10 November 2017
Wondonga’s HotHouse Theatre is celebrating a major milestone in 2017 — 20 years of provocative, playful and inspiring drama.
Founded in 1997, HotHouse Theatre grew out of the Murray River Performing Group, a collective of artists and actors trained at the Victorian College of the Arts who aimed to ‘respond theatrically to the life and spirit’ of life in Albury-Wodonga.
HotHouse was established to take their endeavours to the next level, to produce a kind of theatre that looked beyond local issues and work of the same calibre found on the main stages of major cities.
In the twenty years since the company came into being, it has become a major cultural force in the region, with a national reputation for curiosity and grand creative ambition. An annual season of plays is complemented by the HotHouse Drama School, a Co-Commissioning Program, the ‘Month in the Country’ artists residency program, the Generate Schools Festival and the Technical Theatre Training program.
HotHouse Theatre will celebrate its 20th anniversary in November by revisiting its very first production, Hotel Bonegilla by Tes Lyssiotis. The play explores the experiences of migrants and refugees processed through the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre in the post-WWII era.
The anniversary readings of Hotel Bonegilla will be held at The Butter Factory Theatre from 16-18 November, featuring 25 cast members including some that were involved in the original 1997 production.