Damian Callinan

Damian Callinan is looking for recruits for the Bodgy Creek Football Team … but not where you might expect!

In the sequel to his multi-award winning ‘Sportsman’s Night,’ Damian revisits the dysfunctional Bodgy Creek Football Club.

The township has seen better days – the mill’s closed; the Tidy Town sign has fallen into the long grass and the weir is as dry. The dying town is about to claim its next victim.

Unable to field even one full side, the footy club will either have to fold or merge with their arch rivals – the Hudson’s Flat Redbacks. But prodigal son coach Troy Carrington has other ideas; to save the club and serve his socially aware agenda, he embarks on a program to recruit players from the Asylum Seekers Refuge Centre. Will the new players cope with pre season training whilst fasting for Ramadan?

‘The Merger’ is the third show for which Damian Callinan has been nominated for the prestigious Melbourne Comedy Festival Barry Award. It had a sell out season in Adelaide and Melbourne and featured on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala on Network Ten.

‘The Merger’ is part of VicHealth’s Arts About Us program, which supports arts projects that celebrate cultural diversity and raise awareness of the harm caused by race-based discrimination.

VicHealth’s Acting CEO Associate Professor John Fitzgerald said The Merger’s story helps to promote cultural understanding. “Damian’s show encourages people to think about how our differences enrich us and strengthen our community.”

When: Sat 5 Nov 8pm

Tickets:  $24, $18 Conc

Bookings:  www.rsc.vic.edu.au/SPPACwhatson.html or phone 5986 8204

Where: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, 245 Eastbourne Rd Rosebud





What: Five original works by the 2011 graduating creative arts and dance students from Deakin University.

Deakin is a leader in contemporary dance innovation, transforming movement and physical expression across the performing arts. It’s creations are dynamic, imaginative, ingenious and cutting-edge.

Not afraid to cross disciplinary boundaries, this exciting program features collaborations across creative arts disciplines and boasts a rich diversity of style and genre.

In Transit is the culmination of three years study for choreography students. These final incorporate many creative arts beyond dancing – photography, actors, visual arts, graphics design, animation, and film-makers and original music.

When: Wednesday 9 November at 8pm

Tickets:  $10 book online www.rsc.vic.edu.au/SPPACwhatson.html. Tickets available at the door or phone 5986 8204.

In Transit – Works

Leave the Light On

A physical manifestation surrounding the perception of what (un)safe means.

Safety is a vital part of the human condition and something that holds different meaning for every individual. Leave the Light On looks at how individuals respond to feelings of vulnerability, be it in physical or emotional form, and the ways in which reactions are executed when safety is threatened.

Gather. Alone

A dance exploration into the concepts and patterns of Emily Dickinson and her poetry.

Gather. Alone is a contemporary dance exploration into the concepts and patterns of Emily Dickinson and her poetry. Gather. Alone aims to expose the fleeting moment of when poetic language manifests into the dancing body, capturing the beauty, rhythm and intrigue that poetry itself holds.

Common oddities

A dance, theatre and photography collaboration exploring contexts of dysfunction.

Common oddities is a quirky and innovative inspection of the construction site of self and our complex cultural surroundings. A sniffer dog for dysfunction, this multi-disciplinary dance theatre work and photographic exhibition discover some of the craziness lurking in the backstreets of our everyday lives.

Beyond the Lines

An artist’s interpretation of dance, three dancers’ interpretation of art.

Beyond the lines is a dance work that brings two art forms together. It is the outcome of a visual artist’s interpretation of dance movement and three dancers’ interpretation of textures, colours, depth and mood found in various paintings and drawings. An exploration of what lies beyond lines.

Cross(ed) Roads

An exploration of 2D animation and contemporary dance.

Have you ever wished you could go back in time, to a certain moment in your life, where you made a decision with consequences you knew would last a lifetime? What would have happened if you had chosen the alternative? Cross(ed) Roads is an integration of contemporary dance and 2D animation that questions what drives us towards this moment of choice …





Our exciting 2012 lineup is now on sale. For our fifth festival we are bringing together some old favourites and new voices, with opera, jazz, baroque and chamber music performed by superb Australian and international artists and accompanied by the best food and wine that the region has to offer.

 Tickets are on sale from 1pm today. Applications are also open for our Friends of the Festival, with benefits including priority booking, an exclusive preview event and free entry to our new “In Conversation with …” series.

Join us between January 3-9 for a celebration of world-class music, food and wine that is at the heart of summer on the Mornington Peninsula.

 Bon appetit!

Julia Fredersdorff

Artistic Director

 Welcome to 2012

 We kick off our fifth festival in style with a Gala Opening at Montalto, featuring the sublime voice of soprano Greta Bradman and ARIA-award nominees Latitude 37. This year’s program evokes  the splendour of Spain’s musical heritage, accompanied by a specially-designed meal and estate wines.

 We bring the 17th century German tradition of Abendmusik back to St Peters Mornington, with vocalists Siobhán Stagg (soprano), German alto Dorothee Merkel, Robert MacFarlane (tenor) and Nick Dinopoulos (bass-baritone). Program highlights include JS Bach’s beloved motet Jesu, meine freude BWV227.

Australian-born violinist Patrick Savage – who held the post of  First Violin of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the past decade – joins us for two performances. He teams up with pianist Donald Nicolson to perform Nuit d’amour at Main Ridge Estate, and with pianist Sally Whitwell for a recital that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of composition for stage and screen.

 We’re delighted to be presenting an opera once again – this year it is Hasse’s 1725 serenata Antonio e Cleopatra. We’ve assembled an all-star lineup for this event, including conductor Richard Divall, soprano Siobhan Stagg as Cleopatra (a role originally written for the legendary castrato Farinelli), Dimity Shepherd (mezzo-soprano) as Antonio, and a chamber orchestra of Australia’s finest baroque musicians led by concertmaster Rachael Beesley. Stay tuned for more details about this highlight event.

 Ironwood Chamber Ensemble make a welcome return – this year performing at our newest venue, Moorooduc Estate, plus a recital at St Johns Flinders featuring Neal Peres da Costa on fortepiano.

 Also new in 2012 is our “In Conversation with …” series, hosted by ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence and showcasing three of our artists and their recent and future recording and performing projects. This new series is free for Friends of the Festival.

 And of course we have our Recital Series at St Johns Flinders over the weekend and finish up once again with Twilight Jazz at Montalto. This year we welcome back the inimitable Joe Chindamo Trio to close the 2012 Festival.

 Please visit our website – www.peninsulafestival.com.au – for full program and performer details. Tickets go on sale from 1pm on Tuesday 25 October. Many of our venues have limited capacity so we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.




Artwork by Alan Constable. Image courtesy Arts Project Australia

Craft Victoria is excited to announce the launch of its next three exhibitions.

Launch: 6pm Thursday 20 October 2011

Exhibitions: 21 Oct – 26 Nov 2011

The Machine: Curated by Katie Jacobs in collaboration with Arts Project Australia.  Arts Project Australia artists Terry Williams, Alan Constable and Chris O’Brien explore machine aesthetics in their practice.

Pachamama’s Poncho: Cristina Palacios explores immateriality, temporality and impermanence in a new large-scale installation.

The Antarctic Kingdom of Gondwanaland:Using real and fabricated historical material, Wanda Gillespie chronicles the incredible slippages that occur in our known world.



What: Burlesque Drawing at B’artiste –  Untutored drawing sessions with our fabulous Burlesque Models – All Welcome
When:  Tuesday 25 October
Time:  6.00-8.00 pm – please be on time
Cost: $15 on the door – numbers limited
Where:  B’artiste – Ross Smith Lane, Frankston
Bring: Sketchbook, pencils, Fineliners etc – please no charcoal or soft pastels , or ink (we don’t want to ruin the Velvet Lounges)
Bookings:       Sharron – 0422 510 653 or email sharronokines@yahoo.com.au  


Sorrento Friday 14 2011

The ‘arts alive 2011’ stage toured to Sorrento to complement their ‘Live the Life Fiesta’.

Go Go Sapien and Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos entertained us at the Launch of the ‘Before We Were Project’ (Watch this space).

What  a great evening, the light show by Nic Azides on the Continental Hotel was indeed worth catching.  Beginning at around sunset the dazzling and colourful images created a wonderful slideshow of textures, landscapes, tile patterns  and drawings which seemed to make the ‘Conti’ look almost deco, not the historic sandstone architecture that it is.  The palm trees accentuated the ‘deco’ feel, draping and bending in the wisp of  breeze,  creating beautiful shadows.  I asked Nic to send me some images as he had excellent video and stills equipment to capture his ephemeral work.  Will blog as soon as they come in…..Nic?

It was a balmy spring evening in Sorrento where Peninsula Councillors,  Bill Goodrem, Frank Martin and Antonella Celi and Sorrento’s Tim Rodgers mingled with members of the Sorrento Community to launch the ‘Before We Were Project’.

The children loved it,  delighting audiences with their free-form dancing and playing together.

Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos

Mornington Sunday Oct 16

On Sunday Oct 16 the ‘arts alive 2011’ stage visited Mornington for Main Street’s  ‘Food, Wine & Performing Arts Festival’,  to our delight the ‘Monsters2Go’ tent was running hot with children free drawing from the biggest box of  oil pastels I have ever seen, luring drawers from everywhere to make marks and then apply a dark wash over the resist of the oil pastel.  The road-way was alive with chalk drawing with mums and dads assisting their youngsters to draw.

‘Hip Cat’ Circus rolled up with hoola hoops, juggling balls; next year they will bring mats for greater circus fun.

Enhancing the Shire’s portable stage has been a project running from the Theatre Sheds in Hastings to create something a little more pleasing when celebrating local communities.  For this first ‘tour’ it was a bit of a ‘circus’ tent.  (See photo below)

Announcement of winners for the ‘Go Green Poetry Slam’

The Shire wishes to make the stage additions available to community groups for the coming year and I anticipate something different for 2012’s festival.  The artist/industrial designer is creating an Instruction Manual for groups who wish to know how to mount the theatrical staging.   Bookings for the stage additions can be done through arts@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

“Thanks for having us”  Sorrento and may the truck stage bring joy and fun to a community near YOU! or Create a truck stage project for your town.

Community members expressed interest in booking the stage for a number of up coming events such as ‘Carols by Candlelight’ and school fairs, for these occasions we might need to change the design work by painting new canvas awnings.  There is great potential to start a an ongoing canvas awning painting project for the ‘touring’ stage.

The aim of adding to the stage elements in partnership with Peninsula communities is to assist in celebrating what it is that is unique about place.

Thanks to the Shire units for supporting the stage enhancement festival project: Peter Gore in Rec & Leisure, Lisa Mills from Festival & Events,  Geoff Carson from Libraries Arts & Culture, Renewable Resources for their arranging the ‘Go Green Slam’ Poetry comp with a membership to Heronswood and the Eco House.  Natalie from the Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce, Jo & Mish from the ‘Before We Were Project’ ,    Christina Nolan & Ree Liddell from Northern Mornington Peninsula Tourism Association (Main Street Festival).    Thanks especially to the arts team; Fingal artist Bryan Baldwin and his son Rhys, volunteer Tim Lovelock and Jane Austin.  Mandy Nelson-Williams and Bob Greaves for your enthusiasm and adaptability to immediately assist children to freely express themselves at Mornington’s Main Street festival.  Thanks to Simon Mills who did a great job as MC on the ‘arts alive 2011’ stage, the musos who looked amazing and seemed to be jazzed at performing on the new and improved stage and last but not least trucker Mark Slocombe and his wonderfully patient family in adapting to the set-up and move-out of the portable stage.

For further information contact Mornington Peninsula Shire Cultural Planner Andrea Ebsworth


When: Saturday 26thand Sunday 27th November

Time:  9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Gordon Studio Glassblowers, 290 Red Hill Rd, Red Hill, Vic 3937, corner of Dunns Creek Rd. Mel Ref 161 H12

Cost: $350 per person.  Bookings essential maximum of 10 people only.  Deposit required to secure a place and final balance  payable in class.

Contact: Pauline  03  9687 9949 or  0411 201 266 for further information on the class or Eileen Gordon of Gordon Studio  03 5989 7073 for payment information.


Tickets available from  Mornington Theatre Company direct on 5977 0347

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