Photo by Daniel Boud

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 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

Image credits: Rhys Llewelyn

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HotHouse Theatre Wins International Gender Equity Award

HotHouse Theatre has been named as a recipient of a 2015-16 50/50 Award in recognition of gender equity in its season programming.

The award, now in its fifth year, recognises theatres that produced female playwrights in at least 50 percent of their previous season.

Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis said HotHouse Theatre was enormously proud to be a recipient of the award.

‘Gender equity for women playwrights has long been identified as a major issue for the Australian theatre industry,’ Lyn said.

‘HotHouse has a long history of supporting women in creative leadership, and is proud to have programmed in 2015-16 the fabulous work of Mary Rachel Brown, Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton (pictured), Sarah Kriegler, Julia-Rose Lewis, Emily Goddard, and Kamarra Bell-Wykes, Vivienne Walsh and Jo Lancaster,’ she said.

The HotHouse Studio Ensemble is also working with playwright, Roslyn Oades on its 2016 show about the big dreams of Albury-Wodonga, At the Hip which runs from 3 – 19 November at The Butter Factory Theatre.

One hundred and seven theatres in 10 countries and five continents have received the award this year breaking all records since the award was introduced.

The list includes theatres in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States with almost 32% of the theatres being repeat recipients, demonstrating gender parity in two or more seasons. Recipients range from community and college theatres to internationally renowned theatres.

Watch the award winners as they celebrate their achievement including HotHouse’s General Manager, Tahni Froudist and Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis (5:16)


Eclectic mix gives judges tough task for judging SOLO Monologue competition

Twelve shortlisted monologues – intriguing, disturbing, amusing but ultimately entertaining – were staged at the SOLO Monologue Competition Performance last Thursday night at the Butter Factory Theatre.

The three entries that shone for the judges and won the $500 prizemoney, generously donated by La Trobe University Albury Wodonga campus in each category, were:

High School – Jesslyn Santosa, Grace and the Melancholy; Unpublished – Mark Dessaix, No Title and Published – Maura Pierlot (pictured above), Tapping Out.

Judges Paul Brosche, Margie Gleeson and Tahni Froudist  said they were pleased with the range of monologues that were on this year’s shortlist and that the shortlist was an example of how monologues should be written with theatricality and performance in mind.

They added that after three years of the competition it was great to see so many people participating, and the writing growing. The judges congratulated all of the winners and the entire shortlist on making their job a difficult one.

The competition is run by HotHouse Theatre and sponsored by La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus as part of the Write Around the Murray Festival.

Performances of the monologues were by members of the HSC/VCE Drama Class, HotHouse Studio Ensemble, Black Border Ensemble and The Other Theatre Company.

More than 200 entries from around the world were received for this year’s competition, with the shortlisted playwrights receiving dramaturgical advice from Mary Rachel Brown, writer of The Dapto Chaser which opened the 2016 HotHouse season.

The Orchid and The Crow Season Postponed

Unfortunately next week’s season of The Orchid and The Crow has had to be postponed due to a family emergency. Our thoughts are with the creative team during this difficult time.

All ticket holders have been sent an email regarding the situation, and our team will be contacting everyone over the phone to work through your options.

We are working closely with the producer to confirm new dates for the season later in the year. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your patience as we work through the list of patrons to contact.

We thank our wonderful HotHouse patrons old and new for their understanding.

We will still be supporting Sunshine Week  and the new Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre by taking donations at our other September events – SOLO Monologue Performances – 7.30pm, Thursday 8 September; Galah Bar #4 – 6.30pm Friday 23 September and at the Gateway Village Open Day on Saturday, 24 September from 9am – 12 noon.

About the show

This life affirming musical comedy about family, faith and survival tells the story of Daniel Tobias who grew up in a Jewish-atheist household has won a swag of awards including the following 2015 awards: Outstanding Solo Performance – Ottawa Fringe; Outstanding Individual Performance – London Free Press; Theatre Weekly Award – Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Writing – Green Room Award.

In 2004 Daniel found out he had stage-four testicular cancer and went searching for God. Any God. Enter Lance Armstrong, seven-times winner of the Tour de France and legendary cancer survivor.

Reflecting on Daniel’s real life experiences The Orchid and the Crow is a solo performance: part story-telling, part cabaret, part theatre, featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Die Roten Punkte. Segueing between rock, pop, and contemporary opera, Daniel effortlessly draws the audience into the inspiring tale of his almost-death experience.

Daniel Tobias is a hugely talented and respected performer and actor, most noted in Australia for creating the ever child-like Otto in the highly successful and critically acclaimed Die Roten Punkte. Since 2006, Clare Bartholomew and Daniel, a Salvador Dinosaur have produced four award-winning Die Rotem Punkte live shows, with corresponding albums, that have toured to the USA, UK, New Zealn, Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Canada and Germany.

The show was created and performed by Daniel Tobias; directed by Christian Leavesley; dramaturgy by Casey Bennetto; script consultant David Quirk; songs by Daniel Tobias and Clare Bartholomew with John Thorn, Casey Bennetto and Jherek Bischoff. It was developed with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation.

Book your tickets here or phone 02 6021 7433.

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