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Crime Stoppers Safety Workshop - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

29 March 2017 - Vision Australia, Delivered by phone, In your home
Vision Australia and Crime Stoppers have joined forces to help people from the blind and low vision community to feel safe in the home and community.

Easy Peasy cooking program

25 May 2017 - 346 Macaulay Road., Kensington, Victoria
Come and experience our Easy Peasy all-inclusive 8 week cooking program, designed for adults of all ages and abilities who are blind or have low vision. Socialise with others in a similar situation whilst learning new skills, recipes and strategies to safely participate in meal preparation at home.

King Roger - Opera Australia (Audio Described)

27 May 2017 - Arts Center Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Watching his wife dance under the stranger's spell, King Roger struggles with his own passions: choosing between the sacred love he knows and the sensuous, glittering realm of hedonism the shepherd preaches.

7 stages of grieving (Audio Described)

27 May 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Remaining a vital Australian masterwork 20 years after it was penned, The 7 Stages of Grieving is a wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation.

Vision Impaired Basketball program

28 May 2017 - 30-60 Withers Way, Eltham, Victoria
Vision Australia, in partnership with Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria, Basketball Victoria and Eltham Wildcats invite you to participate in our Vision Impaired Basketball program. Everyone is welcome to participate over the 4 week period throughout June 2017, please register to ensure you don’t miss out.

AWAY

28 May 2017 - 113 STURT STREET, SOUTHBANK, VIC
It is summer, 1967, and three families head for the coast to get away, to move on, to change. Set against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, and wrestling with social upheaval, this production of one of Australia’s greatest classics pits the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its indeterminate future.

Kensington Woodwork group

30 May 2017 - 346 Macaulay Road., Kensington , Victoria
If you have a passion for woodwork and furniture making then these groups are for you!

Therapeutic Art Program

30 May 2017 - 346 Macaulay Road, Kensington , Victoria
Come and enjoy our creative art therapy classes, helpful for self-exploration, self-expression, personal growth and managing grief and loss. Individual, family and group sessions are available at our Kensington office.

Quantum Low Vision Open Day

30 May 2017 - 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin , QLD
Quantum RLV will launch the OrCam MyEye, a wearable OCR device that reads any printed text. There will also be presentations on the latest technology developments for people who are blind or have low vision and you will have the opportunity to try new products.

Melbourne Talam

1 June 2017 - 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, Vic
Three young people see each other across a crowded Flagstaff station. They just missed the train. Now they wait. And think. They think about home: Punjab, Delhi, Hyderabad. And about how they just can’t seem to get Melbourne’s rhythm right. And of all the impossible things they must do to stay. And their time is running out. Developed through MTC CONNECT, and the NEON and Cybec Electric play development programs, this vibrant production will put our city’s contemporary social issues at centre stage. Contains coarse language, mature themes and references to suicide.

Dracula

1 June 2017 - 525 Swift Street, Albury, NSW
Another bloody classic. The Gothic horror story swoops the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir. When young Lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he's not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table - he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all - blood.

Understanding vision loss workshop

3 June 2017 - 501 Stanley St, South Brisbane, QLD
This half day workshop has been specifically designed for health professionals wanting to know more about working with individuals who experience vision impairment

TALK (Audio Described)

3 June 2017 - Canberra Theater, Canberra, ACT
In Talk, writer and director Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue) sets his eyes squarely on modern journalism, social media and the 24-hour news cycle. When everyone has a megaphone, who’s listening?

My Fair Lady (Audio Described)

3 June 2017 - Regent Theater, Melbourne , VIC
After out-of-town tryouts in New Haven and Philadelphia, Lerner and Loewe’s remarkable retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion premièred in New York and redefined the form of musical theatre.

Hart

3 June 2017 - Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga, NSW
HART is a very personal and moving examination of the contemporary effects of Australia’s forcible separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. Young Noongar man Ian Michael and his co-writer Seanna van Helten developed HART through testimonials and interviews with four Noongar men spanning three generations – including Ian himself. Using the poignant words of these resilient men, HART illuminates the ongoing after-effects and inter-generational cycle of trauma experienced by Indigenous Australians. The show is intimate, warm and often very funny, and gently invites audiences to listen in on Australia’s silenced stories, and deepen their understanding of a difficult and defining part of Australian history. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains images of deceased persons.

Minnie & Liraz – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

6 June 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, Melbourne, VIC
The Autumn Road Retirement Village in Caulfield has a fiercely competitive bridge club, although with time and tide doing its inevitable work, no bridge partnership lasts for long. When Minnie Cohen loses her partner in an unfortunate swimming accident, the best player in the village, Liraz Weinberg, wants them to team up. They’d be unbeatable all right, but Minnie abhors Liraz and wants something in return.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Audio Described)

8 June 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
With award-winning writer Albee’s razor-sharp script, a stunning cast and Iain Sinclair’s impeccable direction, this will be a night of unmissable theatre.

OrCam MyEye National Roadshow

8 June 2017 - 454 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong, VIC
Vision Australia is giving people from the blind and low vision community the opportunity to receive a demonstration of one of the latest pieces of wearable assistive technology.

Therese Raquin (Audio Described)

10 June 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Thérèse lives a life of servitude, married to her sickly cousin in a loveless, arranged marriage. But her melancholy is marred by the arrival of Laurent, her husband’s friend, with whom she begins a passionate, feverish affair.

Hello Dolly! – The Production Company (Audio Described)

10 June 2017 - The Playhouse, Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
One of the most enduring musicals of all time, Hello, Dolly! bursts with humour, romance and high energy dancing. Dolly Levi, the irrepressible matchmaker from Yonkers, New York has an idea for the perfect match – the tight-fisted, local merchant Horace Vandergelder and herself!

Noises Off (audio described)

22 June 2017 - Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Michael Frayn’s classic meta-farce has been running all over the world since its 1982 premiere.

Macbeth – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

27 June 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
And thus begins Mcbeth’s reign driven to ever increasing horror in his attempts to cover his tracks and second-guess his rivals, Macbeth sinks deeper and deeper into isolation and madness. The original Game of Thrones – and the best. All dark and comfortless, Shakespeare’s restless epic shows a man’s slow immersion in the corruption that comes with power.

Cunning Little Vixen - Victorian Opera (Audio Described)

29 June 2017 - Playhouse Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Leoš Janácek's Cunning Little Vixen marvels at the beauty of nature and the process of renewal. This juxtaposition of human and animal life set in an idyllic forest follows the story of Vixen Sharpears: her youth, journey to adulthood, motherhood and death.

Cyrano de Bergerac (Audio Described)

1 July 2017 - Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Cyrano de Bergerac is the play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. An original and finely crafted romantic comedy; this is the tale of the beautiful Roxanne and the man who would love her, but for his outrageous nose.

In The Driver’s Seat

2 July 2017 - Sandown Park, Corner Corrigan Rd and Princes Hwy., Noble Park, Victoria
"In The Driver's Seat"® is an annual driving event for people who experience a vision impairment. Transport is provided from the Sandown Park Railway Station to the registration area and back at no cost. Free food and soft drink at nominal cost is available during the day.

The Plant (Audio Described)

19 July 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
Winner of the 2016 Ensemble Theatre New Writing Commission, Kit Brookman’s delightfully quirky play explores the highs and lows of modern parenting, with a keen and intelligent wit.

Neville's Island (Audio Described)

27 July 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
Tim Firth’s wicked comedy is a masterful look at men trying to make the best of a bad situation while they remain, unfortunately… men.

1984 (Audio Described)

29 July 2017 - Canberra Theatre , Canberra, ACT
Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

Hurt

29 July 2017 - Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga, Vic
Under the stark lighting of a hospital waiting room, Mel, mother of injured four-year-old Hanny, anxiously awaits news of her child. Alex, a young businesswoman who witnessed the accident, comforts and calms her. When Mel’s estranged husband Dominic arrives, a series of surprising revelations begins to unfold in the waiting room. Just who is Alex, and what is her connection to Dominic and Hanny? Where was Mel when her daughter ran onto the road, and what truth is Dominic concealing? As accusations fly and lies unravel, the reality of their strangely interconnected lives is revealed. Hurt is an exciting new Australian play that dissects modern relationships within the crucible of a family crisis. Hurt skillfully keeps us on the edge of our seats for just over an hour, with its rapid-fire dialogue, and the emotionally charged secrets that lie at the heart of its characters’ lives.

Noises Off – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

1 August 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse, Melbourne, VIC
It’s after midnight and the touring company for a new play Nothing On struggles through a final dress rehearsal unprepared for an Opening Night that is only hours away. Actors forget lines and where to put their props, the stage managers cope with mounting disasters, and the director is driven to hair-pulling exasperation.

The Book Of Mormon (Audio Described)

3 August 2017 - Princess Theater, 163 Spring St,, Melbourne , Victoria
From “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, it’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

Bakersfield Mist (Audio Described)

5 August 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, bought a painting for a few bucks from an ‘op shop’. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact, she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy (Gold Logie Award-winner John Wood) flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover.

Miss Saigon

5 August 2017 - Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
A tragedy of passion and beauty Miss Saigon is one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. Nominated for an incredible number of Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Miss Saigon is the second massively successful offering from the creators of Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil.

Disney’s Aladdin the musical

20 August 2017 - 219 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Vic
Broadway’s biggest new hit! From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA Today calls it “Pure Genie-us!” With exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production number and astonishing visual effects, Disney’s ALADDIN is exactly what you wished for! Audio Described Sunday 20 August 6:30pm. Her Majesties Theatre Melbourne Tickets call 03 9662 957, pleases mention Audio Description when booking _______________________________________________________________ For further information, or to join our mailing list to keep you up to date with the latest inclusions throughout the season please call Vision Australia on 1300 84 74 66 or email Michael.Ward@visionaustralia.org

Hello Goodbye (Audio Described)

2 September 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty, the major transition points in adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, the accumulation of a lifetime of experiences.

Rice

2 September 2017 - Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga, Vic
A sassy dissection of global and cultural politics in this new award-winning play. Working late, high up in a skyscraper, is Nisha, a business prodigy and second-in-command of an Australian rice company. Smart and sassy, she’s on the brink of closing a massive deal with the Indian government. Working later still is Yvette, the Chinese-Australian cleaner who clears up her take-away. ‘Indian princess’ and ‘Chinese cleaner’ is at first all they see when they face each other across the desk. They’re from different cultures and different generations – but as the nights wear on, and the women trade stories about their days, they discover the many ties that bind them. Brimming with wickedly humorous observations on globalisation, power, politics and family, Rice recently won Michele Lee the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016 – 2017. This terrific co-production from Queensland Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company is directed by Griffin’s Helpmann Award winning director Lee Lewis.

Di and Viv and Rose – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

5 September 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
Di, Viv and Rose would never have crossed paths if they hadn’t shared a flat all those years ago at university. For a while, the laughs and the troubles bound them together. But surely time, which delivers triumph, disaster and change so unequally and unpredictably, will slowly draw these three women apart.

The Wharf Review

8 September 2017 - Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
Holding the balance of laughter. Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue. The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have been keeping the nation’s political and cultural leaders on their metaphorical toes since before Sydney hosted the Olympics.

The Wharf Revue 2017 (Audio Described)

16 September 2017 - Canberra Theatre , Canberra, ACT
Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue. The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have been keeping the nation’s political and cultural leaders on their metaphorical toes since before Sydney hosted the Olympics.

Lip Service (Audio Described)

21 September 2017 - 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli , NSW
In John Misto’s uproarious new play, Rubenstein’s astonishing career is charted from humble beginnings in country Victoria to the intoxicating heights of international success.

The Black Rider Victorian Opera (Audio Described)

22 September 2017 - Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, Melbourne, VIC
One of the most iconic pieces of avant garde theatre since it premiered in 1990. Finding its roots in German folktale Der Freischütz (also the basis for Weber’s opera), the story follows a file clerk’s desperation to prove his worth by entering a Faustian pact. However, the Devil’s bargain is always a fool’s bargain. An allegory of addiction, the plot mirrors the tragic events of Burroughs’ own life.

Lovely Lady Lump

3 October 2017 - 118 Hovell St, Wodonga, Vic
Presented by Lana Schwarcz In 2014, Lana was diagnosed with breast cancer.In an unmissably vibrant mix of storytelling, rounded character work, stand-up, silly dances, ridiculous puppetry, and animated projections of her real imaging, she has made a show that is touching, real, raw and hilarious, skilfully making mutated cells the butt of her joke. Cause cancer seriously deserves to be laughed out of town.

Les Miserables

14 October 2017 - 525 Swift Street, Albury, NSW
Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Hay Fever – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

17 October 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
Although decidedly odd, the Bliss family can be perfectly charming when they want to be. It is just that, on this blighted weekend, each has invited a guest to stay at their house in the country without telling any of the others. So dashed inconsiderate! And for their poor guests, perfect agony!

Merchant of Venice (Audio Described)

21 October 2017 - Canberra Theatre , Canberra , ACT
This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that have not. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

Buyer and Cellar (Audio Described)

2 November 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
A one-man tour-de-force, Jonathan Tolins’ award-winning comedy about hero worship and celebrity is poignant, classy and full of laughs – just like the Funny Girl herself.

The Popular Mechanicals (Audio Described)

4 November 2017 - Canberra Theatre , Canberra, ACT
Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – take centre-stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an unhinged feast of wit.

Diving for Pearls (Audio Described)

4 November 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
With the town she grew up in changing all around her, Barbara is determined to change with it. Dreaming of a way out, she sets her sights on a job at one of the new resorts popping up all over town. Meanwhile, Den is having change forced upon him. The steelworks he’s worked at his whole life has been sold and Den must reinvent himself to survive. The arrival of Barbara’s daughter, Verge, just might be the thing that tips Barbara and Den over the edge.

Brigadoon - The Production Company (Audio Described)

4 November 2017 - State Theater, Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
Brigadoon is the story of two young American tourists lost in the Highlands of Scotland, who stumble upon a mysterious village called Brigadoon. Tommy (Rohan Browne), one of the tourists, meets and falls in love with Fiona (Genevieve Kingsford), a feisty young woman. But Tommy discovers that magically, Brigadoon only appears for one day every one hundred years.

The Kitchen Sink (Audio Described)

8 November 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
The Kitchen Sink is a touching and irresistible comedy from one of the UK’s finest young writers, a richly woven story about finding the courage to face change, and the enduring strength of family bonds

Diving for Pearls

11 November 2017 - Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
Katherine Thomson’s story about aspiration and reinvention is one of the great Australian plays. Set in Wollongong during the economic rationalism of the ‘80s, Diving for Pearls remains startlingly relevant – the political decisions of that time planted the seeds of divide we continue to witness between those with opportunity, and those without.

Hotel Bonegilla

18 November 2017 - Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga, Vic
In 1997, HotHouse Theatre sprang to life with a large-scale community production of a new Australian play, Hotel Bonegilla. 34 community actors – many with close family ties to Bonegilla – raised the Butter Factory Theatre roof with a passionate performance dedicated to the many post-war migrants who came to our region to forge new lives. In the political climate of 2016/17, Tes Lyssiotis’ play still resonates powerfully, as she draws on the very personal stories and experiences of people who arrive, and strive, to make Australia their new home.

The Merry Widow – Opera Australia (Audio Described)

19 November 2017 - Arts Center Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
The Merry Widow is a delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.

The Father – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

28 November 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, Melbourne, VIC
There’s definitely something fishy going on. You can’t fool André, and while he may be eighty years old and apt, on occasion, to forget things, they are only ever small things. Such as where he’s put his watch. It doesn’t explain why people are messing around with things in his flat, and why his daughter keeps contradicting herself. And it doesn’t explain why she allows strangers to come in and threaten him. No, something’s going on and he’ll get to the bottom of it

Scenes from a Marriage (audio described)

30 November 2017 - Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Joanna Murray-Smith’s fiery adaptation of the Ingmar Bergman classic reunites her with Queensland Theatre’s new Associate Artistic Director Paige Rattray (Switzerland).

Vivid White (Audio Described)

12 December 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
Liz and Ben have known Cynthia and Evan for years and would never let anything get in the way of their friendship. Except. When the couples each set their sights on buying the same house – well, that’s different. Forget friendship, forget respect, forget human decency: this is the property market.
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