROM 9:00AM
Blackbox Makers Market returns to our Acland Street forecourt on Saturday 6th November! Come down to St Kilda from 9am to soak up some post-lockdown shopping in the sun, all while supporting local artists and designers.
This Makers Market will feature a wide array of eclectic and bespoke goodies, including:
- Hand screen-printed linens and gorgeous wood serving boards & platters by Olive Grove Textiles
- Lampwork Glass beads by glass artist Pauline Delaney
- Linh Dinn’s ceramics with a difference
- Cherrie Murraylee’s mixed media images & unique jewellery
- Botanical sculptor Elsa Thorpe
- Extraordinary bespoke candle makers Buddy & Pal
- Unique silver jewellery by Aeon & Fern Silversmiths
Check in, grab a coffee and then treat yourself to some handmade wares.
DECEMBER COMEDY EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
MORE TICKETS ADDED!
WELLBLESS is a darkly satirical comedy examines the parasitic world of wellness, a trillion dollar industry that preys on vulnerable women.
Book before midnight 15th November with the extra special code BLESSYOURSELF to access $20 early bird tickets (plus booking fees).
by Sadie Hasler
14 – 18 DEC
PRAMKICKER is a whip smart love letter to women facing the enormous societal expectations surrounding motherhood.
We are offering $20 tickets PRAMKICKER with the code PENNIES when you book before midnight 22nd November (booking fees apply).
FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL
FINAL DAYS TO APPLY
We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the four Deadly Mentors joining us for First Stories Festival 2022:
Uncle Jack Charles, Jane Harrison, Kamarra Bell-Wykes & Mitch Tambo!
Across 5 days from 28th February to 4th March 2022, these amazing guest mentors will lead workshops for five participating storytellers.
Applications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants are open until 29 October 2021.
VICTORIAN ARTS ORGS JOINT STATEMENT
IMPORTANT UPDATE RE: COVID SAFETY
“We are committed to re-opening and operating to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our stakeholders.
“We believe as a collective of theatres and arts venues operating in Melbourne that consistency across venues provides certainty and security to our artists, audiences, employees, partners, donors, funders and other stakeholders. This will be beneficial for the sector as a whole as well as individual theatre companies, arts venues, and producers, both large and small.
“With this in mind, we will require all visitors 16 years and over to our venues to be fully vaccinated while on-site until further notice. Please note that individuals with a medical exemption or who are not legally able to be vaccinated are excluded from this requirement.”
The full statement was signed by Abbotsford Convent, Bunjil Place, Chapel Off Chapel, Dancehouse, Footscray Community Arts, fortyfivedownstairs, La Mama, Malthouse Theatre, The MC Showroom, Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne Theatre Company, The National Theatre Melbourne, The Substation, Temperance Hall, Theatre Works, Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres, Wyndham Cultural Centre
Theatre Works acknowledges First People’s sovereignty and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and story telling by the traditional owners of this country. We pay our respects to their ancestors, Elders and community leaders.
Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.