Hotel Bonegilla

Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre housed and trained refugees and migrants during Australia’s post-war immigration boom. Tes Lyssiotis’ powerful docu-drama Hotel Bonegilla was first performed at La Mama in August 1983 and still resonates in its commentary on Australia’s complex relationship with migrants, refugees and immigration.

“At its centre is the potent image of the suitcase which helped shape my vision of the play, for inside the suitcase are the dreams and the heart of the migrant.” – Tes Lyssiotis

This production was originally presented as part of La Mama’s 50th Birthday Festival.

Written by Tes Lyssiotis

Directed and designed by Laurence Strangio

Performed by Sean Paisley Collins, Luca Romani,Tatiana Kotsimbos, Alex Tsitsopoulos, Loukia Vassiliades and Martina Viglietti

Lighting by Georgia Rann

Music performed by Dave Evans

Image by Darren Gill

Presented with generous support from Co.As.It. and Società Isole Eolie.



Aug 22 – Sept 2



Wed 6.30pm | Thu, Fri, Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm

Approx running time:

70 min


La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond Street, Carlton


Tickets Info/

Full $30 | Concession $20

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