‘”SORRY” WRONG BED’
This weekend, Saturday 18 (7.30 pm) and Sunday 19 May (5.30 pm), Dionysus Theatre Company presents Vasilis Tsikaras’ award-winning black comedy, titled ‘Sorry Wrong Bed’. Directed by Lucy Miller, a couple pull up to a mysterious looking motel to rest after an exhausting drive. But nothing seems to work as it should and even the hotel’s manager has an eerie air about him. Frustration and exhaustion lead the couple into an all out fight and the presence of an eccentric maid further adds to the tensions, whilst the arrival of another couple unleashes a strange chain of events with unexpected outcomes. What secrets are held behind the walls of this hotel and its strange occupants? To book, call 0401 655 050 or visit http://bit.ly/sorrywrongbedM
‘FOUR DOGS AND A BONE’
‘Four Dogs and a Bone’ starring Kostas Ilias, is a bitingly funny satire by John Patrick Shanley, inspired by his own experience in the movie business. The play features Brenda who wants to be a star. But Collette, the other actress in the film, is in her way. Brenda must convince Bradley (Ilias), the producer, to cut Collette’s part. Bradley, knowing full well that the film is seriously over budget, intimates that he will do it, if she can convince her stepbrother, a giant movie star, to make a cameo in the film. But Collette has her own agenda: She knows she’s not as young as she once was. She tries to convince Victor, the writer, to alter the film so she can be the heroine. Victor, a naïve young writer from Off-Off Broadway, doesn’t know how to handle any of this, and his mother just died. Catch the play by Q44 Theatre Company on now until 26 May at Sacred Heart Studios (1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford). To book tickets, visit www.q44.com.au
OPA GREEK NIGHT
This Saturday 18 May from 9.00 pm-3.00 am, enjoy all your favourite modern and traditional Greek hits mixed with the best party tunes at Dimples (100 Fletcher St, Essendon). Tickets $20.00 p.p.
HIGH TEA FUNDRAISER
On Sunday 19 May from 3.00 pm-5.00 pm at the Parish of St Haralambos Upper Church Hall (190 Porter St, Templestowe), enjoy a Mother’s Day high tea to raise funds for the Monastry in Geelong. Enjoy a selection of savoury and sweet food with a glass of champagne on arrival. Tickets: Adults $55.00 and $30.00 Children (12 and under). To book call Kathryn Drougas at 0421 434 775.
OPEN JAM ‘Καφενειο’
On Friday 31 May head to Open Studio (204 High St, Northcote) for the Open Jam ‘Kafeneio’ night showcasing contemporary Greek music from genres such as rock and folk. On from 8.00-11.00 pm. Tickets $15.00.
EFFIE IN ‘LOVE ME TINDER’
Effie is set to return to the stage with her new show ‘Love Me Tinder’ on Friday 24 May, in which she holds up a mirror to the complexities of finding love and keeping it, as only she can. Is it love at first sight or love at first swipe? If I had you at hello then why can’t I get rid of you at goodbye? If love don’t cost a thing then why is divorce so expensive? On from 8.30-11.30 pm at Yarraville Live (135 Stephen St, Yarraville). For tickets, visit http://yarravillelive.com/
‘MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL’
A new season of ‘Muriel’s Wedding The Musical’ has kicked off, with Greek Australian Stefanie Jones in the role of Rhonda, Muriel’s best friend. Based on the cult 90’s film, the musical sees Muriel stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, where she dreams of the perfect wedding. Unfortunately, there’s one thing missing: a groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted; that’s when things start to go really wrong. With music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, the musical features an incredible soundtrack of addictive new songs, plus your favourite ABBA hits. Directed by Simon Phillips. On now until 16 June at Her Majesty’s Theatre (219 Exhibition St, Melbourne). To book, visit https://murielsweddingthemusical.com/
MATTHAIOS GIANNOULIS & ALEXIA HIOTI
On Sunday 9 June, Mytilenian House (225 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury) will be showcasing talented duo Matthaios Giannoulis and Alexia Hioti. Tickets $90.00, includes dinner (drinks extra). To book, call 0407055044.
PANIYIRI GREEK FESTIVAL
This weekend, 18-19 May Brisbane’s famous Paniyiri Greek Festival (Musgrave Park & The Greek Club) will take over the city in a haze of haloumi-flavoured smoke and Zorba-inspired high kicks, with a two-day celebration of authentic flavours, faces and culture with free public transport to and from the event (with a pre-purchased ticket)! More than 30 authentic Greek food stalls and traditional flavour makers will showcase the sights, smells and tastes from all regions of Greece. The program also features traditional Greek cooking demonstrations, a dancing spectacular, lectures, historical and art displays, church tours, a Kids Zone and competitions including Honey Puff Eating, Coffee Race, Plate Smashing, and Grape Stomping. For tickets, visit www.qtix.com.au
HEART KIDS FUNDRAISER
The Queensland Hellenic Charitable Trust is hosting a charity event, with all proceeds going to Heart Kids. Taking place on Friday 31 May at Mansfield Tavern (Wecker Rd,), performing on the night will be Dimitris Basis. Tickets are $90.00 p.p., and includes entertainment and food. There will also be lucky door prizes and raffles. Doors open at 7.00 pm. RSVP by 17 May. To book, call Jack 0432 214 206 or Tom 0407 758 730.
‘TAXITHI – AN AUSTRALIAN ODYSSEY’
‘Taxithi – An Australian Odyssey’ is making its South Australian debut from 7-8 June at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (Adelaide Festival Centre, Space Theatre, Festival Dr, Adelaide). The stage show written by Helen Yotis Patterson draws inspiration from the untold stories of women who migrated from Greece to Australia in the 50’s and 60’s. Filled with the poignant memories and passionate music of their homeland, these true stories resonate with the strength of the women who made new lives, creating an indelible impression on a faraway country. Writer and singer Patterson is joined by Maria Mercedes and Artemis Ioannides in this spell binding and moving story, which is unique and universal. For tickets, visit https://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au/events/taxithi/
‘THE LADY OF RO’
Inspired by the life of Despina Achladioti, the Greek widow known as the Lady of Ro, the play invites us into the world of a woman living alone on a small island questioning values she once held true. Born on the island of Kastellorizo, she sailed with her husband to the nearby deserted island of Ro, from where she saw Kastellorizo being invaded by Germans and Italians. She saw the island’s residents being evacuated from their homes by British forces to Palestine and Egypt. Her fame rests on her persistence until her death on May 13 1982, age 92 to raise the Greek flag. When Greece and Turkey went to war over Cyprus in mid 1970’s Despina became a loved national hero. Performed in Greek with English surtitles, catch ‘The Lady of Ro’ on Saturday 1 June at Subiaco Arts Centre. To book, visit https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/subiaco-arts-centre/whats-on/the-lady-of-ro/
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