Hotel Bonegilla

A community play-reading, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre.


16 – 18 November

In 1997, HotHouse Theatre sprang to life with a large-scale community production of a new Australian play, Hotel Bonegilla. 34 community actors – many with close family ties to Bonegilla – raised the Butter Factory Theatre roof with a passionate performance dedicated to the many post-war migrants who came to our region to forge new lives. In the political climate of 2016/17, Tes Lyssiotis’ play still resonates powerfully, as she draws on the very personal stories and experiences of people who arrive, and strive, to make Australia their new home.

We celebrate our 20th birthday by offering our community an opportunity to tread our Butter Factory Theatre boards as part of a rehearsed reading of Hotel Bonegilla.

Written by Tes Lyssiotis
Director Anni Gifford

“In the age of Pauline Hanson and One Nation, it’s easy to forget or be completely ignorant, that the Australian Government shipped in thousands of European migrants after World War II to bolster population numbers. The play graphically reveals the traumas of husbands and wives being segregated; of people from nations in deadly combat with each other during the war, trying to live together and make
new lives in Australia.”
Sydney Sun Herald, 1997

7pm / Thursday 16 November
7pm / Friday 17 November
3pm / Saturday 18 November
7pm / Saturday 18 November

Duration: Please check closer to the performance date.

Hotel Bonegilla is proudly supported by

Newsflash! Second-round COMMUNITY AUDITIONS

6-7.30pm Thursday 31 August

We had a fabulous response to auditions on Tuesday night, and we unearthed a lot of hidden talent! Not everyone who expressed interest was able to attend, so we are holding one more information/audition session next Thursday 31 August at our Butter Factory Theatre.

No preparation is required to audition, and we welcome both experienced community actors and newbies to the stage!  This will be our last audition round, so don’t be shy, and don’t miss out on this unique social and creative experience.  Read below for more information about rehearsals and performances. To book yourself in now, please contact Artistic Program Producer Beck Palmer.

COMMUNITY AUDITIONS for Hotel Bonegilla 

6-8pm Tuesday 22 August

This two-hour session will include a brief information section, warm-up and enjoyable group auditions. If you performed in the 1997 production of Hotel Bonegilla, we would love you to be involved in this special 20 year anniversary event! We also welcome newcomers (of all ages) to audition.

Auditions will be held at our Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Island, Wodonga.


Community acting roles for Hotel Bonegilla are voluntary roles, with rehearsals spread across an 8-week period.  We will work with the cast on suitable rehearsal times, but you must be available for all technical rehearsals and performances to be part of Hotel Bonegilla.

Community actors will be required to rehearse once a week (after work hours or on a weekend) between 18 September and 13 November.  Additional rehearsals may be called as it gets closer to performance week, but these will be kept to a minimum.  Days and times will be negotiated with actors, once casting is complete.

Technical rehearsals: Monday 13 November, Tuesday 14 November, Wednesday 15 November (4 hours each evening).

Performances: Thursday 16 November (7pm), Friday 17 November (7pm), Saturday 18 November (3pm and 7pm)


To find out more and/or book in for the audition session,  please email Artistic Program Producer Beck Palmer or Artistic Director Lyn Wallis with your name and contact details. Or call us during office hours on 02 6021 7433.


Standard Tickets
Full / $25
Concession / $20
Student / $15
Subscriber Special / $15

Transaction fees may apply
Single tickets: $0 online; $3 telephone or at box office counter


Our Concession rate is available to Australian Pensioners, Seniors, Health Care Cardholders, MEAA Members and patrons using Audio Description services. Proof of eligibility is required when booking or collecting tickets.

Red Hot Rush tickets
If you are under 26 or hold a valid student card, you can buy tickets from the box office for $20 to any HotHouse show within one hour of the performance. A valid proof of age or Student ID is required.

Companion Card
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For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 6021 7433.

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