Gripping theatre, iconic Australian actors, international hits, hometown heroes and astonishing acrobatics combine in an extraordinarily diverse 2019 Deakin University Theatre Season.
Geelong Performing Arts Centre has unveiled its 2019 program of eight theatre productions and two musical add-ons, launched on Thursday November 29, 2018.
Musical theatre’s golden couple, Geelong’s own Simon Gleeson and Natalie O’Donnell, hosted the circus-themed event and performed for the 400-plus theatre fans in The Playhouse. CEO Joel McGuinness urged theatre-goers to take the opportunity to come together and explore new ideas.
“I have a deep love for great story-telling that explores the world we live in and stimulates the imagination. I believe that the energy and dynamism of live performance brings people together, as well as providing context for sharing and being part of a creative community,” Joel said.
“In an increasingly fast-paced and stressful world, the time to come together and experience live performance is an offer to be treasured. The theatre program we are presenting in 2019 truly offers something for everyone - families, music fans, theatre lovers and anyone seeking a great night out or just to connect with like-minded people.”
The season will open in February with the acclaimed company Bangarra Dance Theatre returning to The Playhouse stage with the incredible multi-Helpmann Award winning Bennelong, followed by the extraordinary and internationally renowned Circus Oz rolling into town with the brilliantly choreographed mayhem and chaos of their new show Precarious.
Australia’s best and most-loved theatre companies return to Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s stages: Ensemble Theatre with Diplomacy starring theatre legends John Bell and John Gaden; Watch This with another Sondheim hit Sunday in the Park with George; and State Theatre Company of South Australia with the hilarious The 39 Steps.
A highlight will be the one-man play Scaramouche Jones starring acclaimed actor Colin Friels, returning to Geelong for the first time since the sell-out 2012 production of Death of a Salesman.
Geelong’s internationally renowned Back to Back Theatre will present a new production The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes in its premiere outing before a huge run of festivals and international touring. And to spice things up will be the very funny and heartbreakingly beautiful international hit Guru of Chai from New Zealand-based Indian Ink Theatre Co.
To round out the 2019 season, Geelong Performing Arts Centre has two exciting musical add-ons: Music and Heart - starring Simon Gleeson and Natalie O’Donnell, and Lady Beatle celebrating a new take on the fabulous music of the Beatles.
Theatre Season packages of five or more shows are now available, saving up to 25 per cent off the full adult ticket price. For more information and bookings go to gpac.org.au