Union House Theatre

Union House Theatre is the hub for extracurricular student theatre and performance at the University of Melbourne. We program plays, workshops and events giving students a taste of professional practice. We have five staff members and manage two theatres – one is also a cinema – in Union House. We provide support to student playwrights, directors, performers and technicians.

Union House Theatre's Productions

  1. Comedy on Campus

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    Comedy (2017)

    Comedy on Campus Presented by Union House Theatre   We have an epic program lined up with the best of student comedy, alumni comedy, masterclasses, screenings a...

  2. Mirror’s Edge

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    Play (2017)

    Sea Lake is dying — a tiny drought-stricken town in the heart of the Mallee. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a busload of Chinese tourists turn up to take photos on the ...

  3. Macbeth + macdeath : a coda

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    Play (2016)

    Macbeth + macdeath: a coda Directed by Petra Kalive By William Shakespeare and Jean Tong A dark prophecy triggers the rise and fall of an ambitious couple whose way...

  4. Megaphone Democracy

    Union House Theatre

    Play (2016)

    How do you show you care? Megaphone Democracy is a theatrical exploration of action, apathy, cynicism and ‘clicktivism’. Through extensive interviews with indivi...

  5. 1938 : An Opera

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    Musical (2012)

    Focusing on nationalism and racism, this opera is set amongst the 1938 Australia Day celebrations at the height of the White Australia Policy, when the first Aborigi...

  6. Echo

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    Play (2015)

    Echo is an adaptation of the Echo and Narcissus myth. Investigating the modern narcissist, it is a multidisciplinary work exploding contemporary culture into the int...

  7. Don’t Bring Lulu

    Union House Theatre

    Play (2014)

  8. The Tempest

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    Play (2013)

    Director’s Note: Welcome to this production of The Tempest at Union House. It has been a wonderful, slightly nostalgic project for me having graduated 21 years ago...

  9. Third Person

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    Musical (2013)

    A world premiere production by one of Australia’s leading playwrights, Third Person takes place in the ruins of Berlin not long after the fall of Hitler’...

  10. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

    Union House Theatre

    Musical (2004)

  11. Chase Scene

    Union House Theatre

    Play (2003)

  12. In Cahoots

    Union House Theatre

    Play (2005)

  13. Dreams Drowning

    Union House Theatre

    Play (1999)

  14. No Place Like – 28/05/2011

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    Musical (2011)

    Current MU student, Chris Summers, has written a fierce and blackly riotous riff on the idea of ‘home’. He takes us from present day Melbourne, where a tragedy u...

  15. 24 Hour Film Generator

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    Other

    5 brand new films written, rehearsed, shot, edited and shown in the space of 24 hours? It can’t be done! Or can it? If you’re not in it, come to the show and won...

  16. Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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    Musical (2010)

    Expect the unexpected in this riotous and gleeful version of Sondheim’s all-singing, all-slashing musical classic. With a brilliant cast drawn from the Conservator...

  17. Finished and Unfinished: Playreadings

    Union House Theatre

    Play (2009)

    Ever wondered what strange thoughts are surging around in the brains of the other students in your lectures? This is how you find out.Over three nights a series of p...

  18. Into the Unknown

    Union House Theatre Mudfest

    Play (2009)

    Devised by cast and Director Tom Gutteridge and writer Ian Wilding, into The Unknown is a series of vignettes around public transport, disapearence and ‘the unknow...

  19. Attempts On Her Life (2008)

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    Play (2008)

    Subtitled ’17 scenarios for theatre’ this piece is bold in not allocating lines to any specific character. Central narrative about a character who may, or may no...

  20. Pirate Eyes

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    Play (2001)

    Lally Katz was commissioned to write Pirate Eyes for Union House Theatre

  21. Cymbeline

    Union House Theatre

    Play (2000)

    A spiky fairytale

  22. A History of Heaven

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    Musical (1999)

    An eclectic exploration of new technology, intriguing concepts and a “new generation of seekers and doubters”.

  23. Anachronisticity

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    Dance (1998)

    7 short theatre/dance works. Cinematic Theatre: (des. Greg Paynter) Hooks: (dir. Mia Rappel + Jessie Huon) Trinity: (dir. Julia West) Loaded: (dir/choreography. Nata...

  24. Cooking with Gas

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    Play (1998)

  25. Caligula (1998)

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    Play (1988)

  26. Historia

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    Play (1998)

    Exploring sexuality and ethnicity using spoken words, movement, light, sound and projection.

  27. Blackrock (1997)

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    Play (1997)

    ‘…a riveting story that takes us to the heart of teenage sexuality.’ Time Magazine (poster)

  28. Because You Are Mine

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    Play (1996)

    A play about the civil war that ravaged the former Yugoslavia.

  29. By Physical Means

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    Dance (1996)

    Performed at Dancehouse

  30. The Princess Ida Parlour

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    Musical (1994)

    The first women at Melb. Uni and their struggle for a room to call their own. A pop musical. Proceeds of benefit performance to Vic. Women’s trust: Ewa Czajor Memorial Award

  31. Anatomy 1

    Union House Theatre

    Musical (1993)

    Musical theatre which explores psychosis in a humourous and compassionate way. Special benefit performance on October 10th with all proceeds going to the Schizophre...

  32. Annus Horribilus

    Union House Theatre

    Musical (1993)

  33. Hard Feelings

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    Play (1989)

    A group of young graduates share a nicely renovated terrace house in Brixton, London…while the local black population riots in the street…the others proceed to p...

  34. Atlanta

    Union House Theatre

    Play (1988)

    Using abstract form and original music, Atlanta is a play about the way we live today. Commissioned by the theatre department from Joanna Murray-Smith. The funding a...

  35. Ghost Trains (1984)

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    Play (1984)

    Set in the shabby seductiveness of Luna Park and details the lives of three characters who use sinister amusements of the fairground to play out their games of life.

  36. Chicago, Chicago (1977)

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    Play (1977)

    Chicago Chicago! is the third play in a season of Australian plays being produced by the Union Theatre Department. The effect of a mass producing industry manoevring...

  37. Dimboola

    Union House Theatre

    Play (1977)

  38. Geography of a Horse Dreamer

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    Play (1976)

    Cody had the genius, someone else always had the power. A mystery in two acts.

  39. Caligula (1976)

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    Play (1976)

  40. Chicago, Chicago (1976)

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    Play (1976)

  41. Calm Down Mother, Flapland and Orpheus

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    Play (1975)

  42. Fuente Ovejuna

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    Play (1974)

    Known throughout Europe as the world’s 1st proletarian play (written in 1612). Fuenteovejuna is the name of the village that actually united to depose an unjust tyrant.

  43. Aeffluence: A musical cosmorama

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    Musical (1974)

    Aeffluence is a reworking of a rock musical performed in August 1972 from which a limited number of LP’s were released. The script was redeveloped by “young M...

  44. Hugh (The Seven Stages of Hugh Man)

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    Play (1973)

  45. Captain Midnight (1972)

    Union House Theatre

    Play (1972)

    Central issue was the treatment of status of Aboriginals in White Australia. This show never failed to utterly absorb its audience. Production toured regional Victoria.

  46. Chronicles of Hell

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    Play

    The awsomest fright in living memory, and interesting to say the least. Lunchtime production.

  47. Crow (1972)

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    Play (1972)

    Crow is a man trapped by female sensuality. He has murdered his wife, finds he has lost his sense of identity, and becomes trapped in himself. His minds workings are...

  48. Australian Season of Drama

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    Play (1972)

    A season of eight productions of Australian theatre presented by the various theatre groups of Melbourne University. 1. ‘THE CHAPEL PERILOUS’ by Dorothy ...

  49. Alfred the Incredible Sheepboy

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    Play (1972)

    Review Excerpts: “Farce & melodrama linking sing-a-longs of 50’s & 60’s hits -no more profound than ‘Dad & Dave’ -great fun”- Gerald...

  50. Allergy

    Union House Theatre

    Play (1971)

    Presented at lunchtime each day

  51. 200 Years

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    Play (1971)

    Original music by Steve Wallace. Other music by Edward Elgar and Elmer Bernstein. Music arranged and conducted by Esmond Pitt. ‘200 Years’ is the first play of t...

  52. A Journey of Discovery by the Eloquent Body

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    Dance (1971)

  53. A Refined Look at Existence

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    Play (1970)

    Victorian Premier

  54. A Fine Line and the Occasional Raspberry

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    Musical (1967)

    Short plays by Bellow, Beckett, Ionesco and Pinter

  55. A Singular Man

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    Musical (1966)

  56. Hamlet (1966)

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    Play (1966)

    Performed in a large tent erected near the Beaurepaire Pool.

  57. Caretaker

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    Play (1965)

    Caretaker – David Kendall Brother – John Wregg Mick – Graeme Blundell

  58. Candida (1952)

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    Play (1952)

    Performed as part of the NUAUS Drama Festival.