Auckland preview performance and fundraiser

Monday 20 March 2023, 7.30pm

Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre


General Admission $20

Everywhere in the world has their own small towns. Each one unique but somehow similar  Together with you, the audience, the cast of Our Place will create one of these towns and fill it with characters. They will then perform stories and scenes from this unique place in a one of a kind theatrical experience. Join PROTEA Impro as they present Our Place In its only performance before it heads to the Auckland Improv Festival

All ticket sales go towards taking the show to New Zealand

Friday 17 March 2023, 8pm

Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre


General Admission $10

CULT and Bad Company Theatre. present

Braslin and Rudolf: Back 2 Back

Two of nipalunas comedy stage favourites come together for a big night of laughs at The Peacock Theatre,

Rob Braslin and Emesha Rudolf have been collectively been performing comedy for way too long but are still top of their respective games, you are in for awesome night with these two weirdos.

Can’t wait to see you there!

This venue does have wheelchair access, but assistance opening side doors will be needed so please call ahead.

This show is intended for an adult audience.

Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre

Due to a member of the quartet testing positive to Covid-19 it has been decided in the interest of public health, to cancel this performance. A rescheduled date will be advised in due course.

This concert, performed by Ensemble Mania, is the third in the String Quartets # 1 Project (which was launched at Salamanca Arts Centre in August 2021). 

Three Tasmanian String Quartets # 1
Saturday 13 May 2023
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Doors at 7pm
Peacock Theatre

Ensemble Mania comprise
Peter Tanfield | 1st violin
Josh Farner | 2nd violin 
Damien Holloway | viola
James Anderson | cello

This concert program showcases the first string quartets by Tasmanian composers


Simon Reade | String Quartet (Alba)

Marian Stankiewicz | Stanisław: String Quartet No. 1

Raffæle Marcellino | String Quartet No. 1

Program notes

Simon Reade – String Quartet (Alba)

Alba (Aubade)

Hyperion’s clear star is not yet risen.

Dawn brings a tenuous light across the earth,

The watcher to the sleeper cries, “Arise!”

Dawn over the dark sea brings on the sun;

She leans across the hilltop: see, the light!

Behold the ambush of the enemy

Stealing to take the heedless in their sleep,

And still the herald’s voice that cries “Arise!”

Dawn over the dark sea brings on the sun;

She leans across the hilltop: see, the light!

The North wind from Acturus now blows free,

The stars go into hiding in the sky,

And nearer to the sunrise swings the Plough.

Dawn over the dark sea brings on the sun;

She leans across the hilltop: see, the light!

(10th Century Manuscript,

English translation, Helen Waddell)

Marian Stankiewicz – Stanisław: String Quartet No. 1

Of the twelve works composed by Marian Stankiewicz in his short career, three are string quartets. The first of these is his 1974 quartet Stanisław, a name of Slavic origin that could be in reference to any number of people. The work is composed in four movements and employs some unique playing techniques and notation choices, particularly in the final movement which appears rhythmically freer with misaligned rhythmic values and very few barlines. (Program note by Dominic Flynn).

Raffæle Marcellino – String Quartet No. 1

This work was commissioned by Vincent Moleta for the 2003 Blackwood River Chamber Festival in West Australia, performed by Trigon Ensemble. The three movements are defined by their rhythmic style and temporal space. The musical premise for each movement can be described through the concepts of a:

1. dance, as a way of defining and traversing 2-dimensional space,

2. nocturne, with subtle lyricism as a proxy for moonlight and introspection, and

3. perpetuum mobile, of motoric iteration that defines space at the smallest dimension which invokes a larger continuum

Performers’ Biographies

Ensemble Mania was created with the goal to provide a unique listening experience in Tasmania, showcasing music that would otherwise not be heard on the island, while exemplifying the possibilities of a richer, more diverse music scene. This music includes the latest, most exciting composers, to the pillars of Australian modernism and lost masterpieces.

Born in England in 1961, Peter Tanfield started the violin aged four. He studied in Germany, Israel, Switzerland and Holland where his teachers were Igor Ozim, Felix Andrievski, Alberto Lysy, Herman Krebbers and Yehudi Menuhin. As soloist and chamber musician Tanfield has performed throughout Europe, China, Japan, India, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, USA and USSR. He was a prize-winner at The Carl Flesh International Competition, International Mozart Competition and International Bach Competition. He has recorded solo and chamber works for television and radio as well as CD. He has played for Chairman Deng Xiaoping in China and the Sultan of Oman. Tanfield led the Australian String Quartet from 1998 until 2001. As a soloist Tanfield has appeared with many orchestras; the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Rome. As concertmaster he has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with Astor Piazolla, Charlie Watts, Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Wuorinen, Arvo Pärt, Graeme Koehne, Gary Carr, Carlo Maria Giulini, Mark Gasser and Itzhak Perlman.

Joshua Farner is from Hobart, Tasmania, and began playing the violin at the age of nine. Following completion of a Bachelor of Engineering with 1st class Honours, he was awarded a University of Tasmania String Scholarship and commenced a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Susan Collins. Josh has performed with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), and regularly performs as section leader and concertino player with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra. In 2018 Josh was awarded the D & MV McDonald Scholarship in Music from the University of Tasmania, allowing him to travel to London to study under renowned pedagogues Simon Fischer and David Takeno.

Damien Holloway studied viola in Hobart with Keith Crellin, Simon Oswell and Jan Sedivka, followed by postgraduate studies in Brisbane with Elizabeth Morgan. He played viola with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of Camerata of St Johns (Brisbane). He is principal viola of the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, and regularly fosters the performance of new music.

James Anderson is currently studying a Master of Teaching at the University of Tasmania, having completed his Bachelor of Music in 2018 studying under Sue-Ellen Paulsen. James has previously performed in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, the Jan Sedivka Camerata, and the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra. In 2018 James worked with the ensemble Musik Fabrik in Cologne, while also spending time at the Royal Conservatory of Den Hague in the Netherlands.

Composers’ biographies

Simon Reade is a conductor, composer, educator, and trumpet player. He has filled commissions from the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Festival of Voices (Tasmania), IHOS opera, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, the Derwent Valley Band and the Tasmanian Composer’s Festival, amongst others. His music has been performed by such eminent performers as; Michael Kieran Harvey, Jabra Latham, Diego Campagna, Maurizio Barbetti, Duo Porto-Frontini, Luca Ferrini & Joze Kotar, Benjamin Price and Dr Matthew van Emmerik.

Marian Stankiewicz
 started his brief musical career at the age of fifteen by playing guitar with his father’s dance band. He enrolled at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1972 to study classical guitar and composition, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1976. After graduation, Stankiewicz taught classical guitar at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and appeared in a number of concert performances. He died in 1977, at the age of twenty-five.

Raffaele’s music embraces Western art music tradition with eclectic influences from other musical traditions such as jazz and non-western music and folk traditions. He studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where his teachers included Richard Vella, Gillian Whitehead, Bozidar Kos and Richard Toop. Since graduation Raffaele has built a national and international profile as a composer in various genres of chamber music, orchestral music, opera, music theatre and radio works. He has been awarded various prizes and commissions, including an Australia Council Fellowship and the Lowin Prize for his work Canticle.
His music is available through the Australian Music Centre and Universal Music. He has written music for leading Australian and international artists and ensembles, including Ian Munro, The Seymour Group, the Song Company, Pipeline, Australia Ensemble, Halcyon, Sydney Philharmonia Choir and the Brandenburg Orchestra. Career highlights include a UNESCO-sponsored residency in Montreal with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne; the Melbourne Festival premiere of his opera Midnite; 10 Days on the Island premiere of The Flight of Les DarcyHeart of Fire music for the 2000 broadcast for the Sydney Paralympics; L’Arte di Volare performed by the Tasmanian Sydney Orchestra Strings; the Art of Resonance concerto for tuba performed by Steve Rosse and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and the ISCM performance of Maze by Ensemble Modern.

This event is presented by Salamanca Arts Centre and supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Live Music Fund

  • Supporters

    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 April 2023 @ 7:30pm

25th April – PREVIEW 7:30pm
26th April – OPENING 7:30pm
27th April 7:30pm
28th April 7:30pm
29th April 7:30pm

General Admission: $35 +BF
Concession: $30 + BF

What happens when you put yourself out there as a woman or a gay man? Is friendship enough to keep you safe?

Katie’s cheeky, brave and sensitive. Will is witty and warm with a huge heart. They’re both single…and they’re both kinda angry. Together they host ‘Don’t Even Get Me Started’, the show where they bitch about the fact that they’re straight up done.

When they are home together, they’re safe, they’re happy, no-one can hurt them. They have everything they need. Almost.

What happens when you put yourself out there, and try to find love as a woman or a gay man? Is their friendship enough to keep them safe?

Set in Sydney Australia, The Culture tackles heavy issues with a light touch, using the warmth and intimate banter between two best friends. Audiences are welcomed into Will and Katie’s living room and into an important wider conversation.

“A spunky, fast-talking, take no prisoners twosome…Wonderful, timely, and poignant.” (The Front Row Centre, NYC)


Laura Jackson


Laura Jackson

Mina Asfour


Bethany Caputo


Carly Fisher


Capri Harris


Charlotte Leamon


Brandon Wong


Catherine Fargher

This job interview is a real killer

Friday 17 March 2023, 8pm

Saturday 18 March 2023, 8pm

Sunday 19 March 2023, 3pm

Wednesday 22 March 2023, 8pm

Thursday 23 March 2023, 8pm

Friday 24 March 2023, 8pm

Saturday 25 March 2023, 8pm

Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre


Concession $30
General Admission $40
Generous Admission $45
Group (5 tickets) $160

Job interviews suck. Group job interviews are worse. But this one? This one is a real killer.

THE HITMEN follows six hopefuls vying for their dream job. But the application raises more questions than it answers. What is my biggest weakness as an employee? Who is that silent man with a gun? Why are we all called John?

Hilariously unhinged, THE HITMEN propels the audience through the dark spectrum of human behaviour and corporate governance.

Language, violence, and use of prop firearms warning. Mention of suicide. Ages 15+

The Hitmen runs for approx 90 mins, no interval.

Saturday 1 April 2023 @ 2:00pm (MATINEE)

Doors Open 30 minutes prior to performance
Duration : 90 Minutes | includes Interval (15 minutes approx)

General Admission $40
Concession $35

A unique celebration of the finest Irish songs, dances, ballads, folk melodies, and celtic inspired world music.

Celtic Muse is the brainchild of Tasmanian based Irish musicians David Keating (Guitar) and Charlie McCarthy (Violin), who through a shared passion for improvisation, present fresh and imaginative arrangements of some of their favourite Irish ballads, dances, melodies, and songs.

Witness some of Ireland’s finest musicians join forces with Australian talent Isaac Gee (Double Bass), and Jeremy Sibson (Percussion) for a vibrant, energetic, and soulful live show, bringing centuries of musical tradition to life.

Encompassing everything from poignant folk songs such as “Down by the Sally Gardens”, to beautifully crafted melodies, and exhilarating dances, Celtic Muse is an eclectic and exciting live experience that reflects the spirit of Irish music.

Saturday 4 March 2023 @ 8:00pm

Doors Open 30 minutes prior to performance
Duration : 60 Minutes | No Interval

Early Bird $30 **Limited Number. Offer Ends 20/02/2023**
General Admission $40
Concession $35
Bundle (4 x Tickets) $140

Group Ticket (Minimum 10 tickets at $30 each)

A night of love, passion and lyrical beauty celebrating Brazil’s rich musical culture

Get ready for an unforgettable night of music at the Salamanca Arts Centre, as the renowned Melbourne-based Brazilian band Suingue Brazuca delivers its enthusiastic and powerful performance to Hobart for the first time ever!

Led by Brazilian drummer and percussionist Carlos Ferreira, Suingue Brazuca is known for their electrifying shows that blend traditional Brazilian rhythms with contemporary sounds. Recently, the band made a splash at the Melbourne Recital Centre, as featured in their Digital Series on YouTube. Don’t miss this chance to experience the dynamic energy and passion of Suingue Brazuca live in concert.

Featuring :
Carlos Ferreira | Drums, Director
Dany Maia | Vocals
Lachlan Davidson | Sax & Flute
Rob Planck | Trumpet
Joe Weller | Trombone
Matt Boden | Piano
Nick Haywood | Double Bass

Carlos Ferreira

Brazilian Master Drummer Carlos Ferreira is one of Australia’s most exciting and innovative interpreters of Samba Jazz and Brazilian rhythms. Born and raised in Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro, he moved to Australia in 1985, founding MelSamba (Australia’s first Samba School), going on to train people of all ages both in Australia and around the world. Through his bands, including BrazJaz and Suingue Brazuca, he has introduced Samba Jazz (an unique genre of music created in Rio during the 60’s, spearheaded by saxophonist J.T. Meirelles) to musicians and audiences.

Dany Maia

Dany Maia, from Salvador da Bahia, brings the authentic sounds of Brazilian music to Australian audiences. A reflection of the cultural melting pot in which Dany was born and raised, her music merges the classic Bossa Nova, Jazz and Samba tunes. A multi-talented performer with an irrepressible stage presence, Dany Maia embodies the true spirit of Brazil.

Polynesian wayfinding is alive in the Solomon Islands

“We are the crew of Lata, the Polynesian culture-hero who built the first vaka (oceanic voyaging canoe) and navigated across the Pacific.
We use only the ancient designs, materials, and methods of Lata, and from Lataʻs story we learn how to avoid making big mistakes. We invite everyone to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. Join us in the real Moana!”

Films & Screening Times
Sunday 12 February 2023 @ 4:00pm (57 minutes)

Free Event

Launched in 1864, the City of Adelaide is the older of only two surviving composite clipper ships. The other is the world famous Cutty Sark.

The derelict vessel faced being broken up in Scotland when in 2000 an Adelaide group of volunteers started a campaign to save it.

This film showcases the engineering task of designing how to lift the ship, its actual move from Scottish soil and its relocation to Port Adelaide.

Films & Screening Times
Sunday 12 February 2023 @ 3:00pm (35 minutes)

Free Event

A triple feature by Australia’s premier maritime history documentarian, Gary Kerr.

Watch just one film or stay for all three!
Enjoy a 10 minute Q&A with Garry Kerr after each film.

Films & Screening Times
Sunday 12 February 2023
10:00am : Trading Out of Hobart (67mins)
11:30am : The Last Cape Horners (73mins)
1:00pm : Two Men in a Punt (96mins)

Free Event

Image courtesy of Garry Kerr
Image courtesy of Garry Kerr
Image courtesy of Garry Kerr