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Melbourne Talam On Tour

17 May 2017

Melbourne Theatre Company’s world premiere production, Melbourne Talam, will be commencing its regional tour at the Mildura Arts Centre on Tuesday 23 May before going on to play at five other leading performing arts venues in Victoria and Launceston College in Tasmania.

This new production by Rashma N. Kalsie explores the notion of belonging, told through the stories of three young people from India trying to make Melbourne their home. It is vibrant and fast-paced theatre, energised with Melbourne’s urban intensity and cultural diversity, traversing time and place to put Australia’s contemporary social issues centre stage.

MTC Executive Director Virginia Lovett said, ‘Each year we take our Education production on tour as part of our mission to make theatre and the creative industries accessible to young people around the state. It is wonderful to be returning to venues we have visited previously as well as venturing to new places, strengthening existing partnerships and establishing new ones. Melbourne Talam has been nurtured through various MTC play development programs and it’s wonderful to now be presenting its world premiere production for our 2017 Education tour.’

MTC’s tour program features free pre-show talks and post-show Q&As for school groups, and the opportunity for students to participate in free creative workshops that will focus on the themes, ideas and non-naturalistic performance style of the production.

Directed by Petra Kalive, Melbourne Talam is MTC’s 2017 Education Production, embodying MTC’s commitment to programming theatre that speaks directly to today’s young audiences.

Melbourne Talam is on the 2017 VCE Drama Playlist and is travelling to Mildura, Warnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Wodonga, Geelong and Launceston, following a three week season at MTC’s Southbank Theatre.

The tour is part of MTC’s Sharing the Light initiative which is generously supported by the Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.

For more information about Melbourne Talam visit
For more information about MTC’s Education Program visit

Tour Venues, Dates & Times

Mildura Arts Centre
Tuesday 23 May, 1pm
03 5018 8330

Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool
Thursday 25 May, 1pm and 7.30pm
03 5559 4999

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Tuesday 30 May, 1pm
03 5434 6100

Eastbank Centre, Shepparton
Wednesday 31 May, 1pm
03 5832 9511

The Cube Wodonga
Thursday 1 June, 1pm
02 6022 9311

Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Tuesday 6 June, 1pm & 7pm
03 5225 1207

Launceston College, Tasmania
Thursday 8 June and Friday 9 June
03 6332 7777

School workshop bookings

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Published on 17 May 2017