Month in the Country Submissions Now Open for 2017

A Month in the Country (MITC) is a regional residency program supporting the development of new Australian work. It provides a rare opportunity for performance-makers to reflect and create in the quiet atmosphere of our Splitters Creek farmhouse. Submissions are now being accepted for residency requests for the period 1 February to 30 June 2017.  Submissions for the second half of the year will be called for in February.

MITC is a HotHouse Theatre and AlburyCity program, run in association with Murray Arts. Since its inception more than a decade ago it has hosted groups, artists and companies including  Flying Fruit Fly Circus; Lano and Woodley; Lally Katz; PACT Theatre and Damien Callinan. This years resident artists have included Colin Kinchela, Jody Mundy Collaborations, Alyson Evans and Rachel Small with projects ranging from Indigenous science fiction to a project to engage children and families in arts activities that explore place, identity, and belonging

Submissions for the first half of the year will close 28 November 2016.

Read more about Month in the Country.

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Holiday Drama Workshop Sep 26-28!

Auditions Saturday, 11 June for the next Sunday Best – ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’

It’s hard to believe, but the next Sunday Best Playreading is on its way. When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, will be presented on Sunday, 10 July at the Butter Factory Theatre  with music from 2pm and the performance at 3pm.

The Sunday Best Playreading series is presented by HotHouse Theatre in partnership with The Other Theare Company, Albury Wodonga Theatre Company with music provided at each reading by The Murray Conservatorium.

Auditions for the show will be held this Saturday, 11 June from 11am to 2pm at the Butter Factory Theatre. There will also be a three hour rehearsal before the performance on Sunday, 10 July.


Acclaimed Australian writer Andrew Bovell (Lantana) has created an intricate, multi-layered story that spans four generations and two continents. When the Rain Stops Falling explores patterns of betrayal, abandonment, destruction, forgiveness and love. This powerful drama unfolds with humanity, surprising humour and hope, as the past plays out into the future.


The play takes place between 1959 and 2039

Henry Law, 40s
Elizabeth Law, 30s
Elizabeth Law, 60s
Gabriel Law, 28, Elizabeth Law’s Son
Gabrielle York, 24
Gabrielle York, 50
Joe Ryan, 50
Gabriel York, 50, The Son Of Gabriel Law And Gabrielle York
Andrew Price, 28, The Son Of Gabriel York

Call Darby on 0419 704 208 or email [email protected] to book an audition time

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Auditions Open for Next Sunday Best Playreading- Louis Nowra’s Classic ‘Cosi’

Auditions for the second play in the Sunday Best Playreading series, Cosi, will be held this Saturday 30 April from 11am to 2pm at The Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Island, Wodonga.

The series of playreadings, a partnership including HotHouse Theatre, The Other Theatre Company and Albury-Wodonga Theatre Company, began last month with a reading of Betty Roland’s Australian classic drama, The Touch of Silk. Live music is provided before each reading by Murray Conservatorium.

The Other Theatre Company has chosen Louis Nowra’s play, first performed at Belvoir St Theatre in 1992. Set in a Melbourne mental hospital in 1971, Cosi is semi-autobiographical, and is a play within a play. It is a touching and biting portrayal of human relationships and mental illness. The playreading will be directed by Alexander Gibbs.

Reading Performance Date: Sunday 22 May 2016, 3pm
To be involved, interested people must be available on Sunday 22 May. There will be a three-hour rehearsal on the Sunday, followed by the public reading at 3pm.


LEWIS, 21, has just left university.
LUCY, 20-23, is doing an MA thesis and lives with Lewis.
NICK, 21-24, also doing a thesis and directs student productions.
JUSTIN, a social worker in his late 30s or early 40s. He is neat and precise.
ROY, 40-50, a mental patient who has spent much of his life in institutions.
HENRY, 40-50, a former lawyer who is now a patient. Like Roy, he has spent much of his adult life in institutions.
DOUG, 20-30, has a liking for fires, but has not been in institutions very long.
CHERRY, 25-35, has been in institutions for some time.
JULIE, 21-25, is in a mental institution for the first time because of drug dependency.
RUTH, 30-40, an obsessive personality, who is in and out of mental institutions.
ZAC, 25-30, the musician of the group who has been in and out of mental institutions.
Phone 02 6021 7433 or 0410 933 582 for any enquiries or if unable to make the audition on Saturday from 11am – 2pm.
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Playreading auditions Monday 21 March!


Ever wanted to tread the boards of the Butter Factory Theatre?  We are holding a community audition session this Monday 21st March. Audition times are available from 6pm.

Auditions are for the Sunday Best community playreading series, which will be run in partnership with Albury Wodonga Theatre Company and The Other Theatre Company.

The first rehearsed reading will be Betty Roland’s classic Australian play The Touch of Silk in April, and will be directed by HotHouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Lyn Wallis. This is a large cast play, and we need volunteer community actors, both male and female between 30 and 70 years of age.

To book an audition time, contact Sam Terry on 02 6021 7433 or [email protected]

We want your best ‘Gone to the Dogs’ story

The Dapto Chaser runs into town on Tuesday 15 March and will be resident until Saturday 19 March. To celebrate this fabulous new Australian classic we want you to send us a ‘Gone to the Dogs’ story for your chance to win a double pass to the show on Friday, 18 March where you can meet the artists including former local Noel Hodda.

How to enter:

Write us your best ‘Gone to the Dogs’ story in 250 words or less. It can be full of humour or pathos or somewhere in between – but it needs to be a good yarn in the best Aussie tradition.

Then email to [email protected] by COB Thursday 10 March 2016 and include a contact phone number in your email.

We’ll publish a shortlist of five stories on the HotHouse Theatre website and also on our Facebook page, where we will announce the winner on Monday 11 March, 2016.

To find out more about The Dapto Chaser click here.

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Studio 2016 auditions!

Additional audition opportunity – 5pm Monday, 22 February, 2016.

The Studio is an advanced, comprehensive skills development program for talented 16-25 year olds who may identify as potential professional actors or theatre-makers. Selected through an audition process, Studio members commit to a year of intensive tuition and performance preparation.

In 2016, the Studio will research and perform At The Hip, which will be written by acclaimed documentary theatre-maker Roslyn Oades, and directed by HotHouse’s Artistic Director Lyn Wallis.

Auditions for Studio 2016 will be held at the Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Island: Monday 15 February, Tuesday 16 February, and Tuesday 23 February.

Information and audition preparation material can be found here:

Please contact Artistic Program Producer Beck Palmer to book an audition time: [email protected] or 02 6021 7433.