This page is your guide to what’s happening around Showcase Victoria in May. Explore the events below to plan your evenings after a day of networking at Showcase

World Problems | Melbourne theatre Company
3 – 22 May 2024

Tickets range from $29 – $60
South Bank Theatre | South Bank Theatre, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank Victoria

A woman summons up her childhood with an intensity so visceral it seems to be playing out in front of us. But as her memories draw closer to the present, the space between the personal and the speculative grows ever more blurry. Where do you end, and everything else begins?

Lung | La Mama
7 – 19 May 2024

Tickets are $40
La Mama HQ | 205 Faraday Street, Carlton,

Lung is a rich new radio play about serious illness, the changes it wreaks, and the will to survive.

Anna is a smart, successful and ambitious corporate lawyer who needs a life-saving lung transplant. For the first time she is forced to think about Life and Death. As the illness mounts, she confronts the loss of her former self, changes in all her relationships, and a wholly uncertain future. She begins to change. Her Lungs, like a sceptical Greek chorus, note her journey with wry humour.

Homo Pentecostus by Joel Bray | Malthouse Theatre
10 – 25 May

Tickets range from $30 – $85
Beckett Theatre | 113 Sturt Street, Southbank Victoria 3006

Join an odyssey of self-discovery and liberation. Actor, dancer, and writer, Joel Bray invites you to an intimate exploration of his secret queer identity within the confines of a 1990s Pentecostal Church.

Bart Willoughby and Canisha Presented by On The Road Again, Darebin Arts and Triple RRR 102.7FM | Darebin Arts Centre
Sunday, 19th May 2024, 5pm

Tickets range from $20 – $35
Darebin Arts Centre | Corner Bell Street & Street Georges Road, Preston Victoria 3072

This special show will see Darebin Arts Centre graced with the presence of pioneering Aboriginal Reggae artist Bart Willoughby (Pitjantjatjara) alongside soulful singer Canisha (Trawlwoolway and Wiradjuri) and her band.

Meurants Lane | La Mama
May 21 – Jun 2

Ticket Price: $40
La Mama HQ | 205 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053.

This is a story about a Western Sydney family who are of the Armenian-Lebanese diaspora. Raised in 1990’s Australia, with the mentality of Civil War-era Lebanon, with the cultural pride of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

Wednesday, 22nd May 2024, 6pm

Ticket prices FREE – bookings are required. 
Chapel off Chapel | 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran Victoria 3181

Mama Stitch is a unique storytelling experience, celebrating mums in all their imperfections, challenges and triumphs. Stories about mums collected by Whiskey & Boots are distilled and presented as ‘Headphone Verbatim’ (meaning the actor wears headphones and delivers the text as they hear it, live and without embellishment). Each story is underscored with an original bespoke musical response inspired by the stories shared.

Multiple Bad Things | Back to Back Theatre Productions
29 May – 9 June

Tickets range from $20- $80
Merlyn Theatre | 113 Sturt Street, Southbank Victoria 3006

MULTIPLE BAD THINGS is theatre. It is not real. But in a world where self-righteously indignant voices so often drown out the most disenfranchised and vulnerable, this theatre sometimes feels real.

At a time like this, in a placeless warehouse at the end of the world, three employees approach a possibly futile task. Struggling to work together, they grapple with questions of inclusion and equity. They are forced to test the limits of their bodies, their cooperation, and their capacity to care. Civility slips, bad behaviour escalates, and reality distorts.

Julia | Melbourne Theatre Company
31 May – 6 July 2024

Tickets range from $25 – $155
Southbank Theatre | 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank Victoria 3006 · 

It lasted a mere 15 minutes, but the ripples from Julia Gillard’s famed ‘misogyny speech’ are felt a decade later. Now a peerless team of the country’s finest theatre makers tease apart the many threads that led to this pivotal moment in Australian political life.