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Season 1 Performances

Take a seat. The show is about to start.

Coming to you live from the creative heart of Federation University Australia, this is Arts Academy: Season 1.

Our first season of productions for 2018 is diverse, thought-provoking and entertaining. Five productions showcase the vast talent of our second- and third-year acting and music theatre students. New Australian music theatre works, premieres, and Shakespeare as you have never witnessed.

Join us in the Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre and/or the Post Office Theatre on the Camp Street Campus in the months of April, May and June for these productions.

Graduating Acting Company

Friday 27 April - Saturday 5 May

Drama, politics, romance, comedy, magic, music and mystery….This play truly has it all. Four young lovers escape the stifling, conservative, patriarchal government - only to fall prey to the mischievous politics of the mystical world.

BOOK TIX for A Midsummer Night's Dream

MARGARET OF ANJOU, a ‘new’ play by William Shakespeare (pirated by Professor Elizabeth Schafer and Philippa Kelly), Director Kim Durban
Thursday 26 April - Saturday 5 May

Experience the Ballarat premiere of Shakespeare's most feminist play. Written to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (2016), Margaret of Anjou could change the way we see Shakespeare. As Margaret matures from feisty princess to scheming queen, we see a female role that is an ‘Everest’ on a par with King Lear.

BOOK TIX for Margaret of Anjou

Second Year Acting Company

THE CHAPEL PERILOUS, by Dorothy Hewett, Director Alice Darling
Thursday 31 May - Saturday 2 June

Written in 1971, the play follows Sally Banner, who is on a quest to know herself and to choose her own life path without concession, whatever the consequences. Daring and defiant, The Chapel Perilous makes plain the personal and social cost to women who refuse to bow to social expectations.

BOOK TIX for The Chapel Perilous

Graduating Music Theatre Company

CRUSADE, written and directed by Craig Christie
Friday 11 May - Saturday 19 May

Based on the true story of a shepherd boy’s heroic bid to lead 30,000 children in mediaeval France to win back the Holy Land, this new production has been re-imagined in collaboration with our third-year music theatre students.

BOOK TIX for Crusade

Second Year Music Theatre Company

THE WILD BLUE, written and directed by Anthony Crowley
Thursday 24 May – Saturday 26 May

The story of a community of people all living in the wake of September 11 2001, all striving to overcome personal obstacles and a world consumed by fear; all dreaming the same dream together.

BOOK TIX for The Wild Blue