Outposts: free playwriting course!

Playwriting Australia (PWA) is the national organisation working with playwrights and theatre artists from all backgrounds and at all levels of their careers. Outposts is based on PWA’s nationally renowned writer training programs, and HotHouse Theatre is thrilled to partner with PWA to bring Outposts to writers in our region.

Outposts begins with a free 16-hour introductory session across Friday night, Saturday and Sunday 7-9 July at the Butter Factory Theatre in Albury-Wodonga – a crash course in playwriting for anyone who has ever been interested in writing for the stage.

No experience necessary, just enthusiasm. Everyone is welcome.

PWA will then take submissions for the next stage of the program which is a free writing course of 8 fortnightly sessions, where selected participants will be working with a professional playwright on the skills needed to develop your own work.

At the end of the 8 sessions, 4 playwrights will receive mentorship on their scripts and work with a professional cast and director to bring their plays to life in a public showing at HotHouse Theatre in 2018.

Learn more, and register now for the free Outposts introductory session 7-9 July here

Photo by James Wilshire, Border Mail

Border Mail Review – In HART, in Reconciliation Week, HotHouse Theatre has a work that resonates

Like theatre, story telling is an art that has continued through the ages and Ian Michael masters both with HART – an emotional piece highlighting Australia’s recent sorry past.

Michael, a Noongar man in his 20s, is a new generation storyteller keeping the stories of his ancestors alive and relevant, as elders have done for thousands of years before him.

HARTstarts with familiar voices –Colin Barnett, Lang Hancock, Tony Abbott, Allan Jones, Kevin Rudd, Pauline Hanson, John Howard, Julia Gillard and more – but it comes to life when Michael gives his voice to three generations of people tied to the Stolen Generations.

He delivers with class and draws on humour in what would otherwise be an uncomfortable and confronting soliloquy.

In HART, in Reconciliation Week, HotHouse Theatre has a work that resonates.

The play runs at the Butter Factory Theatre until June 3, and a ticket also includes an indigenous themed meal.

A vegetarian tart or lamb are offered, prepared and presented by the hospitality training unit at Beechworth Correctional Centre.

HART opened to a full house private performance for Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service on Friday, May 26, recognising the 20th anniversary of Bringing Them Home: the ‘Stolen Children’ Report. and had its public opening on May 27.

The play is well constructed and cleverly executed. A simple set full of symbolism. Our storyteller is seemingly trapped within an endless cycle with no opening in sight.

Sound and visual components strengthen the impact of Michael’s performance.

Set designer Chloe Greaves has done a first class job while director Penny Harpam has a storyteller of the highest calibre in Michael – honest, passionate and believable.

Among the opening audio sequence are grabs of Paul Keating’s landmark Redfern Speech in 1992, where he suggests the starting point to right the wrongs of Australia’s past “might be to recognise that the problem starts with us non-Aboriginal Australians”.

Now, here in Reconciliation Week 25 years of speeches later, HART asks how many more speeches are needed before Australia genuinely moves forward as a united nation?

If theatre is to challenge us, it is a good question.

John Chanter, Border Mail

29 May 2017

Photo by James Wilshire, Border Mail


A Month In The Country Residencies Now Open

Expressions Of Interest are now being accepted for residency requests for the period July to December 2017.

Since 2004, in partnership with AlburyCity and Murray Arts, the Month In The Country program at our Splitters Creek farmhouse has hosted many talented playwrights, performers, directors, choreographers and composers. A Month In The Country is a rare resource in the national landscape, enabling dozens of artists each year to seed and develop work for our national stages. Artists give back to the community by running workshops for students and local artists during their residencies.

Since its inception, more than 500 artists have taken up Month In The Country residencies with more than 45 new productions added to the national repertoire.

Applications close 9 am Monday 19 June, 2017. For more information and to apply visit here.



General Manager Appointed

The Chair of HotHouse Theatre, Paul McGill, today announced the appointment of Julie Amos as General Manager. “Following an extensive recruitment process, the Board is delighted to make this exciting executive appointment” Mr McGill said.

“HotHouse Theatre is a leading professional theatre company in regional Australia, playing an important role in the cultural landscape of Albury-Wodonga, the broader
region and nationally,”

Ms Amos joins HotHouse from The Australian Ballet where she is the General Manager, Orchestra Victoria, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Australian Ballet. A not for profit
organisation, Orchestra Victoria is one of Australia’s two specialist pit orchestras and is the performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera.

Ms Amos has both a Bachelor of Music and Technical Production. She has worked for numerous arts companies, festivals and in presentation teams for major international sporting events.

Relocating to Melbourne in 2007, Ms Amos joined the management team at Orchestra Victoria and moved to The Australian Ballet in 2010. In her current role at The Ballet, Ms Amos is one of the youngest General Managers of a Major Performing Arts Company in Australia and is also an executive member of The Australian Ballet.

Orchestra Victoria is a not-for-profit company with 72 full-time employees and an annual operating budget in excess of 10 million dollars.

“Julie brings a range of strategic skills and extensive expertise in both arts management and technical production to the General Manager role. Julie grew up in rural NSW, and is keen to bring her passion for the arts to our region. Her appointment will ensure HotHouse Theatre remains a cultural force locally, regionally and nationally.”

Speaking on her appointment, Ms Amos said “HotHouse Theatre is a uniquely positioned organisation, and one that is critical to the development of new Australian theatre works and artists. The organisation has a rich history and it is apparent the Albury-Wodonga community take great pride in the success of their theatre company. I am excited and inspired to be joining forces with the board and Artistic Director Lyn Wallis as custodians of this important company.”

Mr McGill concluded by saying “I am delighted to welcome Julie to HotHouse Theatre on behalf of the Board and Artistic Director Lyn Wallis, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2017 with a vibrant season of new Australian works presented at the Butter Factory Theatre, Wodonga.”

Photo by Daniel Boud.


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April School Holiday Workshop on sale now!

Following a sellout holiday workshop in January, HotHouse Theatre is thrilled to announce its April holiday session. Running from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 April (9am – 3pm), this workshop facilitated by visiting artist Claire Pearson, is a fun and fabulous opportunity for kids aged 9-12.

Join us for three wonderful days of creativity and confidence-building! Parents, family members and friends also get to enjoy a brief performance at the end of the workshop.

Places are limited, so book in early before we sell out!

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Are you our next General Manager?

We are seeking a dynamic business professional, with general management, financial and advocacy skills, to play a key leadership role in our awesomely creative theatre company.

The General Manager plays a leading advocacy role within our regional community, with government, at a political level and with corporate and philanthropic partners. They are responsible for managing the financial health of HotHouse Theatre and providing vision, leadership and entrepreneurial ideas that will help fuel our future.

If you have entrepreneurial flair, strong management, financial and business skills and a big love for the arts, this could be your dream job. Email info@hothousetheatre.com.au for a position description, or call Artistic Director Lyn Wallis for a chat on 02 6021 7433.

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Month in the Country Submissions Now Open for 2017

A Month in the Country (MITC) is a regional residency program supporting the development of new Australian work. It provides a rare opportunity for performance-makers to reflect and create in the quiet atmosphere of our Splitters Creek farmhouse. Submissions are now being accepted for residency requests for the period 1 February to 30 June 2017.  Submissions for the second half of the year will be called for in February.

MITC is a HotHouse Theatre and AlburyCity program, run in association with Murray Arts. Since its inception more than a decade ago it has hosted groups, artists and companies including  Flying Fruit Fly Circus; Lano and Woodley; Lally Katz; PACT Theatre and Damien Callinan. This years resident artists have included Colin Kinchela, Jody Mundy Collaborations, Alyson Evans and Rachel Small with projects ranging from Indigenous science fiction to a project to engage children and families in arts activities that explore place, identity, and belonging

Submissions for the first half of the year will close 28 November 2016.

Read more about Month in the Country.

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At the Hip – the perfect pre-Christmas get-together (Let us look after your function at the Butter Factory Theatre)

At the Hip is a show about the BIG Dreams of Albury-Wodonga – so whether you’ve been here all your life or just arrived – there’s something in it for you.  Share the experience with colleagues for  work/team-building, or a special family or friends group outing. It’s perfect too for a pre-Christmas get-together, so get a group together and enjoy a night out at HotHouse Theatre’s historic Butter Factory Theatre.

  • Book now for 5 or more guests and save up to 35% (regular single ticket prices: $49 full, $43 concession).
    5 tickets or more $36 per ticket  |  10 tickets or more $31 per ticket
  • Book our Studio function room for your exclusive work or personal gathering. In partnership with La Maison Café, we offer scrumptious, value-for-money food and beverage options.
  • Fundraise with our tickets! We offer ticket re-selling options for charities and community groups.
  • Meet our talented Studio Ensemble members and the director, Lyn Wallis at the post-show meet the artists sessions after the performance on Friday 11 & 18 November.

In the years before his dramatic dismissal in 1975, Gough Whitlam had a dream for Albury-Wodonga. He envisioned a national growth centre to rival Canberra, with a booming population of 300,000.

In 2016, our HotHouse Studio Ensemble unearth the legacy of this grand, abandoned vision, by digging into the past, interrogating the present and imagining the future. After months of interviewing dozens of locals they are ready to report back.

At the Hip is a celebration of Albury-Wodonga, and the hopes and dreams of its people. Using Roslyn Oades’ ground-breaking audio techniques, our Studio Ensemble actors channel the real-life voices of local residents: born and bred, young and old, and newly arrived.

At The Hip tells the story of how Albury-Wodonga became the twin cities they are today, through the fly-on-the-wall reminiscences of those who witnessed it.  The words of well-known locals such as Dr Bruce Pennay, John Alker-Jones and Jean Whitla take us back to where it all began.  What do our young people, and elderly citizens dream about in 2017?  Our talented Studio Ensemble recreate the extraordinary voices and experiences of ordinary locals aged between 16 and ninety. Plus, there’s a few toe-tapping tunes to sing along to.

Yes Albury-Wodonga, it’s time to hear your stories, and sing your songs!

And perfect for your Christmas function.


Our Butter Factory Theatre is an unique and charming venue and we have a cosy function room that can be yours for the night! We offer flexible food/drink/entertainment options in partnership with the fabulous La Maison Café for groups of up to 100 guests.

Patrons enjoy the Galah Bar at the Butter Factory Theatre

The Studio set up for Galah Bar













Looking for a fun way to raise money for your charity or social group? We offer fundraising ticket packs (20 tickets plus). Buy a ticket pack at our extra special fundraising rate ($27.50ea), and re-sell to your friends and fundraising stakeholders for a profit. Then enjoy an awesome night out together!


Make a group booking for the evening performances of Friday 11 and 18 November and stay for our Meet the Artists talk with the Studio Ensemble and Director, Lyn Wallis.


At the Hip, 3 – 19 November
8pm, Thursday 3, 10 & 17 November

8pm, Friday 4, 11 & 18 November

8pm, Saturday 5, 12 & 19 November

3pm, Saturday 12 & 19 November


If you have any questions about group bookings, functions or fundraising options, call Beck Palmer or Sam Terry on 02 6021 7433 or info@hothousetheatre.com.au

Image credits: Rhys Llewelyn