Edge Ensembles from Laverton, St Albans, Footscray and Werribee come together to present you two takes on this year’s theme: misdirection.  

In The Boss of Bakersfield, Laverton Edge and Footscray Edge have taken the finest fairytales, re-imagined them, and drummed up the drama. You think you know The Wizard of Oz and Little Red Riding Hood? Think again… And again… And again. 

St Albans Edge and Wyndham Edge have paired up to bring you Escape, a journey of true crime podcasts crossed with deadly escape rooms. What do you do when the real becomes surreal? 

Presented in four locations across the West – Laverton, St Albans, Footscray and Werribee – our two shows represent that final performance outcome of our core community theatre program Edge Ensembles.

Price: Pay as you feel from $0. Show the level of support you can make towards the show, even just by showing up for our young people from Naarm’s West. 

The Boss of Bakersfield

6.00-7.00pm, Saturday 19 August
Woods Street Arts Space, 44 Woods St, Laverton

Prices start from $0. With free post-show catering.

6.00-7.00pm, Saturday 2 September
Footscray Community Arts, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray

Prices start from $0. With free post-show catering.
Auslan interpreted show.


6.00-7.00pm, Saturday 26 August
The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street, St Albans 

Prices start from $0. With free post-show catering.

7.00-8.00pm, Friday 8 September
Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton Street, Werribee 

Prices start from $0. With free post-show catering.
Auslan interpreted show.


Each year, Western Edge works with young people and artists (aged 13-30) across Hobsons Bay, Wyndham, Brimbank and Maribyrnong to create an original Australian work to be performed at Woods Street Arts Space, Wyndham Cultural Centre, Footscray Community Arts and The Bowery Theatre. The performance outcome is a chance for community members and wider audiences to witness the ideas, concerns and visions of the next generation of artists coming out of Melbourne’s West.  

Click here for more information about Edge Ensembles or to join as a participant in the program.



The Boss of Bakersfield content warning: Use of haze. May contain course language and depictions of death. Escape content warning: Use of haze. This show is PG but contains violent themes and depictions of death. 

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All venues are wheelchair accessible. 

No one turned away for lack of funds. Select the level of support you can make towards the show:  

  • Presence – $0  
  • Thank you – $5  
  • Solidarity – $10  
  • Bonus – $20 

Companion cards accepted. 

For more information, please contact us at info@westernedge.org.au or 03 8658 4052. 

Edge Ensembles are supported by:

Brimbank City Council, Creative Brimbank and The Bowery Theatre, Hobsons Bay City Council through its Make it Happen Grants program and Woods Street Arts Space, Maribyrnong City Council, Newsboys Foundation, the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund and Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Wyndham City Council and Wyndham Cultural Centre, VicHealth, the Besen Foundation, Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.