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Physical Theatre, Drama

Yes, Prime Minister

Sunday 27 June, 2:00pmYou have seen the TV Series now come along and see it done better in a live performance!The UK is in crisis: debt is spiralling, unemployment is on the rise and the fragile coalition cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jim Hacker, is at breaking point. But salvation may exist in the form of a complex pipeline deal with the oil-rich country of Kumranistan that would entitle the government to a multi-trillion pound loan. When the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary makes a shocking request of Jim’s Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, moral considerations collide with the economic future of the nation. But how will Jim and his team: Bernard, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Special Adviser Claire Sutton, reconcile the two? Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue.All Tickets: $30

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 2

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Music Fine, Family/Children

Nat Bartsch's Lullabies

Wednesday 30 June, 11:00amTheatre 2, General AdmissionIn 2018, ABC Classic pianist/composer Nat Bartsch created a suite of lullabies called Forever, and No Time At All.Influenced by music therapy, these meditative piano pieces are designed to help babies and children fall asleep, but also be meaningfully enjoyable for adults, who have to hear the music just as often. Her lullabies have had a wide ranging impact, streamed millions of times and played across the lifespan from the birthing suite to the final hours of life. A jazz re-interpretation of the album, Forever More, was nominated for an ARIA in 2020.WGAC has specially programmed this little show for parents and babies/young toddlers. The show offers flexible seating, cushions or bean bag if you prefer and a nice relaxed vibe.Bring your baby along to hear Nat's beautifully soothing music - who knows, they might even fall asleep!This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.Adult + 1 Child: $25Member + 1 Child: $20Additional Children: $5

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 2

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Physical Theatre, Daylight Entertainment, Family/Children

Statera

Thursday 1 July, 11:30amPlease note: the previously advertised 2:30pm performance has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be notified and offered the opportunity to attend the 11:30am show.Comedy, circus and perspex – What more could you want?This daring, hilarious show, combining acrobatics, balance and clowning is an ideal way to pass the time this school holidays!Statera, the debut show of Statera Circus, the climax of 6 weeks of creation! Statera Circus is a collective of four acrobats with over 50 years of collective training and performing experience having performed with major companies and festivals including Circus Oz, Casus Circus, and Montréal Complètement Cirque.Strap in for a show, a delight, an event – school holiday entertainment you’ve been screaming for.Statera Circus was born in the depths of the pandemic, and proves the last 12 months have not been ALL bad news! This premiere will have you on the edge of your seats as you thrill to their acrobatic skill, balance and quirky humour.Full: $15Members/Concession/Youth U18: $12Family of 4: $45

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Comedy Stand Up

Dave O'Neil

Friday 2 July, 8:00pmAlso appearing, comedian Brad Oakes (who will MC the show) and support comedian Fred Rowan.Dave O’Neil has been in the business for over 20 years and is one of Australia’s most recognisable stand-up comics, having performed at 16 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and at dozens of comedy clubs nationally.Dave is a regular on Melbourne radio and a familiar face on our TV screens. In fact, he holds the prize for being the guest with the most appearances (over 50) on ABCTV’s ever-popular Spicks & Specks.He comes to Warragul ready to share his special laconic brand of stand up and offers a ‘comedy festival’ experience for all to enjoy.‘An atmosphere some comedians would kill to be able to generate. You feel like you’ve stumbled into a relaxed conversation among friends… there’s an engaging affability… unprepossessingly good-spirited fun.’ - Chortle‘One of our most accomplished stand-ups.’ - The AgeRunning Time: One hour and thirty minutesFull: $47Concession: $43Members: $40

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Blues/Jazz/Swing/Folk

Leaving Jackson

Saturday 3 July, 7:30pm All the hits in this unforgettable music concert dedicated to the music, love and lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter. 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. This 2 hour live concert event “LEAVING JACKSON” The Johnny Cash & June Carter show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Duration 2 hours and 20 minutes with interval. Full: $59Concession/Group 10+/Members: $55Youth U18: $25

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Comedy Music

Love Song Dedications

Tuesday 6 July, 7:30pm - Black Box / Theatre TwoIn 2013, after 17 years of being on air, late night radio legend, Richard Mercer, left his final Love Song Dedication. Now, two brave friends attempt to fill the void that ‘The Love God’ left behind.Join Bonnie and Tom on their quest to find the perfect love song. After listening to literally thousands of dedications this hilarious duo are neck deep in the challenge. They seriously need your help. It’s going to take all night! Actually, only about 70 minutes. You’ll laugh, you might cry. And your heart will soar (secretly) at all those half-forgotten songs you’re ashamed to know the lyrics to.Part comedy show and part performance, the critically acclaimed and utterly charming Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer) will take you on a joyous ride through contemporary politics, philosophy and wicked dance moves, one pop song at a time. In a world of post-truths, pandemics, ironic memes and anti-social media, this highly intelligent and warm-hearted show is the ultimate therapeutic experience. Irony will be truly dead, and only one question will hang in the air: “What is love? (…Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more...)''.Running time: 70 minutes no intervalWarning: Mild course language, mild sexual referencesFull: $30Member: $25Concession: $27Youth U/18: $20

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 2

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Daylight Entertainment

The Songs of Eva Cassidy

Friday 9 July, 11:00amThe Songs of Eva Cassidy is a celebration of one of the great voices of the 20th century, and who better to pay tribute to this genius than Australia's own Silvie Paladino.Silvie is one of Australia's most versatile and talented entertainers. She is a popular concert performer, recording artist and has starred in musicals such as Mamma Mia, Cats and Les Miserables in Australia and in London's West End. She is also well known to Australian audiences as a regular on Carols by Candlelight.Before Eva died at the tender age of 33, she was unknown outside of Washington USA, but within two years of her death, her albums topped the charts in the UK, Europe, Australia and the rest of the world.This show features her inspired re-imaginings of such classic tunes as Over the Rainbow, Fields of Gold, Autumn Leaves, Time After Time, Ain't No Sunshine, Bridge Over Troubled Water, What a Wonderful World and, of course, Songbird.Members/Group 10+: $18Full: $25Concession: $22

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Family/Children

Bluey's Big Play

Saturday 10 July, 4:30pm and 6:30pmSunday 11 July, 10:00am & 12:00pmWhen Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday arvo time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and ingenuity at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag.Bluey's Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children's television series, with an original story by Bluey’s creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Brisbane's Beethoven and Bluey composer, Joff Bush.Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey brought to real life as you’ve never seen it before.Duration: Approximately 50 minutes no intervalRecommended age: Suitable all ages, recommended 2+ years. Children under 12 months of age at the time of the show do not require a ticket and will go on a knee.Tickets: $45.90Family of 4+: $41.90 each

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Invincible

Saturday 17 July, 8:00pmInvincible - The Helen Reddy Story is the Incredible True Story of one Australian Woman who took on the World, starring internationally acclaimed Nikki Bennett.Hailed as the international ‘Queen of '70s Pop’, Helen Reddy was Australia’s very first truly international superstar. In 1973, her iconic song I Am Woman became the unforgettable anthem of the women's liberation movement and made her the very first Australian to ever win a Grammy Award.During Helen Reddy's remarkable career she placed three number one hits on the US Billboard charts and six more in the US top 10. She sold over 25 million albums and played to sellout concert houses right around the world. She even hosted her very own prime time series on U.S.Television.Then, all of a sudden, she lost it all.In 2020, the feature film I am Woman brought some of Helen’s incredible story to screens worldwide.In 2021 Australian singer and actress, Nikki Bennett, brings the whole story to Australian stages. Stunningly written and performed, this beautiful tribute weaves Helen’s greatest hits through her extraordinary life story. Featuring a stellar Live band, it is a show that will capture every heart.The Sun Herald calls Nikki Bennett ‘The quintessential showgirl’.During her own impressive career, Nikki Bennett has starred in feature films, (Walk the Talk - 2001), television dramas ( All Saints - 2002, Out of The Blue - 2008) and musicals such as Hair.For 15 years, she was one of the most popular guest entertainers on Australian variety television, with literally hundreds of appearances on shows like Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Midday, In Melbourne Tonight, Good Morning Australia and many more.She has wowed audiences in 52 counties to date and is one of the most highly sought after Australian entertainers on the international corporate stage.Whatever you do in 2021, don’t miss your chance to see this fabulous tribute to a woman who took on the world and became a legend.The Invincible Helen Reddy - an Australian to be celebrated.“The quintessential performer, Nikki Bennett comes alive when the spotlight comes on.’ - The Sun Herald'I got the chill factor, I hardly ever get that''I’ve never felt that much impact''She was extraordinary’'Whatever you do, you have to come and see this show!''A real evening for the purists who appreciate great songs, great music and a great story.'Bennett looks and sounds a million bucks. A powerhouse performance that delivers the songs we love and a tale of survival we never knew.View a video of Nikki Bennett as Helen Reddy HEREMembers: $59.90Full: $69.90Concession: $64.90Group 10+: $59.90Youth U/18: $49.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

The Sweet Caroline Tour

Sunday 18 July, 7:00pmNeil Diamond - the consummate American singer-songwriter whose deep, resounding voice and timeless tunes have made him one of the world’s most loved and lauded artists, earning him numerous Top Ten hits, Grammy awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Now comes The Sweet Caroline Tour: A Tribute to Neil Diamond, putting all those well-loved classics back on stage and in the spotlight, showcased by a world-class international band and produced especially for the theatre.Take a step back into the glory days of music and musicianship with this beautiful tribute concert, featuring Sweet Caroline, Cherry Cherry, Red Red Wine, Crunchy Granola Suite, Shilo, Cracklin’ Rosie, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Both Sides Now, Heartlight, Forever In Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show, I Am… I Said, Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon and more.Running time: 135 minutes including intervalFull: $72.90Members/Group 10+: $67.90Child U/13: $38.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Daylight Entertainment, Dance, Family/Children

Snow & Rose

Tuesday 20 July, 12:30pmSnow and Rose is a contemporary dance work based on the traditional fairytale of 'Snow White and Rose Red', that explores familial relationships, coping with difficult emotions and believing in oneself through two sisters who become lost in their own make believe world.Featuring a live orchestra and stunning visual effects, this heartwarming tale will enchant from beginning to end.Members: $40Full: $55Concession: $45Youth U/18: $30Groups 10+: $28Students: $15

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Fine

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Friday 23 July, 7:30pmVivaldi would be totally astonished by the fame of his Four Seasons today.As a priest working in an orphanage, the majority of his music was heard by only a relatively small circle of people in Venice, and almost all of it was forgotten, lost or disregarded for nearly two centuries after his death.The Four Seasons is not just well-known: it's one of the most exciting, colourful and innovative works from the Baroque era. Each concerto is accompanied by a sonnet, and the hallmarks of each Italian season, from birdsong in Spring to pesky flies in Summer, are imagined in amazingly vivid musical form.Written more than 200 years after Vivaldi, Ottorino Respighi's quartet (opulently arranged for string orchestra) evokes a different, romantic image of Italy - picturesque town squares, languorous sunny days by Lake Como, young love and good living.Running time: One hour, no intervalProgramVivaldi - Concerto in F major RV141Respighi - Quartet in D major P53 (arr.string orchestra)Vivaldi - The Four SeasonsKatherine Lukey ViolinJennen Ngiau-Keng ViolinWilliam Hennessy AM ViolinMarkiyan Melnychenko ViolinMembers: $42Full: $50Concession: $46Youth U/18: $25

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Comedy Stand Up

Gavin Sempel - 'Phillip'

Sunday 25 July, 7:00pm - Black Box / Theatre TwoAfter a crazy 2020 having his 2020 show cancelled due to the pandemic, Gavin Sempel returns with a revamped and improved debut solo hour. Filled with more stories about his crazy childhood, working on Australia's Got Talent and how Gav recovered after COVID, this show is a must see.Running time: 100 minutes including two guest acts and interval.Warning: This show contains strong coarse language and topics and references that may offend.Member: $15Full: $25Concession: $20Youth U/18: $15Groups 10+: $10

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 2

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Music Blues/Jazz/Swing/Folk, Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Human Nature

Tuesday 27 July, 7:30pmAustralia’s homegrown heroes & Hall of Fame inductees Human Nature are returning to their roots, bringing together 30 years of performances for a never before seen intimate concert tour of the Aussie heartland.Get ready for a night of the best songs ever written, including their original hits, Motown classics and more - all performed with vocals upfront in an acoustic mode. Hits including “Telling Everybody”, “Wishes”, When You Say You Love Me”, “Reach Out I’ll Be There”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and many more.Hear them stripped back but with everyone still dancing on their feet! With stories behind the music and how they have become internationally renowned vocalists and so much more, this is an up close and personal night with four of the entertainment industry's most popular and beloved stars. A night not to be missed by music lovers of all generations.All tickets: $89.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Dance

A Taste of Ireland

Saturday 31 July 7:30pm 'A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation' returns with a performance that is 'Celtic - for this decade.' Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands. With revamped classics like ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘ Tell Me Ma’, the show’s live, energetic blend of well-known tunes, jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, world-class dancing, melodic folk music mash-ups and craic galore transports you through the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history, complimented by stunning production and lighting. Starring dancers from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, Riverdance, & Gaelforce Dance alongside a treasure trove of Irish Dancing World Champions, ’A Taste of Ireland’ delivers the very best talent in the nation. Experience one of the most prominent Irish Dance shows in the world today. With all new sets, costumes, tunes and effects, we promise you haven’t seen anything like this year’s show! With tours lined up in the USA, Canada and the UK, don’t miss your chance to see ‘A Taste of Ireland’ in 2021. It’s truly ‘Celtic―for this decade’. Running time – 2 hours including interval Full: $74.90Concession: $69.90Members: $64.90Youth U/18: $69.90Children 3-13yrs: $59.90Groups 10+: $64.90VIP: $89.90VIP TICKETS: For a truly memorable experience purchase VIP tickets! These tickets include a premium seat, exclusive access to soundcheck, meet and greet with the cast and a signed poster! VIP ticket holders will need to arrive at the venue at 5.50 pm. $89.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Lior in Concert

Sunday 1 August 7:30pm - Black Box / Theatre TwoThis is a chance to hear the acclaimed singer songwriter Lior in a manner harking back to archetypal ‘salon’ concerts; where both audience and performer share an evening enjoying the connection that only proximity can offer.Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album - Autumn Flow. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by This Old Love and subsequent singles Daniel and Autumn Flow, the album became one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history.A swag of accolades followed, amongst them three Aria nominations (including Best Male Artist), as well as Triple J’s prestigious ‘J Award’ nomination for Album of the Year. Subsequent releases Corner of an Endless Road, (2008) and Tumbling into the Dawn (2010) were also a huge success, debuting at #2 on the Australian Albums chart and topping the Independent charts for several weeks, as well as earning the gifted songwriter a further three Aria nominations.Lior is known for his dynamic and moving performances, and has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers. He is part of a rare breed of artists that has achieved a great degree of success and critical acclaim, whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft.Don’t miss the chance to see him in this one-off intimate solo show.Full: $30Member: $23Concession: $27Youth U/18: $23

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 2

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Music Theatre, Music Blues/Jazz/Swing/Folk, Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Quiet Please

Friday 6 August, 8:00pmFrom the Wizard of Oz to The Boy From Oz... get your maracas out as we celebrate two of the world’s most iconic artists of all time: the legendary Judy Garland and the incomparable Peter Allen.'Quiet Please' stars two of Australia’s finest entertainers, Naomi Eyers (The Fabulous Singlettes) and Greg Gould (Australia’s Got Talent).These two powerhouse vocalists take you on an unforgettable trip down the yellow brick road to remember the lives, the songs and the very special friendship of Judy Garland and Peter Allen.The show features all the hits that you know and love, including 'Over The Rainbow', 'I Go To Rio', 'Tenterfield Saddler', 'Get Happy', 'I Still Call Australia Home' and of course, 'Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage!'The music, the memories, the magic! A show not to be missed!“World Class!! This show packs a punch! Incredible vocals, an emotional rollercoaster!”Members: $59.90Full: 69.90Concession: $64.90Groups 10+: $59.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Daylight Entertainment, Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Shake Rattle 'N' Roll

Saturday 7 August 7:30pm & Sunday 8 August 2:00pmShake Rattle 'N' Roll features the music you loved and grew up with and is the only Rock ’n’ Roll stage show of its kind in the world!Following four sell-out seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, as well as numerous theatres across Australia and seen by an audience of over 263,000, Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll is set to rock audiences of all ages again in 2021.The dynamic stellar cast of singers, smoking-hot dancers - as featured on Dancing With The Stars - dazzling costumes, eye-candy stage effects and sizzling choreography including jive, Latin ballroom, cha-cha, waltz, foxtrot and jazz will transport you back to the rockin’ boppin’, unforgettable '50s and '60s jukebox hits.Dust off those blue suede shoes and your favourite rock ‘n’ roll costumes and prepare to be razzle-dazzled!Hurry and secure your seats now as this show will sell out!Full: $79.90Members/Concession/Group 10+: $75.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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School

Centrepiece 2021

Monday 9 August, 7:00pmCENTREPIECE is the St Paul’s Warragul Secondary School’s premiere Performing Arts concert. It showcases our most outstanding solo and group performers and encompasses Dance, Drama and Musical items from a broad range of contemporary, jazz and classical styles.Full: $22Concession: $16Youth U/18: $5

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Country, Daylight Entertainment

Darren Coggan

Thursday 12 August, 11:00amMulti award-winning performer, Darren Coggan, welcomes us to his campfire for an entertaining morning of story and song, articulating moments of laughter, joy and reflection through timeless tunes that the whole world sang along with.An intimate performance, around a campfire, feauturing songs Darren has embraced and remarkably re-created throughout hiss career, celebrating artists such as Glen Campbell, James Taylor, John Denver and of course his hugely successful show Peace Train - The Cat Stevens Story.Darren Coggan is one of Australia's most exciting and diverse artists a masterful storyteller with a knack of weaving fascinating and perceptive tales through his songs. Grab a cuppa and settle in for a morning of warmth and friendship by Darren Coggan's Campfire.Full: $25Concession: $22Members/Group 10+: $18

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Physical Theatre, Drama

Wallflowering

Saturday August 14, 7:30pmHIT is delighted to be revisiting Wallflowering by award winning Australian playwright Peta Murray for an extensive national tour in 2020. The play 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.Running time: 90 minutes, no intervalSuitable for ages 15+ - Adult themesFull: $30Concession: $27Members: $25Youth U/18: $20

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 2

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Music Fine

GSO: The Enigma of Grieg

Sunday 15 August, 2:00pmGippsland Symphony Orchestra“Something might be made of it" and with these immortal words one of the most admired and acclaimed pieces of music began.Edward Elgar, whilst playing the piano one night after a day of teaching stumbled upon the thematic idea of his most famous piece the Enigma Variations. He started to play the theme in variations saying to his wife Alice; "Powell (Variation II) would do this", or "Nevison (Variation XII) would do it like this".Elgar himself describes it as being "commenced in a spirit of humour and continued deep seriousness" and he proceeded to compose fourteen variations of the theme all dedicated to his friends and of course Alice, his wife.Much has been made about the Enigma but Elgar wrote “the enigma I will not explain—its ‘dark saying’ must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the variations and the theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set another and larger theme ‘goes', but is not played—so the principal theme never appears...”Many have pondered what the Enigma is, however what isn’t in dispute is that the Enigma Variations is a classical music masterpiece.Edvard Grieg had beginner’s luck with his A Minor Piano Concerto. Written when the composer was 25, it is one of the most performed piano concertos in the repertoire, along with the Peer Gynt Suites, Grieg’s most popular work.Grieg later created two suites from his Peer Gynt music, some of which has received coverage in popular culture.Full: $25Youth U/18: $20Concession: $15

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Daylight Entertainment, Music Theatre

Marina Prior & David Hobson

Sunday 22 August, 2:00pm After 3 back to back years of selling out 100 + shows around the country, Soprano and Tenor powerhouse legends of Musical Theatre and Opera, Marina Prior & David Hobson embark on their Encore Tour, ‘The 2 Of Us’ in up close and personal mode for 2021. Brand new songs, back-stage and life stories, including the classics from their vast repertoire spanning 35 years.Accompanied by pianist David Cameron, in a 2hr performance, Marina and David will perform their classics from productions such as The Phantom of The Opera, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and La Boheme, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums.Full: $69.95Concession: $64.95Members/Group 10+: $62.95Youth U/18 & Students: $34.95

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Physical Theatre, Drama

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tuesday August 24, 7:30pmShakespeare's classic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, is reawakened in this breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.Love is in the air in Athens - and it's contagious. Besides the royal wedding, which is just days away, there are young lovers dreaming of enchanted futures together. Hermia and Lysander are besotted with one another, while Helena adores Demitrius. The only snag is that Demetrius loves Hermia - and he's got Hermia's father on his side. So nobody is happy. (Shakespeare wasn't kidding when he said the course of true love never did run smooth.)Determined to be together, Hermia and Lysander meet in a moonlit forest, with plans to elope. Following hot on their heels is Demetrius, who in turn is persued by a lovelorn Helena. But the young lovers are not alone in the forest. Nick Bottom and his hapless bunch of tradies have gathered to rehearse a play to be performed at the royal wedding. And, hidden from human eyes, a mischievous sprinkling of fairies are also in the forest that night. The three worlds collide in an explosion of comic confusion that throws the future of all the lovers into jeopardy.This production is quick as a shadow. Fast, funny and family-friendly, this is A Midsummer Night's Dream reimagined.Running time: 2 hours including intervalRecommended ages 12+Members: $35Full: $43Concession: $40Youth U/18: $25

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Comedy Stand Up

Arj Barker

Friday 27 August, 8:00pm“Do I swear to tell the whole truth? No, but I'll swear while telling the partial truth. And trust me, it's a lot more fun that way. If you truly want to laugh, then take my word for it. This is honestly the best hour of BS around; I kid you not...” Arj BarkerAnd he’s not wrong. Australia’s adopted son of comedy returns with his brand-new hour of riotous comedy in Arj Barker ‘Comes Clean’.Be prepared for some home truths, some vague truths and some information none of us are ready to hear, but won’t be able to forget any time soon, because Arj brings the hilarity and lots of it.WINNER - 2019 ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release – ‘Organic’“It’s a joy to spend an hour in his world” ★★★★★ The Advertiser“A must see for anyone who loves a laugh…” Adelaide Now“Excellent stand-up by an exceptional comedian.” ★★★★ Broadway Baby”Full: $54.90Members/Group 10+: $49.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

The Australian Bee Gees Show

Sunday 29 August 2021 8:00pm Fresh from celebrating 10 years and over 3000 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 3000 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 3000 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 1996, 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. www.abgshow.com www.facebook.com/TheAustralianBeeGees Full Price: $57.50 Concession: $52.50

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Physical Theatre, Drama

Animal Farm

Tuesday August 31, 7:30pmAnimal Farm by George Orwell created by shake & stir theatre co 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, fueled 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. However, it is not long until the rules that promised equality and freedom become the shackles that bind the animals once again.Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2021.Running time: 90 minutes, no intervalAges: 12+ Warnings: Haze, smoke and strobe effects, loud musicMembers: $35Full: $43Concession: $40Youth U/18: $25

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Comedy Stand Up

Ross Noble

Thursday 2 September, 8:00pmCovid19 forced Ross Noble off the road for the first time in years. He's chomping at the bit, he's raring to go.Ross Noble is now perhaps the most successful cult comedian of our time, with a loyal fan base derived largely from the 'word-of-mouth' recommendations of those having seen him perform live.What happens when pure comedy takes human form?What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand-up?Nobody knows because that isn't a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see it. This is it.'Beautifully twisted thoughts.' - The Times'The wizard-haired Geordie remains in full possesion of his nimble-witted, slacker minded impro skills. One of comedy's greatest marvels.' - Daily TelegraphRunning time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (no interval)Full: $54.90Members/Group 10+: $49.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Daylight Entertainment

Keith Potger AO

Friday 3 September, 11:00amAs a founding member of the internationally famous The Seekers, Keith Potger is known to countless fans and this is obvious in the welcome given to him by audiences around the world.Keith’s concert contains some old favourites from The Seekers, a touch of Nashville, some beautiful original ballads. Throughout his show, Keith shares some amusing anecdotes from over 50 years on the international music scene.Full: $25Concession: $22Members/Group 10+: $20

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

The Fabulous Caprettos

Tuesday 14 September, 7:30pmWitness four friends coming together to perform for the first time along with a fabulous band.This performance will be something special as you see and hear all four artists performing together on stage for the entire duration of the concert. They will perform their hits, favourites, and songs that will be heard for the first time at this show.DARYL BRAITHWAITERight now Daryl Braithwaite is showing no signs of slowing down. Always a fine interpreter of songs, Daryl is a singer/front-man/songwriter, well known from his early days with 70’s supergroup SHERBET to his highly successful solo career today. "I guess, overall, I'm happy I took up singing,” says Daryl with his customary modesty. “I really am. And, without labouring the point, I think that I've been very fortunate to have had a lot of help from different people as well. It seems to have come together. Why it's lasted this long, I think it's because I love it. I love doing it, and I love audiences.”RUSSELL MORRISThe past seven years have been an incredible musical journey for both Russell Morris and his fans. Russell has been fortunate enough to create and release three award-winning albums of blues and roots music along with the top-ten 2019 album, 'Black and Blue Heart'.JACK JONESJack was still a teenager when he found fame in Southern Sons. Southern Sons went on to become one of the best loved Australian bands of the ’90s with hits such as ‘Heart in Danger’, ‘Hold Me in Your Arms’, ‘You Were There’ and ‘Always and Ever’. Jack Jones is one of Australia’s most talented singer/songwriters and guitarists.RAI THISTLETHWAYTERai is the founding member and singer songwriter for Thirsty Merc, and after over a decade of making music, Rai is still as thirsty as ever, creating and performing a swag of classic tracks such as '20 Good Reasons', 'Someday, Someday', 'Mousetrap Heart' and 'In The Summertime'.Running time: Support Act: Alana Wilkinson 7:30pm-8:00pm; Caprettos 8:20pm - 9:50pmAll tickets: $69.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Daylight Entertainment, Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Good Vibrations

Thursday 16 September, 11:00amIt ws the sound of beach parties and summer romance. The Beach Boys created the soundtrack of a generation with their jukebox hits, soraring melodies, glorious harmonies and revolutionary arrangements.Supported by his band, cabaret star Drew Downing brings their acclaimed and timeless songbook to life. Enjoy the hist Surfer Girl, I Get around, Surfin' USA, Barbara Ann, Good Vibrations, In My Room, God Only Knows, When I Grow Up (To Be a Man), and many more."I wanted to write joyful music that made other people feel good" - Brian WilsonFull: $25Concession: $22Members/Group 10+: $18

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Theatre, Physical Theatre, Dance, Family/Children

Brass Monkeys

Saturday 2 October, 2:00pmThe creators of Children are Stinky bring you an all new, action-packed, super exciting circus spectacular.Brass Monkeys celebrates kids who march to the beat of their own drum. Bursting with high calibre acrobatics, a ton of comedy, live music and high flying tricks, this show is perfect for little kids and grown ups who like a big brass belly laugh!Performed by powerhouse duo Kyle Raftery and April Dawson (Lunar Circus, Circus Oz) and directed by Malia Walsh (Circus Trick Tease).This trio of artists are famous for combining circus skills of epic proportion and comedy for all ages.Recommended for children between 3-10 and grown ups who like a laugh.Members: $20Full: $27Concession: $25Youth U/18 / Group 10+:$15Family of 4: $65

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Physical Theatre, Dance, Drama

Ochres

Wednesday 6 October, 7:30pm"Bangarra’s most perfect show"-THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALDBangarra is a leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for their powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design.Ochres, first performed in 1994, became a watershed production for Bangarra leading to sell out shows around the country. Ochre is a clay substance that represents a huge part of Aboriginal life. It is used for rituals and ceremonies, visual arts, healing...it is also a symbolic way for Aboriginal people to tell their stories through body painting while celebrating the spirit of these stories through dance. Ochre comes in four major colours: yellow, black, red and white.Don’t miss this opportunity to see Bangarra during this very limited tour of Victoria.Members: $42Full: $50Concession: $46Youth U/18: $25

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Rockin Through The Ages

Saturday 9 October 2021 7:30pm When the doors open you'll enter the theatre to original music clips and TV commercials from the '50s, '60s & '70s before the band hits the stage and kicks the first song off with the Bill Haley classic ‘Rock Around The Clock’. In an instant you'll be dancing in your seat and watching the original video clips on the big screen.   This high energy show encourages you to join in and sing along with some of the greatest number one hits of all times from Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and also great bands like Daddy Cool, The Monkees, Dr Hook and many more.   The show is performed and delivered by three seasoned professionals and cheeky entertainers in Greg (Bankxy) Bankx, David (Sprouty) Cail & Steve Cummins and is backed by the Rock'n through the Ages Band. Rock’n through the Ages is a totally fun and nostalgic show that guarantees to please. Full $59.90Concession/Group 10+: $55Youth U/18: $45

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Comedy Drama

The Importance of Being Earnest

Black Box / Theatre TwoThursday 14 October 7:30pmFriday 15 October 7:30pmSaturday 16 October 1:30pm and 7:30pmSunday 17 October 1:30pmThe Importance of Being Earnest is a glittering comic jewel of the English theatre. Ridiculous situations, all arising out of diversions, evasions and mistruths, provide a backdrop for the wittiest of dialogue, with almost every line a quotable quip from the dazzling brillinace of the author.This was Oscar Wilde at the height of his powers. First staged in 1895, the play has sen innumerable productions, on stage and in film, and it remains one of the most delightful and funniest of theatre experiences however it is shared.For this production, Warragul Theatre Company are pleased to welcome back the production team responsible for their award winning A Streetcar Named Desire as they turn their hand to something considerably lighter! It's a souffle with substance.Earnest delivers more than a few jabs at pomposity and surely, in such unprecedented times we can all use an inoculation of 'serious triviality'.Member: $33Full: $38Concession: $35Youth U/18: $25

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 2

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Music Theatre, Drama

American Idiot

Thursday 21 October 8:00pmFriday 22 October 8:00pmSaturday 23 October 2:00pm & 8:00pmSunday 24 October 2:00pmAmerican Idiot is a coming of age story of 3 teens in a post 9/11 America. Set to the soundtrack of Green Day’s critically acclaimed concept album of the same name, and featuring other hits (including 21 Guns and Know Your Enemy). American Idiot portrays a generation of disillusionment and dissent which erupted during tumultuous events such as the Iraq War.Beginning in small town America, Johnny, Will and Tunny express the desire to leave their home in the hopes of finding fame, fortune and something more than the small-minded mentality they’ve grown up around. The boy’s stories diverge on three paths and each learns that life is not quite what they expected. Dealing with themes of mental health, love, drug dependence, war and loss. This gritty take on the themes once provided by Green Day 15 years ago are still relevant and alive, not only in this show, but in society as a whole to this day.Warning: Contains strong language, sexual references and simulated drug use, not suitable for under 15sFull: $48Concession: $45Members/Youth U18: $42Off The Leash Theatre presents American IdiotMusic by: Green DayBook by: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael MayerLyrics by: Billie Joe ArmstrongDirector: Corey BruertonMusical Director: Yolette StewartChoreographer: Grace AttardProduction Manager: Leane Gooding

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

1927

Saturday 30 October, 7:30pmFrom the golden era for Australian rock bands, to reinvigorating fans today, 1927 have been entertaining audiences for 30 years and have stood the test of time as icons of the Australian music scene.With a debut album that became a smashing success that went five times platinum, stayed in the ARIA chart for 46 weeks, selling an excess of 400,000 copies and winning Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards for best debut single and album, 1927 became a household name in Australia overnight. The album was …. ish. Ian McFarlane in his opus The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop, put it perfectly when he wrote “…. ish is brimful of stirring, stately rock anthems.”It is one of the top 10 most successful debut albums for an Australian artist, to multiple ARIA awards, a multi-platinum second album, chart success in Europe and America.1927 live is a show not to be missed.All tickets: $65

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Daylight Entertainment

The Songs of Judy Garland

Friday 5 November, 11:00amBernadette Robinson has wowed Australian and West End stages with her performance in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Songs For Nobodies. She has an astonishing gift for recreating the great singers of the past and one of the singers featured heavily in Songs for Nobodies is Judy Garland.This show focusses exclusively on Bernadette performing Garland’s hits The Trolley Song, Stormy Weather, Get Happy and, of course, Somewhere Over the Rainbow among many others.This is sure to be a memorable show featuring the performer Barry Humphries has described as “a major talent and a spellbinder’.Full: $25Concession: $22Members/Group 10+: $18

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Theatre

World of Musicals

Monday 22 November 7:30pm World of Musicals brings the very best of musical theatre to life. This incredible production will return to Australia in 2020 with a brand new production and the wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre hits including 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 and The Blues Brothers. World of Musicals features colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an international star-studded cast, presenting the audience with entertainment at the highest level. Whether a soloist - duet or the entire ensemble, the performers of this musical event will inspire in this musical whirlwind. Direct from their USA tour, this select cast of highly talented and accomplished performers have featured in worldwide smash hits including; Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, West side Story, Titanic, Les Miserables, Wizard of OZ, Mary Poppins, Me and My Girl, Evita, The King of Narnia, Rent and Avenue “Q”. "ALL THE HITS IN ONE SHOW" - that is the motto of this musical gala, full of highlights; the emotional and varied journey into World of Musicals will delight the audience. World of Musicals is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favorite and much-loved musicals in one unforgettable evening. World of Musicals simply not to be missed. Book Now! “The cast is supremely talented and an absolute joy to watch” Broadway World “Emotional ballads, stunning solos and rousing ensemble performances" Main Echo Full: $79.90 Members/Concession/Group 10+: $74.90 Youth U/16: $59.90

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Frankie J Holden & Michelle Pettigrew

Sunday 5 December, 2:30pmFrankie J Holden and Michelle Pettigrove are one of Australia’s most popular homegrown showbiz couples.Michelle is best known for her three year role as Kate Bryant in the well-loved Australian drama series A Country Practice and numerous other television appearances including Brides of Christ, Home & Away, Blue Heelers and City Homicide.Frankie J got his start in the rock group OL’55 and throughout his career has created some of Australian television’s most memorable characters through leading roles in Police Rescue, Round The Twist, Something In The Air, Underbelly and recently A Place To Call Home. As a TV presenter, he was part of the team on The Great Outdoors and hosted In Melbourne Tonight.Their show has a special resonance with their own lives and there is sure to be much that you will relate to as well. The show is about living and loving, full of music you will know and packed with laughs. A great opportunity to see two talented performers “up close and personal”.Members: $32Full: $38Concession: $35Youth U/18: $25

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Daylight Entertainment

A Very WGAC Christmas

Friday 17 December, 11:00amEach year we have enjoyed getting together in December to celebrate the final show in our Daylight Entertainment Season with our traditional Christmas show, and to celebrate the year and the spirit of the season.For our 2021 celebration, we are dusting off our jingle bells, polishing a reindeer’s nose, hey-ho-ing the holy, putting up the mistletoe, brushing up the dance steps and producing our very own WGAC Christmas show, just for you!We will wind the year up with a special celebration of Christmas. This year we have lined up leading man, Ian Stenlake to anchor the festivities and we will add in a line-up of local talent and special guests.Most of all, we will have a chance to share A Very WGAC Christmas together, so please join us!Members/Group 10+: $18Full: $25Concession: $22

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Music Country

John Williamson 'Winding Back'

Saturday 12 February, 8:00pm In 2021 Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 51st anniversary in the entertainment industry.When John Williamson wandered into Richmond’s GTV9 studios in 1970 with a guitar under his arm, little did the Mallee farmer realise he’d make a 50+ year career out of singing and performing. It also marked the appearance of a striking new talent: an unofficial custodian of Australian stories.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. ‘While I’m not looking to retire just yet, once I’ve completed my 2021 Winding Back Tour I’ll be scaling down my live appearances,’ John says. Perhaps John’s greatest legacy is making Australians proud of their country and of who they are. So, don’t miss him, True Blue himself, in your town or city for what could be the final time.Members: $67Full: $69Concession: $67Youth U/14: $35

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 1

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Family/Children

STEAMPUNK

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 August, 9:00am - 5:00pmWelcome to the Steampunk Gala at Walhalla. Take a step back in time and experience the Steampunk phenomenon in a whole new way in our picturesque and historical town of Walhalla, a once flourishing gold mining town in the 19th century. You're invited to join us in the ultimate playground for adventure, spectacle, drama, exploration and escapism!What is Steampunk all about?Steampunk means many things to different people, but is mainly viewed as a window into Victorian-era fashion, design and fiction, and influenced by 19th Century industrial steam-powered gadgetry - both real and imaginary!What Our Gala Offers Guests:• Ride the Walhalla Goldfields Railway• Explore the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine• The Magnificent Machinations of world-class Magician - Richard Vegas• Renowned Steampunk Author - Michael Pryor• The Brass Harpies– a trio of costumed ladies who will entertain guests on all things Steampunk!• DJ Flux - playing tunes from all genres on his grammaphone• Tea Duelling• Fashion Parade• Horse & Carriage Rides• Tarot Card Readings• And so much more!Book your tickets today to avoid missing out!Your ticket price includes all entertainment. For more information please visit the website HERE and discover the world of Steampunk, where the gears of time are always turning!TICKETING INFORMATION & PRICESDaily Pass (Saturday 28 August) Adult - $80Daily Pass (Saturday 28 August) Under 16 - $50Daily Pass (Sunday 29 August) Adult - $80Daily Pass (Sunday 29 August) Under 16 - $50Weekend Pass (Saturday 28 August - Sunday 29 August) Adult - $140Weekend Pass (Saturday 28 August - Sunday 29 August) Under 16 - $100Why not go VIP for the Steampunk Gala in Walhalla?With so many amazing attractions to look forward to Steampunk Gala in Walhalla will be the event of the year, and we want your experience to be one to remember. When purchasing a VIP ticket you will get priority access to shuttle buses and all attractions and be treated like royalty for the day (or weekend!)To ensure our event is safe for all our guests we may have some capacity limits for different attractions and as part of your VIP experience, you will have priority access to every attraction. These tickets are so limited that we can guarantee you can see every show or attraction your heart desires!VIP Daily Pass (Saturday 28 August or Sunday 29 August) Adult - $125 (50 tickets available each day)VIP Weekend Pass (Saturday 28 August - Sunday 29 August) Adult - $225 (100 tickets available)Event FAQ's HEREAfter you purchase your ticket you will receive a follow up email from Visit Baw Baw confirming how to get to the event, parking arrangements and a few tips to help you plan your Steampunk Adventure!

Location Walhalla

subvenue Walhalla Township

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Friday 20 August 8:00pm & Saturday 21 August 3:00pmFull: $30Members/Concession/Youth U18/Group 10+: $25

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

subvenue Theatre 2

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