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A Laugh With Dave O'Neil & Lehmo

A two-hour fun-packed night, with the hilarious Dave O’Neil and Lehmo is just what you need! These two blokes have been doing comedy for many years and are two of Australia’s most experienced and entertaining comedians! Dave O’Neil You may have seen him on TV shows such as The Project, Have you been paying attention and Spicks and Specks, where he holds the record for the most appearances, at 55 times. Over the years he has been on many other TV shows such as ‘Hughesy we have a problem, 20-1, Utopia, Good News Week, The Fat, Randling, The Panel and the Comedy Festival Gala. Lehmo Lehmo’s live work has seen him headline at comedy clubs for well over fifteen years and work all corners of the globe – USA, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand. Lehmo has also become Australia’s number one ‘combat comic’, having completed seven ‘tours of duty’ performing for our troops abroad. Please note: Each comedian will be doing their own set.  Warnings: Some strong language.  

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Enigma of Grieg

An afternoon of leading Romantic era composers Edvard Grieg including Peer Gynt Suite No 2, the Piano Concerto and including Elgars Enigma Variations Gippsland’s own Community Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro David William.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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A Taste of Tamworth

Four Multi- Award-Winning acts coming together for one big concert only happens once a year and that’s with the Taste of Tamworth! With Carter & Carter, Jetty Road, Andrew Smith and Anthony Taylor, this is sure to be a great line up. Each act brings their own unique form of music and personality to the stage and then team up for a fun filled finale. This show has a respected reputation for providing a high-quality taste of Australia’s largest festival Tamworth – a taste that keeps people coming back for more. Come along and be part of the Tamworth experience as the artists launch into a string of their National #1 hits and some well-known favourites.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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BOOBS

This tale of mammary proportions follows one woman and her two boobs through a literal hurricane of life changing events. Laugh and gasp your way through one big decision, a million opinions, a natural disaster and an ‘Australian first’, as one woman’s determination unwittingly shakes the very foundations of how we perceive gender, body autonomy and boobs. ★★★★★ The Age Winner: Melbourne Fringe 2019 ‘Best Cabaret’ and ‘Best Feminist Work’ Winner:  Four Green Room Awards 2020  Best Artiste, Production (Cabaret) Original Songs & Writing 

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Animal Farm

One of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorizes and satirizes communist governments while illustrating with stunning simplicity how greed and power corrupts with devastating consequences to all who yield. Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fuelled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny shows this season. Suitable for: Ages 12+

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Hunter The Hunted

We like to think of ourselves as rational people but the powerful forces of desire and obsession, love and betrayal can turn that on its head. The Hunter. The Hunted. follows a love triangle set in a gothic melodramatic world of burgeoning scientific discovery, gabardine coats, old mansions and ballroom dances. Interwoven are the actors’ personal stories of failure in love, and a cast of idiot clowns trying to find the love of their lives. Fast paced, accessible and full of live music and rapid transformations, Company 13 has created a playful and dramatic work that reminds us we are not just what we think, but also what we feel. Suitable for: Ages 16+

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Broadway A Go Go

An afternoon of Broadway tunes from the glory days of the sixties from Cabaret, Funny Girl to Hair sung by local favourites.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Bach by Candlelight

Chris Howlett performs Bach’s most famous Cello suites in an intimate and evocative recital. Bach by Candlelight is a performance that verges on the sublime – The minimalism and simplicity of candlelight and flickering shadows enhances Howlett’s performance of arguably the most famous solo cello works ever written. Throughout the journey Chris shares insight into the history of Bach, the suites and the challenges of performing them - making the concert accessible to both novice and the classical music lover. Chris is delighted to be able to return to this program and offer this uniquely intimate experience in 2021.

Location Kilmany Park Estate

subvenue Kilmany Park Estate

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Created by BAZ LUHRMANN Book by BAZ LUHRMANN & CRAIG PEARCE Adapted by TERRY JOHNSON BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiNTM THEATRICAL ON BEHALF OF THE GLOBAL CREATURES HOLDINGS PTY LTD Scott Hastings is a ballroom dancer a future champion and a rebel. When Scott’s radical dance moves raise eyebrows with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner who has no moves at all. Inspiring each other, they discover that to be a winner, your steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom… Adapted from Baz Luhrmann’s beloved Australian film, including over 40 classic hits including “Time After Time”, “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” and “Love is in the Air.” The production team behind last year’s sell-out sensation “Jesus Christ Superstar” return with live band “Brother John and the Redeemers” to bring you an unforgettable production that will make your heart soar and your feet want to dance!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Original Rockin' Through The Ages

Attention all Baby Boomers – get ready to feel the nostalgia dialled up to 11 when The Original Rock Through the Ages delivers a show packed with the music, media and memories of your heyday.  This fantastic multimedia show combines an all-star live band, original music clips, side-splitting vintage tv commercials and a nod to the cultural touchstones of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s.  You’ll be singing along to classic hits of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond and Tom Jones, and re-living the heady anthems of Daddy Cool, The Monkee’s, Dr. Hook and many more favourites of the sensational 70’s. Don’t miss this blast from the past when life was simpler, and there was plenty to dance, sing and smile about. You’re invited to come and Rock Through the Ages in an unforgettable night of the best music and moments since Rock and Roll was born!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Jude Perl - I Have a Face

Ever wondered if you’re doing it right? Well did you read the label? Jude Perl is a multi-award-winning songwriter and comedian, Jude’s insight into her personal and relatable mental health struggles of being an adult, will make you want to sing along, cry and laugh all at once. Sometimes labels are super useful, particularly when you’re washing your fave jumper. But at other times, labels can halt your growth and supress your very existence. Jude reminds us when to be aware of these labels, and when the labels are totally useless – and most importantly, that we are not alone. She’ll talk about some tough stuff; make you laugh, laugh a lot and make you feel truly human. Running Time: 1 hour, no interval

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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As You Like It

The city has become unliveable under the fascistic governance of Duke Frederick, whose M.O. is to exile any who oppose him. Plague, pollution and poisonous thoughts are engulfing the metropolis and for the myriad characters in As You Like It, led by the irrepressible Rosalind, both a tree-change and the chance for true love are calling... Initiated by the Australian Shakespeare Company in 2016, the Graduate Players ensemble is a bridging program aimed at creating a stepping stone between drama school and the theatre industry. Participants are immersed in an intense rehearsal process led by ASC actors, directors and specialist teachers before mounting a full scale professional Shakespeare production. Pre-Covid, the ensemble travelled to Europe each year to perform at the Prague Fringe Festival. Due to the change in times, the ensemble is proud to be sharing their work with audiences at home as they embark on a tour of regional Victoria. Don’t miss this exciting show, with a cast of dynamic new actors, performing with the ASC for the first time!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Loose Ends

With a touch of Wallace and Gromit and Mr. Bean, LOOSE ENDS is a quirky mix of clown powered theatre, objects that come to life and tinker experience, filled with custom built contraptions. It takes you to an eccentric world full of constant surprises, delivering a heartfelt story with lots of irreverent humour. Follow the comical attempts of a strange inventor to find his place in the world...and all the messy bits on the way. A tale about friendship, Loose Ends is laugh out loud and melancholic. It will have you at the edge of your seat and in the end, it is uplifting and encouraging - come and don’t miss the magic! “A GREAT NIGHT OUT for young families”  Running Time: 1 hour, no interval

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Absolutely 80's Made in Australia Concert

Without doubt, the 80s was the most memorable and massive decade of music. The Absolutely 80s ‘Made in Australia Tour’ is the ultimate celebration of Aussie 80s mega hits. It’s a show-stopping spectacle of epic proportions. Coming to you direct from the 80s, idols of the Oz music scene are touring with their band in one massive Down Under show! Featuring some of Australia’s favourite 80’s pop icons: Uncanny X Men’s Brian Mannix, Kids in the Kitchen’s Scott Carne and the Chantoozies’ Ally Fowler. It’s a high-octane two-hour show with Australia’s biggest 80s hits, sung by the 80s stars who know how to hold the crowd in awe and whip up ‘em up into a dancing, singalong frenzy.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Sale City Band - Celebrating 150 Years

Local singers Peter Balikoff and Glenn Crawford along with compere Gerard Callinan and the Yallourn Madrigals join the Sale City Band to celebrate the band’s 150th anniversary. The concert will feature a variety of music the band has enjoyed playing over the years – from traditional brass band pieces to swing, rock n’ roll and everything in between. The Sale City Band looks forward to celebrating this milestone with the community!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Jazz and Soul - Cara Schaefer and the John Gibson Band

Come and join us for an unique evening in the Foyer. Enjoy delicious grazing platters at Portside, including a dessert platter, whilst listening to the soulful tunes of Cara Schaefer and The John Gibson Trio. The John Gibson Band is known for its interpretation of a wide selection of grooves from the 70’s, 80’s and broadly either side of those times. With Sue Kewming and Jill McCubbin on vocals, Doc Carr bass, David Harrington drums and John Gibson piano and keys this band obviously enjoys what it does, and the joy is infectious. From jazz to rock, folk to pop and smooth to edgy, there are not too many genres that escape their groove. Cara Schaefer leading vocalist. Engaging, entertaining and energetic, Cara comes with a strong vocal background in songs that everyone knows, delivered with professional eloquence. Her presence on stage is unmistakable. Please note: The show will be held in the Foyer and the cost includes your ticket for the show, as well the grazing platters from Portside. Food will be served from 7pm, with dinner music playing from 7:30pm and then the main show starting at 8pm. You will be enjoying the show from seated tables in the Foyer, therefore, we recommend purchasing tickets in your preferred group size. Tables will be allocated and set up as per the bookings in the system. If you have any questions please call the staff at The Wedge on 03 5143 3200.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue Foyer

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On the Trail of Patsy Cline

Paying homage to the unforgettable star, the dynamic Tracy Killeen performs a personalisation, rather than an impersonation, of one of the most recognised singers of all time, Patsy Cline.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Magic Beach

A play by Finegan KruckemeyerBased on the book by Alison Lester At our beach, at our magic beach… Every year, an everyday family go on a beach holiday. This isn’t just any beach – it’s Magic Beach, where everything you can imagine becomes real. But this year is different. As the eldest child begins to grow up, does she have to leave the magic behind? Alison Lester AM’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement for children aged 3-8 and their adults. From the team behind The Gruffalo and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses, this new Australian adaptation from multi-award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special. Suitable for: Aged 3-8 years

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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LOOBY

Join us for 'LOOBY', a documentary on acclaimed and controversial painter Keith Looby, followed by a Q&A with a co-producer of the film. Looby premiered at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and (pre-COVID19) went on to packed screenings at the National Art School, Sydney; Canberra Museum and Gallery; and the Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery, Launceston. The Archibald Prize always creates much discussion about portraiture; Looby adds personality and politics to the mix. Among other things, the film delves into the painter's focus on Indigenous history and trauma at a time when Australian institutions were of a "history began with the First Fleet" mindset. These and other resonant threads are weaved together in a tight 80-minute feature. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producers. Please note: All profits from the tickets sold will go to the Friends of the Gallery. Image above: Max Gillies (1984, Archibald Winner) by Keith Looby

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Burt Bacharach

If you “just don’t know what to do with yourself” on Valentine's Day then join us for a sunset of songs from one of the world’s most loved composers. Featuring Wendy Stapleton and band performing the songs that Burt Bacharach wrote for Dusty Springfield together with a line-up of brilliant guest singers performing the classic hits from the Bacharach songbook. This will be an exhilarating musical event full of “Magic Moments” that promises to leave you with something to remind you of the joy that beautiful music gives.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Wallflowering

Wallflowering revolves around the lives of Peg and Cliff Small, an ordinary, suburban, middle aged couple who were once prize-winning ballroom dancers. This delightfully amusing and poignant play about marriage, happiness and the pursuit of the perfect foxtrot, features action interspersed with world class ballroom dancing by a younger couple, who represent not only Peg and Cliff in their glory days, but also the older couple’s idealised view of themselves. HIT Productions is delighted to be revisiting Wallflowering by award winning Australian playwright Peta Murray for an extensive national tour in 2020.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Tom Burlinson - Now We’re Swingin

Tom has delved even deeper into the Great American Song Book to create Now We’re Swingin’, a montage of swing classics by Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra, through to the songs made famous by supercool swingers of the current era - Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams. Tom’s show includes the greatest songs from the era of swing, and the ones for which the individual singers became best known. Accompanying Tom on stage will be an eight piece band, including some of Australia’s best jazz musicians.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Two For One

Beginning with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, then Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and finally the amazing Bolero by Ravel.  Presented by Gippsland’s own Community Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro David Williams

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Strictly Christmas

Ring in the Christmas season with the best songs from 2021 local musicals sung by some bright new talents.  

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Nutcracker Victorian State Ballet

The Nutcracker Ballet is a time-less, world famous traditional classical ballet Christmas treat! Join Clara at her Christmas party, as she ventures into her Nutcracker prince’s magical land. Delight at the famous sugar plum fairy pas de deux, breathtaking snow scenes, a beautiful Christmas tree and party surprises. A rich display of mesmerising classical ballet performed by stars of the Victorian State Ballet. The Nutcracker is a feast of outstanding classical ballet skill that continues to bring joy throughout the ages to all who see it. Don’t miss out on experiencing this enchanting classical ballet tale!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Echoes of Pink Floyd

After a well-earned break, Australia’s largest scale Pink Floyd concept act Echoes of Pink Floyd are pleased to announce their all-new show for 2021! Entitled “A Journey Through Time”, the Adelaide-based band’s latest show will take audiences on a musical and visual journey from Pink Floyd’s earliest days as darlings of 1960’s London’s psychedelic underground, all the way to their 1990’s powerhouse performances as the undisputed masters of stadium rock. In addition, the show will provide insight into the amazing evolution of the seminal English prog rockers throughout their history. The searing, soaring music and heart-wrenching but deeply contemplative lyrics reflecting Pink Floyd’s own journey as they charted their way through life’s twists and turns, triumphs and disappointments. Audiences will be treated to an extensive exploration of the band’s impressive catalogue as the gang from Echoes of Pink Floyd plays all of Pink Floyd’s biggest smash hits, as well as some lovingly hand-picked deep album cuts designed to please the most committed of hard-core fans.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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John Williamson 'Winding Back' - Celebrating 50 + Years

In 2021 Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 51st anniversary in the entertainment industry and foresee closing the book on his regular touring. Half a century on, John Williamson has made an art of expertly capturing Australia in song. Painting lyrical pictures of our unique fauna and flora, landscapes and people, John has encapsulated the beauty, wonder and, sometimes, heartbreak of life Down Under. From boabs to billabongs and snowy mountains to sandy beaches, the Mallee-born songwriter’s 52 albums­–including 20 original studio albums–have traversed Australia like a dust-covered road train, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos. ’The Winding Back Tour’ takes is coming to The Wedge in February 2022 - get your tickets today and don't miss out!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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REWIND 80's MIXTAPE TOUR

It's on like Donkey Kong! With their retro hits, cherry lips and high kicks, Rewind 80's take the stage performing tunes from one of music's most iconic eras - the sensational eighties! The multi-piece live band pays homage to the rock, pop and new romantic artists that had you screaming in front of a television set as you watched MTV as a kid. This is a show not to be missed with its high fashion 80's glamour, head flicks and synthesizers. If you want to put the 80's in a nutshell - it would be the big hair, excess fashion, incredible music, walkman and the mixtape just to name a few. It was the love letter of the 80's, it was the mixtape! Get your tickets for a ripper night...

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show

Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now JEFF CARTER together with BROOKE McMULLEN bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert. These two talented performers share a very special onstage rapport, perfectly recreating the dynamic Johnny and June shared. This 2 hour live concert event “LEAVING JACKSON” The Johnny Cash & June Carter show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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World of Musicals

The Music Gala with an International cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway return to Australia with a brand-new show. The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical theatre to life. This incredible production with the wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre hits which include such classics as, The Lion King, Fiddler on the roof , Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Rocky Horror Picture show, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma, South Pacific , Miss Saigon, The Boy from OZ, Hairspray, Les Misérables, The Blues Brothers. The World of Musicals is colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an International star-studded cast, presenting the audience with nightly entertainment at the highest level.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Australian Bee Gees Show

Fresh from celebrating 9 years and over 2800 shows headlining on the Las Vegas strip, the Australian Bee Gees Show will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of their 25th anniversary tour! This new show will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event. The Australian Bee Gees Show is currently performing at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino and has been in residence for the past 9 years and have just signed a new 5-year contract that will keep the ABGShow headlining in Las Vegas until 2024. The group has racked up over 2800 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and was recently voted Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas by the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journal and has made the top 10 in the ‘Overall Best Show’ category, an amazing achievement in Las Vegas. The Australian Bee Gees show was also the first Australian band to perform 1000 shows headlining on the Famous Las Vegas Strip and with 2800 shows already under their belt in Vegas alone they are looking forward to continued success in Sin City. After 25 years on the world stage and over 8,000 performances in over 60 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb. From their first shows in 1995, The Australian Bee Gees Show has conquered Las Vegas and has played to capacity houses around the world, cementing their reputation as an exceptional live concert act and the world’s leading Bee Gees Show. For one night only be a part of the magic that is, The Australian Bee Gees Show.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Margaret Fulton The Musical

A musical biography of a true Aussie legend based on her bestselling autobiography. Margaret Fulton reigned supreme on our country's cooking scene, awareded an OAM in 1983 and later identified as a National Living Treasure. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook encouraged Australian housewives to experiment with more interesting ingredients, straying from the old tradition of meat and three veg. This delightful musical romp follows her journey from humble beginnings to super-stardom.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Bluey's Big Play

See Bluey, Bingo, Mum and Dad as you’ve never seen them before… Join The Heelers in their first live theatre show created just for you with puppetry, live actors and iconic Australian sets. It’s a little bit different and a little bit beautiful. Bluey’s Big Play is an original story written by Bluey’s creator Joe Brumm with new music created by Brisbane's Beethoven and Bluey composer, Joff Bush. This is an experience you can only take home with you in your memory so please remember to bring that along with your tickets. Bluey’s Big Play is presented by BBC Studios and Andrew Kay in association with QPAC’s Out of The Box and Windmill Theatre Co.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Emil and the Detectives

Never underestimate the determination of a child. Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal? Ages 8+

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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A Laugh With Dave O'Neil & Lehmo

A two-hour fun-packed night, with the hilarious Dave O’Neil and Lehmo is just what you need! These two blokes have been doing comedy for many years and are two of Australia’s most experienced and entertaining comedians! Dave O’Neil You may have seen him on TV shows such as The Project, Have you been paying attention and Spicks and Specks, where he holds the record for the most appearances, at 55 times. Over the years he has been on many other TV shows such as ‘Hughesy we have a problem, 20-1, Utopia, Good News Week, The Fat, Randling, The Panel and the Comedy Festival Gala. Lehmo Lehmo’s live work has seen him headline at comedy clubs for well over fifteen years and work all corners of the globe – USA, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand. Lehmo has also become Australia’s number one ‘combat comic’, having completed seven ‘tours of duty’ performing for our troops abroad. Please note: Each comedian will be doing their own set.  Warnings: Some strong language.  

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Enigma of Grieg

An afternoon of leading Romantic era composers Edvard Grieg including Peer Gynt Suite No 2, the Piano Concerto and including Elgars Enigma Variations Gippsland’s own Community Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro David William.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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A Taste of Tamworth

Four Multi- Award-Winning acts coming together for one big concert only happens once a year and that’s with the Taste of Tamworth! With Carter & Carter, Jetty Road, Andrew Smith and Anthony Taylor, this is sure to be a great line up. Each act brings their own unique form of music and personality to the stage and then team up for a fun filled finale. This show has a respected reputation for providing a high-quality taste of Australia’s largest festival Tamworth – a taste that keeps people coming back for more. Come along and be part of the Tamworth experience as the artists launch into a string of their National #1 hits and some well-known favourites.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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BOOBS

This tale of mammary proportions follows one woman and her two boobs through a literal hurricane of life changing events. Laugh and gasp your way through one big decision, a million opinions, a natural disaster and an ‘Australian first’, as one woman’s determination unwittingly shakes the very foundations of how we perceive gender, body autonomy and boobs. ★★★★★ The Age Winner: Melbourne Fringe 2019 ‘Best Cabaret’ and ‘Best Feminist Work’ Winner:  Four Green Room Awards 2020  Best Artiste, Production (Cabaret) Original Songs & Writing 

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Animal Farm

One of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorizes and satirizes communist governments while illustrating with stunning simplicity how greed and power corrupts with devastating consequences to all who yield. Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fuelled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny shows this season. Suitable for: Ages 12+

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Hunter The Hunted

We like to think of ourselves as rational people but the powerful forces of desire and obsession, love and betrayal can turn that on its head. The Hunter. The Hunted. follows a love triangle set in a gothic melodramatic world of burgeoning scientific discovery, gabardine coats, old mansions and ballroom dances. Interwoven are the actors’ personal stories of failure in love, and a cast of idiot clowns trying to find the love of their lives. Fast paced, accessible and full of live music and rapid transformations, Company 13 has created a playful and dramatic work that reminds us we are not just what we think, but also what we feel. Suitable for: Ages 16+

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Broadway A Go Go

An afternoon of Broadway tunes from the glory days of the sixties from Cabaret, Funny Girl to Hair sung by local favourites.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Bach by Candlelight

Chris Howlett performs Bach’s most famous Cello suites in an intimate and evocative recital. Bach by Candlelight is a performance that verges on the sublime – The minimalism and simplicity of candlelight and flickering shadows enhances Howlett’s performance of arguably the most famous solo cello works ever written. Throughout the journey Chris shares insight into the history of Bach, the suites and the challenges of performing them - making the concert accessible to both novice and the classical music lover. Chris is delighted to be able to return to this program and offer this uniquely intimate experience in 2021.

Location Kilmany Park Estate

subvenue Kilmany Park Estate

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Created by BAZ LUHRMANN Book by BAZ LUHRMANN & CRAIG PEARCE Adapted by TERRY JOHNSON BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiNTM THEATRICAL ON BEHALF OF THE GLOBAL CREATURES HOLDINGS PTY LTD Scott Hastings is a ballroom dancer a future champion and a rebel. When Scott’s radical dance moves raise eyebrows with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner who has no moves at all. Inspiring each other, they discover that to be a winner, your steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom… Adapted from Baz Luhrmann’s beloved Australian film, including over 40 classic hits including “Time After Time”, “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” and “Love is in the Air.” The production team behind last year’s sell-out sensation “Jesus Christ Superstar” return with live band “Brother John and the Redeemers” to bring you an unforgettable production that will make your heart soar and your feet want to dance!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Original Rockin' Through The Ages

Attention all Baby Boomers – get ready to feel the nostalgia dialled up to 11 when The Original Rock Through the Ages delivers a show packed with the music, media and memories of your heyday.  This fantastic multimedia show combines an all-star live band, original music clips, side-splitting vintage tv commercials and a nod to the cultural touchstones of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s.  You’ll be singing along to classic hits of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond and Tom Jones, and re-living the heady anthems of Daddy Cool, The Monkee’s, Dr. Hook and many more favourites of the sensational 70’s. Don’t miss this blast from the past when life was simpler, and there was plenty to dance, sing and smile about. You’re invited to come and Rock Through the Ages in an unforgettable night of the best music and moments since Rock and Roll was born!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Jude Perl - I Have a Face

Ever wondered if you’re doing it right? Well did you read the label? Jude Perl is a multi-award-winning songwriter and comedian, Jude’s insight into her personal and relatable mental health struggles of being an adult, will make you want to sing along, cry and laugh all at once. Sometimes labels are super useful, particularly when you’re washing your fave jumper. But at other times, labels can halt your growth and supress your very existence. Jude reminds us when to be aware of these labels, and when the labels are totally useless – and most importantly, that we are not alone. She’ll talk about some tough stuff; make you laugh, laugh a lot and make you feel truly human. Running Time: 1 hour, no interval

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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As You Like It

The city has become unliveable under the fascistic governance of Duke Frederick, whose M.O. is to exile any who oppose him. Plague, pollution and poisonous thoughts are engulfing the metropolis and for the myriad characters in As You Like It, led by the irrepressible Rosalind, both a tree-change and the chance for true love are calling... Initiated by the Australian Shakespeare Company in 2016, the Graduate Players ensemble is a bridging program aimed at creating a stepping stone between drama school and the theatre industry. Participants are immersed in an intense rehearsal process led by ASC actors, directors and specialist teachers before mounting a full scale professional Shakespeare production. Pre-Covid, the ensemble travelled to Europe each year to perform at the Prague Fringe Festival. Due to the change in times, the ensemble is proud to be sharing their work with audiences at home as they embark on a tour of regional Victoria. Don’t miss this exciting show, with a cast of dynamic new actors, performing with the ASC for the first time!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Loose Ends

With a touch of Wallace and Gromit and Mr. Bean, LOOSE ENDS is a quirky mix of clown powered theatre, objects that come to life and tinker experience, filled with custom built contraptions. It takes you to an eccentric world full of constant surprises, delivering a heartfelt story with lots of irreverent humour. Follow the comical attempts of a strange inventor to find his place in the world...and all the messy bits on the way. A tale about friendship, Loose Ends is laugh out loud and melancholic. It will have you at the edge of your seat and in the end, it is uplifting and encouraging - come and don’t miss the magic! “A GREAT NIGHT OUT for young families”  Running Time: 1 hour, no interval

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Absolutely 80's Made in Australia Concert

Without doubt, the 80s was the most memorable and massive decade of music. The Absolutely 80s ‘Made in Australia Tour’ is the ultimate celebration of Aussie 80s mega hits. It’s a show-stopping spectacle of epic proportions. Coming to you direct from the 80s, idols of the Oz music scene are touring with their band in one massive Down Under show! Featuring some of Australia’s favourite 80’s pop icons: Uncanny X Men’s Brian Mannix, Kids in the Kitchen’s Scott Carne and the Chantoozies’ Ally Fowler. It’s a high-octane two-hour show with Australia’s biggest 80s hits, sung by the 80s stars who know how to hold the crowd in awe and whip up ‘em up into a dancing, singalong frenzy.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Sale City Band - Celebrating 150 Years

Local singers Peter Balikoff and Glenn Crawford along with compere Gerard Callinan and the Yallourn Madrigals join the Sale City Band to celebrate the band’s 150th anniversary. The concert will feature a variety of music the band has enjoyed playing over the years – from traditional brass band pieces to swing, rock n’ roll and everything in between. The Sale City Band looks forward to celebrating this milestone with the community!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Jazz and Soul - Cara Schaefer and the John Gibson Band

Come and join us for an unique evening in the Foyer. Enjoy delicious grazing platters at Portside, including a dessert platter, whilst listening to the soulful tunes of Cara Schaefer and The John Gibson Trio. The John Gibson Band is known for its interpretation of a wide selection of grooves from the 70’s, 80’s and broadly either side of those times. With Sue Kewming and Jill McCubbin on vocals, Doc Carr bass, David Harrington drums and John Gibson piano and keys this band obviously enjoys what it does, and the joy is infectious. From jazz to rock, folk to pop and smooth to edgy, there are not too many genres that escape their groove. Cara Schaefer leading vocalist. Engaging, entertaining and energetic, Cara comes with a strong vocal background in songs that everyone knows, delivered with professional eloquence. Her presence on stage is unmistakable. Please note: The show will be held in the Foyer and the cost includes your ticket for the show, as well the grazing platters from Portside. Food will be served from 7pm, with dinner music playing from 7:30pm and then the main show starting at 8pm. You will be enjoying the show from seated tables in the Foyer, therefore, we recommend purchasing tickets in your preferred group size. Tables will be allocated and set up as per the bookings in the system. If you have any questions please call the staff at The Wedge on 03 5143 3200.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue Foyer

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On the Trail of Patsy Cline

Paying homage to the unforgettable star, the dynamic Tracy Killeen performs a personalisation, rather than an impersonation, of one of the most recognised singers of all time, Patsy Cline.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Magic Beach

A play by Finegan KruckemeyerBased on the book by Alison Lester At our beach, at our magic beach… Every year, an everyday family go on a beach holiday. This isn’t just any beach – it’s Magic Beach, where everything you can imagine becomes real. But this year is different. As the eldest child begins to grow up, does she have to leave the magic behind? Alison Lester AM’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement for children aged 3-8 and their adults. From the team behind The Gruffalo and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses, this new Australian adaptation from multi-award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special. Suitable for: Aged 3-8 years

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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LOOBY

Join us for 'LOOBY', a documentary on acclaimed and controversial painter Keith Looby, followed by a Q&A with a co-producer of the film. Looby premiered at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and (pre-COVID19) went on to packed screenings at the National Art School, Sydney; Canberra Museum and Gallery; and the Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery, Launceston. The Archibald Prize always creates much discussion about portraiture; Looby adds personality and politics to the mix. Among other things, the film delves into the painter's focus on Indigenous history and trauma at a time when Australian institutions were of a "history began with the First Fleet" mindset. These and other resonant threads are weaved together in a tight 80-minute feature. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producers. Please note: All profits from the tickets sold will go to the Friends of the Gallery. Image above: Max Gillies (1984, Archibald Winner) by Keith Looby

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Burt Bacharach

If you “just don’t know what to do with yourself” on Valentine's Day then join us for a sunset of songs from one of the world’s most loved composers. Featuring Wendy Stapleton and band performing the songs that Burt Bacharach wrote for Dusty Springfield together with a line-up of brilliant guest singers performing the classic hits from the Bacharach songbook. This will be an exhilarating musical event full of “Magic Moments” that promises to leave you with something to remind you of the joy that beautiful music gives.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Wallflowering

Wallflowering revolves around the lives of Peg and Cliff Small, an ordinary, suburban, middle aged couple who were once prize-winning ballroom dancers. This delightfully amusing and poignant play about marriage, happiness and the pursuit of the perfect foxtrot, features action interspersed with world class ballroom dancing by a younger couple, who represent not only Peg and Cliff in their glory days, but also the older couple’s idealised view of themselves. HIT Productions is delighted to be revisiting Wallflowering by award winning Australian playwright Peta Murray for an extensive national tour in 2020.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Tom Burlinson - Now We’re Swingin

Tom has delved even deeper into the Great American Song Book to create Now We’re Swingin’, a montage of swing classics by Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra, through to the songs made famous by supercool swingers of the current era - Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams. Tom’s show includes the greatest songs from the era of swing, and the ones for which the individual singers became best known. Accompanying Tom on stage will be an eight piece band, including some of Australia’s best jazz musicians.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Two For One

Beginning with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, then Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and finally the amazing Bolero by Ravel.  Presented by Gippsland’s own Community Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro David Williams

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Strictly Christmas

Ring in the Christmas season with the best songs from 2021 local musicals sung by some bright new talents.  

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Nutcracker Victorian State Ballet

The Nutcracker Ballet is a time-less, world famous traditional classical ballet Christmas treat! Join Clara at her Christmas party, as she ventures into her Nutcracker prince’s magical land. Delight at the famous sugar plum fairy pas de deux, breathtaking snow scenes, a beautiful Christmas tree and party surprises. A rich display of mesmerising classical ballet performed by stars of the Victorian State Ballet. The Nutcracker is a feast of outstanding classical ballet skill that continues to bring joy throughout the ages to all who see it. Don’t miss out on experiencing this enchanting classical ballet tale!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Echoes of Pink Floyd

After a well-earned break, Australia’s largest scale Pink Floyd concept act Echoes of Pink Floyd are pleased to announce their all-new show for 2021! Entitled “A Journey Through Time”, the Adelaide-based band’s latest show will take audiences on a musical and visual journey from Pink Floyd’s earliest days as darlings of 1960’s London’s psychedelic underground, all the way to their 1990’s powerhouse performances as the undisputed masters of stadium rock. In addition, the show will provide insight into the amazing evolution of the seminal English prog rockers throughout their history. The searing, soaring music and heart-wrenching but deeply contemplative lyrics reflecting Pink Floyd’s own journey as they charted their way through life’s twists and turns, triumphs and disappointments. Audiences will be treated to an extensive exploration of the band’s impressive catalogue as the gang from Echoes of Pink Floyd plays all of Pink Floyd’s biggest smash hits, as well as some lovingly hand-picked deep album cuts designed to please the most committed of hard-core fans.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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John Williamson 'Winding Back' - Celebrating 50 + Years

In 2021 Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 51st anniversary in the entertainment industry and foresee closing the book on his regular touring. Half a century on, John Williamson has made an art of expertly capturing Australia in song. Painting lyrical pictures of our unique fauna and flora, landscapes and people, John has encapsulated the beauty, wonder and, sometimes, heartbreak of life Down Under. From boabs to billabongs and snowy mountains to sandy beaches, the Mallee-born songwriter’s 52 albums­–including 20 original studio albums–have traversed Australia like a dust-covered road train, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos. ’The Winding Back Tour’ takes is coming to The Wedge in February 2022 - get your tickets today and don't miss out!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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REWIND 80's MIXTAPE TOUR

It's on like Donkey Kong! With their retro hits, cherry lips and high kicks, Rewind 80's take the stage performing tunes from one of music's most iconic eras - the sensational eighties! The multi-piece live band pays homage to the rock, pop and new romantic artists that had you screaming in front of a television set as you watched MTV as a kid. This is a show not to be missed with its high fashion 80's glamour, head flicks and synthesizers. If you want to put the 80's in a nutshell - it would be the big hair, excess fashion, incredible music, walkman and the mixtape just to name a few. It was the love letter of the 80's, it was the mixtape! Get your tickets for a ripper night...

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show

Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now JEFF CARTER together with BROOKE McMULLEN bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert. These two talented performers share a very special onstage rapport, perfectly recreating the dynamic Johnny and June shared. This 2 hour live concert event “LEAVING JACKSON” The Johnny Cash & June Carter show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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World of Musicals

The Music Gala with an International cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway return to Australia with a brand-new show. The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical theatre to life. This incredible production with the wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre hits which include such classics as, The Lion King, Fiddler on the roof , Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Rocky Horror Picture show, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma, South Pacific , Miss Saigon, The Boy from OZ, Hairspray, Les Misérables, The Blues Brothers. The World of Musicals is colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an International star-studded cast, presenting the audience with nightly entertainment at the highest level.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Australian Bee Gees Show

Fresh from celebrating 9 years and over 2800 shows headlining on the Las Vegas strip, the Australian Bee Gees Show will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of their 25th anniversary tour! This new show will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event. The Australian Bee Gees Show is currently performing at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino and has been in residence for the past 9 years and have just signed a new 5-year contract that will keep the ABGShow headlining in Las Vegas until 2024. The group has racked up over 2800 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and was recently voted Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas by the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journal and has made the top 10 in the ‘Overall Best Show’ category, an amazing achievement in Las Vegas. The Australian Bee Gees show was also the first Australian band to perform 1000 shows headlining on the Famous Las Vegas Strip and with 2800 shows already under their belt in Vegas alone they are looking forward to continued success in Sin City. After 25 years on the world stage and over 8,000 performances in over 60 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb. From their first shows in 1995, The Australian Bee Gees Show has conquered Las Vegas and has played to capacity houses around the world, cementing their reputation as an exceptional live concert act and the world’s leading Bee Gees Show. For one night only be a part of the magic that is, The Australian Bee Gees Show.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Margaret Fulton The Musical

A musical biography of a true Aussie legend based on her bestselling autobiography. Margaret Fulton reigned supreme on our country's cooking scene, awareded an OAM in 1983 and later identified as a National Living Treasure. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook encouraged Australian housewives to experiment with more interesting ingredients, straying from the old tradition of meat and three veg. This delightful musical romp follows her journey from humble beginnings to super-stardom.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Bluey's Big Play

See Bluey, Bingo, Mum and Dad as you’ve never seen them before… Join The Heelers in their first live theatre show created just for you with puppetry, live actors and iconic Australian sets. It’s a little bit different and a little bit beautiful. Bluey’s Big Play is an original story written by Bluey’s creator Joe Brumm with new music created by Brisbane's Beethoven and Bluey composer, Joff Bush. This is an experience you can only take home with you in your memory so please remember to bring that along with your tickets. Bluey’s Big Play is presented by BBC Studios and Andrew Kay in association with QPAC’s Out of The Box and Windmill Theatre Co.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Emil and the Detectives

Never underestimate the determination of a child. Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal? Ages 8+

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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