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LA MAMA GIFT VOUCHER
1 April 2021
La Mama Theatre
205 Faraday Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Valid until 31st December 2017
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AN INDIGENOUS TRILOGY
12 April 2021
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
An Indigenous Trilogy is a First Nations led theatrical production, directed, co-produced and written by acclaimed playwright Glenn Shea (Wathaurong/Ngarrindjeri) and will be presented over a three-week, festival-like season at La Mama theatre from November - December 2021.
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Three Sisters VCE June 2021
5 June 2021 7:30 PM to 13 June 2021 4:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
by Anton Chekhov, In a version by Laurence Strangio (from a literal translation by Laurence Strangio & Adam Pierzchalski)
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IN THE MIRROR
15 June 2021 6:30 PM to 20 June 2021 4:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
“In the Mirror explores otherness through the stressful episode of a job interview. Mammad Aidani employs mirrors in his play as a symbolic representation of his theme.’’ …….“This play represents a voice from newcomers to our society who write from its margins with powerful representations of both the other and ourselves.” The Age- August 5, 2002, Helen Thomson
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CACTUS
23 June 2021 6:30 PM to 4 July 2021 4:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
Everyone knows that friendships made in bathrooms are the ones that last for life.
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CINEMATICA: EDITION #3 , Sunday June 27th 7.30pm
27 June 2021
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Cinematica's #3 edition aims to explore emerging and established artists working in short film, obscure and experimental film, the moving image and avant garde cinema.
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MUSICA: (dis) locations JUNE 28th 7.30pm
28 June 2021
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
(dis)locations is an immersive musical journey that explores place and displacement, in/stability and ways of seeing, as represented by the powerful metaphor of maps.
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POETICA ( NEW TIME) Tues June 29th 7.30pm
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Join Michael Farrell, Emilie Collyer, Thabani Tshuma and Angela Costi for a night of stunning live poetry at La Mama. Hosted and curated by the wonderful Amanda Anastaasi.
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DUMMY EVENT Puppet Fest.
1 July 2021
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT 199 Faraday Street , Carlton Victoria 3053
DUMMY EVENT Puppet Fest.
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THE LAST LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT. 199 Faraday Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
An uplifting humourous story told through puppets and music about resilience and the power of friendship.
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THE LAND WHERE ONE NEVER DIES
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT. 199 Faraday Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
An Italian folktale in which a young boy determines to achieve victory over death.
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HAMMER AND THUMB
MUSEO ITALIANO
CO.AS.IT. 199 Faraday Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Hammer and Thumb have a job to do. Whatever could get in the way?
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BONKLE
Roving - Museo Theatrette and Courthouse Theatre
Carlton Victoria 3053
BONKLE
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I ONCE WAS A TREE
La Mama Courthouse - veranda
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Norah is transported to the glory days of memory and knowing with her son and his music by her side.
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PICASSO AND HIS DOG
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Picasso and His Dog - for anyone who’s ever patted a dog or been moved by an artwork.
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SOCK PUPPETS
Thursday 8 July 2021 11:30 AM
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT 199 Faraday Street , Carlton Victoria 3053
Did you know Elmo and his muppet friends are actually fancy sock puppets? Want to know the secrets to their endearing characters? Yes? Then join Lemony S Puppet Theatre to make your own character as well as learn to perform with Elmo-type puppets.
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THE FISH THAT WANTED TO FLY
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Did you ever dream of doing something that seemed impossible?
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ONCE UPON A TIME CAFE
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT. 199 Faraday Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Once Upon A Time Café presents “The Frog Prince” a classic story with a modern twist.
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WHAT'S A PUPPET?
Friday 9 July 2021 11:30 AM
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT 199 Faraday Street , Carlton Victoria 3053
n this 2 hour workshop, the principal aim is to stimulate the child’s imagination and enrich their play wherever they are: at home, in the playground, indoors and outdoors.
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PEARLY WHITES
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT 199 Faraday Street , Carlton Victoria 3053
Explore Doctor Hal E. Tosis’ giant toothy cavern and learn everything there is to know about dental hygiene. An interactive, entertaining installation and performance for kids of all ages
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PUPPETS AND MASKS OF ITALY
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT. 199 Faraday Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Puppeteer Dennis Murphy has taken Commedia dell’Arte Puppetry, the West’s oldest living theatre tradition and adapted it for modern Australian audiences.
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CURIOUS LEGENDS
Roving - Museo Theatrette and Courthouse Theatre
Carlton Victoria 3053
Curious Legends is a theatre company that believes in the inherent wonder of the world around us, and the importance of sharing this with audiences young and old. Based in Newcastle, Australia, their work encompasses touring theatre productions, community theatre projects, site-specific theatre, roving performances, and workshops. They will be sharing a selection of roving street theatre performances for the Melbourne Puppet Festival in 2021.
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ADULT WORKSHOP: PUPPETRY AND PERFORMANCE
Saturday 10 July 2021 10:00 AM
Seaworks Williamstown
82 Nelson Pl, Williamstown VIC 3016, Carlton Victoria 3053
ADULT WORKSHOP: PUPPETRY AND PERFORMANCE
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TRASH PUPPETS
Saturday 10 July 2021 11:30 AM
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT 199 Faraday Street , Carlton Victoria 3053
TRASH PUPPETS
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ADULT WORKSHOP: MECHANISMS
Saturday 10 July 2021 2:00 PM
Seaworks Williamstown
82 Nelson Pl, Williamstown VIC 3016, Carlton Victoria 3053
An introduction to puppet head mechanisms.
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SPIKE THE ECHIDNA
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Follow a baby echidna, through the world of shadow puppetry, on a journey to find out where he belongs.
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PUPPET POTLUCK
Saturday 10 July 2021 8:00 PM
Seaworks
82 Nelson Place , Williamstown Victoria 3016
Puppet Potluck with be cooking up a storm of acts, new and established – nothing is off the table!
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SHADOWS
Sunday 11 July 2021 11:30 AM
Museo Italiano
CO.AS.IT 199 Faraday Street , Carlton Victoria 3053
Create your own characters into a simple yet effective shadow puppet with Kyoko Imazu
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The Mermaid VCE 2021 Season
14 July 2021 1:00 PM to 25 July 2021 4:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
by Cassandra Fumi, from Hans Christian Andersen's' The Little Mermaid.
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BOOK LAUNCH: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF A DREAM CITY
Saturday 17 July 2021 2:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Join fiction writer and poet Marion May Campbell, photographer Jane Brown and Monica Raszewski to celebrate the publication of Monica Raszewski’s short novel The Archaeology of a Dream City.
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CINEMATICA #4 JULY 18TH 2021
Sunday 18 July 2021 7:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
During lockdown the Dogmilk film collective found a way to continue engaging with collaborators in Indonesia and allow emerging film practitioners and video artists to exhibit work without the capacity to assemble and screen live. VODmilk was the solution; an online platform for thought-provoking films, video art and everything in between, offering a new program, from a different programmer, every fortnight. Each work would be translated into both Indonesian and English to be accessible to both
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MUSICA JULY 2021: Book of Wanderings
Monday 19 July 2021 7:30 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
A new art orchestra crossing barbed wire borders beyond the frontiers of world music.
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PLAY READING: ALMOST HUMAN
Saturday 24 July 2021 2:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
A multi-cast reading of Almost Human, The Movie, tells the story of maverick émigré photographer, feminist pioneer and colourful personality, Maggie Diaz, who arrived in Melbourne on a one-way ticket in 1961.
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KELLY
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
It’s the devil, they screamed.
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My Brilliant Career
4 August 2021 1:00 PM to 8 August 2021 4:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
by Christine Davey Adapted from the novel by Stella Miles Franklin
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PLAYREADING: UHT EXPLORATIONS
Saturday 7 August 2021 2:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Hear snippets of work, see new ideas and meet the playwrights from UHT’s Writer in Residence program.
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HEDDA GABLER GABLER GABLER
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
A Competitive Deconstruction of Ibsen’s Greatest Heroine.
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VOYAGERS: a new musical
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
Red dirt. Isola@on. A @ght-knit family journeying with you as you hurtle around the sun a 107991 km/h... Is it Mars? Or just Wagga Wagga?
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BIRTHDAY BOOK OF STORMS
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
Set in a mysterious library where poems and writers come to life, as a day librarian and night librarian reveal secrets to a girl about the hidden history of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Assia Wevill.
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PLAYREADING: HERETICS
28 August 2021
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
This is difficult work and dangerous, we’re in a kind of combat zone here.
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IN BLOOD
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
On his birthday, a young man is been found covered in blood and is suspected of committing a violent crime; but he won’t say what he did.
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CABARETICA SEPTEMBER 2021
Friday 3 September 2021 10:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Cabaretica joins the chorus of community voices demanding powerful, evidence-based action to address the escalating climate and biodiversity crisis that threatens everything. If not us then who? If not now, then when? This devastation of life is happening on our watch, and we are determined to act - and sing!
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A HOUSE ON AN ISLAND IN THE AEGEAN
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
Life dreams come true, if we let them - What’s your dream?
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STEVIE
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
What happened to Stevie?
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CINEMATICA #5 SEPTEMBER 2021
Sunday 19 September 2021 7:30 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Curated by Tessa Spooner, Cinematica’s edition #5 is a lineup of female filmmakers that gently explore notions of ‘place’ and ‘displacement’.
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POETICA SEPTEMBER 2021
Tuesday 21 September 2021 7:30 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
La Mama Poetica September 2021
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UNRAVEL_RECKONING
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
In this duet between vocalist/physicalist and percussionist, Medea meets Bjork, Tom Waits, Nina Simone and Menotti, playing at the outer limits, compelled to upheave it all.
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#NOEXEMPTIONS
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
In a future defined by environmental collapse, a family reunites for the last time, confronting each other and their shared complicity in the unfolding crisis.
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PLAYREADING: THE DEVIL MADE HER DO IT
Saturday 9 October 2021 2:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
An ageing actress is caught in a battle of wills between an old admirer – who offers her new life and love – and her disapproving twin brother, whilst her mirror self provides caustic commentary upon the action. Anna Lall’s new play is a love story with a hellish twist.
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DEAR IDA
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
Dear Ida is a verbatim performance providing contemporary audiences with a unique insight into the pivotal role that WWII dancehalls played in maintaining cohesion and wellbeing on the Australian home-front.
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PLAYREADING: LA SOCIETA ITALIANA
Saturday 23 October 2021 2:00 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
La Societa Italiana is the true story of Rina Codognotto and her Italian family’s Melbourne city restaurant at the outbreak of WWII and how the very culture that saved them from crushing poverty and oppression only decades before, now segregate, arrest and intern them; a visceral, epic family saga that bursts through the confines of 20th Century Melbourne history and relinquishes it’s secrets to a new generation.
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PLAY READING: MY SISTER JILL
24 October 2021
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Jack survives Changi. Jack survives a shipwreck on the way to Japan. But can his children survive Jack? A family saga examines the legacy of war.
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THE TOM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
An Australian Gothic, Kafkaesque tale about a young woman's investigation into Australia's Phantom Cat.
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MEASURE OF A MOMENT
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
A soulful reimagining of 1890s Melbourne
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CHEER UP CARL
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
Carl is a man grieving the death of his dog Grover and the deportation of his Taiwanse, drug trafficking girlfriend. Over the course of an evening with his brother and sister in law he finds a sense of family and love.
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THREE MAGPIES PERCHED IN A TREE
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
A beautiful, heartbreakingly play of the Indigenous Gothic genre that provides spiritual reprieve through Creation Stories from the difficult realities of the real-world story.
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MASTERPIECE
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
Little does he know, Peter’s life is just about to take a different direction when Hope steps off the train.
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SOME SECRETS SHOULD BE KEPT SECRET
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
How do you share a story that you know is true when no one believes you because of the lies that you have told?
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BLAK STAGE AT LA MAMA
Sunday 28 November 2021 7:30 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Blak Stage, curated by Troy Benjamin, is taking over the main stage at La Mama with an exciting line up of First Nations performers. Come along to La Mama Courthouse for an intimate night of storytelling and music.
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AN INDIGENOUS TRILOGY: DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
Comprising of three acts, Three Magpies Perched in a Tree, Masterpiece and Some Secrets Should be Kept Secret, An Indigenous Trilogy is an original play written/directed by acclaimed playwright, Wathaurong/Ngarrindjeri man Glenn Shea.
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LET BLEEDING GIRLS LIE
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond St, Carlton Victoria 3053
let bleeding girls lie examines the unexpected intimacy between Grace, Juice, and Lou, three strangers donating plasma at a Melbourne city blood bank during the Manchester Arena attack.
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MUSICA DECEMBER 2021
Monday 13 December 2021 7:30 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Deafinitely Flat creates transformative listening experiences.
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POETICA DECEMBER 2021: The Inheritors
Tuesday 14 December 2021 7:30 PM
La Mama Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Amanda Anastasi, current Poet in Residence at the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub and convener of La Mama Poetica, launches her book The Inheritors (Black Pepper Publishing, 2021). This event will feature readings from special guest poets (to be announced) and readings from the new collection.