Performances with a splash

ARTISTS are packing their bags for touring across the State and Australia, as Regional Arts Victoria's 2019 touring roster gets moving.

The Splash Test Dummies.

The Splash Test Dummies.

Some of them are coming in this direction.

Developed with artists and venues, and traversing themes rich in the human experience, as well as deep in connection to people and country, there is much to be excited about, according to Regional Arts Victoria touring services manager. Dale Packard.

"The 2019 program really highlights the incredible talent of Victorian artists with tours reaching all corners of the state and the country. We are inspired by the artists and venues we work with who bring their unique performance, story and cultural practice to the stage," he said.

Through touring services, Regional Arts Victoria works with regional venues and artists to demystify creative experiences, and supports the development of independent creative practice.

Mr Packard said that touring is more than a series of one-off events. "It's about connecting people, sharing ideas and supporting artists to develop sustainable careers."

Regional Arts Victoria is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations in Victoria and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria and through partnerships, programming and projects is developing creative practice all over Victoria.

The local tours schedule. Some dates have not been set and tour dates are subject to change:

Splash Test Dummies is coming to Cohuna and Kerang

Gannawarra Shire Council is bringing Splash Test Dummies to Kerang on Thursday, April 11, with the trio renowned for their comedy, improvisational skills and all-round fun."We really wanted to bring laughter to the Gannawarra these school holidays," Gannawarra mayor, Cr Lorraine Learmonth said.

"Splash Test Dummies is a show that everyone can enjoy, so forget your worries for a few hours, take a break and head to the Kerang Memorial Hall."

The 55-minute show will begin at 1pm, with tickets $16 for those five years and older. Children aged four and under may attend for free.

Local families have the opportunity to win free family passes to the show simply by liking and sharing a post on the event page on Facebook. Search 'Gannawarra Shire Council' on Facebook and head to the events section for more information. This has been made available with support from the Gannawarra Community Resilience Committee.

In an added coup for the shire, the Dummies will also run two workshops during the school holidays.

A circus skills workshop will be held at the Kerang Memorial Hall on Thursday, April 11 at 3pm and the Cohuna Memorial Hall will host a physical theatre session on Friday, April 12 at 10am.

Both workshops are suitable for people aged seven and over, with admission $10.

"When skilled performers come to the Gannawarra and share their talents with us, we learn something new and aim for new heights," Cr Learmonth said.

Tickets to the Splash Test Dummies performance and workshops can be purchased from council's customer service centres at Cohuna and Kerang, or online at

Meanwhile, the Gannawarra Library Service will continue the circus theme, with balloon animals sessions scheduled for the Sir John Gorton Library, Kerang on Tuesday, April 9 at 2pm and the Cohuna library on Thursday, April 18 at 11am. Bookings for both sessions are essential, which can be done by phoning (03) 5452 1546.

Picasso and His Dog by Lemony S. Puppet Theatre - for anyone who's ever patted a dog or been moved by an artwork, performing at the Kerang Memorial Hall in October.

Swansong by Red Hot Productions is a mighty tour de force monodrama, faultlessly executed, performing at the Cohuna Memorial Hall.

The Wine Bluffs by Hey Boss - a comedy wine masterclass with Damian Callinan and Paul Calleja, performing at the Boort Memorial Hall.

The Wine Bluffs.

The Wine Bluffs.

Picasso and his Dog.

Picasso and his Dog.

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