Touring Slate

Throughout 2021 and 2022, Theatre Works will present seven tourready works after their respective premiere seasons at our St Kilda theatre. The TW Touring Slate includes: lively family-focused works, Victorian Schools Playlist productions, new Australian writing, a critically-acclaimed classic and a commercial piece of musical theatre with wide appeal.

Read more about each touring work below or click here for our Touring Slate Document.

WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING

By Andrew Bovell | Presented by Iron Lung Theatre


Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and theGreen Room Award, 2008, and the Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian Work in 2009.

WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING is an intricate, multi-layered story explores betrayal, abandonment, destruction, forgiveness and love. Where damage to the planet serves as a metaphor for the damage inflicted from generation to generation.


“It will haunt you long after the rain has finally stopped falling and the house lights turned on…” ★★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph


DURATION:
130 Minutes

AUDIENCE – 15+:
Adult Themes | Coarse Language | Sexual References | Smoke & Haze Effects | Loud Noises | Strobe Effects

COMPLETE TOURING BUDGET AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST

VOLDEMORT AND THE TEENAGE HOGWARTS

MUSICAL PARODY | Presented by Salty Theatre


A show with mass-appeal, Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody broke the all-time Theatre Works pre-sale record prior to its 2020 postponement.

Before Voldemort was He Who Must Not Be Named, he was just Tom Riddle, another moody teen that couldn’t talk to girls. Join Tom and his Hogwarts classmates on a hilarious musical adventure packed with magic, hormones and more than a few murders. This is a Harry Potter musical parody that is sure to leave you spellbound!


“An hour loaded with sharply written Potter-parody. Gags every few seconds, stellar singing and comedy.” FringeReview.co.uk


DURATION:
60 Minutes

AUDIENCE – 15+:
Coarse Language | Sexual References | Simulated Death

COMPLETE TOURING BUDGET AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST

SWANSONG

By Conor McDermottroe | Presented by Red Hot Theatre


After a sell-out tour a Theatre Works in 2018, Swansong went on to a national & international Tour, where lead performer Andre De Vanny won the coveted Best Actor Award at the United Solo Festival New York. In 2019, Swansong returned to Theatre Works before a 12 venue tour across regional Victoria.

Swansong tells the story of Austin ‘Occi’ Byrne, the illegitimate child of a single mother in the Catholic west of 1960’s Ireland. Shunned by church, state and family, Occi must fight his way to adulthood in a dog eat dog world. It’s an exhilarating journey that plunges him into murder and mayhem, love and death, only to return him to the place where he began. Tragic, tender and uproariously funny, Swansong is the story of a lost soul in search of redemption.


“An intense, dynamic and technically assured performance it thoroughly deserves the standing ovations it receives.” ★★★★ The Age


DURATION:
80 Minutes

AUDIENCE – 15+:
Adult Themes | Coarse Language | Sexual References | Drug References

COMPLETE TOURING BUDGET AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST

Singing Swallows

By Romi Kupfer


Singing Swallows connects young people with the messages from our Holocaust survivors, messages of love, peace, acceptance, strength, So that when they do engage with Holocaust education, they feel connected to the stories and have empathy and interest to what happened.

A beautiful and symbolic representation of a storytelling experience that cannot be replicated, SINGING SWALLOWS is an early start to understanding the Holocaust. Connecting to young people’s lives through voice recording and visual storytelling, the stories are compiled from interviews with Holocaust survivors, recorded by young Jewish children in primary school.


“As our Holocaust survivors are aging, soon we will not have their voices to tell their stories. I believe that Singing Swallows address the need of our community to keep on telling the stories, and reconnect our youth with our Jewish history.” Tali Barr Waanders | Bialik College, Co-ordinator of Hebrew & Jewish Studies Primary and Early Learning Centre


DURATION:
60 Minutes

WARNINGS (9+)

COMPLETE TOURING BUDGET AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST

JUNGLE BUNGLE

By Craig Christie | Presented by VTM Productions


An incredibly affordable and infectiously cheerful musical for the whole family, Jungle Bungle has minimal set and tech requirements.

Join Claire and Oliver on an exciting musical safari created to engage the young and young at heart in a magical adventure. JUNGLE BUNGLE explores the theme of fear of the unknown while celebrating friendship, individuality and imagination.


“A toe-tapping delight… The perfect theatre introduction for adventurous little ones!” Comedian Sammy J

“A fun piece with a fantastic message. It is a clever piece, which provokes great discussion.” The Melbourne Observer


DURATION:
55 Minutes

AUDIENCE – 4+

COMPLETE TOURING BUDGET AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST

MAD AS A CUTE SNAKE

By Amelia Evans & Dan Giovannoni


MAD AS A CUTE SNAKE is a riotous and joyful theatrical adventure story for kids 6+ and their families, about having the courage to be yourself – whatever that may be!

Join Cardigan Coriander-Turner on an epic adventure from suburban Melbourne to the Daintree Rainforest and beyond as she tries to save Trix, her family’s pet snake, from certain tragedy.

MAD AS A CUTE SNAKE is from the multi-award winning team behind the nationally toured smash-hits CUT SNAKE and SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY , and combines high-caliber theatre with insane amounts of silliness, wrapped up in a package that the whole family will enjoy.


WINNER: MELBOURNE FRINGE BEST KIDS’ SHOW 2019

“An evening of perfect, pure joy.” The Age


DURATION:
50 Minutes

AUDIENCE – 6+

COMPLETE TOURING BUDGET AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST

The View From Up Here

In Development


The View From Up Here begins with the same question as many contemporary stories: in the face of a climate catastrophe, should we be having children? Set in a fire-ravaged region of Australia, with the return of a prodigal daughter in search of a future embodied by a child, View initially setsup and then rejects the comforting narrative of forgiveness and hope built on the crumbling foundations of the nuclear family. Digging into the uncomfortable physical and existential realities of human reproduction at the end of the world, Views asks its audiences to consider what we really mean when we talk about sacrifice, family and the future.


THEATRE WORKS SEASON COMING 2022


COMPLETE TOURING BUDGET AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST

The Owl and the Albatross

By Paris Balla | In Development


How the hell are you meant to figure out who you are while the world is on fire around you? The year is 2023. The sky is filled with smoke and for a kid with asthma, you haven’t got a chance in the city.

So you get sent to live with your grandad, a boring old man who lives in a lighthouse by an ocean filled with rubbish and a baby albatross with no one to look after them.

So you fight for justice. But how are you meant to fight when the adults who can make a difference don’t care at all? And how can you possibly save the world when you’re barely staying afloat yourself?

Owl & the Albatross is made by a group of queer theatre-makers telling the stories they missed out on growing up—stories with queer kids who don’t like being told who they are and what their name is and now they have something to say.

This is a story for anyone who has ever felt lost, for those who haven’t been heard, the adults who don’t listen and for anyone waiting for a light to guide them home.


THEATRE WORKS SEASON COMING 2022


COMPLETE TOURING BUDGET AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS SUPPLIED ON REQUEST

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