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We are thrilled to announce that The Wholesome Hour is back! It’s a re-run!  This video is guaranteed to cheer you up. It is full of funny-funny-funnies and earworms that will infiltrate your mind to have you eating tofu and digging holes all day long. Available for 30 days on La Mama’s Facebook page from this Friday at 4:30pm. “Watch this with your kids. Please.” – Michael Brindley.

We are also adding two extra school holiday sessions for the online workshop Concoct with Your Imagination on Thursday 23rd at 10:30 am, for kids between 7 – 9 years old and 12 pm for kids between 9 – 11 years old.

Have you ever wondered how actors prepare in lockdown? Scroll down to get some tips* from some theatre veterans in a new weekly series called An Actor Prepares in Lockup.




An Actor Prepares in Lockup

Episode 1
Performed by Maureen Hartley Clare Larman Louise O’Dwyer and Brenda Palmer
Tech by Joe Eidelson
* We may have exaggerated when we said tips but it is guaranteed to make you LOL


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Seeking: Artists with big ideas for little people

Send your proposal by September 30th  

Are you an artist with a practice that centres children and young people? Do you run workshops? Make engaging performances for young people? Or maybe you haven’t engaged with young audiences before, but you have an idea for younger audiences?

What you get from us:
– 100% of the box office
– Free venue
– Marketing support
– Technical venue support
What we need from you:
– Project description (500 words max)
– CV and bios of core creatives
– Any support material that speaks to your idea and helps us understand what you want to achieve and your aesthetic.

Send an EOI to our La Mama for Kids Producer, Sophia Constantinekids@lamama.com.au by September 30th, 2021, for projects in Feb – May 2022.

More Info

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La Mama for Kids: Mer-Play 

Sept 7 – 21 

For young people run by young people. 

Half an hour of movement, games, activities, and general joy on Zoom.

Facilitated by the cast of The Mermaid. Join us every Tuesday for half an hour as we move our bodies.

This week Theo Boltman and An Dang will run the session.

Theo is a 15 year old performer, activist and ballet dancer. They have performed since 2017 around Australia and Europe. They started their activism in 2018 through their volunteer work with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, School Strike 4 Climate and Melbourne Youth for Refugees. They also produce a podcast called Beyond the Echo Chamber.

An is an actor, dancer and singer with a background in circus where she trained with the National Circus of Vietnam as a contortionist. An has a passion for both theatre and film and is currently undertaking training at institutions across Melbourne such as Melbourne Actor’s Lab and MTA, while also studying languages at university.

Facilitated by Allegra Di Lallo, An Dang, Theo Boltman, Casper Plum, Flora Feldman, Marshall Morgan, Asha Randall-Sheppard, Ella Simons, and Frankie Willcox.

Supported by Cassandra Fumi

Pay As You Feel 


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La Mama for Kids: Online Workshop

Concoct your Imagination

Sep 1 – 23 

What do you get when you mix invisible ingredients and a big dash of YOUR imagination?

A cooking contest with a twist!

Come! Bring some drama and make reality tv (zoom) history.

Led by teaching artist Loukia Vassiliades, a qualified actor and experienced teacher online and offline. Lou is passionate about sparking a unique creative contribution and joy through exploring, nurturing and connecting.

Image by Aurora Vassiliades Morrison

Max: 10 participants in each group

New date added during school holidays!
Thursday 23rd
10:30 am for 7 – 9 year olds.
12 pm for 9 – 11 year olds.

Pay As You Feel

Book Here

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Sep 17 – Oct 17 

It’s a re-run! The Wholesome Hour are a Green Room Award winning kids comedy troupe! This video is guaranteed to cheer you up. It is full of funny-funny-funnies and earworms that will infiltrate your mind to have you eating tofu and digging holes all day long.

Against all odds they made this smash hit ‘Episode One’ in 2020 as a co-production with La Mama for Kids Online and support from Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne.

‘Watch the show, watch the show, sometimes you should watch the show.’
(Fans out there will get this in-joke.)

Available for 30 days on La Mama’s Facebook page

Watch it for Free!
Available from 4:30pm Sept 17th

Watch Here


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La Mama Poetica ONLINE

Sep 20 | 7.30pm 

La Mama Poetica September was sold out as a live event, but now that we have moved online we have MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE!

Our amazing line-up includes Jennifer Mackenzie, Michael Leach , Maxime Banks  & Kevin Pearson!

Book Now




Applications close 20th September 

HYPERLOCAL now accepting EOIs from Victorian based artists!

Inviting artists to work ‘hyperlocally’ with Performing Lines, and presenting partners Abbotsford Convent, Dancehouse, Darebin Arts, and The Substation. Work can be new, re-imagined, physical, and/or virtual. Successful artists will be given time, space and resources.

More Info


Applications close 6th October 

a yellow square with the text "making" and "space"Making Space will offer a residency at one of these partner venues – Blak Dot Gallery, BRUDI (Brunswick Design and Innovation Centre),
Brunswick Library, Brunswick Town Hall (Seat at the Table), Coburg Library, Siteworks and Schoolhouse Studios.

Open to individuals and groups in the arts and creative industries, a variety of spaces are on offer to suit different practices.
Each residency includes the use of a space for 1-5 months duration and a small stipend for the resident of $1,000 to support the
development of a creative project or idea.

Brunswick Design District (BDD) is a partnership between Creative Victoria, RMIT and Moreland City Council.

Residencies will take place from December 2021- 3 June 2022.

La Mama Theatre is on traditional land of the people of the Kulin Nation. We give our respect to the Elders of these traditional lands and to all First Nations people past, present and future. We acknowledge all events take place on stolen lands and that sovereignty was never ceded.

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La Mama is financially assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council – its arts funding and advisory body, Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the City of Melbourne through the Creative Partnerships Program.

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