Theatre Works
Theatre Works, St Kilda

14 Acland St, St Kilda
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RICERCAR | ‘Magestic and meditative’

Theatre Works again is a hive of activity as we end the year withPresent Tense‘s remarkable RICERCAR and things heat up for 2016.

What an incredible and ambitious production RICERCAR has been to end the year on. Audiences have been moved by this majestic operatic event bringing together 4 muscians, a soprano, a tenor and 6 performers. Having just increased seating for the final three shows, we urge you to experience RICERCAR before theseason ends this Saturday.

Last week, at an exclusive Bridge Donor event, we were delighted to launch our Plus1 fundraising campaign supported byCreative Partnerships Australia. This means, every donation you make, before May 2016, will be matched – dollar for dollar! Your donation will support our Foundation Funding Appeal. Click here for details.

So, what’s in store for 2016? We’re bringing you two international artists on tour – legendary US performance artistPenny Arcade and London’s enfant terrible Scottee returns, plus our biggest ever Festival of Live Art program and a new model increasing the support of local independent artists.But you’ll have to wait until early in the new year to get all the details.

Hope you’re all doing well in the lead up to the silly season and we look forward to seeing you at RICERCAR.

The Theatre Works Team x

What the audiences say on RICERCAR

‘RICERCAR at Theatre Works is a must-see: at once raw and exquisite, austere and overwhelmingly sensual. Plus the enduring modernity of Bach’
– Alison Croggon

‘Nathan Gilkes and Bryce Ives would have us believe the origin of the Western musical universe can be found in Bach’s transfiguration and in RICERCAR at Theatre Works in Melbourne they prove it’

The music unfurls as a kind of requiem… it’s alternately majestic and meditative… the piece swells into a gorgeous operatic finale, with mirage like lighting from Richard Vabre’
– Cameron Woodhead THE AGE

‘So Melbourne: do take yourself to see RICERCAR. It’s a stunning work; and if you’re like me excitingly outside your normal wheelhouse’
– Jane Howard


Present Tense Ensemble
World Premiere


The ordered artistry of JS Bach meets the explosive energy and mania ofcontemporary theatre.

RICERCAR is a 21st century operatic event created, crafted and composed by Present Tense Ensemble (Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert; Chants des Catacombes; FOMO). Featuring pop violin and drums duo, The Twoks (Triple J Unearthed; Dark MOFO).

A vivid celebration of life, death, love, memory and legacy.

RICERCAR Season Details
Date: 24 November – 12 December
Time: Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Preview: Tuesday 24, Thursday 26, Saturday 28, Sunday 29
All tickets $20
Tickets: $35 Full / $25 Conc, Under 30yrs, Groups 8+ (plus booking fee)


WATCH the Genesis of RICERCAR here

Penny Arcade | Longing Lasts Longer


While we won’t be launching our full 2016 Program until next year, Fringe tix are on sale!

Longing Lasts Longer

12-14; 16,21; 23-28 February
1-6, 8-14 March
Royal Croquet Club

WINNER: Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015

Edinburgh’s double award winning show from New York’s undisputed queen of the underground is an exuberant performance anthem and passionate rumination on love, longing and loss.

Penny Arcade is one of a handful of artists who created performance art as we know it today. In 1967 she debuted with John Vaccaro’s explosive Playhouse of the Ridiculous and in 1969 became an Andy Warhol Factory Superstar. A contemporary of Patti Smith and Debbie Harry, Quentin Crisp named Penny Arcade as his soul mate and the woman he most identified with.

Arcade last toured Australia with her internationally acclaimed sex and censorship show Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!

‘Hot and hysterically funny’ – NEW YORK POST

‘The smartest, most quotable theatrical party in town’ – TIMES


Scottee’s Party Piece


Scottee’s Party Piece
17-20 Feb // Royal Croquet Club

Following the much loved Worst of Scottee, London’s enfant terrible is back with his party piéce de résistance!

Whether you’re a champion gurner, know how to cry milk, can recite the periodic table, hula better than Grace Jones – this is the show that welcomes you with socially awkward arms! It’s performance karaoke. Dutch courage encouraged.

‘… he doesn’t much resemble any sort of act that Simon Cowell would put forward to the next round’ – THE GUARDIAN (UK)

‘Buckets of charisma, a powerful visual sensibility rooted in bold colour choices and a surprisingly rich and riveting singing voice’– TIME OUT (LONDON)


Plus 1 | Foundation Funding Appeal


Theatre Works latest appeal is raising foundation funds to support the very infrastructure that allows us to support such extraordinary artists.

Join us as a Bridge Donor by making a donation before May 2016 and your support will be matched – dollar for dollar!

The Plus1 program is made possible through Creative Partnerships Australia. Of 181 applications from across Australia, only 31 were selected to take part. So do dig deep for our independent artists!

Click here for more details

COMPETITION | North By Northwest

North By Northwest
Arts Centre Melbourne

29 Jan – 10 Feb 2016

The 2015 box office smash hit returns. The magic of film and theatre combine in North By Northwest. Every twist, every thrill, every hairbreadth escape from Hitchcock’s original genius work is retained for this stunning new stage adaptation from director Simon Phillips and adapted by Carolyn Burns.

Much-loved musical theatre and comedy superstar Gina Riley joins the existing stellar line up including Matt Day, Amber McMahon, Matt Hetherington, Nicholas Bell, Ian Bliss, Sheridan Harbridge, John Leary, Tony Llewllyn-Jones, Lucas Stibbard, Lachlan Woods and Lyall Brooks.

Thanks to our friends at Arts Centre Melbourne you can WIN a double pass to North By Northwest in 2016. to WIN!

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