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La Mama Theatre

La Mama Theatre La Mama Theatre is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a crucible for cutting edge, contemporary theatre since 1967. Valued by artists and audiences alike, La Mama is treasured for its continued advocacy of those seeking to explore beyond mainstream theatre.

As a not-for-profit association, La Mama is producing work by theatre makers of all backgrounds and encouraging works that deconstruct and critique form, content and social issues. Described by its founder Betty Burstall as “essentially a playwright’s theatre, a place where new ideas, new ways of expression can be tried out, a place were you can hear what people are thinking and feeling”, La Mama

As a not-for-profit association, La Mama is producing work by theatre makers of all backgrounds and encouraging works that deconstruct and critique form, content and social issues. Described by its founder Betty Burstall as “essentially a playwright’s theatre, a place where new ideas, new ways of expression can be tried out, a place were you can hear what people are thinking and feeling”, La Mama

Operating as usual

Script Reading: La Societa Italiana [Apr 2]The true story of Rina Codognotto and her Italian family’s Melbourne city res...
18/03/2022

Script Reading: La Societa Italiana [Apr 2]

The true story of Rina Codognotto and her Italian family’s Melbourne city restaurant at the outbreak of WWII, as the very culture that saved them from crushing poverty and oppression only decades before, now segregates, arrests and interns them.

A visceral, epic family saga that bursts through the confines of 20th Century Melbourne history and relinquishes its secrets to a new generation.

Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/playreadings-book-launches/script-reading-la-societa-italiana/

Written by Marita Wilcox

Dramaturged and directed by Peta Hanrahan

Cast: Marissa O’Reilly – Artemis Ioannidis – Dominic Weintraub – Helen Hopkins – Carolyn Bock – Brianagh Curran – Tony Nikolokopolous – Gabriel Partington - Josh Massarotti – Kevin Hopkins – Sebastian Lamour – Samantha Kennedy – James Singleton – Christian Taylor

Photograph origin: Marita Wilcox

Image software facilitation: Adrian Prosen & Karen Wilson

ID A girl aged 10 years stands next to a sitting man who is her family's restaurant's chef. She wears a white frilly dress and he a chef's uniform and tall white chef's hat. They are in front of an old wooden suburban fence.

✨We feel so lucky to have had Nilgun Guven and Olivia Muscat (and Olivia’s assistance dog, Jem) come on site the past tw...
17/03/2022

✨We feel so lucky to have had Nilgun Guven and Olivia Muscat (and Olivia’s assistance dog, Jem) come on site the past two weeks and share with us their expertise in audio description and tactile tours. Nilgun is CEO of Vitae Veritas, which promotes cultural diversity, artistic excellence and inclusive arts leadership. Olivia is a writer and disability advocate.✨

ID
1. Thirteen people and an assistance dog stand and crouch in a group on decking in front of the rebuilt two storey La Mama HQ theatre. The Aboriginal flag is attached to the upper floor railing, a string of lights is suspended above their heads, and a leafy branch of a jacaranda tree stretches over them. They are all smiling.

2. Three people stand in front of the staircase that leads up to the new La Mama rehearsal building. They are all laughing, and the woman on the right holds the lead of an assistance dog.

#LaMama #LaMamaTheatre #Accessibility

✨Chookas, team!!✨ We hope the Fire in the Head folk have an amazing opening night and season! ✨ 📷 by Darren Gillℹ Book: ...
16/03/2022

✨Chookas, team!!✨ We hope the Fire in the Head folk have an amazing opening night and season! ✨

📷 by Darren Gill
ℹ Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-courthouse-summer-2022/fire-in-the-head/

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1. Seven people - two women and five men - sit posed for a photograph. They wear clothes resembling the style from the mid 1800s colonial Australia with muted tones. The woman in the front wears a long striped skirt with cream blouse with a slightly frilled collar. The man next to her has long hair and a white stripe down the middle of his face. The men wear trousers, long sleeved shirts in various colours and and an assortment of braces and waist coats. The three people at the back - a woman and two men are dressed completely in black. Everyone has bare feet. The man at the front left wears a black hat and carries a violin. Everyone is smiling.
2. A man with a grey beard in a striped red shirt, sleeves rolled up, braces, leather arm bands and a low slung leather belt looks warily at something in the distance behind us. In front of him stands a woman with long hair, and out of focus.
3. The woman in the striped skirt sits in a chair and looks up, smiling. The man with long hair stands behind her, looking down at her. Three figures in black stand in the distance, watching the two of them. Shimmering teal fabric is on the floor in front of the scene and casts a teal light over everyone.
4. The teal fabric is lifted and held up. Behind it a man's head is visible, his face reflecting the greenish blue light from the fabric. He has a beard and wears all black and seems to disappear into the background.
5. A woman's back is to us out of focus, and beyond her we see the older man she's focused on. He wears black, so that only his face and hands are visible, his hands held up in front of his chest.
6. A man wearing a black hat and glasses plays a violin.
7. To the right of the photo a woman, her hair pulled back, holds her hand to her mouth to conceal her words as she utters. Behind her the woman in the striped skirt and the bearded man in black look at each other out of focus

Join us for ✨Cinematica: Edition #5✨ this Sunday March 20 as we explore notions of place and displacement. "...as you gr...
15/03/2022

Join us for ✨Cinematica: Edition #5✨ this Sunday March 20 as we explore notions of place and displacement. "...as you grow up, your priorities change / You find yourself in the middle of a different kind of game / One with different rules for different people" - Yogashree Thirunavukarasu

Find out about the filmmakers and book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-cinematica/cinematica-edition-5/

📷 by Jessica Barclay Lawton

Curated by Tessa Spooner with support from Chris Luscri

ID A man and woman in a phone booth at night. The man is on the phone. The woman has red hair and purses her lips.

La Mama Poetica is back for 2022! Kicking off on March 22, the year's first event features Jennifer Harrison, Tim Evans,...
11/03/2022

La Mama Poetica is back for 2022! Kicking off on March 22, the year's first event features Jennifer Harrison, Tim Evans, Lucy Van and Paul Mitchell. Curated by Amanda Anastasi

ℹ Auslan interpreted
ℹ A livestreamed event
ℹ Find out more about our poets and book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-poetica/la-mama-poetica-march/

ID A woman stands left of frame front on but head angled away so that she is in profile. She stands in front of a wall of enormous stones, her mouth slightly open. We don't know what she sees...

💛 As most of you are aware La Mama HQ reopened recently, having been lovingly rebuilt after the devastating fire in 2018...
10/03/2022

💛 As most of you are aware La Mama HQ reopened recently, having been lovingly rebuilt after the devastating fire in 2018. We can't wait for you all to check out the new HQ - complete with brand new building! - but if you haven't made it in yet, here's some terrific exterior shots taken by Joshua Pilley 📷✨💛

ℹ Find out more about La Mama's rebuild: https://lamama.com.au/rebuild-la-mama/
ℹ While you're on the website - check out our program and book yourself in to see some of that amazing independent La Mama theatre we've all been missing ✨
👉 https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/

ID All photos are taken at La Mama HQ on a sunny, blue-sky day - just a few puffy white clouds in the sky.

1. Taken from the front of La Mama HQ on an angle that shows both the new two-storey brick building in the foreground and the rebuilt original La Mama brick theatre in the background. The stunning large scale mural by Aretha Brown is on the wall to the left, wide wooden steps lead up to shutter doors on the new building, and the gate into the courtyard is open.

2. Taken upstairs at La Mama, looking over the bridge from the new office space towards the old La Mama theatre greenroom. Two mustard coloured doors adorn either side, one closed, one open, a staircase leads down from the greenroom, and the Aboriginal flag is prominent from the banister.

3. Taken upstairs from the greenroom doorway, looking at an angle over the bridge back at the new offices and rehearsal building. Several planter boxes can be seen lined up on the bridge that joins the two spaces.

4. Looking straight on at the new upstairs office, featuring the wood and metal railing on the left, the brick structure around the lift between ground and first floor, and the planter boxes on the right where tomatoes and silver beet and zucchinis grow.

If you missed Solas by Diane Stubbings live last week, here's your chance to catch it in your own time, in your own home...
09/03/2022

If you missed Solas by Diane Stubbings live last week, here's your chance to catch it in your own time, in your own home! Available at La Mama On Screen from today until March 22.

★★★★☆
"A tour de force about the daughter of James Joyce" - Vanessa Francesca | Arts Hub

Watch: https://watch.lamama.com.au/programs/solas

📷 Sarah Walker

ID Standing in blue light are two women, eyes turned upwards. The woman on the left holds her hands to her chest and smiles. The woman foregrounded on the right holds her hands by her side and appears serious.

✨✨We’re very excited for Tee O’Neill’s new show Yellingbo that opens tonight at La Mama HQ - huge chookas to cast and cr...
09/03/2022

✨✨We’re very excited for Tee O’Neill’s new show Yellingbo that opens tonight at La Mama HQ - huge chookas to cast and crew!✨✨

📷 by Darren Gill
Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-hq-summer-2022/yellingbo/

ID The photos depict three characters:
Cat (woman played by Jude Beaumont) wears a pale pink square necked singlet top, blue jeans, white sneakers, and a watch on her left wrist
Kaye (woman played by Fiona Macleod) wears a pale olive short sleeved round necked loose linen shirt, buttoned down the back, with blue jeans and white sneakers.
Danny (man played by Jeremy Stanford) wears a dark blue button down shirt with collar, long sleeves rolled up to the elbows over a white tshirt, a watch on his left wrist and black jeans.

1. Danny stands over us in darkness, focussed on something behind us, his body alert. A painting of a female Ned Kelly is slightly out of focus and suspended, above.

2. Kaye and Danny kiss, their mouths, noses, chins smooshed together, Kaye’s hand on Danny’s face, their eyes closed.

3. Cat and Kaye sit separate on a plush white couch and look at each other. Cat is on the left, her hands either side of her thighs resting on the couch, Kaye’s hands are in her lap, and her body is leaning just slightly away from Cat. Her lips are slightly parted. There is furniture around them, a stocked bar behind them, an enormous healthy indoor plant next to them, lamps and a huge lush floor rug in front of them.

4. Close up on Cat who is doubled over in distress. Behind her and out of focus stands Danny, watching.

✨ We celebrated a beautiful group of women last night with La Mama Musica: Rethinking the Music City ✨ A night of music ...
08/03/2022

✨ We celebrated a beautiful group of women last night with La Mama Musica: Rethinking the Music City ✨ A night of music and discussion featuring extraordinary artists from The Resonant Heart and Mother Lode ✨

📷 by Darren Gill
✨ Curated by Gemma Horbury

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1. Vahideh Eisaei plays qanun, a Persian stringed instrument, while Sarita McHarg and Nela Trifkovic look on in the background. They are both smiling and playing hand drums.

2. Sarita plays dolak, a two-sided hand drum, while Nela plays daf, a large circular frame drum. They are looking at each other and smiling as they sing together.

3. Sarita McHarg is smiling broadly, whilst playing sitar.

4. Eva Popov plays acoustic guitar, accompanied by Nat Bartsch on electric piano.

5. Eva Popov looks thoughtful as she listens to Nat Bartsch's piano playing.

6. Georgia Fields, founder of Mother Lode, chats to musician mothers Eva Popov and Nat Bartsch.

07/03/2022
La Mama Cabaretica: March 2022

La Mama Cabaretica at La Mama Courthouse [Mar 18]

☀️Summer is coming to a close☀️ so it’s time to kick up your heels and celebrate the season in true Melbourne fashion, with a night of cabaret 🎤🎤🎤

✨Annie Louey will have you in stitches as she guides you through an evening of dynamic performances from The Titwitchez and Diimpa✨

☀️Send out the Summer and welcome the cool Autumn change with a glass of bubbles and some incredible entertainment✨

ℹ️ Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-cabaretica/la-mama-cabaretica-march/

ℹ️ Please note that the Brunswick Neighbourhood House Cabaretica is no longer going ahead, but you can catch all the action at La Mama Courthouse.

“Cabaretica is a … bundle of entertainment” – Stage Whispers

Featuring Annie Louey, The Titwitchez, and Diimpa

PLAYREADING: Where There's A Will [March 12]In a bleakly comic battle of wills, three sisters fight it out after the dea...
06/03/2022

PLAYREADING: Where There's A Will [March 12]

In a bleakly comic battle of wills, three sisters fight it out after the death of their mother. But who is Medusa? Written by Christine Croyden

Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/playreadings-book-launches/playreading-where-theres-a-will/

“The hopes and tragedies of Hester’s too-short life provide a deep well from which Croyden has constructed an eloquent and evocative piece of theatre.”
– Theatrepeople on JOY at Heide Gallery in Feb 2021

Content warning: implied violence and abusive language.

Directed by Sara Grenfell
Songs by Ella Filar
Cast: Heather Lythe, Kelly Nash, elizabeth whalley and Maureen Hartley

ID Medusa. Black and white image except for her very green eyes that look directly at the camera.

✨A hearty CHOOKAS to Dennis Coard for the Opening Night of his one man autobiographical laugh-til-you-cry show - The Fal...
04/03/2022

✨A hearty CHOOKAS to Dennis Coard for the Opening Night of his one man autobiographical laugh-til-you-cry show - The Fall of the Roman Umpire! Have a wonderful season! ✨

📆 On now at La Mama Courthouse until March 13
ℹ️ Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-courthouse-summer-2022/the-fall-of-the-roman-umpire/

ID A black and white headshot of Dennis with a tiny young Dennis perched on his shoulder, wearing a tea cosy for a hat, an oversized shirt, holding a mop, and with a huge grin on his face.

Hear playwright Tee O'Neill on 3CR discussing her new pressure cooker play Yellingbo and the fascinating background to t...
03/03/2022

Hear playwright Tee O'Neill on 3CR discussing her new pressure cooker play Yellingbo and the fascinating background to this very pertinent piece. Opens next week; second week almost sold out.

ℹ️ Listen: https://omny.fm/shows/wednesday-breakfast/wednesday-breakfast-2-march-2022?t=67m24s

ℹ️ Book: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-hq-summer-2022/yellingbo/

ID A painting in the style of Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly, Nellie Kelly is a female version, wearing the same famous hand made armour, with a rose in her rifle and pink ribbons tied to either side of her helmet.

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Tuesday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 10:30am - 5:30pm

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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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Big day for us today - day 1 of rehearsals for our brand new show "Trash with a Porpoise"! 😁 After 18 months of planning, these fabulous individuals will be creating a new Sketch Comedy Show for kids and families focusing on marine waste and how we can all make a difference. 😊 We are proud to be partnering with Packed House Productions La Mama Theatre and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for our first public season, during the upcoming April school holidays. 🤗 Tickets are already on sale, so grab yours now via the link below 😉 This project is supported by the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/la-mama-for-kids/micf-trash-with-a-porpoise/
Some throw-back images from our workshop: What’s a Puppet? Held as part of Melbourne Festival of Puppetry, 2021. Photography by Darren Gill. Thanks to Lemony S Puppet Theatre + La Mama Theatre. Image descriptions: 1. Two puppeteers stand in the middle of the frame wearing paper hats and holding paper puppets, as children look towards them. 2. In the left of the frame, two hands hold up a small bird puppet, next to this a row of children stand in front of a table filled with bright and colourful craft materials. 3. Two smiling children sit cross legged on the floor, scrunching up big pieces of paper 4. A small child in the foreground holds a piece of stuffing while children in the background work with craft materials.
We don’t stop we just pause A moment of breath with precious women Thank you La Mama MUSICA, @la La Mama Theatre, Gemma Horbury , @darren gill and the extraordinary artists of Mother Lode for your generosity
Vahideh Eisaei, Sarita McHarg and Nela Trifkovic of The Resonant Heart at Musica: Rethinking the Music City, March 7, 2022 - La Mama Theatre 📸 Darren Gill
Here's a link to my (brief) review of An Unforgivably Brief History of Australian Theatre with Dr. Rob. (My review is probably shorter than the title!) Thanks, Rob! Robert Reid
Yellingbo, coming to La Mama Theatre is a darkly witty drama inspired by playwright Tee O’Neill's past work with Eastern European asylum seekers. When it’s time for Australians to put our human values into action - whose lives do we save?
New performance by Artemis Munoz on screen at La Mama Theatre!
Are you a proud traveller on the hot mess express? Artemis: Utter Mess is not to be missed! With an online offering until 2 March and a live show later in the year, there’s no excuse not to see this this one-hour, one-enby show at La Mama Theatre More info (+ the online show link) is available here: midsumma.org.au/artemis Artemis Munoz
Some sessions already booked out for this edge of the seat refugee thriller at La Mama Theatre. Book at www.trybooking.com/843503
The first reviews are in for our work 'From All Who Came Before'. Thank you to La Mama Theatre and Midsumma Festival for creating the perfect pairing of place and time to present this work that we're so proud to share. While the season is sold out, we'll be recording tonight's performance and you can grab a ticket to experience it from the comfort of your own home when it's up next week on the La Mama website. The recording is Auslan Interpreted thanks to Auslan Stage Left and the performance, and entire season, is Audio Described. . . . Image descriptions 1: a large bronze tiered cake stand floats in the foreground. A female appearing person with red tinged hair and a cream blouse lies behind it stomach down on the floor, their back arched upwards and head tilted back, staring with mouth agape at the stand. 2: a dark theatre with a black chasm between two performers. The male appearing person in the far left of frame hangs slumped over a chair, face down, and in front of them sits a small wooden coffer. To the right of frame sits a female appearing figure on the floor, their hands nestled in an unknown dark object where a warm light from within it spills over them. Between them are the words 'Their successful collaboration and chemistry as performers was clear through their ability to elicit so much meaning from even the smallest of movements. Greta Doell - Theatre Travels' 3: a male appearing person sits hunched over a small wooden coffer, desperation in their eyes as they stare at a petite rolled up letter in their hands. A warm light is emitted from the coffer and spills over them. Above them are the review quotes 'The questioning of the self, relationships, creativity, and raison d'être that this elicits is not cast as confronting but challenges the viewer in a very gentle and sensitive manner.' Below the person is another quote 'an elegant and sophisticated piece of experimental theatre. Patricia Di Risio - Stage Whispers
Tonight we film Utter Mess. This time next week you can watch it from the comfort of your own home. It was incredibly difficult to make the decision to move this work online but nevertheless I’m still exceptionally proud of it and excited to share it with you all. Thanks to La Mama Theatre for being so adaptive and accommodating as I do my best to navigate the chaos that is making theatre in a pandemic. Save the date - Wednesday the 16th of Feb. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it 💜 📸 Darren Gill
The stunning duo of Ben Opie and Marshall McGuire are performing a stunning, virtuosic, and evocative program of Harp and Oboe music by Sally Whitwell, Vincent Plush, Reynaldo Hahn, and Michael Finnissy. To see this world-class duo in concert is a rare and special event! Only three half-hour concerts available! Book quickly for a private theatre for your social bubble, and your social bubble only! https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/midsumma-at-la-mama-2022/homophonic-byob/ Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants La Mama Theatre Midsumma Festival City of Melbourne