What’s coming up with Geelong Arts Centre 2023

The Geelong Arts Centre, located in the cultural heart of Geelong, will soon be the largest regional space for creative and performing arts in Australia.

High-calibre shows have continued to roll out at Costa Hall while the centre undergoes its transformation before reopening later this year.

With carefully curated performances that are nothing short of extraordinary, the Geelong Arts Centre’s 2023 program celebrates both internationally acclaimed talent and rising homegrown powerhouses with something for everyone to enjoy.

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S COMING UP:

small metal objects

27-29 April 2023

A theatre show in the public domain; part voyeuristic meditation, part urban thriller.

An ingenious theatrical and award-winning gem, small metal objects unfolds amidst the pedestrian traffic of Market Square Shopping Centre. With individual sets of headphones, the audience is wired into an intensely personal drama being played out somewhere in the crowd.

Back to Back Theatre is driven by an ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities. Here, the company explores how respect is withheld from outsiders – the disabled or unemployed – who society deems ‘unproductive’.

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REWIRE 2023

Various dates

REWIRE will deliver an assortment of acts that encourage interaction and exploration with a modern edge, all presented by Geelong Arts Centre. Learn what it means to REWIRE your brain and adapt to the ever-evolving world across three shows including, I Liked It, BUT…, RECKŌNING and Rich Kids: A History Of Shopping Malls In Tehran.

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Ab [intra]

27 May 2023

ab [intra], meaning ‘from within’ in Latin, is ‘an exploration of our primal instincts, our impulses and our visceral responses’, says choreographer Rafael Bonachela. This is a ferociously physical and heartfelt piece that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

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The Australian Ballet on Tour

28 & 29 July 2023

The Australian Ballet is delighted to be bringing a program of classical favourites and contemporary pieces on tour, including The Vow by Lucas Jervies, The Sleeping Beauty Act III by Marius Petipa and a new commission from choreographer Stephanie Lake.

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The Barber of Seville

30 & 31 August 2023

The Barber of Seville pops with lyrical acrobatics and irrepressibly funny characters. Rossini’s most famous ‘opera buffa’ is a musical masterpiece with a storyline that would be equally at home in a Hollywood rom-com.

Opera Australia’s finest voices and a live orchestra deliver a score that is instantly familiar from movies, cartoons and commercials.

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Miss Peony 牡丹小姐

6 – 9 September 2023

A brand-new comedy from the writer of the smash hit Single Asian Female.

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Twelfth Night

5 – 7 October 2023

Heather Fairbairn’s fresh retelling of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is a dark collision of hidden identities and unrequited love. Featuring all-new music by Sarah Blasko, Twelfth Night ultimately asks us to find light in the darkness.

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The Visitors

1-4 November 2023

Co-produced by Sydney Theatre Company and Moogahlin Performing Arts, The Visitors is at once a riveting, deeply researched insight into one of the most impactful and painful days in Australia’s history, and a hugely entertaining study of how communities respond to change and the unknown.

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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

The Imperfects

14 & 15 April 2023

Founder of The Resilience Project, Hugh van Cuylenburg, his brother Josh van Cuylenburg and comedian Ryan Shelton (neither of their brothers), are touring on an original stage show that will make you laugh, feel and think.

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Cirque Mother Africa

6 May 2023

Celebrating 15 years and direct from a sell-out Broadway season, Cirque Mother Africa is returning to Australia in 2023 with an all new show featuring the amazing hand to hand balancing act as seen on Australia’s Got Talent performed by the Ramadhani Brothers.

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The Wiggles live in concert

8 & 9 July 2023

Following the runaway success of last year winning the converted ARIA for ‘Best Live Act’ The Wiggles are bringing their all singing, all dancing stage show hit to Costa Hall.

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Julia Morris – 75 Years in the Business

1 July 2023

After years of being indoors, Australia’s First Lady of Comedy, Julia Morris, is back in circulation and off the leash in her brand new stand-up spectacular, 75 Years in the Business.

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Anthony Callea & Tim Campbell – Up Close & Unpredictable

11 November 2023

Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell are touring together for the very first time. In 2023, the talented duo will be bringing their Up Close & Unpredictable live music concert experience to Costa Hall.

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