Walk with Us: Untold Castlemaine

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! See short stories unfold on street corners and behind buildings, along alleys and in front of monuments.

21-30 Jan and 1- 3 April 2022

Performances: Friday/Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 5.30pm. Meet at The Market Building on Mostyn Street.

CTC is thrilled to announce a reprise of our fun, thoughtful, outdoor theatrical journey. Led by flamboyant guides, the audience will travel in covid- safe groups through the backstreets of Castlemaine, stopping in hidden spots to be entertained by five scenes written especially for this production by local writers.

The scenes are short – under 5 minutes – and inspired by the theme of ‘what brings our community together’.  Although based on real events or stories from the community this is definitely not a history tour. It is imaginative and adventurous.

  • Lead Artist and Guides text, Mark Penzac
  • Into the Mix, by Samantha Bews, directed by Michelle Dorian
  • Market Calls, by Toby Heydon, directed by John Willis
  • Judicial Murder, by Graham Pitts, directed by Jeff Jones
  • The Billy Cart Race, by Lisa D’Onofrio, directed by Sally Guildford
  • Common Ground, by Kevin Cook, directed by Bridget Haylock

Cast: Mark Penzak, Tim Ratcliffe, Angela Down, Deirdre Gibb, Lewis Kooperman, Rachel Leary, Jen O’Donnell, Elizabeth Scanlon, Louise Osland, Toby Heydon, Kevin Cook, Mark Fuller, Elly Krieg, Graham Pitts, April Gareffa, Sally Guildford, Molly Koek, Paul Kooperman, Marta Shamier, Bridget Haylock, Sebastian Marshell, Serra Stone, Peter Waltham, Ken MacLeod, Michelle Dorian.

The audience journey starts at The Market building, progresses through Victory Park, walks up Mostyn St, then via Uniting church, through the back alley behind the Presbyterian Church to Templeton St, down the hill to the Hub garden, around to the Phee and the concluding in the Village Square (the outdoor area in front of the Town hall building). OR the entire route in the other direction!

The production is optimistic. It’s not that we don’t see present problems, but for this production, we’re using art to elevate. Our objective is to make the audience see that things aren’t all bad, to feel more connected to the community and have a good night out. We’re beginning 2022 on an upbeat.

What a glorious, theatrical way to start the new year! An evening walk through the streets and lanes of Castlemaine; an opportunity to experience some theatre after so long; charming tales and enthusiastic participants. Thank you to everyone involved in this unique production, behind the scenes, on the stage and in the audience. It showed what a connected community can create and enjoy together. (Photos on this page all by Rhea Favero).

This event is supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council Events Grants Program.