Looking to get your fix of independent Australian theatre? Well look no further than the 2017 Poppy Seed Festival, taking place in Melbourne throughout November and December. The festival which offers a “large mixed bouquet” (flower puns, they’re great!) of entertainment will feature five diverse “Tall Poppies”.

Now in it’s third year, the Poppy Seed Festival has curated a truly diverse program of shows, ranging from a choose your own adventure circus, to an intelligent and quirky lesbian musical to a pollitically savvy retelling of a children’s fable. The shows on offer this year are;

  • Alexithymia – Citizen Theatre & A_tistic 
  • Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit – Jean Tong 
  • BREAD CRUMBS – Ruby Johnston & Benjamin Nichol 
  • Lost: 5 by Daniel Keene – Illumi-Nation Theatre 
  • Tandem – Gravity Dolls 

Poppy Seed Theatre Festival co-director, Philip Hayden, explains that the works in the third festival created by over 35 theatre makers are bold, fresh and aching to be seen, “As part of a highly competitive process, an artistic panel comprising some of Melbourne’s leading theatre artists review and curate the most outstanding viable works for the festival program.”

This year the festival program will be presented in partnership with four venues across Melbourne. These venues include the Meat Market in Melbourne, the Irene Mitchell Studio in South Yarra, The Butterfly Club in the city and Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.

You can find all the dates, information and ticket prices over at the Poppy Seed Festival website.