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Ruby’s Wish Begins Tour

Adriano Capelletta
Adriano Cappelletta

Ruby’s Wish, a heart-warming, imagination filled show for ages 6 and up opens this month across Australia. Presented by MAKEbeLIVE Productions and Cubbyhouse Co, the show features BMEG’s Adriano Cappelletta as a co-writer and performer.

The production opens at the Melbourne Arts Centre, with shows from May 7th to May 13th, and then moves to the Sydney Opera House from May 14th to May 20th, then to the Parramatta Riverside Theatre from May 23rd to May 26th, finishing up at the Awesome Arts Festival Perth from October 1st to October 12th.


Ruby is seven and three quarters.  She is everything a little girl should be: brazen, hopeful and bright-eyed. But unlike other little girls, Ruby is sick and spends most of her time in hospital.

Through an unlikely friendship with a tongue tied clown doctor called Dr Audi-Yo!, Ruby’s hospital room is transformed into a wonderland of mop monsters and bed caves, where anything can happen and wishes really do come true!

Ruby’s Wish combines beautiful puppets, sensational clowning, original music and a magical beat boxing costume into a heart-warming, visual spectacular that will enchant children and parents alike.


Running time 1 hour with no interval.

Click here for more information and to book your tickets for Melbourne, Sydney, Parramatta, or Perth.




Cody Ross, Cast in Award Winning Play, YOU GOT OLDER


BMEG’s Cody Ross is in the award winning play, YOU GOT OLDER, By Clare Barron and Directed by Claudia Barrie. The show will be coming to KXT Theatre in July and Cody plays the role of Mac.

Mae returns home to help take care of Dad and — maybe (a little) — herself. You Got Older is a tender and darkly comic new play about family, illness, and cowboys — and how to remain standing when everything you know comes crashing down around you.

“★★★★★ Critics’ Pick! Clare Barron’s extraordinary ‘You Got Older’ moved me as few new plays have. Like a great short story, it succeeds through details that…coalesce with a force all the stronger for their subtlety…there are moments in this play I know I won’t forget.” – Time Out- New York

“This terrific new play by Clare Barron…offers a hilarious and painfully affecting blend of oddball dialogue, beautifully observed family dynamics, and a preoccupation with the weird ways of the body… Barron’s special genius lies in the deep dividends she derives from small talk.” – The New Yorker

“[Barron’s] play… blends off-beat, sometimes raunchy comedy into a slowly fused drama…” – The New York Times

DIRECTED BY: Claudia Barrie
PRODUCED BY: Mad March Hare
SET DESIGN: Isabel Hudson
LIGHTING DESIGN: Benjamin Brockman
SOUND DESIGN: Benjamin Pierpoint
CAST INCLUDES: Steve Rodgers, Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Alex Beauman, Ainslie McGlynn, Gareth Rickards, Cody Ross

Early Bird Tickets now available!
For more information: http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/you-got-older

Candy Bowers 2018 Recipient of the Geoffrey Milne Award

The Green Room Awards Association is delighted to announce that multi-award-winning writer, actor, comedian, producer, filmmaker and activist Candy Bowers is the 2018 recipient of the Geoffrey Milne Award. Candy is a member of the MEAA Equity Diversity Committee and leads the way with her fierce genre of lyrical theatre, Candy will accept the award on the night of the 35th Annual Green Room Awards via video.


Official Facebook announcement:  https://m.facebook.com/GreenRoomAwardsAssociation/photos/a.617573154979111.1073741829.491556087580819/1590401181029632/?type=3&theater

The Mistress Of The Forest, wins “Best Film” at Sydney’s Short+Sweet Film Festival.

The Mistress Of The Forest is a film that follows fledgling comic artist Neil as he adventures to overcome his creative block and pull off an impossible deadline, to do this he must enter the world of his leading character: the mysterious Mistress of the Forest. Eleanor Stankiewicz plays the alluring Mayra the Mistress of the Forest as well co-producing the film alongside Emma Playfair. The Mistress Of The Forest was named “Best Film” at the Short+Sweet Film Festival in Sydney therefore earning a screening at the international final held at the famed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in August.


Official Facebook Announcement:



Enter Ophelia
Enter Ophelia

BMEG proudly represent Anna Rodway, Candace Miles and Madeline Nunn. ENTER OPHELIA at La Mama Theatre, Created by Essential Theatre, Three Birds Theatre & John Kachoyan.


A near drowned damsel steps into the spotlight – a gothic black comedy about secrets, madness and mansplaining

In a world of mad men and murdering uncles, drowning never felt so good. A woman wanders an empty castle, clutching rotting flowers – told what to do, where to stand, what to think. No one really listens to her, no one really sees her.

Enter Ophelia is a darkly funny gothic riff imagining a vastly different future for our drowned damsel.

Two of Melbourne’s most exciting indie theatre companies Essential Theatre and Three Birds Theatre come together to present the world premiere of a thrilling new exploration of femininity, isolation and silliness.


“Essential Theatre delivers the gravity and depth behind the words superbly, and electrify their modest space.  Shakespeare would be proud. ★★★★”

-Edinburgh Guide 2017


“Three Birds Theatre .. Sharp as a razor, very witty, very funny and beautifully directed with much visual humour”

-Stage Whispers 2016


An Essential Theatre & Three Birds Theatre Production

Direction & Dramaturgy by John Kachoyan

Created by Essential Theatre, Three Birds Theatre & John Kachoyan

Performed  by Amanda LaBonte, Sophie Lampel, Candace Miles, Madelaine Nunn and Anna Rodway

Image by Amanda Carr Creative

Katie Beckett talks WHICH WAY HOME

“We all want that unconditional love from our family”

Recently Ilbijerri Theatre Company caught up with writer & performer Katie Beckett to talk all things WHICH WAY HOME ahead of the 2018 National Tour. Katie talked about why she wrote WHICH WAY HOME, her excitement about performing alongside Kamahi Djordon King and how audiences have been responding to her work.

WHICH WAY HOME by Katie Beckett | National Tour
25 May – 18 August 2018


A road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making

Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever.

It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two Black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Infused with humour and heart WHICH WAY HOME draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

60mins (no interval)

WHICH WAY HOME is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Originally developed with the support of the City of Darebin, The Besen Family Foundation, the Australian Government Indigenous Languages & Arts Program & Playwriting Australia.

Congratulations Merlynn Tong & Elise Grieg, Recipients of 2017 Matilda Awards

The Matilda Awards for 2017 – which recognise and celebrate theatre in Queensland – were presented on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at The Brisbane Powerhouse. BMEG are very proud of our fabulous performers Merlynn Tong and Elise Greig! Merlynn Tong was awarded ‘Best Female Actor in a Lead Role’ for her one-woman-show ‘Blue Bones’ (Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse). Elise was awarded ‘Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role’ alongside Helen O’Leary for her role in ‘Swallow’.

Merlynn Tong - Blue Bones
Merlynn Tong – Blue Bones

This was a huge night for Merlynn Tong – the writer and creative force behind ‘Blue Bones’. The play went on to receive Matilda Awards for ‘The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work’ (Merlynn Tong), ‘Best Mainstage Production’ , ‘Best Director’ (Ian Lawson), Best Lighting Design (David Walters) and Best Audio Visual Design (Nathan Sibthorpe).

‘Blue Bones’ was brought from development through to production by Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse. This year the Gold Matilda Award went to Playlab for for evolving into Queensland’s new-writing theatre company with their inaugural production of ‘Blue Bones’, positioning them nationally as the only company to take work from idea through development, on stage and into publication. This is a very exciting time in Brisbane theatre and we are very proud to be part of the community and support our fantastic talent.

BMEG’s Chris Patrick in ‘Lord of the Flies’

BMEG is excited to share some of the great reviews for ‘Lord of the Flies’. BMEG’s Chirs Patrick takes to the stage as the outspoken joker and magnetic class-clown ‘Maurice’.

Chris Patrick as Maurice in 'Lord of the Flies'
Chris Patrick as Maurice in ‘Lord of the Flies’

“This production is a bold masterstroke by the team at Beenleigh Theatre Company… It needs to be seen, to be discussed and considered. It is the lesson that we all urgently need.”

“If you see no other production this year, please, I am begging you, head over to Crete Street and see Lord of the Flies.” (Theatre People)

“A theatre fanatic or not, this is a must see play with a mesmerising, strong cast of young talented boys.” (Stage Whispers)

“As great as the staging is, the praise should first and foremost go to the cast who disappear into their roles. They never broke character, missed their marks or failed to commit fully.  They disappear into these personalities and give really natural, convincing performances.” (Scenestr QLD)

Chris Patrick - Pictured Centre
Chris Patrick – Pictured Centre

“Under Bradley Chapman’s direction, Beenleigh Theatre Group have produced an excellent and entertaining production of a challenging text.

It not only does justice to the main themes of Golding’s tale, but it intensely illustrates how even over six decades later,

aspects of its themes remain relevant through its show of the extreme consequences of peer pressure unchecked.” (Blue Curtains Brisbane: Stories From The Stalls).


‘Lord of the Flies’ has been smashing reviews and shows for a limited time only (until 3 February 2018)! Catch it as it crash-lands onto our stage for only FOUR more performances.

Book now at www.beenleightheatregroup.com/booking.
Photo Credit: Turn It Up Photography