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The Portable Dorothy Parker

New York City: 1943.  Dorothy Parker, famed wit, writer, and critic, is on the warpath. Viking Press is about to publish a collection of Dorothy's poems and short stories, and she must make the selections. Now. As Dorothy sorts through her works, she reminisces about her life: her famous friends (Lillian Hellman, F Scott Fitzgerald, and, especially, Ernest Hemingway), her role in the famous Algonquin Round Table, the founding of The New Yorker, and her many loves and heartbreaks. Has it all been worth it? Has she made her mark as a writer, or is she merely clever? ★★★★★ "Margot Avery as Dorothy Parker gives a riveting, hilarious performance which is entirely believable and incredibly entertaining." British Theatre Guide

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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Demagogue

Safari Street Creative's fast-paced & unflinching social satire returns for a strictly limited season. In a university Dean's office, a modern power couple are summoned to discuss their daughter's punishment for an act of petty vandalism on school property. But when that act is alluded to instead be a case of political activism, the pair are forced to question their beliefs, their role as parents, and in a world stripped of value, what revolt can really signify?  ★★★★★ "Maintains Safari Street’s reputation for producing outstanding original work” - The Advertiser★★★★★ "An immaculate piece of first-class theatre" - Stage Whispers★★★★ "Like watching the best debates of West Wing powered by Hollywood-dosed quantities of cocaine" - Adelaide Show Podcast2022 Weekly Award Winner Best Theatre

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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GRAV

Known to millions for his legendary exploits on the rugby field, Ray Gravell was and is so much more than that. An actor, a cultural icon, a father, a husband, "Grav" was a man with a life packed full of stories that deserve to be heard.  Acclaimed Welsh actor Gareth J Bale performs the role of ‘Grav’ in this powerful and passionate play written by award winning Welsh playwright Owen Thomas which will entertain fans of rugby and outstanding theatre alike. "Grav" was also adapted into a feature film in 2021 and won the Welsh BAFTA for Feature/Television Film Award in 2022. ★★★★★ "A perfect script with a perfect actor. Every eye will shed a tear in this theatrical tour de force." BritishTheatre.com ★★★★★ "An unashamed crowdpleaser - robust and charming entertainment.” British Theatre Guide

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue Ruby's

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PETER GOERS - HAM AND PINEAPPLE

What?! It’s a miracle! It’s amazing! Goers returns after six sold out seasons to his beloved Holden Street. He’s back with yet another nice show particularly for old people. He has plenty to talk about and all new material. In this strange time of the new normal, Goers is the old normal. Lotsa laughs, feel good yarns and special guests. Come all ye faithful…. ★★★★★ "He is an experienced and engaging speaker...his presence appears so natural it is as though he were born and raised on the hardwood floorboards of stage.” Kryztoff RAW ★★★★ "Goers knows his crowd and flawlessly plays to them." The Advertiser

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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England & Son

'Any nation that devours another will one day devour itself.' This is a one-man play written for multi-award winning Mark Thomas by award-winning playwright Ed Edwards (The Political History of Smack and Crack). With some deep, dark laughs – & some deep, dark love – England & Son emerges from characters in Mark’s childhood & Ed's lived experience in jail. Prepare to be taken on a kaleidoscopic odyssey where disaster capitalism, empire, stolen youth & stolen wealth merge into the simple tale of a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him. EDFRINGE FIRST WINNER ★★★★★ "A must see." The Recs ★★★★★ "Searing." Fest ★★★★★ "humorous and deeply moving." North West End UK ★★★★ "absolute recommendation" British Theatre Guide ★★★★ "a twisting, 360 degree portrait" The Telegraph    

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Hamlet in 15 minutes

HAMLET IN 15 MINUTES Can it be done? You can bet your boots it can and multiple times a night at Holden Street. To be or not to be, aye there's the Dencorub! Adapted and directed by Peter Goers and performed by all kinds of people with an encore in Klingon.... maybe. 

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Barbara Hardy Garden

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Willing Participant

Logie winning actor, writer, and exceptional storyteller, Rob Carlton, tells four true stories:  sexual taboos, big big lies, deep heartaches and blind hope. Directed by theatre and comedy legend Darren Gilshenan, Rob’s four stories deliver every emotion.  "JUST SUPERB!" Michala Banas "COMPLETELY RIVETING - A MASTERCLASS!" Samuel Johnson "HIS STORIES SHOOT YOU THROUGH AN EMOTIONAL PINBALL MACHINE." JOSH LAWSON "I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING QUITE LIKE IT. THE LAUGH STUFF COMES THICK AND FAST. BUT IT WAS THE HEART STUFF I TOOK HOME WITH ME." Trent Dalton In this hilarious and heartfelt expression of joy, audiences will leave in love with the world. They’ll have laughed and cried and laughed again and, for an hour at least, they’ll know they’re not alone.   

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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B.L.I.P.S.

Brief Limited Intermittent Psychotic Symptoms. A peak through the beautiful lens of bat s**t crazy. Have you ever counted blades of grass? Or imagined the feeling of flying? Have you ever thought you were Jesus incarnate? At age 19 Margot Mansfield began experiencing this and more. A touching retelling of one families struggle to untangle the mysteries of mental health, told through beautiful imagery and circus virtuosity.  A debut solo circus show like no other, a wild ride of real life circus psychosis, acrobatic madness, hula hoop hope and radical resilience. Directed by acclaimed, multi-award winning circus artist and theatre maker Jess Love, this ground breaking new work is heartfelt, brave and utterly brilliant. 

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Sandi McMenamin Behind The Song

Behind every song there is the inspiration, conception, exertion, creation, and ongoing peregrination. Adelaide-born entertainer, vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Sandi McMenamin takes you behind her songs and others in a joyous international experience that finally answers the question: "Why write a song about Adelaide?"★★★★★ Stage Whispers/Barefoot Review Fringe 2023

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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Stabbing The Ghost

In an empty newspaper office, two jaded journalists bump into each other after hours to finish their latest articles. They know they really should care about them, but they really just don't care about anything - unless someone rewrites their work...A dark comedy about insufferable people, 'Stabbing The Ghost' peeks at what's behind the headlines in the searing fourth play by Safari Street Creative. PRAISE FOR SAFARI STREET CREATIVE★★★★★“maintains the company’s reputation for producing outstanding original work”-          The Advertiser “Refreshingly honest and unpretentious”-          Kryztoff RAW “Safari Street Creative are bold and well-equipped as serious theatre contenders”-          Stage Whispers  

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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1 in a Chameleon

An inspiring comedy about fitting in everywhere but belonging nowhere. As an engineer, an entrepreneur, and a romantic, Narie Foster examines questions like “How do we find our purpose?” “What does freedom feel like?” and "Can I avoid strangers forever?" A moving and uplifting solo show debut from an award-winning storyteller (The Moth, Generation Women) who has performed standup across New York, London, and Paris, along with a 17-year comedy and peacekeeping residency at her childhood dining table. Narie was born in New York to Thai and Canadian scientists who balked when she left a successful corporate career (Forbes 30 Under 30) to become a writer and performer. '1 in a Chameleon' helps us uncover our true colors despite the chameleon reasons to hide.

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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Afghanistan is Not Funny by Henry Naylor

A close-shave with a landmine, menaced by a warlord & abducted by the Mujahideen: this is the extraordinary, true story of a British comedian & photographer in war-torn Afghanistan... a trip which changed both their lives & their art.  Performed by Naylor & featuring the photography of Sam Maynard, this docu-play takes us to the start of a modern tragedy. Directed by Martha Lott & Darren Lee Cole, returning after smash-hit runs at the off-broadway Soho Playhouse, NY. & Arcola Theatre UK, with an extraordinary 29 five & four-star reviews  HOLLYWOOD FRINGE: Best International Act, Platinum Medal - Tvolution, Best International Show - TVO Awards, Best of the Broadwater, ADELAIDE FRINGE: Adelaide Critics Circle Award, Best Theatre Award, EDFRINGE: Soho Playhouse Medal for Dramatic Excellence.

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Station J - An MI6 Comedy

Kingston, Jamaica; 1962. For Charles, Terrance, and Margaret - the humble public servants of Station J, a communication outpost of the British Secret Service - the new day brings a familiar routine: petty office politics, filing, and vast quantities of tea (milk, three sugars). But when a legendary Double-O agent bursts through their door, bearing tidings of dastardly deceptions and pernicious plots, the staff of Station J suddenly find themselves thrust centre-stage in the climax of a super-spy thriller. With the clock ticking inexorably down to doomsday, it’s up to Station J’s trio of would-be secret agents to untangle a web of international intrigue, engage in a game of high-stakes espionage… and save the ruddy world! ★★★★1/2 "Exciting, intriguing, and hysterical" Lilithia Reviews

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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The Bacchae

One day a team of queer, neurodivergent country teens picked up this 2000-year-old script and said, "we want to do this play because it is gay and chaotic." And Fleur Kilpatrick, award-winning playwright and director said "are you sure? People get torn to pieces." And they said "Mood." So Dionysos has come to town. And you better party. Or else. People who get what we’re doing:“The work Riverland Youth Theatre makes is first class. (They) are creating innovative, ambitious programs that could make a major impact at a national level and has the potential to shift the conversation about youth arts in our Country.” Mik Frawley, Country Arts SA “I’ve never experienced young actors explode into a new text the way they did with Fleur’s writing.” Christian Leavesley, Arena Theatre

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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Cry Baby

From Meryl Streep to Kate Winslet, from Jodie Foster to Emma Thompson, everyone’s crying. And they all won an Oscar for it…but why do you humans like to cry anyway? Isabella Perversi brings a solo show investigating tears. Created from real life diary entries from her 6 years old self, inspired by childhood dance competitions and channelling her inner Jane Fonda; this is part song, part dance, part sock puppet.” "Cry Baby is a show that can not be missed." - Theatre Travels. "..Perversi is just getting started in showing us what she’s capable of." - My Melbourne Arts "[Perversi] became one of my favourite new writers during lockdown. She writes about women without making women hide behind the mask of what’s expected of women." - Sometimes Melbourne

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue Judy's at HST

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BERLINERS

MELBOURNE FRINGE TOURING AWARD WINNER SYDNEY FRINGE BEST IN THEATRE NOMINEE It’s 1987. The Cold War rages, Reagan rules and the Berlin Wall cuts through the heart of Germany—and the middle of Nick and Tom’s apartment. Join Sydney’s “favourite absurdist comedy duo” in this alternate-history comedy about a struggling West German artist and an East German anchorman, forbidden to talk but fated to meet through a tiny crack in the wall that separates their countries (and living room). As they grow closer, and the end of the Soviet Union grows nearer, will these star-crossed comrades build a relationship that lasts—or will they need the Wall to keep it standing? ★★★★½ "Beautiful script…everything lands softly, gently" Sydney Theatre Reviews "Their chemistry on stage is palpable" Sydney Scoop

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Embrace

Embrace is 60 minutes of dance theatre celebrating the rollercoaster ride that is life. Embrace casts 5 artists, International Model and dancer Madeline Stuart, world champion dancer Denzel, Kala, Anthony and Jess. All have varying disabilities including, ASD, Turner syndrome, intellectual disability, D.S or legally blind. Follows these individuals as they navigate the difficult challenges that people with disabilities are faced within the real world. You will be laughing, crying, uplifted, & motivated for change! “Re-live your youth as you follow their journey through high-school and graduation, only to fall into an understanding of loneliness & isolation. Celebrate a spark of hope that is only a small step of courage away and embrace the glistening lights of what the future has to hold.”

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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BLACKBIRD

At his workplace, 55-year-old Ray Brooks is shocked to be visited by a young woman, 27-year-old Una Spencer. Fifteen years earlier, they had a sexual relationship for three months when Una was twelve and Ray was forty; subsequently, Ray had been jailed for three years for statutory rape. Ray takes Una to the office break room, where the two engage in a long and difficult confrontation involving Una's continuing struggles to understand and come to terms with the abuse and her intensely conflicting emotions, which pivot between anger, curiosity, confusion The fearful Ray, who is himself trying to forget the past and the potential feelings he had for Una, parries her demanding

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Cowardy, Cowardy Custard

Two very funny one-act plays by the great NOËL COWARD - Red Peppers and Hands Across The Sea Featuring MARTHA LOTT and. GEOFF REVELL and a full cast. Directed by PETER GOERS RED PEPPERS features two third-class music hall performers trying to do their best and HANDS ACROSS THE SEA is a comedy of extremely bad manners. These two hilarious short plays are originally from Coward’s celebrated cycle TONIGHT AT 8.30. Our show starts at 8:00pm though… don’t get mixed up! An Amateur Production By Arrangement with ORIGINtm Theatrical, on behalf of the RIGHTS HOLDER

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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The Trip to Bountiful

In this bitter-sweet tale, Carrie Watts longs to escape the one bedroom apartment she shares with her son Ludie and self-centred daughter-in-law Jessie Mae and return to her home town of Bountiful. Her heart condition makes her wish more urgent. Ludie has the best intentions but after a long illness money is short. Jessie Mae doesn’t have a job but relies on Carrie’s pension cheque so that she can go to the beauty parlour. Set in 1950s Houston The Trip to Bountiful is full of hope, longing, and lost dreams. Horton Foote, a Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist and Oscar-winning screenwriter, is often referred to as America’s Chekhov. Red Phoenix produced Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate in 2019 to Both critical and audience acclaim. Directed by Libby Drake and featuring an outstanding cast including Laura Antoniazzi, Krystal Cave, Nick Fagan, Brian Godfrey, Sharon Malujlo, Stuart Pearce and Tim Williams.

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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A Cheery Soul

A Cheery Soul is a surreal satirical masterpiece set in the fictional Sydney suburb of Sarsaparilla at the end of the 1950s. Miss Docker is one of Nobel Laureate Patrick’s White’s most memorable creations. She and her neighbours are as hilarious and peculiar as they are uncannily familiar. Miss Docker the delightfully ghastly, relentlessly upbeat ‘cheery soul’ takes us on a dizzying ride through suburban Australia, as her search for purpose and love leads her in a series of increasingly surreal acts. From over-pruned tomato plants, a damaged roast a nursing home, a church and the destructive power of good. Nothing’s as bad as a good neighbour

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Hangmen

“I'm just as good as bloody Pierrepoint.” In 1965 in his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do now that they've abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit. Martin McDonagh's black comedy/thriller premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2015. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play 2016. Directed by Nick Fagan

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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CANCELLED - NUCLEAR DINGO

From the beaches of coastal Australia, to the dizzying heights of global political and financial power. From the suburban fish and chip shop, to a convention for retirement-village Pool-lates instructors. In 2024 our world is in danger from the misunderstood, illusive and highly dangerous, Nuclear Dingo.

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subvenue The Studio

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The Portable Dorothy Parker

New York City: 1943.  Dorothy Parker, famed wit, writer, and critic, is on the warpath. Viking Press is about to publish a collection of Dorothy's poems and short stories, and she must make the selections. Now. As Dorothy sorts through her works, she reminisces about her life: her famous friends (Lillian Hellman, F Scott Fitzgerald, and, especially, Ernest Hemingway), her role in the famous Algonquin Round Table, the founding of The New Yorker, and her many loves and heartbreaks. Has it all been worth it? Has she made her mark as a writer, or is she merely clever? ★★★★★ "Margot Avery as Dorothy Parker gives a riveting, hilarious performance which is entirely believable and incredibly entertaining." British Theatre Guide

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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Demagogue

Safari Street Creative's fast-paced & unflinching social satire returns for a strictly limited season. In a university Dean's office, a modern power couple are summoned to discuss their daughter's punishment for an act of petty vandalism on school property. But when that act is alluded to instead be a case of political activism, the pair are forced to question their beliefs, their role as parents, and in a world stripped of value, what revolt can really signify?  ★★★★★ "Maintains Safari Street’s reputation for producing outstanding original work” - The Advertiser★★★★★ "An immaculate piece of first-class theatre" - Stage Whispers★★★★ "Like watching the best debates of West Wing powered by Hollywood-dosed quantities of cocaine" - Adelaide Show Podcast2022 Weekly Award Winner Best Theatre

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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GRAV

Known to millions for his legendary exploits on the rugby field, Ray Gravell was and is so much more than that. An actor, a cultural icon, a father, a husband, "Grav" was a man with a life packed full of stories that deserve to be heard.  Acclaimed Welsh actor Gareth J Bale performs the role of ‘Grav’ in this powerful and passionate play written by award winning Welsh playwright Owen Thomas which will entertain fans of rugby and outstanding theatre alike. "Grav" was also adapted into a feature film in 2021 and won the Welsh BAFTA for Feature/Television Film Award in 2022. ★★★★★ "A perfect script with a perfect actor. Every eye will shed a tear in this theatrical tour de force." BritishTheatre.com ★★★★★ "An unashamed crowdpleaser - robust and charming entertainment.” British Theatre Guide

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue Ruby's

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PETER GOERS - HAM AND PINEAPPLE

What?! It’s a miracle! It’s amazing! Goers returns after six sold out seasons to his beloved Holden Street. He’s back with yet another nice show particularly for old people. He has plenty to talk about and all new material. In this strange time of the new normal, Goers is the old normal. Lotsa laughs, feel good yarns and special guests. Come all ye faithful…. ★★★★★ "He is an experienced and engaging speaker...his presence appears so natural it is as though he were born and raised on the hardwood floorboards of stage.” Kryztoff RAW ★★★★ "Goers knows his crowd and flawlessly plays to them." The Advertiser

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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England & Son

'Any nation that devours another will one day devour itself.' This is a one-man play written for multi-award winning Mark Thomas by award-winning playwright Ed Edwards (The Political History of Smack and Crack). With some deep, dark laughs – & some deep, dark love – England & Son emerges from characters in Mark’s childhood & Ed's lived experience in jail. Prepare to be taken on a kaleidoscopic odyssey where disaster capitalism, empire, stolen youth & stolen wealth merge into the simple tale of a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him. EDFRINGE FIRST WINNER ★★★★★ "A must see." The Recs ★★★★★ "Searing." Fest ★★★★★ "humorous and deeply moving." North West End UK ★★★★ "absolute recommendation" British Theatre Guide ★★★★ "a twisting, 360 degree portrait" The Telegraph    

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Hamlet in 15 minutes

HAMLET IN 15 MINUTES Can it be done? You can bet your boots it can and multiple times a night at Holden Street. To be or not to be, aye there's the Dencorub! Adapted and directed by Peter Goers and performed by all kinds of people with an encore in Klingon.... maybe. 

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Barbara Hardy Garden

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Willing Participant

Logie winning actor, writer, and exceptional storyteller, Rob Carlton, tells four true stories:  sexual taboos, big big lies, deep heartaches and blind hope. Directed by theatre and comedy legend Darren Gilshenan, Rob’s four stories deliver every emotion.  "JUST SUPERB!" Michala Banas "COMPLETELY RIVETING - A MASTERCLASS!" Samuel Johnson "HIS STORIES SHOOT YOU THROUGH AN EMOTIONAL PINBALL MACHINE." JOSH LAWSON "I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING QUITE LIKE IT. THE LAUGH STUFF COMES THICK AND FAST. BUT IT WAS THE HEART STUFF I TOOK HOME WITH ME." Trent Dalton In this hilarious and heartfelt expression of joy, audiences will leave in love with the world. They’ll have laughed and cried and laughed again and, for an hour at least, they’ll know they’re not alone.   

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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B.L.I.P.S.

Brief Limited Intermittent Psychotic Symptoms. A peak through the beautiful lens of bat s**t crazy. Have you ever counted blades of grass? Or imagined the feeling of flying? Have you ever thought you were Jesus incarnate? At age 19 Margot Mansfield began experiencing this and more. A touching retelling of one families struggle to untangle the mysteries of mental health, told through beautiful imagery and circus virtuosity.  A debut solo circus show like no other, a wild ride of real life circus psychosis, acrobatic madness, hula hoop hope and radical resilience. Directed by acclaimed, multi-award winning circus artist and theatre maker Jess Love, this ground breaking new work is heartfelt, brave and utterly brilliant. 

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Sandi McMenamin Behind The Song

Behind every song there is the inspiration, conception, exertion, creation, and ongoing peregrination. Adelaide-born entertainer, vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Sandi McMenamin takes you behind her songs and others in a joyous international experience that finally answers the question: "Why write a song about Adelaide?"★★★★★ Stage Whispers/Barefoot Review Fringe 2023

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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Stabbing The Ghost

In an empty newspaper office, two jaded journalists bump into each other after hours to finish their latest articles. They know they really should care about them, but they really just don't care about anything - unless someone rewrites their work...A dark comedy about insufferable people, 'Stabbing The Ghost' peeks at what's behind the headlines in the searing fourth play by Safari Street Creative. PRAISE FOR SAFARI STREET CREATIVE★★★★★“maintains the company’s reputation for producing outstanding original work”-          The Advertiser “Refreshingly honest and unpretentious”-          Kryztoff RAW “Safari Street Creative are bold and well-equipped as serious theatre contenders”-          Stage Whispers  

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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1 in a Chameleon

An inspiring comedy about fitting in everywhere but belonging nowhere. As an engineer, an entrepreneur, and a romantic, Narie Foster examines questions like “How do we find our purpose?” “What does freedom feel like?” and "Can I avoid strangers forever?" A moving and uplifting solo show debut from an award-winning storyteller (The Moth, Generation Women) who has performed standup across New York, London, and Paris, along with a 17-year comedy and peacekeeping residency at her childhood dining table. Narie was born in New York to Thai and Canadian scientists who balked when she left a successful corporate career (Forbes 30 Under 30) to become a writer and performer. '1 in a Chameleon' helps us uncover our true colors despite the chameleon reasons to hide.

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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Afghanistan is Not Funny by Henry Naylor

A close-shave with a landmine, menaced by a warlord & abducted by the Mujahideen: this is the extraordinary, true story of a British comedian & photographer in war-torn Afghanistan... a trip which changed both their lives & their art.  Performed by Naylor & featuring the photography of Sam Maynard, this docu-play takes us to the start of a modern tragedy. Directed by Martha Lott & Darren Lee Cole, returning after smash-hit runs at the off-broadway Soho Playhouse, NY. & Arcola Theatre UK, with an extraordinary 29 five & four-star reviews  HOLLYWOOD FRINGE: Best International Act, Platinum Medal - Tvolution, Best International Show - TVO Awards, Best of the Broadwater, ADELAIDE FRINGE: Adelaide Critics Circle Award, Best Theatre Award, EDFRINGE: Soho Playhouse Medal for Dramatic Excellence.

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Station J - An MI6 Comedy

Kingston, Jamaica; 1962. For Charles, Terrance, and Margaret - the humble public servants of Station J, a communication outpost of the British Secret Service - the new day brings a familiar routine: petty office politics, filing, and vast quantities of tea (milk, three sugars). But when a legendary Double-O agent bursts through their door, bearing tidings of dastardly deceptions and pernicious plots, the staff of Station J suddenly find themselves thrust centre-stage in the climax of a super-spy thriller. With the clock ticking inexorably down to doomsday, it’s up to Station J’s trio of would-be secret agents to untangle a web of international intrigue, engage in a game of high-stakes espionage… and save the ruddy world! ★★★★1/2 "Exciting, intriguing, and hysterical" Lilithia Reviews

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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The Bacchae

One day a team of queer, neurodivergent country teens picked up this 2000-year-old script and said, "we want to do this play because it is gay and chaotic." And Fleur Kilpatrick, award-winning playwright and director said "are you sure? People get torn to pieces." And they said "Mood." So Dionysos has come to town. And you better party. Or else. People who get what we’re doing:“The work Riverland Youth Theatre makes is first class. (They) are creating innovative, ambitious programs that could make a major impact at a national level and has the potential to shift the conversation about youth arts in our Country.” Mik Frawley, Country Arts SA “I’ve never experienced young actors explode into a new text the way they did with Fleur’s writing.” Christian Leavesley, Arena Theatre

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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Cry Baby

From Meryl Streep to Kate Winslet, from Jodie Foster to Emma Thompson, everyone’s crying. And they all won an Oscar for it…but why do you humans like to cry anyway? Isabella Perversi brings a solo show investigating tears. Created from real life diary entries from her 6 years old self, inspired by childhood dance competitions and channelling her inner Jane Fonda; this is part song, part dance, part sock puppet.” "Cry Baby is a show that can not be missed." - Theatre Travels. "..Perversi is just getting started in showing us what she’s capable of." - My Melbourne Arts "[Perversi] became one of my favourite new writers during lockdown. She writes about women without making women hide behind the mask of what’s expected of women." - Sometimes Melbourne

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue Judy's at HST

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BERLINERS

MELBOURNE FRINGE TOURING AWARD WINNER SYDNEY FRINGE BEST IN THEATRE NOMINEE It’s 1987. The Cold War rages, Reagan rules and the Berlin Wall cuts through the heart of Germany—and the middle of Nick and Tom’s apartment. Join Sydney’s “favourite absurdist comedy duo” in this alternate-history comedy about a struggling West German artist and an East German anchorman, forbidden to talk but fated to meet through a tiny crack in the wall that separates their countries (and living room). As they grow closer, and the end of the Soviet Union grows nearer, will these star-crossed comrades build a relationship that lasts—or will they need the Wall to keep it standing? ★★★★½ "Beautiful script…everything lands softly, gently" Sydney Theatre Reviews "Their chemistry on stage is palpable" Sydney Scoop

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Embrace

Embrace is 60 minutes of dance theatre celebrating the rollercoaster ride that is life. Embrace casts 5 artists, International Model and dancer Madeline Stuart, world champion dancer Denzel, Kala, Anthony and Jess. All have varying disabilities including, ASD, Turner syndrome, intellectual disability, D.S or legally blind. Follows these individuals as they navigate the difficult challenges that people with disabilities are faced within the real world. You will be laughing, crying, uplifted, & motivated for change! “Re-live your youth as you follow their journey through high-school and graduation, only to fall into an understanding of loneliness & isolation. Celebrate a spark of hope that is only a small step of courage away and embrace the glistening lights of what the future has to hold.”

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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BLACKBIRD

At his workplace, 55-year-old Ray Brooks is shocked to be visited by a young woman, 27-year-old Una Spencer. Fifteen years earlier, they had a sexual relationship for three months when Una was twelve and Ray was forty; subsequently, Ray had been jailed for three years for statutory rape. Ray takes Una to the office break room, where the two engage in a long and difficult confrontation involving Una's continuing struggles to understand and come to terms with the abuse and her intensely conflicting emotions, which pivot between anger, curiosity, confusion The fearful Ray, who is himself trying to forget the past and the potential feelings he had for Una, parries her demanding

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Cowardy, Cowardy Custard

Two very funny one-act plays by the great NOËL COWARD - Red Peppers and Hands Across The Sea Featuring MARTHA LOTT and. GEOFF REVELL and a full cast. Directed by PETER GOERS RED PEPPERS features two third-class music hall performers trying to do their best and HANDS ACROSS THE SEA is a comedy of extremely bad manners. These two hilarious short plays are originally from Coward’s celebrated cycle TONIGHT AT 8.30. Our show starts at 8:00pm though… don’t get mixed up! An Amateur Production By Arrangement with ORIGINtm Theatrical, on behalf of the RIGHTS HOLDER

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Arch

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The Trip to Bountiful

In this bitter-sweet tale, Carrie Watts longs to escape the one bedroom apartment she shares with her son Ludie and self-centred daughter-in-law Jessie Mae and return to her home town of Bountiful. Her heart condition makes her wish more urgent. Ludie has the best intentions but after a long illness money is short. Jessie Mae doesn’t have a job but relies on Carrie’s pension cheque so that she can go to the beauty parlour. Set in 1950s Houston The Trip to Bountiful is full of hope, longing, and lost dreams. Horton Foote, a Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist and Oscar-winning screenwriter, is often referred to as America’s Chekhov. Red Phoenix produced Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate in 2019 to Both critical and audience acclaim. Directed by Libby Drake and featuring an outstanding cast including Laura Antoniazzi, Krystal Cave, Nick Fagan, Brian Godfrey, Sharon Malujlo, Stuart Pearce and Tim Williams.

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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A Cheery Soul

A Cheery Soul is a surreal satirical masterpiece set in the fictional Sydney suburb of Sarsaparilla at the end of the 1950s. Miss Docker is one of Nobel Laureate Patrick’s White’s most memorable creations. She and her neighbours are as hilarious and peculiar as they are uncannily familiar. Miss Docker the delightfully ghastly, relentlessly upbeat ‘cheery soul’ takes us on a dizzying ride through suburban Australia, as her search for purpose and love leads her in a series of increasingly surreal acts. From over-pruned tomato plants, a damaged roast a nursing home, a church and the destructive power of good. Nothing’s as bad as a good neighbour

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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Hangmen

“I'm just as good as bloody Pierrepoint.” In 1965 in his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do now that they've abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit. Martin McDonagh's black comedy/thriller premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2015. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play 2016. Directed by Nick Fagan

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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CANCELLED - NUCLEAR DINGO

From the beaches of coastal Australia, to the dizzying heights of global political and financial power. From the suburban fish and chip shop, to a convention for retirement-village Pool-lates instructors. In 2024 our world is in danger from the misunderstood, illusive and highly dangerous, Nuclear Dingo.

Location Holden Street Theatres

subvenue The Studio

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