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Can pictures dance? Can a community be written into music? Can you choreograph language or sing a place? Can ancient traditions translate to laughter? Can love trump magic? Can a child’s imagination save the world?

We think so. We know so. Because art.

But don’t take our word for it. Find your own answers to these curious questions within the events from our wonder-filled 2017 Ten Days on the Island program…

The Season by Nathan Maynard

It’s mutton-bird season and the Duncans are back in their plucking shed. Amid the threat of bird gurry, tiger snakes, Aunty Marlene and Pop blowing a pooper valve, the family reunites with a country and culture still very much alive. Hatchets are buried, secrets told, pranks pulled and deep connections drawn.

Featuring some of the best Aboriginal talent from around the country including Trevor Jamieson (The Secret River) and Tammy Anderson (I Don’t Wanna Play House). You’ll be fascinated and inspired. And you’ll laugh your head off.

Theatre Royal, Hobart |Thu 16 - Sun 19 March



You and Me and the Space Between

The Island of the Proud Circle has sprung a leak and its citizens must find a way to stop their home from disappearing altogether.

Cartoonist Tom O’Hern will draw the story as actor Jane Longhurst narrates it and puppeteer Felicity Horsley brings it to magical life. With words by Finegan Kruckemeyer, direction by Sam Routledge and a musical score by Dean Stevenson, this is storytelling at its creative best.

Laugh, lift, think, hope. For all the family.

Earl Arts Centre, Launceston | Thu 16 - Sat 18 March
Peacock Theatre, Hobart | Fri 24 - 26 March



White Snake

Once upon a time, a young man fell in love with a beautiful woman. They married and lived happily until her true identity was revealed; she was a magical white snake.

The famous myth has captured imaginations for centuries. This telling turns the classic, ‘love-knows-no-bounds’ tale into a sumptuous visual experience of performance, music, art, song and costume.

Princess Theatre, Launceston | Tue 21 March
Theatre Royal, Hobart | Fri 24 & Sat 25 March



The God That Comes

The God That Comes is a wine-soaked rock & roll cabaret starring Hawksley Workman in an extraordinary solo performance that fuses the chaotic revelry of a rock concert with the intimacy of theatre. Hawksley – award-winning rocker, writer and actor – plays all the characters and all the instruments in a spectacle of pure talent.

It is a tonic for a society that has lost its sense of balance and abandoned its animal instincts.

Raise a glass, get lost in the music, but beware; this is Bacchus at his most potent.

Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, Devonport | Tue 21 March
The Playhouse Theatre, Hobart | Fri 24 & Sat 25 March



Portraits in Motion

Volker Gerling has walked 3,500km over 13 years and had thousands of human encounters in search of lost moments.

He has compiled these intimate moments into flipbooks and now presents the best of them to audiences all over the world. Using his flipbooks, a projector and his elegant humour, he creates a narrated ‘thumb cinema’ that exposes what the rushing world doesn’t see.

Arts & Entertainment Centre, Flinders Island | Tue 21 March
Little Theatre, Deloraine | Wed 22 March
Town Hall, Swansea | Thu 23 March
Town Hall, Hobart | Fri 24 & Sat 25 March
Palais Theatre, Franklin | Sun 26 March



Paris Combo

Swinging gypsy jazz and cabaret meets French pop; Latino meets Middle Eastern rhythms; they all live happily ever after.

Fronted by the charismatic vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, critically acclaimed Paris Combo has established itself as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. For the first time, they bring their fun-loving sound and their new album to Tasmania.

Tables and chairs, drinks, dance floor, happy days.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie | Wed 22 March
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre | Thu 23 March



Facing North

Facing North is an ambitious community project that takes the character, people, history and landscapes of the Cradle Coast and turns them into music.

Under the tutelage of exceptional Tasmanian composer/songwriter Dean Stevenson, over 100 local musicians bring their skills to the musical narrative.

This flagship community performance is proof that in a region where high calibre touring music is limited, the locals can make it themselves, on a grand scale.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie | Sun 12 March



The Spiegeltent Hobart


International stars and home-grown Tassie heroes will call the Spiegeltent home as the doors open for another stellar season of premium entertainment at PW 1.

The very best in comedy, cabaret, theatre and music has been hand-picked for the 2017 program with something to tempt everyone.

The must-see headline show of the season, VELVET arrives in Hobart after touring the world and will raise the roof of the tent with its disco-fuelled inferno!

Don’t be shy, step inside!



WIL ANDERSON - Critically Wil
This comedian needs no introduction. With his trademark hair, Doc Martins and shouty voice, Wil Anderson dominates the Australian comedy scene.

Catch Wil for the first time at the Spiegeltent with his brand new show. Don’t miss your chance to see stand up its finest.


This performance will be the first outing for a collaboration of two of Australia’s most respected artists. Singer/songwriter Lior and acclaimed composer, pianist and polymath Paul Grabowsky will be reinventing some of Lior’s most cherished songs as well as bringing their own individual voices to this special show.


Watch out! The Kransky Sisters are bringing their home baked show to town!

These three eccentric sisters with their eclectic mix of instruments have cooked up a very special sweet serving of well known songs gleaned from their old wireless at home.

Hot out of the oven, these oddball Queensland sisters reminiscent of your old aunties will leave you wanting seconds!




Full details of these and more unforgettable arts adventures are in our printed program or online at tendays.org.au.

Pick up your copy of the program with the Sunday Tasmanian tomorrow and The Advocate and The Examiner on Monday.

There are stories on the wind, on the island and in your hands.




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