Ballarat National Theatre

Friday 19 January, 2024Pontypool Master Designs Instagram Post 4

Ballarat National Theatre has made the decision, in conjunction with the director, to withdraw our April production of Pontypool due to having insufficient interest in auditions to be able to cast the show.

Usually, this would mean postponing in order to recruit enough actors, but this production’s already tight timeline makes this option impossible. Thank you to all those who expressed interest, and to the director who brought us such a unique theatre opportunity for exploration.

We will announce our next opportunities to get involved in crew and performance on our social media and mailing list in the coming months. See the news section of our website for details on the 2024 season that we are currently working on.

Monday 01 January, 2024


We’ve selected the production for our 2024 season and are now in the process of organising venues and performance rights. Some details cannot be announced in an official capacity until performance rights have been secured, which is also dependent on securing a venue as the venue details are a core part of a performance rights agreement. In the meantime we can share the following:

Our next production is set to be Pontypool in April. This production is an Australian premiere and the agents are working with us to develop an amateur performance agreement, as we are the first company to need one. 

The rest of the season will include two original works, starting with The Death of Ellen Moore, written and directed by Jon Amesbury. This award-winning one-act play deals with the psychological and emotional impact of death for the individual and for the family who are left behind. We are currently working on a June/July staging.

The second original work will be the first staging of Something Borrowed, Something Blue, written by Hayli Thomson and directed by Laura Hudson, in the theme of the 170th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion in December of 2024.

We will also have a renowned Irish play by Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by Mary-Rose McLaren. This exploration of identity and how our community shapes us will be a collaboration with the Ballarat Irish Association and we would aim to stage it around September.

We are also looking at a framework to develop two new works that were proposed into complete works that can be submitted to later seasons for consideration with BNT or other companies. We do not currently consider works that have not been completed for our seasons and felt that this could be an option to offer for incomplete submissions. We will be working with the members developing these works to build a useful structure around this idea in the hope we can offer it for other unwritten proposals in the future.

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There are even more rewarding ways to contribute to this theatre community and being on the board is one of them. Board nominations are open for 2023 and we would love to hear from you. Nominations close February 11 at 5pm. https://forms.gle/qgJnXjR6TmMBKL65A

Being part of the board means making multiple productions a year happen, supporting a large number of theatre-makers to bring shows to our audiences, making opportunities for our members, and building a company that will be here in many seasons to come. Click the EOI link find out more about nominating for the BNT board.


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BNT Members are invited to watch a professional recording of an international theatre performance with our members-only Theatre Club. Want to take out a memberships so you can join in? You can do so here.

Join us the second Saturday of every month, 5pm at BNT's room at Barkly Square (dates will be adjusted to prioritise rehearsals of current productions).

Bring your own snacks and a comfy camp chair. The room does have some seats available. 

Upcoming session dates:

January 13 - The Crucible (National Theatre, London)
February 10 - The Corn is Green (National Theatre, London)
March 9 - Phaedra (National Theatre, London)

Monday 18 December, 2023Annual Geneal Meeting Video Cover 3

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 13 February.

Before the meeting, we will be presenting BNT Community Awards.

Date: 13 February
Location: Oscar's Hotel, 18 Doveton St S, Ballarat Central VIC 3350
Time: Room opens 6:30pm. Awards 6:45pm. AGM 7:15pm.
Agenda: 2024 Annual General Meeting Agenda

Please register via email or through Hello Club to help us with an indication of numbers for catering and also to see how close we are to reaching our required number of attendees to make our AGM official (we need a quorum of 10% of members).

If you have any questions for the Board please submit them in writing as soon as possible for consideration.

When attending online you will have the opportunity to define your display name when signing in to the meeting. Please put your full name as your display name so we can mark your attendance.

An attendance link and details will be provided soon.

You can read the minutes of the 2023 AGM here:

2023 Annual General Meeting Minutes



After a year of exceptional work from our community, we are establishing a new way of acknowledging the valued input of our members. The awards are decided by the BNT board from the BNT members who have made outstanding contributions throughout the year and will recognise members who have gone above the average in their volunteer role. This may take the form of performance in multiple productions, stepping into a last-minute or new volunteer role, or extensive support so that others can fulfil their roles more easily. Awards will be presented before the commencement of the AGM.