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La Mama Theatre La Mama Theatre is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a crucible for cutting edge, contemporary theatre since 1967. Facilitating fearlessly independent theatre making.

La Mama is Australia’s most vital, responsive, inclusive and diverse home of independent theatre-making. We believe in the power and possibilities of theatre and art for all people. La Mama is committed to a diversity of artistic approaches, to innovation and to exploring minority as well as general concerns. A vibrant space and prolific production house, La Mama has given initial exposure and sup

La Mama is Australia’s most vital, responsive, inclusive and diverse home of independent theatre-making. We believe in the power and possibilities of theatre and art for all people. La Mama is committed to a diversity of artistic approaches, to innovation and to exploring minority as well as general concerns. A vibrant space and prolific production house, La Mama has given initial exposure and sup

Operating as usual

here’s to a most agreeable nightwhen I might have been sitting in my shabby digsbroodingon a futurethat terrifies meStar...
22/09/2022

here’s to a most agreeable night
when I might have been sitting in my shabby digs
brooding
on a future
that terrifies me

Starring Margaret Mills and John Bolton, AFTERPLAY by Brian Friel opens in an exciting Irish double bill taking place at La Mama HQ from October 5 as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Twenty years after we last encountered them in Chekhov’s plays, Sonya (Uncle Vanya) and Andrey (Three Sisters) cross paths one night in a run-down Moscow café.

Directed by Kirsten von Bibra
Image by Ayman Kaake

Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-at-melbourne-fringe-festival/afterplay-by-brian-friel/

ID A woman in an orange shirt sits at a table beside a man in a blue shirt. She looks at the camera, he is in profile.

❤️ Get your fill of art this long long weekend at La Mama! Shows are performing as per usual across the weekend - and we...
21/09/2022

❤️ Get your fill of art this long long weekend at La Mama! Shows are performing as per usual across the weekend - and we have some beauties so get scheduling...

💋 Variations or Exit Music finishes its run at Courthouse - don't miss it.
💋 Mischievous monologue All The Hours plays at HQ.
💋 And Curveball plays On Screen from Sep 22 for anyone who missed the live season.

Image 1, 2 and 4 by Darren Gill
Image 3 by Adam Cass
Curveball video by Ruiqi Fu
Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/

Do note that the office will be closed on Thursday and Friday but the Box Office will be open from 4pm.

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1. A man stands in a spotlight and sings into a microphone. The rest of the space is drenched in deep dark purple.

2. A man drinks wine. Behind him three men dance wildly with their backs to us. The light is vivid purple.

3. Abstract colours and shapes suggesting nuns

4. Three people in blue hazmat suits strike oddly thoughtful poses.

20/09/2022
All That Fall by Samuel Beckett [Oct 5 - 16 at La Mama HQ]

All That Fall by Samuel Beckett plays at La Mama HQ as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival from Oct 5. It's a beautiful play, where we find that even with despair nipping at our heels, laughter can triumph over the absurdity of life.

"I suppose you wouldn’t be in need of a small load of dung?"

Check out this gorgeous trailer by Dan O’Halloran
With Carole Patullo, Tom Considine, Jane Bayly, Dan O’Halloran and Melanie Beddie

Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-at-melbourne-fringe-festival/all-that-fall-by-samuel-beckett/

You simply mustn't miss Variations or Exit Music. This visually stunning show by Justin Nott ends this week, and is funn...
19/09/2022

You simply mustn't miss Variations or Exit Music. This visually stunning show by Justin Nott ends this week, and is funny, heart warming, heart breaking, and described by Myron My as "a captivating night at the theatre." Check out these gorgeous 📷 by Darren Gill, and book via the 🔗 below. Note that this Wednesday is sold out and other nights are beginning to fill...

Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-courthouse-winter-2022/variations-or-exit-music/

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Justin has longish wavy hair, pulled back off his face and wears a print shirt, dark pants and runners.
Jason has a moustache, wears a beanie and Pink Floyd t-shirt, jeans with a belt and runners.
Sam wears an untucked white collared shirt under a dark jumper, tan trousers and black shoes and socks.
Nick wears a streaky burgandy t-shirt layered over a white long sleeve t-shirt, jeans and dark runners.

1. Jason sits cross-legged. Justin squats next to him, hands in prayer position in front of his chin, his eyes raised. Jason watches him, slightly amused. Behind them are the crumpled sheets made over a mattress on the floor.

2. A wide shot of a white poky apartment, to the left is a bed - just a mattress on the floor with white bedding. On the right is a door. Four people are in the apartment. Standing are Justin and Sam. Sitting are Jason and Nick.

3. Close up of Nick who has his back to Justin who is out of focus behind him.

4. Sam and Justin sit on the stage and laugh. Sam's legs are crossed. Justin sits cross-legged. Beside Sam is an orange ash tray and cigarette lighter.

5. Justin kneels low on the bed, his head on the sheets, his bum in the air and looks aghast. Next to the bed the low bedside table contains an orange ash tray and cigarette lighter.

6. Justin is on all fours on the floor. Sam, Jason and Nick stand above him and observe his angst.

7. Nick and Justin sit next to each other with their backs to us and a starry night beyond.

⚡ Happy Friday, lovelies! We’re going to warm you into the weekend with these sumptuous shots by Darren Gill of last wee...
16/09/2022

⚡ Happy Friday, lovelies! We’re going to warm you into the weekend with these sumptuous shots by Darren Gill of last week’s Cabaretica, starring the enigmatic AYA, the Diva Mrs “M”, the ever hilarious Titwitchez - all pulled together gloriously by the incomparable Isabel Knight. If you missed it, don’t fret, and don't miss the next one - Dec 26 - book via 🔗 below. For now, pour yourself something fizzy and feast your eyes 😘

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1. A woman wearing a short gold top and matching gold pants, a head scarf, gold jewellery and heels stands strongly, leaning slightly her right, arms out wide, and pointing to the sides. She stands in a pile of lit lamps and feather boas.

2. A person wearing an orange sparkly top and navy blue pin stripped blazer strikes a pose. Their left hand on their chest and the right reaching up. Their head is dramatically turned to their left.

3. A woman with vivid red curly hair and a vintage style sparkly pink show girl corset holds a red umbrella over her head. Bras of various colours dangle from the umbrella. Her expression is of comic shock.

4. Three men wearing suits and holding brief cases stand in a line in descending height. They shrug their shoulders towards their ears, each with a comical expression on their face.

5. Eight performers stand, sit and recline in a tight group. Their costumes are vivid and varied and their expressions range from joy to pure comedy. They all look like they're having a ball.

Book Spring Cabaretica: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mamica/la-mama-cabaretica-holiday-special/

Measure of a Moment [Sep 28 - Oct 2]A soulful reimagining of 1890s Melbourne.Take up a seat here,Play me a tune.Lost you...
15/09/2022

Measure of a Moment [Sep 28 - Oct 2]

A soulful reimagining of 1890s Melbourne.

Take up a seat here,
Play me a tune.
Lost you to history,
Reunite soon.

In a time of Boom, Depression and Rebirth, a young banker yearns to become a bohemian and befriends a musician. As their friendship develops, they come to terms with a changing world and the challenges of addiction.

Travel back to the days of Marvellous Melbourne. Encounter the opium dens, street hustlers, corrupt land banks and the wild Australian Bush. With an ensemble of 8, Measure of a Moment explores the themes of youth, duty, self-destruction and grief. It includes an original score and songs.

Livestream: Sep 30, Friday, 7:30pm

Image Darren Gill

Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-courthouse-winter-2022/measure-of-a-moment/

ID A woman with her back to us, a Man facing us carrying a fob watch. A guitar leans against the wall behind them

Ken's Quest is back!! We're so happy that this wonderful show can now complete its season that was postponed earlier thi...
15/09/2022

Ken's Quest is back!! We're so happy that this wonderful show can now complete its season that was postponed earlier this year! Also playing Brunswick Neighbourhood House on Sep 30.

"There are plenty of laughs, insight, that rare thing, wit, and plot in this show and it moves fast and exuberant across its ninety minutes, never losing its grip on the audience. Ken’s Quest is a highly original work, in presentation and production – and in what it has to say. Therefore, don’t miss it." - Michael Brindley

Cultures clash, friendships are formed, lovers meet, ambitions are foiled, abalones are eaten, in this hugely entertaining adaptation of Cher Chidzey’s novel by award winning theatre maker Adam Cass.

📷 Darren Gill
Book La Mama: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-hq-winter-2022/kens-quest/

Book BNH: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/extra-springy/la-mama-mobile-kens-quest/

ID Two Chinese women stand either side of a Chinese man, watching him with smiles on their faces

🌿 Chilly though it was, a lovely time was had by all on Monday night as we celebrated the change of seasons at the 🌱Spri...
14/09/2022

🌿 Chilly though it was, a lovely time was had by all on Monday night as we celebrated the change of seasons at the 🌱Spring Season Artist Launch🌱 The program is SO fun and includes Melbourne Fringe, La Mama Explorations, La Mamica, and so much more..!! Jump on the 🔗 below to see our thrilling Springtime offering that kicks off on Oct 4 and runs until the end of the year 🌿

📷 Darren Gill (feel free to tag yourself)
Find out more: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/spring-2022/

ID Photos of many different people in groups laughing, smiling, holding up the La Mama Spring Season program, and celebrating.

All the Hours [Sep 21 - Oct 2]Sister Bernard, a Cistercian nun of strict observance, has been confined to her cell.Follo...
14/09/2022

All the Hours [Sep 21 - Oct 2]

Sister Bernard, a Cistercian nun of strict observance, has been confined to her cell.

Following the rigid structure of ‘The Liturgy of the Hours’, William Lyons’ play is a delightful, frank examination of the fragility of religious belief and of a religious vocation, as well as a contemplation on what happens to the ‘natural’ part of us when we give ourselves over to the supernatural.

‘All The Hours’ is a mischievous, funny, visceral monologue backed by an evocative psalm-chanting chorus.

Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-hq-winter-2022/all-the-hours/

ID Colours and shapes vaguely inferring nuns

Jack Charles 1943 - 2022“The Father of Black Theatre”Our beloved Uncle JackA monumental man in a tiny package.We will tr...
13/09/2022

Jack Charles 1943 - 2022
“The Father of Black Theatre”
Our beloved Uncle Jack
A monumental man in a tiny package.
We will treasure our memories of you forever
RIP darling man
The La Mama Family

Image by Mary Helen Sassman of Jack Charles and La Mama AD Liz Jones.

ID An Aboriginal man with white hair and beard stands next to a white woman with white hair in front of La Mama Theatre. She wears a t-shirt that says Jack Charles v The Crown. They each have an arm around the other and they both look so happy.

🎶 On Monday La Mama Musica presented Diverse Sounds of Iran in partnership with The Boîte. What a stunning night it was,...
11/09/2022

🎶 On Monday La Mama Musica presented Diverse Sounds of Iran in partnership with The Boîte. What a stunning night it was, with a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary music.

Congratulations to Mastaneh Nazarian, Misagh Zamani, Negar Nik, Reza Kashi and Farid Kazemi on creating magic for not just one but two sold out shows on the one night! (Plenty of people watching along on the livestream as well...). And a big thanks and congrats to Gemma Horbury working with the lovely folk at The Boîte for curating such a terrific experience for all. And if you missed out on this one - stay tuned for Musica Spring on Oct 10.

📷 Darren Gill

Book the next Musica: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mamica/la-mama-musica-ephemeral-simultaneous-doubt/

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1. Mastaneh Nazarian, wearing an orange tunic over black shirt plays the guitar and sings. She smiles.

2. Negar Nik, wearing a black and white paisley dress sings and holds a Kemanche - a spike fiddle. She smiles and her eyes are closed.

3. Farid Kazemi, wearing a blue shirt plays a Daf, a large round hand held drum.

4. Reza Kashi, wearing black shirt plays a Tar, a guitar-type instrument that is shaped like a figure eight.

5. Misagh Zamani, wearing a black shirt plays an Accordion.

6. A band of four sits across a stage and play a variety of instruments, including Daf, Tar, Kemanche and Keyboard.

7. Gemma Horbury, wearing a teal scarf and printed coat holds onto the raffle box and the raffle prize - a book about La Mama and smiles broadly.

🐶 Doesn't this look lovely! Playreading: Everyman & His Dog [Sep 17] In confronting our greatest fear we sometimes disco...
10/09/2022

🐶 Doesn't this look lovely! Playreading: Everyman & His Dog [Sep 17] In confronting our greatest fear we sometimes discover our deepest love.
John Everyman has been gifted a dog, which he considers an unwelcome intrusion into an otherwise ordered life... Written by Ron Elisha, directed by Denny Lawrence, performed by Dennis Coard.

📷 Millie Levakis-Lucas
Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/playreadings-book-launches/playreading-everyman-his-dog/

ID In the sunshine a man and a dog sit together against a brick wall

Caryl Churchill's TRAPS has begun its much-anticipated season at La Mama HQ - and in case you haven't heard is already s...
08/09/2022

Caryl Churchill's TRAPS has begun its much-anticipated season at La Mama HQ - and in case you haven't heard is already sold out! A huge CHOOKAS to the team and all the best for a wonderful season. Also note the use of the old fireplace - so wonderful to see!!

📷 Darren Gill

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1. A blond woman wearing a short green floral singlet and green cardigan sits on the lap of a man with short hair and sideburns in a dark blue jumper. Her hand is on his chest. His finger is raised as he speaks. In the background is an oval wooden dining table, and a teal-lit window.

2. A bearded man with long dark hair pulled into a low bun, wearing a trench and suit and tie stands in front of a green-lit curtained window. He holds a large flat box with a ribbon tied around it.

3. A man and the woman sit opposite each other at an oval dining table which sits atop a large ornate rug. The man has short ruffled dark hair, a beard and wears a loose stripy red shirt and crumpled pants and socks; one of his legs is up on the table. The blond woman plays with cards that are in front of her in piles on the table and smiles towards the man opposite. His attention is on a second man standing behind them in a black leather jacket, dark jeans and a black beanie. He looks towards the woman and appears unhappy.

4. The man in the beanie now sits opposite the woman at the table. He shows her a card - a seven of clubs - held between two fingers in front of his face; the rest of the pack in his other hand. Behind him the man in the striped shirt sits in an armchair, head in hands.

5. A woman and a man arm wrestle. She has long red wavy hair and wears a brown shirt and a delicate necklace. She has a huge smile on her face.

6. A man wears a dark brown jacket over a striped shirt and stands in front of the fireplace, his arms gesturing wide, palms up, intense expression.

7. A man and a woman kiss intimately. The man leans over the woman; her hand rests on the back of his head. Their eyes are closed.

8. A fire burns in the fireplace, the grate silhouetted against the flames. We can see the sleeve of a person standing in front of it.

⚡️We're SO looking forward to the Melbourne Fringe Festival!!⚡️ In its fortieth year it's gonna be a big one and we're s...
07/09/2022

⚡️We're SO looking forward to the Melbourne Fringe Festival!!⚡️ In its fortieth year it's gonna be a big one and we're super pleased to be presenting four exciting shows:

All That Fall by Samuel Beckett at HQ [Oct 5 - 16]
Afterplay by Brian Friel at HQ [Oct 5 - 16]
Not All Dictators at Courthouse [Oct 5 - 16]
Hedda GablerGablerGabler at Courthouse [Oct 18 - 23]

Jump on the website to find out more and book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-at-melbourne-fringe-festival/

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1. An older couple express alarm as they fall backwards onto the grass. The graphic reads Melbourne Fringe at La Mama Oct 5 - 23.

2. A woman in an orange shirt sits at a table beside a man in a blue shirt. She looks at the camera, he is in profile. (Image Ayman Kaake)

3. An older woman wearing a hat stares into the camera, her lips pursed. Behind her an older man in a peaked cap and red scarf. They are on a station platform, train tracks run into the distance. (Image John Cumming)

4. A mysterious woman with blue hair and a purple hooded coat stares dangerously into the camera. She is surrounded by a dark gloomy forest. (Image Tony Gajewski)

5. Three actors stand in a triangle formation, arms entangled, staring at the viewer. They wear identical pink satin pyjama sets. (Image Darren Gill)

🌏 Curveball is getting great reviews after its first week of shows. This pre-post apocalyptic tragic comedy about the po...
06/09/2022

🌏 Curveball is getting great reviews after its first week of shows. This pre-post apocalyptic tragic comedy about the possible end of the Earth will end this weekend and is not to be missed. So don't! Check out the latest review in Beat Magazine, and jump on our website to book your tickets.

📷 Darren Gill

Beat review: https://beat.com.au/curveball-this-play-dares-to-flirt-with-our-inseparable-need-to-create/

Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-courthouse-winter-2022/curveball/

ID Three people in beige shirts hold each other close. Behind them a large blue-lit heart hovers in the darkness. Over the top of the heart is text: "David Baker, Clarisse Bonello and Ben Jamieson: a trio that truly hold the piece together with their dedication to every movement. James Robertson, Beat Magazine."

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Monday 11am - 4pm
Tuesday 11am - 4pm
Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm

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La Mama is a not for profit, independent theatre with a distinct artist focus. Treasured for its continued advocacy of those seeking to explore beyond the mainstream theatre, La Mama champions artistic freedom and individuality. Providing the integral foundational resources and support for new and experienced theatre makers, La Mama ensures artist remuneration, celebrates creative risk and pedestals the development of new vibrant work.

La Mama prioritises accessibility and celebrates it’s excitingly diverse community, warmly welcoming artists and audiences alike from a wide cross section of the community. With its rich history spanning over fifty years, La Mama stimulates work that is adventurous, vigorous, relevant and reflective of a vital range of needs and voices.

La Mama is home to many and open to all.

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★★★★ 'Variations or Exit Music is not just another love story. It is a bold and distinctive exploration of love and relationships as told through the intertwined experiences of four q***r men.' Presented by La Mama Theatre until 25 September 2022:
Grief is so rarely talked about. But it doesn't have to be that way. 'The Poetry of Grief' opens a dialogue about loss and mental health. Our final performance will be at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne on 11.10. - It's a moving presentation of research poetry that captures older people's experiences with #grief and #bereavement. Tickets are available now. The event will also be live-streamed so you can join no matter where you are in the world. Livestream tickets can be watched for 48 hours. Event time: 11.10.22 - 8pm Melb/ Sydney/ Brisbane time, 6pm Perth, 10pm NZ time, 12pm Berlin, 11am London/ Dublin Book here: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mamica/la-mama-poetica-the-poetry-of-grief/ Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Griefline Services Shapes of Grief Podcast & Training Programme The Grief Cocoon Community The Jazzlab Sarah Curro Dennis Coard Marylla Powell Myf Powell National Ageing Research Institute Ltd Palliative Care Australia Palliative Care Victoria Su***de Grief Support Bereavement Support Group UK.
Taking the act of love and longing into a universal scale, 'Variations or Exit Music' at the La Mama Theatre remixes the euphony of one man’s q***r relationships over time to create a melodic theatrical experience.
It’s one month today until opening night of my new solo work LIMBO🍊🧤 Here are some juicy behind the scene clips from my photoshoot with the amazing Darren Gill. I’m so excited to share this work with you so be sure to grab your tickets! LIMBO October 20-22nd La Mama HQ Tickets available now through the link below 🎟⛓ https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-explorations/limbo/ #explorations #lamama #limbo #theatre #melbournetheatre La Mama Theatre
Variations or Exit Music. La Mama Courthouse, Carlton. Review by Michael Brindley. https://www.stagewhispers.com.au/reviews/variations-or-exit-music
La Mama Theatre delivered another stunning production with Traps.
Daniel Townsend takes a look at Justin Nott's Variations or Exit Music - which is currently playing at the La Mama Theatre Courthouse until 25 September 2022. Image: Variations or Exit Music – photo by Darren Gill
Daniel Townsend takes a look at Justin Nott's Variations or Exit Music - which is currently playing at the La Mama Theatre Courthouse until 25 September 2022. Image: Variations or Exit Music – photo by Darren Gill
ZÖJ first ever gig together at La Mama Theatre for Siavush xx Sep 2012 - 10 years
A premiere production of a deeply personal play, Justin Nott presents Variations or Exit Music at the La Mama Theatre Courthouse for a limited season from 15 September 2022. Image: Variations or Exit Music – photo by Skye Sobejko
A premiere production of a deeply personal play, Justin Nott presents Variations or Exit Music at the La Mama Theatre Courthouse for a limited season from 15 September 2022. Image: Variations or Exit Music – photo by Skye Sobejko
On the Couch features Justin Nott - who is the Writer and Director of Variations or Exit Music - which will be presented at the La Mama Theatre Courthouse: 15 - 25 September 2022. Image: Justin Nott (supplied)
#MSMActor Dax Carnay Daxiebebe is performing at La Mama - in a play that they wrote themselves! If you happen to be in Melbourne in February next year, be sure to catch their show! Congratulations, Dax! You are an inspiration! Your MSM Family is ridiculously proud of you! ❤️❤️❤️ THE SIX GUYS AN IMMIGRANT TRANS PERSON OF COLOUR WILL DATE IN MELBOURNE by Dax Carnay A La Mama Theatre production 6-12 February 2023 La Mama is Australia’s most vital, responsive, inclusive, and diverse home of independent theatre-making. A vibrant space and prolific production house, La Mama has given initial exposure and support to thousands of playwrights, directors, actors, and technicians, as well as poets, musicians, performance artists, and experimental film-makers. #TheSixGuysAnImmigrantTransPersonOfColourWillDateInMelbourne #LaMamaTheatre #MSMActors #MeisnerActors #MeisnerTrained #MeisnerTraining #ActingTraining #ActingSchool #DesignatedMeisnerTeacher #MeisnerStudioManila #MSM #MeisnerInstitute #MeisnerCommunity #Meisner #MeisnerTechnique #MeisnerApproach
La Mama Theatre presents this new Australian Play about a loving friendship, set in 1890s Melbourne
Traps by Caryl Churchill. La Mama HQ, Carlton. Review by Patricia Di Risio. https://www.stagewhispers.com.au/reviews/traps
Negar Nik (kemanche, vocals) "Diverse Sounds of Iran" - co-presented with The Boite - La Mama Courthouse; Monday, September 5, 2022