Burnie Arts & Function Centre announce a bold and adventurous 2014 Season

The 2014 Performing Arts Subscription Season will be a year of discovery.

Each one of the 18 events announced tonight (Tuesday 3 December 2013, 5pm) at the launch represents a bold and exciting theatrical experience. Of the18 events, six are international acts, five are from interstate and seven are Tasmanian productions.

Prior to the season being announced, Mayor Steve Kons recounted the impressive audience numbers in attendance to performances since the rebranding from the old Civic Centre in 2010.

“Over 80,000 visitors now attend an event or function at the Centre annually. This success is partly due to the popular Performing Arts Subscription Season, now entering its fifth year,” Alderman Kons said.

At the launch, an eager and excited audience were treated to an extended trailer of Lisa Wilson’s Lake, an extraordinary dance theatre piece from Queensland that will transform the theatre stage into a glistening romantic body of water.

Other highlights include a special gold pass preview to the extraordinary Da Vinci Machines Exhibition.

Geoff Dobson, Director of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre said, “2014 will be a fantastic season. Subscribers will be able to discover the infamous Sylvia in Edward Albee’s Tony Award winning Play, The Goat, or who is Sylvia?, an amazing piece of theatre that is not for the easily offended. Nor should they miss the enthralling experimental work by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit.”

The season is packed with an international flair.

“Come with us as we travel to Afghanistan with Fred Smith, relive the London blitz with the sensational Claire Dawson, and experience the international tastes and sounds of the Seychelles with the beautiful Grace Barbé,” Mr Dobson said.

The Centre will entertain young theatre goers with Mr McGee and the Biting Flea and another terrific offering from Tasmania’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre. There is a bizarre and exciting swamp full of fascinating creatures in the Edinburgh Fringe Award Winning Swamp Juice.

“Hear great music by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lior, ACO2, TSO and Virtuosi Tasmania. Throw in some favourites like Dave O’Neil, see local performers in Burnie Musical Society’s Oklahoma! and be left spellbound, and little red faced, at the adult’s only Hypnotic by Zeiken Black,” Mr Dobson said.

At the Launch Geoff Dobson also acknowledged the outstanding year of 2013 for the arts in Burnie, with unprecedented levels of activity at the Arts & Function Centre.

“For the first time the Arts & Function Centre Subscription Season attracted over 500 subscribers. An extraordinary figure when compared to other Tasmanian centres with similar programs,” he said. 

The Centre can also boast 142 days throughout 2013 where performing arts events took place at the Centre, equating to one event every two and a half days.

The 2014 Performing Arts Subscription Season is generously supported by the Burnie City Council and Arts Tasmania.

For ticket information, please contact the box office 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit www.burniearts.net

The 2014 Performing Arts Subscription Season:

Da Vinci Machines Gold Pass Preview

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? - CentrStage

Lior Solo

BLITZ! A Sentimental Journey - Claire Dawson

Lake by Lisa Wilson

Oklahoma! - Burnie Musical Society

Dave O’Neil

Hypnotic - Zeiken Black

Dust of Uruzgan - Fred Smith

The Glenn Miller Orchestra - 77th Anniversary

Mr McGee & The Biting Flea - Patch Theatre Company

Big Baby: Boss of the World - Terrapin Puppet Theatre

Master String Quartets - Virtuosi Tasmania

Swamp Juice - Jeff Achtem

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour

Grace Barbé & the Afro Sound of the Seychelles

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra


For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net