The Boomkak Panto

The Boomkak
Panto

  • 20 Nov – 23 Dec 21 Upstairs Theatre

The Boomkak
Panto

by Virginia Gay
Directed by Richard Carroll and Virginia Gay

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 20 Nov – 23 Dec 21
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  • Content warning

    The Boomkak Panto includes strong language and sexual references. Not suitable for ages under 14.

    Approximate running times of each production are uploaded to the production page as soon as that information becomes available. During the rehearsal period running times are liable to change given the extensive workshopping and development each production undergoes before it reaches the stage.

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A dry, dusty little Aussie town, somewhere in the back of beyond, with all the decency, diversity – and division – that you’d expect in a rural microcosm. But Boomkak is confronting some massive challenges now that the Big Developer has set his sights on the town, and this little community finds itself in a fight for survival. How can they possibly fight back?

By putting on a panto, of course.

From the creative minds behind Calamity Jane (a smash hit at Belvoir in 2018) comes a piece of utter joy – a love letter to theatre, to community, to the resilience of our Little Aussie Towns™ – lo-fi, big-hearted, and Belvoir to the back teeth. With new songs from Tony Award nominee Eddie Perfect, and a couple of Aussie rock classics, dance, and old-fashioned silliness, The Boomkak Panto promises to be a mad, sparkling jewel, a reward for getting through these dark and strange times.

There’s no-one like Virginia Gay – witty, clever, big of heart, and ridiculously talented. When she said she wanted (in her own way) to revive panto, how could we resist? And the team she’s assembling knows how to make a good night of theatre. This will be fun.
– Eamon Flack

Performance Times

Weekly Times

  • tuesday 6:30pm

    Except 23 November at 7:30pm

  • wednesday 6:30pm
  • thursday 1pm & 7:30pm
  • friday 7:30pm
  • saturday 2pm & 7:30pm
  • sunday 5pm

    Except 21 November at 7:30pm

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PRICES

  • Full Price (Adult)^ $68 – $89
  • Mates Rates (Adult) $63 – $79
  • Senior* $58 – $79
  • Concession $48 – $69
  • 30-Down# $46 – $61
  • Previews $51 – $56
  • Student Saver# $33 – $48

~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

To claim any concessions you must provide proof.

Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

*Based on weekend evening general release ticket price.

TEAM

  • Virginia Gay
    Writer and Director
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    Virginia Gay graduated WAAPA, then spent four years pretending to be a nurse on All Saints, six months pretending to be Julia Gillard in the STC’s Wharf Revue, and then five years on Winners & Losers, where she pretended to know a lot about high finance. That last one, particularly, was a stretch.  She won […]

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  • Richard Carroll
    Director
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    Richard Carroll is a director, writer and producer. His award-winning production of Calamity Jane began at Hayes Theatre Co, transferred to Belvoir, and toured to five other cities, culminating in a commercial run at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. In 2020 he directed a new production of Oklahoma! for Black Swan State Theatre Company, and the new […]

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  • Cast

  • Deborah Galanos
    Parnia
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    For Belvoir, Deborah was seen this year in Stop Girl, and was due to appear in 25A’s Son of Byblos which was unfortunately postponed. Other theatre credits: Greek Tragedy (Belvoir Company B), Wicked Sisters (Griffin), Lady Tabouli (National Theatre Of Parramatta/Sydney Festival), Gods Of Strangers (State Theatre Company South Australia), The God Committee, Heartbreak Kid (Ensemble), I’m With Her, The Mystery of Love & Sex (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Antigone (Sport For […]

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  • Virginia Gay
    Alison
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    Virginia Gay graduated WAAPA, then spent four years pretending to be a nurse on All Saints, six months pretending to be Julia Gillard in the STC’s Wharf Revue, and then five years on Winners & Losers, where she pretended to know a lot about high finance. That last one, particularly, was a stretch.  She won […]

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  • Rob Johnson
    Butch/BD
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    Rob Johnson is an actor, comedian and writer. Theatre credits: Calamity Jane (Belvoir/One Eyed Man); The Torrents (STC/Black Swan); Spamalot (One Eyed Man); Gypsy (Luckiest); The Detective’s Handbook (Hayes); Babies’ Proms: The Four Seasons (CDP/Sydney Opera House); Exit the King, The Recidivists, Bang Bang Rodeo (Red Line Productions); Of Thee I Sing (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs); […]

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  • Billy McPherson
    Darren
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    A Kamilaroi and Kooma man from south-west Queensland, Billy is an actor and playwright living in Sydney. He is also an accomplished didgeridoo player, not only playing professionally but specifically for HRH Prince William. Billy is also a mentor and boxing trainer with PCYC. Theatre productions include Gungies and I’m Your Man (Belvoir St Theatre), […]

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  • Hamed Sadeghi
    Musician
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    Born 1983 in Iran, Hamed Sadeghi is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Sydney, Australia. He studied Persian classical music in Tehran and master of sound engineering in Malaysia before he moves to Australia in 2013. His recent highlights in theatre include scoring and performing in productions Sami in Paradise 2018 at Belvoir Sydney Theatre, […]

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  • Mary Soudi
    Yazmin
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    Mary Soudi is a Persian-Australian actress, born in Zanjan, Iran, and raised in Perth, WA. She trained at Curtin University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Performance.  Mary’s theatre credits include Bell Shakespeare’s “The Players”, JackRabbit Theatre’s “Front”, Twenty Seven Six’s “Blame Traffic”, Western Australian Youth Theatre Company’s “MINE”, West […]

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  • Zoe Terakes
    Zoe
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    Zoe is one of Australia’s most exciting new actors. Zoe’s stage credits include A View from the Bridge, A Doll’s House Part II (MTC), A View from the Bridge (Ensemble Theatre), and Metamorphoses, The Wolves, and A View From the Bridge (The Old Fitz).  Zoe was most recently seen in highly anticipated series, Nine Perfect […]

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  • Toby Truslove
    John
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    Toby Truslove has been a favourite on Australian stage and screen for over 15 years.  Some of his theatre credits include Bliss, for Malthouse Theatre/Belvoir, Private Lives, and Strange Interlude for Belvoir Home, I’m Darling, The Speechmaker, The Last Man Standing, and The Cherry Orchard  for MTC, Eddie Perfect’s The Beast, Children of the Sun […]

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  • Creatives

  • Michael Hankin
    Set and Costume Designer
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    Michael is a NIDA trained Set and Costume Designer for theatre, dance, opera and film. His credits for Belvoir include Hir, Ghosts, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, The Sugar House, Jasper Jones, My Urrwai, The Great Fire, Ivanov and The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, The Dark Room, A Christmas Carol and Angels in America. Michael’s other theatre […]

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  • Jasmine Rizk
    Lighting Designer
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    Jasmine is an accomplished Sydney based theatrical lighting designer and programmer, working with both the professional and independent theatre community. Recognised for her creative expertise and producing inspiring lighting designs, Jasmine was thrilled to be the lighting designer for the Jekyll & Hyde 25th Anniversary Concerts starring Australia’s best, Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix in […]

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  • Cris Baldwin
    Assistant Designer
  • Kellie Anne Kimber
    Sound Designer
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    Kellie-Anne’s sound Design/Composer credits include Animal Farm (The Bloomshed), Open For Business and Poopie Tum Tums (Hot Department), The Drill (Women’s Circus and Due West Fest), Batmania (The Very Good Looking Initiative), Sneakyville (Before Shot), Twink Ascending (Don’t Be Down), Wages Of Fear (Mechanics), Cuckoo’s Nest (ATC), and 2018 Tropfest finalist film, PaperCut, directed by […]

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  • Zara Stanton
    Musical Director
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    Zara holds a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she studied classical voice and music education. She has her A.Mus.A. qualification in both voice and piano, and is an accomplished music director, performer, accompanist, vocal coach, arranger and music educator. Most recently, Zara was Music Director for the Hayes Theatre Co. […]

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  • Elle Evangelista
    Choreographer
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    Elle loves dancing. Elle recently choreographed for Belvoir’s The Cherry Orchard. She was the Youth Company Rehearsal Director for The Last Season by Force Majeure, Sydney Festival 2021. Her performance credits include GIF of Dance by Matt Cornell, FLOCK by Force Majeure, Out of Earshot by KAGE Physical Theatre, Days Like These by Murmuration, the […]

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  • Eddie Perfect
    Composer
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    Eddie Perfect is one of Australia’s most diverse, respected and prolific writer/ composer/ performers. His most recent work as Composer of Beetlejuice The Musical on Broadway won him a nomination for Best Original Score at the 2019 Tony Awards.  He has already made his mark in the fields of comedy, music theatre composition and book […]

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  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stagemanaged My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, The Dance of Death, A Taste of Honey, Sami in Paradise, Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Ghosts, TheRover, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, Faith Healer, Twelfth […]

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  • Ayah Tayeh
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Born on Wurundjeri land and currently working on Gadigal land, Ayah is a stage manager with a passion for new work and diverse storytelling. Her Belvoir credits include: A Room of One’s Own (2021) and My Brilliant Career (2020). Other credits include: 7 Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Breaking Glass (Sydney Chamber […]

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    The dedicated Schools Performance of The Boomkak Panto will not be going ahead.

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