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If you're looking for a few laughs or some quality music and drama, then the Knox Community Arts Centre has the show for you.

Download the KCAC brochure for Season 1 February - June 2015 at the bottom of this page or view our show details below.

Where is the Knox Community Arts Centre located?

Corner Mountain Hwy and Scoresby Road, Bayswater VIC 3153
t: (03) 9729 7287

Fabulous Diva - The Music of Dr Nina Simone

Ruth Rogers Wright

Presented by the Australian Jazz Museum

Saturday 21 February
All tickets $25

Knox Community Arts Centre
790 Mountain Highway, Bayswater.

Nina Simone was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century. An icon of music who crossed the genres of jazz, blues and soul. She was the consummate musical storyteller and passionate civil rights activist.

Early 2005, Ruth Rogers-Wright put together a tribute show in honour of Nina Simone's birthday performing at Dizzys jazz club to a capacity crowd with the Mark Fitzgibbon trio. The incredible reception persuaded Ruth to make the performance in to a show. Thus FABULOUS DIVA - THE MUSIC OF DR NINA SIMONE was born.

The show features prose - anecdotes, quotes, biographical history and gossip that tells the story of Nina Simone. The tribute channels the energy and style of Ms Simone rather than parroting the voice of the late diva.

Ruth Rogers-Wright is a singer/songwriter from Brixton, S. London U.K and has lived in Melbourne for 15 years. Like Nina Simone herself, Ruth's approach to music is not always easy to pin down as it is so varied. Her velvet blue tone voice has been described as Sara Vaughn, Nina Simone and Sade. She sings in a style that is sometimes an emotional whisper to an industrial scream. She sings as herself.

‘An eclectic range, from jazz to folk to soul.’ - GLENN MITCHELL, Herald Sun

‘Pure and authentic interpretation on Nina Simone’s music.’ - FIONA SCOTT-NORMAN, The Age

For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at

Dave Graney Moodists-coral snakes-mistLY- in concert

Knox Arts and Culture

Saturday 14 March
All tickets $25

Knox Community Arts Centre
790 Mountain Highway, Bayswater.

Dave Graney - singer, songwriter, performer, ARIA award winner, radio broadcaster, film music composer, author and columnist for the Adelaide Review. Dave is releasing two live albums in 2015 and the first, ‘play mistLY for me’ is to be launched at the Knox Community Arts Centre on 14 March.

Dave Graney will be performing with his amazing band, the mistLY and will be drawing songs from the 28 album songbook, reaching back to the Moodists at the dawn of the 80s. There will also be a screening of the never-before-seen 20 minute film - a mystery story about Dave Graney and Clare Moore - from 1998 ‘smile and wave’, directed by Tony Mahony (the Mule).

‘it’s a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it’s all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood’s raised eyebrow. It’s astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling’.
- Noel Mengel, Brisbane Courier Mail

For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at

Tea and Classics Series

Knox Arts Tea and Classics

Presented by Inventi Ensemble

Tuesday 17 March, 21 April, 19 May & 16 June
All tickets at seniors prices ($10)

A forty-five minute concert of classical music followed by a rare opportunity to enjoy morning tea with the performers.

Ben Opie and Melissa Doecke, with their Inventi Ensemble, guide you through a delightful journey of classical music, from operatic arrangements, to amazing Australian repertoire, to enchanting Baroque and beyond. The Tea & Classics series includes a wide range of music featuring harp, strings, piano and woodwind from intimate chamber music through to chamber concertos!

‘They offer an invitation to accompany them on a journey through the music which transports the listener into a time of revival of body, mind and spirit. Real joy.’
- Audience Member

For bookings, please call 0435 495 493, purchase tickets at the door or visit

30's-40's swing Yvette Johansson

Yvette Johansen

Saturday 21 March
All tickets $25

Be transported to an age of simple pleasures. Yvette Johansson and her band will beguile you in their soiree of cosy melodies and delightful ditties, with a selection of nostalgic swing from the golden age of the 1930s and 1940s.

Renowned for her masterful tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Yvette now brings her deft touch for classic material to the heart warming sounds of the era. As they wind their way through the music of Fats Waller, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, you’ll be taken back to a time of musical quality when popular songs were made to last.
Reminiscent of the sounds of Benny Goodman, the warm woody tones of clarinet and acoustic guitar, the chocolate pudding flavour of double bass will instantly create an old-world atmosphere and are the perfect complement to the sonorous sounds of Yvette’s velvety vocals.

Yvette is a well-established and respected member of the Melbourne jazz scene and delighted a full house audience at the famous Spiegel Tent with the debut of this program for their 2012 Jazz High Tea series. She and her group of handpicked musicians will weave their spell of quaint enchantment, carrying you away to the dawn of the jazz age.

For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at

The Woody and Herc Show

Woody's World

Thursday 9 April
11am and 1.30pm
Show length - 45 minutes
All tickets $10

Presented by Woodys World

One of the most exciting children’s acts emerging out of Melbourne, Woody and his Alley-Cat ‘Hercules’ have been entertaining preschools and festival crowds around the nation. So hold onto your hats kids and prepare to be engrossed and engaged as Woody and Herc get you singing, laughing, clapping, and dancing with their songs from the Woody’s Worlds hit album ‘Good Morning Kids’. Remember to wear your stripy socks because you might just need them in the show!

Meet Woody and Herc after the show, and have the opportunity to purchase your signed CD and Woody’s World colouring-in pack for the holidays.

‘The most fun children’s entertainment we have experienced!’ Millwarra Primary, Yarra Valley, VIC

For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at

41st Knox Rotary Art Show

Bayswater Rotary

Opening Night - Friday 17 April 7pm-9:30pm (tickets can be purchased online)
Saturday 18 April 10am-4:30pm
Sunday 19 April 10am-4:30pm

Opening night tickets: $20 per person
Saturday and Sunday $5 per person. Children under 12 free.

The Rotary Club of Bayswater is very excited as this is the 41st Art Show in Knox. This year, the show will be bigger than ever, with a wide range of quality paintings, a photographic exhibition, local primary school art and some wonderful quilting, woodworking and wood turning displays. Many of the paintings are painted by local artists and are for sale at very reasonable prices, starting from $100.

Friday night, 17 April will be opening night (tickets can be purchased online).

For bookings or enquiries please visit

2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

2015 International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Thursday 23 April
Adult: $35
Conc/student: $30

Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the road again with a colossal night of hilarity. Be prepared for laughs a plenty as we let loose some of the best home-grown local talent and international superstars from this year’s festival.

The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow will be heading to over 75 destinations across Australia – all packaged up and delivered to your door for an unforgettable night of untamed hilarity.

Warning: Performances may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at

International Jazz Day - Fiona Burnett

Fiona Burnett

Thursday 30 April
All tickets $25

To celebrate International Jazz Day,Knox Community Arts Centre artist in residence, soprano saxophonist Fiona Burnett, will perform works inspired by the music of John Coltrane and JS Bach. Fiona’s work is informed by her research as a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Blending jazz and Baroque to create a unique and exciting fusion of diverse musical styles, together with Fiona’s own unique, vibrant and virtuosic approach to improvisation and accompanied by some of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians. Featuring master drummer David Jones.

‘Burnett has not only mastered the soprano saxophone, but manages to attach a particularly enchanting voice to it... In concert the transforming fire of Burnett’s imagination is like lava.’ Downbeat , USA

‘burning, intense, astoundingly virtuosic soprano saxophonist Fiona Burnett’ Sydney Morning

For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at



By Jack Hibbard

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 May
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 May

Friday nights at 8pm. Tickets $20
Saturday matinees at 1pm. Tickets $40 (catered)
Saturday nights at 7pm. Tickets $40 (catered)

Dimboola is a play in which the audience ‘become’ guests at a wedding reception where everything goes wrong. The sectarian (Catholic and Protestant) tensions (essentially comic) between the families of the bride and groom erupt into violence and social mayhem. Other characters and factors turn the occasion into a Rabelaisian farce, but still ultimately a celebration.

Show includes a spit roast dinner for all guests (Sat shows only) and fun ad lib interaction with the cast themselves.

For bookings or enquiries please contact SLAMS on 9720 3205.

Julie O’Hara & The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Band

Knox Arts and Culture

Presented by the Australian Jazz Museum

Saturday 30 May
All tickets $25

Australia’s iconic female singer Julie O’Hara will be joined by The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Band as they play an array of
songs penned by the greatest songwriters and composers of our time. Join in the soiree as they romance you in a twopart narrative of the classic themes of our time-revelation, intimacy, passion and intensity. Julie and the band will together perform a diverse collection of music from all eras, with the sounds of Julie London and Ella Fitzgerald to name but a few.

Vocalist, improviser and songwriter, Julie O’Hara has been active in jazz for almost twenty years, growing up in Melbourne, Australia, performing with Big Bands, gypsy swing, traditional jazz, R&B swing, bebop and vocalese.
Julie has earned a reputation for her prodigious activity in Melbourne’s jazz and music clubs, national and international
music and jazz festivals as a versatile and committed vocalist and songwriter.

The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Band began in the early 80s as both a function band and a performance opportunity for promising young jazz musicians. Over the years, both the octet and big band have been critically acclaimed for their musicianship and polished professionalism. With a band that has Australia’s finest Jazz performers in its lineup, Julie O’Hara & Daryl McKenzie will lead you through an evening display of virtuosic depth, orchestration and performance.

This combination is one of a kind and is not to be missed.

For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at

Nichaud Fitzgibbon & The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Band

Nichaud Fitzgibon

Saturday 27 June
All tickets $25

Nichaud Fitzgibbon is one of Australia’s favourite jazz entertainers and is regarded as Australia’s premier jazz stylist.
She has been gracing us with her distinctive smouldering ways for years, she entrances audiences with her beautiful smoky vocal quality and her natural sense of swing. She can rustle a boisterous Latin feel at whim and then melt you with her restraint. Nichaud has made a trademark with her chameleon ways. She has performed for many prestigious events over the years.

Born into the talented Fitzgibbon family, her musical pedigree spans three generations of famous jazz entertainers, specialising in the Great American Popular Songbook and Jazz favourites of the ’20s & ’30s. She is renowned for her ability to move you with her exquisite interpretations of ballads, her beautiful treatment of Brazilian Bossa Nova and her raunchy hot blues. Her vocal quality is sultry and warm. Her signature style is sassy and tinged with honey. She’s a natural, charismatic performer who has been delighting Australian and international audiences for years. Nichaud swings, she moves and she always grooves. She will be joined by the incredible Daryl McKenzie Jazz Band for a wonderful evening not to be missed.

‘Talk about beautiful music, talk about versatility, talk about feisty elegance and you are talking about Nichaud Fitzgibbon.... Melbourne is one of the great cities and Nichaud is one of its treasures’. Kenny Weir Sunday/Herald Sun

‘The Fitzgibbon Family has enriched Australian musical life and entertainment for at least three generations and they
are still making great music today.’ Barry Humphries

For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at


Gallery 20Twenty

The Gallery20Twenty at the Knox Community Arts Centre invites emerging artists to showcase their work, including paintings and drawings in all media and photographic work, as well as sculptural pieces. The gallery provides our local people in and around the City of Knox with exposure to a variety of traditional and contemporary works of art.

Objectives of Gallery20TWENTY

The objectives of the exhibition space are to:

  • Provide an accessible space for individuals and groups to hold small exhibitions.
  • Encourage the presentation of artworks which are of interest to Gallery 20TWENTY and Knox Community Arts Centre theatre patrons and visitors as well as the wider Knox community.
  • Encourage and support the continuing development of a sense of community through an ongoing program of community events, programs and activities.

Gallery20TWENTY Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday 10am-5pm (or by appointment)
  • Saturday and Sunday - as per Centre’s scheduled Theatre Program

Hire of Gallery20TWENTY

  • The space is available for hire for a fee of $600 plus GST (or if otherwise negotiated).
  • Standard hire of the space is for a 6-week period inclusive of setup and dismantling time.

For more information, please contact the curator of Gallery20Twenty, Angie Malley -

No Structures - an exhibition by artist Lynn Mather

Monday 16 February - Monday 16 March 2015

Opening Night - Wednesday 18 February
Drinks & nibbles provided

Twenty20 Gallery
Knox Community Arts Centre
Corner Mountain Hwy & Scoresby Rd
10am-5pm Mon-Fri

Artists In Residence - Asanti Dance Theatre

Appiah Annan Contemporary Dance Practitioner

African Drum, Dance & Culture

Having wowed audiences at a variety of events, including Woodford Folk Festival, the Australian Dance Awards, Sydney Opera House, and headlining New Year’s Eve at Federation Square, Asanti Dance Theatre are Australia’s leading African dance company and Knox Community Arts Centre artists in residence.

The group specialises in traditional and contemporary African dance, music and acrobatics. They display an extensive skill set that will leave you speechless. Undulating torsos, flips through rings of fire, raw energy, exhilarating dance moves and phenomenal acrobatics are just some of the elements you can expect from a performance by Asanti Dance Theatre.

Directed by Appiah Annan (Sidney Myer Creative fellow and internationally recognised dancer, choreographer and musician), the company has been working extensively in Melbourne over the past seven years.

With a sister company in Ghana, the company has toured regionally, nationally and internationally and performs in a variety of contexts, including festivals, schools, corporate, community events and in theatres.

Watch out for exciting performances and workshops offering a range of engaging, entertaining and creative experiences by Asanti Dance Theatre at the Knox Community Arts Centre, Bayswater Youth Hall and Ferntree Gully
Community Arts Centre in 2015.

For more information, please visit



6PAC is a Knox City Council initiative which has significantly increased the quality and quantity of professional theatre and performing arts touring to outer suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria. The aim of 6PAC is to tour a high standard of affordable performing arts product to a network of similar sized venues and promote the depth of talent that Victoria has to offer its arts communities. More information about 6PAC.

Turntable Disco

A monthly event for people of all abilities aged 18 years and over.
Held at the Bayswater Youth Hall on the second Friday of the month.
More information about Turntable Disco.

The Knox Community Arts Centre offers everyone:

  • Quality on a shoestring - we select shows that we think you will really love
  • Affordable ticket prices
  • Intimate theatre experience
  • Warm, comfortable and welcoming environment
  • Excellent customer service
  • Ample free carparking
  • Licensed bar for every show
  • Door prizes and promotions
  • Easy accessibility

Why would you go anywhere else?

So book some tickets, get down early and enjoy a glass of wine and catch up with good friends before the show.

There’s always more at KCAC – the ultimate, intimate theatre experience at the “Paris End” of Bayswater.

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KCAC Venue Hire

The Knox Community Arts Centre is available for hire for:

  • Theatre
  • Seminars
  • Meetings
  • Training
  • Dance concerts
  • Gallery
  • Arts development

The venue incorporates three separate hire areas that include a supper room which is connected to a commercial kitchen, a performance auditorium with stage and tiered seating for 172 or flat seating for 120.

Please call the Centre for more information or see our hiring Knox Arts Centre page.

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