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Theatrical Culture (Dramatic Plays, Opera and Fine Music)

This page details the dramatic plays, Opera and Fine Music being presented by the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub in 2016. Click on the links to go to the online ticket booking system or phone the Box Office on 5152 1482. Tickets may also be purchased in person from the Bairnsdale or Lakes Entrance Visitor Information Centres or Shire Service Centres.

Click here to download a .pdf file list of the Theatrical Culture (Dramatic Plays, Opera and Fine Music) being presented by the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub in 2016.

Click on the Blue hyperlinks in the listings below to go straight to the online booking page for that performance (Note: links are only Blue if the tickets are currently on sale).

Our apologies for any errors, please call the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub on 5152 1482 if you experience any difficulties.

This page is regularly updated.

 Click here to download in .pdf format - Theatrical_Culture_at_the_Forge_Theatre_2016_1.pdf

ENCORE! Operatic Classics

Presented by La Prima Opera

Saturday 16 July 2016, 2 pm
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub
  Tickets on sale here  

Popular concert opera company La Prima Opera, featuring Opera Australia Principal Wagnerian Tenor, Bradley Daley will take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful music ever written. ENCORE! will entertain you with an array of opera’s most famous hits that everyone knows through movies, television ads and sporting events, with highlights from The Pearl Fishers, La Traviata, The Ring Cycle, Rigoletto, Carmen and Madame Butterfly.

 

Accompanying Daley are a stellar cast including international soprano Alison Rae Jones and Opera Australia mezzo soprano Caroline Vercoe, concert pianist Len Vorster at the grand piano and compere, Christopher McKenna. ENCORE! is directed by Australia’s premiere opera and music theatre director Stuart Maunder.

 

“Bradley Daley sang with a ringing timbre; a tenor of considerable craft and stamina, too rarely heard in this city…” Clive O’Connell, The Age

 

Show Running Time:  1 hour 30 minutes (includes 20 minute interval)

 

Includes free afternoon tea from 1 - 1.45pm

 

$35 Adults, $30 Concession and Groups 8+, $22 Children and Students
Forge Friend $30 Adult, $20 Concession

 

Also appearing at: John Leslie Theatre – Sale 14 July
                              West Gippsland Arts Centre – 15 July

                              Latrobe Performing Arts Centre 19 July  

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MOZART’S PIANO WITH DAVID FUNG

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Thursday 11 August 2016, 7.30 pm
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub
 Tickets on sale here

Two heavenly piano concerti and two joyous orchestral masterpieces - a decadent all-Mozart delight! As well as his skills as a composer, Mozart’s reputation in his day also rested on his exceptional abilities as a pianist. Many of his 27 piano concerti were written for his own concerts, and they are testament to his technique and sensitivity at the keyboard.

 

Few Australian musicians have achieved an international career like David Fung, whose performances of Mozart’s piano concerti have earned significant international praise. Now based in New York, Fung is a laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv, and performs for celebrated orchestras and festivals across the globe. Fung joins the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra to perform two of Mozart’s most beautiful piano concerti alongside the ebullient Symphony No 29 and the majestic Serenata Notturna.

Mozart Music Listing:

Serenata Notturna K236 Piano Concerto No.11 in F major K413

Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat major K449 Symphony No.29 K201

 

Show Running Time:  1 hour 30 minutes (includes 20 minute interval)

 

$35 Adults, $30 Concession and Groups 8+, $22 Children and Students
Forge Friend $30 Adult, $20 Concession

 

Also appearing at: John Leslie Theatre – Sale 14 July
                              West Gippsland Arts Centre – 15 July

                              Latrobe Performing Arts Centre 19 July
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BRAVE Theatre

Miss Brontë

Written by: Mel Dodge and Charlotte Brontë

Directed by: Lyndee-Jane Rutherford

Performed by: Mel Dodge

Thursday 25 August 2016, 7.30 pm
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

Tickets on sale here

Friday 26 August 2016, 2pm

Nyerimilang Heritage Park Homestead

Tickets on sale here


Charlotte Brontë has a secret…
In fact, secrets seem to run in the family…

In 1845, Charlotte and her sisters wrote under male pseudonyms and were the talk of London. People presumed they must be men to be able to write with such passion and dark humanity. 

 

How could an unmarried woman living in a secluded parsonage with only her sisters for company write one of the world’s greatest love stories? She had tasted love and her secrets echo in the pages of Jane Eyre.

 

Inspired by the letters and novels of Charlotte Brontë, Miss Brontë tells a story of ambition, forbidden love and the bond of family.

 

Perfect for Senior Secondary students and people with an appreciation for literature and particularly fans of Charlotte Brontë’s work “Jane Eyre”.

Running Time:  1 hour 15 minutes, no interval

Warnings: Adult themes, not appropriate for children under 12 years

 

$30 Adults, $25 Concession and Groups 8+, $18 Children and Students
Forge Friend $25 Adult, $20 Concession

 

Also appearing at:  John Leslie Theatre – Sale – 27 August

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A BLUE COW THEATRE production

SIMON’S FINAL SOUND

a comedy by Finegan Kruckemeyer

Toured by Tasmania Performs

Saturday 3 September, 7.30 pm

Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

Tickets not on sale yet   

 

From the multi-award winning pen of Finegan Kruckemeyer, an Aussie Comedy about four ordinary people who try, fail, try again and fail better. Simon’s a bit of a no-hoper, and he’s going deaf. He goes in search of a magical – but possibly mythical – island where, he thinks, he will find some consolation. To make the journey, Simon teams up with Michael, a dull banker with a grey suit and a grey life, and Michael’s wife, Ginny, who is disillusioned and about to leave him. Also along for the ride is Claude, Michael’s boss, a blisteringly annoying blockhead with zero social skills.

Filling these four larger-than-life characters are four comic actors whose experience ranges from The Lion King to Circus Oz, and who’ve displayed those talents around the country and the world. Simon’s Final Sound takes the audience on a colourful South Seas voyage with plenty of hula skirts, high-jinx and belly laughs, and makes land on an island of insight and compassion.

“Brilliantly crafted moments of perfect comedy have left my ribs aching.”     Ryk Goddard, ABC Radio.

Strong language and adult themes. Not recommended for young people under the age of 15.

 

$30 Adults, $25 Concession and Groups 8+, $18 students, $60 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Forge Friend $25 Adult, $20 Concession

 

Also appearing at: Latrobe Performing Arts Centre – 6 September

                               West Gippsland Arts Centre – 9 September

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Dust of Uruzgan

Written by and featuring Fred Smith and his band

Spokes tour

Friday 7 October, 7.30 pm – Mud Brick Pavilion, Mallacoota

Saturday 8 October, 7.30 pm – Cabbage Tree Creek Hall

Sunday 9 October, 4pm - Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

Tickets not on sale yet

 

Fred Smith was the first Australian diplomat to be posted to Uruzgan in July of 2009 and his show Dust of Uruzgan harnesses the unique ability of song to convey what words alone cannot – an emotional sense of life for soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan. The show uses a powerful combination of great song-writing, an extraordinary collection of photographs and first-hand accounts of life on the front line to offer audiences a three dimensional experience of what it has been like for our people in Afghanistan: the dust, the heat, the frustration, the camaraderie, the fighting and the mundane day-to-day.

Contains Adult content.  

 

$25 Adults, $20 Concession and Groups 8+, $18 students,

Forge Friend $20 Adult, $15 Concession

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Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Company Inc. and East Gippsland Shire Council present

Stepping Out

By Richard Harris. An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

4 performances – Thursday 20, Friday 21 & Saturday 22 October at 7.30 pm and Sunday 23 October at 2 pm.
Tickets not on sale yet

 

This good-natured comedy chronicles several months in the life of a beginning dance class for adults.  Led by Mavis, their patient instructor, and accompanied by the acerbic pianist Mrs. Fraser, the students strive to master the basics of dance.  But the steps and routines are just the background for the real focus of the play which is the relationships between the ten students.  Will they manage to learn the steps and keep communicating with each other by show night?

$25 Adults, $20 Concession, $15 Child (16 years and under)
Forge Friend $20 Adult, $15 Concession
* Ticket prices subject to change.

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HIT Productions

Always…  Patsy Cline

by Ted Swindley

Starring award-winning country music sensation Courtney Conway as Patsy Cline and  popular stage actor Mandi Lodge as Louise Seger. 

Tuesday 25 October 2016, 7.30 pm
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub
Tickets not on sale yet

ALWAYS… Patsy Cline is much more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. This musical play, complete with down home country humour, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes 27 of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walkin’ after Midnight. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s signoff on her letters to Seger: Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.

 

ALWAYS… Patsy Cline has been one of the most produced musicals in America and has been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the UK and Australia. This new production directed by AFI award winning Denny Lawrence stars award winning Australian Country Music singing sensation Courtney Conway as Patsy Cline and popular stage star Mandi Lodge (Menopause The Musical, Just The Ticket) as Louise Seger.

Always…. Patsy Cline explores hero worship and mutual respect and the pen-pal relationship that struck up between these two unlikely women. The play focuses on the fateful evening at Houston's Esquire Ballroom when Seger hears of Cline's death in a plane crash. Seger supplies a narrative while Cline sings the songs that made her famous, in total 27 unforgettable hits.

 

Show duration: 2 hours  (includes 20 minute interval)

$30 Adults, $25 Concession and Groups 8+, $18 Children and Students
Forge Friend $25 Adult, $20 Concession

Ask about our special Country Music “Get Up and Sing!” workshop Tuesday 25 October 11am – 3pm with Courtney Conway and other facilitators. Includes the opportunity to be  invited to be part of the encore at the end of the performance of Always... Patsy Cline in the evening. Only $30 includes lunch, maximum 30 people.

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Flute Spirits and the Four Seasons 

with Internationally renowned flautist Jane Rutter

Saturday 12 November 2016, 7.30 pm
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

Tickets not on sale yet

Haunting, Meditative works for Solo Gold, Silver, Bamboo & Ethnic flutes.

In this unique program Jane plays up to 12 classical and ethnic flutes performing Spring by Vivaldi, The Four Seasons arranged by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Baroque & Classical Fantasies, Indian Ragas, Ancient & Contemporary Incantations, works by Debussy, Devienne, Vaughan-Williams, Ross Edwards & more, as well as presenting prose by Shakespeare, Patrick White, Anaïs Nin.

 

Show duration: 2 hours  (includes 20 minute interval)

$40 Adults, $35 Concession and Groups 8+, $27 Children and Students
Forge Friend $35 Adult, $30 Concession

 

MASTERCLASS WITH JANE RUTTER

Music students are also reminded about Jane’s unique masterclass program to help

students find the ‘belcanto’voice & inner joy within their instrumental playing as well as the unique opportunity to perform with Jane in the Saturday 12 November concert. Friday 11 November 2016 from 1 – 3pm (date and time to be confirmed) $20 per student, maximum 25 people.  Note: Students need not be flute students: any instrument or voice will benefit from this program.

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Check here for these Theatrical Culture performances coming to the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub in 2017 (subject to confirmation):

Yours Truly (Dance) Saturday 25 March 2017

Shirley Valentine Thursday 27 April 2017

Songs of the Night (Melbourne Chamber Orchestra) Saturday 17 June 2017

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (Radio Play) Saturday 24 June 2017

Glorious! Saturday 26 August 2017

Mystery in the Air (Radio Play) Saturday 9 September 2017

Around the World in 80 Days Saturday 14 October 2017

The Grigoryan Brothers Saturday 11 November 2017

 
 

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