Dandenong’s iconic Drum Theatre is gearing up for a huge season of entertainment in 2020. Whether you are looking for belly laughs, inspirational stories or a musical experience, there is something for everyone with 30 events, including productions by the Australian Opera, Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. There are shows for families and children and popular Indigenous music favourites Archie Roach and Isaiah Firebrace.
The program kicks off with a great Australian drama, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, on March 6. Ray Lawler’s timeless tale is funny, poignant and as relevant today as it was when it was written in 1955. This play is selected for the 2020 VCE playlist.
Acclaimed Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s American Song (March 14) tackles the confronting and heartbreaking issue of gun violence. This Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre production was sold out two years ago. Don’t miss it.
World-renowned guitarist Johannes Moller puts a modern take on classical music. Enjoy a magical night with this icon of 21st century music-making (March 7). Laugh along with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (May 8), and separate shows by comedians Ross Noble (February 29) and Stephen K Amos (April 17).
The drama continues with Opera Australia’s eye-popping production of Carmen (July 17) and the Melbourne Theatre Company play SLAP. BANG. KISS. (June 5), or watch a children’s favourite book come to life in The 91-Storey Treehouse (June 17).
See the story of The Sapphires (October 17), hear Archie Roach share stories and songs from his new memoir in Tell Me Why (May 28), or join Australian singer and Eurovision performer Isaiah Firebrace for his new show and workshops with young Indigenous people (July 8).
Buy three or more shows in a subscription package and save. Under-30s pay only $18. Visit www.drumtheatre.com.au or phone 8571 1666 for more information.