Presented by Old Nick Company


Times and dates:

Thursday 7th September – 7.30pm (Preview performance $30 tickets)
Friday 8th September – 7.30pm
Saturday 9th September – 3pm and 7.30pm
Tuesday 12th September – 7.30pm (Cheaper Tuesday $35 tickets)
Wednesday 13th September – 7.30pm
Thursday 14th September – 7.30pm
Friday 15th September – 7.30pm
Saturday 16th September – 3pm and 7.30pm

Tickets:

General Admission: $40

Generous Admission: $45

Concession: $35

Student/Old Nick Member: $30

Group (5+): $150

The Old Nick Company is proud to present an original work by Stephanie Francis, directed by Emma Skalicky

Five strangers.
One train.
Four stops.
One destination.

Mike, a father and husband with cancer, is ready to move on.

Liz is the sole carer of her severely disabled grandson. She’s coming to terms with things.

Rachael, a young woman of twenty, is lost and beyond help.

Jake is your typical golden-haired boy on the cusp of manhood. He’s made a big mistake.

Toby, his best friend, has said nothing the whole ride.

Some chose to be here.
Others didn’t.
All have the choice to move on.
Only one can ride to the end and claim their second chance.
So, who stays and who goes?

Four minutes is a short time for some, but an eternity for others.
Any longer becomes deadly in the liminal space between.

LIMINAL dissects not only on the joys and shortcomings of life, and the torturous relief of death, but what happens in between.

CONTENT WARNING:

This play deals with topics of grief, loss, terminal illness, and suicide. We strive to deal with such topics compassionately and with care, however if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


  • CAST
  • Paul Levett (he/him) as Mike
  • Pip Tyrrell (she/her) as Liz
  • Gabi Vavoulas (she/her) as Rachael
  • Ben Stoneman (they/them) as Jake
  • Paul Dellas (he/him) as Toby
  • LIMINAL is an original work written by Stephanie Francis and directed by Emma Skalicky

Saturday 19 August 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets


Two of the state’s most in-demand jazz trombonists, plus a rhythm section comprising of some of Tasmania’s grooviest jazz musos present an evening of gorgeously arranged standards, originals from the band, and a few surprises.
Expect everything from J.J. Johnston to Joni Mitchell, featuring Louise Denson, Joe Weller, Stevie McEntee, Sasha Gavlek and Konrad Park.

The trombone was recently voted Australia’s 30th favorite instrument in ABC Classic FM’s top 100 instrument competition. Stevie and Joe intend to change Australia’s mind, one performance at a time, and are backed by a superstar band of some of Tasmania’s finest rhythm section players. Come and hear why we reckon the trombone should be #1 – and experience the gorgeous versatility of this unique and unusual instrument!

Louise Denson – piano
Joe Weller – trombone
Stevie McEntee – trombone
Sash Gavlek – bass
Konrad Park – drums

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Wooby’s lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]

Tickets are only $25 ea +BF or buy four tickets for only $80 +BF

Louise Denson is a Hobart-based pianist/composer/arranger/educator working in jazz and classical music. She has released seven CDs – Nova Nova (2021) earned 4-stars in   the Weekend Australian Review. Completed commissions include Clarence Jazz Festival (2023), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (2022), Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery Association (Cooktown, 2021), Brisbane International Jazz Festival (2018) and others. Her works have been performed/recorded by artists including Viney-Grinberg Duo, Muses Trio, Downbeat poll-winning trombonist Bill Watrous, Bell Award-winning vocalist Elly Hoyt, and Southern Cross Soloists. She is an Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre and is published by Wirripang.

Joe Weller is a freelance trombonist based in Hobart. At a young age he discovered a passion for playing trombone which led him to undertake studies at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart and during this time he quickly established himself on the Hobart music scene. He has since gone onto perform and record with many local, interstate and international acts at different festivals and locations all around Tasmania, these include local acts Kudu Joy, Matthew Ives And His Big Band and The Sasha Gavlek Quartet, interstate act Hot Dub Time Machine and the Japanese artist Tomoko Momiyama and festivals such as The Clarence Jazz Festival, Devonport Jazz Festival, Junction Arts Festival, Dark Mofo, Panama and Party in the Paddock. Joe is constantly working on his craft to ensure that he can continue to be one of the first names called whenever a trombonist is needed in Hobart.

Stevie McEntee is a non-binary trombonist, composer, bandleader, festival director and creative producer. Originally from Mount Gambier in South Australia, they graduated with a Bachelor degree in Jazz Performance from the Elder Conservatory (Adelaide) in 2012. By day they work as the founder and artistic director of the Lutruwita Art Orchestra and as the co-artistic director of the Clarence Jazz Festival (Tasmania’s biggest jazz festival), and by night they lead Hobart’s very own 12-piece all-original Afrobeat-danceband, Baba Bruja, and play trombone in the hugely popular reggae-fusion band Boil Up, regularly collaborating with some of the most loved jazz musicians on the island, as well as writing and conducting music for projects and major festivals across the island of Tasmania. Before relocating to Hobart in 2016 Stevie toured Europe and South-East Asia with Adelaide-based afrobeat legends, the Shaolin Afronauts, and spent two years living and touring in India with musicians and bands from around the world. Stevie has led successful CACD and musical projects that have attracted the support of Arts Tasmania, the Australia Council, the Regional Arts Fund, Regional Arts Tasmania, Creative Hobart (Hobart City Council) and Festivals Australia. They strive to create platforms and opportunities for collaboration with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and diverse genders and make music that reflects and celebrates the best bits of being human.

A queer femme, lover of soup, Sasha Gavlek is a contemporary bassist, bandleader, composer, and educator hailing from Hobart. With a love for alternative jazz and rhythmic madness, Gavlek pours her soul into her compositions and improvisational work, exploring themes of personal struggles and growth, as can be seen in her debut album, On Second Thoughts. An active member within the island state’s music scene, Gavlek is a part of several regularly performing acts outside of her own alt jazz quartet including Kudu Joy, Uncle Gus and the Rimshots, and FFLORA, and is a regular performer at annual events such as Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Clarence Jazz Festival, A Festival Called Panama, and the Taste of Tasmania to name a few. On a Contemporary Music Performance scholarship, Gavlek graduated from the UTAS Conservatorium of music with a Bachelor of Music in 2019. When she’s not performing, she is tutoring bass and providing musical accompaniment across local schools.

Konrad Park is a nationally recognised drum kit artist who is a passionate performer, teacher and composer.  He has over four decades of experience backing leading artists including Multi Grammy award winner Lucky Oceans and vocal great Leo deCastro, through to the contemporary music of Brian Ritchie’s Shakuhachi Club and the visceral blues power of Billy Warner Band. Konrad studied composition at the University of Tasmania from 2014 to 2020 under Dr. Maria Grenfell. He is equally focused on live performance and his teaching practice, sustaining ensemble and private lessons at Claremont College, Friends and Elizabeth College. Konrad’s principal focus as an instrumental tutor, is to expand the students musical grammar and confidence, eventually becoming independent artists who will forge their own individual path.  He continues to perform original live instrumental music, directing his many ensembles in a variety of styles. These include modern jazz with the Konrad Park Quartet, Big Small Band (hard bop), The Schwing Thing (post fusion electric jazz rock), Simon Patterson Trio (modern jazz).

Konrad lived in Melbourne from 2008-14, experiencing highlights such as backing David Campbell and Marina Prior for the MSO. He recorded at the ABC for Mal Stanley’s Jazz Track program, with the Tim Neal Trio, a Hammond organ featuring Simon Patterson on guitar. Konrad’s studies at UTAS have greatly furthered his musical aims and compositions skills. He writes from his second instrument, the Chapman Stick, a ten-string tapping instrument. As a UTAS student, Konrad has been able to write more prolifically for his various ensembles. As a Chapman Stick artist, Konrad aka Stickrad, writes and performs his compositions with Stickrad Quintet, to audiences in search of a new listening experience.  As co-artistic director of Southern Stick Events, Konrad brought international “Stickists” Bob Culbertson to Australia three times since 2007, for teaching seminars and Stick Night concerts. Konrad continues to compose and have a performance career on the Chapman Stick. A collaboration with the internationally acclaimed drum kit artist Terry Bozzio, is planned for 2025 culminating in a work for concert band, extended modern drum kit and Chapman stick.  Konrad is now based in Hobart, Tasmania and continues to back local and interstate artists from a wide variety of backgrounds. Konrad’s musical diversity allows him to contribute on multiple fronts, to Tasmania’s dynamic and rich musical legacy.

Live Jazz is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Public Program, and is supported by the City of Hobart’s Cultural Grants Program.

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Presented by Flickerfest


Times and dates:

14 July 2023 – 8pm
15 July 2023 – 8pm

Tickets:

$17 / $15 conc (each session)
Both sessions: $32 / $28 conc

Tickets also available at the door 30mins prior to screening.

Australia’s largest Short Film Festival is excited to return to Hobart, screening the Best of International and Australian Shorts programmes highlights.

These shorts are fresh from their premieres in competition at Flickerfest Bondi, giving audiences a taste of the hottest shorts from home and across the world.

Celebrating 32 years in 2023 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 3,200 entries!

Flickerfest, Australia’s largest Short Film Festival is excited to be returning on its National Tour to be showcasing the Best of International Shorts and Best of Australian Shorts programme highlights, all handpicked from our recent Bondi festival competitions.

The short films screening are all entertaining, inspiring, award-winning and fresh from their premieres in competition at Flickerfest Bondi, giving Hobart Flickerfest audiences a window into the hottest contemporary shorts from at home and across the world today.

On Friday 14th July 8pm enjoy an incredible collection of global stories, as you take a trip around the world from the comfort of your cinema chair with the Best of International Shorts. Amongst a host of international highlights enjoying their Australian premieres are the stunning Danish drama ‘IVALU’ that follows the intimate story of an inuit family in the vast landscapes of Greenland and the delightful and surprising Canadian animation, ‘The Flying Sailor’, by a power duo of Female canadian animators, both films were recently nominated for an Oscar.

The Best of Australian Shorts programme, screening on Saturday 15th July, 8pm  shines a spotlight on the incredible short film talent that exists in our emerging Australian industry, with a host of Australian stories honoring our unique identity and culture.

Highlights include Tassie films, fresh from their Flickerfest premieres, by talented creatives who grew up in Tassie and films shot across the state. The moving drama ‘Game Face, by writer/director Gillian Crosby, who grew up in Hobart, is co-written with her mum, based on her mum’s experiences of a confidence workshop for cancer patients where a woman gains a fresh perspective from a colorful group of characters. Fun coming of age story ‘Pulsar’, by Hobart born and raised Gabriele Morrison is shot in Primrose Sands and doesn’t stray too far from the truth of some experiences Gabriele had growing up in Hobart in the early 2000’s. Director Danielle Baynes, who was awarded the BRUNY20 Artist Fellowship, shot her short film ‘Ghost Gear’ on Bruny Island,  utilizing local cast, crew and the stunning landscape, this dramatic story follows two fractured parents and their adventurous 8-year-old are haunted by a surprising discovery on a family holiday.

Our Tassie Flickerfest films screen alongside other Australian highlights, including 2023 Award winners, the colourful and insightful Torres Strait cultural drama ‘Katele’ (Mudskipper), about a woman longing for her island home, which won the Best Australian Short Film Award at Flickerfest 2023, shining alongside the winner of Flickerfest’s Best Australian Animation ‘Teacups’, based on the moving true story of a man whose compassion and ability to listen over cups of tea saved many lives and don’t miss ‘An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It,’ a delightfully quirky story of a toaster phone salesman whose world is turned upside down after the visit of a mysterious stranger, recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Animation.

Saturday 29 July 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets


We welcome the return of delightful songbird Mia Palencia and her ensemble of renown: Matt Boden, Hamish Houston and Tom Robb, from their highly successful concert at Salamanca Arts Centre in June 2022.

Keep warm with Salamanca Jazz in July ~ The Mia Palencia Quartet [ + featured guest Andrew Saragossi on tenor saxophone]

Live in the Founders Room
Saturday 29th July 2023

Mia Palencia +
Matt Boden [ piano ] +
Hamish Houston [ d/bass ] +
Tom Robb [ drums ] +
Andrew Saragossi [ tenor sax ]

Malaysian born Mia tours extensively, records regularly and teaches singing continuously. The empathy she shares with the band guarantees another outstanding performance. This is not to be missed. The quartet will be joined in this concert by featured guest, Andrew Saragossi.

Doors & Bar open at 7pm
Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Wooby’s lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]

Tickets are only $25 ea +BF or buy four tickets for only $80 +BF.

Live Jazz is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Public Program, which is supported by the City of Hobart Cultural Grants Program.

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Saturday 27 May 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets


This newly formed Quintet will do what they do best, performing an evening concert of their favourite jazz standards.

Alistair Dobson – saxophone
Matt Boden- piano
Damien Kingston – guitar
Hamish Houston – bass
Tom Robb – drums

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Presented by Hobart Wind Symphony


Times and dates:

Saturday 20th May, 2023 – 7.30pm

Tickets:

Adults $20
Concession $10

Tickets available on the door

Members of the Hobart Wind Symphony, directed by Simon Reade, celebrate the great diversity of Australian chamber music written for winds, brass and percussion including the title work for the concert, Interactions, by Don Kay.

This concert features Australian works by 8 composers, with a particular focus on the works of Don Kay in his 90th year.  

Simon Reade directs members of the Hobart Wind Symphony in chamber works by Simon Barber, Holly Caldwell, Sacha Flores, Karlin Greenstreet-Love, Russell Gilmour, Don Kay, Simon Reade, Peter Sculthorpe and Helen Wanders, including four world premieres.

Friday 19 May 2023
7pm – 11pm

The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Enter via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard


A swinging evening of great jazz classics from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong featuring Tamara Kuldin, Paul Coyle, Matt Boden, Damien Kingston, Hamish Houston, and Tom Robb.

Acclaimed Australian jazz vocalist Tamara Kuldin and renowned trumpet player and vocalist Paul Coyle take to the stage to honour the First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald and innovative performer Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong, in their special tribute ‘Cheek to Cheek’.

Enchanted by the sass and sophistication of the golden age

and era of song, Tamara Kuldin has been captivating audiences from Melbourne to Europe with a playful yet sultry twist on vintage jazz and blues. Paul Coyle is known for his dynamic stage presence and eclectic approach to music. Tamara and Paul will be joined by some of Tasmania’s finest jazz musicians, including Matt Boden, Damien Kingston, Hamish Houston, and Tom Robb,

Tamara Kuldin and her love for storytelling through song has seen her perform for audiences large and small, fronting a Jazz Orchestra at the Arts Centre or playing one of Australia’s intimate jazz clubs. Tamara’s unique and versatile vocal styling has been enjoyed at many different festivals and venues globally, from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Paris to Provence festival and many more.

Recognised with 2 Aria Awards, Paul Coyle’s affinity for both Reggae and Indigenous rock has led him to share the stage and record with numerous pop acts including Little Birdy, Kate Cebrano, Tina Arena, and Sheppard. Coyle is known for his ever charismatic and sensational trumpet playing and is an active member of the Australian music scene.

‘Cheek to Cheek’ is an extra sweet melodic treat, bringing its audience a night of timeless tunes and delightful standards from the Great American Songbook. The inspired collaboration at the Founder’s Room will be a swingin’ joy to behold!

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Friday 28 April 2023
8pm (Doors open at 7.30pm)

The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Enter via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

Tickets: $20/$15 concession, available on the door.


FFLORA launches their fresh film clips, with support from Grace Chia and L$F.

FFLORA is excited to launch their new music videos, which have been months in the making. Sharing the evening with an energetic line up of Grace Chia and wrapping up with L$F.

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Presented by Hamley Productions


Times and dates:

Friday 26th May 8pm
Saturday 27th May 2pm
Saturday 27th May 7pm
Thursday 1st June 7pm
Friday 2nd June 8pm
Saturday 3rd June 2pm
Saturday 3rd June 7pm

Tickets:

Adults $45
Concession $40
Student (full time under 21) $30

Earlybird offer until 7 April

An unlikely friendship, a generational battle and an ingenuously crafted twist that challenges moralistic values and social integrities. Wrapped in Joanna Murray-Smith’s glinting dialogue, The Gift is a witty examination of our modern moral confusions. This play has a secret. A preposterous gift. A life-changing proposition. Would you accept?

Self-made millionaires, comfortably middle-aged Ed and Sadie meet Martin and Chloe – he a struggling conceptual artist and she a wannabe writer – on a thousand-dollar-a-night resort in the tropics and instantly hit it off.

This unlikely friendship develops over drunken conversations about moralistic values and social integrities. Effervescent conversations are lined with pure envy: money and security vs. youth and vibrancy.

These self-obsessed characters expose the tedium of a life of consumerism, the narcissism of contemporary values, the emptiness of the commodification of art, the guilt that seems hard-wired into middle-class parenting, and the poisonous nature of nostalgia.

Wrapped in Joanna Murray-Smith’s glinting dialogue, The Gift is a witty examination of our modern moral confusions.

This play has a secret. A preposterous gift.  A life-changing proposition. Would you accept?


  • CAST

    Andrew Casey, Chris Jackson, Tia Landeg, Clare Pearson

  • Directed by: Chris Hamley

  • Lighting Design: Jason James

  • Set Design: Katharine Hamley

PRAISE FOR ‘THE GIFT’

“….it is no longer easy to fashion any moral quandary that can truly shock an audience, and Murray-Smith has managed to grab hold of (something) rare and original..” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Fresh imagination, shimmering wit and emotional honesty.” — Time Out

“The questions (Murray-Smith) poses are familiar, even if nobody is brave enough to utter them aloud. She is, unquestionably, a ribbon-wrapped present to public theatre.” — Crikey (MTC Review)

“There’s a secret — a preposterous gift — that is revealed near the end of Joanna Murray-Smith’s play, and it’s a real doozy.” — Variety Review