It is with regret that we have decided to cancel RUNNING WITH EMUS for the rest of the week. Including today’s 1pm matinee. This has been a difficult decision for us, but we trust you will understand the need for this decision at this time

We strongly encourage anyone who has bought a ticket to consider making this a donation to the artists involved. This is a very unnerving time for all, but the independent arts sector is, as always, particularly vulnerable. The artists have been working very hard and we hope to support them as best as we can. You can ‘buy’ tickets on this page the money will be donated to the artists.

Of course, we do also understand those audience members that are not in a position to donate, and if this is the case, please call (03) 9347 6948 or email to process your refund.

A VCE, Theatre Studies, Unit 3 production

Running with Emus is a new tragi-comic play about the conflicts and dynamics that arise as a community considers becoming a “Refugee Friendly Town”.

Running with Emus is a new play by award-winning regional playwright Merrilee Moss about refugees, identity and belonging. Seventy-six year old Pat has dropped out of life. She is living on her veranda, watching birds, when her granddaughter arrives to stir up the town. Throw into the mix an Italian ghost from the past, a bigoted Mayor and a chorus of laconic locals and you have a story about what it is to be Australian in a multicultural world.

Writer: Merrilee Moss

Director: Kim Durban

Designer: Adam (Gus) Powers

Performers: Julie Nihill, Sam Baxter, Elizabeth Sly, Kevin Dee, Gregory J Fryer

Image by: Darren Gill

Director Kim Durban and Writer Merrilee Moss have worked together before. This is what a reviewer said about their production Oriel.

“Lively, funny, insightful, poignant and pointed… Life and Art bounce off each other … It asks its powerful questions in a most entertaining, good-natured way.”

Michael Brindley, Stage Whispers, 2016

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