Theatre from our creative north

The Adventures of Ophelia_SolCome and discover the creative sides of Reservoir, Thornbury and Preston at the annual True North Festival – a three day arts event showcasing the expanding creative culture emerging in and around Darebin’s north.

This year’s theatrical program features a series titled FR!SK from Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduates. The four shows in the series will be performed at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre – the setting for this year’s festival Compass Club.

Following a world-premiere last September at Melbourne Fringe Festival, the VCA students toured the FR!SK shows to Benalla and Natimuk, engaging with artists, students and audiences living in regional Victoria. This year they’re back as fresh graduates with a program of vibrant, challenging and incredibly entertaining shows.

I Still Call Australia Homo    
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April
An impossibly funny and equally moving, posing the question: what would it be like if Australia was the worst place in the world to be gay?

Notes From Zombieland  
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April
A crazy mash-up of The Mighty Boosh, Samuel Beckett, the Teletubbies and Dostoevsky, told from the perspective of an alien sent to Earth to try to understand the human condition.

Godlike Status                        
Friday 17, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April
An immersive theatre event where legendary hard-core online gamer, CRAZYMOOSE69 invites the audience to watch as he dominates his opponent MAGNUM JOHNSON in the online battle of a lifetime.

The Adventures of Ophelia Sol       
Friday 17, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April
An interactive piece where the world’s most fabulous and flamboyant marriage celebrant takes you on a rainbow-filled journey about love, identity and self-expression.

A perfect complement for the theatrically inclined, the True North Festival also invites you to wander to and from FR!SK events to the Living Statues Garden Party. Choreographed artworks gradually emerge from their stillness to interact with the audience – all accompanied by classical music, gourmet ice-cream vendors and bubbles in the Ray Bramham Gardens on Sunday 19 April: 12.00 – 4.00pm

FR!SK is supported by Darebin Arts for True North Arts Festival in partnership with the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne. For more information, including complete program and performance times, visit: for details.

Image: The Adventures of Ophelia Sol