What's On - Events in the Theatre

Duprada Dance Company

10th May 2014

The Duprada Dance Company and the Araluen Arts Centre present A Gala 30th Anniversary Performance.

A gala performance to celebrate the joint 30th anniversary of the Duprada Dance Company and the Araluen Arts Centre. In June 1984, the Araluen Arts Centre was officially opened, however, prior to the new Centre’s official opening, a new Alice Springs dance company held its first ever performance in the Araluen Theatre, giving the staff an opportunity to make sure everything worked!

The partnership between the Araluen Arts Centre and the Duprada Dance Company has continued since that very first performance, with the dance company presenting at least four shows a year in the Araluen Theatre, since 1984.

The gala performance, a black tie event, will also be a fundraising event for the Duprada Dance Company, with the Araluen Arts Centre commissioning the show to celebrate the 30 year partnership.

  • Saturday 10 May 

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.

Controlled Falling Project

24th May 2014 7:30pm

“Controlled Falling Project is a boisterous and beautiful exploration of the extraordinary heights the human body can reach.” Gen Elmes Buzz Cuts

Quirky and physical, majestic and muscular, the act is daring…using raw strength, acrobatic displays and a smattering of humour… Penny Wedesweiler Citysearch

Following sell out seasons and standing ovations across Australia, Europe and the UK, ThisSideUp acrobatics bring their audacious heart stopping circus spectacular to Alice Springs. Enter the laboratory of acrobatic impossibilities where impulsive energy and intricate action combine to create a thrilling experiment in control, as these dangerously talented and fearlessly curious acrobats challenge the extremes of their physical ability.

Moving in unison, their bodies appear to be talking, as they effortlessly perform astounding acrobatic feats. The remarkable capacity of the human body is vividly demonstrated in a group hand balancing act that depicts beautiful union, phenomenal strength and stamina. A fast paced tumbling spectacle, the height and thrill of the Russian bar, the grace and beauty of Roue Cyr (wheel) and the child like nature of Teeterboard all work in unison to create Controlled Falling Project.

Developed in collaboration with highly respected Australian circus director and founding member of Circus OZ, Robin Laurie, Controlled Falling Project is high energy theatre suitable for all ages and backgrounds.

The show is a combination of theatre, circus, clowning, puppetry, dance, and percussion.

  • Saturday 24 May, 7.30 pm
  • Adult: $39.00
  • Concession: $35.00
  • Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre: $32.00

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.

Pete the Sheep

2nd Jun 2014 6:00pm - 3rd Jun 2014 1:00pm

A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production
Based on the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
Pete the Sheep book illustration by Bruce Whatley

Director Jonathan Biggins
Composer/Lyricist Phillip Scott
In Pete the Sheep, we meet a sheepdog with a difference. In that he is – err . . . a sheep. And this just doesn’t sit right with the regular shearers at the shed. Things are done a certain way, you see – and we can’t go having things out of the ordinary.

And Pete is definitely out of the ordinary, right down to his jaunty hat. Owner shearer Shaun insists Pete is just as good as any old sheepdog – if not better. While dogs go ‘arf arf’, Pete simply goes ‘baa baaaa’, and the other shearers don’t like it one little bit.

This is a truly timeless Aussie tale – from the iconic lingo to the names, to the shearers’ blue singlets, Pete the Sheep is guaranteed to delight young people aged 4 to 9 years with a funny, warm and hilariously Ocker new musical production.

From the award winning company that brought you The Bugalugs Bum Thief, Milli Jack and the Dancing Cat and Emily Eyefinger.

…a truly Aussie tale – delightful, funny, iconic, warm and hilariously Ocker, from the lingo to the names to the shearers’ blue singlets…KIDS BOOK REVIEW 2011

  • Monday 2 June, 6.00pm and Tuesday 3 June, 10.00am & 1.00pm
  • Children: $15.00 
  • Adults at Children’s prices: $15.00
  • To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.

Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow

10th Jun 2014 - 11th Jun 2014

Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 June, 8.00pm

The ultimate comedy road trip returns!

We've let the superstars of Australia's biggest comedy festival off the leash on the road! From Hobart to Hong Kong and back, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is a comedy odyssey, bringing a raft of the world's best comedy to one big show for a raucous night out.

Be prepared for our cast of comic travellers to have you belly-laughing, as we take the Roadshow to eager comedy fans across the nation. Every year audiences are wowed by our incredible line ups, and this year is no exception. With a mix of local heroes and international stars as well as the hottest newcomer discoveries of the Festival, we've got all your comedy bases covered.

Roadshow enjoyed enormous success in 2013, performing a staggering 109 shows in over 60 regional towns and cities across Australia, before concluding the tour with a sell-out international leg visiting Singapore, Hong Kong and India. After 15 years of travelling the many highways of this wide, brown land, the Roadshow is back with another jam-packed tour. Look out Australia - we're coming to a venue near you!

Adult: $39.90
Concession: $35.00
Student: $35.00
Group 6+ (each): $35.00
Friend of the Araluen Arts Centre: $35.00

Tickets available from the Araluen Arts Centre Box Office, phone 08 8951 1122.

Dave Hughes - Pointless

22nd Jun 2014 7:30pm

As seen on The Project

..... He's said goodbye to breakfast radio and farewell to The Project – all that remains is his first love – live, stand up comedy. Hughesy is absolutely loving being back on stage with his all new show Pointless and he can't wait to throw open the doors in Bathurst.  For a night of comedy gold you can't look past this laid back legend of Australian Comedy.

"the audience was in absolute stiches" – Herald Sun 2013


Sunday 22 June, 7.30pm

Adult: $49.00

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 08 8951 1122.

Highway of Lost Hearts

16th Jul 2014 8:00pm

A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500kms of wide open road.

“...vivid, often hilarious... written and performed with great heart.” Ingle Knight, NT News

“...the best piece of theatre I’ve seen in years.” Nicole Beyer, Director, Theatre Network Victoria

“Mary Anne Butler’s new show Highway of Lost Hearts has been creating plenty of buzz.”  Ben Eltham, Crikey

Mot wakes up one morning to find that her heart is missing from her chest. She can breathe; she has a pulse - but she feels… nothing.  So, she decides to go and look for it. With her Dog enlisted as co-pilot, Mot heads down the Highway of Lost Hearts: into the deepest core of the Australian outback - navigating red dirt landscapes, fire and flood, vast salt lakes, age-old mountains and murky waters filled with lost souls. And the further Mot drives into the deepest heart of Australia, the more she realises that everyone around her also seem to be missing some vital part of themselves.

An allegory for a country that has lost its heart, Highway of Lost Hearts leaves you pondering the question: when your heart goes missing, what lengths will you go to, in order to find it again? Written and acted by the Northern Territory’s own Mary Anne Butler.

Proudly presented by Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring

Photo by Todd Williams

  • Wednesday 16 July, 8.00pm
  • Adult: $39.00
  • Concession: $35.00
  • Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre: $32.00

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.

Johannes Möller

24th Jul 2014 8:00pm

Future Hope

The Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with charismatic and soulful classical performances. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world.  In 2012, Moller presented his debut performance at Carnegie Hall, in New York, USA.

As a performer, Johannes believes it is possible to touch universal human emotions through sound and it is his quest to try to discover those sounds Johannes’s artistry has reached well beyond the usual guitar circles. This was confirmed in March 2008 when he won the Dutch Vriendenkrans Concours while competing against performers in all instrumental categories. He also became the first guitarist ever to win the Ljunggrenska Competition (Sweden) in 2007. In 2005, he became the first guitarist to win The Bromsgrove Festival International Young Musicians Platform (England).

Johannes has earned a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Royal College of Music in London and a Master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He also received a scholarship for excellent students from the Royal Conservatoire that allowed him to study privately with Pavel Steidl in Czech Republic as well as composition lessons with Dusan Bogdanovic in the USA. He also completed a second Master’s degree at the Conservatoire in Amsterdam.

His show, Future Hope, is named after one of his own compositions, dedicated to the organisation, Future Hope India, which has changed the lives of street children in Calcutta.

“With the help of a breathtaking technique and all the colours of the rainbow he opens a door to a world of subtle expressions which with great power and intensity strikes us.” Ljunggrenska Competition (Sweden), 2007

  • Thursday 24 July at 8.00pm
  • Adult: $39.00
  • Concession: $35.00
  • Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre: $32.00

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.

Henry V

5th Aug 2014 8:00pm

  • By William Shakespeare
  • Director Damien Ryan
  • Designer Anna Gardiner
  • Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland

Amid a bombing raid in a war torn city, somewhere in the world right now, a group of children are sheltering underground. To get through the night the terrified kids put on an act of bravado – literally – and conjure up the heroics of King Henry V. This is his story...

When Henry V is manipulated by church advisors, taunted by French royalty and betrayed by English nobles, he has all the ammunition he needs to lash out and invade France. Or does he? Having executed conspirators, and vanquished enemy forces in Harfleur, Henry’s army is ‘weak and sickly’ as it staggers towards a showdown at Agincourt. The night before battle, the king endures a long dark night of the soul, where he hears first-hand about the fears and frailties of his outnumbered soldiers. But Henry has one last weapon up his sleeve: the power of words. And it may just be enough to save his men, his country and himself.

In an incredibly exciting new production of Henry V, Damien Ryan directs a contemporary version of this play inspired by a true story – for 71 consecutive nights during the Blitz in 1941, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed plays including the works of Shakespeare and would perform them for others in the shelter. Told through the prism of boys caught in a modern conflict our production will expose, in equal measure, the stirring heights and troubling depths of Henry V. On a broader level, it will be an unflinching examination of political spin, patriotism, religion, class, brotherhood and leaders of men.

  • Tuesday 5 August, 8.00pm
  • Adult: $49.00
  • Concession: $45.00
  • Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre: $42.00

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.

Grace Barbe

20th Aug 2014 8:00pm

The Afro Sound of the Seychelles

Seychelles islander Grace Barbé is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the 21st century, with the talent, looks and voice to match. Grace’s soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage (African, Asian and European).   Having already performed at Australia’s leading music festivals including Byron Bay Bluesfest, WOMADelaide and Woodford plus internationally at SAKIFO and IOMMA (La Reunion), Reggae Donnsa (Mauritius) and Carnivale Internationale de Victoria (Seychelles) Grace is already well on the way to becoming the next diva of world music in the tradition of Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba.  

A colourful and energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, reggae, pop, rock and Latin flavours, Grace’s “Afro-Kreol” sound is original, fresh and funky. Grace lights up the stage with a vibrant and engaging presence that compels the audience to get up and dance. Her voice is a remarkably powerful instrument, and as a songwriter she has a rare and natural gift for rhythm and melody. Grace plays guitar and bass and sings in three languages; English, Creole and French. Grace was a Musicoz 2012 finalist and her band has been awarded “Best World Act” an incredible four years running in her home state of Western Australia. Catch her while you can!

“Led by Grace Barbé, a charming, beautiful islander woman from the Seychelles, the band puts on an intricate, fun and engaging performance full of island reggae, creole rhythms, and complex, intense vocals in French, Creole and English - an amazing, uplifting experience.”

  • Wednesday 20 August, 8.00pm
  • Adult: $39.00 
  • Concession: $35.00
  • Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre: $32.00

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.


14th Sep 2014 7:30pm

A Musical Tribute To Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons


When you sit down to enjoy the production of Oh What a Night!, you will be in for an incredible evening of entertainment.

This show features a talented group of performers who look, act, and sound just as amazing as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons did so many years ago.

This fully scripted and choreographed production is the perfect way to relive the magic of the Four Seasons, or to enjoy it for the very first time. During the show, you will get the chance to re-live hit tunes like Walk Like a Man, Oh What a Night, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, My Eyes Adored You, Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Grease, and so many others.

This truly is one action packed production of musical entertainment that you will not want to miss.

Sunday 14 September, 7.30pm

  • Adults: $59.50
  • Concession: $54.50
  • Group 10+ (each): $54.50
  • Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre: $54.50
  • Family (2 adults & 2 kids): $218.00

To book, call the Araluen Box Office on 08 8951 1122.

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Bangarra Dance Company

17th Oct 2014 8:00pm


Rekindling the Aboriginal culture of Australia, internationally acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre presents an original and breathtaking theatrical experience: Kinship by award-winning choreographer Stephen Page.

Kinship opens with Brolga, a creation story inspired by the totemic systems in Australian Aboriginal culture, where every person is assigned a totem related to their clan. Set in North East Arnhem Land, a young girl ventures out before sunset and finds herself on a brolga (large birds) feeding ground. As she is challenged by her totemic temptation, she takes us on a journey of exploring relationships between humans and creatures, reflecting on the intrinsic spirituality of the natural world.

The performance continues with ID, investigating what it means to be Aboriginal in the 21st century, asking important questions of identity. In a series of dramatic and humorous observations, Stephen Page contemplates human nature in modern society where skin colour can drive perceptions rather than embracing differences. This bold dance theatre work celebrates the resilience of Australian Aboriginal culture in both its traditional and contemporary forms.

Artistic Director and Choreography Stephen Page | Music David Page | Set Design Jacob Nash

Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre are invited to attend a pre-show dinner presented by our sponsor, the Chifley Alice Springs Resort, from 6.00 – 7.30 pm. 

  • Friday 17 October, 8.00pm
  • Adult: $49.00
  • Concession: $45.00
  • Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre: $42.00

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.


24th Oct 2014 8:00pm

Crimson Sky

  • Featuring Satsuki Odamura (Bass Koto)
  • Composed by: Ian Cleworth, Anton Lock & Tom Royce-Hampton
  • Sound Design: Ian Cleworth & Anton Lock

The highlight of the full Crimson Sky program is a piece by Ian Cleworth entitled “Toward the Crimson Sky”.  Based on a haiku by Japanese poet Miura Yuzuru, the work evokes the poem’s sensual, dramatic and often playful imagery of a cloud of dragonflies ascending into a deep red sky. Yuzuru’s images conjure thoughts and feelings that are on the one hand beautiful, colourful and sensual, and on the other, intensely – almost painfully – poignant and emotionally affecting. There is a satisfying duality in Yuzuru’s words and images that stimulates and inspires; the autumnal image of a cloud of dragonflies flying into a deep red sky arouses visions of impending death, whereas the reference to “flowing like a ripple” is both playfully lighthearted and sensuous with a strong feeling of choreographed movement.

The thunderous drumming of the taiko is interwoven with the hypnotic melodies of the shakuhachi and shinobue bamboo flutes, voice and a rare performance for the bass koto, a 17-stringed plucked instrument.

The first half features “Explorations” - an explosive, yet intricately layered cross-rhythmical number by Anton Lock for taiko and solo drum set - and “Solace” by Tom Royce-Hampton, featuring traditional koto, shakuhachi and mallet percussion.

“Thunderous, visceral, ritualistic, dynamic, vibrant, reverent and downright sexy are just some of the words that spring to mind after experiencing the sensory feast that is TaikOz.”  Bev Kennedy artsHub

  • Friday 24 October, 8.00pm
  • Adult: $49.00
  • Concession: $45.00
  • Friends of the Araluen Arts Centre: $42.00

To book tickets, call the Araluen Box Office on 8951 1122.