Past Shows

  • Of Longing and Belonging

    Western Edge Youth Arts presents Of Longing and Belonging, two new performances on May 12th and 13th at Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong. Both performances weave between sharp, surprising comedy and physical theatre, exploring ideas about local and global identity from the unique perspective of Geelong’s youth.

    Belonging is a theatrical comedy which follows a group of young refugees on the streets of Nairobi, fantasising about life in Geelong, a place they’ve heard of but know nothing about. Devised and performed by Geelong Edge, this is the debut performance of the city’s first home-grown African theatre ensemble, based in North Geelong.

    Longing, performed by young actors from East Geelong, is a magic-realist retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey, a dream like journey told through humour, poetry and digital art.

    Performances will be followed by a community forum where audiences from across the city can converse about the global relevance and local specificity around the sort of city they would like to live in. 

    Date: 12 May and 13 May
    Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
    Venue: Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Little Malop Street Geelong
    (Cnr Gheringhap and Little Malop Streets)

    Of Longing and Belonging is supported by Creative Victoria, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Myer Foundation through the REYM Fund, City of Greater Geelong and Diversitat Geelong.

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  • Winta

    Join us for the final end-of-year presentation of Phoenix Youth Theatre’s funny, bold and lively show Winta.

    Then the waiting is over. The message comes. By text or sprayed on the wall. Cryptic but we know it’s her. Calling to you. Telling you to come and find Winta.

    With the Edge Ensemble showcasing their new work-in-progress piece: CALIBAN

    Sea levels are rising and Caliban has come to a dystopian Melbourne in search of Miranda and Prospero to ask them: where do the spirits go when the sea drowns the land?

    Date: Friday 11 December
    Time: 6pm – 9pm
    Venue: Victoria University Footscray Nicolson Campus (cnr of Nicholson and Buckley Street, Footscray)
    Building N (Beanland Building) Level 2 rooms N221 & N225
    FREE but please reserve your seat



  • Belonging

    A story about place, race and identity.

    Esko and Bang meet Sophia, Maragi and Zena on the streets of Nairobi where they dream of what life in Geelong might be like, if only they can get there…

    Performed by the Geelong Edge: Eto Masoka, Sila Toprak, Chang Lol, Alphonse Mulashe, Alain Cito Bakulikira, Craig Gunguta and Irene Bakulikira

    With direction from Dave Kelman and members of the Edge Ensemble.

    Date: Thursday 3 December
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Spanish Social Club (next to Diversitat Northern Community Hub)
    25-41 Arunga Ave, Norlane, 3214


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  • Shakespeare’s Trilogy

    Hamlet, Macbeth and Shylock walk into a bar… and make chaos.

    In this immersive sensory spectacular, some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters find themselves entangled in a web of 21st century drama. The setting is Duncan’s, a seedy underage nightclub. It’s never a quiet night at Duncan’s, but tonight’s especially wild. Will anyone make it out alive?

    Geelong High School’s Year 10 drama class are joined by artists from Western Edge Youth Arts for this immersive retelling of all the best bits of Shakespeare.

    Date: Thursday 5 November
    Time: 6.00pm and 7.30pm
    Venue: Shenton Performing Arts Centre, Cnr Garden & Ryrie Streets, East Geelong
    Price: $5 each


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  • #CalibanSt

    Watch the waters rise on Instagram and Twitter at #CalibanSt

    In the not-so-distant future, Caliban has left his island because it is disappearing under rising sea levels. He has come to Melbourne to search for Miranda, the girl he grew up and with and once loved. Now he searches the streets of the hot city looking for love and meaning.

    #CalibanSt is a twenty-minute interactive street comedy by the Edge Ensemble that combines slap-stick, audience interaction, fast and funny poetic dialogue, and strange and complex characters.

    Be a part of the story by posting thoughts and photos online with #CalibanSt. The best tweets or instagrams of the day, as judged by the Edge Ensemble, will win a $200 JB Hi-Fi gift card or second prize of a $100 iTunes gift card.

    Two free live street shows
    Start times: 11am and 12 noon
    Saturday 21 Nov in Chambers St laneway, Footscray
    Part of the Big West Street Party


  • Days of the Last Doll

    A lost doll once held in a child’s hand.
    A remnant of a world that was once innocent and beautiful and is now owned by the Atlas Sunrise Corporation.
    In this nightmare dystopia of our  own making, is there a tomorrow?

    A unique promenade dance, theatre, media, visual art installation performance by Year 9 students working with artists in residence.

    Date: Thursday 15 October and Friday 16 October
    Time:  6:00pm and 7.30pm
    Venue: Hume Anglican Grammar, Central Gathering Space, 100 Mt Ridley Road, Mickleham 3064
    Bookings via try booking: $5.00 each ($4.70+ 30c booking fee). Proceeds go towards a sustainability project at Hume Anglican Grammar.
    For more information: Stephanie Pace 03 8339 6900



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  • Searching for Winta and Youth Forum

    This showing of Searching for Winta is the second stage in the creative development of the vibrant new work devised by the Phoenix Youth Theatre.

    Some of us are believers, some are non-believers. One thing’s for sure there have been sightings. Everyone’s searching for something.
    Winta is everything you are looking for.

    Followed by:

    Why do we do it for? – A forum about socially engaged youth theatre.
    This dynamic and democratic forum explores what we might mean by ‘socially engaged’ art and what the purpose and value of our practice is in an increasingly divided society and and rapidly expanding digital world. A panel of emerging artists will speak about their practice and respond to questions, then it’s open to the audience to engage, challenge and generate discussion.

    Date: Friday 14 August
    Time: 6pm for Searching for Winta
    7pm for Why do we do it for? discussion panel.
    Venue: VU Footscray Nicholson campus (cnr Nicholson and Buckley Streets Footscray). Building N (Beanland Building) Room N221 level 2
    Free Entry


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  • Forbidden

    Western Edge Youth Arts and North Geelong Secondary College present Forbidden.

    Lee is in love with Sandra. Luna has fallen in love with two boys at the same time. The only problem is their love is forbidden.

    A fast paced comedy about love, culture and football.

    Dates: Thursday 14th May – Friday 15th May
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Drama Studio North Geelong Secondary College 130 Separation Street, Bell Park
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  • Arabian Nights

    Tate Street Primary School and Western Edge Youth Arts present Arabian Nights.

    Scheherazade has married the evil Sultan. What stories can she tell to live another day?

    Four fast, funny tales about goats, gold, ghosts and genies.

    Date: Friday 7th August
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Shenton Performing Arts Centre, Cnr Garden & Ryrie Sts East Geelong


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  • Fate: I

    In November 2013, a cast of 40 young people performed this epic show at the Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of Big West Festival, and at community venues in Flemington and Ballarat.

    Fate was a unique collaboration between the emerging artists of Flemington Theatre Group, Massive Hip Hop choir, Western Edge Youth Arts, Barkly Arts and Big West. Blending hip hop, choral music and edgy theatre, the piece was written by emerging artists working in a devising process. It explored the roles that luck and chance play in our lives – especially those who are drawn towards gambling – and asks the question: are we really in control of our destiny? You must draw your own conclusions.

    Fate is a story about taking chances and it hits the jackpot. There is so much going on in this explosion of theatre, hip hop and singing that is fresh and vibrant. Directed by Dave Cuong Nguyen and Dave Kelman this production is clever, adventurous and funny.’ – Cheryl Threadgold, Melbourne Observer 7 Dec 2013

    Full review here

    Analysis of Audience Response Surveys shows that Fate audiences ‘valued complex, open-ended stories that were grounded in community reality, explored relevant social issues, engaged them emotionally and offered a sense of hope’.

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