Ballarat National Theatre

Wednesday 6 September, 2023Newsletter Portrait 4


Thank you to BNT member Sam Graffeo who has made a donation of $200 to BNT in his capacity as a Sales Consultant at Buxton Real Estate in Ballarat. Sam is has been an active member of the BNT community since 2022, when he and his wife began regularly joining us at Monologue Karaoke. Sam performed a monologue from the hit TV show The Bear at our End of Year Theatre Party. He joined the board in February of 2023 and has since taken on a performance role in our November production of Julius Caesar. 

This donation helps us make theatre for our community and you will see the Buxton logo on our website and in our upcoming programs because of this donation.

Get in touch with Sam in his professional capacity with Buxton for an appraisal or any other real estate-related enquiry by visiting his professional website here.









Saturday 26 August, 2023

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With two productions actively rehearsing in our new space, it has been important or organise the things we've been using regularly in the room. To do this, we've installed some new shelves in the room, which hold various company items as well as a range of prop and set things that are being developed for the current shows. Some volunteers collected and set up the shelving unit and spent time finding new homes for all the bits and pieces that have started living in the space.

We also now have a new clothing rack, as our previous ones were breaking and falling apart. The new one is a professional rack, incredibly sturdy and strong with industrial wheels, and can be folded up for storage when not in use. It's already home to costumes from the Wyrd Sister's production.


Saturday 12 August, 2023


Earlier this week, patrons who had purchased tickets to our September production of Wyrd Sisters received notifications via text and email that the shows they were booked in for were cancelled. We can confirm that this is NOT the case and the message appears to have been an error made by the external ticketing system.

Patrons can be confident that if we would announce the cancellation of any show through our relevant channels such as our website, social media and newsletter.

If you have any questions regarding your ticket, you can contact Her Majesties Ballarat directly.



Tuesday 15 August, 2023

The crew (and some cast) of Wyrd Sisters have been busy during their weekly 'crafternoons'.

The sessions involve all sorts of crafting of props and set pieces for the September production. The first session involved the creation of a large map that will feature in a special scene in the play. The map was designed by the director, Liana Emmerson, who does cartography as a hobby.

The map measures 2.75m x 2.65m and has lots of details that include trees and mountains. The afternoons have been busy with paintbrushes and paint, listening to music and audiobooks. It will take around three sessions for the team doing the painting to get all the final elements of the map painted in detail.

Other items that have been coming to life include a parchment manuscript for the character of Hwel, who is a nod to Shakespeare himself. There have also been felt pennants that represent the various rulers of Lancre, as well as a fake dead body because someone in the play gets murdered. The afternoons at Barkly Square have been a lot of fun.

The crew will be there each weekend until it's time to bump-in their creations to the theatre.


Monday 24 July, 2023

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Tickets are now available for our November production of Shakespeare's: Caesar.

Click here to book.

Caesar is known by many to be generous, powerful, a brilliant tactician, and a wise leader.

He is also known to be ambitious.

Fresh from his victory over his political rival and fellow Consul, Pompey the Great, Caesar returns to Rome with dreams of seizing the absolute power that he believes he deserves.

Many Romans rejoice to see this happen, but there are some who do not. Some Romans look to an old custom; when one man seeks to make himself a king, it is every citizen's responsibility to see him dead.

Would this be an act of great treachery or great civil responsibility?

This is the story of the end of a centuries-old democracy and the birth of one of the most powerful Empires in human history.

Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's more unique plays; a story without a clear hero or villain, where the tension comes from the political backdrop of the Roman Republic's final days. A political thriller that tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of his conspirators. 


Brown Hill Public Hall, 375 Humffray St North, Brown Hill VIC 3350
Performance dates: 
Saturday Nov 25th - 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday Nov 26th - 4pm
Wednesday Nov 29th - 7.30pm
Thursday Nov  30th - 7.30pm 
Friday Dec 1st - 7:30pm
Saturday Dec 2nd - 2pm & 7:30pm 
Sunday Dec 3rd - 4pm