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Merrigong Productions – Available for Touring

As well as presenting the work of other companies, Merrigong produces full-scale productions in-house for presentation in our theatre subscription season and for touring to other venues.

Much of our work is commissioned and developed here at Merrigong, but we also collaborate with other companies in the creation of exciting contemporary theatre.

Dear Diary

A MERRIGONGX production

By Kay Proudlove

Dear Diary is a new musical work from Kay Proudlove. Kay is a South Coast performer, writer and composer who has toured worldwide with her live shows, and worked on various music, theatre and dramatic arts projects. Kay’s new work takes us on a journey through her teenage diaries through a collection of intimate and vulnerable stories and songs. From first kisses, girl power, spice world, and Elijah Wood fan fiction to lost gigs, found memories and frayed friendships, Dear Diary takes us on a hilarious and often painful journey back through our teenage years, delving into the pressures and expectations of growing up.

With wry humour and confessional stories, Dear Diary asks us to look at what we hold onto in our lives and when it’s the right time to let them go, if ever. Dear Diary was produced with support from Merrigong Theatre Company’s Artist Development Program, with narrative support from dramaturg Phil Spencer (The Smallest Hour) and direction from Merrigong’s Artistic Development Manager Leland Kean.

The inspiration for Dear Diary came from moving house and stumbling across the journals of my teenage years. The entries were heart-breaking, funny and vulnerable, which to me is a winning combination when it comes to writing songs and making art. – Kay Proudlove.

Writer/performer: Kay Proudlove
Director: Leland Kean
Dramaturg: Phil Spencer
Costume Designer: Katja Handt

The Strangeways Cabaret

By The Strangeways Ensemble

Spirited hijinks and cutting-edge cabaret.

Curated and performed by the members of Merrigong’s resident professional ensemble, The Strangeways Cabaret was a joyful celebration of new performance works unlike any other!

Part game show, part vaudevillian caper, the rollicking, rough and ready cabaret night takes audiences on an antics-fuelled ride. Members of the The Strangeways Ensemble were joined by a stellar range of cabaret, circus, music and comedy performers from the Illawarra, over three nights in a wonderful, inspiring night of theatrical escapades.

Premiered: December 2021 – Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall

Return Seasons: March 2022 and June 2023 in Wollongong Spiegeltent

Creators and Performers: Malcolm Allison, Ethan Arnold, Jordan Bowater, Ethan Green, Rachel Head, Phillip Prentice, & Christian Tagliaferro
Co-Creator / Director: Anne-Louise Rentell
Costume Consultants: Katja Handt & Heidi Hillier
Musical Director: Daryl Wallis
Photography: Jeremy Park

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