Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever

Kings Cross, Australia – New Year’s Eve, 1968. On the floor of a pokey flat lies the dead body of a street hustler shot at close range, straight through the heart. A man stands over him whistling Auld Lang Syne. A year earlier, in a seedy nightclub called The Boom Boom Room, dressed in a fake fur and sequined frock, Cha Cha weaves her magic on the small appreciative crowd. That night she meets Billy, a brash young boy from Melbourne and falls in love. Then the fairy-tale ends. Local pimp, Louis, has a less romantic idea for the star-crossed lovers…

CAT take great pride in presenting this Cracked Actors production by award winning playwright/director Noel Anderson. Few plays capture the Zeitgeist of one era. This one captures both the rough ‘n’ ready iconoclastic time in which it is set with the current yearning and nostalgia for an era that entrenched the LGBTIQ community in the mainstream of Australian culture.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! is a bittersweet story. It has more frocks than Priscilla and more plot twists than Sleuth. Go on, you know you’ll love it!

Noel Anderson has written plays including ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne), ‘Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ and his play on the AIDS epidemic, ‘Dark Victory’ (Playtime finalist Midsumma Festival 2016). He has directed more than fifty shows, including the 2017 hit Melbourne Fringe season of ‘Love Kills’.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! will be Noel’s first production at Cracked Actors.

Image: by Sarah Yeung

“Cracked Actors Theatre (CAT) are the first to break the ice after the pandemic shutdown with a season of theatre… and it’s such a relief”
— Cameron Woodhead, The Age

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever

Kings Cross, Australia – New Year’s Eve, 1968. On the floor of a pokey flat lies the dead body of a street hustler shot at close range, straight through the heart. A man stands over him whistling Auld Lang Syne. A year earlier, in a seedy nightclub called The Boom Boom Room, dressed in a fake fur and sequined frock, Cha Cha weaves her magic on the small appreciative crowd. That night she meets Billy, a brash young boy from Melbourne and falls in love. Then the fairy-tale ends. Local pimp, Louis, has a less romantic idea for the star-crossed lovers…

CAT take great pride in presenting this Cracked Actors production by award winning playwright/director Noel Anderson. Few plays capture the Zeitgeist of one era. This one captures both the rough ‘n’ ready iconoclastic time in which it is set with the current yearning and nostalgia for an era that entrenched the LGBTIQ community in the mainstream of Australian culture.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! is a bittersweet story. It has more frocks than Priscilla and more plot twists than Sleuth. Go on, you know you’ll love it!

Noel Anderson has written plays including ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne), ‘Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ and his play on the AIDS epidemic, ‘Dark Victory’ (Playtime finalist Midsumma Festival 2016). He has directed more than fifty shows, including the 2017 hit Melbourne Fringe season of ‘Love Kills’.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! will be Noel’s first production at Cracked Actors.

Image: by Sarah Yeung

“Cracked Actors Theatre (CAT) are the first to break the ice after the pandemic shutdown with a season of theatre… and it’s such a relief”
— Cameron Woodhead, The Age

MATADOR

After a sold out National Tour in 2019, a world wide pandemic, and after a sold out encore season in Brisbane in 2021 and fresh off an award winning debut at Adelaide Fringe, MATADOR proudly comes back to Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre for a long awaited return season as part of Midsumma Festival!

Inspired by a tale as old as time, MATADOR is a fiery fusion of burlesque, dance and jaw-dropping circus acts. Set across a fiery Spanish sunset, this is a thematic tale of forbidden love, carnal desires, passion and pain, a tale of a love torn bull & the seductive Matador!

The show takes us on an emotionally charged journey through love and it’s many faces; from the first moments you lay your eyes on that someone special, the butterflies, the flirting and sometimes, the doubt. A journey of self-discovery, identity and sexuality, of lust, sex and passion. The show also explores the trials and tribulations of love, from the pain of unrequited love to the effects of infidelity on a relationship.

MATADOR is a celebration of love, friendship and the bonds that hold us together. Comprising a colourful cast of 14 incredible performers, MATADOR features non-stop entertainment from start to finish. High energy commercial dance pieces, beautiful, touching contemporary and ballet acts as well as steamy Latin numbers intertwine with saucy burlesque acts, pole dancing and hair raising aerial and circus acts.

Tickets $70.35 to $152.95

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever

Kings Cross, Australia – New Year’s Eve, 1968. On the floor of a pokey flat lies the dead body of a street hustler shot at close range, straight through the heart. A man stands over him whistling Auld Lang Syne. A year earlier, in a seedy nightclub called The Boom Boom Room, dressed in a fake fur and sequined frock, Cha Cha weaves her magic on the small appreciative crowd. That night she meets Billy, a brash young boy from Melbourne and falls in love. Then the fairy-tale ends. Local pimp, Louis, has a less romantic idea for the star-crossed lovers…

CAT take great pride in presenting this Cracked Actors production by award winning playwright/director Noel Anderson. Few plays capture the Zeitgeist of one era. This one captures both the rough ‘n’ ready iconoclastic time in which it is set with the current yearning and nostalgia for an era that entrenched the LGBTIQ community in the mainstream of Australian culture.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! is a bittersweet story. It has more frocks than Priscilla and more plot twists than Sleuth. Go on, you know you’ll love it!

Noel Anderson has written plays including ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne), ‘Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ and his play on the AIDS epidemic, ‘Dark Victory’ (Playtime finalist Midsumma Festival 2016). He has directed more than fifty shows, including the 2017 hit Melbourne Fringe season of ‘Love Kills’.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! will be Noel’s first production at Cracked Actors.

Image: by Sarah Yeung

“Cracked Actors Theatre (CAT) are the first to break the ice after the pandemic shutdown with a season of theatre… and it’s such a relief”
— Cameron Woodhead, The Age

Don’t Make Me Play Piano Man

He’ll happily play Elton John, Carole King or Peter Allen but please don’t make him play THAT Billy Joel song.

After his acclaimed and hilarious debut cabaret, I Sing Songs, join Steven Kramer on a journey through all the great piano hits across the ages. With his cheeky, irreverent humour he celebrates his up and down relationship with the piano and some of the instrument’s superstars.

Bringing fresh arrangements of the songs you know and love, this is a sure crowd-pleaser. No stranger to piano bars and singalong nights, he’ll make you feel right at home. Just don’t leave your drink on the piano without a coaster!

MATADOR

After a sold out National Tour in 2019, a world wide pandemic, and after a sold out encore season in Brisbane in 2021 and fresh off an award winning debut at Adelaide Fringe, MATADOR proudly comes back to Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre for a long awaited return season as part of Midsumma Festival!

Inspired by a tale as old as time, MATADOR is a fiery fusion of burlesque, dance and jaw-dropping circus acts. Set across a fiery Spanish sunset, this is a thematic tale of forbidden love, carnal desires, passion and pain, a tale of a love torn bull & the seductive Matador!

The show takes us on an emotionally charged journey through love and it’s many faces; from the first moments you lay your eyes on that someone special, the butterflies, the flirting and sometimes, the doubt. A journey of self-discovery, identity and sexuality, of lust, sex and passion. The show also explores the trials and tribulations of love, from the pain of unrequited love to the effects of infidelity on a relationship.

MATADOR is a celebration of love, friendship and the bonds that hold us together. Comprising a colourful cast of 14 incredible performers, MATADOR features non-stop entertainment from start to finish. High energy commercial dance pieces, beautiful, touching contemporary and ballet acts as well as steamy Latin numbers intertwine with saucy burlesque acts, pole dancing and hair raising aerial and circus acts.

Tickets $70.35 to $152.95

Guerilla Sabbath

What happens? If I don’t?

The lights go out. We die, and are forgotten.

Frustrating, isn’t it?

A coven of transcendent, time-travelling witches wage war to restore forgotten queer histories. Yet having recently lost two of their own, and in dire need of replacements, questions begin to rise about the privilege of their power, and the power of history.

Existing outside of time and space, the coven trade the memories of their own lives on earth for power, immortality, and safety. Their role is to archive the lives and deaths of all ‘witches’ across time; to remember their names and their stories. This role, archivist, is their anchor, and they are explicitly forbidden from actively interfering with the timeline. But as the coven desperately seeks to maintain balance within their ranks and focus on the larger task at hand, tempers flare, threatening to destroy the delicate fabric of their existence and the histories they’ve curated.

An epic lyrical and theatrical exploration of these forgotten histories, ​Guerilla Sabbath​ is a fantastical reimagining of what they might have looked and sounded like. It is both a reclamation of the narrative that’s been lost and an aggressive exposé on the fallacy of the one we’ve been given.

Written by William Hinz
Directed by George Lazaris
Assistant Direction/Dramaturgy by Meta Cohen
Performed by Domenica Garrett, Milo Hartill, Henry Kelly, Erin Pattison, Michelle Perera, and Nikki Viveca
Stage Management by Brooke Simmonds
Costume/Set Design by Thomas Bevans
Sound Design by Daniella Esposito
Lighting Design by Aedan Gale
Video design by Marcus Matthews
Lighting Tech by Ikshvak Sobti
Produced by Ryan Stewart
Image by Phoebe Taylor

Content Warning: Some references to violence against LGBTQIA+ individuals’

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever

Kings Cross, Australia – New Year’s Eve, 1968. On the floor of a pokey flat lies the dead body of a street hustler shot at close range, straight through the heart. A man stands over him whistling Auld Lang Syne. A year earlier, in a seedy nightclub called The Boom Boom Room, dressed in a fake fur and sequined frock, Cha Cha weaves her magic on the small appreciative crowd. That night she meets Billy, a brash young boy from Melbourne and falls in love. Then the fairy-tale ends. Local pimp, Louis, has a less romantic idea for the star-crossed lovers…

CAT take great pride in presenting this Cracked Actors production by award winning playwright/director Noel Anderson. Few plays capture the Zeitgeist of one era. This one captures both the rough ‘n’ ready iconoclastic time in which it is set with the current yearning and nostalgia for an era that entrenched the LGBTIQ community in the mainstream of Australian culture.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! is a bittersweet story. It has more frocks than Priscilla and more plot twists than Sleuth. Go on, you know you’ll love it!

Noel Anderson has written plays including ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne), ‘Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ and his play on the AIDS epidemic, ‘Dark Victory’ (Playtime finalist Midsumma Festival 2016). He has directed more than fifty shows, including the 2017 hit Melbourne Fringe season of ‘Love Kills’.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! will be Noel’s first production at Cracked Actors.

Image: by Sarah Yeung

“Cracked Actors Theatre (CAT) are the first to break the ice after the pandemic shutdown with a season of theatre… and it’s such a relief”
— Cameron Woodhead, The Age

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever

Kings Cross, Australia – New Year’s Eve, 1968. On the floor of a pokey flat lies the dead body of a street hustler shot at close range, straight through the heart. A man stands over him whistling Auld Lang Syne. A year earlier, in a seedy nightclub called The Boom Boom Room, dressed in a fake fur and sequined frock, Cha Cha weaves her magic on the small appreciative crowd. That night she meets Billy, a brash young boy from Melbourne and falls in love. Then the fairy-tale ends. Local pimp, Louis, has a less romantic idea for the star-crossed lovers…

CAT take great pride in presenting this Cracked Actors production by award winning playwright/director Noel Anderson. Few plays capture the Zeitgeist of one era. This one captures both the rough ‘n’ ready iconoclastic time in which it is set with the current yearning and nostalgia for an era that entrenched the LGBTIQ community in the mainstream of Australian culture.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! is a bittersweet story. It has more frocks than Priscilla and more plot twists than Sleuth. Go on, you know you’ll love it!

Noel Anderson has written plays including ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’ (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne), ‘Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ and his play on the AIDS epidemic, ‘Dark Victory’ (Playtime finalist Midsumma Festival 2016). He has directed more than fifty shows, including the 2017 hit Melbourne Fringe season of ‘Love Kills’.

Billy Loves Cha Cha Forever! will be Noel’s first production at Cracked Actors.

Image: by Sarah Yeung

“Cracked Actors Theatre (CAT) are the first to break the ice after the pandemic shutdown with a season of theatre… and it’s such a relief”
— Cameron Woodhead, The Age

Guerilla Sabbath

What happens? If I don’t?

The lights go out. We die, and are forgotten.

Frustrating, isn’t it?

A coven of transcendent, time-travelling witches wage war to restore forgotten queer histories. Yet having recently lost two of their own, and in dire need of replacements, questions begin to rise about the privilege of their power, and the power of history.

Existing outside of time and space, the coven trade the memories of their own lives on earth for power, immortality, and safety. Their role is to archive the lives and deaths of all ‘witches’ across time; to remember their names and their stories. This role, archivist, is their anchor, and they are explicitly forbidden from actively interfering with the timeline. But as the coven desperately seeks to maintain balance within their ranks and focus on the larger task at hand, tempers flare, threatening to destroy the delicate fabric of their existence and the histories they’ve curated.

An epic lyrical and theatrical exploration of these forgotten histories, ​Guerilla Sabbath​ is a fantastical reimagining of what they might have looked and sounded like. It is both a reclamation of the narrative that’s been lost and an aggressive exposé on the fallacy of the one we’ve been given.

Written by William Hinz
Directed by George Lazaris
Assistant Direction/Dramaturgy by Meta Cohen
Performed by Domenica Garrett, Milo Hartill, Henry Kelly, Erin Pattison, Michelle Perera, and Nikki Viveca
Stage Management by Brooke Simmonds
Costume/Set Design by Thomas Bevans
Sound Design by Daniella Esposito
Lighting Design by Aedan Gale
Video design by Marcus Matthews
Lighting Tech by Ikshvak Sobti
Produced by Ryan Stewart
Image by Phoebe Taylor

Content Warning: Some references to violence against LGBTQIA+ individuals’