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I Wish

People are made of stuff – good stuff and bad stuff, happy and sad stuff, stinky, odd, boring, dangerous, funny, sparkling potions of stuff. People also have secret ingredients – what could your secret ingredient be? I Wish… is an exciting collaboration between Patch Theatre and renowned South Australian circus company Gravity & Other Myths. Through physical theatre, stunning visuals, and a healthy dose of humour, explore our differences to reveal the magic of individuality. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

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French Film Festival

A Chance To Win

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles In the picturesque South West of France, two villages have long been rivals. Particularly when it comes to rugby. Long-harboured resentments and pettiness find expression via scrums and tackles in this new comedy crafted by Philippe Guillard, renowned sports journalist, former professional rugby player and filmmaker (My Son Jo, AF FFF12). As their 100th match nears, the arrival of asylum seekers injects a new dynamic into village life. Where some villagers harbour suspicion, others see opportunity and the newcomers are enlisted to bolster chances of victory on the field. Could this unexpected alliance on the field pave the way for a triumphant reconciliation off the pitch? Much like The Merger did for Australian rules football, A Chance to Win uses a compelling blend of humour and heart to showcase the power of sport to create community. Differences are overcome, friendships are formed, vulnerabilities fade and tries are scored in this unpredictable and feel-good film. An inspiring tale of unity that does a world of good.

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French Film Festival

A Difficult Year

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles The wildly entertaining new comedy from irrepressible filmmaking duo Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (The Intouchables, C'est la vie), A Difficult Year stars Pio Marmaï and Jonathan Cohen as two compulsive spenders who get much more than they bargained for when they try and scam their way out of trouble. Both in debt up to their necks, Albert (Marmaï) and Bruno (Cohen) have turned to a community worker (Mathieu Amalric) to try and help get a grip on their lives. However, at one of their group sessions, they stumble into an adjoining meeting room hosting a gathering of young social activists, led by a vivacious organiser (the fabulous Noémie Merlant). Attracted more by the free beer and chips than the group's struggle against consumerism and protection of the environment (whilst acknowledging the hugs are quite nice), Albert and Bruno join the movement without any particular conviction, but soon sense an opportunity... if they don’t get arrested first. Expertly poking fun at their characters while simultaneously honouring them, A Difficult Year delivers both laughs and pathos in spades, thanks to the directors’ ongoing faith in humanity’s desire to change. With of-the-moment resonances to Australia’s social and “cozzie livs” concerns, A Difficult Year is a 2024 Festival must-see.

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Commercial

Aerialicious

An exhibition of grace and beauty, 'Aerialicious' is a sight to behold. These aerial experts will amaze and captivate you with their high-flying, high-energy performances. Witness an unmissable display of aerial artistry, grab your tickets for a night full of sizzling aerial curiosity!

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Country Arts SA Season

An Evening with the ACO Collective Quartet

Treat yourself to an evening of intimate classical music with the ACO Collective Quartet. Acclaimed for the energy and dynamism of their performances, the quartet is made up of graduates from the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s renowned Emerging Artist Program. This thrilling performance will feature string quartet masterworks by the great composers including Beethoven, alongside a brand-new Australian premiere. Join us for this inspiring and invigorating performance by the musicians of tomorrow. Repertoire: JS BACH Goldberg Variations: Aria, Variation I (6’) JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in D major "Lark": I, IV (8’) EDWARD ELGAR (arr. Goto) Chanson de matin (3’) ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (arr. quartet) Libertango (4’) ELLA MACENS Resting with Angels (11’) LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F major, Op.18 No.1: I. Allegro con brio (9’) TRAD Woodworks Suite (10’)

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Commercial Film

Argylle

From the twisted mind of Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman franchise, Kick-Ass) comes Argylle, a razor-witted, reality-bending, globe-encircling spy thriller. Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World franchise) is Elly Conway, the reclusive author of a series of best-selling espionage novels, whose idea of bliss is a night at home with her computer and her cat, Alfie. But when the plots of Elly’s fictional books—which center on secret agent Argylle and his mission to unravel a global spy syndicate—begin to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization, quiet evenings at home become a thing of the past. Accompanied by Aiden (Oscar® winner Sam Rockwell), a cat-allergic spy, Elly (carrying Alfie in her backpack) races across the world to stay one step ahead of the killers as the line between Elly’s fictional world and her real one begins to blur.

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Mornings At

Band of SA Police Christmas Concert 2024

Band of The SA Police in partnership with Country Arts SA as part of Mornings At 2024 Afternoon Tea included in the ticket Price from 1pm Get into the Christmas spirit with Australia’s oldest police band. Enjoy their extensive repertoire of classic carols and sing-a-longs for an morning of traditional cheer just in time for Santa. It’s the perfect way to kick off the festive season for the young and the young at heart.

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Commercial Film

Bob Marley: One Love

Bob Marley: One Love celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob's powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. Produced in partnership with the Marley family and starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the legendary musician and Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita.

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Brad Cox

Australian music sensation Brad Cox is thrilled to announce his upcoming solo tour, "Yarns and Yodels," set to captivate audiences across regional Australia. Inspired by the 50 or so sold-out solo shows Brad performed during lockdown, he will be taking to the theatre stage to perform beloved Coxy favourites, both new and old, and hopefully get a few laughs in the process. Unlike the Brad Cox full band rock show, the “Yarns and Yodels" tour offers an intimate and up-close experience, showcasing Brad's versatility as an artist. Fans can look forward to a rich and diverse showcase of Brad's talents, spanning from upbeat country pop to moving piano ballads. More than just a musical journey, Brad's performances are infused with his distinctive and humorous storytelling. This combination promises not only a much loved singalong, but also a bloody good laugh. Inspired by the likes Bert Kreischer, Tom Segura and many other stand up comics, Brad will let the audience decide if it’s a worthy dabble in stand up, or maybe time to sit down. Talking about the solo shows Brad stated, “The concept for the Yarns and Yodels shows was born out of the pandemic. After stripping back the show to an acoustic, sit-down, solo setting during lockdown, I fell in love with the format again. It forced me to re-learn songs and play them as they were written. Me, a bottle of wine, and the shits with the world - that’s the formula for good songs” “I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to recreate these shows, but take it one step further and out of the pubs and into intimate theatres. I have road-tested it a bunch of times, and now I am keen to take it far and wide. And who knew this little fat kid from the snow could muster up a few funny yarns and get a proper belly laugh out of the crowd.” This announcement comes hot on the heels of the remarkable success of his recent headline shows and the overwhelming response to his recent album ‘Acres’, released in May 2023. Brad Cox, known for his authentic spirit and down-to-earth persona, has become a prominent figure in the Australian music scene. His third studio album, 'Acres,’ not only topped the ARIA Country Charts but has been coupled with the overwhelming success of the 'Acres Tour’. The tour saw packed houses across metro and regional Australia, selling 30,000 tickets in 2023, and solidifying his status as one of the country's most celebrated musicians. Not one to become complacent, Brad is gearing up to release new music soon, offering fans something new and exciting to look forward too in the near future.

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Celtic Illusion 2024

mmerse yourself in one of the most unique productions touring the world. Celtic Illusion, the Irish dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA by storm and will tour nationwide in 2024. Even fans who have seen our previous shows won’t dare miss the 2024 tour that is set to raise the bar once again. This exhilarating production has broken barriers by fusing unparalleled art forms and is more spectacular than ever before. A breathtaking array of experiences, fusing Irish Dance, Magic and influential flavours of Fosse, Michael Jackson, with a Broadway style. Celtic Illusion is a show like no other. The show features new spellbinding illusions and choreography, alongside a musical score that will either make you cry or send shivers down your spine. Starring the multi talented former lead dancer of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and Star Illusionist Anthony Street, with Georgia May, a marvel in both dance and Illusion. These impeccable performers lead a cast of champion dancers recruited from renowned productions across the world, such as Lord of the Dance and Riverdance, into a theatrical masterpiece that will have you mesmerised from the moment the curtain is raised. Celtic Illusion will surpass your expectations and leave you wanting more. Don’t hesitate, and book now to know the hype of one of the largest and most unique Dance and Illusion shows in the world.

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French Film Festival

Divertimento

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles On the outskirts of Paris, two teenage sisters of Algerian descent face formidable odds as they aspire to break into the exclusive domain of classical symphonic music. This inspiring narrative is based on a true story, centred on renowned conductor Zahia Ziouani and her sister, cellist Fettouma Ziouani. Set in 1995, Divertimento paints a remarkable portrait of these young women defying expectations and overcoming societal barriers. Zahia and Fettouma's journey transcends their underprivileged beginnings, as they courageously confront chauvinism and other prejudices challenging their passion for classical music. Rather than merely seeking acceptance by the exclusive Parisian classical music scene, the sisters aspire to bring the joys symphonic music to their community. Firmly believing that music should be inclusive and a source of joy and comfort accessible to people from all backgrounds, the Ziouani sisters create an enduring legacy, still resonant today. This triumphant and heartwarming film offers a glimpse into the origins of their extraordinary journey. Divertimento showcases not only the pursuit of musical excellence but also the resilience and determination needed to redefine the boundaries of privilege, bringing the universal beauty of classical music to communities everywhere.

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Commercial Film

Dune: Part 2

Duke Paul Atreides joins the Fremen and begins a spiritual and martial journey to become Muad'dib, while trying to prevent the horrible but inevitable future he's witnessed: a Holy War in his name, spreading throughout the known universe.

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Commercial Film

Force of Nature: The Dry 2

In Force of Nature: The Dry 2, when five women take part in a corporate hiking retreat and only four come out on the other side, Federal Agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper head deep into the Victorian mountain ranges to investigate in the hopes of finding their whistle-blowing informant, Alice Russell, alive.

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Country Arts SA Season, Schools Show

How to Catch a Star

An Australian Chamber Orchestra production Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers Adapted for the stage by Sandra Eldridge with original music by Elena Kats-Chernin Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. Every night he watched the stars from his window and wished he had one of his own. “The music was fabulous, the set was perfect, the script was terrific and the actor was marvellous. I couldn't speak more highly of the whole experience” (ACO Audience Member) Credits: Creative Team: Adapted & Directed by Sandra Eldridge Original Music by Elena Kats-Chernin Production Design by Melanie Liertz Lighting Design by Matt Cox Movement Direction by Elle Evangelista One day, he decided he would try to catch a star… but first he had to think of a plan… Based on the book by international best-selling author Oliver Jeffers, How to Catch a Star is brand new ACO Families production which will take you on a journey from awe and wonder, through perseverance to triumph. In a stunning adaptation by Sandra Eldridge, Jeffers’ magical tale about reaching for dreams will be brought to life on stage through storytelling and exquisite new music by Elena Kats-Chernin performed by an ACO string quartet. This enchanting performance will leave audiences of all ages filled with hope and optimism.

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Ian Moss Rivers Run Dry Acoustic Tour 2024

Ian Moss, who Cold Chisel bandmate Don Walker once described as "The most gifted musician I've ever seen", will hit the road in in 2024 to support his new studio album Rivers Run Dry. The Rivers Run Dry Tour will feature songs from Rivers Run Dry and the songs you love - Bow River, Tuckers Daughter, Telephone Booth, My Baby and many more. If it's Mossy on stage with just his guitar and stomp box or with a band in top gear, you know he will leave nothing in the tank, and it is this total commitment to his craft that has been mesmerizing audiences for over 40 years. The new album, Rivers Run Dry, containing 12 songs, including a duet with Kasey Chambers, is a musical feast displaying once more Ian's well-documented guitar-playing genius and a voice that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. Or packs the punch of a Mallee bull. Either way it is unforgettable. VIP Tickets As part of the Rivers Run Dry Tour fans have the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets. Included in the VIP Experience (one per person/ticket price): - Exclusive “Meet and Greet” with Ian Moss during soundcheck - VIP “Rivers Run Dry” lanyard - VIP Limited Edition “Rivers Run Dry” Stubby Cooler - Ticket to the show and best seats available (where applicable) VIP Experience packages are strictly limited (subject to venue seating) and no photos or videoing will be permitted during soundcheck. We prefer you sit, listen and enjoy this unique experience. Ian will be supported by Callum Wylie: Callum Wylie draws his influences from far and wide to help him carefully craft the one thing he truly cares about: Songs. Having released two solo EPs and a full band LP he has since relocated to Melbourne sparking multiple musical projects including a new EP expected to be released in 2024.

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Commercial Film

Imaginary

From Blumhouse, the genre-defining masterminds behind FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S and M3GAN, comes an original horror that taps into the innocence of imaginary friends – and begs the question: Are they really figments of childhood imagination or is something more terrifying lying just beneath? When Jessica (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice (Pyper Braun) develops an eerie attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey she finds in the basement. Alice starts playing games with Chauncey that begin playful and become increasingly sinister. As Alice’s behaviour becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.

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French Film Festival

Jeanne du Barry

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles The lavish new drama from writer/director Maïwenn, Jeanne Du Barry is freely inspired by the life of the rags-to-riches social climber, a working-class woman who became the mistress of King Louis XV, played with taciturn command by Johnny Depp in his first French-language speaking role. Pre-Revolution France: Jeanne Bécu (Maïwenn), the illegitimate daughter of a monk, hungers for culture and pleasure and is determined to escape her upbringing. With charm and wit, she builds a reputation as a skilled courtesan and her benefactor, the Comte du Barry (Melvil Poupaud) grows rich through her amorous encounters. Wishing to present her to the widowed King (Depp), a renowned womaniser, the Comte orchestrates a meeting. For Jeanne and Louis, it’s intoxication at first sight; she is soon anointed his new favourite. Unapologetically ignoring propriety and etiquette, with the help of his valet La Borde (a scene-stealing Benjamin Lavernhe), Louis moves her into his Versailles palace, sparking scandal and jeopardising relations with the newly arrived Marie Antoinette... Shot on location at Versailles and featuring majestic costumes and production design, Jeanne Du Barry is a visual feast for the senses. Maïwenn delivers an exuberant and sensitive portrait of class, ambition and both the rewards and risks of living in the public eye.

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Arts On Screen

La Rondine

The Metropolitan Opera Puccini’s bittersweet love story, which follows an elegant woman from high society and an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess, stars soprano Angel Blue as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his highly anticipated company debut as Ruggero. Also in their Met debuts, soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov complete the principal cast as Lisette and Prunier, with Speranza Scappucci on the podium to lead a score that combines the charm of Viennese operetta with the romance and heartbreak of Italian classics like La Bohème and La Traviata. The rarely performed opera returns to the Met for the first time in more than a decade in Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of 1920s French Riviera.

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Commercial Film

Madame Web

"Meanwhile, in another universe..." In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing's most enigmativ heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures...if they can all survive a deadly present.

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Country Arts SA Season

Marcia Hines Still Shining:

Australia’s beloved musical treasure, with a career spanning five amazing decades, will be returning to the Regional Australia in 2024! Accompanied by her musicians and production crew, each performance will be a celebration of the extraordinary output of this legendary Australian. From the early days of ‘Fire and Rain’ to the Discotheque album and all the way through to the 2022 release of ‘The Gospel According to Marcia’, each performance will encapsulate Marcia’s extraordinary vocal range and recording career. Since moving to Australia from Boston at just 16 to star in the production of Hair, Marcia has become an integral part of the Australian music and entertainment industry. 22 albums, 2.6 million sales, countless chart topping singles and multi-platinum albums. She continues to reinvent herself and in doing so sets new industry benchmarks. From Jesus Christ Superstar to ‘Queen of Pop’ to ‘Australian Idol’, induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and an Order of Australia in 2009, this extraordinary woman has been an inspiration to women and Australians everywhere. Her return to regional centres across Australia is an acknowledgement of the importance of these cities and towns to her journey. These years of touring were so significant in the establishment of her career and her relationship with Australian audiences. Expect two hours plus of memories, musicality and a little madness. The amazing Miss Hines and her touring family are a wonder to behold!

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French Film Festival

Mr. Blake at Your Service!

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles Straight from the pages of Gilles Legardinier’s international hit novel, Complètement Cramé!, comes a highly anticipated romantic comedy-drama featuring the dynamic duo of John Malkovich and Fanny Ardant (The Colours of Fire, AF FFF23), reuniting them on screen for the first time since Casanova Variations in 2015. Malkovich's brilliant underrated comedic style is on full display as he takes on the role of the charming British businessman, Andrew Blake. In a twist of fate, Blake becomes the butler of the Domaine de Beauvillier estate, owned by the graceful and aloof Madame de Beauvillier (Ardant). A once-distinguished manor house, the estate is now a shadow of itself, with rooms, staff, and residents all longing for better days. Mr. Blake At Your Service! is Gilles Legardinier's debut, with him directing and adapting the film from his own novel. The book has taken the literary world by storm, being translated into 17 languages and selling over a million copies across 22 countries. Co-starring Cannes best actress winner Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta), this very sweet and humorous film explores culture clashes, unexpected friendships, and second chances at happiness. Prepare yourselves for a heart-warming cinematic experience which will leave you grinning.

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Country Arts SA Season, Seated on Stage

Nancy Bates: Still Talkin' Bout A Revolution

Barkindji woman, and esteemed singer-songwriter, Nancy Bates reflects on the songs of African-American singer Tracy Chapman, and their relevance to race relations, society, and politics in Australia today. Through eloquent storytelling and sharp wit, Nancy shares with the audience her hope and her pain, delivering a 'call to action' that is impossible to ignore. In this acclaimed show Nancy pays homage to her inspiration, delivering an outstanding musical performance and revolutionary experience. Accompanied by the talent Flik Freeman on bass, Nancy will guide the audience through some of Tracy Chapman’s most powerful ballads including, Fast Car, Give Me One Reason and Talkin’ Bout a Revolution. “Bates’passion for Chapman’s music and her own belief that change needs to happen permeates throughout the show… you can’t help but embrace the excitement and vision that Bates was sharing.” Fontella Koleff, Heckle

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Arts On Screen

Painting The Modern Garden - Monet To Matisse

For many great artists the garden has long been considered a desirable subject for the expression of colour, light and atmosphere. Claude Monet is perhaps the most well-known painter of gardens but other greats such as Van Gogh, Pissarro, Matisse and Sargent all viewed the garden as a meaningful focus for their talents. The work of these great artists, along with many others, feature in a major 2016 exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ from The Royal Academy, London. This dazzling film takes a magical journey from the gallery to the gardens, to Giverny and Seebüll and other glorious grounds favoured by artists. Here we discover how early twentieth century artists designed and cultivated their own gardens to explore contemporary utopian ideas and motifs of colour and form. Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film.

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Peppa's Cinema Party

Come on everybody it’s time for Peppa’s Cinema Party! This year Peppa Pig celebrates her 20th anniversary and to mark such a HUGE occasion she is throwing the MOST EPIC PARTY EVER – and all of her friends are INVITED! (That’s YOU!) Featuring the voices of Katy Perry as Ms. Leopard and Orlando Bloom as Mr. Raccoon in an episode of the 3-part Wedding Party story, the whole family can enjoy 10 never-before-seen Peppa Pig episodes! And with 5 brand new songs, as well as 11 interactive entertainment shorts with Peppa and her friends playing, dancing and singing in the real world, you and your little ones will be moving and grooving with Peppa in a whole new way! So grab your coat and jump into your boots, let’s be on our way to the Peppa Cinema Party! Adults at Kids Prices Under 12 Months Free when sitting on a paid Adults lap.

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Queen Forever

Queen Forever's Historic Debut at The Chaffey Theatre in Renmark! Join us for a monumental night at The Chaffey Theatre in Renmark on Thursday, March 7th, 2024, as Queen Forever brings their acclaimed “A Night at the Theatre” tour to this charming Riverland town for the first time in their 17-year history. Experience the thrill of Queen's music with Gareth Hill's outstanding portrayal of Freddie Mercury, renowned for being the most entertaining Freddie impersonator globally. The band also features Scott Bastian as the guitar legend Sir Brian May, Brad Hodgkinson channeling the spirit of Roger Taylor on drums, and Darryn McLaughlin as the steady John Deacon. Danny Oakhill completes the lineup with his exceptional keyboard skills. Get ready to rock out to all of Queen's greatest hits, from "Bohemian Rhapsody" to "We Will Rock You," along with a selection of deeper cuts that showcase the breadth of Queen's musical journey. This show doesn't just celebrate the hits; it immerses you in the full spectrum of Queen's legacy. The evening promises a state-of-the-art production with stunning costumes and lighting, recreating the different eras of Queen's storied career. Don't miss this unique opportunity to witness the magic of Queen in Renmark. Book your tickets now and be part of an unforgettable night at The Chaffey Theatre!

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Robertson Brothers 60’s Variety TV Show 2024

“It’s different to other shows…It’s like a real TV show from the 1960’s. I haven’t seen anything like it before”! (Michelle K, 2023 audience member) Following their Sold Out National Tour in 2023, Australia's new 'Kings of Variety Television' are back in 2024 with a brand new show! The Robertson Brothers are thrilled to be returning with their new heart-warming and uplifting 1960’s Variety TV Show! Geoff and Ben Robertson are back as your charming and cheeky hosts for this nostalgic night of entertainment as they pay tribute to the musical giants of the 1960’s – The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Johnny Farnham, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Hollies, The Bee Gees, Frankie Valli, The Everly Brothers, Neil Sedaka and The Seekers. “I felt like a teenager all over again”! (Daniel S, 2023 audience member) Variety TV Show fans will be excited to know the multi-talented Simon Brook McLachlan (from the Original Australian cast of Jersey Boys) will return in 2024 to thrill us with his very special tributes to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons as well as Neil Sedaka, together with a brand new Variety Show tribute to the much loved 1960s Australian superstar… Johnny Farnham. “It’s the best show I’ve seen in years!” - Ray Hadley, 2GB Unlike anything you have ever seen before this 150 minute ground-breaking and interactive theatrical TV experience is filled with all the fun, music and long forgotten memories of the fabulous 1960’s. The Variety TV Show audience is taken on a unique and emotional journey back to the best years of their lives.

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Media, Awards, Family Friendly, Suitable for ESL Audiences, Regional Event

The 60 Four: Live In Concert

Heralded as “Australia’s best tribute act”, The 60 Four present the biggest hits of the '60s and '70s in an energetic, Las Vegas-style performance.  Backed by a spectacular 9-piece band, The 60 Four deliver a powerful performance of evocative and exhilarating nostalgia, with spine-tingling ballads and up-tempo, twisting hits. Think The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Bee Gees, Johnny O'Keefe and Elvis Presley. After hugely successful seasons in Perth, Sydney, Ballarat and Melbourne, The 60 Four are returning for a South Australian tour of their electrifying show.  “A flawless and slick, five star spectacular” On Your Markus ★★★★★ Stage Whispers, Glam Adelaide, Weekend Notes, On Your Markus, The Barefoot Review, Arts Review, & more Touring Australia in 2024

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Media, Awards, Relaxed Performance, Regional Event

The Bacchae

One day a team of queer, neurodivergent country teens picked up this 2000-year-old script and said, "we want to do this play because it is gay and chaotic." And Fleur Kilpatrick, award-winning playwright and director said "are you sure? People get torn to pieces." And they said "Mood." So Dionysos has come to town. And you better party. Or else. People who get what we’re doing:“The work Riverland Youth Theatre makes is first class. (They) are creating innovative, ambitious programs that could make a major impact at a national level and has the potential to shift the conversation about youth arts in our Country.” Mik Frawley, Country Arts SA “I’ve never experienced young actors explode into a new text the way they did with Fleur’s writing.” Christian Leavesley, Arena Theatre

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The Beach Boys Experience

Pick up some Good Vibrations at this unforgettable celebration dedicated to the music of The Beach Boys For nearly 60 years, the Beach Boys have embodied summertime. Sun, surfing, the beach, pretty girls in bikinis, driving with the top down. Favourites like “Surfin Safari”, “Surfin USA”, “Surfer Girl”, “Little Deuce Coupe”, “Barbara Ann” and “California Girls” turned the warm-weather months into a blissful utopia where perpetual happiness, young love, and endless freedom reigned. Now, THE BEACH BOYS EXPERIENCE bring to the stage a mesmerising vocal wall of harmonies to capture the iconic sounds of one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of all time. Come have some Fun, Fun, Fun at the coolest, hippest, most far-out concert this year!

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The Fleetwood PAC

10 years ago, a psychic predicted she would wear a top hat. Now, as Stevie Nicks in a Fleetwood Mac Tribute Act, it all makes sense. The Fleetwood Pac were formed at a time when the world needed nostalgic comfort. Taking you back to a simpler time, The Fleetwood Pac pay tribute to their idols with authenticity and respect. What sets this act apart is the attention to details. This show has been transcribed note for note with the melody as Fleetwood Mac recorded, the harmonies where they belong and the toms back-to- front on the drums. Fans of Fleetwood Mac will recognise and appreciate the details. They may not be the real thing, but they are the real experience. "With silky vocals and a big sound, this Fleetwood Mac tribute band is pure gold." - First on Film & Entertainment

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The Ten Sopranos Mamma Mia The Concert

Mamma Mia the Concert is a masterful and stimulating performance of the ABBA repertoire never before seen in Australia. This is a memorable concert which has new vocal and symphonic harmonies, where the glorious melodies are re-invigorated and given new life. The Ten Sopranos, considered to be the most powerful all-female group in Australia, bring you a concert of epic proportions. The songs of Benny and Bjorn have never sounded so full and Lucious. This show will have you singing, clapping, and stomping from beginning to end. The Ten Sopranos deliver the number one vocal interpretation of the ABBA songs on Earth. Artistic and Musical director Penny Pavlakis (Internationally acclaimed and multi-award-winner known to her peers as “The Singers’ Singer” who has over 1000 performances on the world Opera and contemporary stage, brings to the stage star power, very few people can) along with The Sopranos, showcase their supreme talents to Australian audiences paying homage to the magnificent songs of Benny and Bjorn in a unique and exciting way. This is a feel-good concert you will not want to miss! What they said! It is impossible for you not to be mesmerised (The Pictorial) If you only see one show this year, this must be it (The Advertiser) Pavlakis has no peer on the world stage, whether its classical or contemporary, she really is magnificent (Maestro Tommy Tycho) I have managed performing arts centres for 14 years and this concert rates as one of the best I have ever seen (Ross Le Clerc, venue manager) The Ten Sopranos are the real deal (Giant Entertainment)

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French Film Festival

The Three Musketeers - D'Artagnan

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles Join us for the official opening night with drinks and nibbles on arrival and the screening of The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan Alexandre Dumas’ thrilling and beloved classic novel The Three Musketeers has spawned multiple adaptations since its publication in 1844, but none have approached the scope and spectacle of this wildly entertaining, blockbuster two-film production from director Martin Bourboulon, who assembles an all-star cast for the first French cinematic treatment in over 30 years. Set in the early 17th century kingdom of France, the opening instalment D’Artagnan follows a spirited young swordsman, Charles D’Artagnan (François Civil), on his journey from Gascony to Paris to join the King’s elite Musketeers of the Guard. Along the way, he narrowly escapes death whilst heroically saving a woman from being kidnapped. In his efforts to enlist, D’Artagnan manages to offend the sensibilities of three of the most formidable Musketeers in the ranks, Athos Vincent Cassel), Porthos (Pio Marmaï) and Aramis (Romain Duris). But D’Artagnan soon wins them over, and his dedication to help his newfound friends and serve King Louis XIII Louis Garrel) will lead him not only into the path of the mysterious Milady deWinter (Eva Green) and the Queen’s consort Constance Lyna Khoudri), but into the heart of a conspiracy where the future of the nation itself is at stake. France’s biggest box-office success of 2023, Bourboulon’s magnificent production - lavishly produced with a budget of over €70 million - is respectful of its source but enriched with contemporary touches; the film is chock-full of humour, romance, palace intrigue and pulse-pounding action. The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan unquestionably delivers as a smart and hugely involving big-screen experience for all ages. Audiences are assured of lining up for the thrilling conclusion, Milady, within moments of the end credits.

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The Three Musketeers - Milady

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles Following the events of D’Artagnan, a secret from the past shatters old alliances in The Three Musketeers - Milady, the spectacular second chapter to Martin Bourboulon’s lavish, all-star adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure, the first French cinematic treatment in over 30 years. Strap in for the unforgettable conclusion.

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The World of Musicals In Concert 2024

Following a sell out 2023 Australia tour - The World of Musicals in Concert Returns to Australia in 2024 featuring an all new show. The World of Musicals in Concert has graced stages across the globe and features a world-class ensemble of multi-talented artists who exquisitely perform classic hits, fused with emotive ballads, big-screen anthems and iconic show tunes. From the best of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserables’ to ‘Guys & Dolls’ and ‘South Pacific’ and many, many more, the World of Musicals delivers a stirring musical concert theatre experience that will leave you spellbound – from the opening song to the final medley of classics. ‘ALL THE HIT SONGS IN ONE SHOW’ that is the quintessential takeaway from this musical concert gala. The World of the Musicals In Concert is a show that is tailored for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your to all your favourite and much-loved songs from the world of Musical Theatre in one unforgettable evening. Secure your seats today to a show inspired by many but unlike any other.

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Country Arts SA Season

Yuldea - Bangarra Dance Theatre

Photo: Daniel Boud From the incomparable storytellers of Bangarra Dance Theatre comes a major new work. Frances Rings’ first work as Artistic Director is a ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage. Yuldea awakens the earth and sky worlds to tell the story of the Aṉangu people of the Great Victorian Desert. Yuldea explores the moment traditional life collided with the industrial ambition of a growing nation. In 1917, the two halves of the Transcontinental Railway met at the precious water soak on the edge of the Nullarbor, Yuldi Kapi. Great metal serpents scarred the landscape, draining all water from the sacred soak. Then came the black mist of the atomic testing at Maralinga, forcing the Aṉangu people to leave their desert homelands where they had lived for millennia. Now memories lay scattered, like the Aṉangu people, displaced from their home. Remnants of colonial progress are swallowed by sand. But the Aṉangu endure, determined to keep strong their knowledge systems of land and sky, honouring their eternal bonds of kinship between people and place. Yuldea features original music by Leon Rodgers with featured songs by multi-award-winning duo Electric Fields (Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross). Designers Elizabeth Gadsby (Set), Jennifer Irwin (Costume) and Karen Norris (Lighting) create a desert world on stage.

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I Wish

People are made of stuff – good stuff and bad stuff, happy and sad stuff, stinky, odd, boring, dangerous, funny, sparkling potions of stuff. People also have secret ingredients – what could your secret ingredient be? I Wish… is an exciting collaboration between Patch Theatre and renowned South Australian circus company Gravity & Other Myths. Through physical theatre, stunning visuals, and a healthy dose of humour, explore our differences to reveal the magic of individuality. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

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French Film Festival

A Chance To Win

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles In the picturesque South West of France, two villages have long been rivals. Particularly when it comes to rugby. Long-harboured resentments and pettiness find expression via scrums and tackles in this new comedy crafted by Philippe Guillard, renowned sports journalist, former professional rugby player and filmmaker (My Son Jo, AF FFF12). As their 100th match nears, the arrival of asylum seekers injects a new dynamic into village life. Where some villagers harbour suspicion, others see opportunity and the newcomers are enlisted to bolster chances of victory on the field. Could this unexpected alliance on the field pave the way for a triumphant reconciliation off the pitch? Much like The Merger did for Australian rules football, A Chance to Win uses a compelling blend of humour and heart to showcase the power of sport to create community. Differences are overcome, friendships are formed, vulnerabilities fade and tries are scored in this unpredictable and feel-good film. An inspiring tale of unity that does a world of good.

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French Film Festival

A Difficult Year

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles The wildly entertaining new comedy from irrepressible filmmaking duo Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (The Intouchables, C'est la vie), A Difficult Year stars Pio Marmaï and Jonathan Cohen as two compulsive spenders who get much more than they bargained for when they try and scam their way out of trouble. Both in debt up to their necks, Albert (Marmaï) and Bruno (Cohen) have turned to a community worker (Mathieu Amalric) to try and help get a grip on their lives. However, at one of their group sessions, they stumble into an adjoining meeting room hosting a gathering of young social activists, led by a vivacious organiser (the fabulous Noémie Merlant). Attracted more by the free beer and chips than the group's struggle against consumerism and protection of the environment (whilst acknowledging the hugs are quite nice), Albert and Bruno join the movement without any particular conviction, but soon sense an opportunity... if they don’t get arrested first. Expertly poking fun at their characters while simultaneously honouring them, A Difficult Year delivers both laughs and pathos in spades, thanks to the directors’ ongoing faith in humanity’s desire to change. With of-the-moment resonances to Australia’s social and “cozzie livs” concerns, A Difficult Year is a 2024 Festival must-see.

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Aerialicious

An exhibition of grace and beauty, 'Aerialicious' is a sight to behold. These aerial experts will amaze and captivate you with their high-flying, high-energy performances. Witness an unmissable display of aerial artistry, grab your tickets for a night full of sizzling aerial curiosity!

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Country Arts SA Season

An Evening with the ACO Collective Quartet

Treat yourself to an evening of intimate classical music with the ACO Collective Quartet. Acclaimed for the energy and dynamism of their performances, the quartet is made up of graduates from the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s renowned Emerging Artist Program. This thrilling performance will feature string quartet masterworks by the great composers including Beethoven, alongside a brand-new Australian premiere. Join us for this inspiring and invigorating performance by the musicians of tomorrow. Repertoire: JS BACH Goldberg Variations: Aria, Variation I (6’) JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in D major "Lark": I, IV (8’) EDWARD ELGAR (arr. Goto) Chanson de matin (3’) ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (arr. quartet) Libertango (4’) ELLA MACENS Resting with Angels (11’) LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F major, Op.18 No.1: I. Allegro con brio (9’) TRAD Woodworks Suite (10’)

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Commercial Film

Argylle

From the twisted mind of Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman franchise, Kick-Ass) comes Argylle, a razor-witted, reality-bending, globe-encircling spy thriller. Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World franchise) is Elly Conway, the reclusive author of a series of best-selling espionage novels, whose idea of bliss is a night at home with her computer and her cat, Alfie. But when the plots of Elly’s fictional books—which center on secret agent Argylle and his mission to unravel a global spy syndicate—begin to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization, quiet evenings at home become a thing of the past. Accompanied by Aiden (Oscar® winner Sam Rockwell), a cat-allergic spy, Elly (carrying Alfie in her backpack) races across the world to stay one step ahead of the killers as the line between Elly’s fictional world and her real one begins to blur.

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Mornings At

Band of SA Police Christmas Concert 2024

Band of The SA Police in partnership with Country Arts SA as part of Mornings At 2024 Afternoon Tea included in the ticket Price from 1pm Get into the Christmas spirit with Australia’s oldest police band. Enjoy their extensive repertoire of classic carols and sing-a-longs for an morning of traditional cheer just in time for Santa. It’s the perfect way to kick off the festive season for the young and the young at heart.

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Commercial Film

Bob Marley: One Love

Bob Marley: One Love celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob's powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. Produced in partnership with the Marley family and starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the legendary musician and Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita.

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Brad Cox

Australian music sensation Brad Cox is thrilled to announce his upcoming solo tour, "Yarns and Yodels," set to captivate audiences across regional Australia. Inspired by the 50 or so sold-out solo shows Brad performed during lockdown, he will be taking to the theatre stage to perform beloved Coxy favourites, both new and old, and hopefully get a few laughs in the process. Unlike the Brad Cox full band rock show, the “Yarns and Yodels" tour offers an intimate and up-close experience, showcasing Brad's versatility as an artist. Fans can look forward to a rich and diverse showcase of Brad's talents, spanning from upbeat country pop to moving piano ballads. More than just a musical journey, Brad's performances are infused with his distinctive and humorous storytelling. This combination promises not only a much loved singalong, but also a bloody good laugh. Inspired by the likes Bert Kreischer, Tom Segura and many other stand up comics, Brad will let the audience decide if it’s a worthy dabble in stand up, or maybe time to sit down. Talking about the solo shows Brad stated, “The concept for the Yarns and Yodels shows was born out of the pandemic. After stripping back the show to an acoustic, sit-down, solo setting during lockdown, I fell in love with the format again. It forced me to re-learn songs and play them as they were written. Me, a bottle of wine, and the shits with the world - that’s the formula for good songs” “I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to recreate these shows, but take it one step further and out of the pubs and into intimate theatres. I have road-tested it a bunch of times, and now I am keen to take it far and wide. And who knew this little fat kid from the snow could muster up a few funny yarns and get a proper belly laugh out of the crowd.” This announcement comes hot on the heels of the remarkable success of his recent headline shows and the overwhelming response to his recent album ‘Acres’, released in May 2023. Brad Cox, known for his authentic spirit and down-to-earth persona, has become a prominent figure in the Australian music scene. His third studio album, 'Acres,’ not only topped the ARIA Country Charts but has been coupled with the overwhelming success of the 'Acres Tour’. The tour saw packed houses across metro and regional Australia, selling 30,000 tickets in 2023, and solidifying his status as one of the country's most celebrated musicians. Not one to become complacent, Brad is gearing up to release new music soon, offering fans something new and exciting to look forward too in the near future.

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Celtic Illusion 2024

mmerse yourself in one of the most unique productions touring the world. Celtic Illusion, the Irish dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA by storm and will tour nationwide in 2024. Even fans who have seen our previous shows won’t dare miss the 2024 tour that is set to raise the bar once again. This exhilarating production has broken barriers by fusing unparalleled art forms and is more spectacular than ever before. A breathtaking array of experiences, fusing Irish Dance, Magic and influential flavours of Fosse, Michael Jackson, with a Broadway style. Celtic Illusion is a show like no other. The show features new spellbinding illusions and choreography, alongside a musical score that will either make you cry or send shivers down your spine. Starring the multi talented former lead dancer of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and Star Illusionist Anthony Street, with Georgia May, a marvel in both dance and Illusion. These impeccable performers lead a cast of champion dancers recruited from renowned productions across the world, such as Lord of the Dance and Riverdance, into a theatrical masterpiece that will have you mesmerised from the moment the curtain is raised. Celtic Illusion will surpass your expectations and leave you wanting more. Don’t hesitate, and book now to know the hype of one of the largest and most unique Dance and Illusion shows in the world.

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French Film Festival

Divertimento

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles On the outskirts of Paris, two teenage sisters of Algerian descent face formidable odds as they aspire to break into the exclusive domain of classical symphonic music. This inspiring narrative is based on a true story, centred on renowned conductor Zahia Ziouani and her sister, cellist Fettouma Ziouani. Set in 1995, Divertimento paints a remarkable portrait of these young women defying expectations and overcoming societal barriers. Zahia and Fettouma's journey transcends their underprivileged beginnings, as they courageously confront chauvinism and other prejudices challenging their passion for classical music. Rather than merely seeking acceptance by the exclusive Parisian classical music scene, the sisters aspire to bring the joys symphonic music to their community. Firmly believing that music should be inclusive and a source of joy and comfort accessible to people from all backgrounds, the Ziouani sisters create an enduring legacy, still resonant today. This triumphant and heartwarming film offers a glimpse into the origins of their extraordinary journey. Divertimento showcases not only the pursuit of musical excellence but also the resilience and determination needed to redefine the boundaries of privilege, bringing the universal beauty of classical music to communities everywhere.

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Dune: Part 2

Duke Paul Atreides joins the Fremen and begins a spiritual and martial journey to become Muad'dib, while trying to prevent the horrible but inevitable future he's witnessed: a Holy War in his name, spreading throughout the known universe.

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Force of Nature: The Dry 2

In Force of Nature: The Dry 2, when five women take part in a corporate hiking retreat and only four come out on the other side, Federal Agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper head deep into the Victorian mountain ranges to investigate in the hopes of finding their whistle-blowing informant, Alice Russell, alive.

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Country Arts SA Season, Schools Show

How to Catch a Star

An Australian Chamber Orchestra production Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers Adapted for the stage by Sandra Eldridge with original music by Elena Kats-Chernin Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. Every night he watched the stars from his window and wished he had one of his own. “The music was fabulous, the set was perfect, the script was terrific and the actor was marvellous. I couldn't speak more highly of the whole experience” (ACO Audience Member) Credits: Creative Team: Adapted & Directed by Sandra Eldridge Original Music by Elena Kats-Chernin Production Design by Melanie Liertz Lighting Design by Matt Cox Movement Direction by Elle Evangelista One day, he decided he would try to catch a star… but first he had to think of a plan… Based on the book by international best-selling author Oliver Jeffers, How to Catch a Star is brand new ACO Families production which will take you on a journey from awe and wonder, through perseverance to triumph. In a stunning adaptation by Sandra Eldridge, Jeffers’ magical tale about reaching for dreams will be brought to life on stage through storytelling and exquisite new music by Elena Kats-Chernin performed by an ACO string quartet. This enchanting performance will leave audiences of all ages filled with hope and optimism.

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Ian Moss Rivers Run Dry Acoustic Tour 2024

Ian Moss, who Cold Chisel bandmate Don Walker once described as "The most gifted musician I've ever seen", will hit the road in in 2024 to support his new studio album Rivers Run Dry. The Rivers Run Dry Tour will feature songs from Rivers Run Dry and the songs you love - Bow River, Tuckers Daughter, Telephone Booth, My Baby and many more. If it's Mossy on stage with just his guitar and stomp box or with a band in top gear, you know he will leave nothing in the tank, and it is this total commitment to his craft that has been mesmerizing audiences for over 40 years. The new album, Rivers Run Dry, containing 12 songs, including a duet with Kasey Chambers, is a musical feast displaying once more Ian's well-documented guitar-playing genius and a voice that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. Or packs the punch of a Mallee bull. Either way it is unforgettable. VIP Tickets As part of the Rivers Run Dry Tour fans have the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets. Included in the VIP Experience (one per person/ticket price): - Exclusive “Meet and Greet” with Ian Moss during soundcheck - VIP “Rivers Run Dry” lanyard - VIP Limited Edition “Rivers Run Dry” Stubby Cooler - Ticket to the show and best seats available (where applicable) VIP Experience packages are strictly limited (subject to venue seating) and no photos or videoing will be permitted during soundcheck. We prefer you sit, listen and enjoy this unique experience. Ian will be supported by Callum Wylie: Callum Wylie draws his influences from far and wide to help him carefully craft the one thing he truly cares about: Songs. Having released two solo EPs and a full band LP he has since relocated to Melbourne sparking multiple musical projects including a new EP expected to be released in 2024.

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Imaginary

From Blumhouse, the genre-defining masterminds behind FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S and M3GAN, comes an original horror that taps into the innocence of imaginary friends – and begs the question: Are they really figments of childhood imagination or is something more terrifying lying just beneath? When Jessica (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice (Pyper Braun) develops an eerie attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey she finds in the basement. Alice starts playing games with Chauncey that begin playful and become increasingly sinister. As Alice’s behaviour becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.

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French Film Festival

Jeanne du Barry

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles The lavish new drama from writer/director Maïwenn, Jeanne Du Barry is freely inspired by the life of the rags-to-riches social climber, a working-class woman who became the mistress of King Louis XV, played with taciturn command by Johnny Depp in his first French-language speaking role. Pre-Revolution France: Jeanne Bécu (Maïwenn), the illegitimate daughter of a monk, hungers for culture and pleasure and is determined to escape her upbringing. With charm and wit, she builds a reputation as a skilled courtesan and her benefactor, the Comte du Barry (Melvil Poupaud) grows rich through her amorous encounters. Wishing to present her to the widowed King (Depp), a renowned womaniser, the Comte orchestrates a meeting. For Jeanne and Louis, it’s intoxication at first sight; she is soon anointed his new favourite. Unapologetically ignoring propriety and etiquette, with the help of his valet La Borde (a scene-stealing Benjamin Lavernhe), Louis moves her into his Versailles palace, sparking scandal and jeopardising relations with the newly arrived Marie Antoinette... Shot on location at Versailles and featuring majestic costumes and production design, Jeanne Du Barry is a visual feast for the senses. Maïwenn delivers an exuberant and sensitive portrait of class, ambition and both the rewards and risks of living in the public eye.

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Arts On Screen

La Rondine

The Metropolitan Opera Puccini’s bittersweet love story, which follows an elegant woman from high society and an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess, stars soprano Angel Blue as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his highly anticipated company debut as Ruggero. Also in their Met debuts, soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov complete the principal cast as Lisette and Prunier, with Speranza Scappucci on the podium to lead a score that combines the charm of Viennese operetta with the romance and heartbreak of Italian classics like La Bohème and La Traviata. The rarely performed opera returns to the Met for the first time in more than a decade in Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of 1920s French Riviera.

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Madame Web

"Meanwhile, in another universe..." In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing's most enigmativ heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures...if they can all survive a deadly present.

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Country Arts SA Season

Marcia Hines Still Shining:

Australia’s beloved musical treasure, with a career spanning five amazing decades, will be returning to the Regional Australia in 2024! Accompanied by her musicians and production crew, each performance will be a celebration of the extraordinary output of this legendary Australian. From the early days of ‘Fire and Rain’ to the Discotheque album and all the way through to the 2022 release of ‘The Gospel According to Marcia’, each performance will encapsulate Marcia’s extraordinary vocal range and recording career. Since moving to Australia from Boston at just 16 to star in the production of Hair, Marcia has become an integral part of the Australian music and entertainment industry. 22 albums, 2.6 million sales, countless chart topping singles and multi-platinum albums. She continues to reinvent herself and in doing so sets new industry benchmarks. From Jesus Christ Superstar to ‘Queen of Pop’ to ‘Australian Idol’, induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and an Order of Australia in 2009, this extraordinary woman has been an inspiration to women and Australians everywhere. Her return to regional centres across Australia is an acknowledgement of the importance of these cities and towns to her journey. These years of touring were so significant in the establishment of her career and her relationship with Australian audiences. Expect two hours plus of memories, musicality and a little madness. The amazing Miss Hines and her touring family are a wonder to behold!

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French Film Festival

Mr. Blake at Your Service!

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles Straight from the pages of Gilles Legardinier’s international hit novel, Complètement Cramé!, comes a highly anticipated romantic comedy-drama featuring the dynamic duo of John Malkovich and Fanny Ardant (The Colours of Fire, AF FFF23), reuniting them on screen for the first time since Casanova Variations in 2015. Malkovich's brilliant underrated comedic style is on full display as he takes on the role of the charming British businessman, Andrew Blake. In a twist of fate, Blake becomes the butler of the Domaine de Beauvillier estate, owned by the graceful and aloof Madame de Beauvillier (Ardant). A once-distinguished manor house, the estate is now a shadow of itself, with rooms, staff, and residents all longing for better days. Mr. Blake At Your Service! is Gilles Legardinier's debut, with him directing and adapting the film from his own novel. The book has taken the literary world by storm, being translated into 17 languages and selling over a million copies across 22 countries. Co-starring Cannes best actress winner Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta), this very sweet and humorous film explores culture clashes, unexpected friendships, and second chances at happiness. Prepare yourselves for a heart-warming cinematic experience which will leave you grinning.

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Country Arts SA Season, Seated on Stage

Nancy Bates: Still Talkin' Bout A Revolution

Barkindji woman, and esteemed singer-songwriter, Nancy Bates reflects on the songs of African-American singer Tracy Chapman, and their relevance to race relations, society, and politics in Australia today. Through eloquent storytelling and sharp wit, Nancy shares with the audience her hope and her pain, delivering a 'call to action' that is impossible to ignore. In this acclaimed show Nancy pays homage to her inspiration, delivering an outstanding musical performance and revolutionary experience. Accompanied by the talent Flik Freeman on bass, Nancy will guide the audience through some of Tracy Chapman’s most powerful ballads including, Fast Car, Give Me One Reason and Talkin’ Bout a Revolution. “Bates’passion for Chapman’s music and her own belief that change needs to happen permeates throughout the show… you can’t help but embrace the excitement and vision that Bates was sharing.” Fontella Koleff, Heckle

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Arts On Screen

Painting The Modern Garden - Monet To Matisse

For many great artists the garden has long been considered a desirable subject for the expression of colour, light and atmosphere. Claude Monet is perhaps the most well-known painter of gardens but other greats such as Van Gogh, Pissarro, Matisse and Sargent all viewed the garden as a meaningful focus for their talents. The work of these great artists, along with many others, feature in a major 2016 exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ from The Royal Academy, London. This dazzling film takes a magical journey from the gallery to the gardens, to Giverny and Seebüll and other glorious grounds favoured by artists. Here we discover how early twentieth century artists designed and cultivated their own gardens to explore contemporary utopian ideas and motifs of colour and form. Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film.

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Peppa's Cinema Party

Come on everybody it’s time for Peppa’s Cinema Party! This year Peppa Pig celebrates her 20th anniversary and to mark such a HUGE occasion she is throwing the MOST EPIC PARTY EVER – and all of her friends are INVITED! (That’s YOU!) Featuring the voices of Katy Perry as Ms. Leopard and Orlando Bloom as Mr. Raccoon in an episode of the 3-part Wedding Party story, the whole family can enjoy 10 never-before-seen Peppa Pig episodes! And with 5 brand new songs, as well as 11 interactive entertainment shorts with Peppa and her friends playing, dancing and singing in the real world, you and your little ones will be moving and grooving with Peppa in a whole new way! So grab your coat and jump into your boots, let’s be on our way to the Peppa Cinema Party! Adults at Kids Prices Under 12 Months Free when sitting on a paid Adults lap.

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Queen Forever

Queen Forever's Historic Debut at The Chaffey Theatre in Renmark! Join us for a monumental night at The Chaffey Theatre in Renmark on Thursday, March 7th, 2024, as Queen Forever brings their acclaimed “A Night at the Theatre” tour to this charming Riverland town for the first time in their 17-year history. Experience the thrill of Queen's music with Gareth Hill's outstanding portrayal of Freddie Mercury, renowned for being the most entertaining Freddie impersonator globally. The band also features Scott Bastian as the guitar legend Sir Brian May, Brad Hodgkinson channeling the spirit of Roger Taylor on drums, and Darryn McLaughlin as the steady John Deacon. Danny Oakhill completes the lineup with his exceptional keyboard skills. Get ready to rock out to all of Queen's greatest hits, from "Bohemian Rhapsody" to "We Will Rock You," along with a selection of deeper cuts that showcase the breadth of Queen's musical journey. This show doesn't just celebrate the hits; it immerses you in the full spectrum of Queen's legacy. The evening promises a state-of-the-art production with stunning costumes and lighting, recreating the different eras of Queen's storied career. Don't miss this unique opportunity to witness the magic of Queen in Renmark. Book your tickets now and be part of an unforgettable night at The Chaffey Theatre!

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Robertson Brothers 60’s Variety TV Show 2024

“It’s different to other shows…It’s like a real TV show from the 1960’s. I haven’t seen anything like it before”! (Michelle K, 2023 audience member) Following their Sold Out National Tour in 2023, Australia's new 'Kings of Variety Television' are back in 2024 with a brand new show! The Robertson Brothers are thrilled to be returning with their new heart-warming and uplifting 1960’s Variety TV Show! Geoff and Ben Robertson are back as your charming and cheeky hosts for this nostalgic night of entertainment as they pay tribute to the musical giants of the 1960’s – The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Johnny Farnham, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Hollies, The Bee Gees, Frankie Valli, The Everly Brothers, Neil Sedaka and The Seekers. “I felt like a teenager all over again”! (Daniel S, 2023 audience member) Variety TV Show fans will be excited to know the multi-talented Simon Brook McLachlan (from the Original Australian cast of Jersey Boys) will return in 2024 to thrill us with his very special tributes to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons as well as Neil Sedaka, together with a brand new Variety Show tribute to the much loved 1960s Australian superstar… Johnny Farnham. “It’s the best show I’ve seen in years!” - Ray Hadley, 2GB Unlike anything you have ever seen before this 150 minute ground-breaking and interactive theatrical TV experience is filled with all the fun, music and long forgotten memories of the fabulous 1960’s. The Variety TV Show audience is taken on a unique and emotional journey back to the best years of their lives.

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Media, Awards, Family Friendly, Suitable for ESL Audiences, Regional Event

The 60 Four: Live In Concert

Heralded as “Australia’s best tribute act”, The 60 Four present the biggest hits of the '60s and '70s in an energetic, Las Vegas-style performance.  Backed by a spectacular 9-piece band, The 60 Four deliver a powerful performance of evocative and exhilarating nostalgia, with spine-tingling ballads and up-tempo, twisting hits. Think The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Bee Gees, Johnny O'Keefe and Elvis Presley. After hugely successful seasons in Perth, Sydney, Ballarat and Melbourne, The 60 Four are returning for a South Australian tour of their electrifying show.  “A flawless and slick, five star spectacular” On Your Markus ★★★★★ Stage Whispers, Glam Adelaide, Weekend Notes, On Your Markus, The Barefoot Review, Arts Review, & more Touring Australia in 2024

Location Chaffey Theatre

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Media, Awards, Relaxed Performance, Regional Event

The Bacchae

One day a team of queer, neurodivergent country teens picked up this 2000-year-old script and said, "we want to do this play because it is gay and chaotic." And Fleur Kilpatrick, award-winning playwright and director said "are you sure? People get torn to pieces." And they said "Mood." So Dionysos has come to town. And you better party. Or else. People who get what we’re doing:“The work Riverland Youth Theatre makes is first class. (They) are creating innovative, ambitious programs that could make a major impact at a national level and has the potential to shift the conversation about youth arts in our Country.” Mik Frawley, Country Arts SA “I’ve never experienced young actors explode into a new text the way they did with Fleur’s writing.” Christian Leavesley, Arena Theatre

Location Chaffey Theatre

subvenue Chaffey Theatre

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The Beach Boys Experience

Pick up some Good Vibrations at this unforgettable celebration dedicated to the music of The Beach Boys For nearly 60 years, the Beach Boys have embodied summertime. Sun, surfing, the beach, pretty girls in bikinis, driving with the top down. Favourites like “Surfin Safari”, “Surfin USA”, “Surfer Girl”, “Little Deuce Coupe”, “Barbara Ann” and “California Girls” turned the warm-weather months into a blissful utopia where perpetual happiness, young love, and endless freedom reigned. Now, THE BEACH BOYS EXPERIENCE bring to the stage a mesmerising vocal wall of harmonies to capture the iconic sounds of one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of all time. Come have some Fun, Fun, Fun at the coolest, hippest, most far-out concert this year!

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The Fleetwood PAC

10 years ago, a psychic predicted she would wear a top hat. Now, as Stevie Nicks in a Fleetwood Mac Tribute Act, it all makes sense. The Fleetwood Pac were formed at a time when the world needed nostalgic comfort. Taking you back to a simpler time, The Fleetwood Pac pay tribute to their idols with authenticity and respect. What sets this act apart is the attention to details. This show has been transcribed note for note with the melody as Fleetwood Mac recorded, the harmonies where they belong and the toms back-to- front on the drums. Fans of Fleetwood Mac will recognise and appreciate the details. They may not be the real thing, but they are the real experience. "With silky vocals and a big sound, this Fleetwood Mac tribute band is pure gold." - First on Film & Entertainment

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The Ten Sopranos Mamma Mia The Concert

Mamma Mia the Concert is a masterful and stimulating performance of the ABBA repertoire never before seen in Australia. This is a memorable concert which has new vocal and symphonic harmonies, where the glorious melodies are re-invigorated and given new life. The Ten Sopranos, considered to be the most powerful all-female group in Australia, bring you a concert of epic proportions. The songs of Benny and Bjorn have never sounded so full and Lucious. This show will have you singing, clapping, and stomping from beginning to end. The Ten Sopranos deliver the number one vocal interpretation of the ABBA songs on Earth. Artistic and Musical director Penny Pavlakis (Internationally acclaimed and multi-award-winner known to her peers as “The Singers’ Singer” who has over 1000 performances on the world Opera and contemporary stage, brings to the stage star power, very few people can) along with The Sopranos, showcase their supreme talents to Australian audiences paying homage to the magnificent songs of Benny and Bjorn in a unique and exciting way. This is a feel-good concert you will not want to miss! What they said! It is impossible for you not to be mesmerised (The Pictorial) If you only see one show this year, this must be it (The Advertiser) Pavlakis has no peer on the world stage, whether its classical or contemporary, she really is magnificent (Maestro Tommy Tycho) I have managed performing arts centres for 14 years and this concert rates as one of the best I have ever seen (Ross Le Clerc, venue manager) The Ten Sopranos are the real deal (Giant Entertainment)

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French Film Festival

The Three Musketeers - D'Artagnan

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles Join us for the official opening night with drinks and nibbles on arrival and the screening of The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan Alexandre Dumas’ thrilling and beloved classic novel The Three Musketeers has spawned multiple adaptations since its publication in 1844, but none have approached the scope and spectacle of this wildly entertaining, blockbuster two-film production from director Martin Bourboulon, who assembles an all-star cast for the first French cinematic treatment in over 30 years. Set in the early 17th century kingdom of France, the opening instalment D’Artagnan follows a spirited young swordsman, Charles D’Artagnan (François Civil), on his journey from Gascony to Paris to join the King’s elite Musketeers of the Guard. Along the way, he narrowly escapes death whilst heroically saving a woman from being kidnapped. In his efforts to enlist, D’Artagnan manages to offend the sensibilities of three of the most formidable Musketeers in the ranks, Athos Vincent Cassel), Porthos (Pio Marmaï) and Aramis (Romain Duris). But D’Artagnan soon wins them over, and his dedication to help his newfound friends and serve King Louis XIII Louis Garrel) will lead him not only into the path of the mysterious Milady deWinter (Eva Green) and the Queen’s consort Constance Lyna Khoudri), but into the heart of a conspiracy where the future of the nation itself is at stake. France’s biggest box-office success of 2023, Bourboulon’s magnificent production - lavishly produced with a budget of over €70 million - is respectful of its source but enriched with contemporary touches; the film is chock-full of humour, romance, palace intrigue and pulse-pounding action. The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan unquestionably delivers as a smart and hugely involving big-screen experience for all ages. Audiences are assured of lining up for the thrilling conclusion, Milady, within moments of the end credits.

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subvenue Chaffey Theatre.

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French Film Festival

The Three Musketeers - Milady

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2024 French with English subtitles Following the events of D’Artagnan, a secret from the past shatters old alliances in The Three Musketeers - Milady, the spectacular second chapter to Martin Bourboulon’s lavish, all-star adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure, the first French cinematic treatment in over 30 years. Strap in for the unforgettable conclusion.

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The World of Musicals In Concert 2024

Following a sell out 2023 Australia tour - The World of Musicals in Concert Returns to Australia in 2024 featuring an all new show. The World of Musicals in Concert has graced stages across the globe and features a world-class ensemble of multi-talented artists who exquisitely perform classic hits, fused with emotive ballads, big-screen anthems and iconic show tunes. From the best of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserables’ to ‘Guys & Dolls’ and ‘South Pacific’ and many, many more, the World of Musicals delivers a stirring musical concert theatre experience that will leave you spellbound – from the opening song to the final medley of classics. ‘ALL THE HIT SONGS IN ONE SHOW’ that is the quintessential takeaway from this musical concert gala. The World of the Musicals In Concert is a show that is tailored for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your to all your favourite and much-loved songs from the world of Musical Theatre in one unforgettable evening. Secure your seats today to a show inspired by many but unlike any other.

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Country Arts SA Season

Yuldea - Bangarra Dance Theatre

Photo: Daniel Boud From the incomparable storytellers of Bangarra Dance Theatre comes a major new work. Frances Rings’ first work as Artistic Director is a ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage. Yuldea awakens the earth and sky worlds to tell the story of the Aṉangu people of the Great Victorian Desert. Yuldea explores the moment traditional life collided with the industrial ambition of a growing nation. In 1917, the two halves of the Transcontinental Railway met at the precious water soak on the edge of the Nullarbor, Yuldi Kapi. Great metal serpents scarred the landscape, draining all water from the sacred soak. Then came the black mist of the atomic testing at Maralinga, forcing the Aṉangu people to leave their desert homelands where they had lived for millennia. Now memories lay scattered, like the Aṉangu people, displaced from their home. Remnants of colonial progress are swallowed by sand. But the Aṉangu endure, determined to keep strong their knowledge systems of land and sky, honouring their eternal bonds of kinship between people and place. Yuldea features original music by Leon Rodgers with featured songs by multi-award-winning duo Electric Fields (Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross). Designers Elizabeth Gadsby (Set), Jennifer Irwin (Costume) and Karen Norris (Lighting) create a desert world on stage.

Location Chaffey Theatre.

subvenue Chaffey Theatre.