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Mount Hopeless

18 - 20 Jun

Unfortunately this show has been cancelled.

As part of the measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community, Mount Hopeless has been cancelled and will no longer be held 18 – 20 June as part of the MERRIGONGX 2020 program.

Merrigong remains committed to this project, it will be included in the MERRIGONGX 2021 program and we will work with the artists to produce and release a Digital Taster for you to experience a glimpse of this new work that will be performed in the future.

COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact upon the live performance industry, with enormous cultural and economic impacts that will last indefinitely. Find out how we are supporting independent artists here.

A musical tragic comedy.

A Ten Tonne Sparrow production
By Tom Hogan and Elana Stone

A musical tragic comedy based on the story of Burke & Wills. The two idiots are often heralded as tragic heroes, and as symbols of the Australian spirit, rather than a warning tale of exactly not what to do. The songs are joyous, the story has you slapping your forehead, saying “NO, YOU FOOLS!”, and underneath it all are some real questions about mateship, biting off more than you can chew, and rewriting history to suit your own narrative.

Ten Tonne Sparrow is a performance company creating work that uses storytelling, pop-sociology, pop-science and history to talk about the stories we tell about ourselves. Their new work is a tragic comedy rock opera by writers and musicians, Tom Hogan and Elana Stone. Find out more here.

Reserve your spot for FREE

For MERRIGONGX events this year, we’re trialling something new.

There is no set ticket price. Instead, we’re asking you to simply reserve a spot, show up, then pay what you feel the performance is worth afterwards.

After the show, we’ll send you an email asking how much you want to pay. You choose the amount based on your experience and your circumstances. There is no minimum amount (you can even choose $0).

If you don’t show up on the night and forget to let us know, please be aware that you will be charged a $20 no show fee.

Please note that all artists are paid a guaranteed fee. If audience contributions are greater, then the artist will receive more.


MERRIGONGX is our annual artists’ program. It focuses on supporting artists to take creative risks.

MERRIGONGX places artists and their practice at the centre of our community. From in-house creative developments to full-blown public presentations of new work, and everything in between, MERRIGONGX provides independent artists with financial, technical, marketing and artistic resources.

See all MERRIGONGX events.


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