East Gippsland Shire

Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell - Mallacoota

Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell - Mallacoota

July 29, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Mud Brick Pavillion

Shirley Valentine by the award winning Willy Russell and starring Mandi Lodge (Menopause The Musical and Always...Patsy Cline) is a wonderfully entertaining monologue by a 42-year-old Liverpool mother whose self-esteem has been battered by school, marriage and life in general.  When her best friend wins a Greek vacation for two, Shirley grasps the chance to head for the sun, to re-find herself, follow her dreams and to get a new lease on life.

With much humour, warmth, sympathy, human insight and a great deal of empathy for his female protagonist, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould in which she was cast by society.

Bakersfield Mist

Bakersfield Mist

August 11, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

Starring John Wood and Julie Nihill

Is the true value of art in the eyes of the beholder?  Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from an op shop.  She is certain it is a Jackson Pollock worth millions.

World-class art expert, Lionel Percy (John Wood), arrives from New York to her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover.

Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a comedy set in the present day.

Cirque Africa

Cirque Africa

August 23, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
August 23, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

Cirque Africa is a one of a kind show that is sure to amaze and enthral all who see it.  A 100% African cultural experience, Cirque Africa is a vibrant and highly entertaining blockbuster production which transports each audience to the positive side of Africa through modern stage a performance.  Produced and directed by Papa Africa aka Winston Ruddle the director who brought you the hit Broadway show Cirque Mother Africa.

Cirque Africa features the world-renowned African troupe, consisting of 25 performing artists from 6 African countries including acrobats, dancers, percussionist, musicians and contortionists, performing a 100 minute awe-inspiring show.

Highlighted with stunning colourful African costumes, high energy knuckle-biting acrobatic acts, humorous comedy traditional, modern original composed music for each act plus vibrant dance routines, this is a superb show is for all ages of the family and as its a visual show Cirque Africa has no language cultural or religious barriers.  Cirque Africa is fresh, funky, bold, fun and challenges your imagination like no other show.

The dedication and immense professionalism of Cirque Africa makes this show very appealing to all audience members discover The Greatest show from Africa .

I Viaggiatori - Cafe Culture series

I Viaggiatori - Cafe Culture series

August 25, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

In 1924, the Italian film director Angelo Drovetti embarked on an epic 8,000-nautical-mile voyage with his movie camera.

The result, Dall'Italia All'Australia (From Italy to Australia), is regarded by many as the most comprehensive film ever made of a migrant voyage.

This black & white SILENT FILM chronicles the voyage of the passenger steam ship Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy).

Four piece band “I Viaggiatori” will perform live Italian folk music to accompany the film.Venue:

Lakes Entrance Mechanics Hall, Mechanics Street ,Lakes Entrance.

Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm - tickets pre show $25 or $30 at the door.  All four shows Seasons tickets $80.00.

Drawn Together

Drawn Together

from August 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM until September 30, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
East Gippsland Art Gallery

Participants at Come and get your ART ON, together with PollyannaR and East Gippsland Art Gallery, teamed up to create a community arts project where everyone became the artist. 

Participants were invited to draw shapes, patterns, words, or anything they like onto small pieces of perspex using specialist Paint Markers.  Guest artist, PollyannaR, known for creating the world’s longest photograph, took photos of the participating artists with their artworks and these are now exhibiting in ‘Drawn Together’.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective Roadshow-Bairnsdale

The Arts Wellbeing Collective Roadshow-Bairnsdale

August 31, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

This event will consist of an amalgamation of key modules from across the workshops presented as part of the Arts Wellbeing Collective Pilot Program, including Creative People Management, resilience, communication and identity in the performing arts.  Managers, team members, front of house, back of house, crew, artists, and performers are all welcome.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative, delivered in partnership with Entertainment Assist.  The Arts Wellbeing Collective comprises a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for Victorian performing arts workers.

Thanks to the generosity of the Willian Buckland Foundation, Arts Centre Melbourne will be taking the Arts Wellbeing Collective program on the road to six regional hubs during 2017.  

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