Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

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    Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
    32 Burelli Street
    Wollongong, NSW 2500
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Located right in the heart of Wollongong, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) is Wollongong’s premier performance venue and home to Merrigong Theatre Co.


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ACO Soloists

5th May

This program showcases the extraordinary talents of the ACO’s musicians. Principal Violin Satu Vänskä takes on the devilishly dazzling Harmonic Labyrinth...

$49

Music in the Morning - Strictly Bassey

8th May

Music in the Morning is a season of delightful daytime concerts held at the Wollongong Town Hall. Featuring well-known stars of the stage and screen, each...

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RUFF #1 2017

13th May

Want to know what’s cooking in the minds of the Merrigong creatives? Wondering what’s hiding in Hinton’s head? RUFF is your chance to get inside the...

$15

The 7 Stages of Grieving

23rd May

Remaining a vital Australian masterwork 20 years after it was penned, The 7 Stages of Grieving is a wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal...

$23

Sharing Stories - Reconciliation Week 2017

2nd June

Sharing Stories exploded onto the stage in 2016 when 60 young local Indigenous performers shared their talents, creativity, identity and stories on the...

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Therese Raquin

7th June

Causing great controversy when the novel was first published over 150 years ago, Thérèse Raquin is Emile Zola’s superb examination of corrupted morals....

$23

Made from Scratch #2

10th June

In 2017 we’ll be popping the champagne as our NEW Made from Scratch program sails into The Music Lounge at The Wollongong Town Hall! Made from Scratch is...

$19

Music in the Morning - Michael Cormick

19th June

Music in the Morning is a season of delightful daytime concerts held at the Wollongong Town Hall. Featuring well-known stars of the stage and screen, each...

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Intimate Mozart

3rd July

“My love of the music of Mozart started with the movie Amadeus. I saw that film when I was quite young and it just blew me away … melodies … so nuanced …...

$49

Merrigong Creativity Camp – July School Holidays

10th July

During the 2017 April, July and October school holidays, Merrigong Theatre Company will again hold its renowned Creativity Camps. Open to any child 5 - 13...

$290

Mr Stink

14th July

David Walliams’ (Little Britain) award-winning book comes to life on stage in this hilarious production directed by Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue,...

$29

Blue Love

19th July

From award-winning choreographer and dancer Shaun Parker (So You Think You Can Dance, Moulin Rouge) comes Blue Love, a quirky, character-based infusion of...

$44

Blue Love

20th July

From award-winning choreographer and dancer Shaun Parker (So You Think You Can Dance, Moulin Rouge) comes Blue Love, a quirky, character-based infusion of...

$44

Blue Love

21st July

From award-winning choreographer and dancer Shaun Parker (So You Think You Can Dance, Moulin Rouge) comes Blue Love, a quirky, character-based infusion of...

$44

Blue Love

22nd July

From award-winning choreographer and dancer Shaun Parker (So You Think You Can Dance, Moulin Rouge) comes Blue Love, a quirky, character-based infusion of...

$44

Bakersfield Mist

2nd August

Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama that asks vital questions about what makes art, and people,...

$23

Bakersfield Mist

3rd August

Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama that asks vital questions about what makes art, and people,...

$23

Bakersfield Mist

4th August

Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama that asks vital questions about what makes art, and people,...

$23

Bakersfield Mist

5th August

Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama that asks vital questions about what makes art, and people,...

$23

Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Pieter Wispelwey and the SSO

11th August

Renowned Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey joins the musicians of the SSO for an uplifting evening of music by Haydn and Mozart. You can expect pure...

$39

The Wharf Revue 2017

23rd August

Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue! The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have...

$67

The Wharf Revue 2017

24th August

Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue! The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have...

$67

The Wharf Revue 2017

25th August

Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue! The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have...

$67

The Wharf Revue 2017

26th August

Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue! The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have...

$67

The Wharf Revue 2017

27th August

Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue! The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have...

$67

Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday

30th August

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty, the major transition points in adult life. One represents untold...

$29

Made from Scratch #3

2nd September

In 2017 we’ll be popping the champagne as our NEW Made from Scratch program sails into The Music Lounge at The Wollongong Town Hall! Made from Scratch is...

$19

Arctic to Antipodes

4th September

“He brings an ideal fluency that allows him to integrate the folk idioms into the music’s otherwise classical discourse.” The Arts Desk on Henning...

$49

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase 2017

6th September

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the fifth year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2017...

$37

Cyrano de Bergerac

13th September

One of the world’s most original and finely crafted romantic comedies, this is the tale of the beautiful Roxane and the man who would love her. The play...

$67

Landscape with Monsters

23rd September

If you missed it the first time, or want to relive this magical experience, here’s your chance. In 2016, right here in Wollongong, Merrigong and Circa...

$23

Merrigong Creativity Camp – October School Holidays

3rd October

During the 2017 April, July and October school holidays, Merrigong Theatre Company will again hold its renowned Creativity Camps. Open to any child 5 - 13...

$240

The Listies - Ickypedia Live

6th October

They’re back! Australia’s fave kid’s comedians, The Listies, are bringing their best-smelling book ICKYPEDIA: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words to the...

$32

The Listies - Ickypedia Live

7th October

They’re back! Australia’s fave kid’s comedians, The Listies, are bringing their best-smelling book ICKYPEDIA: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words to the...

$32

A Festival of Russian Ballet 2017

8th October

Following their sell-out performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia. This diverse and stunning...

$82

RUFF #2 2017

14th October

Want to know what’s cooking in the minds of the Merrigong creatives? Wondering what’s hiding in Hinton’s head? RUFF is your chance to get inside the...

$15

The Popular Mechanicals

18th October

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon, and this hysterically funny...

$23

The Popular Mechanicals

19th October

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon, and this hysterically funny...

$23

The Popular Mechanicals

20th October

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon, and this hysterically funny...

$23

The Popular Mechanicals

21st October

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon, and this hysterically funny...

$23

Diving for Pearls

1st November

Award-winning writer, and one of the founders of Wollongong’s original professional theatre company, Theatre South, Katherine Thomson has written one of...

$23

Made from Scratch #4

18th November

In 2017 we’ll be popping the champagne as our NEW Made from Scratch program sails into The Music Lounge at The Wollongong Town Hall! Made from Scratch is...

$19

Past events

Puppetry of the Penis

22nd April

Puppetry Of The Penis continues to be one of Australia’s greatest theatrical exports, and has now played to most of the Western World. It has been hosted...

$44.90

Merrigong Creativity Camp – April School Holidays

10th April

During the 2017 April, July and October school holidays, Merrigong Theatre Company will again hold its renowned Creativity Camps. Open to any child 5 - 13...

$240

Diary of a Wombat

11th April

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat, and now this delightful tale from...

$29

John Mac Nally

8th April

Come enjoy a special one off performance and hear songs and the often humorous stories of John's varied and successful career! Irish born John Mac Nally...

$42

Music in the Morning - Lanza Sings Again

3rd April

Music in the Morning is a season of delightful daytime concerts held at the Wollongong Town Hall. Featuring well-known stars of the stage and screen, each...

TBA

Made from Scratch #1

25th March

In 2017 we’ll be popping the champagne as our NEW Made from Scratch program sails into The Music Lounge at The Wollongong Town Hall! Made from Scratch is...

$19

The Outside Man - Merrigong Talking Point

25th March

Merrigong Talking Points are an eclectic series of talks that complement Theatre Season shows, offering an opportunity to learn more about theatre, the...

TBA

Johnny Cash | The Concert: 'Walk The Line' Australian Tour 2017

25th March

Following a sold out, one night only performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House in 2016, Daniel Thompson and Stuie French’s Johnny Cash: The Concert...

TBA

The Outside Man

15th March

Venture down a dark, rain-drenched alley, through an unmarked doorway to the depths of your subconscious, and step into cabaret night at The Sweet Wrapper...

$29

Steel City Strings - Celebration of Youth

18th March

A magnificent program of popular classical and modern music will be presented under the leadership of Conductor Luke Spicer and Musical Director Kyle...

$10

The Miriam Lieberman Trio - Full Circle

10th March

One of Australia’s most unique musical talents, Miriam Lieberman, is set to launch her stunning new album Full Circle with a national tour coming to...

$30

Music in the Morning - Normie Rowe

6th March

Music in the Morning is a season of delightful daytime concerts held at the Wollongong Town Hall. Featuring well-known stars of the stage and screen, each...

TBA

Normie Rowe - The Best of Normie Rowe

6th March

Normie Rowe has long been regarded as one of Australia’s most recognised and successful singers in a long and illustrious career that spans back to his...

$22

Jasper Jones

25th February

Belvoir makes a welcome return to our stage with their smash-hit production of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel. The backblocks of Western Australia....

$23

Jasper Jones

24th February

Belvoir makes a welcome return to our stage with their smash-hit production of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel. The backblocks of Western Australia....

$23

Jasper Jones

23rd February

Belvoir makes a welcome return to our stage with their smash-hit production of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel. The backblocks of Western Australia....

$23

Jasper Jones

22nd February

Belvoir makes a welcome return to our stage with their smash-hit production of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel. The backblocks of Western Australia....

$23

Raw Comedy 2017

16th February

Come and support the best up-and-coming comedians in the region as they take part in Australia’s biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy...

$29

Angel - Mittagong

8th February

Angel created a sensation at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe: selling out its entire four week run, winning several awards, including the coveted Fringe First,...

$24

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

20th January

Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie and dating back to a late 18th-century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle,...

$54

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

13th January

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most popular children’s books of all time. Children young and old have followed the adventures of a very tiny...

TBA

The Nutcracker: Australian Storytime Ballet

8th January

Targeted at children ages 3 and up, this is a specially abbreviated version of the ballet, with a narrator and interactive elements to keep your children...

TBA

The Listies Ruin Xmas

23rd December

A few years ago Rich and Matt decided to shake up the world of kids’ comedy and The Listies were born. Now Australia’s most sought-after kids’ comedians,...

$29

Encore Performing Arts Studio - Smash Hits

22nd December

Celebrating their 5 year anniversary Encore Performing Arts Studio is sure to set the stage alight yet again with students showcasing their dramatic,...

$32

The Linda Shaw Dance Centre - Dance Revue 2016

21st December

Linda Shaw Dance Centre proudly presents Dance Revue 2016 and invites you to attend our end of year concert where our senior students are performing...

$30

iDance PA Studios - Evolve

20th December

Get ready for a night full of energy and fun! Our iDancers are excited to perform the best of 2016 for you. Sit back, relax and enjoy watching all styles...

$29

Academy of Performing Arts Macarthur - Celebrating 50 years of Dance

18th December

The Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur will take you back through the last 5 decades of dance as Miss Pauline Hincks, Director and founder of The...

$20

Theatrix Performing Arts – Back to the Future

17th December

Take a singing and dancing time trip back to the 50's with a little help from "Doc" and "Marty McFly" and head through the years...Back to the Future!

$28

R-Star Performers presents Dancing through the Seasons

16th December

Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer which is your favourite season of the year? Join the students of R-Star Performers for a spectacular display of dance &...

$20

Beverley Rowles School of Dance – Cinderella

15th December

Students from Beverley Rowles School of Dance present our variation of the original rags to riches tale of Cinderella. Follow Cinderella as she finds...

$38

Macbeth

15th December

Consumed by political ambition amidst gangland warfare online trolls convince Macbeth that he shall one day rule. Propelled to act by his wife the ensuing...

$25

Bats

13th December

Long live gothic horror! In the remote village of Humperdink the villagers boast about Count Dracula’s famous castle but everyone really knows that...

$20

Kitty Flanagan's All New Whitey McWhiteboard

3rd December

Join Kitty up close and personal at the Bruce Gordon Theatre as she workshops jokes and stories for a brand new show. People always ask me: “How do you...

TBA

Lawrence Mooney at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

5th November

Moonman is the coming of age story of a 50 year old man. In a year when everything was coming up roses for Lawrence Mooney things started to fray at the...

TBA

Ancient Rain

26th October

Iconic Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly, and magnetic Irish-French chanteuse, Camille O’Sullivan, star in this evocative new music theatre work....

$23

Coal Miner’s Daughter

18th October

Loretta is a superstar who rose from humble beginnings to be recognised as the first Queen of Country Music and first female awarded Entertainer of the...

TBA

Alex Williamson - Open Up

14th October

No one knows who Alex Williamson really is. International philanthropist? Depressed soul? Child slave trafficker? Luckily for us, Alex prefers a room full...

TBA

Frenchy - World's Worst Adult

13th October

In 2015, praying mantis lookalike Frenchy’s debut show sold out Edinburgh Fringe and all major Australian Comedy Festivals. His single ‘Friendzone’ also...

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