Tamworth Theatre Talk: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow comes to New England

Comedy on tour: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow brings the laughs to Tamworth.
Comedy on tour: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow brings the laughs to Tamworth.

Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, delivering tasty comic treats to audiences near and far – including Capitol Theatre Tamworth on June 15 at 8pm.

Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show.

For nearly 20 years, this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between. 

Recommended for ages 15 years plus. May contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. 

Following its successful premiere in 2016, Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta has started a six-stop tour across NSW for the acclaimed play, Stolen by Jane Harrison, visiting Capitol Theatre Tamworth on Thursday, June 14.

Directed by renowned Indigenous performance maker, Vicki Van Hout, Stolen presents a fresh take on Harrison’s classic Australian play that tells the stories of five individuals from the Stolen Generations.

Reflecting the pain, poignancy and sheer desperation of “The Lost Children”, Stolen follows the children’s experiences as they struggle to make sense of a world where they have been told to forget their families, their homes and their culture. 

Segregated from their community, the children begin their journey “home” after their release but not all of them successfully. A deep desire to belong runs throughout the play.

“It is important that works like Stolen, which reveal a social atrocity, remain in the public realm because they act as reminders to behave with kindness and integrity,” said Van Hout.

A stellar cast will take to the stage including Katie Leslie, Jack Sheppard, Glen Thomas, Berthalia Reuben and Henrietta Baird.

Tickets are still available for the 7.30pm performance today at Capitol Theatre. This production contains coarse language and adult themes and is recommended for people aged 15 and above.

To book your seats visit entertainmentvenues.com.au, call 6766 2028, or visit the box office at the Capitol Theatre and The Big Golden Guitar for tickets.